September 27, 2010 - Msg 81070: Good morning, porch!! Just got home from work, bone-tired but rejoicing because I don't have to return until Thursday night.

And guess what! Come on, guess! Aww, just guess! It's 53 degrees here right now!! That's a five and a three. I can't believe it! It's absolutely beautiful outside. Sky is as clear as blue crystal, dew is sparkling like diamonds everywhere, all the foliage is still emerald green, I have some roses blooming, and my "surprise lilies" are surprising me all over the yard. What fun those things are!

I guess I won't get much rest today, but that's okay. I'm due at a doctor's office in less than an hour, so no use lying down for a nap. Then I have to attend a funeral at church at 1 p.m. - might get an hour or two in between there, might not. Doesn't really matter, because I don't have to work tonight.

Boo, I had to laugh at the idea of you sitting out on the back porch with the cat, of all things. And then to get chased in the house by a loud rooster - that's just too funny! Personally, I love to hear a rooster crow, and can't ever remember being annoyed by one, but I suppose it could happen. We had one that had an abbreviated crow. You know how they sound (here goes): Er-er-er-er-errrrrr! Well, Rusty said Er-er-er! Er-er-er! He never got that last er-errrrr to come out. Hilarious!

Hazel, I'm so jealous. I planted three beefsteak tomatoes, and so far, I've picked two tomatoes - one about the size of a golf ball, one a little smaller, and both split. I haven't pulled the vines up, though. Now that the weather has changed, maybe I'll get a few anyway. Nothing like a vine-ripened tomato. Speaking of which, my friend Suzanne introduced me to a new flavor combination, and is it ever good! She lightly toasted some whole wheat sandwich thins, or you could just use whole wheat bread. Spread the toast with peanut butter (not too thickly), put a nice slice of a fresh tomato on it, sprinkle with lemon-pepper, then add two or three slices of fried bacon (we had some bacon left over from the day before). Stick it all under a broiler just long enough to warm the bacon through if it's not freshly fried, and let the peanut butter melt slightly. Yum! I know, it sounds weird, even I thought so, and I'll eat anything, but trust me, this is really good.

OK, I'm off to the nephrologist, to find out if my kidneys are behaving themselves any better than they were. Hope so. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81071: I knew I was hanging around too long, and sure enough, somebody shoved a broom into my hand. That's what I get for being so verbose.

Maude, good to see you. Poor Mr. Maude, that's not a pleasant prospect for him, I know. As for you, just don't let him see you grinning when you think about it.

auh2o, it's good to see you too. I wish you'd come around more often, and I second your mention of Me-They. I miss him, too. I miss a lot of our AWOL porchsters. I still wonder what ever happened to Merrie Weather. She was fun, and funny, and I miss her. There are so many missing. I know, people's lives change, interests change, responsibilities increase - all this takes a toll, but I sure do miss so many of our friends. --Romeena

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81072: I liked what you had to say Auh2o. You know, there are a couple of things that you have done for me that I will never forget, too. I guess that pretty well goes for all of you, but I'll never forget how you stood up for me once when we were having some problems with someone who used to drop in here years ago. :-) Asa has encouraged me so much in the past, well all of you have. Its funny how many times something comes up in my life and I wonder, 'What would Romeena think about this?'. You are all just priceless friends.

That is too funny about the rooster, Ro! haha Glad you are off for a few days. Have fun in this glorious weather. On the way to school we had our windows down and Erin had her face stuck out the window like a dog and she said "I've been set free!"...and that's exactly what it feels like...being set free from the horrid heat and humidity of the past 6 months! I will be outside ALOT to let those goats out to graze on the fresh grass (and keep an eye on the hawk), then the dogs need to roam. Better git!


PS-prayer for Mr Maude and its not so bad. The prep is a pain but not something he can't handle well. Prayers for Ro's doc visit...long live her kidneys!~ ;-)

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81073:
Morning porch family....still getting that much needed rain here in SC. It's nice....real nice! the rooster story.....guess he was just saving his breath:)

Boo....enjoy your time outside in that nice weather with all your livestock.

Have a great day and be sure to tell someone that Jesus loves them!
Prayers for all!

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81074:
RO- you mean roosters don't go "c@ck-a-doodle-doo"?? haha (Hey, I'm a city slicker!)
Hazel- Indian summer here too--107 today and tomorrow! It's the last week of september for pete's sake! Is that Al Gore I see lurking in the corner? haha
Maude- With all the natural supplements i take, my DO has never told me to get one. He has never
seen any indication of a problem, especially after an "exam." Also, there is a "virtual colonoscopy" now that actually shows more results than
the invasive kind. When i get one, it will be that kind! Buy hubby shall be in my prayers.
Well, ya all have a good day!
"Pa, Barney's face is bleedin'!"

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81075:
Oops, no, I'm not selling indulgences! I meant "but" not "buy" and no pun intended!
I better stop! (:

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81076: Going be a hot one out here on the farm. Should be getting 100 today and tomorrow. Wew

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81077:
hey to frankie

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81078:
Possum, saw ya on FB! Stop stealin' my quotes! haha

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81079:
Mr. Tucker: "This is the twentieth century! Don't you realize that? The
whole world is living in a desperate space race. Men are orbiting the earth.
International television has been developed. And here... A whole town is
standing still because two old women's feet fall asleep!"

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81080:
"Are you of the Charlotte Tuckers?"

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81081:
Dang hot frankie

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81082: "I wonder what causes that"?

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81083: Just stopping by for a check point chickie before I head to the ole ironing board. I have to have Mr.Maude at the doctors office bright and early for his procedure. He has done pretty well for the most part with the prep process. Hopefully tomorrow will go okay as well.

I've been watching dancing with the stars. Not sure why I have gotten interested in this show but I have. I wish I could move like some of those folks. Of course me and Barney sure could move around that floor at O'Malley cabin. :)

Bedtime snack will be: Mr.Cookie Bars with cold mayfield white milk. I also have Nestles Quick to add for those who want chocolate milk.

Sleep tight! Prayers for everyone.
Big Maude

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81084: "You're gettin' to me."

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81085: Mornin' y'all! LOL @ Maude- Maude, you would run away with the "Dancing With The Stars" award! Nobody dances in the land of rhythm and pleasure quite like you do!

MDC, didn't mean to swipe yer quote! Ha!

I've got some hot cinnamon rolls and coffee if anybody wants some. Ol' spot went to confiscating on me and took his credit card back,so no more fancy breakfasts!

Y'all have a nice Tuesday- love to all!

" Johnny Paul says if you put a horse hair in stagnation water,it'll turn into a snake"

possum under a rock

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81086: Oh, and prayers for Mr. Maudie today.

possum again

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81087: Good Mornin', fellow Porchsters! My but it's a crisp 58 degrees here and the skies are blue as blue can be! A nice swaeter, solid rockin' chair and a glass of grape juice in the hand makes for a relaxing a.m.!

ROMEENA - Here's to the health of your kidneys! Prayers for you all around! I have dealt with kidney stones not once, not twice, but thrice and I have watched myself to take care of them. Stones seem to run through my family. Sometimes I go down to Wally's station and have a little too much pop. I need to cut that out, dontcha reckon?! The rooster is a hoot. I am not much particular to them though. I had a friend that owned a mean rooster and it would attack constantly. I had my share of talons to the knees and calves. OUCH!

MAUDE - Best to Mr. Maude! May all go well and check out A-OK!

I want to thank all of you who weighed in on my emotional struggles. I have lost ALL, and I do mean all, of my friends from days past. My whole family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) is spread out from here to doomsyday and I only have my father, mother, grandmother and wife around me. That's it. Period. I have "acquaintances" but no friends at all. No pals, friends, buddies, etc. I have been surrounded by friends my entire life and then....POOF! Gone. My wife and I are also...well, not stuck, but JAMMED into a routine. We have no "couple" friends or anything and it's pretty much the exact same thing EVERY single day we breathe. I know...I should be thankful for the day and that I have the gift from God to breathe in and of itself. But I think I am just having a hard time adjusting to life as I know it and missing what was. Your thoughts, advice and kindness gives me a smile and makes me wish our porch was more than just this. It's really to bad we arent all together where we can mosey up and say Hi just like we do here. But I digress. Thanks for your patience and hearing me out. You're all birds in this world and I think you all make the trees look nice and full! Ya' know....maybe I might ask O'Malley if I could borrow his cabin for a bit for some get away time!

ASA - Steelers, Bears, CHIEFS are the only undefeated in the NFL! Nuff' said!

Well, better get off of this here porch and start some research. A beautiful and blessed day to you all and remember....WE DEFY THE MAFIA!

John Masters

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81088: Hi All.
ill here come the rain now that we want this pass summsr!

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81089:
John- this may sound contrite, and i know you've heard it SOMEWHERE (: before, but truly, when God closes a door, he always opens a window! Look for that window bro!
Bears SQUEAKED by! ha (My SIL lives in Green Bay)
God bless,
Hey to Tom

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81090:
MDC, although I don't follow professional sports, I did see the Monday Night Football highlights on the news. When did the Chicago Bears change their uniform? I noticed they didn't have the 'C' stencil on their helmets, and they had orange instead of white numbers on their dark jerseys.

John Masters, I see that MDC suggests you look for an open window. This is especially true if you want to stop the mosquitoes and flies from getting into your house.

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81091: Ewww. PH, shame on you! John Masters, you have to forgive him, we haven't quite gotten him trained yet. (Still, it WAS funny!)

Seriously, John, your description of your current situation concerns me. You are obviously not in a happy place, and I'm sorry about that. You don't say how you got there, and I don't want to pry, but "POOF" doesn't give one much to go on to explain the absence of friends. I can only assume a physical move, a relocation or some such. I can't imagine how difficult that would be. I've been right here in my little "rut" for about 37 years, and the idea of moving elsewhere is horrifying to me. You also mention being "in a rut" so to speak. I don't pretend to have answers, but I do have suggestions, and they would perhaps help with both problems. It's trite but true - to have a friend you have to BE one. Find something you can do together, to help someone else. Volunteer somewhere - at a library, a youth center, a church or synagogue, a hospital, a civic organization, Meals on Wheels, whatever. If you don't already, begin attending worship services in the faith of your choice. If it's the right place, you'll find friends there. If you don't, go somewhere else.

You won't necessarily find friends in these places, but you will find a different "you". Your attitude will change, you'll be happier and more involved in life, and people will find you interesting. The friendships may come as a secondary benefit to the things you've become involved in. If not, you may just be too tired to care! (heehee) Anyway, look within, look around you, and most of all, look UP. This too shall pass.

Blessings! -- Romeena

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81092: Afternoon, folks!

*Whew* Time to break from the research! I will grab my big honkin glass of sweet tea and set a spell in my rocker!

MDC - Thanks! I am looking for that window and when I find it, I will stand there and let the breeze blow a new day into my lungs! Thanks for the support!

HORATIO - The Chicago Bears were wearing what's called "throwback" uniforms. A lot of teams wear them from time to time to celebrate the NFL's past. The Bears still have the same uniforms and you'll probably see other teams wear throwbacks throughout this season!

ROMEENA - Yeah, PH is a hoot! A real Katzenjammer kid. Hoo, Hoo, Yuck, Yuck! LOL! Humor is always appreciated.
The friends thing is just life. Some drift apart, some move away, you lose track, etc. I am hoping and praying for the move to Arkansas in the spring of 11'. I am so very concrened for my mother and g'mother. My mom is just over the shingles and it is paaaaainful for her. The up news is that they are going away with prescribed medicines and doctor's care. I keep my eyes on the south. I am trying to do the Quantrill project for the Gentry, Ark. Library, I look at sites of Branson, Missouri and Silver Dollar City and I just dream and fall into a trance of daydreaming of when I will get there. I am like a kid at Christmas to get down there! I want to join a church and get more involved with things. I plan to try my mother's church and also try out some other choices. I told mom that I dont want to go to her church just because it's HER church and she encouraged me to look around and find my fit. If it's her church, great. If not, great too! My Quantrill research and sites like this and ones I daydream on keep me smiling and motivated. Ooooo, it's hard to get to them sometimes. But once I do, I can usually get rolling. I am very comforted that I can find the way through my own fog to give advice and comfort to those here that heed it and are comforted by it (BOO is a good example). It gives me a great feeling to be able to help someone up even though I have trouble standing on my own two legs. There is a line in the song "I Gotta Be Me" that says "I cant be right for someone else if I'm not right for me." That doesnt apply to me. I can find a way to help someone else under my own stress and strains. Understand I am not looking for a pat on the back for that or high praise. I am glad that is a way to find a smile and happiness. By helping others. I am starting to look up again. The devil is in my ear though. "What does he care? My God...look at you now!" But I "turneth" away and reach for my religious books and the tv where I have my favorite religious leader taped. I am looking so forward to finding that window and smelling the spring of a newness. Yeesh....I think I got a little sappy there. get it I think.

Back I go and I will leave two pitchers of sweet tea here for anyone who wants it. Plenty of big cups here under the rocker!

John Masters

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81093: How true, Jm...when we help someone else, we are the ones helped, too. I had example of that just last night when I went to volunteer at the drug rehab for teens. Its been about 4 years that I have been going out there and several people have joined me and gone with me for a season but they all end up dropping out of sight due to kids or busy lives. My friend Keith went with me for over 2 years and then decided he needed to stop going. I understand why and its ok but driving out there I just felt lonely about going it alone again. Sometimes I feel lonely for friends, too. My best friend in the world passed away three years ago and I have lost others since then and it hurts. When I got to the rehab, though, the lonely feeling was gone in a second and as it turns out, I needed to be there alone last night to minister one on one with a girl who needed some special help and prayer. Her name is Christina and she has been in there for a whole year. She just found out her mom overdosed on Meth last night..she was found unresponsive and not breathing. The emergency crew shocked her and got her heart going, but it looks ominous. That drug-addicted mom was all this 16 year old girl had in the world and she has no place to go except into foster care with strangers if they can find her a placement. In the meantime, there she sits locked up in that horrible, depressing place. I really noticed last how cold it is and it is totalling lacking in comforts of any kind really. I have decided to go this week and use some of the money our church has budgeted for the rehab, and buy them some nice fleece blankets and new pajama pants. They are also asking for good reading material and one girl wanted a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank, which I am getting off Amazon, along with some other good reading materials. I told them that since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I would be bringing them lots of candy and some movies to watch. I just feel so sorry for hard it must be to be in their position.

Took my little billy goat baby to the old country vet in town today and had him castrated. It was going to cost me 25 dollars to buy the castrator and do it myself and the vet offered to do it for 30 dollars so I let him. It only took about 2 minutes and we were out of there and on our way home. They must have given him a shot of some kind of pain med because he was kinda loopy when we got him home but he is fine.

I have pumpkin pie in the oven that smells like its ready..better go!


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81094: Hey BOO, I had a thought. Why dont you see what these kids like, what their favories are in different subjects like music, books, etc. and see what can be done about getting these kind of comforts? There can be a real escape for the good in something that is close to the heart. Not really serious, but something that can be held onto mentally as I posted above about Branson sites and ways to get away in your mind. Ask about what they truly, deeply love and hold in their minds and hearts and see what can be done about it. That might make dreaming a whole lot better at this facility. And believe me, it works!

John Masters

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81095: Good idea, John Masters. I hear you saying that the girls should be invited to be more involved, not made to just sit and be "done for." Maybe that could be carried into the practical realm? Does the place need painting? Even if it doesn't really NEED it, maybe just brightening up would be nice? Let the girls choose the colors, get them the paint and rollers and brushes, and let them do it! Could they use curtains on the windows? (Assuming there are windows!) Simple curtains are easy to make, and it's even possible to make them without any sewing at all. Use the "loop" or "ring" fixtures and just drape and swag lengths of cloth through them. I've done that in my sunroom, and to some extent, in my bedroom as well. Pillows, rugs, cushions, even bright beanbag chairs can be fun. My heart just aches for those girls. I can't think of anything worse than to feel like there is just no one, no one, who cares. Boo, if you decide to initiate something like this with the girls, email me.

John, you're sounding a bit better. Life can be a real downer at times, can't it? I admire the way you're so involved in your project, and so determined to see it through. I love the Branson/Silver Dollar area, too. When the kids were young, we lived in Springfield for two years, and we had a family season pass for Silver Dollar both years. Every Sunday, after church, we'd go home and change clothes, then head for Silver Dollar City. We ate lunch there, we rode the rides (over and over again) and hung out at the candy maker, the glass blower, the grist mill, the smithy, all the wonderful places that just take you back to those times and places you never saw, but can't help dreaming of. Wonderful!

Well, off I go. Couple of errands that must be done, nothing that will keep me out of the car for more than a minute or two, so guess I'll take little Toye Starr with me. She just loves going along. It's quite cool today, just 73, and I'll never be out of sight of the car, so it's safe to take her. She'll be so excited when I tell her she's going (yes, she understands the phrase) and she'll spin in circles like a crazy puppy until I pick her up and carry her to the car. I do love that little critter! Blessings! --Romeena

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81096: Yeah RO, I am on the brink of hitting something big in my research, so I am upbeat and driving towards my goal.
I went with my wife, FIL and G'maIL to Branson two years ago and absolutely fell in love with the area. I was swallowed whole and didnt want to come back home. Then....we visited my mom and g'ma in Siloam Springs, Ark. and I knew I was hooked. I lived down in NW Arkansas before as a teen and I liked it, but not like this. I am beating a path to get down there and I will have season passes to SDC, you can bet on that!! You might be interested to know, Ro, that there is a fan site that is a really great group of SDC fans that are nutty cookoo over the place. It's I am a member and my username is Andymeets1880s. I chose it because SDC feels like a great cross between the 1880's and, appropriately enough, The Andy Griffith Show.

And not just the girls being involved, but also having an escape into their passions or likes.

My wife and I have two dogs. One is a male Chihuahua/Dachshund mix named "Howie" and the other is a female Dachshund/Rodesian Ridgeback named "Lillie." They know "Bye-Bye" and if we grab their collars and leashes, they run up the back of the couch and try to shoulder each other out of the way to see who can get collared first! LOL! We nicknamed them Mr. Dog (Howie) because he can be bossy. And Lillie is "Itters" because she was so itty-bitty as a pup and that evolved into little "itters", then just "Itters."

Yeesh....I think my side of the porch got too gooey there! LOL!

Here Folks....two more pitchers of sweet tea. More cups under the rocker too.


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81097:
PH-ditto on the unis. And devin hester had one heck of a run! (Like his "throwback" days!)

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81098: Good idea, Jm and I have been with most of them long enough to have a good idea about what they love. I spoke with my pastor today and he is going to meet with me this week to help me order some things online for the girls. What I am thinking of is books and music, DVDs, fleece throws, some big pillows or beanbags (great idea..hadn't thought of it), and some pj's and t-shirts, house slippers. They don't get to wear regular clothes out there but have to wear pajama pants or sweats and t-shirts, no regular shoes only socks or slippers. Once they attain a certain level they are allowed jeans and flip-flops but I seldom see that. One thing that absolutely love is to be creative and when I take the beads out there to make bracelets they go nuts. Any kind of craft project is a big deal. As far as the paint, Ro, the walls are all painted a cheerful color but in the past when the girls were allowed to do some painting, alot of obscene graffiti was written so they put a stop to that. I was thinking, though, about asking if I could get some posters to put up because there is no art of any kind or nothing beautiful to look at. Believe it or not, they also love to color with crayons so I will try to provide that. I think that I will also try hard to bring some kind of home made goodies with me each week because they never get anything homemade, except on holidays. Well, thanks for the interest and ideas. You are all a part of this ministry and have been from the beginning, through your prayers and through your encouragment. Can't thank you enough. :-)


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81099:
Boo- I can donate too! We've helped others here in the past, so now we can help you and the girls.
Fresh paint etc may be jus the ticket. Maybe RO could be a sending address, as most of us have it. One thing I would caution on tho. You mentioned movies for H day, but just remember that these girls have had plenty of REAL scary situations in their lives, so I suggest that those kind not be on the to-see list.
Prayers continue,

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81100: One thing I forgot to mention is that the rehab facility is really non-profit and they do the best they can but they can't afford any extras, which gives us the opportunity to do special things for the girls.

I will email you when i get some thoughts together and talk to some folks, Ro. :-)


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81101: How precious you are, MDC. Thank you. Right now our church has about 1500.00 budgeted for whatever I need for them and 300.00 for bibles so we are doing ok for the time. I'm sure the church will vote to budget at least that much again next year so we should be fine. So kind of you to offer, though. Thank you for your many prayers for them/me. :-) Oh, and I understand completely about the scary movie thing and I feel the same way. I am think of buying them The Ghost and Mr. Chicken! haha


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81102: It's ther-a-pi-tic (:

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81103: Thatsa time! Those are outstandin' ideas, Boo, Romeena and MDC! And aint you the clever ones for thinkin' of em'. But you'll have to hurry some!



September 28, 2010 - Msg 81104:
PH- after looking at photos in the paper, those may
just be NEW bears uniforms!
Our Cards introed new black unis this year,
so that
may be true for the bears too! One thing I did notice this year is a newly designed helmet that many teams are using. Look at the back of the helmet and you can see a small ridge. It is suppose to help prevent concussions.

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81105: Well y'all....I think I'll be goin into the living room, take a li'l nap, watch some tv on the couch. Yep....that's the plan. Go into the living room, take a....awww, you get the idea! LOL!

I'll see y'all tomorrah! Have a great night! Many prayers all around and hope you see the stars through any clouds.

Tonight, SONIC Sundaes and Route 44's again on me.

John Masters

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81106:
Is it too early for movie quotes?
"Well, come on, kiss her man! Ahh, youth is wasted on the young!" (:

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81107:
"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a Sundae today!" MMM good! ha

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81108: Ya'll come on over for homemade crockpot chili. I have Fritos and cheese, too, or a really good cornbread casserole to go with the chili. Sweet tea anyone?

I'll pick you up for Sonic tonight, JM. You can ride shotgun.

Christmas movie quotes? are really getting on my good side today, MDC. :-):-) I know that one! "It's a Wonderful Life".

How about this one MDC: "It..It was...soap poisoning!"


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81109:
MDC-"It's A Wonderful Life"


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81110:
Boo-Dang! I just missed it.


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81111:
Boo-"A Christmas Story"

"It's a major award."


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81112: Fra-geee-leee. It must be Italian.

Hey PH and MDC. As John alluded too those Bears uniforms were throwbacks from an earlier era. And speaking of such I was saddened to hear of George Blanda's passing away yesterday. He was a true football legend playing in 4 centuries, th3 40's 50's 60s and 70's retiring in 1976 at age 46 from the Raiders. He was a great one.

I love the idea of Christmas quotes by golly.

"Look kids, a Deer"


September 28, 2010 - Msg 81113:
Hello porch family.....nice and cool day here in SC.

Maude.....praying for your hubby's test today. Keep us posted.

JM....continued prayers for you also buddy. Stay close to the Lord and very good advice given in the post above. It's so many caring folks here on the porch. And you fit right in!

Asa.....I had not heard of George Blanda's passing. Yes he was a football legend.

Boo... that crockpot chilli sure sounds good.

Ro....will be seeing you before long....we gonna have a Jesus filled howdown:)

Gotta go for now. Love and prayers to all my porch family!

September 28, 2010 - Msg 81114:
One too many "l" in my chili above. Why is it that errors don't show up till after you post:)

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81115: You got me with the quote, ASA...don't recognize it yet.

How about this one: "Those icesicles have been known to kill..."


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81116: Hey Boo. The "look kids, it's a Deer" quote is from Christmas Vacation. Clark tells his kids that and points out in a field to divert their attention so he can give the one finger salute to the rednecks in the pick up who had been tail gating him. Does that sound familiar now?
I believe your quote is from Christmas Story when the Mom is pampering her son after telling her one fell off the roof and hit him.

Hey Maude. I hope your hubby got a clean bill of health and all systems are back to normal operation. MDC, tell me more about this virtual thing you mentioned. I had a colonoscopy 9 years ago and was clean, but just a few weeks after the procedure started having some problems that eventually required surgery. I have no doubt it was a direct cause of the colonoscopy, but I won't go into to much detail here as it is rather delicate. But needless to say I am not eager to do it again. So if there is another option, I'm all ears. Tell me more please.

Hope all of you are doing fine and dandy.

Here's my Christmas movie trivia.
If I'm seeing a clip of a movie entitled "Angels with Filthy Souls" what Christmas movie am I watching?


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81117: Good morning, Folks.

Well, just pay no attention to me today. I am just gonna sit here in my rocker and try to figure out what THIS day holds. This is not one of my better days. As I take a step forward, I regress back yet again. Last night, I had two weeks worth of study and intense research wiped out by one sentence. I had something I was right on the brink of closing and then read sentence in a book and it took my research back to the very beginning again. I have no idea now where to restart. I have to stretch my brain and see if I can figure out a new starting point to make another run at it. I was at the local library last night and when I read that one sentence, it was like someone just walloped me in the stomach.
I had a bad night last night. Not much sleep. And right now, I am staring out a window with sunshine and the bluest skies. Dont get me wrong, my mood is not from just my research gone wrong. I am just regressing again. Just as I feel I want to get closer to religion and God, I take a step back. I have so much on my mind and so much on my head. I have literally watched myself turn gray in just under a year. I am doing this rapidly! I have a lot of dark hair (I have dark brown hair) yet to go, but I have watched the gray set in faster and faster it seems. ROMEENA, I have a daydream that would never happen because it is just a daydream. But I wish I could take a chair, a rocker or lawn chair, and sit dead center of a closed Silver Dollar City. I have found on the SDCFans site that there are a LOT of people that have that same sentiment.
I have appreciated your love and concerns and advice and I seem to feel more at ease venting to you as I am now. I hate to cast my burdens to you as I know where I should really cast them. But I just dont have the drive or momentum to do it today.

Well.......back to the drawing board!

BOO - The line above is Ralphie's mother after he almost shot his eye out. Sorry I missed out on the chili. That sounded like some kind a' good!

REV. - What you told me last night goes a long way. THAT brought a smile and warmth I have missed in my life for quite a while!

By the way, "A Christmas Story" is a classic and my favorite Xmas movie period. There are SO many quotes from it that are great!
"He looks like a pink nightmare"
"Ohhhhhh Ffffffudge"
The absolute best line of the entire movie is about the old man weaving obscenities that are still hanging over Lake Mihcigan!

Have a great morning, Folks!

John Masters

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81118: Oh....dang it....

MAUDE - I hope the best for Mr. Maude. Thumbs up and fingers crossed for a clean bill of health!

ASA - You're watching "Home Alone"


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81119:
Hey Folks

Asa-That is sad news about George Blanda. I still have his autobiography, "Alive and Kicking." He was my hands down absolute favorite Raider. I went to a Bills-Raiders Monday Night Football game at Rich Stadium in 1974. I remember George missed a 50 yard field goal as time ran out. I was 13 years old then and those guys seemed bigger than life. Madden was coaching, OJ was playing for the Bills and Raiders... well, the Raiders were the Raiders. Blanda, Stabler, Biletnikoff, Branch, Sistrunk, Bubba Smith, oh my goodness. And, to top it off, we got to see Howard Cosell, Alex Karras, and Frank Gifford in the booth. Great fun, but, the Raiders lost. Darn!


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81120: Morning Porch Family:
A beautiful fall day here on this side of the porch. So sorry to hear of George Blanda's passing. He was truly a "professional" man. Not only in football, but also in life.

Asa- haven't heard from you lately. You doing ok???

Well, back to work. ~New Neighbor

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81121: Morning all.
ROM how is your renter doing? it ben sometime so you say a thing about thim.
J M just keep the lord in your heart and he will wtam you up and helpyou.


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81122:
John- Three words: "Just for Men." (:
I kid, but am also serious. Yours truly used it for a while until the OTHER thing happened...
the grey went to nothing! (: My wife says it's time to stop the comb over and delare the thing a lost cause! ha
BTW, are you being paid for this research?
Just curious.
Well, ya all are in my prayers,
Floyd: Evening Barney, You seem to be on a HORSE.

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81123:
ASA- here is a link. I looked over several info sites, but this one seems to explain it the best.
Sorry about your complications. That is exactly what I am trying to avoid. But lots of fluids, proper diet and a few good supplements seem to really impress my doc andrews, even tho i aint a spring chicken anymore! ha. My movements are always regular, not "strained" etc! I'm sure you dont want MITYN! ha
Keep on truckin' (for you 70s folks)

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81124: Afternoon!

Thanks TOM! I am trying!

MDC - Nah, I think I'll just let it go. But I know as I am writing this, I wouldnt have it if I wasnt under so much in my private life! That I guarantee!
No, I am not paid for my research. This is a passion and I am building towards making quite an extensive collection for the library in Arkansas. Working very hard at giving the Missouri-Kansas border wars and the subject of Quantrill's guerrillas their very own educational platform. It is a labor of love.

Hope you day is going well! Thank God, it's hump day!


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81125: Make that YOUR day (to all Porchsters).


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81126: Good afternoon porch. Back to work today and been busy. playing catch up from being out yesterday.

Everything went well with Mr. Maude yesterday. No problems were detected and he is on the 10 year plan! He is back to work today and seems no worse for the experience. Thanks for your prayers.

dinner menu will be: Olive Garden, Mr. Maude will pay for us tonight. (at least his credit card will :)

Better get back to work. see you at Olive Garden.

Big Maude

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81127:
Hello porch family....A little more rain here today.

That's great news Maude.....and thank Mr Maude for Olive Garden...or the use of his credit card:)

Well gotta get to my concert for tonight and do a sound check. May get to check in afterward.
Love and prayers to all my porch family!

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81128: Supper Menu: Preasure cooker Pot roast with taters and onions and carrots,cornbread,boiled cabbage,peach pie,sweet tea....prayers...busy at work...SPOT

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81129: Great news Maude. Glad he is fit as a fiddle.

Rev, is that sound check anything like the trouble check that Barney gave Juanita? :)

Thanks for posting the link MDC. I will look into it later when I get home. I just got to thinking, we pretty much cover it all here on the Porch. Everything from Bruces ears to Mr. Maudes rear. And appearently no grunts from from MDC's privy. I'd say that pretty much covers it. hee hee hee

Good to see you N.N. Just been busy. We are hoping to slip away next week to So. Cal. and take the Grandkids to Disneyland. I hope it will work out, but Debbie is not doing great so I'm not sure. I'd appreciate y'alls prayers if you have a mind too. Thanks for the holler.

Sounds like you enjoy what you're doing JM. That's gotta help some I'd think. Hang in there. Ro is a wise woman and a real blessing to our Porch family.

Good to see you Tom. How's your football team doing? It's only week 4 coming up and it looks to be another long season for us. But thats ok. Ya gotta have some down years to really appreciate the good ones. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Well better get things put away here and call it a day. Sure been warm here in the afternoons. Not stinking hot, but pleasantly warm after nice cool morning to get started. It's not unusual here to see 40 degrre temp swings from the morning lows to the afternoon highs. It was 45 this a.m. and is 83 right now.

Better get.


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81130: Oh and Auh2o. Man I'm envious. To get to go to a game in that era, and see those legends. Hot dog buddy. I knew I liked you beyond having a pretty face! :)


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81131: Good evening, Porchsters!

Well, it looks like I'll be joining BIG MAUDE for some Olive Garden! NO WAY I pass that up! Good to hear everything turned out okee dokee!

Remember REV, it's me-they, me-they, me-theeeeyyy. Then when you get started, tell everyone to just jump in and hang on!

Thanks ASA,'s pretty fun finding "new" history. I feel like I am contributing to the future of education! I love what I do!

Ok, gang...time to pack it up for today. It's been a gas!

Prayers to you all and I will see ya' all tomorrow!

John Masters

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81132: TATERS!!

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81133: BREAD!!

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81134: Gosh gang we are gona have 2 suppers!..just looked back to Maudes post....well we want go hungry tonight...but left over roast will make good sandwiches for tomorrow!...SPOT

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81135: MEAT!!

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81136:
Yes, Asa and AUh20, when Opie mentions how Johnny Unitas holds a football in one ep, I get transported back to those days of single-rail facemasks, cotton jerseys, and just 'stripes' in the endzones! (:
REV- if RO tries to tell you next month that the mocrophone is "real sensitive" I'd be real suspicious! ha

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81137:
"Mr Darling, I'm a peaceful man by nature, but I CAN get riled if there's no other way!"

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81138: Hey Boo - next time, wait until the buckling is about 10-12 weeks old. They need to be old enough so their urinary tract is fully working. Make sure that the feed you are using with your kids has enough ammonium chloride in it. That way your buck kid will not develop kidney stones - something common in buck kids.

JM - I feel your pain. That's all I'm gonna say.

Casey is doing better - Talk to ya'll later.


September 29, 2010 - Msg 81139:
auh20, I envy you for having attended that NFL game back in 1974 and saw some legends play. Back in 1976, I was lucky enough to attend a few Chicago Bears games, but I don't remember any legends playing. The best part was that not only did I not have to pay any admission, I was actually paid to attend.

My favorite Christmas movie quote is "Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to." Those are some powerful words that form the basis for my belief in God.

from Poor Horatio

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81140:
Well home from my concert tonight. We had a great time and it's pretty neat that I'm close enough to get home and sleep in my house for a change. Don't get to do that very often after a concert.

MDC.....OK..I'll remember that with Ro next

Asa....I sure hope my sound checks don't turn into a trouble check. If they do I'm in trouble:)

JM....didn't know you could sing that good. Those me-theyyyys were pretty much on pitch.

You all have a good night.
Love and prayers!

September 29, 2010 - Msg 81141: Well, I am really wondering what kind of complications you had that required surgery, MDC. I didn't have any problems at all. are so funny Asa. Speaking of Bruce's ears...the job offered to buy his new hearing aids!! Big answer to prayer and a load of Bruce's mind. :-)

Gosh, HM..the folks at the vet told me to do it now! The kid seems fine at this point. I will check into the feed you mentioned, thanks.

Thank movie quote sounds real familiar, Auh2o but I can't quite remember where I heard it.

How about this one: "You sit on a throne of lies!"


September 30, 2010 - Msg 81142: Mornin' Dears and Honeys! Sure hope this ol' tropical storm has moved on outta here. I have laundry to get done and hoping to see some sunshine today so I can hang things out.
At least the weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow- Lac is playing hooky and we're going to the County Fair! Maybe I'll win a ceramic pelican!

I just heard on the news that Tony Curtis passed away. Good actor.

Ok, breakfast at the Diner- see y'all there!

possum under a rock

September 30, 2010 - Msg 81143: Morning Possum and everyone else. Breakfast at the Diner it is. But I'm not real hungry.
I'll just have...
three eggs over medium
hash browns
stack of pancakes
bacon, limp
toast, white with grape jam
orange juice on ice
and a bowl of fresh chopped fruit. (I need to watch my figure.)

I heard that about Tony Curtis too. I don't know why but I thought he had already been gone, kinda like old Tom Silby. Surprised me when I heard this this morning.

Boo, thats wonderful that Bruces work is paying for his aids. I know you were worried about the cost of that. Has Bruce talked with his Mother yet?

PH, If you went to Bears games in 1976 you most likely got to see one of the great legends play in Walter Payton, didn't you? Or was that before his time? I'm not sure when he entered the league. Of course he wasn't a legend yet then, but sure did become one. I loved to watch him run. He attacked the tacklers, not what you see today by most running backs. Very punishing runner. Him and Earl Campbell with the Oilers. Great running backs. Awww, those were the days.

HM, Glad Casey is doing better. Yer a good Ma.

Well better go see what the offers. Got lots to do.


September 30, 2010 - Msg 81144: Good morning, my fellow Porchsters!

Nuthin' like lettin' out a long sigh after easin' inta your own rockin' chair. *Whhhhheeewwww*

I remember the days of Cosell, Gifford and Meredith in those yellow ABC MNF jackets. I always had to plead with my mom to stay up to watch Cosell's Halftime Highlights. NObody could do the highlights like Cosell!

REV - Did the Mayor have to come and see how you sounded before he gave you an OK to do that concert? Nothin' like the home bed, huh? I sound that good after a couple squirts down the larynx.

POSSUM - Better make sure them sights aint bent!

BOO - Very glad to hear about those hearin' aids! My father has one in each and they are not that great. He gets loads of feedback and has trouble hearing still. I told him he needs to get to the doctor and get things cleared up. They aint worth the price paid for em' I'll tell you that!

ASA - You gotta admit one thing....due to the lack of quality of both of our teams over the last several years, our Chiefs-Raiders rivalry isnt what it used to be. Actually, I would say it is all but gone. Seems Denver has taken the Raiders spot. Doggone Donkeys! We have the bye week and then get to look Peyton Manning in the face for four quarters! Yikes! I dont see us winning that one because I think he take apart our rookies in the secondary. But I will be happy if I just see us put up a good fight.

Seems I have fell out of the loop somewhere, folks. Can someone tell me who hm's Casey is? I dont want to seem like I have snubbed someone.

Gotta git back at it! Y'all have a great day! I'll come back later and leave some sweet tea and cups.

John Masters

hm - I have to say I'm sorry you feel my pain. Not a nice feeling to know you are feeling the same way, but I do appreciate the support and wish we both were a lot more up to snuff!

September 30, 2010 - Msg 81145: I dont know how it happened, but my reply to hm was way up yonder in my post. Dont know how it got way down past the end?!?!


September 30, 2010 - Msg 81146:
Asa, yes it is true that Walter Payton did play with the 1976 Bears. But as you mentioned, he was not a star at that time. He was drafted by the Bears in 1975.
Too bad I missed the Dick Butkis era. Unfortunately, he had retired three years earlier.
However, I was fortunate to have worked a short time with some former Bears players such as former wide receiver Johnny Morris (left Bears in 1967), former running back Mike Adamle (left Bears in 1977), and former quarterback Jim McMahon (left Bears in 1988).

I got up early this morning and turned on the television. I watched an old episode of Dennis The Menace and got a surprise. Ron Howard was in this episode, and he appeared younger than he was in the first episode of TAGS. When I searched IMDB.COM, the Dennis The Menace episode I was watching was from 1959. And we all know that TAGS started in 1960.

from Poor Horatio