October 12, 2010 - Msg 81308: Thank you, Boo.
Yes, you would think she could show some pride. She did last year when they had a pilgrim and indian day. This year it is cowboy and indian day.
I don't know about divorce, only the times she has mentioned it and times I am feeling it, like now. One thing, if she pursues this possible litigation against the school for this, and if it is more than to just "get my goat" by threatening it, I cannot help but think I am married to evil. I mean, who would do this to their child's school that she really likes.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81309: Mornin' y'all. Thanks for the update,Boo & don't feel you have to apologize for it. We all love you and are concerned over what happened to your goats. Praying that the dog owners come to the right decision.

With all that happened yesterday,did you have a chance to hear how Jubi's tests came out?

Sterling, I wish I could give you a big hug. And Kai as well.I'm sorry for the strife and upset. Prayers,friend.

Hope Tuesday is a better day- love to all!
possum under a rock

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81310: Well Sterling, I certainly hope she is not serious about doing something. Prayers, friend.

Thanks Possum. I have not heard about Jubi yet...they will probably find out today and i will hear something and pass it on.


October 12, 2010 - Msg 81311: Morning porch, Tuesday is upon us once again.

Prayers for Boo, Sterling and Kai. Very tough situations for you both.

supposed to be another beautiful fall day here in Northeast Tn today. I noticed the leaves on my home yesterday and they are turning into beautiful colors of yellow, reds and gold. I will try and take some pictures, send them to Ro and she can post them in the album. This is such a beautiful part of the country this time of year.

better get back to work. gots folks coming into today, hopefully.

Lunch menu will be: chicken tenders, broasted potatoes, SLAW. chocolate brownie pudding. tea, kool aid, lemonade to drink. see you at noonish.

Prayers and blessings to all today.
Big Maude

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81312: My goodness. The porch is hurting in several places these days. Sterling, I agree with Boo, in that I wish I had some words of wisdom, something that could put it all right. Unfortunately, I doubt that any of us can do that. I guess the big unknown is just how serious your wife is when she makes the divorce threats. You impress me as being a peacemaker, not inclined to assert yourself, more likely to try to appease and just make everyone happy. There's nothing wrong with that. Jesus himself said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matt. 5:9. Still, I can't help wondering if she is using that divorce threat to control you and get her way. I wonder what would happen if you called her bluff, and just told her you're tired of her controlling and her threats, and to go ahead and line up a lawyer and get it over with, but you will not give up Kai easily. Have you considered a trial separation, with split custody of Kai? It might wake her up a little when she sees how different life would be without you in the household to pick up the slack, and when Kai leaves her to go to you. It's a totally different thing, I know, but I remember after my Dale passed, how shocked I was at the things that weren't being just quietly taken care of anymore. It all fell to me, and it was a load!

Boo, it sounds like you're doing the right things. Imagine someone actually using one of those horrible shock collars to try to control those big dogs, and then resorting to chaining them up. My vet friend told me of getting dogs in with awful, deep burns on their necks from those miserable collars. Just keep the dialog going with the man involved, sounds like his wife doesn't have the brains of a houseplant. I'm guessing that when he gets back to town, those dogs will be history. From the description of their treatment at home, putting them down would be a merciful thing. Shocked vs chained up - yep, sounds like a great life, doesn't it?

Well, got to get to bed, so I can go back to work tonight. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81313: I can't help but wonder what would happen if you did as Ro says, Sterling. I was thinking about the statement you made earlier about being willing to suffer if it is needed. Very noble attitude and I know you would be willing to suffer for the sake of your child. I am praying that you be led by the Lord each day in how best to handle this situation. It may require some "tough love" (rowards your wife) on your part but love is a powerful thing and Lord knows you love Kai.

Yes Ro, those dogs are going to have a tough time one way or another. Either chained, shocked or shot for being where they shouldn't be. Terrible thing.

I went out to give Raspberry her pain shot this morning and she wouldn't eat but stood up and urinated alot so she must be drinking. I am sure she is very sore today and will move slow. I dread cleaning the poor thing. I'll attempt it in an hour.

Better get to the chores.


October 12, 2010 - Msg 81314:
Morning to all my family

Sterling.....my prayers are with you brother. Sure wish I could give you the solution but I think the advice that has been given above pretty much says it all. Just remember......you've got a porch full of folks that cares for you and your family, but most of all remember....Jesus loves you!

Everyone have a blessed day
Love and prayers for you all!

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81315: Morning Rev,Possum,Boo,Romeena,auh2o,MDC,hm,Sterling and all the porch...well just got up and its back to work at 2 for 8...Maude lunch will hit the spot I will make me a plate and eat it around 3...prayers to all...get off at 10 tonight so I will catch up on reading....SPOT

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81316:
Sterling, after reading everything, my immediate thoughts are that I think you
should leave that b---- right now and take Kai with you!! You are an abused spouse, and enough is enough! Go to a motel or to a shelter and a few days will make a big difference. She will see that you mean business, but this cannot continue. You have got to get Kai and you away from that situation.
There I said it. Please do it. My prayers are with you.
Email me at dipper40 at hotmail.com and I can help you get in touch with places in that area.
god bless,

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81317:
I got a letter from pappabear and he wants us all to meet at the remshaw place :), but I think the real life stuff is enough on the scary plane right now. But he does
say HI to everyone!

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81318:
Also, may Bobby Cox enjoy retirement, a class act.
Rev,spot, sorry your braves lost.

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81319: Thank you all for your support. That is what I need, as I know there are no easy answers. Lord knows I won't be getting any support at home or from her family.

I appreciate your blunt attitude as well, MDC. I know you helped me out before and I appreciate it. Right now I feel it would be in Kai's best interest to try to get through this year at the school before I think of anything like that. Now, if she continues her assault even now that I have written the letter stating my concession that Kai would not be going to the school next year, then it may be sooner. But I would like Kai to at least have the familiarity and structure of her Christ-centered school and not have to go through too many upheavals in her life all at once.

She has not said anything about my letter yet today, that's if she has seen it as I had to put it in a out of the way place because I didn't want Kai to see it(I want to talk to Kai later in the year about it) and she has gone to have lunch with the school secretary whom she is friends with. And she did hug me on the way out, so I don't know what that means. But then, when you are dealing with a person like that whose attitude can change from loving one instant to pure hatred the next, you never know what to expect.

Yes Ro, I do think she is using the divorce threat as a control thing. She has done variations on that ever since we started dating. She may think she wants it though. The grass is always greener... you know.
I did almost leave her when we were living in Indiana though. It was not long after we were married, and I had the rental truck all packed and everything. I started driving away, but something told me to go back, so I did to tell her some last things, and I found her in a darkened bathroom on the floor, and with some blades taken out of some disposable razors. I don't know if she would've done anything, but needless to say I didn't leave that day. So I really think about that I would have to take Kai with me, because I don't know if I would trust her with Kai in that state. But then there is the issue of whether that would be legal and if it would hurt me in the long run. So I have that to think about as well.

Well, Boo, sorry to take up so much of the porch with my problems. I still wish you luck and prayers with your little goat.
-Sterling Holobyte

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81320:
Sterling, I feel your pain, I really do, but if you were to go to a shelter with Kai, then that is ABSOLUTELY legal, because you're not "running", you're just seeking protection under the law. I know this has been a crazy several years for you, but as an outsider looking in, I see it MORE of a problem for Kai in the current situation, then if you and kai had some time to retreat and talk. Just my humble opinion. Prayers continue.

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81321: Oh Sterling, I am so sad for Kai. I just can't imagine. I know how hard it would be on Erin if I took her out of her school and put her in public school. It would just tear my heart out to have to do that. Lord protect Kai through all of this. What you are saying about the last time you tried to leave is heartbreaking and I understand how you would be afraid of trying it again. To think of Kai having to face that is unthinkable. I don't know what I would do in your situation. So sorry...we love you and Kai.


October 12, 2010 - Msg 81322: Good afternoon to all the Porchers. You all have a Mayberry kind of day and take care.

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81323:
Thanks Frankie, and I know there has been a lot of "frank" talk, but thanks for stopping by and saying "hey!"

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81324:
BARN: It was about emancipation! What do ya think it was about?! What was it
about! Use your head, man. It's common knowledge! There was these
folks....and how else was they gonna get themselves emancipated unless
there was a proclamation? So they got themselves a proclamation and they
called it The Emancipation Proclamation!
ANDY: Yeah?
BARN: Yeah, and I'm surprised at you for not knowin' that, Andy! And I'll tell ya
somethin' else! I'm even MORE surprised that you think I don't know about
the Emancipation Proclamation!
ANDY: We're still waitin' for ya to tell us about it.
BARN: Well if ya get so smart-allecky about it maybe I'm not even GONNA tell ya!

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81325:
Good night porch family. See ya'll tomorrow.
Love and prayers!

October 12, 2010 - Msg 81326:
Ro...talked with Ms York today about my load in and set-up time at your church. I think we've got everything all set. See ya soon!

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81327: Well, you're not going to believe this, folks, but my wife came up to me tonight saying that she was joking about being mad about the whole "indian" thing, and that she and her sister were playing off each other.
I asked her why would she do something like that to me. She apologized and said she didn't think I would take her seriously.

Sorry, I'm not buying it. If she wasn't really mad she wouldn't have gone to bed mad and said the things that she said to me before she went. She was serious about it.

But anyway, the waters have calmed a bit so I am thankful for that at least. Thank you Lord and for all the porchsters and their prayers.
I spoke with my pastor about it earlier today while I was picking up Kai's homework from school(she was sick today-and no I think she was really sick not just stressed from yesterday, because she had a bad cough and I could hear the congestion in her lungs when she coughed), just warning him about what my wife and her sister were talking about. Now I guess I have to catch him again and tell him he doesn't have to stop the "cowboy and indian day", which he was thinking of doing when I left. Not to cave in to political correctness(Lord, I can't see him ever doing that, if you knew him) mind you, but more for it was causing a brethren to stumble. I don't know if he was talking about my wife or me or both of us.

I also don't know if it was my letter that eased her anger a bit, or your prayers, but I am sure they didn't hurt.
I still don't believe that she wasn't serious yesterday, though. She must take me for a real dumbo.

Anyway, I am thankful for whoever put the TAGS quote with the emancipation proclamation scene up there. It made me laugh remembering that scene and I have been tired of not laughing.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81328:
Sterling, I take credit for the "comic relief" above, and I also apologize for the way I talked about your wife. However, I truly think that she has a problem, like a compelsion (seriously) of playing with your mind. Am praying that there is some way that you can tell her that that is enough. God bless you and prayers for all. (:

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81329: Sterling, it sounds like your wife may really have some serious mental issues...could she be bipolar? When you mentioned her reaction to the attempted break-up I thought about the seriousness of the possible suicide attempt. I don't think she is mentally well. I know a family well in which the mom is bipolar. She is on meds but their lives are in alot of uhpheaval because of her moods and behavior. Very sad...I have had to deal with her on occasions when she had been drinking and it was a mess. I am talking about the mother of the two boys we have been taking to church since they were little...great kids who are now 15 and 17, doing well in school and are always in church and love it. Their parents have some real issues but it has always been obvious that they are very loved by their parents.

Cooled off some here..it was 90 yesterday and humid but supposed to be beautiful the rest of the week.

Erin has a bad cold so will be staying home today. She informed me yesterday that her little "boyfriend" Joseph was sick with a cold at school this week. Why do people send their kids to school sick?! Drives me crazy. Joseph is the grandson of the pricipal of the school and I think his mom works so he is there rain, shine or illness. That's another thing I don't know if I mentioned but I have a feeling Erin's school might be closing. I think her school principal has cancer and is moving to north texas and I know one of the teachers is selling her house and moving...I think there is something they are not telling us yet. I guess I will homeschool Erin because there is not another private school near us and the public schools here have a terrible reputation. Oh boy...where's my blood pressure medicine? hehe


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81330: Oh, one more thing...I have been thinking about trying to sell some things on ebay instead of doing the garage sale thing. I have lots of boxed up stuff that I don't need. Have any of you sold on ebay and what has your experience been if you have??


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81331: Good Wednesday Porch. raining on my end of the porch this morning. supposed to rain off and on for the next couple days.

It is pretty quite in my little corner but sounds like Boo and Sterling have a lot going on and a lot for us to pray about!

Boo, I have no experience with E bay but some folks I know do and they seem to love their experience. I also know a lady who uses a website called "freecycle.com." Apparently you go to the site, type in your local zip and she says you can find things for free. She has found a treadmill in great condition as well as some other things and got them for free. Not sure if all areas have this but it sounds interesting. Guess you would have to be careful and selective about what you got and who you deal with but according to her most of the folks she has made contact with are very nice and eco friendly type folks. I hate doing the work required for a garage sale so I generally take my stuff to the local clothes closet or good will. Guess I am just lazy!

Better get to work but lunch menu first!

roast been sandwiches, SLAW, chips. tea, raspberry lemonade to drink. honeybun cake for dessert.

Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81332: Sterling - My husband is not always the most supportive and I have been told more than once to divorce him. He is very moody. And I live with it - I don't know from day to day what kind of mood he will be in. To say the least - it is mental abuse. I have been accused of having affairs from the guy who puts on gutters to the guy who used to fix my car. I have never had an affair. He is very insecure and I know that. I am sure your wife has mental health issues with one of them being insecure within herself that she needs to feel as if she is always in control. My husband is the same. My oldest son has even said he wished he had a different father. I am hoping that I have influenced my children enough so that they will not be like him. My husband is just like his father and was raised to not know what mood his father was in.

Boo - I hope your school doesn't close. That would be too sad. You are a good mama. How is our goat patient??

Gotta do something positive today!


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81333: Thank you, HM, very sweet of you to say. Raspberry actually trotted across the back porch yesterday evening, which is the most we have seen her move since the event. Bruce and I almost cheered! She is still moving slow for the most part and looking a little dazed and confused but she is eating and drinking and moving and so far no sign of infection. I give her her final antibiotic injection today. I think she is going to be fine. :-) She actually trotted up to the back of Bruce's truck when he got home yesterday, waiting for him to put the tailgate down so she could jump in. We left it up, though...its a bit too soon for that!

Thanks for the info, Maude!


PS- HM, I think it was very kind of you to share what you did with Sterling. I know its not easy to talk about and we all have issues with our spouses. I'm sorry for what you are having to deal with.

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81334: Great news to report!...the spots that were seen in Jubi's scan in August are now gone....everything is fine. I am so relieved I just sat at the keyboard and cried! Its a good day. :-)


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81335: Thanks Boo - for the most part, I talk alot about my kids and my goats. . .being alone like John Masters feels is something that I deal with. I am a very outgoing person but if it weren't for this Porch or FB friends - I would even be more lonely. I really don't have any "girlfriends" around here that I talk with or got out shopping with or have lunch with. Even in my job - I am spread between schools so much that being alone is kind of normal. I am not sad or mad - that is just my life and it is okay. Not wanting any sympathy but I can empathize with Sterling.

Yeah for JUBI!!


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81336: I understand, HM. I have always been very independant but it seems like my life is so full of people right now that I long for a little alone time. Being a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling means you are never alone. Hey, I got some really cute video of the baby goats playing on the front porch...jumping off and on, butting each other off, jumping through the spindles..so funny! I hope I can get bruce to help me load them onto facebook. Bruce has been working himself to death lately and I hate to ask him but I'm going to if I find the time, myself. Now I have the added responsibility of taking care of Raspberry and her injuries!


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81337:
A praise report! Yea for Jubi!! "Jubi, Jubi, Jubi, Ju-u-u-bi" (:


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81338: Whoo hoo!! I popped in to see if there's any word on Jubi and find WONDERFUL news!!

Thank you Lord!

Between hearing the "Jubi news" and the miners' rescue, today has been awesome!
possum under a rock

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81339:
Yes indeed!!, and thank God for the American man who spent 34 straight days, with only catnaps, drilling that hole. He is the best in the business and was called in from drilling wells in Afganistan! He also used good ole American designed and American-made equipment!
Somehow, that has not been mentioned in many of
the news stories, and the miners should indeed take the headlines, but i thought i would just mention "the rest of the story!" (:

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81340:
Here's a small article that I found about it:

"Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army’s forward operating bases in Afghanistan when he got the call to fly to Chile. He spent the next 33 days on his feet, operating the drill that finally provided a way out Saturday for 33 trapped miners. “You have to feel through your feet what the drill is doing; it’s a vibration you get so that you know what’s happening,” explained Hart, a contractor from Denver, Colorado. A muscular, taciturn man with callused hands and a sunburned face, Hart normally pounds rock for oil or water. He’s used to extreme conditions while he works the hydraulic levers that guide the drills’ hammers…

…Geotec operations manager James Stefanic said he quickly assembled “a top of the line team” of drillers who are intimately familiar with the key equipment, including engineers from two Pennsylvania companies — Schramm Inc., which makes the T130 drill, and Center Rock Inc., which makes the drill bits.

…Standing before the levers, pressure meters and gauges on the T130′s control panel, Hart and the rest of the team faced many challenges in drilling the shaft. At one point, the drill struck a metal support beam in the poorly mapped mine, shattering its hammers. Fresh equipment had to be flown in from the United States and progress was delayed for days as powerful magnets were lowered to pull out the pieces…

…Hart has a home in Denver but works for long periods abroad as a contractor for the Layne Christensen company based in Mission Woods, Kansas."


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81341: I am very happy about the miners and Jubi...don't know why i am feeling depressed today. Maybe it is that "third day" thing. I keep thinking about the dog attack on my goats and I get teary-eyed. I don't understand it because I felt much better yesterday. When I gave Raspberry her shot this morning, it hurt her and I have to give her the antibiotic shot and that is a big one. I know its for her own good so no need feeling bad about it. The truth is that I am feeling kind of ridiculous because it affected me so much. I like to think I am tougher than that. I mean, I dealt with difficult situations all the time as a nurse. I think I just need a good cry.

Better go get some more laundry done.


October 13, 2010 - Msg 81342:
Hello porch family....packing the motorhome for my tour. Leaving out tomorrow night. A 4 week tour.

Boo....sometimes you just need to let your emotions flow. Praying you get feeling better! You know we all love ya!

Well better get back to packing.
Love and prayers!

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81343: Thank you God all miners are safely returned to the surface.........God is great....SPOT

October 13, 2010 - Msg 81344: Yes He is.

Thank you for the prayers and kind words, REV. You are a good friend. :-)


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81345:
Well, I played FOUR games of skeeball, bought a tin ink blot to put on Aunt Bee's tablecloth, and ate at the Waffle shop where the waitresses wear those peekaboo blouses, so I guess I'll just head back to Mayberry.
(and yes possum and boo, I am gettin' lazy,so I used the same one on FB!) haha
Prayers for all, and Happy Motoring Rev!

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81346: Hello all, had a busy day today. You all have a wonderful Thursday.

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81347:
Morning Porch

Kinda cold here the last few days dropping into the 20's at night.

MDC-Why you jingoist you. I am offended by your facts. Haven't you heard what a horrible country this is. My goodness, you must not watch Stewart, Maher, Behar (or what ever her name is), or Colbert.


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81348: Morning folks, stopping by to say Wake UP!

I stayed up too late last night, but watched tv until the last rescue worker was up safely. What a praise story and a story of working "together" rather than "againist" one another. Many lessons to be learned from this if folks will just pay attention.

Safe travels to Rev. Prayers for Boo, Hazel and everyone else in need.

nice fall weather on my end of the porch today.
We are considering taking a day road trip on Sunday to nearby Asheville, NC. About a 90 minute drive for us. My husband will be off, kids will both we home so I thought we could have a family day with no TV or distractions. the fall foliage should be pretty as well. hopefully things will work out.

guess that is about enough of me for now.

Lunch menu will be: grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings, chips, SLAW. tea, kool aid to drink. yellow cake with carmel icing for dessert.

Prayers and blessings!
Big Maude

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81349: mornin' Honeys and Dears. Beautiful day here in south texas. Plenty to do so I better split...be back on my coffee break. Who's making breakfast? I could spring for some taquitos.


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81350: Hey there Maude, you snuck in on me. Thank you for those prayers. :-)


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81351: Morning gang. Just got back from a week and a half trip to California. Saw what must have been old man Kelseys Ocean. Big!
Haven't had a chance to read any archives. Came back to a major mess at work. Bullet mold. Oh well. Glad the Bank still needs me, moldy bullets and all.


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81352:
AUh20- yup, i know what you mean. (:
Maudie- we're having "yellow cake" really?
Isnt that radioactive?? haha
Have a good day all and act like somebody!

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81353: Good morning, porch! Nice to see Frankie dropping by - always such a pleasure!

Sterling, I have been thinking the same thing that Boo mentioned. It seems apparent that your wife has some mental issues, and it's entirely possible that she could be bipolar. The hallmark of that condition is huge mood swings, and she certainly seems to exhibit that. Unfortunately, denial and resistance to treatment are also part of the condition. It's usually very difficult to get the individual to acknowledge that there's a problem, let alone to seek treatment and then follow through. Sometimes it takes a sentinal event to shake them up enough to realize that there is indeed a problem. This one is going to need a lot of prayer.

Boo, God bless you for hanging in there with little Raspberry. Without you, it's pretty certain she would not have made it. Oh, and I fully understand your distress at having to cause her any pain, even just with an injection. As a nurse, I've had to do a lot of things that were painful for my patients, and I just reminded myself that it was for their benefit, and went on with it. I will not, however, clip Toye Starr's nails, nor did I clip the Plum's. I did it once, she moved her foot just as I closed the clipper and it cut the quick. The little nail bled, Plum cried, and I cried, and the whole thing was just a mess. So, I take my little one to the vet for a "pawdicure" routinely. I think the problem is their total innocence, and the fact that they can't understand why someone they trust is hurting them. I can explain to a patient, and they should be able to handle it, but all an animal knows is that you're hurting them.

Well, I've got to get moving. Carpet cleaner man has been and gone, but I have laundry to do, a little sprucing up around the house, and yes - choosing the clothes I'm taking and getting them packed. We leave at dawn-thirty in the morning, and I haven't even got my luggage out of the closet. I worked Monday and Tuesday nights, had numerous errands yesterday and my own "pawdicure" to get, plus Joe and Jorge were here scalping the lawn and spreading fescue seed. They do all the work, but I still have to spend a bit of time in the project. So, here I am, just about eighteen hours before departure, and I don't even know what clothes I'm taking. Oh well. I'll get it done, I always do.

Great news about Jubi, and blessings to all. I'll check in once more before I leave, then I'll be out of touch until next Thursday at least. I'll be seeing REV on Thursday night, though, at his concert at my church. Aren't you all jealous? Anybody in striking distance of Irving, come on. It starts at 6:30, but be there by six, at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. You would be most welcome. Blessings! --Romeena

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81354:
Have a great cruise RO. Maybe you can say HEY from the ship's computer. Say hi to Alan for us too!
JOHN Masters, where are you?
APB for all missing porchsters.
I admit, I've been on FB site a bit lately, but i always come here too!

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81355: Boo - I have one goat (who is absolutely beautiful) but she hates me because I am the shot giver. She always tries to bite me but she loves the boys!!!

Have fun in your ocean going voyage - I bet you will pine for us on the porch cause we ain't with you. . . .

Asa - Ol Man Kelsey's got an ocean!!


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81356: HI ALL

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81357:
I suppose you all heard that the Chilean miners had found a back way out of the collapsed mine, but then they heard a radio broadcast about the big rescue plan, so they went back in and waited to be taken up in that special cage! (:
(Come on, I made ya at least smile, didn't I? )

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81358:
Hello porch family. Just checking in real quick before I head out tonight.

Spot....I'll be coming through the "Big A town" around midnight tonight. How bout keeping the traffic clear for me. I'll blow as I pass through.

Ro....have a great time on your cruise. See ya Thursday night when ya get back.

Well better get going. Got a few more thing to get done.
I'll check back in when ever I get to an area that I have service.
Love and prayers for all my porch family!

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81359:
MDC....you are a trip:)

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81360: Rev I will keep the roads clear for ya brother...hey Possum,MDC...Maude lets whup up some supper...I will light the smoker and throw on some beef and pork ribs..baked beans,maude slaw,corn on the cob....tomorrow night is Eagles concert for us!....SPOT

October 14, 2010 - Msg 81361: Ro, you explained that perfectly (about it being hard to treat animals). You know, this is a first for me but i am wondering if Raspberry has some brain damage. I don't know how long she was without oxygen while the dog had her around the neck but she is just acting really strange. She stares into space alot and her eyes look different...she just is not the same goat, thats for sure. She is getting more energetic, though. She gave me a scare today, though...she was in the hot sun all afternoon and would hardly move from that one spot on the porch but she started breathing rapidly and I thought something was very wrong so I called the goat guy who treated her at the vet. He told me to wet her down with the hose and that did the trick. But, it seems like she lacks the sense to move out of the sun even though she was overheated. I am also concerned about one of the ears, especially. Parts of the ear are just dead..you can smell the dead flesh and I am wondering if she is going to get a systemic infecetion and might need to have an amputation. I wish I knew more about what to expect. I called animal control today to find out if the dogs had been vaccinated and the officer didn't know! She has picked the dogs up twice and didn't require the owners to show any proof of vaccination?? She also told me that she had not been able to serve the citation to the owner because she refused to answer the phone or door. Now I am going to keep following up and probably end up taking legal action in a civil trial. What a mess. I'm not going to let these people or the city off the hook.

Better get to bed...been a long day but the weather was great most of the day.


October 14, 2010 - Msg 81362: Boo maybe the owner do not cair with the dg do butif it wad a a kid you know something would be done,


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81363:
Hi Tom, I hear ya brother. Let's pray that this gets resolved before anything else happens.

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81364: Thank you. Can't believe some people. Instead of messing around they should be thanking God that it was a goat and not someone's child.


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81365: Good Friday porch. just getting my work day started, looking forward to the week end.

I have a dentist appointment later this morning for general cleaning. One of my least favorite places to visit.

continued prayers for your situation Boo. This is more than just a case of an irresponsbile pet owner. Makes me wonder about the womans own personality and dispostion.

Good to see you Tom. Safe travels Rev.

Breakfast menu: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, jelly, apple butter, fresh fruit, krispey Kreme doughnuts (plain, filled, iced) coffee, tea, chocolate milk! somebody bring a paper please.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81366: Yes, me too, maude. Her husband is out of state most of the time and the woman is probably done dealing with everything. To me he sounds like he would rather just forget about his responsibilites at home or is extremely frustrated about his wife.

I found the number to the county supervisor of animal control and I am going to call him today and tell him about how the city has handled things and ask about my options.


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81367: Got voice mail when I called (why am I surprised?). Hopefully I will get a call back.

It is beautiful outside today!! 50 degrees when I took Erin to school. Going to be sunny with highs in the 80's this afternoon. I love fall. :-)

Better get on chores. Already turned the goats loose to graze and Raspberry seems to be doing much better today. Got some good advice from HM on how to treat her ears today.

Think maybe I will make some pumpkin bread if I have time later.


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81368: Hey Y'all! Boo, you keep fighting to get the necessary things done so that those dogs can't hurt any animal, or heaven forbid, a person in the future.

I also agree that Sterling's wife appears to have mental issues. At the very least,she is an emotional abuser. Ro was right about people with bipolar disorder fighting getting treatment. I have a friend whose wife is bipolar and he has had to literally hold her down to make her take her meds. As he describes it: "They crave the madness." Well said. I have both emotionally abusive and bipolar people in my life,so I understand how both Sterling and homemaker feel. Prayers for you both. It ain't easy.

How about meatloaf sandwiches for lunch? Y'all get over here before spot does- he turns into a hungry buzzard when you mention meatloaf!
possum under a rock

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81369: Did I say "both" enough times up there? Good grief!
BOTH!! There- I think I've got it outta my system now!
possum again

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81370:
Hey Folks

It is really autumny outside today. There were so many leaves on the driveway I had a hard time driving up it this morning, slippery like ice.

possum-I thought Both of your posts were fine.

Sterling & HM I have to reserve comment (insert favorite M*A*S*H quote here) but please know you are both in my prayers.

Boy, the media can't get enough of O'Donnell, I know I have though.

"It's not unusual, to be mad with anyone
It's not unusual, to be sad with anyone
but if I ever find that you've changed at anytime
it's not unusual to find out that I'm in love with you


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81371: Oh brother....not AGAIN.

Would someone turn off the Tom Jones?


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81372: Well she's all you'd ever want
She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner
Well she always knows her place
She's got style, she's got grace, she's a winner.

She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, she's a Lady
Talkin' about that little Lady, and the Lady is Boo.

Well she's never in the way
Something always nice to say, Oh what a blessing.
I can leave her on her own
Knowing she's okay alone, and there's no messing.

She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, she's a Lady
Talkin' about that little Lady, and the Lady is Boo.

Well she never asks for very much and I don't refuse her
Always treat her with respect, I never would abuse her.
What she's got is hard to find, and I don't want to lose her.
Help me build a mansion from my little pile of clay. Hey, hey, hey

Well she knows what I'm about,
She can take what I dish out, and that's not easy.
Well she knows me through and through,
She knows just what to do, and how to please me.

She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, she's a Lady
Talkin' about that little Lady, and the Lady is Boo.

Yeah yeah yeah, She's a Lady
Listen to me baby, She's a Lady
Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady
And the Lady is Boo

Yeah yeah yeah, She's a Lady
Talkin' about this little Lady
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
And the Lady is Boo

Yeah yeah, She's a Lady
And the Lady is BOO!

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81373: Hi, porch. Unfamiliar keyboard here, hope I can handle it. We're in Jacksonville, got in around 2 at the motel. We're sitting in the lobby, meeting old friends as they come in. Have already seen Floyd and Mrs. Floyd. They're doing great. Some other friends from previous years are here too - will probably go to dinner with them a little later. We will leave here around 11 in the morning to go to the ship and get aboard. Sailing is at 4 p.m.

I sure hated to leave little Toye Starr. Poor baby knew there was evil afoot, she was shaking like a leaf when I picked her up to put her in the bedroom. A good friend of mine will be there this evening, and will stay with her while I'm gone. She's in good hands, but she really hates for me to leave.

Boo, hang in there. Obviously the animal control system there is broken, and you have an opportunity to force them to fix it. Don't give up.

Well, gotta get off this computer, there are others waiting. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81374:
Boo,I would just like to go on record saying that message 81372 was NOT me! Really!
But darn, I wished I'd thought of it! haha

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81375: That wasn't you MDC?! I thought it had to be...ok, who is the mystery TOM JONES?...Auh2o?? HAHA. That is TOO funny.

Ro, how in the world did I miss that you were leaving for the cruise? I must have been out of it the last few days. Hope you have a wonderful time...think of us! Bon Voyage!


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81376:
So why do we say "Bon Voy ahge" instead of just "Good voyage?" ha

October 15, 2010 - Msg 81377:
Boo-You'll know when I'm signing Mr Jones. No offense to the mystery Joneser but I think that last bridge was a little off. I'm just saying.


October 15, 2010 - Msg 81378: Good grief, what is going on here on the porch? Looks like you have an admirer Boo.
Sorry to read about all the stuff you are dealing with Boo and Sterling.

Boy Auh2o. Tom Jones? Next you'll be taking off on Engelburt Humperdin k or even Andy Williams.

MDC, so Max Hall got the start and although not pretty, got the win huh? Hope he does well. We sure are missing him this year at the Y.

Well I hope all is well with everyone tonight. Friday night and it's pretty quiet. Maybe I should bark like a dog and see what happens?


October 16, 2010 - Msg 81379: Thanks again to you all, and hm and possum, thank you for sharing about your own lives. It is nice to know you are not alone with what you are going through.

Things have quieted down a bit here. Probably my letter, and prayer. I did call the pastor back to tell him it was a "joke" and the name wouldn't have to be changed. And he agreed, saying if we changed it she might be embarrassed because she would know we talked about it. And he said he would talk to the principal, again.
Well, when I returned from work Thursday, there was a note reminding about spirit week, with "cowboy and indian day" now changed to "western day". Naturally she asked me about it and what was said.
I was flummoxed because I thought this was taken care of. Either I didn't understand the pastor clearly, but I think I did, or he forgot to tell the principal, or the principal decided to go change it anyway, but somebody dropped the ball. I am beginning to wonder if someone wants Kai out of the school, because every time I think something is settled, it turns out the opposite.
I just told my wife that I told the pastor that "some indians" might take offense to it. And she took that pretty well, surprisingly. She has been a little lighter where the school is concerned; even reminding me to write some checks for Kai's lunch and school pictures, which were today. Kai almost didn't go to school today because she was woken up with a cough and didn't get back to sleep for about an hour. I really didn't want her to miss today because I wanted her to get her pictures done and her pictures with the whole class, especially if this is the last year she is going here. I still pray that it won't be. God has performed greater miracles than this, that's for sure.
Anyway, I called the school and found out that they weren't going to take pictures until later in the morning, so she didn't go in until ten and that gave her some added rest that she needed, the poor thing.

I'm sure you really hate to leave Starr too, Ro. Sad to imagine her shivering and scared in a darkened bedroom. But glad you have friends to come and take care of her. Enjoy your trip, and just think of how joyful a homecoming it will be for the both of you.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81380: Had a great dinner and nice time at the casino today. You all have a great and safe weekend.

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81381: Mornin' Y'all! Nah, it wasn't MDC who was imitating Tom Jones with a tribute to Boo,but I wonder just WHO it was?? Probably someone who thought twice before coming out from under their rock this morning- ha!
( Thought you could use a good laugh after the rough week you've had, Boo!)

possum under a rock

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81382: Yep, I had a feeling it was Possum doing the Tom Jones karoake. Thanks, you are a good buddy. :-)

Welcome home, Asa. You are always missed when you are away.

Glad things have calmed down on the homefront, Sterling. Hope you get a reprieve for awhile. Funny, I was thinking the same thing you did about school pictures. Erin had her's this week and I was thinking that it might be her last if her school closes after this year. I should find out something at the parent=teacher night on nov 1st. I don't know how erin would take the news. she wants to be homeschooled but would miss her friends and especially her teacher. She has the sweetest teacher..same one for going on 4 years. Since it is a small school, grades 1 through 4 have the same teacher and because of it the kids get very close to Mrs. Barbara. Seriously, if you could pick out exactly the kind of person you would want teaching your children, it would be her. She is probably about 60 and has the patience of Job. Never a harsh word to the children but they respect her. I always go out of my way to get her something special at christmas and an occassional thank you gift during the year. She really is a precious woman and if I know Erin, she will grieve for her if the school closes.

Planned to sleep in but woke up before sun-up again! Darn it, wonder what causes that?! I may have been able to fall back to sleep but here came Bruce, scootin' over on my side of the bed to cuddle. I wanted to slap his ears back and tell him to get back on his side of the bed....(just kidding).hehe

Better finish the coffee and let the goats out to graze.


October 16, 2010 - Msg 81383: hey gang .prayers for all in need .any one who watches tonights Sprint Cup race look for the "ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW" car #37 driven by Davey Blaney if you want to se some drawings of the car go to www.jayski.com/schemes/2010/37cup.htm and scroll to the bottom of the page. God Bless and have a great day

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81384: HEY everyone , the Jayski website now has a real picture of the Andy race car at the link on my last post ,its the first pic on the page

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81385: Great picture of the Andy car, thanks for the post Mayberry Deputy.

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81386:
RIP Barbara Billingsly of "Leave it to Beaver" fame. She was the nicest lady on and off screen.
She was 94!!!
Hope you are all having a good Saturday.
Prayers for all!

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81387:
Asa- Yup, Max is a local boy from Mesa High.
He did well last week. Cards have a bye week tomorrow.