February 23, 2011 - Msg 82751: Thanks for the well-wished but I had to cancel the appointment because Eris was much sicker today. I had to take her to the doctor instead (like you said, Romeena, there is a compensation for everything. hehe). No waffle iron for me but turns out poor Erin tested positive for the flu and she has congestion in her lungs. Still running fever and feeling bad, too. Doc started her on some meds to help her..I just hope it doesn't make her sick to her stomach because her appetite is really poor right now.

I am just so tired...I think I will take some Vit C and go lie down on the couch for a little bit before finishing dinner.


February 23, 2011 - Msg 82752: "wishes" that is...and Erin, not Eris...I am really tired! haha


February 23, 2011 - Msg 82753:
Good sweep Boo, but so sorry about Erin. She will certainly be in my intersessory prayer today.
God bless,

February 23, 2011 - Msg 82754: Hey Y'all!
I hope all are well! Hoping Erin gets better really quick, Boo.

Rev- Yes, I am very worried, but we are not trying to seem upset as Michaela is worried enough for us all. We have her in counseling, so hopefully it will be okay.

Well, y'all have a nice evening. The porch has been so slow lately! We need more to come rock with us.


February 23, 2011 - Msg 82755: Hope Erin feels better soon.Lots of sickness going around-my whole family has been hit by strep throat, colds, sinus infections, flu-like illnesses. Me, Mr. Possum, Laci and her mom. My daughter( Laci's mom) is on her 3rd round of antibiotics for a very bad ear infection that will not clear up. Prayers would be appreciated-we are sick of being sick! Thanks, y'all!
possum again

February 23, 2011 - Msg 82756: Prayers for all you sick ones out there. I think we're all healthy at the moment. Actually, I pretty much stay that way, except for the chronic back-related things. I have cardiac issues and diabetes, but that all is in good control and doesn't bother me. I very rarely get any of the infectious things that go around. I guess that's another of those compensation things. The older you get, the fewer colds and such that you get. By the time you get to be my age, you've seen them all before, your body just shrugs them off with a "ho-hum" and keeps on going. One problem, though - when I DO get a cold it's usually a doozy. Also, strep throat seems to hit whenever it chooses, whether you've had it before or not. I don't get a bad throat but once every few years, but when I do, it lays me low for several days.

Well, Joe has come and gone. We dug out the old broken biological filter for the pond - the one my grandson stepped on and broke the connection. I'm not convinced the thing was doing any good anyway, so rather than try to fix it (probably impossible), or replace it (no way), I'm just trashing it. I hooked up the lines without it, and I think it will be fine. I think the UV light will do more to keep the water algae free than that silly filter ever did. We also planted three "Angel Face" rose bushes, and then the rain started. The last one, and the four that are still due to arrive, will go in a new area in the front, which hasn't been dug yet, and we got rained out for today. So, Monday will find me out there in the dirt again. My favorite place. I love to play in the dirt. I did it as a child, and I still do. It just makes me happy to plant something and watch it grow.

Well, guess I'll go round up something to eat. I'm not very hungry, maybe just a can of soup. Sounds good on a rainy evening. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 23, 2011 - Msg 82757:
Hello porch family.

Prayers for all the sickness on the porch. Seems like it is all over the country. My daughter says she is feeling bad tonight also. Boy I pray I stay healthy with all the studio sessions coming up.

Love and prayers!

February 23, 2011 - Msg 82758:
Rev, sounds like it's oregano oil time!! ha
Rest well porchsters, and if you didnt look in the last archive, I posted a deal about Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod! (:

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82759: VICKS!!!...there!...somebody besides Homemaker had to say it.


February 24, 2011 - Msg 82760:
How bout if I just mix the oregano and vicks together....now that would be a rub down I'd never forget...lol

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82761: Probably do you some good. ;-)


February 24, 2011 - Msg 82762: Good afternoon porch, hope everyone is feeling a bit better today!

been busy on my end of the porch this week, not much time to pull up a chair til now. A very rainy dreary day today around this end of the porch. would of been a good day to sleep in and just be lazy but here I am working away. :(

lots of folks around here are sickly with one thing or the other. lots of flu, stomach bugs and such. We are trying to stay healthy, washing hands and such but no matter where you go some folks are not as careful so the bugs keep moving around.

looks like I need to rustle up so warm comfort food for us today: homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled ham and cheese sandwhiches, pickles, and chips for those who want them. tea, lemonade to drink. warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. that should make us all feel better.

better get back to work. have a blessed day. feel better and don't forget your pills!

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82763: oh that was me up there.
Big Maude

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82764:
Mmmm, gooood, thanks Maude! Soup always hits the spot. Good day to all,

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82765: jes' lookin' in on y'all.. long time no see!
made a new bookmark, so mebbe I'll be around more.
**peanutbutter hugs** to all, an' prayers to them what needs 'em.
~~love, Leon

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82766:
Hello porch family.

Welcome back Leon

Maude...thanks for the soup and sandwiches. Sure was good!

Gonna be back in the recording studio all day tomorrow doing overdubs so I won't be back till Saturday.

Love and prayers!

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82767: Well Hello gang!gosh been busy landscaping around the dog house..60 plus bails of pine straw so far...looks good...hey Rev,Maude,possum,Leon,Ro,Boo,MDC,Lusy,hazel,hm,Tom and all the porch people missing!...paryers to all....since it looks like we all had soup for lunch I will take care of supper: Grilled Ribeye steaks,greenbeans,scalloped cheese potatoes,sauteed mushrooms and onions with a pinch of fresh garlic,texas toast,garden salad and dressing of yer choosing,sweet tea,h20,apple pie with icecream...Boo will you bring the evening paper?..will light the cyber grill at about 6:30 est...Love ya porch! SPOT

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82768:
"Air and water's free, we don't make no charge for that."

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82769: "...thirty cents a ding"

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82770: Good evening, porch. On my way to work, but wanted to say hey - so hey! By the way, has anyone seen Tom? It's been quite a while since we've heard from him. Check in, please, Tom. We miss you!

Well, gotta run. After tonight, I'm off until Monday, so will be glad to get this one behind me. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

February 24, 2011 - Msg 82771:
Hello porch family.

Spot....make mine med-well....sounds yummy

Ro....hope you have an easy night at work and enjoy your weekend.

Yep I was wondering about Tom also.

Let me get back to answering emails. I had tons of them today.
Love and prayers!

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82772:
Hey Folks

Spring hasn't quite sprung here yet. Nothing too bad but windy and cold today with about 10-12 inches of snow on tap.

Thank ya'll for the prayers for my mom. The news isn't so great for her recovery. However, for her trip "home" she should be comfortable and pain free.

Thanks again Porch,

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82773:
G'day porch! AUH20, I will continue my prayers, and include you in there too, my friend.
I hope you all have a good wkend.
The first spring training games are this weekend here. Good to smell the freshly cut grass, but the weather may be a bit rainy. That will also affect the NASCAR race at PIR.
My prayers continue for the world, the folks in New Zealand, Tripoli, etc. Lord be with us.

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82774: APB for STERLING, TOM, KYGIRL etc. Hope all is OK.

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82775:
AUNT BEE:I was admiring your hearty appetite.
BRISCOE:I bet it does your heart good to see a real eater at work, huh?

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82776: Ok gang this is the plan..(last minuite)..great weather here in Ga so its a party at the dogs Red Barn!..I will fire up the Big smoker and put on a few chickens and boston butts!bake beans with bacon,Maude slaw and garlic toast...Sticky Fingers BBQ sauce (man is it good) yall have it where yall are anybody?..dancing after supper and a 4-wheeler riding and banjo picking!...camper will be open for those who want to stay!....shin-dig starts at 7:00...SPOT

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82777: Thank you for the update on your mother, Auh2o...bless her heart.

I think it is time for a little TAGS quiz. In how many episodes does Andy appear in bare feet?


PS-APB for Asa and Sterling.

"I heard about your bullet, Barney. It's beautiful"

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82778: I'll join you, Spot, and count me in on the dancin'. I've been taking lessons on the cha-cha-cha. oh, and count me in for the camper too...I may need to stay...

February 25, 2011 - Msg 82779: Hey there Hazel. Good to see you...will you teach me the cha-cha-cha? I wanna dance with Al.


"I like you Mrs. Mendlebright....sniff."

February 26, 2011 - Msg 82780:
They're playing our song Hazel, no time for punch. ha
SPot- the party sounds grand, and yes sir, we have that BBQ sauce here! It even helps perk up hoot owl pie! ha
Boo- you been watchin those DVDs again havent you? ha
Boo's buying at the Denny's for breakfast.
Sweet dreams,

February 26, 2011 - Msg 82781: Thanks for b-fast Boo!...after the barn party we need a good meal!..Hazel thanks for making up the bed in the camper!...lunch?...Wendys! yea thats Wendys...on me...SPOT

February 26, 2011 - Msg 82782:
Hello porch family.

Got done this morning around 2am from the studio from another session. It's still going really good.

Got to get ready now for a day out with my wife and daughter.

Ya'll have a great day!
Love and prayers

February 26, 2011 - Msg 82783: Right, MDC! With Erin home sick all week, we watched mega TAGS marathons. :-)

Glad its going well in the studio, REV!


February 27, 2011 - Msg 82784: Good Sabbath porch. MDC asked me to pop in and say hey. Hope you are all well.


February 27, 2011 - Msg 82785: Hi porch friends! MDC let me know there was an apb out for me,and I sure have missed all of you,so I'm just checking in to say Hey,and thank you all for thinking about me.I'm doing well,just been busy with work and life in general.Also,I don't have internet access at home so I am using a friends computer.Boo,my family has had a cold of some type for going on two weeks,it sure does knock the energy out of you.We are having beautiful weather today,andI pray it is here to stay.I've had enough snow and ice,and gloomy days.Spot,when do you start planting your garden? I'm waiting anxiously for tomatoes to start coming up,can't wait to get some fried green tomatoes.I'm going to try to read some of the posts on this page and a little of the archives to catch up with all the happenings.You all take care and be blessed!-ky girl

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82786: Aw darn it,just two posts up I see I missed a barn party!Now I know my martini glass skirt and hoop earrings would have fit in perfect!lol!-ky girl

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82787: Just read up a little farther and I see I missed sleeping in Spots camper too,I forgot how much fun we have on this porch!-ky girl

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82788: Good afternoon, porch. Just got home from preachin' - we had a revised schedule this morning, started later than usual, just one service instead of our usual two, and it was very nice. My friend Joan who has been out since early November with two different back surgeries - was back today. In a wheelchair, but she was there. She hopes to get rid of the chair in the next week or so, and be on her walker for a while, then a cane, and then (God willing) she'll be back to her independent little self, with no "helpers" at all. Her doctor wanted her to go into a "rehab facility" - read nursing home - until she was on her feet. She refused, because our class had already figured it all out. One of her daughters was there at night part of the time, and a class member stayed with her at night when the daughter couldn't. Our class took morning or afternoon shifts with her, staying until the night person got there, so she was never left alone. The therapists came to the house, and she has done just beautifully. I think the class is going to one shift now, arriving about mid-morning, taking care of lunch, and leaving around 3 or 4 p.m., and she'll be alone until the night person gets there. We may soon stop the night person as well. She gets up to the bathroom on her own now, so a night sitter is really not needed. God is good.

There are robins running all over my yard. I do mean running! Don't robins ever fly?? The beautiful, goofy little things just skitter around the yard all day. They don't hop, they run, and they are very, very busy. Woe unto any worm that makes an appearance, because he'll be pulled out like a rubber band and quickly consumed. It's hilarious! The worm may not find it so funny, but it sure is comical from my window.

I just spoke with Tom on the phone. He's okay. He's been sick, but is doing better. His stepdad is in the hospital with a sick spell - not sure exactly what, but my guess would be pneumonia. Tom expects him home in a few days. I told him we'd been missing him, and he was very appreciative. He said he'll be back on the porch soon.

Well, time to scare up some lunch. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82789: Boo,when I saw the Vicks post from you and Rev,I just remembered something that happened and when it did I thought of the Porch.My 15 yr old had a stuffy nose,and I said get the Vicks jar.I meant for her to rub on her nose and chest.I looked at her and she had the Vicks jar holding it under her nose.She said,"Yeah it helps now,but what about when I go to bed?" Guess I should have specified rubbing it under her nose and on her chest!lol!-ky girl

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82790: Wow! Look who popped in while I wasn't looking! Asa and ky girl! Welcome back, strangers. Let's not let this happen again, okay? We miss you when you're not here. The porch just isn't the same without all of you. --Romeena

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82791: For cryin' out loud! I would have sworn I closed that thing. OK, here goes.
There, that should do it! --Romeena

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82792: Hi Romeena! Glad to hear your friend from church is doing better.-ky girl

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82793: Hey there Asa and KYgirl! Great to see you both, thanks for checking in. I laughed at your Vicks post because that is what Sean has been doing ALL day...holding the jar of Vicks under his nose to stop the coughing fits! ha ha!

Been a windy and warm day here in south texas. We are starting to get green grass coming up in the yard and we let the goats and Thelma Lou out to graze so they have been napping on the porches today. So funny looking! At one time around noon, I looked out there and all three goats, the donkey and both big dogs were sleeping on the back porch at the same time. We have become such rednecks.

I had the pleasure (sarcastically) of trimming all three goat's hooves today and it is a chore. Strangely enough, the baby goat was the best and hardly fought us at all. The baby's mother was a real handful and fought us alot. Oh well, life on the farm. I don't know how Homemaker does it with all of hers!

Would like to chat longer but have to go do some chores.


PS-Ro, your ss class certainly knows the meaning of brotherly love. Impressive!

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82794: Hey Gang..ky girl Pop and I usually look at the week of Mothers day to start the first bunch of tomatoes,just have to play it with the weather. Romeena glad ya talked to Tom..Boo sounds like you have been busy!..hey Possum,Rev look for the food truck...speaking of food...any leftovers?..busy here at work....prayers and I will check babk in just a bit...SPOT

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82795: hey, y'all~~
MDC, you're in Phoenix? I'm in Phoenix! funny, though, the race looked the same on TV as anywhere else.. still, it felt kinda special.
~~Love, Leon

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82796:
Hello porch family....the porch is a little more active today....great!

Ro...so glad to hear that Tom is doing ok....thanks for checking in on him.

Boo...you are so right...that is an act of true brotherly love with Ro's ss class. But to be honest with you, I've met some of these folks and it don't suprise me at all.

Good to see Asa and kygirl back. Ya'll don't be strangers. We've been keeping your rockers dusted off.

Race fans...good one today. Jeff broke his streak.
MDC...you folks out there put on a good race:)

Well I'm off to bed. Got a busy day tomorrow.

You all have a great night's sleep and a Jesus filled day tomorrow.
Love and prayers!

February 27, 2011 - Msg 82797: Well, have to pass this tip on to you...I think we discovered something that works better than vicks. Sean was having a coughing fit so I looked on the internet for ways to stop a cough and one article suggested a slice of fresh ginger in the mouth. I happened to have some so I slice a small piece and told sean to put it on his tongue and bite down on it. Well, that stuff was HOT!..like a pepper but he spit it out and no more coughing. Haha. Hope it keeps working.


February 28, 2011 - Msg 82798:
Haha, Boo, it may have just been the jolt! Next time try cayane pepper! ha But glad it worked.
Love the visual of the animals on the porch too!
Well boo,I finally bought a new vacumn. Tell Sean I got the hoover windtunnel. Seemed the best for the price. We shall see.
Yup, great race REV! hey to LEON, I have been the solo AZ porchster for some time. Glad to have you on board. 54 today, but to be 75 by Wed. Spring baseball too, ya gotta love it here this time of year!
ASA and KY Girl, thanks for answering my clarion call for you two. In this crazy world today, we need the likes of you two, ha.
RO- thanks for the troublecheck with TOM. Prayers for him and his stepdad.
Great party SPOT. I TOLD you kygirl would be a lookin' for the martini skirt!! (: ha
Well, let's end the evening with a chorus
of Church in the Wildwood...

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82799: 'Scuse me, but I think I'd stop coughing too, if somebody was going to make me bite a piece of raw ginger if I kept it up! (heehee) --Romeena

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82800: Good luck with the Windtunnel...we have had one or two of those and they are pretty good. Hoover is a good brand.

The weather is lovely here this morning. Had a little front that moved through enough to cool things off to a nice temperature. I sat on the front porch at dawn and drank my coffee and just chatted with the Lord for a bit.

Yep, Ro..it was so funny. I gave him a slice and told him to just give it a gentle bite and he started chewing. You should have seen the look on his face...eyes got big and he spit it out in a hurry. It sure did work, though. haha

Better get Erin up for school. Have to take Sean to the doctor and go to the store but will try to check in later.


February 28, 2011 - Msg 82801: Morning porch, a rainy windy Monday on my end of the porch. There are even some tornado warnings/watches being posted. Guess I had better hide out at O'Malleys for the day.

lets have a late breakfast today: scambled eggs, bacon,sausage, french toast with maple syrup and powdered sugar for toppings. fresh fruit, cofee, tea, white or chocolate milk, Maybe SPOT will fetch the paper on his way in.

Gosh, so sorry for all the sickness a going around. so far so good for the folks at my house. Lots of other folks sick around my area though. Sunday school and church attendance was down yesterday and apparently lots of sick school kids as well.

better get to work. feel better everyone! use that VICKS and don't forget to take your pills!

Big Maude

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82802: That lady druggist won't give me my pills!!


February 28, 2011 - Msg 82803: Thanks, Boo, and REV, for the kind words about my SS class. We're a pretty close-knit group, for sure. We have newcomers, and some who have been with the class for the whole 38 years I've been part of it, and everything in between. Usually it takes just one or two visits for someone to decide to get on board. Don't join our class if you don't want to work, though! Our teacher, Pat, will commit us at the drop of a hat, to do anything that needs to be done. Then she tells us about it! Every year before Christmas, we pack the shoeboxes for the Samaritan's Purse project - we shipped over a hundred boxes this past Christmas. We pass an envelope every Sunday, and each person puts in what they can or want to contribute. This is over and above the regular tithe to the church, of course. That fund sends $95 each month to a pastor in a little church in Romania, and $50 to our missionary in Mongolia. We had a little excess this month, so we sent enough money to the Samaritan's Purse livestock endeavor to buy six goats and fourteen chickens for needy families in a Third World country. If you're familiar with the Heifer International organization, this is the same plan. Ingenious.

Recently we learned through a school board contact that there are over a thousand homeless students in Irving. That doesn't necessarily mean they're living on the streets, but they have no permanent home. Some are living with relatives or friends, some in shelters, whatever. Anyway, obviously they don't have the money for backpacks and supplies. So the church as a whole went to work on it, and in all 1028 backpacks were purchased and outfitted with the necessary school supplies. Our class had just given away about forty filled backpacks at the start of school in September, but we got into this drive as well. Also, once or twice a year we make up "welcome baskets" that are given to people who have just moved into a couple of low-rent apartments. We fill the baskets with helpful little things - sponges and scrubbers, dish soap, personal soap, toothbrushes, tissues, washcloths, notepad and pen, just anything someone might need. Of course, we tuck a New Testament in as well, and a little flyer inviting them to our church. We take care of our own, as we did with Joan, but we try to reach out to the community as well. The investment of time, money and energy is small compared to the return we get. That just can't be measured. God is good.

Well, guess I'd better run a couple of errands, and see if I can scare up some lunch. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82804:
Gomer: "What time's the gold truck comin' through?"
Andy: "Barney!!!"
Barney: "Well he's a deputy! He had to know!"
Andy: "I told you not to tell it!"
Gomer: "Barney didn't tell me. I got it from Laura Lee Hobbs up at the dime
Andy: "Laura Lee Hobbs?!! ...Yeah, it looks like it leaked out all right." (:

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82805:
Hi gang, good to see more folks out and about.
Well, we got snow in Phoenix Saturday eve/Sunday morning! Sure, most of it melted as it hit the ground, but this only happens about once every twenty years here. I don't know if our new porchster Leon, had any however.
Ro, your group is a real treasure! wow.
Talk about faith in action! (:
Rev, Spot,MD, jeff gordon back in the winners circle.
A few more hours and bye bye February.
Good day all,

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82806:
Howdy porch family...supose to get some high winds and possible storms tonight here on this end of the porch. We were going to a ballgame tonight but they have already called it off.

Boo....you know you are wrong doing poor Sean that way...hehe I know that set him ablaze. They claim if you put a little piece of ginger in your mouth it will also help a sore throat. I tried once.....notice I said once....and it set my mouth on fire.

Maude....thanks for brunch!

Spot...did ya'll get any storms your way? Ya'll normally get them before we do.

Love and prayers to all my porch family!

February 28, 2011 - Msg 82807:
Andy: "Barney, you're gettin' all steamed up over this. Why don't you just
take the rest of the day off? Go on over to the drug store and have a nice
lunch. The business man's special is a hollered out tomato stuffed with
avacodo and raisins. It's good too! Then top things off with a lemon
phosphate and you're right in business... Take a walk on over to the Grand,
watch 'em change the marquee... Well you always enjoyed that!"


February 28, 2011 - Msg 82808: Well Ro, it's like James said, "Faith without works is dead."...your ss class is definitely NOT dead. ;-)

Well REV, I guess once your mouth was burnt, you didn't notice your throat as much. *wink*

Thanks, Quoteman!


March 01, 2011 - Msg 82809: Mornin' Y'all- I figured I'd better check in before the posse comes looking for me. Was busy keeping Laci this past weekend- now I find out she's sick again with an ear infection and strep throat! 2nd bout with that danged strep throat. This morning I woke up coughing and with a sore throat,so chances are I have strep again as well.
I am sick of being sick!!
Anyway, y'all stay well- lots of germs floating around.
Have a good day- love to all!
possum under a rock

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82810: possum- prayers for our dear laci. seems like you cannot shake that bug. so good to see everyone this morning. prayers for all i need. well indiana finaly gets up to forty nine degrees today. haet stroke for sure. we set our clocks ahead on the thirteenth. what is for supper? mdc are you a cookin tonight. catch you all later. pappa bear

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82811:
Possum, you can get an antibiotic for it or take
some natural oregano and echinacea! (:
Your immune system needs building up, that's why you keep getting the relapses. Here is a good link
to what's good for the system and what's BAD.
My prayers will also be with you.
Good day to all porchsters!!

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82812: Morning porch, hope everyone is feeling better today. a sunny day morning on my end of the porch, hope it stays that way.

Got up this morning to get ready for work and there was NO WATER! nary a drop was coming out of the faucet. made it very frustrating to get ready for work. I had an 8 am client scheduled so I needed to be on time and I am sure they appreciate the fact that I have showered and look relatively presentable. I used a gallon of distilled water we had and made do so I could make it on time. Apparently all the rain we had yesterday caused some type of turbidity problem and an electrical problem at the waste water treatment facility so they shut the water pump off leaving about 2,000 homes without water! Guess I was not the only one who had a "bird bath" this morning. :) Hopefully it will be fixed by the time I get home.

Prayers for Possum and Laci today. I have had a couple clients sick this week and unable to come in. I would rather they stay away if they are sick rather than passing it on to me.

Lunch menu will be: roast beef sandwhiches, chips, pickles, SLAW, oatmeal raisin cookes/chocolate chip cookies/peanut butter cookies for dessert. tea, kool aid to drink.

Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82813: Wow Lunch sounds great Maude...spoon me out a double helping of slaw...yard work today...washing the truck...back in a bit ..SPOT

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82814: Thanks for that link, MDC. I don't like taking medicine,but something natural/herbal I don't mind. The doctor said that Laci's strep is viral,so not much antibiotics would do for it anyway, I guess. She's on them just as protection because she's had heart issues.
I'm not totally certain that I have strep again, and I pray not. Maybe I'm feeling bad from all the crying I did yesterday when I found out my high school band teacher died. If I wake up tonight with a killer sore throat, I'll know it's strep.
Laci is feeling kinda rough, so appreciate the prayers for her.
Save me some of that Maude slaw!
possum again

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82815:
Howdy porch family.

Maude..... sure hope you got that water back on. You don't realize how much you use it till it's off.

Possum....prayers that you get over that stuff and get feeling like a chipper possum rather than a poosam:)

Well better get ready to go. We're going to a baseball game. My daughter's boyfriend is a teacher and he coaches the high school team so we're going to cheer them on. It's turned a little chilly so gotta dress warm.

Love and prayers!

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82816:
Ooopps...that was suppose to be -REV..
That's the first time I've ever done that. I guess because I was just sending a bunch of emails out and it just came out automatic.


March 01, 2011 - Msg 82817:
Rev, etc, I think it's because of facebook too! ha
I've almost done it here myself recently.
Possum, sorry to hear of your band teacher. I lost three great HS teachers in 2010. The torch is definitely being passed along.
Keep up your strength. Prayers for you and yours.

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82818: Oh and hey to pappabear!!!

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82819:
BARNEY: Hi, sweetie-pie!
(pauses for a response)
BARNEY: Oh, hello Frank.

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82820: REV, I was skimming through your post and thought I read something about you wearing a dress to a baseball game! Had to go back and read more carefully. I thought you were pulling a Barney there for a minute.

Hope you feel better soon, Possum! Sean is finally doing better today but still having some coughing. Poor little Emily has pneumonia.

Better go finish dinner.


Barney: "What's a matter?! Haven't you ever seen a man take off a dress before!"

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82821: Hee Hee...Hey "Rocky" er Rev....SPOT

March 01, 2011 - Msg 82822:

Nope Boo....a dress would have been a little too chilly tonight....lol

Spot....did you get your yard work done yet?

MDC...how's your DBs looking for this year?

Well ya'll have a great night and a Jesus filled day tomorrow!
Love and prayers

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82823: Good mornin' y'all. I sure thank you all for the prayers. I'm not sure that I have strep throat this time,but I have something. Fever, coughing.. I'm thinking it's the same flu-like viral illness that Mr. Possum had last week. If so,it'll run its course soon. But Laci has strep and hasn't been feeling too swift. Hopefully she'll bounce back soon.

Sorry to hear of little Emily having pneumonia, Boo. Poor little girl!

I had to stop and think "Who is Rocky?" ha ha Thank you, Rev. And you too MDC. My band teacher was the best. Sorry for the loss of your teachers.

Well, guess I'll stay under my rock so I won't pass this bug to anybody else.Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82824: Good morning, porch! I'm up earlier than usual, got to be out in Southlake by 9:15, to see another back doctor. I hope this one has some answers. I'm really getting tired of this.

It's a beautiful morning, a little cloudy, a little cool at 48 degrees, but it will warm up. I love a morning like this, because the squirrels are very active. I can see them running everywhere. The trees are starting to leaf out though, so it won't be long before I'll lose the view of all the scampering through the trees on the other side of my back fence. When there are no leaves, it's amazing how much activity takes place back there. The busy-ness doesn't stop when the leaves come out, but I won't be able to see it anymore. No matter, though. There will be plenty going on right in my own yard, and I have a perfect ringside seat for all of that. I love it!

There's that big silly robin again. He's just racing around the yard like a roadrunner! Every few seconds he stops and seems to be listening, then shuffles around in the grass with his feet and his beak. Sometimes he pulls up a worm, sometimes not, but he sure does try. I just love sitting here, watching all the critters. I've done a lot back there to make the environment attractive to them, and it has been worth every penny and every drop of sweat. Such fun!

Well, gotta get moving. There's no predicting the traffic on the way out to Southlake. There's so much construction. Sometimes it moves along pretty well, and sometimes you wish you'd brought your lunch. Blessing, friends! --Romeena

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82825: Oh, good morning to you, Possum! I'm sorry you and little Laci are sick. I know you're treating Laci's strep - with her little heart and all, she doesn't need strep. You all stay in, stay warm and do what the doc tells you, okay?

Tom, are you feeling better? How about your stepdad - is he home yet? Check in, please!

And REV, stop using those aliases and for pete's sake, don't let anyone see you in a dress! I doubt if you've got the legs for it. --Romeena

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82826: Yes, better keep wearing pants, REV...*snicker*.

One of those mornings when I am draggin' around trying to get everything done. You know, sometimes this home schooling thing is very difficult. I just want to go back to be but too much to do. I had two really bad dreams last night that woke me up and had alot of trouble sleeping. I think it was the spaghetti I made for supper...it sort of laid on my chest.

Better get crackin'.

Hope you and Laci are feeling well soon, Possum. I have been keeping up with Mavis on facebook and the poor girl is having a terrible time with a bad cough/infection.


March 02, 2011 - Msg 82827:
Ro, and your education was worth every penny too! ha So neat of you to accomodate God's little ones that way.
REV-DBacks actually seem serious at winning this year. Finally got some pitching again.
All- have a great day in the Lord.

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82828:
Morning porch family

Ro....don't worry....no dresses:)

Boo...the attack of the giant spaghetti....hope you get more rest tonight

Possum....continued prayers for you and little Laci.

You all have a great day!
Love and prayers

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82829:
Hey there MDC....sorry if I stepped on your toe. Glad those DBacks are in good form.

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82830: Thanks, REV...teehee...I think I will find something less threatening to eat for dinner tonight.


March 02, 2011 - Msg 82831: Thanks for the kind words, MDC. I've always had a passion for animals, since I was a little bitty kid. Used to drive my mom crazy, dragging home stray cats and dogs, fallen baby birds, you name it. I was constantly begging and pleading for a horse (we lived in town) and finally got one when we moved to the country. I come by the trait honestly, though. My mom once brought home a pitiful little puppy she found under her car. We put it in the garage, I went out and slid a bowl of milk under the door for it, and it bit me on the finger, drawing blood. Then during the night, it proceeded to die. Tests showed it was rabid, so at the age of eleven, I got to take the rabies series. Not fun.

None of that dampened my interest in animals, though. I just get a happy feeling when I'm with critters, or even just watching them from my window. I think God gave me that connection, because it gives me great joy, and the least I can do is to provide for them in my small way. I guess they don't really need me to feed them - their Father takes care of them, according to the scripture - but it makes me happy to do it.

Boo, I'm sorry you're feeling poorly this morning. I guess we just have those days. I'm feeling pretty good myself, generally speaking. If I can just get this back thing fixed, I'll feel wonderful! I just got back from seeing the spind doc, and he's going to do more steroid injections, but this time he wants to infiltrate the area where the chest tube damaged the nerves, rather than going to the root of the nerve at the spine. He said he'll just "flood" the damaged area and see if that won't help. Makes sense to me, and I'm willing, so Monday afternoon it will be done.

Well, Joe is here to enlarge a flowerbed out front to accommodate the roses I ordered, so guess I'd better get out there. It will go like this: Joe - "How do you want this to look? What do you want to do?" Me - "Whatever you think will be just fine with me." Joe - "Okay, what if we, etc." I learned long ago to trust his judgment over mine, and I've never been sorry.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82832: No, I don't know what a "spind doc" is, though I imagine it's something like a "spine doc." And I proofread, too! Scary!

We got a lot of work done. Joe enlarged a bed that runs along the driveway out front, made it like a bell curve out into the yard. That gave a lot of room in it, and he built it up about a foot high on the yard side, so it's like a low berm. He planted three rose bushes on the mounded edge, and another in a corner at the top of the bed. There's one more bush to be planted, but it was back-ordered, will be delivered tomorrow (naturally.) So Joe just dug the hole and I'll plant the bush when it gets here.

Beautiful day here. Soft breeze, 72 degrees, everything is budding - there even a few iris buds starting to rise. Another three or four weeks and things are going to look a lot different around here - lots of color! I love it!

Blessings, porch. --Romeena

March 02, 2011 - Msg 82833:
Goodnight porch family....sleep good and chat with ya tomorrow!

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82834: Rev My yard work just goes on and on!..put out 20 more bails of straw today and got to make sure the burn pile is out before bed..its Looking good!.....well its work for me tomorrow.and hey Romeena,Possum,hazel,Tom,MDC,My friend Boo and all...lets get the Waffle House thing going on in the morning!(scattered,covered,chunked,smothered,diced,topped,..double order for me please....prayers Love ya porch...Boo will you bring a local paper to b-fast?...Mavis!! apb....SPOT

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82835: Ok SPOT...Waffle House and the paper...see you there. :-)

Sure hope you get some relief from your discomfort, Ro. Prayers. :-)

Up at 4am, darn it. Bruce didn't shut the bedroom door when he came to bed and the cat woke me at 4 wanting out. I woke up feeling anxious...you know how when you wake up in the night it seems like every potential problem or concern hits you while you lie there so I got up to sit on the porch for a minute. Will now read a bible verse or two and try to go back to bed. See you later.


March 03, 2011 - Msg 82836:
Morning porch. RO- your gardens sound wonderful.
That Jorge is a keeper!
Prayers for possum, tom, and boo.
Spot-braves look good this year?
Not much doing here, 'cept work! ha
80 today!
Much love,

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82837: Good morning, everyone! Wow, is it beautiful here today! Sun is shining, skies so clear, breezy and pleasant at 50 degrees and climbing, buds on everything, birds and squirrels so busy, pond fountains flowing and when that last rose arrives today (as promised) I'll get out there and plant it. I just love this time of year, don't you?

Yep, Jorge is a keeper. Joe relies on him, and apparently pays him what he's worth. I like Jorge a lot. When I first met him, he spoke almost no English, and was extremely shy. We managed to converse on a basic level since I do speak some Spanish, and I found him to be a simple, honest man who wants the best he can provide for his family. I encouraged him to learn more English, and we made a bargain. I'll teach him English when he's here, and he teaches me Spanish. A win-win thing. Later, he and his wife enrolled in ESL classes, and both have made a lot of progress, especially Jorge. I wouldn't say he's fluent, but he's come a long way. He's starting to understand little jokes in English, and that's a good measure of comprehension in any language. As a worker, he's competent and best of all, he's willing and is a self-starter. I've never seen him just sitting, or leaning on his shovel. He's busy from the time he hits this yard until he leaves. When he leaves here, he goes to his second job at a fried chicken place. As far as I'm concerned, this man deserves a green card, and a pathway to citizenship. Things will have to change in the laws before that can happen for him, and I hope those changes come. It seems to me that if we made it a lot easier for good people with a clean record to come in legally, then only those who have unsavory backgrounds would enter illegally. Stop tying the hands of the INS officers and allow them to profile. Only those who can't produce legal papers would have reason to object. Those who can would be proud to show them. That would allow the officers to find and deal with the illegals much more easily. Employers would be able to hire legal immigrants because there would be plenty of them, and they would then refuse to hire illegals. Right now, an illegal can be anyone from a hard-working person seeking a better life, to a criminal with a past so unsavory that even their own country doesn't want them. With my little plan, "illegal" would almost always translate to "criminal" and they should be treated as such and deported. Mexico will fight such a plan, because they see America as a pop-off valve for their huge criminal population, a trash can where they can dump their unwanted citizens. That explains why all the border guards are on the U.S. side - there's nobody on the other side trying to stop people from leaving, and of course there's no one trying to enter. Something has to change.

Well, sorry about that. You didn't ask for it, but it's on my heart. I know a lot of good people who are basically fugitives, and their only crime was doing whatever it took to get their children into a safe environment, where they could learn and grow and have an opportunity for a better life.

Well, got errands to run, and have to work tonight, so I guess I'd better get at it. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82838: Good afternoon porch, just stopping in for a minute or so. waiting for someone to come in for their appointment at 2 pm.

A nice sunny day on my end of the porch. I believe in the 60's but a breeze blowing makes it feel a bit cooler.

looking forward to the week end, not much planned but time off work is my goal.

Hope you and yours are feeling better BOO. Hey to eveyone else around here.

supper will be: roasted chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beams, corn, SLAW,
broccoli casserole. mile high chocolate pie for dessert. tea, coffee, kool aid to drink. see you folks at supper. doggie bags available for those in need.

Have a blesssed day.
Big Maude

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82839: Thought I sweep while I had a few extra minutes.
Big Maude

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82840:
Did you do a sweep maude?
It is still a long list of posts on my screen.
Hmmm, wonder what's up?
Anyway, have a good day,

March 03, 2011 - Msg 82841: Maude must've swept down the sidewalk like Barney does when he gets mad- you mad today, Maude?

The Porch still looks "dusty" to me too, MDC- I'd offer to sweep,but fighting off this sinus mess,so I'd better leave the broom alone. Maybe Maude will come back up the sidewalk later and sweep off the Porch!

possum under a rock

P.S. MDC, I started taking echinacea today. Also trying apple cider vinegar-read that's a good remedy for sinus infections.