June 03, 2011 - Msg 84274: Here's a penny that's been run over by a train,Ro. It'll protect you in your travels.

Ha! Yeah,Boo- I can relate! Wonderful to hear that Jubi is doing so well!

My sister & children will be taking off for Wyoming in about 10 minutes- *sniff* Sure will miss 'em! Forget to give them a mashed penny,but said a prayer,so I've got them covered!

Let's go wake Spot up and get him to make us some breakfast! See y'all at the doghouse!

possum under a rock

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84275: Swept the Porch in my PJ's!

possum again

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84276: Morning porch, hope everyone is ready for the week end.

Rev, Mr. Maude and I so enjoyed meeting you and hearing your concert. It WAS hot. I feel like I have know you forever as well, You are such a nice welcoming person! Hope to see and hear you again! I am enjoying your CD, keeping it my van so I can listen to the REV!

Busy day at work,having computer/printer issues. UGH!

breakfast menu will be: scrambled eggs, buttered biscuits, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt, apple barn apple butter, jelly, orange juice, chocolate milk or white milk. coffee or tea.

have a blessed day.
Big Maude

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84277: Good morning, Possum. Glad you got to see your sister and children, but sorry you have to see them go. :( That would be hard for me, too.

Prayers for Ro's trip...hope she has a great time with family.

Long day for me. I have a long to-do list. Be back later.


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84278: Good Friday morning porch family. I hope you are all well today.
My goodness, lots of prayer needs today for lots of folks. I will include you all.
Boo, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. I pray it isn't cancer, but if it is might be treatable for her. That is a tough call as to how to treat it at that age, when you factor in the other health issues you mentioned. But I know you will seek the Lords help in making the decisions you have to make and will follow his promptings. Isn't it wonderful to have the blessings of divine counsel to lead and direct you?
I am laughing as I picture the three of you in that Dr's office. hee hee hee. Sorry, but the way you describe your Dad looking and pointing cracks me up.
Welcome home Rev. Glad you got to meet in person another porchter. That is always fun. I have only ever met one. That was New Neighbor. Her Daughter attended a University not to far from me, and she and her daughter met with my wife and I one night at a restaraunt. Had a real nice chat with them. Good good people.

I hope to meet up some day with Hazel. We are only about 5 hours away from each other. I think she'd be a hoot in real life too. Maybe someday.

Hey Possum. Hope things settle down so you can be here more. I'll even cook you something. Don't know what, but it will be something. :)

Have a safe fun trip Ro. Please drive careful. I'm not sure why, but I feel very much impressed to tell you that. Drive careful!

Well better get going. Lots to do.


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84279:
Hey Folks

Asa-The last few days the weather has been awesome, as far as I'm concerned, high's in the upper 60's and lows around 30.

As always, prayers for everyone.

Boo-I agree with Asa, you did paint a nice picture.

Hey Spot!

Rev-Good to see ya posting again.

John Masters-All those Sonic's and DQ's within minutes of your home, you must never want for ice-cream. The Only thing we have within minutes of our home is trees. Wait, is Sonic an ice-cream joint.

Any of the politico's following the Congressman Weiner story? I always find it a bit puzzling that when a bleeding heart does something like this he's either setup or it's considered being naughty or simply playful mischief. Remember last when Congressman Lee did nearly the same thing? Because he was a Republican it lead every news cast for a week. Oh well... should be use to it I guess.


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84280: Good morning, Porch family!

Sorry, I cant stay long right now, but I wanted to let you all know that our huge announcement is up on our Quantrill project site!


I will try to set a spell a little later on! I hope you're having a great day so far!

John Masters

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84281: Ah, WeinerGate...thanks for bringing that up, Auh2o. Unbelievable waste of media attention. It is pretty funny, though, given his name. :) If my name was Weiner, I'd change it.

Thanks for the encouraging words, ASA. :)


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84282: Good afternoon to you, family!

My, my...such sad news! With all of the death and sickness and tornados...it's been a sad time here lately. My condolances to HM and family. So sorry she didnt make it.

Boo - My sympathy to you as well. With what you told us about your dad recently and now this. I admire you for your fortitude in getting back up off the mat. I pray God will help you in your support of your mother and things will work out for the best. Forgive me, Boo, but somewhere I have not seen the name Jubi! In all of my time here I guess that slid by me. Who is that?

Possum - Good sweep! Nice and clean!

Ro - Have a great trip and be safe. I dont know who you're going to go visit, but if I was me, I'm just gonna forget the whole thing! LOL!

auh2o - Ahh, quite the contrary! More places around me give me just that much more to get to quicker! LOL! SONIC is a fast food drive in that has ice cream and shakes as desserts, but is primarily a fast food place. They have burgers, sandwiches, corndogs, fries, tater tots, etc.

Maude - Sorry I missed breakfast. Looked like a mighty fine meal! Mighty fine!

SPOT - I would never hit you. Well.....just your name only. LOL!

Hey to Asa,Goober-Fife,Hazel,REV.,Lucy,Rafe and everyone!

John Masters

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84283: Thanks for those encouraging words, JM!

Jubi is a young friend of ours who has been battling cancer for several years (she and her family attend church with us). She is 13 now and in remission at this time. Possum has been praying for her, especially, and often asks about her.

One young friend that I have often talked about here is Sean's best friend, Josh, who comes out of a bad family situation and has an alcoholic mother. We have been taking him and his step-brother, Nathan, to church with us for several years. Well, my porch friends have prayed for that situation at times and I am happy to report that Josh is graduating from high school tonight. Despite his problems and even dyslexia, he has overcome many of his challenges and is graduating! He is a great kid and goes to church every sunday. He is just one of those naive, sweet kids that never causes any trouble. We love really love him. He has some challenges ahead of him as he faces college without much support at home but I know the Lord is with him.

Better get back to the chores. Have any of you watched any of the news coverage of the Casey Anthony trial? Unbelievable.


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84284: Howdy All....BBQ ribs,cheesy bacon potato bake,corn & a ice cold Coke...Maybe a store bought pickle to go with it.I's all good at my place, as long as I do the cooking. Mrs.Goober-Fife is NO Aunt Bee in the kitchen :(
Beautiful day in N.E. Ohio sunny and 74, think i'll take my dinner on the front porch and watch the squirrels. And hope that stinky skunk don't show up. Any ideas how to get rid of him short of wacking him? Would appreciate any ideas.
10-4 over and out!

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84285: RIP James Arness " Matt Dillon "

June 03, 2011 - Msg 84286: "Mrs. Goober-Fife is No Aunt Bee in the kitchen."...that's funny...hope she doesn't read your comment, G-F!

Call an exterminator to come trap the skunk and get rid of him for you. Don't try to do it on your own. Oh, and save me a pickle and a coke, please. Wanna walk over to Wally's and see what's going on down there?...or we could go over to Thelma Lou's and watch TV.


June 03, 2011 - Msg 84287: Goober-Fife was that meal for plate making for the porch/..wow sounds if so I will take one....Possum you and them PJ"s on the porch!..hey Boo and JM and all...well Im at work yall and my comp. crashed at home this morning so I will try to get it back up this weekend with a e-mail help from a friend...if not I have a comp whix here at work and he said he can get it back up in just a flash...he said just bring it to him Monday ...probably what I will have to do..so Im not gone!!...will try to borrow Miss Sherrys if I can get her off of farmville ha ha...ok..well let me get some reports ran here at work...prayers....SPOT

June 04, 2011 - Msg 84288: "Hey" to SPOT.


June 04, 2011 - Msg 84289: Hey Boo...ok gang lets eat at the I-Hop this morning...on JM and I..Boo grab a paper and I will seing by and get you and possum....SPOT

June 04, 2011 - Msg 84290: Boo
Let's go to Thelma Lou's, only if she'll make make us some cashew fudge! (unless Opie was there and already ate it!)LOL I've been known to sneak up to the hospital and take the wheels off the wheel chairs at times...I needed them to make our Go-carts..I had a cool one just like the ones the Little Rascals made. Good day to ALL!!!

June 04, 2011 - Msg 84291: Have a good day porch family! It's beautiful on this side of the porch. Several rockers waiting for sitters and the lemonade is iced in the frig. Help yourself. Love you guys. ~New Neighbor

June 04, 2011 - Msg 84292: Hey New Neighbor. Good to see you rocking. I'll have me a spot of that lemonade. (SIP) Ahhhhhh, just hits the spot! Hope all is well for you and yours. How's Courtney doing these days?
Well we finally got some warm temps here today. A mixed blessing for sure. To much warm to fast and the run-off is gonna swamp us. But It's gotta come down sooner or later.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I finally got some more corn planted today. My first planting is up, but very stunted from the cool temps. Anyway, should have plenty by August for a good corn bust. Circle your calenders.


June 04, 2011 - Msg 84293: Wow, corn sounds great, ASA. Bruce and I visited a couple of farmer's markets in our area and spoke with some local farmers, asking their advice. We are in the learning and planting stage of our gardening venture. I guess we will be putting in a fall garden this year. Bruce is preparing the soil (or should I say sand). We have to till alot of stuff into the sand before it is worth using. We are starting to compost and gathering fertilizer. I think we have decided to grow some fruit trees on part of our property that just isn't really being used right now and we will be getting our well dug in the next month, I believe. We are talking about having our own little produce stand here in our town because there is not one near us. I am thinking of calling it "Mayberry Farm". I could can some pickles and such and sell that...I was thinking of making some good dill pickles and calling them, "Clara Edwards' Blue Ribbon Pickles". Anyway, we are looking at alot of work and investing some time in it but I think we can get a good return. We were talking to a lady who grows a garden and sells her produce out of an old, rusty trailor around town (in Corpus Christi) and she can bring in hundreds of dollars on a good weekend. I noticed, though that while there are people at the farmer's markets with vegetables, there are few with fruit, so if we can get some fruit trees going in the next few years, that could really be good.

"Hey" to NN and G-F!


June 04, 2011 - Msg 84294: Hey Boo. That sounds ambitious for sure. But I bet it would go over well. You are doing what I would suggest for sandy soil. Compost, and lots of it. It usually will take several years of heavy composting before you will see your soil really transform, but your crop production will improve right away. Sawdust or even small wood chips will help build up sandy soil fast. Just be sure to add nitrogen to it when doing so. That will help it break down quicker. And corn loves nitrogen. So if you plant corn, mix some straight nitrogen into your soil before planting.
Watermelon does good in sand usually, and suprisingly doesn't require that much water. But it may not be the case in your area.
Let me know how it goes. I'll trade you gardening help for cooking tips. How does that sound?


June 05, 2011 - Msg 84295:
Howdy porch family.....trust you all are doing great. Got another concert tomorrow so can't stay long. Gotta get some sleep. After midnight here.

Spot....sounds like you had the same luck I had with the computer. Mine was pretty much gone so I got another one.

Everyone have a great worship day and I'll check back in later.
Love and prayers!

June 05, 2011 - Msg 84296: I'm home! We only stayed one night in Fredericksburg, because David had to be back to teach SS. We did see Tyler graduate (wearing an Honor Society collar, no less) and then went back to my daughter's house (his mom) where we had "college food". We had Ramen noodles, Totino's pizza, PB&J sandwiches, chips and salsa, pop tarts, some fresh fruit, and cake. Drank sodas and tea, and generally had a lovely time. Then today, everyone drove over to San Marcos, where Tyler was in a "fun vault" contest. He's a pole vaulter, and this was just a friendly competition, no official affiliation or anything. He did well. He'll be starting freshman classes at Texas State there in San Marcos in the fall. We had lunch in a good Mexican restaurant before the vaulting, and during the event, the little kids tubed in the river that ran right through the park where we were located. (Adult supervision, of course.) We had a lovely time, and then David and I and his two little boys and Toye Starr loaded up and came home. Oh, Starr got to go inside in the restaurant. David bought her the cutest little carrier, looks like a pink gym bag except it has mesh panels in it, and I just tucked her in it, and carried her right into the restaurant and put her beside my chair. She went to sleep, and no one even knew she was there!No way would I have left her in the car, even though it was parked in the shade. It was also 96 out there, shade or no shade!

Anyway, I'm glad to be home. My girls always go to great pains to make me comfortable, and this was no exception. Still, there's no place like home, and no bed like my own bed. Thank you folks for your prayers for safe travels. God was with us all the way! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

June 05, 2011 - Msg 84297: Glad you are home safe, Ro. Sounds like you had a full couple of days! What a cute idea, having "college food" ar the after-graduation gathering.

Thanks for the tip, ASA, and that would be great. I would welcome your advice and experience. Do you or the missus do any home canning of things from your garden? I am excited to start doing that. I was just reading a recipe for canning homemade spaghetti sauce once you get some tomatoes from the garden. Interestingly, Sean seems to have the green thumb in the family and we just sampled his first tomatoes yesterday. Talk about good! We will just make agriculture part of his home school curriculum and this should be a great learning experience for him.

Better get ready for preachin'!


June 05, 2011 - Msg 84298: It's now 8:25PM and nobody has been on the porch today since I was here this morning. Guess that means everyone is out having fun (I hope).

I watched some TAGS episodes in TVLand this afternoon....some of the color eps and enjoyed it. Saw one I never remember seeing before about the guy in jail who can sing tenor and Andy springs him from the jail long enough to sing with his barber shop quartet. Can't believe I had never seen it, but never had. It had one of those appearances from an actor that played two different characters. Lester Scoby was in it, but his name was Tom.

Had a nice Sunday and has a couple of girlfriends over this evening and we got some good visiting done. Now its time to get a shower and chill for the rest of the evening. See you all tomorrow with my coffee. I'll bring extra.


June 05, 2011 - Msg 84299: Thanks Boo, but I doubt there is any thing I can tell you that you most likely don't already know. But if I can help I'll sure try.
We use to do a lot of canning a few years back. Really enjoyed it and it was a great savings when raising the young-uns. But with her health being what it is.... no more. We did do a Rasberry/ Peach jam a few years back that we are still using. Good stuff. I'm hoping one of my Daughters will step up when the time comes and offer to do some for us. The youngest is a stay at home Mom and pretty domestic. She is a darn fine cook too.
I know the variety of tomato is important when making sauce. I think it's the Romain variety that makes the best sauce. They are not as good eating off the vine (still better then anything store bought though) but great in a sauce.
If you guys have a County extension office in your area they can help you a lot, especially with testing your soil and telling you what it may be laking, pest spraying schedule for your area.... that kind of stuff.

Glad your home safe Ro. I was worried about your traveling for some odd reason. Now you better get out there on that fish pond! Hop to it! :)


June 05, 2011 - Msg 84300: That's "Roma" tomato, and you're right. They make the best sauce because they are meatier and contain less liquid (I just read that yesterday in my "Learn A Month" magazine). ;)

You know, I did call the county about having someone to come out and test the soil and help us with some advice on what to plant in our area. They said someone would be calling to schedule a time to come out but I haven't heard from them in over a week. I guess I will call again on Monday.

That raspberry/peach jam sounds great. I might try that.


June 05, 2011 - Msg 84301:
Hello porch family....just got in from my concert tonight. Boy was it hot packing up. I'm ready for a cool shower then off to bed.

What's the price of gas in your area.....My wife said back home it dropped to $3.23. That's as low as I've heard. Sure will help me in this motorhome traveling around the country at 8 miles a gallon:)

Ya'll have a good night and know I'm praying for all my porch family!
Love and prayers

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84302:
HI all! Been busy with some high school alumni association work this past week and weekend, of which I am the director. We have been working on our new website for the association.
Wow, I need to get caught up here, ha.
Rev, good to have you back home.
AZ has a big forest fire going right now, 100,000 acres so far. Please pray for much needed rain, thanks.
APB for TOM.
God bless ya all,

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84303: Mornin' Porchsters! Let's head over to Cracker Barrel for breakfast- we'll put it on Spot's tab!
Welcome home to Mayberry, Ro!

possum under a rock

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84304: Good Monday morning Porchters.
Hey Rev, Gas is $3.65 a ding here. Come down a bit but still hurts.

Boo, Roma, I knew Romain didn't sound right. Are you gonna try some corn? If you do try some called Serendipity. It is a white and yellow kernel corn. Just the perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess for me. And it will hold on the stalk longer than most of the other super sweet varieties.
Hey MDC. Glad you checked in. I heard about that huge fire. For sure will pray for that much needed rain for you guys. Wish we could turn some of this run-off we are getting here down your way.

Well best get my rear in gear. Gotta a busy week planned yet again.

Prayers for all.


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84305: Possum, you snuck in on me. Breakfast at Cracker Barrel? Spot's buying? To heck with work. Lets go!


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84306: Morning porch, just passing through on my way to work... but am gonna stop at Crcker Barrel first. sounds like a great way to start my week.

Hot again today, we have been having temps in the upper 80's and 90's lately. seems like we went straight from winter to summer with no spring transistion.

Gas on my end of the porch is around $3.33, hopefully it will come down a little more. sure makes my pockebook feel better. We have been staying home more, and haven't even planned a major vacation this year. probably will take a couple 2-3 day trips close home. Hopefully we can go back to Pigeon Forge and visit Dollywood or something. Patrick is taking a summer course at the community college for 8 weeks and then we will be moving him to Cookeville the second week in August. Beth starts her senior year Aug 2 so not much time to go very far.

Our church is starting Bible school this morning at 9 am. please keep everyone involved in your prayers.

Better get to work.

Prayers and blessings all around.

Big Maude

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84307: Good morning, Porch family!

Good to see you all again after what seemed like a long weekend.

Boo - Thanks for updating me on who Jubi is. Good to hear about the remission. Let's hope remission turns into disappearance. Amen, sister?! The man that played Lester Scobey was also Tom in Warren's first episode where he arrested all of the women for gambling at BINGO.

Gas here on end of the porch is $3.58.

Sorry so short, folks. I will try to be back a little later on. Y'all have a great day!

John Masters

SPOT - So how much was the IHOP tab? Are you sending me my half of the bill? LOL!

Romeena - The "college food" was hilarious! I read that and about fell out of my chair. That's about the most unique party I've ever heard of!

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84308: ^^^^ I have no idea how some of my comments jumped down past the sign off?!?!?!


John Masters

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84309: $3.60 a ding here in Phx. Good day!
MD, aka paul harvey, C (:

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84310: Hi All
Boy this weather is all miss up!
MDE I'm just ben bust doing thing, and going the Doc what stetdad.
Gas here is $ 3.72 and I give my siss $20.00 wind we go out to do thing.


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84311: Mornin' Honeys and Dears. I was a little late getting here. I slept in (yawn) and then had to go let the mutts out of their kennel. The little old lady who has a garden across the street brought me over some big, beautiful MATERS from her garden this morning. YAY!

Asa, Serendipity, it is! I am certainly going to grow corn. There is a man that lives down the street from and grows some awesome-looking corn in this soil so it can be done. Here is what i expect we will try to grow throughout the year: corn, green beans, sweet and new "TATERS!", tomatoes (Roma), leaf lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, okra, yellow squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe, watermellon and some peach, Valencia orange, and lemon trees. Those are the things that I know folks grow in my area with success. I would love to be able to grow a few apple trees that would produce but you don't see that around here. There are two types of apples that will grow here but I don't know what it would take. One thing is for sure, though, you never see anyone selling good apples in these parts and they are sure in demand. The ones you get in the grocery store are pretty terrible most of the time. I am going to try to grow enough pumpkins to have a pumpkin patch for people to come buy pumpkins. That is a BIG deal here in the fall and the stores often sell out of pumpkins or charge alot for them. I would love to some day grow a bunch of Christmas trees and have a small tree farm for people to come and pick their own tree. There is no place within hours of us that offers that and I am finding out in my researc that there are types of pines that like the sandy soil and would do well here. Anyway, its just a thought, but I have to tell you that Bruce and I have been so concerned about Sean and his learning problems, and worried about what he is going to do and we had been stepping up the prayers when we got this idea. Sean is one of those kids that, like most kids, doesn't like to do what is not fun, but when he is interested in something, he does it 100%. As I mentioned he seems to show alot of interest and potential and I am beginning to wonder if this could be something he could do to provide a living for himself. In this area, with Texas A&M being here, there are alot of opportunities to get involved in agriculture as a career. Who knows? I met a guy once who's specialty was killing bugs that attack cotton crops. He made quiet a salary doing it, too.

Well, I've yacked enough.

Oh, one thing I wanted to mention to you, especially MDC, is that I have turned over my ministry at the drug rehab to two of my friends who attend church for me. I have been getting burned out and needed to step back and let someone else take over for awhile. I handed the reins over to a young woman named Ashley who was actually a missionary to China. She came back home 2 years ago and met a marries a very sweet young man and they are wanting to get more involved in the Lord's work here. She has been going with me now and then to the rehab and she does well with the girls. My friend Dianne will continue to go out there with her and of course, I will go from time to time if I want to or help out with things when needed but after nearly 5 years, it was time for me to turn things over to someone else. It was a hard decision to make and hard to let go but i trust the ones I have left in charge, and I trust the Lord...He will continue his work there with or without me! ;) Wanted you to know because you have been so faithful in praying over the years. The work is still going on and there are still many hurting children there so we will continue to pray. Thanks for your encouragement and support these past years. :)


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84312: Good morning, porch! Wow, all this talk of agriculture and growing tasty things for the table - makes me jealous! I grew up with a garden most of my childhood, and learned to appreciate it so much. There's really not a veggie I don't like, and as for vine-ripened 'maters, oh lawww! I do love 'em! I used to stop off in the 'mater patch on my way to get my horse. I'd saddle up, tuck those 'maters into a little sack tied to the saddle, and away I'd go. I'd eat 'maters all day! BTW, I challenge you to try a PB&M sandwich. Just like a PB&J, only you put sliced 'maters on it instead of jelly. Gooood!

Asa, you're so kind to be concerned about me. I don't know why you were, but perhaps your prayers averted something that we weren't even aware of. You never know. I do know that we had a perfectly wonderful weekend, and felt safe the whole time.

Now, my friends, a very serious request. Please pray for my precious DIL, Brittney. She's David's wife, Eloise's daughter. You may rememgber that a couple of years ago, she noticed a spot on the back of her leg and had it checked. It turned out to be a melanoma, and she had the Mohs procedure - a form of deep and wide excision - to remove it. They felt good about the removal, had clean margins all around. Now, she has discovered a spot on her shoulder, and saw the doc last week. The doc is almost certain it's melanoma. She removed it and sent it for biopsy. If it is melanoma, another Mohs procedure will be done on the area to try again to get all of it. The question is, whether it's a new primary. Of course, the best outcome would be if it's not melanoma at all, but if it is, it's best if it's a new primary. If it's a secondary, or metastatic lesion, that means the original one on her leg had already seeded and apread. In that case, it would be very, very serious, and would mean some really heavy treatment. The prognosis would not be terribly good, either. Frankly, I'm scared to death, and will be hammering on Heaven's gates until we get an answer. Please, please join me. Eloise, of course, is cold with fright, but in her typical fashion, is very stoic and calm outwardly. David - well, my David is stalwart and supportive of his wife, business as usual, we'll worry about it when the time comes, etc. That's what Brittney needs from him, and he's doing it. He's a special young man.

Guess I'd better go rustle up some lunch. I brought home three beautiful 'maters, a gift from Robbi and Richard, and I'm trying to think of some really creative way to eat them. Shoot, I may just slice one and put a little salt and pepper on it! That's hard to beat.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84313: Oh, almost forgot! Boo, I'm vetting you could grow some awesome strawberries in all that sand. My dad's family, down around Poteet, grew strawberries and watermelons for market when I was a child, and they were soooo good! Black Diamond watermelons are what I remember, and you rarely find them anymore, but they're delicious. They quit growing them for market because their shape doesn't ship well. The elongated melons stack better and take less space than the big old round Black Diamonds. Sure would be fun to grow some of those sweet old things, at least enough for your own use. I'll bet you could sell 'em, too! --Romeena

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84314: Er, that's "betting", not "vetting". --Romeena

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84315: Hi.


Let Your Glorious Light
Shine bright through me,
That Christ through me,
The world will see.

Let all who view
Know You are there
To bring a joy
Beyond compare.

May I diminish
As You grow
Till all will see
Your spirit glow.

Lord, light each spot
Where I may be,
That Your Glorious Light
Be seen in me.


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84316: Tom, that's just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. You're such a treasure! --Romeena

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84317: Ro, I was just thinking about Brittney yesterday and wanted to ask you how she is doing. Will certainly be praying, just like last time and will put her on our church prayer list without using her last name. My heart hurts for Eloise. She has certainly been having her share of trials.


June 06, 2011 - Msg 84318:
JM, I see what you mean, the porch is kinda "topsy turvy" right now, with morning posts showing up later! Strange.
BOO- Thanks for the heads up. I will continue to pray for Ashley and team. remember even Jesus "retreated' once in a while. Prayers for you too.
Take care all,
where ever this ends up! Ha,

June 06, 2011 - Msg 84319: Thanks, MDC.

Ro, some of my friends were telling me that there was alot on the news today about a treatment breakthrough for melanoma but i didn't see it myself. Hopefully and prayfully, this will turn out to be nothing to be overly concerned about with Brittney. If it is melanoma, I'm sure there is a very good chance that it is primary. She is on my church's prayer list and we will be praying for her and your family. You have a strong family with alot of faith and love and the Lord is with you. I would like to go ahead and pray a prayer here on the porch that you all can join in on if you feel led. Dear Father, I thank you for your care of your children and for your great mercy toward us in our weakness. Even though we have faith, sometimes we are terrified when our loved ones are threatened and I know you understand that. I want to ask you to please give your grace and peace to Romeena, Eloise, Brittney, David and the boys, and all of the family who are concerned and praying. We ask that you would keep Brittney in good health and that this latest biopsy would be benign. We ask that no matter what, you would bring blessing out of this present trial. We ask that you would give Brittney many happy years on earth in which to serve you and raise her children. We know that you can do all things. Hold Brittney and her family in your hand and do great things on their behalf. Give them the faith to know that you are in control and give them your great peace. I pray a special blessing over Eloise, that you would calm her and give her an extra dose of your peace and assurance. We love and thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen.


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84320: Ok gang getting started here at work...HOT...gona try to keep the lights on...got a sack full of different kinds of bisquits,sausage,links and egg,ham,butter,tenderloin...grab yall one on yer way out today....SPOT

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84321: Morning Porch.

Allow me to say Amen to the beautiful prayer offered by Boo. I also heard about this breakthrough drug for Melanoma Ro. But lets pray it can be dealt with locally.

I'll grab a couple of them sammiches Spot. Thanks for the feeding.

Boo, sounds like some great plans for your property. Ar orange tree's a possibilty at your place? Dang I love a fresh orange. Everytime I visit my Uncle in Ventura I try to go when his Orange tree is producing. And I'm kind of glad you decided to take a break from your ministry. I always feel your spread kind of thin Dear, and you can only do so much before you put your health or family at risk. But I'm sure you don't need me telling you something you already know.

Better get it going. Another busy day on tap.

Prayers for all, especially Britany, Eloise and there families.


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84322: Actually ASA, oranges are about the only fruit trees in my area that just flourish like crazy. I see them in people's yards around here just dripping with fruit, all over the ground, too. Tangerines do real well, too. Oh, and thanks for the encourging words, concerning the ministry to the drug rehab. You're right, I can't do everything for everyone successfully. I guess my plate is about as full as its ever been right now.

I was up late last night watching TAGS DVDs with Erin. She really wanted me to stay up and watch it with her and that was fine but now she is asleep and I woke up way too early. Gonna be a long day, i think.

Auh2o brought up the Congressman Weiner thing the other day and it looks like he finally fessed up. What is the matter with these crazy politicians?! Why does politician and pervert seem to go hand-in-hand these days? And then there is the history whiz, Sarah Palin. Oh, brother. I think she needs to listen to Andy's story of Paul Revere.

Better get going. Be back later.


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84323: Good morning, Porch family!

A beautiful and sunny day on my end of the ol' Porch!

Ro - I am a tomato nut! I sometimes have my wife buy tomatoes and cut them up for supper and I'll eat them as a side dish! LOL! I love tomato sauce too. Like when you bite into a pizza and the sauce oozes out of it. Yum! Some years ago, my g'ma and g'pa had garden and g'ma would make a vegatable plate to go with lunch. She load it down with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and carrots. I was like a kid that couldnt keep his hands out of the cake icing. I would sneak up and try to steal a tomato slice or cucumber slice and she'd see almost every blasted time! LOL! My sincerest prayers for Brittney. I feel so bad for our entire porch family! It seems to just keep coming in waves!

Boo - Wonderful prayer! Nice job and an Amen from me too! I'm glad to hear that you have peace with your decision to let go and let God...so to speak.

SPOT - Gimme some eggs there and I'll be on my way!

Hey to Asa,G-F,Hazel,MDC,Possum,auh2o,TOM,Maude,REV and the whole bunch of nuts! LOL! Y'all have a great and stress-free day and I'll try to make it back for lunch!

John Masters

P.S. I left some tea here on the porch table. Sweeten to your liking. Cups are under the table.

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84324: Hi All.
Where you can aske for heip or prayer to be send up. LOL


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84325: Morning all! This porch is the without a doubt the best porch I ever sat on! Being an Andy Griffith fan (or nut) as I have been called, it is a pleasure to find others who love it as much as I. Have a great day all!

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84326: There once was a Deputy named Fife
Who carried a gun and a knife
The gun was dusty and the knife was rusty
Cause he never caught a crook in his life!


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84327: Mornin' Y'all! Beautiful,heartfelt prayer, Boo. I did join you in praying for Brittney and will continue to keep her in my thoughts & prayers.

Yep, Tom, good people here, that's for sure! I just realized that I first came to the Porch in June 2002-nine years! Must be something here I love to have kept me here that long... love you Porchsters!!!

Welcome to Benny! Pull up a rocker and join us. You'll feel right at home if you're a TAGS "nut"! LOL

Let's have a picnic lunch at Myers Lake! I'll bring sweet tea and sammiches, Maudie, make yer slaw! Spot, swing by Foley's and grab some chips and something good for dessert- see y'all there!

possum under a rock

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84328: Hey All...

Hey Possum, I'll grab some bottles of pop!

Welcome Benny! Good to see yet another "porchster!" C'mon and set a spell!

John Masters

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84329: Morning all...I'ts raining that BIG OLD FAT rain that Forrest Gumpp speaks about here.
Welcome to Benny,being a newbie myself, there are good folk here who will welcome ya right in.
We all have the compelsion or should I say the Passion. Going to the weekly Lodge meeting on the front porch of the Cracker Barrel tomorrow..
ROOT BEER or Cherwine? hard decision.....as Radio
said:BOTH!!! (from the movie Radio, if you saw it you'll know what I mean.) Good Day..

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84330: Benny, I just watched that episode last night with my kids! haha..After that we were watching the manhunt episode and my son Sean asked me how old I thought Andy was in that episode and I said, "Well, let's see...I think Andy was born in about 1926 and that was filmed in the early 60's. He had a birthday last month so I guess he would have been about 35 in this episode." Sean said, "How do you know all that? It's like he is your brother or something...like a member of your family! It's weird." Haha I guess we do seem pretty weird to some people. Welcome to the porch..we welcome lunacy!

See ya at Myer's Lake. I'll bring the Moon Pies.


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84331: p.s.From Goober-Fife...We need to work on getting Cherwine up North,we have Moonpies & RC Cola.The closest thing we can get is Cherry Dr. Pepper. Iknow I'ts a Southern thing...but help a guy out!! I Always load up every time I go to Mayberry Days. A co-worker brings me some when he visits his Mom in Tennessee. 10-4 over & out

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84332:
Welcome benny- You been writin' on the bank walls again? ha
Boo- in the words of Andy "I don't believe I've ever heard it said any better." I read it and I stand in agreement. I'll also add an Amen.

Mmm-m-m Moon Pies! Anyone have a Slip'n'Slide we can put out on the lawn, or maybe a Water Wiggle! ha The joys of youth!
Good day all!

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84333: Good afternoon porch, passing through and wanted to welcome Benny to the porch. Another hot day on my end of the porch as well.

I too, am looking forward to some good ole home grown tomatoes. I love "mater" sandwhiches! I have many memories when I was growing up, going to the garden before supper and picking a fresh tomato, cucumber, lettuce and having them ready for the supper table. We would dig new potatoes, pick green beans, fresh corn and have a home grown supper. He even had apple trees so we would have those good ole homemade fried apple pies for dessert. We didn't even need much store food! My Dad loved to garden and would plant lots of different vegetables. One year, he tried to grown peanuts! didn't work out to well, guess it was the soil. He also kept honey bees for a couple years and would "rob" the bees for their fresh honey. That was probably in the late 1960's. He died in 1970 from cancer. Talking about gardening sure made me think of him and stirred up some great memories.

Better get back to work. Afternoon snack will be
moon pies, a bottle of pop.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84334: Oh boy, Moon Pies again! Ha ha I remember trying to explain those to Asa some years ago. I think he knew what grits were,but Moon Pies was something foreign to him.
Nice memories, Maudie!

possum again

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84335: Moon Pies was?
Or should it be " Moon Pies" were?

possum once more

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84336: Possum, you sure you're not really Miss Crump?
Give MDC a little break....


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84337: I can only imagine what ASA thought "Moon pies" were.

Maude, my mom used to make us tomato, Velveeta and Miracle Whip sandwiches in the summer. I luv 'em!

Been busy today getting ready for my garage sale, going through boxes in the attic, doing laundry...chasing goats and a donkey back into the fence! Someone left the gate open and luckily, Erin spotted the critters on the lawn before any of them got to my flowers and MATERS! I had to bribe them back through the gate grapes and oranges but I had to lure Thelma Lou back with dog food.

I am trying a new recipe right now that I though might be interesting. Its really an old recipe for candied orange peel. We have been eating alot of navel oranges so i thought i would try to candy the peel and see how that turned out. They are simmering in sugar syrup as we speak. If they are any good, i will bring some out to the porch later this evening...probably go good with moon pies and Dr. Pepper...or Lemon Phosphate. I never heard of no Cherwine...what in the heck?!

Forgot to tell you a mayberry moment from yesterday. We had Mom-in-law over for supper and while we were sitting at the table, Erin took her napkin and tucked it into her shirt, then took her spoon and removed it as I heard her say, "I don't spill on my shirt, I spill on my pants!"...she was quoting Briscoe Darlin' in the episode "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee"! Then I heard her say, "I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon!". Hearing her quote TAGS like that kind gits me right 'chere (pointing to my heart). sniff.


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84338: Cheerwine is a cherry soda. U Can get it in NC SC TN Think it's made in SC? not sure where else I can't get it in Ohio but it's Goooooood!

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84339: Hmmm...wonder if I could get it at Cracker Barrell? Sometimes they have old-fashioned sodas in bottles. I love Dr. Pepper, so wonder if I would like it?


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84340: Lookie what I found:

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84341: Boo

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84342: Howdy, porch. Tom, those are sweet sentiments you expressed, and I think everyone would agree. Benny, welcome to the porch. We haven't solved any of the world's problems yet, but we keep trying. At least we keep our little corner of it clean and safe. Goober-Fife, I think I welcomed you, but with my leaky memory, I can't be sure, so consider yourself welcomed. As for you, Interloper, is that a name you've chosen because you plan to stay around, or are you just funnin' with us? If you are planning to join us, you're most welcome, and your name is cool. We can always make room for one more. This is a biiiig old porch!

I'm with Boo. What is Cherwine? Never heard of it on the Texas end of the porch, but it sounds good.

Oh, woe is me!! Just got a call from my friend Ted, who does the maintenance and repair work for me, and has been a friend for years. He came and checked out my roof after that awful hail storm we had, and I've got some damage. Possibly repairable, more likely needs to be replaced. The worst part though, is the rent houses. Both of them are severely damaged, and most definitely will have to be replaced. One is so bad that Ted is going back in the morning to put a tarp over part of it until it can be replaced. He said if it rained very hard, there would be water damage to the interior of the house! Sooo - that's three houses, with pretty old roofs, that I'm going to have to replace. Heaven help me, I'm going to be working until I'm a hundred and ten. Yes, I have insur@nce, but I also have deductibles, and as I said, the roofs are all pretty old, so there will be huge depreciation. I don't know what this is going to cost, but honeys and dears, it ain't gonna be cheap! Oh mercy! I guess I'll call my friend at State Farm in the morning.

It's HOT here on my porch! 97 in the shade. I went out to tend the pond, and was just dripping wet when I came in, and no, I didn't fall in. I was just sweating. I zipped right past perspiring, and went straight to sweating. It's hot out there, and it's only early June. Heaven help us in July and August. The birds are already walking around with their beaks open and their wings held out, poor things. I turned on a sprinkler zone for them, and they're just having a party in the spray. Too cute!

Well, I think a plate of sliced 'maters, and some fresh fruit will be supper. I have some Brussels sprouts, maybe I'll steam them, let them cool and put a little vinegar/pepper sauce on them and eat them along with the 'maters. I love the little green things! Blessings, porch. --Romeena

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84343: Oh, thanks for the info in Cheerwine. Sounds good! --Romeena

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84344: Y'all have a great night! Sorry I couldnt stay long today, but just finished some work and dealing with the idiot electric company having a hitch in their system and shutting us off before we could make our scheduled payment. It got a might thick in the house before they came back. The outside isnt the only thing hot right now, I'll tell ya' what! But air is back on and all is getting well. I'll try to be more company tomorrow.

Sleep good and cool! Blessings all!

John Masters

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84345: Oh Romeena, Honey! I feel your pain. Those deductibles can really eat your lunch. Prayers that things work out and end up costing you less than you anticipate. It worked out that way with us.

What a pain in the behind, JM! I would be pretty upset if my electicity went off at this time of year. It's HOT.


"Andy's got hot knees."

June 07, 2011 - Msg 84346: Boo,Romeena, Yes you can get it at Cracker Barrel! It's the only place I can get it here.I get a cold one for rockin on the porch. Tastes close to Cherry Dr. Pepper. A Pop and a Rock that's why I go to Wednesday night lodge meeting with friends at the C/B. Check it out!


June 07, 2011 - Msg 84347: Ro, I have often thought of your DIL, Brittney, in the last couple years, ever since she was going thru her melanoma ordeal. When you first posted about her (was it 2 years ago?) my daughter happened to be going thru a similar thing, although not as serious. My daughter is a fair-skinned, strawberry blonde, who does have a history of tanning-beds in her late teens. Anyway, she visits a dermatologist regularly in the last 3 or so years, and has had to have 3 suspicious moles removed. Thank God she has a doctor that keeps up on things, and also that nothing has turned out to be cancerous, but she is aware that she has to watch out for any new suspicious moles, because, according to her doc 1 of them could very well have become cancerous, if it had not been removed in time. Prayers for Brittney!
Boo and Ro, it seems so odd to me to hear you talk about fresh tomatoes, in June. I am so used to the Idaho seasons (and I'm sure Asa is the same way in Utah). We have the 4 seasons. We wouldn't dream of planting tomatoes, or most of our other crops, until at least the third week in May. And that depends on the weather that year. It's not uncommon to still get a hard frost in late May, or, like in Asa's area, SNOW. So we don't actually get our fresh, vine-rippened tomatoes until August, if we're lucky. Usually September is when I've got lots of them, enough to put up salsa. If we get an "Indian Summer" as we call it, we can sometimes still harvest stuff clear to Halloween, but that's uncommon. Our first snow in our area is usually around Thanksgiving time, so by the end of October it's time to get the garden area cleaned up and ready for winter. I had a friend that lived here all her life, and moved to San Antonio a few years ago, for a job. She has since moved back, but during that 2 years she stayed there, it was fascinating to hear her describe all the things that grow year-round there! Flowers and such-like, she was just amazed.
I also extend a welcome to anybody that's new; I'm not very good about remembering who started posting when, and I don't get on here every day, so I often don't keep up with new posters. (that's why they don't have me on the "welcoming committee")
- Hazel