August 27, 2011 - Msg 85290: I love Orange Crush drinks....Fanta grape too.....ok....Race party at the dog house tonight.....yall bring food!....SPOT

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85291: swish!....And away we go!!!

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85292: I'll answer the boiled peanuts question- we boil 'em in water with salt. Spot is known as a Master Peanut Boiler,so I've heard- he needs to explain it to y'all!

They are awesome- I can certainly relate to Rev wanting to get away from the keyboard & back to his peanuts before his daughter eats 'em all! LOL

Well, we had some gust wind,a few rain bands yesterday, but that was all we saw of Irene. Thank God! Today is sunny & breezy. Praying for NC's coast & the Northeast.

The worst that Irene brought to me was yesterday- Laci's school was cancelled & she came to visit me for a while. We were outside & she realized we'd taken her swing down in anticipation of the hurricane & she got so mad she grabbed me & tried to bite me on the jaw! LOL Hurricane Irene? Heck, Hurricane Laci!!

Boo, that is so strange about you & bees!
Goober-Fife- you said it! And may I just say I'm happy you're here. You came along and fit right in!

Well, going to sit out on the deck and enjoy some of these Irene breezes-y'all take care!
possum under a rock

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85293: Spot, Just for the record I follow #5 Mark Martin
(Old School)... still showing the youngsters how to drive! Won't go to who's the best driver that's a big can of worms that'll get ya hurt!haha.. true NASCAR fans are very passionate about their drivers..ya think!! There are sites for those who want to debate that..Gilley Walker was our driver... SPEED, SPEED, SPEED, wonder if he ran shine for Otis?...G-F

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85294: Happy Saturday Porch, hope everyone is okay and those in the path of Irene are safe and sound.

It is a breezy 77 degrees on my end of the porch! A chance of rain this afternoon. Not sure if we will have any effect from Irene or not. we sure could use some rain though!

My friend had her surgery yesterday and things went pretty well. The surgeon seemed pleased with things and said they checked 2 lymp nodes and found no cancer in them. YEAH. The reconstruction sugeron was pleased as well. Now she begins the recovery phase and in a few days will know if she will need any type of chemo or radiation. Thanks for your prayers!

Patrick seems to of done well with his first week of college independence! I have done okay as well. I guess all the issues with my friend has taken my mind off of him! Anyway he calls or texts daily which makes me feel better. Classes will start Monday so hopefully things will go well.

I have started doing a Zumba exercise class 2-3 x a week. It has been fun but I have realized I am certainly "no spring chicken any more". I have fun though and seem to feel a bit better so maybe it is worth it.

Possum watch out of Hurruicane Laci! sounds like she packs a mean bite!

Lunch menu will be: grilled cheese, chips, pickles. sweet tea and cup cakes ( white cake with chocolate frosting). sweet tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all!
Big Maude

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85295: GF... Im with you on old school racers
have a great Mayberry day

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85296: Maude, I'm glad your friend came through the surgery well & that the lymph nodes were clear. Still praying!

The swing is back up so don't have to worry about Hurricane Laci-LOL

Thanks for lunch-that hit the spot!

Did I just whomp spot? Sorry,ol dawg! Hope I didn't give ya a black eye!

possum again

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85297: Boo, your remark about postings "getting boring here" brought back memories of Andy's high school sweetheart, Sharon DeSpain, from the "Class Reunion" episode. When she got bored with life in Mayberry after graduation, she ended up moving to the faster paced big city of Chicago.

from Poor Horatio

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85298: SPOT...I was NOT trying to avoid you last night when you were trying to chat with me. I promise! Something was wrong the stupid thing. I would sit and wait and wait and then when i typed something you weren't receiving it. Let's try it again sometime.

Glad to hear the good news about your friend, Maude! :)

Well, PH, I'm no Sharon DeSpain (I still like being a small fish in a small pond) but I am just longing for some fresh conversation, I guess. More intimacy on the porch, I the sense of learning more about each of you and your families and lives.


August 27, 2011 - Msg 85299: Good evening, porch! I wish ol' Irene would have flung a breeze or two our way, but she didn't. Guess her pitching arm isn't that strong. Sure is hot, and sooo dry!

I miss some of the spirited conversation too, but I have no intention of getting back on a political soapbox. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to climb down. Or somebody would knock me off of it! I'll admit it's pretty tame lately, but it's safer.

Boiled peanuts? First time I ever ate them was on a river run on the Seadoos with my son, in Florida. He trailered the Seadoos to the Oklawaha River and we started off. We rode the very muddy Oklawaha downstream until we got to where the crystal clear Silver River merges, then made a hard left and rode the Silver River upstream to Silver Springs. Absolutely beautiful ride, beautiful setting, the Silver River is unbelievably clear. The Oklawaha is almost arrow-straight, and you can ride wide-open, which is fun. A blue heron took off ahead of us and flew at least a mile straight down the river, about thirty yards ahead of us. Most of the ride on the Silver River is a no-wake zone, so you just idle along, just enough speed to make headway against the current. There are wild monkeys along the way - escapees from old Tarzan movies that were filmed there have multiplied and colonized the area. We saw gators lying along the bank, but they didn't bother us. When we got to Silver Springs, we circled the big basin where the Silver Spring flows - like a huge sinkhole, with water bubbling out of it, a deep and dark hole, no sign of the bottom. Very impressive. Then we rode back downstream, using just enough power to give control of the Seadoos, made a hard right back into the Oklawaha, and rode upstream on it until we got back to the jeep and trailer. As for the peanuts, my son stopped on the way to the river and bought us a big bag of boiled peanuts, and they were still warm and were delicious! We didn't finish them before we got to the river, so we left them in the Jeep, lest we be tempted to discard shells and leave any mess in the river. So, on the way home we finished off the peanuts. They were cold, but still so good. I've never found any boiled peanuts here, and have never tried to boil them myself, but maybe I will. If I do, I'll let you know how they turn out.

Well, gotta go feed a grandson. Eloise and I stayed out at their house last night, because Landry had a 9 a.m. baseball practice, but afterward we came back to Irving. We decided to divide and conquer, so she has Hudson and I have Landry. We've been working on a jigsaw puzzle, but he's getting tired of it, and I sort of deserted him anyway, to come in here. Guess I'll rustle him up some grub. Not sure what, but we'll find something. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85300: Sea salt...for the p-nuts..Sea salt!...boil then drain the brine and boil in new water for the last 2hrs..Race fans its ON...Bristol...Rev you watching?...its pizza and Hot wings....SPOT

August 27, 2011 - Msg 85301:
Hello porch family.

auh2o.........we have a little place here called "The Peanut Shack". We normally just buy them there when they are in season. And yes we also boil them ourselves sometimes. Spot posted above how to boil them....that's pretty much how we do it also.
Some places have them year round but I don't care for them once the new crop is gone. Some folks will freeze them and re-boil them throughout the year....not as good to me. So after the summer, I'm through with them till next summer.'re right brother....we are all God's children here on the porch! glad to hear the news about your friend...and Patrick's first week of college. posted above by Spot and Possum....raw peanuts, water and salt.

GOOD STUFF need to try it if you've never had them.

Well back to the race.......have a great night. I've got a concert tomorrow so may not get to check back in till later tomorrow night.
Love and prayers!

August 28, 2011 - Msg 85302: I don't get you let the peanuts dry out after you boil leave them in the shell? Doesn't the shell get moist and soggy? This is just not sounding very appetizing to me.

That trip down the river sounds like fun, Ro (minus the gators)! They have a cavern like you described in Marble Falls, I think...forget the name of it. Supposedly if you follow the hole down it will take you two three separate underground caverns, one of which contains some skeletons of divers who didn't make it.

Had mom-in-law over for her birthday last night. She turned 79 yesterday. She has been having alot of stomach trouble so I kept the spice down...just a very tame meatloaf, mashed TATERS with cream gravy, and some fresh green beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic with some salt and pepper. I made a chocolate cake with homemade fudge icing like my mom used to make at christmas time...the kind of iciing you cook on the stove and pour it over the cake and it kind of dries like fudge. Really good but rich. After dinner went just sat around and talked some memories...nice evening but by the time I cleaned up and go the dishwasher going it was 11pm, which is late for us southern Mayberry-types.

Well, I guess I had better get ready for preachin'. It's supposed to be 106 degrees here today! Whew! The rain we got the other day got soaked up so fast it didn't even cause a mosquito. Talk about dry. I'm still wearing my shorts on my head, Asa.

Oh, ya'll please say a prayer for the kids and me as we start our homeschool year tomorrow. I need to keep on schedule and stay organized. I cooked and put at least 2 weeks worth of meals away in the freezer this weekend and that should help but I know it is going to be tough for me to stay on task every, single day and make these kids tow the line. Thanks.


August 28, 2011 - Msg 85303: Oh, little funny mental image for you...Bruce has been digging trenches to lay water pipes out back to hook up the well and get water to the garden. He decided he would go ahead and dig trenches out to the goat barn so he could get the well water out there, as well. Can you see where this is going??..It was nearly impossible to keep Thelma Lou and the goats out of the trench while he was trying to lay the pvc. Goats were jumping the trench, landing in the trench, Thelma Lou was walking in, stepping on the pvc. It was a fiasco but he managed to get it it was a hundred degrees out there. He slept like a rock last night.


August 28, 2011 - Msg 85304: SPOT... looks like my #5 (Old School) had to leave school early...last night RATS! :( Was not as much a demolition derby as it usually is...

August 28, 2011 - Msg 85305:
Hello porch family......pray you all are having a great Lord's Day. I'm getting ready to set up for my concert tonight.

Boo...nope you just take them out of the water and they're ready to eat. And yes the shell and nut get soft. To be honest with you....I have found that most people that were not raised eating them normally don't really care for them. My wife had never heard of them when we married but now she loves them. A few folks I've met up north that have tried them really like them but as a whole most don't.

Gotta run....I'll try to check in tonight after the concert.
Love and prayers!

August 28, 2011 - Msg 85306: I think I might just let those boiled peanuts pass on by, REV. :)

Better get to bed. First day of homeschool tomorrow. YAWN.


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85307: I'm up! Where's everyone else on this Monday morning? Rise and shine. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

It was 110 degrees here yesterday, which is hotter than average for us. It is usually around 95 here this time of year. Whooo...too hot for me at 110! We need a break, as does Ro and MDC I'm sure. I don't know how MDC does it all summer, every year.

Well, I bought myself a steam canner yesterday. They finally got them at Walmart, which is cheaper than other places I looked. I am getting ready to start canning the good stuff from the garden. I bought some red plums to make some red plum jam so I am going to have to do that today or tomorrow. I love plum jam but haven't had any homemade in years.

Well, time to get dressed and get the kids up and going. Wish me luck!


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85308: Nice to see some old friends and some new names. Just passing through town on the way to Mount Pilot. Hey to Goober!
Mrs. Brendlemight, from back in the day

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85309:
Morning Porch

Hey Boo- We'll split the difference with your high temp yesterday, we're 55 degrees here now. But it was 44 when I woke up this morning.

Boo-I hear what you're saying with your post the other day. I wouldn't say it's boring here on the Porch but I do miss the spirited conversation we use to have. I know Andy and the gang didn't just talk about the weather.

Rev-Thanks for the info on the peanuts. I am gonna give it a go. I have no idea what fresh peanuts taste like so I don't what I'll be missing. Which, in this case makes ignorance bliss.

Now, if Me-They was still rocking he'd be more than happy to point out all the other instances of my bliss'ness and ignorance.

PH-I can recommend a Wegman's Sub for sure. They are ginormous!


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85310:
Hey to Mrs. Brendlemight.


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85311: Hey there, Mrs. Brendlemight! Very long time, no see you. It's nice to know you're still around, and we hope you won't just make this a drive-by. Come on back to the porch and sit a spell.

Speaking of talking about the weather, we've got something to talk about this morning. It's only 88 degrees at 8:30, and the skies are like lead. If it doesn't rain, it's going to miss a very good chance. Pray, y'all!

I worked last night, had an very slow, very peaceful shift, got a lot of "education" stuff done - you know, all those little modules you have to read and then take a test. Fire safety, hazardous spills, emergency preparedness, etc. We have to do it every year.

Well, I'm sleepy, so rather than fall into my keyboard, I think I'll go lie down for a while. A nap sounds pretty good. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85312: Welcome home, Mrs. Brendlemight. Don't be a stranger.

Oh Auh2o! You are so blessed with that cool weather. We are just suffering down her. I just had to walk out to the road and it felt like walking through a wall of hot water. Hot and humid today. Glad you are enjoying some fall weather, though.

Prayers for rain, Ro. I know how bad ya'll need it.


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85313:
Morning porch family....Concert went great last night....very good turn out.

Mrs. glad you stopped by to visit. Your rocker is always here with your name on it:)'ll be having frost before

Ro....get some rest and hope you get some of that much needed rain.

Boo....I'll look it up but are you very far from Livingston, Tx? I've got a concert there in October (the night before I go to Ro's church).

Well better get busy getting some things done around here. Leave out for a 3 week tour the end of the week.
Love and prayers!

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85314:
G'day porch!
Possum, bees are a strange lot. They can actually "sense" if you are afraid, as our bodies emit a certain chemical. Maybe boo's doesnt, so they are OK around her.
Goober-Fife--just curious about your "split personality handle." Did you go with it because you like both characters?
Hey to Mrs. mendlecroft, er mentalbite, er ..(:
Glad all porchsters are OK after the storm, but please pray for all who lost loved ones, etc.
Boo- we are about to re-write the record book for August here. EVERY day has been 105 or higher. Of the "higher days", 13 have been 110 or more.
How do i do it? I think of our boys in Iraq and Afgan, and then just grin and bear it. Of course, AC doesnt hurt either! ha
My upbringing was pretty "boring" in that my mom and dad were always there, great family times and vacations together, etc, pretty "Gilligan island-like" really when I think about it, so i cant help you much there,
but hey, we could liven things up here by talking about people initials... like B.M. or P.U. etc haha, or funny book authors like I. P. Freely, just kidding!
My prayers are with you as school begins, and with Ro and with Maude's friend too.

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85315: REV, Livingston is a looong way from me, unfortunately. I am way down south on the coast. If you ever do another concert in Victoria, that is only about an hour away.

Uh..not sure about those ideas, MDC.. hehe

School is going well with the kids today but break is over.


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85316:
Yea Boo....after I posted that, I went and checked the miles and saw it was a ways off:(

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85317: MDC No special reason.. it just felt right, maybe if Barney & Thelma Lou had a kid would have named him Goober P. Fife? ( "P" is for Putintame)He sure would have been a study...
Spot & Lucy looks like the race this week is in your neck of the woods Goooo #5 Old School needs to stay out of the body shop this week!
Hope all is well with everyone after the storm.

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85318: Good evening, porch! Will all who were in Irene's path please check in? We're concerned about you!

PH, I was watching the GREEN channel this evening, and saw a documentary about the renovation of the Sovereign of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship. That was extremely interesting, and then it was followed by a special about the Queen Mary 2. One thing they showed was exactly what a stabilizer is on a huge ship. You'll remember we mentioned them in conversation earlier. They showed an animation of the stabilizers in action. There are compartments low down in the hull of the ship, with doors that can be opened from the control room, and function much like the doors for the landing gear compartments on an airplane. When those doors open, large outrigger-like devices are extended out and down from the hull. These have the effect of preventing or at least slowing the roll, or side-to-side motion of the ship. Unfortunately, there is nothing to offset the pitch in rough seas, the up-and-down motion. At least, without the roll, the pitch isn't so bad. It's when you get both together that your stomach doesn't know where it's supposed to be. I'm fortunate in that I'm not subject to motion sickness, but Eloise is, to a small extent. She handles it well, though, and if it gets too bad, she takes some dramamine.

I talked to the doc, and he let me take the bulky dressing off my hand. I just have to keep a soft gauze pad over the incision line, and keep the lace-up wrist brace on at all times. Fine with me, the whole thing is too ugly to display right now. The whole palm of my hand is blue and purple, and the inside of my wrist for about four inches is purple, blue, green and yellow! Pretty spectacular, but it will clear, of course. I'm just grateful that I have no pain in it. Oh, it's sore - hurts if I try to open a jar or something, or pull on the car door handle, so I just don't do those things. Left undisturbed, it doesn't hurt at all. Haven't even taken a Tylenol - nothing. Haven't needed it.

Well, our rain went away and never dripped a drop, and the temp at 7:45 is 102. Sigh.

Blessings! --Romeena

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85319: Oh, so sorry you didn't get any rain, Ro!

Well, Sean got his learner's permit for driver's ed today. I am doing the "Parent-Taught Druver's Ed" and it is going well. It's an online program and now we will be adding "behind the wheel instruction". I was so glad Sean passed the test the first time because he needed the boost to his self-esteem. He is a very happy boy. :)


August 29, 2011 - Msg 85320:
Hello porch family.....continued prayers for all those affected by the storm.

G-F....I like the the Atlanta track. Some good racing there. I like ole #5 also. I really like the Jack Roush drivers. I've been a fan of his drivers for years. And I'll have to be honest with you.....I pull for anybody in front of Kyle Busch. I like the other Toyoda drivers but not Kyle. He's good but I'm just not a fan. Three drivers I don't care for are Kyle, Jr and Keselowski......oopps I bet I just made some race fans

Ro....glad your hand has been a pretty easy ordeal overall. Just take care of it till it completely heals. Don't want to break something loose. Ok I know....I'm talking to a nurse:)

Well little Jake is sitting here in my lap sleeping. Sure gonna miss him over the next three weeks while on the road.
Think I'll watch a TAGS ep before I hit the sack early tonight. Got some Skippy Natural peanut butter and Town House crackers for a snack. Come on over!
Love and prayers!

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85321:
Hey there slipped in on me.
CONGRATS Sean....way to go buddy!

August 29, 2011 - Msg 85322: Hey, REV. I can just picture little Jake, snoozing in your lap. Eloise and I got some laughs out of Toye Starr yesterday. We were driving out to a halfway point, to meet David and Brittney and deliver the boys to them. Toye Starr went along, and because of the boys and Bentley being here, she had missed her usual afternoon nap. The boys and Bentley were in the back, and she was sitting on the front seat, between me and Eloise. Eloise told me to watch her when I could. The traffic was at a standstill at several points, and when I could watch Toye Starr, I could see her big old brown eyes just slowly closing, and her little head would droop lower, until she'd quickly jerk it back it up, widen her eyes, and try very hard to look alert. It reminded me of Gomer in church! Too funny! When I got everyone delivered and we finally got back home, I sat down for a few minutes before getting ready to go to work, and she was in my lap immediately, and asleep in about ten seconds. Short nap, but she made sure she got in a little cuddle time, anyway.

Aren't they sweet? Poor old 45-lb Bentley would just love to be a little lapdog, and frequently comes and plops his big old stiff-legged self in my lap, trying to look small. It's a little sad, but I'll hold him and let him sit there for a short time. He just loves it. He's like the older child in a family, who remembers when he was the baby in mama's lap, and now he's too big, but will try now and then anyway. One of mine used to sit in my lap at times until his feet were on the floor! Ya gotta love 'em! --Romeena

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85323: I folks. Just a quick note to say that I am going back to the hospital(it's 2:20 am), as they are going to induce labor in my wife. Prayers please. Thank you!

-Sterling Holobyte

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85324: Hello again folks,
I had time to come back and take a shower and get something to eat, as nothing is happening yet. MIL is with my wife. I am a little upset with the hospital, as I don't think that the overnight stay last night was necessary. Even her doctor went home. We arrived there at about 11pm, after we called them about my wife's blood pressure being higher than usual, and they monitored her, and her blood pressure there was lower, so I thought we would be sent home, but the doctor asked if we wanted to have the baby now as we were in a good place. Well, if I had known it would be the next morning and still no baby(or labor), I would have suggested that we just do this today when everyone is awake and rested. But maybe they had good reason to suggest we stay there, I don't know as I am not a doctor.
Well, have to get back. Just wanted to let you all know what was going on.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85325: Wow, exciting day for Sterling! Prayers for a safe delivery for mom and baby and may the Lord provide the needed strength for dad. :)


August 30, 2011 - Msg 85326: REV, Don't care much for Kryle either..but ya did'nt here it from me! Peoples opions on the best drivers will get ya in more trouble than puttin syrup on your grits! tehehaha!! G-F

Sterling hope every thing goes well..keep us the way I did not catch wher you're
from when I asked for roll call back when I joined the porch...Goober-Fife...

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85327:
Morning porch family....little cloudy here today.

Sterling......prayers for this special day in your family's life! that's funny..."Kryle" are a trip:)

You all have a Jesus filled day.
Love and prayers!

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85328: Good morning, porch! Sterling, I'm hoping and praying that by now things are clicking along, and maybe the baby is here, or at least getting close. Regarding the overnight stay, don't be too upset with them. My guess is that they preferred to keep her there where they could watch her, rather than let her go home and risk a thrill-packed ride through red lights to get back there if things got under way suddenly. Also, there are logistical concerns involved in a discharge/re-admit turnaround. Sometimes ins#rance gets in a snit about it. It may have been a totally unnecessary stay, but you can't be sure. Better safe than sorry.

Well, guess I'd better go feed La Starr. She's sitting here looking at me like I've got two heads. She just hates it when I stop off at the computer on the way to the kitchen in the morning. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85329: REV, KRYLE is what everone around here calls him, I don't think it's a Northern thing but most of us up here don't care for the Busch Bro's. But...This year ya gotta give em their

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85330: Hi folks, nothing yet. I can't believe they haven't even given her whatever they give to help speed up the delivery. I guess the reason I am a little ticked about this is that she had a doctor's appointment today. So we could be doing this today instead of starting last night. Oh, and I had to laugh at your "rush" to the hospital comment, Ro. We live just a couple blocks from the hospital. :) And even if we had to go through some red lights, there are only about three of them in town. About the insur@nce, I was thinking maybe that was part of it, so that they could charge the insur@nce(there's that dreaded "i" word again) company for more days. I just hope we do not have to pay for any of it. Well, better get back. I just took Kai to her other grandma so that she could do her schoolwork since we kept her out today.

Thanks for your prayers.

Oh Goober, I am from Wisconsin.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85331: Hi All.

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85332:
Prayers rising!

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85333: Prayers for you & your family,Sterling.Thanks for sharing the event with us!

possum under a rock

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85334:
Howdy porch family....I guess no baby yet.....but in due time:)

Ya'll come on over.....wife just cooked a huge pot of clam chowder or should I say, clam chowda as they say in Maine.

Love and prayers!

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85335: Man oh Man im on the way Rev!.....fix me a big bowl...back after eating....SPOT

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85336: I'd come REV, but I'd have to crawl there. Busy day of homeschooling and making and canning plum jam (among many other chores). I'll tell you, I am no spring chicken anymore! I'm "plum" wore out (pun intended)!

Guess I will head to bed early tonight. Tomorrow is another day. :)


August 30, 2011 - Msg 85337: It's a boy!

Ok, we actually knew what the baby was going to be, but since he's finally here, I can say that for sure now. Things went off without a hitch. Well, I am sure my wife might not look at it that rosily, since she had to do all the work. But compared to last time, it was tons better. And the doctor made sure to mention that his heart sounded good and with no murmur that she could detect. Just stopped by to tell you all the news and to get some of Kai's school stuff as she will be spending it with MIL tonight. I get to sleep(or not sleep as the case may be) in the uncomfortable pull-out bed/chair at the hospital.
I don't know why, but I was more weak-kneed last night when the doctor said they will induce labor than I was today during the delivery.

-Sterling Holobyte

Thanks again for all your prayers!

August 30, 2011 - Msg 85338: Yay! Let me be the first to congratulate you & your wife on your brand new son! That's wonderful,Sterling! Bet Kai is so thrilled!

What's his name? Sterling Jr? Ha ha

Hope you get some rest. Tell your wife she did good!

A new Porch baby-that's just dandy!

My best to all of you~ possum under a rock

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85339:
CONGRATULATIONS Mr and Mrs Sterling!! Very, very cool! Wish we could see a picture.
Prayers continue for you and yours!

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85340: Congrats Mr and Mrs Sterling. A healthy and happy baby boy. When you said your wife had to do all the work, I hope you was referring to labor and not also conception. :)

Rev, is that clam chowder your wife makes cream based or tomato based. I really cotton to the cream based my own self, but I could probably be talked into the other. Either way, homemade sure sounds good. That's one thing I do enjoy about cooler weather. A hot bowl of soup really hits the spot. (not our porch spot)

Sounds like you had a busy day Boo. Don't go and throw your back out. Pace yourself.

Hey Possum. You doing better? Hope so. Glad the storm wasn't too bad for you.

Hey MDC. I bet your looking forward to the temps cooling some. We are supposed to only be in the 70's here tomorrow. That will feel good after all the 90's we have been having.

Ro, glad your surgery went well and you have no pain. You'd make a terrible Emma Watson. ;)

Well best get the old bod moving. I sound like a bowl of rice crispies in the morning. Snap, crackle, and pop. What a shame!

Prayers for all, and again, congrats to Sterling and family.


August 31, 2011 - Msg 85341: A new bouncing "Cheese Head"haha...How cool is that! Hope all went well..Will he be a Packer's fan?? Lombardi "Starr" Holobyte, sort of has a good ring to it?? G-F.....

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85342: Congratualtions, Sterling! Thank you for taking the time to let us know that all was well. I was afraid you might be too busy but you didn't forget your porch buddies. :) Sterling, you really should consider getting a facebook account so you could post pics of the baby...pretty please??

Asa, why does it somehow make me smile to think of you having 90 degree temps and suffering along with the rest of us?? ;) One thing is for sure, you will be cold before you know it. This morning I was thinking about how much I would love some cold weather but you can never depend on it down here in the humid, bug-ridden, jungle-like climate of the south texas coast.

Had some homemade plum jam on my english muffin this morning and it was sooo good! I am draggin' my wagon this morning, though. I woke up around 4am with one of those headaches in the back of my head and neck and finally had to get up and take some advil. I was able to go back to bed for awhil and it was gone when I woke up, thankfully, but this is going to be a tough day. Plenty to do, as usual but I am thankful I have a family to do them for. :)

Be back later if I get a break.


PS- Possum, I think I heard Sterling say they are naming the baby "Gomer"..or "Dooley"..?? ;)...or was it "Jelsik"?

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85343: Hmm.. I heard the baby has red hair & they're gonna name him "Opie"- LOL

Personally, if they're going with a Mayberry Name,I'm hoping they name him after "Hog Winslow"- Hog Holobyte has a nice ring to it!
possum under a rock

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85344: Ha ha, funny Asa!

Will he be a Packer's fan, GF?! Well, if he spends enough time at my mom's he will.

I don't know, Boo. I really hate facebook. Maybe if I can use my porch name on there. :)

No, possum, no red hair, but lots of black hair.

I am just home for a while because I have to put together the crib(that might help), as well as take the car seat out of the box(that helps too).

-Sterling Holobyte

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85345: WHAT'S HIS NAME???!!!...sorry, didn't mean to yell...just anxious to find out. :)


August 31, 2011 - Msg 85346: Wish I could help put the crib together. Putting cribs together is how I got the nickname, "MAN-MOM" from Sean years ago.


August 31, 2011 - Msg 85347: Lots of black hair? Hope he doesn't look like Mr. Schwump!
Just kidding, Sterling- I'll bet he's a cutie! We want pictures..and a name!!

possum again

P.S. Hey to Man-Mom! Ha ha ha

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85348: Well hey gang...prayers for all the storm people...we sent 6 full crews to maryland from here today...ok....Im covered up here.....yall got any food?.....SPOT

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85349: I've got some lentils left over from yesterday, Spot. I love lentils, at least the way I cook them. Lots of good stuff in them.

I agree with Boo. What's his name, Sterling? I'd love to see a picture of him too, but I share your Facebook concerns. I haven't joined it, and probably won't.

We had a very rough night at work last night, probably exceeded only by the ordeal the day shift must have had. When I left at eight this morning, it wasn't shaping up to be a pretty sight. Would you believe I got a call at three this afternoon, asking if I'd consider working tonight? I don't blame them, they're desperate, but the answer was no. I worked last night, am working tomorrow night, and have no intention of making it three in a row, not even for time and a half. My old bod just won't take it. Besides, in my opinion, management created this monster, and I think they should deal with it. They need to get a bit more creative, and quit trying to solve it by throwing money at it.

Well, there is a hungry-looking little squirrel out there, nosing around the bare feeding area. Guess I'd better go put out a few treats for him. I've got some pizza "bones", (I don't eat the back crust, too many carbs), and some stale cereal. He'll think he's in squirrel heaven.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85350:
Howdy porch family

A great big CONGRATS to the Serling family. I am so proud for you all!

Asa....she makes her clam chowder with milk (cream) base with NO tomato in it. It is so good.

Ro....don't blame you for not going in's just not worth it.

Well let me watch a TAGS before bed. Think I'll watch "Prisoner of Love" episode.
Ya'll have a good night.
Love and prayers!

August 31, 2011 - Msg 85351:
Of course I meant Sterling in the post above. Why do you always see the mistakes after you hit the post button?

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85352: Glad you are not going in to work tonight, Ro. Stick to your guns on that issue. I hate to say it but I'm gonna..."We're no spring chickens anymore". ;)

REV, I watched the first Malcom Merriweather ep and the Rafe Hollister Sings ep tonight with the kids. Both kids have colds so they got their cold medicine and it's time for everyone to go to bed. TAGS is a nice way to end the day.

See ya in the morning.


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85353: Good morning Porch. And we made September. Where has the summer gone? Time moves right along it seems. Before long we will be talking Christmas and snow and I'll be whining about cold and the misery in my back. Ain't it grand?

Rev, I wish I could sample that soup. I love clam chowder. There is this place in Pismo Beach California that we just love. The best clam chowder soup I've ever had. Plus it is right on the ocean front. Spectacular sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Boo, how'd your young-uns catch colds this time of year? I hate summer colds. I don't mind winter colds, but I hate summer colds! (actually I hate winter colds too but I just wanted to take off on Lydia)

Ro, there is an event going on close by this weekend I know you'd love to see. It's the National Sheep Dog Championships at a place called Soldier Hollow. Boy if you have never seen a working sheep dog in action your missing something. This is one of the best things in the world to watch, if you love dogs. Amazing stuff. We won't be going this year because of the wifes health, but have really enjoyed it in previous years. I'll see if I can find a link to it for you somewhere.

Well better get going.

Pray and hope all is still well for Sterling and family.


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85354: I found a youtube link if your interested.


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85355: Good morning everyone! I am stopping by to offer a hearty congratulations to STERLING! Many blessings to you, your wife, Kai, and new baby boy (ole' What's-His-Name--you must have named him after Barney's boy). BOO was very kind to drop me a line and share the good news (thanks BOO!).

Hope all you porchsters are doing well and taking all this wierd weather in stride. Prayers all 'round.

Now, I better skeedadle before I end up starting an inadvertant moulage or something ;-). Yes, I'm still a scamp.


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85356: Morning Porch! Hope all is well today.

Congrats to Sterling and family. what a blessing and a great addition to our porch family.

Hey M-T! It is great to see you. come by more often. I miss you and your moulages. You scamp you.

Hope the kids are feeling better BOO.

My friend is recovering pretty well from her surgery. I visted with her last night for a while and she seems is pretty good spirits. She has learned their was no cancer in her lymp nodes and none in the margins which is good news. She said they are calling it stage 2 because of the size of the tumor. Now she had to wait for another report to come back to see if she will have to have any kind of treatments. Hopefully all this means she has a good prognosis!

Better get to work. Lunch menu will be burgers and fries from Five Guys Burgers! see you there.
my treat.

Have a blessed day.
Big Maude

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85357: Great video, Asa. Those Border Collies are amazing dogs. Did you ever see the movie "Babe"? Wish I could go to the competition you speak of. Sorry you and the Mrs. will have to miss it this year. :(

"Hey" to Me-They! Great to see ya.

Thanks, Maude. I am hoping the kids will be better today. Sounds like your friend is doing well. I wanted to tell you that I have a friend named Sandra that I have known for years. Her husband is a retired police officer who was shot in the line of duty but they had tried to exist on his disability and they have always struggled. Well, about 10 years ago, Sandra went to my sister to tell her that she had a lump in her breast that she had been ignoring because they didn't have medical insur@nce, of all things. Susan said the lump was the size of an orange. Sandra finally went to the doctor at my sister's insistance and it was cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes, as well. As you can imagine, her prognosis was not good. They removed the cancer and began aggressive radiation and chemo. The radiation was the worst part but she got through it...weeks and weeks of it. Sandra has one son who was in his teens at the time and her one dream and hope was to live long enough to hold her grandchild someday. Well, one Sunday during church she went up to be prayed for and the preacher prayed for her and he said to her, "You are going to live to hold your grandchildren". She believed that to be the Lord's promise to her and here she is still today, perfectly fine. Her son is in his 20's and not married yet. Hope your friend lives to hold her grandchildren and has a very full life from here on.

Better get going. Getting a late start today.


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85358:
"Aren't ya kind!"

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85359: Good morning, porch - and howdy-do to Me-They! Great to see you - wish you'd come keep your rocker dusted. We miss you.

Asa, thanks for that link! It's great, and I'll be sharing it with my dog-loving family. My Scottish son-in-law will appreciate the brief appearance by the bagpipers, too, as did I. The dogs are incredible. It's just amazing, the way they work the sheep. You may remember me mentioning my daughter's little dog, Snickers, in times past. Snickers is gone now, but she was an amazing little girl. Little mixed breed, presumably part Scottie and maybe part Schnauzer, just a little thing, about 15 pounds. She was as smart as any dog I ever saw. One day, my daughter's neighbor's goats got out, about 15 of them, and were into her flowers and her veggie garden, and generally making a mess of things. Robbi was out there trying to shoo them back through the fence, to utterly no avail. Suddenly Snickers appeared and started circling those goats like an angry little bee, and in no time at all she had them in a tight little group, then proceeded to start moving the group toward the hole in the fence. One by one, they went back into their own pasture, and Robbi fixed the fence. She had no idea Snickers could do that, but she did it like it was just nothing. Amazing! Just instinctive, I guess. We all miss Snickers, a lot. Some of you may remember her picture from the old album - she was a little grizzled gray dog, and in her picture she was up on her haunches, head back, ears sticking straight up. I think I had captioned it "I Can Almost Fly!" She was a great little lady.

Eloise wants to go to East Buffet today for lunch, and since that's one of my favorite places, it sounds like a good idea. However, one of their featured items is peel-your-own shrimp. Normally, that's just part of the fun. I'm just not sure how I'm going to manage it with this big old splint on my left hand. My fingers are free, and they're mobile, but how I'll keep the splint and the dressing clean, I don't know. I had a challenge last night just peeling an avocado. Maybe I can cut the fingers out of a glove?? I'll figure it out.

Well, gotta run. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85360:
Asa- no soup for you! ha
RO- I heard that there is a big fire in the Possum Kingdom Lake area. (Oops, sorry to OUR Possum.) Hope you all get rain soon!
Sterling, you could open a FB page as your porch handle and make it very restrictive on who gets to see it, when you are setting it up. Basically only we who know it would be able to find the page. Then you could close it in about a month Just a thought.
Well, very glad to see August go! It was the hottest on record. Many records were broken including the most days of 110 or over IN A ROW...12!! Ouch! I don't care what Rafe says, now THAT is dang hot! ha
Prayers for all,

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85361: MDC..A soup Nazi? say it aint so.. all Asa wanted was a little clam chawda...ha G-F

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85362: Thanks for lunch Maude ...we have Five Guys burgers...GOOD food and fries...hey Boo,Possum,MDC,Sterling,Lucy,Rev,Romeena,MT,auh20,Asa and TOm!...and all...well here at work...we need RAIN here in Ga...very dry...have to water the garden every day...ok...supper since Maude got lunch..Grilled BBQ Chicken,mac-n-cheese,greenbeans rolls and plenty yall make ya a plate to go....SPOT

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85363: Been kind of quiet on the porch but I've been busy anyway.

Please say a prayer for Sean. He is feeling much worse this evening with this bug he has. I really want him to feel better and get on with his school work. Erin seems better and didn't get it so bad. Tomorrow is my 17th anniversary so I hope i don't catch their bug.

Made a canned some more jelly today. Sean had been asking me to make apple jelly and I made that (super easy) and canned about 8 pints of it. I also made some raspberry jam and some apple-pumpkin butter. Everything turned out great but too much cleaning up! Whew!


September 01, 2011 - Msg 85364: Boo, I get tired just reading about all you do. I used to have energy like that, but no more. These days, I wear myself out looking for ways to take it easy!

That said, guess I'd better go get my monkey suit on and head for work. I hope things have settled down there just a bit. I guess last night was pretty awful. Some of the patients surely went home today, though, so maybe it won't be too bad.

Blessings! --Romeena

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85365: Romeena, A monkey suit? I guess the zoo where I work at don't issue monkey thing with working at a place that's a zoo everyday is an ADVENTURE! Ya think a guy works at a place 36+ years at least he should get a monkey suit out of the deal!AND WHAT DO YA GET??HEARTACHES,NOTHIN BUT HEARTACHES!tehehaha..
let's sing..Send in the Clowns...Don't bother there here!
(blast from the past)Goober-Fife....

September 01, 2011 - Msg 85366: That's funny, Ro (about wearing yourself out looking for ways to take it easy!) haha. Funny thing is that some days I get tired even when I'm not so busy and some days I have alot of energy. Today was one of those high energy days when I just didn't really get tired. I find that if I stop at around 2pm and take a 30 minute rest I do very well. I don't usually sleep during that time, but will lie down and read or think in the peace and quiet. Sometimes I doze off for a few minutes but not usually. Today I just read for a bit and then got back up but I had lots of energy to continue.

This evening since Sean was sick, Bruce and I did his chores and I went out to refill the water tank for the critters. I was able to use water from our well for the first time and I was thrilled because the water was ice cold! It looked a little bit cloudy and had just a little of that mineral smell to it but boy, it was so cold coming out of the ground. Tomorrow I am going to fill the dog's pool with it and see if they will get in it to cool off. I have a feeling they won't like it that cold, even in this heat. The weatherman tonight said that it is going to be 102 and 103 on Saturday and Sunday but on Tuesday we will get a little front that will bring the daytime highs down to the lower 90s, which we have not seen in a long time, and the nightime highs will actually be in the 60's. We haven't seen 60's since last spring. Yippee. I hope the weatherman is right or he might get himself lynched by the locals.

Sean is up after a long nap and seems a bit better. i think his fever broke. Hopefully tomorrow will be the turning point for him. Erin, of course, is unstoppable. Wish you all could have seen her today when she was supposed to be sick. She was wearing a cowboy hat, carrying a babydoll, and making tents in the living room.