September 07, 2011 - Msg 85447: Morning all.

Hey Sterling. Noah sounds like a great name. Hope he and the Mrs. are home and doing well.

Maude, sorry to hear about the unexpected water leak. Never fun stuff. How is your friend doing? Any word on if she needs more treatment?

Glad it's cooled down a bit for you Texas women. I hope the fires will calm down and you get some much needed rain. I was listening to Glenn Beck yesterday on the radio and he was saying how the ranchers are having to butcher their cattle because they can't afford to feed them with the price of hay. These are some perilous days in which we live gang. Be prepared. Spiritually, physically, emotionally. Times are tough, and as Barney would say, they're gonna get tougher! Prayer is our ally.

Possum, hope your back gets better fast. I just hate it when I get the misery in mine. Sours my outlook on everything.

Hope you all have a good day, and act like you got some smarts.


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85448: Well look at me. Don't tell my wife I know how to sweep.


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85449:
Morning Porch

A quick Hey!

Congrats Sterling!!

Morning Asa.

"I've been sent to spread the message
God blessed Texas."- Little Texas (I think that was there name)


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85450: Mornin' Y'all- Asa, if you come sweep around my rock,I won't tell your wife how handy you are with a broom! Ha Ha Yep,a little blackmail!

Ro, so sorry to hear that your relatives' home fell victim to the wildfires.Prayers for them.
I hope your wrist gets "right" soon ,too!

My back is a lot better-just really sore.I'm careful not to pick up anything or bend the wrong way. The heating pad has become my best friend- LOL

Well, can y'all believe that our little Porch baby Laci is 8 years old? Yep,she turns 8 today!

Cake & ice cream for everyone!!!
Y'all have a good Wednesday!
possum under a rock

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85451: Got a good one for the porch Women...Go to "You Tube" and type in.."The Andy Griffith Show of Women" there is a cool video/song, check it out!

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85452: Good morning, porch! I'm sitting here at 9:17, completely surrounded by the silence - my a/c is NOT running! I'm used to it cycling - runs a while, off a while, but this morning, I haven't heard it at all! It's 64 degrees outside - can you believe it? Beautiful, sunny and breezy, and COOL! Oh, it will warm up as the day goes by, but it won't get as brutally hot as it has been, I'm sure. Thank you, Lord!

I have heard a bit more from my cousin. His granddaughter lived in a lovely rural home near Bastrop, where her husband manages a Chili's restaurant. They saw this coming a while back, as the drought wore on, so Brea had gathered up their important papers, legal stuff, and some valuables and had them in an easily-carried container. They had a plan to get out, but when the fires came, it was very sudden - whipped by the winds from the New Orleans tropical storm. They managed to get out ahead of the advancing fires, with all four kids, the dog, and important papers. They have not been allowed to return, but a neighbor somehow sneaked in and got pictures of each ruined house. Brea and John and their family are staying with John's mother for now. They are insured, and will rebuild, but probably in another location within the area. So sad, but we're all just grateful that they weren't hurt. Did anyone see the film on the news, the one that showed how fast the fires move? It was pretty terrifying - no stopping something like that.

On another, happier note - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LACI! Eight years old already. Seems like only yesterday she was just a teeny baby - like little NOAH - gosh, these kids grow fast.

Well, guess I'll mosey out to the pond and see how the new fish made it through the night. I'm sure they're fine, but I like to sit out there on a boulder and watch them. They're so pretty!

Have a great day, friends - Blessings! --Romeena

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85453: Hi y'all porchsters!
Trivia question - Barney is seen playing three musical instruments throughout the first five seasons. Name them.

All the best to you and yours,
Nate Bracey

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85454: Well, it's still pretty hot here, Ro, but glad you are enjoying the lower temps. It is still in the 90's but it is amazing how great 90 can feel after 110!! I am enjoying it. At least it is cooler at night now and in the morning. It is crazy to live in a climate in which it never, ever cools off for three or four months at a time, not even at night. I would love to move to Colorado.

So glad your cousin's granddaughter and her family had the wisdom to get prepared and than God they are ok, Ro!

Happy Birthday day to Miss Laci! Wow...eight years old already. :)

Asa, true about the cattle and it has been going on for awhile, and in Oklahoma, too. Something has got to give. You are right about getting ready and prayer is our ally.

Been a busy morning and still more schoolwork to do. I am having a bit of trouble with my mom-in-law not respecting our school hours. She called me yesterday and said she forgot to tell me that she has a dr's appointment today and needs a ride. The reason she needs a ride is because she failed her eye test at the DMV and couldn't get her license renewed. Bruce told her beforehand to get to the eye doctor and see if she needed a new prescription but she put it off. Her appointment today was at 11:30am, which is right in the middle of our school day. Bruce had just talked to her last week about the priority of doing the kid's schoolwork during the day. He took her to her appointment and is going try to have another talk with her. Last week she talking badly to Bruce's brother about me, saying that I told her that she had to call before she came over or some such (which I never told her, we just asked her to respect the morning hours, especially because we are doing school lessons). I don't know what to do with her. She wants my help but she talks terrible about me behind my back while taking everything I am willing to give her and smiling the whole while. She isn't senile so I am tired of making excuses for her. I have decided that I will stop answering my phone when she calls. If she cant get me, she will call one of her other kids who don't do anything for her. I want to have a Christian attitude and have asking Jesus to please guard my heart from bitterness because all that really matters is what He thinks of me. It has just been going on for so long and part of me is really apathetic and I feel myself getting cold towards her, but part of me still gets my feelings hurt. I never say anything to her anymore or defend myself because history tells me it never makes a difference. Seems like people very seldom change their bad behavior. Honestly, I have always been her for her and do much more for her than any of her family and she is syrupy-sweet to my face, and rips me up behind my back. I know it hurts Bruce and he feels like he has to explain to his siblings what his mom is doing because they tell him what his mom is saying. It's such an aggravating situation to have to deal with. What should I do? Just try not to deal with it as much as possible, i guess.

Better get back to the chores...break over.


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85455: By the way, it is just the way my mother in law has always been and it's not just me but she really has it in for me and Bruce's sister, Linda. Linda stopped caring a long time ago and never sees her mother unless she happens to see her at Christmas or Thanksgiving. She doesn't even call on mother's day. Crazy, isn't it?


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85456: harmonica, jaw harp, bongo drum??

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85457: Two out of three correct (harmonica and bongo drums. Did he play the jaw harp?


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85458: Boo I agree, That's my brother too. even when Mom passed away he did'nt come to the funeral either. I just don't get it but he has been that way I think it is a Vietnam thing just does not deal with death well..I figure that's his demons to deal with..I tried & tried all I got..... HEARTACHS! G-F
Nate.. I think harmonica,cymbals, jaw harp & bongo drums?

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85459: Hey to Nate Bracey. Are you our "old" Nate, or a newcomer? Either way, welcome!

Boo, you're in such a difficult position. She calls on you because she knows you'll help her. Yet, she badmouths you behind your back. In my opinion, she does that because she hates it that her own daughter ignores her, is hurt and embarrassed by that fact, and your willingness is a reminder. Perverse, but I've seen it before. Her anger at the others is directed toward you. As I recall, it's called "transference" - remember?

I think you have two options. First, obviously, you can just ignore her behavior and continue doing what you've been doing. Don't worry too much about her talking behind your back. Anyone she's talking to knows how she is, and won't believe anything she says anyway.

Your other option is to confront her, make an issue of her performances, and try to force a change in her behavior. I'll guarantee you, this won't work, and it could backfire on you. Her family may be as disgusted with her as you are, but they're her family, and may just shock you by rising to her defense if you confront her.

There is a third option, which is sort of a combination of the first two, and which may be your best bet. Just continue rocking along, do what you can for her but don't allow her to abuse your time. Let your phone go to voicemail during school hours. Then be sure to call her back, and apologize for not being available, "but it was school time, and I can't answer the phone when I'm teaching. Thank goodness for voicemail! Now, how can I help you?" She'll grumble, but just ignore it. If she asks you to do something at a time that's not convenient for you, just say "I'm so sorry, I'm busy at that time, but I could help you at (whatever) time."

If the sniping gets too bad, and something really is outrageous, find a time when it's mostly just the two of you, though if Bruce was nearby it might be good, provided he can hear the conversation. Then just tell her what you heard, and ask if she really said that, if she really feels that way - whatever's appropriate. Then just tell her you're sorry she feels that way, that you always try to be good to her, and it hurts to find out that she feels that way about you. Then assure her that as Bruce's mom, you will always love her, but you wish she wouldn't say ugly things about you behind your back, because it hurts so much. Suggest that if she has a grievance, it would be better to present it to you, rather than to other people. Then change the subject. Don't be drawn into a conversation about it.

I don't know if any of this would work, or be helpful, but I'm just sorry that you have to put up with such hateful behavior. Just stay sweet, don't give her any ammunition, and remember that God knows the whole story.

Blessings! --Romeena

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85460: Let's see - Barn plays the harmonica, bongos and the cymbals - the Andre Kostelanetz Marchers from Chicago!

September 07, 2011 - Msg 85461: Thanks for that very helpful, advice, Ro. You don't know how much I appreciate your taking the time to share with me. It means so much. Everything you said made alot of sense.

Seems like I am going through one of those seasons in life when I am being tested from every angle, as far as relationships with family go. I have felt like raging at people and been so frustrated. I don't doubt that some of it may be related to my age but the last week I have been so angry at times that I surprise myself. I know that if I hold it all in, I will get depressed, but if I let it out on the people around me, I would be abusive so I am trying to figure out how to handle it. I pray and ask God for help and I try to meditate on why I am feeling this anger and what I can do. It's been tough on me because I am not an angry person by nature. I am the kind who is always trying to make peace with everyone. My sister is like that and she was telling me that when she was about my age, the same thing started happening to her. She is the most non-confrontational person I know but she said one day she and her husband were walking in a parking lot at the mall when this crazy driver came speeding toward them at about 30 mph. He stopped just before he hit her and she turned around and stood right in front of his car, raving and screaming, "You stupid idiot!! What's the matter with you!"...her husband was speechless and said under his breath, "Something is wrong with you". haha...I think it was that same week that she said she almost lost control and ran her shopping cart into a teenager who was blocking the isle at the store! She said the mood swings and temper lasted about a year and then she was over it. Sure hope it doesn't last that long for me!


September 07, 2011 - Msg 85462: Hey gang storms been rough here in Ga...any left over food?'''SPOT

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85463: Here, SPOT...I'm throwing you some leftover fried chicken, mashed TATERS(!) and glazed carrots. Didn't make any dessert, though.

I am coming down with the kid's cold and just took some NyQuil so I am off to slumberland!


September 08, 2011 - Msg 85464: Boo, I will only say what Archie told Edith when she was going through "the change" "If your going to change, do it! You've got 5 minutes!" Ha! If only it was that easy.
I really liked Ro's third option the best. Just keep doing what is right, without letting her upset you. You can't control what she says or feels about you. You can only control how you deal with it. And at the end of the day, the only question you need ask is "Lord, did I do good? Did I please you?" I really think that is where you will find your peace. Just my 2 cents, and my thoughts are probably only worth about 2 cents. :)

Nate Bracey, Nate Bracey, NATE BRACEY! I always said you had a musical name. Great to see you. Your questions got answered before I had a chance. But bongo's, cymballs, and an harmonica would be my answer. BTW, what is a "jaw harp"? I hate to show my ignorance, but I will.

Better get going. Our temps the last few days have been in the high 70's. Dang nice!


September 08, 2011 - Msg 85465: Food?...SPOT

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85466:
***Porch Family*** - It hurts me to share this news with you,but prayers are desperately needed. Spot just gave me the okay to fill you in,so here goes..

Spot's Miss Sherry has cancer.She is in the hospital and things are not encouraging.

Several months ago, Sherry found a lump in her neck-it was cancerous & was removed. Doctors were cautiously optimistic. Well,a few days ago,Sherry began having chest pains. She went to the hospital and Spot just told me that the cancer has spread into her chest & is incurable. She will be starting Chemo right away.

Please lift Sherry up in prayer and Spot as well,as they face this difficult time.

God bless Sherry.

Spotty, we all love you and are here for you. Stay strong.

possum under a rock

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85467: Good Morning Porch, just stopping by for a minute.

Spot, I am so sad to hear the news about Miss Sherry. You, Sherry and your families will be in my prayers. Please know that we are all here for you. Please keep us posted. God Bless you all.

Breakfast menu will be: biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham steaks, fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh sliced peaches, apple butter, jelly. coffee, tea, juice.

Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85468: Asa, sorry for the confusion on the instrument it is called a "jew harp" you put it to your mouth like a harmonica but it has a rod that you twang, I thought Barney was playing it in one episode but I might be wrong....
once again my fingers were moving faster than the brain....G-F

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85469:
Don't recall what I was gonna post.

Spot-Prayers buddy! Praying for you and Miss Sherry and will continue to. My God Bless you and Miss Sherry.


September 08, 2011 - Msg 85470:
SPOT- so sorry to hear that of Miss Sherry.
I lift her up right now in prayer to the Living God for a miracle! God bless,

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85471: I'm so sorry to hear the news about Miss Sherry, prayers going up. We love you Spot.
- Hazel

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85472: Good afternoon everyone. Something tugged at me to stop in today, and I'm sure glad I did. SPOT, you and Miss Sherry are and will be in my prayers regularly. God bless and strengthen you both and your family.

BOO: If you ever need to vent, you're welcome to send me poison emails. Seriously, when I feel my anger welling up it sometimes helps to sit down and get it on paper. By the time I'm done, I've usually calmed down and can get a different perspective. (I just did it last night during the GOP debate--that was for you, AUH2O!). Don't know if it'll help but maybe worth a try.

Take care all. I'llbeseeingyou.

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85473:
Wow, so many things going on!
To bring in a TAGS quote, I'll just say that there is "such goings on, such goings on!" (:
BOO- i wanted to address what you said the other day concerning Erin. Just remember that she has been in a "structured" school environment all these years, and now to suddenly be having school in her home, I think that yes indeed it would affect her. Give it some time. i dont think it's ADD, I think it is more like "wow, my school is now my home," and vice versa. When any of us are thrown into such a different setting, we would all be affected by it. Please give her some time to get acclimated to the whole scene. OK chickie baby? (:

PS- I'm sure there would also be some initial "issues" if it was the other way around, ie: from home school to a school building. Just a thought.

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85474: Hey Gand!..thanks Possum...guess now yall see why I have been busy!ha ha..Thanks for the prayers and we are optimistic and praying about the whole with the Doc in the morning...will keep my porch family up to snuff!..Miss Sherry is right with the Lord so that helps out a bunch!..ok...lets have taco soup with chile cheese corn chips dumped in it...ever had it?google it...the kind we make is a bit diferent but Good..a friend of mine introduced us to it about a year ago...well at work now and headed home at 6....see yall at supper and Thanks...SPOT

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85475: "Hey Gand"?...oh well by now yall know me!

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85476: Oh Spot buddy. I'm so sorry to hear about Sherry. You guys are for sure included in my prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Thanks for telling us about this Possum. I hope your back is still improving.


September 08, 2011 - Msg 85477: Prayers for Spot and Sherry. Sorry, friend.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 08, 2011 - Msg 85478:
Hello porch family....Sure have missed you folks. Was in TN last night but now in KY for two weeks. Kinda chilly here.

Spot...Miss Sherry and you will certainly be in my prayers brother. Our God is a BIG God!

I need to read some of the archives and catch up on all the happenings here. I should have internet while up here so should be able to keep up a little better over the next couple weeks.
Love and prayers!

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85479: Oh my goodness! I stopped by the porch when I got home from work and errands this morning, and was just overwhelmed by what I read. Spot, I am so sorry, dear friend. I really hate to hear the news about Miss Sherry, and please know that she and you will definitely be in my prayers. As others have referenced, nothing is too difficult for our God. I know, at this distance, there's nothing we can do but pray, but I'd sure like to bring you a big old pie! Please keep us posted. We care!

Boo, I think the best advice you got in your situation with your MIL came from Asa. It's worth repeating: You can't control what she says or feels about you. You can only control how you deal with it. And at the end of the day, the only question you need ask is "Lord, did I do good? Did I please you?" I really think that is where you will find your peace. That is so true, and so beautifully said. Hang your hat there, and you can't go wrong.

Well, my friend Ted will be here around 7 a.m., to install a couple of ceiling fans, so I'd better get to bed. If I don't, I won't even have found my socks by then! Good old Ted, he's been such a blessing to me. Friendly, lanky old country boy, can do just about anything that needs to be done, and has become so much more than someone who repairs things for me. He's a friend, like family. You may recall that he's also a licensed minister, and performed the wedding ceremony when my granddaughter got married in my back yard a couple of years ago. God has blessed me with a whole group of trusted folks who take care of things around here. Who needs Angie's List? I surely don't! I pay for the work that's done, of course, but the charges are fair (sometimes really not enough), the work is done well, and I can trust the folks who enter my home. Ted has the codes to get in even when I'm not here. God is good. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85480:
Hey Folks

Spot-When I was having toast and coffee this I was wondering if ya got some food last night at work and nope, I never had taco soup like that, yet.

Romeena-Ted sounds like a great guy. Kinda reminds me of a fella we have help us out here. Folks like that are a blessing.

Me-They I didn't catch the GOP debate. I usually don't. However, I did watch B.O. lastnight. Wow, this guy has no idea what makes America great. 961 days after he takes office he says we should act quickly? I guess that is leading from behind.


September 09, 2011 - Msg 85481: Morning porch, hope everyone is ready for the week end. a cool Friday on my end of the porch.
looking forward to the week end.

continued prayers for everyone on the porch, especially SPOT and Miss Sherry.

My friend is coming along pretty well in her healing process. She goes to the oncologist on the 28th and will find out what his recommendations will be. Her surgeon said that was pretty much up to him. May likely be the Tamoxfin (sp?) just not sure yet. Her spirits are pretty good and her husband has been an excellent caregiver. Lots of her neighbors, family and church family are making sure they have food regularly brought in so that really helps out.

Breakfast menu will be: pancakes, sausages, bacon, maple syrup and eggs your way. coffee, tea, juice.
Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85482: I came by the porch yesterday but just didn't have the words to post. I had Miss Sherry and SPOT in my prayers throughout the day. As much as it hurts to hear that she is going through it, it was a comfort to hear from SPOT that she is depending on and "right with" the Lord. The both of you won't be far from my thoughts and will continue to be in my prayers. SPOT if you need to talk, pop up on facebook when I am online. I wish I knew more about cancer treatment so I could be a better resource for you but Ro, having been through it herself, will have more information.

Maude, I read something not long ago about Tamoxifin and how it has helped so many breast cancer patients. Sounds like a good choice.

Great to have you back, REV. I really miss you when you are away.

Thanks for that offer, Me-They, and I owe you an email (I saw your comment on my facebook about the documentary on 9/11). Things have been crazy since school started here, but fun, too. I am trying to learn to relax and not let my frustrations get the best of me....seems like the Lord has been leading us to just the right scriptures in our devotional time in the morning. :)

Speaking of school, your post touched me MDC. So kind of you to share your thoughts concerning Erin and you are right. I have been thinking along those same lines. I am trying to find the balance between giving her (and myself) time to work this out and get used to it, and being structured enough that they will get used to being on a schedule. We are settling in and just to ease your mind, even if Erin is ADD, we would never know it because I won't ever taking her for testing or put her on meds. We will just deal with whatever she needs. After having taught Sean all these years, it can't get any harder than him. Erin does well with her schoolwork and she absorbs and learns easily enough but I think she needs help focusing and I probably need to spend more time sitting at the table with her for now, especially on the math because she is the type of kid who likes to get it right and you can tell its a blow to her self-esteem to not be able to do something (JUST like her dear 'ol dad). Anyway, thanks for sharing..the words of Malcom Merriweather come to mind..."Aren't ya kind...aren't ya kind". :)

Ro, yes, Asa's advice was in a nutshell, what I believe the Lord was trying to get across to me. I think I was giving far too much credence to the opinions of others. Your advice was very good, as well. I am blessed to have such wise friends. I don't ask advice from people, in general because it is often a waste of time, but I know I can come here and get some words of truth and wisdom. Often as a bolster to what I already know is true. Thanks again.

I don't know about the rest of you, but it's good to see Auh2o talking a bit of politics, even if in a benign way. :)

Better get to the laundry and schoolwork. Yesterday St. Susan brought over a bunch of cherry tomatoes that someone gave her and she wanted to can them so they wouldn't go bad (her hubby makes alot of salsa). She and Erin sat at the island and cut up those little tomatoes for a couple of hours, i think! I stewed them and canned them in the pressure canner and they turned out so good. I also made a big batch of grape jelly, some blueberry-peach jam, and two batches of strawberry preserves. You are all going to have to send my your adresses and your favorite jam/jelly and I will mail you some for Christmas...promise. :)


September 09, 2011 - Msg 85483: Put me down for strawberry preserves ,Boo! Yum! I'm still at my rock,so you should have my address. How nice of you to share!!

Asa,my back is much better,thanks,but my heart hurts now.. the news about Miss Sherry,you know.Been doing a lot of talking to the Lord & praying for Sherry & Spot. God Bless 'em.

Maude, it is good to hear that your friend is doing so well with her recovery. Continued prayers for her.

Lunch today at Morelli's!

possum under a rock

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85484:
Hard weekend for me. Not sure if I ever told you guys, but i knew someone who died in the attack 10 years ago. He was at WTC for a two hour meeting, as part of a weeklong business trip, and was to return here the next morning. I am sure he is with the Lord now. But I sure do miss him.
Prayers continue for Miss Sherry, Maudie's friend,and all!
God bless the USA!

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85485:
Oh, and you're welcome BOO, and put me down for some strawberry preserves too. So glad we got you those 2 dozen canning jars for your birthday! ha

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85486:
OH, and also, some of you may recall that my mother passed 4 years ago on 9-11.
OK, I'll let someone else talk now! (:

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85487: Sorry for the loss of your friend on 9/11,MDC.Your mother too. I don't recall you telling us that about your friend,but I do remember that Asa lost his nephew in the attacks. Just so senseless.
Good one about the canning jars!

possum again

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85488: You know I always like to get canning jars...who needs a stupid bed jacket?! ((HUGS))


September 09, 2011 - Msg 85489:
Hello porch family.....still a little cool up here in KY. Went for a long walk this morning and it sure felt good but my wife said it's still warm down in SC.

Boo...the jams sound yummy. Bring a jar in the morning to the diner:)

Completely re-built my it published yesterday. Got a few more things to do but it's up and running. Ya'll check it out at rockymorris(dot)com.

Well you all have a blessed day today and be sure to let someone see Jesus through your life!
Love and prayers

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85490: Boo..Ya gotta love a PRACTICAL woman! haha...
How are ya at makin marmalade? As long as Aunt Bee did't show you....

As far as 911..Mrs.G-F, Her cousin was Todd Beamer "Let's Roll" hero of flight 93 All of them are Heros in my book! Glad to see they have a Memorial at the crash site, so people who need closure have a place to honor them.
The whole thing makes ya sad :(.....G-F

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85491:
MDC-I don't think I recall you mentioning your friend. I do remember your ma passing on 9-11. At least it's Friday buddy.

Boo-Thanks. It's kinda of strange but sometimes letting off some steam here, with my friends, feels... like I'm being honest with ya'll. We were a great country long before we were a rich country.


September 09, 2011 - Msg 85492: Hi All.

When your spirit's heavy-lade
And your sorrows get you down,
When your heartaches overwhelm you
And your problems make you frwn...
Don't weep bitter tears of sadness
give way to dark despair;
Don't give up; you have a father
You can always reach with prayer.
Just remember He is waiting;
He can make all thigs come right.
You can reach Him when you're troubled,
Be it day or darkest night.
He is always there to listen
And to help you if you ask;
He can soothe your worried spirit;
He can lighten every task.

Praying for all are friends.

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85493:
Thanks TOM! Great words of comfort.
Possum and AUH20- I didnt show up here on the porch until 2003 or 04, and i guess i never could or wanted to mention it. He was the only AZ resident to perish that day. Gary Bird was his name. May we never forget those 3000.
Wow, GF, she's the cousin of Todd, he was a very brave man!
REV- I'll check out the site! Thx bro,

September 09, 2011 - Msg 85494: There's that "6 degrees of separation" thing at work again. I didn't personally know anyone who died on 9/11, but here on the porch, I know three people who either knew or were related to a victim. Amazing! And yes, they were all heroes, all but the cowards who hijacked the planes. Many times I have imagined the moment when those men's souls awoke in eternity after the crashes - I cannot imagine the horror they must have felt when they instantly realized their grievous error. Same with bin Laden. The terror he surely felt when he realized he was staring down the barrel of a gun held by American hands would have been nothing compared to the terror when he looked into God's eyes and saw the truth. I want so badly to be able to sincerely wish God's mercy on his soul, but it comes very hard. God forgive me, please.

Yep, Ted is a treashuh! He got here before 7, and left about 3:30. In that time, he took down the ceiling fan in the sunroom and relocated it into a guest bedroom. Then he hung two new fans in the sunroom, and two more in the other two guest rooms. That's five fans installed, plus taking one down. He also installed remote controls on two of those fans. Then we moved outside, where he installed a new pump on one of the fountains in the pond, and pulled the biologic filter and flushed it out (a nasty job), then put it back together. I could have done those things, but not with an open incision in my hand. He also put a new washer in a leaking connection on the Scarecrow. Total bill for all of that - $200. Pretty reasonable, in my opinion.

You should see the fans I bought! I got them at Lowe's. The two in the sunroom have colored blades - one each of lavender, rose, green, blue and yellow. So cute! The one that was out there was similar, but in very pale pastels. If I could have gotten another one I would have (I needed two out there, one wasn't enough for that big room), but they don't have it anymore. So I moved it to a bedroom that's done in pastels, and got the two new ones, with somewhat brighter colors that actually look better than the original. I love the one that went into the smallest bedroom, too. It's a little fat fan with short blades (just 8") and it looks like a little bumblebee. Just like a bumblebee looks like it can't fly, this fan looks like it wouldn't put out any airflow at all, but honey, it will blow you down! Amazing - I love it! So now, I have a ceiling fan in every room in the house except the dining room, which has no place to put one, since there is a small chandelier above the table. Like I told Ted, I can see the realtor's ad now, when my kids are selling the house in a few years - "Ceiling fans in every room!" Maybe that will help make up for too much landscaping and a labor-intensive fish pond!

Well, off I go. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85495: Good morning porch. I hope the new day finds you all well and happy.
A tough weekend for sure. Hard to believe it's been 10 years since that horrible day. It really hits home for us. My wifes nephew was a NYC Firefighter, and although not on duty that morning, rushed to the scene to offer help, as did many other off duty rescuers. Sadly he was in one of the towers when it collapsed. He died a hero, trying to save the lives of others.

Ro, what do you mean "in a few years"? We ain't no wheres near done with you. Please rephrase that to "in quite a number of years" or something along those lines. Don't be thinking your getting out of here that easy! :)

Sorry for the loss of your Mom on that day MDC. I remember my Dad had been in the hospital just before 9-11 and we thought he wouldn't make it. But he got another 4 years.

My prayers continue for Spot and Sherry as they deal with the burden they have been handed. May the Lord bless them with His love and may they feel his hand in their lives and His comforting embrace at all times.


September 10, 2011 - Msg 85496: I found this website if anyone is interested in seeing footage. I know it is a day we would all like to forget. But we never should. And our children and grandchildren who were perhaps to young to have seen it or remember much about it need to understand what happened, and that evil people exist and are still working to destroy us. I believe apathy allowed this to happen to us, and will surely repeat itself if we play like an ostrich.
And finally, I conversed with a person yesterday who is certain that this entire event was staged and set up by the Govt. I'm sorry, but you just can't fix dumb! Their thinking isn't based on reason or fact, but simple political hate! They try to mask it as honest, pure and innocent "question everything" thinking. Hey, I was born at night, but it wasn't last night! I know what the motive is.
(whew, sorry about the rant. Guess the discussion yesterday got me fired up. Rant is now over)


September 10, 2011 - Msg 85497: Thanks Asa...Sherry is at home resting...will find out more Tue at 1:45 doc appt...tell yall what since we have been delt this we have eat good...been blessed with family and friends keeping the fridge full of great food!..hey Romeena I got to e-mail you back ...thanks...hey possum,MDC,hazel,lucy,Rev how long ya gona be in KY?...ok...lets eat...ham and bisquits with mustard and a coke....SPOT

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85498: Asa, ("I was born at night, but it wasn't last night!") I use that one all the time too...G-F
After we honor & remember those lost on 911 this weekend, maybe you MDC and I and all the other porchsters could hand out some wheelchair bolts next week it's been a intence week here on the porch with everything going on...It's GREAT how others lift us up when we need lifting! It's amazing how the Lord put people in our path in our time of need...Goober-Fife.....

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85499: You're so right, G-F. I could take you back through the archives, even to some that pre-date this incarnation of the porch, and show you many, many times these people have propped me up and helped to keep me going. My husband died suddenly in 1996, and I wish I could get to the archives of the porch as it existed at that time. I was so devastated and disconnected, I really don't remember whether I was already on the porch or found it soon after, but it doesn't matter. I was in a very bad place for many, many months, and these good folks supported me so sweetly. Then in 1999 I lost my mom, then a grandson in 2002,

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85500: Well, I did it again. This dumb brace hits something on the keyboard that posts what I've written before I want it to be posted. Anyway, after losing little Logan in 2002, I saw my precious daddy's prayers answered when God took him home in June of 2003, on Father's Day morning. Through it all, I've received such loving support and encouragement from these good people here. God takes away, it is true - it's the nature of things. He also gives, and one of the things he has given me is this porch. I hope each of you knows how precious you are to me. I wish we could all get together somewhere for real, but that's not likely to happen, I suppose. One of these days though, when our time here is done, we will have a long, long time to sit down together on somebody's porch and just have a wonderful, happy time in each other's company.

I don't know what Heaven will really be like, any more than anybody else does. Very likely, it's going to be a place of wonder far beyond anything we can comprehend right now. Porches and conversation likely will pale by comparison to the reality of God's paradise. Still, it's lovely to think about right now, and if that makes our heart happy here on earth, just imagine what the real heaven will be!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85501: Ro, Porches are unique spaces, when I was growing up most homes had front porches where kids played until dark, neighbors visited and everybody was friendly waved & spoke to passers by. Now days every one has a back yard "deck" where they go to get away from everyone. Needless to say when we added on to our home in 2001 we opted out of a back deck and added a front porch W/rocking chairs! How long did it take to find the right ones you ask??? That's a whole nother story haha.
I think we visited every Amish craftsman until Mrs. G-F found the RIGHT one! She hardley sits out there "to many bugs" I sure enjoy them! !
I've been sitting out there watching the rain fall (don't mean to rub it in Ro.) Fall is soon on the way....Squirrels..their all nuts at my place..They know where to come tehehaha! G-F

September 10, 2011 - Msg 85502: Hey, G-F. I remember the front porches very well. In San Antonio, many older homes had huge wrap-around porches. Some went all the way across the front of the house, some wrapped back down one side and may or may not have occupied the whole front. I do remember one big old house that had a porch that went across the front and down both sides! There were at least five separate seating areas, and two had tables as well as chairs. Many domino games took place at those tables.

Yes, people sat out there and visited, and waved at neighbors, and kept an eye on the kids. Of course, conversation was often interrupted by a small child calling out "Watch me, Mama, watch me!" This would be followed by an awkward and largely unsuccessful attempt at a cartwheel or headstand, but the child would keep trying, and Mama would keep watching. Many freezers of ice cream were cranked to delicious readiness on a front porch - "Jim, keep that thing in the washtub! That salty water will ruin the paint on the porch, and it'll kill my roses if it runs off!" Oh my. Memories!

In our neighborhood, while we still lived in town, we didn't have big porches. Some houses had small side porches, that overlooked the concrete driveway that went to the detached garage in the back of the house. Those who didn't have a porch just put lawn chairs out on the driveway, in the shade of the house in the evening. Put far enough forward, you could see your nearest neighbors, who were also sitting on their driveways. Usually someone brought out a big pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, and would call out, "Y'all come on over and have some tea (or whatever)." There would be a small procession of neighbors then, coming across the street carrying their folding lawn chairs, and porch or not, the story was the same.

I blame the advent of air conditioning with the demise of porch-sitting. Why sit out there with the bugs and the heat, when the house was now cool, no longer hot and steamy from dinner preparation and the weather in general? Add TV to the mix, and porch-sitting became a lost activity. You could take the radio to the porch with you, but the TV was huge and heavy, and stayed in the house. I guess the change was inevitable, but I still believe we have lost something precious.

Blessings! --Romeena

September 11, 2011 - Msg 85503: I made sure I had big porches front and back when we built the house and I enjoy them when the weather is not scortching hot.

Well, we got the seeds/seedling to plant for our fall garden today. Can't wait...

This evening we took the kids and two of their friends to a little private beach near us and Bruce did some wade fishing while the kids swam. It was absolutely perfect weather..nice cool breeze, but not cold and low humidity. NO mosquitos, either, due to the drought (every cloud has it's silver lining). I packed us a picnic lunch so I didn't have to cook dinner and I just sat in my lawn chair and soaked up nature. Saw lots of birds...gulls, herons, sandpipers, and others I couldn't identify. Watched a beautiful sunset, followed by a big, bright full moon on the water. What a blessing. :)

Better get to bed and get some rest...preachin' in the morning.


September 11, 2011 - Msg 85504: Good morning and good Sabbath porch. I pray you all have a wonderful and peaceful day.


September 11, 2011 - Msg 85505: Good morning, Asa. Remembering the loss of your nephew today.
Prayers for all the souls that were lost 10 years ago today,prayers for their loved ones, prayers for our country, prayers for our troops.
God Bless us all.

possum under a rock

September 11, 2011 - Msg 85506:
Hey Porch

So many memories this morning, isn't there.

I was talking this morning to a good friend who worked at the World Trade Center. He called in sick on the morning of September 11. He joked that a lifetime of slacking had finally paid off.

Asa's right. Let's enjoy the day!

"Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended." -- President Bush

Peace friends,

September 11, 2011 - Msg 85507:
Here's how these cowards live. This morning a suicide bomber, attempting to kill American soldiers,detonated a bomb that did kill a 3 year old girl. Our President rejects that there is a war with terror. Man, am I mad!


September 11, 2011 - Msg 85508:
Hey Porch

I apologize for venting, earlier, at you good folks, not the right place for it. I'm done for the day so come on out an rock a spell.


September 11, 2011 - Msg 85509: I think in the climate of today, especially on this day, that you can feel justified in your "vent", auh2o. You are right - by tacit agreement, we have avoided such discussion on the porch lately, but today the wounds are perhaps a bit more raw. There's a lot I'd like to say. I won't though, at least not here. I feel a blog coming on, and if I write it, I'll post a link. I doubt if more than a half-dozen people read my little blog, but I don't care. I write it to get things off my chest! Whether it's read or not doesn't matter to me. At least it keeps me from walking up to people on the street and giving them an unexpected earful.

Well, gotta work tonight. I managed to sleep about three hours this afternoon, which will help a lot as I stay up all night. As usual, when I woke up I was looking into the huge brown eyes of Toye Starr, about six inches from my face, patiently waiting for me to open mine. The moment I did, it was Yee-haw time for her. Bouncing all over the bed, rejoicing that Mama was awake! Naturally, I got up laughing. And to think I get all that for about 30 cents worth of dog food a day. What a deal!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 11, 2011 - Msg 85510:
Howdy porch family....had a great turn out today for the concert here in KY. Special day for the concert.

Spot....I'll be in KY for another week then get to go home for a week before heading out for a 5 week tour.
Oh and I gotta mention....How bout those Gamec@cks? :) apology needed on my I know just how you feel!

Ro...I pray your night goes smooth at work.

Man ya'll talking about those good ole days on the porches.....makes me home sick. So many great memories that I'm reminded of.

Well I hear that bed in the back of the motorhome calling me.....think I'll put on TAGS and go to sleep thinking bout those good ole days:)
Love and prayers for all my porch family!

September 12, 2011 - Msg 85511: Yea Yea Rev Gamec@cks looked good...hey work...just a quick stop by to see whats for b-fast...SPOT

September 12, 2011 - Msg 85512: Monday morning all. Hope your day is a good one.


September 12, 2011 - Msg 85513: Morning porch, just stopping by from work this morning. Happy Monday.

Watched some football over the week end and just stayed close home. Did do a 3K walk on Saturday morning. Eastman Chemical sponsors this event every year (a 10K walk, 3K run and a 3k walk. My Church participates as a group. we won about 350.00 for having over 70 people participate. Had fun, weather was cool and the exercise did me good.

fall is definitely in the air on my end of the porch. cool mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings. Woke up to pretty heavy fog this morning. Not sure I like the day light getting shorter though.

Better get to work. breakfast at I HOP this morning. see you there.

Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

September 12, 2011 - Msg 85514: Not so great, Asa...feeling yucky and it's hot here again, which doesn't help. Going to be back into the high nineties again all week and over a hundred in the Dallas Area where Ro is. When is it going to end?!

I didn't feel like coming on the porch yesterday with all the 9/11 remembrance. I was just so sad, even 10 years later.

Better get back to the chores that always stand waiting to be done. Thank God for a house to do them sad for my fellow Texans who lost their homes in the fire.


September 12, 2011 - Msg 85515:
Morning porch family.....just got back to the motorhome after a nice 3 mile walk. Just me and God on a stroll......nice!

Boo...pray you get feeling better.....and cooler.

Maude....$350.00...that's great and a very good turn out for your church.

Love and prayers for all my porch family. Also for the folks in the Texas fire areas!
Remember....Jesus loves you!