October 07, 2011 - Msg 85826:
Morning Porch

Sunny and cool here today.

Asa & MDC- That's what we get when we choose a "community organizer" to lead. They don't lead, they blame, that's what they do. There is a bunch of them stinking-up, oops sorry, protesting greed near Wall Street. They're against greed, while at the same time demanding services, money, jobs, and funding? hhmmm And, getting feed, via handouts, while they do their little protest. Although, it's kinda fun watch the Left turn on each.

MDC-Your fall is our rise, we're heading to 74 by tomorrow.

possum-Thanks for straightening me out with regards to the princes.


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85827: Sweep your leaves & then sweep the porch good job auh2o! come on over to Ohio and do mine! One of my many jobs for me today...
I agree about posting photos here, maybe Floyd could work on that when he isn't watching Bama football this fall? Good to heare Papa Bear got to come to Mayberry Days..Sorry we did not hook up, but there we alot of folk there! Time for me to R-U-N-N-O-F-F and get some work done on my day off....G-F......

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85828: Wish we lived closer, too, Asa. I would love to move north but you know how it is when you get settled somewhere and work and family are here. I tell ya, i am about to start believing Al Gore. This summer has been like no other down here and still in the 90's this week.


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85829:
It's a beautiful in the neighborhood... 75 again today in Phx, but to be 90 again by Sunday. :(
Hope you all have a good weekend. You will all
be in my prayers.

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85830:
Maybe we should "Occupy Mayberry." We could block "Floyd's Barbershop" and "Emmett's Fix-it Shop." Have Aunt Bea cook us some nice fried chicken while we sit around... eerrr protest their success.

Ok, I probably over stepped, again. Sorry.

But Asa started it.


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85831:

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85832: Oh-brother-where-art-thow...R-U-N-N-O-F-F...love it GF!..Great summer day here in ga..here at work all night..Miss Sherry having a good day at home..a little sick this morning from the new pain patch..Have the big Cemo wearing the fanny patch for a week starting Monday (yuck)..but hopeing she will feel like going to a pre planned camping to Stone Mt. Friday...playing it by ear..hey Romeena,Asa mybuddy,auh2o,MDC,Rev,Boo,ky,hazel,possum and all!...well its Friday night so lets step out...will start a fire in the burn barrell at the barn and put a couple big hams and a chicken or two on the smoker..Maude slaw?...who can bring what?...SPOT

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85833:
"Now ladies, this has been a fine demonstration, and the sheriff and I would like to thank you for the utrn out..." (:

Spot, prayers for Sherry as we "walk" (as oppoed to race) for the cure this weekend.

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85834: Spot,... Everett,Pete & Delmar will bring the Gopher along with some biscuits made with Pappy O'Daniels flour...As long as you have some
"Dapper Dan" palmade won't accept FOP only Dapper Dan! haha ....Goober-Fife...

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85835: Yall aint right!..and yea MDC I have the Pink on my Jeep and Truck! and thanks...ok lets eat...Delmar pass me a Gopher!...Hope Big Dan-T dont show up...SPOT

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85836: Thanks for the update on Miss Sherry, SPOT. I hope she is up to the camping trip.

Feeling a little down tonight...been letting myself worry a bit, which is never a good thing. My prayer lately has been, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief." I don't know if I'm the only one but have just been feeling this pressure weighing on me when I see all that is going on in this world. I have to keep making myself remember God's word...just seems like I have been thinking alot about what kind of lives my children will have when they are grown.


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85837:
Boo-That is a mighty profound prayer and, to me, those that ask it show their strong belief. What a short powerful sentence. As for all that's going on in the world our history is filled with times like these, times that were much, much worse even. I've said it many times on here but I think our Great-Great Grandparents would have a good laugh at our expense for thinking these are the end-times. Don't let the 24 hour news coverage get you down, take a break from it. Bad news sells when the stock-market goes 200 pts it leads the news every time. However, when the market goes 200 pts it's hardly covered. There are many more examples but it's always been this way, always. Bad news sells, it always has and always will. It doesn't sound quite as bad if you say over 90% of Americans are employed. That's 10 out of 100 that are not. The Greek debt crisis, while not great, is also not the end of the world. Greece has a GDP only slightly larger than the state of Maryland. The world will keep spinning if Greece defaults. It is too bad that America has a lead that vilifies success. The idea of forced equality instead of individual liberty is disheartening but far from a new idea. The electorate is taking care of the "redistribution of wealth" crowd. Boo you and Bruce have kept your house in order, great family with great kids so don't let others failures bring you down.

“America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” Ronald Reagan 1992


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85838:
Boo- rats.. that's market goes DOWN 200 pts and then Up 200pts.


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85839:
Hello porch family.....just got in from Friday night high school football. You all have a great night.
Love and prayers!

October 08, 2011 - Msg 85840: Auh2o, I have to tell you that when I posted my last comment I was secretely hoping you would reply just the way that you did. Thanks for the encouragment. :)


October 08, 2011 - Msg 85841: Morning Porch. Cool and wet on my porch this morning.

Auh2o, wonderful thoughts in your response to Boo. I needed to hear that also. The doom and gloom crowd always seem to get the attention of the media. And our media today, for the most part, are disposed to disrupt common sense thinking and focus on the obscure and bizarre things. Case in point was the 9/12 rallies held last year that attracted hundreds of thousands of people together. People that were not rowdy, not an-tagonistic, not demanding equality in everything. Just everyday Americans deeply concerned about the size and impact that Government was having in their lives. They were for the most part, ignored by the media, and written off as extreme right wing zealots by the press and many political leaders. Contrast that with the small numbers (in comparison) of people today who are marching on Wall Street. The media can't seem to cover them enough, even though many of them don't seem to know what they are demonstrating for. And you have Obama, Pelosi, and others who are praising them. Really? Much of what they are protesting is capitalism, it's what has made our system work all these years. Without it they wouldn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. And yet they are covered by the media as being true patriots and should be honored and praised for there bravery. What a joke! OK, I'm done ranting.

It's funny you should quote that scripture Boo. I was just reading a talk a few minutes ago given a few years ago by one of my Church leaders in which he was quoting it also.

Spot, sure hope that Sherry feels good enough for you guys to go camping. I'm sure that would do her wonders.

Well better go get some bills paid I reckon. Pesky things them bills, aren't they? Kinda like flys. Just never go away. :)


October 08, 2011 - Msg 85842:
Morning porch family...such a nice day here in SC.
This is the day that the Lord has made!

Boo....sure pray you're feeling better this morning.

Asa....I though they sent me all the bills:)

Spot....prayers continue for you and Miss Sherry.....and for for the camping trip.

Well better get rolling.....a day out with my wifey. I'll be gone for 5 weeks after today so we want to spend all day together...doing what she wants to do....which is just fine with me. Just being together is what matters.

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

October 08, 2011 - Msg 85843:
Here's some very, very good economic news which may be bad for the GOP, but I think not.


and here.


October 08, 2011 - Msg 85844: Good morning, porch! I think it's going to be very hard for us to refrain from political talk, especially as we enter into 2012 and the "great race" begins. Personally, I'm not entirely convinced that it's necessary to ban such discussions - we do live in a country that supposedly values free speech. However, I also know that I tend to be blunt, and call-em-as-I-see-em, and have given offense in the past, so I tread carefully. I guess I'll just follow the lead of the porch in the next few months. For now, let me just say that I'm interested in the opinions and impressions of my fellow porchsters, and will welcome anything you say, giving it fair consideration every time.

Five weeks, REV? That's a very long time. I think your wife must be a very dedicated person, as dedicated to your ministry as you are. As John Milton said, "They also serve who only stand and wait."

Cool and beautiful here today - low 70s, breezy, fluffy clouds, busy birds and squirrels, surprising pops of color as flowers are awakening from their heat-induced stupor and giving one last show before the cold comes. I love this time of year!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 08, 2011 - Msg 85845: Thanks for the encouragement (and prayers, REV). I am feeling better this morning.

As far as politics, I guess I would sum things up this way...a friend on facebook sent posted a picture of a campaign button that read, "Voting is like driving; vote "R" if you want to go in reverse, and "D" if you want to go forward". My response to her was, "I'm afraid I'm stuck in "N" for neutral".

Glad you are having some cooler temps, Ro. It's still really hot here, unfortunately and still feels like July. We have had some clouds that look like they could drop some rain but they never do.

I took a nap today, which felt wonderful. Now I am having a nice cup of tea with honey and lemon. Be back to chat later. :)


October 08, 2011 - Msg 85846: Speaking of politics, I'm surprised how much coverage the USA is getting up here in Canada on both the news broadcasts as well as talk radio. And we just had our own Provincial elections that had to share coverage with the USA.

Hey Rev, since you seem to travel so much with your ministry, why not take the little lady with you? Does she play any instrument? Can she harmonize on vocals? Can she share with the driving? Imagine how more enjoyable the trips would be with her by your side.

from Poor Horatio

October 08, 2011 - Msg 85847:
Boo-Speaking of Facebook, I am on there now. We use Verizon wireless and I think it will help with our usage. I "liked" a bunch of the site I visit and I'm experimenting to see if it actually does help our 5GB limit on Verizon.

Rev-5 weeks, now that is a stretch. Prayers are with ya.

Asa- Well said.

PH-I could see how our elections have made the news up there, we've never had a President before now that didn't like America.


October 08, 2011 - Msg 85848:
Howdy porch family....we had a wonderful day out today. It was so nice!

Ro....as I've said many times...when God called me He called my wife to be an evangelist's wife so she fully understands and is supportive of what I do.

P-H....it would be great to have my wife with me all the time even though she doesn't sing or play any instrument. And as for the driving...even when she is with me I'm behind the wheel. I'm just more comfortable driving. The motorhome with the trailer is about 48 feet total and she just is not comfortable driving it. But the biggest reason she doen't travel with me fulltime is because she works for our insur@nce since I'm "self" employed. That helps out so much. Maybe one day she can fulltime....yes that will be great!

auh2o....thanks for your prayers brother

Well gotta finish packing.....Leaving out around 5:00am tomorrow. First concert in south Alabama tomorrow night before heading further west.
Will be in a couple new areas to start out so not sure if I'll have internet so may be away for a little while.

Love and prayers

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85849: Good evening Porch!
I hope this finds all well and if not know that Jesus loves you! I've been busy, but what's new. I told my husband that I'm busier now than ever! A stay at home mom that doesn't stay home.

Sorry if I don't jump into the politics talk. I'll vote for Ellie.

Have y'all noticed that someone put the entire show (instead of breaking it in 3 parts) of season 1 & 2 on YouTube. Sometimes when I can't sleep I turn them on with my itouch and just listen. Their voices lull me to sleep. :0) Hopefully they will finish the rest of the seasons as stopping every 10 minutes to change the video interrupts my lull.

I have been more sensitive lately about the hedonism and darkness in the media. My stepchildren have been talking about Zombie movies and it makes me sad. I wish it was Mayberry again.

Y'all take care and act like somebody.

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85850: Good evening, porch. REV, I guess you'll be here on the 20th? Wow, that's less than two weeks away!! I'm sure looking forward to it. Let me know if you have any time before or after that evening, and I'll get some friends together and plan something.

auh2o, you kill me! Good answer to PH. Honestly, sometimes I look around me, and I just don't even recognize my own country. It's getting scary. As the song goes, "life was better in black and white." I wish we really could live in Mayberry.

There seems to be a general lack of respect these days. Respect for God, respect for country, respect for others, respect for self. I can remember when people dressed decently if they were going to take a flight somewhere, but have you been on an airplane lately? Visitors never went to a hospital looking like vagrants, and they were quiet and well-behaved in the hallways. Not so today. They come in there looking like bums, fannies and/or bellies hanging out, dirty and torn clothes, even bare feet. Many need a bath. I would feel sorry for them if they weren't packing iPads, fancy $400 phones, and many have elaborate, expensive tattoos all over their bodies, to say nothing of the multiple piercings filled with gold and diamond studs. Makes it hard for me to be enthusiastic about hunting up extra supplies for them to take home for their baby. The visitors roam the halls, yakking on their phones, stand outside other patients' rooms and talk, often quite loudly. They get into loud, tacky arguments with each other, and the kids run wild - whole herds of them. It's not confined to any one ethnic group, either. White, black, brown, Asian, Middle Eastern, whatever - rudeness and disrespect are not confined to any cultural boundaries. When it gets too disruptive, I simply go into our break room and use that private phone to call Security. That works on any group that might be illegal - they scatter like quail - but the rest just make fawning promises to settle down, and then start up again as soon as the officer is out of earshot. Even if they do quieten down, I'm just sick of seeing dirty, unkempt, trashy-looking people hanging around. Some of them act like they're just barely house-broken. They're not poor - they're just lazy and have no self-respect. Actually, the genuinely poor folks usually have made some effort to clean up before they come to to visit.

I guess I sound like a gripe-y old lady, and I suppose that's what I am, but I just remember when decency and respectful behavior was the norm, not the exception. Too bad.

Blessings! --Romeena

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85851: Well, hey there, Lucy! You sneaked in on me, and looks like we're both sort of pining for Mayberry. You know, I've about decided what I want my mansion in Glory to be. I don't care one whit whether it has gold or jewels or anything. I'd be delighted if it was just like the Taylor house in Mayberry, complete with the porch. Only thing, I'd like the porch to be a bit bigger, with more chairs and maybe a swing. How does that sound? --Romeena

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85852: Sounds great, Ro. In the words of that great song, "I miss Mayberry...sittin' on the porch drinking ice cold cherry coke, where everything is black and white..."

Ro, I think some of that depends on where you live (the rudeness). Being in a small town, I think folks are much nicer on the average. I don't encounter very many rude people around here. Sure sounds like you have more of your share of it, though.

It's 6am here and guess what woke me?? Thunder and lightening. It's actually raining. YAY!


October 09, 2011 - Msg 85853: PS-If you have a Starbucks near you, TRY the pumpkin spice latte! I had one last night and it was really good.


October 09, 2011 - Msg 85854: Good Sabbath porchters. I hope you all have a blessed day.

Guess what? I become a grandpappy again on Tuesday. They are going to start my youngest Daughter on that day. Now, to ask your prayers for her, and her baby Madison. Madison is currently breech. They are going to try and turn her on Tuesday morning, but will not spend much time doing they say. If she won't turn, they will have to do a "C" section. Romeena, please put this Grandpappy at ease and comfort me. I'm much worse off than she is as far as being worried.
We are Fasting for her and Madison this morning, but if any of you would include Stacey and Madison in your prayers, I'd be grateful. Thanks friends.


October 09, 2011 - Msg 85855: Oh, and if you could, please include her Husband Matt, and the other children Mariah, Amy, and Cache. Thanks again.


October 09, 2011 - Msg 85856: Well, congratulations, Asa! I remember when Mariah was born - didn't know you had all those others, and now here comes Madison. Trust me, granddad, all will be well. Sounds like they're doing things just right. It's always best if the birth can be as nature intended, so they're right to try to turn the baby. A breech birth is rough, and when there are alternatives, it's best not to put the mom and baby through it. C-sections are commonplace, simple, fast, and safe for both mom and baby. The greatest risk is for those who are out in the waiting room! Stacey will be a bit sore for a few days, like after any surgery, but she'll be fine. How is your dear wife holding up through the excitement? Better than you, I'll bet! And you can be sure - you have my prayers for all concerned - including you!

I love the internet. When Toye Starr came into my life, my daughter gave her a big square pillow to sleep on (on the floor - ha!) and the cutest little plush pink heart, with a rope handle. It looks a lot like a child's little purse. It is absolutely her favorite toy, she carries it everywhere, and if I put her on the bed at night without it, she'll jump down to get it, then tugs on the covers to make me get up and put her back up there. She can get down, but can't get up. (Yes, I know she's spoiled, and I don't care.) Anyway, as you can imagine, that heart got to looking pretty shabby. It was all crunchy from being carried in her mouth all the time, and looked awful. So, a couple of years ago I went on the internet, and found the same little heart! I ordered one for her, not sure if she'd accept it or not. It might not "smell" right, you know. She accepted it readily, and I put the bedraggled one in her little keepsake drawer. Now the new one is looking pitiful, though it probably has a few more months to go. She's really not hard on her toys. So, back to the net, found the hearts, and ordered her two more to have in reserve. Just for fun, they have slightly smaller ones, in red and green for Christmas. The red one is embroidered with "Naughty" and the green one says "Nice." Isn't that hilarious? I ordered them too, of course.

It's so important that pets be a good "fit" for the family they live with. My good friend Beverly got a dog from the shelter a couple of years ago, and it was a disaster. He was a sweet dog, but wild and far too energetic for her. He needed training, he needed discipline, he needed Cesar Millan! He absolutely wore her out, and it was impossible to visit and have a conversation, because he was a total, constant disturbance. Crate him, and he howled the walls down! She finally gave up and gave him to a family with a bunch of kids, and the dog is in heaven. The kids come in every afternoon and play with him, and just wear him out, so he spends the evening curled on someone's lap and is very pleasant. Now Bev got another shelter dog, a little white Chihuahua who is just delightful. He adores her, and loves to just sit in her lap and gaze into her face as though she were a goddess. His name is Newman, and he's precious. Perfect fit for her.

Well, off I go. Didn't make it to preaching this morning, I was so stiff and back so locked up when I got up, I just went back to bed. I have to work tonight, so the additional rest will be welcome, I'm sure. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

P.S. Boo, I'm delighted you're getting some rain. We've got a little drizzle going on here, but don't think it's going to produce much. Better than nothing, though.

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85857: Thank you for those comforting words Ro. But in best Barney impression I just have to ask: "to heck with them, am I gonna pull through?" :) But seriously, your words and prayers are much appreciated. I'm sorry your back has the misery this morning. Hope it eases up so you can work tonight pain free.
And Toye Starr spoiled? Naw, I just don't see it. LOL


October 09, 2011 - Msg 85858: Afternoon Y'all- Congratulations on the new baby,Asa! Will be praying for all-it's gonna be fine.

Please keep us posted on how it all goes!

Well, I decided to try going back to work part time. Laci is in school & doing well,so tomorrow I start training at.. Cracker Barrel!

LOL Yep,as much as we carry on about Cracker Barrel,who'd have thought I'd be working there?
I'll be in retail,working out in the store. I think I'll enjoy talking to all the different folks that come in. We'll see how it goes.

Well, ok, so the Dick Van Dyke show turns 50. What about TAGS turning 51?? Tv Land has just totally blown TAGS off,it appears. I don't know about the rest of y'all,but back in the day, Tv Land was my favorite channel.Now, I hardly tune in.

Enjoying the Waltons marathon on GMC, although I've seen these episodes several times.

Well, back to John Boy! Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85859: Hey gang..Had a good sermon this morning at church...at work tonight keeping the lights on for evening service!..Prayers Asa!...hey possum...got to check my e-mail's..hey MDC,auh20,ky,Ro,hazel,TOM,Rev,Boo and all...hey yall got anything left over to eat?..im hungry...SPOT

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85860: Possum, Cracker Barrel...GREAT! make sure ya have enough sweet tea & dumplings for ol'Goober-Fife.. I'll keep the rockers fired up for ya..G-F

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85861: Hey!
Asa-You got it dude, to quote Michelle Tanner!
Romeena- I totally agree with your vision of heaven. They're building our homes up there just how we want.
Boo- I'm a Dunkin pumpkin iced coffee girl.
Possum- I worked in the shop at Cracker Barrel for a summer and loved it! It's fun!
Hey to all!

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85862:
Oh boy, am I stuffed! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada, but we had our turkey meal today. Then when I return to the USA soon, I'll get more turkey for Thanksgiving in November. Then there is Halloween in between those two Thanksgivings(guess who eats the leftover candy)?. And last but not least, more turkey at Christmas. It's time to get my fat wardrobe out of storage.

And a welcome to Lucy.

Asa and Romeena, what's all this talk about "breech"? Are you two discussing how to eject a jammed shell from a 105mm Howitzer cannon?

from Poor Horatio

October 09, 2011 - Msg 85863: Asa, you are SO funny (the "..am I gonna pull through?" line). HAHA...Romeena is absolutely right. I know if it were my Erin I would be nervous just because she is my daughter, so I understand, but if I can add something to what Ro said, I have helped bring quite a few breech babies into the world...some by natural birth and some by c-section and always with a good outcome. The doctors will be monitoring the baby every second while they attempt to turn the baby so everything will be ok, and if it doesn't work, a c-section will be the best way to go. If it helps any, I saw babies born almost daily for 14 years and never really saw a bad outcome with a breech baby...BUT, for your sake, Gramps, I will pray for you and the whole family. hehe. ;) Love ya, Asa.

It rained off and on here ALL day. It was glorious!! We went for a long drive in the rain today just look at it. I was tempted to hang my head out the window like a dog..I must admit.

Lucy, we don't have and Dunkin' Donut places around here. It's Starbucks or nothin' and usually I choose "nothin'". Bruce got a Starbucks gift card from his boss so he passed it on to me.

Ro, I remember that Toye Starr had a little heart pillow. Glad you found her some new ones. Our dog has a stuffed gold fish that she is fairly in love with...it looks pretty sad but I know where I can get a new one. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, Poor Horatio!

Better get to bed.


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85864: Morning all.
Thank you Boo. I love you too. And thanks for those comforting words. It means a lot to me. My Daughter, who is a worry wart by nature, is taking this all pretty calmly for some reason. Either that or she is hiding her fears real good. So I have to be sure I don't let her see my fears so I don't mess her up.:)
Thank you all for your prayers. We really appreciate them.

Boo, Cracker Barrel? Really? How cool is that. Does free food come with that? I think I could live off the roast beast they have. Good stuff.

PH, This is a hard time of the year for the waist line no doubt. I think I read somewhere the average American puts on about 4 to 5 pounds from October through the 1st of January. But then of course we all make new years resolutions in January and take it right off again.... right? lol

Better get. I'm taking tomorrow off to help my wife babysit so I gotta get some work done today. I'm in a race with old man winter this time of year.

Thanks again for the prayers. Right back at ya.


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85865:
Morning Porch

PH- I couldn't quite figure out what you were up to with this duel citizenship but the TWO Thanksgivings explain it all. Well played sir! Happy Thanksgiving to the both of you.

Asa- Prayers for Stacey and Madison! Congrats buddy!

Boo-You have got to try (GOT TO TRY) Starbucks lemon pound cake. Oh my, the icing on top is so good.

Spot-Ya did such a good job at work last night our lights stayed on here also. Thanks.

possum- I agree with ya about TV Land. They have given TAGS the High Hat, that's for sure.

Don't forget to kick a business owner today.

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85866: Morning porch, Happy Columbus Day. Hope everyone is AOK today.

Busy week end on my end of the porch, did a little yard work, some house cleaning and even managed to cook dinner both Saturday and Sunday!

Our weather has been pretty nice lately. low 80's during the day and in the 50's at night. Leaves are starting to turn pretty colors but are falling off the trees quickly. Managed to get some fall flowers out on the porch and even purchased a pumpkin for 3.98 at Wal Mart! Will probably use it for decoration and then carve it around Halloween, if it holds up.

Lets get some breakfast cooking: eggs, biscuits, sausage,bacon, grits, waffles, maple syrup. sliced tomatoes. coffee, tea, juice to drink.
someone grab a paper please.

Please remember my friend Terrie as she starts her chemo sessions on Wednesday.

I agree about TV Land, it is not at all about the good ole shows anymore. I have discovered
Me TV and RTV. Although they do not show Andy, they do have the Retro shows on which is better than TV Land. I am pretty tired of the Nanny and
even the Golden Girls on Hallmark is getting pretty old as well.

Gotta get to work, Prayers and blessings to all.
Hope Miss Sherry and SPOT are doing okay!
Big Maude

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85867: Asa, you really had me scratchin' my head on the Cracker Barrel thing...I think it was Lucy who worked at Cracker Barrel, although i was actually in Cracker Barrel day before yesterday and bought a "Cheerwine" since you all were talking about them. Never had it before but liked it. To me it was kind of like a mild version of cherry coke. PS-have fun babysitting. :)

Auh2o, i did try the lemon poundcake at Starbucks once and you're right, it was very good.

Prayers for Terrie as she starts her chemo. Maude, we don't get Me TV, but wish we did. I haven't bought a pumpkin because it is still too hot here and it would probably rot before Halloween. Have you seen any of the neat pumpkin carving shows on Food Network yet? You can't imagine how some of these people/artists carve such intricate carvings. Really fun to watch.

Better get started with the day.


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85868: Just to set the record straight - Lucy used to work at Cracker Barrel, Possum is about to start, and Boo likes to eat there! (and so does Romeena!) (heehee)

I had a lovely surprise yesterday. I was supposed to work last night, and about 2 p.m. my daughter and Richard showed up, prepared to stay the night! I started making some calls, found a nurse friend who was willing to work in my place, so I had the night off and we just had a great time! Robbi cooked dinner, because Richard is on a strict diet, and what she made was delicious! They just left, and now I have all of this rainy afternoon to just rest and enjoy Toye Starr. Life is good.

Prayers for all who need 'em, and I guess that would be just about all of us. God help the U.S.A.! --Romeena

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85869: Boo, Speaking of pumpkin carvings, have you gone to the TAGS re-watchers site? They have TAGS patterns to use, they have Opie,Goober,Floyd, and of course Barney. I did that one last year and it really turned out cool! Funny how many of the kids knew it was Barney Fife! G-F..........

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85870: Spot, Bad week for the Atlanta teams :( The Browns did GREAT!!....(they had a bye!) tehehaa G-F.....

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85871: Sorry for confounding you Boo. That was meant for Possum who said she starts training there today.
Hey, maybe she will bring us dinner? That would be nice.

I'll Amen your prayer there Romeena. God is our only way out.


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85872: Update..Miss Sherry had her second Big round of Cemo started today. Wearing the 24/7 fanny pack pump till friday then single treatments for the next 2 weeks...things are going good..we got to go to Church yesterday and out to eat with the gang!..she just gets tired quick. This treatment is the one that makes her sick the second day...we are keeping our fingers crossed!..well lets figure out whats for supper?..hum?..and yea GF bad week except for Georgia Tech...5-0 start..gona be a good game tonight...ok...let me set back and wait for supper suggestions...SPOT

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85873: Thanks for the update on Sherry, Spot, I hope all goes well for her.
Good luck with your new job, Possum.
- Hazel

October 10, 2011 - Msg 85874: Happy Columbus Day! Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadian TAG friends! These holidays make me think of the episode with the Mayberry Minutemen history club episode.


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85875: Oh prayers for Miss Sherry, Spot.

Hey there Hazel!


October 10, 2011 - Msg 85876: Thanks, y'all.First day of training went well. We get to sample food tomorrow! (I'll sneak some out for ya,Asa!)
Prayers continue for Sherry.

Y'all have a good evening-love to all.

possum under a rock

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85877: Hi Gang,
Busy weekend for me, so i'll do a little catching up.
Columbus sailed Kelsey's pond a-blue in 1400 ninety two! ha
Possum, very cool! but don't fall asleep on them rockers!
Pappa bear says he'll meet us all at the Remshaw place, but he AINT going in! ha
AUh20 and Boo, tho i dont call myself any sort of biblical scholar, in all those earlier times "of the end", Israel was still a scattered people; but in 1948, when they entered the land once again, the clock started ticking anew, because scripture is clear on that point. The recognition of statehood, and the exodus TO Israel to making it the thriving of the land that it is today shows the "dry bones" growing sinew. But as the Word also says,
keep that extra lamp oil with you! (:
Maude, glad you also found ME-TV. As I have said, it and RTV are 90% of my viewing now. Boo-ask your cable provider to carry it.
Chow baby, (Yup, Kojak is on ME-TV!)ha

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85878:
Morning Porch

What a fantastic autumn we have had here on this end of the Porch!

Spot-Yes, thanks for the update. That must have been nice going out to eat.

MDC- I agree the clock has started but the alarm may not ring for centuries yet. In my opinion, the GOP and Conservatives are stoking too many fires to simply win an election. A lot of the stress people are feeling, I think, can be traced to FOX News, Drudge, and maybe Rush. Things are no where as bad as these outlets claim. The current conditions look the Roaring Twenties compared to the 70's.

possum-Congrats on the job and I'm glad to hear all is going well with it.


October 11, 2011 - Msg 85879:
Good morning all!! Hope you have a swell day.
God bless America!
"Andy, I'm only made of flesh and blood ya know." (:

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85880: Hello Porch family:
So nice to see that all the family continue to have the good nature bantering and that "some" of the members never change! Will try to visit a little more often. Love you guys. ~New Neighbor

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85881: Good to see everyone today! especially New Neighbor,Lucy and Hezel. The porch seems nice and more full now.

Keep us posted about the job Possum.
Thanks for the update SPOT. hope things continue to go well.

Supper menu will beL stuffed beef ravioli, salad with garlic cheese bread. tea, lemonade to drink.
Dessert will be: cheesecake with strawberry topping.

prayers and blessings to all

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85882: Lets all go eat at Possums Cracker Barrell resturant...Free Food!...SPOT

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85883: Hey gang. Thank you all for the prayers. I'm pleased to introduce you to Madison McDonald. She arrived this afternoon without nearly a hitch. They gave my Daughter an epidural this morning and Madison flipped around almost immediatly. The rest from there was uneventful, thank the Lord.
Mother and baby are both doing fine and wonderful.
Thank you to those who offered a prayer for us. And a special thanks to Ro and Boo who calmed my fears so well.
Gotta go get the kids up to the Hospital so they can meet there new baby sister. They are stoked! So am I. God is good.


October 11, 2011 - Msg 85884:
Asa-Nice to meet ya Madison. Thanks Asa for letting us know. I was praying for Madison but man, was I nervous for ya also, that breech stuff makes me shaky. I guess I've seen too many Little House on the Prairie's or something. Anyway, Great news!


October 11, 2011 - Msg 85885: Nice To Meet Ya Madison!!..Yee Hoo!...lets all head to the hospital and eat in the cafeteria!..SPOT

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85886: Yay! A new Porch baby! Welcome to Madison & congrats to Grandpa Asa!
Dang spot, you are one hungry dog- Cracker Barrel and the hospital??
Somebody toss him a bone!
Ha ha ha
Hey, we haven't even sampled the food yet at Cracker Barrel,but I tell you what- it smells good back there where we're training!
Y'all have a good night and somebody please feed spotty!
possum under a rock

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85887: Yay!! Congratulations Grandpa Asa!! Very, very happy for you and your family. :)...very funny Auh2o (about Little House on the Prarie)...teehee. Uh...I'll let you eat in the hospital cafeteria, SPOT...I'll bring my lunch. ;)


October 11, 2011 - Msg 85888: Congrats Asa, Ya know it's Grandpa's job to teach her to know funny & act like somebody. But for now just spoil her That's our jobs.. "Grandpa Airplane" aka "Goober-Fife....
Possum, Fix me a plate? I'll have chicken & dumplings,green beans,slaw,cornbread and i'll wash it down with some Cheerwine! For desert i'll have that new ginger cookie custard thing I had at last week's "Lodge Meeting";)...But be sure to reserve me a rocker to finish the night off! G-F........

October 11, 2011 - Msg 85889:
Asa, I'm happy to learn that the delivery of your grandchild was successful and that both baby and mom are doing well.

And a hello to New Neighbor.

from Poor Horatio

October 12, 2011 - Msg 85890:
Asa- sounds like grandpa is doing well too! ha
Did quiet sam pay you a visit! (: congrats!
Possum- I just love the hashbrown casserole--mmm!
G-F- You sound like a Red-Green show fan!
A few of us here are too. "If she dont find ya handsome, she should at least find ya helpful! haha
Hey to Spot, Maudie, auh20,PH,Lucy,RO, NEW NEIGHBOR and all! Now act like ya got some smarts or I'll hafta call bobby fleet! teehee!
Prayers for REV,

October 12, 2011 - Msg 85891: Trouble check

October 12, 2011 - Msg 85892:
Hey Folks

Raining day here.

Howdy MDC. Have you bumped into the Prince yet? I can't remember which one it was, I know possum had straightened me out, but I forget.


October 12, 2011 - Msg 85893: Congrats on the new grandbaby, Asa. I'm so glad all went well.
I think it's Prince Harry that's in the country, auh2o, but I thought he was in California, not Arizona. But, I could be mistaken.
- Hazel

(sorry, I ain't up to TAGS quotes lately...)

October 12, 2011 - Msg 85894: Good evening, porch. I had an EGD and esophageal dilatation done this morning. It was done with me under the influence of propofol, so naturally I remember absolutely nothing. Amazing stuff, that propofol. Works much like Versed. You're actually conscious and able to cooperate during the procedure, but you remember zip, zilch, nada! It's like nothing ever happened. Actually, it's the stuff Michael Jackson was addicted to, though I think "habituated" would be a better term. There IS a difference.

Congratulations, Grampa Asa! That's so cool - another sweet little porch baby. I wish we still had an active album, we could share pictures. I don't know if I'll ever get that going again or not. Kinda seems unnecessary now, with Facebook and all - people share their own pictures, at their discretion.

Well, I'm about ready to have something to eat - got some good fresh fruit, think I'll go that way. Fruit is always good. I've got some Honeycrisp apples, some really sweet grapes, some mangoes and some strawberries - a little of each of those with a bit of cheese for contrast, and I'll have a great meal! Not as good as Possum would offer us at Cracker Barrel, but still very good. Blessings! --Romeena

October 12, 2011 - Msg 85895:
Hazel, auh2o and MDC, according to what I found on the internet, Prince Harry Wales, the British Army helicopter pilot, arrived at Naval Air Facility El Centro (in California) on Thursday. He will be spending about a month there training in Apache helicopter attack tactics before heading to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in southern Arizona for additional training.

from Poor Horatio

October 13, 2011 - Msg 85896: Morning Porch. Hope you are all well and fine. Everything on my end of the porch is looking good. Mamma and baby come home this morning. They are all pretty happy campers about that.

Ro, that procedure you had done, is that where they kinda stretch out your incoming pipe? I have a buddy who's had that done several times and hates it. They must use something different on him cause he seems to remember everything that went on. I had an endoscomy (hope thats right) done about 10 years ago. But I don't remember anything much about it. I hope you are ok.

Hey Auh2o. I wish I could share your thoughts about things not being as bad as they are protending, but I sure don't feel that way. Not to say we have not had worse times for sure. But I just can't help but feel we are right on the verge of some very very troubling times. I hope I'm wrong, but I just have some bad bad feelings. But I also know who's in charge of it all, and I know He will always be there. So I try to not let fear overcome my faith. Fear is the opposite of faith. I just have to feed my faith and starve my fear. Kinda like a cold. :)

Better move it though. Lots to do.
Prayers for all.


October 13, 2011 - Msg 85897:
Morning Porch

Asa-Glad all is going well with you folks. Ya know, I kinda just can't get behind all the doom and gloom. It seems like every twenty years or so we have to be reminded that there is no free lunch, LBJ, Brother Jimmy, and now B.O. Hopefully all them will be remembered as one-an-done. Enjoy that Madison girl, buddy.

Hazel & PH-Thanks for the info.


October 13, 2011 - Msg 85898: Auh2o, you know much more about history than I do but what keeps troubling me is the moral situation in this country. Has there ever been a time in our history (in America) that people were as apathetic to Christianity and biblical morals? I think about many of the kids I see these days who have not had to wait for anything and have been used to having it easy and not having to work hard, problems solve, etc. So many kids don't seem to function outside of video games, cell phones and TV. I am concerned about their future if things get tougher.

Asa..you made me laugh out loud with the, "..kinda stretch out your incoming pipe.." comment! BAHAHA.

Really true about the faith thing, but I tend to be the type who wants to stick my head in the sand and pretend it will all go away, which is not good, either. I have to find a balance without freaking out about things.

Well, we had a nice rain this morning and we gathered on the back porch and stared at it for awhile. Seeing rain, for us, is probably something like seeing the Grand Canyon for some. ;) Thinking about packing up a lunch and taking the kids to the lake for the afternoon. It is still plenty warm enough to swim here but not so hot you feel like wilting.

See ya later!


October 13, 2011 - Msg 85899:
The prince's AZ schedule is very hush-hush, but I'll let you know if I hear anything.
Makes me think of Floyd telling Andy that he's a "prince of a fellow" in the Marilyn Grayson ep. ha

October 13, 2011 - Msg 85900:
Hey Boo-Remember we were a "Christian" nation founded during an era when many prominent Christians, presidents, senators, ministers, and so forth, actually owned slaves. I don't know if there was apathy for their faith but it was absolutely apathy for their follow man. I can think of a few era's where much is written about the faithfuls trepidations, 1920's Prohibition era, 1950's Rocking Roll, 1960-70's Drugs and Promiscuity (to name a few) during all these decades people/parents had great concern for their kids, and rightfully so. Did ya know the KKK actually endorsed Prohibition laws? Strange bed fellows, I guess. Boo-I feel so inept at answering, I just think you can participate in this world and not become part of it. But, I guess that's always been the rub for us Christians.


October 13, 2011 - Msg 85901:
Boo-Ok, I didn't finish my thought there at the end. We participate in this world with some people who have no intention of joining us in our heavenly world and that pains us, because of the love our Lord directs us to have for others. I hate to sound like a broken record but I think that has always been the case. And that concludes my manifesto. I'm sure I made myself as clear as mud.


October 13, 2011 - Msg 85902: Good morning, porch! Yep, Asa, that's a pretty good description of the procedure. If you saw me, you wouldn't dream I'd need that - certainly enough gets down that I manage to stay overweight - but x-rays showed there is a stricture there. I think it was caused by radiation treatments I had in 1979. Sometimes it goes into spasm and hurts like a heart attack. If I can get something warm to drink at the time, it relaxes and goes away. This is the second dilatation I've had - hope it worked this time. I cannot imagine anyone having an endoscopy without some form of sedation. My sympathies to your friend - that's just plain barbaric! No way would I allow that.

My beautiful little Angel Face roses are blooming. The old original bush is loaded, and the little young ones we planted out front are blooming too. Tiny blooms, but beautiful and fragrant. There are many beautiful roses, but Angel Face is my favorite. They are in Sugarplum's memory, because I always called her Angelface. Now I need to find a special rose for Toye Starr.

I have two lantana plantings, and both are loving this weather! It's only 68 here right now. Both are huge, rowdy and have completely spilled out of where they're supposed to be. One is beside a flat boulder next to the rock pathway in the back. It's yellow, blooming like mad, and anytime I look out there there will be at least three lovely butterflies on it. Butterflies love lantana, and seem to really enjoy the yellow ones. The other plant is at the base of a tree next to my driveway, and has run out over the driveway by about five feet. Fortunately, it's a double garage, and I park on the left side, so don't need to drive over that part. It's good that no one parks on the right side, because the lantana would have to go. It's a pink and yellow combo flower, very pretty. It doesn't get as much sun as the one out back, so doesn't bloom as heavily, but it's still pretty.

The crape myrtles are blooming nicely too. I love crape myrtle. They're unpredictable, though. I have six, but only four were deliberately planted. One came up in the end of the rose island, planted by a bird or squirrel, I guess. Joe dug it out because it's in a somewhat awkward place, and we made a place for it in the yard, with a small boulder next to it, to keep the lawnmowers off of it. That transplanted volunteer has become the prettiest crape myrtle in the yard! Blooming heavily, pretty shape, just so nice. The view from my window at this moment is just lovely. God is good.

Well, I think I'll go prune something and pull a few weeds. God may be the Master Gardener, but I'm supposed to be His helper. Couldn't ask for a nicer job. --Romeena