November 19, 2011 - Msg 86293: Oh, that is good news about Jake. Prayers that he recovers well.

Happy Birthday Ky girl!

possum u.a.r.

November 19, 2011 - Msg 86294: Can't have the birthday girl showing up for her party on a dusty porch!

possum again

November 19, 2011 - Msg 86295: Mornin' Possum and Happy Birthday KY Girl. :)

Warm morning here in south texas but should cool down some by Tuesday and be perfectly beautiful for Thanksgiving. What are some of your plans for Thanksgiving. I know MDC and his lovely wife are thinking about Cracker Barrel and Possum might be working there.

Today is going to be "work day" around here. Cleaning up, washing windows, doing laundry, some cooking for the church supper tomorrow and bruce will have the kids doing some sprucing up outside. I did my final shopping for all the trimmings yesterday (yay), so now I can just concentrate on getting things ready here at the house. Unfortunately I didn't sleep well so that will make it tough today but maybe I will sneak in a little nap somewhere.

Wonder how Jake is doing?


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86296: Forgot to mention that I took my parents to the doctor yesterday and dad had lost another 7 pounds in less than a month. He is a large framed, tall man and is down to 177, which he has not been since WW2 when there wasn't enough food on the ship. His blood work was ok but his appetite is just not there so the doc gave him some med that is supposed to increase it. I pray it works. I think he is depressed and just miserable most of the time, bless his heart. In the car on the way to the doc, it was like I could just feel his misery. He is uncomfortable and weak and I don't know what else we can do for him. Mom has her own struggles but is doing better than dad. I am just so thankful to have them around again for another Thanksgiving but it is very hard to see them suffering. I don't know if living a long life is always best if the quality of life is missing.


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86297: Ok MDC here's a Holiday memory...back in "68" my brother was in Vietnam over the Holidays so we were all worried and bumed out that year. He was not suppose to come home until May. On Christmas Day guess who walks in? BIG BROTHER! What a great suprise. Our Mom walks into the room she was shocked & supprised! Then said: OH NO YOU DIDN'T!! TELL ME YOU DIDN'T!! I thought we were not going to have to have to worry about him getting killed over there..MOM was going to do it on Christmas...To get a ferlow for Christmas he reupted for another tour of duty so he could be home for Christmas. Talk about highs & lows that year WOW!....After the inital drama we had a GREAT Christmas. "PRESENTS.. WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING PRESENTS" that year..The funny end to that story is we were all playing football the last day before he had to go back, my sister pushed me into a fence and layed my chin open.
My brother took me to the hospital in his "67" Chevelle SS and he was FLYING down the highway.
He said: if I get pulled over, pretend you're knocked out! Got to the hospital in record time.
I think of my sister everytime I shave...because of the scar..Don't think I haven't reminded he many times over the years...haha...Goober-Fife

November 19, 2011 - Msg 86298: "...if I get pulled over, pretend you're knocked out!"..HAHA...I think I have used that one before! Great story, G-F. How did your brother do with his next tour? Did he come back home safe and sound, for good?


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86299: Afternoon porch pals. Got a dusting of snow last night, but this morning the sun is out, and the snow is melting off. Not bad at all.

Terrible news about Jake, but sounds like the prognosis is good. I'll include him, the Rev and Mrs. Rev in my prayers for sure.

Boo, sure is good your parents have you around to be there for them. The service you provide for them is the love of Christ personified. And as challenging as it may be for you, I know the Lord looks upon you favorably. To often adult children ignore and neglect their aged parents. And I know, sometimes the parents don't make it an easy thing, but the admonition to Honor thy Parents is real. Bless your heart.

Nice stories MDC and G-F. Real nice. Thanks for sharing them.

Happy Birthday K-Y Girl. Hope you are doing well.

And good to see you Mary Wiggins.

Better get going. Things to do.


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86300: Boo...Thanks for asking, he was a gunner on a Huey chopper his first tour, his second he got to fly missions. He was stationed about 25miles from the Cambodian border, they would fly West for an hour so I dont' think even with my math skills they wern't in Vietnam any more. Alot of covert stuff he won't talk about, or much of anything else about over there. As for coming back ok?...Don't think any came back ok...Not the same brother as who left but that's how most Vets are. It's the ones that don't talk who we have to worry about (alot of emotional baggage even after all those years)...G-F

November 19, 2011 - Msg 86301: Oh Asa...the perfect encouragement at the perfect time. Thank you so much. You have such a kind and compassionate heart.

Thankful your brother came back, G-F. It is very sad what it did to so many that were a part of it. I remember back in the early 80's and I had just gotten my first job as a nurse, in a six bed ICU in a small hospital. I had a patient for a few days who was a vietnam vet and the poor guy had big problems. He just wasn't right, mentally. I remember him warning me that I should never touch him when he was asleep, but stand back away from the bed and call his name or he couldn't be sure of what he might do. As I recall, he was in for a heart attack in his 40's. Strange case in which he went to see the small town doc because he was having chest pain. The doc told him it was indigestion and sent him on his way. Well, it was a heart attack and as he was driving home, he passed out with a cardiac arrythmia and crashed into something, causing his chest to hit the steering wheel, which apparently knocked him back into rythym long enough for the paramedics to get there. They had to shock him several times on the way to the hospital to keep him alive, but he made it and eventually went home. He was very lucky..or blessed.

Been a busy day and just when the work was over and everyone was ready for a shower, the septic sytem went on the blink and the toilets won't flush and the showers backed up!! They did eventually drain slowly, allowing us to grab a 1 minute (very cold) shower. Man, I hope we can get "the man" to come out and fix the problem tomorrow or we will have to resort to a temporary outhouse. :(

Better git.


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86302: VICKS!!!....(somebody had to say it).


November 19, 2011 - Msg 86303:
Howdy porch family.....First THANKS for all your prayers for Jake. It was a very touchy time for a while. We got him home tonight and he is pityful. Very weak and very sore. The incision is really huge. But the outlook looks good. Just gonna take a while to get back on track. I am so thankful that I was not still out on the road.
Again...thank you all so much for your concern and prayers! And thanks to Ro for keeping you all posted.
Love and prayers for each of my porch family!

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86304: Morning, Dear.
- Hazel

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86305: Morning, honey. --Romeena

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86306: Mornin' Honeys and Dears. :)

Thank you for the update on Jake, REV...sure have been wondering about him. I hope there is never a chance of him coming in contact of the dog that attacked him again. Does the dog belong to a family member or friend? Unless a person has had an animal that is attacked and injured that way, you just can't understand how terrible it is. I will never forget when my mama goat was killed and her baby torn up by dogs. It was one very, very sick feeling and I was not attached to the goats the way you are to little Jake. Lord continue to help Jake to get well.

Better get ready for preachin' this morning.


November 20, 2011 - Msg 86307: Ro, I'd rather be called skunkface than honey like that!
- Hazel

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86308: Morning all.

Ha! You crack me up Hazel. How are you doing? Getting all healed up I hope.

Rev, sure glad Jake is going to be ok. I sure worry about my Barney. My next door neighbor has a very mean dog that has come after Barney a couple of times. He'd tear Barney to pieces. I pray Jake will recover quick buddy.

Boo, I was just saying how I feel. With my wife being ill, I have come to an early appreciation for what it means to have adult children who care for their parents. Both my Daughters are so sweet and good to us. And I know as time marches on, and I begin to struggle with age related issues, (should the Lord allow me to hang around a while) I will be well taken care of by them. They both have married good decent men who are very supportive and to who I have a good relationship with. So you go girl. :)

Guess I better get ready for preachin my own self. I'm a work in progress.


November 20, 2011 - Msg 86309: Good Sabbath porch, hope everyone is doing a ok today. Back from sunday school and preaching so thought I would stop by for a visit.

Glad Jake is on the mend Rev. Our little fur friends mean a lot to us. will keep him in my prayers.

Mr. Maude is working 10am til 6pm today so I will have supper about 6:30 if ya'll want to join us.

Pork chops with cinnamom apples, baked sweet potatoes, steamed vegies. chocolate ice cream for dessert.

Everyone have a blessed day.

Big Maude

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86310:
Hello porch family....just got home from my concert today. It was here in SC so didn't have to be away over night.

Again...thank you all for your concern with Jake. Slowly but surely he's coming along. Still can't do much moving but that little tail wags a little when I bend down and give him a little kiss on the head.

Boo....the dog belonged to a family up the road from me. (He is accually a State Trooper) They told us they are going to get rid of him because they have small children and now they don't trust him.

Maude....I'll be there for supper....sounds great!

You all have a great day! I've got to go lay back down with my little buddy.
Love and prayers!

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86311:
You can tell I'm tired....that was supose to be "actually" not "accually"

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86312: Good evening, porch! I'm sure REV won't mind if I answer the questions about what happened to little Jake. REV's mom had taken him for a walk along their country road, and he was on a leash. Without warning the Great Dane came charging out from a house that sits well back from the road, and just jumped on Jake. No provocation, Jake was on the public road, minding his own business. Somehow his leash either broke, came unfastened or was bitten through, (I'm not sure) but Jake found himself momentarily free, and took off for home. I'm amazed he could run after such a mauling, but he did. Adrenalin will do amazing things. I guess the Dane didn't chase him, because he could have caught him easily. Of course, REV's mom was nearly hysterical (can't you imagine?) and called REV immediately. He and his family weren't far away, got home in minutes, and took Jake to the vet. That, plus the updates on his condition which have already been posted here, is all I know. REV, if I got anything wrong, feel free to edit and correct. Friends at church this morning were coming up to me and asking "How's little Jake?", because I had called several to ask for prayers. Don't ask those folks if you don't want to be prayed for, because they'll do it!

Well, I've got a bare-nekkid Christmas tree standing in the middle of my living room, have been side-stepping around it all afternoon, guess I'd better get serious and get started. It takes me the equivalent of a full day and evening to put up a tree, and I'm running out of time. I've got to have it done before I go to work on Wednesday night, because when I finish working on Friday morning, I'll get a couple of hours of sleep, then have to start preparations for a Thanksgiving meal to be served on Saturday. Oh, and I have to shop for that meal, probably tomorrow. My nephew (the ball player who refused the Rangers' offer and went to OSU instead) is coming down for the weekend, and I want things to be pretty and festive for him. He leaves on Sunday evening, and then wonder of wonders, I have a great December schedule that (I think) manages to miss every pre-Christmas event at church - will miracles never cease? Yep - just checked my schedule against the list of events that I wrote down this morning, and I'm going to be able to attend every single thing!! Thank you, Lord!

Well, here I go. Christmas tree, here I come! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86313: SHAKEDOWN!

November 20, 2011 - Msg 86314: Well, looks like REV was posting at the same time, and he hit the "post" button just before I did. I didn't even see that post until just now. And that, dear hearts, is how someone's post can appear to be ignored at times. Feelings have been hurt in the past, and this may be one way that the message gets missed.

Anyway, I'm so glad little Jake is doing well. That little fellow means a great deal to our REV. That's one loved puppy. --Romeena

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86315:
REV, I'm so sorry to hear about Jake's injuries. But I can understand exactly just how you feel about him. It is so easy to become attached to a living being who offers you unconditional love.
Once when I was walking my dog in my neighborhood, another neighbor's dog got loose and attacked him. Emergency treatment helped him survive that attack. Then later when he developed a terminal illness, I slept on the floor next to his doggie bed every night until he passed away. I mourned as if I had lost a human brother.

Boo and Asa, I wish there were more caring children who personally took care of their parents. My wife grew up in the Middle East and informs me they had no nursing homes to send parents to be taken care of by strangers. Instead, their families gathered together and shared in the responsibilities. And when I travelled in the Far East, I witnessed three generations of families all living together and taking care of each other.
After my father passed away when I was in the military, I made a vow to take care of mom as long as I was physically able. I sacrificed a promising career just to move back home. I even delayed marriage to prevent any possible disagreements about "you are spending too much time with your mom". After all, Mom was #1 as far as I was concerned. And in spite of doctors recommending nursing homes, I learned about home health care and took care of mom at home until she passed. Then years later, I married.
Today, I have no regrets.

from Poor Horatio

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86316: Good Monday morning all. Hope the weekend went well for everyone. Cold and snowy here, but supposed to be warm and near mid 50's by Wednesday. Yay!

P.H. Good for you taking care of your Mom like that. It just makes me happy to see adult children step up to the plate and do what is right. So often that is not the case and it is just heart breaking to see aged parents become lonely and uncared for. And your last comment says it all. "Today, I have no regrets." Good on you.

Did you get the tree all decorated Ro? Sounds like a big job, but a labor of love so not really a job, huh?

Boo, you gonna be baking and cooking all week I reckon. I was watching a cooking show on Saturday (I do that when it's snowy out and I have nothing else to do) and the gal who was on it (Sarah Moulding I think is her name) was doing a special on Thanksgiving dinner. Was showing how a lot of things can be made ahead of time so T,day is not quite so hectic. Made a lot of sense. And boy her dinner looked good.

Well a short work week for me so I better get going.

Prayers for all. Still praying for Miss Sherry and for Jake.


November 21, 2011 - Msg 86317: Good morning, porch! No, Asa, I didn't get the tree done. I hit a snag, with a full tier of lights out. Three strings, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what's wrong with them. I have beenunable to trace the wires to find the original connection, where their power originates. The tree is white, the wires are white, and my back is weak. I bent and stooped and felt around in that tangle of branches, and just never managed to find that male end of the plug that apparently is supposed to be connected somewhere and isn't. I've found the female end, which should be the last thing on that connection, and traced it back over two wires, passing two connections, but on that third wire, I lose it and can't get to the end. The way it's wired, it returns to the trunk and joins a lot of other stuff there, and that's where I lose it. If I had wired it myself, I would probably be able to solve it, but this tree was pre-wired, and I don't understand their method. Got to get it done today, though, and this morning I have to go see the hand surgeon, because my left hand is getting more and more painful. Something's not right, guess I'd better get it checked. Naturally, my rickety old back is screaming this morning about the abuse it took yesterday, crawling around that tree, so I guess I'm just a mess.

P-H, after reading your comments above, all I can say is - I just knew you were good people!

Well, guess I'd better go get dressed. I'm moving slowly, so that could take a while. Honeys and dears, Bette Davis was right. Old age ain't no place for sissies. --Romeena

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86318: Your a good Son PH...Bet ya got em a new septic tank too haha..all joking aside it's good to know some of us remember all what out parents have done for us while we were growing up and it's NOT a burden to pay it back..Ya think Mom REALLY liked wiping butts? (that's wiping not whipping)butts. Don't think they liked whippin them either.(not that I would know!!haha) I was a model child!I think it was by being the #3 kid my brother & sister had worn them down by the time I came around...G-F...

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86319:
Morning porch family.....stayed up all night with little Jake. He's still so weak but I can tell he's getting a little strength back slowly.

Thanks Ro for your update're a jewel.

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86320: Yes, Asa, doin' LOTS of cooking. I made dressing, pumpkin cheescake, greenbean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce for the church supper yesterday and today i am cooking thanksgiving dinner for the girls at the drug rehab. Went to the store this morning and bought a fresh turkey and all the trimmings. Been cooking away all day and love doing it. So far, I have the dresing put together but have to wait for the turkey drippings to finish it. I made an apple pie, a pecan pie and am about to start the pumpkin pie. I will also make mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes before the day is finished. I am trying to clean as I go to keep from being overwhelmed! Tomorrow I will start the housecleaning and will i am putting the kids to work today to get some things done. Wed I will begin the prep for our family thanksgiving. Have to brine two turkeys in the ice chest, start the makings of the dressing and do as much as I can the day before so I can enjoy Thanksgiving (if I'm still standing!). We will have my family and most of Bruce's family all here. It is supposed to be a beautiful day on Thursday and just perfect for eating inside or out.

Sorry about your tree, Ro. Wish I was there to help. We will start the decorating this weekend. I won't get a tree yet, since we get real ones but everything else will get done, I hope. Ro, we are going to try to get to Fredricksburg one of these weekends..we'll see if we can fit it in somewhere.

Better get back to it!


November 21, 2011 - Msg 86321:
G-F- Great story! Those homecoming stories always get to me. Thanks for sharing.
So you were a model child? Do you mean you were made of plastic and covered with Testor's enamal? haha
Rev- so glad Jake will be OK. You both hang in there OK.
Hazel- that line always cracks me up, along with chopper and mad dog! haha
Maudie- grat grub as usual- thanks!
PH- I hear ya bro. did similar with my first two cats. And good for you concerning your mom.
RO- did you check bad lights with your special tool?
I'm having a "Rick P. moment" as I cant recall the name of it, as I havent used mine yet this year.
Well, good day to all,

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86322:
Oops, didnt see Boo there. And I thought you said you werent "going to do it all" this year! haha

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86323:
Oh, and friends, I had a revelation at preachin yesterday! Pastor talked about matthew 25:31-46
about Jesus coming in glory and the separation of the sheep and goats. And for the first time in all these years I REALLY realized just what God REALLY cares about, and it is indeed how we care for other people...the feeding, the clothing, the visiting, etc; and
how that is actually repeated FOUR times showing how much it is emphasized! Wow, if someone read just that passage, they would see exactly what Jesus will ask us about! I have a brand new outlook on these corporal works of mercy to our fellow man!
Well, God bless and keep you all,

November 21, 2011 - Msg 86324: hi all.
rain rain is go to drv me nut.


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86325: Morning all. I pray you are all good today.

Hey Tom. Maybe you better build an arc. :)

MDC, I went last night the scripture you mentioned. Pretty straight forward message there isn't it? I struggle some though in all honesty. I have no problem in giving to those in need, those who are struggling do to no fault of there own. But I must admit I do have a hard time giving to those who are unwilling to try and help themselves. It seems to me there are getting to be more and more of these types. I guess I should not stand in judgement and decide who is worthy and who is not. But at the same time I only have so much I can share, and my desire is that I want it to go to those who are truly in need. That's my concern. Am I wrong? I just don't know what's right here. I want to do the right thing. Any thoughts anyone?

Boo, I bet your kitchen smells wonderful all week. Awww, the wonderful smells of the holidays. Pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, good stuff.

Hope you got your tree lights figured out Ro. Those things can be frustrating. Just don't have a Clark Griswald moment like I do at times. One of the funniest moments for me is when Clark goes crazy when his lights won't come on and starts kicking and ripping his decorations apart. Ha, I'm sure we have all had those moments.

Well I better get moving. I pray you all have a wonderful day.


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86326: Darn it, MDC! I knew you would catch me on that one (not "doing it all"). You are a big brother, for sure. :) I had a "compleshun" to do it and boy am I glad I did. Those girls went crazy over the food. I made alot and it was gone in no time. One of the girls told me it had been three years since she had a thanksgiving meal and she had been praying that someone would send one. As they ate, we sat around and asked them to share thanksgiving memories and most of them just sat there and said they didn't have any. Sad. I heard one girl say to her friend, "This is so good..even better than my grandma's...and she's Mexican!" haha. Anyway, I had alot of fun doing it and was very blessed by seeing them enjoy it and they felt loved. I got lots of hugs. :) PS-precious revelation you received. I have been thinking along the same lines.

Asa, it's funny, I have been too busy to notice the nice smells in the kitchen! I will have to pay attention on Thursday. I know what you mean about wanting to put your money in the right place...I think that's called good stewardship and we are called to be compassionate AND wise. My advice is to pray for guidance in your giving and then give with "celebration"...don't over think things and leave results in God's hands. "The Lord loves a cheerful giver" and there is so much joy in giving, isn't there? Watch to see where God is at work around you, and then join Him. PS-Like you mentioned to me the other day, serving your family is a ministry of giving, and you do that. :)

Asa, should be start our holiday qoute-a-thon??

Here goes: " was...SOAP POISONING!"


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86327: OK...who's going to share the next Thanksgiving memory??


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86328: Stuffing or Dressing? Went to a local eatery, great name "Chicken Manor" where a guy was making a BIG todo about be being charged $2.25 for dressing. He was making an idiot of himelf saying "nobody charges $2.25 for dressing" it comes WITH the salad! Most people around here call "stuffing" "dressing"...Guess he was from someswheres else! "Who looks silly now Sherrif!"
Funny memory "The wish-bone" if you soak it in vinegar it turns like rubber and ya can't break it..Sort of like Opies egg in a bottle trick!
Hoilday Quote...@#$%* BUMPAS'S!!... Be sure to guard those Turkey's Thursday....G-F

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86329: I heard that stuffing is stuffing when it's cooked in the bird. If not, then it's dressing. Heck, all I know is I like to eat it. (burp)

Good advice Boo. Prayer and compassion. I give a full tithe and never think about it because I know that money is used prudently. But I always try to do more than that when I can.
Yea Boo, step back, slow down, and smell your kitchen. Love those smells of the holidays. And I love that quote "soap poisoning". We have got to get Romeena to watch that this year.

Here's my quote. "RATATATATATATAT...... Merry Christmas you filthy animal...ratat...and a Happy New Year!


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86330: Funny you should say that...I just had a similar conversation on sunday with one of my son's friends who couldn't understand why I brought a big pan of dressing to the church supper...had to explain the dressing/stuffing thing to him.

Oh, and that quote was from the great movie, "A Christmas Story," after the christmas turkey was stolen by the dogs!


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86331: Oh, hey there Asa...I was thinking the same thing about Romeena.


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86332: Also love those sappy "Hallmark" made for TV Holiday movies...Who's got a favorite?
Just don't call me sensitive....G-F

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86333:
asa-I hear ya bro. I think context is also important with any verses, and that part is proceeded by three parables...the faithful sevant, the ten virgins, and the talents, so it was like Jesus was "warming up the crowd" with
do what is right, be wise, and be productive; and
then the feeding, clothing , etc comes with conviction and discernment from the lord. Does that make sense?
GF- i may watch the tags Christmas ep this weekend to put me in the right frame of mind! ha
Happy Thanks givng to all. And yes, I separated the word on purpose! (:

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86334:
Oh, and BOO, that is GREAT what you did for those rehab girls!! God bless you!
Goober-Fife, being new here, you should know that our own Boo goes and spread the Word with girls in rehab.

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86335: Thanks MDC, but I'm the one who was really blessed in that deal. :)

I'm way yonder tired!...but in good spirits. Can you believe it has been hot here all week. Supposed to cool off tonight, though. Bruce is looking for sheets to cover the tomato plants with in case we get a frost this week.

Got LOTS of house chores done. I was behind on the laundry with the septic system having problems this week. "The man" came and fixed it yesterday, though. "The man" happened to be a very soft-spoken young man who I found out has Leukemia. His boss called to tell us he would be late getting out here because he has been in pain and had to stop by the dr's office for some pain medicine. Made me so sad for him. I told Bruce and I noticed that while the guy was here, Bruce was right with him and ended up doing most of the work for the man. He used the snake to dislodge the clog and I feel sure he did it to keep the guy from having to work while he was not feeling well, though I never spoke to him about it. Made me happy to see Bruce helping the young man. "Kindness"'s such a sweet fruit of the Spirit. :)

Well, I am waiting for the laundry to finish and need to put clean sheets on the bed, then I can take my shower and relax for a bit. I am going to ask Bruce to take us out to my favorite litte diner in town tonight. I'm NOT cooking! ;)


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86336: G-F...sorry, you asked if we have a favorite holiday movie. Well, I am a christmas movie NUT. I have all the classics and many others. It is very hard for me to come up with one favorite but I think it would probably be "A Christmas Carol" (the one with George C. Scott). I also love "It's a Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Story," and "A House Without A Christmas Tree". Those would be my top 4 but I really love so many of them. What's your favorite?

PS-I don't get Hallmark Channel, darn it.


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86337: Ok..where is everyone?? I am sitting all alone on this porch and I need somebody to "jaw" with.
Guess I will share a thanksgivng memory since I might not have time to between now and thanksgiving. You all might remember this one because it was in 2007, I think. It was the year I spent thanksgiving in New Mexico. St. Susan and I piled Dad and the kids into Dad's new van and headed north. Dad had been wanting and needing a trip, so we decided to take him. We rented a neat cabin in the woods (but still close to town) in Cloudcroft. We had gone to the walmart down the mountain on our way into town and I bought all we needed to make a thanksgiving supper for us. On thanksgiving, while I was baking the turkey and working on all the trimmings, it started to snow. I couldn't believe my eyes! I had a nice fire going in the stove in the den, the smell of turkey was in the air and now SNOW! To someone from south texas, this ranks up there with winning the lottery. It continued to snow through the following day and there was a beautiful blanket of white snow on everything. That was such a wonderful thanksgiving, but unfortunately, the van got stuck at the bottom of the hill and we couldn't get it up the hill to the cabin. I had to find snow chains and put them on myself.

Who's next?


November 22, 2011 - Msg 86338: A Thanksgiving memory?? Ok, you asked for it, Boo..

"Pringles Potato Chips!"

LOL (Remember my story about that strange outburst during Thanksgiving Dinner by my grandma)??

possum under a rock

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86339:
Howdy porch family....All this talk about the movies is right up my wife's alley. I'm really not a movie buff but she loves them.

Yep Tom...looks like you guys are going to get a pretty good amount of rain up there.

Thanksgiving memory.......I can't really pick one out...they all have a special place in my heart. Pretty much just a great time with my family with plenty of food.

Boo....those young girls will always remember that even when they were in their lowest point....someone loved and cared for them. Thanks for your love to those girls!

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

November 22, 2011 - Msg 86340: OH F-u-u-dge! (:

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86341: I hope so, REV. :)

Of course I remember the "Pringles" outburst that your grandma made at the restaurant, Possum! Yesterday i went back and read some of the archives in the month of Novemeber, years past, and I came across the pringles story.

"Only I didn't say 'fudge'...I said IT..the mother of all dirty words..."


November 23, 2011 - Msg 86342: Novemeber??..I better go to bed.


November 23, 2011 - Msg 86343: Surprised? I couldn't be more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet.
Name the movie quote Boo.

Rev, How's Jake doing today? I hope he's getting stronger. Bless his little heart.

Hey Possum, you doing a turkey this year? I'm sorry you have to work tomorrow.

Any news on Miss Sherry?

Haven't heard from Ro. Hope she didn't electrocute herself in her Christmas tree. That would be a sad way to go.

Well it's Friday for me. Yabba dabba doo!
Y'all have a good safe day and drive safe if you're traveling this weekend.

Oh, and MDC, Your scripture you mentioned has had special meaning for me. Thanks for posting it buddy.


November 23, 2011 - Msg 86344: "Christmas Vacation," ASA!! Love that line. How about this: "..He's got a lip fungus they ain't identified yet".

Ro electrocute herself with her Christmas Tree, Asa?...why would you think of that? Shocking! (hehe)

Woke up too darned early and today is going to be a full day. Maybe...just maybe...I will crawl back into my warm bed for a snooze before I get the kids up.


November 23, 2011 - Msg 86345: Morning porch, dropping by on my way to work today. got a busy morning and then off at noon.

Going to do some errands and then home to begin cooking for tomorrow. I figured some early preparation will help out a lot since I am generally the chief cook and bottle washer on my end of the porch.

Patrick will be home from college this afternoon.
YEAH! and will be home until Sunday, back to school for about 3 weeks and then home for his Christmas break.

Guess I can rustle us up some breakfast: french toast with powdered sugar and maple syrup, sausage, bacon. coffee, tea, juice.

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86346: Some of my favorite Christmas movies...The Christmas shoes,The Christmas Card,The Note.
I think everyone can relate to the Christmas Story & Christmas Vacation everyone knows a "Cousin Eddie" & Aunt Edna,You'll shoot your eye out kid"...
Boo, MDC posted you work with girls in rehab that's GREAT! You never know what seed of kindness and hope is planted by your shareing with them.
Maybe Romenna watched "Christmas Vacation" and got inspired! She's up on the roof working on the lights & Santa's sleigh as we speek!....G-F

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86347: speek? how about ...speak...just incase Miss Crump is watching....

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86348: Good morning, porch! No, I didn't electrocute myself, but those dad-burn lights about did me in. I struggled with them, couldn't get them on. David came in, did the same thing. He even replaced the fuse in that strand. He shot it with my little magic gun, no good. Then he discovered that there was power going through the line, but none of the lights would come on. We wasted nearly two hours, finally decided to just pull that string off the tree and replace it. Fortunately, I had some new white-wire lights. After I got it off the tree, David was working with it just out of determination, and suddenly discovered there was an empty socket! We had run the line looking for one, but apparently it was buried in a branch and we missed it. He put a bulb in, and the lights came on, of course. So, I decided to put it back on the tree. Got it back on, (no small task) and suddenly it just went out! Blinked a time or two, then wouldn't come back on. Took it off the tree again, and this time put the new strand on. David is still determined, worked with the old string, finally discovered that the new bulb he had put into the empty socket had a slightly different base and wasn't making solid contact. No way to fix that, since the original bulb was missing in the first place. So that wire has been retired, and will serve to provide replacement bulbs in the future. Arrggh!

So, we went out for dinner, picked up the grandsons who had been with Eloise, and came back here. The boys "helped" me decorate the tree. Translation, they got a lot of ornaments out of the storage boxes, and hung them in a big crowded herd in basically two places on the tree. You know how kids are. I just let them do it, because it got the ornaments on the tree, and then all I had to do when they left was stand in one spot and move them around!

I grocery-shopped yesterday, and drove clear out to Southlake to Central Market to get the extra turkey thighs that I roast along with the whole turkey, then came home last night and finished putting ornaments on the tree. I'm only using about half of them this year, just didn't have the stamina to put them all on. Don't know where I'd have hung them anyway, the thing is a solid wall of ornaments as it is. Oh well. Now all I have to do is finish the bottom of the tree, and it's done. Then put out the Nativity, decorate the fireplace and put out the "sit-arounds" as my mom called them, and I'm done. Problem - my back is locked up tight and I'm not walking without holding onto something. And I have to work tonight. So, I need your prayers, please! I'm going to take some Advil, which the nephrologist doesn't like me to take, but I've got to do something. This thing has me almost in tears, it's hurting so much. I've just done too much, I guess.

Boy, the outside looks good, though. David got all my roof lights and icicles up, put the big deer in the courtyard and Frosty is on the front porch! David said he'd organize everyone on Saturday, while I'm cooking, and they'll get my backyard deer out and spread twinkles in all the shrubbery. Bless that boy! What would I do without him? He's a good 'un!

Well, now that I've whined and griped sufficiently, I guess I'll go see if I can move well enough to get the boxes and bins out of the living room. Loved the stories, have some of my own, much happier than the grumbling I've been doing, but guess I just had to get it off my chest. Thanks for listening. I love you all! Blessings! --Romeena

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86349: Hey Y'all! No ,Asa,not cooking a turkey this year. Will just get some of the Cracker Barrel fixin's and that will have to do.Supposed to be pretty good!

As far as news on Sherry, I haven't heard from Spot since they went on the camping trip. He & I are email buddies & usually communicate daily. He promised to let me know-I think they are returning home today,so maybe we'll hear soon. Praying for some positive news for Sherry.

If I don't make it to the Porch tomorrow,please know that I will be thinking of y'all. I count each & every one of you as blessings and am very grateful to have you in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

possum under a rock

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86350:
Hello porch family

Ro...sounds like the yard is looking nice.

Jake is doing so much better. He's gettting to his old self slowly. Took him back to the vet for a checkup and she3 said he's a trooper and coming along great. She said he is one "lucky" little doggy. She even said that for him to survive that attack was very slim chances.

Praying for Spot and Miss Sherry!

I've got to get outside and put my Christmas decor up also. We're done inside but now the outside:)

You all have a blessed day and let's all get together for a Thanksgiving feast.
Love and prayers!

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86351: Hey gang...quick check in...back from camping and had a great time!...ok....back in just a to get the motel unhooked!...SPOT

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86352: We will have to start calling Romeena "Clark"? Sounds like a real "Griswold" Christmas over there haha!...(watch out for the jello mold)
REV glad to hear Jake is doing better, we had a Boston Terrier "Muggs" growing up who had a run in with a German Shepard needless to say Muggs did'nt fair well either...Thanks to the mailman who got him off, Muggs lived for another 8 years after that. He was a cool dog! Got a good story I'll tell later...
Spot what ya think of the Race? Good one huh.... Snickerdoodles need to come out of the oven, check back later G-F..

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86353:
Hey Spot and all! looks like the porch is nice and full.
Boo- I do indeed your 2009 thanksgiving in the snow! so wonderful to hear it again!
BTW, Pappabear says Hey!
Happy Thanksgiving to all,
Mr. Darlin's Cuz (Thought I'd be formal! ha)

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86354: Pray for me, porch! I'm about to head for work, and I do not feel like going. I'm better than I was, though - have been selfishly praying for myself, so maybe God will get me through the next twelve hours. Thanks, honeys and dears, and I do mean those terms. --Romeena

November 23, 2011 - Msg 86355:
Ro....praying that you have a smooth night at work and that God will use you to touch a life!

Everyone have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Love and prayers

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86356: Thanks, MDC....must be that oregano boosting your memory!

Well, I'm up getting my turkeys ready for the oven. Think I will head back to bed for a little snooze now.

Happy to hear that Jake is doing ok.

Much to be thankful for!


November 24, 2011 - Msg 86357: Happy Thanksgiving to my porch family.

Yes indeed Boo. Much to be thankful for here as well. Times are tough right now, for everyone. But they have been and could be much worse. And in spite of how dreary it looks right now, as Andy told Goober, "the sun will shine through your back door again". And that it will.

Ro, I hope you survived your night at work. Possum, I hope you survive your day at work.

Good to hear from you Spot. Glad the camping trip went well.

Rev, glad that Jake continues to improve. A special Thanksgiving for you this year.

G-F, Ro Griswold is her name, outdoor illumination is her game. :)

Hope and pray y'all have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving day.


November 24, 2011 - Msg 86358: Goooood Morning Porchsters! Happy Thanks&Giving Day! Let's keep all those who struggle on this day in our prayers. The Holidays are very rough on alot of folk..Many deal with, loss & lonelyness,good & bad memories ect. Not everybody had a Mayberry life...(sorry for the gloom & doom but i'ts life in the real world)
Soooo on a lighter note.."hey Grandpa what's for supper"? remember that one? What's ya all cookin today?
Sound off..Boo,Ro,MDC,Asa,possum,Maude,Spot,REV,
PH,TOM..& others...G-F..

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86359: HAPPY THANKSGIVING ...May God be with each of you

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86360: Happy Thanksgiving to all my porch family,hope each of you have a blessed day!
Big Maude

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86361: Have a Happy Thanksgiving Cyber-Mayberry residents!

This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it! - Not just for today-though it is especially appropriate- but we should remember everyday.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86362:
"Andy, what happened to your e-y-y-y-y-y-e-e-e!"
Hope all the hungry buzzards show up today! ha
I thank the true, living God for all His bountiful blessings. His peace to all porchsters and to the world today, as we share 'round the table. GF-I hear you too bro!! My prayers for all such situations.
God bless,

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86363:
Wow...MD, Sterling, etc..good to see you all!!! (:

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86364:
Well I guess we are all full now. Man I know I am. Don't want to see this same food for a few day now:) Had a great day with the family....God is so good!
Love and prayers for all my porch folks are very special!

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86365: "Ro Griswold"? Good grief! (hahaha!) You people are the cats. A little nutty, but the cats! Welcome back to the returning porchsters - hope you'll decide to make it permanent again. We miss you!

I trust all had a great Thanksgiving. I did. Snug in my warm bed, my little Starr beside me, and got some really restful sleep. The shift last night was long, but not necessarily hard. Twelve hours is a long time, anyway you spend it, I guess. Ready now to head back for another one, then I'm through until next Tuesday night. For the rest of the time sheet I've got single-night shifts, with from two to four-day breaks in between. I love a schedule like that! So - this one has been hard because of my locked-up back, but otherwise it's great. Working both Thanksgiving shifts makes me safe from the scheduler for Christmas and New Year's. Can't beat a deal like that.

I love you folks - and feel so blessed. I have my own family, all so dear to me, and I now have my second family, thanks to Brittney marrying David and bringing Eloise and the rest of her peeps into my life. I have my church family, many of whom are as close as sisters, and now I have my porch family. Talk about blessings! I've got 'em!

Gotta run - watch out for those leftovers tonight. They'll reach out and grab you! Blessings! --Romeena

November 24, 2011 - Msg 86366: We love you, too, Ro. Hope you have an easy night tonight. I feel very blessed to have you and my porch family. My sister (St. Susan) just walked in behind me and said, "You still go to the porch?! It's been like 10 years now, hasn't it?"...more like 9 but almost 10.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I will check back later (I still have visitors here).


November 25, 2011 - Msg 86367: OK...I'm back several hours later and I guess everyone else is passed out somewhere with their bellies full of turkey.

Well, I'll give you the rundown of my day. I was up early to get the turkeys ready and I put one in the oven and one in the roaster. I had to finish the dressing the sweet potatoes and get everything read for the crowd, while I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade...or some of it, anyway. We at our supper at around 2:00 and had about 18 people here. LOTS of good food and even lots of leftovers for the weekend. I felt so stuffed and really wanted to take a nap but too many people here to visit with. Later this evening, we showed the movie "Elf" outside on the garage door, using a projector. It was fun!...kind of like being at the drive in. My sister and my niece talked me into going to walmart at 10pm for the big sales for Black Friday and talk about a crazy, crowded, impossible situation! I fought my way around for about 10 minutes (couldn't even find a shopping cart) and then decided this lunacy was not for me. I was outta there! I'll pay regular price, thank you.

Anyway, been a really good Thanksgiving for my family except my dad was not up to coming. We sent home a plate for him and he did eat but he just felt so tired and weak that he couldn't make it over. He going down so fast it scares me. I sure hope he will be able to be with us for Christmas. Mom did well and was in good spirits, thankfully.

On this Thanksgiving, like past Thanksgiving, I want to express again my thanks to all of you for being such wonderful friends. You make my life better and bless me in so many ways. Love my porch family.

Well, this has been one busy week and I am ready to crash and get some sleep. I am going to take a Melatonin and hit the ironing board for some real adventure sleeping. Hope you are all well and blessed. Talk to you tomorrow. :)