January 15, 2012 - Msg 87085: You know, MDC, that's a good idea. :) Thanks for setting me straight on "message"...don't know what I was thinking!

G-F, I am about to be finished with the book so I will be around more regular-like. :)


January 15, 2012 - Msg 87086:
Howdy porch family....man I'm bushed. Just got in from my second concert of the day. Been going since 5am but they went good.

So glad some of you got to see it on the internet. Hopefully it was pretty clear. Like I told you before hand, it's a different setting but those folks are so kind.
Hey I'll chat some more tomorrow....I hear that bed in the back of the motorhome calling me.
Love and prayers for all my porch family!

January 16, 2012 - Msg 87087:
By the way gang...if you missed the concert and want to see it, it's still posted on their site...www.salvationsaloon.com...just click on the "Watch Live"

January 16, 2012 - Msg 87088: I'll try to get on the site later Rev. I was busy yesterday at my own church, and my work computer will not allow me entrance to it this morning.

Auh2o, I'm so sorry you have a young-un who is ailing. That is so hard. You and your family are in my prayers.

And thanks to you who took the time to pray for me. I appreciate it. Have not gotten the results back, but the nature of the test I had would suggest no news is good news. At least thats my story and I'm sticking to it.

Boo, my wife has a kindle and just loves it. She is an avid reader, and because of her health can't do much, so she reads all the time. I'm sure you will love yours.

Possum, how serious is the situation with Sherry? Have you heard anything? The last post you made didn't sound good. She and he are certainly in my prayers.

P.H. Good to see you buddy.

Well I best get moving.

Prayers for all.


January 16, 2012 - Msg 87089: Here on my netbook at the Chemo center!....prayers to all !

January 16, 2012 - Msg 87090: Morning Asa, glad you wife enjoys her Kindle. I am going to take mine to see if my mom can use it today. It dawned on me yesterday that it's light weight might help her to read because her hands are so arthritic that she has trouble holding a book and I can make the font size large enough for her to see it easily. I hope she likes it so I can buy her one.

Asa, please let us know about those tests when you hear something.

Morning SPOT. Hope Sherry has a better day today. She is in my prayers this morning.

Thanks for sharing that link, REV. I will take a look at it.

Well, better get to the chores. laundry HAS to be done today or we will be out of socks and underwear, which can't happen. I have to go see dad today and convince him that it's time for a shower, too, which is never an easy task! Wish me luck.


January 16, 2012 - Msg 87091: I thought you guys might enjoy the latest edition of the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast: Rafe Hollister Sings.

This is a special episode of the podcast because it was recorded live on the Mayberry Cruise (Nov 12-17, 2011). Romeena was there on the cruise with us so this will give the rest of you an idea about what you missed.

We start off with a special message from Ronnie and Elease Felker (as Barney and Thelma Lou) about the things that are required to get into heaven which will remind you of the scene when Barney was trying to recite the preamble to the Constitution.

Enjoy: http://www.MayberryBibleStudyPodcast.com


January 16, 2012 - Msg 87092: Good Monday porch! haven't been by th porch in a few days, busy with work and home stuff.

Not feeling well today but plugging along at work. I have a runny stuffy nose and watery eyes. no temperature but just feel "not up to snuff".

Prayers for SPOT and Miss Sherry. I hope she is having a good day. Prayers for everyone else as well.

warmer here today. about 50 degrees and kinda cloudy.

Please pray for teveling mercies for Patrick as he drives back to Cookeville, TN for school to start back to tomorrow.

My Mom turns 81 today! Happy Birthday MOM!

Lunch menu: chicken pot pie, cranberry salad.
tea, coffee, to drink.

Blessings to all
Big Maude

January 16, 2012 - Msg 87093: Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you all are having a blessed day today. I'm havin a pretty good so far, I'm off work and here with my kids! God is goo all the time! All tthe time God is good! Can I get an amen on that?


January 16, 2012 - Msg 87094:
Howdy porch family

Prayers for Miss Sherry as she takes her treatment today.

Happy Birthday to Maude's mom

Got to get ready to meet some friends for dinner so I better go.

By the way Rafe....AMEN

Love and prayers

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87095: Hi All.
Just a rain day here/
prayers for everyone .


January 17, 2012 - Msg 87096: Hi All.
Will it look like hiteck has came to town and you all in now the FRONT PORCH will be close

TOM :(

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87097: Yep, things have been kind of slow around here, TOM. I can't speak for anyone else but I know life has been extra busy for me but I still try to check in at least once a day.

It is warm and humid her in south texas and I am wishing for some cooler, dryer weather. Looks like its going to be warm all week, though.

Well, have to be on my way to St. Susan's to meet with a social worker with hospice. They are certainly tending to all of dad's needs in a hurry.

Better git!


January 17, 2012 - Msg 87098: Boo frist the social worker what all the paper to be sige.
How min time a week will come out to see him.


January 17, 2012 - Msg 87099: Hey Y'all- Tom, I agree with Boo. Life is keeping us busy,but hopefully we will always come "home" to the Porch!
Hope everybody's doing well today-prayers continue for Sherry & Spotty.
possum under a rock

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87100:
Howdy porch family.

Yep folks get so busy that sometimes it's hard to sit and rock on the porch...but as Possum said, we will always come home to the porch. And even when we are away, we can still say a prayer for our porch family.

You all have a great day and share Jesus in your walk!
Love and prayers

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87101:
I just can't picture Boo's family going "commando!" haha Please, do the laundry! teehee
Glad things are moving along for your dad's care.
Good to hear from big maude. prayers for you to feel better, and for your boy's safety.
TOM- I think we are all keeping our rockers here on the porch, but also just checking out Floyd's podcasts etc.
A great week to all, as we come off the king holiday.

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87102: Don't worry, MDC, I washed some clothes. :)

TOM, I'm not sure yet how often someone will be out to see dad. I think the nurse comes once a week and not sure who else.

I'm whooped! Been a busy day but productive, I guess. Dad finally got a shower and put on some clean clothes. My sister bought him some sweatpants since all his faithful khaki pants are too big now. He was trying to walk around with one hand on the walker and one holding up his pants! Hopefully he will like them and not have too much of a struggle since they don't have a fly....could be an accident waiting to happen.

You all should have seen me earlier...you would have gotten a laugh. After I got home, i went to check on the chickens who are still having to stay in a small cage while the coop is being finished. I have another larger chicken pen that i decided i would put them in so I could clean the current cage. So, I reached in and grabbed Bernie, who is a pretty good-sized rooster at this point, and he started flapping like crazy so I had him by the feet and was carrying him upside down out to the larger chicken pen. When I got there, I threw open the lid and it broke off. I managed to pick up the lid and get it back up on top of the pen while holding the flapping chicken in one hand and was able to get him into it and close the lid, then I had to repeat the process with the other chicken. What a pain. Must have been a funny sight with me out there in my shorts and rubber boots holding a flapping chicken in one hand and a lid in the other. If any of you with kids have ever seen the cartoon, "Courage the Cowardly Dog," you will know who "Miriam" is. When Bruce sees me out back with those rubber boots on he calls me Miriam and I guess that's about what I look like, too.

Better get back to finishing dinner. Meatloaf, green beans, mashed taters and carrot cake for dessert. Ya'll come on over.


January 17, 2012 - Msg 87103: Hey gang!...well this is pump week for sherry...she wears it all week....gona take it off thu for a MRI then back on till fri....MRI results Monday.....she is just wore down friends....prayers welcome.....any leftovers?.....SPOT

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87104: Howdy porchsters, There was a big fire at one of the high-rise buildings I'm responsible for over the week-end. Had to evacuate the whole 100 unit building. 4th floor a complete mess, 1 unit was a total loss! At least no one was hurt! There was a weiner dog who was a hero! She woke the resident up so she could get out, and even made the news on 3 Cleveland TV stations.
Friday nite on the other side of the county we found a resident who passed away in his apt.TWO WEEKS ago! was not pretty...old Goober-Fife had a rough week-end.
They never promised my a rose garden when I was hired back in "75"..
Boo, Naked Savages at your house?? That's what ya get when your busy with your Kindle..haha..G-F

January 17, 2012 - Msg 87105: Asa, Looking for some work in Ohio? I can offer: burnt,black,sooty,no electric,no heat,the water works the fire didn't take that out! interested??
The clean-up company has a crew with a couple of girls from Texas and one from Alabama, those girls can work!(they didn't even worry about breaking a nail)...haha
They must have been some kin of Boo's & Romeena's
I need to keep them on board....G-F...

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87106: Good very late evening, or early morning, folks! I've been listening to Floyd's podcast - "Rafe Hollister Sings" - on the new site. I love the podcasts, because you can get them going, then minimize them on your screen and continue to play Free Cell or whatever, while you listen. I especially liked that one, because as Floyd mentioned earlier, Eloise and I were there in the room when that one was recorded. It was fun to hear it, and in my mind, I had the mental pictures to go with it!

Folks, if anyone thinks there is any chance you might go on this year's cruise, I'd highly recommend it. The ship will sail from Miami on October 29, and return on November 2. You can sign up now, send a deposit, and then every month you can send a little, and by October, you're all paid! It's practically painless, and believe me, you will have fun. Last year, Eloise and I paid just a bit more and got a stateroom with a balcony. That was fun! One afternoon, I sat out on that balcony with a big old glass of tea and a good book, and would read a little, then watch the ocean for a while, then read some more, and finally just had a little nap. So pleasant! We're getting a balcony room again this year. The food is great - waaaay too much of it - and the company is even better, of course. You would meet our dear Floyd and his lovely wife, and many other Mayberry personalities. The tribute artists are terrific, Elvis always puts in some appearances (he's great!) and truly, it's just a wonderful time. Think about it!

Well, I've still got this silly sore throat, it's not bad, but it just won't go away. I'm really getting tired of it.

Prayers for each of us who needs them, especially for Miss Sherry and our Spot, as they continue their battle. Dear Lord, please let someone find that "magic bullet" soon. So many other diseases have been put under submission, I pray that this one will soon be conquered as well. We would ask this in that Name that is above every other name - Jesus' blessed name. Amen.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87107: Hey G-F That sounds like to much work to me buddy. Sorry you had such a bad week. That did sound rough. Sounds like you're gonna be plenty busy for a spell.

Boo, I can imagine you were a sight. I'm glad your Dad is getting some good help. It'll be good for him and your family to lessen the demands on you. Tou and your family continue to be in our prayers.

And Spot, I am so sorry Sherry is having a tough go of it. Hang in there friend. Our prayers are with you both during this tough time.

Possum, how you doing? Sure hope things are on the rise for you. Likewise, you are in our prayers.

Tom, As has been said, life just gets hectic sometimes. But we always find our way back to the porch.

Speaking of hectic, I best get moving. Goy to finish up a job this morning. We are supposed to get a big storm in here later today. All that snow Seattle got is headed our way. Oh boy!


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87108: Any b-fast left?...im hungry!,,,MEAT?....SPOT

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87109:
Morning porch family

G-F.....man sounds like a pretty tough time there. Pray you get things under control. And another example of how our little four legged friends are heros:)

Spot....you know you and Miss Sherry are always in our prayers.

Boo....you keep those chickens straight now....I can just see that..lol

Ro....sure hope that sore throat hurries and gets well. Prayers

Well I better do something productive....You all have a Jesus filled day.
Love and prayers

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87110:
Hey there Spot....didn't see ya there. I've got some sausage and grits here in the motorhome if you want some.

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87111: It finally cooled off here and is in the 60's. It got up to almost 90 here yesterday! (sorry Asa, don't want to rub it in...and thank you for those prayers for my family).

Plenty to do and homeschool, too! I guess that's my moto. I have been having to spend more time with Dad and Mom and am having a tougher time keeping things straight around here. Been feeling sluggish, too. I really need to get a regular exercise program going and lose some weight and things would be easier. Maybe this is the year. ;)

Sounds like you have certainly had alot to deal with, G-F. Glad you got those Texas and Alabama girls to help you out. :) You found a body that had been in an apartment for 2 weeks? Yikes. I guess that can happen when someone lives alone. There was no foul play suspected, was there?

So sorry to hear that Miss Sherry is feeling "wore down" but I can certainly understand why, bless her. You give her a little hug from us, will you?

Hope you get rid of that sore throat soon, Ro.

Mornin' to you, REV. Hope you have a great day. If you don't have anything pressing to do, i could use some help around here. You could let the chickens out of the barn for some sunshine and feed them, or you could let Thelma Lou and the goats out to graze. I could also use some help sweeping off my porch and cleaning windows.... ;)

Better get going. More laundry to do, then cleaning and cracking the whip over Erin to get her schoolwork done. Be back if i get a coffee break.


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87112: Just a thought: are any of you in the process of trying to lose weight or develope a more healthy lifestyle? Maybe we could encourage each other to keep on making good choices. I could use someone to remind me everyday...acountability helps. :)


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87113: What's with my spelling today??..."moto"..."acountability"?!

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87114: morning porch, checking in for a minute from work.

Prayers for Sherry and SPOT! May God give them peace and strength

gotta get busy at work.
Blessings to all
Big Maude

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87115: Good morning, porch! Looks like everyone is up and bustling around, getting things done. Everyone except me. I stayed up late, slept late, and as soon as the vise in my back lets go (it will) I'll get moving too. It's 36 degrees here this morning, so I'm finally going to get my tulip bulbs planted. They're about three weeks late, but it has been so warm here I've been afraid to plant them. I usually get them in the ground during the week between Christmas and New Year, but as warm as it has been, they'd have sprouted and come up by now. Then in February, when it will likely get very cold, they'd have been frozen back and would never have bloomed. They're in the garage fridge right now, just chillin', and I'm hoping that this little cold snap outside will cool the soil enough that they won't bolt. If they do, it's gonna cost me, because I've got about a hundred bulbs, acquired in small groups over the past few months. I don't know why I even try to grow tulips - Texas isn't exactly a tulip-y climate - but I just love 'em, so I keep trying. Some years I get none, or just a few, and some years, if the weather cooperates, I get a really pretty display of them.

Guess I'd better get dressed. I'm meeting Eloise for lunch first - the tulips will get planted later. We haven't been to lunch together for about three weeks now - with my cold, work, her visit to Lubbock and whatever, it just hasn't worked out. Usually we make it to lunch at least once a week. I miss her!

Well, off I go. Praying for Miss Sherry and Spot, for Boo's dad, for Tom's stepdad, for Possum's ongoing battle, and for everyone else who needs a blessing. I guess that would be just about all of us. --Romeena

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87116: Boo, I think "JACK DANIELS" finally caught up with him...So sad.. he was not that old. Alot of my residents are so lonely and dealing with alot of issues, I guess that is why I do what I do for the last 37yrs. Our Maintenance guys are the only people some of them see :( Bummed out this week...G-F....

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87117:
Sorry Boo but I can't participate with you. I always make practical New Year's resolutions such as "gain weight". And so far, my score is a perfect 100%.

from Poor Horatio

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87118: Thanks Rev.....hey lets bbq aome chicken for lunch....what cha think maude?....whup up some slaw....and Boo tea?...baked beans?....SPOT

January 18, 2012 - Msg 87119: b.b.q. chicken sounds great Spot. Just don't get any chickens thats done a lot of flying.

Boo, I'll kick your butt if you'll kick mine. (concerning the "get in better shape" offer) It's hard to take off and harder to keep off, ain't it?


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87120: Funny, PH! haha...

Asa, when I come up with a plan, I'll kick your butt. ;)

Pretty sad, G-F. Hard to think about the lonely people in this world. I wish they would find their way to the porch.

Got alot done today but still some to do. Looks like Bruce might not be home until after dark so Sean and I have to go round up the critters and feed them. I'll try to drop back around later.


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87121: Oh, wanted to mention something. I don't know if we have talked about this before or not but yesterday I was watching the TAGS episode about the new little neighbor boy that didn't have a father so Andy tried to kind of fill in and Opie became jealous. Well, I was watching the scene when the boy is spending the night with Opie and Andy goes to tell them goodnight and he takes the boy out of Opie's bed and takes him to his room to sleep with him. Boy, you wouldn't see that today, would you? Sad how things have changed over the years and people have to be suspicious over things like that. Anyone else ever feel a little uncomfortable with that scene?


January 18, 2012 - Msg 87122: Hey, porch. No, Boo, that scene has never bothered me from that standpoint, because I guess I didn't think Andy was actually going to bed himself at that point. I had the impression that he was just separating the boys so they'd go to sleep, like I do my grandsons, and then would put Trey back in Opie's room after he fell asleep. The only thing that bothered me a little was that he gave the other boy the "special privilege" and not Opie, but I figured Andy was just trying to make the other boy feel extra-special. You're right, though. No way could a man take that chance today. There are a lot of kids on David and Brittney's street, but David never, ever, allows any of them in the house unless Brittney is there - boys or girls, doesn't matter. If Brittney isn't home, no kids come in the house. And yes, that is sad.

Well, I'm tired and I think I'm going to run up to the corner and get a burger and bring it home for dinner, then curl up in my chair and watch some TV. I have to be at the hospital at 7 a.m. for a unit conference - can you imagine? Oh well.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87123:
RO- Are those 100 watt "bulbs" in the garage? haha
BOO- Just a thought, but perhaps you could explain to the kids about pop needing more help, and then assign some daily animal chores to them. (maybe show 'em an episode of Little House first. ha) But seriously, kids generally love to pitch in when asked, and when they see others in need.
G-F, wow! hope things get better soon.
Beautiful prayer Romeena! thanks.
I'll just add another AMEN. "When two or more are gathered..."
MDC (:

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87124: Thanks, MDC, it is their job to feed the goats, donkey and dog. The chickens are generally my responsibility but when it is time to put up the goats and Thelma Lou, they don't want to go back in the pen, so it takes two of us. Here's the drill: we have to carry a bread bag with us and call them. When they see the bag, they come running and you have to lead them through the gate before they climb all over you for the bread, while someone else closes the gate behind them. Crazy. Anyway, as far as the animals go, what ends up happening alot of the time, though, is that one of the kids is at a friends house when it is getting dark or something and I go ahead and do it myself, or Bruce does if he is home before dark. Right now it gets dark so early that I get stuck doing it sometimes. In the summer, practically never. I really put the kids to work yesterday and Erin earned some extra money for a Lego set she wants. They did well, too. Erin emptied the trash cans, cleaned the litter box, cleaned her room and put away her clothes, did some windows and did the dusting and Sean cleaned their bathroom, his room, and did all the floors for me, so I can't complain. :) It is alot easier to get them to do house chores than to do their homework! So, don't worry my brother, I am making them help me. :)

Poor Ro...a unit conference at 7am. :( How well I remember those days.

Well, better get the kids going. Be back later.


January 19, 2012 - Msg 87125:
Sounds like a plan, BOO, quite an intricate routine! ha Did he get a quarter for cleaning things up? ha (Savin' up for that fancy bike!) However, if he tries to sell you licorice seeds, look out! ha
Slow morning on the porch, so I'll just sit here with my cup of joe and relax for a moment!
I don't know about the rest of ya, but when I'm in church, I'll often say "I lift up all the porchsters to you Lord, please be with them and help them this week."

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87126: Hi All.

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87127: "WE DEFY THE MAFIA!" (:

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87128: Wow, Boo! Can I rent those kids for a couple of days? I could use some help around here.

You should have seen the look on Toye Starr's face when I got up at 5:45 this morning. Yes, dogs definitely do make facial expressions. She was looking at me like I had just grown a tail. "Are you out of your cotton-pickin' mind!?! It's dark outside, get back in this bed!" Who says dogs can't talk? We just have to learn their language.

Well, better get busy. I chose the better part of reason (or something) and called Joe to come and get those tulip bulbs in the ground for me. If I knelt beside flowerbeds and leaned in to plant nearly a hundred tulip bulbs, I would not be able to walk tomorrow. My back would lock up and I would be immobile for a while. So, Joe is coming later. He'll shove those things in the ground in no time, and I'll be walking tomorrow.

Meantime, I've got to go clean up my kitchen. Briscoe Darling would refuse to eat anything I cooked if he could see my kitchen right now. It's a mess! Won't take long to clean it, though. The stove and ovens are clean, it's just cluttered and the sink needs to be scrubbed. I hate a dirty sink!

Well, it's now about seven hours since I started this post - I got sidetracked and forgot I was writing it, the computer went into sleep mode, and I just found this. It's now suppertime! Joe didn't come, he ran out of time on another job, so guess we'll get the tulips in the ground on Saturday. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87129: Well Ro, at least you're reverent. :)


January 19, 2012 - Msg 87130: Just wondering....If you are in a funeral procession and only have your parking lights on, does it mean you only liked the person a little??
Think i'll put my bucket on and study on that thought for awhile....G-F....

January 19, 2012 - Msg 87131: G-F. If you have your flashers on maybe it's a hate-love relationship. Give that a think while yer under there. :)


January 20, 2012 - Msg 87132: Hi All.
Git some snow and by tonigt it going to rain?
Boy the miser brothersmostbe fighting!
G-F keep the lake snow there too!


When life becomes a burden
And nothing seems worthwhile,
I as the Lord to help me
To walk the extra mile.
No problems are too great for Him,
No worries are too small.
He never turns away from me,
He always solves them all.
His helping hnds are outstretched
To guide me on my way
And make my life more beautiful
With the dawning of each day.

:) TOM

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87133: Oh, Asa. Thanks for the laugh. Hey, I think you need to kick by butt because yesterday I had some relatives come to dinner and I made homemade dinner rolls and had two of them AND I had leftover dough that needed to be used so I made some cinnamon rolls this morning! I only had one little one, though and I won't eat again until lunch.

Thanks for the poem, TOM!

Well, things to do...be back later.


January 20, 2012 - Msg 87134:
Asa, what if someone only had a left or right blinker going? ha
RO- clean AND reverent! outstanding, 'cept for that darn spoon! ha
LUCY- are you out there somewhere
KY Girl- you too?
TOM- great poem, thanks.
Good DAY, (as my buddy Paul H used to say.)

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87135: MDC, if it's left blinker, the s#xual orientation is in question, if it's the right, he's straight (much like whether a man wears an earring in the left or right ear). ;)



January 20, 2012 - Msg 87136: How'd that happen?!

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87137: My, oh my! Asa and G-F! Something tells me we'd better keep those two boys separated to keep them out of mischief.

Boo, one little cinnamon roll won't hurt you. They're made of bread, you know, and as they say, bread is the staff of life. So enjoy!

Joe just called, he's sending Jorge to plant my tulip bulbs, will be here shortly. Guess I'd better get some presentable clothes on. Right now I'm in a ratty old nightgown! I'd better get changed and go get those bulbs out of the fridge, sort out the colors and decide where I want them. Jorge won't have time to stand around while I dither about where to plant what.

Have a great day, folks. I have to work tonight, so probably won't see you all again until tomorrow. Play nice, now. --Romeena

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87138: I thought my question about the parking lights might provoke some discussion...I was right! Never thought of Boo's & Asa's angle, But know for sure when the time comes I'll have my high beams on for all my porch friends!(High beams mean ya liked them alot)for those who are a little slow today..Goober-Fife..

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87139: TOM, The big snow that we are suppose get today is comming up from the south, figured you were sending last weeks snow back up to me this week.
haha G-F..........8"of the white stuff for me below me suppose to get rain....

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87140: G-F that strm will be here sometime tonight no that snow is from last night and now you will git tonight too


January 20, 2012 - Msg 87141: Hey gang!...here at work...rain...slow day....what chall want ot do for supper?...SPOT

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87142:
Prayers continue for miss Sherry!
I could also use some. I went to an orthopedic doctor the other day for hip-related pain, and today they called and said that the x-rays show cartlidge degeneratin.. i.e.- hip arthritis. Dang,
and I was taking gloucosomine! Is this a chink in my all-natural armor? That's life, but i know that prayer works. Thanks gang.
A good weekend to all!
Big Maude where are you??

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87143: Sorry MDC, but we can only hold back the degeneration for so long. It is just one of those facts of life. Prayer might certainly help, though. :)

Good luck with those tulips, Ro.


January 20, 2012 - Msg 87144:
Howdy porch family

G-F, ASA & Boo....ya'll need to behave....now I'm gonna be watching lights at funeral procession...lol

Spot...what you feel like you could eat and we'll whip something up:)

MDC....pray your hip gets better.....and yes I still believe in the "natural armor". It's just that nothing is always going to be the magic bullet. The natural way just gives the body the best shot at staying healthy with the least amount of side affects. Not saying you won't have some of the problems that comes with life......and of course I'm preaching to the choir, you already know all this:)

Well gang I'll be away until Monday. Will be busy with concerts and won't have internet till I get back in this area again.
You all have a very blessed weekend!
Love and prayers

January 20, 2012 - Msg 87145: I hope every one has a great weekend! I'm stuck working tomorrow and possibly Sunday as well. Ughhh! Take care all. Prayers for blessings to all my porch family!


January 21, 2012 - Msg 87146: Hi All.
Rafe sorry that you had to work.
REV be safe on the rode
G-F here come the ain,ice and snow that I do not like.

:( TOM

January 21, 2012 - Msg 87147: Yes, TOM I just got done shoveling 8" of the white stuff....Auh20 how did you guys make out? I'm sure PH got some of this stuff too. Boo & Ro a balmy 50 degrees? TOM, by the way what county do you live in WVA?
MDC, We'll just put in 2 grease fittings in ya a couple pumps of grease and a shot of WD-40 and your good to go!
Fire damage work is progressing, hey Boo, send me up a few more of those Texas girls and we'll be done by the end of the week..haha
What about fog lights on? What does that mean?

January 21, 2012 - Msg 87148: G-F, it is 70 degrees here today but humid and overcast...not exactly a perfect day but I didn't have to shovel any snow. ;)

Fog lights...??? Hmmm, I will have to think about that one. Maybe Asa has an answer.

Feeling like I have cotton in my head today for some reason...even after two cups of coffee. Maybe its the weather.

See you all later.


January 21, 2012 - Msg 87149: How's home made chicken & dumplings for dinner? cornbread right out of the oven..Don't worry Boo I used local chickens..Bernie & Skippy are ok.. unless Mr.Hawk came visiting....G-F...

January 21, 2012 - Msg 87150: I'll be right over, G-F-sounds good!

possum u.a.r.

January 21, 2012 - Msg 87151: Save me some of the chicken and dumplings, too! Yum! I love that dish, and never got to have it very much when I was growing up. My mother had gotten sick on dumplings once, and just never got past the memory, so she never made them. Consequently, I never learned to make them either, so my experience with chicken and dumplings has mostly been at good, down-home restaurants. Maybe I'll try one of these days.

OK, I have to tell you what happened to me Thursday morning. I'm still wondering if I was hallucinating or what! I had to get up before dawn, you may remember, and go to that unit conference at work. Afterward, there was a "cultural diversity" fair presented in the lobby, also a mandatory-attendance thing. So, I finally got back to my car around 9:30, and I was glad to be headed home. I was in the parking garage, facing an exterior wall with huge windows. Outside there are two maintenance buildings, one of which has a catwalk along one side, with a ladder going to the ground. When I got in the car, I noticed something moving on the catwalk, looked like a small cat. Look again. The head and tail looked like a squirrel. Typical squirrel face, small ears, and a very long, very bushy tail that the animal curled up over its back. Cats do not do that. However, it was too large for a squirrel, at least in this area. We have the little brown/gray fox squirrels. This animal was much larger, and was almost black. Now, here's the clincher. It had something red and fluffy on its chest, as though it had a bow around its neck! And no, Col. Harvey hasn't been here, and I haven't been visiting the Morrison sisters, either. I sat and watched the critter, wishing I had my binoculars, and then it decided to leave the catwalk. I knew this would tell me what it was, and it did. It went down the ladder headfirst, which a squirrel would do, but a cat would not. It has to do with the way their ankles are made on their back legs. A squirrel can rotate his so he can hang upside down by those back feet, but a cat can't do that. A cat always has to back down, since all his claws face forward at all times. Anyway, he went down the ladder face first, and I lost sight of him when he dropped below the level of the window. Now, somebody please tell me - what did I see? I've seen very large black squirrels, but they live around Battle Creek. We don't have any squirrels that size or color around here, and if we have any that wear red bowties, I've never seen one before. 'Tis a mystery!

Well, I worked last night, slept all day, and now I'm up and hungry! Don't feel like cooking, though, so guess it will be grilled cheese and soup for me, unless somebody sends me some chicken and dumplings. I'll meet you halfway! Toye Starr would enjoy a car ride.

Blessings, friends! Prayers for Miss Sherry! --Romeena

January 21, 2012 - Msg 87152: Oh Romeena, you have GOT to be hittin' the squeezins! HAHAHAHA Did you see any pink elephants in bowties? *wink*


January 21, 2012 - Msg 87153: Sorry, that wasn't very nice. I did not know that cats couldn't go down a ladder head first and I don't know what animals can and can't so I wouldn't be much help. I have certainly never seen any big black squirrels. I'm scratching my head on this one.


January 21, 2012 - Msg 87154: Ro, I think it may have been a casquirrel? I hybrid of the two, it leaps buildings at a single bound, or maybe ya just had a looong day?
You'r just dumpling deprived, i'll send ya some on the next flight out! Possum just got hers and there's still some left. It was good but not as good as Mom made. Cracker Barrel comes close.

January 22, 2012 - Msg 87155: Hey gang ...just a quick up date...Sherry had a MRI this week..has 2 stress cracks in her spine???..will find out more Monday when we meet with the doc..It is infesting her pelvic bone also...prayers welcome...80 % of hair gone...but in good spirits...and ..we laugh and have fun...she drove and got her nails done the other day...she is stronger some days than others...but will keep yall informed...hey who has snow on the porch?..we had a storm front move through this morning..BOOM..a big one...slow here at work...hey Boo,Asa,Possum,G-F,Rafe,Rev,Maude lets buy b-fast I hop..get off at 6am gona go home and snooze for a bit then Church I hope..Boo paper?...Love peace and prayers to all..SPOT

January 22, 2012 - Msg 87156: Hahaha! A Casquirrel, G-F? Could be, could be..... And no, Boo, there weren't any pink elephants, with or without bowties. I told you I haven't been hitting any elixir! Sure would like to know what that little critter was, though. It occurred to me later that I did have my camera with me, and it has a distance feature that might have been helpful, but I didn't think of it at the time.

As for the way animals can or can't move, think about it. Did you ever see a cat just hang by its back feet, like the squirrels do when they're raiding a bird feeder? They can't do it, unless it's an emergency to keep from falling, and then it's not comfortable or very useful for them. That explains why they sometimes get stranded very high up on a pole or in a tree. If they get high enough, they can't come down headfirst, and they're hesitant to come down backward from very high up, but it's the only way they can do it. A cat could come down a regular ladder, if there was a slight incline to the rungs, so they could drop from one to the other, but this particular ladder was flush with the side of the building, and the critter came down the side railing, which was not slick, solid metal, it had little holes in it. I'm sure he was gripping in those holes with his claws. Anyway, back to the way a squirrels ankles are constructed - they're remarkably flexible, and can rotate a full 180 degrees, so that's why they can run all over the trees the way they do. Whichever way their claws need to be pointed in order to grip, they can do it. Cats can go straight up, or back straight down, or walk horizontally on top of a limb, but that's about it. Believe me, from this window, I've about seen it all. My favorite thing of all was watching that mama squirrel move her babies from one nest box to the other, after she realized I could see the first box. She rolled those little guys up like a sock, and carried them to the new box, except for the one that refused to be rolled up. He finally VERY reluctantly followed her - his first time out of the box, I'm sure. I laughed until I nearly fell out of my chair, watching her roll those little things up. Too funny!

Well, guess I'd better get to bed. It's after 3 a.m., and I'm planning to go to preaching in the morning?? This is what happens when you work all night, come in and sleep most of the day, then can't sleep the next night. I'm just not sleepy now, but you can bet I will be along about church time. I don't know how much longer I can keep this up.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 22, 2012 - Msg 87157: Prayers continue for Sherry, Spot. Bless her Heart!
- Hazel

January 22, 2012 - Msg 87158:
Howdy porch family....just finished up my weekend concerts. It's been a very nice and warm weekend down here in Florida and I'm thankful because Saturday was an outdoor concert:) I also did a concert in an old train depot...it was so neat and a great sound.

Spot...you and Miss Sherry are so special brother and you better believe we're praying!

Going to hit the ironing board early so I better sign off for now.
Love and prayers for all my porch family

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87159: Hey Porchsters,
Just had a good weekend of my own personal Andy marathon! I went out and bought season two and watched almost every one of them back to back to back! I really needed that! It was a good feeling and lifted my spirits. I watched "Merchant of Mayberry" (Bert Miller's proper structure) three times! LOL!
I have perused the entries above and am sorry to see all of the health issues. My best to all of you and I hope better days are ahead! Have a great night!
I appreciate it and good night!.....LOL!

John Masters

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87160: Good morning porch! Monday has rolled around again. Raining this morning on my end of the porch but it is close to 50 degrees so not too bad. (could me snow and ice).

busy week end on my end of the porch, cleaning the house, washing and ironing and such.

Today is Mr. Maudes 53rd birthday! took him to a nice lunch yesterday and celebrated with the kids. Patrick was able to come home from school for the week end but went back yesterday evening and will probably not be home until his spring break in early March.

Good to see John Masters and Hazel stopping for a visit. Hey to Romeena, SPOT, Possum,Tom, BOO, Rev and G-F and everyone else.

Prayers for SPOT and Sherry.

Breakfst menu for today will be: oatmeal or cheerios with bananas, blueberries, raseberries, buttered toast, jelly, apple butter, coffee, tea, milk and juice.

Prayers and blessings all around!
Big Maude

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87161: Hi All.
Will it a wet day here in the 50 derees.
Prayer for who are in the pass of the storm.
G-F it look like Ohio may git hit what a snow rain and ice storm.


January 23, 2012 - Msg 87162: Mornin' Honeys. Just a quick drop-in this morning. It's been a busy weekend but you all are always on my mind. Prayers for Miss Sherri this morning.

Better get the kids up and moving in the right direction. I will try my best to drop in later for a visit.


Ro, must have been fun watching that squirrel roll up her babies! haha

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87163: Maude, No grits with that meal?? I thought grits came with everything?....Waite I remember, Everything STARTS with grits and everything after that is on the menu to order..I before E except after C and everything starts with "G" as in grits...Now, I remember! ....G-F....

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87164:
G-F-- "You aint talkin' to a "zerk" you know!" haha Thanks to all for the prayers.
Big Maude- happy BD to your hubby!
RO- you got me on that one, unless its a "jackalope!" teehee
SPOT- Prayers continue buddy for a full remission in sherry!
I hope the storm didnt cause too much havoc.
We are to get rain here tonight!
JOHN M, -don't ya love the parts that TV leaves out, like barney and the lipstick! lol
RIP Joe Paterno - great career, and he DID report the incident, and could have followed up better,for sure, but the rest of his 45 years was amazing. i truely believe he gave up and died of a broken heart.
Hey to Possum, Tom, Hazel and all! God bless

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87165:
ERNEST T: No coffee, tea or punch thank you.
ANDY: That's fine, Ernest T., but you're talkin' through your nose.
ERNEST T: I know. I do that on purpose, so I can talk whilest I eat.

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87166: Hey, you know I don't like to gossip (I'm just like Barney that way), but i just read on facebook that KYGirl got herself a boyfriend. I wonder if he's a dishtowel salesman??


January 23, 2012 - Msg 87167: MDC figured ya know what a "zerk" was (garage talk)Ya want some lithiun or good old "Texaco" brand, Except the Dr. wants more than 2 pumps for a buck...haha..G-F....
Boo...I hear it is Mr. Foley's new delivery boy.

January 23, 2012 - Msg 87168:
Hello porch family....pray all are safe from the storms.

Happy Birthday Mr Maude....have a great day!

G-F....man you are one smart dude in your spelling:)

MDC....sure you're glad to see the rain out your way.

Boo...you think I should get my marrying robe cleaned for KYGirl?

Tom...hope you're staying warm and dry up there:)

Well you all have a good night and a very blessed day tomorrow.
Love and prayers

January 24, 2012 - Msg 87169: Mr. Foley's new delivery boy??!! She must like younger men, G-F. Don't clean the robe yet, REV. ;)


January 24, 2012 - Msg 87170: Mornin' friends. I know everyone has been praying for Spot's Miss Sherry- I need to ask y'all to really ramp up the prayers. MRI results show that the cancer is now in her spine.
Let's all be as supportive as we can of our dear Spotty-it's rough.

possum under a rock

January 24, 2012 - Msg 87171: Morning porch, working and keeping Sherry and SPOT in my thoughts and prayers today.
Big Maude

January 24, 2012 - Msg 87172: hi.
Going to be a nice day.
Prayer for Miss Sherry.
My SIL go for it to.

:( TOM

January 24, 2012 - Msg 87173:
Dear true and living God, please hear our prayer for Sherry. We need a miracle and we ask for it now thru you son Jesus. Amen