February 17, 2012 - Msg 87439: Hi All.
Was a nice day here.


February 17, 2012 - Msg 87440: http://www.wimp.com/babyhummingbird/
Romeena, check out this link I was thinking of you...our "Mother Nature" Figure!...G-F...

February 17, 2012 - Msg 87441: Was It Winkin,Blinkin, or Nod??

February 18, 2012 - Msg 87442:
Good sweep Tom.
Boo-pryers continue for you and yours.
Spot-also for you and Sherry.
Love ya all,

February 18, 2012 - Msg 87443: Wow, what a cool video! Thanks, G-F! I really enjoyed that. Incidentally, if that young man needs a home, I'll adopt him! What a great kid. Reminds me of my grandsons. I think any one of them would do the same. We're just an animal-loving family, and all the guys seem to have a soft spot for the helpless critters. I have always felt that a man never shows his manliness more than when he's helping the helpless.

Rough night at work last night. All it takes is one, and I had her. I believe with a little practice, she could have learned to play "Jingle Bells" on that dratted call bell. Nearly drove me nutty, and it was all silly stuff. (My baby sneezed. Do you think she's got a cold? Could she be getting pneumonia?) Thank heaven she'll be discharged before I have to work again.

Well, I'm going to put my weary bones in the bed for a while. My back is about to break. Blessings, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2012 - Msg 87444: HAHAHA...thanks for making me laugh out loud, Ro (the thing about jingle bells!). I have had quite a few of those kind of patients and it is horrible. Too bad there is no way to infuse brain cells into them.

Thanks, MDC. I appreaciate those prayers. :)

Had a good date night last night and stayed out of the chicken coop. It was really raining last night so we went out for a quick supper and then stayed in out of the rain. The peace and serenity was nice and being able to hold a conversation without a thousand interruptions was nice, too. The evening was AMAZING. hehe

Hope you all are haing a nice weekend.


February 18, 2012 - Msg 87445: How ironic that I spoke of brain cell infusion and then made a spelling typo in the next sentence (appreciate).


February 18, 2012 - Msg 87446: Boo,Since you got all that rain,just what ya do at the duck pond? Amazing!, That's just what I was thinking ;)haha....
so far I'm (haing) a nice week-end.
(Like I have room to correct spelling)haha...

Romeena, I knew you'd like the video. Bet that kid loves his Mother too!!.....G-F.....

February 19, 2012 - Msg 87447: Mornin' Honeys and Dears. It is a nice, cool morning here in south texas and I am about to get ready for preachin'. :) Looking forward to seeing my church family and getting some hugs...oh, and hearing some teaching from God's word.

No, G-F, didn't get to go to the duck pond in the rain.

Where's Possum? I thought of her yesterday when i went to Lowe's for some paint and as soon as I walked in, there was a row of toilets on sale.

Oh, if you don't mind, I would like to add a dear friend to the porch prayer list for today. He is a childhood friend named Alan who is a minister. His wife left him yesterday and he is broken-hearted. There have been problems in the relationship for awhile but he has been hanging on for dear life and her heart has not been in it for a couple of years. I think this is finally it for the relationship. It is a second marriage for both but they have been together for awhile. He has been struggling so hard and now he is having to face his fear and deal with the loss. I just hurt for him because he is such a sweet person with a difficult past...he came from a very troubled home.

Well, better git it in gear and git ready!


February 19, 2012 - Msg 87448: Boo, Possum told me to tell you she has found the display toilets at True Value to be much more to her likening. I guess they have the "padded seats" and don't leave a ring. :) I wouldn't know, I'm just passing it along.


February 19, 2012 - Msg 87449: They also come turbocharged w/4 on the floor....

February 19, 2012 - Msg 87450: Spot, Some rough weather down your & Lucy's way ya all ok??? G-F....

February 19, 2012 - Msg 87451: Oh, and I will add Alan to my prayer list Boo. Just goes to show satan will spare no one.


February 19, 2012 - Msg 87452: Very true, Asa. In fact, it seems to me that sometimes he works extra hard on someone that he sees as a real threat to his agenda. Unfortunately, ministers fall in that category. Prayers for your friend, Boo. I'm sorry he's having to deal with such a thing.

I'm glad you liked that "Bark worse than bite" video. I knew you would. I just sat here and laughed myself silly when I first saw it. As Sassy the cat said in "The Incredible Journey" - cats rule and dogs drool. That certainly seemed to be the case in that video. That poor dog - not the bravest of hearts, was he? Apparently he's aware that cats come equipped with switchblades on their feet.

We have had some rain, at least an inch, I think. Anyway, I'm now going out front periodically and plugging the drainage pump in to clear the catch basin, so the gutters can empty. Joe is coming tomorrow to see about fixing that switch.

Well, I feel a nap coming on. It was cold in our SS classroom this morning, and cold in the Spring Creek restaurant where a bunch of us went to lunch. However, it's nice and warm in this house, and I feel like snuggling up with Toye Starr and getting all cozy and warm, and drifting off to sleep. It just doesn't get much better than that, these days. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 19, 2012 - Msg 87453: Hi All.
Just waiting to se how much of the snow storm that we may git
today was anice one just a little cold .
G F there is one one there I do miss and the is a candy store calld sweet candd.


February 20, 2012 - Msg 87454: Thank you for those prayers for Alan. He is meeting with his wife this morning to talk about how they are going to arrange the seperation and prepare for divorce, I guess. He is going to need God's strength.

Have to go buy a twin bed for mom and paint her new bedroom. I hope she will not get too stressed from moving out of the room she shared with Dad. She says she wants to then she doesn't. She is doing ok but it is so hard for her because she really misses him. My sister is trying to deal with her own grief and help mom. I do what I can but my sister is dealing with it everyday. I have been trying to get mom to agree to come over to my house at least one day a week and just be with us here. I think being out in the country, sitting on the porch and watching the birds would be good for her but she has to force herself to leave the security of home, espcially now.

Well, better finish the coffee and get everyone up so we can start painting and find a bed.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.


February 20, 2012 - Msg 87455:
Morning porch family....Got in early this morning from my weekend tour. Wow and was it windy driving home. When I left Florida the wind was blowing my motorhome all over the place and stayed that way till I got back to SC. Made for a long drive home.

Boo...glad you and Bruce had great (or should I say "Amazing") time on your "date":)

Tell you all a pretty neat story....At one of my concerts this weekend in Florida a lady that I went through school with and hadn't seen in 35 years came to one of the concerts. She moved to FL many years ago and I had no idea where she was at. It was pretty neat.

Well you all have a great day. I'll try to check back in later today.
Love and prayers

February 20, 2012 - Msg 87456: Well its been a wonderful morning...I found a small package filled with Love on MY porch from a porch member....the person knows who they are and Miss Sherry and I cryed....it made our day...we are leaving to go camping tomorrow and Miss Sherry says it will go along with us.....she has watered it and read up on the net about it...There are wonderful people in this world and for sure on this porch...God Bless....SPOT

February 20, 2012 - Msg 87457: Have fun on your camping trip, Spot. Take good care of Miss Sherry! I'm so glad you are getting to do these things, happy that she feels well enough to go. God is good!

Well, Joe and Jorge were here today, starting to wake the yard up. We pruned the roses, fixed the drainage pump (it wasn't really broken, just had some debris jammed in the switch unit), I finished bringing in all the twinkle lights, and Jorge moved the deer to the side of the house. I have to wait and let David put it all away in the garage, because he has his own "system" for doing so. Here's a shocker - I did a rough estimate of the number of twinkle lights that were out there, and it totals over a mile of lights! I could hardly believe it, but there it is. There are eighteen 150-light strings, that's 2700 feet. They were new this year, and I still had the boxes, so knew exactly how many there were. There are at least twenty-five 100-light strings, that's another 2500 feet. That's 5,200 feet and there are a few 50-light strings here and there, so it's over a mile of lights. Who'da thunk it? I keep thinking I've misfigured somewhere, but if I have, I can't find the error. Amazing.

Well, gotta go to work. Jorge will be back tomorrow morning to spray beneficial nematodes everywhere, hoping to control the grub worms that have attacked the lawn. The little critters like termites, too. I don't think I have any, but we'll spray the nematodes around the foundation of the house as well, just for good measure. They won't harm anything else, but they'll sure get the bad stuff. I love organic!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 20, 2012 - Msg 87458:
Spot.....you and Miss Sherry have a great time on your trip.

Everyone have a good night and sleep tight:)
Love and prayers

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87459: where did everyone runoff to?


February 21, 2012 - Msg 87460:
Wow Tom....it's just me and you buddy. Maybe they all went camping with Spot and Miss Sherry:)

Love and prayers for all the porch family!

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87461: TOM...THEY ALL RAN OFF TO CLEVELAND!! haha
The walleye fishing is good there tho..Maybe Howard could catch "Old Ralph" named after the former Mayor Ralph Perk.....

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87462: Asa,you kook! LOL
Now,people have often told me that something or the other reminds them of me,but..toilets?? Ha! Whatever ya say,Boo!

Hope Spotty & Sherry have a great time camping!

Gotta head to work in a bit.Y'all stop by & try some of our Pineapple Upside Down Cake-they put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it and it's GOOD!
possum under a rock

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87463: I WISH I was camping with SPOT and Sherry! I am on my way to the doctor for another blood test...seems I'm anemic again (no big surprise) and have to start back on that nasty iron again. MDC, is oregano good for iron deficiency?? I also seem to have a UTI and I know it would help that, right? I guess all the stress of losing Dad and so on has given my immune system a hit.

Better get going.


February 21, 2012 - Msg 87464: Well, went to the doc and I am a little anemic but not alot so I am starting on iron and will recheck in six weeks. Turns out my liver enzymes are somewhat elevated so I am stopping the Lipitor for 6 weeks (didn't we just talk about this Ro? ;). I am also now officially diabetic. A1C was only 6.5 but that is the "crossing over" point. I have lost a few pounds from cutting out sugar recently, which is good. My cholesterol looked fantastic but we are cutting out the Lipitor so don't know what it will look like in 6 weeks, darn it. Oh well...time to get serious about taking care of myself. Prayers appreciated. :)

Good news...doc said he got the results of Sean's labs from when I took him to the endocrine docs in Houson and they looked good. Yay! That is really good new.

Can you believe it is in the 80's and sunny here in south texas? It feels too warm to me. We run the air conditioner all year but it shouldn't be this warm in Feb!!

Better git.


February 21, 2012 - Msg 87465: HI ALL.
Now see here G F no onein right min would run to CLEVELAND !
Whar I heard that it full up what drug sale,
Boo hope everything come o k.
Possum I will be right there for some .


February 21, 2012 - Msg 87466: Good evening, porch! Boo, it sounds like you have indeed just worn yourself out. No surprise, the way you've been burning your candle at both ends and in the middle for the past few weeks. I know it was beyond your control, but still, there are consequences. Personally, I consider being taken off Lipitor to be good news. Try to avoid going back on it if you can. That stuff is dangerous, and so are the artificial sweeteners. There is a hidden rebound with them, proven in several major studies, so try to avoid them as well. For your cholesterol, get you some Cholest-Off (it's OTC, you can get it at the grocery store) and use as directed. It will definitely help you keep your cholesterol under control. Eat a little olive oil every day, and an avocado two or three times a week. Eat nuts, especially walnuts and almonds. You may just be surprised at how well you will do. I would just love to see you walk in there in six weeks and find your cholesterol is better than when on the Lipitor. I'll admit, that's probably asking a lot, because the Lipitor does so many drastic things to your liver function, but it could happen. Would love to see your doctor's face if it did. Oh, and congratulations on the loss of a few pounds. Keep that up, and your early diabetes may just subside or disappear.

It makes me happy to think about Spot and Miss Sherry on their camping trip. I'm so glad they could go, and I hope they just have a wonderful time. Prayers continue.

Well, I'm pooped. Worked all day in the yard yesterday with Joe and Jorge, then worked last night, and my back feels like a mule kicked me. I knew better, and Joe kept telling me to go sit down, but it's hard to just sit and watch someone else work, especially when they're doing work that you enjoy yourself, so I kept going. I'm paying for it now. I stayed up when I got home this morning, because Jorge had come back to spray beneficial nematodes everywhere. I let him do it, but we had fun talking about it. He was just fascinated with the idea that the very slightly cloudy water we put in the reservoir on the hose-end sprayer actually contained little worms, and that was a good thing. He couldn't see them, of course, so was skeptical, but I finally made him understand that they're microscopic. Then he made a big joke out of the idea of the tiny worms finding a big old grub worm, and saying "All of that for little me??" and diving in for the feast. Jorge is so nice, can be so funny, and works so hard to learn English. He has come a long way, and is teaching me Spanish at the same time. Truth is, he's the best argument in favor of amnesty I can think of. Too bad there are so many others who are not like him.

Well, I think I need to get in my big chair for a while and see if it will pull the kinks out of my back. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87467: Thanks, Ro. I will follow your advice religiously. I am a little excited about the prospect of going off the Lipitor....it would be great to find out I didn't need it. I don't expect my cholesterol to be as good as it is on the Lipitor, but it doesn't have to be, in my opinion. I will settle for it being higher if I can keep the blood sugar within acceptable limits. I am going to walk several days each week and I know that will help, too. You know, there are quite a few docs out there who believe that the total cholesterol doesn't determine as much as the medical industry would have us to believe. The doctor I am going to now is a very unintimidating, sweet-spirited Christian man who listens well and is accepting of my opinions (good thing for him). haha.

Ro, have you ever considered finding a good massage therapist to work on your back?...just a thought I had.

Better go..have to go take a family photo for the church directory. Boo. I hate doing that.


Sorry your back is ailin' you, Ro.

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87468: Oh, and thanks Tom. :)


February 21, 2012 - Msg 87469: Boo you say your iron level is low?? I'll send ya a fender off a 57 Chevy to chew on! haha...

TOM, how about I rent a bus and pick up the whole Gang! We will start with MDC & Asa pick up Romeena & Boo next then head East we'll stop in Tennessee,drop down to the Carolina's & then Georgia,then pick you up next and then get Auh2o and PH next(any one got a passport?)We can get a charter on one of those Lake Erie boats and catch a mess of Walleye & Perch then have a big fish fry!
I'm sure the girls can do some hushpuppies We'll have a great time. Then we can catch a Indian's game. It's not like they will be sold out or anything. You may have to direct us around to the best spots I'm not that familier with Cleveland I just live an hour away from there...
Then everyone will be glad they live somewhere's else.....G-F.....Who's In??.....

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87470:
G-F (Goober-Fife)-Not sure if anyone has said it yet, but you have been a real asset (in IMHO) to the porch the several months that you have been a rockin' with us. Glad to have your wit and wisdom along for the ride. I bet you have a clock in your stomach too, haha. Sorry to be fe-siss-ous! (: And regarding the bus..."I smell gas!" ha
Boo- continuing to pray for you and yours.
To add to RO's advice, start right away on TRUVIA as your sweetener, it is all-natural and Good. Look it up. For diabetis, take cinnamon capsules,
one in AM one in PM and will do wonders. I take Nature's Way brand.
I had a busy 4 day weekend, and was hard to get back in the work routine today. I hope my retirement plans will work out. I went by the local SS office for info, and i was quite impressed how nice the workers were!
REV- very neat story. Did you tell the wife? haha
SPot-very, very cool!
BOO-oregano is only an herb, not a wonder drug!! tee hee
Have a good evening, and break out number 14-A, because Spring Training has started here in AZ!
God bless,

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87471:
Howdy porch family

Boo....will be praying you can stay off the "Lipitorcher". What Ro said is great advice about what to take for cholesterol. I know this may sound cazy but I've read a couple studies through the years that say eating raw celery can do as much for cholesterol as synthetic meds can do and without the side affects. I have read where several doctors said this. Also drinking soluble fiber (psylium) daily is very good. (Iknow.....just call me Dr. Rev:) )

Did Spot and Miss Sherry say where they were going? To the lake or mountains?

G-F....a Mayberry bus trip sounds good to me:)

Well gotta get ready for bed. You all have a good night.
Love and prayers

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87472:
Hey there MDC....didn't mean to rock on your toe:) And yep....my wife was also with me on that trip and got to meet my old friend.....of course I would have told her anyway.....I'm not stupid bro...lol.

February 21, 2012 - Msg 87473: Already bought the fiber Dr. Rev and I am crazy about celery so I will start eating that everyday. I took the first iron tablet today and yuck, my stomach is already hurting. I'd rather chew on an old bumper like G-F suggested.

I thought about cinnamon, MDC. I even have some cinnamon capsules I can take. I will start that.

Thanks for the advice and prayers, porch family! :)

Better hit the ironing board for some adventure sleepin'.


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87474: Tick a lock

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87475: Where is everybody this morning??


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87476: Thanks MDC for the complement! Been bring funny to the world since 1957! I am my Fathers Son, he knew funny too....
Boo, Ya need a little hot sauce for the 57 Chevy fender? It may help it go down a little a little bit easier....G-F.........

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87477: Good morning, everyone! G-F, I'd like to second MDC's comments. You have indeed been a welcome addition to this porch.

Lots of good advice for you, Boo, from these folks. I take cinnamon, and I try to eat a lot of fiber. I agree, I think a lot of the furor over cholesterol levels is "much ado about nothing." My endocrinologist and my primary doc both try to scare me, acting all horrified over my LDL being 110, but my cardiologist just laughs and says forget it, I don't need medication. The risk ratio is 3.4, and anything under 3.6 is acceptable, so am not sure what the other two are so upset about. Still, I'm going to ramp up my natural remedies and see if I can get the LDL under 100 without their drugs, if for no other reason than to let me say "haha" to them.

MDC, I agree that Truvia (stevia) is a good alternative sweetener, not toxic like aspartame and the others, but it still has that whangy aftertaste that I just can't handle. I wish I could, but I can't. So, I continue to eat natural sugar, though I do limit the quantity. I drink about two or three regular sodas a month, I drink my tea plain, and when cooking or baking, I reduce the sugar in a recipe by at least 1/4, sometimes as much as 1/3, depending on the recipe. I eat candy and such, but very little. I bought a quarter-pound of wonderful caramel-pecan fudge at a sale at the hospital two weeks ago, and still have at least 2/3 of it left. I'll eventually eat it, but it may take weeks. I've learned that it's the first bite of something like that, that is so enjoyable. After that first bite, it's just more of the same. So, I spread it out, and therefore enjoy lots of "first bites."

Boo, I know you know this, but just be sure you're not taking that iron on an empty stomach. Take it in the middle of a meal, so it gets well-mixed with food. Just eating a cracker or something with it isn't enough.

Well, gotta run. Eloise and I are going to go hunt up some lunch somewhere, not sure where, but it will be good. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87478:
And i agree with GF, that the iron fender goes down much easier with some hot sauce! ha
BTW, on this date in 1924, Calvin Coolidge was the first president to address the nation by that new fangled RADIO! And tonight you can see the rep presidential candidate debate from my fair state, and nary a Mrs. Robinson in sight! lol
Jesus loves you more than you will know, wo, wo, wo, wo...(:

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87479: I can handle the Truvia but like my tea and coffee just as well unsweetened so we'll see. I think you have a good point there, Ro. It is true that with something sweet, the taste buds get "twanged" in the first bite or two and then not so much. Not a bad idea. I am not that much of a sweet-eater so its not hard for me to resist sweets. My problem is with other things like too much butter, bread, potatoes, corn, and CHEESE! Yikes, how I love cheese...like a rat!

I took the iron with a full meal and it didn't help. It is still bothering me off and on today. I called the pharmacist at Walgreens and she told me to try the "Slow Fe" that is time-released and less likely to cause stomach trouble. I am going to give my stomach a few days off first and then try it. I have a stomach like my mom's and so many meds bother me, even with food. I don't have a clock in my stomach, though, so that's good. ;)

Went to see mom today and helped her with a bath. She is sad but doing pretty well. She is a tough cookie.

See you all later.


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87480: Boo, Tough cookies run in your family......
The WW 2 generation was a tough bunch! A few of us got that gene, alot of the offspring did not. I think you got the gene...Just my opinion, but as my buddie say's: I just happen to think i'm right!.....G-F

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87481: MDC, Ro, Boo, anyone who might know. What is the best natural way to reduce triglycerides?


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87482:
Howdy porch family.....it was such a nice day here today. Felt and even had the smell of spring in the air.

You guys talking about natural sweetners.....My wife uses Agave Nectar now and it's really good. Doesn't leave an after taste and doesn't over power like honey can do (even tho I love honey).

I'm sure Spot and Miss Sherry are having a great time. Praying for them.

G-F....I too agree with MDC....you are certainly a great part of this porch family:)

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

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87483: Thanks All....You guys have been been a great bunch to chaw with. I'm not a Facebook fan and this has been great a great ride....I'm all set you guys all set? Gomer change places with Lydia
Tell Lydia to quit hanging her head out the window...
REV.Agave Nectar sounds like a new soda @ Wally's

Asa, Ya tri and ya tri and what do ya get?? TRIGLYCERIDES......haha you thought it was just heartakes! Night All....G-F.....

February 22, 2012 - Msg 87484: Thanks G-F and REV....sniff. (((hugs)))

To lower triglycerides, eat less fat and sugar (bad carbs), Asa. Improving your diet should help....fruits, veggies, fiber and complex carbohydrates and lean meats AND severly limit alcohol if you drink.


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87485: In other words lay off the squeezins and don't eat anything that tastes good.... hehe....(jk)


February 22, 2012 - Msg 87486: Well I don't drink so that's not a problem. But take away my sugars and fats? This could be serious! I seriously don't think I over do those things, but maybe I do. Hmmmm, thanks Boo. I'll have to be more valiant. The thing that bugs me is they aren't a little high, but sky high, and have been for as long as I remember.
I agree with all the others G-F. I dig your sense of humor, so you be sure and dig mine. :)
Rev, we were in the mid 50's here today. Yea buddy. Spring is close.

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87487: It's hereditary, Asa. Mine's always been that way, too, even when I was a vegetarian and ran everyday. Eating better has benefits for everything, though. Good luck and may the Force be with you.


February 23, 2012 - Msg 87488: Boo, if I eat all that high fiber fruit and veggies your talking about, a force will certainly be with me, but I don't think we are talking the same force. ;)


February 23, 2012 - Msg 87489: Boo & Possum, What's this about you two and toilets? Did it require a tool belt? I once did some work for a co-workers Mother. We went on a "mission" to get a toilet. Her,her Mother and other two sisters had to go too! What's up with that! It was just a TOILET! Then when we got "The Prize" we all had to out to lunch..
Very odd, it paid good tho! As my father always preached "The customer is always right"...was a little odd but always right...G-F.....

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87490:
Morning porch family.......Reading these post just reminds me that you guys are nuts....lol
A good laugh is a good way to start out the day.

Asa.....Speaking of fiber....I heard a fellow tell his wife that if she fed him anymore fiber/brand that was going to start passing wicker furniture...lol

With that I better get off here.....
Love and prayers

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87491: Oh Asa! HAHAHA....what can I even say?

G-F, if I remember correctly, the toilet thing started back when we were building our house and I was spending part of everyday in Lowe's! I was shopping for a toilet and it seems that Possum started a dialogue about trying them out and it kind of went from there. I would have to go back to the archives to give you the full account.

Wicker furniture! HAHAHAHAAA


February 23, 2012 - Msg 87492:
I just re-read my post above and boy do I need to go to Miss Crumps spelling class....."brand....bran". Also was suppose to be "HE was going to start....."

Trying to go too fast.....-REV.

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87493: Y'all ain't right! LOL

I declare,Boo & Asa should do a comedy act on that television program Howard Sprague was on!

Yeah, that's pretty much how our "toilet sitting" started,Boo. Good grief,the things we talk about around here!

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

possum under a rock

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87494: Howdy Possum...pull up an old toilet and let's chat. ;)

I talked to my friend Cynthia, who has breast cancer, and she is having a very tough time. She has to go back to houston tomorrow for more chemo and she has been so sick. I heard something different in her voice and words today...I think she is losing hope. It makes me feel so helpless because I can't help her more. She is one of those tough, independant Texas women who isn't used to letting anyone else do anything for her and it is eating her up having to depend on anyone else. I talk to her, though, and offer my help...and pray, pray, pray. She told me she would need me more later and she would call on me. It scared me because it sounded like she is thinking she isn't going to make it. I am going to be here with her to the end. Our Millie helped me to see the importance of committing to our friends in their hour of deepest need. There is nothing easy about it, in fact it is downright painful, but love doesn't run when the going gets tough.

Well, better go get supper finished. Poor Bruce is working extra hours again. It really bugs me that he is doing the work of three or four men because the government can't afford to hire on anyone else because of all the budget cuts. At least he has a good job, so don't want to complain but I get concerned for his health. He is in a stressful position and alot rides on the job he does.

Talk to you all later, porch buddies. Hope SPOT and Sherry are having a good time.


February 23, 2012 - Msg 87495:
APB FOR BIG MAUDEand Poor Horastio You around?
GF- that's the THRONE we're talking about man,
it's where i read the Sunday comics, etc! haha
BOO- prayers indeed for Cynthia!!
God bless all!

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87496:
Prayers for Cynthia.....and for you Boo as you stand strong with her.

Possum....you liking this Carolina weather today? Turning cooler this weekend though.

Love and prayers

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87497: Just remember.....The job ain't complete until the paper work is done..............
REV... I'll never look at the wicker rocker the same way again.....G-F

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87498: Good Evening Friends!
I hope this finds everyone well! I have been a busy bee lately. Still praying for Boo and Miss Sherry.

As a non-Catholic I am doing my first Lent this year. I felt convicted today. I am giving up Facebook and Twitter until Easter except to give birthday wishes to the boys. I'll still be here so I can be found. I'm looking forward to spending time with the Lord. Hopefully I will survive!

So, whatever happened to Miss Rosemary and Hilda Mae after the first season? It's not like Barney didn't have a girl on the side after Thelma Lou. I think Miss Rosemary seemed sweet. Just a thought.

Blessings to you and yours,

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87499: Good enening porch, just stopping by before I hit the ole ironing board. Been a busy week with lots going on .

Weird weather on my end of the porch. Snowing and cold on Sunday and the 70's today. We had some severe thunderstorms last night.

Please pray for my family. My 91 year old aunt passed on tonight. She has been sick for a very long time and wanting to go home to be with the Lord and her husband. Her daughters and grandchildren are struggling . I also have another aunt who is in her late 80's and is likely going to pass on very soon.
She is in a nursing home and battling stomach cancer(they think) She is being kept heavily sedated for now. Even though we know what's coming it is still very hard to lose both of the so close together. Thanks for your prayers.

Prayers for everyone, Boo, Spot, Sherry and all.
Night all
Big Maude

February 23, 2012 - Msg 87500: You'll survive, Lucy, and be the better for it. :)

Thanks for the prayers everyone.

Lucy, I saw miss rosemary in a color ep today but her name wasn't miss rosemary and she was hanging out with Aunt Bee and Clara. Curious...


February 24, 2012 - Msg 87501:
Remembering Boo and Big Maude and Spot with their need for prayers.

G-F, since you asked about how toilets are connected with Boo and possum, read the following messages in the archives to see how it all got started:
November 03, 2009 - Msg 75922
November 03, 2009 - Msg 75924
November 03, 2009 - Msg 75940
November 04, 2009 - Msg 75946
November 27, 2009 - Msg 76309
November 27, 2009 - Msg 76310
January 06, 2010 - Msg 77050
January 08, 2010 - Msg 77097
I could post more, but I better stop here because you are starting to look a little flushed. ;)

Boo, if you are having trouble swallowing that 57 Chevy bumper G-F sent you, I'll send you a front end grill from a 62 Pontiac. There is nothing like cooking a tough fender on a grill to make it more tender and tastier. LOL

from Poor Horatio

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87502: Thanks PH I'll pull up those archives and catch up on the topic..You sure must have a good memory!
High winds comming my way today, REV, I'll have to nail down my wicker rocker, sure don't want to have to replace that one!!hahhhahh...G-F

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87503: Hi All.
G-F just keep the HIGH WIND right there in Cleveland and the snow that coming too!

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87504:
APB for Hazel!
Good to see Maudie, PH and Lucy, and prayers for you and yours all.
Lucy, good for you, a little fasting goes a long way!
Good weekend,

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87505:
Wow, empty rockers all day!
Did i miss possum's memo about free dinner at CB?? ha

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87506: Back from camping!...had a blast...back in a bit.....we are hungry....any leftover supper?....SPOT

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87507:
Howdy porch family

Maude....so sorry to hear about your aunt (both of them). Prayers for your family.

G-F....hold down that wicker rocker buddy...lol

MDC....have you seen any pre-season games yet? I've been looking for them but haven't seen any.

Well race fans.....the big one starts Sunday....put those seat belts on tight and hold on:)

You all have a great weekend. And somewhere along the way share Jesus with someone...either in your words or actions.
Love and prayers

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87508:
Hey there Spot....glad ya'll made it home safely and had a blast.

February 24, 2012 - Msg 87509:
G-F, it ain't my aging memory that came up with that archive info. One day when I had too much time on my hands, I copied and pasted all the archives into six large Word documents. As a result, now it is fairly easy for me to search through them to refresh our fading memories.

Hey TOM, we missed a predicted 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow up here near Toronto today. We ended up getting a mixture of rain and slush instead. It's funny being in Canada in the middle of winter where there is no snow on the ground.

from Poor Horatio

February 25, 2012 - Msg 87510: Hi All
Will we git some snow lastnight and nay git more today!
G-F two thing I miss is the candy store and the hubby shop.


February 25, 2012 - Msg 87511:
Hey Folks

G-F Thanks for the weather warnings. We do tend to get what you get a day, or less, later. This year, like PH's, our snowfall totals are way, way down. We have gotten only 105 inches or so, which is about half of what we usually get. Last night and today have been especially nasty very windy and about 8 inches of snow so far with a lot more coming, I guess.

Well, take care friends. I've been reading often and posting little. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.


February 25, 2012 - Msg 87512: Where's Romeena been? They been working her fingers to the bone again? I hate it when ya get boney fingers....
SPOT, I see you're back...Just in time to see the Daytona races..
TOM... I agree I miss the candy stores and the hobby shops too! We use to go and hang out and watch them run the slot cars for hours.
Auh2o Good to see your post, I was just getting ready to give you a shout out!
REV The winds calmed down and my wicker rocker is safe & sound! So I can lay off the fiber for a day or two...haha
Boo & Possum...You guys aint right, now everytime I have to order toilets for work I think of you two, WWBD? & WWPD? Makes It hard to order the right ones! water saver? or power flush? round or elongated? standard or handicapped? to many decisions now....THANKS!haha
I'll check back later...
I'll see ya next time, which will be the best time!..........G-F....

February 25, 2012 - Msg 87513: Good morning!

Thanks everyone for the encouraging words on Lent.

PH, so that's how you are able to look it up do quickly. Cool!
Rev, my husband is now into NASCAR since he met Tony Stewart in Phoenix last year.
G-F, it's a bit windy here.
Spot, I'm glad you and Miss Sherry had fun!
Auh20, there's a few people that do that.
Big Maude, condolences on your aunts.
Tom, stay warm!

We have to run some errands today. Have a good one!

February 25, 2012 - Msg 87514: G-F, I'm always in favor of water-saver, elongated bowl. You never heard my toilet story about my dad and the shallow bowl, did ya? Maybe Poor Horatio could find that one for ya because I'm never shaing it again! haha


February 25, 2012 - Msg 87515: Hi all.
Having a bad week stepdad in the hosp because of pain in his chest.


February 25, 2012 - Msg 87516:
Howdy porch family....Spent the day with the family. Went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse....sure was good:)

Now that I've got a full tummy think it's time to just chill out before bed.
Love and prayers

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87517: Tom, I hope your stepdad gets better real soon. May the doctors have wisdom and determine what the cause of the pain is and help him get better.

Praying for God's healing and restoration for all on the porch who have medical issues including Big Maude's elderly aunt, Miss Sherry, and anyone else who has a need. My own daughter could also use your prayers. She is almost 21 weeks along in her pregnancy and has placenta previa and a hematoma, (blood clot), that threaten the pregnancy. She now has a new problem where all her amniotic fluid has leaked out. The risk for infection is very high, as is the risk for going into labor. It has been 3 days since this happened and every day is helping to bring her baby closer to the goal of at least 24 weeks gestation, when a baby has a much greater chance of survival. I personally am praying for her fluid to replenish, the tear to heal, and no infection of course. I am believing God will get her much closer to term and that all will be healthy!

Thanks for praying for her, you guys are the best!!!

Have a great, Mayberry Day!
Mary Wiggins

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87518: Good Sabbath Porch.
My goodness Mary Wiggins, I am so sorry your Daughter is having those challenges with her pregnancy. And I will certainly pray for her to be healed and for the well being of her baby. And for you and your family during this time of concern.
And my prayers continue to go out for all of our Porchters who are in need. I guess we all are in need in one way or another.

Boo, I had quite forgotten about you story and the toilet. I don't know how I forgot, but the image is firmly engraven in my minds eye. lol

Well the last week of Feb,is here. March is spring for me, and boy I like spring pretty fine.

I pray you all have a wonderful day.


February 26, 2012 - Msg 87519: Hi All.
If you can pray for others
When your heart suffers,too...
If you can ease another's pain
By any act you do-
If you can laugh when others
Would only pause to weep...
If you can gather courage
When the road is growing steep-
Then God willnot forget you
For everything you do
The more you give to others,
The more comes back to you.



February 26, 2012 - Msg 87520:
Howdy porch family....I pray you all are having a great worship day.

Mary....prayers for your daughter...please keep us posted.

Tom....thanks for the poem buddy.

Well race is on hold for now.....Gonna be a late night of racing if it gets started.

Back in the studio tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday so I may not get to check in. Will be recording vocals so please pray that my voice stays strong during these days. Will be some very long days.

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87521: NO RACE FOR TODAY!!

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87522:
No race today and I won't get to see it tomorrow....boohoo....Oh well

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87523: Hi Mary Wiggins! Very sorry to hear about your daughter's difficulties and will pray for her and the baby. Thank you for sharing the need with us.

Been a nice, cool day here in south texas.


February 26, 2012 - Msg 87524: Hello Porch,
How do you do? We have had a good day. I cannot wait until we are able to get back into church. We go to a mega church and it's so difficult with my wheelchair. I'm not quite able to leave my ankle down too long because of swelling. The Mr, 2 of the kids, and I went for a picnic near the river and looked for a new home. Hoping the Lord will show us where to go.

Tom, I hope your stepdad feels better real soon. Thank you for the nice poem.

Mary Wiggins, I hate to hear that about your daughter. I hope she's able to go another 3 weeks. It's a scary time!

I guess it wasn't necessary to record the race. Do y'all know what channel and time it will be on tomorrow?

Last night I was listening to Opie and the Bully and that got me thinking (yes, this can be scary), but what Andy did was great. Also, can you believe milk was only 5 cents?

Well, we are about to watch Celebrity Apprentice. My husband loves that show.

Take care of yourselves!
Lucy Matthews

February 26, 2012 - Msg 87525: Hi Lucy, hope your ankle is better soon...you certainly have been dealing with this for a long time now.

I noticed something interesting while watching the shoplifter episode of TAGS yesterday that I have not hear anyone mention. I noticed that Ben Weaver was wearing the very same tie that Gomer bought when he went shopping for his date with Mary Grace. Watch for it when you see those eps.


February 26, 2012 - Msg 87526:
Boo- dont ya just hate those ties off the rack! haha
Rev- try a little lemon and honey, good for the larnyx!
Mary- yes indeed prayers for your daughter!
Hope all had a good Dr Breen sunday. Back to work tomorrow!

February 27, 2012 - Msg 87527: Well gang my weekend is about over here at work..we start new Chemo today at noon...3 hrs on this first one...they said to expect sickness...Rev and race fans I am gona DVR the race but gona try to stream it on my lap top...yall think I can?..will be at the Cancer center...they have wireless...should get home before its over I hope...off till thu to be with Sherry...hope things go well..we have a wonderful nurse...ok...b-fast at somewhere quick...I got to go home ans sleep a couple of hrs....well prayers for step Dad TOM and all else..(Romeena our gift Rose is starting grow!)...SPOT

February 27, 2012 - Msg 87528: Mornin' Y'all- sending many prayers up for Mary's daughter & unborn grandchild,also for Miss Sherry as she starts this new chemo.
Y'all have a wonderful day & God bless!
possum under a rock

February 27, 2012 - Msg 87529: Thanks for checking in with the update, SPOT. Prayers for Miss Sherry today.