June 06, 2012 - Msg 88869: Hi.
I'm at the end of my rope? just came home from the DR and he say that it was dis1 on the spine .
He going to do a m r i to se if had cancse in it.


June 06, 2012 - Msg 88870:
I am so sorry to hear.
My prayers are with you buddy.

June 06, 2012 - Msg 88871: Prayers for your dad, TOM...so sorry for what you are going through, my friend.

Ro, I wouldn't know where to get coke syrup? The good news is that he really didn't need it today. He had one dose of Phenergan this morning and has done well all day. He isn't eating solid food yet (too soon) but he is drinking tea and some diluted juice this evening. He is just weak from not eating and the effects of the medication. Here is something interesting...he has been unable to take the Prozac for three days and has not missed it. I wonder if it might have been making things worse since he feels better now. He's been on it for years and I know you aren't supposed to just stop it, but it sure hasn't seemed to hurt him any at this point. Today was a good day..until 30 minutes ago....I came home from the store and the puppy had chewed the cord to bruce's drill in half. Bruce made a comment to me about the garage door being left up and I snapped...bout near took his head off. I guess its just the stress of the last week. Funny how that happens.

Well, better go wrestle up something for dinner.


June 06, 2012 - Msg 88872: Hey Y'all- Sorry I haven't been rockin' much. About the only rockers I see these days are the Cracker Barrel rockers.Been real busy with work but wanted to pop in here for a minute.

I see that MDC has retired & is running with some lady named Camille now- have mercy! Ha ha (just joking, MDC). Congrats on the retirement!

Prayers for Sean. I just read a book called "Heaven Is For Real." It's about a small boy who had a near death experience & went to Heaven. Anyway,Boo, he had a ruptured appendix that had gone undiagnosed for days. Some of Sean's symptoms remind me of his ordeal. Of course,if that was what was wrong with Sean,he'd be running a fever. I'm not sure if you said he was or not. This is probably not a ruptured appendix in Sean's case,but wanted to throw that out there anyhow. Hope you get answers & relief soon.Prayers!

Way to go, Goober Fife! Yes, Ro gives good advice & her "high road" advice always serves us well.

Tom,you have my prayers too.God Bless.

Y'all take care & I'll try not to be such a stranger. Love to all!

possum under a rock

June 06, 2012 - Msg 88873:
Howdy porch family....still busy entertaining my ole Navy buddy and his wife. We're having a blast.

Tom...so sorry to hear about your dad. We continue to pray buddy!

Boo...also continued prayers for Sean and that your last post is a sign he is getting better!

Possum....so glad to see ya back sitting in your rocker. We always miss you when you're away.

Well it's getting kinda late and I better get some rest. That bed in the back of the motorhome is calling my name....hehe Think I'll go back there and watch a TAGS before I go for a snooze:)

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

June 06, 2012 - Msg 88874: Possum, I was at the Cracker Barrel tonight just got back did about 2hrs of porch rockin after dinner,love rockin & listening to music sorta puts a cap on a rough day of work. By the end of the Summer they should give me one of those rockers I'm good advertisement for them.
The Cracker Barrel in Cleveland (where the shooting was) had a fund raiser for the 3 that were killed. Josh Turner came and did a Front Porch Concert. I don't know if I mentioned it but the last girl that had been in critical condition had passed away when they took her off life support..SO SAD...
Good for Josh to do that for the family to help cover the large Hospital bills.
Boo, good to hear improvements on your Sons condition. Good to hear Bernie didn't have anything to do with the chewed up drill cord, he get in enough trouble the way it is haha!! G-F..

June 07, 2012 - Msg 88875: Yeah, Asa, it was a good night last night. It is good to know that not all good deeds get punished.

Hey, MDC, good to see you. So you are retired, huh? Well, just don't bogart the rocker on the porch too much. You'll wear it out with all that rocking! :)

Sorry you are having a hard time, Tom. Prayers to you and your dad.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 07, 2012 - Msg 88876:
Boo- Men, wadda ya gonna do! My prayers continue for your whole family, it must be really stressful for you all right now.
POSSUM- good to see you---my JC S on FB was, of course, for Jesus Christ, Savior! (:
Night porch, but, like Tom Bodett, I'll leave the light on for ya. (:

June 07, 2012 - Msg 88877: Thanks for the kind words concerning Sean. Yesterday was a much better day, thank the Lord. Thank you for your prayers! He was able to sip fluids all day without getting sick and is starting to get hungry now so I am going to start working him up to eating again but we are taking it slow...I can't tell you what a relief it is to see him getting better. When we were at the doctor's office on Tuesday, right before we left the doc said, "I have a feeling that this is just going to go away". That seems to be what is happening (I hope and pray anyway), but even if he is feeling great we are still going to follow through with the stomach doctor to see if we can find out why it happened. I still don't know how he is going to do once we start putting food back into him. That remains to be seen.

Great to see you on the porch, Sterling. I would like to hear more about Noah and how your little girl is doing these days.

Possum, they did check Sean's appendix through labs and he had no fever. The thing about an apendix is that alot of times it is hard to detect appendicitis while it's "brewing". Once it ruptures, then you see it in the labs and you get fever. It certainly doesn't appear to be his appendix but that is why the doc sent him to the ER the first time, to try and rule that out.

Well, I got alot done yesterday and did some grocery shopping. I found some gluten/wheat free items that I will start Sean on when he is on solid food. One thing that I was thinking about that could have contributed to Sean's problem is that he has been spending alot of time with his friend Alaina and her family over the past 6 months or so and they were constantly eating out or eating junk food. It was a battle with Sean that I just couldn't seem to win. I am hoping this episode of sickness will make him see that he can't live on junk food.

Better git! Things to do...


June 07, 2012 - Msg 88878: Howdy, porch! I got through my last shift last night, will now be off for about three months. Having surgery is a pretty poor trade-off, but I'm determined to get as much out of it as I can. Actually, it was a good shift - I was in the nursery and didn't have to run the halls. Just admitted a couple of newborns and did their initial assessment, then mostly fed and changed the little transients that keep coming through the nursery when their exhausted moms insist on getting some sleep. (The selfish things!)

Tomorrow is my electroscan (used to be called a chemical stress test), and I'm not looking forward to it. Still, it has to be done, and will give us some good insight into how my tired old heart is holding up. Prayers, please.

Boo, it sounds like Sean is on the mend. That's good to hear. I agree with you, that he should be eating more healthy foods and less junk food, but that just can't be the whole problem. Lots of people live on junk food and don't have the problem he had. As for the Prozac, I think you're right - check with his doc, but this sure sounds like a good chance to get him off that stuff, if you can. I'm just glad he's feeling better. I wonder how he'd do on the BRAT diet for a day or so? For you non-medical folks, that's bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. It's an old stomach-soothing diet that doctors used to prescribe. Some still do. Boo, as for the coke syrup, you can get it at most any pharmacy. They usually have it, and will put it in a little brown bottle for you! Makes it look very official. And - it does work wonders much of the time.

Tom, I'm so sorry you're having such trouble with your dad. Dealing with an aging, ailing parent can be so difficult. Just take one day at a time, or one hour, or even one minute if you must, and eventually, things will work out. Prayers for you and for him, my friend.

Has anyone seen the movie "Play the Game"? I just ordered it - looked for it at Weaver's but didn't find it, so ordered it through the Publisher's Clearinghouse. Our own Andy is in it, along with Doris Roberts. I have no idea what it's about, but guess I'll find out.

Well, I'm about to head over to Eloise's - my David is there, has been helping Jerry today - and we'll all go get some dinner somewhere, I guess. Brittney is out of town at a photography seminar, and Eloise kept the boys. I slept all day! Sure do feel better. It's amazing what several hours of good solid sleep can do for you.

REV, I've really been enjoying those last two CDs I got. I just love to have them in the car, and listen to them in my travels. I think I'm even a friendlier driver with that music playing.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 07, 2012 - Msg 88879: Well, I'd say its time for a party! Sean is feeling well and Romeena is off for 3 whole months! What'll it be?...Myer's lake for a cookout and bonfire?...or we rent the party room at Morelli's for pounded steak and a violinist?

Ro, Sean only started eating a little today. He wouldn't eat toast or bananas (hates bananas, crazy kid. Who hates bananas?). He had fluids, a popsicle and finally some diluted chicken and rice soup. So far so good. :) I am not giving him milk or wheat yet but gradually will try mild products to see how he does with it. He is doing fine without the Prozac. He is less patient with his sister when he isn't on it and I'm sure when life gets back to normal it will be hard to deal with stress but Lord willing, we will get through that and keep him off the stuff.

I have never seen "Play the Game" but you have me interested...what is the name of the movie in which Andy plays a minister? I would like to get a copy of that one, too.

Prayers for your stress test tomorrow, Ro. I'll bet you'll do great.


June 07, 2012 - Msg 88880: I love the movie Play the Game! I've seen it about 3 times, I think. I has lots of funny lines. And Andy is great in it. But be prepared, there is some "adult" stuff in it. I'll tell you what it's about (and try not to spoil the ending or anything...). It's about a guy, probably in his 20's, whose grandpa is played by Andy. Anyhow, guy meets girl, falls in love, and the girls grandma is played by Doris Roberts. I love this movie. But, again, there is a couple scenes that are a little bit "not for kids".
- Hazel

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88881: I am surprised to see rice in there as a "stomach soother", Romeena. I say that because I have tried putting some rice cereal in Noah's bottle and everytime I did it, uh, well, didn't agree with him. The stuff was coming out faster than it was going in kind of thing. I don't know why, but it acted like a natural laxative. Or is that common with babies? Now the rest of us, we all love rice.

Boo, my wife is one who hates bananas. I think they are tasty. And it always amazes me when I eat one because I think about how God made this thing, that comes out of plant, you unpeel it, and there inside is a really good food that can actually fill you up. Bananas are like the pancakes of the fruit world. ;)

Anyhoo, you asked about Kai. She is doing well. She hasn't had any issues with her heart since her surgery, thank the Lord. She is almost as tall as her mom now, and she will be going into 6th grade next fall(Kai will be, not her mom). That is a miracle in itself, what with all the trouble we were having with arguments over Kai going to this school the year before last. I really thought that this past year would be her last year there and that she would be going to public school next year. But like I said, ANOTHER miracle happened, and my wife said it would be ok for her to go here again. She did stipulate that she wanted Kai to be able to take some music courses somewhere, and so I went to the public middle school and asked about their programs there. I knew that kids from other schools(public or private) were allowed to participate and went over there for band classes, since some of our taxes pay for the school anyway, and I found out there were some other classes she could take, but we will concentrate on band for now. And Kai's principal at her other, main school said they will work with us on this, so everything is a go! Another reason to thank the Lord! So she will be taking clarinet next year, with practices starting next week actually. She is understandably a little nervous. I have been trying to reassure her by noting that kids from all different schools do go there for band, so it is not like she will be the only one who doesn't go to that school permanently. That, and the class is only 45 minutes long and two days per week. But, I am praying that this all works out.

Well, that's all for now. I think I've used up my quota of words here on the porch with this post. But I will let you know more about what Kai, Noah, and I and the Mrs. are doing later on I'm sure. So you can thank me for the warning. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88882: Oh, hey Hazel! Nice to see you.


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88883:
SH- Sounds like things are going reasonably well in the "sterling" household, praise the Lord.
BOO- glad Sean is so much better, but sure hope you can find the cause. I have seen gluten-free bread in the cold case at the store. I think it is called Ezikiel bread.
REV- hang in there guy... thanks for preaching Jesus the way you do!
The weather here has been hovering at about 105 this past week. Nice to have it so mild for June! Yes TOM, that's mild for us! ha
I counted 22 bees at our birdbath today. They come for the water, do it every summer. Lots of birds use it too. I filled it three times today.
Retirement has been great so far. Have had some really good, solid visits with pop. Yesterday we talked about D-DAY, and his fellow pilots who did not return that day. Almost 70 years ago and he reamembers the missions that day like they were yesterday.
He said the worst part was losing some guys on the first one that day, and then having to load up and do another. What an amazing generation!

Well, prayers for all!

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88884: Morning all. Hope Friday finds everyone well.

MDC, Thank your Father for me, for his dedicated service please. I agree. An amazing generation.

This morning as I said my prayers, thanking God for Sean's improvement, and asking for blessings on Romeena, I was struck by what a blessing it is to lift one another in prayer. To pray for folks I feel so close to, yet have never met in person, and probably never will, an to include them in my prayers for healing and health, and know I can come here and ask the same of you.... what a blessing it is.

Hazel, how is your Mom doing? And how is your garden doing? We came real close to a freeze again a couple of nights ago, but everything survived.

I was going to mention this a couple of days ago, but didn't have time. It's the 10 year anniversary of the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Hard to imagine it was 10 years ago. As most of you may remember, I, along with thousands of others spent many hours in organized searches for her. It was an honor to do so, but one that was eerie at the same time. Most of the areas I spent was in rough terrain, secluded from most public areas. I so desperatly wanted to find her, and yet was always somewhat concerned if I found her body under this brush or that shrub or behind that tree. After several months I assumed she was dead and buried somewhere. What a treat it was when she was found alive almost a year later. And what a heartbreaking thing it was to hear all she had been through. But I see her today, recently married, and seemingly living a full and wonderful life. So many stories like this end up with tragic endings. It's wonderful to see one end with smiles. Anyway, glad she is doing so well.

I pray you all have a blessed day and are safe and sound.

Romeena, I can tell you are concerned about your situation. But I honestly believe you will bounce back strong.


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88885: Thanks so much for the update, Sterling. I am looking forward to hearing more about what has been going on with you and your family. Very glad to hear that Kai will be in Christian school next year and learning to play the clarinet. You asked about the rice...I forget how old Noah is but it could just be that he's not quite ready for solid food. Sometimes it takes a little time for their digestive system to be ready or adjust. Sean ate some baked chicken with rice and some soft veggies and did great. I noticed he was awake at 3am on facebook because he was so hungry he couldn't sleep. His appetite is certainly waking up. :)

Glad you are enjoying your retirement, MDC, and spending quality time with your dad. What a blessing that he is still with you and you are able to have those talks. My mom is coming today to spend a few days with us and I am looking forward to spoiling her some. We had to take Erin's bed apart yesterday and put it on a lower bedframe because it was too high for mom last time she was here, and we have one of those lift recliners in there for her now so she should be set...all we have to do now is fit the toilet with one of those high seats for her. Last time she just used the bedside commode, but that is not a pleasant thing to have to deal with and Erin would really rather not have it in her room, understandably! haha...she is sweet enough to be sharing her room and bed with her Nanny so that's a good thing.

Its only been in the 90's here, MDC, but when you factor in the high humidity, it feels pretty terrible most of the day. It cools off a little and there is a breeze in the evening, though. It never gets below 70's at night anymore.

Asa, hard to believe it has been 10 years! What a blessing it was that she survived that ordeal...I remember watching it all unfold on the news. How good of you to help search for her.

How right you are about the blessing of praying for our porch family (and receiving prayer).


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88886: Good morning, porch! Sterling, I'm delighted to hear that Kai has been able to continue in her school, and that things are working out for her to branch out and grow even more, with the music classes at the other school. So happy that her mom didn't stand in the way of either plan. Kai is going to grow up to be a strong and well-rounded young lady, without the eroding influences that are present in so many of our public schools today. When I read and hear about some of the stuff that is taught in our schools here, it makes me want to refuse to pay my taxes - but you know how far I'd get with that! All that's left for Christian families to do is to counter-teach at home. This is really nothing new. I remember my parents' disgust when they realized I was being taught Darwinism in school, and taught that creationism was wrong. I'll never forget what they told me - "Learn the material because it's required. Answer the questions and do well on the tests, so you can't be criticized. But you do not have to believe one word of it, and you are free to tell the teacher that you don't believe it, so long as you do it respectfully and don't make it a confrontation." Pretty good advice, I think. The surprise came when a teacher confided to me that she didn't believe it either, but taught it because she was required to do so. Later, she even told the class that she personally did not believe the theory, but we must all learn it because it was required, and then we're free to believe as we please. Pretty courageous for the '50s.

Speaking of courage - you all mentioned the courageous generation, the warriors of WWII. I agree completely. They were all that and more. However, I'd like to submit that their brand of courage hasn't died. Go stand in the airport for a while, and see the troops coming and going, and you'll see that we still have warriors today, young men and women who have answered the call and are placing their lives on the line every day. It may not be a popular war, we may not have the sense that we're defending our own land, like we did after Pearl Harbor, but truthfully, we are. There is an enemy out there that is so insidious, that has plans for America, for her destruction, and our warriors today are doing their best to stop the spread of that hateful idealogy. I won't continue, this is not the forum for it, but I will say that we have a generation of young people who are patriotic and brave, and they deserve our respect and our support. May God give them strength and protection!

I guess I am a little apprehensive about the current health situation. This test that's being done today used to be a really scary, miserable procedure, but Jerry told me last night that it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. He should know, he had one last year, so that sounds pretty good. As for the surgery, I know it's going to be difficult, because the only pain reliever I'll be able to take is Tylenol. I absolutely can NOT take anything that even looks like a narcotic - they all produce violent nausea and vomiting that anti-emetics don't control, and with a new incision in the front of my neck and a big old neck brace on, vomiting would not be a cool thing. Also, with the stronger drugs, like Demerol and Morphine, along with the nausea comes confusion, hallucinations and very erratic behavior. After my other surgeries, I've managed with a few doses of Toradol (a strong NSAID), and finished off with Advil and Tylenol. Now the doc tells me that I can't take any NSAIDs, including even Advil, because they suppress the inflammatory process, and that process is part of the stimulus for bone growth. Without it, the vertebrae won't fuse. So, that pretty much leaves me with Tylenol. Oh well. With prayer from friends like you, I'll do just fine.

Now I have to get dressed and go get this electroscan done. I'll see you good folks this evening. Blessings! -- Romeena

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88887:
RO-you know that all our prayers are with you, for sure dear one. The Lord will be with you all the way thru it.
Also, I hope you did't think that I was excluding any of our forces today. In fact, I have a nephew in right now who has done two tours. I am right there with you on today's generation.
But also, in this "no sacrifice" time, we tend to forget what's going on. No rubber or gas rationing, no paper or metal drives, etc. Those measures actually helped solidify the homefront during WWII. There were German subs off our coasts sinking merchant ships, there were hot air balloon bombs coming over us from Japan, but as you say, this current enemy has no country. That's the scary part.
ASA- you are a treas'a. I agree that we twelve or so people here have an extremely unique relationship! but remember, we WILL all meet one day! (:

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88888: Hey gang...Miss Sherry having a bad week...not hurting just legs weak..we go for Chemo Monday and will do some further checking...will update...hey Boo,Asa,Rev and all....busy here at work....whose cooking tonight?...SPOT

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88889:
Howdy porch family....Nice day in the Forge:)

Ro....glad my music don't give you road rage...lol

MDC....thanks brother.....yep I'll keep singing about our Lord till He calls me home:)

Spot.....praying for Miss Sherry!

Boo....I'll so thankful Sean is feeling much better!

Got a concert tonight so better get going.
Love and prayers

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88890: Thanks REV, I am too!! Such a relief and am so thankful to the Lord. There is something about all this I didn't tell you all. Sunday night, I took Sean to my sister's church to pray in the sanctuary. There was nobody else there and we went up to the altar to ask the Lord to help us. The pastor of the church came in and came to pray with us. As we sat there on the altar steps, quietly, suddenly there was the presence of God in a very tangible way. Each of us felt it come at the same time. Sean said he felt his whole body start to tingle from head to toe and he began to cry. I felt such joy in God's presence and we sat there on those steps for quite awhile as Sean just wept. The pastor sat with us and continued to pray for Sean and for healing. When it was time to go, Sean felt much better and actually wanted to eat something. He was doing well for about 2 hours and then the nausea returned with a vengeance. I continued to pray and cry to God that evening and we were up all night. I wrestled with my faith, wondering why he seemed worse after we believed that he would get better. It was a tough weekend as things seemed to go from bad to worse. We took him to the ER that monday and they wouldn't do anything for him. I continued to pray and hang on to God. Tuesday morning when we went to see his regular doc, who is a Christian, at the end of our visit the doc looked at me and said, "I have a feeling that this is just going to go away". We left the office and that was the day it all just went away. The Lord had assured me through his word and other circumstances that it would get better but that there was a reason that we had to go through it and he was using it to increase our faith. It has been a good thing. Sean really came to a place about three weeks ago that he surrendered his life to the Lord and wanted the Lord to have his will. He is wanting to grow in God and I am sure the Lord is using these trials to grow him up and to show him that He is in control and will take care of him. Thanks for your many prayers for Sean and lets pray that he stays strong and well. :)


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88891: MDC, Glad to hear ya made it to the Big "R" now ya can hang out at McDonalds with the other guys and drink coffee & tell stories all morning long until they flip the menu from Breakfast to Lunch, then ya get to go to the Wal-Mart to shop for new socks and watch the Wal-Martian's like the ones that Boo & I were talking about the other day...Spandex Queens!....G-F....

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88892: Sorry MDC I didn't get a chance to finish...Then you carry the packages,after that you get to go visit the relatives.Then, watch the shift change at the rubber band factory, then you go home and go to bed. As Andy said to Opie "It's a Fun Day"!
Enjoy It!....G-F...

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88893: Hey, porch! I'm home from the scan and feeling fine. To correct myself - I had understood them to say "electroscan". That's not correct. It is a "lexiscan". I wondered about it, because "electro" didn't seem to fit in anywhere with what I knew was to be done, but that's what my worn-out old ears heard. Today I was looking at the person who used the word, and heard it correctly for the first time. Anyway, there was a brief spell of discomfort, just about a minute, and it passed off. Would you believe, they handed me two big pieces of dark chocolate and told me to eat them to speed up the recovery from the bad feelings. It worked - the caffeine neutralized the effects of the drugs almost immediately. All I have now is a very, very slight headache. They would have given me coffee, but I don't drink coffee, so they gave me chocolate instead! Now how's that for a reward for being a good patient? I've been drinking tea ever since, so should lose the headache soon.

Boo, that's a very special story about Sean. I think it's pretty clear that God is at work in his life. I believe there are some special things in store for him. So glad he's feeling better!

Oh no, MDC, I didn't think you were excluding anyone. We all tend to give an extra measure of respect to the "greatest generation", possibly because we're now losing so many of them. I just wanted to give a small salute to today's heroes as well.

Yep, I'm feeling mighty fine! So fine, in fact, that I called a friend and I'm going to pick her up in a little while and we'll go to East Buffet and have all the crab legs we can crack and eat! They have crab legs on their buffet on Friday and Saturday nights, and the price is still about $10, same as it is all the time. Can't beat a deal like that. Of course, the crab legs aren't those huge snow crab legs, where just a few is a meal, but they're still good. I'll just eat more of 'em! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88894:
Boo-That's an amazing story. Thanks for sharing. Since last Christmas we've been in a bit of a battle here also. Awhile back, someone posted (I think it was you) the verse from Mark ôLord, I believe; help my unbelief!" and I think about that often. It has helped me much. Thanks Boo.


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88895: You're welcome, Auh2o. My heart hurts for you and what you are going through. You and your family are in my prayers.

Ro, I agree, God is at work in Sean's life and I am so thankful for it. Glad your scan wasn't as bad as you thought it would be. Enjoy your crab legs. ;)

Having a nice visit with mom. I made her favorite slow-cooked pinto beans, cornbread baked in my iron skillet, and some coleslaw. Later i will give her a piece of the lemon poundcake I made from scratch. It was a pain to make but she will enjoy it. I have her this weekend because my sister will be busy with the big fundraiser for her "Christmas for Kids" charity. They are selling coconut shrimp at the big annumal "Shrimporee" fair. Have you ever been to it, Ro? People come from all over to eat the seafood. They serve all sorts of shrimp...fried, gumbo, shrimp boil, kabobs, you name it.

Well, better go see if mom needs anything.

Did we ever decide when and where the part is going to be? We can also celebrate MDC's retirement.


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88896: annumal?...wonder what that is??


June 08, 2012 - Msg 88897: Boo, is that an animal that only comes out once a year? ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88898: Sterling, you crack me up. That's funny! No, Boo, I've never been to the Shrimporee, but would love to. I like shrimp any way I can get it. Just about any kind of seafood, actually. Not real big on raw oysters, though I have eaten them. I just really prefer them fried. Not a big fan of crawfish, either, but have eaten them too. Too much work for too little reward. I know, that's what some people say about crab legs, but I think the reward is a lot bigger with them than with crawfish. Anyway, my friend and I ate a lot of shrimp, I ate quite a few crab legs (she doesn't like them) and some of the other goodies that this particular restaurant offers. Very nice place to eat, and quite reasonable at $10.

Well, I think I'll go curl up in my big old chair, with my little friend in my lap, and watch a little TV. Maybe some TAGS. Blessings! --Romeena

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88899: NAME IT?...coconut shrimp,fried shrimp,boiled shrimp,shrimp kabobs,shrimp crocktail,BBQ shrimp,lemon shrimp, shrimp scampi,beer shrimp,
garlic shrimp,baked shrimp,grilled shrimp,gumbo shrimp,shrimp salad,shrimp sandwich (on salt ris'in bread,shrimp soup,shrimp burger,shrimp taco, I think that's all Bubba had told me about.
I wanted to be a shrimp boat Captain but Lake Erie has no shrimp...Maybe send some up & we can start a shrimp farm in the duck pond?......
Hey TOM, I'll send ya a nice big sheephead fish from Lake Erie..yuk! maybe a nice Walleye?..G-F..

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88900: Don't forget Boo...You asked the question..you name it....haha

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88901: Just want to pop in and say that I love you all! I share the concerns for Sean and Romeena and Sherry and auh2o and for everyone else with stuff going on. I may not post every day, but this porch is an important part of my life, and it has been since I started. What was it, Asa, 2000? So over 10 years.
Thanks for asking about my mom, Asa, she's doing better right now. It's so important to her to have the feeling of a "garden", since she grew up on a farm and married a farmer and thus us kids were raised on a farm. Anyhow, she is still able to take care of herself right now, and live in her own house, and for the last few years me, my brother, and hubby and my daughter all go over and give her a container garden. It's right off her patio, so she doesn't have to go far to water things, and if she is having a bad few days, my son will stop by and water things for her (he moves her lawn every week so he's there anyway.) So she has tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and tons of beautiful flowers. All in containers, on her big back patio. So she can sit in her solar room (a room that's like a family room, but has huge windows that let the sun in - we've always called it the solar room) so she can sit there and see the veggies and the pretty flowers and it gives her something to do and cheers her up. And on most days she can walk out there, and water stuff if needed. And in the fall she still does canning, if she's up to it. Bless her heart. She just turned 82, and at this point in time, she's doing okay. Still has pain issues, and can often be seen with either a hot pack on her neck, or a cold pack on her knee or somewhere, but she's hanging in there.
My garden is doing great, altho I'm way behind. The weather here has been crazy. 70 mile an hour winds on Monday and we had several big limbs from our trees break off so we had lots of clean-up. Most of my garden is planted, but there's some stuff that I havent even planted yet. Between watching my grandaughter every other Saturday, and the weather, sometimes I feel like when I go back to work on Mondays that I didn't get nothin' done over the weekend. And I think I told you all already, but since I've been diagnosed with Osteoporosis (and have already had 2 fractures), that I move slower than ever! I am still in danger of breaking something else until my bones get stronger, so I have to be careful.
Well, 10-4, over and out.
- Hazel

June 08, 2012 - Msg 88902:
Howdy porch family....my concert went really good tonight. Had a great crowd.

Boo....that story about Sean just makes my night...thanks for sharing!

Ro....is that the same place (East Buffet) we went to a couple years ago? If so it was so good.

Hazel....it's so good to read your post. I agree with you about this place being such an important part our lives. And you sure help make it that way:)

Well gang I'm tired....I'm heading off to the sack.
Love and prayers

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88903:
G-F...you describing my retirement or barney's vacation! ha (and does that include the peek-aboo blouses? ha
Let's all go frog giggin' and see if Ro will east THOSE! ha
Hazel, good words!
Well, nite all.

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88904:
Boy, am I ready for bed! too many "ha's" and also should be eat not east.

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88905: Yep, same place, REV. Hasn't changed a bit, I think the price went up a dollar last year, but it's still a bargain. $10 at night, and $9 at lunch. Boiled shrimp on the buffet all the time. Not a bad deal at all.

Hazel, I second (or third) your comment about this porch. It's an important part of my life, and all you folks here just seem like family to me. Truthfully, sometimes I share things here before I share them with my actual family. I wouldn't take a dollar and a quarter for this porch! I'm glad to hear that your mom is doing well, and I think the container garden is a great idea. Manageable, no weeding, easily protected if necessary, but still gives her the fulfillment of her desire to grow things. Great idea! Now, as for you, you be careful and take it easy. No more fractures, please!

Well, I think I'll hit the ironing board. I'm a bit tired, I think that lexiscan wore me out more than I realized. I probably glow in the dark, the thallium they inject first has a half-life of 72 hours, so it will be with me for to a diminishing degree for several days. The second injection is technetium, which has a half-life of only six hours, so it will be about cleared out by tomorrow evening. I'm pushing fluids to flush as much of them both out as I can and let them fade away in the sewers instead of in my body. I hate nuclear tests, but sometimes there's no choice.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88906: No, MDC, Ro will not eat frog legs. I have visions of sad little frogs sitting around in wheelchairs, while some greasy-fingered human is eating his little legs. --Romeena

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88907: That's funny Romeena....It would be sad too if MDC went to the hospital and took the bolts off the wheel chairs too. They'd be just sitting there with no place to roll...ha..
Ro, be careful with those tests we don't want ya turning green and becoming the Incredible Hulktress! You're incredible enough just the way you are!...G-F....

June 09, 2012 - Msg 88908: Awwww, G-F, you're sweet! --Romeena

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88909: Hulktress-love it! (:

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88910: Ro, I was thinking..not only do I tell things here on the porch before I tell my family at times, but there are things I tell here that I never tell anyone else. Sometimes I wonder if after I am dead and gone, if this porch is still going strong, will my family read what I have written in the archives and be surprised?!...I know some of them would. ;) Hence, every few people know that I come here...only my sister, Bruce and the kids.

Well, just got mom her coffee. Erin came into my room at 2am complaining that she couldn't sleep because Nanny was snoring, so she pulled a spare mattress into my room to sleep. She will be hard to wake up this morning. I am going to hang around here with her this morning and then catch an 11am service at the Episcopal church down the street so I won't have to leave her hear alone for long. Better get moving...have to put together the makings for cranberry chicken for supper later. Ya'll have a good sabbath.


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88911: (leave mom alone for long that is)..seems was post wasn't too clear....mom-in-law woke me up early to ask for a ride to church.


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88912: Boo,....I think your're right, alot of us are "Stealthy Porchsters" or should we be called "Undercover Porchsters" most people wouldn't understand any how. You folks are my adopted family...Sometimes adopted kin are smarter & wiser then our kin,& next of kin..Do I get a Sunday Amen on that one?....
Romeena..I must have 20 squirrels running around my yard this morning.. I think they are haveing a big squirrel Convention or class Reunion or something like that! They sure are funny to watch.
MDC won't be here till later...He's watching & waiting for them to flip the Breakfast menu to the Lunch menu @ McDonalds that's the kinda things a guy does when you retire..haha

Olie, Olie, in free..Where's Possum been? They sure must be keeping her busy at the Cracker Barrel. Alot of porchsters have been absent I guess they are just out enjoying summer life..


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88913: "Amen"...hehe

Well, ya'll come on over for supper after preachin'. The menu is baked cranberry chicken, green beans, mashed taters, glazed carrots, sweet cornbread, pinto beans, coleslaw and tea or coffee. For dessert there's homemade lemon poundcake and famous Bluebell Ice cream (vanilla and neopolitan). Told you I like to spoil mom when she's here. :)


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88914: My goodness Boo. It's good bye waistline when your Moms visiting. I'm in. Never has cranberry chicken, but it sounds delicious.


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88915: It is really good, Asa...my kid's favorite and simple to make.


June 10, 2012 - Msg 88916: Howdy, porch! Hey, Boo! How about sharing that cranberry chicken recipe? I love cranberries and chicken both, so the dish just has to be good.

I just got home, was a co-hostess at a baby shower for the daughter of one of our SS class members. Her daughter just adopted a baby girl so we decided they needed a gift shower. It went well, and she got a lot of really nice things. However, I'm worn out! If I was having any doubts about having this surgery, these last two or three days have convinced me. I just don't have any stamina at all. Tired to the bone, and I've done very little today. The strain of fighting to keep my head up straight just takes all my energy. This surgery had better work!

Well, gotta go get in my chair and relax. I can't even stay sitting in this office-type chair here at the desk. Later, taters. --Romeena

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88917: Friends, we need some prayers BIG TIME for Spot's Sherry.Things aren't good at all right now. Dear Lord, be with them both.

possum under a rock

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88918:
Possum, I am praying as I write this. I can tell the stress in your post. Dear Lord Jesus, your Word says that you bore our infirmities, and that by your stripes we are healed. Please send your healing power upon Sherry as you did with Sean. Thank you Lord, we believe in you, and we give you all the praise!
I also heard that GA is getting dumped with rain
and that there are many fires in the west, so we also pray that the west will get rain too. Thanks.

God bless,

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88919: Lovely prayer, MDC. I thank you on their behalf. Just sent you a message on Facebook,BTW.

Good night, Mayberry and blessings & healing prayers for Sherry.

possum again

June 10, 2012 - Msg 88920: Dear Lord, send your comfort and blessing to Sherry and SPOT. Lord, I don't know exactly how to pray but I know you are aware of what needs to be done and I pray that you would be all that they need right now. We care very much about them and hurt for our friends. Jesus, you are able to do far beyond what we can even ask or think. You are our hope. We love and thank you, Amen.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88921: Precious Lord, in your infinite mercy and love, please place your healing touch on Sherry right now, and give our friend Spot the support and comfort he needs, and the strength that he must have, in order to care for Sherry. These have been very hard times for them, and if there is more to this road, please guide and uplift them and comfort them as they walk through this valley. We don't know what the future holds, Lord, but we do know Who holds the future. We ask your blessing and healing on our friends tonight, and we go to our rest, confident that your will for each of us is the best that could ever be, even though sometimes we don't understand. As the dear old song goes, "when we don't understand, when we can't see the plan, when we can't trace His hand, trust His heart." We will trust your heart, and commend Spot and Sherry to your loving care. In the name of Jesus - Amen.

June 11, 2012 - Msg 88922: I cannot say any more than has been said so eloquently here, Lord Jesus. You know who needs your healing and comfort, and you know why. We ask that you please pour your blessings on Spot and Sherry in this, their time of need. Amen.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88923: My prayers for Sherry and Spot during this difficult period.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88924:
Spot & Miss Sherry LOVE and PRAYERS.

...and amen to the prayers above.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88925: Good morning, porch. I don't know about you, but I just can't get Spot and Miss Sherry off my mind. Not that I'm trying! I find myself in a near-constant state of prayer for them. You know what I mean - when something or someone is so heavy on your heart that it's just always there, and you know your spirit is talking to God about it. You still function, and go about your business, but that communication still continues.

I love this porch - I love the fact that we can share things like this, and bear each other's burdens, without fear of criticism. If there are any among us who don't share a belief in God and the power of prayer, then bless their hearts - they are "Mayberry" enough to allow the rest of us room to follow our faith without putting us down for it. This has always felt like a safe place, and I'm grateful for it. Even though we don't always agree on some things, no one is chastised for their beliefs, and everyone is given respect. An environment like that is hard to find.

Blessings! --Romeena

June 11, 2012 - Msg 88926: Good Monday porch, just stopping by for a minute. been a busy couple weeks for me, lots going on.

Prayers for Miss Sherry and SPOT. Prayers for BOO and Sean, Prayers for Romeena and for everyone else.

I know we will support, pray and love them through this.
take care!
Big Maude

June 11, 2012 - Msg 88927: Thank you, Maude. I've been missing you. :)

Sweet words, Ro. Thinking of Sherry and SPOT.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88928:
HI All. We all saw spot thru his accident several years ago, and I know we'll all be with him and Sherry thru this also.
Friends, we also need prayers as fires ripping thru the west. Jesus, please send you rain to quench the out of control fires. Thank you Lord.
Prayers also for TOM's step dad.
MAUDE, good to see you back on the porch.
Hope all is well with you and yours.

June 11, 2012 - Msg 88929: Fires again...I thought they would burn half of Texas last summer. Lord help those in the path of the destruction and send relief.


June 11, 2012 - Msg 88930: Passing thru and thought I would say Hey. So Hey!
Sp00ky Benson.

June 11, 2012 - Msg 88931:
Hey SpOOky.

Spot and Miss Sherry-Like the others have said, been thinking and praying for ya.

Goodnight folks.

Peace & Prayers,

June 12, 2012 - Msg 88932:
Hello? No one rocking?


June 12, 2012 - Msg 88933: Quiet day here on the porch, Auh2o. Guess we are just waiting to hear something from SPOT.

Hope you are doing well. You were in my prayers this week.

Been doing house chores, taking care of mom. Wanted to tell you all that I took Sean to the stomach dr yesterday even though he was feeling better. Doc says it could certainly be stress-related and they have been seeing lots of teens with same symptoms due to the stress of graduation and so on. He told him to eat right and if there are any other problems or if they return, they will do a scope and take a look at his stomach.


June 12, 2012 - Msg 88934:
Boo-Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I know it's hard not to have them in your thoughts. Thank you for the prayers. We are doing ok, my daughter's recovery has been a bit uneven and the entire episode has been very unnerving. She will mostly likely not make it back to college in the fall. She was so excited for her second semester which would have been the current one. It's kind of hard just to type this out(I know you didn't ask me to). She is such a good kid, an old soul type. Her first semester she had a 4.0 and it really showed her she could do this. So, we're hoping to get back on track soon. But, I gotta tell my heart aches for her nearly all day. Probably said too much. Didn't mean drone on about my problems.

Prayers continue for Spot & Miss Sherry.


June 12, 2012 - Msg 88935: Haven't heard anymore from Spot on Sherry's condition. I know they went to the doctor yesterday. Hoping to hear some positive news & will update when I do.
Keep the prayers going-thanks,Porch.

possum under a rock

June 12, 2012 - Msg 88936:
Thanks possum.