June 12, 2012 - Msg 88937: Thank you, Possum.

Auh2o, the only reason I had not asked is because I know you to be a private person, but know I am concerned and will support you any way I can. Praying and will be a listening ear if you need one. You can always message me on facebook, too. Nothing can make our hearts ache like our children's hurts.

Mom went back to St. Susan's today and I miss her, darn it. Just doesn't seem right around here without her.


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88938:
Did I miss something (or maybe forgot it)?! What is up with ASA's daughter? sorry
BOO- that's good news about Sean. Hope that's all it was. In fact that jarred a memory, when I was growing up with the swamp cooling in the summer, we would often get stomach problems. Doc said back then that it was airborne micro-organisms causing it, being blown around by the crude evap cooler! Imagine that!
BOO- I bet Erin was getting tired of sleepin' on the ironing board! ha
BTW, how was the episcopal service?
Prayers continue for spot and sherry.

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88939: Not Asa's daughter, MDC, Auh2o's daughter has been having a struggle since December, I believe. :) So the evap cooler made you all sick...who would have thought of that? Well, we don't use those around here because the humidity is so high. Ah, the Episcopal service...It was a very small church with just a handful of elderly folks in attendance. The priest appeared to be very old, too. The service was very formal, ceremonial and it reminded me alot of the Methodist church I grew up in. I didn't know any of the hymns that they sang (guess they were exclusive to the Episcopal church). I was familiar with the creeds they recited (from the Methodist church) but couldn't say them from memory. The people I met were very friendly and welcoming and it was a peaceful atmosphere, which I enjoyed. The little chapel itself was really lovely...small with stained glass windows and old wooden benches...hard to find those anymore.

Yesterday one of our second cousins sent St. Susan a quilt that my great aunt made years ago and she brought it to me to use on my king sized bed. It is beautiful! It fits perfectly over my bed like a bedspread and is red and white. Susan is not really the "quilt" kind of person. She prefers modern decor but I told her the quilt is HERS and I am not taking it from her. Now here you see why we call her St. Susan...she said, "Julie, if it makes you feel any better, you can say it's mine and use it on your bed and if I need it back I will come get it" (which means she never will). I told her that what's mine is her and vice versa..always the way it's been with us. I have a lovely solid red quilt that she likes and I bought it for my bed but Bruce doesn't like it because he thinks its too heavy. I think I will give her that one to put on her bed. She is going to be redecorating her bedroom soon. When dad was living, he and mom shared the master bedroom at St. Susan's but now mom is in one of the smaller rooms and Susan has her bedroom back. I am looking forward to helping her paint and redecorate it. She deserves an oasis of her own, bless her. My bedroom is my place to get away. I keep it always neat, cozy and comfortable. There is no television in there and I can just shut the door and sit in a chair, read, listen to music or meditate and I have two large windows looking out over the yard and I can usually see Thelma Lou from my chair. :) Every woman needs a lovely, peaceful room to retire to when she needs to renew her strength and spirit. I am going to try to make that happen for St. Susan.

Well, better finish up the coffee and get started on the chores. Laundry needing to be done. Will bake a chicken for dinner, with carrots and new potatoes. No dessert, though...


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88940: By the way, Ro. After my last labs were done, the doc told me to stay off the Lipitor even though my cholesterol is high. I'm not exactly comfortable with that but will just try to get more exercise and eat the right things. I had prayed about it and need some wisdom concerning what to do. Maybe I need to stay off the stuff but with high cholesterol it makes me feel a little ungaurded or something.


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88941: Good morning, everyone. Boo, your story about the sweet relationship between you and St. Susan just renews the wish I've always held - for a sister. I have a brother, and I love him dearly, but when two sisters are close, there's just nothing to equal that. I'm happy for you both.

About the Lipitor - if you're looking for defense of that or any other statin, you rattled the wrong cage. I hate them, and refuse to take them. If your doctor told you to stop them, he had a reason, likely a very good one. Sounds like your liver enzymes were indicating that your liver has had enough of them. I think the jury is still out, waaay out, where they're concerned, and I believe that one of these days, we'll be seeing ads on TV encouraging lawsuits over damage done by them. Oh wait! They're already there! (Haha) They're only going to increase. In addition, I believe that the artificial sweeteners are dangerous as well, and studies have proven that they're not effective in a weight-control program. The fake stuff group typically ends up about three pounds heavier on average, over the control group which uses sugar. There probably won't be lawsuits over the fake sugars, though. The pockets are certainly deep enough, but it's hard to identify which pocket and establish guilt. The fake stuff is strictly voluntary, not prescribed, so there will be no grounds for an individual suit. No one with any authority is telling you "use this", like with the statins. Eventually, there may be a class-action suit, if neurological damage can be proven, and I believe that's coming. Just Google "aspartame neurotoxin" and you'll be appalled at what comes up. My own endocrinologist told me he was "fine with that" when I said I couldn't use them. To quote, "you're better off without them anyway, they're not good for you."

So - what to do about cholesterol? I've mentioned Cholest-Off before, it's OTC, and it works. Non-toxic, too. The hard part is remembering to take it, because it must be taken about a half hour or so before a meal. I have no trouble taking my insulin before a meal, because it is to be taken within ten minutes, but that half-hour thing is harder. Still, it does work. You can also take a niacin capsule at bedtime now and then, and it helps to lower cholesterol. Incidentally, before taking any of the herbals supplements, read up on them. A friend proudly told me she had quit taking statins, and was taking red yeast rice capsules. Fine, but what she didn't know was that stuff metabolizes into a statin in the body! Not only was she still getting a statin dose, but she was determining the dose. It's natural, take all you want, right? Eeek! You gotta be careful.

Well, I've babbled enough. Gotta get busy around here. Praying for Spot and Miss Sherry. Anybody know anything yet? --Romeena

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88942:
Good points RO, one has to really research what one takes into the ole bod, that is for sure.
I wish we knew how sherry is doing. I know the feeling of what you were mentioning the other day, how thoughts of spot and sherry pop in mind, and I say a prayer at that time.
REV- you around buddy?
Busy with concerts I know, and thanks again for your witness.
Til later,

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88943: I wish you had a sister, too, Ro. I'm glad you have Eloise. :)

I tend to agree about the Statins but here's the thing... After having what the "experts" say is high cholesterol for all my life (first tested at age 10)...with a bad LDL/HDL and triglycerides, I first went on Lipitor 11 years ago. Immediately everything began falling into "normal" levels (of course who's to say what is actually normal for me). Doc started me on 20mg, then went up to 40mg and liver started to suffer. She dropped me back to 20mg and added Zetia and for 11 years that has worked well. I guess I feel like after having normal levels for so many years, having the cholesterol high again makes me a little nervous. It is hereditary and both my parents have/had it and lived a long life (mom still going, of course). Neither of them ever had a heart attack and both took Lipitor for many years. So, not sure exactly how I feel about it yet. For now, I will try to use the cholest-off again, even though I have the same problem about remembering to take it. I will always try and stay away from the hydrogenated fats and use the good ones. I have to exercise and lose some weight, although I find myself in the position of being a yo-yo dieter most of my life, which is very unhealthy. I do well for awhile and then it seems the cravings start to take over when I lose some weight. I am praying! I am trying to cut as much wheat out of my diet as possible, which I think helps most of all when it comes to losing weight and keeping blood sugar within normal parameters. Also trying to remember the acvocados, olive oil and garlic.

Better get back to the laundry...


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88944: I know what you mean, MDC...thinking of Sherry, too.


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88945: Boo & Romeena, Thanks for the "statin posts" I'm in a quandry about exactly the same thing. I went off them about 2 months ago (on my own) told Dr. at last visit 2wks ago that I did, so I got the blood work done yesterday, & tomorrow I will see where the #'s are at. On Zocar my #'s are where they should be, so I'm like Boo just don't know which way I should go, and as Ro said the jury is still out on those drugs! ****if you do and *****if you don't....Boo, tell Bernie Goober..said's Hey! & keep those hens in line...

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88946: Hey Gang,dont know what possum has told you...well here goes..Monday we found out the cancer has spread into Miss Sherrys brain and we stopped Chemo and started brain radiation for two whs everyday...left side paralized for now...tumors putting preasure on her brain...they think the radiation will reduce and relieve preasure....in wheel Chair right now....cant walk...prayers welcome...I told her about the porch prayers, she says thanks!...we thank yall and Love yall.....SPOT

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88947:
Dear Lord Jesus, we all stand in agreement with spot and Sherry. Dear Lord, we pray for her healing, and we ask that your hand to be upon her and give her comfort and your Love.
Thank you Jesus.

June 13, 2012 - Msg 88948:


June 13, 2012 - Msg 88949: Spot, Know for sure all of us here are lifting prayers up for you guys..Remember..the Lord only serves up what our plates can handle! We wish for you guys a larger plate, heaven knows you're plate is full enough! Not trying to be funny but know, we pray for healing hands on Miss Sherry.

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88950: Its really tough Porch..thank SO much...just got her to bed...we love yall...SPOT

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88951: Spot, I am so sorry to read about Sherry. Please know you are in our prayers buddy. God bless you both my friend.


June 14, 2012 - Msg 88952: Prayers for you and Sherry, Spot.
- Hazel

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88953:

Spot, We love the both of you and are here for ya when you need to sit a spell. Buddy, you're on all our minds and in our prayers.


June 14, 2012 - Msg 88954: Thank you for checking in and sharing with us, SPOT. We love and support you...just wish we lived in a real Mayberry so we could drop by and give you some help. You certainly have our prayers and love, though...count on it. At times like these, friends and family mean the most and they really do want to help. Let them as much as possible. God bless you for the love you are showing Sherry.


June 14, 2012 - Msg 88955: Good afternoon porch, just stopping by for a check point chickie. Continues to be busy on my end of the porch. I had problems with my work computer for about 2 weeks and finally ended up buying a laptop, having all my information transferred to it. It put me way behind in my billing and paperwork which was very stressful.I am finally caught up, I think.

Praying for SPOT and Miss Sherry and think about them all through out the day.

Lunch menu will be: grilled chicken sanwhiches, chips, pickles and brownies. sweet tea, lemonade to drink

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88956:
Thanks Big Maude, good comfort food! (:
RO- may I ask you about your birdbath.
Awhile back you mentioned that it has an auto-fill feature. Is it a float device?
I want to add something like that to ours.
The poor birds are just sweltering, they come and splash aroound,and drink, and then I have to go fill it back up. It is to be about 114 here by next week.
Prayers continuing for spot and sherry. As boo said, we'd all be at your house if we could be,
everyone with a big soup turine! (:
Blessings all,
ANDY: Don't that address sound just a little familiar?
BARN: Familiar? How could it? He just now told me this second. 411 Elm street?
Hey! That's where I live!

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88957: Hey gang!...Jeff, Miss Sherrys son, took her to radiation today at 2:10...so I ran to the store and got fresh turnip greens,put pintos in the crock pot with ham hock on high when they left and got some pork chops to grill and fresh squash and cukes from garden!...gona suprise her with a good meal...she is eating pretty well who can make good tea?..."Boo"!!...could ya bring some and lets all eat at 7...est...prayers gang....SPOT

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88958:
SPOT, I'm sad to read about how Miss Sherry's health has worsened after she seemed to be in remission. We experienced a similar cycle with my father after his cancer was diagnosed. So I kind of understand what you are going through. Yes it is rough on both of you. I wish I had something more to offer than just prayer.

And TOM, what is the latest news about your step-dad's health?

Finally, with Romeena's upcoming surgery, I wonder who's taking care of Toye Starr?

from Poor Horatio

June 14, 2012 - Msg 88959: Got the sweet tea ready, SPOT...see ya for some pork chops!


June 14, 2012 - Msg 88960:
Hello porch family.....Haven't had internet service the last couple days...missed you guys!

MDC....yep still on the road telling them about Jesus:) The concerts are going great!

Spot....my heart and prayers continue to be with you both my brother!

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88961: Missed you too, REV. Thank you for "telling them about Jesus". My prayers for you tonight.


June 15, 2012 - Msg 88962: Hey Asa, Cool Beans! The new A/C is working GREAT! the first time the Goob has has central air. Biggest problem was convincing Mrs. G-F how much the lamp by the thermostat was effecting the running of the A/C. Since I had to do a repair on the lamp anyway it's been out of commission and the A/C actually shuts off now..haha!
I'm sure you're a busy man too this time of the year, maybe soon we both can meet up with MDC @ the McDonalds and drink coffee solve the worlds problems and watch them flip the menu from breakfast to lunch..I'ts a fun day....
REV good to hear from ya buddy good to hear tour is going good ..Sing Pretty....meee..theeeey!!
Continued prayers for Spot & Miss Sherry... The oversized plate is coming your way watch for the FED-X man...
Better R-U-N-N-O-F-T got yard work to do before it gets to hot....G-F....

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88963: "before it gets hot,"? G-F, it is hot here every minute from June to October...sometimes beyond. Yesterday was brutal. It just drains the life out of ya when you have to be in it. What little grass we had out here is already brown. No way to water 5 acres and can't put the sprinkler system in because of the heat. Its going to be another hot, brown summer. I really miss grass.

Going to St. Susan's today to help her paint her bedroom...ug. I really hate to paint...I don't mind cleaning, but I hate to paint (remind you of someone named Lydia?). Better get going.


June 15, 2012 - Msg 88964: Boo, If ya live in California they legalize those things....haha..Us Mayberrians would'nt know about those things..Just don't get the herpes from painting, and if ya get dizzy from the paint fumes just hang your head out of the window fo awhile & don't eat too many chocolates!.......
(by the way, I hate cleaning but do like painting) Funny how things are sometimes....G-F..

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88965: Hi, Porch!! Boy, is it good to be home! Surgery is over and done with, and apparently was quite successful. I checked in at 6 a.m. yesterday, surgery was at 7:30, I was in my room in time to have some jello and juice for lunch. Have had absolutely no pain. Soreness a-plenty, but no pain. In case that sounds confusing, I'll explain. Soreness is when, if you leave it alone, it leaves you alone. Nothing hurts until you bother it. Pain is when you're lying down or sitting and minding your own business, not bothering anything, and it still hurts. Big difference. Moving my head is not an option for me right now, so therefore no pain. I have a very big, tall, hard cervical collar on, with bases against my back and chest. My head has about an inch of movement in any direction. I feel (and look) like a very large, stupid turtle, but at least a turtle can move his head in and out of his shell.

Seriously, this has been a piece of cake. I finally took one 325mg Tylenol last night, just to satisfy my nurse, who was so concerned about my pain level. She was doing her job, and I knew she needed to chart some sort of pain intervention, so letting her chart that Tylenol proved that she had addressed the issue.

As for Toye Starr, my daughter and her soon-to-be husband have been here all along, and are trying their best to pamper me. They have pampered her as well, because she went from door to door, not whining, just making a little moaning sound, looking for me, and it broke their hearts. They have been giving her a lot of special attention.

I am so sorry to hear of the progression of Miss Sherry's cancer. I had such high hopes that the battle was being won. I'm not giving up on that idea, and will continue to pray. We serve a mighty God, and we don't know what He has in mind. All we can do is trust Him. This we know - He loves us, and wants only what is best for us. Sometimes what we think is best is not the same as what He knows is best. That's where faith and trust enter.

Well, I think I'm going to go rest a little while, and love on my ecstatic little baby doggie. She just ran in circles all over the house when I got home, carrying a toy in her mouth the whole time. Toye Starr - she was well named.

Love you guys --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88966: Oh, MDC, to answer your birdbath question. My friend Joe, who installed my sprinklers, ran a little line off one of the zones to the birdbath. It's very simple, just a bit of tubing that we wired to the base of the birdbath, curled it up and over the edge and placed a rock on it to hold it down. The birds use the rock to stand on, and drink the fresh water as it comes out of the tube. The end of the tube has to be above water level, or it will siphon back out, because there is a similar tube that extends a few inches into the pond, to replace evaporation loss. Those two lines run whenever that particular zone runs. Very convenient, but does run off the sprinkler, and if you don't have an irrigation system, that is a problem. --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88967: Oops!
There! That should fix it! --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88968: Well!! How many mistakes did I make up there?
Hope it wasn't more than three. --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88969: Guess I still have a little anesthesia working. My brain seems to be numb. --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88970: You know how I feel about you & Sherry, Spotty & sure hate to hear that news. But like Ro said, God is in control & I'm praying that He turns this around for y'all. God Bless you both,friend. Love to you from possum

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88971: Yay!! You sure put a smile on my face with that post, Ro! So happy to hear that things went so well and prayers were answered. You are one tough cookie, though, no matter how easy you make it sound. You're a real credit to tough Texas women everywhere. :)


June 15, 2012 - Msg 88972: Happy to hear that things went so well for you,Ro.
love to you~ possum again

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88973:
Hi All, hang in there RO, thanks for the BB info.
Prayers for Sherry and all.
Hey to Rev, Goob with AC, and all porchsters.

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88974: I forgot to ask, Ro...did the doctor prescribe hanging in the closet with a harness??...just curious... ;)


June 15, 2012 - Msg 88975: No, he didn't, Boo, and that might have been fun. With this rig I'm wearing right now, all we'd have to do is attach some wires between the collar and the door facing, and I'd be all set. I can't imagine six weeks in this thing, but if I come out standing up straight again, it will be worth it. --Romeena

June 15, 2012 - Msg 88976: Haha...funny mental picture, Ro. Hope you finally get straight! ;) Wish I was there to keep you company and maybe we could watch some TAGS. You know something we have never done on this porch that might be fun? We should decide on a particular episode to watch on DVD at a certain time and all watch it at home at the same time. Then we could come on the porch and discuss it or have a quote-a-thon from the ep afterward. Might take a little effort to get everyone to find the same ep and watch it at the same time but might be fun to try. We all used to do more of that when TAGS was on every night at the same time on TVLand or TBS.

Well anyway, Ro, I can send over some cyber-soup if you tell me what kind you would like. I can make a dessert, too...with no effort at all. ;)

Went out to eat with Bruce to a Chinese buffet kind of place. Not exactly great but filled us up. Now its time for a shower and a good book...


June 16, 2012 - Msg 88977: exactilioso!

June 16, 2012 - Msg 88978: Morning gang!..im here at work till 6pm keeping the lights
on I hope...breakfast?..im starved!...SPOT

June 16, 2012 - Msg 88979: Alright, SPOT...breakfast is taquitos...bacon, egg, and cheese or potato egg and cheese...(salsa optional), orange juice and/or coffee.

What am I doing up early on Saturday morning?...my internal clock just won't get the message.

Erin went to bed last night with a fever and I heard her coughing this morning. She has church camp on Sunday...figures. Hope she is well by then because she has been so excited about spending the week at camp with her friends. I guess I could always drive her up a day late if I had to...it's not that far away.


June 16, 2012 - Msg 88980: camp on Monday, rather...maybe she will be ok by then.


June 16, 2012 - Msg 88981:
I just learned that Frank Cady passed away a few days ago (June 8) at age 96. He appeared in two TAGS episodes; as "Farley Upchurch" in The Legend of Barney Fife and as "Luke" in The Rehabilitation of Otis. But his most famous television role was as "Sam Drucker the shopkeeper" on Petticoat Junction, Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres.

Romeena, I'm so glad to learn your surgery went well. When you mentioned that Toye Starr was moaning looking for you, my eyes got a little misty there. I'm a true dog lover at heart. By the way, did they give you a local or general for the surgery?
Speaking of anesthesia, there was this wife who visited her husband in the hospital right after his surgery. Groggy from the anesthesia, he opened his eyes slightly, saw her sitting there and said "I didn't realize just how gorgeous you are". That made her smile widely. He then closed his eyes and fell asleep. After about another hour, he opened his eyes fully, saw his wife still by his side and said "Gee, you look nice". The wife got upset and said "What? I'm no longer gorgeous?" His reply was "The drugs are finally beginning to wear off".

from Poor Horatio

June 16, 2012 - Msg 88982: Romeena, Glad to see you made it thru with flying colors! Boo is right you Texas gals sure are tuff cookies, we'll have to tie you down cause you'll be out doing this & that for sure if we don't! No Rodeo's for at LEAST 2 weeks Dr.Fife's orders!!

Hey, PH How long does it take a guy to tight rope walk across Niagera Falls?? Well,now ya know!
Boo, Did you get your painting done? which had more paint on it you or the walls?? haha..
As MDC refered to me as Goob with A/C...haha
"COOL BEANS!"............

June 16, 2012 - Msg 88983:
Hey, G-F, I didnt know if you would notice or not how I slipped that in there! ha
SPOT- you sound so much better today, how is Sherry, form your earlier description, it sounded really bad. Is she healing?
PH- I heard of Frank's death but wasnt sure if anyone here would remember him! ha
I admit that I watched the tight rope walk, and abc didnt even bleep out his Thank you Jesus!
RO- I was watching an old episode of Route 66 today, and they drove into the parking lot of Wyatt's Food and Restaurant in Dallas. Do you remember such a store, and are they still around?
Hope recovery is still doing good, and I second G-F's suggestion! ha
Boo- prayers for Erin to attend camp. I recall how worried you were last year about he not liking it! ha
God bless,

June 16, 2012 - Msg 88984: The painting experience at St. Susan's was...interesting. My sister did minimal prep work before starting to paint. She just pushed everything into the middle of the room, no drop cloths, no painter's tape...nothing. I said, "This is the most half-@*&%# system for painting that I have ever seen, Lucy" (in my best Ricky Ricardo voice). Crazy...Sean was trying to use the roller and knocked over a lit candle that Susan had perched precariously on top of the TV set, and he knocked over a Route 44 unsweet tea with lemon and extra ice (MINE!). After doing some painting for a couple of hours, I couldn't wait to get outta there! There is still trimwork to be done and I'm not looking forward to it.

Well, Erin is sick today. Still has a fever and getting a cough and runny nose. I am also starting to feel under the weather so I guess we both have a bug.

Hope all you Dad's have a great Father's Day tomorrow.

Here is a little Father's Day question for you ladies (or men, if you feel inclined): Who is/was the s*xiest dad on TV or in the movies? Some examples might be: Andy, of course, "Pa" Ingalls, the dad on the Walton's, Mike on the Brady Bunch, Ward on Leave it to Beaver, Fred McMurray on My Three Sons, Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life, Gregory Peck as Atticus in TKAM...can anyone think of others?...


June 16, 2012 - Msg 88985: Not that I consider all of those s*xy, mind you.


June 16, 2012 - Msg 88986: Hey gang...Just got back from the hospital..Miss Sherrys son Jeff was with her while i worked today and she had a seizure...911 called I met all at the hospital...preasure on her brain from tumors....kept her several hra and done a CT..gave her IV"s and seizure meds...I just went ahead and took off the next wk of work....Jeff her son 30 is a High school teacher and lives close by and he and DNL are a great help along with great friends like you guys,, will up date...she is resting now ...its about Midnight Sat...love ya porch and prayers....SPOT

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88987: On a side note to your question, Boo. Did you know that Hugh Beaumont(Ward Cleaver) was a licensed minister, with a doctorate in theology? I didn't either, until I looked him up, because I wondered what had happened to him(He died of a heart attack in 1982 while visiting his son in Germany). I have been enjoying watching LITB, especially with all the tripe on tv nowadays. It is nice to look back to when the nuclear family wasn't considered "intolerant". Well, I should say, I have been ALMOST enjoying watching LITB. Because it is on TvLand, which I despise, and it is like they have 20 minutes of commercials and 10 minutes of program. Add to that that their commercials always contain a ton of promos for their disgusting "original" shows.
Yuck. Can you tell I am no fan of TvLand?!

-Sterling Holobyte

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88988:
Woah! How did that get all bolded?

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88989:

Let's see if that works.

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88990: Yup. Spot, you left the doggy door open in the back there. But it is understandable with all you are going through. Stay optimistic and in the Word. We are praying for you.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88991: Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads here on the porch. Prayers for everyone here in need.

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88992: Happy Father's Day to all of our Porch dads!

Continued prayers for Sherry & Spotty. Love y'all..

possum under a rock

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88993: hey hey
HAPPY FATHER DAY to all the dad here


June 17, 2012 - Msg 88994: Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers. Prayers for SPOT and Sherry.

This is the first Father's Day without my father but it's ok. Love is eternal and I know he feels that where he is today. :)


June 17, 2012 - Msg 88995: Happy Father's Day to all you fellers. My dad has been gone nine years now - he passed on Father's Day in 2003. The date would be off by a few days, but I've always just used Father's Day as the landmark. I still miss him, but I can't help but be happy for him. He wanted to go "home" so badly, and now he's there, with my mother, and above all, with his Lord. What a blessing!

I just finished a great breakfast. Robbi and Richard are spoiling me terribly, and I may just have a little tantrum when they get ready to go home. I don't know what I would have done without them.

I learned something yesterday. On my old computer, I could go to View up at the top, then click Page Source, and it would go back to the "scratch" copy of the current page. That way, I could see what error I had made whenever I broke the porch, and could fix it. When my computer crashed a couple of years ago, and I got a new one, that Page Source option was no longer there under View. Very annoying. Then yesterday I thought to ask my computer guru friend, who loaded the new one for me, if there was a way to get there. Yep. You just right-click on the page, and the menu options that include Page Source will pop up. Yay! Now I can fix the porch if I break it again. I don't know why I hadn't tried that. I know very well that right-click frequently brings up wonderful things, but I just hadn't applied it to this problem. Oh well, now I know.

Still no pain from the surgery. My neck and shoulder muscles are aching and tight, because the brace is pushing my head back where it belongs, and those muscles are having to vacate their accustomed position, and they're not happy about it. However, it will get better. It will help when this brace goes away and I can actually move my head and stretch and flex those muscles.

Well, I think I'll go rest a while. Blessings, porch. Prayers for Spot and Miss Sherry. --Romeena

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88996: Boo, Your painting adventure sounded like a Laural & Hardy skit...Sometimes ya just need to "CALL THE MAN"!..haha (They make it look sooo easy on HGTV don't they & it all gets done in a half hour too!.No spills no streaks no runs.)
I thought Bill Bixby was a good Dad on Courtship of Eddie's Father..How about Clark Griswold?.. All he wanted to do is get his family to "Wally World" for a Vacation..He only had a FEW problems..haha

As for Fathers Day, Wish I could have told my Dad "Thanks for the Life Lessons". "Life is not easy or fair but it's your's to embrace!. I miss his "Dadisms".....
Goober-Fife....Going to the Wal-Mart to check out the spandex....

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88997: Happy Fathers day Dads...My son and his gf and my daughter came over for a while...Sherry doing good today..resting...Jeff (her son) and dnl will be over in a bit to grill...her daughter called from south Ga...my Pop came out...he will be 81 this year and has slowed a bit but still gets-ur- done!...ok....let me check on her....Peace and good thoughts...SPOT

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88998: And Romeena Sherry and I both read the e-mail...thanks from the both of us...SPOT

June 17, 2012 - Msg 88999: Glad you're doing well, Ro, except for some expected soreness.

Bill Bixby and Clark Griswold...I didn't think of them, G-F. Of course I guess one could say Bill was s*xy but Clark in his short "80's" shorts and big glasses...not so much. ;)

Well, the Father's day menu for dinner is chicken fried steak, mashed taters and cream gravy, buttered corn, asparagus and sweet tea. Chocolate cake for dessert.


June 17, 2012 - Msg 89000: Boo make mea plate for lunch tomorrow ok....SPOT

June 17, 2012 - Msg 89001: You got it, SPOT. :)


June 18, 2012 - Msg 89002: It's therapetic

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89003: Morning porch, just stopping by for a visit as my work day gets started.

Glad you are doing well Romeena, I Know you are glad to have the surgery over and are on your way to recovery and feeling better.

Attended my nieces wedding on Saturday. A sweet little ceremony and reception. They have known one another for 7 years (she is 21 and he is 25) but have a lot going for them (she has associates degree and he has a degree and is a certified diesel mechanic) and both have jobs) have been able to put a down payment on a house and will have good family support systems so I think they will do well. I worry about young folks getting married these days. sooo hard in so many ways.

Big Prayers for SPOT and Miss Sherry and everyone else.

Thanks for the Fathers Day dinner BOO. My Dad died in 1970 when I was 11. I have good memories of the little time I did have him though.

Well better get busy, times a wastin'.

Lunch menu will be: tuna salad sanwhiches with sweet baby gerkins, chips, Mr. Cookie Bar for dessert, tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessing all around.
Big Maude

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89004: I'm checking in on Romeena making sure she's not out there trying to Bronkobust already...Give yourself AT LEAST a week..haha Glad to hear you're on the mend. Let R&R soil ya a little you deserve it!...
Well SPOT and other NASCAR porchsters, looks like Dale Jr. finally ended his dry spell, I think he was so dry he thought he was living in Texas...Right Boo? Next week is a road course? That just ain't right! It should be a road course thru the hills & mountains like the good o'l days...
Maude...save me a Mr. Cookie Bar for this afternoon, when I get my sinking spell.....G-F...

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89005: Sorry Ro, that was suppost to be SPOIL not Soil unless ya want them to work on your garden then it was'nt a typo...haha

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89006: You got that right, G-F. Everything has turned brown already and no rain! We might get some rain later in the week from a tropical depression that's in the gulf...hopefully. All I got out here on my little farm is sand, stickers and dead burmuda grass! Hey, I was at a friend's house who is in Haiti this week, and I went to check on her chickens and guess who I saw for the first time? Bernie's dad. He looked exactly like Bernie.

Good to see ya, Maude. Sounds like you are doing ok.

Better git...I have to drive Erin to church camp today.


June 18, 2012 - Msg 89007: ranning away and not comming back

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89008: Mornin' Y'all- thinking of all that Spot & Sherry are going through & found a song I'd like to share with them. It's for all of us,actually. God Bless..


possum under a rock

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89009: Who is running away up there?? You can't leave Mayberry-we'll form a posse and come haul ya back! LOL

possum again

June 18, 2012 - Msg 89010: We'll tolerate no running away! Life gets hard to handle sometimes, but running away solves nothing. Stay and fight. We'll help!

Yes, Rob and Richard are really spoiling me. I guess they're got to head home tomorrow, and I will definitely miss them. However, they've got me on my feet and functional. Not being able to drive my car for six weeks is a downer, but I can understand the restriction. So, I'll put up with it.

I am so stiff and sore, I feel like I've been beaten with a bat. My throat and neck muscles are unbelievably sore, but this too shall pass. Still no pain. When I'm sitting or lying still, nothing hurts. When I move, and disturb those angry muscles, it hurts, but stops as soon as I get still. God is good!

Well, I think I'll go lie down for a little while. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89011: hi all
hot hot day.
Thing are not going to good for dad
he seed the Dc yestrday was fine today he out of it.

TOM :(

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89012: Lunch?...busy here at work....need Food...SPOT

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89013: Good Tuesday porch, just stopping by with lunch...

BBQ pork sandwiches, SLAW, pickles, chips of choice, brownies, sweet tea, lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89014: Good Tuesday porch, just stopping by with lunch...

BBQ pork sandwiches, SLAW, pickles, chips of choice, brownies, sweet tea, lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89015: oops, sorry about that.
Big Maude

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89016: oops, sorry about that.
Big Maude

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89017: Maude.....FEED THE HUNGRY BUZZARD SPOT!!

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89018: Thanks Maude!..SPOT

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89019: Somebody please bump Big Maude. She's stuck. :)


June 19, 2012 - Msg 89020: Boo, I really felt guilty as I cut my grass today we had 2 nice rainfalls and everything is growing and green...I feel sorry for Thelma Lou having to eat brown grass..Hope you guys get some rain soon so you don't repete last years heat & drought.
Romeena are you behaving and following Dr.Fife's orders?...Low & slow!!

June 19, 2012 - Msg 89021:
HI ALL! Had a busy weekend with my 2 out-of-state sisters here to visit dad, then Monday was my 36th anniversary!
Hot here too TOM. 113 to 115 today and the rest of this week! Yes, that's dang hot! ha
Hey to Maudie, spot, Ro, boo and all.
Should we leave TWO quarters for Maude? (get it, two posts = 2 quarters) errr ha
BOO- glad Erin was OK to go to camp.
Possum- nice song, thanks.
Prayers continue for RO, Sherry and all ailin'.
So G-F, is watchin' em change the menu at McDonalds the modern version of changin the marquee at the Grand? lol
Praise God,

June 20, 2012 - Msg 89022: Thanks for the sympathy, G-F. I certainly hope things aren't as bad as last summer, and with those terrible fires in Texas! Forgot to mention the other day about the earthquake in north Texas...wondered if Ro felt it.

MDC, it seems like Erin is having a good time at camp. Our pastor, who is one of the sponsors, called me today to tell me that someone stole 4 pairs of new shorts out of Erin's suitcase so they had to go to the store and buy her some shorts. Seems like every summer that happens to somebody.

Better think about heading for the ironing board...full day of things to do tomorrow.


June 20, 2012 - Msg 89023:
Boo- isnt it a CHURCH camp??? wow.
Maybe one evening they could review the Commandments! ha

June 20, 2012 - Msg 89024: MDC..haha Exactly! So have some buscuits & gravy on me...As you guys discuss the worlds problems see if ya can figure out why you guys & Boo arn't getting any rain...Thelma Lou is hankering for some GREEN grass to chew on..
Boo, The earth shaking you had was'nt a earthquake, it was Romeena shaking in her chair cause she is not alowed to get out and about!..
Just a theory.....G-F.....
Also Boo, maybe some one wanted Erin to dress pioneer style, cause a pair of shorts made pioneer style gotabe better than a pair of the store boughten ones!...haha
That G-F he sure is a study!!

June 20, 2012 - Msg 89025: and crazy

June 20, 2012 - Msg 89026: Yes, MDC, its a church camp but that's just the way some kids are. Not all kids that go to church camp are nice, Christian kids, but maybe being there will influence them for the better. When I was a sponsor at youth camp a few years ago, someone stole money from another kid's suitcase and the speaker at the church services in the evening spoke about it to the kids and the offender confessed and gave back the money. Pastor said yesterday that they were going to do a suitcase search of the other campers in that bunkhouse and see if they found erin's shorts but I doubt they will find anything. It could have been one of hundreds of kids. Someone could have easily slipped in from another bunkhouse looking for something to take.
That's an idea, G-F...they coulda made shorts pioneer style and gone out and caught a quail for dinner. ;) Probably would have been alot better than the camp food, from what i hear. The camp for the week only cost 150.00 so you can't expect "pounded steak" like at Morelli's, i guess. The kids always have a great time, though. Unfortunately this year, Erin's best friend had to go home from camp with a fever, but she has other friends there. I am looking forward to seeing her back on Thursday. It is way too quiet around here without her (never thought i would complain about that!) ;)

Yesterday I brought home some home movies from St. Susan's of trips we took to Colorado with Dad. It was a little depressing, not only because Dad is gone now, but to see how quickly the years flew by. One of the tapes I watched was around the time I first started coming to the porch and Bruce and I took mom and dad on a December vacation to Colorado. Sean was about 7 and Erin was only 1 and had just started walking. Poor dear looked like a bald little alien but so sweet. That turned out not to be such a great trip because Erin got sick with a virus and mom fell one night in Buena Vista Colorado and we ended up cutting the trip short and heading home. Looking at the movies, though, we appear to be having a great time for the most part. It was good to see Dad walking and talking but wow, did he look young just 9 years ago. He was chubby and had a lovely full head of show white hair. He was skin and bones when he passed away. I am very happy I have those movies of him. We had some really great trips with him. Of course, we tend to forget the times when he was being a pain in the...uh, nether regions. ;)

Well, looks like I will be making a trip to the vet this week to have Dad's old weinie dog finally sent to the happy doggy hunting ground. She is about 15 now and outlived Dad, but she is incontinent and lungs are starting to fill with fluid because the old heart just can't keep up anymore. She did a wonderful job of cheering up my Dad's spirits and helping him through his suffering, even stayed right on the bed with him his last night one earth. It's time to send her on and ease her suffering. Please pray that Mom takes it well. I know it will be like letting go of a piece of Dad.

Well, things to do...hey, G-F, it looks like it might rain today...yahoo!


June 20, 2012 - Msg 89027: Good morning, porch. You cannot imagine how hard it is to type when something is holding your head up high and rigid, and when you try to look down, all you can see is your own cheekbones! I'm waaaay sick of this brace, but it has to remain for a little over five more weeks. I can take it off momentarily for washing my hair in the shower, but have to stand very straight and not let my head move. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Boo, I sympathize with your situation with your dad's old doggie. Yes, your mom will probably have a hard time with it, but maybe it will help to tell her how much the dog wants to go and find him. And you know what? I believe that she will! I do not accept that God went to all the trouble to make these creatures that share this earth with us, only to have them just vanish into nothingness when they die. He forged the special bond that many of us have with our pets, and I just don't believe that it's all for nothing. I think the old doggie will find your dad, and he will be glad to see her. Psalm 150:6 says "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." To me, that implies that in that perfect world, in which the children of God will live one day, the other breathing creatures will be there as well, praising Him along with the rest of us. Being innocent and not guilty of sin, animals don't need redemption and will just naturally be there. Well, anyway, that's what I think. It works for me.

I've got a sore muscle in the side of my neck that is giving me a fit! Even the slightest movement sends it into a spasm. It's even hard to swallow. Guess I'll call the doc and see if he would recommend heat or cold, or whatever. It's about two inches away from the incision, so I should be able to put a cold pack or something on it.

Blessings, friends! Hope everyone's weather smooths out and you have some pleasant days. It's nice here right now, just 78, but it will climb as the day goes on. --Romeena