July 09, 2012 - Msg 89284:
Boo, I enjoyed learning about your father's military experiences. Those small square boats that land Marines on the beaches are referred to as LCU's for Landing Craft Utility (http://tinyurl.com/cew65ry). That must of been tough duty for your father having to force comrades into harm's way. While his craft neared the beaches, they were probably under heavy fire. Then once they are beached on the sand and the door opens, those Marines had the choice to get out and possibly get shot by the enemy, or stay aboard and get shot for sure by the sailors. If I were one of those sailors, I would prefer a court martial instead of shooting one of my comrades.

from Poor Horatio

July 09, 2012 - Msg 89285: Just heard from Robbi. Richard is being released from the hospital today, they will go back to his brother's ranch, probably for the night, then will go home to Fredericksburg tomorrow. Thank God! This could have really been a tragedy.

I don't think it will upset the wedding plans. That's still a month away, and while he might not be top-notch, I'm sure he'll be well enough to go through with the wedding. It's going to be a simple, very relaxed and casual event, so shouldn't be too tiring. God is good. --Romeena

July 09, 2012 - Msg 89286: Sure gonna miss you Andy. I hope to see you in YHWH Yeshua's world, where everybody is loved and special. - RickNPHX

July 09, 2012 - Msg 89287:
Howdy porch family....just got back to internet service area. The concerts this weekend went great but boy was it busy. By last night I was wiped. Four concerts in three days in different cities. Got today and tomorrow to rest up before Wednesday nights concert in Wells, Maine...(About a mile from the Bush's summer estate.) You think they'll come to the concert?....lol

A lot has been going on here on the porch since I left. Sure am glad Robbi and Miss Sherry are doing better.
Prayers for ALL my porch family!
Love ya'll

July 09, 2012 - Msg 89288: Thank you for sharing that picture, PH. I don't think my dad ever shot anyone but he talked about seeing others hold their gun on a marine and force them out. He also told me about what he called a real "SOB" who was chicken and instead of putting the craft all the way onto the beach before dropping the door, he would drop it early to be sure he wouldn't get stuck (I could be explaining this wrong) and that he saw marines run out and end up in the water, drowning because they were so weighed down.

So glad Richard is doing so well, Ro.

Welcome to the porch RickNPHX.

Good to hear from you, REV.


July 09, 2012 - Msg 89289:
Hi all, just got home from visiting dad. He was so-so today, and not really trying too much to walk when PT tried to do it. It's been good days and bad days.
Frankie, so glad your power is back. The next few days here will be extremely hot. 116 to 117 today, Tues and Wed! But aint complainin', just sayin' ha Ya live in a desert and this is what you get!
Where's our Lucy been? APB FOR LUCY!
Boo- I saw your TV/fireplace on FB. Neat storage cabinets too. I also saw a link to Sean's page, so took a gander. He's looking good!
And yes, RIP Ernest Borgine. He was in the epic mini series, Jesus of Nazareth, playing a centurian guard, and the one who said, "Surely this was the son of God." And I saw in an interview with him a few years ago where he siad it took about 20 takes to get out that line because he started crying everytime he tried to say it! wow, and that
the emotion and presence of God on the set was extremely powerful!
Well, thanks for all the prayers, and mine continue for you-all. God bless,

July 09, 2012 - Msg 89290: Hey MDC, Sounds like your on an emotional roller coaster right now. Probably to be expected. Try and not let the low days get you too low and the high days get you too high buddy. We are all praying for your Dad and you.

Rev, hope you're keeping that larnyx lubed up good with bug juice.

Boo, glad your temps have come down a little. We sure been hot here. Supposed to be over 100 all week. You know what, that's hot. Dang hot! But I'll take it over the 10 degree winter mornings any day.

Prayers for all.


July 09, 2012 - Msg 89291: You know, I have probably told this before, MDC, but I was born again watching the Jesus of Nazareth movie when I was only 16 and it was a powerful experience. God certainly used that particular movie to reach out to me. I remember the scene with Earnest B well...such a sweet scene.

MDC, if you go to the photo section on my facebook you should be able to see some more pictures of the house during family gatherings and I posted some outdoor pictures of the house with Christmas lights. About those storage cabinets you mentioned...what you could see in the picture is one side of it...across the fireplace on the opposite side is the same thing with another identical flat screen tv that Bruce watches with closed captioning. We have the same storage on both sides, which is wonderful. those side cabinets hold the dvd players and such and the large drawers on the bottom hold dvd's, games, blankets, school supplies. The top part with the open shelves for books is where I put my lighted Christmas village at Christmas and it is so pretty...I designed all that special and I it has worked out great. Anyway, glad your Dad is hanging in there and has some good days mixed in with the not so good ones. You hang in there. Oh, and yes, Sean is doing much better physically, thanks.

Poor ASA, I am sorry to hear about your heat wave. It has been pretty nice here, relatively speaking. We haven't seen any triple digits for over a week and have had some clouds and a nice breeze. We are supposed to get rain the next couple of days, too. Hope you cool off soon..just not fair, is it? Down here you just expect those kinds of temperatures but not where you are. In the meantime, just come home from work, put some water in the kiddie pool, grab a cold drink and lie in some cool water. ;)hehe..I say that because yesterday Bruce and I saw a middle aged, rather large woman sitting in a small wading pool and her two little boys, were standing because there was no room to sit in it! She must have been desperate.


July 09, 2012 - Msg 89292: Hi All
It was a warme day in the 80.

My twilight years of rich content
Are filled with love You.
I seem to feel Your presence, Lord,
In everything that I do.

How bittersweet the yesteryears
When memories start to flow
Of youthful times now past
In those years of long ago.

With age I seem to lose deire
To live life's fast, swift pace.
Now I long to be close to You
And to feel Your sweet embrace.

I'm content sit and talk with You
Off and on throughout the day
And how I long to walk with You
As I go along life's way.

Earth's beauty that I savor each day
Is a gife beyond compare
And in these times of golden years
I thank You with a prayer.


July 10, 2012 - Msg 89293: Beautiful poem, Tom, and it fits me perfectly, describes my feelings exactly. Thanks for sharing it.

I just learned of something that happened to a friend of mine at her volunteer workplace. As a member of a volunteer group there, she is responsible for the seasonal decorations in the building. She does an excellent job. Just before Memorial Day, she filled the spaces in and around the large revolving front door with patriotic decor, and featured a large Bible (her own) in one of the displays. She left it all in place after Memorial Day, in order to cover the Fourth of July as well. You can figure out what happened, I'll bet. Yep. Someone complained (guess who?) and the supervisor of volunteers called her in and suggested she remove the displays, especially the Bible, as it was apparently offensive to some of the clientele. Mind you, this is a faith-based organization, yet the presence of patriotic material and a Bible was deemed offensive by someone walking through those doors, and the supervisor was willing to remove the display to pacify them. My friend just politely refused to remove it, stating "if you want it removed, you can do it, but I will not. There are other doors, suggest that the complainant use one of them." The supervisor declined to remove it herself, so the display remained. It is coming down now, since the Fourth is over. However, Christmas is coming, and there will definitely be religious displays. It will be interesting to see what happens. I was very proud of my friend. That's what it's going to take - enough of us just standing our ground and politely refusing to be bullied into hiding our beliefs from view, lest they "offend" some group or other. Dear Lord! --Romeena

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89294: P.S. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm feeling pretty "offended" myself these days. --Romeena

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89295: Well, that's kind of hard to understand since it was a "faith-based" organization. I read something that someone sent me the other day about a man in Phoenix who is being harrassed by the city because he is holding a bible study in his home (on 5 acres). They are telling him he is technically considered a church and has to abide by those ordinances, but if he wants to have any other kind of gathering in his own home and on his 5 acres, that would be ok. At this point he has a fine of thousands of dollars and is facing 2 years in jail. I posted the story on facebook because I wanted MDC's opinion...don't know if he read it or not but you could probably google it. Don't you just feel like the government is closing in closer and closer everyday? The government is becoming something it was never intended to be.


July 10, 2012 - Msg 89296: That's scary, Boo. I'd like to know more about that situation. As for what happened to my friend, I should have made it clear that the supervisor who wanted her to dismantle the display is also a volunteer, not an employee, so was not really acting in an official capacity. The truth is, one of the organization's executives actually ordered that a Nativity scene be put in place, when there was none, at Christmas time. The exec stated, "We're a faith-based organization, we should look like one" or something to that effect. Therefore, I think the supervisor of volunteers was acting unilaterally and would not have been supported by the management of the company. As I understand it, the supervisor is a Christian person, but apparently is easily intimidated, and when someone complained, she buckled. It's a bit of a tempest in a teapot, and will probably not happen again, but it is a symptom of what's wrong here. The person who complained should not have even felt that they could do so, but evidently was encouraged by the general climate in the country today. --Romeena

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89297: Good afternoon porch! been a busy couple days on my end of the porch. raining and stormy as well.
glad to have the rain though.

Glad you are getting stronger and feeling better Romeena. Prayers continue for SPOT and Sherry.

Beth is in Alabama helping a church with their Bible school. Sort of a mission trip. We miss her but glad she wanted to share part of her summer in this manner. Patrick is working his summer co op job 7-4 everyday.

well, better get back to work.

Dinner menu: lasagna, salad, bread sticks. chocolate pie for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings!
Big maude

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89298: If you want to learn more about what Boo posted about the home bible study problem in Phoenix Arizona, just search the internet using the pastor's name Michael Salman.

from Poor Horatio

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89299: Good afternoon porch! been a busy couple days on my end of the porch. raining and stormy as well.
glad to have the rain though.

Glad you are getting stronger and feeling better Romeena. Prayers continue for SPOT and Sherry.

Beth is in Alabama helping a church with their Bible school. Sort of a mission trip. We miss her but glad she wanted to share part of her summer in this manner. Patrick is working his summer co op job 7-4 everyday.

well, better get back to work.

Dinner menu: lasagna, salad, bread sticks. chocolate pie for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings!
Big maude

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89300:
Howdy porch.......those post about the complaints of the Christian really makes my blood boil. I am so glad that lady took her stand against that anti Christ garbage. Folks I am so ready for my Lord to come back.
I talked to a lady the other day here in Maine that made a statement that she believes in God but she thinks Christian should except other beliefs also.....whether it's same s#x marriage, muslim, etc.. I flat out asked her...."If you believe in God like you say.....then let me ask you, do you believe what He says in His Word? If not then you don't truely believe in God and if you do then you need to look and see what He says about those things". Folks we better be bold in our stand for our Lord!

I better get off here and settle down a little.
Love and prayers

July 10, 2012 - Msg 89301:
Exactillioso REV!!! (:

July 11, 2012 - Msg 89302: You know REV, lately I feel kind of like those disciples who were on the boat when the storm came up. They saw that terrible storm and the waves and even though Jesus was in the boat, they were afraid. Lately I have been looking alot more at the wind and waves and not nearly enough at the savior. Things are so crazy in the world and it is easy to be afraid (at least it is for me). I am trying to look not so much at the storm but at Jesus. I think we all need to hold on tight because we are in for a rough ride.

Better get to bed...tuckered out this evening. G'night all.


July 11, 2012 - Msg 89303: Hi All.
Warme day up in the 80.
A little bird just told me that it's REV
31 anniversry?


July 11, 2012 - Msg 89304:
LOL....thanks Tom....Yep been married to my sweet wife for 31 years today. And she's 1000 miles away from me:( But the good news is she's flying up here tomorrow to finish the tour out with me:)

Boo...you're so right...we've got to keep focused on our Lord during these times!

Everyone have a very blessed day and remember Jesus loves you. Got to get ready for my concert tonight.
Love and prayers

July 11, 2012 - Msg 89305: Where is everyone today???


July 11, 2012 - Msg 89306:
HI. Dad continues to SLOWLY progress, but at 94 I think I would also be slow to progress. (:
Please keep up the prayers however. Thanks.
We are now in our 5th day of high heat, and I want to plant a big kiss on the jaw of whoever invented AC! ha
Hope everyone is well, will check in tomorrow.

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89307: Glad your Dad is improving MDC. Good to hear. And the prayers will continue for sure.
We've been in triple digits all week here, although nothing like you guys I'm sure. They say today should be the last of them though. I spent most of yesterday picking cotton out of A/C coils. The cottonwood tree's are doing there thing. And our work is right next to a river where there are tons of cottonwood tree's. And they seem to be attracted to A/C coils like steel to a magnet. Job security I reckon, but it sure gets hot on top of them buildings.
Speaking of such, I best get.


July 12, 2012 - Msg 89308: MDC, a man by the name of "Carrier" invented AC, but not for the purpose of comfort but he worked at a printing press of some sort and his boss asked him to come up with a device that would control the temperature and humidity of the room they were printing in. I just happened to see that on a program on National Geographic the other day. :) Of course, he has been dead for a very loooong time so you can't kiss him. Prayers continue for your dad.

Boy, I wouldn't want to do your job, Asa...and we know how Romeena feels about cottonwood "cotton". Wonder how she is doing..haven't seen her on her since day before yesterday.


July 12, 2012 - Msg 89309: Good morning, porch! Just got up - slept like the proverbial baby last night, and feel pretty good this morning. I think sleep is a healer, for sure.

It's only 77 here, at 8:45 a.m., but it will reach the mid to upper 90s today. We haven't been in triple digits for a few days, but we will get back there. Oh yes, we will for sure. Ditto on the praise for a/c, MDC. How did we ever survive without it? We did, though. For one thing, houses were built differently, at least different from my present home. Big windows, cross-ventilation, higher ceilings. Rooms tended to project out from the house so you could get cross-ventilation. In my house now, which was built with a/c as an integral part, no room has more than one set of windows, and only one corner bedroom has more than one exterior wall. The sunroom is the only exception, it has two exterior walls, which are almost entirely windows. It's a big block of nine rooms, three wide and three deep, with the living area in the middle. Cross-ventilation is almost impossible.

Asa, I hear you about the cottonwood trees. I have five on my property, and three bear cotton. Or they would, if I let them, but I don't. Not only does the cotton foul the a/c unit, but it drifts like snow and just ruins landscaping, with millions of tiny trees popping up, and big wads of soggy cotton lying everywhere when the sprinklers run. So, I budget for it, and every spring, just before the strings of green beads start to pop open and shed the cotton, I hire Rumaldo and his crew to cut the cotton blooms out. The climbers shinny up those trees with their little pole saws and long-handled nippers, and they literally "nip it in the bud." Strings of green beads fall like rain, get raked up and hauled away, and my trees have no cotton that year. I've done this for about eight years now, and it's worth it. They also take down the tallest limbs, and any that are reaching out too long laterally - the kind that might break off in a storm. The trees look a little ragged right afterward, but they soon shape up, and are more beautiful than ever, and there's no cotton. It's well worth it. Also, I don't have to listen to my neighbors' legitimate complaints.

Now, as for your roof-top units - is there any way that big screen cages can be built over those units? That's what homeowners do around here with their home units, and it works. You just take a broom every day and sweep the cotton off the screen.

Eddie is here, getting the mowing done. He's smart, starting out early before it gets too hot. He does such a nice job. Eddie has helped me around here for nearly ten years. Don't know what I'd do without him, if he ever quits.

Has anyone heard from Spot? He and Miss Sherry are on my mind constantly. My heart just breaks for them, and I'm still praying for a miracle.

Richard is doing well after his snakebites. They were at the ranch after he was discharged from the hospital, but I think they're going back to Fredericksburg today. It's a long drive, but Robbi will stop often, I'm sure, and he has a comfortable car. It's a big old Buick Roadmaster wagon, early '90s, beautifully restored, like riding on a cloud. Long wheelbase for that "floaty" ride, and lots of room in the cabin. Yep, he'll do okay.

Well, better go open the garage so Eddie can get in and get a cold drink. Also, need to pay him. He's worth every penny. When he finishes edging and blowing everything clean, my yard will look like a park. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89310: Ha! I gather from Boo's comment that I've told the cottonwood-trimming story before. Oh well, that happens when you get as old as I am. --Romeena

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89311:
Howdy porch family

Ro...sure glad to hear Richard is doing well.

Boo...you're just a wealth of information are you:)

MDC....glad your dad continues to improve even if it is slow. My prayers continue brother!

Well my concert last night went great. Another large crowd.
A cool story....A professor that taught my daughter in college (in SC) was on vacation in Maine (1200 miles from home), passed by the marquee and saw that was going to be in concert and came. That was pretty neat to see him.

Well my sweet wife is flying in today at 6:30 to join me for the rest of my tour......can't wait to see her. My daughter is coming too but she will be flying back Tuesday. Can't wait to give them both a big hug:)

Prayers continue for Miss Sherry and Spot. Know that we are with you each day brother!

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89312: 108 here on Tuesday. We broke a record. Then 105 yesterday and 104 today.
News at 11:00.
- Hazel

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89313: Good evening porch friends, wow such hot temps makes me thankful for our rainy day and cool weather we had today. My little garden sure enjoyed it. Does anyone else here have DirecTV? I guess we've lost TVland and a bunch more channels for who knows how long? I guess I can live without it cause TAGS is the only thing I watched anymore on it anyways, and they butcher it to death. hopefully they'll agree on something. So glad Richard is better and hoping Mrs Spot is too. And I saw Asa up on that roof today he weren't picking no cotton, alls I saw was the bottom of his feet over the edge I think he was napping. Hope you all have a good Friday, Love and prayers to everyone-Salty Dog

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89314: Hey there, Salty! Two visits - gives me hope that you might be home to stay. We sure have missed you!

I have Dish Network, and like it pretty well. TVLand, of course, has become a wasteland, and I watch very little on it. We have a local channel, KFWD, that shows TAGS several times a day. I try to catch those, and then there's KTXD, which also shows it, along with some dandy old reruns.

Richard is home in Fredericksburg, and Robbi says he's doing very well. Thanks for your prayers, friends. They are much appreciated.

REV, I'm glad your dear wife, and Erica too9, could join you for a while. Sure would make the road trip more pleasant. I just wish they could be with you in October when you come here - would love to meet them.

Well, guess I'll turn in. I seem to tire out pretty quick these days, but I guess that's to be expected. Two more weeks with this neck brace, and then I get to find out if I can take it off or not. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 12, 2012 - Msg 89315: "too9"? Guess I didn't get my nails short enough. --Romeena

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89316: Good morning, porch! Will you permit this old grandma to brag a bit? As you know, my David's two boys are in baseball, up to their ears. Both boys play well, and have good attitudes. Well, the younger one, Hudson, displayed it beautifully last week.

To set the stage - earlier in the season, Hudson was playing well, but not as well as he could. He's a big kid, not fat, but has a heavy frame and is usually about four inches taller than his team mates. At this stage in his growth, he's not a fast runner. There is another boy, Austin, on the team, who is small and light, and fast. At some point, Hudson fumbled a crucial play and after that, Austin's father decided that Hudson wasn't good enough, and went on a campaign to get him replaced on the team. He even threatened to pull his own son off if Hudson wasn't kicked off. To him, winning is the whole point. Dave and Brittney believe that teaching the boys how to handle loss is as important as winning. I don't know why the man singled Hudson out, because there are others who don't play nearly so well as Hudson does. Anyway, that's what happened. He talked to the coach, and even went so far, was so tacky as to tell Brittney that Hudson shouldn't be on the team. Well, you don't go to a mama bear and attack her cub to her face. Brittney let him have it, verbally. The man has been like a sore boil ever since.

Well, last week, the boys were at a huge tournament, over 200 teams present, and some ten thousand people there. They even charged admission! It was a big deal, a far cry from the usual kid baseball thing. Well, at some point, all the teams were gathered out on the field, and some baseball celebrity was there. He threw a ball out onto the field, and you can imagine the scramble that ensued. Little Austin caught the ball, and immediately found himself on the bottom of a dog pile of players, some of them his team mates, most of them from other teams, all intent on taking the ball away from him. Hudson saw it, and proceeded to wade in, grabbing and flinging kids right and left. With his heft, he can do it. The other kids were actually punching and kicking Austin, trying to make him relinquish the ball. Hudson just fell on top of Austin, covering him, to protect him. Somehow, the ball squirted out of Austin's hand and Hudson got it. He just stayed on top of Austin, protecting him, with the ball tucked under himself, until the coaches arrived and broke up the struggle. Once the kids were on their feet, Hudson said, "Austin, this is yours. You caught it fair and square." And he handed the ball to Austin.

I wish I could have been there to see it, but of course I wasn't. However, David called me to tell me about it, and that big old 6'5" dad broke down in tears over the phone and had trouble telling me the whole story. He was so proud of Hudson.

As for Austin's dad, he saw what happened, and pretty much slunk around like two cents waiting for change. Finally, he did approach David to thank him for what Hudson did. David took the opportunity to gently enlighten the man about what kid baseball is really all about. Winning is not the ultimate goal. Of course you want to win, but the real goal is to raise strong, courageous young men with a set-in-stone sense of fair play. Judging from this incident, I'd say that Hudson is well on his way toward that goal.

OK, that's it. We grandmas just have to brag a bit now and then. Blessings! --Romeena

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89317: Gosh, I'm sorry that so many of you are getting a big taste of what Romeena and I endure here with these Texas summers. I hope you have air conditioning, Hazel. I know that many of my relatives that live in Michigan never bothered because only now and then they would have a 90 degree day that would cool off in the evening.

Yes, Ro, you have spoken of the trouble with cottonwoods before, but that's ok. I sometimes talk about the same subjects, too. :) By the way, I turn the big five-o this month! Anyway, glad to hear that Richard is doing so well. I was just thinking about Fredricksburg this morning. It has been a few years now since we have been there and I am thinking of going again in December, or maybe go for our anniversary in September. I miss the area.

Salty, I have been so put out by TVLand. They are putting so many commercials in every ep of TAGS that they are cutting out alot of the episode. I get so sick of the commercials I usually give up. No reason for that kind of thing besides greed. I will watch TAGS on DVD instead. I stayed up way too late last night because there was an old Barbara Stanwick movie on that I had not seen before called "My Reputation" and it was pretty good. It had George Brent at the leading man, though, and he is not an actor that I care much about. I think they would have done much better to cast someone like Clark Gable or Cary Grant.

A friend from church came by yesterday and wanted to see my chickens (she has a pet chicken that sits on her lap and watches TV in the evening!)...anyway, she couldn't believe how large Bernie was. He stands around 2 ft or more now, and is 12 inches across the chest. One fierce lookin' bird! ha. His spurs are still small, though because he is only 8 months old. I hope they don't get as big as some do or he will be able to disembowel just about anything. Yikes!

So happy for you, REV. Hope you and your best girls have a wonderful time. :)

Wondering and praying for SPOT and Sherry...

Better get moving. I owe mom a visit to day. She has been missing me.


PS-Hazel, stay cool Chickie.

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89318: Oh my goodness, I just read the story about Hudson! Now, that is like something right out of Mayberry. How proud you must be of that boy...somethine tells me he is alot like his grandfather. :) He certainly has integrity at his young age. Now, let's hope Austin's dad learned something from it...he should be ashamed.

By the way, Ro, I know we had been praying for one of your grandson's who had a growth issue...how did the tests come out?


July 13, 2012 - Msg 89319: Good afternoon Porch!

Just couldn't bring myself to come and rock with you all until today. I was soo sad about Andy passing. Funny thing is, once I came here and read all the posts and tributes I think I should have come right away! Like many of you here, friends and family here were consoling me on Andy's passing. Definitely the end of an era...

In reading up on the past couple weeks I saw that Miss Sherry has come out of her coma. I add my prayers to everyone else's for a speedy and complete recovery for her. Keep your chin up, Spot!

Loved the story about Hudson, Romeena! I have a baseball playing son who is a big one, too! (He's 6'2" and 14 years old!) A little Miracle Grow on his feet every night when he's sleeping works wonders!! (Just Kidding!) Sounds like Boo is putting Miracle Grow on Bernie!

In honor of Friday the 13th I think I am going to crawl up that ladder, break the mirror, crawl down the ladder and walk under it as a black cat crosses my path!

Wishing everyone a Mayberry kind of afternoon!
Mary Wiggins

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89320: Glory be! It's Mary Wiggins! So good to see you. My, the porch has been so nice and full. Hope all you "strays" will continue to stick around.

Yes, Boo. Hudson is that grandson. He's very big for his age, the term "growth issue" seems a little incongruous, but that's exactly what it is. He's big now, but the issue is that his bone age tests out at age 15, which means he will soon stop growing, and will never reach his full potential, unless something is done to correct the problem. When he was two, the pediatrician predicted he would be about 6'5" or so, like his dad. If he stops in a year or so, as they're now saying he will, he will be lucky to be 5'5". The tests you mentioned didn't show anything out of the ordinary. No tumors (thank God) or anything else to explain the pseudo-puberty he's in. They have another appointment, this time at Children's Hospital, on July 26. Maybe they'll find some answers there.

Some friends just came and brought lunch in, bless their hearts! We visited a while, and now they've gone. One is a fairly recent friend, the other I've known for thirty-five years. Both are from Sunday School. Just nothing better than church friends.

Well, I'm a bit tired, think I'll go lie down for a while. I'll be glad when I get back to normal, I'm tired of being a wilting violet. --Romeena

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89321: Good afternoon porch, just checking in for a minute.

Glad to see you Mary Wiggins. It is good to see all the ole porch folks back for a visit. maybe they will come back often.

I had a plantar's wart (sp) cut out of my right foot this morning. I was instructed to lay low this week end. not too painful at this point just kinds sore and tender. probably too much information for you all to know.

Please pray for my friend Lisa. I learned yesterday that is in ICU on a respirator and is very ill. apparently she had a asthma attack, lost her breath and was out of oxygen for a few minutes. Things do not look good. She will be
52 on the 28th and has 2 kids in college and her oldest is about 26 years old and is a special needs child. I appreciate your prayers as do her family.

Dinner menu will be: Pizza pie (pepperoni, mozarella,or whatever topping you would like), salad, tea, bottles of pop. peanut butter cookies for dessert.

Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89322: Prayers for your friend,Maude.

Love to all..

possum under a rock

July 13, 2012 - Msg 89323: I suggested an Andy quote-a-thon and then didn't come back to sit on the porch till now! Read the archives though and am impressed with the Andy quotes I saw!

"Then you go crooked and crooked and crooked..."

Charlotte Tucker

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89324: Wow, prayers for Lisa. So sorry to hear that, Maude.

Great to hear from you Mary Wiggins! Hope you are doing ok tonight after the black cat and ladder thing. ;)

Thank you for the update, Ro. I thought it was Hudson but then thought maybe I had been confused. Very glad to hear it wasn't a tumor. I am sure that whatever height Hudson becomes, he will be a very big man on the inside, which is what really matters.

Howdy Charlotte...don't be a stranger. If you stop coming around again we are going to send out a search party...and that goes for all of you missing porch folks.

Had a date with Bruce tonight...dinner at my favorite old cafe, then a drive. It was a nice evening here...warm but with a nice breeze.

I'll see ya all tomorrow.


July 14, 2012 - Msg 89325: Oh, and hope your foot mends well, Maude... :)

AND...."HEY" to Possum.


July 14, 2012 - Msg 89326:
Good evening to all. Good to see Charlotte and Mary Wiggins. Prayers for Big MAUDE's friend Lisa, u bet.
I hope no one went by the remshaw place today. ha
Hudson wouldnt even go in for THAT baseball!
Well, we moved dad back to his place yesterday, but NOT to his apt, but rather to the rehab area of the facility. But we can now wheel him over to the apt activity room, etc to visit with his old friends. He still needs much PT, especially on WELKING, as his long stint in bed has really weakened the legs. thanks for thoughts and prayers.
HAZEL, are the Idaho potatoes baking right in the ground? Instant potato salad. ha
Prayers continue for Spot and Sherry.
God bless,

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89327: oops wAlking

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89328:
"I won't be needin' your gun, Barn. Fluffy & I've been friends for years." (:

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89329: Hahahaha! I love that "Andy quote." Long-time favorite.

Boo, what a lovely thing to say about Hudson. I quite agree, you're so right - it isn't physical stature that matters, and if he never reaches his full potential physically, he will learn that in time. His parents will see to it, for sure. It will be hard for him, though. His older brother (age 11) is predicted to be about 6'6" to 6'8", and is well on his way. Hudson is 8, and almost as tall as his brother, but the gap is beginning to widen. It will be hard for him, but again, you're right. He will be taught the true values, and he'll be fine. He's quite handsome, with thick, wavy, gold-blond hair, beautiful brown eyes with lashes like his dad and grand-dad's, and a sweet, loving nature to go with it all. As one of my daughters said, "Don't worry about Hudson. If he stopped growing today, just watch. Women aren't stupid. One of these days he'll have 6-foot Amazons draped all over him!" Hahaha! I think she's right.

Prayers for Lisa, certainly. That's a terrible thing, and I sincerely hope she recovers well. Sorry about your foot, Maudie, those plantar warts can be very painful. Soak it, Maude. Soak it a lot. I had one when I was a teenager, scratched at it a lot, and the miserable thing seeded off, apparently, because I developed one under my fingernail. You could actually see the roots of it, like tentacles, extending down beneath the nail. Obviously there was no cutting that one out, so the doctor froze it with something, probably liquid nitrogen. It hurt pretty bad, but I'm overly-sensitive about my fingernails. So as my dad and I were standing at the window paying the bill, I proceeded to faint, out cold. My dad caught me before I hit the floor, so I wasn't injured, but I surely was embarrassed! I have this thing about fingernails....

Well, I stopped off here on the porch when I first got up, so poor little Toye Starr hasn't eaten yet. Guess I'd better go feed her. She's sitting here staring a hole through me. At times like this, I'm glad she can't talk. She'd probably ruin her image as a sweet, innocent little baby! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89330: Hi All
Nice day warm but no rain for now!
I'm thing of running a way from everythingI git one thing do, and someone start a new one and no one will give a helping hand just like to b C about it/
I asked help a git a wheelchar everyone say no, so I had to do it myself and git him a rollator.
I just tire of doing thing and no one say thank you for it!
No one come to see ues or called to see if he allright?

Unhappy TOM.

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89331: Goober-Fife is back from his trip to the Raleigh YMCA, ran out of National Geographics and the "Y" has no A/C only a fan. My computer was into the Dr.'s for repairs, I'm good to go...So what did I miss? I will have to go back to the archives and get caught up! Missed ya all hope ya all acted like somebody....G-F...
(Sorta know how Gomer felt when he went to the Marines...)

July 14, 2012 - Msg 89332: Tom, I'm so sorry you're having so much trouble. Does your stepdad have any family other than you? I gather that most of your family is on your mother's side, so that's why I'm asking. Also, is he a veteran? Was he ever in the military? When he was in the hospital, was there a social worker assigned to his case? There definitely should be some social services available to you. Sometimes it's just a matter of making the right contacts and pushing just a little.

I know it has to be very hard to have all the work and responsibility, and like you said, no one even says thank you. But really, Tom, you know as well as I do that you don't do it for thanks, you do it because of your love for him. If there are other members of his family around, and they're not helping, then all I can say is shame on them. As for the thanks, that will come one day, when the Lord takes your stepdad home, and you realize in your own heart that you did your best for him, even when no one else did. God sees and knows what you're doing, and He will reward you one day. --Romeena

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89333: Any word from Spot? --Romeena

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89334:
Evening all. Hope all are well, just wanted to say HI.
Love ya,

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89335: Race day!...Lunch?....Pizza and Hot Wings?.....SPOT

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89336: Sounds good, Spot. I'll bring two jugs of tea - one sweet, one plain. I'll bring a few sprigs of fresh sweet basil, too. Did I tell y'all that a friend of mine told me to try that instead of peppermint in tea? It's goooood! --Romeena

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89337: Good Sabbath friends, stopping by for a porch visit this afternoon. we've been to preaching then to Burger King for a quick lunch and now home.

I put a roast with potatoes, carrots, onions in the crock pot for supper. will have rolls and maybe macaroni and cheese. Mr Maude will be home about 6:20pm est from work so if anyone wants to eat with him come on over.

Please continue to pray for my friend Lisa. She is still on the respirator and not responding much. I am very concerned that she may not come out of this. They have not said anything about brain functioning but I fear the longer this goes on the prognosis is not good. Thanks for your prayers.

Prayers for Miss Sherry, SPOT, Romeena, TOM and everyone else today.

have a good day. blessings all around.

Big Maude

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89338:
Howdy porch family.....I'm in between concerts today so thought I would stop by for a quick hello. This morning went great now for tonight:)

Praying for all the porch family!
Love and prayers

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89339: Good Sabbath all. Hot and humid here today. I can handle the heat, but not caring for this humidity a-talll. We just don't get much humidity as a rule.

Prayers for your friend Lisa Big Maude. I hope she can recover.

Tom, I'm so sorry. Sounds like you're a bit overwhelmed. Understandable. Lean on the Lord brother. He will help with your troubles.

Glad your concerts are doing well Rev.

Good to see you Possum, Charlotte Tucker, Mary Wiggins and Salty Dog, and whoever else I may have missed.

Just got home from preachin and am now watching Barney recite the two major rules at the "Rock". Gotta love that episode. I feel a "SHAKEDOWN" coming. lol


July 15, 2012 - Msg 89340: Hi All
thing are just about the same.
We have hospice come in three time a week to gave him a bathr that somehelp.
But at time wind I can uesd the help nun at night so I sleep what one eye opne for I can see him git up.
Some of thim think that a home would be good for him, but he say that if he going dead at home.
This family did not no him like I do .
I know you all do not want to heard it that who thim way to.

But as the song TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME.
That just whay I m going to due


July 15, 2012 - Msg 89341: TOM, Sometimes that's all we CAN do... Is take it ONE day at a time, hang in there buddy! Look on the brighter side, ya could still be in Cleveland dealing with all this too, sooo thank the Lord for small blessings...
I see while I was gone some porchsters have returned to the nest...Where might they be from so I can keep 'em straight..
Asa, You are right about cotton wood trees, they sure are A/C killers! Sorta as bad as pet hair is for refrigerators! I'm lucky mine is a older model and the coils are still on the back not underneath.
Back to the real world tomorrow..:>(

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89342: Hey G-F. Forgot to say welcome home. Glad the vacation went well. Did you get some pictures?


July 15, 2012 - Msg 89343: Hey Boo,I forgot, I went to a Bluegrass Festival past Friday, they did a song called "The Rooster Song" and thought of Bernie.
If you never heard it, YouTube "The Rooster Song" there are several ones who sing it...It's funny!

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89344: Asa. I watched them change the Marque 3 times! It was a fun time. Got a little tired of the the daily specials. Thanks for asking the boys at the lab are working on the pictures...G-F...

July 15, 2012 - Msg 89345: Hey, welcome hom, G-F! I'll go listen to the rooster song now...


July 15, 2012 - Msg 89346: Just listened to the rooster song and Bernie better never try that!

It's still hot in humid in your part, Asa? Well bless ya'll's hearts. It was about 80 late in the afternoon today and overcast with a nice breeze. Sean and I got out and dug up a flowerbed and planted some landscape roses...cherry red and they sure are pretty. Hope I don't kill them like everything else. Bruce told the lady at the nursery that I kill everything and she said these are pretty hearty and heat resistant. I told her, I have the brownest thumb in the world and kill everything...and I'm a nurse. She thought that was funny. I think it's ironic. ;)

TOM, very sorry to hear what you are going through. There is one thing that you might check on...The hospice company that helped my dad had volunteers who would come to your house and sit with the patient while family went out for the day and needed rest or help. Volunteers would make trips to the store, drive people places, whatever was needed. Ask your dad's hospice if they offer that service.


July 15, 2012 - Msg 89347:
Good night porch family....Prayers for all

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89348:
Kahne takes the race!
SHAKEDOWN! (that was for asa)ha
Heat and humidity, like kibbles and bits,even got that in Phx this week!
Rained, which was great, but now 70% humid.
Boo- good advice to TOM. And i DID look at your FB photos. Nice, real nice! (:
Rev- you are a treas-sa!
Prayers continue for sherry, Ro's neck, Lisa, Tom's stepdadf, and all.
and thanks for your prayers for my dad. He had a pretty good day today.
Love you folks!

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89349: Breakfast Menu:3 eggs yer way,toast,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns,grits,bacon,country ham,sausage,fried apple wedges,oat meal...cofee.water,milk...ready at 7:00 est....Prayers to all....me...er...thats ...SPOY

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89350: "SPOY"? SPOT...fat paws...sorry

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89351:
Morning porch family......Got up early this morning and went for a nice long walk through the little town of Fryeburg, Maine. Sure feels good to spend time talking to the Lord while getting your walking in also.

MDC....didn't get to see the race but looked it up on the internet after my concert last night....I see Matt is still hanging on to the #1 spot in the chase. Wouldn't that be something if he won the championship just before moving to another team next year.....that would be unreal. I really like Matt....not boastful or loud....just does his thing.

Breakfast sounds good Spoy....I mean Spot...lol

Well I better get moving....You all have a very blessed and Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89352: Mornin' all...thanks for breakfast SPOT. :)

Humid in Phoenix, MDC? What on earth?! Well, at least you got some rain. It is cloudy and humid here, too, but only about 90 degrees so I'll take it. We have been very happy with the temps this summer...Thanks for your comment about the photos, by the way. :) Glad your dad is doing ok.

Glad you are enjoying yourself, REV.

Plenty to do today (typical Monday)...laundry to catch up and such. Mom is coming for a visit either tonight or tomorrow...if she will. She is so insecure when she is out of her own little bedroom.

Better git!


July 16, 2012 - Msg 89353: Got a message from Spot,he asked me to talk to the Porch-says they aren't doing good.
I do see he posted here this morning,and the message I got was sent yesterday,so I'm praying things have improved.
Please continue to keep Miss Sherry in your thoughts & prayers.
possum under a rock

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89354: Thanks Possum.
Prayers for Miss Sherry and Spot. :(


July 16, 2012 - Msg 89355: Be still, and know that I AM GOD! Psalm 46:10.

Indeed He is, and we know that all things are in His hands. --Romeena

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89356: Hey Porch, nought I would let you know my friend Lisa passed today. Please pray for her family.
Big Maude

July 16, 2012 - Msg 89357: So sorry Big Maude.
Prayers for Lisa's family and friends as they mourn their loss.