April 15, 2013 - Msg 93154: What? What's goingon at the Boston Marathon?


April 15, 2013 - Msg 93155: 2 bombings near the finish line went off, and thus far 2 more bombs have been thwarted. 2 dead, and at least dozens injured.


April 15, 2013 - Msg 93156:
New Neighbor, you are welcome here anytime, you bet, please rejoin us.
ASA and all...another cowardly attack today. Dear Jesus be with us and help us Lord.
May our nation come together, repent, as at Niniva, and stand strong in the living God,
and the gates of h#ll will not prevail.

April 15, 2013 - Msg 93157: Hi All.
New Neighbor I know first handy how caring Hospic
people can be , for the last two year was here helping me with my stepdad up to the end of time in Dec.
Keep calling me to see how thing are going.
So keep up the good work.

Welcome back home Mayberry friend.

Mr.TOM :)

April 16, 2013 - Msg 93158: Asa, I went immediately to the tv after reading your post and was so sad to see what had happened. It looked like something you would see on the news from the middle east, not in the US, but things are as they are. There is no real security in this world or this life, apart from the security we have in Jesus Christ. He said not to fear what man can do to the body. He holds our souls for eternity and that is something to be so very thanful for. Do I think America is going in the wrong direction in many ways? Yes, I do, but I also think there is so much good worth saving. Lord be merciful and lead all to repentance, and may our light shine for others in darkness.


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93159: G F where in the h--l this going on there in Cleveland I starting to hear bad thing .


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93160: Quiet day here on the porch...


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93161: TOM, There is Always something going on in Cleveland! The Indians are same story different day, the Cavaliers only have been laying down more than a OLD Hound dog..That is why I don't follow Cleveland sports much, the jury is out on the Browns. But I do have to say the fans are real loyal but hungry for championships. I live an hour east of Cleveland, but my Son lives and works in Cleveland...Poor Kid...Have a good day!


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93162: Well, all biopsies benign, surgery to remove bowling ball scheduled for early May. :)


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93163: G F why was the bomb squad and police doing on E55 woodland and at Lincol West .


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93164: TOM, I don't know, there is something always going down on E 55th it's a rough area. I'll keep my ears peeled I have not heard about anything. I'll keep ya posted if I do...


April 16, 2013 - Msg 93165: You ok, Romeena? Haven't heard from you today but I suppose you are spending time with your family. I hate to be a worry wart but now that you aren't working, I expect to see you on here everyday and when i don't, I wonder.


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93166:
HI all, just trying to get over the shock of Monday. Praying for all.
Hope you all are well. Praying for Boo that all will go OK.
Tom, I think you need to find a new team to cheer for. How about those Braves!
I'm also praying for our REV.
Jesus loves you friends,

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93167: Morning all.

Boo, sure glad everything came back "clean" and all is well. Pray your pending surgery will go smooth and your recovery will be quick.

I hope Ro was just busy yesterday. She did forward me a couple of e-mails yesterday, so I'm sure she is ok.

Well today is supposed to be the last of our nasty weather. Still gonna be cold though. 32 right now and only a high of 42 today. We are normally in the 60's this time of year. Making me timbers shiver I tell ya.

Still nursing my back, although it has improved. The Doctor adjusted it on Monday. Said my pelvis was all out of whack.

Well better go get my muscle relaxer. I don't like taking them, but they do seem to help.

Prayers for all, especially for all impacted by Monday's bombings.


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93168: Asa,....Maybe the Doc is looking at the wrong thing, sounds like a wacked out pendulaoblagota to me..Better ask Floyd he's a Barber...


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93169: Morning porch, checking in from work his morning.

woke up at 3 am to a severe thunder storm. seemed to go for about 45 minutes. not sure I ever went back to a sound sleep. I started thinking "what if we lost power" and then no alarm and then no shower etc. made for not much sleep after that. It was still raining at 6:30 am and started to storm again but I managed to get a shower and made it to work on time. I am supposed to be here til 6 tonight so it will be a long day.

hope your back feels better ASA.
prayers for Boston and all those affected. what a sad time for them and for our world. seems like nobody wants to "just get along" anymore.

well guess I had better back to work.

lets meet at subway for lunch today.

Prayers and blessings for all.

Big Maude

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93170: Good morning, porch! Big Maude, I know how you felt this morning. I hate it when I get a case of the "what-ifs" and can't just settle down and sleep. Usually I can shrug those nagging things off, but that's pretty hard to do when thunder is crashing around your ears. Kinda hard to ignore that.

My fridge in the garage is on the fritz, the freezer is cold but the box isn't, and that's where I keep all the sodas and water for the folks who help me around this house and yard. They count on it, and I need the fridge to work. So I called the repairman. He determined that it's the defrost timer, so an ice dam is building on everything in the "works" and preventing the cold air from moving from the freezer part to the fridge box. All of that translates to about $200. Yay. That's all I needed right now, but it is what it is, so he'll be back this afternoon with the part.

It looks like we could get thunderstorms here, too. The temp is 75 and climbing, but it's cloudy and windy. Definitely a set-up for a Texas thunderstorm. We could use the rain, but I'd prefer a gentler application. A hard storm right now will not be good for my irises. They're just beautiful! New colors are opening every day. There's a golden orange that opened yesterday, and it's spectacular. The roses are starting their big show as well. That orange iris is in the rose bed, and is next to a yellow rose and a red/orange blend - beautiful! I sure hope the wind doesn't come and beat them up. I wish I was on Facebook, would love to post some pictures. They're just so pretty. God must have been in a good mood when he designed flowers.

Boo, I'm glad to hear that the reports are good, and I know you're going to do very well with the surgery. You're the kind of patient I love to get. It's the little twenty or thirty-somethings that can be a challenge. For so many at that age, life is all about them, and a bump in their road becomes a very big deal. Once a woman has a few years behind her, the attitude changes, and she can deal with it. She's had a kid or two, maybe had some surgery at some point, has weathered some storms both physical and emotional, and has learned to just "deal with it." Most develop the attitude that I try to have, and appreciate in others - the attitude that "This, too, shall pass." When you look at life through that lens, it sure makes things easier.

G-F, you are a bird in this world. Your TAGS education was worth every penny. You always have an appropriate, and funny, comment to make, and you have become a treasured member of the porch.

Check in, REV. I hope things are going well. You, and your ministry, are in my prayers each day.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93171: Thanks for those prayers, Asa! Now, about your pelvis being out of whack...you know I have to say something. I think its time to stop dancing at the Gigolo Club. I know it will be hard to say goodbye to the toolbelt, but you're no spring chicken anymore. ;) Hope you feel better.

"Hey" to Maude. Hope you have an easy day of it and are able to sleep tonight. I woke up with one of those headaches in the back of my head and neck...must have been having a stressful dream. My neck feels out of whack now.

Good to see ya this morning, Ro. Sorry about the frige repair! Seems like it is always something that requires money, doesn't it? Sometimes you just have to "call the man," though.

Ro, your insight about age and patients is so true. I have seen that firsthand. Some of the best patients I ever had were older women that I took care of when i worked ICU. The most difficult were some of the young ones in labor and delivery, but as I have heard you say, the most difficult of all are some of the family members! You want so badly to just shove them outside, shut and lock the door and be done with them.

I went to Walmart yesterday and stocked up on some things and couldn't believe the prices...things seem to have taken another jump here. wow. I buy store brands whenever i can and compare prices, etc, but it is still so high. I buy the cheapest laundry soap I can find, too, and it works the same as the expensive stuff. If you read the labels, they contain the same ingredients.

Better finish the coffee and get going. Erin has her first therapy session to try and get rid of her vertigo today. Sean's asthma is acting up, and I have an appointment with my family dr tomorrow...these co=pays are going to get expensive. What month April has been already!


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93172: Hey Boo,Romeena,Possum,Rev and all...well great day here in Ga..asa,big Maude.....lets all have a mayberry kind of a day!...and act like somebody!...SPOT

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93173: Praying for all those affected by the Boston coward.
Asa please give up the Gigalo club before you do more damage to that "advanced aged body". Romeena will have to make house calls.
Blessings porch family.

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93174: Oops. ~New Neighbor


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93176: New Neighbor, it's so nice to have you back on the porch. Girl, we all go waaay back, and we miss you when you're not here.

I'm sitting here at my window, looking out at a sea of color. There must be at least two hundred iris blooms out there, maybe more. They're in all colors - white, yellow, purple, blue, peach, purple and white, rusty brown, pink, silvery lavender, a purple that's almost black, and a deep burgundy. There are others, but that's what I see from here. They're tall, most of them around 2 1/2 to three feet, and a few that are almost four feet tall. Just gorgeous. I'm trying to soak up the sight of them as much as I can, because we have a big storm predicted for sometime after midnight tonight, with high winds involved. I'm so afraid it will just flatten them all, and that will be such a pity. There's absolutely no way to protect them. They're just at the mercy of the weather. Well, at least Robbi got a lot of pictures yesterday, I'll have that if I lose the flowers.

Prayers for Erin, that her vertigo problem can be stopped in its tracks and never bother her again. That's miserable stuff. I've had three real attacks of it in my life, and I remember each one, vividly. When you fall out of bed just reaching for the phone, you know you were dizzy. Those three attacks came within about a two year period, and the last one was six or seven years ago, so I have hope that it's gone. I hope for the same thing for Erin.

OK, guess I'll go see what Robbi is making for dinner. I'm really feeling like Ms. Thing, having her here. She insists on cooking, because she's on a very careful, gluten-free diet. Also, she loves to grill, and I'm not very good at it, so I've just stayed out of her way and let her cook dinner. Needless to say, I'm eating very well! We had grilled chicken, grilled asparagus, and brown rice last night. The chicken was topped with a wonderful sauce made of sour cream, lemon zest, sauteed onions and (I think) some basil. Whatever was in it, it was mighty tasty. She's spoiling me! Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93177: Romeena, Thanks for the kind words, don't mean to butt in on your refrigerator repairs, "The Man" may have already taken care of you, but you may want to check the condensation drain too. If that is clogged it will not let the melted water drain out thus causing a ice dam. Once that starts ice continues to block the coils and the defrost heater can't melt all the ice during the defrost cycle. It acts a whole lot like a bad timer. Not saying it wasn't a bad timer just sayin it's a whole lot cheaper to unclog the drain line. Hopefully you have a "honest" repairman.
Trust me...I have repaired many many over the years..Just ask Wally he's good with carburetor's
That is what irks me, these days nobody wants to diagnose problems anymore, they are just part changers. Amen Asa? Floyd told him that the other day when he got his hair cut.

Boo, Quit teasing Asa! He's not going dancin' at the Gigolo Club he was there on a service call, he was fixin the A/C. That's his story and he's stickin to it! ;)


April 17, 2013 - Msg 93178:
Howdy porch family.....I'm so sorry for being away from the porch again for so long. And thanks for your concerns. Time has been crazy around here. Being pulled from all sides....lol But sure missed you all and have been in my prayers.

Trust you all will have a good night and a Jesus filled day tomorrow.
Remember Jesus loves you!
Love and prayers

April 17, 2013 - Msg 93179: Thanks, Ro..Erin seems to be doing fine. The therapist said it may only take one treatment but we will go back on Monday and she is not supposed to lean forward or lie flat for a couple of days. I had vertigo one time in my life and it only lasted a day. No fun, though.

Glad you are having a good visit with Robbi...how I would love to have someone cook some healthy food for me!

Good to see you, REV. Thank you for those prayers...hope things settle down for you soon. :)


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93180: Thanks for the advice, G-F, and you're spot on. Fortunately, I do have a trustworthy repairman, Oddly enough, I met him through just such a situation as you described. We had lived here just a few months when I decided we needed a second refrigerator, and found a big nice one in a garage sale, for only $50. It was running, and the people were selling cold drinks out of it at the sale. They were cold! So, I bought it. Brought it home, ran fine for about a week, then the trouble began. The free4zer would make ice, but the box was warm. Dale turned it off and told me to call a repairman. I did, and got the wrong man. He said it was the compressor. I questioned it, because the box would make ice. He explained that the compressor was "just too weak" to cool the freezer and the box both. That sounded pretty weird to me, so when he said it would be $300 for a compressor, I refused. He then offered to "get it out of my way", said he would just haul it off for us. I refused that, too. Dale plugged it back in, and it ran fine, again for a few days, then did the same thing. At that point, I called another man, who told me over the phone that my problem was most likely the defrost heater. It was doing exactly what you said. The defrost heater not working was allowing ice to build up in the channel between the freezer and the box, so the cold air couldn't get down there. Turn it off, the ice melts, and it works again until the ice builds back up. That little jerk I called at first knew that, and was going to "get it out of my way", take it home and fix it and sell it. Moral of the story - Yes, call the man, but be careful what man you call. Anyway, the second man showed up that afternoon with the part, replaced it in that fridge for $75, and the thing ran for 25 years in my garage. Later I gave it to my son and it ran another ten years in his garage.

Actually, my son was a little miffed that I called the man, because he probably could have fixed the thing. I just hated to ask him, because he's so busy right now, and has been out of town for the past month, and I'm quite sure there are some things on Brittney's list now that he's home. He would not have minded, but I just hated to burden him with it.

Well, guess I'll turn in. Toye Starr isn't feeling well again, same little tummy trouble. Her little belly is growling and squeaking, and she's very restless. I'd be more worried if this was the first time, but it's the same thing as a couple of weeks ago, so I think it's something she's eating. Actually, I think I know what it is, and I'm not going to give her that particular flavor of her Beneful anymore. We'll see what tomorrow brings. If she's still uncomfortable, we'll go to the vet. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93181: Pray for the folks in West, Texas. Lots injured.


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93182:
Boo, I just heard about that on tonight's news here.
Sure hope it wasnt some nut over the Waco anniv.
Wow, Lord be with us.

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93183: Pray for the folks in West, Texas....Hey MDC,boo,Romeena,Rev,NN,GF and the whole gang ,my night was slow...getting ready to head home and back at 2...well let me get some coffee brewing for the morning shift...lets meet at I-Hop and I will bring us a morning paper...possum I will swing by and get you...prayers....SPOT

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93184: Morning all.
I add my prayers to all in Texas affected by this horrible explosion. My goodness, they said it was so powerful it actually registered on the richter scale as an earthquake.

Romeena, sorry Toye Starr is not feeling good again. Hopefully it is what you're thinking, and she will be just fine.

Hey G-F, You are Spot on concerning "calling the man". I have never used "Angies List" before (because I try to do all my own repairs) but using that, or some other reputable monitoring service is a good idea if you need to call the man, but you don't know who to call. Years ago I had a small engine repair shop I ran, and I found out quick I could make a lot more money being dishonest than by being honest. But I just would not have been able to operate that way. But I saw how a lot of the other shops in the area ran. It was a real eye opener for me. And yes, I was simply doing a service call at the club there in Yancey. Then they started playing that music, and the ladies started screaming, and, well, I just got caught up in the mood and the moment. :)
So N.N. you didn't answer me. How's the kids doing?

Good to see you Rev. Pray all is well buddy. Same for you Spot and Tom.

Boy MDC, I had never even thought about the Waco anniv. thing. In this day and age, you do have to wonder. Pretty amazing how things have changed. After the OK. bombing, I now have to show my I.D. at the local farm supply when I buy straight nitrogen. They are required by law to keep a list of who is buying it, and how much. I wonder if pressure cookers are next. I see the "annointed one" was all upset yesterday when the Senate shot down his proposed gun legislation. Poor baby! I better hush now.

Prayers for all for a good day.


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93185: Hi All
Will it going to a warm day here in the 80.
All this sad new now and all the life last!
My prayer go out to every one in the pass of all that had ben!


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93186: Asa, Funny thing you should mention pressure cookers, a co-worker says she loves hers and she going out and buying 4 more before they pull those off the shelves too...


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93187: Hmmm...I don't own a pressure cooker...maybe I should buy one while i still can.

Was just watching some of the live services from Boston...feels good to see people join in prayer. Lord be merciful to our nation. Its interesting how when something like this happen, everyone start talking about God and then when they forget the pain, they forget God. Part of the sin nature, I guess.


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93188: Good morning, porch! Mr. Tom, thanks for the call. That was very kind and very thoughtful, and made me feel loved. I appreciate it. Actually, I was watching something else on TV and hadn't seen the news, so had no idea that explosion had even taken place. Waco is about 90 miles from here, but the little town of West is well-known to me. Dale and I lived in Waco for three years. In fact, my son David was born in the Hillcrest Baptist hospital where most of the injured are being treated. The people are mostly Czech, it is indeed a very close-knit community, everybody is either kin or been friends for eons. It's an awful thing, the devastation is shocking, but West will be okay. Those people are strong, they're people of faith, and they'll help each other through this. West is famous in Texas for the kolaches made by the Czech folks who live there. Kolaches are little fruit-filled pastries that are just wonderful. People drive from miles around to buy them, statewide bus tours include a stop at one of the bakeries in West, and I wouldn't dream of driving through Waco without stopping in West for kolaches. I would not be at all surprised if you could still buy kolaches somewhere in West this morning. If the bakeries are gone, somebody has volunteered their kitchen! That's just how those people are.

Can you believe Mr. Obama has actually snubbed Margaret Thatcher's funeral? That's a serious mistake, I think. The world is already laughing at us, or hates us, and he pulls a stunt like that? He should have either gone, or sent Michelle, or some other highly-placed person. I'm thinking with our popularity rating in the trash, now is not the time to insult one of our few remaining allies. Sometimes I think the man has sand for brains. Oh, and I really hope he doesn't try to use the West thing as a reason for staying home. The timeline is there for all to see.

Well, better get busy. Lots of piddly stuff to get done today. Blessings! --Romeena

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93189:
Hey Folks

Well...we are back up an running. The new computer is set up and I know how to work about 25% of it. Anyone else have Windows 8?

Prayers for Texas and Boston.

Hope to catch up on the posts later.

Peace and Prayers,

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93190: Boo, when I see things like that happening after some tragedy like this, I can't help but think of John the Baptist when he said, "Oh generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come."

I don't think I mentioned - especially since I haven't been around the porch much - that Kai was recently in her first play. She has done the programs at her school, but never a real play. And even though she doesn't go to the middle school except for band class, when I heard they were putting on a production of Willy Wonka Jr. I had to ask her if she wanted to be in it. And she did.
You see, we used to watch the Willy Wonka movie(the original one) together all the time when she was little, so it was one of our favorites.
She wanted to play Veruca Salt, the bratty one(I think all girls want to play her though), but she got a part as an Oompa Loompa. I told her to be happy she got a part at all because not everbody who auditions gets a part. She was just happy she was not a squirrel.
I only saw one of the two shows because the wife and I took turns going and staying home with Noah. But she did a great job, as I knew she would! And the show was pretty entertaining. Though now she doesn't know what to do with herself now that there are no more rehearsals.

Prayers for everyone in Boston and Texas. As well as all our country.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93191: Auh2o, Good to hear from ya it's 81 here today so look for a beautiful day tomorrow. Let me know how Windows 8 works for you, we bought the program back in January Mrs G-F thinks it will solve all our problems have not installed it yet I keep telling her the jury is still out on it.
Now you can be our test model?


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93192: Hi All.
You are welcome !
Wind I heard it you came in min that why I called besizd you do the some to me what don at time wind I do not pop in.


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93193: Romeena, I saw a report this morning about a bakery in West that is open for business today...so you are right. :) I have been through West but don't really remember it. We sometimes visit my relatives in Waco but seldom go north of there anymore. My "adopted" nephew, Zach is going to Baylor and he called me today to tell me he and a friend had been volunteering at the hospital, going to West to offer what help they could, etc. I think a group from our church is already there helping, as I'm sure some from your church are as well. You know how those Texas Baptist Association guys are..always ready to lend a hand.

So cute about Kai being an oompa loompa! hehe...


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93194:
Maybe Kai could play Miss Mayberry on Founders day! (:
Still not getting much info on the West fire, except that many perished. God rest their souls.
I sure hope they find the source.
G_F--I have Vista, and not happy with it.
Bought windows 7 but never got it installed
because it kept saying I would lose my modem, etc. So it sits on my shelf...grr to MS!

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93195: Hey everyone, haven't been here in awhile trying to catch up on reading the post. Boo, my daughter had vertigo a few years ago and her Dr. advised her to bend over as far as she could head straight down...as far as I can remember it helped. Romeena so sorry to hear about your continuing IRS issues. Did it also impact your state return...if you have to file one. My husband is having a knee replacement next month so I will be taking a few weeks off work to nurse him back to health.

April 18, 2013 - Msg 93196: MDC,...I heard Vista was a flop too, my Son is a I T guy he hated it too, he went to Windows 7. I think they call the versions "Windows" because ya get frustrated with it and it make ya wanna throw the computer out the window, that's what I'm thinking! I have been studying on the topic of computers in Mayberry, I think only Howard would have had one.


April 18, 2013 - Msg 93197: Ahhhh It sure is good to be home!
Asa- the kids are doing well. Let's see 3 married in a year, one new granddaughter and one more wedding in KY in June. The nest is finally empty, quiet and clean! AMEN!!!
~New Neighbor

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93198:
NN--sounds like you are looking forward to it! ha
MAUDE-meant to tell you that when that type of thing (thunderstorms) happen here, I, now retired, have
a different view! ha
Prayers continue for both tragic situations.
We have the Pat Tillman run coming up on Sat.
Please pray that all will go OK.

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93199:
For a little "cheer up:"
Real McCoys with a familiar tags guest star. (:

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93200: Good evening, porch! Would you believe the temperature here right now is just 46? It's been chilly all day. My irises survived the rain and wind last night - I did stake several of the tallest ones so they wouldn't blow over. Two big stems of "Halloween Halo" blew over, but they were undamaged, so I just cut them and brought them in. They're in a vase on the kitchen island, so now the whole kitchen is perfumed by them. They have a lovely fragrance.

Nice to see you, Frankie. It's been a while. No, fortunately we have no state income tax in Texas. I'm sure tired of messing with this federal tax thing, though. However, it occurred to me the other day, that the only reason I'm having income tax trouble is because I had some income on which to pay taxes! So, I guess I should be grateful for my blessings, and I am.

Well, guess I'll take my little canine companion and head for the ironing board. She's fine today, by the way. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93201: Well hello Frankie!..Romenna hope ya slept good...hey G-F,asa,possum,Boo,NN,MDC and all...well another slow night here at work..but thats good...had one trouble call...one more 16 hr shift tomorrow then off for 5 days...GOT to get some yard work done...and it has to dry out...Garden time almost...ok...let me get things wraped up here and head home at 6 to sleeep....prayers and if someone has a sausage and bisquit throw it toward the dog house ! ...SPOT

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93202: Morning Dears...We had temps in the 80's yesterday now a storm front is blowing thru as I peck this out. SPOT, I'm sure your counterparts around here will be busy today keeping the power on. Auh2o enjoy the warm spell cuz rain and colder weather is on the way...My mowing machine is serviced and ready to start a fun new season, I almost mowed yesterday, but I thought of Mr. Dave's advice: "Don't forget to put off today, what you always can do tomorrow", because tomorrow is a better day...So I heeded his advice and just enjoyed the warm sunny weather when I came home from work. Since it is raining I'll have to reschedule to another day, I hate it when that happens! ha
Since I already took the day off, I'll make me a batch of "Mayberry's Finest" muffins gonna try the lemon ice box ones this time.(going to go crazy with the lemon zest)...
As Andy used to say: "Their Goood! Then, I think I'll just be a bum and watch some TAGS episodes, either way it's gonna be a fun day...Unless Mrs. G-F drags me out shopping and to visit her Mother.


April 19, 2013 - Msg 93203: Woke up to snow here today. Just some flurries now, but some did stick during the night. Up North they are getting more. I like it though. This is the kind of Wisconsin winter, or rather, ...spring, that I remember.
Looks like I shouldn't put away the shovel just yet. Maybe in August.

Have fun on your days off, Spot. That goes for you too, G-F. That Mr. Dave, he may have been lackadaisical, but underneath he had a good heart, letting Opie think he stole Aunt Bea's purse so that Opie wouldn't look up to him anymore, and Andy wouldn't have to worry about Opie following in Mr. Dave's footsteps.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93204: Believe it or not, it is even cold here in south texas this morning. I know that's relative, but its in the 40's and for April, that is pretty chilly for us. You know I love it, though! It's that blustery kind of cold, too...windy and cloudy (BIG SMILE). I think I will hang around the house today, too, G-F...get the laundry done and plan a nice supper for tonight.

I have a question for you all...I am having a little moral dilemma and I already think I know what I am going to do, but I could use some opinions. You might remember I have mentioned a certain old friend who has alot of "issues"...she has caused my family problems in the past and has been really ugly to Bruce. We parted ways, except that we see each other occasionally and I am friendly.."Hi, how are you" like I would anyone in church but nothing beyond that. Bruce tried not long ago to make some sort of gesture toward her and her husband to smooth things out but she just gave him a "look" and walked away. So, he felt the Lord just telling him to let her go and he made a decision that day to sever any ties with that family. It had not been a healthy relationship because she is a very emotionally unhealthy person...one you would consider toxic. Well, her dad passed away Monday and she called me in tears telling me she missed our friendship. I told her I was very sorry about her losing her father and I was kind to her, asked if there was anything i could do and said i would be praying for her and her family. That's kind of where it ended. I had planned on attending her dad's memorial service today but Bruce was opposed to it. We had a little bit of a disagreement about it, but he told me it was up to me whether I went or not but expressed his desire that i not go. I thought he was being cold-hearted but maybe he's right, I just don't know. I thinks I'm not supporting him in his decision but he won't prevent me from going. It's like he is making me feel ashamed for even considering going after the way she treated him, I think. I'm not like that, though. I have never persued a relationship with her or tried to contact her in any way, nor do I want to, and I thought that was supporting him and our family. I just thought that going to the funeral would be the right thing to do, since she contacted me about her dad's death. I am thinking i should respect my husband's decision and not go, but I feel kind sad about it. Then again, if I really examine my reasons for going to the funeral, they are more about me than my friend...I don't want any more tension between us when we do see each other in church. Guess I had better just stay home.

Funny, Sterling (maybe in August) ;).


April 19, 2013 - Msg 93205: That is a tough one, Boo.
I can understand wanting to express your condolences and support to her and her family. That is a very Christian thing to do.
On the other hand, from what I have read before about this woman, I have a feeling that once the initial grief from her dad passing lightens a little, she will be back to wreaking havoc on anyone who gives her the time of day, like you and your family.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, as it were.
Did she ask you to come to the service? If not, you ended it in a pretty good spot; helping her out(on the phone) and saying that you will pray for her. Whether you want to take a step back into the lion's den is up to you. But if my wife didn't want me to go somewhere(with good reason) I think I would be more concerned about honoring my wife's concerns rather than an acquaintance of mine.
Btw, was that just a typo or a Freudian slip where you put an "I" instead of a "He" when you stated that "I thinks I'm not supporting him in his decision but..." ?

Now, this is just my opinion, but you have done more than enough for her, for what you have gotten in return. Some people are best supported from a distance.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93206: Boo, I agree with Sterling. You were kind to her in your response, and you offered your assistance if needed. You can send a card, you can send some flowers or a plant if you wish. You could even send (send, don't take) some food over, a pie or something, in a disposable container that would not require another contact to retrieve it. However, unless you were acquainted with her father to the point that you would want to go to pay your respects to him, I would not go to the funeral. You don't owe her anything. If you just can't get comfortable with not going, then go, but arrive at the last minute, and leave as soon as it's over. Sit near a side entrance and slip out without going through the line, so you don't have to talk to her or let her cry on your shoulder.

You know very well why she called you, saying she "missed your friendship." Of course she does. She's in a tough place right now, and she realizes she has alienated anyone who might have been a friend, and she's trying to scare up some support. It's sad, but she has created the problem herself. There are consequences for our behavior, and she's realizing that. Sometimes the piper just demands to be paid. I know you would never be rude or unkind to her, but that doesn't mean you have to make yourself available to her, and vulnerable to her games.

Finally, if she is so foolish as to try to pin you down and ask why you aren't friendly toward her, you may just have to tell her. Remind her that Bruce is your husband, and based on your love for him and your understanding of the scripture that says you are to "forsake all others" for him, you cannot in good conscience be friends with someone who has treated him rudely. Tell her you're sorry that she has chosen to behave in such a way, but she has, and has left you no choice. Then walk away and don't look back. She'll have a tantrum, but you don't have to stand there and watch her.

Well, I'm going to go get in my chair for a little while. Therapy was a bit of a workout this morning, and I'm tired. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93207:
GF-We got your warm weather during the night. I think it was about 65 degrees and now some of Sterling Wisconsin spring is blowing in, it's snowing pretty good. I'll keep ya posted on the Windows 8.


April 19, 2013 - Msg 93208: Happy 75th Birthday to Superman if you guys didn't know he was born (created) in of all places...
CLEVELAND! I think he was TOM's neighbor..haha

Auh2o button down the hatches strong winds heading your way good thing Goob added some #'s over the winter or I would have blown away going to the Wal-Mart today.


April 19, 2013 - Msg 93209: I loved your response, Sterling and yes, that could, indeed have been a Freudian slip. ;) Very observant of you. Ro, what can I say?...you hit it right on the mark. I had already decided not to go after an email that Bruce sent me this morning, but reading your responses helped me feel better about that decision, and I thank you. I have already prepared myself for a possible confrontation, with just the reponse you suggested, Ro. I think that most likely that will never happen, though. She will probably just not respond or ask and that will be that. She isn't the type to throw a tantrum but to retreat and never change her way of thinking. So be it.

Better go check my green beans...crock pot meatloaf tonight.


April 19, 2013 - Msg 93210:
Howdy porch family....stormy here in SC....glad to see the rain though...hopefully it will wash some of this pollen away.

Got concerts this weekend so I'll be away from the porch.

Continued prayers for the all the folks in the recent attacks. One of my wife's classmates was at the finish line in Boston....she lost a leg in the explosion.
Also prayers for the folks in TX....sad situation.

You all have a good night and a wonderful Jesus filled weekend.
Love and prayers

April 19, 2013 - Msg 93211: Hi All.
Will prayer to all the folks in Boston.
and the two boys to be found.
TO folks in TX how sad for all this bad thing to go.


April 20, 2013 - Msg 93212:

Given the real-life drama of the past week, this is especially appropriate. Don't you wish life was like The Andy Griffith Show?

The Andy Griffith Show
Bellamy Brothers - The Andy Griffith Show

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93213: Sorry, that one did not work.
Trying again:

This a song by the bellamy brothers about TAGS.

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93214:
Glad they caught the guy, and that Bostonians can breath and live again tonight! I don't want to "politicize" it, but I guess it is inevitable,
so I'll just say it: If I was in a lockdown like
Bostonians were today, I would sure be glad I had a little "something" to defend myself if the need arose. I'm just sayin' (As G-F would say!)
REV--have some great concerts, my friend.
SPOt is buying breakfast! (:

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93215: Good evening, porch! Yes, I'm glad they caught that deluded, violent young man. It's so sad. As a member of that "peaceful" religion, he truly believes it's his duty to slaughter as many of the infidels as he can. Well, his brother has by now learned the truth, and he may very well learn it too. The newscaster said his condition is serious. I don't wish to start anything here, but I can't help wondering how they can keep telling themselves that theirs is a religion of peace, when in their own countries there is nothing but constant violence toward each other, bombings, beheadings, strife, terrible mistreatment of women, warfare, "honor" killings, and the list goes on. Where is the peace? They need God so badly, the real "God of peace." I have read enough of the Koran to know that it speaks more of violence than of peace, and the Haddiths of Mohammed teach outright hatred toward the Jews and "all infidels", which includes us. There are specific commands to any believer (Muslim) to slay the Jews wherever they are found, and the same to all who will not convert. Contrast that with the words of Jesus, who commanded only that we "preach the gospel to every creature, teaching them to obey all things, whatsoever I have commanded you." We are told to speak to unbelievers in love, to show God's love by our example, and to win them with kindness. Nowhere are we told to coerce anyone, but Mohammed said to "convert the unbeliever, by the sword if necessary."

Now before someone reminds me of the Inquisition, let me say I'm aware of it, and can only say - that was then, this is now. We are not responsible for what was done then. We are only responsible for what we ourselves will do, and God's word as we know it today does not teach conversion by violence. In the first place, that doesn't work. It's false. It would be like a man forcing a woman who did not love him to marry him anyway, and then commanding her to fall in love with him. Forced love is not love. Love, for another person, or for God, must be freely given or it is worthless.

Well, I don't know where all that came from. I guess from seeing the carnage on the streets of Boston, and learning that a friend of REV's dear wife was a casualty. Knowing the motivation of those two young men makes it very hard for me not to respond with righteous anger.

Blessings, friends. I think I need to pray. --Romeena

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93216: Good morning, friends. Guess I'm the first one up this morning. I'll put some coffee on for the rest of you. I don't like coffee, but I'll drink some hot tea.

On the Boston bombing, one more thought has occurred to me. This couldn't have come at a worse time for Mr. Obama and his gun-control agenda. What those two young men did simply demonstrates and underscores what can and will happen if guns were truly made unavailable to the deranged individuals who wish to do harm. In the first place, a background check would not have disarmed the Connecticut shooter. He didn't buy guns, he used his mother's! But let's say his mom didn't have any guns, and he couldn't buy any because a background check would have stopped him. No problem. He's apparently a very intelligent young man. He would simply have built a sackful of bombs, and walked from room to room, tossing them in. Locked doors? Blow them open. My point is, evil will find a way. Maybe, as awful as it sounds, I'd rather have an assassin armed with guns, than with the ability to blow up the whole building. At least, in that case, there's a good chance an armed citizen can take him down, and then his reign of terror ends. Otherwise, if he's using homemade bombs, they can still be lying around in the area, ready to explode, even after he's taken down. It seems to me we need to really think this "gun control" thing through, very carefully. There may be hidden repercussions.

It's an absolutely beautiful day. Only 51, but clear and sunny, very soft breeze, and supposed to reach the mid-60s. Lots of bird traffic out back, and I've seen several raggedy little squirrels. They're shedding their winter coat, and are all tattered and worn-looking, with patches of smooth gray-brown fur between clumps of longer, rough-looking reddish-brown winter coat. Looking like a little hobo doesn't stop the little boys from chasing the girls, though, and the girls make sure they're not too hard to catch. So cute, so funny!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93217: Romena, Little Hobo squirrels need lovin' too! Spring is in the air! = a lot of "new crop" squirrels for Romeena to watch from her window.
God provides us many ways to enjoy the gifts he gives us, thus the.."New Birth" of Springtime.

Sing it pretty this week-end REV. Thanks MDC for the link, I think a lot of folk needed to be reminded of simpler times..."I'm just sayin'"....


April 20, 2013 - Msg 93218:
Morning porch family....just checking in real quick before heading.

MDC....I'm with you....I sure would want something to defend myself if needed.

Ro...you are right on it with your post.....laws are for people that abide them. All you have to do is look at where the strictest guns laws are and look at the high crime rates(including gun related)to tell the truth. The sad fact is Obama is using these families that have lost children to push his so call gun control laws. Well my heart goes out so painfully for these families but what makes them an expert on gun control. If a bear attacks me that doesnt all of a sudden make me an expert on bear attacks.

By the way Ro....just got a message from Pastor Bob....he's such a supper guy!

Well better get going...you all have a very blessed weekend!
Love and prayers

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93219: Hi All.
G F how is your team doing?
that all that city know now to be !


April 20, 2013 - Msg 93220: Ro, that was about the first thing I thought about when I saw the news of the bombing...no guns needed to do that kind of damage. I don't know about you, but I think I would rather be shot by a gun than have my appendages blown off by a bomb. Crazy radical extremists don't need guns, high-powered or otherwise. But, as MDC mentioned, it would sure be good to have a weapon in your home if one of those guys decided to pay you a visit.

I thought it interesting that in the interview with the uncle of those young men, he went out of his way to state (very strongly) that what they did had nothing to do with religion. He was Muslim. It really is hard to fathom that those two were brought into this country, educated, supported, and all so they could do this.


April 20, 2013 - Msg 93221: I may have shared this in a previous post but it's due repeating. My Dad being a WW2 Vet, he was a avid gun collector, we had all kinds shapes and sizes of guns in our house growing up. I was taught safety and respect for them. He displayed them openly but they were NEVER loaded and ALL ammo was under lock & key. But needless to say we were taught to leave them alone! My Dad would take us out shooting any time we wanted so there was no "Mystery" in them, and that is what part of the problem is as I see it. That is why those of us who have guns HAVE to teach responsibility that goes with ownership too.
That being said,all the time my kids were growing up there were NO guns in our house and my kids were not subject to them and it was never a problem. But when my Son grew up & left the house shooting & gun ownership is his passion. I am proud of the respect he has for his 2nd Amendment rights. He has a carry conceal permit and is a certified C/C instructor. He is not in law enforcement or anything like that nor is he a aggressive type person, he is a computer I T specialist so again you see there are all kinds of folks who respect our rights.
Sometimes those folks who invade our rights need to be aware there may consequences of injectable lead poisoning in their future if they choose to invade OUR spaces.
Whooh sorry I was on a roll there! I may add, that my stand about not having a gun in the house is no longer true! I mostly have FMJ ammo but I do have some of the good stuff too if needed.
Not bragging....Just sayin'...

April 20, 2013 - Msg 93222: That was you, G-F, right?


April 20, 2013 - Msg 93223: Yep, I said it, and I ain't takin' it back...
And may I also quote Forrest Gumpp: "That's all I have to say about that"!....