January 01, 2003 - Msg 11248: By the way Asa - I only use Idyho taters!
hm

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11249: If Asa gets to go eat at all them places, I'm coming too! He can't see good with that hair in his eyes & I'll have to show him where his fork is. Welcome Teresa where you hail from? My Mayberry porch is in Va right on the TN state line.
*Mavis

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11250: Welcome, Teresa, and Forgiven! You're gonna love this place. Fun Girl!!! You're home! Welcome back, and we'll continue to pray for your comfort and recovery.

Yes, Boo, I know what you mean. The manager sidles up to you and says "Since you probably won't be partying, would you mind working New Year's Eve, so the other girls can go out and have fun?" Makes you want to ask if she thinks you just hang out in a closet between shifts or something, but no, you agree to work. Happens every year. Now that I'm older, I get the same thing at Christmas. "Since you don't have little kids at home to be ready for on Christmas morning, would you mind working Christmas Eve, even though you worked it last year, too?" That one I don't mind as much, truthfully. So, this year I worked Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and am about to leave for work again, on New Year's Day. Oh, how I want to retire!

Poor little Plum, she slept all day with me, now I'm leaving her and she has to sleep all night. Poor baby barely sees the light of day when I'm working. She takes it in good grace, though, and is all excited when I come home. What would I do without her merry little spirit around here?


Off I go. Happy New Year, everyone! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11251: Ok guys, now that I have more time, with the holidys over & all, if any of you want to be added to the Cutlass, please email me & let me know. I will get you on there as soon as I get the emails. I will need:
Your email address
Your messenger names (AIM,Yahoo,ICQ,MSN)
Your birthday (if you want to give that)
send the info to msflossie@lycos.com
the URL to the Cutlass is: http://www.geocities.com/porchsters/
*Mavis

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11252: Make that holidAys
sheesh

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11253: Hi,Mavis and Romeena,nice to meet you.My mayberry front porch is in Pa on the west virginia line.It,s raining cats and dogs here,I have a creek at the back of the house and it,s flooded into my backyard.My 7 and 5 yr old think it,s great,they thought they were for sure gonna swim in it!Kids,they see the good in everything,ha ha!

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11254: Hi All .Will Happy New Year to you all.
Sorry fornotbeing here for sometime. But you all no why, because git did not feel like the holiday here for me?
Maybe this will be a good year for me?
Hello to all the new comer.
None of my family came or called on the holiday.
My brother is out of the hosp is was not that badof a heart ait.
Alone and Free.
Oh to ramble alone and free
down by the rocks and ragihng sea,
along the curving wave-swept shore
that tolls the mighty ocean's roar.
Oh to wander where the salt winds ride,
own on the sands by the running tide,
where seagulls sweep across the sky,
chanting their brazen, arrogant cry.
Oh to roam by the heaving crest
that flows beyond where eyes can rest,
where the temple of peace still stands,
midst the thundering waves and sands.
TOM


January 01, 2003 - Msg 11255: Happy New Year to you all!
I love reading these little tidbits...they make my day away from the "real" world.
.......aintbeehavin

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11256: Hey to Tom Hope things get better for you from here on out, you know you have us porchsters to fall back on if you ever need to just talk! We love you dearly! thanks for another great poem, we sure miss them when you don't come around! Teresa we got rain on my porch too today, makes for a good day to take a nap don't it?
*Mavis

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11257: Great poem, Tom, Thanks for sharing. Sorry you didn't see family over the holidays. I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here hanging on. Lots of praying taking place and it seems to be holding me up. Thanks Sterling, Asa, Ellen Brown, Boo, and everyone else who has been praying for me. Please keep it up. Welcome to forgiven 123.1 and to Teresa. Mavis, keep my info the same on the Cutlass please. If you need me to resend it, tell me and I will. You're all the greatest in the world. You're the cats! We watched some old eps tonight. Opie and the mother bird, the one where Ernest T. recites Mariah jump in the fire, the visiting preacher and the bandstand fiasco, Remshaw house, and others. They were all crackin' me up.
Charlotte Tucker

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11258: Hey Charlotte, "pot too black, jump in the crack!"...hahahahah I love that one! Hang in there, girl and try to let us hear from you more often.

Hey, all the talk about good food is killin' me! I have not had fried chicken or ribs for months. There aren't too many things I like better than corn on the cob, either. I had black-eyed peas today (my mom insisted-says it's good luck. She also tried to make me eat cabbage but I told her that I don't wanna be that lucky!). Asa, where were you? I needed you to eat that smelly cabbage for me. You would have been the right man for the job, I'm sure.

Hey, you rain-soaked folks, it was a sunny 70 degrees here today. I wore my old baggy shorts and my rubber thongs (sandals, not underwear). Sat on the porch swing and thought about how glad I was to not be cold.

Ro, it's not right that you should have to work that much. You deserve some time off at Christmas! I wish you could retire, too. I wanted to retire so bad that I got pregnant, although I wouldn't suggest that as a way to achieve retirement. Heehee.

Gotta turn in now. Everyday is a busy day when you have a toddler (that sweet, precious, very busy little angel!).

Thank God for another year!

Love to all, Boo (and thanks for the poem, Tom. It was really lovely.)

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11259: Hello porch,just thought I would write before I call it a night.Tom,that is a beautiful poem.Charlotte,nice to meet you.Boo,the rain has stopped,and,I,m hoping for the 70's tomorrow!Mavis you're right,it sure does make for good sleepin.Good night porch,talk to you tomorrow.Teresa

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11260: Glad you clarafied you was talking footwear and not underwear Boo. Had me worried there for a minute. LOL I think I'll let the cabbage slide on by.
Glad to hear from you Fun Girl. Pray you continue to heal and get stronger. Sounds like it was quite the ordeal. 9 hrs is just to long to be under.
Hang in there Tom. We love hearing from you.
Same for you Charlotte. Don't know what's getting ya down but hang tough. You'll overcome.
Mavis, sure good to see you posting again more regular like. Thanks for trimming my ears. They was a sight huh?
Thanks for the dinner homemaker and Teresa. I am happy to report that homemaker's ribs are as good as ever and that Teresa makes a pretty fine fried chicken dinner.
Speaking of happy, where did her and Clara run off to? Curious, curious, curious.
Hope everyone has a great day and act like you got some smarts.

Asa

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11261: Morning Porch!
What a holiday season it has been for me! Christmas Eve sewer fiasco, Christmas day at the in-laws, days between Christmas and New Year's spent baby-sitting every kid in the county who had no other arrangement, (at least it seemed like that!) and then, to top it all off, a birthday party for my now 21 year old daughter on New Year's Day! I am plum worn to a frazzle! But it feels goo-ood! It was a very busy time, but it is always so nice to see family and friends at this time of year.
Hey Boo and Romeena, 21 years ago I was the patient the hospital was betting on to bring in the first baby of the year! (That seems so strange 'cause of course I am only 25 myself, teehee!) She was the first baby of the year at that hospital but it was a very small hospital.

Mavis, I noticed you were the very first post of the New Year! Did you stay up just to do that?!

Oh, and welcome to Teresa, we're mighty pleased to have you join us here on the porch!

Guess I better commence to cleaning up the remains of the festivities! Y'all have a great 2003 and a great day!

Mary Wiggins

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11262: Ugh! So much to do, no energy. i feel a sore throat coming on so I might be coming down with Hubby's bad cold. If I dissapear(sp?) for a few days, I'll be somewhere blowin' my nose and feeling miserable. I made the mistake of staying up late and watching "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood". I should have known by the title that it was going to be really stupid. No offense to anyone who might of liked it, but I thought it stank (stunk, stinked....whatever?). The language was horrible and it didn't make much sense to me. Just picture a collection of elderly women repeatedly using the F word and taking God's name in vain and you will understand why I didn't care for the movie. Now, that was my movie review for the week.

Ya'll have a great day in 2003!

Boo

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11263: Thanks for saving me money and time Boo. Nothing I hate more than to spend good money on a bad movie. Guess thats why I don't go to many movies. That plus I have a hard time staying awake during them.
Hey Mary, my oldest is 22 now and I am only 26 so I know where you are coming from.

Asa

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11264: Afternoon Y'all! Hope 2003 is going good so far for each & every one of you.My mom came home from the hospital yesterday standing tall,walking good,and with NO pain! God is good! My youngest sister & 3 year old niece came in a few hours ago from Indiana,Mr.Possum went back to work today after his vacation (ha ha) so 2003 has been great for me so far! Boo,I ate my Hoppin'John for luck yesterday too,but no cabbage or greens either. You know the greens represent money in the New Year-guess that's why I never have any!
Welcome to Teresa and thanks for feeding Asa.Stick around and you'll be doing a lot of that! Ha Ha
Hope fun girl is feeling better after her surgery.Boo,don't you go catching a cold or one of them nasty bugs. Best wishes to everyone in the New Year!
Hey,the Lee Drake episode is gone,so I'm outta here-can't wait to see sunburned Andy again!
Y'all have a good one!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock


January 02, 2003 - Msg 11265: gone? I meant "on" (rhymes with gone) Ha

possum again

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11266: Hi, everyone. I am a bit down in the dumps. I have another sick child. My little boy has a fever and feels bad. I made an appointment for him for the dr tomorrow. I just can't seem to keep him well and my over-active imagination makes me worry. I want to trust the Lord with my kids but I love them so it is hard not to worry about them. I know ya'll understand. Please pray for him and me. I really need it beacuse he hates to go to the dr and has anxiety attacks over it (has to do with his Tourette syndrome, I think). Thanks, friends. I'm so glad you are here to talk to.

Boo

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11267: We love ya Boo, prayers are commencing...

~ Mrs. Wiley
being quiet-like on purpose.

And no mistake, still praying for Helen and Charlotte and Salty...and Asa and Mary's fuzzy math problem, which I share. (just how do I have a 13 year old at the ripe old age of 17?)


January 02, 2003 - Msg 11268: Hello porch,hopeyou are all ok this evening.Boo,Ihope your little boy is doing better..I'll keep you both in my prayers.I do think there is a bug going around ,my youngest,my 5 year old,is just getting over it.Had the same symptoms starting last friday,and he still has a cough.He has a form of autism,called pervasive developmental disorder,he can't communicate very well.I know what you mean about worrying and praying.I'll keep you both in my prayers.Glad you liked the meal asa,your welcome at my table anytime. Possum,glad to hear from you. Mary,hi,thanks for the welcome. Well,I'll write more later.Teresa

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11269: You will find many of us that have either special needs children or work with special needs children (special ed teacher here) Teresa and Boo! We can relate in one way or another.
Having a time in the Hoosier state with snow and cold!
Makes me wish I were in Idyho with Asa where the weather is always sunny and warm!

homemaker

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11270: Duh - Asa - I mean Utah! Oh well, it is one of them western states where cowboys still ride the open range - right? I seen it on TV - it must be true!

hm

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11271: Hey porchsters! Prayers for Boo. "not too black, jump in the crack" I think it's pot too black, isn't it? Anyway that's the way things are lookin' to me these daysóblack. But Asa is right, I'll overcome somehow. But ya'll please continue to include Charlotte in your prayers. Thank you.
Charlotte Tucker

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11272: You & all the other porchsters are always in my prayers Charlotte & no I don't need you to resend your info, that was for the newbies on the porch mostly. Mary no I didn't stay up just to be the first to post on New Year's, our band played a new year's dance & I just happened to be the first to post, just lucky that way I guess. Prayers & good wishes to everyone, I'm fixing to head to the old ironing board, I'm one tired puppy groomer today, had too many days off & can't seem to get back to the grind.
*Mavis

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11273: Asa,is you a cowboy out there in IdyhoUtah? Hee Hee
I also think it's "pot too black,jump in the crack" for whatever sense THAT makes! Charlotte,you're in my prayers.Sure hope you get to feeling better.Here's some hugs just for you: ((((((((Charlotte))))))))
Teresa,like homemaker said,lots of us here understand about kids with special needs.I'm a special ed. assistant teacher-have 2 kids in my class with autism.One only likes to eat french fries,the other hates to touch things (except toys) with his hands.He was late to school one morning because his mom accidently locked him and the keys in her car! He would not attempt to retrieve the keys or unlock the door by hand-instead,his mom got him to roll the window down with his foot!Autism (to me anyway),can be frustrating and amazing at the same time.So... just know that we understand Teresa.
Well,it's almost 10pm EST here(whatever happened to the person who requested that we post the time on our posts anyway?-this is for him/her-ha ha)so I guess this lil' possum will hit the ironing board soon. Y'all have a good evening!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11274: Hey Mavis,we were posting at the same time-great minds think alike,what with both of us "hitting the ironing board"!

possum again

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11275: Hey possum we both love Andy, we have to think alike! Smart Women we are! teehee
*Mavis

January 02, 2003 - Msg 11276: Bless you Mavis for the prayers and possum for the hugs. You don't know how important they are right now to me. Bless each and every porchster.
Charlotte Tucker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11277: Good Morning Porch,
Hang in there Charlotte, things will improve, you just have to keep the faith and we will stand in prayer with you. Let us know how things progress for you.

Possum, it is so good to hear how well your mother is doing. Praise God for that! He is goo-ood!

I hope things start to go better for you Boo, how old is your little one, about 4 or 5 I think? And I can feel for you on the hating to go to the doctor thing. My 5 year old was born with hypo-thyroidism and he had to have blood drawn every 3 months for his first couple years of life. They could never have an easy time of it and he is still terrified of the doctor. By the way, they prayed for him at my church when he was about 3 years old and his hormone levels starting heading toward normal, then we took him off the medication and his levels started to dip just a bit, but I decided to give the good Lord a couple more days, (can you believe my audacity!) and his numbers kept improving and he has not been on any medication since he turned 3 years old, and he is growing and maturing normally! Just a praise report there because Jesus is the One who did it! My faith was as little as a mustard seed on that one, but God was FAITHful!

Oh, I forgot to tell you all that I received that Andy Griffith Show game for Christmas! My dear daughter bought it for me, and then she even played a couple games with me! She's the cat's, she is!

Well, I guess I better let you all get back to your chores, which means I better get back to mine!

Have a great day!
Mary Wiggins

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11278: Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, do I sound like Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter? I didn't forget you Fun Girl, I hope your recovery is going well and I just want you to know you are also still in our prayers!
MW

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11279: Thanks for the encouragement, Mary Wiggins, I know I'll get through all this and it sure helps to know I have friends who know what I'm going through. I am going to tell you about something neat that God did to encourage me once when I was worrying over something (my son is seven, by the way, and wasn't afraid of the dr until about a year ago. I still don't know what happened), anyway I was really letting my imagination get away with me and was feeling panicky. My little boy was four at the time. Well, I was watching my little boy playing and I was thinking about how carefree he was. He didn't have a worry in the world. I prayed and told God I wanted to be like that, like a little four year old who just doesn't worry about anything. I wanted to trust God like that. Well, later in the day I was running an errand and turned the radio on in my car. It was on a Christian station and the announcer read a scripture concerning worry (the one that says "Have no anxiety over anything, etc..) and then he said "God doesn't want us to worry but to be like a carefree four year old and just trust Him.". You could have knocked me over with a feather because it was so obviously God, you know. One of those rare instances when it is crystal clear. I still am tempted with worry but it is a battle that I am getting stronger in. I think I just have one of those personalities that is prone to be anxious. I came from a family of worriers and I am been trying for years to break that pattern so maybe my kids won't have the battles I have had. I already see so much fear in my little boy and am praying about how to deal with that.

Thanks again for the support and prayers.

I would like to say a prayer for Charlotte this morning. Dear Lord, we love you and are so thankful for your love and your care. You are good, even when times are bad. We can trust you, but we are so weak. Please draw us so close and bring Charlotte comfort, peace and joy in the midst of the problems she is facing. Help her to remember that David fought and conquered the bear and the lion before he killed Goliath. Trials must come but help us to be of good cheer because you are strengthening us for this life and for your plan. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

Have a blessed day!

Boo

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11280: Bless your hearts Mary Wiggins and Boo. Thank you so much for praying for me on the porch, Boo. That really means so much. I had a rough night last night but see a little sunshine this morning that is trying to perk me up. Boo, I also loved your story about the carefree 4-yr-old. Yes, I wish I could be that way. It is funny that you all mention children with problems so much. I have mentioned my daughter before but don't talk about her history that much because it is still baffling to me. I think I've told you before that she has some autistic tendencies but for the most part is a normal acting 10 year old. But when she was 2 we were asked to take her out of a day care because she dropped a phone on another boy who was sleeping. She had also spent most of her summer picking up sand from the sand pile and walking to a hosta plant and dropping the sand on it--back and forth most of the day. She also rocked on the edge of the chair for long periods of time. These things finally led us to have her examined. Her diagnosis was autism and we were devastated. I was so distraught that I wanted to go to church. My husband had always been against church before. But we went and many people were praying for us. We got our daughter in every early intervention program there was and she just gradually got better and better. She still struggles in school some but mostly with C's and that's pretty normal I'd say. I just have no explanations other than the work of God. I hesitate to tell this story because I know there are many people out there whose children have autism who have probably prayed and prayed and they still have autism but for some reason, God changed the course of our daughter's life and the course of our lives. We are still in church but still struggle to be free from sin. I struggle with the idea that God forgives us for everything. Just how does he do that?
Charlotte Tucker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11281: I also want to apologize because as some "interloper" stated awhile back: "I thought this was supposed to be a TAGS site." Sorry to come here with my problems but I truly feel I have made many friends here with a faith that is not found many places these days.
CT

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11282: Charlotte, if this is not a place to come and be loved, I am getting off this here porch! You know this porch is nothing more than the people who make it up and those are some fine, caring people who want to help, I believe. Now, as for God's forgiveness, it is grace, pure grace. We never deserved a thing and in this life we will never understand it fully because that kind of love is a mystery. I know that since I had children of my own I can understand it a little bit more. I have to remind myself and sometimes hold my breath in the fear that it couldn't possible be true that God could love me even more than I love my babies, but it is true! Believe in that love, Charlotte. Is there anything you wouldn't forgive your babies for? Remember that He said that if anyone would come to Him, He would in nowise cast them out. Also, nobody comes to the Father unless the Spirit draws him. If God is calling, don't be afraid to go. He will forgive completely. Yesterday I heard someone talking about how God called Gideon "A mighty man of valor" even before he was one. God saw what Gideon would be. He saw past his mistakes. God loves you so. Hang in there and let Him do his work in you!

Love, Boo

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11283: Good afternoon everyone - only two more days and I will have to face the school bell again. I sure have liked being off for a couple of weeks. Goodness time flies - we've been catching up on our Matlock's and TAGS and Ican't wait for the Grand Ol Opry presentation with Ange on it. I know there has been some discussion in the past about Ange's temperment on the sets of his productions but I like the man - I really do.
Ya'll take care and I'll try to fix something decent for supper - any suggestions!?

homemaker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11284: I am making chili again and when it is done I will serve it with cheese and Fritos (not a gourmet meal but satisfying!).

I like Andy, too, HM, no matter what anyone says. I was watching the first episode of TAGS the other day and I had not seen it in a long time. I enjoyed it so much. That Opie is the cutest kid that has ever been on TV. I could have just eaten him up! I felt like a fool but I got tears in my eyes when little opie told his Pa that Aunt Bee needed him. What a cutie-pie.

Later, Mayberry Fans!

Boo

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11285: How about a good ole legalamb homemaker?

Asa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11286: Hi Boo, didn't see you ther.

Asa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11287: Asa - you mean leg-o-goat, right? Just "Kidding" - it will be homemade salisbury steak and probably baked taters, again. . .the boys just really like them taters! I can't quite decide on the other vegie, it will be something though. I might make a cake too - the boys haven't gotten spoiled with desserts all the time due to them holiday desserts!
We do the same with chili Boo - I make a special chili just for out Frito Pie! Yum, Yum - the boys won't touvh tacos but love Frito Pie - go figure!

homemaker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11288: Thank you, Boo! I appreciate your thoughts and know them to be true. I also agree with you that Opie was the cutest little kid on TV! Someone please remind me when that Grand Ole Opry show is! Hey to homemaker and Asa!
Charlotte Tucker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11289: Hey to Mary Wiggins too!
CT

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11290: Asa - all the boys left you were some taters (mashed tonite) - sorry, you snooze, you lose! HA HA HA

Please pray for my husband's cousin - she has been hospitalized for a couple of weeks in ICU with an unknown lung virus/illness. She is 19 and on a ventilator. They are not sure what's happening.

hm

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11291: I'm on it, homemaker.
Charlotte Tucker

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11292: Ok Mary Wiggins you are now added to the Cutlass, so all ya'll that want to email her, go right ahead! Anybody else want to be added holler at me & let me know. That is for anybody, old porchsters, new porchsters, anybody that wants to be on there.
*Mavis
(my email is msflossie@lycos.com)

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11293: Evenin' Y'all. Prayers for your husband's cousin, homemaker and Charlotte I'm still keeping you in my prayers.I'm worried about the young pregnant woman who is missing out in California. If y'all have been watching the news I'm sure you've heard about her.Let's send up some prayers for her too. Her name is Laci Peterson (think that's her last name) and she's due to have a baby boy next month.It's got to be an awful thing,what her family is going through right now.God Bless them all.
Well,I'm kinda like ol' Lydia this evening-not much for chit chat! Just wanted to say hello to everyone and share my concerns for this missing young woman. Hope everyone has a good evening!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11294: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11295: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11296: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11297: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11298: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11299: Good evening porch,How is everyone this evening?ijust got back from the grocery store,the roads are getting slick from the snow and rain and I'm just glad to be home.The frito pie sounds delicious homemaker and boo,I'll have to try that.i just came home from the grocery store,and,still don't know what to fix for supper!I saw this commercial on tv,where the lady is walking through the grocery store with just one item,and,it's supposed to be this complete meal in the box. anybody on the porch ever just buy one little box and feed the whole family?!homemaker,we eat alot of mashed taters at my house too.My husband and kids don't think we can have supper without mashed potatoes.We can have any other vegetable,but,we have to have mashed potatoes and gravy.Charlotte,I'm keeping you in my prayers.I can completely relate to what you said about your daughter.My son has been getting early intervention services for about 6 months,and,has a therapist come to our house everyday,even after school on the days he goes to pre-school.It has made a huge difference in him.Also,he goes to a pre-school for special needs children,which has helped alot.Boo,I cried when I read your story about the carefree 4 your old .I also,had a similar experience .Before my son started getting therapy with social interaction,it was impossible to take him to any store.He got very hyper,and,confused,which resulted in extreme behaviours,such as screaming,crying,hitting,etc.One day I had to go to the store,and,I didn't have a sitter,so,I took him with me.I prayed as I parked the car,Lord,I know I,ll need help in here.When we got there,and,my son started having behaviours,this lady came up to me,and said"I'm here to help you,it's going to be alright." Sure enough,she talked to my son,we got our shopping done,no behaviours,and she walked with us to the door.She said goodbye,I thanked her and we got home .I got to the car and thanked God for answering my prayer! like you said boo,you could have knocked me over with a feather!His love and presence was crystal clear.Well,I have to go,I,ll write more later,God bless you all on the porch.Teresa

January 03, 2003 - Msg 11300: Teresa,looks like you could use an incant,gal! Lemme see... how 'bout "Ebum,shoobum,shoobum,shoobum"? It made Andy and Opie's signatures "disappear".Maybe it'll get rid of some of those extra posts of yours! LOL


January 04, 2003 - Msg 11301: Oh, my goodness. I think Teresa chewed her cabbage twice. Or 6 times.
- Hazel

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11302: Sorry about all the repeats porch!My computer has been freezing,so,I'm never sure when it.s freezing ,or,just slow!My apologies everyone.Teresa

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11303: Good evening porch, Just sitting here shaking my head as I read all these posts.. seems like everyone here is needing prayers tonight. Welcome to you Teresa hope you like it here. You all take care and stay warm tonight. Dont know about you all but I'm ready for warmer weather. Heard it was in the 80's today out in CA must be nice. Night--Salty Dog

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11304: Morning Porch. Whew Teresa, I thought I was in the movie Groundhog Day there for a minute. Has anyone ever seen that flick? Kinda funny.
Well here it is January 4th. Has anyone kept all there new years resoloutions yet our are they all broke already?
In last nights episode Andy was telling Ellie how he thought a 5 year engagement period was a good start. How long was your engagement? Heck, mine was only 4 months. I'm trying to talk my Daughter into a 5 year deal though. Don't think she's buying it. LOL
Good to see you Hazel and Salty. Miss you guys when yer not here.

Asa

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11305: ha, that's a good one about Groundhog Day!

Yes, Asa, I have kept my one resolution. It was to have at least one good laugh everyday and I have had many. Thanks for contributing.

I dated my husband for almost five years before I married him. By the time I did I knew what I was getting, that's for sure, and he's a keeper. I was very independant and had my own house and life. He was a big part of it, but it wasn't until I was ready to have children (at 32) that we got married. I think long engagements are difficult, especially celibate ones. It is very hard not to become intimate for that long (sorry to say that I did not)! I am going to try to encourage my kids to get to know someone well for at least a year.

Teresa, I loved your post (many posts heehee). Isn't it wonderful when God answers our prayers so obviously? My son is still sick. I took him to the dr yesterday and he is taking an antibiotic but not much better, yet. My baby girl is starting to cough, now! No rest for Mom...

Better go tend to the kids.

Boo

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11306: Hello porch sitters,
All is better here. I know you all were praying for me because I lost lots of blood and was not doing well for a while. I still wonder whatever got into my head letting that doctor cut me open and all. It's a rough row to hoe, I'll tell ya. Remember me and your prayers as I will each of you.

not such a ....
fun girl

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11307: God Bless you FunGirl, I hope everything is under control now. ~ Mrs. Wiley

Hey to the porch!


January 04, 2003 - Msg 11308: Aw, Fungirl, I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so poorly. Can you eat soup yet? I'll bring some right on over.
- Hazel

"Just keepin' my skills razor sharp,
so I'll be ready and fit for the next emergency."


January 04, 2003 - Msg 11309: Good to see you Hazel and Mrs. Wiley and Fun Girl. . .we will try to keep you in stitches Fun Girl - laughter makes for a speedy recovery! :)

Not much happening here - turned all the new kids into the pasture today with their mamas. It sure was fun to see them jump and do 180's in the air. They are so cute at this age!

Saw the episode last nite where Miss Edwards name was Bertha before it was Clara. I like Clara much better!

bye for now -

homemaker

January 04, 2003 - Msg 11310: Hey porch, sorry to hear you are ailing fun girl. We'll be real quiet around here so we wont disturb you. Asa.. to answer your question, I dated my husband for 2 years before we got married. And I just thought I knew him... It's been nearly seven years now since we been married and he still does things every once in a while that just make me shake my head at him. Hope you all have a good night. Stay Warm---Salty Dog

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11311: Howdy, everyone! Good to see you. I've been sort of out of place the last few days, and was appalled when I saw how far behind I was on the posts. Then I hit Teresa's hiccups, and that old slide bar just flew toward the bottom and caught me up quick! See, even a sticky, frozen computer can produce something good for someone. (teehee)

I met my dear husband when I was 17, fell in love the day I met him, married eight months later, and never looked back. We had 38 wonderfully happy, fun-filled years, and then God took him home. Took me about three years to find any degree of peace with that, and now even after nearly seven years, my heart still asks why, but I can at least acknowledge that God is in charge, has His reasons, and is under no obligation to explain them to me!

My heart breaks for those who have little children with such big problems. My love and I weren't chosen to be parents to special children, maybe God didn't think we could handle it. Anyway, please know that I deeply admire and respect those of you who face those challenges so bravely. It's a 24 and 7 thing, and you are bound to get discouraged at times. Yet, you all seem to be able to see the blessings through the problems, and that's wonderful. I had a friend who had an adult son with Down's, and she once said that for his sake, she'd change it if she could, but for her own sake, she'd leave him just as he was, because he had been such an incredible blessing in her life. Beautiful!

Well, my pillow is calling my name, and the Plum is plopped right in the middle of it, so guess I'll join her. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11312: Hello all! My family is packing up and headed North, after a long holiday visit. Fun Girl, Glad to see back. And continued good health. Prayers for all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11313: Good Sabbath porch.
Drive careful Briscoe. Don't forget to fill up that radiator before you leave.
Hi Romeena. You sure have a wonderful way with words, you know that? I can tell you and your hubby had a great life together. And I am glad you have dealt with things so graciously. Not an easy thing I'm sure. God bless you dear.
Hey Mrs. Wiley. Keep us updated dear. God bless you also.
I'm glad I can make you smile a little Boo. We need more smiles in this world. We only go around once so why not make it as enjoyable as we can? There, thats my sermon for today.
Prayers for all who need them.

Asa

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11314: Good morning porch, pray everyone is well, Tom good to be reading your poems again. safe trip for your family Briscoe, porch I need your prayers, everything in my life is falling apart, we're going to church this morning, but my heart is not in it, I'm very depressed, the holidays started out ok but ended up awful. Remember us in your prayers.
Miss Ellen Brown

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11315: My goodness Ellen. This doesn't sound like you at all. I'm sorry that things are going bad for you right now. You are in my prayers.

Asa

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11316: Oh, Ellen, I am so sorry. I will certainly pray for you today. Wish I could do even more.

Please continue to pray for my little boy. He is still sick with a fever and a bad cough.

Thanks, Friends.
Boo

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11317: Good afternoon, friends. Asa, you're too kind, and so patient with this verbose old lady. Ellen, I'm so sorry you're having problems. You sound pretty upset - I sincerely pray that things are getting better by now. May I share one of my favorite scriptures with you? It's found in numerous places in the Bible - that familiar and simple little line, "and it came to pass." Nowhere is it written that anything comes to stay, except for the love and comfort of the Lord. Yes, I know that I'm taking license with the phrase, and taking it out of context, but it has held infinite meaning as well as comfort for me. Perhaps it will help you just a little, too.

Asa dear, don't worry about my outside lights. My son is coming over this afternoon to take them down. In return I'm frying up some pork chops, and making smashed taters and gravy! His favorite meal, and a small reward for being so faithful in taking care of the little things I need from time to time.

Have a great week, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11318: Well,I guess it's no more carefree hours...no more peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for me-gotta go back to work tomorrow! Hope y'all didn't think I was headed for the pokey-ha ha
Romeena,I'll just bet Asa will beat your son to those outside lights-'specially since you mentioned all that good food you're cookin' up! Heck,if I didn't just finish eatin' I might come over to take down lights too!
Hope everyone's well-glad to see you back,fun girl.Prayers for all who need them.Y'all take care of yourselves and have a good evening!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11319: I'm worn to a frazzle! I hate it when my kids are sick (who doesn't, right?). I just took a few minutes to sit down and vent to relieve some stress. I feel like I need a long vacation. Remember I am the one who was talking about getting away from the kids and doing something for myself? Well it ain't happening. Life is like that. Things don't usually fit into my time schedule the way I want them to.

Hope I can get some sleep tonight, if not, I might have to come back and sit on the porch again!

Talk to you later....
Boo

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11320: Ah-chew Ah-chew sniff sniff. Excuse me. I had to blow the dust odd my dictionary to look up what verbose meant. Sorry Romeena, but that word does'nt describe you a-talll. I would never consider you to wordy, not for a second. So there!
Boo, you need someone like Barney around you who will give the gift of a day off. You could go relax with Mr. Boo up at the lake, have a picnic, do a little fishing, maybe light a campfire afterwards and have a fish fry. Dang, I might just have to go do that myself, it sounds so good. LOL

Asa

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11321: Sheesh. Off not odd. I'm odd!!!

Asa

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11322: Evening Porch!
*Mavis

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11323: Ellen, hang in there. Today may seem bad, but there are brighter days ahead. I know, I've been there myself.
non-signer

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11324: Hey porch, hope all are doing well tonight. Ellen, the holidays are hard for me too. I've lost two grandmothers and a great aunt and two really good friends right around this time of year and it is very hard to deal with. I hope and pray that you find the comfort that you need. Take care--Salty Dog

January 05, 2003 - Msg 11325: Goodnight, friends. I would like to say a prayer for us tonight. Lord, bless all who come to the porch. We are in need of your peace. Use the difficult circumstances in our lives to conform us to the image of your son. Bring relief from worry and anxiety and depession, especially for Ellen. Heal our hearts and our families and draw us even closer to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Goodnight,
Boo

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11326: Good Morning Porch,
We got a little more snow last night and right now the skies are blue and the snow is sparkly and I am in a nice warm house! It is always a good feeling when you are warm and cozy and it looks coolldd! outside. I also like it when a rainstorm comes along and you can hear the rain a-falling but you are inside, dry, warm and snug as a bug!

Did any one watch those football games yesterday? A couple of cliff hangers! Pretty exciting stuff if you like sports!

How's about some hearty cheese omelets, hashbrowns, and some nice crispy bacon for breakfast, I'll leave 'em in some warming trays to keep it all toasty for ya!
Have a great day all!
Mary Wiggins

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11327: Let's not talk football especially when the Colts showed up and forgot to play:).
It's a wonderful Monday morning and all of my students had the their minds zapped of all knowledge over the two week Christmas break.
Everyone hang in on this cold, snowy, January morning.

homemaker

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11328: Hello all! Hey Mary, I watched those games yesterday, those kind of games "twang my buds". Homemaker, Sorry the Colts fell down Saturday. Stay warm in cold Mayberry.

Briscoe Darling Jr.


January 06, 2003 - Msg 11329: Hey to the porch, it's me, it's me, it's Sp00ky B. Stop by the station for a nectrine Crush. I'm buying.

Sp00ky Benson


January 06, 2003 - Msg 11330: Hey porch, I agree lets not talk football after my Packers game Saturday. Hope you all have a good day. --Salty Dog

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11331: Well I am a true blue Raiders fan and I can hold my head high for another week. But I gotta tell ya, them Jets have me worried.

Asa

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11332: Whoops, didn't see you SpOOky and Salty.
The Pakers looked pretty old Salty. They should take the stuff I take to stay young and pretty!
I'll be over for some pop SpOOky. Sounds real fine.

Asa

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11333: hey Spooky, I could really use a Crush of some kind, and some good conversation. Are girls welcome?

I am still tired! My little boy is doing better today but still has a cough and some fever. Thanks for your prayers and don't forget us. Mom is worn out!

Asa, I think a good long visit with you would really lift my spirits. I need a good laugh today. Be sure and spend some time on the porch (maybe you would be so kind to tell me your favorite joke)....

Bye,
Boo

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11334: Just wanted to come over and say hi. I've been on the porch at times but haven't had much to say, so I just listened.

Yes Salty, it's a shame about those Packers. Maybe Favre doesn't want to retire.
-Sterling Holobyte


January 06, 2003 - Msg 11335: Well, all I got to say is at least you don't have the Lions to root for! We don't even think about play-offs here. We don't even think of a 500 season. We only can hope for more than 4 wins in a season! But, we do have the Red Wings ! And they have given us Michiganders a lot to cheer about the last few years! I am hopeful of our Pistons too! I am a sports NUT!
Have a great evening y'all!
Mary Wiggens


January 06, 2003 - Msg 11336: Sorry I can't lend much to this conversation because I don't watch sports but I did hear my brother in law say that the Cowboys should be called, "The Cowgirls", whatever that means.

Where are Asa and Romeena?? I need my spirits lifted!

Boo

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11337: Remember, I have to keep my New Year's resolution of one good laugh per day.....

Boo

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11338: Hi, all! Mary, my dear husband was from Michigan. Came to Texas with the Air Force when he was 19, met and married me, and became an adopted Texan, but he still loved Michigan. I like it, too. It's really beautiful there.

Boo, I'm glad your little boy is better, but I'm worried about you! You need some rest. Even a few hours - go out to eat, come home and fall into bed and sleep all night, with someone else wearing the "mommy ears" for the night. You're gonna just burn your little candle right out, if you're not careful.

Sp00ky Benson! I declare, we haven't seen you in a month of Sundays. Set one of those nectarine crushes back for me, I'll be over in a while. You quit being such a stranger now, you hear?

I attended the funeral of a good friend this morning, a family court judge, member of our church, my husband's Sunday School teacher for several years, and an outstandingly faithful Christian. He died very suddenly of a heart attack, his wife came home from the grocery store and found him on the floor. Only 70 years old. Sure was a hard funeral, my heart breaks for his wife. Hard as it was, though, at the same time it was a celebration, because he's with his Lord now, and we should be envious, not sorrowful. "We sorrow not as those who have no hope....." (Paul)

Bought the makings, and a decent drill, and I'm going to convert a rarely-used closet into some really efficient Christmas storage. My husband taught me how to use most tools, though I rarely got to do it, but at least I know how. We'll see how it turns out! I may have to look up Mr. Wheeler to clean up whatever mess I end up with! (teehee)

Asa, you're a caution! What would we do without you here on this porch?

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena