December 29, 2006 - Msg 48071: happy Nut,it sounds like you got a great deal!Sorry I stepped on your toes,i didn't see you there-ky girl

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48072: hey,I swept!At least i hung around long enough to make myself useful,i haven't swept in a while!-ky girl

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48073: Nice sweeping, KY GIRL. Thanks for your input and your, too, DES (sorry, I can't do your fancy "s").

While I generally agree with you, and certainly want to agree with you, I still have my doubts. You're straight on about why the rich have a hard time making it to heaven. After all, we are told to hold no other gods before God, and that includes the god of wealth and prosperity. But many "prosperity gospel" purveyors out there tell us that God wants us to be healthy, wealthy, and succussful. I have my doubts. God, in His infinite and omniscient wisdom, wants what is best for us--and here's the key--for the long run. Christ made it clear that we weren't put here for anything other than serving our Lord. And the goal is not a "happy" life dependent on things and people, but a "joyous" life dependent on our relationship with Him. Sometimes, what's best for us is to suffer (hard as that is to admit). Many times it's our trials that hone our faith and our hurt that causes us to rely more on God than ourselves. So, while I'd like to conclude that having ten pairs of shoes and a DVD player is necessary to fit in with today's American society, I still don't rightly know. How much is too much? To most of the world, even the very poorest among us is rich. Sometimes I wonder if each and every comfort we afford ourselves and our kids doesn't make it that much (however little bit) harder to rely on God for our true sustainance.

Well, anyway, in case I can't get back on the web later this afternoon (we've been having issues), y'all have a blessed New Year. The Mrs. is on call 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. New Year's eve so say a little prayer that no one gets sick or injured and she doesn't have to go in (it would be our very first eve together since we've been married).

Me-They

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48074: And say a little prayer that I either learn to type better or remember to proofread before I post. My apologies to CHARLOTTE.

Are my shorts done yet, BOO?

Me-They

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48075: Happy New Year!

Talk to y'all Tuesday.

Me-They

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48076: Sorry Me-They, your shorts will be in the next load...been a very busy morning. I had the job of cleaning out the kid's room and getting rid of old toys and clothes. On the issue of prosperity Me-They, I think the bible is pretty clear on how past saints lived in this world. Most suffered, we all do. Not many were rich, either. I have pondered the subject alot and I think (though I could be wrong) that we are tested by what we have. What we choose to do with it determines our reward in the next life. I believe that when someone is a true Christian, the matter of heaven is settled but how we live our lives can affect us and others greatly. If we have stingy hearts, we will reap the consequences of it, if we have loving and giving hearts, the same. Sometimes I feel the conviction of God when I buy too much for my kids and I know it's wrong. I am actually harming them, so I am asking God to change me and I will make every effort to be obedient. We live in such a materialistic culture that if we can resist giving our hearts away for money and things, and can commit ourselves to Christ and follow him, we are people of real faith that God can use. It's a heart issue. If we stay focused on our relationship with the Lord and allow him to fill our hearts with his love and compassion, and then ask him to show us where to invest the riches he has given us, he will. I prayed for that and saw some wonderful things. Look for where God is at work around you, and join him...with your body or your resources....it brings great joy!

Love,
Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48077: Oh, one more thing that I might suggest because it's really fun...it's something I did a few years ago. I felt like I just had too much stuff that was not doing anybody any good, so I gathered up what I wasn't using and had a garage sale and gave the money to a missionary I know. Doing something like that might give you a real lift, to know you are helping others with the things you let go of...just a thought.

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48078: Wow, not sure I can add much of any value to what has already been said. We have some wise folks on this porch. Me-They, the questions you raise are not new, as I'm sure you're aware. Any Christian with a conscience has asked him/herself those things, and the answers aren't simple. The "name it and claim it" televangelists leave me cold, but at the same time, I don't believe God necessarily requires us to live like paupers if we can afford otherwise. If He has blessed us with prosperity, I see no reason why we can't enjoy it, so long as we're willing to share when called upon to do so. A tithe and an offering to one's local church, a willingness to step up and help to fill a specific need when it arises, the careful choice of a specific charity to which one can contribute, being willing to go out of one's way to help someone in need - God blesses all of these things. I think it comes down to the attitude of one's heart. If I see a family whose children are hungry, and I don't help to feed them because my own pantry isn't quite full enough to suit me, then that's wrong. If I know of a child who has no shoes, and do nothing because my own child wants some new super-Nikes to add to his collection, then that's wrong. It's attitude, and as was said, it's also balance. Am I wrong for keeping my little Plum, because she has an occasional vet bill, and I have to buy her food? Is it wrong to feed a dog in my home when there are hungry children in the world? Is it wrong to buy feed for the squirrels and birds around my house, when there are probably hungry children in this very town? Am I wrong for eating a steak now and then, when I could buy hamburger and give the difference to a beggar on the street? Where does one draw the line? I tithe to my church, which has a ministry to the poor and hungry. I donate food items to the pantry on a regular basis. I help fill Christmas baskets. Is that enough, or does God want me to impoverish myself and give my whole paycheck away?

In my opinion, in this country of affluence, if Christians live like rats, it gives God's cause a black eye. We're not orphans, we're children of the King. People should be able to see Christians prosper and live comfortable lives, so long as those same Christians are also seen doing good for others. On the other hand, my missionary friends in Mongolia live very simply, and have very few material possessions, because that's the norm in that country. First of all, they direct most of the funds they receive into the ministry, taking only a subsistence living for themselves. Second, to live richly in that land would be an insult to the poor people they seek to serve. So, again - balance.

Then there's the question of the poor themselves. Why are they poor? Choices they made? Am I really to feel guilty about not handing money to a panhandler who has a pack of cigarettes in his pocket? Sure, he looks hungry, but what he paid for those cigarettes would have bought him a good hamburger somewhere. Lest I sound harsh, let me say that I know that many people are in need through no fault of their own. I'm just saying we need to use a spirit of discernment in some cases.

Well, I could ramble on, but I'll let someone else have the floor now. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48079: Beautiful thoughts Boo... you are a Saint in the making!

Hey to the porch! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

On forced break... :(
~ Mrs. Wiley


December 29, 2006 - Msg 48080: HAPPY NEW YEAR ..to all porchsters
MAYBERRY DEPUTY

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48081: Oh Mrs. Wiley...you're making me blush...you should have been here an hour ago when my son broke the back scratcher that I keep at my bedside. I sure didn't sound like a saint then! ha (I loved that back scratcher....a perfect example of materialism!).

Some really good thoughts, Ro.

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48082: So funny, Boo! DH is the same way about his backscratcher.
Mil

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48083: i understand about the backscratcher Boo,and,I don't know why,but,they are such a temptation for kids.Another thing I can't keep at my house is a whisk.my kids are just fascinated with it,they try to mix all kinds of stuff wiyh iy,just in case anyone ever needs to know,you can't mix mud pies with a whisk,my kids tried it!talk to you all later-ky girl

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48084: sorry,I didn't proof read that,that is supposed to be "with it".-ky girl

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48085: Ha, glad I'm not the only one with a backscratcher fetish, and you are right KY Girl, I have had several that the kids have broken or lost. My dad stole the last one so I was gracious and just let hime keep it. I think I have another one here somewhere that is orange and looks like a woman's hand (tacky but affective).

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48086: To keep from sounding like a total nut, let me tell you a bit more about the backscratcher. I have really dry skin and after my shower (which we all know I have to have before bed) my back itches around bedtime. Well, several years ago when I was in Manitou Springs, Colorado, I found a neat backscratcher at a little trading post/tourist shop and I kept it for years before the kids lost or broke it. When I was in Manitou Springs a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to find another like it so I trudged out in the cold, uphill pulling Erin behind me to find that trading post. I found it, and a backscratcher like the one I was on a quest for and bought it, gaurded it, and carried it safely home through the blizzard, only to have my son snap it in two when I got it home....now you understand, don't you?

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48087: I use a plastic spaghetti fork to scratch my back. Works like a charm.
- Hazel
Barney: "And the next thing I knew it was Happy New Year".
(after drinking the spiked spring water)

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48088:
Boo- dont you just LOVE Manitou Springs? We stayed at a B and B there last year. Did you ever go thru the priest's "castle?", talking about a child of the King!! haha
TOM- yes, i will print out your poem and mail it to Colt, thanks buddy!
KY girl- did you tell her that you live up a "haller" haha
ME-THey, heard a sermon once on that verse, and when you look at the whole thing, he was testing THAT particular man, who was very rich and materialistic. But we can also look at Acts, where the early church was a "share and share alike" atmosphere. We give, we tithe, so I think a few things are ok, as long as we acknowledge it is all the Lord's! Maney is the ROOT of all evil, not evil in and of itself. OK, box away for today!
Prayers for Millie and all porchsters.
God bless,
MDC

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48089:
MDC...I agree...it all boils down to "is money the ruler of our lives or is God?" Money in it's place is a blessing from God.

Pray that all my porch family is doing great. I'll check back later.
-REV.

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48090: Who's Maney? heehee...actually MDC, I think that verse you referred to says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil, which, I know you will agree, kind of sums it all up (I'll bet that is what was going on with the rich, young ruler). Having said that, we here in America sure have a big love of money, don't we?

To answer your question, MDC...YES, I love Manitou Springs!! We always stop there for a couple of days and take the kids to the North Pole (near Pike's Peak). I have been to the castle of which you speak and rushed through it quicker than a jackrabbit on a date (to quote a beloved Christmas movie). When we went, it was a beautiful December day and there were elderly ladies who ran the castle, so to speak, and they had the heat up to abuot 90 degrees. It was some place, though.

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48091: 0h, forgot...MDC, did you drive through The Garden Of The Gods? Such a beautiful place!

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48092: Evenin' Friends,
This email was sent to me and I wanted to pass it on to you. I know that Chrismtas Day is over, but the reason we celebrate the season, JESUS, should be in our hearts all year long.
The "W" in Christmas - Author Unknown
>
>
>
> Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful
>experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations -- extensive card
>writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I
>found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments,
>and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
>
> My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
>season for a six-year-old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his
>school's "Winter Pageant."
>
> I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the
>production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher.
>She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the
>presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to
>come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.
>
> So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
>early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I
>saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited,
>the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their
>teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose
>to perform their song.
>
> Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the
>holiday as Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial
>entertainment - songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.
>So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly
>taken aback by its bold title.
>
> Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy
>mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the
>front row-center stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out
>the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a
>child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on,
>until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message,
>"Christmas Love."
>
> The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her;
>a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down --
>totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W."
>
> The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little
>one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood
>tall, proudly holding her "W." Although many teachers tried to shush the
>children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we
>all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
>In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated
>the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose
>for our festivities.
>
> For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and
>clear:
>
> "C H R I S T W A S L O V E"
>
> And, I believe, He still is.
> Amazed in His presence...
> Humbled by His love.
>
> May each of you have a Merry Christmas as you reflect on His Amazing
>Love for us.
>
> Hope you all have a wonderful Christwaslove holiday season.


December 29, 2006 - Msg 48093: That was me, Lucy.

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48094: Just beautiful, Lucy. Thank you!!
Millie

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48095: Thanks Lucy, that was nice. I saw your family pictures in Ro's album and you have a very sweet-looking family! In that picture of you and your husband, you are just as cute as a bug.

I just finished playing the TV version of the "Scene It" game with Sean and his friend who is spending the night. I enjoyed it. Do any of you have the TAGS game that I see advertised once in awhile?

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48096: I have it, Boo, the Mayberry Trivia game, got it from Weaver's. Unfortunately, I can't find anyone to play it with me! Everyone says they know I'd beat 'em, and won't play with me. The sissies. --Romeena

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48097: It's not that I'm that good, it's just that they think I am, because I watch the show all the time. --Romeena

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48098: I read this quote today in Guidepost magazine and thought of our discussion here today about riches:

"If you have been grasping something, try to let it go. Your empty hands will be ready to receive a new gift."

I think most Americans are so busy trying to hold on to their "things" and even obtain more, that they are unaware of the great blessing of giving things away. The bible is true when it says that, "It is FAR more blessed to give than to receive"....I need to meditate on that myself.

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48099: Hey Ro, we were posting at the same time. Wish I could play the game with you. Even though we all watch alot of TAGS, there are alot of trivia things that we probably couldn't answer so it wouldn't be boring.

Boo

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48100: My family says the same thing about Silver Screen Trivial Pursuit...nobody will play with me. lol
Millie

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48101:
Hey Folks

Good to see ya'll again! I think there is light at the end of the tunnel ... and I'm pretty sure that it's not a train! Next week I think we'll be closer to normal than we have been in a while.

I'd like to join the chorus of condolences for President Ford. One of my Uncle's worked in the Ford Administration. He had nothing but good things to say about Mr. Ford.

Me-They About the "philosophical dilemma" I think you're correct, with regard to, being cautious of surrounding our selves with earthly possessions. We always have to be careful to make sure that we own our possessions and that our possessions do not own us. As for helping "the poor" in America, I believe that it's a tricky thing. We have to be wise and prudent how we do that. I think Romeena is absolutely spot on about that. "Choices they made?" What have we heard about on the news for over a year? Katrina Katrina Katrina! Poor folks in poor neighborhoods were hurt the most! Right? And, on election day they overwhelmingly reelected the people who let them down the most. How do you help people that continually make choices that hurt themselves and their family? I think the best way to help them is to pray for them. I also think another way to help them is to lead by example. Again, Romeena hit another one out of the park, "We're not orphans, we're children of the King. People should be able to see Christians prosper and live comfortable lives, so long as those same Christians are also seen doing good for others." I know you donate to the poor and I know you pray for them. So, stop beating yourself up. You're a good person!

I thought of you folks often while we were at the hospital this week.

Happy New Year Porch and God Bless!
auh2o

December 29, 2006 - Msg 48102: Na-Night porch.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48103: Good night, porch friends. Prayers for you all.
Millie

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48104: Morning gang!...breakfast on me at the waffle house!..hey mil,ro,bo,Rev,Tom,lucy,possum,asa,colt,dwf,mdc,md,CHUCK!,m-t and all.....gosh just been busy here at the dog house.....prayers to all...SPOT

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48105: Romeena I have the game also.......I would whup ya girl!......SPOT

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48106: Sounds like Spot is challanging Romeena. O boy, I wanna watch.:)

I don't believe I should ever celebrate another mans death, but I do believe the world is a better place this morning. I must say, the speed in which this was done was stunning. I figured we would be seeing a lot of wrangling going on for many years to try and save his miserable wretched life. I know all flags are flying at half mast in honor of President Ford, but I would love to see today be a one day hiatus of that and let Old Glory be raised to the top and wave proudly for preserving freedom.

Asa

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48107: In reading my post above I didn't make it clear I was refering to the execution of Hussien! (sorry about that)

Asa

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48108: Heck ASA, for a second I thought you were celebrating the death of President Ford! You're right, they sure didn't waste any time executing Saddam....wonder why our convicts spend so many years on death row?

Hey Auh2o...glad you are doing ok. Always good to hear your opinion on matters. You mentioned thinking of us while you were at the hospital and isn't it funny how often we think of the porch folks? Something was always reminding me of one of you while I was on vacation.

Still have laundry to do.....

Boo

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48109: I have the Mayberry Trivia game also. And, like Romeena, I can't get anyone to play it with me.
- Hazel

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48110: Romeena, I have the Mayberry Mania game! It's great fun.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48111: Romeena,I know i wouldn't win the mayberry trivia game,but,I sure would like to play it.Sounds like Spot,Romeena,hazel,Boo,and other porchsters would have a great time playing mayberry trivia.I've been wanting to get one myself,but,i know no one would play ,not because i would win,just because no one else at my house watches the show .Not unless i make them,then they like it,but,it seems they are always busy doing other things.Just an idea,what if romeena or whoever else has one of the trivia games,would post some of the questions on the porch,so,any one who wanted to play could play?I know it's not the same as setting down together and answering right away,but,it's just a thought.maybe even choose one evening when anyone who wants to play could be online at the same time,so,at least the responses would be posted quickly?ok,gotta go check on my kids,it'snice here today,about 60 degrees outside,the kids are playing on the trampoline.Oh,no,Mdc,in response to your question,I figured boo already knew i lived up a haller!haha!Talk to you all later-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48112: oh,while i'm thinking about it,boo,another thing i can't keep in my house are tongs.I use them to turn meat when i am cooking in the frying pan,and on the grill.The kids use them to pick up crawdads.there is a creek at the backside of our property ,and,you all know how kids are when it comes to a creek!-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48113: i read this verse and it reminded me of what we were talking about yesterday,in relation to how we use our money and the value we put on it,this is from 1 timothy6:17-18","Charge them that are rich in this world,that they be not highminded,nor trust in uncertain riches,but,in the living God,who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;That they do good,that they be rich in good works,ready to distribute,willing to communicate;..-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48114: Excellent scripture reference, ky girl, that pretty much says it all. It's not so much what we have, but what we do with what we have, that matters. In our church, we have several families who are very well off, and they frequently step up and fund some worthy cause or pick up the expenses for someone in need. These things are done anonymously, but it's not hard to figure out. On the other hand, there are a lot of elderly women who have very limited resources, but they're always ready with a pie or a casserole, or just a helping hand when someone has a hurt. A babysitter, to allow a family to attend a funeral, can be a very valuable thing. A little or a lot, I don't think it matters in God's account book - it's the spirit in which it's done that counts, relative to the resources at one's disposal.

I'd love to play a game of Mayberry Trivia. We'd have to do it by the honor system - no looking at the answers, those of us who have the game! - but I trust all of you, and hope you trust me.

Well, guess I'll go outdoors for a while. I've had about all of this house I can stand, I need some fresh air. It's chilly and cloudy, but not cold, so I think I'll go prune something.

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48115: romeena,whenever you want to play mayberry trivia,I'm ready tp play.We are having such nive weather,I'm tempted to plant something in my yard,but,i know there will be some snow sometime,and,that would be the end of my planting.I'm thinking about getting a dwarf lemon tree for my living room.I saw them in a seed catalog,and,think it would be pretty .dinner will be ready in about an hour for anyone who is hungry,i'm having mashed potatoes with gravy,brussel sprouts,sweet corn,and ham.pepsi,milk,and ginger ale to drink.-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48116: thats 'nice" weather-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48117:
kygirl-I just went back into the archives, from 29th, and read your post, the one about the lesson your Pastor taught. That was excellent! I think that said it all.

kygirl mentioned her weather conditions and it made me think to ask. Is anyone having a typical winter on the Porch? Here we haven't even had 3 feet of snow yet. That's strange, very strange! We had a white Christmas but just barely. You don't suppose that W is monkeying around with his "mechanical weather devise" again, do you?

Boo-It is funny the amount of times Porchsters pop into the old memory bank. When you were on your trip and all weather that was in the news during it. I thought of you and wondered if your wish for snow was still active. With Jimmy Carter in the news, with all the debate about his new book, I was thinking of Me-They. Asa out in Utah, spot with the electric company, you and Romeena in Texas, MDC out in Goldwater country, Poor Horatio in Canada and all of the porchsters down south (I'd better stop I can't do all of us) we cover a lot of ground. But, I have to mention that every time I watch TAGS now I think of Floyd (our Floyd) and his son walking down by the actual Myers Lake (how cool is that by the way!). Oh yeah, and Irishter across the pond and Rev out on the road, OK I'm done. Wait, what about colt? How often do ya think of him? God Bless!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's good to know all of ya! A little while back MDC posted a lot if not all of the names, that's when I really started to think of the impact you folks have made. Thanks Floyd.

auh2o

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48118: Hey gang!...just been busy once again....but still here...breakfast will be before Church at I-Hop....on me.......SPOT

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48119: hi everyone,I just thought i'd drop by before i head to bed.yeah,auh20,we are having very strange weather.I's so true what you said about porchsters being in your thoughts too.i'm the same way,every time I hear of nasty weather somewhere i know one of my porch friends live,i think of them.But,on other occasions also,it is great to know all of you.romeena,thae preacher i mentioned does travel some and preach in different states,he is very good.he has preached at the church where i go quite a few times,and,I know he has been to alot of different states ,he has been preaching 20 some years,so,i just thought i would ask if you had ever heard of him.Well,friends,i wish i could stay here and rock in my rocker and talk to you all longer,but,i have to go.Talk to you later,prayers for you all-ky girl

December 30, 2006 - Msg 48120:

Re M-T's money post: there have been a lot of wise words written here. Romeena's last post reminded me of something. One of the most important things we can give is our time. Visiting lonely folks in nursing homes, for instance. I used to visit my grandmother when I was on vacation in Kentucky. I'd have been there every day of the year if I could! I've tried to think about what it would be like to live in a tiny room day after day, sometimes years on end, with nothing but time and memories. I bet a new friend to just sit and talk with would be a blessing to many of those folks. Just thinkin' aloud...

~Dež~

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December 31, 2006 - Msg 48121: Thanks for that reminder, DES. A few weeks before Christmas my pastor read a statistic about how many folks in nursing homes never receive a visitor. It made me think about how we are neglecting such an important opportunity to help people, just right up the street. We have a very nice nursing home just up the road from the church but we have no ministry to the nursing home. We took the sunday school kids caroling there before Christmas and it was so sad to see some of those folks just sitting looking so sad. I mentioned it to pastor, hoping he would ask some folks if they might be interested in starting a visitation ministry to them, nothing yet. I would like to be involved but am questioning whether I should be the one heading things up. I just volunteered to make the soup for the Salvation Army truck and help feed the homeless....plus the new bible study I am leading at the drug rehab for teens. I want to do everything, but I know that I can't. I tend to try to neglect doing things I should for my family when I over-extend myself too much. What DES said is so right, though. Giving of your time to serve others is very joyful, just like giving of your money, isn't it?

I think it was Me-They(?) who mentioned the movie, Super-Size Me the other day. I saw it for the first time last night on MSNBC. Wow, what an eye-opener. I knew that fast food was really bad for people but I didn't know just how bad it could be. Sean watched some it with me and I think it got his attention. Earlier in the day, we had been in WalMart (which has a McDonald's in it, naturally!) and he wanted to eat there after he had already had lunch. He wanted to argue with me about it but I won, of course. I tell you, the pull of fast food is a strong one on kids today, and that was alot of what the movie was about. Very scary.

Coffee is gone, better go get ready for church...

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48122: ...I'm thinking of a nice moulage to start to kick off the New Year when Me-They gets back...

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48123:

I hope your church can get up a ministry soon, Boo. If not, just go to the nursing home yourownself and ask the folks who work there which of their patients might be most in need of visitors (they'll know). Spend some time with that person, then go back and tell all the folks at church what a great experience it was! Maybe that'll get the wheels in motion. :-)

Happy New Year blessings to all!

~Dež~

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December 31, 2006 - Msg 48124: Happy New Year's!!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun day today. As for me, I will be ringing in the New Year here at home. That's the way I like it. My daughter was born on New Year's Day 25 years ago, and I told her I am still recovering from that!! We will have a party for her tomorrow, and all the relatives will have to drag themselves over here!

Here is my New Year's Prayer for all on the porch: May God bless us all with a sensitivity to the needs of others, patience with everyone, especially our own families, and the energy and drive to be a witness of God's love and joy to everyone we meet!

Have a great Mayberry New Year's Day,

Mary Wiggins

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48125: You must be joking, Mary Wiggins, you can't be old enough to have a 25 yr old! Happy Birthday to your dear daughter.

DES, that is a great idea....I'll try it.

It is beautiful here today! The sun is shining and it is a dry 70 degrees, perfect. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve (don't hit the squeezin's too hard and if you do, choose a designated driver!).

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48126:
Boo- yes you are correct, the LOVE of money... (that's what i meant)The mind went faster than the hands. Thanks

My wife and I ate at Cracker Barrel last night, and like ASA, I thought of you porchsters.
I always think of you all when we go there, because as we wait for a table, we sit on the rockers out front. I can always imagine in my mind's eye, of all of us settin' there and chawin'. You're the cats!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND A WONDERFUL 2007 TO YOU!
Happy new year!
(but keep the squeezins away from Mary Wiggins! haha)

ole MDC

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48127: oops. meant Auh20 on that memory thing. mdc

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48128: A fellow Kentuckian? Hello there! I haven't been here in awhile; apologies to all. I was just watching some TAGS episodes and feeling lonely for my childhood. I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Kentucky Moonshiner

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48129: Hey MDC, what sweet sentiments you shared about your porch buddies! Cracker Barrell is a great place to eat but my husband doesn't like it so I never seem to go there. I like the gift shop and stop in there from time to time.

I went to sit outside this afternoon and enjoy the weather but a bee stung Erin on the ear and we went inside (poor baby!).

Guess I'll be hanging around the house tonight. The Twilight Zone marathon is on right now....

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48130: Oh HEY KY Moonshiner, where on earth have ya been??

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48131: Happy New Year, porch! I'm off to a party at the home of a church friend - should be fun. Good food, good fun with some very dear friends of many years. God is good.

Sugarplum says Happy New Year, too. --Romeena

(P.S. She's not going to the party. This particular friend doesn't especially care for dogs, which makes me wonder how she has been my friend for so many years, but she has.)

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48132: Hi Boo, I just been lost in the world for awhile. Hope all is well with you.
Ky Moonshiner

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48133: Happy New Year everyone.
You folks are discussing a subject near and dear to my heart ... helping others through volunteering. It's something we all can afford to do.

Below are some sites for those who are interested:
Volunteer through Monster.com
Volunteer Match
Volunteer By States
Points Of Light
And if none of these links interest you, just do a search using VOLUNTEER as the keyword.

from Poor Horatio

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48134: Happy New Year to all. Hope everyone has a fun (and safe as possible) evening. I may have to watch Trading Places tonight just for the New Years party on the train scene. Did anybody besides Otis ever celebrate New Years in Mayberry?

*****
Hodie

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48135: Hey Hodie,boo,ro,asa,possum,hm,mil,lucy,maude,m-t,TOM,Rev and all my friends...gosh just been busy over here at the dog house with the kids....tomorrow will be blackeye peas and greens at the dog house for all...Happy New Year Porch...prayers...SPOT

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48136:
Hello porch family...well another year has come and gone. It's been so good to have been able to share time on OUR porch throughout the year with you folks.
Spot...it's blackeyes, rice and collards for me too.

You all have a blessed New Year and know that I'm praying for you.
-REV.

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48137: Thanks Rev!

I have been spending some time this evening reading back over some archives of New Year's in past years and it was nice. I have a couple of questions, though...Asa, do you still have the parakeet?...and MDC, does your Mom still bang on the pot lids at midnight??

I have one last thing of importance to say as the old years is almost over.......VICKS!!

Boo

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48138: Happy New Year!

jennieboone

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48139: happy new Year !I went to the new years celebration at church tonight,had a wonderful time.At 10 minutes until midnight,we all stood around in a big circle,held hands and sang hymns.at one minute tii,we held hands while the preacher said a prayer,as we went into the new year.It was wonderful,I wish all the porch friends could do that,that would a big circle!prayers for everyone-ky girl

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48140: sorry,thats "one minute till"-ky girl

December 31, 2006 - Msg 48141: Happy New Year porchsters!
Millie

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48142: "bang on the pot lids"? Holy cow! I'll bet MDC is glad he's moved out of his mother's house.;)

Hope everyone has a great New Year! Mine will look better if I can find a job. Will appreciate any prayers with regards to that. I need a job like ...last week!

Hey, I just realized that it is 12:12am here on the central portion of the porch, so Happy New Year!
Ok, now I'm going to bed.:)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48143: Happy New Year friends.
I pray your new year is healthy and safe and joyful. May the good Lord smile down upon you and may you recognise it when he does.

Boo, nope the house wasn't big enough for me and that stinking bird. I almost hired Aunt Bee to come and "clean his cage" (if you know what I mean) but we instead gave him to someone we knew who loves birds and would take good care of them. He is doing well in his new enviorment...and so am I.:)

Hope you can find work soon Sterling. You are in my prayers.

That sounds like a mighty nice way to kick in the new year Ky. Girl.

Spot buddy, you doing breakfast this morning? I am famished. Not sure why. I've been eating up a storm this week. Mercy sakes I hope I still fit my uniform tomorrow.

Asa

P.S Hazel, it's good to see you here:)

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48144: I'm doin' the breakfast this morning since I am probably up an hour earlier than the rest of you (time difference, you know)...her goes: biscuits with ham or sausage, eggs your choice, grits for them that likes the nasty things, coffee or OJ. It's on the table....

Sterling, prayers that you will find the right job, and soon. Are you going back to work because Ky is in school now?

Hazel Poo, don't say away so long. You are always a blast to have around.

Sounds like a nice time last night, KyGirl. Wish my church would do something like that be we never have. I have been to services like that when I went to a diff church. We called them "Watch-Night Services" and we had em every year. We would have lots of singing (and singing specials by people), then we would break for food, and then have a prayer time and take commmunion at 12.

Hey Millie, I've been thinking about you and wondering if you are feeling better, and sending up some prayers for you. Give us a report soon and tell us about your Christmas.

Sean had 2 of his friends stay over last night and we just sat up and watched the Twilight Zone marathon until midnight. The kids went outside and screamed "Happy New Year". I was going to get them some pot lids to bang on but decided to stay under my blanket on the couch (it got pretty chilly here last night).

Well, Happy New Year to all my porch friends!

Boo



January 01, 2007 - Msg 48145: Thanks Asa and Boo. And yeah, Boo, that's part of it, but also because of our new home and massive new mortgage. Bluck!

Hope none of you have bad hangovers this morning.:)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48146: Oh, that's too bad that you have a massive mortgage, but I guess that puts you in the same big boat as most Americans.

No hangover this morning. Very sad about the Denver football player who was shot and killed last night. He had 2 small children.

Boo

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48147: The only thing hungover here is my belly hanging over my belt. Ate way yonder to much this holiday season. Gotta work on that now.

Asa

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48148: Happy New Year to all the porchesters!! Big Maude

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48149: yeah boo,thats what we called it too,watch night service.Asa,I ate way too much over this holiday season too,time for me to get walking again!we sure have the good weather for it!talk to you all later-ky girl

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48150: Howdy, everyone. I, too, had a safe and sane New Year's Eve - at the home of a good friend, about 25 of us there, all church friends with years of history behind us. Such a good feeling. We played "Cranium", some played "42" (not me) and we had a couple of silly group games - lots of fun. Lots of good food and no booze. All went home cold sober, so no hangovers this morning.

"I pray your new year is healthy and safe and joyful. May the good Lord smile down upon you and may you recognise it when he does." Asa, I think that's about the sweetest expression of good wishes I've ever heard, and that last sentence is just wonderful. I think that all too often, our blessings go unnoticed. We're quick to blame the Lord when things go wrong, but too often we fail to give Him the credit when things go right. How patient He is with us!

So, Asa, speaking of your "hangover", it sounds like you've got a case of Dunlap Disease. You know, that's when yo' belly has done lap over yo' belt! (teehee)

Well, I'm off to the store. Gotta cook a pot of homemade soup, to take to my friend whose son passed over the weekend. Services are tomorrow.

"Hoppin' John" and turnip greens for me today. I'm ready for some real food, after all this holiday stuff.

You all have a great New Year's Day, and a very wonderful New Year. Sugarplum says "ditto". --Romeena

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48151: Wow, God already answered your prayer for me today, ASA. A little while ago, I was siting in front of the mirror in the bathroom fixing my hair and I had the door closed. I could hear the voices of my family in the kitchen....my mom asking about the black-eyed peas, my sister frying her famous egg rolls (any easy way to get cabbage on New Years), Dad talking to mom, the kids begging my sis to go jump on the trampoline with them. I was just overwhelmed with the thought of how blessed I am right now in my life, with all my family here with me...I want to always remember the sounds of my parent's voices and the sounds of my children when they are young. I felt God smiling on me today. Thanks, Asa (beloved friend).

Boo

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48152: Thanks for breakfast Boo...Happy 2007!..we made it!.....hope all had a safe night...supper will be at the dog house..grilled ribeye steaks and baked taters,butter, mushrooms,sour cream and grilled corn and big maude slaw,tea...will light the grill at 6...hey,ro,TOM,Rev,m-t,possum,horatio,hm,hazel and my buddy asa...prayers...back in a bit got to take the lights and crosses down...thanks goodness for 4-wheelers!....SPOT

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48153:
Prayers for Sterling and all porchsters on this first day of 2007!
Hodie- Otis also celebrated many "special occasions". ha
Jennie, Mooshine and others, welcome back!
Boo- I still have those pot lids from the '60s. Pretty banged up (pun intended) and they got hit again last night!!
Thank God mom is still in the nursing home away from my shenanigans! haha BTW, she is still doing well.
Let's all go to cracker barrel this week!
We could have a virtual porch a thon! ha
God bless!
Barney: Five

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48154: Happy New Year to all! Made it home safe & sound after a nice trip up to Cherokee NC. Been busy doing laundry (should've sent it to Boo,since she loves washing clothes!) and unpacking. I watched the Rose Parade & ate my Hoppin' John,so I'm all set for 2007!
Will catch up with everyone later.Y'all have a good first night of '07!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48155: Boo, what a sweet thought. I know what you mean. Being a bit farther down the road than you, those things are just a memory for me now. My parents' voices, my husband's voice, all are stilled, but they do live in my memory. My children, though still with me, are mostly far away and often I have to call on memories there, too. True, I can phone them, and do, but it's not like it was when they were squabbling with each other under my feet! So, to those of you who still have the ones you love around you, and close at hand, I would echo Boo's sentiment. Enjoy them, soak up their faces and their voices, even rejoice in the squabbles and fusses of the children, because it confirms that they're close and available to you. Enjoy the days now, because night falls all too soon. However, never forget - JOY comes in the morning! --Romeena

January 01, 2007 - Msg 48156: too true Romeena.I was just thinking yesterday how much has happenend and how many friends have gone to be with our lord in just the past 10 years.i think later,I'm just going to sit down and start writing everything thats happened from the time i graduated at 18[i'm 43 now},I think it will make more appreciative of the time I still have to spend with family and friends,that ive always took for granted .I have a question,I guess you could call it mayberry trivia.The past two nights on the andy griffeth show,I've seen 2 episodes with Andy and barney going to the town dump to look for simething.how many episodes did they show them at the dump,and why were they there?I'll check back later,take care all-ky girl