January 20, 2007 - Msg 48746:
Hello porch family. Let's move the rocking chairs out in the yard and build a big fire tonight.

Millie...sure am praying that you're feeling better.

Mavis...still praying that all turns out well for you

auh2o...I like that sign. I've seen it before. It's a good one....thanks.

Well I'm now in Palm Harbor, Fl tonight and tomorrow. I have Monday free then I head to Gulfport for a Tuesday concert and then back to Tampa for concerts through next Sunday. Then I start working my way back home with concerts in Ocala and Lake City. Then home with Mrs.REV!

You all have a great nights sleep and remember that Jesus loves us so much. Praying for you all.

January 20, 2007 - Msg 48747:
Well thought I would sweep the porch off before going to bed.

January 20, 2007 - Msg 48748: Oops. Rev. just swept. Hope that don't get no dust on yer uvula, Asa. We wouldn't want that before the musi-cal, now would we? Mary Wiggins and Lucy Moments, thanks for your advice on the acutane. My husband and I prayed over him this morning when he took his first pill. Sure hope it works. About how long, Mary Wiggins, was it before you saw an improvement? How long did she have to take it altogether? Prayers for Millie. Pipeman, we're getting a bunch of snow here tonight on top of our ice. Ugh. How are things in Lincoln?
Charlotte Tucker

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48749: Good Sunday morning, porch friends! Thanks for all the prayers....I know they help. I'm up early to be sure to be up to early church this morning. My minister, Al, (he insists I call him Al) comes for lunch at the restaurant every Monday with several other preachers. If I miss church he makes a big fuss and worries about me. Such a great comfort to know I have my whole church (and several others) praying for me. How could it NOT help? I thank the lord for all my blessings.
Finally had time to catch up on things here on the porch.....Hey to BWB, Tom, Spot, Hazel, pipeman, Rev, Asa, Mavis, MW, CT, Ro, au2o, and everybody.
Rev, glad you have a day off. Enjoy it.
Hope pipeman gets to the library soon to check in.
Asa, please, enough with the bongos! My ears haven't recovered from the other night!
Mavis, prayers for your mammogram. Keep us updated on how you're doing. We've missed you.
Charlotte Tucker, prayers for your son and the Accutane. I hope it works.
Romeena, hope you little dinner went well. Sounds very nice. I wish I had a little Plum to cuddle with....our labs are over 100 lbs, and the kids are at Grandma's on a sleepover. I could use a cuddle buddy.
WELCOME TO Lucy Moments...btw, I use aveeno oatmeal soap and bath too, my skin is very sensitive right now. It really is good stuff.
Au2o, the snow sounds nice....we had 70 degree temps a week ago, and a "wintry mix" yesterday and today. The kids really want some "real snow" this year.
Mary Wiggins, the cancer center where I get my chemo is similar to the place you describe....The infusion room has about 25 chairs,usually mostly full. I sit in an area close to about 3 other chemo chairs. When I first had chemo, 3 1/2 years ago, I had to sit there for five or six hours at a time. I had 16 rounds of that, using three different drugs. Then I took a lot of different pills and shots for a several months. But this time the actual chemo, while more frequent, takes much less time. I go 2 consecutive Wednesdays for an hour and a half or so, the the "off" Wednesday I see the oncologist. Since I'm there every week, I do see the same people alot. A few have died since I started this round in August. There's this cop who is there every week...in full uniform, gun, radio on, looking very imposing, sitting in a chemo chair with tubes out his chest. Most of us, like myself have a port in the chest where they "plug us in" for chemo. It's funny how it can get to be routine. Anyway, end of this month I get scanned again to see what the cancer is doing, and they'll adjust or change my chemo based on that. I don't plan on the chemo ending, but thanks for the good thoughts. I'm just dandy, all things considered.
Well! as slow as I type these days, I just realized I've been here almost an hour! I better go get some breakfast going.....
Pancakes and sausages, scrambled eggs and fries apples, biscuits and OJ....y'all eat up!

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48750: Well good sweep Rev..not long till the 500!..cant wait...Hey Millie my friend will be there for breakfast,thanks,I will whip up some milk gravy..back at work today so I will keep the Church lights on!Rev hows the weather in Fl?...gona start raining here again today in ga...sure is hindering miss sherrys moving...they got her slab poured and started framing...will get some pics for Ro"s site...we need to [including me] get her some more pics....Ro ya got to wrork tonight..im off tomorrow...well hey Tom,ct,possum,laci,Asa my buddy,mdc,md,mavis and all...yall meet at misl to eat and i will be back with the lunch menu...SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48751: MESSAGE REMOVED

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48752: Happy Sabbath Porch,
Sorry I haven't been by recently. Been busy taking care of hubby. He has a bad cold.
Rev- Palm Harbor sounds really nice right now.
Spot- Is Miss Sherry just about moved?
Millie- Breakfast sounds wonderful. I'm sorry that your body has to go through all of this. You seem to be in good spirits. You'll get through all of this with the help of the Lord, your family, and your friends. Tell Al I said hey!
Charlotte- Aveeno is a good product. Like I said before people don't get acne just to get it. There's an imbalance in his body to produce the acne. Hm...
Lucy Moments- Welcome. I'll have to be more careful when signing my name now. I'm Lucy Matthews and I'm from the Southeast side of the porch.
Spot- We've finally cooled off and I like it, but I don't like the rain.
Mavis- Thanks for checking in.
I need to finish getting ready for church. Can y'all please pray for me? I can't go into it right now because of time constraints, but know that my heart is troubled.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48753:
Morning porch.....trust all are having a great worship day.

Spot....the weather in Florida has been great. Mostly in the 80s.

Millie....keep the faith! We're praying and believing.
Also Millie...breakfast was wonderful...thanks.

Better get going. Getting ready to go into the church for my concert but wanted to check on our porch family real quick. Have a Jesus filled day and I'm praying for you all.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48754:
Oopps...didn't mean to rock on you Lucy. Good morning. Yes Palm Harbor is very nice.
Hope hubby is feeling better.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48755: Hey Lucy..miss sherrys house want be finished till mid march so im storing her stuff in my basement and she is gona close on her old house 2nd week in feb and move in with her son and daughter-in-law in there new house about 4 miles from where she is building till they finish hers...rain has started here too...Rev in the 80"s ...wow...enjoy...Millie you are a real trooper!..Romeena you working?..TOM where are you?..Mavis you grooming much?..possum how is your porch end?..Asa lets take everyone to apple-b"s for lunch..I will get the bill U get the tip!..slow here at work with the rain...I causes no problems...no wind or thunder..well see yall at the B"s...apple that is.....where is our mayor?...SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48756: Good afternoon everyone. I'm at work today (yuck), but Good Sabbath to the rest of you.

MILLIE: Us Christians sometimes wonder, with such a loving God, why must we suffer so? It may be small comfort to you, but I believe that some of us are put on to be examples and inspirations for the rest of us. Your testimony is precious. I pray that you feel better and better every day. With the reward you have in store, dinner is going to be on you at the Front Porch table when we all get up yonder.

MILLIE: You have my prayers today as well. I hope that whatever is troubling you gets ironed out.

BOO: You don't know you're heads from your tails? You'd think they'd have covered that on day one of nursing school. And you have kids!

Who is that at post #48751? I'm not clicking on anytime unless I know where it's coming from.

REV: Safe travels and good weather to you.

MAVIS: It's good to hear from you. The porch is much less colorful without you.

SPOT: If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!

CHARLOTTE: Glad to hear from you, too. If I'm not being too personal, I hope that you are back to being more regular again ;). Prayers for your son's problem. I had that particular teenage tragedy myself, though by the sound of it not as bad. Back in the 80s, they pumped you full of antibiotics (oral and topical). I took prescribed antibiotics for two full years! Glad they have better treatments nowadays.

APB for DIXIE, AFD, MAYBERRY DEPUTY, PIPEMAN/COLT/BUCKEYE/PAPPABEAR, GOOBER, and all the rest of you missing porchsters.

It's snowing here! I suppose winter has finally arrived.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48757: LUCY: Sorry, that second message above was supposed to be directed to you.

Let's all do good 'ole 14-A.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48758: And MDC and AUH2O, just to clear the rumor mill, I ain't no tree hugger. Why, I don't even know a tree well enough to go around hugging on any of them. Now, I have been know to shake a branch, but that's where I draw the line, brothers. No, you go around hugging trees and the next thing you know you've got people claiming that you'cve got bark in your britches.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48759: Howdy, Me They! We're getting snow too!

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48760: I just found out at my other TAGS site that Deputy Warren Ferguson's cat passed away. Prayers for you, DWF.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48761: Prayers for DWF for his cat..I have Opie he is lots of company to me ...may have asked this before M-T but what do you do for a living?..here at the power company yall come au9 the 9th I will have 26 years in!..dont mind the rotating shifts and weekend work at all...would prefer it...get breaks from the hussel and bussle every other month by working weekends!...well Millie where are you again where there is snow?..we are just getting more rain and 39 degrees...COLD rain....well supper will be Fried Chicken,mashed taters,corn on the cobb and greenbeans,big maude slaw and tea...ready at 6:30...mil if ya time could ya bring a pie?...SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48762: Here I am (finally) - surely a sight for ya'lls sore eyes. ; ) I know it's been a while since I've stopped by and I've kinda hit and missed through the archives a bit. Since I've been here last we've celebrated Christmas out of state, been sick as dogs, Hubby has had nose surgery and recovered from that just in time to start putting in 16 hour days at the utility since we'd had that ice storm hit a week ago Friday, and our power was out for 5 days. Thought we were gonna get hit pretty good again last night but we only got a dusting of snow and a little bit of freezing rain. We maxed out on about 71% of the customers on our utility being out of power and are now down to about 13%. Say a prayer for the folks without power and the thousands of utility and tree workers in the midwest if you get a chance.

Good to see some new faces - and some old ones as well (Hey to pipeman - glad to see you stopped by fairly recently). Prayers for all the needs mentioned as of late and praises for the goodness of God to us all.

M-T: How are you and yours all doing? Is Miss Veda letting the Mrs. get more sleep these days? Hard to believe our girls are six months old now. Reagan went for her checkup Thursday and she is 24ญญ 3/4 inches long and weighs 12 lbs even. She only gained 6 oz and a half inch in the last 2 months. She is starting to hoist her rear end a little in an effort to get around, so I'm guessing it won't be too long til she's creeping instead of rolling everywhere she wants to go.

Well, just wanted to check in and let you all know I'm still on the planet. Have a great day all!
AFD (Andy's Favorite Dish for the new faces around here)

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48763: Supper sounds good, Spot. I'm in Richmond, Virginia.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48764: Well heeey there, AFD! Good to see ya!
Spot, how about a lemon merengue pie? or three.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48765: Hey to spot (congrats on your time at Cobb - that's quite an accomplishment) and Millie.

Sorry to hear of the loss of your cat, DWF. Prayers for you.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48766: Count me in on that lunch and I'll take a double helping of that lemon meringue pie, Millie! Yum Yum!


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48767: Hey, hey, AFD! Glad to hear little Reagan is doing so well. Yes, prayers for all those in the cold and the dark. It really makes you think about how much we take for granted.

Veda is doing wonderful. It's terrible, but I don't know her height and weight even though teh Mrs. took her to her 6 month checkup just last week and probably told me. (Well, I am a guy, y'know.) I do remember, however, that she is 75% for height and 25% for weight, so maybe you can figure it out. Mothers are good at calculating stuff like that. She loves to sit up and play, but seems to have no real desire to roll. She is hitting all her other developmental marks, though, and seems quite bright and engaging so we're not too worried. The way she bounces she'll probably go straight to running. She babbles quite a bit when the mood strikes, too. Nora was said her first word, which was "mommma" at six months, as did Chad--his was "dada"--so we are waiting with baited breath to see which one of us will be more popular :). With Chad around so much, though, I'm betting her first word wil be "stop it!" Actually, the kids love her to death and do very well with her. Absolutely no jealousy issues, either. We are blessed.

SPOT: I do fundraising and bean counting for a mid-size non-profit, historical organization. They have two museums, a research library, and a number of educational programs. One of the museums is open in the afternoon on Sundays, so the entire staff takes turns babysitting so the museum staff doesn't always have to work Sundays. Volunteer docents give teh actual tours so we just basically unlock, watch the monitors, and catch up on deskwork. It's not too bad, but it really breaks up the day and I don't like it. We have one staff member who won't work on Sundays because of religious convictions. I've always been torn about; I hate to work (I'm not in an essential job by any stretch), but if I didn't everybody else would have to more often. So my not working would cause other to work since they aren't about to stop the Sunday hours. Anyway, that's what I do.

DWF: Prayers for you at this time. I know it's not easy.

Hey, MILLIE, can I have a slice, too :)???

Later, everybody.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48768: Better make it 3 Millie Asa"s coming....SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48769: Very interesting M-T...so do the museums have local history events in them?...SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48770: Me-They, I know what you mean about the Sunday working. Of course, with nurses there's no option - I worked every other Sunday for many years. Nowadays, the hospital offers weekend option with a higher pay scale, and we have almost enough people working that option so that the rest of us don't have to. Once in a while, but not very often.

AFD, it's nice to see you again. Don't stay away so long next time, we miss you. I'm glad that little doll is doing well. Send me some pictures for the album!

DSF, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. We were all hoping that the news would be good. I guess that's the problem with loving our little furkids like we do. Unfortunately, their lives tend to be relatively short, and it surely does hurt to lose them. I look at the Plum, twelve years old now, and can't imagine life without her, but I know it's coming. She's healthy and vital right now, but that can and will change, I know. I'm going to need you folks when that happens. Prayers for you, Deputy Warren. Hang in there.

I think I feel a Sunday afternoon nap coming on. Is there anything any better than that? Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48771: Okay, 3 pies it is. Because of the snow and ice today, we couldn't go to the pinewood derby workshop for scouts. Now I have to figure out how to get this car cut by myself. Hmmmmm. Anybody got a jigsaw???

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48772:
Hi gang, I been busier than a cow's tail in fly season! I been up in the attice wiring three rooms for ceiling fans, and with blown-in insulation, it aint no fun. But i got er done.
Now I gotta go back and read and catch up!
God bless,

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48773: that's "attic"!

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48774: Folks,

I'm considering turning off the ability to post "links" here on the porch...at least for a while. That would help us get rid of some of our "visitors" I believe. I would like to hear your thoughts about that. Will turning off links be too much of a hard thing for ya'll? I also might be able to come up with a different method for doing links to try and slow down our SPAMMERs.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48775: Millie try emmits fix it shop he may can help with the jig saw!...MDC be careful with that insulation and wiring!...will see yall at supper...thanks for the pies mil...hope big maude comes through with the slaw!...if not I will bring a salad with cuks and carrots!....SPOT

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48776: Thanks for missing me ya'll. I just sent 2 Christmas pics of my girls your way, Ro. Let me know if they come through or not.


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48777: Floyd, I wouldn't mind. Sometimes Poor Horatio gives us some good links, but I guess he'd understand.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48778: Thanks to all of you who are telling me what you know about acne and cures. Lucy, I'm sure Aveeno is a fine product. I also believe Mary Kay's Velocity, Melaleuca's gold bar, and Proactive are good products. They just weren't cutting it for his serious acne. Nor were antibiotics--Me-They, they still try that course of treatment first and he was on them for two years. So, since he's already scarring and I just don't want more of that, we've opted to try the acutane. I've had many people trying to put my fears to rest that there kids have lived through it with wonderful results. My husband and I just decided we didn't want him looking at us when he's 30 and asking us why we didn't at least try it. So... that's my story. Being a parent is so difficult. Millie, you're such a blessing. I'm sure you don't always feel like being positive, but thank you for it! My husband has a new job that's going quite well. The other day, however, he was not having the greatest sales. He stopped by to visit our preacher and told him he just wasn't having a great day and asked if maybe he could help him to quit whining and make him feel better. Our preacher said, "Well, I just got done feeding a guy whose MS is so bad he can't hardly swallow and isn't sure the food will stay down. How's your day now?" Good point. Take care, porch people.
Charlotte Tucker

Our local newspaper recently had a extra section in it called American Profile that featured George Lindsey and told about his speaking engagements, etc. Did anyone else see it?

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48779: Oh my, I spelled "THEIR" THERE. Don't tell anyone. Floyd, can you fix that? : )

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48780: hi tom l h from ohio

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48781: "GOMER, get under there with them spiders......!!!" Poor Gomer. This is one of my favorite episodes. "MILDEW" as Clara Edwards said of the uniforms! What exactly is mildewn anyway?? I live in Wisconsin. Is mildew a problem with southern climates? Is it like mold?
Gomer said he had spider bites on his hand at the end of the show. I felt so sorry for him. I HATE spiders! I'd have NEVER gone under that bandstand. Barney was so mean to Gomer. My being from a northern state, I can't imagine what kind of spiders were under that bandstand! Poor Gomer.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48782: Dear Group. I just wrote a very friendly message to you all and I received a message saying that it was offensive to the folks of Mayberry. I don't know what I said that was offensive. Please let me know what the problem was.

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48783: # 48782, Floyd has a sensor set up so that people can't come along and post using fowl language, and it also catches people trying to sell us stuff; but without knowing what you were trying to post, I don't know what the problem was. You might e-mail Floyd and ask him.
- Hazel

Helen: Would you care for a pretzel, Lydia?
Lydia: No, they lay on my chest.
Helen: Oh, I'm sorry, how about you Goober?
Goober: Yo!

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48784: #48782 - I'd have to know exactly what you were posting in order to tell you why it caught you. Sorry you got zapped. --Floyd

January 21, 2007 - Msg 48785:
Hey Porch

Just read that Ron Carey died, Officer Carl Levitt on "Barney Miller." Boy, I loved that show!Our Barney (Fife that is) just got some patrol assistance.

Levitt: "I like the ones with Shemp!"
Dietrich: "You know, I don't think we have anything more to say to each other..."


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48786:
Here's another Officer Levitt quote. For those who don't remember, Levitt was the officer that was, shall we say, vertically challenged.

Levitt: "There's not a lot of height in my family. My parents were 5'2 and
4'8. Dad liked tall women."


January 21, 2007 - Msg 48787: Hooray! At last, another "Barney Miller" fan. I absolutely loved that show. The writing was superb, the acting was natural, and the casting was impeccable. Who could forget Abe Vigoda as the morose Det. Fish, and Ron Glass as the vain and pretentious Harris, and Max Gail as the impulsive and reactionary Wojo? Of course, Hal Linden was wonderful as Barney. Truly a classic show. I wish TV Land would pick it up. I'm sorry Ron Carey is gone. He was great as the big little cop, Levitt.

Floyd, I don't think it would be a problem to remove the links. If someone wants to do a link, just type in the address and we all know how to copy and paste, I would imagine. One extra step, but it might be worth it.

To #48782, did you have a lot of "!" in your post? Sometimes the censor will zap a post with a series of repetitions in it. That's to stop somebody with limited smarts who thinks it's funny to fill a page with a series of letters or symbols. Two will make it, sometimes three, but more than that will usually get zapped. The comment about "offensive to Mayberry folks" is a standard response, not specifically tailored to your particular post. Grab yourself a Mayberry name, pull up a rocker and join us. This porch is expandable - extends all the way around the world! Speaking of which, where is "Irishter" anyway? Haven't seen him in a long time.

Well, I'm off to bed. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48788: Good Morning Porch, I know I said I'd be back last night, but as you see, I didn't make it. I had to get things taken care of as far as my grooming appts. on Tues, so I could get in to the doc, you know how they are & I'm not sure I would be done in time to groom the dogs. I sure hate losing money to have something done, but gotta do what I gotta do. It's been so nasty here, rain, rain, rain, but that's better than snow, snow, snow I guess. Floyd you do what you need to do to keep the interlopers out, I'm sure if we want to post a website, we can copy & paste for now. I'm gonna get started on this house, it's a mess. Talk to you later.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48789: Oh, meant to ask the ladies on the porch, should I expect to be sore from the mammogram? I haven't had one done before & wondered what I was in for if I did groom some dogs after I was finished at the hospital.
Thanks in advance

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48790: Mavis, so good to see you again. I pray all goes well for you dear.

Well congrats to homemaker and her Colts. I just hope she don't make meatballs to celebrate.

I was having a hard time remembering who Levitt was auh2o. Was he the patrolman who was wanting to be a detective? I use to watch that show all the time when it was on the air.

Charlotte Tucker, how are you doing? Good to see you.

Possum, have things calmed down at your place? Hope so.

Well it's Monday morning here. Guess I best get to work and make something of myself. Y'all have a good one.


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48791: Good Monday morning porch. Dropping by to see everyone. Been busy this week end, my husband had to work all weekend so that leaves me as "sheriff" for the day at home. Prayers for all and an extra dose for Mavis and Millie. Dreary Monday morning here on my end of the porch. Gas was $1.94 at some stations this
morning. Lunch will be: BBQ pork or beef sandwhiches, potato salad, baked beans, chips if you want them and sweet tea and a big ole chocolate brownie for dessert. ya'll come about noon. (don't want anyone to have a sinking spell.) How about those COLTS!! Awesome game for anyone who watched.see you all for lunch.
Big Maude

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48792: Oh - Big Maude - lunch sounds fabulous, here in the Ohio River Valley, we would put a big dollop of cole slaw on that there BBQ. . .mmm, good!

Got my COLTS blue shirt on - wasn't it great how Irsey and Dunge thanked God and gave Him the glory of their season. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48793: Homemaker, please forgive me.. I forgot to put the slaw on the table. Here it is, we have to have slaw with BBQ in Northeast Tennessee as well.
Big Maude

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48794: Hi all!
Boy MDC, I wish my brother could travel on down to your place to help you with those ceiling fans. He helped me install mine, lickety-split(well, ok, he did pretty much all of the installing; I just basically held up the fan)!

Well, my warehouse job ended last week. No word on the job I interviewed for yet, but I am still hopeful.
I'm kinda glad I don't have to work this week because I'm actually not feeling too well, though I am wondering if it is real or imagined.
Got a sore throat and just plain tired feeling, but no fever to speak of. Also a rash on parts of my arms, legs, and chest, which started not long after I started the warehouse job(which made me think it was due to the sometimes wet conditions at work). But I do wonder if it is all stress related.
Now, I've dealt with alot of stress before(just ask MDC ;)), but I have just been feeling increasing dread over this vacation in Hawaii with my wife's family that we are going on later this week. Yeah, I know... I am probably the only guy in Wisconsin who doesn't have any desire whatsoever to go to Hawaii in winter. Well, I wouldn't mind going... on a boat. But on a plane?. No thanks.
It seems so strange to say that, because I always loved flying, before. Though this will be my first flight since 9/11, you see, and I never thought I would find myself going anywhere on a plane again.
Now, I don't know if I am being paranoid or just a realist, but I don't think flying in this climate is very safe. Yes, I realize that thousands of planes have been flying everywhere without incident, but I also think you could very well find yourself at the wrong place and at the wrong time. It just depends on if the terrorists decide it is time to carry out their plan, and I do believe they are planning, and just waiting for the right time. So getting on a plane is kind of like a cr@p-shoot, in my view. Now, my wife has said I don't have to go, but if Kai is going, I'm going. I'm not going to let her first(congnisant) plane ride be without me. I don't relish the thought of her going through a plane crash without me being there, though I also don't relish the thought of seeing her die in one. Not that that is going to happen, mind you, but like I said, it is a like a cr@p-shoot.
Now, even if and when we get back to the mainland safely once this "vacation" is over, I will still have the same view on air travel. That we just got lucky that time.
As you can probably tell, I don't have a lot of confidence in commercial airlines.
Geeze, remember when you only had to worry about the plane breaking up with some mechanical failure?! That never got me really worried about flying. I figured the airlines would not want to jeopardize their income by using shoddy equipment(well, most airlines anyway), though now with the cost-cutting they have to do due to having to have more security; delays; gas prices; etc, you never know what they are trying to scrimp savings out of.
What makes me even more cautious is that we are flying out of the same airport where those "imams" had their little beef with US Airways just a couple months ago, if you remember that. Unfortunately we are not using US Airways. I wish we were. At least I know that they put passenger safety above political correctness, and kicked those guys with their suspicious behaviour, out. I hope our flight(s) have the same kind of vigilant people, and crew. I know I'll be keeping my eyes open.
Yeah, I wish I could be excited about this trip, but I just can't. To me it is just stupid.

Well, thus ends my latest rant. I'd better put my paranoia/the soapbox under the porch for now.
Sorry, once again, for the novel.

-Sterling Holobyte

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48795: Hello everyone, I am back from retreat and back to the old routine. I skimmed over the archives and was so sorry to hear about Warren's cat. Hope Warren is doing ok.

MAVIS, good to see you on the porch. Prayers for your tests tomorrow and to answer your above question, I have never had any problem after getting the waffle iron (mammorgram). It's a snap and you should be able to go right to work afterward...maybe just a little soreness if you have cysts...my advice is to take an Advil an hour prior to the mammogram.

Well, I hear Bruce draggin himself through the kitchen. He is going to try to go back to work tomorrow if he can. He is moving around better but is very sore and still having pain in his back (not as severe, though). Thanks to you all for the prayers.

Hey to Millie. Hope you are feeling better today.

I had a restful weekend at camp but it sure was stressful deciding to go. I didn't tell ya'll about it but about an hour before I left, Sean called me from school saying he almost blacked out during one of his classes. I had to pick him up and watch him for awhile. I think it was a combination of his meds, the cold meds I had given him and the 2 cokes he confessed to drinking at lunch!! He knows he isn't allowed to drink cokes but gave in to temptation. Anyway, he scared me but he was fine all weekend.

Well, gotta run but will check back later...


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48796: Hey Sterling, didn't see you there. Dang, you scared me with the plane discussion. I abhor flying and am not the one to encourage you to take the trip to Hawaii! I had a paranoia of flying long before 9-11. I have had an irrational fear of flying for many years and don't know why it started. I used to fly with no problem, then I had bad dream about crashing when I was a young adult and since then, I panic on airplanes so I avoid them like the plague. I have been thinking about seeing the therapist about it and maybe trying some therapy to get over it so I can fly in the future. I have not been on an airplane since I was 25. Anyway, I know about the anxiety you are feeling and I would, like you, want to stay home but wouldn't dare let my kids go without me. Prayers that God will give you peace in the situation. You might just have a surprisingly good time....


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48797: Good morning everyone. About an inch of snow on the ground. Nothing much to talk about.

FLOYD: No problem. Do what you must. And thanks for what you do.

MILLIE: Sure you can borrow my jigsaw. It's even variable speed. Now, about that piece of pie...

STERLING: I know how you feel about the anxiety (trust me, I know how you feel). Concern for things that can happen is healthy; fear of things that in all likelihood will not happen is not. The truth is flying is safer statistically than driving or going by train. Not sure about the boat thing. While I share this particular anxiety myself (I used to have absolutely no problem flying), along with a number of others, try and give it to the Lord. You have my prayers. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time and never regret that you had this opportunity. Kai won't either.

HOMEMAKER: Living so close to Baltimore and growing up a Colt's fan, please try to keep the name Irsay out of it! Around here, that could still get you mobbed.

AUH2O: I loved Barney Miller, too. Remember Inspector Lugar? TV Land used to run it so maybe they'll do a marathon or something soon as a memorial.

BOO: Glad to hear it. I just got the washer and dryer hooked back up so you can take a break from my laundry. I appreciate all your help keeping me in shorts. It's a dirty job, but I'm glad someone stepped forward to do it.

CHARLOTTE: If he does take the antibiotics, keep your family doctor informed. You shouldn't take them for extended periods without giving the body breaks and monitoring their levels in the blood. I remember that when my family doctor found out I had been taking them for almost two years and the dermotologist hadn't sent me for periodic blood tests at least he almost flipped.

Hey to the rest of you folks!


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48798: Mavis-I

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48799: Good Morning Porch,

I hope all are doing well.

Warren, my sympathies for the loss of your pet cat. You'll be in my prayers...

Sterling, I feel so bad for you to be so tormented over this. I guess my best advice would be to pray about this trip and trust God to see you through. He promises us peace that passes all understanding so my prayer is that He grants it to you and you find this trip refreshing, restorative, and invigorating!

Congratulations to all the Colts and Bears fans. I will be rooting for the Colts, (nothing personal Chicago fans)!

Charlotte, I know my daughter did the years and years of antibiotics, also. She also tried pro-active and everything else under the sun. It was so hard to watch her go through the time, she was always a stunning girl, truly model material, but she started getting horrible cysts and terrible breakouts. I would see some people begin to recoil at her sometimes! It was awful. She was on the accutane for I believe 5 months, which was longer than they originally planned. I will have to ask her to be certain. You may know they need to go through quite a regimen to be on accutane, I believe she even had to keep a log and I am not sure what all was involved. She finished the program last fall and has not had anymore cysts or outbreaks. She still has some scarring, but being female she can use makeup to conceal it. She went far too many years trying to battle this disease! She is 25 now! I guess they will do dermabrasion and some kind of bleaching and other things to help with the scarring she still has. This will not be an easy program for your son, but if his problem is anything like my daughter's was, I would encourage you to see it through and be on guard for him.

Speaking of my daughter...We threw her a bridal shower yesterday and all went well! She got loads of gifts and she looked stunning! I was very happy for her. Now I have two sons at home, and I don't know if I will be as involved in the marriage plans someday, so I really enjoyed this one!

Millie, hang in there, you are awesome!!

Have a great Mayberry Day all, and I will be there for lunch Big Maude!

Mary Wiggins

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48800: Hey Me-They,
Didn't mean to ignore you sitting there!
Have a grand day!


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48801: That's okay, MW; I was going "stealth."

I just saw AFD's two cutie pies in ROMEENA's album! Reagan is adorable. I sure wish we could get Evie, Kai, Erin, Kelsey, and Nora together to play. How old is Mary, MILLIE? Maybe she could join in, too. Now that would be a playgroup!


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48802: Hi All.
Cold and snow here.
Mavis -going to send all the snow to you?
I neat being in the house like this oh wair oh wair is spring at?
Had to take stepdad to the Doc for his chuck up and had some blood work done and on thurday the Doc callled and said that his cel was high and that no good for him.


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48803:
Asa-Yes, Levitte was the patrol officer who was, I think, a little too short to become a detective. He would always stand up on his toes to make himself look taller. Lugar used to call him Levine instead of Levitte.

Me-They Lugar was fantastic, just hilarious! (Foster Kliner And Brownie)


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48804:
Hello porch family.

Floyd...just do what you feel is the for the porch. THANKS for taking care of us!

Warren...sorry to hear about your cat. They sure can be special to us.

Mavis...I pray that all your test come out great.

Millie...if there's any more of that pie left, I'll take a piece.

Tom...prayers for your stepdad.

You all have a great day and know that I'm praying for you all.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48805:
Oh yea...someone posted a gas price...I called my wife yesterday and she said it had dropped to $1.86 at home. (SC)

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48806: Thank for your prayers for my daughter. She is doing fine--or as good as she can be now. Got her stateside driver's licence and has almost enough saved up for a car. She is coming to see me on spring break with one of her girlfriends
She has to wait because her friend has a teaching job and can't get off until then. She's starting college in the fall--my girl i mean--and she is working on getting a real estate licence at the moment.
I think she is going to leave the romance stuff alone for a while and concentrate on her career.
I think it's a good idea.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48807: Loved the pics of AFD's girls. They are adorable!


January 22, 2007 - Msg 48808: My sympathies to all of you who have those fears of airplanes and flying. I'll admit to a little hesitation about it myself right after 9/11, but not enough to keep me from going somewhere I wanted to go. All I can say is this - think it through, read the statistics, and then if you're still afraid it will happen to you, go buy a lottery ticket, because you're sure to win! I would imagine the odds are pretty close to the same. (teehee) Seriously, no disrespect meant, fears are fears, no matter how irrational they may be. When my children were small I'd get up at least twice every night and go through the house, sniffing for gas leaks or smoke. Go figure.

It's a beautiful sunny day here, and I'm getting the itch to go out and plant something! It's still too early, though, so guess I'll have to just content myself with doing some pruning instead.

Have a wonderful day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48809: boy Ro--I wish I could go out and plant something.
Lucky for me I have my house plants.
I am trying to grow some fresh herbs in the kitchen

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48810: Yep, it's not planting time here yet either. I do need to get that pruning done, though, or the roses will start to bolt, and then we'll have a cold spell and I'll have to prune off all the new growth they put on. I usually have fresh herbs here and there in the flowerbeds, but about all that's out there right now is rosemary, and you can't kill that stuff with a stick. I've got two stands of it, each about three feet tall and at least that wide. Here in Texas, rosemary is sometimes grown for a hedge! Pretty, too. In the spring, I'll tuck a little dill and chives and basil in around the flowers, and it makes a nice surprise.
I'm not real big on house plants, since they usually shed leaves and make a mess. Right now, I have two bouganvilleas - 1 small, 1 huge - in the sunroom to winter over. Those things shed like a cheap fur coat. I'm forever sweeping up leaves, but in return, they're blooming and are quite pretty. I have that enormous plumeria in there, too, and it drops leaves. However, its leaves are large and leathery, and easy to pick up.

I gotta work tonight, yuck. Sure wish I could retire, but just can't afford it yet. Oh, I could, if I was willing to give up my home and yard and move into something tiny and cheap, but I'm not willing, so guess I'll keep working. There's a price to pay for everything, I guess.

Now for a little nap before going in to work. Spot, are you working tonight, too? I'll be thinking about you! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48811: Thought I swing bye and say hey! So Hey!
Sp00ky Benson

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48812: Hey all - thanks for all the nice comments about my girls. (Thanks Ro, for putting them in the album) M-T: I think the girls would all make a swell playgroup, too. : )

I used to watch quite a few episodes of "Barney Miller" way back when. One of the best cast shows around. Sorry to hear about Ron Carey's passing.

Prayers all around - God bless ya'll.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48813: Hey all, just very gray and icy here. Me They, Mary is 4, going on 30. That would be cute, if they could play together.
Anybody got supper yet? I'm making a big pot of beef stew and salad and biscuits. Eat up now!

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48814: Oh hey, AFD, loved the pics!

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48815: And hey to Sp00ky Benson.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48816: In the fashion of our good friend Tom, I thought I might post this, it seems to exemplify this porch.

Sit with me by the homestead hearth
And stretch the hands of memory forth
To warm them at the wood-fire's blaze!
And thanks untraced to lips unknown
Shall greet me like the odors blown
From unseen meadows newly mown,
Or lilies floating in some pond,
Wood-fringed, the wayside gaze beyond;
The traveller owns the grateful sense
Of sweetness near, he knows not whence,
And, pausing takes with forehead bare
The benediction of the air.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Have a great Mayberry Evening...
Mary Wiggins

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48817: Thank you, Mary Wiggins. That was lovely.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48818: Lovely indeed, Mary Wiggins. Hey to SpOOky Benson! Long time, no see. Come around more often, old friend.

My DIL was about to leave for some errands, and my 3-yr old grandson overheard her making arrangements to drop him off at the Mother's Day Out thing at church. Imagine her laughter when he said, "Hey, Mom. Why don't you just leave me here and I'll watch TV until you get home?" I can only imagine what all he'd do if left unsupervised. My stars!

Well, gotta get ready to go to work. Double yuck. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48819:
Sorry, no time to read ALL the archives, but i continue to pray for all on the porch!
Sterling- prayers for you and the whole trip experience!
Boo- Did your "sister saint susan" help out at all during the episode with bruce's back?
Me-They- We'll wax the steps just as soon as we get done loosing the bolts on the wheelchairs! ha
Remember Hollywood Squares with Wally Cox, George gobel, Rose marie, Paul Lynnne and Charlie Weaver! There's a brain bruiser!
Spot- i had my brother the lineman help me with the wiring. I got the only house around with 70 thousand volts! ha (That is normally the power of the wires he works on!)
Good to see AFD, Millie, Mary, BWB and ALL!
"Next time I want a haircut, I'll stick my head in a pencil sharpener!"

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48820: Evening Porch,
My heavens alot has been said since I last posted on Sunday morning. I'm glad to see so many people have checked in.
Spooky Benson- It's nice to meet you. I'm on the Georgia side of the porch.
Homemaker & Big Maude- I want the Bears to win only because I want to hear another SuperBowl shuffle. I was only a little girl, but I remember Refrigerator Perry singing on this old tape of my sisters. But go Colts!
AFD- I'm glad your daughters are doing well. It's good that you checked in.
Mavis- Let us know what the doctor says.
Me-They- Your job sounds very interesting. I love museums and history.
DWF- I'm sorry about your cat. I'm sure your really hurting.
Spot- It has been quite gloomy here hasn't it?
Charlotte- You do whatever you need for your son's self-esteem. I truly believe that is important for his age now as well as later. Are you working on any books?
Mary- When is your daughter's wedding?
Rev- Gas is 1.95 here. How does your wife feel about your traveling?
Ahappynut- I don't blame your daughter at all!
Hey to Tom, MDC, Possum, Goober, BWB, Millie, and everyone on the porch.
~Lucy Matthews
Psalm 23

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48821: Hi Lucy, Yes, I am working on a book of activities for men's groups in nursing homes. What do you do, Lucy? Are you a stay-at-home Mom or do you have other duties? (Just don't be insufficient in them. tee hee--Gomer quote) Me-They, The antibiotic days have ended now that he's on acutane, and he was on them and off them over the two-year period. Back at 'cha, Asa. How's the golf game these days? Have you totally recovered from when you bumped yer noggin? I hope so. Mary Wiggins, Thanks for the info. on your daughter's experience. Enjoy the wedding preparation. What's the update on Warren's cat? The last post I saw it was on antibiotics. Did I miss something? Hey to Millie, MDC, and Sterling Holobyte. Glad Bruce's back is somewhat better, Boo. Ro, I could use some reminiscing stories. Good night all.
Charlotte Tucker

GO BEARS! (Glad the Colts won too.) Should be a great Super Bowl.

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48822: hi Porch,so nice to see everybody! We still have snow,not much though,just enough to make it yucky driving.I loked barney miller too,I remember levitt,he was hilarious.Dietrich was one of my favorites.sometimes just his expressions or his look could make me laugh.Well,have to close,prayers for everyone-ky girl

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48823: charlotte Tucker,sorry I stepped on your toes-ky girl

January 22, 2007 - Msg 48824: MESSAGE REMOVED