The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

December 10, 2017 - Msg 108678: Good morning, porch! SPOT, Sounds like you folks have got trouble there in Georgia. Somehow, I just never think of snow when I think of Georgia. I think more of magnolia trees, scuppernong arbors, lazy rivers and catfish. You know, Deep South things. (Too many novels.) Of course, I was never strong in geography. I think I was absent that day. Seriously, I do think I was. Not one day, but the whole semester when geography was taught.

Back in the day every six year old started school in September, in grade 1B. The first half of the first grade. In January, if you passed, you went into the grade 1A. The following year, you were in 2B, then 2A and so on. Well, about three weeks into grade 5B, the principal came and pulled me out of class and escorted me to the 5A classroom. I was to "skip" half a grade. They didn't even notify my parents. When I told my mom, she went to the school and protested, but the school was determined. It was a district policy, to occasionally move a student along like that, to relieve some of the over-crowding in the lower grades, especially in south Texas. In the blended neighborhoods in the bigger cities, there was a high influx of legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico, the children spoke little or no English, which can slow the pace of a classroom down considerably, believe me, and there was no shortage of kids that showed up to register. So, the kids whom the teachers felt could handle it were bumped up half a grade, to make room below. The result on the other end, at senior year, was that you had "mid-termers." That meant I would actually graduate high school in January. Well, that sounded like a whole lot of fun! Just the principal and I, and maybe my parents, and a friendly handshake. So much for pomp and ceremony. And proms!

So, just as I was entering the second half of the 8th grade, we moved to the country. I talked with the principal, and when I entered the 9th grade (high school) in January, he let me give up my study hall and take a credit class instead. I did that all the way through high school, and finished in three and a half years, graduating with the '56 class in May, instead of more or less alone in the following year. That's how I graduated at age 16, and is why I have no clue about geography, because we were just starting to study it when I was pulled out of that class! Now, there's more information than you ever thought you wanted.

Boo, you are too kind. I am a long way from beautiful, but I thank you for saying you think so. I was passable when I was young, had a nice figure, good legs, and a happy smile (why not, I WAS happy!) but time has taken a toll. I still don't scare small children, but it's getting close at times. Brittney's camera was very kind to me in the picture she took for the book cover. That dear girl is a good photographer!

Well, guess I'd better get busy. I kept my cough at home this morning, and I'm sure all my friends and Sunday School classmates appreciate it. I sure didn't want to spread this mess around. Some of those folks are in far more precarious health than I am. I'm doing well, but still coughing terribly at times. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 10, 2017 - Msg 108679: Oh, and I thought I'd sweep the porch. Not such a good idea, with all the dust! (cough, cough, cough!) --Romneena

December 10, 2017 - Msg 108680: Hope your feeling better Romneena. Everyone have a good Sunday. Frankie

December 10, 2017 - Msg 108681: ASA, thanks for checking in! Yep, they may "have had trouble in River City" since you've been gone! ha
Glad you are getting past the back misery and that nasty cough! Just don't end up coughing your way into that concrete! :)
RO--during the early '90s i was out of work for 6 months and on PBS there was a "geography show" called "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?" I think I learned more about geography from that series than from any claas I had taken in high school! It was a type of 'detective' format, and very interesting. Here is a sample episode:
I sure hope you get over that cough. The ol' deceiver wants to disrupt our church life, and pull these stunts to try it. I just tell him to get lost, pray, take my doc's advice, and beat him to the punch!
FRANKIE, thanks for your greetings! You're a treasura!
I baked some Christmas cookies today, and am riding a sugar high. I bet it crashes real soon tho. A couple more batches tomorrow!
Guys, my Cards actually won today, and Fitz isnearer to the record in receptions.
Have a good week.

December 11, 2017 - Msg 108682: Hello everyone. I am stuck in Bruce's office so jumped on a laptop to say hello (I had to drive him into work to do some important work that had to be done today). Bruce has been sick and saw the doc today to get on an antibiotic. Doc said it was the flu but the cough is productive and deep so, sounds like what you Asa and Ro have been dealing with. Sean had it, then Bruce, then I got it but it only lasted for a little over 24 hours with me. Some congestion and body aches but not nearly as bad as they had it. I still have a slight cough, but not much to it. I don't think it would have taken a hold of me if I hadn't been outside playing in the snow all night on Thursday. was worth it.

I have a busy week this week since I got behind with the snow and illness in the family. Laundry, shopping, cleaning, and the church youth Christmas party this weekend. Hope I stay well.

Not a lot else to say. I am still eating right and feeling good these days. I have lost about 50lbs now and am at that place in which I need new clothes but don't want to spend money on clothes if I am still losing weight. My wardrobe looks a bit sloppy these days.

Asa, I haven't seen that movie you mentioned, but I know Kevin McCallister has. :)

Hope you all have a terrific evening.


December 11, 2017 - Msg 108683: Good evening, porch. I'm familiar with the Carmen Sandiego thing. My kids got a lot of fun out of it, they were young adults at the time and loved to challenge each other. I guess I should have paid more attention, but I was usually in the kitchen, cooking as usual. Good for you for getting some Christmas cookies baked. I haven't even thought about baking yet. I'm still slowly and gradually working on my Christmas tree. I just don't have the strength and energy I used to have, and have to do things in little batches. Today I got more of the tree done, and this afternoon I put twinkle lights in the shrubbery in about 1/3 of the front yard. It was 76 out there and no wind, so I took advantage of it. Tomorrow is going to be in the 40s, but back into the 70s on Wednesday.

I couldn't do anything tomorrow anyway, because I'll be at the Dermatology Surgical Center all day. They're going to do a MOHS procedure on the skin cancer on my nose. I should be a pretty thing when they're done - big bandage on my nose, probably bruised eyes, and I'm supposed to teach ESL on Wednesday. We'll see.

Thanks for the well-wishes, Frankie. I'm slowly climbing out of this pneumonia pit I fell into. The cough is about to drive me nuts. Once it starts, I can't stop it. It just "diesels", like an old jalopy. Oh well. Time will eventually take care of it.

Guess I'll go rustle up some grub. I never stopped to eat lunch and am getting a bit hungry. Blessings, folks. --Romeena

December 11, 2017 - Msg 108684: Eeek!
There, that should do it. --Romeena

December 11, 2017 - Msg 108685: Quick hello, folks.

I was wondering if anyone here or if you know anyone that has any of the actual props or decor from TAGS?
I have binge watching the show (it's good medicine) and wondered about this since all of you are such fans of the show.

My absolute very best to you and yours,

John Masters

December 11, 2017 - Msg 108686: John, I happen to have a vase that was from the set, many of my friends has a few pieces, but a Certificate of Authenticity are only as good as the paper they are written on. A lot of dishonest sellers out there...



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This version of The Taylor's Front Porch has been created to pay our respect to the original porch found on Thanks to Frank for all the work he did for Mayberry on the web. We've tried to make this just like Frank's Porch. This is also a tribute to Ollie's "Trivialities" site which was another homage to Frank's porch but is no longer with us.