June 15, 2003 - Msg 14248: Good morning, porch. It's now 6:45am, and my dad's prayer has been answered. A little over an hour after I posted my last message, I got a call from the hospice nurse that my dad's condition was changing drastically. I threw on some clothes and drove over there, about a 5 minute drive, but he was gone. He passed away at 3:15, very peacefully. His prayer has been answered, and I can only thank God. He was not happy here, he lived in a state of confusion, and the confusion often produced fear, and that's no way to live. He is now in Heaven with my mother and his Lord, and I'm grateful. Thank you, dear friends, for your loving concern and your prayers. It has meant a lot. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14249: How appropriate! A clean sweep, as my dad begins a whole new life in Heaven. --Romeena

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14250: Oh Romeena.. and it is Father's Day too. God Bless you and your beloved daddy. I know he is in a beautiful place.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads on our porch.Love to all!
************
possum under a rock

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14251: Good Morning friends, God bless your heart Romeena. You have had such faith and assurance throughout this entire thing. Isn't it wonderful to have that assurance where he is.. and that you will be able to see him again one day. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I hope all the dads on the porch will have a wonderful day you all deserve it. Take care friends.. Love yas all--Salty Dog

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14252: Romeena, your Dad is in a wonderful place. He is
having a Happy Fathers Day. Linda

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14253: Dear Romeena, it seems almost wrong to rejoice in such news but I find myself doing so. I know you will miss him and will have some difficult days ahead but we all know he is now at rest and at home.
I want to thank you Romeena for sharing this with us these last few weeks. And to thank you for how you have dealt with this whole situation. Through you I have learned much in terms of dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am grateful for the positive way in wich you have handled it. I think I speak for all of us here on the porch when I say we love you very much and wish you the strength and peace to see you through the coming weeks.
(((((((((ROMEENA AND SUGARPLUM)))))))))))

Asa

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14254: How do you make a chewing gum wrapper chain?

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14255: I echo Asa's sentiments. I feel just the same way. It is such a blessing to know you, Ro. You and your family are in my prayers. I am thankful to God that your father went peacefully.

Boo

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14256: Ro, your father was blessed to have a daughter who did not needlessly drag him back to this life and who let his fondest wish come true, tho it was not easy for you I am sure. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. We love you girl.
fun girl

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14257: Was "Opie" a nickname, or the full christian name?

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14258: Oh Romeena, I am so sorry for your loss, yet I'm rejoicing that your Dad has flown home. God bless you and your family.

Romeena already answered Sterling's question about Dabbs Greer. Linda, that is really cool about your hubby fitting Mr. Greer for glasses! He also made another appearance on TAGS, but danged if I can remember what character he played.

Sterling, sometimes you try to be a kind, stand-up person, but it winds up biting you in the backside anyway. LOL! Some folks personalize any difference of opinion, but you can't concern yourself with that. You just keep on being yourself and not hurting anyone. If someone has a problem with that, then it says more about them than it does you.

Happy Father's Day to all our Mayberry Dads out there!

~Dež~


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June 15, 2003 - Msg 14259: P.S. I used to make TONS of gum wrapper chains and taught my kids to make 'em, but darned if I could explain it in writing. Not without graphics anyway. LOL

Fun Girl makes a good point about keeping our loved ones here when they'd rather be allowed to let go. I have never had to do it, so I can't even imagine the pain involved. However, it's just about the most unselfish thing a person can do.

~Dež~


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June 15, 2003 - Msg 14260: It's a strange thing....a few minutes ago, something told me to stop by the Porch to see how your Dad was doing, Romeena. Another angel in heaven. May God keep you close always, Ro...but especially these next few weeks as I'm sure different emotions will come.

Ro....many many years from now, when it is YOUR turn to return to the Lord and join your parents, you will have already earned your wings--there's no doubt in my mind. You are such a beautiful person and you have such a lovely soul. You give so much to this porch and you touch our lives greatly. Your mother and father must have really been something special to have raised such a ray of hope and sunshine in you -- in your very being.

We love you and we're right here if you need us...I think you know that, though. (((ROMEENA))) (((SUGARPLUM)))

Bulbsnatcher

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14261: For those wanting to know how to make a gum wrapper chain, go to this URL:

http://www.gumwrapper.com/build.htm

Emmett....it is absolutely GRAND to see you on here!! This is the old "Charlene"....**Barn's Charlene!

Bulbsnatcher

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14262: Hey Fathers, what did you all do for Fathers Day?
I went to Church with my Parents, then went out for Sunday dinner. Does anybody have a Bishop's close by, that's where we ate good food.
Linda

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14263: Dabb's Greer? I wasn't sure who you meant till you explained the episode he was in. Didn't he also appear as one of the council memn from Greendale wanting ti hire Barney as Sheriff? And I think he palyed a store owner once and sold Andy the canning jars for Aunt Bee's birthday. I hope I got the right feller there.
Great to see you Bulbsnatcher. Your being way to quiet. Hope your doing well and all.
Hello to all my porch pals. Very hot and dry on my porch today. How hot? 92. Thats hot. Oh well, you know what they say about the weather don't you?

Asa

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14264: Dabbs Greer, was also on Little House On The
Prairie, as the Pastor. Linda

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14265: Didn't Dabbs also play the man who was hauled into the courthouse with his wife for domestic violence (remember, his wife hit him with a chicken or something)? Andy was getting on them about fighting again.

I watched part of "A Face In The Crowd" yesterday. Remember that is the old movie that starred a very "rough around the edges" Andy as a homeless character they called Lonesome Rhodes? He becomes famous and turns into a strange ego-maniac. The acting was good but I sure hated to see Andy in a role like that. I have to admit though, that in the scene where Andy is reclining on the hotel bed and asks Patricia Neal to come on over and get to know him better, I felt strangely warm inside (heehee). He was pretty good looking, I thought.

Well, I have had some sleepless nights with my youngest--she has a virus and a fever with a cought. I think I will go rest while she is napping. Hope tomorrow is a better day. Prayers for Ro and her family at this time.

Boo

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14266: A "cough", that is....
Boo

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14267: That wasn't Dabbs, that was the guy that did the
Maytag commercial.

Linda


June 15, 2003 - Msg 14268: Hey, I'm new here, but I was told that I should post this message here. Some of you may know who I am (Mike Creech), I now have available the three following DVD's. ANGEL IN MY POCKET, THE NEW ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (from 1985, hosted by Don Knotts). Anyone interested can e-mail me at mcreech@indy.rr.com. Thanks!

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14269: Right, Linda. The Maytag man was Jesse White, and he was the battling husband in the "Mornin' honey, mornin' dear" episode.

Friends, I can't find the words, but I'll try. You folks have been so supportive and so loving as I've walked this path with my dad, and you'll never really know how much you have helped. I've been very sure of the decisions we've made, and comfortable with them. They weren't really our decisions, but rather we were carrying out his expressed wishes. Still, having your validation has meant so much. While no one in my "real" world has actually said anything negative, some have looked a bit thoughtful or even a little disapproving when I've made it known that we weren't pursuing aggressive treatment, or any kind of life support. I can ride over that, and chalk it up to the fact that they have probably never had to make the choices, but still it hurts a little, and having you good people say that you understand has helped tremendously. I thank you.

And now, the ironing board beckons. I'm pretty beat. Got about an hour's sleep last night, thought I'd sleep this morning after it was all over, but unable to do so. Phone calls, things to be done, I finally gave up, got up and have been going strong ever since. Lunch at my friend's home (my daughter-in-law's mom), then a meeting at the funeral home to get the arrangements settled. I'm tired now, and off to bed I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14270: Romenna, I, and i'm sure others understand what you are going through. You ahve my condolences.

Linda


June 15, 2003 - Msg 14271: Romeena bless you for being such a wonderful, loving daughter! Your dad knows that too. My prayers are with you & your family & if you ever need to talk or anything, we are all here. This porch is such a great place, I remember how supportive everyone was 3 years ago when Bobo (my b/f's uncle) passed away. And now you know the blessings of that as well Ro are you all going to have one of those online guestbooks like some of the funeral homes are doing now? One that we could all sign for your family since we can't be there in person to sign a book. Let us know if you do. I love your funeral idea as well, it should be fitting. Another hymn suggestion if you like is one called Gone Home. Its one that our band does & everyone loves that one. Prayers for all my porch family, I hold each of you dear to my heart. Emmett!!! Great to have you back, don't be such a stranger! I'm still the same *Mavis as before only grayer.
*Mavis

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14272: "Night night" sweet friends. See you on the porch tomorrow.

Boo

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14273: Way to go Spurs! Hello all
FRANKIE FLINT

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14274: You said it, Frankie! We're pretty excited down here. It's coming up on 1:00 a.m. our time, but cars are still pouring into the downtown area by the thousands for the festivities! The Academy sports stores are still open and have lines of people around the building, waiting to be let into the store - 20 people at a time - to buy Spurs Championship t-shirts, hats, etc. We're awfully proud of our guys. God bless David Robinson for being the gentleman he is. We'll miss him on the court, but at least he's staying here in S.A. He and my brother go to the same church!

~Dež~

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June 16, 2003 - Msg 14275: Morning, porch. Bless you, Romeena, my thoughts are with you and your family.
- Hazel

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14276: Oh, about Dabbs Greer. Boo was thinking of "Andys Vacation". He was the man, who came in with his wife and Andy said "you got chickens to throw, you got chickens to sell". And Barney convinced him he was overworked and needed a vacation.
- Hazel

"Hey Mister, you're all tied up to a tree!"

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14277: Morning Porch,

Romeena, I want to join everyone else here on the porch who has expressed their condolences, and I want you to include me among all those who are celebrating your dad's life. I am sure the funeral will be a joyful time reminding us all of the streets of gold and the mansions prepared for us, when we live our life surrendered to God. Thank you for letting us all be included in this sensitive time in your life.

To all you Texans, congratulations on the Spurs winning the championship! You have a great team down there, especially the quintessential gentleman, David Robinson! Who could not want him to win?!! I like the New Jersey Nets somewhat, but I really wanted San Antonio to win, ESPECIALLY when Charles Barkley said their last win didn't count! Well, enough of basketball talk until next year...then...go Pistons!!

I hope all you dad's out there enjoyed a fun father's day! I made baby back ribs for my hubbie and father-in-law, and then we enjoyed the only Sunday in months that was relatively warm and rain free! It was probably the prettiest day we have had all year around here!

Hey to Emmett, nice to see you posting! And hey to Des, Bulbsnatcher, Hazel, Salty dog, fun girl, Possum, Asa, Sterling (you never offended me, but watch out for them deer!),Boo, Mavis, Ed Sawyer, Charlotte, and anyone else I foolishly omitted! May one and all have a great Mayberry Day!

((((((((PORCH)))))))))))

Mary Wiggins

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14278: Romeena, I don't know whether to be sad or happy about your Dad. Kind of bittersweet I guess. I know you still have a lot to go through, with the arrangements and such, but I'm sure God will help see you through.

Thank you Des for your words of wisdom, and anyone else I forgot who commented on my little dilemma. In fact, after reading Romeena's post I felt kind of foolish for even worrying about such a little thing.
And Mary Wiggins, I'm always on the lookout for deer. You kind of have to be when you live in Wisconsin.
I hope everyone, and especially Romeena, has a nice, relaxing day!
-Sterling Holobyte

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14279: ROMEENA,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I can tell you already know it is heavens gain. I will hold you special in my prayers. I would also like to ask for the prayers of the porch friends. I have met a man who is a christian and cares for me. I care for him also but it has been 5 years since my divorce and I have some fears.Please prayer for the lords will in my life, because without that nothing is worth anything. God bless all you dear porch folks. Sorry so long between posts.
Blonde from a Bottle

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14280: Hello, porchsters! Thank all of you so much for your kind words and thoughts. You've been so precious, and I appreciate every one of you. Someone asked earlier if there was an online guestbook, and there is. I'm no good at making links, but here's the address: www.donnellyscolonial.com. When you get to the home page, on the left side there will be a list of sub-sites, and you will go to "Online Obituaries." That brings up a popup box, and you'll arrow down to "Jim Rogers." That's my dad. If anyone wishes to visit the site and sign the guestbook, I would be very honored, and proud to direct my family to the book to view your entries. Some of them don't quite understand the "cyberporch", but that's okay. We do, and that's what matters.

I'm doing great. Arrangements are falling into place, and it's going to be a glorious service. Have a lovely day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena


June 16, 2003 - Msg 14281: Maybe one of you more "ept" folks could make that into a link for me?? Will you help me?? (teehee) --Romeena

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14282: Hey Porch, Wanted to stop by for a quick "Hey". Romeena, I'm sorry to hear about your fathers passing. I lost daddy back in 1996 and it might as well have happened yesterday. But I realized the Lord lends us people in our lives then he calls them back home (we just wish it wouldn't be so soon). It sounds wonderful that your daddy got to go when he was ready. What a great gift and great blessing.
I hope ya'll are doing well fellow porchsters. Now I've got to get back to work. Take care and have a wonderful, Mayberry, Kinda DAY!

Ed Sawyer


June 16, 2003 - Msg 14283: Hey Porch, I am going to change my name from Linda to, Ellie


June 16, 2003 - Msg 14284: Hey to Romeena, I tried to go to the site you listed, but it said it was under construction, and to come back later. Did I do something wrong? I would love to sign the guest book if I can figure out how...

Hey Ellie (Linda), just thought I would acknowledge your new name!

Mary Wiggins

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14285: Hey to Mary. Romeena how is your day going?

Ellie

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14286: Just read that Hume Cronyn passed away at age 91. Guess he and his beloved Jessica are finally together again. RIP, Mr. Cronyn.

Hey back to you, Mary Wiggins. Glad you enjoyed such a nice Father's Day with your hubby and father-in-law. It sure felt weird, me calling my dad and stepdad, and for the first time ever, my hubby couldn't call his dad. Next month will be a year since he went home, but I don't guess you ever get used to it. He was a good man.

Love to all!

~Dež~

-

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14287: Evenin' Y'all. I loved Hume Cronyn-wonderful actor.Yes,I thought the same-he's once again with Miss "Daisy".
Tired from work,don't have a whole lot to say.Just wanted to see what was happening on the porch and to see how Romeena's doing.God Bless her and all of my porch friends.Love to all!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14288: Ro I hope this one time I do this right, but here is the link directly to the Online Obituary Jim Rogers click on the link at the bottom to get to the book. Thinking of you all day today. Prayers are still with you.
*Mavis

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14289: Good evening Porch! Yep Des that Spurs game was a good one. Since my Kings were out of it I was hoping the Spurs would win. We saw them when they came here to sacramento. Tim Duncan is really a great player.
FRANKIE FLINT

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14290: Thanks Mavis, I was able to sign the book!

I also heard over the weekend about Gregory Peck passing away, another great actor who will be missed. Our dear friend Boo will surely remember one of his most famous roles, that of Atticus Finch. Rest in peace, Gregory Peck, Hume Cronyn and Jim Rogers.

Mary Wiggins

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14291: You're welcome Mary. I was just at Salty's Front Porch 2 how cool that place is, ya'll should visit there! Did Asa ever come in out of that rain??
*Mavis

June 16, 2003 - Msg 14292: Romeena You have my sincere condolences and prayers.
jennieboone

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14293: HI EVERYONE! I Just found this site what a pleasure. I luv TAGS. I will definitely be back to this site. Have a good day y'all
( my prayers to you Romeena ) elvis

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14294: I am sorry Romeena that I haven't been able to express my sympathies and joys to you. It's been al little hectic around here. I know you shall miss your daddy but like everyone else on the porch, we know that he had a wonderful reunion with all the angels, his precious Lord and mostly, your momma. May you find the strength to deal with all that lies ahead this week.

homemaker

I sent you a cyber cherry pie - here in Hoosier land we always bring in food.

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14295: Elvis has left the porch. (Someone had to say it!)

Welcome Elvis! Hope to see more of you here!
-Sterling Holobyte


June 17, 2003 - Msg 14296: Hey Mavis, how do ya get to Saltys Porch 2? I'd like to visit, but dont have directions. LOL Continued prayers for Ro and family. Good to see some of you all at the Connelly's sight and leaving messages of hope and encouragement for Ro, Sugarplum and the family.
Have a Mayberry day.
fun girl

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14297: Oh, Ro...my name is Penny Franey, I did leave a message, but did not put my screen name on it.
((((hugs))))
fun girl

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14298: Howdy Porch - Romeena, God Bless you and your family - Your Daddy is rejoycing in Heaven with his Savior at last! ~ Mrs. Wiley

sorry I ain't been around much, just can't keep me away from Mayberry for too long!


June 17, 2003 - Msg 14299: I feel like a straggler. I was out of town over the weekend and hadn't been able to check in--many condolences, Ro. Sorry you've lost your daddy but glad he is not suffering anymore. I still am picturing him savoring that root beer the other day. What a wonderful moment! Blonde from a Bottle, I'll pray for the Lord's will in your life with the new man. But let me ask you one important question: Does he like TAGS? That will tell you something about his character! So many of you have come out of the woodwork to give Ro condolences! Good to see you all, Mrs. Wiley, Dež, Ed Sawyer, Salty, Sterling, jennieboone! Heading over to visitation at the link now.
Charlotte Tucker

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14300: You porchsters are the cats! Your entries made me cry!
CT

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14301: fellow fans! it's nice to see gomer again at the mountaineer racetrack this oct. 2003. good singing!

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14302: Welcome to Elvis you can leave the building, but don't stay away from the porch too long, we tend to put out APB's when someone is missing & Asa kicks up a fuss if he has to get them green bullets out! Romeena thinking of you dear, stay strong & remember to eat even tho you got lots of company. Fungirl here is the link to Salty's Porch2 go sign up & join in. So good to see everyone posting, look what else Mr. Jim Rogers has done, got a bunch of you out & posting again! :) Where did Emmett run off to? & is Asa STILL standing out in that rain? Someone please go get him! I would, but I got a problem with my bum leg, got hit by a train saving......teehee
*Mavis

June 17, 2003 - Msg 14303: Mavis, you gave yourself away as a phony right off. Petula Abundalla ain't in the leg. It's in the brain.
- Hazel

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14304: Hi friends! This question is for those of you who know your way around a kitchen. Ok, and for anyone else who might have an idea, too! But does anyone know what I could do with leftover roast w/potatoes & other veggies, besides just heating it up? It was so good the first time around, but I was just wondering if there was something I might add to it to make it even better! If not, that's ok. Sometimes leftovers taste even better just heated up again.
-Sterling Holobyte

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14305: Bubble and Squeak....It is a for real dish and made from the ingredients you have left over from your roast. Just add a little oil and fry until warm and juicy. At least this is what Trevor tells me Bubble and Squeak is. He says everyone in England eats it and loves it. I am not much of a cook, so good luck on your cooking.
fun girl

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14306: Well, so that's what Bubble and Squeak is. Around here we call it hash, or leftovers hash. I just dice some potatoes and saute until nearly done (if I need some filler), then add the leftovers, which I have also diced. Usually a couple of shakes of steak sauce or Worcestershire make it "extry good". Heat until all is hot, and serve. My family loved it.

Now, I must tell you all that I'm just overwhelmed. I just visited the online guest book for my dad, and you people are truly amazing. The sweet words, the kind expressions of concern and love - well, you're the cats, that's what you are. Mavis, thanks for making the link. I've just got to learn how to do that! fun girl, what a sweet thought, but there's a little hitch! Daddy gave away a lot of candy, but rarely ate any of it himself. He just liked to give it away and let others enjoy it. So you just go ahead and eat any kind you like, and he'd be honored.

Well, it's after 3am, and I have to be up by 7, so guess I'd better get to bed. Kids and grandkids and a granddog sleeping all over the house, hope I don't step on somebody on the way to my room! I thought we might have to get out the ironing board, but everyone found a bed or a recliner or something they could get comfortable on. Good night, dear friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14307: Morning Porch.
Busier than a cows tail in fly season. Hope to catch up with you all soon. Hope you don't forget me.

Love Asa

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14308: It's only 7 a.m. here and 4 of you (well 3, Romeena don't count since she was still up!) are already up and about this morning. Especially you, Asa, it's only 6 where you are! I'm impressed! Boo, my garden and strawberries are doin' great so I tried your spinach, strawberry, poppy seed salad last night. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Sterling, I believe I'll have some of that leftover roast please. Thank you. Have a great day everybody!
Charlotte Tucker

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14309: The leftovers are in the mail, Charlotte! Don't mind if the envelope is a little soggy, that's just the juice from the roast.
Bubble and Squeak, huh?! Sounds easy enough. Or is that what your stomach does when you eat it?:) Unfortunately I don't have much luck when it comes to frying things, I usually end up burning them. But thank you Fun Girl and Romeena for your suggestions! Romeena, I actually used both steak sauce and worchestershire sauce the first time around, so I'm way ahead of you there.
I may just take the easy way out and zap the whole thing in the microwave. No fuss, no muss!
What is muss anyway? Must be like Bubble and Squeak.:)
Have a nice day!
-Sterling Holobyte

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14310: You are a hoot, Sterling.
Good to hear from you all, especially the long lost Asa.

Glad you liked the salad recipe, CT.

I was very thankful to Mavis for the Jim Rogers link--such a thoughtful thing to do.

I have been very busy this week with Vacation Bible School and a sick child (not much sleeping goin on) but Friday will be here soon.

Hope ya'll have a good day.

Boo

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14311: Good morning ya'll!

hm

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14312: Well Ro....we are glad to hear that you are surrounded by loved ones. How do the Plum and the granddog get along? I think I'll have me an Almond Joy in honor of Jim. (I think that's about my favorite, and I don't even like coconut. Isn't that crazy?)

For all you "around 40" porchsters, how many of you just LOVED David Cassidy? I wanted to marry him when I was about 8. Well he is going to be at a casino here in Indiana on Saturday Night. So, since my birthday is on Wednesday, fungi bought a couple of tickets and we are heading to the show on Saturday night. Isn't he wonderful to think of me like that? I think I just may have to keep him around. LOL
Gonna run for now.
fun girl

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14313: Well, I liked David Cassidy, but not so much that I'd like to marry him though. :)
Have fun at the show! But I guess you have to, given your name.
-Sterling Holobyte

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14314: Sterling, glad to hear that you David didn't float you boat the way he did mine. LOL

Have any of you all been to Salty's Porch 2, besides me and Mavis that is? It's awesome and definately worth a look. They even have a chat room. I think it would be fun to get a bunch of us on there. So, what do ya think? I have gone on there twice and I was the only one there. Somebody give me a holler and let me know when a good time to chat would be.
fun girl

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14315: I was more a Donny Osmond man myself fun girl, David was alright but I thought I would marry Donny. His brother Shaun wasn't too bad either!
Another busy day in paradise!

homemaker

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14316: I was more a Donny Osmond man myself fun girl, David was alright but I thought I would marry Donny. His brother Shaun wasn't too bad either!
Another busy day in paradise!

homemaker

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14317: Wow homemaker. You musta had it bad for Donny. We heard ya the first time. LOL

Asa

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14318: LOL@Asa! You too,Sterling! I cast my vote for David Cassidy,although I really liked Michael Gray! (WHO?) Remember the guy with the shaggy dark hair that was on a series with Brian Keith (Uncle Bill from Family Affair) that was set in Hawaii? He was also on a kiddie/teen type show called Shazzam back in the 70's.Haven't thought about that teen dream in ages! Ha Ha
Now I'm gonna have to do a web search to figure out what that show was (The Hawaii series)called!
A box of Poptarts for anyone who remembers and can save me the trouble!
Y'all have a good evening and enjoy the show,fun girl! Happy Birthday to ya!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock
P.S. Quick poll: Starsky or Hutch? I vote for Starsky!
For the guys: Mary Ann or Ginger?

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14319: Well,DUH! It was called "The Brian Keith Show"! It was later called "The Little People." The show was about a father and daughter who were pediatricians at a free clinic in Oahu.
Guess I'll keep the Poptarts! Ha Ha
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14320: Evening porch! Sterling is it too late for a leftover suggestion? Hope not cause I'm leaving one anyway~ Shepherd's Pie (that's what we call Pot Pie here) throw it all in a dish & top it with bisquits.mmmmmmm Ro you are very welcome for the link, all of you are, hey to everybody on the porch & thoughts are with Ro family today. Gotta head to D.C. again tomorrow, Jake is going to spend the summer with his dad & I am going to work for the weekend there. Gonna see how it goes with Jake being there & if Pat can handle having a 15 year old on the run back home. He is still in pretty bad shape physically, mentally, he's better but still depressed often. Wish them luck that Jake will behave & Pat has the strength to handle him. Night Porch, if I don't holler while I'm up there, I'll post when I get home Sun.
*Mavis

June 18, 2003 - Msg 14321: Good Luck, Mavis!
- Hazel

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14322: No question about it for me Possum. Mary Ann all the way.
Be careful Mavis and we be praying for your situation. You too Romeena.

Asa

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14323: Oh, Mavis, that is a good one! Unfortunately I already finished it off, but I can always save that idea for next time. Thanks for the thought!
And maybe I can send a thought your way for things to go ok for Pat and Jake. And you too for that matter!


I agree with Asa, Possum. The sweet, lovely Mary Ann would get my vote! Plus, she knows how to cook!:)
I realize Ginger knows how to cook also, just in a different way. But that can go just so far. ;)
-Sterling Holobyte


June 19, 2003 - Msg 14324: I was in love with Peter O'Toole and Mick Jagger. (She's a nut.)

Sterling, to help keep fried or sauteÚd food from sticking, try putting on a fitted lid and turning the heat down a tad. Then, when the food is almost done, take that lid off, up the heat a hair and brown it. Voilß! Well, it works for me. =:-■

Hey back atcha, Charlotte Tucker. You grow strawberries? Well I'll be dawged... I understand down here in Texas is a good region in which to grow them, but I've never tried.

Just stopped in to say hey. Love to all!

~Dež~

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June 19, 2003 - Msg 14325: I watched the show Starsky and Hutch, but I could not tell you which one was which. I preferred the dark haired one tho. Just something more manly about him I thought.

And if I was a man I would pick Mary Ann every time. She seemed like someone you would want to be best friends with. Someone who would not stab you in the back over a man. I always thought if the professor could get his nose out of his test tubes long enough, that they would make an adorable couple. And I am sure that Mary Ann could teach him a thing or two. Ginger was not the only one who could use her womanly wyles. Mary Ann was just more subtle......alot like me. LOL!!

Have a great day folks.
fun girl

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14326: Actually I preferred Gerald McRainey's charecter on Simon and Simon. I like the rugged type. The other guy was far to prissy for my taste.
f.g.

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14327: I also like Gerald McRainey - esp when he was in uniform (Major Dad!). I grew out of the Donny Osmond phaze (as my husband says when I fell in love with Barry Manilow! - I have a thing for Barry but not enough to spend hundreds of dollars per ticket to see him!)
At Indy tonite - some great bands Journey, REO and Styx. That should be awesome. But tomorrow is a work day and we head south for wedding number 2 of the month. So no concert for us oldies tonite! The only thing my boys are looking forward to is the swimming pool! Weddings - Yuck, they kiss at weddings mom!

homemaker

I vote for MaryAnn and Hutch (I even have David Soul's album!)

LaVerne or Shirley?
Ralph, Richie, Potsie, or the Fonz?

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14328: A heath bar in remembrance of Ro's dad and all the good friends on the porch!

hm

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14329: Oh, the Fonz, no question. Next I think would be Potsie. Bit of a dork, but the kind of guy that would be faithful as an old shoe to a woman who would treat him right, and could be inspired to do great things. Cute, too.

Well, the kids have all returned to their respective homes, and all is quiet around here. An exhausted little Plum is sacked out on an ottoman, and I'd love to get on the sofa and do the same thing, but can't. Movers are coming in two hours to get the last of the furniture out of my dad's apartment. They have someone waiting for the space, so I need to get it cleared out. I remember how it was when we were waiting for it. It's such a pretty apartment, and Daddy was reasonably happy there.

The funeral was absolutely beautiful, and I could almost say - fun. Many happy stories told of times past, a lot of laughter at some of the memories. It was a bit unorthodox in some ways, but Daddy would have loved it. My daughter sang "Blessed Redeemer" and "It Is Well With My Soul", and did it beautifully. Then a men's quartet sang "Jericho Road" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". My dad sang tenor in a quartet in our home church when I was a little sprout, and those two songs were big in their repertoire, so we chose them for their sentimental value. I just know my dad was singing along with them yesterday.

He always joked with us through the years, saying that when he was about to leave this earth, he wanted us to put a bucket on the foot of his bed, and when we heard it hit the floor we'd know that he had "kicked the bucket". Well, the floral spray from my four kids was in a tin bucket. Beautiful, but in a bucket. I loved it! It drew smiles from a lot of people, especially after the pastor explained it at the graveside.

Daddy was known as "The Candy Man" at Twelve Oaks, because he passed out candy to the other residents every day. He would give it to the staff as well, and he always took a baggie full to the church secretary every Sunday morning. So, since there was a good amount left from his stash of candy, we had baskets placed in the foyer, and everyone was invited to get some candy on their way out of the church, compliments of my dad.

He had those bad strokes weekend before last, and was almost comatose on the following Monday. On Tuesday morning, I was there with him, and he woke up a bit, with his mouth terribly dry. I dripped a bit of water in and he swallowed okay. More water, waking up more, swallowing. Finally awake and talking, to my utter amazement. My son and daughter-in-law came in and he knew them. They asked if he wanted anything and he said he wanted A&W root beer. My son said he could make that happen, and started to leave, but turned back and asked once more if Daddy was sure he wanted root beer, not something else. Daddy lifted up a little, got a sly little grin on his face and said "Yes, root beer, if you'll go on and get it before I die," and then laughed out loud. So, in his honor, at the graveside we had A&W root beer iced down and everyone was served a little paper cup of root beer, in my dad's honor.

There was a small basket of fresh flowers, with a ribbon that read "From Sugarplum." The Plum had me do that for her, because she loved him, too. My dad was truly loved by all, including the furkids.

fun girl, to answer your question from a day or two back, The Plum the Snickers,(the granddog) get along beautifully and always have. It's hilarious to watch them. The Plum plays hostess, bringing her toys to Snickers and inviting her to play. Sometimes they'll each get on an end of a BoodaBone rope tie, and just charge through the house, like two little horses in a double hitch. They have never fought, and often curl up together. It's very sweet, and Snickers is just the most delightful little thing you could ever meet. She's a mix of Schnauzer and Scottie (we think) and is adorable.

Well, friends, I've run on much, much too long, but I just wanted to visit a while. Thanks for letting me do so. Have a lovely evening. Come by if you have a chance, I've got lots of leftovers! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena


June 19, 2003 - Msg 14330: Evenin' Y'all. Thank you for sharing about your dad's funeral,Romeena. I'm glad it went the way y'all wanted it too. I think I would have liked Mr. Jim very much. God bless him.
Hey,homemaker,I have Hutch's album too! Ha Ha And I vote for the Fonz! I pass on voting for the gals (Laverne & Shirley),but I'm trying to decide if I liked Lenny or Squiggy best! LOL What a pair to choose from! I'll get back to y'all on that one!
Well,just wanted to pop up on the porch and say hello-y'all take care now!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14331: Ro, everything sounds like it was just beautiful. You did good for your dad! Fun girl, we've gotta talk. I don't know how in the world you ever had the audacity to think you could've married David Cassidy. Everyone knows he always loved me. WE were betrothed! Too bad the show ended. homemaker, if you liked Shaun, I'd say you're slightly younger than me. I always just thought of him as David's younger brother. I am extremely tired tonight. Take care everyone.
Charlotte Tucker

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14332: possum, I've been curious...how's your husband getting along? Forgive me. I'm not trying to be nosy, just concerned.
CT

June 19, 2003 - Msg 14333: Romeena. I am so happy that your dads funeral turned out so perfect. How wonderful a man he must have been. And still is, I expect.
- Hazel

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14334: Mornin' Y'all. Nothing to forgive,Charlotte.. I think we can pretty much talk or ask just about anything among us here on the porch. He's been good,no drinking,but hasn't gotten involved in AA or some type of support group yet. I know how important that it,so I will press on. He is getting support by way of e-mails from a relative who has been sober for 25 or so years, thanks to AA.Just keep praying-thanks.
By the way,how did I miss the fact that you and David Cassidy were engaged, Charlotte? I used to read Tiger Beat magazine back in the 70's and I never saw any engagement announcement or anything! Y'all sure kept it hush hush. Too bad you broke off the engagement!
Gotta get going-y'all have a great day!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock
Oops- almost forgot to leave y'all some breakfast. How about coffee and Krispy Kremes?

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14335: Morning porch. It's Friday! YAHOOOOO!
Hope everyone has a great day.
Glad the funeral went well Romeena. A special day for a special man.
Later gang.

Asa

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14336: Good Morning all!

I agree with Asa, hooray for Friday!

Romeena, I am glad everything went well for you and your family. You probably need a little down time now just to recuperate! I bet Sugarplum wouldn't mind having you all to him(her?)self for a day or two!

All this talk about David Cassidy and other teen crushes brings me back to...The Monkees! I liked Mickey Dolenz, remember him? And when it came to the Beatles...George Harrison of course! (We shared a birthday!)

By the way Fun Girl, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I sure hope you have fun tomorrow night at the concert!

Mavis, I hope all goes well for you on your trip to DC and that Pat and Jake can have a wonderful time together. You are a wonderful mother, and a very supportive ex-wife, (you must have a great husband to be so understanding of your situation!)

My husband and I are about to start a whirlwind art festival tour that will last the summer, so I may not be around quite as much, but I will check in when I can. I hope this season goes well for him, he is such a hard working, dedicated man and I really hope and pray God will reward his diligence and faithfulness. The Lord knows we have our differences, but there really isn't a person alive I admire more than him!

Well, off I go, I still have those million things to do, and I think I have made it to 74,693! Have a great, Mayberry kind of day!

Mary Wiggins

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14337: Miss Romeena - I am so happy that you shared the funeral with us. I was wondering what songs you would pick and if candy and root beer would be a part of it. I liked the bucket! How clever and what a special remembrance.

Good luck on your whirlwind tour MW. Happy birthday FUNGIRL - blow him a kiss for all of us. Best wishes Mavis in DC.

Asa - some more new babies - underwear eating kind. We have only named one so far - and his name is Cimarron. I have three boys yet to name and one girl. I try to keep the family names going. So Diamond had two boys and a girl and she may be Precious or Treasure or something that would go with Diamond. (The boys call her Spiderman in real life). I may end up with Incredible Hulk out there yet - which would suit a boy. And Starr's little boy can't be Starbuck because I have already had that name so if you have any idea - they will be considered. I don't have too many common names and if I do, I try to fancy up the spelling like Rubee, Ebonee, Carmel's Chocolate Creme, -
Well , need to get packing! We got a wedding to go to!

homemaker

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14338: Hey all, Hope ya'll are well. Romeena, what a wonderful way to remember your daddy. I'm sure your he would have loved that.

David Cassidy huh? My older sister had a huge crush on him and later on Leif Garrett. David Cassidy lives here in Vegas and my sister wants me to let here know when he's live again so she can come see him. He was in a show here called EFX and later at the RIO with Sheena Easton and she missed it.

AnyHOO, back to WORK (isn't that word a curse word? It should be. Somebody wash my mouth out with soap). Take care all and have a great Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14339: Dear Romeena, I just stopped by the porch to say hi to everyone when I read about your dear Dad. I know the Lord will give me the strength he gave you when my Dad goes to be with the Lord. The Hymn selection are among my favorites too. Our relationship with the Lord is what can make a funeral so beautiful. Thanks for sharring that wonderful story about your Dad.
Dooley

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14340: June 20, 2003
Hey there homemaker: So you like Donny Osmond, Barry Manilow and Reo Speewagon. You may be datng yourself with those confessions but there's no harm in that. I was crazy about all those childish classics too; even kept my scrapbook with pictures of Donny and Reo. The kids get a laugh out of it now.
So how about Jon or Ponch form CHiPS or Frank or Joe from the Hardy boys?



June 20, 2003 - Msg 14341: Hi porch.
Now I'm gonna confide something with you Donny fans but you have to promise to contain yourself. You ready?
I was delivered by the same Dr. who delivered Donny Osmond, even in the same hospital! Are you duly impressed now? And you thought I was just another pretty face huh? Nope, I got some celebrity in my blood line too. LOL
To bad I was born so good looking instead of rich. I could have used the money.

Asa

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14342: Yeah, Asa, I guess that's the word that describes you best... Modest. I could go on and on, but I know how you feel about fuss and falderol. Hey, Homemaker, how about "Venus" for Starr's little boy?
- Hazel

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14343: Hey porch family... it's long lost New Neighbor. Yep, I finally found my way back to the porch!! after a long absence and a lot of goin' on around here... I think we have found and accounted for all the family members!! SHHEEEWWW WEEEE what a time of it all... I have quite a bit of reading to do to catch up with everything. It might just be easier to start here, and the slate will be clean. Somethings never change... Asa you rascal! Gettin' older hasn't dulled your sense of humor too much!! It's a real shame though, you gettin' on in years and all... TEE HEE :) We best be gettin' on the porch and watch it rain AGAIN for about the umpteenth million time... Love and missed ya'll. New Neighbor

June 20, 2003 - Msg 14344: Hello porch friends, sorry I'm late posting as usual.. been a very busy week at work. Thanks to Mavis for the link to my site and for her and fungirl joining too. Glad yall liked it. Asa, you're just all choked up with humbleness and humility aint ya? LOL.. Romeena what a sweet funeral that must have been. And NN it's good to see you back here again girl. We missed ya! I have a prayer request too. A man I went to church with for just about all my life is fighting a losing battle with cancer.. he is in his 70's and today was given two days to two weeks to live. He is like a second father to me always has been. Please remember him in your prayers. He had gotten pneumonia and was having the fluid drawn out of his lungs today when the doctors found a large mass in his airway. Just remember him and his family. Thanks guys.. love yas all bunches. --Salty Dog

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14345: I'll remember, Salty. New Neighbor, where the heck have you been, I have been worried sick about you. You better start posting, girl, or, I'll hold my breath until I turn blue. Or I'll throw a tantrum on the floor.
- Hazel

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14346: Wow, what a lot of questions to answer. First of all let me say: Laverne, Richie as I have a great fondness for red headed men and that's why I married fungi, John from CHIPS, whichever Hardy Boy was played by Shawn Cassidy. (Yes, I loved him too. I was about 15 when he hit his stride tho.) One of the Monkees was on a rerun of BOY MEETS WORLD the other night on the Disney Channel, and naturally he played a guy who had been in a band when he was younger. It was not the one who wore the sock cap and not Davey Jones and not Peter whoever. So whoever is left over, that's who it was.

I suppose you folks did not know that I was once secretly engaged to Steve Perry from Journey either. Yep. Dumped him and broke his heart and that is the real untold story about why Journey broke up. You heard it here first folks. But it was a hot and torid romance while it lasted. I have always loved those long haired men. LOL Now who did you prefer, Roy DeSoto or Johnny Gage from Emergency One? I prefered Johnny myself. I always thought I would like to be rescued from a car accident by someone who looked like him. But to tell you the truth the guy who rescued me a couple months ago looked more like STEVE from Jerry Springer, which was not an entirely bad thing either. (I really don't watch it as a habit, but have seen him once or twice. HONEST!)

Ro, glad that you all had such a memorable service for your dear father. Seems like someone who was loved a great deal.

I will blow plenty of kisses to David for you all. Of course mine will be the only ones that stick. LOL I will be here with a full report as soon as I get back.

Prayers for all who need em.
fun girl

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14347: Hey, everybody! Vacation Bible schol is finally over and I am releived. It was a long week.

Ro, I want to thank you for sharing your Dad's funeral with us. You put a smile on my face and I rejoice so much with you that your dad was ready to meet the Lord. I know how important that is and have not given up on the Lord concerning my dad.

Now as far as TV personalities, I was a bit more level-headed and had a huge crush on the "Texaco Man" that pumped our gas when I was a child. He was a tall, curly haired fellow that was drop-dead handsome and if I saw him today I would still drool. The only man on TV I ever had the hots for was Richard Chamberlain in Shogun and now that he is "out of the closet" It's just not the same (know what i mean?).

I saw the Mayberry RFD episode tonight when Andy and Helen got married. I had never seen it before. I wanted to scream at Andy, "Don't do it!! Marry Peggy, instead!!". Oh well, he will have to live with it, not me. heehee

I think I will turn in and sleep in for a change. Ya'll have a great tomorrow!

Love to all,
Boo

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14348: I mean "school" (oh, brother)....

Boo

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14349: Good evening, friends. Or is it morning? Not sure. Too much turning through my mind tonight. Nothing bad, or necessarily sad, just tapes unwinding, I guess.

Here's a choice for you - Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin? I think my choice is Steve. I'm impressed by his apparent love for his wife, Terri, and his unabashed joy and pride in his little girl, Bindi. But Jeff is pretty cute, too.

Now I think I'll try once again to get some sleep. The Plum has already sacked her lazy little self out on my pillow, and will undoubtedly growl at me when I make her move. It's no threat, it's a protest growl that says "Awww, Mom, leave me alone, I'm comfortable!" She's such a funny little bright spot in my life.

Have a great weekend, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14350: Good morning family:
Can you believe it? Two postings in 2 days!! (I like to be consistant!) My reading goes on in the archives and they are quite the goin's on. Sorry to have missed so much. Ro- hang in there. Believe it or not, the sad times will be fewer and fewer and the warm memories will one day be dominate. One thing I did when my mom died of cancer, I journaled everything I could remember and the things we talked about, time tables, etc. Even after her death I wrote thoughts, feelings, things I would have shared with her. ( I was 7 months pregnant with #2 when the Lord called her home) They were healing acts and I found it the other day and read over the pages! How wonderful to look back and think how the Lord had eased the pain! And how far I have come... We are praying for you. Now,... off to find something to do while it's raining. HHHMMMM let's see, - clean? NO. Dishes?- No. Laundry?- Again? NO! Reruns of Mayberry?-- Now that's the ticket!!! See ya later. New Neighbor

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14351: Lovely testimony of God's grace, New Neighbor.

I am having my coffee at a leisurely pace this morning (no rushing to get the kids ready for VBS) so I decided to sit on the porch for awhile. Hope everyone is having a blessed day.


Boo

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14352: I'll sit a spell with you, Boo. Wanna count cars?
- Hazel

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14353: new neighbor, you're so right. I kept a journal for over three years after my beloved husband passed away so suddenly and abruptly. I was a wreck, both emotionally and spiritually, and often poured it all out in that journal. Sometimes when I'm down, I go back and re-read it. You'd think it would make me feel worse, but it doesn't. It shows me how far God has brought me, and gives me hope for how far He can take me in the future. I made a few entries in it after my mom died in 1999, and probably will visit it again in the weeks to come. I will keep it forever, probably, because it's possible it could be of some help to my kids in the future. Who knows? My oldest son already has instructions to enter my computer after my death and retrieve anything he thinks would be meaningful, whether it's records, account numbers, or more abstract things such as the journal. Lots and lots of pictures stored here, too. Aren't computers wonderful?

Well, "stuff" to sort through, errands to run, things to do. Have a great day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena


June 21, 2003 - Msg 14354: Hey to the porch! I haven't been here in a long time because my old computer got too feeble to make it over here. I just bought a new one so I thought I'd stop by and say "hey". Isn't today the first official day of summer? If I'm right, happy first official day of summer to everybody! --Emma (from the old days on the porch)

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14355: Hey, Emma! So nice to see you again, and you're not walking crooked or anything! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 21, 2003 - Msg 14356: Hi All Will thing are nut here what all the kids being out of school.
Romeena me prayer are what you and it bin one monthy for my dad passing .
TOM


June 22, 2003 - Msg 14357: Mornin' Dears and Honeys! Hope everybody has a terrific day! Love to all!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock
P.S. pancakes for everybody this morning!