December 30, 2005 - Msg 32447: So very sorry for your loss, Pappa. I will pray today for your dear wife and family.

Well, the mayor's race just got alot easier! If Hazel is running, I'm voting for her...after all, "she's one of my own kind". We girls gotta stick together.

ASA! I think you should call that bird Ben Weaver, very funny! I had a parakeet for several years when I was in my teens. JJ was a nice bird, though. It sounds to me like your bird just has to get to know you. Right now, as far as he is concerned, you might be a predator getting ready to eat him. Keep being nice to him and I'll bet he will be nice soon. My bird used to ride around on our shoulders or perch on our fingers and actually kiss us. He knew a few words, too. He could say, "What you doin' JJ?" and he could call our dog, Heidi. He was afraid of Heidi, though. She was a big Airdale and when he would call her she would come. When she would come up to the cage when called, the bird always looked at her like he was shocked and horrified. It was really very funny to watch. You might want to give the parakeet a chance because they can be really nice pets. BTW, I would be happy to send you a picture of Jingles if you would like to email me your mailing address (I knew I should have asked for a digital camera for Christmas).

Thanks for the poem TOM, it was just what I needed today.

MDC, that blond nurse Mary is the one (I think) who said after making that ep that Andy didn't like girls. Does anyone else remember when we talked about that on the porch once?

KY Girl, so glad I didn't make you feel bad. I think I would not be happy about the rap music thing, either. Just remember that what you teach and demonstrate at home is going to influence her alot more that a few songs she hears on the bus (thank God). It is a scary time to raise young children. I am going to start praying for wisdom to know what is a "small thing" and what I have to tackle head-on. Now that my oldest is pre-adolescent I am seeing some ripples on the sea of calm childhood! (did that make sense?) On my husband's side of the family we have two same-s#x couples that attend family gatherings and I have had to try to explain it to Sean. He just plain doesn't understand it but in this generation we have to find a way to talk to our kids about it. Parents can't hide their heads in the sand now days.

Well, speaking of children, my break is over and I think I will go spend some time with my blue-eyed girl! Have a great evening,


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32448: PAPPA BEAR ,Im sorry for the loss of your MIL ,you are in my prayers

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32449: I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Pappa Bear. Take care.
KY Girl, my husband's a bus driver, and listening to music while driving is without a doubt a No-No. You should report him! How can he possibly pay attention to the roads and the other cars if he's listening to rap music and the kids are singing it? Now I've heard everything.
Asa, I like critters too, but I have never been a fan of birds in the house. I like the trees to be nice and full of 'em, but I don't really want them in the house. We went to some friends house when our daughter was about 8, and they had a bird. They said it was the nicest bird, wouldn't hurt anybody, so they put it on our daughters shoulder. (I guess they carried him around that way all the time). Well, the first thing the durn thing did was peck my daughter right in the face. It bled and bled. Boy, did our friends feel bad. So, I have no advise for you. Them birds are moody!
When I posted my quote about the election ("What man would vote for a woman...") I was just using a quote to relate to the new mayor issue. (You all know how I like to use quotes in my posts). I never intended to act like I wanted to run for mayor. I don't post on here enough, and I think there are much better candidates, and I want to officially announce that I am NOT running! I choose not to run!
- Hazel

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32450: Happy New Year Mayberry!!


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32451: Happy New Year to you and yours, Floyd!

Pappa bear, my sympathy and prayers go out for you and your family in the loss of your wife's mom. No matter the age, or the stage of life, it's never easy.

Some of you have visited my photo site - - where I have posted pictures of the Plum and such. Well, here's an idea. How about a Porchsters Pets section? If you have digital pictures of your pets and will email them to me, I'll create a folder on that site for our pets, and post them there for all to see. If you don't have email-able pictures, snail mail me a snapshot and I can probably scan it into my computer, and then to the site. What do you think? I already have a picture of Mavis's parrot, and I would have sworn I had a picture of Asa's Barney as a puppy, but can't locate it. Boo is sending me one of Jingles, and I'd want one of Otis, and homemaker could send me a picture of her favorite little goat. The list could go on and on. Just be sure to include the pet's name, breed (if known) and a little about them, as I'll probably caption the pictures. Do you all like the idea?

Are we having a New Year's Eve party? Or more correctly, are you all having one? I have to work. Not thrilled about it, but somebody has to be there, I guess.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32452:
Pappa Bear...You and your family are surely in my thoughts and prayers. My the Lord comfort you all.

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32453: I like the idea about posting the pet pictures Romeena!I have misplaced your email,if you need mine again just let me know,and,maybe you can email me your snail mail address so I can send you a picture of Gizmo.Romeena,since you have to work New Years,maybe we could bring you a plate of food and snacks to the hospital?We'll even put some carrots on there for Plum!I Got to watch the episode about Aunt beas birthday bed jacket,thats one of my favorites.Hazel,that is exactly what I thought !And,to beat it all,the bus driver is not a he,it's a she!I have no problem with women bus drivers,but,usually a woman,who is a mother too,knows you can't ride with the radio on,you can't even do that in your own vehicle if the kids are loud,well,at least I can't.Not and still know what they are saying or doing.Happy new years to you Floyd,thanks for all that you do.Better get out of my rocker and get to bed.nite nite everyone-ky girl

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32454: By the way, Me-They is having problem getting here to the web site. I believe it's a problem with her ISP but they don't seem to think so. Hopefully, they'll get their act together and fix it so Me-They can join us again.


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32455:
Hello everyone...Have a wonderful NEW YEARS!! If you are traveling, please be careful. And be sure to eat your collard greens and black-eyed peas with rice on New Years Day.

POSSUM...Yep, Saluda is not far from Prosperity at all.

My prayer is that everyone be blessed and THANK YOU LORD for another year to serve YOU!

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32456: oh,hazel,while i am thinking about it,my 8 your old son,who has some special needs,has a new van driver.Now,all the children he drives are special needs,some a little more challenged than others.But,they all need asisstance in some way,staying on task,getting in and out of the van,etc.He let my son off the van today,in front of our house as usual,but,instead of waiting till I came out to make sure he got in the house alright,or,even honking so I could watch him as he came in,he just drove off,I didn't even know he had dropped him off,until my son was knocking on the front door,calling for me!Oh,am I upset,you can bet,I will be making phone calls Monday morning!Ok,sorry again friends,I just can't believe these people are working with children!You know MDC,throwing that 9 iron might not be a bad idea!haha!ok,really going to bed this time-ky girl

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32457: Me-They is a girl? I thought he was a him. Silly me I reckon.

Romeena, thats a splendid idea. I did send you a Christmas card last year with Barney's picture. If you can't find it holler and I'll get one to you. Thanks for being willing to do that.

KY girl, a woman bus driver? Who ever heard of a woman bus driver. That's just silly! (jk, trying to sound like andy to ellie about the town council)

Hazel, you are refusing to run? If your worried about Fred and Spot bringing up all your jaywalking arrests, don't worry. They promised me they would not mention anything about any malfesance.(sp) Now your rumoured drug addiction may be another story. (Hazel is Emma Brand at Miss Crumps so don't think I'm looney)


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32458: Email on the way, ky girl, with the requested information. Any of you porchsters who would like your pet to appear in the Porchsters' Pets gallery, email or mail them to me and I'll get them in there. I think it will be fun to see what our furkids look like.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32459: Hi Rev,good to see you,you dropped by while I was posting!-ky girl

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32460: Durn it, Hazel,I thought you would be a shoe-in! Oh well, now I don't know who to vote for. Maybe I'll come up with an excuse not to vote...I'm ususally pretty good with excuses.

Hey, I thought Me-They was a man, Floyd.

Hi Rev, hope you have a wonderful New Years, too, but I don't know about the collard greens and black-eyed peas with mom always made black-eyed peas with cornbread and cooked cabbage but I never ate any of it.

Ro, I like your idea about the pets. Let's do it.

About the bird, ASA, I didn't want to mention it but i agree with Hazel about birds in the house. I hesitate to say anything since you already have the bird but I heard a report on the news not long ago that said that having a bird in the house is a health hazard...something about mold spores from bird poop being breathed by humans. Might want to look it up on the net or something and see if there is something you can do to decrease your risk of getting sick.

Do any of you have any New Year's resolutions? I don't make them because I never keep them, but I am going to try to take better care of my self in the new year. Got to lose weight and excercise regularly.

Well, I'm off to slumberland....good sleep is key to good health, right?


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32461: Ha! We were posting at the same time with the same question about the gender of Me-They, Asa!


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32462: Ro, I was thinking...would it be possible to post picutures of us with our pets so we could see each other as well as out pets?


December 30, 2005 - Msg 32463: What's an "out pet"? Maybe one who has accepted his s#xual orientation and come out of the closet?

December 30, 2005 - Msg 32464: My sympathies for your wife and family, pappa bear.

Rev, I just ate some turnip greens tonight, are they like collard greens? :)

Don't have a furkid anymore, Romeena. But I guess I could send a picture of Kai's pet fish, which she named Thirsty Water(don't you just love the minds of kids):), or are just pets with fur allowed. If that is the case I suppose I could try to wrangle a tiny fur coat onto the fish. But first I guess I will have to try to find a tiny mink.;)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32465: Ha ha...yeah...Me-They is a guy I think...I just mis -spoke. Sorry about that Me-They. --Floyd

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32466: Hey, I just happen to sell mink coats for fish. Come on over to my sedan delivery truck and I will show you the stock I have brought along.

--Wandering Salesperson--

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32467: wandering salesperson- do fish who have mink coats considered upscaled? thanks for your prayers, there greatly appreciated. we could elect a mayor of the month. thAT WOULD BE 12 MAYORS IN 06- this way voting for mayor of the month would shortly give everyone a chance. happy new years eve everyone. pappa and mamma bear.

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32468: Happy New Years Eve everyone.
So Me-They is a feller then? Good, I thought I was losing my mind.

Anyone making any resoloutions for the new year besides Boo? I'm done trying to lose weight. Too hard. So I'm gonna try and make myself taller instead. I have decided I'm not fat, just too short! Guess I'll be spending a lot of time hanging in my closet.:)

Mink coats for goldfish? I've heard just about everthing now.

So we have Fred Goss, Spot, MDC and Hazel will not run (I may write her in anyway). We need to hear some campaign rhetoric from you folks. Promises and stories. Like you Fred, are you gonna outlaw kids playing on the grass if elected? (no more grass stains) or you Spot, will you make it illeagel for children to play with walkie talkies? (they got ya last time with those) or you MDC. Are you gonna rescind the ordinance abot dipping your hat in the David Mendlebright memorial horse trough for the sake of your kin? Answers, I need answers!


December 31, 2005 - Msg 32469: Well,I've made my mind up as to who I'm voting for.Just saw a story on CNN where a woman actually married a dolphin! No,I ain't been in the mulberry squeezins-this is for real,I swear! Now,if a lady in Israel can marry a dolphin,I figure we can have a talking dog as Mayor of Mayberry. Spot,you've got my vote! Sorry Fred.
The black eyed peas and rice is a Southern Dish called Hoppin' John. It brings good luck in the New Year.The greens represent prosperity (not the town Rev lives in!)or money.So eat your greens and Hoppin' John! Yum Yum!
Y'all have a good New Year's Eve and a Happy 2006!
possum under a rock

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32470: My New Years resolutions? Yep, I'm tired too of resolving to lose weight. That never has worked out too good for me. This year I'm resolving to get my affairs in order (that's what I'm calling it). I've got piles of paperwork around the house and in my desk that need organized, or shredded or something. If I ever have to "go someplace", I'd sure like my family to be able to figure out where I put the important papers and all that.
I was thinking of nominating Romeena to run for mayor. 'Course, she might be too busy at the hospital. What do you think, Ro?
KY Girl, my husband has a mid-day route with special needs kids too. They aren't suppose to let them off until the parent or guardian is there. I'd be mad too!
Ro, do you still have my e-mail address? Could you send me your snail mail? I'm not too ept at computer stuff, and I don't think I could send you a digital picture of my dog.
- Hazel

Barney: (after drinking the spiked spring water) "Next thing I knew it was Happy New Year."

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32471: well tonight we put an interesting year to rest. can't wait to see the shananagans that 2006 will bring. last night i read a story in outdoor illinois magazine about a feller who makes goose calls and i thought of opie and the birdman episode especially barney and had a good laugh. it seems that each call says something different. 1 call= honk or hail means whazzup! hello! or hey you. another call= clucks, hello or greetings. another call= double cluck, i'm taking off or landing. another call comeback call= where are you going or wait come back. another call feeding growl= ahhh corn is good;;; winkum will tell blinkin, blinkin will tell nod and nod will tell barney and barney will tell you. since as a citizen and since hazel, asa are not canidates and since a certain dog has been cooking and visiting right reguraly i would vote for him but of course it wouldn't be approprate for me to back a canadate (undue influnce and such. mdc- western weekend on hallmark and the movie channel, also tv land tommorow will have regular shows but the first episode of each one. so andy will be the first aired episode, anyone want to guess which one aired and which one was shot first? have a great weekend. pappa bear

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32472: Hazel, that is a very good resolution. I have a dr's appointment next month and I am going to get the forms to fill out for a living will. I should have done it long ago. Being a nurse, I think everyone should have one....good idea for 2006. BTW, I like your description..."go someplace" haha!

Asa, you are wonderful! You always make me laugh.

Thanks for setting us straight on the gender of Me-They, Floyd.

Sterling, I for one, would like to see a picture of Kai's fish (and Kai herself, for that matter). You don't need to bother with the mink.

Well, Erin just woke up and is standing here holding her stuffed bear wanting me to turn on cartoons for her. Later friends!


December 31, 2005 - Msg 32473: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll are doing fine. Hey...does anybody know where the term "andy gump yer chin" came from? I've known that saying for years...just never knew where it came from. Mrs Goober is from Illinois...and thinks it's a hoot.

Pappa...sorry for your loss...our prayers will be with you and the mrs.

Hope everyone has a great New Year...not sure who to vote for in the Mayors election...but it'll be hard to replace mayor pappa...

Had a celebration party for Mrs Goober last night. She's finished her teaching degree (her second career) and starts her new High School teaching job next week. She teaches English...can you imagine a hillbilly married to an english teacher?

Hope you are all safe..and ready for a great new year!


December 31, 2005 - Msg 32474: HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone ,may God bless all porchsters old and new

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32475: Goober, I know I've read the explaination for the Andy Gumping your chin thing; I just can't remember where. I think it was in the FAQ's over at Miss Crumps blackboard. You might check there. I tried to look, but for some reason I can't get into the FAQ's. I'm not sure if it's my computer or something wrong with the site.
Happy New Year to all,
- Hazel

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32476: My stars! You young'uns don't know anything. Andy Gump was a comic character many years ago. His face was all a big nose, mustache and upper lip and teeth. Lower jaw almost non-existent. Thus, when Andy wanted the musician to tuck his chin down a bit, he told him to "Andy Gump it a little." Kids! Humph!

I think it's a great idea to post the porchster's picture along with the pet. Most of you have seen the one of me and the Plum, the day she ate the lipstick and her face was all pink, but I could run it again. My email is, so you can email me there with pictures, or if you need to snail mail them, tell me in the email and I'll send you my snail mail address. Sterling, we'd be proud to see a picture of Thirsty Water, (love the name) and you don't need to bother with the fur coat. We're not prejudiced against furless pets. Upscaled? Pappa bear, you're a caution!

Well, I have to work to night, guess I'd better hit the shower and get ready for a long 12 hours. We'll get some women in, in labor, and high and/or drunk, count on it. Depending on the stage of labor they're in, they may resist drug tests and will get belligerent. If they're far enough along, they'll welcome any help we can give them. The fathers (if they are present) will likely want to fight. Oh, I just love this job. (ha) Things aren't what they used to be, unfortunately.

Have a wonderful New Year, everyone. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32477:
Ky girl...yep I would be upset too. I'm sure if you contact the right person, that would not happen again.

Sterlind Holobyte...Collard greens and turnip greens are kinda/sorta the same. I like the collards a little better even though I love them both. (with corn bread)

Possum...I can tell you are from South Carolina knowing all the traditional meaning of Hopping Johns with rice and collards. lol
We have them every New Years Day, not because of those reasons but just because we love em.

Well I have a concert tonight so I've got to head out......Again you all have a blessed New Year. See ya on the porch in 2006.

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32478: Gosh gang i got alot of archive reading to do ...was suppose to work tonight but my wisdom teeth arr killing em, had to go get a perscription to get them cut out next week i hope.....well will just be at home here on the porch...miss sherry is the one working for me...[so nice of her]...will have collards and black eyed peas tomorrow and a big back to the orajel...been working out to keep my mind off my teeth [well just one that hurts SO bad]...impacted wisdom...whew...gota hate that...but since my wreck[which now you would never even know i had a limp]nothing is impossible...have the believing power!...well will someone make some slaw for tomorrow?....SPOT

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32479: Hey friends,just stopping by to wish you all a blessed new years eve.Wish we could all be together tonight in person,but,at least we are together in spirit!I'm staying home and playing board games with the family,and,watching the ball drop when it gets close to midnight.It's just what I like to do on newyears,enjoy being together.If I can't get back on after midnight,you all be safe and take care,talk to you tomorrow-ky girl

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32480: Well said, SPOT..."nothing is impossible...have the believing power!". I think I will adopt that as my motto for 2006! Sorry about your pain. I had all of my wisdom teeth out when I was 25 and it was a piece of cake, no problems afterward either. I hope the same for you, buddy.

Yes, KY GIRL, it would certainly be nice if we could all be together in person. Hope you enjoy your time with the family. I am trying to come down with a colossal headache and have lots of kids running around here tonight. I have a friend over and we will watch the ball drop and tend to the kids tonight. Went to a wedding today (2 in one week). It was the most beautiful I have ever attended. The bride is 43 and this is her first marriage. The church was beautifully decorated with silver and white lights and angels. The priest who did the ceremony told a true story that I have to share with you. I pray it touches you and inspires you to pursue love in the new year....the story goes like this: In the Hymalayas, it gets very cold and if you get caught out of doors when the sun goes down, the temperature can drop 50-80 degrees very quickly. Well, a Christian, American photographer with National Geographic was in the Hymalayas doing a story on the locals and was staying in a Monostary. He was out on a photo shoot with a local guide and they were on foot, traveling back to the monastary and sunset was fast approaching. As they hurried along the road they heard a cry for help. When they looked down into a ravine beside the road they saw a man who had fallen in and broken his leg. When the photographer stopped to help, the local said, "No, we must go on. If we help him we will die before we reach the monastary. It is our way here to save ourselves first.". The photographer said, "It is our way that what we do for the least, we do for Christ. I must help him". The local, said, "You are on your own then. I must go on." Well, it took an hour and a half for the photographer to pull the injured man out of the revine and stabalize the broken leg, then he took the man over his back and began to run with him. It began to get very cold as the sun went down and he could feel ice on his face and his hands were beginning to freeze. The man on his back begged him to leave him and save himself but the photographer wouldn't do it. He just kept running with all he had. Finally he could see the torch in the window of the monastary to guide him. Suddenly, he tripped over something in the road and sent the man with the broken leg flying and he fell to the ground. On closer inspection he saw that what he had fallen over in the road was the body of the local who had left him earlier. His dead, frozen body lay in the middle of the road. The photographer put the injured man onto his back again and ran the rest of the way to the monastary. When they arrived and were being warmed and fed by the monks there, one of the monks said to the injured man, "Thank you for saving our brother's life". The photographer was a little offended and said, "What do you mean? I am the one who carried him all this way on my back. I saved HIM!". The monk said, "you don't understand. If you had not been carrying him you would have died like the unfortunate man on the road. Running with his weight on your back caused your heart to pump so hard that your body stayed warm enough to survive the bitter cold."

This year, lets make the choice to carry those who need it. Love is something we give, not something we get.

Hope this all made sense. Happy and Blessed New Year to all my friends on the porch!


December 31, 2005 - Msg 32481: Hey ky girl...happy new year to all,Rev,boo,ro,slim,hazel,Tom,floyd,salesperson,smh,possum,sterling,pappa,...all of my friends...lets be careful and lite some firecrackers at the duck pond!...SPOT

December 31, 2005 - Msg 32482: Boo we posted at the same time....but yea its is kinda cool "have the believing power"...lets all try to strive for that in 2006!...SPOT