December 18, 2014 - Msg 100186: Sterling, That sock factory in Mt. Airy is one of the few industries left in the town. Mt. Airy used to be a big furniture and textile town, but as business's packed up and moved so went the town. I think Spencer's children's wear still have a small plant there, but most industry is gone. They are trying to make the area into a "wine" country destination, so those folks battle the "Mayberry" folks for the tourist trade revenue....Just in case you were wondering...G-F

December 18, 2014 - Msg 100187: ...I bet I could get a job sweeping the floors there! I have references!

December 18, 2014 - Msg 100188: I got it, ASA, I got it. Thanks for missing me. :) I think about all of you all through the days but sometimes just don't take the time to sit down at the keyboard. Things are so busy this time of year. I was sick with a cold and feeling lousy, having some vertigo and nausea, but thank God, that is over and I am feeling fit as a fiddle and loving it! I am still taking good care of myself and eating right, losing weight but slowly. At my age, it just doesn't come off as quickly as it used to. I am still waiting for some lab results to come in but as well as I feel, I cant imagine anything being really wrong, Lord willing.

We have been doing chores today to prepare for our party tomorrow night. We are hosting Bruce's sunday school class party and looking forward to it. We always have a great time getting together with our church family here at the house. I am done with most of the prep, except throwing some sandwiches together and such. I am going to make a big pot of the broccoli cheese soup that I like to make in the slow cooker. I will tell you how if you are interested Emeril...ahem, I mean Asa. ;)

Things are going pretty well but we are missing mom this year and things continue to be very challenging with St Susan's son, Matt. He has been in so much pain. He is one of those men who loves with his whole heart and just because his wife is unfaithful, doesn't me all his love just goes away. It is breaking our hearts to see what he is going through, and the kids of course. I just broke down and had a good cry about it today. I had a little talk with the Lord and it helped. It is so hard to see your loved ones going through something like this. Please remember to send up a pryer for Matt.

Well Erin got an early present. She wanted a guinea pig and we got her a very sweet girl named Oreo. She started bleeding from the back end though and had to take her to the vet already. She had some kind of infection but we are giving her antibiotics and she is doing great.

Well, I think I had better read back over the earlier posts and see what I have missed...be back later.

Boo

December 18, 2014 - Msg 100189: Hmmm, I know I'd rather go to Mt. Airy for the Mayberry aspect of the town, rather than the wine, G-F, but that is just me.

Glad you are feeling better, Boo! Praying for a good doctor's report for you, and for Matt.

Just finished watching Linus from A Charlie Brown Christmas on an episode of That Girl. I haven't checked it out on the internet to see if it was the same boy, but it was pretty evident from his voice. He even kind of looked like Linus. I never watched That Girl before, so I am glad that MeTV is having their "Christmas Conundrum" these weeks leading up to Christmas, where they show Christmas episodes of classic shows. They already did TAGS. I missed that one, but I can always watch that on the internet, and probably will before too long.
Oh, if you're interested in seeing the boy who played Linus, the episode of That Girl that he is on is called "Christmas and the hard-luck kid". I'd imagine it's on the internet somewhere. Most everything is.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 18, 2014 - Msg 100190:
Good sweep GF. How long have you been with us on the porch? We're you here last Christmas? I cant recall.
We've all shared Christmas stories from our pasts, and was just wondering if you might have a classic, like that hunting story. At least you werent CROW shootin'! ha
BOO--good to see you. I hope the home visits arent making you catch all
these darn bugs.
Sterling--I saw a Bob Newhart Christmas episode the other night on ME-TV. Very funny. And if Bob's ties were any WIDER, he's probaby fly away!! lol
Good to hear that there are still some US textiles. My aunt used to work in a Munsingwear
factory near Minneapolis, and we'd get lots of new PJs, undies, etc (seconds, but so what)every Christmas. Like you say (and Andy) we musta had sandpaper underwear the way we went thru pants, etc. ha In fact, our undies would be thread bare just as the box arrived! Funny how we remember those things.
Hang in there all!!
MDC

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100191: MDC I think for two years, I'm sure PH would know for sure.

Sterling, I'm with you on the "Mayberry" aspect of Mt. Airy. The "wine" people are just a bunch of whiners...Waaah--haha Maybe PH can find the article about the subject, they did a article on it.. I think the "Mayberry" folk will win out on that battle...Just Say'in that is why I support Mayberry Days...

MDC, I thought I shared one about when my brother came home on leave from Vietnam at Christmas. My Mom was Soo angry, because he was NOT due home for Christmas, but as a "signing bonus" for re-upping for another tour of duty. When he came in the door she said: "OH NO YOU DIDN'T!!" That Christmas I got pushed into a fence and laid open my chin and my Brother had to rush me to the ER on his last night of leave. He said as he was speeding there, If I get pulled over pretend your knocked out!.. Yep, that Christmas was one for the books.

G-F....

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100192: "Whiners". Lol, G-F!

Well, I was right. I found the episode of That Girl that I was talking about right on Youtube. Here's a link if anyone cares to watch it. http://youtu.be/RPcanlFgNTw

Have a good night everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte


December 19, 2014 - Msg 100193: Good Morning gang !..around freezing here...well wish me luch..Tonight Mrs SPOT and I are gona hit the malls and make a Christmas shopping night of it...whew...first a stop at Outback Steaks house then we are gona hit it both feet a runnin....waffle house breakfast for all....SPOT

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100194: Oh yeah, Sterling. That kid just has to be the voice of Linus. And you're right, he does look like him!

We're still in the 40s around here, wet and drizzly. Wet enough that it finally shorted something, and the GFI keeps tripping. That stops my pond pumps, which is okay for a short time, but eventually, I have to get aeration going again. Annoying.

How are gasoline prices around the porch? We're paying about 2.15 at the major stations, like Exxon, and you might find it for 2.09 or so at the convenience store pumps. Sure is a pleasant relief from the ridiculous prices we were paying a while back.

Well, better get moving. Eloise wants to go to Hobby Lobby, and we're getting pedicures at 1:00. No, that's not an indulgence for me. I can't get my arthritic joints and stiff back bent around to where I can get to my toes! I would never have imagined that I would get to where I couldn't do that, but there it is. So, I just do what I have to do, and enjoy it.

Our SS department Christmas party is tonight at the church. Should be fun. You know what - if it wasn't for family and my church friends, I'd have no social life at all. God is good.

Boo, I'm so sorry for Matt. I know the kind of man he must be - I was married to one. From day one, the commitment between me and Dale was absolute, and if I had ever betrayed him, I can't imagine how hurt he would have been. Well, I guess I can imagine it, because it would have worked both ways. I would have been devastated! Prayers for Matt, certainly.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100195:
MDC and G-F, G-F began posting here on May 14, 2011, as Goober-Fife, then switched to G-F on June 29, 2011.

from Poor Horatio

from Poor Horatio

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100196:
Excuse my hiccup.

from Poor Horatio

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100197: Try drinking a glass of water while standing on your head, for those hiccups. --Romeena

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100198: No no no! He needs to breathe in front of a fan for them hiccups.

Asa

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100199: ...WoW PH, I didn't think it has been that long.. I've enjoyed every moment! I think Johnnie Paul may have a cure for those hiccups, I think if you chew tar WHILE you watch a train run over your penny it's suppose to cure'em but it may be a Old wives tale and since Johnnie Paul ain't married maybe you should listen to Romeena, she's a nurse!...

I forgot to tell Boo, prayers for Matt, I know these times are tough.

But then again, Asa may be right he's a HVAC man and he knows how to make gravy.

Romeena, any good deals @ Hobby Lobby? Wonder if Floyd did toes? Maybe "Genie" showed him how do it before she left? Our gas is around $2.29

G-F..

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100200: I'm glad you guys enjoyed my 2014 Christmas card. http://youtu.be/0OD5eRfIxbo

and I want to thank you all for the wonderful family you have here on the porch. It's always pleasant to drop by and catch up reading about what's happening in your lives.
--Floyd

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100201:
Romeena, I tried standing on my head while drinking water. But the water that I spilled ran up my nose and nearly drowned me.
HICCUP

Asa, standing in front of a fan also did not help. Was I supposed to turn the fan on?
HICCUP

G-F, I also tried your method of watching Penny chew tar while having a train run over me. And although that decreased my hiccups, the impact from the train gave me a split personality.
hiccup

from Poor Horatio

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100202:
possum under a rock, I got an email response from our Floyd regarding the "bold" gift I sent him on your behalf. He replied:

"Ha ha....Thanks PH.... Be sure to thank Possum for me. :) Merry Christmas!"

from Poor Horatio

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100203:
G-F--I hear that Dick Cheny wants to go hunting with you! We'd be rushing you to the hospital again! haha
MDC

December 19, 2014 - Msg 100204: LoL MDC, I'm like possum, I can play knocked out real good! Hunting, like golf I gave up along time ago..

PH, I guess you can't believe everything Johnny Paul Jason says... Maybe grease yourself down with Miracle Salve, at least you won't have to worry about the mange then...One less thing!

G-F...

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100205:
G-F--I do sort of remember that story about your bro. My, how time flies, I cant believe you've been a porchster that long!
SPOTTY, I hope all went well with the shopping. However, I think after an Outback steak i'd be ready for the wheeler! Ha, did I just use the term 'wheeler?' lol
ME-TV had a Christmas ep of the Donna Read Show
on tonight. They show the regular eps each morning here.
Well, we are quickly approaching the shortest day of the year! Here in the west the sun sets on the 21st at about 5:20 PM. I still dont know how you easterners take the darkness at 3:30.
But then we celebrate the LIGHT of the world,
and He gives us reason to go on. The people in darkness have seen a great LIGHT! Jesus loves you. Blessings friends,
MDC

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100206: Hey Y'all! Thanks for emailing Floyd about the "Bold" birthday gift, PH!

I've got some news,and it is BIG! BIG, I say!

I met Thelma Lou yesterday! And I don't mean Boo's donkey,either! LOL Yep,I sure did- Miss Betty Lynn herself. Took a drive up to Mount Airy and she was at the Andy Griffith Museum. She told me I was "Cute" and posed for pics,I got to put my arm around her,she signed an autographed photo for me and gave me the answer to one of the most puzzling questions of Mayberry.. This is how it went:

Me: Maybe you can answer a question for me.. What was Thelma Lou's last name?

Betty Lynn: I didn't have one!

Me: That's what I thought!

Betty Lynn: Andy introduced me to some people once and was like.. "What's your last name?" I told him I didn't have one,and that's the way it stayed. I'm like Cher with only one name!

And.. She asked where I lived and I told her I lived in an old home which used to be a hotel. She told me she'd love to see it sometime,so I showed her some pics I had on my camera of my front porch all done up for Christmas.How many people can say that Thelma Lou has seen their Christmas decorations? And thought they were pretty? Wow!

Then,as I was saying goodbye in order to give other folks a turn to meet her,she called my name,and I looked back as she blew me a kiss. I blew one right back!

I'm told y'all it was BIG!

I don't feel like no ordinary possum no more (oh,I mentioned Allan & the Porch to her-told her I was "possum under a rock". She had a basic idea of what we do here) after being "Specialized" on by Thelma Lou- maybe y'all should start calling me "Princess Possum" or something- ha ha

If I can get my ornery camera to work with my computer,I'll have pics on Facebook soon.

Oh, and G-F,I said "Hey!" to the Mayberry on Main folks for you! They are some nice people.

Y'all take care!

*******************
possum under a rock

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100207: Good morning, porch! Cold, gray and damp here. I wish it would just go on and rain and get it over with. I've been fighting a battle with my outdoor lights the past two nights. As soon as the timers turn them on, the GFI trips, and everything goes off. Well, not everything, because they're not all on the same circuit, but my roof lights and all the stuff in the back yard is on one circuit, including the pond pumps. So, when the lights go out, there is no aeration on the pond. It can go a day or two without it, being about a thousand gallons, but sooner or later, it needs it.

Well, this morning, I finally figured it out. Everything was off last night, and this morning I reset the GFI once more. The group of lights around the arbor came on briefly because they're on a "timed" timer. The others are on photo sensors. They went off after about three seconds, so that pretty much told me that line is the problem. I went back there and found that the timer had dropped from where I had it secured, and was dangling with the receptacle end facing upward. I unplugged the lights, turned the timer over, and water poured from the receptacles. Yep, I reckon that would trip a GFI. I let it drain completely, reset the timer, plugged the lights back in, came in and reset the GFI, and it hasn't tripped yet. Been over half an hour now. Problem solved, apparently, and lesson learned.

I'm staying HOME today! I've been gone much of the day every day this week. I declare, I don't know how I ever had time to work! Today, I'm going to wrap all the gifts, do a little cleaning, and spend some cuddle time with Toye Starr, watching sugary movies. I love those Hallmark movies! Then Monday and Tuesday will be cookie-baking days. Gotta have those cookies! I'll take a handful of cookies over cake or pie any day, provided they're good cookies, and I've got some great recipes. I make a Scottish shortbread that just melts in your mouth. If a crumb falls on your shirt, it leaves a buttery footprint! Then there's one that's similar to a shortbread, but softer, and has a lot of very finely chopped pecans in it. Yum! I may try for some peanut brittle, too. My mom made great peanut brittle, wish I had her recipe. Well, I'm off to rustle up something to eat. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100208: Possum Princess! I'm not worthy.. I suppose you want a tiara for Christmas now... We knew you when you were a common possum under a rock, now look what you've grown into, a full blown Princess!.. Good on ya!
Yep the Miles are a fine folk, livin' the Mayberry Dream. Thanks for passing on my "Hey from Goober" to them. Yep, Betty is a special person, she makes everyone she meets feel like family, I cherish the times I met her and that is why her line for autographs takes so long, she spends time with each and every fan, Yep she is the "QUEEN" of Mt. Airy for sure.

G-F...

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100209: Wow, Possum! That really is big. Aww, "big" ain't the word for it. That's BIG, BIG. How fun! To get to visit with her like that, and share pictures - What fun! I'll be watching Facebook. I don't know about everybody else, but I'd be proud to address you as "Princess Possum." --Romeena


December 20, 2014 - Msg 100210: Good morning all.
And HAIL TO THEE MISS POSSUM PRINCESS. Wow, that is fantastic that you got to meet her. She has always struck me as a sweet lady. I hope her health is good. I don't do facebook, but would love it if you could e-mail me those pics.

My goodness Ro, the description of your cookies made me gain 5 pounds. They sound delicious.

Hey GF, quite the story on your hunting trip. Glad it wasn't a bad ending for you.

Good to see you Boo. Thanks for checking in and prayers for your family.

Wet and rainy today here. Rain in December in Northern Utah? I'll take it. Snow in the mountains and rain down here in the valleys. You can't beat a deal like that for sure.

Well got laundry to do, bathrooms to clean, "Wheeler" to hold down. Yessir, all in all it's a fun day.

Asa



December 20, 2014 - Msg 100211: Aww,shucks,y'all!

Asa,I will be happy to email the pics to you.I just have to wrassle with my camera. Seems it doesn't like my laptop very much and it's been a pain lately to upload any pics.I'm determined that y'all see them,so I'd best get to wrassling!

Princess Possum again :)

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100212: That's really neat that you met and talked with Betty Lynn, Possum! You will never watch TAGS the same way again. Now whenever you see her on there, you will be thinking, "Wow, I met and talked to her!" And that's a cool thing!
Thanks for sharing the transcript of your talk with her too!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100213:
POSSUM (under a crown) ha! That is BIG! Now we have
you and GF as "celebs" here. 'Course, RO has met Allen on the cruise, so I guess she's up there too. RO even has a "duck pond." ha
Yup, I just gotta get up there for Mayberry Days sometime!
GF-ASA--big Game for my Cards sunday evening on NBC. 3rd string, minimum pay, QB starting due to injued other two, so we shall see what he's got!
I think our recent rain is now hitting BOO and RO and Asa.
Be safe out there.
Prayers,
MDC


December 20, 2014 - Msg 100214: Huge game for your team MDC. Seattle is coming on strong, and as you said, your down to your third string qb. But it's a team sport, and I have a lot of faith in your head coach. But I don't have a good feeling about it MDC. I guess we will see.

Possum under a crown. HA! I like it.

Asa

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100215: Thanks,Sterling and if I'd known you liked those made in Mount Airy socks,I would've bought you a few pairs yesterday! I was in the store down on Main Street and bought a bunch of socks. Good quality and excellent prices.What else would you expect in Mayberry?

__*******__
possum under a crown (that's supposed to be a tiara-LOL)
























possum under a crown

December 20, 2014 - Msg 100216: What in tarnation did I do this time???

Well,at least I didn't mess with the BOLD-LOL

possum again

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100217: Wow...that is BIG Possum!! I am so glad you got to spend some time with Thelma Lou, herself! What a great Christmas gift. :) Thanks for mentioning the porch to her.

Well, we had to cancel our Christmas party because Bruce got sicker and the doc thought he had pneumonia. He sent him for a chest xray but it was ok so he is on the mend.

I made a ham and a casserole and took out to the drug rehab to help with a Christmas party for the girls out there this evening, and then I took a little drive and looked at some Christmas lights. Getting pretty sleepy now.

Thank you so much for your prayers for Matt. I spent some time with him today and he seemed to be doing better. He gave me my present early. Its a neat vintage framed print of a little girl on the back of a donkey with a rather terrifying looking Santa. I love it. He understands my bizarre-ness. ;)

Boo



December 21, 2014 - Msg 100218: Boo, Was it this picture? :)

http://www.teamjimmyjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/OldGhostSanta.jpg

Asa

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100219: Well, if it was, "bizarre" doesn't start it. Yikes! That Santa looks like a zombie. I have quirky taste too, but I think that one would stretch my tolerance a bit. I'll bet very few children ever consented to sit on HIS lap, even for the sake of getting their Christmas wish! --Romeena

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100220: Possum, I like your tiara. Did you try "Little Richards" BBQ while you were there? It is out by the Mall on 52 across the parking lot from Aunt Bee's.

Boo, I think I saw that Santa at the Wal-Mart the other day...

As we enter the home stretch for Christmas let us keep those who are alone, and suffering in our prayers, it is a difficult time for ALOT of people, not everyone is joyful at this time of the year. Not to be a downer but the truth is in the pudding.

G-F...



December 21, 2014 - Msg 100221: DARN IT...I just lost a long post because of this stupid laptop.

No, Asa, that's not the picture, but the santa sure looks the same! ha...The one I have actually has a donkey with snow shoes of some sort so Ro would probably appreciate it (with her love of animals with shoes...snicker). I will try to find it online and post the link here.

Bruce is doing a lot better but we stayed home from preachin today. Plenty to do these few days before Christmas but not too much. This Christmas will be pretty simple for us this year, and I don't mind that at all.

Hope you all are having a good day.

Boo

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100222: I found the santa picture but couldn't seem to copy the address. If you will go to Etsy and put "scary santa" in the search, a small picture of it will come up, just click on it...you cant miss it. ;)

Boo

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100223: I found it Boo. Could be the same Santa. I'm glad that Bruce is feeling better.

GF, You are sooooo right buddy, about remembering those who may be dealing with problems. This time of year can be really hard on those who are lonely and suffering. A good time to reach out to folks like that in our neighborhoods and communities for sure.

Went to my Daughters Church this morning. Her and 3 of my grandkids were singing for the Christmas program. Such fun to watch those kids sing.

I picked up some Chinese take-out yesterday for dinner from my favorite place. And we have plenty of left overs for a couple of nights. So that's supper for tonight. I even like to say it. EGG-FOO-YUNG. :)

Asa

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100224: ..Did they sing: "Frah,rah,rah,rah,Rah to you Asa? Bet you had a hard time not breaking out with "Welcome Sweet Springtime", it's hard for a trained voice to hold back when others are singing. Meee Theeey!

G-F...

Well, couldn't stand watching the Browns, so I baked 5 dozen cookies instead. Yep, another loss, same old story. TOM tried to tell me, and he was right, the Steelers at least made the playoff's.

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100225:
Boo, do I have the correct link for the scary Santa you are looking for?
http://tinyurl.com/n3l5dlg

from Poor Horatio

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100226: Yes PH, that's it.

Boo

December 21, 2014 - Msg 100227: No, didn't get to Little Richard's BBQ,G-F,but I saw it. We ate at the Copper Pot right off of I-77 and Barney's Cafe in downtown Mt. Airy.Friendly folks in both of those places. Actually,folks were friendly everywhere in Mayberry! Can't wait to go back!

Y'all have a good night!

*******************
possum under a rock

P.S.I'm with Ro-those are some freaky looking Santas!!

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100228:
GF-ASA--well, my team fell like a house of Cards.
:( At least we are in the playoffs, but we are
hurting...even Fitz cant catch a pass that's too high!
Prayers for all indeed, especially those in tough situations.
In my hometown we have a "good preserved" 1892 victorian home, and each year they deck it out in an old fashioned Christmas. For you on FB, I posted some pics as I went thru it today. Very cool to see
real candles on the tree, tho NOT lit!
I think I'm ready for Christmas!
Prayers continue for Bruce and all ailing.
MDC

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100229: PS--dad has been doing better. Thx for prayers

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100230: Well, those pics put the "HOrror" in "HO-HO-HO".
You could make a good argument with someone about Santa just being Satan with the letters rearranged. Just show them some of those pictures. ;-)

Got a treat at church today, as we got encore performance of the O Holy Night duet that I raved about before. Guess I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it so much. Our song director said a bunch of people requested that they sing it again.

Have a blessed night everyone.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100231: Forgot to ask if you could all say a little prayer for Noah. He was fine all day, but then got kind of lethargic(which is really odd for him) near the end of the evening, and we found he does have a little fever. Been doing all the right stuff(fluids, rest) and he is hungry and eating and pretty much acting like himself most of the time so it probably isn't too bad, but still don't ever like it when the little ones are sick. Feel that way when Kai is sick too.

Thanks and good night!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100232: MDC, Maybe the Browns will loan you "Johnny Football" for the play-off's, he won't be busy!

Prayers for all who are ailing, not a fun time of the year to be down sick.

TOM, How about one of your good ones? Tis the season...

Romeena, Do you have all your little squirrel stockings hung and ready for the little guys?

Boo, Maybe that donkey in the "Creepy Santa" picture was kin to Thelma Lou? Hopefully Bernie is doing ok, we have not heard much about the "Funny Farm"...I miss the stories of their shenanigans.

G-F..

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100233: Morning all. I hope the new week finds you happy and healthy and reflective.

Well MDC, I figured Seattle would win, but not by that margin. They seem to be peaking at the right time again. It's a shame injuries have taken its toll on the Cards. But anything can happen in the play-offs for sure.

Prayers for Noah for sure Sterling. As GF said, it's no fun ailing ever, but especially for a young-un at Christmas time.

Yea, them Santa pics are a bit spooky for sure. Maybe it's that "scared straight" philosophy. lol

Only two days working this week, today and tomorrow. Thems the kind I cotton to.

5 dozen cookies GF. Boy, what do you cook if the Browns have a real bad season? I dunno, but I bet it's good. I pray your wife is doing ok buddy.

Guess I best get rolling. Plenty to do.

Prayers for all.

Asa

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100234: Prayers for Noah and hope Bruce gets to feeling better as well.

possum again

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100235: Happy Birthday, Spot!

55 and stayin' alive!!

Party at O' Malley's cabin later on-everybody bring something!

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possum under a rock

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100236: Good morning, porch! Wow! What is that big bright ball of light up there in the sky? It has chased all the clouds away so the blue sky is showing, it's making beautiful shadows on the lawn, and it's making the day much warmer. What can it be? There's a rumor going around that it's the "sun" - wonder if it's true? Hard to tell, we haven't been blessed by its presence in so long. Well, whatever it is, I hope it stays around for a while.

The critter traffic out back is in high gear! They're loving the new warmth, the dry grass, the soft breeze that's playing around out there. Hard to tell its direction, but it sure beats the cold northerly blast we've had the past few days. The temp is 57 at 9:30 a.m., and expected to make around 65 today. I love it! I've got irises blooming! Granted, they're the remontants, those who typically rebloom in the fall, but that usually happens in September and October, not December! One big old gorgeous sunshine-yellow mophead is just soaking up the warmth, and there's another three-foot tall bud stalk by the pond, I think it's a purple. Can't wait for it to open!

Well, today is cookie-baking day. I've got four pounds of butter, five pounds each of flour and sugar, many pounds of pecans, some dried currants, cranberries and apricots, and a lot of determination. I hope nobody calls and tempts me to run away and play. Of course, what I SHOULD be doing is changing linens, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming floors and plowing a path through the stored Christmas stuff in the "Christmas room", so my granddaughter can at least find the bed in there. Yep, that's what I should do, but hey - cookies are important too, right? Right! So, cookie-making it is! Yay. I love cookies!

Blessings, everyone - prayers for the ones who are ailing. No fun to be sick during the holidays. --Romeena

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100237: Happy Birthday SPOT, Listen to what Possum say's cuz she's a Princess! Enjoy your day, and be sure to sign up for your AARP card. haha Now you qualify for one of those "Senior" phones they talk about on TV!

Romeena, I thought 5 doz were enough, you sure got me licked 5 pounds of butter, flour, and sugar my Ernest T sphering adds up to 15 pounds of dough, now that's ALOTA dough! Yep, your are a RICH women in the dough making world lol! I won't hold you up because I don't want to be known as the one who distracted you. But let it be known you are using 3 of the main food groups so it is Ok... ;)

G-F..

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100238: Y'all see that shiny bucket sitting here on the porch? That's to raise money to buy Spotty one of them Jitterbug phones that G-F was talking about. I think it would make an excellent birthday gift!
So,y'all drop a few $$ in the bucket and I'll collect the money later and run over to Mt. Pilot and buy him one of those big button phones.
Sssshh now-don't y'all tell Spotty!Won't he be surprised??

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possum again

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100239: Y'all just better tell Spot it's a phone or he will be trying to change tv stations with it. :)

Happy Birthday Spot.

Asa

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100240: ....Here ya go SPOT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMVn8S2Zeo4 Just funnin' with ya because you are one of my kind. lol

G-F..

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100241: Thanks for the prayers for Noah. He is doing much better today, though I can tell he is still a little out of sorts. Not exactly the same goofy kid I know and love. Close, but not quite. Weird how his fever came on just all of a sudden like that. I think that sort of thing is normal with kids. But still don't like it.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100242: Big button phone are for some one who can not see saw good!

G F looking for a new TERM


SGT TOM

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100243: Hey Folks here is a little taste of what Possum & I have experienced in Mt. Airy.. Christmas in Mayberry"..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFpQnsVBNaQ ENJOY.. TOM Go Steelers lol

G-F...

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100244: Better watch it GF. Tom has his eye upon you. And he just may confiscate your Wheeler. Then you'd be sorry. Nice link to the song GF.

Glad to read Noah is improved Sterling. So much junk going around right now. And I am hearing the flu bug has mutated and the vaccines we got in the Fall are not so effective. At least that's what Viola Slatt told Laura Lee Hobbs who passed it on to Sarah, who mentioned it to Miss Edwards who told Emma Watson all about it.

Just got back from delivering some goodies to neighbors and it's trying to snow out there. Cold, windy, and trying to snow. How rude!

Possum, you want me to bring my bongos to the party? I learned some new songs on them. Even taught myself how to play a-capella real good.

Well I think I'm gonna crawl between the sheets, plug in a Perry Mason dvd, and relax for a spell. I just love how Lt. Tragg and Hamilton Burger always think they have Mason good this time, and Perry always gets the last laugh.

Prayers for all.

Asa

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100245: Yep, that's Mayberry, G-F! Like Ernest T. said about the rain- " I was right there in it!" I love that place! Thanks for posting the video.

Ok, time to head to O'Malley's for Spot's birthday bash- got the big button phone all gift wrapped! LOL

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December 22, 2014 - Msg 100246: Good evening, porch! Yep, G-F, I've got a lot of butter and flour and stuff piled up in there, but it's gradually turning into goodies. I've got a big pan of Scottish shortbread in the oven right now. Mercy, I love that stuff! Probably nothing worse for a diabetic, unless it would be a doughnut, but shortbread is definitely my weakness. 'Course I'm pretty partial to the ones I mentioned earlier, that have all the pecans in them. Those pecans are chopped so fine they're almost ground up, and even people who don't like nuts in baked things like these. It's usually the texture of the pecans, not the flavor, that people object to, and with them chopped so fine, they don't encounter that "nutty" texture. I can remember "helping" my mother bake those cookies when I was just a little sprout. I'm sure I was a lot of help.

Got the sunroom cleaned up today, too. I hadn't really cleaned it since Ted replaced that back door and stopped the dirt from blowing in when Eddie would blow the leaves off the patio. Sure looks better out there now. Also, that Desert Rose plant that I failed to bring in before the little freeze we had was shedding dead leaves all over the floor. Every day I was picking up dead leaves. Finally, common sense pierced the fog in my brain, and I sat the thing outside, stripped all the leaves off in the yard, and brought it back in. Dawn comes late in some countries.

Well, I've been on my feet about as long as I can tolerate it for today, I guess. As soon as the shortbread comes out of the oven, I think I'll turn in. Tomorrow is another day. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 22, 2014 - Msg 100247: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SPOT, THE TALKIN' DOG OF THIS HERE PORCH! Great par-teh at O'Malleys place.
Sterling--prayers for Noah, you bet! :)
GF--I think there is a youtube video for EVERYTHING! ha I looked for one to change a tailgate latch on a particular model truck, and yup, there was one, step by step!
ASA--did Emma mention that she uses Oregano as a back-up vaccine? haha
TOM--you send us Johnny Football, and maybe we'll get to suprbowl.
RO--at least you didnt forget what you went outside FOR! lol Those goodies sound mouth-watering, and those pecans got all "fuzzed up" good! :)
Christmas eve almost upon us!
MDC

December 23, 2014 - Msg 100248:
Oh, BOO, I posted a photo on FB that shows that old plastic Santa that you also have. Look at the 2nd photo, and then at the far left of the picture! :)
MDC

December 23, 2014 - Msg 100249: So is that the scuttlebutt, Asa?! ;-)

Thanks MDC.

Well, I am hoping for a white Christmas. I already had one green Christmas when we spent it over in Hawaii that one year. Didn't have the same "feel". It was weird seeing Christmas lights on the tropical trees and Hawaiian homes with lizards running around on them.
We are supposed to get "some" snow, but also a bunch of slushy mix. Yuck, just like spring.

I have another yuck that I noticed on an TAGS episode on MeTV tonight. It was the one where Helen tries to make Andy jealous, so she can yell at him later, by spending a lot of time with a handsome teacher, even inviting him over to Andy's for dinner. Well, the description doesn't say that SHE TRIES to make him jealous, but that's exactly what it looks like she does.

Ah, but I digress. That isn't the "yuck" part even, though that part is maddening. The yuck part is when Andy is helping Aunt Bee dry the dishes she is washing. Aunt Bee is cleaning off the dishes in the dishwater, then puts them in a holder in the next sink, where Andy takes it and dries it off.
I almost didn't notice it, but then realized that there wasn't any rinse water in the sink Andy was standing over, which means she was scrubbing the dishes in that dirty water and then Andy was just drying them without rinsing. So not only do you have soapy water on them, but you may also have some remnant of casserole on them, just wiped off.
I don't know about you, but when I used to do dishes(sans dishwasher) that dishwater could have some stuff floating around in there after you do enough dishes. Or maybe it's just me.

Goodnight all!

-Sterling Holobyte


December 23, 2014 - Msg 100250: Folks, I hate to bring a sad note into our Christmassy discussions, but I saw something on Facebook tonight that I think I should share. Our Daphne hasn't been on the porch in quite some time, but most of you will remember her. She had another baby a few months back, not sure of the exact date. Well, according to her Facebook post, the baby passed away yesterday, the 21st. His name was Briar Luke. She posted a few pictures of him - he was chubby and healthy, and just adorable. Apparently he somehow suffocated in his sleep. She didn't call it SIDS, but that's what it sounds like. Naturally, they're distraught, but leaning on the Lord. The services will be on the 26th, in Denton, TX.

I've tried to return to the posting, and get his exact age and some other little details, but would you believe, I can't find it again. I'm very inept at navigating Facebook, which is why I seldom go there. I just happened to log on tonight, looking for something from one of my kids. I found Daphne's post quite by accident, and now can't find it again.

Anyway, please - everyone please pray for that family. They have other children, and those kids are going to miss their little brother badly. My heart just breaks for the whole family. --Romeena

December 23, 2014 - Msg 100251: That is so,so sad, Ro. Prayers for Daphne and her family. Thanks for letting us know. How awful..

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possum under a rock