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

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98530: Wow, Spot, that lunch sounds delish! Even yummy! Lunch won't be too shabby at Eloise's house, but that spread of fried chicken and all those veggies sounds wonderful to me.

G-F, I've been watching from this window for about ten years now, and have learned what food attracts what critters, and it sure is fun. I buy a seed mix, that pretty much has something for everyone, so I get a wide variety of visitors, but I supplement it frequently with peanuts for the jays and woodpeekers, and cracked corn for the doves. Those things are in the mix, but in small amounts, so I throw in a little additional. I also put out stale bread and crackers, dry cereal, and any berries that might be going too soft. That always draws a crowd, especially those of the squirrely persuasion. It's fun to watch one of them run down the tree, grab a big old hunk of bread or biscuit or whatever, and haul it back up the tree. There's a big branch that takes off from the trunk at about six feet, and it forms a plateau about the size of a dinner plate where it leaves the trunk. The squirrels love to perch there and eat their prize - such fun to watch. Nature fascinates me!

Well, guess I'd better get ready to go over to Eloise's. I like to get there a little early and see if she needs any help. She usually doesn't, and it's actually hard to help her because her kitchen is very small, and it gets crowded quickly. I am so grateful for my big old sprawling kitchen. I can have six people in there with me, just milling around, and I can still get a meal on the table easily. That was one thing I specified when we designed this house. If there were any extra square feet, put them in the kitchen! I'm so glad I did, because that's where everyone hangs out when they're over here. This house it awfully big for just one person now, but when I do need space, I'm glad I have it. I plan to stay here as long as I can. Been here almost 41 years. It's home.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98531: Just thought I'd sweep up a bit before I leave for Eloise's house. You're welcome! --Romeena

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98532: I forgot to mention the black oil sunflower seeds for the cardinals! They absolutely love them, and when you put them out, cardinals will appear. --Romeena

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98533: Sorta like...."If you feed them they will come"...haha I have to watch what food stuff I put out because the skunks like it too.. Don't want them to feel welcome...G-F

p.s. SPOT save me a plate!

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98534:
RO-thanks for the sweep.
RIP James Garner at 86, natural causes.
He was another good one from Maverick to Rockford to movies. He was great in the Great Escape!
45 years ago was the moon landing!! Where were YOU? ha
Still remember watch that grainy picture of the first step!
Felling much better today!

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98535: Oops, besides "felling" better, I am also FEELING better! :)

July 21, 2014 - Msg 98536: Happy Monday! checking in from work today. Looks like I am the first one up this morning.

I spent most of my week end sitting in my chair with icy hot or a heating pad on my poor ole back. I must of strained a muscle in my lower back. I had a difficult time moving around. Not at all sure what I did but it surely put me out of commission for the week end. I wasn't able to go to preaching yesterday. I am feeling a little better today and made it to work.

Glad you are feeling better MDC.

Mr. Maude and I are planning on driving over for
at least 1 day for Mayberry Days. we will probably come on Saturday. Hopefully we can meet some of you while we are there.

well, guess I had better get busy.
Breakfast will be: french toast with maple syrup, powdered sugar, bacon, sausage, fresh strawberries, blueberries. coffee, orange juice, chocolate or white milk to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

July 21, 2014 - Msg 98537: Good Monday morning all.
I am back to work after being off all last week. Was off 3 days for the funeral, and had to take a couple of vacation days or I was going to lose them. So back here for three days. Thursday is a State holiday, and I think I am going to take Friday off on a vacation day and make it a 4 day weekend. Yep, that's the plan. I do have to get some Cat. 6 wire run this week, but that shouldn't be to big an issue.

Sounds like a nice breakfast Big Maude. Sorry your back is acting up. Mine has been giving me issues since April. I got it adjusted but it has still not gotten back to normal. I know how painful those backs can be. Hope you get better soon.

Glad you are felling and feeling better MDC. You also Boo. Not any fun getting that close and personal with the toilet. But it happens to us all at times. :)

Well better get moving. Lot's to do.


July 21, 2014 - Msg 98538: Asa, Thanks to those rugged Pioneers you get the day off Friday... Sounds like one of those Holidays the Morrison sisters came up with to celebrate with some of the "recipe" but since you don't partake, do you still get the day off?? haha...

There is peace at feeder todaaay, the woodpeekers & blue jays are aaaway, and the squirrels are left to plaaay,...all daaay.. Yes, there is peace at the treee todaaay! Now, try to get that song out of your


July 21, 2014 - Msg 98539: Yessir GF. Actually it's Thursday, the 24th. But why not make it a 4 day weekend? And no, I don't partake. Bad for my liver. :)
Hey, I think Romeena has a birthday on Thursday or Friday. What day is it Ro? And may I be the first one here to wish you a happy birthday. Unless you're trying to fly in under the radar in which case allow GF to be the first to wish you a happy birthday. :)


July 21, 2014 - Msg 98540: Good evening, porch. Thanks, Asa, actually my birthday is Thursday, and I'll officially be three-quarters of a century old. Good grief! That's OLD! The older I get, though, the more grateful I am to still be around, vertical and on the green side of the grass. I can still do just about anything I want to do, I just can't do it for very long. It becomes a matter of budgeting my time and energy. I no longer try to jump in and clean this whole big old house in one day. I used to do it, but have better sense than to try it now. I start two or three days ahead of an event, and do a couple of rooms a day - the ones that won't be the center of activity - and leave the living area and kitchen for last. The other rooms aren't used, so they stay clean, and the main area will be fresh for whatever is going on. Also, I've discovered that "clean" is a relative term. If the furniture is dusted and the clutter put away, and the vacuum run over the open floor area, that's great. No one knows if I vacuumed under the sofas, or vacuumed the furniture itself. If the sofas and chairs are dusty, they won't be by the time my grandsons have flopped on each piece a dozen times. Not only that, but my family doesn't care anyway. They'd rather have me rested and feeling good in a reasonably clean house, than worn out and exhausted in a spotless one. Values - sometimes it's good to reassess them.

David came by and took me to lunch today. He does that fairly often, and we have some good conversations. He's such a good guy.

My brother is in the hospital tonight. He had some sort of spell this morning, which by his description sounds very much like a hypoglycemic episode to me. He's not diabetic, not on insulin or anything like that, but he doesn't eat like he should. My SIL called the EMTs, and they took him to the ER, where he was already feeling better. The hospital admitted him for observation tonight, and have been testing him for a possible stroke, but everything is coming up negative. I still think his blood sugar just bottomed out. The description of how he felt and how he reacted, was precisely the way I feel and react when I have an insulin reaction. Shaky, weak, sweaty, insides feel quivery, vision darkens, and thinking processes go all haywire. Fine motor processes aren't too good either. You should see me trying to stick my finger and test my blood sugar! How I ever get that strip stuck into the meter, I don't know. My kids describe it as "mom done spaced out again!" They're just full of sympathy, the weasels.

Well, guess I'll go round up some leftovers and eat a bite. I fell asleep in my chair a while ago, and now I'm awake and hungry and it's 9 pm. Hmmm. No wonder my blood sugar gets weird now and then. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 22, 2014 - Msg 98541: Happy birthday Romeena! Very cool. Here's a little something that you may enjoy. (Everyone else too)
Glad your brother is doing better!!
You mentioned vacuuming, and I forgot that we have a neat sew and vac shop about 2 miles away. The guy has worked there forever, and he has lots of parts, mostly used, but good. He reminds me a lot
of Emmitt. Anyways, if you tell me the model number, I could check for a hose there. Could mail it to you if he has one.
Big MAUde, so sorry that you are having the misery in your back. Hope your remedy helped.
Sounds like there will be a contingent from here heading to Mayberry Days. Wish I werent so 'fer.'
ASA--glad all went well with the funeral and all.
Hope you have time to decompress a bit. The four days off coming up will be good.
Prayers for the world!

July 22, 2014 - Msg 98542: Oh, I saw a great news segment on James Garner today. What an accomplished actor and man he was!

July 22, 2014 - Msg 98543: Haa,Chaa,Chaa,Chaa! Good one MDC, Speaking of MDC, you know you could go to Mayberry Days too. All you have to do is catch a flight and land at the Mayberry International Airport...(A path cut thru Kelsey's corn field)..Then you could be a part of the fun too! Ha! Just be sure to make a call ahead to Gomer so he can pick you up in Wally's truck at the airport...If not, I'll pick you up in the Goobmobile....

Romeena, How's about we just call you a "25 year old 3 peeter" and leave it at :)

Suppose to be in the 90's today but I'm not complaining after the winter we had....

TOM, Give us a shout-out, how are you doing buddy?

I found MeTV since I did a auto-scan on my set, I like the old shows they show. I saw old Mr. Wheeler on Petticoat Junction. Uncle Joe moves slow just like Wheeler...


July 22, 2014 - Msg 98544: I love that METV GF. I record all the Dragnets, Adam 12's, MASH, and Fugitives off it and watch them later when convenient and zip through the commercials. Also been recording some of the Streets of San Francisco. Good stuff.

Hey, maybe me and MDC can pile in his old Model T and drive over to Mayberry Days. Unless he burns out a bearing and sells it for scrap for 12 bucks, we ought to make it two weeks. (MDC insists on pulling the car over every hour for a twenty minute rest, so it may be more like two months)


July 22, 2014 - Msg 98545: Asa, Maybe you guys can pick up Romeena & Boo on the way and make it a West to East pilgrimage, sorta like your pioneer ancestors did only in reverse. Ha! Maybe MDC drives better in reverse??

Just a thought....


July 22, 2014 - Msg 98546: Who has supper for tonight....yard work here...and hungry as an old bear...SPOT

July 22, 2014 - Msg 98547: Guess Maude is still down in her back. I'll get supper, SPOT. How about fried deer meat, mac and cheese, and green beans? That's what I fed Bruce.


July 22, 2014 - Msg 98548:
ROMeena--I read today that now Cadillac has recalled certain models from 2004 thru 2014 model years because of ignition key problems. But they cant figure out yet how to fix 'em yet! Crazy.
GF--maybe we could get Mr Tucker's fancy Lincoln
and travel in that fine machine! ha
Hey, I heard on ME-TV today that TAGS is coming soon! Bye bye TVLand!!
Prayers for all,

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98549: MDC, Just as long as you don't need any spark plugs, it's a 8 cylinder, it'll take 8! But I suppose if you need to order a pizza Mr. Tucker will let you use his newfangled phone to call ahead and order one. Yep, it's good to hear MeTV is getting Andy, sure am tired of all the commercials, and edited episodes on TVland. Also MeTV is getting "Black Sheep Squadron" too. I always liked that show with all the Corsairs flying around. Yep, Pappy Boyington was rare breed...Wonder if they show 12 o'clock high too? I'm glad I hit my auto-scan and found that station.


July 23, 2014 - Msg 98550: MDC, Romeena, Boo, and me making a road trip cross country? Sounds like fun as long as MDC don't get to serious about it. But I can hear him bellowing out orders "Now I'll drive, so I'll sit up front. Asa, you ride in the back with Boo and Toye Star, and Romeena will ride up front with me."
Then when I try to open the door to get in he'll tell me "I'll open the door". Then he will have to remind us all when we smell gas that the car doesn't run on coal. Boy, he can be a real study, MDC can. :)


July 23, 2014 - Msg 98551: just an update i am feeling better. thank you for your prayers. watching a lot of andy shows . one thing about open heart surgery i wont have to sit with mr schump at the dances. everyone will want to seemy scars and if i can still dance. ha. pappa bear

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98552: ...And Bernie is hanging his head out the window saying: "Sick as a dog but havin' the time of my life!"...ha!

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98553: Wow. That would be some fun road trip, wouldn't it? We'll have to have room for five, though. I imagine Eloise will want to go. She loves to travel! She's a TAGS fan too. As for Toye Starr, (thanks for including her) she won't be any trouble, as long as she has a lap to sit in. She usually prefers mine, but occasionally makes the rounds in a car. She's an equal-opportunity lap-sitter. I'll bring along some of her piddle pads, and she can have a "rest stop" whenever we do. That gets me some stares on a gas-station driveway, believe me.

I've got the nicest surprise going on in the yard right now. About three years ago, I acquired a bunch of pale pink surprise lilies. I've mentioned surprise lilies before - I have them all over the yard, but they're all the red "firecracker" kind. Beautiful, and very interesting in their bloom habits. However, I got the opportunity to buy these pink ones, called (of all things) "Naked Lady" lilies. They looked quite beautiful in the picture, and I managed to get about two dozen, from eBay. I gave them to Joe and Jorge, and asked them to just plant them randomly and not tell me where they were. Well, they did, but it seemed none of them lived, because I never saw them anywhere. Well, this year, suddenly there they are! There are clumps of beautiful pale pink lilies blooming all over the place. Apparently they just stayed underground, multiplied, and now they're up and blooming. I know they multiplied, because each clump looks like at least three plants, and I know Joe didn't plant them that way. That's one of the assets of surprise lilies - they multiply like mad.

A stinkin' little squirrel is systematically stripping the leaves from my potato vine! I had a huge, full and fluffy potato vine growing from a hollowed out stone, sitting on top of the big cedar stump outside my window. Yesterday, I sat here and watched a little squirrel eating the stems of the leaves. He would pick a leaf off the vine, then like a tiny wood chipper, he would feed that stem into his mouth, munching rapidly the whole time, until he got to the actual leaf. He would throw the leaf down and go back for another. There's now a length of leafless vine about two feet long, hanging over the edge of the stone planter. There are about six more vines coming out of the planter. If he comes back every day, soon there will be nothing left. The little brat.

Well, gotta get dressed and hit the road. I've got a home health visit to make at 11:30, and another at 3. This gets in the way of my day at times, but it's nice when I pick up that check. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98554: Hey, Pappa Bear. Thanks for checking in, good to hear you're doing well. --Romeena

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98555: Hey Papa Bear, You poped in just as I was posting. Glad to hear you're home and doing ok. Gave a shout-out for you to Floyd when I was at the meet-up. Hope to see you @ Mayberry Days...


July 23, 2014 - Msg 98556: Happy Wednesday Porch! stopping in to rock for a minute.

work is busy this week. makes the week go by faster and keeps me out of trouble!

It's good to see Pappa Bear checking in, Maybe he will save a dance for me at O'Malley's next time.

Patrick and Beth are both going on a vacation next week. Beth is going with a friend and her friend's family to Panama City, Fla and Patrick is going with his girlfriend and her family to a beach somewhere off the coast in Alabama. They both leave Saturday. Glad they are getting the chance to go.

well, guess I had better get busy.

supper menu will be: chicken fried steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, SLAW, sliced tomatoes. biscuits with butter. strawberry pie for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

July 23, 2014 - Msg 98557: Asa, I'm the bossy one that you have to worry about if we take that road trip. I'll be doing the driving and assigning seats. Its me and Ro in the front and you and MDC in the back. You can sit close to the'll be sick as a dog, but havin' the time of your life.


July 23, 2014 - Msg 98558: I see G-F aleady beat me to that punchline.

People, it is HOT here..not just your regular summer hot, but HOT as Hades, and the humidity! Ick. Better get used to it, it will be hot here for another 3 months.


July 23, 2014 - Msg 98559:
BOO--Dang HOT here too this week! 117 today, felt like a wilted rose when outside today.
Pappabear--good to hear from you, glad the recovery is going well.
MAUDie--you sure know how to put on a feed! thx.
GF--why do YOU get to do seating?? I can see that it's going to
be a l-o-o-ong trip! HA
God's bless on all. Crazy these days again.


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