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?

May 21, 2017 - Msg 107542: Well gang been here at work since 4 yesterday..storms moved through..its amazing what a little wind and rain can 5 crews in working...all lights not on ...SPOT

May 21, 2017 - Msg 107543: And you still took time to sweep the porch! Or did the wind blow the dust away? You're a good doggie, SPOT. You and your co-workers are the unsung heroes, in my opinion. I'll never forget how I felt a few years ago, after three days with the power out, when an army of men in hard hats came down my street, checking back yards for downed wires, and repairing anything they found. They were a welcome sight, for sure!

I'm still on the puny list. I can't stray far from this O2 concentrator, so am pretty much stuck here in the house. There's some improvement, though. I was dropping down into the low 70s on the oximeter when I was off the O2. I tested it last night, and I just went to the upper 70s, so maybe I'm getting better.

Well, I'm on my way to my big ol' chair, to just sit there like a lump and do very little all day. I hate this! Got to get back up and going. Had to stay away from preachin' this morning. I'm afraid to drive right now, and my coughing would have disturbed everyone else, so just stayed home. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 21, 2017 - Msg 107544: Yep, Romeena a good day to just stay home and look out your window and enjoy what nature has provided you with!

Well Gang I made a executive decision to stay home and not to go to the Midwest Event in the Indianapolis area. They have been calling for severe storms and rain all weekend, and the drive is 5-6 hrs. away so I opted to stay home. But I have to admit my aching hip had ALOT to do with it too...

Really hated to miss it and spending time with Mayberry friends, but as O'l Gome said..."That's Life"... thru & thru!

Have a Great Day......G-F

May 21, 2017 - Msg 107545: Sorry you missed the event GF. Kinda stinks when our aches and pains order us around, ain't it? But as Rumpole of the Baily used to say about his wife, "She who must be obeyed", we best listen and obey the body. I hope you get feeling better.

And the same for you Romeena. I hope your lungs get cleared out. I know you are familiar with James Herriot's books. It sounds like you have what Jeff Mallock refers to as "stagnation t' lungs. Take care of yourself.

Just back from preachin, time to throw a steak on the grill and chow down.


May 21, 2017 - Msg 107546: I hope everyone had a good weekend!
In some tags eps Barney mentions "picalilly" as a good
condiment. What is it? Is it a 'southern' thing?
Well, tomorrow and Tuesday i go the urologist and the
vascular surgeon. Please keep up the prayers so we can
get this swelling down. Thanks,

May 22, 2017 - Msg 107547: Here ya go MDC the answer to your question,
As for us around here, I never had it....G-F

May 22, 2017 - Msg 107548: Good morning, porch. Picalilli? Hadn't thought of that in years, but always loved it. My aunt used to make it, and it was so good! The closest defining word would be "relish", I think. The "pico de gallo" of Mexican cuisine is a form of picalilli. "Salsa" would be another. What I found interesting in this little discussion is the interchangeable use of "picalilli" and "picadilly." No one even seems to acknowledge the difference. In the link, one comment even contained both spellings. Just a guess - I'd say it's of British origin, or perhaps Scottish - and is the result of thrifty housewives making sure that nothing is wasted. Every little scrap of veggies is minced up and used in this relish. Just about anything would work in it. I remember my aunt wasn't particular about what went into hers, and somehow, it always tasted about the same. The seasonings rule in that respect, I think.

Still feeling a bit poorly. I do fine when I have my O2, but get shaky and kitten-weak when I have to take it off, like to go out and get the newspaper. My neighbor across the street throws the paper up to my garage door when he walks his dog, but some mornings he doesn't, and it's a long walk out to the sidewalk. I make it, though. This pneumonia is a tough one. My DIL is down with it too, and she's young and very fit, but it's kicking her hard as well. The docs don't seem to feel that hospitalization is necessary, and that suits me fine, but I'll really be happy when I can get on the other side of this thing. It's wearing me out.

Well, guess I'll go feed my little companion, rustle up something for myself, and settle into my chair. It's going to be a long, slow day. Blessings! --Romeena

May 22, 2017 - Msg 107549: HI ALL
Just doing o k for now?
See you in five day?


May 23, 2017 - Msg 107550: HI TOM, are you going on vacation? See you in five. Staying at the Y?
ROMENNA, thank you for the picalilli explanation. GF--I think you were
'close' with 'picadilly.' I like pico de gallo, especially the kind
they serve at El Pollo Loco. Good stuff. It literally means "beak of the rooster!" haha
Tho I don't want to flaunt my spanish knowledge! :)
Well, I sorta feel like a red crested, web-footed lake loon with all the doc visits lately, but the vascular surgeon today said he is almost positive I have venous insufficency, meaning the big veins aren't doing their job of getting the blood back up to the heart, so for now it is back to the compression socks, and another ultrasound on Friday. I see the urologist tomorrow. Oh the joys of getting older...
Love ya,

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107551: Good Morning Porch!
It's rainy and quiet here at work so I thought I'd sit for a short spell. How's everyone doing?

Spot- You did a fine job sweeping for us! Thanks for keeping the lights on!

Romeena- I'm praying that you feel better quickly. Pneumonia is no joke. I'm sorry you're not feeling good.

G-F- What a bummer you were not able to go but I know that parts of Indiana were hit hard with flooding so you made the right decision.

Asa- I love the show based on James Herriot's books! Steaks sound so good.

MDC- My husband loves picadilly relish, or any relish for that matter.

Tom- Hey Tom!

Well, my phone is ringing and I need to create today's social media/blog posts for work. I'll talk to y'all later! I hope everyone has a very blessed day today.

P.S. Wasn't the killings of children in Manchester horrible?

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107552: Thanks Lucy, it WAS hard not to go and see my Mayberry friends, but with the weather and my hip I sadly have to say I made the right decision. Floyd said on last nights pod-cast that weather aside a good time was had by all!...

I know Romeena and Possum can concur, that it is special doing things with Matberry family, a fun time indeed!...
So I have to stump again to anyone who can to try to make the Meet-Up or Mayberry Days to do it, you won't regret it...

I'm FINALLY getting my plants in the ground, HOPEFULLY the chance of frost is gone?....Amen Asa?....Hopefully SPOT will throw one of his Towmaters at me, I could use a good homegrown one on my BLT....👍

It will be good to have TOM back on watch.. Asa and I have been trying REAL HARD to be good but you know our luck may run out with out Asa said he's been getting hungry for those prison peanut butter sammiches!...


May 23, 2017 - Msg 107553: What a disgusting way to wake up and start a day. The Manchester terrorist attack is a cowardly, scurrilous, evil act and demands a response from the world. How much longer are we going to allow the miserable Islamic pigs to run wild across the world? Islam is a religion of peace? NO, it is not! Get a Koran and read it. Learn the truth. Read the Hadiths of Mohammed, which you can find on the internet. Read that, too. They are the fevered ramblings of an evil, sick old man, dictated to Aisha, whom he married when she was five, consummated the marriage when she was nine. Are all Muslims evil? No. There are many, raised in the faith, who still want desperately to believe the propaganda, that it's really a religion of peace. I'm sure that even some of their imams believe that. However, the Bible tells us, even common sense tells us - "ye shall know them by their fruit." What "fruit" has Islam produced? Terror, pain, death, destruction, suffering. Whom have they helped? No one. I say, if Islam wants respect in today's world, they'd better stand up and earn it. --Romeena

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107554: Good...well....actually, not such a good morning after England's attack. So I will say Hello, folks.
Sorry I have been gone so long. I hate to do that to you guys, but sometimes, I don't have much to talk about because I am have things I dont want to vent to you out of respect and you having your own issues and problems. I have been dropping in to see what's going on and I am sorry some of you are going thru so much.
MDC & Romeena - Prayers and the best of good wishes to you both!

G-F - I'm also sorry you missed the Mayberry "doings." I wish I could go to something like that, but not really anything like that in Missouri. Except seeing Dean Webb and his band.

I still think TOM is going down to that Miami beach to take in one of those rabbit girl clubs!

Lucy - I dont think we've been formally introduced. This is John Masters. I have a personal blog myself (although I havent been on it for awhile). You'll have to stop in and see it.

Asa - My mower is hummin' along. No complaints yet!

Looks like we are moving from our little oasis. Wife and I have had a sit down and we just cant handle the 12 acres. We actually moved here in a rush because of my dad's health. It's a long story, but we moved here because we HAD to. We wanted to keep it, but it's just too much. That's been part of the reason I have been out of touch. Just so much happening and it kinda gets you in the doldrums.

Hey to possum, Boo, SPOT and the rest of you taking sides in the Foley / Lawson feud. Good to see you all again!

John Masters

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107555: Hey again...

I have updated my blog if you're interested. Here is the link:
Hope you enjoy. Share it and spread it around.

John Masters

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107556: John Masters- I have been on here on and off since Don Knotts died back in 2007. Can you believe it's been that long?! We've probably spoken before on here. I don't always find time to pop on because of work but I've had time lately. Yay! I am a social media manager so I write blog and social media posts for a living at the company I work for but I've had a personal blog for about 10 years off and on. It is


May 23, 2017 - Msg 107557: Amen and Amen!

May 23, 2017 - Msg 107558: Good evening, porch, and howdy-do to you and you, Lucy and John Masters. Good to see you. John, I'm sorry to hear that you're going to be leaving your little slice of countryside. However, I do understand. My parents only had six acres to manage, and yet, when my aunt and uncle moved back into town, and I got married, they gave it up and moved back to town as well. For those who haven't experienced it - country land doesn't just manage itself. Unless it's just open rangeland, there's a certain amount of maintenance that must be done, and it can get burdensome and expensive. When there's no longer a reason for it (like a teenage daughter with a horse to graze on the land) you begin to wonder why you're still there. I know when I married and moved away, it spoiled the fun for my parents, and they only stayed a couple of years. Life is full of changes.

I'm slowly fighting my way out of this pneumonia. I'm clearing unbelievable crud out of my chest, my O2 sat now just drops into the mid-80s when I'm away from my O2 (compared to the low 70s a few days ago) and I'm coughing a bit less. I'll "whup" this thing yet!

I've still got most of the white meat of that rotisserie chicken my son brought me on Saturday night. I think I'll go run it through the food processor and make some chicken salad. I've got pecans, onion, fresh peppermint, sweet relish, dried cranberries and mayo to mix into it. Also have some good grain/nut bread for a sandwich, or just some Ritz crackers to eat it on. Guess I'll do okay tonight. I still don't have much appetite. That's a good thing, I've lost at least fifteen pounds since this started. I'm hoping for at least ten more!

Everybody have a great evening, some good rest and peaceful sleep, and wake up in a bright new day. God loves you! --Romeena

May 24, 2017 - Msg 107559: Will be back soon. Tower of my computer has went down. Am doing this from tablet. Y'all take care and I'll be back asap!

John Masters

May 24, 2017 - Msg 107560: May everyone have a good day. "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem as Israel begins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 6 day war
which manifested God's miraculous interaction!

MDC :)

May 24, 2017 - Msg 107561: Hey, thanks for the post.Really thank you! Really Cool. cfeakdddddeeabff

May 24, 2017 - Msg 107562: I'm sure you are all about 'played out' regarding my health, but Isaw the urologist on Tuesday regarding the kidney cysts, and he told me nothing to be
concerned about. Many people have cysts. He did order a CT scan of the abdominal cavity tho just to see it more clearly than what the ultrasound shows.
So that will be next week.
God bless,praying for Manchester,

May 25, 2017 - Msg 107563: Morning Dears!

MDC, Not at all prayed out for you friend. It is an honor to offer prayers in your behalf. And so they continue.

If I am not mistaking today is our Tom's Birthday. Happy Birthday Tom. I hope and pray it is a good one buddy.

I hope you are still on the mend list Romeena. My Daughter has been quite sick with a nasty cough for almost two weeks now. Her Doctor has her on antibiotics and an inhaler. Poor thing has these coughing spasms that really drain her. I know several people at work who have been quite sick with the same stuff it seems, so something is going around.

GF, I hope your hip has calmed down. Not much fun atall to be in constant pain.

I hope Boo is doing ok. Ain't heard from her for a spell.

Speaking of spells, I am about to have one. I was turning some water on to some evap. coolers on one of our buildings and found a copper line with a bunch of leaks. I know it was drained and blown out last fall, so someone at sometime turned some water on during the winter and filled the line with water. It froze and split the pipe in many areas. Looks like I will be replacing several hundred feet of copper pipe now. Oh well, at least it is on top of the roof so easy access to it. I just hate soldering on the roof right over the roof membrane. If any solder drips off it will burn a hole right through the membrane. So I have to use a heat blanket under each joint when I solder, because it is pretty hard to not have some run off. Oh woe is me. lol

John, sorry you are going to have to move. Sounds like you have a full plate for sure. Prayers for you that all works out well.

Well better get. I have some training to go to in the big city today. That will take up most of the day. I can start on the plumbing tomorrow. Then a 4 day weekend is on tap. :)


May 25, 2017 - Msg 107564: Hey Asa, how about we get a cake for TOM? We can put on it....."Happy Birthday" from "State Prison" from the Hubacher brothers....haha.... Sorry for you pipe problems but that's Life,.. thru and thru...You Try and you Try to prevent it but it still happens...Crazy!...Be sure to take good notes at your training today Buddy!...

MDC...Yep, continued prayers Buddy, prayers have no expiration dates...That goes for EVERYONE TOO!...

John Masters...My Indians play your Royals this weekend, may the the team with the most runs win...I think Yogi Berra may have said that


May 25, 2017 - Msg 107565: "We tried to tell 'em didn't we Asa?" (:

May 25, 2017 - Msg 107566: One thing I have learned with all my recent doctor visits, most do indeed "have the magazines to swing it!" haha Trying to stay positive!
I hope our Possum and Maudie and Spot are making it thru the storms OK.
TOM--happy birthday to you! You will get a stainless steel watch! Five. :)
RO-prayers for your quick recovery!

May 25, 2017 - Msg 107567: Hi All
Thank You for the Birthday wish.

G F & Asa I m on to you to so watch it.

TOM :(


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