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?

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108539: Hey folks, I've been gone awhile. Thought you might get a kick out of this I wrote today. Hope it brings a chuckle to you. John Masters

Top 10 ways you are addicted to TAGS

10. Every question you ask someone is followed with “Huh? Huh? Huh?”
9. You drive the wife nuts by having random trouble checks around the household
8. Police pick you up for heisting money from an ATM while shouting “Tuscaroarah!”
7. You refer to your three kids as number 1, number 2 and number 3.
6. You call into the local country radio station and ask them if they can play “Don’t hit your Grandma with a great big stick.”
5. The wife is mad you’re late getting home from work. You desperately explain the supervisor sent you to look for a spindle wrench.
4. You obsessively vow to catch Ol’ Sam on every fishing trip!
3. You verbally admonish your kids with “You beat everything, you know that?!”
2. Keep trying to set up your divorced sister with Luke Taft
1. You profoundly apologize to neighbors for “Glenn Fording” all over town

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108540: 'bout that? I managed to sweep for ya' too!

John Masters

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108541: Hey John Masters! Yer a hoot! Funny stuff!

Oh,and good sweepin' too! Welcome back to the Porch-have a wonderful day!

Hey to everybody!

possum u.a.r.

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108542: Hey John..Good ones!...I always have to explain to people what “Glen Ford’in means...

MDC....HEARTACHES NOTHIN BUT HEARTACHES and now backaches...Sorry Buddy I feel for ya Buddy...
We will continue to keep you guys in out prayers..

Oh BTW John, since you did such a good job sweeping, how are ya on leaves 🍁

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108543: Happy Thursday porch, hope everyone is having a great day.

I haven't been by to rock lately but have been checking in to see how everyone is doing. been busy with first one thing and then the other. I understand how ole Bert felt.

been colder here lately and getting dark by the time I leave work. the leaves sure are pretty colors but falling fast. Mr. Maude will have his work cut out for himself when he starts getting them up.

Patrick, Beth and Daysie are all doing well. Beth is still looking for a job where she can actually use her college degree but remains at Food Lion. Patrick and Daysie are settling in to their house and experiencing the joys and woes of owning rather than renting.

Thanksgiving dinner will be at our house with me doing the cooking. Daysie has to work at 2pm and
Beth may have to work part of the day. won't have a lot of people so it should be manageable.

MDC: hope your back gets better

Hey to everyone around the porch .

Supper menu will be: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, biscuits, green beans, SLAW.
peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

Better get back to work.
Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

November 16, 2017 - Msg 108544: Hi Here.
THIS IS st. Andy here looking for bad joker to
full the Room i the BIG HOUSE.


November 16, 2017 - Msg 108545: Hi everyone. I'm still without a computer and WiFi is spotty at best but checking in. I hope you are all well and blessed. I think of all of you daily.

I can't remember when I have been busier. Seems like since the hurricane life has just ramped up as far as activity. I am working more trying to help pay for a big tractor repair and the upcoming holidays. I still have a job but things are looking rather glum at the facility and census is low. We are working one nurse per shift on most days but I don't mind it. I am planning on taking one of my artificial trees up there to decorate the nurses station and raise spirits a bit.

We are hosting the family for thanksgiving and will have a crowd as usual. Expecting some family from out of town, in town, and even good friends. I just love it but had lots of work to do. St Susan and I went to town and got our thanksgiving shopping done today, so that helps.

Erin is doing really well and is on the basketball team and loving it. Sean has his challenges but keeps going. Bruce is working alot.

Well, hope all of you have a terrific rest of the week.


November 17, 2017 - Msg 108546: ASA--I looked online for those Hall's lozenges, and
sure enough, they discontinued them, but I found a similar thing, just a different brand...check out this link:
How is the cold coming along?
ST. Andy, are you TOM in disguise?? ha (You're incognito)
Maudie, good to hear from you. For some reason I thought you just had two
kids. For some reason I dont recall a Daysie, but I am obviously wrong! :)
I'm sure you will have a great Thanksgiving spread after all those delicious lunches you have served us here on the porch!
BOO--good to see you too. Sounds like you have your hands full. How goes the vegan thing? That is nice that you will bring a tree to work. Glad Erin is back in school.
Hope all the damage is fixed up.
JOHN, very funny stuff! Thanks for sharing. I especially like number 3! ha
Keep warm all!

November 17, 2017 - Msg 108547: MDC..You’re On TOM’s radar now!...As for Asa & I we are trying harder this year to keep from getting only a lump of coal. But then again, coal ain’t so bad...It keeps ya warm in the cold weather...

Boo & Maude good to have you pop in for a visit, Maude shoot for the Good Feeling...The Meet-Up is only 8 months away!...

John Masters, PH, Sterling, that goes for you guys too!...Don’t be stranger’s!..”Now is the Season for ALL good Porchsters to come to the aide of their friends!”...

Also, a Public Service Announcement Reminder... MeTV is showing “Return to Mayberry” Tuesday November 21st @ 8:00ET..So the rest of you guys West of the Mississippi will have to adjust to your time zone...


November 17, 2017 - Msg 108548: Good morning, porch! John Masters, it's good to hear from you. Funny stuff in that post, very creative. Boo, glad to hear from you, too. I've been wondering how you were getting along. Looks like it's just going to take a while to recover from the storm. My cousin in Houston tells me that they're still trying to get past it, and some folks are still without homes. He was fortunate, he's located where he didn't get any water damage.

G-F, by Sunday I'll be able to get MeTV too! I've been considering getting one of those OTA antennas so I could get those channels, and guess what. Last night my primary dishbox failed, and at the moment, I have no TV at all. I called and set up an appointment for Sunday afternoon to get that box replaced with a new upgrade (no charge). Then my son called this morning, and I told him, and he said - Mom, call them back and tell them to bring an OTA antenna as well. That reminded me of an email I had gotten from them, I went back and found it on my computer, and I will be getting the OTA antenna along with my new Dish box, all at no charge and no monthly service charge, and it will remove the $10 a month charge that I've been paying to have the local network channels. Also, the OTA will be interfaced with my new remote control, and will function with my surround-sound system and anything else that the Dish box works with. It seems that the local networks charge the cable and satellite providers a huge amount of money for the privilege of carrying their channels! They keep going up on it, to the point that Dish finally had to start charging the customers that $10 to help offset what they were paying the networks. Finally, they decided it would be cheaper to provide everyone with an OTA antenna for free, and tell the networks to go up an alley and holler fish! I love it. I'm going to have better service for $10 less a month! Can't beat a deal like that.

I have some very good news on the "short of breath" thing. I saw the doctor who manages my pacemaker on Tuesday morning, and we went over all the factors that could be involved. We came up with reducing my dosage of Atenolol. That drug slows the heart rate, which for me helps to keep me from going into A-fib. My pacer readings show that I have A-fib about 2% of the time, and the episodes are very brief, usually about five minutes. We cut the dose in half, hoping it will be enough to continue to control the A-fib, but it lets my heart rate move up from about 76 to an average of 88-92. It's faster because my heart is trying to compensate for the decreased lung capacity. So here's the result. On the usual dose, my resting heart rate was around 74-76, and my O2 sat would be 89-91%. Therefore, I was tired all the time, just no energy to do anything. After just three nights on the reduced dose, this morning, my resting heart rate is 92, my O2 sat is 95-96%, and I'm actually looking forward to working in the yard. I'll see the doc again in three months, and he'll let the pacer readout tell him whether I've had an increase in A-fib episodes, but so far, I haven't felt any at all. Of course, I don't always feel them, so the readout will be the key. I'm very, very optimistic, however. God is good!

Well, my friend Joe is coming in a little while and we'll get some work done in the yard. I've got bulbs to plant and there are several volunteer trees that have gotten beyond the "pull up" stage and will have to be dug out. With pecan trees, that time begins when they're about a foot tall, and some of these are over three feet! When a squirrel's buried pecan sprouts, the little tree grows upward toward the surface, and one single root begins heading straight down, and is usually longer than the little tree. Plus, the pecan is still firmly attached, and you're trying to pull it up through the ground as well. Annoying things.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 17, 2017 - Msg 108549: Joe has been here and gone, worked for about three hours, and I worked right alongside! I pulled a big pile of weeds, planted six amaryllis, and hauled some trash to the street. Got a lot of dirt under my fingernails, and boy, did it ever feel good! I did have to stop and rest for a minute about four times, but I was just tired, not really short of breath. I've been doing practically nothing for so long that I think I've gotten de-conditioned. It will take a while to build my strength back up. What I did today, I absolutely could not have done last week. I think we're definitely on the right track. God is good. --Romeena

November 17, 2017 - Msg 108550: Evening porch,hoping everyone is having a Good Friday .

It’s been a nice day on my end of the porch. Weather was beautiful. Sunny blue skies and 60 degrees . I took a 3 mile walk and enjoyed being outside. Probably won’t have too many of those days left this year.

MDC: Daysie is our lovely daughter in law. She and Patrick were married in June 2016.

Romeena: glad they are finding a solution to your shortness of breath issues

Boo: it’s good to hear from you . I have missed you.

G-F: i am shooting for the good feeling and the Mayberry meet up next summer. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again .

Hope everyone has a good week end.
Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

November 18, 2017 - Msg 108551: Maudie, thanks for the clarification. Good to know that I'm not as crazy as i thought! ha
RO--so glad the new med protocol, etc is working so well. I admit i was a bit worried about ya!
Also glad you will be getting ME-TV. Here is a link to there website so you can check out the program schedule in your area:
You should be able to get many OTA stations with that antenna.
God is indeed GOOD! :)
All- I was browsing youtube and found a thing called "song sequels." Eg: Leslie Gore's "It's My Party," followed by "It's Judy's Turn to Cry." Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy vs the Red Baron," followed by "Snoopy's Christmas." And one of my favs, Marty Robbins's "El Paso," followed by "El Paso City." Anyway, just kinda cool.
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is almost here already!
I hope you all have a super weekend, maybe enjoy a concert in the park, give Jesus a shout-out. :)

November 18, 2017 - Msg 108552: If anyone is interested, Floyd was on a episode of The Joey Bishop Show As Mr. Cooper on the episode “Charity Begins at Home”


November 18, 2017 - Msg 108553: So glad you're feeling better Romeena! May it continue.

Yes, MDC, I'm still vegan and feeling well. Weight loss is steady but not quick. Boos pressure is good and energy level is up.i had my labs drawn yesterday, so I am anxious to see the results.

Thanks for missing me, everyone. Hooe you have a terrific weekend. I'm working but happy to do it.


November 18, 2017 - Msg 108554: Blood pressure, not Boos pressure. Lol

November 18, 2017 - Msg 108555: Morning all.

Thanks for the link for that stuff MDC. I might have to give it a try. This thing has settled down into my chest and has resulted in a big old ugly barking cough. Not unusual for me. I can get a hang nail and it will end up with bronchitis. Oh well, could be worse.

So good to see you posting Boo and Big Maude. Glad you are doing so well with your health Boo. And Maude, I bet your Thanksgiving dinners are a big hit.

I am out to deal with some leaves GF, But I will watch that link later on for sure.

Hey John Masters. Good to see you and PH also. Y'all need to stick around.

Well I better get. These leaves won't pick themselves up.


November 18, 2017 - Msg 108556: Well today is one of those Ohio days where we see all 4 seasons in one day...High winds and snow by tonight!.

November 18, 2017 - Msg 108557: Just a quick hello tonight. Still have to drive my wife around, but it has been a good experience for us both to be shopping together once again. (When we were just married, we only had one "working" car, so
shopped together a lot those first few years.)
GF-thanks for the link; and ASA, as Tanna used to say, "Make like a tree and get out of here!" ha (Back to the Future)

November 19, 2017 - Msg 108558: Wow looks like some good archive reading...sorry been so busy gang...storm moved through last night..just got home from wk...will read when I get up...prayers...SPOT

November 19, 2017 - Msg 108559: Hi folks,

Thanks ASA. Appreciate the sentiment. Life has been rough for me and the wife. Kinda upside down. We lost one of our dogs of ten years to kidney disease. She was daignosed and was gone three weeks later. Wife and I did home IV treatments to save her but she QUICKLY developed neurological problems, like walking sideways and falling on her face. We put her down feeling like we had been robbed. We have had TONS of sentiment thru Facebook that our vet instructed us to give her way more fluid than she needed and it went to her brain. She was cremated and is in a beautiful pine box wit her name burned onto the top of the box. We are terribly heartbroken and the space she leaves is enormous.
Sorry, folks. Didnt mean to vent, it just kinda poured out.
My best to each and every one of you!

John Masters

November 19, 2017 - Msg 108560: Oh my goodness, John Masters. I'm so glad you came here to "vent", because we understand. We've all done it. You weren't here when I lost my precious Sugarplum, or when Asa lost his Sammy. My son's Bentley left us much too soon, and he just belonged to our whole family. Others have lost beloved pets as well, and we understand the pain, believe me. Sugarplum has been gone for ten years, and I still can't look at certain pictures of her without the tears coming. Never, ever feel you should apologize for sharing your feelings, especially your grief. That's what a family is for, and we are your porch family.

You mentioned the space she left, and how it is so big. I know what you mean. Sugarplum left a big hole in my life, because I knew I couldn't replace her. I did get Toye Starr, but she didn't replace Sugarplum. She just came in and made her own place, and settled right down next to that empty spot. The warmth and light she brought to me has helped to make that empty spot more tolerable. I know Sugarplum would approve. She always wanted me to be happy, and would be thrilled that I have another beloved companion.

Blessings! --Romeena

November 20, 2017 - Msg 108561: Yes indeed John, RO is right; This is the place.
I feel and KNOW your pain as we lost our precious Christy the cat in August 2016. We had her for 18 years. In fact, just the other day, a quite friendly stray has decided to 'adopt' our back yard. So far, we have left her to her/his own devices.
We'll see what happens.
SPOT--check in when you can. Good to see you
Well, you all have a blessed Monday!

November 20, 2017 - Msg 108562: Good Morning Gang ! Freezing here in Ga...but gona be ready to head home and hit the sack...Breakfast Menu: eggs your way,grits,bacon (limp for Romeena),Country ham,sausage links,hashbrowns ,bisquits and Gravy,fried apples...coffie Milk and Oj...Prayers to this fine Porch...SPOT

November 20, 2017 - Msg 108563: Hey, SPOT, have you tried the brown sugar and flour on the bacon yet? Check it out at your own risk. Once you taste it cooked that way, you may never eat plain bacon again. It's just ridiculously good. --Romeena

November 20, 2017 - Msg 108564: MDC, I'm hoping you'll make some overtures toward that friendly little stray, and maybe you already have. You never know how a kitty becomes homeless. Maybe her person died and there was no one to take her. Maybe her family moved away and just left her. Yes, people do that. How, I'll never understand, but they do. A friendly little cat suddenly appeared at my daughter's home, hung around the porch a lot, and finally had three kittens under the porch steps. They found homes for the kittens, and kept the little mama cat, whom they named Kitty Mama. Had her spayed, bathed her (she allowed it) and brought her in the house. She's an absolute delight. She's a tiny thing, very prim and proper, and so affectionate. She also gets along very well with all the dogs, and when our family is all together, there can be at least five dogs. You just might have a little gift, right there in your back yard. --Romeena

November 20, 2017 - Msg 108565: Well Asa...My yard is Done & Done As Briscoe says....Unless we get a Strong wind from the South, then I’ll get my neighbors yard full of leaves. So I’m thinking holding off taking the battery out of the mower quite yet...10-4?....


November 20, 2017 - Msg 108566: Dog-gone-it Romeena I forgot...tell me how to do that good bacon again please...SPOT

November 21, 2017 - Msg 108567: "Dog-gone"...good one SPOT!
RO--as barney would say, that's EXACTLY what I've been thinking, as it has been tame, and it lets me get to within about 5 feet before it runs off. On the other hand it may actually belong to someone in
the neighborhood, and just likes some 'quiet time' at our place. ha
With all in the news lately, I'm going to risk a "dumb dora" joke. I think it's goes: Dumb dora was SO dumb, that she forgot the lyrics to the Batman TV show's theme song. (rim shot)
My wife's recovery is going good still. She gets to take off the sling permanently when I take her to the first PT on Wed.
It appears like everyone has a good Thanksgiving planned.

November 21, 2017 - Msg 108568: Sure thing, SPOT. If you'll go back to the last archive, to message 108513, you'll find it. However, I'll add a bit to it, based on some experimenting I did this morning. It's easy to get too much brown sugar on the bacon, if you press the bacon into the sugar the way I described in that first post. If you get too much, you'll have a hard crust of sugar, and it's just a bit much. This morning, I just very lightly pressed some of the strips in the sugar, then pressed them into the flour. They were still very good, and didn't have that hard shell of sugar. Then I mixed some sugar into the flour, and just pressed the bacon firmly into that combination, and that worked well also. Once you get the idea, you'll figure out what suits you best. This I can guarantee - good bacon with a light brown sugar and flour crust will leave you looking forward to breakfast. I had mine with a toasted English muffin with cream cheese on it, and a handful of little cherry tomatoes. Good!

Have a good night, everyone. Say your prayers! --Romeena


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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.