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?

September 25, 2016 - Msg 105805: Boo, I hear what you're saying, but it scares me. If enough people feel that way, and abstain from voting, we will elect Hillary. It's going to be a close race, I think, and not voting for Trump is the same as voting for her. I went through the same soul-searching = absolutely sure I couldn't vote for her and live with myself, but having a hard time picturing myself voting for him. Thought about one of the other two, but that's the same as not voting. Votes for them will never win, the only thing that will defeat her is enough votes for a candidate with a chance of winning.

Our Sunday School lesson was the same as yours, and as we were discussing it and the teacher was teaching, it suddenly hit me. In the days when Peter (or whoever) was writing that passage, the people did not elect their leaders. They were appointed, and the people had no say in the matter. Today, we elect our leaders. So, if I Peter and other passages in the Bible imply that God puts leaders in their places of authority, then doesn't it follow that in this day He would do that by leading us (those of us who follow Him) to vote rightly? The glitch there is that there are more who do not follow Him than there are those who do. We've just got to be sure that we do our part, and hope everyone else does theirs. America is circling the drain right now. If we get Hillary in the White House, we will have a leftist, rewrite-the-Constitution Supreme Court for our lifetime, and a large part of our children's lives. It's not just the presidency that's at stake here, it's the Supreme Court as well, and that means America's future. I am reminded that people died to secure my right to vote, so I figure that means I should at least do it.

One more thing - we'd better be researching Tim Kaine. Quite honestly, if Hillary is elected, I have my doubts as to her finishing a term. She is not well. Kaine is a little more moderate than Hillary, but still a leftist. What a mess.

And on that note, sweet dreams, everyone! --Romeena

September 25, 2016 - Msg 105806: You're welcome. I even dusted the corners.--Romeena

September 26, 2016 - Msg 105807: HI ALL-- Good sweep RO -- Hey porchters..I saw the "Make Room for Daddy" ep on COZI TV the other day, that featured Andy as sheriff of Mayberry, for my first time. The court house was different, but I guess you all know that, but Andy was the same as in the first season of TAGS. Funny thing tho, Aunt Bee was on it as a different person, and same with Ben Weaver,
who was a Mr. Perkins.
BOO-- I most definitely hear you. I have had the same feeling lately, mostly because of the election coming up, but also because of recent Scotus decisions, and other things like the 20 Tril debt, etc., many churches are moving away from biblical teaching, there are the current race issues,then there is the world tension, as well. It all plays into our phychi. I often think back to my childhood, and many people tell me that it was bad then too, which is somewhat true, but my dad really DID leave the car keys in the ignition all night, schools taught just the basics, all the PC stuff was non-existent, etc, and we could use any kind of light bulbs that we wanted to, too! (OK,lol on the last part) Anyway, as our study today was Paul's letter to Timothy, we need to keep our faith strong, not be afraid to show it in the public square, and begin each day saying 'this is the day the Lord has made..." :) And by the way, we DO have a Kirkland's here and it is so cool there. Many Christian items too.
ASA--Snow and cool weather! That's,! :)
MAUDE and GF-- That is so neat that you met up at the Meet Up of MDs! I too would sure like to be there someday.
RO--I saw on the news about your area getting pounded with rain!!! Wow, it sure looked bad on the map!
TOM--my prayers are with you. May these fine suggestions and actions here help you out!
ALL-- I am entering into 40 days of prayer and (some, as as can) fasting regarding the election. If the whole Church would do that think how things could happen! I pray right now that the Holy Spirit will shower his gifts upon donald to speak well and truthfully and to be strong at the debate. Folks, this is so o o important! God, please bless America.
Love you, Prayers,

September 26, 2016 - Msg 105808: If any of you wanted to watch the pilot episode of the Andy Griffith show from "Make Room for Daddy" that MDC was talking about, here it is....


September 26, 2016 - Msg 105809: Boo, I'm with ya sister, a lot of time I'm just to melancholy and nostalgiac for my own good.... The Mayberry Days trip both helps and hinders that, so I suppose I'm the wrong person to ask... My take on feeling blue is that it is a good sign that those times and people you miss REALLY ment something to us and grief is a measure of that I suppose.... G-F

September 26, 2016 - Msg 105810: Good Morning all. Monday morning at that.

Hey Boo, I can tell you are not quite yourself these days. And I know the Holidays can really get folks down sometimes. I'm sorry you are feeling so down, and I think it is normal to have some period like that. But if it drags on for to long, you might want to seek some help. To spend too much time dwelling on the past, robs us of the present, and you sure don't want that to happen. I will amp up my prayers for you as we go into the Holiday season.

So GF, Are you saying you didn't call that author sport? lol Sounds like you had a grand time.

Romeena, your description of queen hill was so spot on. No soul to her eyes. Kinda made me shudder. I wonder.... you reckon she has am image in a mirror? And I agree, we better look at her running mate, because I think she has some serious health issues that they are trying to hide. As much as I dislike her, I don't wish her ill health. But she is really doing the Country a disservice if she is sick, but just pursuing this to lay claim for the first woman President title.

I have the TAGS pilot on my DVR. I always get a kick out of the squad car Andy pulls up in with no windows in it. I suppose light glare was why they were removed.

I just watched some Matlocks that had some TAGS folks in it. One had the gal that played Millie. The other one had the fellow that played Frankie Flints daddy in it.

Well better get rolling. Boilers to prep, and evap. coolers to hibernate this week.

Prayers for all.


September 26, 2016 - Msg 105811: Good morning, porch. Believe it or not, it's 61 here today, predicted high of 76. Sure does feel good. I noticed my a/c wasn't coming on as often last night. The wind is out of the north/northeast, and more rain showers are possible. I think fall is on its way! Boo, maybe this will make it down to the coast before long. Let's hope so.

On the election thing, I think I can sum up my feelings this way, and be done with it. I don't really want either of them, but I don't want HER a lot more than I don't want HIM. Therefore, he gets my vote. And then, in the interim before the next election, maybe God will raise up a candidate we can all respect and trust, and who can build on the foundation that Trump would begin to lay. At least we won't have a liberal Supreme Court. If that is allowed to happen, America is lost.

Good question, Asa, about Hillary having an image in a mirror! Funny! Maybe somebody will drop a house on her. Hey, it could happen! Of course, it would also take out all those guys who are so close to her all the time, ready to catch her if (when) she falls, or grab her, inject her, and propel her forward when her legs stiffen up in a seizure. That woman is a risk America definitely cannot afford to take. Even if she was politically acceptable, I couldn't vote for her because of her health issues. Put her health with her politics, and there's just no way.

Well, guess I'd better go get dressed and head for the dentist's office. Always a pleasant visit, though. This man has been my dentist since 1979. He was fresh out of dental school, looked like a teenager, newly-married and an excellent dentist. Now he's a grandfather, still looks like he's about 16, and still an excellent dentist. I've got a full set of my own teeth - several crowns and lots of fillings, but they're my own. Lots of folks my age can't say that, and I give him the credit. So, off I go! --Romeena

September 26, 2016 - Msg 105812: Good sweep romeena..hey Asa,MDC,possum,G-F,Boo and all...well we gona get down in the lower 50"s end of the week ! my kind of camping weather !..well let me get logged in here at work till 6am...International Linemans Rodeo coming up the 15th of Oct in Kansas wife and will be flying out ...back with supper SPOT

September 26, 2016 - Msg 105813: HI ALL.


September 26, 2016 - Msg 105814: Anyone watch the debates?
I wasn't going to, but unfortunately my wife turned it on. And unfortunately the antenna was able to bring in ABC. More often than not it doesn't.
Luckily, Noah wanted to play Minecraft so I brought him into the next room where the computer is and we played that. So really I just heard some of the debate.
My wife is vehemently against Donald Trump, for reasons I think stem mainly from something he allegedly did to some Indian tribe, I think in a business deal. She says she doesn't like Hillary either, but I haven't heard her get all hot under the collar the way she does when talking about Trump. She did mention that Hillary looked "dead" at one point when she was staring during the debate.
As far as my wife is concerned, my view is that we have two rotten choices for president. And that is the farthest I want to go in any political discussion with her. But I also know I could never vote for that woman. I was going to say "lady" but a lady has class and honor, and Hillary has neither. Anyone who says that a baby doesn't have any constitutional rights right up to being delivered, and thus can be aborted right up to delivery, should not be anywhere near the Oval Office.
Yes, she did say that, in an interview on The View.

Ok, on to a more pleasant topic. We took Noah to a parade yesterday, and I thought of you all when one of the marching bands played the song that Barney "plays" on his newly acquired cymbals in the episode where the Mayberry band wants to go to the capital(I think that is the one). I can't remember the name of the song, but you remember it, don't you?
Ba-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-CRASH-da-da-da-da-CRASH-da- etc.

I have to say, and I was thinking at the time, that the cymbalist in this band wasn't playing it right. And definitely not with the same pizzazz that Barney had when he played it.

Glad things are going ok for you, Tom. It is going to be only in the 70's for the high here this week as well. Blah, I don't like the coming of fall. But, we'll get through it. We always do.

- Sterling Holobyte

September 27, 2016 - Msg 105815: Rather than watch the debate, I actually went into my 'prayer closet' and just prayed about the whole thing. We need to do that more and more as a country, and God will heal our land.
I am not trying to be precocious, just realistic.
Sterling, that video was so telling, she was so 'cold' in her statements. wow. Lord help us.
We got a little rain today, hoping for more tomorrow.

September 27, 2016 - Msg 105816: Prayer is the best thing we can do for our country, MDC. I need to do more of that, personally.

Sterling, such an ironic statement that Hillary makes...she calls the unborn child a person, but says that person has no constitutional rights under the law AND she supports that. I don't get it. As a nurse, I understand the concern over health issues but that is a whole different issue as far as I am concerned. Those in that category are a very small percentage. I think that the bottom line is money. It's about the money. Until people stop loving money more than human life, this issue will never be resolved.

Ro, thank you for sharing your insight, and I think you had some terrific points. I will remember them.

Well, it finally cooled off some here. It is still around 80 with overcast skies and the breeze is from the south but it feels so much better than the high 90's.

Looks like we have acquired a family cat. I couldn't get the SPCA or the local shelter to come and take the cat nextdoor, who belonged to the little girl who was shot and killed. I have been putting food out for it but we really needed to do something for it. She is a pretty calico and very sweet. Sean and I loaded her into a pet carrier and took her to our vet. She got her shots and some med for fleas and heartworms and such and now she is hiding behind my drier in the laundry room. Poor kitty. She did really well, though in the car and was easy enough to deal with and never got mean, even though she was afraid at the vet. They told us at the office that she would probably find a place to hide today when we took her home, and she did, but the cute thing is that I can go in there and find her easily enough because when I call sweetly to her, she purrs so loud you can hear it in the next room. So sweet. I am not looking forward to a litter box again, and cat hair, but it means enough to Erin that it's worth it. She has been through a lot and is still pressing on, doing well in school, and just growing into such a wonderful young woman. I'm very proud of her. Yesterday we were coming out of walmart, and an elderly lady came flying through the parking lot, right in front of the store as we were walking out. Erin saw it before I did and she jumped in front of me because she thought the woman was going to hit me. I told her thanks, but next time let me get hit, not you. lol

Well, think I will get some chores done. I guess I wont be doing laundry since the cat is hiding back there. :)


September 27, 2016 - Msg 105817: Boo, bless you for taking that poor little kitty in. I'm betting she will turn into a lovely little pet for Erin, and the whole family will love her. As everyone knows, I'm a confirmed dog lover, and will always have a dog as long as it's possible. However, if I ever find myself in circumstances where I can't have a dog, but could have a cat, then I'll have a cat. I like cats, and very much enjoy those that belong to my family and friends. Poor little kitty, she has been through quite a bit too, and then deserted too. I'll bet she warms up quickly and makes a sweet, loving little house-kitty. --Romeena

September 27, 2016 - Msg 105818: Thank you, Ro. She is very sweet and I hope things will work out. She came out from behind the drier when Erin came home and she ate something but she is back there again. I guess she feels secure since this is still a safe place.

Well, tomorrow is another day of work so better hit the ironing board. Love to all.


September 27, 2016 - Msg 105819: meant to say strange place....not safe...yawn!


September 28, 2016 - Msg 105820: No one has mentioned the passing of Arnold Palmer, he was one of those class acts. I used to go watch him at the Phx Open during the late '60s and '70s. Here's a good example...

BOO-that is so good of you to take in the cat. I had a dream about
our dear kitty the other night. I still miss her a lot.
The weather is changing a bit here also. The high heat has gone
down into the 90s now, and even into the high 60s at night.
I have been looking at pics of MD on FB, and the lady who "takes off" on Charlene sure does look like her!! :) I bet she saw lot o purdy men too! ha

September 28, 2016 - Msg 105821: MDC.. The lady, Christy "Andylene" McLendon actually plays the child of Charlene because the "real" Charlene doesn't care for someone "taking off" on her character while she is still around. I think it is a complement, but that's just me!.. BTW she has a really good singing voice too...
Romeena may have seen her on one of her Mayberry cruises, I can't remember how long she has been doing "Andylene" ..

MDC.. I see where it's time to get the broom and dust pan out again... A Phoenix version of a snow storm...


September 28, 2016 - Msg 105822: Good Wednesday morning porch friends, hope all is well today.

a cool 58 degrees this morning on my end of the porch.

Please say a prayer for Mr. Maude. he is having a root canal this morning. Hopefully things will be smoothly. they are not fun but apparently the dentist it was necessary.

Hope things are going better for you Tom. praying you can find the resources and assistance you need.

better get my work hat on and get busy.
Lunch menu will be; roast beef sandwhiches, chips and oatmeal cookies. and in honor of Arnold Palmer and Arnold Palmer tea/lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

September 28, 2016 - Msg 105823: Big Maude, yes indeed, big prayers for your hubby!
Maybe he should loosen something! :)

GF- Thanks for that update on Andylina. I was going by the pictures only, plaid dress and all.

BTW, anyone ever notice how Arnold Palmer had those low
golf scores, yet he was better known than them guys who scored in the high 90s!? haha
Have a good day folks,

September 28, 2016 - Msg 105824: Bet he belonged to the Esquire Club too!...ha

September 28, 2016 - Msg 105825: Nice of you to take in that cat, Boo.
When I read what you did I was afraid that it might just keep the memories of that horrible day in Erin's head, but since she wants to keep it and is doing well in school and all, it sounds like she is dealing with it quite nicely. And that says a lot about how you raised her and her home life.

Well, I could use Gomer or Goober right now, since my brakes just went out and I need them fixed. I think the brake line broke, again. Well, it is a '96.
On top of that, I have a tree in the yard that has two big branches that are about to break. Well, one IS breaking and bending over toward our house, and the other one is off of the same section of the tree and is just a big, dead branch that teeters over our driveway and part of the trellis an awful lot when the wind blows. I am not hiring Mr. Wheeler for that though, because he would have me doing all the work anyway. I am not really confident in trying to do it myself, what with one of them close to the power line and me not having a decent way to get up there. But money has been tight so I guess I am going to have to get the brakes fixed first, and hope it is just the brake line like last time, and that my hometown mechanic can fix it and I don't have to take it to one of the more expensive shops.
Ah, when it rains, it pours.

Big Maude, did Mr. Maude get through his root canal ok? Hoping he is not in too much pain.

-Sterling Holobyte


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