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 18, 2015 - Msg 101386: Possum, the other Ernest T. Is Phil Lee, they are both funny, you're right Phil Fox is more animated, but they both complement the character quite well! I video taped their show for a friend while he was performing, maybe I can get a copy of the song from him for you.


May 18, 2015 - Msg 101387: Since I swept thought you might like a "Rooster" song by Ernest T. (Fox)

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101388: Ha! That was mighty good, Ernest T.! Thanks, G-F for posting the video!! Yep, Phil LEE- I was thinking Phil Lane (I knew it started with an "L").
I'd love to hear the possum song,so please share it if you can.

possum again

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101389: Here ya go Possum, not by Ernest T. But the V W Boys do a good version.... Just a word of warning... It'll make ya cry! Doesn't end well for the Possum.... Sorry...G-F

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101390: *Sniff* Pass the Kleenex please.

That just clutched me, G-F! LOL (Good bunch of musicians,though!)

Thanks for posting it.

poor poor pitiful possum :)

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101391: G-F, thanks for that clip of Phil as Ernest T. The Rooster song is hilarious, of course. Eloise and I saw the VW boys perform it on one of the cruises. Phil does a great job with it. He is one funny guy! --Romeena

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101392: Storms got us hoppin here at work ! send food ! SPOT

May 19, 2015 - Msg 101393: Uh...the rooster song was kinda creepy..just sayin'. ;)

Sounds like you had a great weekend, Ro. Congratulations on a graduating grandson. How proud you must be. How does Brittany make her chicken and rice? Maybe I will send her a message and ask for the recipe. I have a simple recipe for it but I am wondering if it is the sameone she makes.

We might get more rain here today and a thunderstorm, but hopefully nothing worse. Ro, did you watch the news concerning the big biker brawl in Waco? Crazy!

Not much else to report since I was last here. Been on my usual three day stretch at work and holding down the fort here at home.

Maude, cant believe Beth is 21! They have all grown up so fast...too fast.


May 19, 2015 - Msg 101394: Good morning, porch! Cloudy and a bit windy here today, but comfortable at 74. Small chance of rain, with the chances increasing as the week progresses. I'm glad we're getting a few days with no rain, to give what's already in the ground a chance to soak deeper and let the surface dry a little. Rain that falls right now just goes to runoff and causes flooding. Most of our lakes are full and over the spillways, and the creeks and rivers that feed them are full, so any more rain just goes to flood. I'm not complaining, I'm deeply grateful for the breaking of our years-long drought, but a little break now so we can keep what falls later is also appreciated. You know, the Bible says "the rain falls on the just and on the unjust." I can't help wondering which of those we are.

Yep, Boo, I saw that big mess in Waco. From what the news said, it was not local people, it was three or four biker gangs from around the country, converging on Waco as a meeting ground, to discuss "turf boundaries and other issues." You can Google "Waco biker brawl" and find several very good, comprehensive articles about it.

What a mess! How stupid and immature can people be? These are adults, not dumb kids fighting over "ownership" of a street corner. Apparently they don't have jobs, since they seem to be free to roam the country. I suppose they live on the proceeds from theft, drug dealing, and welfare. Can you imagine living a life that's so empty that you'll run all over the country, deliberately getting into a brawl that costs lives, just to make sure everyone understands that an area is "your turf"? People like that are a blight on humanity, and they make it hard for decent folks who happen to enjoy motorcycles. For cryin' out loud, my pastor and our music minister ride Harleys, and like to get out on the highway with some friends now and then and just enjoy the ride. I suppose some people, seeing them, would think they're thugs! Of course they're not dressed in the headrags and club jackets, but most people don't make that distinction.

As for Brittney's chicken and rice, there really isn't a recipe. It's just chicken legs seasoned with lemon pepper and broiled, and the rice is actually Rice-a-roni. Couldn't be simpler, but she has a knack for cooking the chicken just right. It's fully done, no pink, but it's never dry. I tend to cook it too long and dry it out. I like rare beef, but not rare chicken! I don't know how she does it, but hers is just better than mine. Her rice is always good too, because she adds some of the drippings from the chicken to it just as it finishes cooking. I do that also - doesn't hurt it a bit!

Well, guess I'll go hunt up some late breakfast or early lunch. Going to the Deacon's fish fry at church tonight - they continue to invite the widows of deacons who have passed, even send a deacon to pick us up! Very thoughtful, I think. I didn't go the first few years, but I do now.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 19, 2015 - Msg 101395: Speaking of my pastor, I'd like to ask for your prayers for him. He had surgery yesterday morning for kidney cancer, very recently discovered. They removed about two-thirds of his kidney. The doctor said the remainder will continue to function, and best news of all, he is very confident that he got all of the cancer. Knowing Bro. Ken, he will have a very upbeat attitude about it all, and will be back in the pulpit as soon as the doctor will allow it. He's one of the good guys, and I'd really appreciate your prayers for his full recovery, cancer-free! Thanks! --Romeena

May 19, 2015 - Msg 101396: Prayers for Romeena's Pastor... I think Andy was right about Barney having to get rid if his motorcycle, see what kind of heart ach it brings. Kinda makes it bad for those folks who are responsible riders, not me never been into them, I mean guys like our SPOT.

Boo, speaking of Roosters, how's Bernie been behaving? We don't hear anything about him anymore, did you do a Ruby Tewe's to him?....Was he doing to much floggin'?


May 20, 2015 - Msg 101397: Seems like things are a little wacko in Waco these days! Wow, what a mess!
Maudie, that is amazing that 21 year olds like to just sit and jaw on your porch!
Did you get the predicted rain?
looks like all trips went well. Enjoyed Floyd's photos on FB.
BTW, the doc thinks my procedure will be sometime in june. He says no hurry, but it is a bit uncomfortable.
Prayers for RO's pastor!
God's blessings,

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101398: More tough weather in Texas, you girls Ok?......G-F

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101399: Good morning, porch! Skies are partly clear this morning, but clouding up rapidly. More rain is probable for today. Yesterday, right after I wrote about the little respite from the rain we were getting, the heavens opened and we got a "frog-strangler" that lasted about fifteen minutes. It had my pumps running, making a little geyser out at the street, carrying away the excess. Now it looks like it's going to do it again today.

In defense of Waco, please - everyone be aware that the people who caused and participated in that battle there were not locals. They were representatives from about four or five national motorcycle gangs - they just chose Waco as a meeting point. The police had heard rumors, and were prepared, otherwise it would have been much worse. They have over a hundred of them in jail, at $1 million bail each. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. One thing I'd bet on - they won't go to Waco again. The local police are strong, and if necessary, they'll call in the Texas Rangers. You do NOT want to mess with them!

Well, gotta run. This morning is our last class with our Internationals, for the summer. I'll teach my class from 9:30 to 10:30, then we'll have our usual all-together gathering until 11:00, and then we're serving them hamburgers and the trimmings. After that, it's over - until school starts again. We follow the city school schedule. It will be good to have the summer free of it. I enjoy it, and will probably teach again next fall, but a couple of months without that obligation will be nice. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101400: Just a heads up, after tomorrow "G-F" may have a new meaning...Until tomorrow I have to Tick-a-lock! 🔐 Let's just say Asa & I have ever more in common now....😀 G-F....

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101401: MDC Waco was mess...well im here till just 10 tonight then off till mid next week...Mrs SPOT and I are gona go a road trip somewhere...mabye Smokie Mts.? dont know yet..the Good Lord gave me rain on my garden...lookin good everything up and going !..GF?? what is going on? Prayers Romeena...Hey Boo,Maude,Possum,Lucy,PH and all...well supper menu:Grilled Ribeye steaks med,corn on the cobb,cream taters,salad the grill lit ! SPOT

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101402: Yippee, G-F!! (If I'm right,and I do believe I am,'cause I'm a right smart possum)- please return ASAP and make your announcement once you receive the "official verification"!

Go to Mayberry, Spotty! Mount Airy's not all that far from y'all-you'll love it!

Prayers for Ro's pastor and love to all.

possum under a rock

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101403:
G-F, your hint gave me an idea of what your secret is. But I won't spoil it for you.

I was shocked to learn that one of the arrested bikers in that Waco Texas biker gang incident is a retired detective who served 32 years with the San Antonio Police Department!

from Poor Horatio

May 20, 2015 - Msg 101404: G-F---> What's up buddy??? mdc

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101405: C'mon,y'all, it's not that hard to put 2 & 2 together! But,I'm ticking a lock along with Poor Horatio.(Wow-I figured something out along with P-H?? I'm EPT! Ha ha ha)

G-F will fill everyone in soon,I'm sure-don't think he will be able to keep it to himself!!

possum again

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101406: OK, G-F. Any news? You do know that your secret is no secret, but I think you intended it to be that way, considering all those broad hints. What fun!!!

The back yard is like Grand Central Station this morning, At the moment, there are five doves, three sparrows, a blue jay, and a couple of finches on the flat stones beneath the hanging feeder, cleaning up what the squirrels have dropped. There's a woodp#cker chowing on the suet feeder, and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal are on the other feeder, happily enjoying the sunflower seeds. A pair of black-capped chickadees just left that feeder, but they'll be back. In the midst of it all, there are five squirrels - a couple at the feeder, one up in a tree with a chunk of dry bread which he's claimed as his own, one checking out a nest box, and another climbing one of the crape myrtles, just nosing around. I can't possibly express the joy I find at this window. I guess most people put picture windows on the front of their homes, but what's to see out there? With this one on the back, I have a window on the world! And what a happy, lovely little world it is. I get to observe the circle of life out there, and all the little events that come with it. Fortunately, the one part that I'd just as soon not see, the end of life, is rarely seen. Nature has a way of being very discreet in that area. I get to see the little birds as they fledge and learn to fly, and the baby squirrels when they first emerge from their nests, terrified to climb on the tree until mama forces them to do so, and I see all the little courtships, both feathered and furry, but rarely, very rarely, do I witness the end of a life. Honestly, I wouldn't take a dollar and a quarter for this window!

Well, better go feed my little "indoor" critter. She has hinted several times that I've been at this keyboard long enough. Little does she know that I plan to do some writing this afternoon. She hates that.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101407: Yes, I promised to Tick-a-Lock until today... Well it is now today so I guess I can un-tic the lock. Well let it be known my Mayberry friends are a smart bunch! Since I was the first to be told I had to wait until th "OFFICIAL VERIFICATION " was announced before I Glen Ford'd it all over town...Or before it got to Facebooked by everyone else.
Yep, G-F means..."Grandaddy Fife"! But I guess ya'll figured it out with the Asa clue. My daughter Kristy found out she is going to be a Mommy, her first one! You KNOW what I'll be buying when I go to Mt. Airy this year....Ya think?
So yes, Asa and I do have a lot in common other than our line of work.. On a serious note, keep both of our daughters in your prayers. My daughter is a little peanut so I hope it all goes well for her...

Grandaddy Fife....G-F for😀

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101408: Congrats GF. Great news indeed my friend. And my youngest is a peanut size also, but she has not had any problems other than the morning sickness on the last couple of babies. But will pray for sure for them. I am going to my oldests school play here in a little while. She had a piano recital on Tuesday night. And another had a school play last week. Whew, busy time of the year for sure. Being a gramps is great though. Especially if your kids are good parents themselves. I have been blessed in that area.


May 21, 2015 - Msg 101409: I KNEW it! Congrats, Grandaddy-Fife!

We will all be wishing your daughter well and awaiting the arrival of our newest Porch baby! (You too, Asa!)

possum u.a.r.

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101410: just a note I now have a new computer as soon as I get use to it I will post more often I will try and catch up on posts soon my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. papa bear

May 21, 2015 - Msg 101411:
G-F, when you posted "tomorrow "G-F" may have a new meaning", the first thing that popped into my head was G-F = Grand-Father.

papa bear, that would be great if you could post more often.

from Poor Horatio

May 22, 2015 - Msg 101412:

PappaBear! good to see you. We had a grand send off for you and now you return, so what are we to think?--(refering to the TAGS ep, of course! ha)
RO- your email to me had me ROTFLOL. Basketball, wow! Thanks.
Possum--how's my flower girl today?
GF--I think I saw that in Mayberry After Midnite! (or in opie's paper! ha) Congrats.
God bless,

May 22, 2015 - Msg 101413: That's what I thought too, P-H- "G-F" meaning "Grand Father."

(I STILL can't believe I'm thinking like P-H! LOL)

MDC, your flower girl is just GROOVY! :) Hope you have a FAR OUT day!! Ha ha

Hey to Papa Bear!

Y'all have a good Memorial Day Weekend- didn't I hear Spot mention a cook out? Party at the Dog House-whoo hoo!

possum u.a.r.

May 22, 2015 - Msg 101414:
possum u.a.r., with you thinking like me, maybe we are related. Do you have a long lost twin brother?

from Poor Horatio

May 22, 2015 - Msg 101415: Hey you two... Would that make her a half of a Possum? Or a
Poor Funny one you two!...G-F but you already guessed that!....

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101416: A half a possum is a poor ratio.

Billy Ray the Postman

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101417: Billy Ray the Postman, that's a good one! You're sharp, for a mailman! --Romeena

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101418: G-F, I forwarded that as requested. Beautiful story. Thanks! --Romeena

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101419: Sorry, G-F. #101418 was meant for Asa. What was I thinking?? --Romeena

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101420: Hard to tell one Grandpa from another

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101421: Here's a funny one for TOM...Good Old Cleveland weather forecast.....G-F

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101422: all of Garden is up ! thank you Lord...worked it out today looks good...water is on it now.....SPOT

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101423:
G-F, after viewing that link you posted for TOM, I accidently discovered

from Poor Horatio

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101424: Y'all are too funny-a half a possum! LOL

possum under half of a rock

May 23, 2015 - Msg 101425: HI


May 23, 2015 - Msg 101426: Good one PH, they are "Big Chuck & Hoolihan" they were late night TV hosts that came after Ghoulardi who was the original B movie horror show host in Cleveland. And yes, I have met them and had my picture made with them last year at the Ghoulardi event they have every fall. It was that event when I got to see Tim Coway too. Tim got his start in Cleveland, and moved to Hollywood when Ernie Anderson (Ghoulardi) moved there, the rest is history.... If you grew up any where near Cleveland you for sure knew them.... Right TOM?


May 24, 2015 - Msg 101427: Tim Conway? That is one funny, funny man! --Romeena

May 24, 2015 - Msg 101428: I hope everyone is having a good, safe Memorial Day weekend. Here I post a 29 note salute to all our military who have given their ALL in defense of our freedoms.
God's blessings on all,

May 24, 2015 - Msg 101429: Thank You MDC...very appropriate for the day...We remember all those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, may we never forget that! Salute to your Pop's as you honor your first Memorial Day with out him. 🇺🇸


May 24, 2015 - Msg 101430:
MDC, living in Canada, I did not realize that this weekend is Memorial Day in the states. I thought it was next weekend. That video of the playing of taps was very touching. Thanks for posting it during this Memorial Day weekend.

Whenever I see a photograph of any military personnel who has sacrificed his/her life in the service of their country, I can't help but wonder that had they lived, how much of a positive affect they could have had on our society.
Memorial Day was set aside to honor all military who died in the service of their country. Veterans Day is where we honor all who served, both the living and the dead.
Civilians will celebrate this long weekend with such activities as traveling, watching a parade, going to the beach, boating, picnics and fireworks. But let us not forget to pay tribute to all military personnel who sacrificed their lives to provide freedom for us and others. Fly a flag, visit a cemetery, or just say a prayer.
As veteran of the US Navy and US Army, I salute my fellow comrades in arms who are no longer with us. Right hand salute.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2015 - Msg 101431: Amen PH!....

May 24, 2015 - Msg 101432: Amen indeed. I cannot hear TAPS played without tears flowing. I realize it wasn't written as we hear it today, it actually was excerpted from "Il Silenzio", which will also bring tears. However, TAPS has been accepted as the loving tribute to a fallen soldier, and it will always bring me to tears. Right in line behind it is "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes, and "Going Home" on the pipes as well. Both beautiful, and so emotional.

God bless all the fallen heroes from America, and the rest of the free world. Evil is closing in on us, but we must stand strong and resist. At some point, I still believe free men and women will rise up and draw a line in the sand, and tell the forces of evil - "This far, and no farther. Stand down." --Romeena

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101433: ROMEena, I could say something about "evil closing in on us.." but for my sanity and everyone's here I shall hold back regarding a certain 'leader' who has allowed much of it to take hold. Nuf said.
PH--yes, we honor all our military who gave their ALL for our freedoms. Beautiful concert in the park this evening.
I hear that our half a possum is thowing a picnic tomorrow!

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101434:
Lest we forget.

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101435:
MDC, I loved watching your "Here's To The Heroes" video. To see all the American graves buried on foreign soil accompanied by that beautiful song got me choked up. I tallied the totals and came up with 130,531 American war dead and 92,827 missing in action. Among them are someone's fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. The war separated them from their families and now in death, they remain separated from their families by being buried in a foreign land. At least they lie alongside their comrades.

Searching the internet, I discovered some interesting facts.
- There are 25 permanent American military cemeteries located in 16 foreign countries.
- For the 8301 Americans buried at the Netherlands American cemetery, Dutch citizens have adopted every grave. On the American Memorial Day weekend, it is not uncommon for 30,000 Dutch to visit these American graves. And approximately 600,000 people visit this cemetery each year. In fact, the adopt-a-grave program is so popular among the grateful Dutch that there is a two year waiting list.

from Poor Horatio

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101436: That's correct, MDC,but it will only be HALF a picnic-ha ha! Y'all stop on by my can't miss it- just look for a HALF a rock!

Remembering the fallen-Happy Memorial Day.

possum u.a.r.

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101437: MDC, said it short &a sweet... Lest we foget...Amen Brother! And thanks PH for your research, sometimes folks need to see and hear the numbers to truly understand the sacrifice.

🇺🇸 G-F... 🇺🇸

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101438: Good afternoon, porch! Thank you, PH, for those statistics. We need to have that information in mind whenever someone accuses America of "imperialism." I've always wondered where that accusation comes from. We don't take over and take ownership of a country after a war. We help them stabilize, and all that's left behind are the bodies of our fallen soldiers. By the way, thanks for the reminder about the kindness of the Dutch people. It's a beautiful thing that they do, honoring the graves of those heroes.

Well, gotta run. I went to put up my flag and discovered that my bracket that holds it is broken. I'm going after another one. --Romeena

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101439: the Waco mess is bad if the don't straighten up I will have to take my 50cc scooter down there and scatter them. ha still trying to get use to this computer its open 24 hours a day, big city. ha. thenks mdc for the going away party, I just wanted a party at the remshaw place. ky girl said hi she is very busy but thinks of you often. papa bear

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101440: thanks for remembering all the vetrans and their families especialy those who made the ultimate sacrifice. and don't forget our relatives and friends who have gone home to be with the lord. papa bear

May 25, 2015 - Msg 101441: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our TOM! mdc


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