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?

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112399: Oh, I forgot to mention, June 18 is 43 years for me and the missus! I posted a pic on my FB page.

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112400: See, I even swept the porch to make things all nice lookin'! :)

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112401: Happy Anniversary to the Cousin’s of Mr. Darling...We wish y’all many more!..”43”...SHAZZAM.....G-F

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112402: Good morning all.

Happy anniversary MDC. Good on you and the little lady on 43 years of bliss. The years just fly by don't they? I think you need to take her out to dinner tonight and let her have both soup and salad. Live it up! :)

I got a phone call last night from my son in law. My Daughter Stacey was in the E.R. and they were prepping her for an emergency appendectomy. Thank the Lord everything went well and she is fine. Sore but fine. A long night for sure.

Well I hope all is well with everyone. Nice sweep MDC.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112403: ASA...who said anything about "bliss?" ha, just kidding.
Cecile can order the pounded steak tonight at Morelli's! :)

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112404: Well MDC, just don't call her a "fishwife". They don't cotton to it. And be sure to slip that violinist a quarter. They can be moody you know.

Ro or Boo, I was talking to Stacey this morning and she was saying when she woke after her surgery last night, she was unable to breathe. She was kind of freaking out, but they gave her some oxygen. They said there was a name for it, but she can't remember what they said. Either of you know what she is talking about?


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112405: Poor Stacey! So glad she is ok. As far as shortness of breath after surgery, she was probably experiencing something called Atalectasis. Not totally uncommon. Probably feels very scary at the time, though.

Matt is finally home and following up with the family doctor who is so kind. He is a Christian man (Catholic) and is doing matt's labs at his cost so he only has to pay 30 dollars. So, things are going well and Matt hasn't smoked or had a drink since he got home. God help him, please. He actually went to the skating rink with Emily today, but didn't slate, himself of course. He is on 2 blood thinners right now so has to be very careful.

Today was a pretty good day. I picked up Erin and her friend and they spent the day with me. No problems came up and everyone got along well. She is starting to open up and allow herself to reconnect with Bruce some. The sweet family she has been staying with is going through something very difficult right now. The mother, who has a 3 and a 5 year old has newly diagnosed breast cancer and is already having trouble meeting the deductibles from the tests. She is going to require a mastectomy in a week. I think it is just stage 1 so she has a good chance. If you feel led, please say a prayer for Anna. Bruce wrote a check to her to help compensate for any expenses from having Erin in their home, and I pray she will accept it. She is a school principal and her husband is a high school science teacher and they foster a teenaged girl. They are good, giving people who are really going through a rough patch.

Sean is still in Florida but no longer at Disney World. He got some blisters on his feet the second day there and he said it was miserably hot but he did enjoy most of it. He is back in St. Petersburg now just taking it easy and liking that just fine. The friends he is visiting got him a nice B&B to stay in and he is living the high life and eating out every night.

I finally have a few days off after my 5 day stretch so been doing my share of chores today. I will be tackling the laundry tomorrow. I hope to get a new washer and dryer soon. These are 10 years old now and are the energy saver ones that use less water but take longer to do each load. It take me all day to do laundry because of it. When I get new ones, they will be the standard top-loading type.

Anyhow, better get my feet up and rest awhile. Hope you all are well and blessed.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112406: PS-and news on the new puppy, Romeena? I am getting antsy! I pray your new pup will bring you as much joy and laughter as my Poopsie gives us. She is learning so quickly and a smart little cookie, for sure. She now will stop at the door instead of charging out. Erin took her outside to run and play today and she was really good and didn't run off. You should see that little streak of white running her little legs off out there! She is now passed out on my quilt on the ottoman.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112407: Oh, and I have to brag a little more. Poopsie loves to fetch but we never taught her to bring things back to us. Her favorite thing is to place hide and seek. When I throw a toy, she charges after it but then wants me to chase her around the furniture and try to get it from her. She will play that way forever but the other day she had her toy in her mouth and I said, "Do you want me to throw it?"...(just talking to myself, never imagining that she would understand what I said), and as soon as I said it, she placed the toy on the floor and waited. I thought it had to be a coincidence so I threw the toy and after she retrieved it a few time, I tried it again. I looked her in the eye and said, "You want me to throw it?" and again she placed the toy on the floor in front of her and waited. She did the same several times and still does it. I was flabbergasted. I guess I didn't realize how smart these little things can be! I never knowingly taught her anything like that but she just picked it up. Once I thought about it, I remember that most of the time I throw her toys for her I will say, "You want me to throw it?". Sweet little thing was paying attention! lol


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112408: Meanwhile Poopsie is bragging to her canine buddies how she has her master trained. "All I have to do is place my toy in front of me and wait, and then Mommy says something and throws it for me. She is so smart". hee hee hee. I will for sure add Anna to my prayers list. Glad they caught it so early. Thanks for the response to Stacey's event. And glad to see Matt is progressing so well. I hope it stays that way for him.

Well I wonder how MDC did on his anniversary night. You reckon he and Cecile got all kissy faced? I bet he looked just like Barney, with lipstick all over his face and his hair all fussed up. He is so suave and debonair. :)

Well off to putter in the shop, and then going swimming at Stacey and Matts house. They have a nice pool in their backyard.

Prayers for all for a safe day.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112409: Asa..So you’re saying you are going to go swimming in their “Cement Pond” Hopefully there’s some vittles too!-G-F

June 19, 2019 - Msg 112410: Yep, probably true Asa (concerning Poopsie! Haha. Have fun swimming.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112411: Yep, probably true Asa (concerning Poopsie! Haha. Have fun swimming.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112412: Oops. I’m repeating myself.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112413: Howdy, porch! Beautiful sunny day, stiff breeze blowing, everything looking fresh and green after a dilly of a rain-and-thunderstorm last night.

Big beautiful swallowtail butterflies all over the zinnias out back. That would be the "dwarf" zinnias I planted from seed, supposed to be about a foot tall, so I just broadcast them around my hardy hibiscus shrubs, which are about three feet tall and loaded with buds. There are five in that flowerbed. Well, the "dwarf" zinnias are now over four feet tall, and the hibiscus shrubs are completely obscured, except the one on the end, which didn't have any seeds near it. I had no idea the zinnias would attract butterflies like that, but at this moment, there are four swallowtails, as big as the palm of my hand, and they're not missing a bloom. I will plant them again, though maybe in a different place. My beautiful hibiscus are blooming, and I can't see them, buried beneath the zinnias. One big pink flower with a red eye has poked itself out from the wall of zinnias, and that flower is as big as a dinner plate. They are so pretty! The hardy hibiscus is just a better deal, compared with the tropical hibiscus. The tropicals are pretty, but they freeze and don't return. In tropical regions, like maybe the Texas valley, or in Mexico, they are perennial, but here they're annuals. My hardies, on the other hand, are now four years old, and going strong, and the flowers are huge and spectacular, compared to the tropicals, which are about the size of an average rose.

Boo, I would love to meet your Poopsie. Sounds like she and Robbi's little Bexar would be good friends. Very similar-sounding personalities. On the laundry front, my Maytag twins are about 25 years old, work perfectly, never been worked on, and do a very good job. Of course, I don't have the volume of laundry that you do, but I still have quite a bit.

Asa, keep working on the gravy. Give me a call sometime and I'll talk you through it. It just takes practice, and it's very hard to describe in a text. When all else fails, you can buy a fairly decent packaged substitute in the store, and there's a way to put a "homemade" spin on it that yields a pretty good gravy.

I will be mindful in my prayers of the needs that have been mentioned here, and will not fail to give praise for the answers that have been received. God is good! --Blessings! --Romeena

June 19, 2019 - Msg 112414: BOO--I've just gotta ask...with Sean gone to Florida, and Erin staying at a friend's house, how much laundry can there be?? HA! I'm just in a
razzin' mood. But here's some washer advice: Do NOT get a Maytag without an agitator, and a bunch of electronics. I suggest the 'mechanical' settings of small, med, and large loads to get a decent amt of water in the tub.
Our 8 year old has already had 3 motherboards, and the no agitator models just dont clean that well. Ro's were made when things were still made to last!
Your pooch sounds a lot like our last cat. She had the personality of a human, and I really mean that!! She played us like an old upright piano! I still miss that darn cat. I cant believe it was 3 years ago that we had to let her go. I will be praying for Anna. Is the portable AC system still working at Shoreline? It seems like that place is always on the verge. So sorry.
ASA and ALL...we had a very nice dinner last nite at our version of Morelli's..Red Lobster! I could survive on their buttery little biscuits alone, but ended up with 3 kinds of shrimp. All in all it was a very nice day.
I am glad to hear that Stacey's operation went well. I had a breathing tube after mine, and I believe the nurse told me it was for the reason that Boo mentioned.
RO--your flowers sound absolutely beautiful!
Tags tonite was about the johnjacobjingleheymerschmidt Mayberry youngsters!


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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.