December 10, 2000, 4:12 pm Msg #1236
"there will be no favoritism in barney fife's administration"

"you're barney fife and your as good a man as any"

"that's because i slept in em and tossed and turned all night"

"i had him dead to rights!"

"vagrancy and loitering? the MAYOR?"

"are you gonna finger print me barney?"

December 10, 2000, 5:31 pm Msg #1237
Hello everyone,
Been busy with a trip to Gatlinburg, a Christmas party, and Christmas light viewing. Just about forgot to check in. We're expecting a warm spell here next week, up around 50 for a high, can't wait.

Got my domain name registered now, course all it does is forwards you to my regular home page, but here it is :

Mr. Schwump

December 10, 2000, 6:23 pm Msg #1238
Please remember my Mama's sister Dorothy in your prayers. She is expected to die during the night. She has had a long fight against a stroke. I also ask that God give her a peaceful death and that He will strengthen her family and comfort them. Thank you. Miss Ellie

December 10, 2000, 8:18 pm Msg #1239
Bless you, Miss Ellie. Prayers for strength and peace for all of you.


December 10, 2000, 8:48 pm Msg #1240
gotta be one-a my fav'rit exchanges of th'' whole series-- "that's because i slept in em and tossed and turned all night" and "you're barney fife and your as good a man as any"
thanks fer remindin' me ta smile.

December 10, 2000, 9:22 pm Msg #1241
hey, Mr. Schwump, thankee fer thet link there, ta yer faincy newfangled domain-named homepage-- welcome ta th' modern era, bruther. I'd fergot you're a firefighter-- a true-ta-life real live hero in yer daily job!! an' ya got alla them pics an' links an' fun stuff there... ennyone what ain't stopped by bruther Schwump's place ourghta do jes' thet right now...
life is fulla all kindsa twists an' turns, mine bein' no exception but definitely a example of extremes in motion... folks who're in contact know, others kin pray an' I'll appreciate th' good thought.
bruthers RickyB, Burt!, I do need to hear from ya's. bruther Rafe, I would like to commune with ya, too, especially, please.
~~~love, Leon.

December 11, 2000, 12:08 pm Msg #1243

December 11, 2000, 12:08 pm Msg #1244
looks like there is a missing post.

December 11, 2000, 12:40 pm Msg #1245
Whew! That was plumb scarey there for a bit. This is more like it.

December 11, 2000, 5:36 pm Msg #1246
Miss Ellie, any word on Aunt Dorothy?

December 11, 2000, 5:36 pm Msg #1246
I don't like tests..;^}

My aunt Dorothy is improved. She still has a ways to go, but thank you for your continued prayers. I'm so afraid her wonderful husband is tiring himself out. Miss Ellie

December 12, 2000, 7:41 am Msg #1247
It's a beautiful Mayberry Mornin! Everybody post! What do ya'll want for Christmas?

December 12, 2000, 8:08 am Msg #1248
Well, it would be nice to have a president elect for Christmas! Let's think back to our childhood and try to remember the greatest present we ever received. My parents had very little money, but one year I got a doll that I still treasure. Other than that we got a stocking full of candy, fruit and nuts. That was a real treat for us because we very seldom got candy and fruit to eat. I think back to those times and realize how special it was. Happy Holidays, cgirl

December 12, 2000, 12:19 pm Msg #1249
What I remember most about my childhood Christmas's is the Christmas Eve candlelight services at our church. I was surrounded by family and friends. With the church dark except for the little candles we held, it was magical. Familiar hymns and beautiful music added to the magic. From a very young age, I learned how precious the true meaning of Christmas really is.

December 12, 2000, 5:51 pm Msg #1250
Msg # 1248.
Look at the 2 choices we have for president. Do you really want a president-elect that bad? haha.
I can remember as a teenager, our youth group at church used to go carolin' and take some of the older members of your church fruit baskets. I used to love the carolin'. That was the best.

Mr. Schwump

December 12, 2000, 7:38 pm Msg #1251
hey, y'all~~
did I fergit ta close mah e-mail link? pity-ful, Jed, pity-ful. thet's whut I gits fer fallin' outta practice in mah basic html'in'...
has ever'one seen th' pic circulatin' aroun', showin' a uncanny resemblence b'tween Gomer an' Barney an' two other famous guys? it's a good'n, mebbe our host would post it here, or some'n might have it at they's site an' share wif ever'one.
life is like a heavy snowfall... it's right purty till ya gotta do somethin' about it, then ya works real hard an' gits all sore... then it's likely ta happen agin t'morrow.
~~~love, Leon

December 13, 2000, 12:00 pm Msg #1252
yo to everybody!

i wish i could post my gift ideas for verleen on here, but she MIGHT get sneeky and check! hehehehe. i think this year the plan is, stay home the three of us, then on the day after christmas, go down to palm springs to visit her granny. that oughtta be fun. we'll take robert to that living desert and see all the animals and stuff.

uh oh i gottaa run......late


December 13, 2000, 4:05 pm Msg #1253
ollie? how old is that precious baby now?

December 13, 2000, 7:44 pm Msg #1254
Ah 'members ma FAV-rite present t' be a cowboy town! With a jail 'n everthang! Me bein' a tomboy, it was jus' the best thang anybody could'a gimme! Used t' pertend ol' Roy Rogers was one 'a ma cowboys, 'n Trigger one o' ma horses. Now ya got me thinkin' 'bout them good old days,,,,,,,,, Thanks, Moonbeam

December 13, 2000, 8:56 pm Msg #1255
Just checking in after my surgery...all is well. Gilly and my ma are taking good care of me...and I've got plenty of Andy G. on tape!! Take care! Idelle

December 13, 2000, 9:59 pm Msg #1256
Hey to everyone! Miss Ellie, I hope Dorothy continues to improve. pinkcloud

December 14, 2000, 12:35 am Msg #1257
Hi All.Will it look like we are in for some snow storm tonight we are going to it about 2-4 inch by tomorror. Thank you for the card fromKenneth FL and Bristol Va. I git me out to day a go to you . Boy wair is everyone tonight wehave lost some of the people from the old porch , i prayer that maybe someday all the friend from the old porch will come on in. LOVE. A pen that's always busy A voice upon the phone, A letter in the mail, To prove we're not alone. Love said upon a paper, A voice within the air, Reassurance of a loved one, To show how much we care, To prove our love is sacred, To help one understand, That love is always near you, On the lips, within the hand. TOM.

December 14, 2000, 6:39 am Msg #1258
Morning to all! pinkcloud

December 14, 2000, 7:19 am Msg #1259
Morning pinkcloud, everone. Anybody got a favorite song for this season? Andy and Miss Ellie did a fine rendition of "Away in a manger"...


December 14, 2000, 7:46 am Msg #1260
Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" which reminds us, lest we forget, of the less fortunate, and "I'll be Home for Christmas", which reminds me that not everyone has loved ones near, makes me appreciate all the more the ones that I hold dear. My Uncle was killed in WWII, at Christmastime, and my whole family held special sorrow for that song. Moonbeam

December 14, 2000, 7:49 am Msg #1261
Miss Elly, haven't heard from you for a couple of days. I hope things are well with your Aunt Dorothy? Idell, sounds like you're recuperationg is well underway! Glad to hear it!! Moonbeam

December 14, 2000, 1:24 pm Msg #1262
idelle! glad to hear all is well. you all take care


December 14, 2000, 1:25 pm Msg #1263
oolps hey 253 robert is one and a half. running around all the time hehe. time flies eh?


December 14, 2000, 1:28 pm Msg #1264

December 14, 2000, 2:11 pm Msg #1265
Robert is one and a half? So what did he do, take from Poor Horatio?!!!!!!!!!!

December 14, 2000, 2:50 pm Msg #1266
poor horatio haha


December 14, 2000, 4:07 pm Msg #1267
Picture it! Amazing! My christmas tree is finally all decorated! It's a sight to behold! Standing there all shiny and beautiful and tall and with red, gold, green and sliver meatballs glistening among the lights and tinsel. I'll put a picture in my cards.


December 14, 2000, 9:00 pm Msg #1268
des? Emma? Flora? MPO? Ande? Romeena? Merle DEAN? Rickyb? Lydia? Elinora? both Opies? Where are you fun people?

December 14, 2000, 9:46 pm Msg #1269
what about me?! I'm here... *Ted

December 14, 2000, 10:00 pm Msg #1270
Lillian, you made my day with your post...I just LOL, read it to Hubby.

My Aunt Dorothy is better, but still hospitalized and will be at least until Monday when her doctor gets back from out of town and then he will decide if she needs to stay longer, can go home or to a nursing home. She has been bedridden since March of 1999. Thanks for all the prayers and concern.

Tom, we got your most beautiful card today, thanks. I'm trying to make all mine on the computer and I'm running WAY behind.

Idelle, prayers for a speedy recovery.

I had so MANY special Christmas's, but I guess what I wish I could recapture most ( or had taped when Daddy was living ) was him singing "Will Santa Come to Shanty Town?". My Daddy had a lovely voice and played the guitar well and he was so poor growing up, when he sang that song, I always thought of his childhood. But as one thing I think we can all be thankful for are the years we had with those who has passed away.

It's been a very hectic week. I've not spent a whole day home all week (and I don't work outside the home...don't work too much inside the home). Anyways, good to see all who do post and wish more would come.

Miss Ellie

"Say something Christmasy." "Ho, Ho, HO."

December 15, 2000, 5:56 am Msg #1271
Hey, all! It's good to be back.

Miss Ellie, I'm so glad to hear that your Aunt is doing better. I'll pray for a soon recovery. And the same for Idelle!

Hey to all my Mayberry friends, Tom, Lillian, Ted, Ollie, Moonbeam, pinkcloud, Leon, Mr. Schwump , cgirl, and everyone!

I want to wish you all a very

Opie Taylor

December 15, 2000, 2:07 pm Msg #1272
isn't that just beeeutiful?

December 15, 2000, 6:00 pm Msg #1273
Opie Taylor, you are ept!

December 15, 2000, 7:14 pm Msg #1274
Opie Taylor, that is so purty. Thanks. Miss Ellie

December 15, 2000, 11:28 pm Msg #1275
Hey, all! I'm here. Just checking in. I have some kinda cold! Lillian, I bet your tree is a sight to behold. I just about busted a gusset at your post. Hope everyone's doing fine! ~Dež~

December 16, 2000, 3:50 pm Msg #1276
I've enjoyed sitting back and reading for a while now, and just wanted to say Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you. May it be a time of warm memories past and new memories yet to come. My favorite childhood memory is walking to midnight services when snow is gently and quietly falling. mz boone

December 17, 2000, 7:08 am Msg #1277
Hello all! Just dropped by to say "hi"! Well, hi! Hope you are doing well and keeping warm!

Msg #1272-73, Thank you very much and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays!

Miss Ellie, I'm glad that you liked it! Merry Christmas!

~Dež~, it's been too long! Good to see ya back, pal! I love your font color! You take care of that cold and I hope you get to feeling better real soon.

Talk to ya all later!

Opie Taylor

December 17, 2000, 7:18 am Msg #1278
Opie, yore card is jus' a wonder t' behold! Thanks! Miss Elly, my Daddy played the banjo, an' sang, I'm sorry too, that I never taped it. We jus' finished puttin' up our tree, and we set up a little "village" next to it. Got one a' them fiber optic angels, but she won't stay on top of the tree, so I put 'er on a table. Works fer me! I want to wish everyone here a safe, happy, love filled holiday! Moonbeam "But don't the trees seem full?"

December 17, 2000, 9:15 am Msg #1279
Good snowy morning to all. We woke up to a bit of the white stuff this morning. It's 14 now with a wind chill of -14 and it's supposed to continue on till about 3 this afternoon. Wouldn't you know it, I need to run out and get 6 loaves of bread and 9 gallons of milk. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Hope everyone has a great day and a very Merry Christmas.

December 17, 2000, 10:28 am Msg #1280
Is that a record for Nashville -14, **Barn? Prayers for those who lost loved ones in Alabama, for those injured and those who lost their homes. Merry Christmas to everyone ! Miss Ellie

December 17, 2000, 1:32 pm Msg #1281
Hey, Mr. Schwump, nice site you've got going there! Nice to see you all, des-(take plenty of vitamin c and liquids), Miss Ellie-(how's your Aunt?), **Barn-(wear those long johns!), Moonbeam, OpieTaylor-(beautiful post), Lillian-(you scamp!), ollie-(is Horatio Robert's middle name?), nonsigners, and all you that read and don't post.

Merry Christmas!!

MissPeggy (the one from days gone byebye)

December 18, 2000, 5:35 pm Msg #1282
"I don't think there's anyone back there."

December 18, 2000, 8:20 pm Msg #1283
hey to Mz. Boone and the porch. --Jelsik

December 18, 2000, 9:42 pm Msg #1284
Hey Miss Peggy, thanks for asking about Dorothy. They transferred her to a nursing home today and she took it pretty well. She is still having some health problems the doctor thinks they can treat, but...well...somethings only The Good Lord can take care of...effects of the stroke of 3/99.

My cousin in California found her 34 year old boyfriend dead this morning..they think a heart attack. He just got a clean bill of health from his doctor. His sister just died one year ago today of cancer. My cousin has no family near by to support her in this time of loss. Please pray for her and for her boyfriend's parents.

Miss Ellie

December 19, 2000, 11:38 am Msg #1285
Mornin', all. Ellie, how sad for your cousin. I'd be LOST without Orville...I feel so sad for her.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday--it's gearin' up here. We had about 8 inches of snow yesterday, and more coming tonight. I LOVE IT!


December 19, 2000, 1:33 pm Msg #1286
Have you set the date, Elinora? Is Rev. Tucker doing the honors? Is Leonard Blush gonna sing at the wedding? Is Bobby Fleet gonna play at the reception? Is Lillian catering?

December 19, 2000, 8:00 pm Msg #1287
We dodged the bullet again on snow today, thank the Lord. N.Carolina just can't function in the snow. It's been an unusually cold fall. Windchills in the single digits in the morning. I don't see how you folks stand it in Wisconsin Elinora.

No one has been able to get in touch with my cousin today. I guess she is at her boyfriend's parents. I hope so. I know her answering machine is full of messages, her brother has called all day long, I've called once and her mother once and no telling who else.Poor thing has had nothing but heartache in her life, except for her two sons but they live in New Jersey with their father. Have a nice night all.

Miss Ellie

December 20, 2000, 1:42 am Msg #1288
yo to everybody!

pink pink

(this is all a test)

email me (ollie)

December 20, 2000, 1:44 am Msg #1289

December 20, 2000, 1:51 am Msg #1290

December 20, 2000, 9:05 am Msg #1291
What a darlin, happy babe! Cute as a button, he is!

December 20, 2000, 7:51 pm Msg #1292
Wanted to wish everyone a very "Merry Christmas." Hope everyone is stayin's a little chilly down here in "Tricky Timer Territory", but at least we got no snow. Have a wonderful "Mayberry" kinda day!! Emmett & Martha

December 20, 2000, 9:20 pm Msg #1293
Merry Christmas Emmett and Martha.

Ollie, Robert is a beautiful little boy. "Handsome as a baby, handsome as a man." Uncle Ollie's wife said that I think. (and I do remember that your "Ollie" is short for Oliver Gossage...don't remember much, but do remember that..haha)

Miss Ellie

December 21, 2000, 6:00 pm Msg #1294
ollie, that is one adorable child! Just adorable! Don't you just love them at that age? Cutie Patootie!

Des, and Miss Ellie, glad you think my Christmas tree is stylin! It's got a mighty peculiar odor to it now, for some reason.


December 21, 2000, 7:59 pm Msg #1295
Is it a real tree Lillian, didja get it outta the woods...could there be a postum or a skunk living in it? Judge Joe Brown would say your tree is stylin' and profilin'. I just love that man.

Ifin you don't hear from me for a while I'm having some computer problems. Wehn I cut it on it won't do nothin' lest I put in my Winders 95 CD and then sometimes it takes several times of trying. It's an oldy, but been a goody.

Miss Ellie

"Barney, say something like Santy Clause"

"ho, ho ho".

December 21, 2000, 8:51 pm Msg #1296
Hello everyone, Was readin' the local newspaper today and came across an article about the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus". Didn't tell a whole lot more than I had already known about it, but boy it did my heart good to read that story again. Here's a link in case you haven't read it in a while. Enjoy. Merry Christmas Mr. Schwump

December 22, 2000, 12:39 am Msg #1297
Well, all we know about a date is sometime in the summer. Prolly July, but we don't know for sure. I need to ask all them folks to assist...but if Lillian brings that wallpaper paste she calls Chicken a la King, I ain't payin'.

Ellie, you're right about it being cold up here right now--this moment in time it's about ten below zero. That's 42 degrees below freezing. Which is what I'm doing right about now...freezing.


December 22, 2000, 1:08 am Msg #1298
Hii, it's me again. I thought you might enjoy these 'fractured carols.'

* Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly * We three kings of porridge and tar * On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me * Later on we'll perspire, as we dream by the fire. * He's makin' a list, chicken and rice. * Noel. Noel, Barney's the king of Israel. * With the jelly toast proclaim * Olive, the other reindeer. ("All of the other reindeer...") * Frosty the Snowman is a ferret elf, I say * Sleep in heavenly peas * In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is sparse and brown * You'll go down in listerine * Oh, what fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay * Come, froggy faithful * You'll tell Carol, "Be a skunk, I require" ("Yuletide carols being sung by a fire...") * Good tidings we bring to you and your kid


December 22, 2000, 7:55 pm Msg #1299
Them's is purty funny Elinora! Miss Elly, I hopes ya kin manage t' keep 'er runnin', 'cause we'uns'd sure miss ya if'n ya cain't! Moonbeam

December 22, 2000, 8:34 pm Msg #1300
Hey to everybody! I'm here in Virginia on my Mom's computer (yep....made it up for a quick visit). My brother, sister, and I surprised her for Christmas with a new refrigerator...she shore did need one. I wouldn't have been long before a mouse could have crawled in there to get warm! Hahaha. Well, I just wanted to drop in and say "hi", and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!


December 22, 2000, 9:06 pm Msg #1301
Yer a good daughter, bulbsnatcher.

December 23, 2000, 12:19 am Msg #1302
My computer has done good today. Mama heard there were sun spots effecting things and yesterday and the day before some weird things happened to some people I talked to tvs. "It's the fall out, it's effecting our milk." (in this case tvs) Bulbsnatcher what a nice gift you and your siblings gave your mother. Good take on the freezer story. Elinora, those were cute. Night,night. Miss Ellie

December 23, 2000, 8:50 am Msg #1303
Hi All Merry Christmas to you all . Boy it bin cold at night here all the way drown to 0 5 at it and for the last day of school I did not talk the boy out becaues itwas 6 and it was to cold for him to walk in . my prasyeryou all for a good hoilday TOM

December 23, 2000, 7:30 pm Msg #1304
Awwww....thanks, folks...for the kind words. I don't think I'm that great of a daughter. My Mom raised three kids by herself, and she gave up so very much for us. There is no way I could ever do enough to show her my love and gratitude for all she's done. It's just a shame that we don't realize that as kids, you know? When I think back on all the things I asked for "Santa" to bring me, I just cry. If I had only wish list would have been VERY small. But you know what? Somehow, Santa never let me down, and everything was always there! She must have worked herself half to kidding!

Moms are really incredible never ceases to amaze me. As a matter of fact, if it won't bore anyone....I found a really pretty little "poem" type thing, printed it using a really nice font, and used paper that had light blue sky with some clouds and the sun's rays showing through it. I put it in a frame with a nice matte (spelling?), and I gave it to her. I'd love to share it with you, if any of you would like to hear it. I think it sums up a Mother very well. It used "Mommy" in there, but as it was used in the little "poem", I think it fit.

Well, for those of us blessed enough to still have our mothers, and for those of you who still have your fathers, let's not forget to thank God for them during this season and all year 'round.

And by the way, I thank God for all of you wonderful friends, are very special and kind people.


December 23, 2000, 7:48 pm Msg #1305
Hey Bulbsnatcher, please send me that poem. I'm thankful for my Mama and today I sure have missed my Daddy.

Merry Christmas TOM. I have seen the cold temperatures up there, thought about you. I can't begin to imagine how cold it must be as for December we are having frigid air but nothing like up north. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas.

Miss Ellie

December 24, 2000, 12:31 am Msg #1306
Hi All. Thank you for the card, Miss.Ellie. Bulbsnatcher please send me that poem. I m thankful to me mon for not listing to everyone that said that i will be a handfull reatartit will everyone was wromd on that . I thank God for his love that he give me mon to see what I can do in life today. THe open door May Imnever be too busy when someone come to call to sit a while and give a smile and not act bored at all if by some chance, he needs help for a sad and lonely heart, I'll lend an ear and offer cheer before he must depart. if i cannot solve his problem, i can, perhaps, ease the pain by being kind, so he will find he's welcome back again. TOM}

December 24, 2000, 12:32 am Msg #1307
Hi All. Thank you for the card, Miss.Ellie. Bulbsnatcher please send me that poem. I m thankful to me mon for not listing to everyone that said that i will be a handfull reatartit will everyone was wromd on that . I thank God for his love that he give me mon to see what I can do in life today. THe open door May Imnever be too busy when someone come to call to sit a while and give a smile and not act bored at all if by some chance, he needs help for a sad and lonely heart, I'll lend an ear and offer cheer before he must depart. if i cannot solve his problem, i can, perhaps, ease the pain by being kind, so he will find he's welcome back again. TOM}

December 24, 2000, 12:33 am Msg #1308
Hi All. Thank you for the card, Miss.Ellie. Bulbsnatcher please send me that poem. I m thankful to me mon for not listing to everyone that said that i will be a handfull reatartit will everyone was wromd on that . I thank God for his love that he give me mon to see what I can do in life today. THe open door May Imnever be too busy when someone come to call to sit a while and give a smile and not act bored at all if by some chance, he needs help for a sad and lonely heart, I'll lend an ear and offer cheer before he must depart. if i cannot solve his problem, i can, perhaps, ease the pain by being kind, so he will find he's welcome back again. TOM}

December 24, 2000, 10:56 am Msg #1309
That is so sweet TOM. I'm sure your Mom is so proud of you.

Miss Ellie "Them pearly onions twang my buds."

December 24, 2000, 12:46 pm Msg #1310
Merry Christmas to all!

Remember: Having a Mayberry Christmas means its okay to take a nip or two !

Idelle and Gilly

December 24, 2000, 9:38 pm Msg #1311
Merry Christmas, everybody!

God bless us, everyone.


December 24, 2000, 11:45 pm Msg #1312
Merry Christmas, Porch friends! No time to catch up right now.. been very very busy with holiday doings, but just wanted to take a moment and say hey to everyone. I hope your Christmas is the best ever! Love to all. ~Dež~

December 24, 2000, 11:50 pm Msg #1313
Merry Christmas, Porch friends! No time to catch up right now.. been very very busy with holiday doings, but just wanted to take a moment and say hey to everyone. I hope your Christmas is the best ever! Love to all. ~Dež~

December 25, 2000, 12:16 pm Msg #1314
hey, y'all~~
Merry Christmas, friends, my Mayberry family.
Bruther Tom, your are surely one of God's special children. Your Momma must be very proud, your friends are truly blessed.
Be happy, friends-- be well and warm, eat hearty, look on your children with wonder.
~~~love, Leon

December 25, 2000, 3:07 pm Msg #1315
>font color=hotpink> MERRY CHRISTMAS to my porch family. God Bless each of you. NRNMG

December 25, 2000, 3:08 pm Msg #1316

December 25, 2000, 7:06 pm Msg #1317
Tidings of comfort and joy!


December 25, 2000, 8:36 pm Msg #1318
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sp00ky Benson

December 26, 2000, 1:01 am Msg #1319
Merry Christmas! I woke up to 28 degrees below zero (that's 60 degrees below freezing)--the coldest it's been here in years, they tell me. Anyway, my car wouldn't start (it finally did). I had to 'hop' a ride to church--had to play for the service at 9 this a.m. WAAAY too cold to get out, but I did anyway. We had a wonderful day...guess what Orville got me? C'mon, guess. Guess! WILL YOU JUST GUESS?!?

He got me a genuwine, authentic candlestick telephone! It needs fixin, and had had to outbid Mr. Schwump on Ebay (seriously!), but he got it, and *I* got it today! I'm thrilled! We had a good 'un. Hope y'all all did.


December 26, 2000, 1:02 am Msg #1320
"...and had had to outbid" shoulda been "...and he had to outbid." Mea culpa.


December 26, 2000, 8:25 am Msg #1321
Watch out Orville! Mr. Schwump just might try to pinch ya for that'n!

December 26, 2000, 3:11 pm Msg #1322
i hope everyone had a nice christmas. me robert and verleen had a pretty nice time: i made us a rib roast.

on the downside, they fired over 100 people at me work the other day (not me....) rite before the holidays with no waning and no severence. needless to say i've been exploring other options.......

anyhow, holler at y'all later


December 26, 2000, 5:39 pm Msg #1323
Must be another Schwump out there because it wasn't me who outbid you. I bid my schwumpster anyway. Who knows, maybe there's two of me out there.

Mr. Schwump

December 26, 2000, 6:04 pm Msg #1324
Mr. Schwump? That blue thing didn't quite work.

December 26, 2000, 7:37 pm Msg #1325
Elinora, that phone sounds cute. Hope you folks warm up, up north. It has been cold here for us, but nothing like you guys have had. I know I've said that a hunderd times here, but we just ain't used to 12 degrees at night. Our house isn't really well insulated and at my computer the old part (75 years probably) joins the new part (probably 30 years old) and the cold air pours in at the junction. I think I'm going to invest in having a feller come out here and put in that blow in insulation. The house isn't that hot in the summer, but cold in the winter and I rarely turn the heat down past 64 degrees.

Did anyone have to return any canning jars or bed jackets today? Not me .... didn't get near a mall. We went to visit with Granny..moving awful slow and felt bad. Bless her heart.

Everyone have a nice night.

Miss Ellie "Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the Little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head"...

December 26, 2000, 7:40 pm Msg #1326
I messed up, something was supposed to be in red. oh well, black and white is good. ME

December 26, 2000, 7:41 pm Msg #1327
Oh and Elinora, I've been going around singing, "later on we'll prespire as we sweat by the fire.." rascal posting that..I'll never get than outta my head. Miss Ellie

December 26, 2000, 9:52 pm Msg #1328
It's cold here! It's 0 degrees tonight and they say it will be twice as cold tomorrow. How cold will it be??

December 26, 2000, 10:11 pm Msg #1329
double naught!

December 27, 2000, 1:55 am Msg #1330
Oh, well, hmmm. Mr. Schwump wasn't the name on the phone bid, it was BROSE, and when he (Orville) looked at the history part, he said it was Brian Rose, so he thought it was OUR Mr. Schwump. Guess there's another Brian Rose out there who wanted a candlestick phone. Doesn't matter, he didn't get it, *I* did, haha. Cold tonight, it's 5 above zero right now. But hey! That's 33 degrees warmer than yesterday morning, isn't it? Hit a few sales today, got a few niceties, and got broke all over again, so I'll stay outta the stores for a few weeks till I can check for loose change in the sofas after the next visitation at the funeral home. :^)


December 27, 2000, 10:44 pm Msg #1331
Please say a prayer for my neighbor's sister who is bad shape. Her name is Nell. Also, continue topray for my aunt much pain today. She is in pain most of the time since her stroke in 3/99, but is improving from other sickness. Miss Ellie

December 28, 2000, 8:37 am Msg #1332
Hi All. boy it is cold here today we are starting out at 10 and will git up to 20 what snow! Will I'm staying home for new year eve. for everyone who will be out stay safe? all me prayer for everyone who can used thim. TOM

December 28, 2000, 9:40 am Msg #1333
Tom, you keep warm now. I don't blame you for staying in for New Year's Eve. If we go somewhere it will just be to Mama's. We're not party animals...haha! Hope everyone is having a Mayberry type day. Miss Ellie

December 28, 2000, 1:05 pm Msg #1334
Hey Everyone, I live on the East coast and we are suppose to be getting a snow storm this week-end, coming from the South. Anyone from North or South Carolina or Virginia getting any snow? cgirl

December 28, 2000, 1:07 pm Msg #1335
Hey to everyone on here today, lost the site. Glad to be back. Your healthy girl, Flora

December 28, 2000, 4:12 pm Msg #1336
Oh, BOY, is it ever snowing out! They said we'd get 6 or so inches, now they're saying it may be a LOT more. I vote for more--I love it!!! 'Course I have a warm house and groceries in the fridge...if I didn't or if I was a dairy farmer I might not be singing the praises of the snow so loudly. But for now, I sure have a smile on my face!

I got a phone call from a great friend today and that made me smile, too! :^)


December 28, 2000, 4:56 pm Msg #1337
Hey folks! Sorry to be gone so long. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Cgirl , I live in N.C. and it's not snowing here, at lest not yet.

You all have a wonderful day and a happy new year.

Opie Taylor

December 28, 2000, 7:41 pm Msg #1338
Hey to you Flora!!! Good to see you dear!!

December 28, 2000, 10:03 pm Msg #1339
Cgirl, in central N.Carolina, no snow here. We may get a dusting.

Opie Taylor good to see you.

Hey Elinora, good to see ya here. Keep warm.

Flora, good to see you too, you healthy girl.

This morning when the sun did come out, the weather man, said "I don't want people to panic, the odd object in the sky is the sun." ...haha!..Then it clouded up. My neighbor's sister is improved. Still in Intensie Care,but may go to a room tomorrow. Everyone have a goodnight.

Miss Ellie "Opie's father is in municipal government. He is an elected official."

December 29, 2000, 11:14 am Msg #1340
It's snowing again! Sp00ky Benson

December 29, 2000, 11:37 am Msg #1341
Well, I'm jealous here cuz y'all are getting snow! My kids are nine years old and have never seen so much as a snowflake. It's chilly here - 43░ - but sunny. No snow today... Hope ever'one is enjoying a nice day. Love to all! ~Dež~

December 29, 2000, 1:11 pm Msg #1342
Hey SpOOky, where is it snowing?

December 29, 2000, 4:41 pm Msg #1343
I'm not spOOky, but it's snowing here in Chicagoland.

December 29, 2000, 7:36 pm Msg #1344
It's snowing in Southern Indiana. Been snowing all day. Sp00ky Benson

December 29, 2000, 8:19 pm Msg #1345
Hey to Flora and the porch. Hey des, you can have some of my snow... --Jelsik the Flatlander

December 29, 2000, 9:04 pm Msg #1346
Folks 'round here is gearin' up fer a good ol' storm!! Elenora, I jus' loves snow too! I think it's excitin' when we's in the store, jus' a' stockin' up, and ev'ybody is there fo' th' same reason, and are so friendleeee! Got plenty o' vittles, water, animal chow, heat, an' all the necessaries t' weather it out! Even when yore on the road in a storm, folks is always lookin' t' help each other. It's a good time t' see that there is still PLENTY of good folks out there!! Tom, yo' is a good person. I loved what yo had t' say, and I'm sure you Mama is proud of her boy!! Miss Ellie, I hope yore neighbor is well, and yore aunt too. I wish a healthy, happy, new year to all! Moonbeam

December 29, 2000, 9:32 pm Msg #1347
I bet NRNMaryGrace would send you some snow Des, they are getting more than their share. We may get a dusting tonight or tomorrow. I hope not. When we had 18 inches of snow last January, I got enough to last me a life time. I couldn't go anywhere for over 2 weeks !

Hey Spooky !

Miss Ellie "I think it's the fallout. It's effecting our milk."

December 30, 2000, 12:26 am Msg #1348
"You can't put it back in the cow, you know!"

December 30, 2000, 8:52 am Msg #1349
Hi All. Will some of the stomr may git here and we may git some more snow out of it . I m sick of all of the cold and snow and tep at 5to10 for the low at night and 18 25 for up . Just think in about for monthy spring will be here. So stay in and stay warm to. So who all going out for new year eve? Im staying home becaues there will be people who will be not win drinking? TOM. Love and Prayre to you all.

December 30, 2000, 9:16 am Msg #1350
I've worked lots of New Year's eves, and it's not a night that I want to be away from home. Usually folks are pretty depressed by the stroke of twelve, and leave right after. To me, it's more of a time to reflect on what we have gained, and those we have lost. If I had my druthers, I'd sleep right through it! Connie (AKA Moonbeam)

December 30, 2000, 11:01 am Msg #1351
Sp00ky Benson is 50 today! :)

December 30, 2000, 12:31 pm Msg #1352
Happy Birthday Spooky !

No more exciting than my New Year's Eve is, Moonbeam, I might as well sleep through it ! I try not to reflect too much on the bad, just the good. The bad gets me sad.

Miss Ellie "This is a story about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer.." (wrong show...hubby is playing Earl Flatt and Lester Scruggs playing that !) (Hey the whole tape sounds like songs from the show. someone gave it to him. Now they are singing "Pearl, Pearl, Pearl". Funny ! "Just let your thumb hang free." Briscoe Darling

December 30, 2000, 12:43 pm Msg #1353

December 30, 2000, 1:12 pm Msg #1354
Happy Birthday Spookster! Hope it's a goodie!


December 30, 2000, 5:36 pm Msg #1355
Good evening everyone! Hope you all are having a nice Saturday...New Year's Eve, Eve. YES, MISS ELLIE, I'd be more than happy to send some snow to EVERYBODY who wants some! We got somewhere near 50 inches of the stuff now. The city is running out of places to PUT it! Can't put it in the lake because of's too cold for it to melt...WHAT are we gonna do if we get MORE??? NRNMG

December 30, 2000, 8:38 pm Msg #1356
Happy Birthday Sp00kman. Hope you have a good one.

NRNMG, did I see that right. 50 inches of snow as in one more than 49. Goodness gracious. Here in southwestern VA, we've got about 3. I'm like Elinora, I'd love to see a bunch more. Course where I live in the area, we always get a couple of more inches than everyone else around. My pond's been frozen solid now for goin' on 3-4 weeks. Been thinkin' about goin' ice skatin'. We had a high of 35 the other day. Sorry Elinora, don't think I'm braggin'.

Is anyone makin' plans to goto Nashville in June?

Mr. Schwump

December 30, 2000, 8:43 pm Msg #1357
Meant to mention, I'm in the process of writing TAGS trivia game for computers. The easy part is gonna be coming up with the code. Probably only take 1-2 months for that. The hard parts gonna be coming up with some questions. Hopin' to see if Opie still has his questions from his calendar. But I probably am lookin' at puttin' 500-1000 questions in the game and you only answer 25 randomly at a time, so that you don't get the same ones over and over.

What I'm gettin' around too, is that I'll probably be askin' y'all for help for questions, if you don't care. Everything from easy to hard. The more the better. I'll keep you updated. Thank goodness for the cold weather now, it let's me stay in and work on it. I'll let you know when I'm done with the program and need questions.

Mr. Schwump

December 30, 2000, 9:13 pm Msg #1358

December 30, 2000, 9:15 pm Msg #1359
that's the best I can do. Can anyone help?

December 30, 2000, 9:53 pm Msg #1360
Well, howdy folks! Don't know whose underline this is, but I do know it isn't mine, 'cause I don't know how to make it! Hope everyone had a great Christmas - readin' all the above, it looks like you did. Personally, I worked as usual on the "real" Christmas, then my family had ours this past Thursday and Friday. That way, my kids got to spend their holiday with their in-law families, and the hospital thinks I'm great 'cause I was okay with working. Our weather was decent, cold but not icy, though one daughter and family drove through some MAJOR snowfall just south of here, with it ending abruptly just a few miles south of me. Talkin' of Christmasses past - I recall as a child always attending the Christmas Eve services at our little church, complete with candles and carols. It always ended with "Santa" arriving and passing out little red nylon/plastic net stockings to the children, containing an orange, a small apple, peppermint cane, and a handful of assorted nuts. Christmas wouldn't have been the same without that stocking. There was always a little play as well. The year I was three, I played a sheep, wearing a white sweater and little white felt ears. We sang a lullaby to the baby Jesus. After the service, we would go to the home of one of my dad's sisters, or perhaps back to our house, and have our family Christmas Eve gathering. Everyone would be dressed up, the house was decorated, there was always a cranberry punch as well as a sherbet and ginger ale punch, and lots of little sandwiches and beautifully decorated cookies. We would open our gifts, and as one of the few children (and the only girl)- I always received a nice gift from each of my five aunts. Then we'd return home to bed, and in the morning we'd see what Santa had brought and open our own family gifts. Then we'd go to dinner at my grandmother's on my mother's side for Christmas Day. I never took any of the toys I had received, because my cousins on that side were numerous, all male, and would break everything before the day was over. It's funny - looking back now, I know the gifts weren't expensive, and I can remember other evidence that money was tight. The houses were small, the furniture sometimes a bit shabby, but what a sense of love and security surrounded us all. I wouldn't trade it for Trump's millions. I think it was all based on that tiny church and the message of love it projected into our lives. Most of my extended family attended there, too - my great-grandfather started it and was the first pastor. I wish everyone in the world could have had the start in life that I received, and I will forever be grateful to my parents for giving me that foundation upon which to build my own life. Happy New Year, friends!--Romeena

December 30, 2000, 10:20 pm Msg #1361

December 30, 2000, 10:45 pm Msg #1362
Just checking in to say "hey" to all my old friends from the Porch. Happy birthday to Spooky, and in case I don't get to check in tomorrow, Happy "REAL" New Millenium to everyone! Best of luck to you and yours. gomer

December 31, 2000, 11:05 am Msg #1363
Yes, MR. SCHWUMP, 50(fifty)...fffiiffty...tappity, tappity, tappity,tap,tap,tap..tappity..tappity.....FIFTY!! Is correct! And more is expected in the next few days! Believe me, if I COULD, I WOULD send you some snow...we have way yonder more than we know what to do with! Hope everyone is having a good Sabbath, New Years Eve! HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! NRNMG

December 31, 2000, 12:46 pm Msg #1364

December 31, 2000, 12:47 pm Msg #1365

December 31, 2000, 12:47 pm Msg #1366
Fixed? Nope. Oh well.

December 31, 2000, 12:58 pm Msg #1367
OLLIE!!! Will you Help US?? PLEASE??

December 31, 2000, 4:21 pm Msg #1368
What's wrong???

December 31, 2000, 5:20 pm Msg #1369
in Netscrape everything is underlined and a wierd color!!

December 31, 2000, 10:57 pm Msg #1370
Happy New Year!!!! pinkcloud

December 31, 2000, 11:03 pm Msg #1371
I just wanted to wish everyone here a
May God's blessings be upon you all this year and many years to come!

Opie Taylor

December 31, 2000, 11:08 pm Msg #1372
Woops! My mistake and a big one at that! So sorry everyone! This is what I was trying to say

Again I'm so sorry about messing up the porch.

Opie Taylor

December 31, 2000, 11:14 pm Msg #1373
Okay if I don't get it right this time...

With fingers crossed I'm pushing the post button.

Oopie Taylor strikes again

January 1, 2001, 3:20 am Msg #1374
y'got 'er right thet time, bruther Opie!
a new year, a new day, a new life every day...
grateful as ever to have Mayberry to come home to.
~~~love, Leon

January 1, 2001, 3:39 am Msg #1375
hey, I'll take a shot at it.
I done a "stop underlinin'" an' a "stop fontin'" 'cause it's still doin' them thangs in Netscape tho it does look fine in Gates-O-Vision.

January 1, 2001, 3:45 am Msg #1376
okay... I think I spotted it.
mebbe, I hope. ~~LL