January 12, 2002 - Msg 4340: PINKCLOUD! MISS PEGGY! DEž! ya'll sure are sights for sore eyes! Don't stay gone so long next time!! As for the hairy-eared coach, I done told him I don't do people only dogs, now if SugarPlum were to ask me to trim her ear hair.... SD I didn't buy out Wally World, but I sure tried, they wouldn't let me! I'm off to finish folding clothes. Hope to work on the Cutlass this week-end, so I won't be at practice this week-end, I'll do an extree sit-up to make up for it tho!

January 12, 2002 - Msg 4341: does everyone else see the little squiggly-thing in Dež' name? I just see a box! Wonder what causes that?

January 12, 2002 - Msg 4342: Hey everybody, welcome back Pinkcloud and welcome Siminole. SD I think the way they stack those hearts in the store, they just fall in the buggy so easy! Or they my drop them from the ceiling or something.I had a box today. YUM! Love those things! I know how they get in my buggy. The same way the mac and cheese and pizzas do. My son. He can sure fill a buggy. He's only 9. I wonder what he'll do in 4 or 5 years.Wonder what causes that? Ya'll might have to take a collection, or around here we call it a pounding. That's when folks bring someone in need groceries. When's the next practice? Asa,I did 1 1/2 sit-ups today. I had a nap so that's an extry one for today. I've been trying the arm-curls too. They work good with a spoon and ice cream too. Just swap arms every now and them. Romeena be sure not to forget us, with those new comtraptions and all. They sound neat, congratulations. Mavis, I can't figure out how to do that squiqqly thing. --Helen

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4343: Good morning porch! Rise and shine! It's a beautiful day here on the porch. Not a cloud in the sky. Come up and at em the coffees all ready so come on out and enjoy it. Gotta work this morning but I'll be back for lunch. Good Sabbath everyone! God bless yall--Salty Dog


January 13, 2002 - Msg 4344: Morning Salty Dog. Thanks, don't mind if I do. I'll be right over for coffee.
- Hazel

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4345: Mornin Salty, Hazel. Thanks for the coffee (sip) much o'bliged. ~ Mrs. Wiley

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4346: Dearest Porchters: I need a little team inspiration. I have to write an email to an old friend that I haven't spoken to in years. I found out he tried to commit suicide last year. He's come thru it for the better, and is a much happier, healthier person (for someone with MS). But I find the words hard to come by. I have put it off, and even started my taxes rather than start an email! A short prayer would do wonders. ~ Mrs. Wiley

Oh yes, my friend's visit was so nice! She did find a hotel (thank You Lord!) and we went to lunch and a REAL nice high-class dinner, beat the pants off Morrelli's. We visited the Dali Museum, always a treat!
Aunt Bea:"now at Christmas I want you to come stay with us and plan on staying a WHOLE WEEK!"
Andy:(rolls eyes)

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4347: That's a tough one, Mrs. W. I pray that you'll find the right words.
- Hazel

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4348: Thanks folks for asking about me, I've had the sniffles since Christmas. Where my computer sits is a cold corner in my house and I haven't been online as much as I'd like. I am way behind reading the posts.
Hope you all are well.
Miss Ellie
"Happy New Year"

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4349: Mornin' Porchsters- Hope you're havin' a Super Sabbath. Asa, you would be so proud of me...I ran 2 miles and practiced pitching. (chasing calves and throwing rocks-not at the calves) Does that count? Getting into shape has been terrific. Even has its' benefits- lost weight and now get to buy NEW CLOTHES!! YES!!Thanks for the inspiration... See ya on the porch, come on over for supper. Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, green beans, tossed salad. tea.~New Neighbor

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4350: Boy oh Boy New Neighbor I will be there with bells on! Sounds awful good! Mrs Wiley you will come up with what you need, try not to think about it too hard that is when it will hit you. Good Sabbath All!

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4351: oh new neighbor - supper sounds just deeelish! count all all four of us in for our house! Glad to see you Mavis - i went to Wally World too. .but just for cleaning supplies and a new toilet seat! oh i am such a potty mouth!
Mrs. Wiley - you will find the right words. . .friends always seem to know that we care. And Miss Ellie. . .long time no see. glad you visited again. your rocker had a few cobwebs on it but i see it is all clean now.

take care and have a good rest of the sabbath. . .back to house cleaning and rearranging!


January 13, 2002 - Msg 4352: Hey Porch, how is everyone? Nice to hear from you Miss Ellie. Hope you get better soon.
I agree with Mavis Mrs. Wiley, just go with how you feel inspired to do. I try and do that and it usually serves me well. Like right now I feel inspired to once again ask Mavis for an ear trimming, and I just have this feeling she will say yes. We can do it at N.N. after dinner Mavis. That way you'll have a full belly and be at 100%.
Is Hazel coming for dinner? How about Salty? What can I bring N.N.?


January 13, 2002 - Msg 4353: ok, ok, ok Asa after supper we will trim yer ears, but I'm tellin ya, if you even GROWL, I'm gonna pop you upside the head! Dogs don't know any better, but I know you do! Don't know why Floyd can't do this for you. And I expect to be let out of the exercises for the next day, gotta charge something for my services ya know.
you know anything about cuttin meat?
Ya reckon they'll ask me that?

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4354: Thats why I wanted to wait till after dinner Mavis. I didn't want my tummy growling and getting whacked upside the head for it. BTW Bye bye Marty, Hello Steve?


January 13, 2002 - Msg 4355: oh, I meant to add, Dave Thomas was very generous to Duke Hospital and I think I once saw him driving his convertible here.
He was a sweet man and will be missed. I'll especially miss him on the commercials.
Miss Ellie

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4356: Hey Yall sorry I missed supper NN is there any leftovers? The only thing better than fried chicken is left over cold fried chicken! It sure sounded good. Mavis I hope you got Asas ears trimmed. I'd hate for him to miss a play because of his hair. Did you get his earlobes even? hee hee. I got the day off tomorrow so I get to clean house all day. I'd just about rather go to work. Have a good evening!--SD

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4357: I tell ya, for a coach Asa sure did have hairy ears, no wonder he was so hard on us, all that hair musta been giving him a headache! Now do I get the day off from exercises or not?

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4358: Howdy, all! pinkcloud, Dež, Miss Peggy, and everybody. Good to see you. Isn't it great that the old porch is repaired and open for settin' and rockin'? Life is good. *Mavis, thanks for the tip on the site for finding some sunglasses for the Plum. IF I get her a pair, and IF she'll keep 'em on, and IF somebody will tell me how, I'll post a picture of her wearing 'em. (Glad nobody interrupted me in the middle of my iffin'.)
Still enjoying the dish, mostly because of TVLand, which I couldn't get before. Saw "The Keeper of the Flame" tonight, with epilogue. I'm so thrilled at getting all these epilogues - I've never seen most of 'em. Tonight's just made me LOL. Andy gently let Opie know that he knew he was the "keeper of the flame", and gently offered a flashlight as an alternative. Opie's comment as Andy left the room was "He ain't so dumb." I nearly fell out of my chair!
*Mavis, if'n you were to groom my little Sugarplum, she'd never growl or snap at you. She growls at me all the time, but it's a little kid-type protest growl - translates to "Aww, Mom, do I have to??" She never growls at anyone else, and I don't think she knows how to snap. When 11mo-old grandson gets a little grabby, she just hops up on the back of the sofa, out of his reach. We're teaching him too, of course, but he's still just a baby, and she seems to understand that. So you folks can bring your kiddies to the ball games, the mascot will be no threat!
'Nite, all! --Romeena

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4359: Miss Ellie, I agree with you. I'll miss Dave Thomas in his commercials. He seemed so homespun and real. It's nice to hear that he gave back some of what he got in life.

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4360: Miss Ellie, I agree with you. I'll miss Dave Thomas in his commercials. He seemed so homespun and real. It's nice to hear that he gave back some of what he got in life.

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4361: Yep..I just knew that would happen...it was taking forever to post so I just HAD to mash down on it again, and up popped two posts! Oh brother....

January 13, 2002 - Msg 4362: Don't you just hate when that happens??--Romeena

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4363: Morning porch. Would everyone like to stop by for breakfast before 5 a.m. practice?
- Hazel

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4364: Hi Hazel, love to. Hi porch.


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4365: Jennieboone it don't have to be a brother, it can be a cousin like Gomer! I couldn't resist that one. Morning Porch, thought I would enjoy my cup of coffee with ya'll this morning before the housework started. N.N. what's for supper tonight?

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4366: Romeena I knew the little Plum wouldn't snap at me, I can't say the same for Asa tho. Can she teach him some lessons?

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4367: Morning porch, it is Monday again. Seems like it comes faster every week. It's cold out here on my porch. A cup of coffee sounds great. Maybe this mornings practice will get me energized for my housework. Is breakfast still on Hazel? Or did our snappy coach eat it all? (hee hee) Sorry Asa had to pick at a little bit. Have a great day. Anyone one wanna come help with housework? That would be a workout right there!--Salty Dog

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4368: Good Morning. . .well, it is another day of paradise, the kids didn't yell and scream too much this morning. I'm taking the oldest one back to the doctor today. . .still has swollen tonsils but I think the infection is pretty much gone. He was crabby this morning. . .and pouty. . .not sure if he was still tired or iffin he doesn't feel that well. Usually I can tell, my red head was in fine spirits and he is usually the one who gives me fits most mornings.
Mavis, I believe that Asa could almost be a bear when his ears were trimmed. . .no wonder Floyd doesn't want to mess with him. Does Floyd have a position on our team? You know like first base coach or something snazzy like the pro-nouncer of the starting line up? Just wondering!
I think BBQ ribs sound good for supper with a little cole slaw and french fries and maybe some neopolitan ice cream for desert! MMMMMM makes my mouth water to think about it.

Have a good day ya'll.


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4369: MERLE DEAN says "Hey"

"I don't chew my cabbage twice"


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4370: HEY Merle Dean! Have a good un--SD

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4371: Mavis, Thanks for the ear trimming. She gave me an earcut without it looking like an earcut. Thats fancy living there I tell ya.
Don't overdue the housework Salty. We gonna practice hard today. Save some fer the team.
I like that menu Homemaker. Can we come over after practice and eat?
Hey to Merle Dean and jennie.
See ya'll in a bit.


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4372: Paw, why did you tell Floyd to give you a haircut but not make it look like you had a haircut?--SD

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4373: It's just a haircut you know. It isn't a brain operation.
- Hazel

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4374: Ahhhh Poor Hazel. Does it hurt and have a fever?


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4375: Afternoon Porch! Ya'll being good? Probably not! teehee

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4376: Hey to the Porch.
Mavis, my uncle always said: "If you can't be good, be good at it.." he always had those clever sayings, I miss seeing him. I think he's up for parole next year...


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4377: Hey porch! I'm being good Mavis I don't know about the rest of them. Whats for supper? Is Asa gonna feed us after practice? I'm just too tired to cook. Have a good one!--Salty Dog

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4378: Hey Salty, we are going over to Homemaker's for dinner. She is cooking up a storm.
So your uncle is free next year Jelsik? hee hee hee
I got nothing but compliments on yer trimming job today at work Mavis. You da bomb.


January 14, 2002 - Msg 4379: Ev-e-nin'. Asa them ears are slicker than butter on a corn cob, let Mavis do it regular-like and you'll have the baldest ears in the county! Thank you all for the help with the letter - took 45 min to complete, but it's out and done and I can't take it back now. "How did I get this great big foot, ALL of it, in my mouth?" Salty, I'll walk you over to dinner when I pass by. homemaker's BBQing. Can I bring something along homemaker? I have a nice apple pie here cooling on the sill.

~ Mrs. Wiley

January 14, 2002 - Msg 4380: Yer welcome Asa just don't let it go so long next time! Jelsik sounds like yer uncle was a smart man, ceptin' when he got put in the lockup there. I'm on my way for supper, is it too late? Rafe I will let you know when I finish my work on the site.
Be nice ya'll & don't eat too much.
eatin' speaks louder than words

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4381: Morning Porch. Sure is quiet here this morning. Everyone still asleep? You know what that means, don't you?... OHHHHHH NO ACCOUNT MULE SITTIN IN A MOUNTAIN ALLLL DAY LONGGGGG... Sorry. Sometimes I can't hep myself.
Ya'll have a good one, and act like ya got some smarts.

"Jubal, jubaljubaljubal...juBALLLLL...."

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4382: Mornin porch. Been gone for a few days so I thouhgt that I would check in. Sorry I've missed practice Asa but I was forced to go play golf. Ya'll have a great day.

The Rock

"I got to go to the lockup now Miss Crump, but I'll see you tomorrow." (Earnest T. Bass)

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4383: MERLE DEAN says "Hey"
Hope everyone is doing well today....as always !
Rock, ya made me smile with that quote...thanks
How about this one...
"Looks like it might rain....it rained the other day" (Romeena)
"Yep, I was right cher in it."(Ernest T. Bass)
"He'd kill ya" (Helen)

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4384: Morning Ya'll! I love all the Ernest T. quotes, he is the best! I'm off to work on the Cutlass, I'll holler when I'm done.

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4385: It sure was nice of ya'll to come over last night. . did you like them fancy fingerbowls I set up so you'ins could dip yur fingers in. I thought that added a touch of class.

Get that Cutlass done Mavis - you act like you ain't got a lot of time. . .too many situps and push ups - giver her some slack Asa.


January 15, 2002 - Msg 4386: Morning Porch, Mavis are you always that perky in the mornings? Get to it now, get that cutlass done. You don't want Asa to get after you.(tee hee) Gotta go to work today. yall have a good one and act like somebody.--Salty Dog

"I got a rude...I bet you aint never got no rude"

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4387: Finger dippin bowls? Is that what they was? I don't dare tell ya what I used mine fer Homemaker, sorry. Them was some good eats though. I love ribs. I noticed Hazel, Salty Dog and New Neighbor over in the corner talking about Helen's blonde wig though. Hmmmm... wonder what causes that?
Well I have to go clean off 2 inches of partly cloudy off the parking lot, (weathermen...sheesh)
And Rock, you trying to kill me with that Golf talk, ain't ya. I'll see you in March buddy.


January 15, 2002 - Msg 4388: Nope I normally ain't a morning person, today was a once in a blue moon thing, hope ya'll enjoyed it! teehee

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4389: Good Afternoon Porch-People!

A Cappella

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4390: Hi there Porch! Gettin ready for practice (BOING...thwap, BOING...thwap). ~ Mrs. Wiley

"...and I don't talk thru my nose whilst I eat."

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4391: Alright Mrs. Wiley, ready fer action. Comon yous guys. Lets get going, HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE... Who's on first?. LOOK SHARP.... COM'ON SALTY, NO PEPSI IN THE BATTERS BOX... LETS LOOK ALIVE... LETS HEAR SOME CHATTER...HAZEL, NEW NEIGHBOR WHERE IS YOU TWO?...


January 15, 2002 - Msg 4392: Thanks for the kind words, Salty Dog. Miss Peggy, my younguns are doing fine. They's just little tornadoes, like you said, but cute as the dickens! I hope you're doing well. Great to see you, too, Mavis! It sure is great to see the Porch up and runnin', Romeena. How's little Sugarplum? Give her a kissy on the jaw for me. I declare.. I shore don't feel like cookin'. Wish I could call out to the diner and order in. Love and hugs to everyone!


"Sarah, get me 2-4-2."

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4393: Sara, git me the diner.

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4394: Good evening porch, Cold evening here on my porch! I'm sorry Asa, I thought I could sneak my pepsi in w/o you seeing it. Gees, you must have eyes in the back of your head. Now that Mavis trimmed your hair. If I don't get my pepsi I'm no good to anybody. Yall have a good night. Five a.m. comes too early for me but I'll get the coffee going for the rest of yuns. Nite--Salty Dog

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4395: Sorry I woke ya Sara

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4396: Hey batterbatterbatter hey batterbatterbatter! How's that Asa? Salty I didn't think that when I trimmed his ears he'd be able to see everything, we'll have to come up with another way to sneak yer Pepsi in there. Dež it's great to see you on here again, you find an extree chair to sit in? A Cappella where have you been??? Don't you know you been missing alot of good food & parties? Don't stay gone like that. I'm off to bed!

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4397: [prayer][][][to][][][][you][][][all]
[miss ellie] [git a heat for the room the have your comp]

January 15, 2002 - Msg 4398: Hi All will it going to be a cold night here and snow some to [HEHE} . Welcome back home pingcloud. Miss Ellie used a smallheater to keep the compatible rood warm win you are in there.
Asa just think if you can make it as the ch you can go back to golfing for fun.
In quietness shall be your strength,
rely upon his word;
though endless seems the battles length,
be sure your prayers are heard.
The conflict rages all about,
but there is peace within
the heart that trusts in God shall rout
the enemy and win.
Be confident, the Lord is near,
but God is mightier, no fear
can his bright armor pierce.

Will I have to cleasd up my bedroom befor i can go to bed, becaues the kid play in there and may a miss befor he fall a sleep on me bed.

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4399: Good morning freinds, Tom thank you so much for your poem.It was just what I needed to hear first thing this morning. A friend of mine just left yesterday for Afghanistan. Keep him in your prayers as he serves our country. I left the coffee hot for ya.Have a good day and act like somebody.--Salty Dog

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4400: Morning Porch. Nice to hear from ya Tom, and A Capella and Des. Been a while.
I'm glad Mavis knows how to chatter. Bless her heart.
Prayers for your friend Salty. I'm sure He will be fine.
Where is Hazel and N.N. been? I'm getting just a little depressed not seeing them posting. Oh well, I guess they does'nt like me anymore (big sigh).
I must go do that work thing now. (bigger sigh).
See ya all later.


January 16, 2002 - Msg 4401: Sorry, Asa. Didn't mean for you to be depressed.
- Hazel

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4402: Good to see you Hazel and Asa. . .Great Poem Tom. . you are our resident inspiration! :)

Now Mavis and Salty Dog, I was thinking about how we could sneak our Pepsi and/or Mt. Dew in. . .if we cut the end of the bat off, bore out a hole and then we could slip our pepsi can inside. . .wow - what a concept! Just be careful not to swing those bats - our bats would really be exploding then and not just with runs.

Off to the funny farm aka work, lunch break is over


January 16, 2002 - Msg 4403: Tom did you get your room cleaned up? Don't ya love it when kids do that? Mine used to do it all the time, course he is too big now to do that! (yeah right) Asa I'm a chatterer from way back! Best chatterer on the high school team ya know, guess it's cause I got a high roof to my mouth! The rest of ya porchsters, have a good one & I'll talk at ya'll later.

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4404: Ya'll don't like my wig? :( Ya'll just let me know when you're coming over so I won't have to sneak and put it on.Just kiddin'. Ya'll come anytime. I'll get Mr. Crump to put it in his bowling ball case and bring it to me! I'm ready for practice. Mrs. Wiley, I'll come early and we can pitch some. I need the practice. Romeena you better stay in shape. You may see more action in the concession stand, than any of us on the field! Mavis, thanks for your help on the ž thing It worked! Now I can say hey Dež! Thanks for the poem Tom. You sure are a blessing and an inspiration. We also have a friend in Afghanistan and one transporting the Taliban to Cuba, remember them also in your prayers. Homemaker, good idea about the bats. Where can we stash the Little Debbies, in our batters glove? Sounds like coach Asa is back to his old self. Must be bristly around the ears! :) --Helen

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4405: I think we could probably stash the little debbies in our helmets. As long as they didn't get smashed. What do yall think? Sounds like they put too much starsh in Asas shirt again. Remember that one time......See yall later--Salty Dog

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4406: Prayers to all of you that have kin in Cuba and any where's else we are fighting the dreaded Hun. I finally got all my Christmas decorations put away. For the last week and a half I have been collecting them and putting them in the living room. Last year we tried to collect and pack in one day. In June we were still finding decorations tucked away where we had forgot that we had put them. I got them all packed and put away this morning, and as I stepped out of the shower I saw the "three wise men" looking up at me from the corner of the bathroom. Asa,I could have played golf today but had to put the decorations away. The wife also wore the wrong pair of shoes to work. Called me to bring her another pair. Homemaker and Helen you can do what you want with the bats. I'm still going to bring the crock from the courthouse as soon as Otis checks in.

The Rock

"I just don't cotton to this, too daggone many rules." (Ernest T. Bass)

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4407: Good Afternoon Porchsters!

A Cappella

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4408: Rock, your Earnest T. quotes just twang my buds (I can hear him tapping his feet and saying that now...)! And I really like to see someone in our generation who knows who the "Dreaded Hun" is. You're a good man fetchin' your wife her shoes. Helen, if we start stashing Pepsi in our bats, We'll all "Like to see a bat". C'mon by and we'll toss the 'ol apple. TOM, does this mean that you DO have visitors now and again? Is this a Grandchild or a Neighbor-kid? I'm happy that you have some company! Homemaker, Barney keeps his ticket book in his hat, reckon a ding-dong will fit there too? That's OK isn't it Coach Asa? I mean, it's not like we'd be carrying our pocket-books with us in the field full of snack cakes. Maybe we could train Sugarplum to run a ho-ho out to us? Maybe she could learn hand signals like the pitcher gives the catcher.

~ Mrs. Wiley
"Well that's alright. You can wear your uniform...and I'll wear my uniform...UH THAT'S RIGHT - 7:30 UNIFORMS! GOODBYE!"

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4409: Ya'll are a mess! I'm so thankful to have ya'll you make days so much brighter! *sniff*

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4410: Why Des (I forget how to do that there funny S thang) it sure is good to see you, seems like old times. Uncle Ollie "Ring-a-ding-ding"

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4411: Ya'll pray for the people here in my area, there was a shooting at the Appalachian School of Law here today, the dean a professor & another teacher is dead & 3 others are wounded.

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4412: Hey Mavis. Thats to bad about what happened there and I'll sure pray for ya'll. Wish bad things like that didn't happen. You take care over there.
Where ya been hidin Ollie?
Ding Dong's in yer hat Mrs. Wiley? I declare what am I gonna do with you gals. Ya tries and ya tries and ya tries to teach em fudymentals and all they do is sit around and try to figger out how to sneak goodies in. If I gots to I'll do a SHAKEDOWN befere every practice, thats what I'll do. I hate to git mean again but a coach has to have some deesaplin or else all be lost. I got us a scrimmage set up with Siler City on Friday and I want us to be ready. So lets GET READY TO RUMBBBBLLLLEEEEE.


January 16, 2002 - Msg 4413: Oh now Asa I dont think you could git mean if you wanted to. We need those goodies for our strength. Besides I don't know about the rest of the gals but I have to have a sugar pick me up in the afternoon when I get my sinking spell. You wouldn't want us to faint out there would you? We'd be no good to anybody. Have a good evening--Salty Dog

Aw now Andy dont give him my Mr. Cookie Bar

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4414: I'm with you, Rock. I'll be drinking from the courthouse crock. I don't need that sugar pick me up, I just want to merry up the games a little bit. Don't tell Asa. Good to see you back, A. Cappella.
- Hazel

Barney: I've been called plenty, from mad dog to chopper; but never tattle tale."

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4415: Update on the shooting, it was a former student from Nigeria, that failed last year & was suspended today. Came back & started shooting. The Dean leaves behind a wife & 2 young children, please keep them in your prayers.

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4416: Sure will Mavis. Sorry to miss so much of the porch chatter, but work has had me straight out. So glad to see all the members present and accounted for! Asa I was practicing pitching and was throwing walnuts at knotholes in the tree. Did pretty good until that darn squirrel threw them back at me. Musta filled up his hole! (You'd think he'd be a might more greatful.) What times the game Saturday? Got my Pepsi hidden away, Asa will never find it! ~New Neighbor

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4417: Hey NN can you hide me some pepsi too? I'll bring it over tomorrow. Prayers to ya Mavis, seems like bad things just keep getting closer to home don't they? Well wheres our master coach tonight? Haven't seen Romeena either come to think of it. I hope they aint trying to put up lights again.(hee hee) I have the day off tomorrow so I am looking forward to it! Yall have a good nite!--Salty Dog

January 16, 2002 - Msg 4418: We'll have to get a system goin'. When Asa's not lookin' one way then all of us on that side of the field can get a "swig" of Pepsi. Then vice versa for the other. Maybe little Sugarplum can start barkin' to get his attention and then we can all swig away! If we do it just right he may think that we're just wipin' sweat! ;) Asa must be gettin' ready for the Olympics and he thinks we're part of it or something. NN do you think you can catch that squirrel and get it to throw walnuts at Asa?(heeheehee)Mavis, I was saddened by the news. We hear so much of that kind of stuff lately, makes me long for the Mayberry kind of days. Ya'll are the closest thing to that and I'm grateful for each and everyone of you. Love you all--Helen

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4419: Morning, porch. Where's everybody at? It sure is cold standing over here at Mrs. Wileys. Was practice cancelled this morning?
- Hazel

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4420: Morning Hazel, Morning Porch. No practice this morning Hazel, to dang cold. Yer ding dongs would freeze on a morning like this. I hope its warmer at Mrs. Wileys. It is 4 degrees at my house this morning. And some canyon winds blowing a bit makes it real nice. Come on March.


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4421: It is in the low 30's here but there is an arctic breeze ablowing. . .we have seen cardinals and lots of bunnies. . .can spring be far behind.
I think having Sugarplum be the Little Debbie boy instead of the batboy works swell! We could make a little pack to throw over sugarplum's back. What a concept!

Anyone want to substitute today. . .it has been one dilly of a week. . .


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4422: It is cold here too. 19 this morning on my porch. But my Bradford trees already have buds on them. Has it always took it this long for Spring to get here? I had an idea for our pepsi problem. How about we attach two cans to the inside of our helmet, and then run a straw down to where we can just take a sip when we need it! Kind of like those hats you see with two cans on the top? Or we could get Sugarplum to do the st. benard thing and carry a little can under her chin out to us. I don't think she could handle a barrell. I love the little debbbie pack idea too! Poor sugarplum we're gonna have to get her her own little pack of treats. So whenever she needs one she could just get it. Well I'll get on with my huosework today see yall later--Salty Dog


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4424: I think we've about got the PEPSI thing figured out! I like your "idee" SD. SUGARplum will work out just fine. I think we better "tank up" on the PEPSI and DEBBIES just before the game just in case we can't get our "fix". SD I hope your trees don't get frozen since they already have buds. Our Bradford's still have leaves. Never seen that this late in the season before. How about this chatter. DEBBIEDEBBIEDEBBIEDEBBIEDEBBIE!--Helen

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4425: Talk it up Helen, talk it up! And the dual-drink cap is an awesome idea. It was 60 at my porch this am. Y'all come! ~ Mrs. Wiley

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4426: Mrs. Wiley I'm on my way. I'm tired of cold weather and ready for spring. I'll even bring my own ironing board! Well Before our scrimmage tomorrow, we need to find us some of those hats with the straw thing. Is everyone ready? How about our mascot? Is she ready to be cute? I'm sure she already is though. OK lets get out there and show our caoch we got some smarts about us. See yall later--Salty Dog


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4427: Boy oh boy, what extremes you gals go to fer having yer goodies. I see how important they is to ya now, so I will relent. Just come ready to play, and Salty, I like yer attitude. Thats what I like to see. Siler City is good. They got them a batter thats Big Maude Tyler's size, and she can hit the tar out of them balls. So outfield needs to be on there toes fer this one. Practice is at 5:00 so see ya there. Bring SugarPlum Romeena, will ya?


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4428: Howdy, everybody! Been out of pocket the last couple of days - my three-day stretch of 12-hr shifts. You don't do much but sleep in between, that is if the phone will let ya! Now, about Sugarplum being the bearer of treats..... I think y'all should know that she wouldn't be a bit above snitching bites. You might get a HoHo with a bite out of it, or a half-eaten DingDong. She'd be delighted to help, but she knows no shame when it comes to treats. Feedin' her ahead of time doesn't help, either. She just loves snacks. I try to watch her sugar, though - diabetes runs in our family, you know. So if anyone wants to bring her a treat, she just adores those little baby carrots. Pulls me to the fridge all the time, asking for one.
Great to see folks coming back to the porch - gettin' to be like old times. *Mavis, that was a terrible thing that happened there at the school. What on earth is wrong with people??
My grandson is still in Guantanamo Bay, guarding the prisoners as they come in. His report is that they are some kind of mean hombres, totally committed to destroying America. There is no one so dangerous as one who truly believes his cause is righteous and is fully committed to it, and that's what we're dealing with. They really do believe they're on a mission for God. What amazes me is that they're talking about the same God we worship, the "Allah" is just a language thing. A large portion of their Koran is the same as much of our Old Testament. Strange, amazing, and very dangerous.
Well, 'nuff of that. Practice at 5:00, you say! Would that be a.m. or p.m.? --Romeena

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4429: It does seem very dangerous Romeena - I was watching the news tonight and it occured to me: why are we bringing them so close to us? ~ Mrs. Wiley #8

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4430: Good evening everyone. . . I like the helmet idea and the bat idea both. . .maybe pepsi with one and dew with the other.

All we need is the "detainees" to get with Catro's m/en and boy are we sunk.
oh well. . .I'd rather talk about our ball team. I know it may have been said a million times but what exactly is our team name? You allknow I am in the special ed department.

have a chilly evening. . .


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4431: Where the heck has Rafe been? Did anyone tell him about the scrimage tomorrow night? Remember he's our official umpire. Maybe he's over at Floyds, gettin his complementary shave and haircut.
- Hazel

Watch it, 3.

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4432: It's a bit chilly here on my end of the porch, too, but nothing to compare with some of those low temps others are reporting. However, guess I'd better get Sugarplum a little hat and scarf and a sweater, if she's gonna be carrying snacks out on that windy ballfield. Now remember, folks, if your snack arrives a bit chewed around the edges, don't say I didn't warn you.--Romeena

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4433: Evening porch & 4423 don't know who posted that, but I laughed for 5 minutes! That is one of my favorite quotes! Dogs thought I had lost my mind with all the laughin! May I remind everyone, that altho our little SugarPlum would love to bring us snacks, she is a Maltese ya'll & that means them full Pepsi's probably weigh as much as she does, so can she please just bring snacks? Even tho I do work for a vet, I don't want to have to be rushin Plum in for a sprained back. As for the shootings, I still can't get over it, so sad. Romeena my prayers are with your grandson, I agree with Mrs. Wiley why are they bringing them so close? I'm off to bed ya'll gotta work again tomorrow.
*Mavis #3

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4434: After reading that thought I would add Romeena you don't mind sharing the Plum with us do you, I called her 'our' SugarPlum?

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4435: Alright girls. We looked pretty good tonight out there. I think we are ready for a game. And if we win we are going to Mt. Pilot afterwards for chineese food. We'll get some egg foo young, I even like to say it egg FOO young...
So everyone get to bed and rest up. No workouts in the morning, and only 1 ding dong before the game. The town is counting on you girls. Let's not let them down. ARE YOU WITH ME???


January 17, 2002 - Msg 4436: Hey everyone! Sounds like our coach is all ready for tomorrow. If that pitcher is like Big Maude maybe Asa can dance with her to distract her from the game! Well I am off to bed, aside from the big game tomorrow night, I gotta work 9 hours tomorrow. But Asa I promise I'll be fresh as a daisy come game time! Good nite!--Salty Dog

January 17, 2002 - Msg 4437: I know I won't sleep much tonite. Too excited about the game tomorrow. Coach don't worry about that batter, we'll take care of any thing she hits our way! You'll see. WE'RE WITH YOU! SD you make me laugh, Asa dancin' with the pitcher. Good plan! Hey coach that can be another chatter, FOOFOOFOOFOOFOOFOOFOO!

Romeena, what division is your grandson with? He may be in with our friends son. Sounds like they have the same duty. He's in Cuba or either flying them over to Cuba. They are all in our prayers. They may say we have the same God, but that's not the same loving God that I serve. The history of the Palestinians is very interesting. It all started with Abraham and Isaac and Ishmael. We're still having all of these problems from that after thousands of years.

See ya'll tomorrow at game time. Mrs. Wiley sure can throw a mean ball. My hand is still burning, that pitchback sure has paid off. --Helen

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4438: Helen, I know what you mean. We all have the disbelieving Sarah to thank for all of this. (Not our Sarah, I mean Abraham's wife!) If she had trusted God and his timetable, there would have been no Ishmael, and therefore no descendants, and no problems in that part of the world today. Also, if Israel had done what God told them to do when they entered Canaan, the problems would have ended there. But, today we have what we have, and can only try to deal with it. As for "Allah", they are referring to the same God, but they have a very distorted image of Him.
My grandson is with an MP unit out of Texas - no flying for him, just guard duty.
*Mavis, the Plum is like most Maltese - very loving and friendly, high-spirited and playful. To know her is to love her, and I'm sure she considers herself part of the team. I'm very happy for her to be "our" Sugarplum. Thanks for thinking of her diminutive size, though. You're right, of course. She could probably carry one Pepsi, but with two, she'd just be anchored to the spot. Maybe somebody could build her a little wagon and a harness. I think she could probably pull it with several sodas, if the wheels were large enough. Anybody want to volunteer to build it?
Well, good night, friends. See you at the game.--Romeena

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4439: Just a thought - maybe Asa and Salty could modify one of their contraptions to be a harness for Sugarplum. Now, who could build her a wagon?--Romeena

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4440: What's going on in Cuba? Who's Malloy? How many Sugarplums are there on this here porch? Are they all cute as Romeena's? OUTTAMYWAYSUNDAYDRIVER!!! THE BRADY BUNCH IS ON!! [When I can't watch TAGS I gird my loins and watch The Brady Bunch, buster.]

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4441: How about a sidecar for Sugarplum? I've got an old little doll buggy in the attic that I might be able to modify into a sidecar. It'd be useful for going back & forth to the store too. Just in case we need to lay in further supplies. I can see her now, racing down the bases, just her, the wind and the wheel.
- Hazel

Barney: It's guys like you who laughed at Edison, the Wright brothers, and Buzz Fluhart.

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4442: Mornin porch. Got the wife off to work and just finishing off my last cup of coffee. What a shocker, shootings back in the schools. Never been to New York but I went to college with some people from Grundy, Va.. Seems like doing your normal chores is becomming hazardous to your health. Makes you just want to grab some people and shake them. Oh well enough about bad news. Prayers to all. I promised Jimmy (the goat) that I would take him to town with me.

The Rock

"No hunt, beware, open and closed, no credit." (Ernest T. Bass)

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4443: Morning Team. You guys pumped? I is. I am so excited I swallowed my gum. M avis, maybe you could do a special trim on SugarPlum today. Glad your back with us Romeena, we miss you on them 12 hour shifts.
Thats a good idea Hazel, a doll buggy. Why didn't I think of that?
Well off to work I go. Salty, is that coffee still hot? Don't overdue it.


January 18, 2002 - Msg 4444: Oh BTW Floyd, have fun on yer trip. Be careful.


January 18, 2002 - Msg 4445: Sorry Asa, but I done twisted my left knee doing some funky sidesteps with the kids in physical education class (the P.E. teacher hates it when you say P.E.) - so it looks like I am out of the line up for tonites game. Maybe I can hold everyone's pepsi and little debbies and keep an eye on Sugar Plum? Of all the luck and I was dreaming just like Opie of all the medals we could win - they'd have to pin 'em on our back! Of all the luck. . .

God Bless all the boys (and girls) overseas!


January 18, 2002 - Msg 4446: Sorry to hear that Homemaker. I do hope you get better quick like. We will miss ya out there but you need to rest that knee. This is only a scrimmage anyway, so kick back and take it easy.
Are ya gonna sue the county like Otis was? Maybe you can get a new school built. Take care of yerself.


January 18, 2002 - Msg 4447: GAME DAY! I'm up doing my streches this mornin'. I'M PUMPED! Sorry about your knee homemaker. You can be our cheerleader. I don't know our name though, so that might make it kind of tough. ASA,ASA, HE'S OUR MAN, IF HE CAN'T DO IT NOBODY CAN! GIVE ME A S-U-G-A-R-P-L-U-M,WHAT DOES THAT SPELL? SUGARPLUM! Told you I was pumped!
Helen #88


January 18, 2002 - Msg 4448: You folks are just too much! I'll bet my little Plum is the first Maltese in history to get to be an honored sports mascot. She surely does appreciate it, I'll tell you that!
homemaker, I'm sure sorry about your knee. That can really smart! Be careful, though and don't let Aunt Bea and Emma know about it, or first thing you know, they'll have it that you're dead and buried. You know how they gossip.--Romeena

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4449: Oh, and the Plum and I think the little doll buggy made into a sidecar is just an outstanding idea! If that doesn't work, maybe the buggy could be attached to her harness and she could pull it like a little trailer. Either way, the buggy should be very useful.--Romeena

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4450: Homemaker, you take care of that knee. Soak it, soak it in lots of warm water. I've decided to hit every ball over the fence so I can just walk around the bases. That running Asa's had us doing has just 'bout done me in. I just hope that Big Maude don't try to block the plate on me. hehe

Rock I had a roommate from Grundy. I knew several folks from that area. Horrible, horrible thing to have happen. It really does make you long for Mayberry.

Everyone rest up.
Tilley #14

January 18, 2002 - Msg 4451: Evenin Porch! Nice evenin ain't it? (if it don't rain) I always like that one! I have been doing my exercises, lift the dog UP to the table, put the dog DOWN on the floor, Lift the dog UP to the tub. Put the dog DOWN on the floor. I forgot about the wrestling pretzel move that I manage to do at least once a day when I am trying to dry on of them. As for trimming the Plum I think I will just brush her real good, trim around her feet & put her hair up in a topknot with a little baseball bat hairbow. That way she can see where she is going when she is wheeling them pick-me-ups around. Off to do other things, weatherman is hollering something about snow again so I gotta get all my bird feeders filled to the top before it gets here.