September 14, 2002 - Msg 8993: Morning Porch! Been busy here with lots of doggies needing grooming & haven't had time to come by the porch, I been putting Red White & Blue bows on the dogs so they can show their support too this week. People loved it, didn't get no tips tho! (dang it) I'm off to get ready for band practice, this house just keeps getting dirty & I can't figger out why!
wonder what causes that?

September 14, 2002 - Msg 8994: Like I don't have enough to do with cleaning my own house, now I gotta sweep the porch TOO?? Next thing you know my muscle will be 'buggin' & I ain't a gonna white warsh the whole porch neither!

September 14, 2002 - Msg 8995: Thelma Lou, (formally known as mom of 3) all you got to do is start using the name. Just be careful if you post on any other Mayberry boards. I think there's a couple Thelma Lous that post other places. And as you probably noticed, the porch "sweeps" when it gets full. Just go to the archives at the bottom and pick out the last date, to read anything you missed.
- Hazel

September 14, 2002 - Msg 8996: Oops, I meant "formerly", not "formally" on that last post. We don't have to dress formally here. Come as you are.
- Hazel

September 14, 2002 - Msg 8997: Hey to the Porch.
" thing you know my muscle will be 'buggin..."
you beat everything, you know that, Mavis?
You're funny for a Dog Groomer....


September 14, 2002 - Msg 8998: Thankeee Jelsik when yer a dog groomer you have to be funny, don't nobody take you serious no way! I always loved that ep with the buggin muscle. I tried sendin you an email a while back & it came back with that mailer demon, check the Cutlass & mail me your new one, I am on there. I'm off to Wal-Mart, & no I ain't buying no white warsh!

September 14, 2002 - Msg 8999: I just went to the Cutlass myself & looks like I need to get in there & fix it up a bit. Probably got spiders in there too! Spider Bite!
(that is for the email address page in the Cutlass)

September 14, 2002 - Msg 9000: I was going to mention that about the Cutlass, Mavis. I can't even get into it. Well, I can get there, but once I'm there, I can't go to any of the places, like birthdays, post office, etc. I don't know if it's my computer or what. Do you think someone made a false move and then blewie?
- Hazel

September 14, 2002 - Msg 9001: Hey, I posted message # 9000!! Do I win a door prize or something?

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9002: Morning Y'all! It's a wet one here,but we didn't get much of that storm Hanna.Think it was worse up Salty's way-Salty,you alright?
Mavis,you are TOO funny! Looks like I'm the first on the porch this morning,so guess I'll leave breakfast-Poptarts,Krispy Kremes (glazed,lemon & chocolate) for everyone! If somebody can catch Otis' cow and milk her,we'll have beverages too!
possum under a rock

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9003: Morning porch, It's a might wet here too Possum. Power was out for about 5 hours last night. Been raining for 2 days now. Course I aint complaining bout it cause it was gettin too dry but it did rain the races out. And before I fergit it Welcome to Thelma Lou always good to have a new face around here. But there are a few of our members that you have to keep yer eyes on. They can be sneaky someimes!! Well I think I am gonna go paddle my way to preachin. Later--Salty Dog

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9004: Good Sabbath porch! Thelma Lou, that was a fine poem there - did you write it? Or is it a real song? (I don't get out much) glad you decided to hang out here! Sure enjoyed the Marathon with you all Friday night, wasn't it fun running from room to room for Classic Barney Moments? Hope we didn't get crumbs and cashew fudge smears on Romeena's doilies. Hey Floyd, will the porch make it to post #10,000 or does it roll over to 1? There should be a prize and maybe a party when we get to "5". Thanks for the pop-tarts Possum - we can always count on you for a sugar fix in the morning. Is that whee you get the enrrgy to tote a rock around all day? See y'all at Preachin'.

~ Mrs. Wiley

"Anndddyyyy, what happened to your eyyyeee?"

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9005: Mrs. Wiley, that is amazing. That is the very idea I had. But if it doesn't roll over and start again at "1", then we should have a party when we reach 10,000.
- Hazel

"I don't mind ordinary conversation, but I hate to chit-chat."

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9006: Floyd....what memories this brings. I used to spend a lot (too much?) time here flirtin with Lydia...that Frank...he was a legend before his time...

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9007: Hey to Goober.

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9008: Goober says "hey".

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9009: Hazel I was able to get from page to page on the Cutlass, but I need to get the spider webs out of it. Are ya mashin the 'go' button when you decide where you want to go? I'm off to take a nap, love to do that when it is rainin real hard, sounds so lovely on a tin roof!!!

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9010: Hazel, that's a swell Idea! We can have sandwiches and potato salad and pop...and a door prize!
~ Mrs. Wiley

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9011: Hey Goob, Outstandin' to see you again. Do you still have your garage? Hang around a while, maybe Lydia will stop by. You are right about Frank. They broke the mold after makin' him. A prince of a sheriff, he was.

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9012: It's been kinda quiet around here this weekend. Come on you guys; Gas it up chickees.
- Hazel

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9013: You know...I di still have the garage...just don't remember where I left the keys. I just might have to build me a new one.
Speed, speed, speed....

September 15, 2002 - Msg 9014: Whew, busy weekend! Let's start plannin for next weekend. Ya'll can come to my place if ya want. I have two tv's, so the ladies can watch Steel Ragnolias (or whatever it's called), or some other girly flick and the guys can watch Hang 'Em High. I can cook up some venison for the guys and Beulah can fix some little finger sandwiches for the ladies. I ran out of Mulberry Squeezins last Christmas but I do have me alittle bottle of "Christmas cheer" that 'ol Ben Weaver ain't found yet (just kiddin', we are Baptists!!).--Boo

"Win your girl, lose your eye."--Sherrif Taylor

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9015: A Big Hey to the Porch! Hope you all had a good weekend. FRANKIE FLINT

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9016: Hey that sounds good Boo. But this "chick" likes venison too. I can fix a mean roast. Hey to Frankie dont be such a stranger. Hopefully all this rain will move on out. Nite porch off to bed--Salty Dog

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9017: I am new here, so I don't follow what's going on very well. Do you all literally live near eachother, or is this a cyber-porch? Thelma Lou

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9018: Morning Y'all! Salty,ya floating over those mountains yet? Sounds like y'all got buckets of rain-we got a good bit yesterday.No power outages or anything like that though.
Hi Thelma Lou! I'll attempt to answer your question- none of us live real close to each other that I know of. Seems like the majority of us are located in the South.Some from places like Utah & Indiana also. But,we ALL live in Mayberry! Funny how that works,ain't it?
Well,I think I'll surprise y'all this morning.Instead of Poptarts,I've got bacon,eggs,OJ,milk,and French Toast for y'all! Oh,and plenty of maple syrup for that sugar fix!
Have a wonderful day!
possum under a rock

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9019: Good morning ya'll - had a family rebellion yesterday - round 2. Believe it or not we had trash can food (literally steamed in an aluminum trash can!) Good eats - steamed chicken, taters, carrots, cabbage and smoked sausage. . .we are thinking about doing the same for the youngin's birthday party. It is family anyway - so he'd love it.
Thelma Lou - we all live next to each other in our friendships - north, south, east or west Mayberry can be found here. Some have met at Mayberry gatherings but most of us live here in cyberspace with hometown values and good natured teasing.

Off to the last installment of the Autism workshops. Prayers need to go up for one my student's parents. . .she is at the end of her rope with her daughter and she keeps tying knots to keep it all together. The little girl (or rather a teenager now) is adopted but came with about a semi of excess baggage that includes all kinds of abuse. The biological parents needs to be in jail or just tortured because they have messed their girl up for life. So the adopted mom needs some prayerful intervention. The mom also adopted three other abused children - so she is a good lady but traveling on the edge right now.

Take care everyone -
Thanks God for the rain!


September 16, 2002 - Msg 9020: Where are the monkeys?

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9021: Morning Porch. Prayers for your students parents homemaker. She sounds like a good woman.
Welcome to Thelma Lou. Hope you enjoy it here.
It's Monday morning where I live (sigh). Wait, that means it's Monday noight football tonight. (smile). Looking forward to seeing them skins play tonight Mavis.
Nice party Romeena. You are way to kind. I just love the plumster.
Well off to work for me. Love ya all.


September 16, 2002 - Msg 9022: Welcome again Thelma Lou. I've been here on the porch for a year and I still wonder sometimes if I've missed a party or something. But generally it's just cyberspace talk. Any parties or picnics mentioned you're invited to. Just pull up your chair to the computer and add whatever comes to mind to it. I guarantee you'll have a good time. We also pray for each other here a lot. So if life hands you any concerns you'd like to share with us, please do. Our prayers are free. I spent Saturday doing all kinds of yard work because it was sposed to rain here both Sat. and Sun. Got some grass seed planted in bare spots, trimming done, and the like. Guess what? We haven't seen a drop--not a drop! Now they're saying maybe by late in the week we'll get a decent rain here in Illinois. Hope so.
Charlotte Tucker

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9023: Missed ya there, Asa. Mornin' to you and Salty possum, and homemaker. Hey to Frankie Flint. Long time no see. Glad to hear things went well with your job, Asa. We need to send out an APB on Ellen Brown and Aunt Bee. Where've they gone to? Thanks for the breakfast and the maple syrup sugar fix.
Charlotte Tucker

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9024: That's Salty AND Possum--not salty possum! Sorry, possum.

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9025: Morning, porch. Nice to see everybody. Boo, I hate the movie Steel Magnolias. Boring, boring, boring.
- Hazel

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9026: Good Morning Porch!
Welcome to Mayberry Thelma Lou!
Homemaker, I am there with prayers for your student's mother... she sounds like a saint, may the good Lord give her strength, wisdom, and peace, and grace for each new day.

I am about to make a confession here, please don't be too shocked but I must confess, it is true..... I have NEVER seen "Gone With the Wind"! Now I was just wondering....would that be a good movie for our weekend movie night? Maybe it's too much of a "girlie" movie for a big strong guy like Boo! Well, let me know!
Mary Wiggins

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9027: Morning porch, still going on about these movies. I love Gone With the Wind. My husband hates it though. But now there is a good bit in it about the Civil War so maybe Boo could handle it. Today is my only day off this week so I am gonna enjoy it. See yall later--Salty Dog
Oh and by the way Thelma Lou, Mavis and I only live about 3 and a half hours from each other. But I aint never got to meet her yet. Someday maybe.

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9028: Mornin', everybody! Folks are up and around and caring and sharing early today. About "Gone With the Wind", I have the movie. (Naturally). If you all want to use it on movie night, you're welcome to it. I won't be around and able to host the party, but if someone else wants to do so, just let me know. I'll send the Plum over with the movie in her little backpack. If you'd just give her a carrot or two for strength, she'll make it home just fine.
Now, here comes my request for prayers, friends. My son and daughter-in-law's baby will be delivered tomorrow at noon by C-Section. You'll remember that I told you a while back that he has serious skeletal deformities. Well, this hasn't changed, in fact the latest test showed it to be a bit worse than we had thought. So, he is not expected to live more than a few minutes. My sweet son has already purchased a little plot at a lovely, secluded, rural cemetary. He has chosen a tiny casket, all handmade and beautiful. His precious wife has chosen music and asked special people to sing. My daughter will be one. She sings like an angel, and how she'll get through it, I don't know, but I know she will. The funeral will be on Saturday. So, I'll likely not be visiting the porch for a while, so you all just pray for us, okay? We'll get through this, and God will make it all right somehow, but we do need your prayers. Thanks, friends!
See, Thelma Lou, this is how it works. These friends will pray for me just as they would for a next-door neighbor. No one ever needs to be alone. They can just come to The Front Porch and find support. This porch is not just fun, though it certainly is that. It's also a ministry. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9029: Aw, Romeena. I'm so sorry for all that your family is going through. I can't even imagine how it must feel. God bless all your hearts. I'll be thinking about you all and praying for you.
- Hazel

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9030: Hey Romeena, my heart just ache's for what your familt must be going through right now. You all are in my prayers that His will be done and with the least amount of pain and suffering possible.
I am so sorry my sweet friend. God Bless.


September 16, 2002 - Msg 9031: Romeena....May our Lord spread healing balm over you and your family in your time of sadness. Our prayers are with you all.

fun girl

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9032: Romeena,
I will be thinking about you all day today and tomorrow. My prayers are with you and your family. If there is somewhere we porchster's could send a memorial in the name of your grandchild?
May the peace and love of Jesus be with you all and comfort your hearts at this time. Amen
Mary Wiggins

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9033: I wanted to laugh about whoever made the "salty possum" remark,but don't have it in me right now. Too busy fighting back tears. Romeena,I am so saddened by your news. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. God Bless.
possum under a rock

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9034: Romeena, bless your heart that is so sad. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.--SD

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9035: May God bring sweet, gentle Mercy and Healing to Ro's Family at this time. Trust in His Will>
~ Mrs. Wiley

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9036: Bless you dear Romeena. God will wrap his arms around you all.
Love and ((((((HUGS))))))) from Charlotte Tucker

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9037: Romeena, I am praying for your family. May God bless and comfort you all in this terribly difficult time.

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September 16, 2002 - Msg 9038: So sorry Romeena - as I sit here, the tears stream down my face and I thank God for my sweet babies and I'll hug them a little closer tonight. Wish there were words to comfort you at this time. . .


September 16, 2002 - Msg 9039: Romeena I was thinking of you and your family while drving in my car today, and said a prayer. I'll pray as often as I can tomorrow, and I know everyone here will too. As you and your family face this difficult time, please know you have friends out there who care. God bless all of you.

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9040: heart aches for you. Blessings and the peace that will pass ALL understanding be with you and your family.
Desmodena....fancy runnin in to you here...I'm so happy that the "porch" is's kind of like a cow lookin at a new gate....

September 16, 2002 - Msg 9041: hi all. will it look like all the thing that is wrong for me did not hold a light to your .
Romeena my prayer to your lold family.
finding the strength.
o, mighty Lord, i pray that you
will be my shield as i do battle
against lgnorance, cruelty and
injustice. Through your
unending love, i pray that you
will grant me goodness and
steadfastness, so that i might
lead others to do your and
glorify your name.

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9042: Morning porch, Tom what an awesome poem. Thank you for sharing it . Romeena, you take care and know that we are praying that God will see you through this trial with his grace and love. --Salty Dog

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9043: Bless your heart, Tom, for the sweet prayer for Romeena and her family. We are all praying for God's strength for her and her son's family today. What a difficult day. Prayers for all porchsters. I hope to get some work done today. I been sloughin' off again. In the words of Aunt Bee, "Charlotte, get to it!"
Charlotte Tucker

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9044: Romeena, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Good morning to y'all. I live in Ethiopia, so when you're saying good morning, I'm saying g'night! Thelma Lou

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9045: Hello all! I'm back from the mountains. With a fresh batch of malberry squeezins and hog back bone. So, help yourself. Romeena, May God Bless you and your family at this most trying time. Good to see ~Des~ around the Porch. Where you been?

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Salty Dog
Charlotte Tucker
All the necomers
An' everyone!

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9046: TOM, I printed that poem and put it at my desk at work - hope other see it and take the hint!
Thank you kindly, ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9047: Wow Thelma lou - you really live in Ethiopia! I didn't know there was a Mayberry, Ethiopia! How awesome!!
Maybe we could send Asa to meet you sometime :) (Just joshin' Asa - you could Never be replaced)

Thank you again Tom - you always have the right thing to say.
Romeena - some more prayers for you today.


September 17, 2002 - Msg 9048: Romeena, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9049: Thoughts and prayers for you and your family Ro. Hey BDJ I am so glad that you made it back from the mountains with the squeezings and hog back bone. As for you saving me a swig or two of the squeezings, I think I have said enough or folks'll think I am a lush. Glad you got back safe. That penny run over by a train must really work good. I'VESAIDJUSTABOUTENOUGHABOUTTHEMSQUEEZINGS.

fun girl

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9050: Hi, Porch!...betcha thought I had drowned in a vat of pickle brine or something! Well, I have put up a few more jars. But, between you and me, I'm starting to wish my hubby's crop of pickles would dry up! (Don't tell him I said so... he just looks so sweet with that big smile on his face whenever he comes in the house with a new load of the little dears!) Hey, how about taking some jars off my hands? Now that I've come out of the kitchen to join you all and brought Opie's wagon full of my 'prize winnin pickles'.... hey, Possum!... stop trying to hide 'em in the planters.. and Asa I can see that one you tried hiding in your mackinaw pocket! Come on now, I only have a few dozen jars left... learn to love 'em! Meanwhile, I think I'll sit and enjoy a snack with you all... pickle? no thanks... hand me a doughnut!
On a serious note, Romeena, many prayers for your family. Nice to see you all again.. missed ya lots... you all been keeping out of trouble I trust? Cause if not, I'll just have to do a little gossipin! Can't drink my sweet tea without it!

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9051: Hey Fun Girl, Next time try the quarter poker machines. They pay off well too. Even Andy has a taste every now and then.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9052: Fun Girl - you can work your way up the river. My school is eligible for grants based on the boat in Rising Sun. So - go gamble that good money away - I need some new audiological equipment! :)
Thanks for wanting to share your pickles Clara - I think I'll pass on them today.
Good to see you back too BDJ. You are on the road more than Charles Kuralt.

Hope everyone has had the best day they could possibly have - for some of us, there is no way it could have been a good day.

Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us,
For we need You to help us find our way.
Gentle Shepherd, come and feed us,
For we need your strength from day to day.
There's no other we can turn to
Who can help us face another day.
Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us
For we need You to help us find our way.


September 17, 2002 - Msg 9053: You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers tonight, Romeena.

September 17, 2002 - Msg 9054: Good Evening Porch,
I just thought I'd stop in and say hi.

Romeena, I hope all is going peaceful for you and yours. Jesus told his disciples to suffer the little children to come to Him, and I can picture that that is exactly what happened. He is such a wonderful Lord and Savior. A few years ago my mother passed away. While she was in the hospital those last few days a couple things started to go wrong in her home. Her toilet broke and a squirrel, of all things, got loose in her basement. I remember telling her the bad news going on in her earthly home, but then I told her Jesus had prepared a place for her, a mansion, with no renegade squirrels or faulty toilets! There are days when I really get a little tired of this earthly home, but, while He has me here I am going to let the world know of how wonderful He is. And I know He holds your dear little grandchild in the palms of His hands, just as I know my mother and father are enjoying a place where there is no sadness and one day we will all be together again. Be comforted Romeena, that little one is doing just fine.

And as for the rest of my wonderful friends on the porch, love to you all and God bless!
Mary Wiggins

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9055: Oh Lord, you were a man of sorrows and you know what it is to grieve. You are near to the broken hearted. We come to you to pray for our friend, Romeena and her dear family. Comfort as only you can and bring peace in the midst of pain. Heal the broken hearted, O Lord, and remind us of our home in heaven where we will never die. Let us not grieve as those who have no hope. In Jesus Name, Amen

You are all in all,
You're the Morning Star,
You're my King
You're the song in my heart I long to sing

You are all in all,
You're The Great "I AM"'
Beginning and end
You're the one I know in whom I can depend

I will always love you,
always run to you.
I will always hold to the truth,
always wait for you,
and you call me like the morning,
without warning, you're there,
and you speak to me
the words that set me free,
oh how I long to be more like you
and you stay so close
like my closest friend
and there's no earthly love like this
for this has no end.
It's no dream I've dreamed, no fantasy,
I have touched your heart, O God,
and you have touched me
and my blind eyes can see,
that there's no other one like you.
You are all in all...


September 18, 2002 - Msg 9056: Mornin' Y'all! Poptarts for everyone! Glad to see ya back on the porch Clara-can I have a pickle?
Romeena,my thoughts are still with you & yours.God Bless Y'all.
possum under a rock

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9057: Morning porch, pop tartts and pickles. What a breakfast that is.
Still thinking and praying for you Romeena and for your family.
Guess what? Floyd gave me a haircut the other day and said it won't be long before I'm shaving! Time has a way of moving right along.
Hope y'all have a great day today.


September 18, 2002 - Msg 9058: Mornin porch....Asa shavin?? What next. I gotta tell yall these poems are absolutely beautiful. Ro, we are still praying for you. See yall later had 3 days off and I dont wanna go back to work but I guess I gots to. Later--Salty Dog

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9059: Dear friends! How thankful I am for you all. As I've read over the sweet and tender comments you have offered, my heart just overflows. I think God must have inspired this Porch - it just seems to have His fingerprints all over it.
Our little Logan was born yesterday, and conditions were just as we had been told they would be. His visit was brief, less than an hour, but was infinitely sweet. The hospital staff was awesome, arranging for his mother to recover in her own room, so that her family and closest friends could be with her. They brought that sweet baby in, and those who wanted to do so were allowed time to hold him while he was still with us. His little body had many problems, but his face was as pure and sweet as an angel's. We have pictures, and will cherish them.
There was a sense of strength and comfort through it all, and the baby's mother said several times that the only thing that was getting her through this was the prayers that were being offered by so many people on her behalf. Thank you, thank you. There's nothing else to say, just thank you.
Mary Wiggins, you very thoughtfully mentioned a memorial in his name, and I think there will be an opportunity, for anyone who wishes to be a part of it. The little rural cemetary where he will rest is small, and seriously under-funded. My son wants to initiate a "baby land" there, and has already contributed funds to purchase and set aside some plots for that purpose, but more will be needed, and then there is the matter of upkeep. So, in time, I'll post the address and if anyone feels led to be a part of it, it will be so appreciated. The area will carry my grandson's name in some way, and will include a plan for some plots to be provided for those who cannot afford to purchase them.
His funeral will be on Saturday, and I still will cherish your prayers through that time. His mom is going to be freshly out of the hospital, so please pray for her physical strength as well.
Thanks, all of you. I won't try to list names, but I've read each message, and could not hold back the tears as I did so. You are precious and special to me, and I thank God for each of you, and for this porch.
I've learned that "when you don't understand, when you can't see the plan, when you can't trace His hand, trust His heart." I know our little Logan is in heaven now, and his little body is whole and beautiful. As King David said, he will not come again to us, but we will go to him. All in God's good time.
Sugarplum says a sad little hey! --Romeena

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9060: Thank you Romeena, for your bittersweet account of your grandson's life.... it was so very short and yet you can see how powerful it was. So many of us have stopped to praise the Lord knowing that He is worthy of our praise and adoration even when, maybe especially when, we must suffer this life on earth. We have prayed a little harder, a little longer, a little more fervently. Yes, I would say little Logan is an angel... sent to us to remind us that God is truly with us; that while we are here we must relfect His love by doing His will and that our real home is with Him.... where we will all be with little angels like Logan and all our loved ones. God bless you Romeena and your family (give my special blessings to your dear son and daughter-in-law please) and all you on the Porch with all your own trials and tribulations. Remember how He looks after us no matter what happens.

Homemaker, I forgot to add this yesterday, but I am adding special prayers to your moms who have autistic children. As you know, my daughter has two autistic sons. It has touched home.. I know how much a mother can be tested as I watch my beautiful daughter lovingly, patiently raise my grandsons. Lord bless her! Please pray for her and my grandchildren too. Thank you all.

Perhaps, today we'll sit and have some tea and let the nice end of summer breeze flow over us.. one of the many gifts He gives us to remind us that in spite of it all, life is good. So, have a good day and God's love to you all...


September 18, 2002 - Msg 9061: Afternoon Porch! I am so sorry I missed all the events here on the Porch while I was doing other things. But be sure Romeena that I have been thinking of you & your family since you first told us of the baby's problems. I am so glad you all got to be with little Logan for the short time you did, you will cherish it always. Know that you are still in my prayers along with all the porchsters that need them. May the Lord give you all the strength you need to get through this trying time.

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9062: Hello all! Romeena, I'm sure Logan is smiling on you and your family today. Logan was a gift from God that will, touch your life forever. God Bless. homemaker, I always enjoyed watching Charles Kuralt. I wish someone would do what he did.

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Thelma Lou
An' everyone!

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9063: Dearest Ro, I wish I could be there to do something. Even if it was to bring over a casserole or something. Just remember that sometimes the Lord takes these special children so that they will not have to suffer, but there is always a greater plan. Just look how many people have prayed so fervently. It has brought us closer to our Lord and to each other. I hope it has the same effect on your family. Your son's idea about the "babyland" for the cememtary is a beautiful one. May God bless you and your family and comfort you in your time of sorrow.

fun girl

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9064: Jesus loves the little children
All the little children of the world
Red and yellow,black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world...

*****In Memory of Romeena's little Logan*****
possum under a rock

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9065: This porch just makes me cry. What a wonderful, wonderful place full of wonderful people. I wouldn't doubt but what the Lord himself doesn't sit in a chair here on this porch. Love to all, especially our dear Romeena and her son and daughter-in-law. Praise God for the short time they got to spend with little Logan.
Charlotte Tucker

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9066: Homemaker, I was just speaking to my daughter about the mom with the autistic child who is having a rough time. She suggested that she join her online support group at:
It is called Parenting_Autism and is for parents or full time caretakers of autistic children. It is an absolutely wonderful group of mothers who give daily doses of support as well as helpful suggestions to one another.

Speaking of these wonderful mothers, may I ask all of you for another prayer? One of these dear mothers was just operated on for colon cancer last week. She is divorced with four children. I believe at least two of them are special need children. My God, sometimes I just can't believe the struggle some good people must go through. At least we can pray for them though. Thank you all.

This has been a special day here on the porch, hasn't it?. I like what Charlotte said.... it does seem as though He's sitting right beside us doesn't it?... That's a nice thought Charlotte.
God's love to you all.


September 18, 2002 - Msg 9067: Hi Porch. I am so sorry Romeena, but what a wonderful thing to see how you are dealing with this. Your faith in the Lord is strong and lasting and that is so good to see.
Prayers for you, and your family at this time of grieving. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you all and embrace you tightly. And may Logan be ever in His presence.


September 18, 2002 - Msg 9068: Dear friends, you are all a blessing to me. May you have peaceful sleep and God's blessing to you and your families. Let's continue to pray for Romeena and her family. A sweet goodnight to you all.---Love, Boo

September 18, 2002 - Msg 9069: Hi All. Will it time for all of us to opne are heart what all the love we have and asked the Lord to give it to Romeena and her family.
We all asked for prayer and wine we git the answer
the Lord is sanding there looking on us.
"Rest in Him"
When life with all its pressures
makes you feel distressed,
seek the gentle shepherd
he offers peace and rest.
he'll guide you in each trouble
and give you strength to stand,
all you have to do
is cling to his dear hand.
he cares about the trials
but even more for you,
however dark the way
his love will see you through.
TOM prayer to you all.

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9070: Tom! My good, good friend. What a beautiful poem, and such sweet, encouraging words. You are such a blessing to me, and indeed, to all of us. I think that you are God's gift to this porch.
My son took me out to see the little cemetery today, and it's lovely. Quiet and peaceful, lots of beautiful trees, and a pond nearby. It has been decided that the little area designated for babies and children will be named "Logan's Garden", as a memorial to our little Logan Wayne.
This has been a very difficult time, but I cannot stress enough how much your prayers and thoughtful expressions of support have meant to me. In time, when they're stronger, I plan to take my son and daughter-in-law back through the archives and let them read for themselves. My daughter-in-law has said several times that she can sense the prayers that are being offered up, and that the strength those prayers have given are all that has gotten her through this. She's a treasure, and so is my son, and I'm glad they have each other.
Thank you again, friends. I'm glad I have you! Your good-natured humor, teasing, imagination, silliness, prayerful support, and bedrock American values freely expressed, have helped me through quite a few rough spots over the years. Most of the time, you didn't even know it, but this time, I had to share. Thank you for letting me do that. We'll soon be through this valley, and the sun will shine again. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9071: Bless your heart, Romeena....
Hey to the Porch.


September 19, 2002 - Msg 9072: Good morning porch! Lovely to see you all!
Charlotte Tucker

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9073: Hello all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9074: Good morning porch...
Hey to Romeena, I think the name Logan's Garden is just lovely. I must tell you, I am hugging my children and nieces and nephews a little tighter lately. (Although my little 4 year old just HATES hugs and kisses right now!) I think it's a boy thing.

Charlotte, I am sure you are right about our Lord Jesus just pulling up a chair and laughing at some of our shenanigans, as well as encouraging us to lift up one another in times of need. I do love Him so!

Well, every one keep a good thought, have a great day, and I look forward to visiting with each and every one of you again here on our "porch".

Mary Wiggins

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9075: Hey to the porch -

Romeena, bless your heart. I cannot begin to imagine the feelings you and your family are having. The 14th of August we were blessed with our first grandchild. So far, he and our daughter-in-law (and our son) are doing fine but as I have read through the last few days on the porch I can only realize more how precious and uncertain life is and it makes me appreciate him and everyone else just that much more.
There's not much I can say that hasn't been said but I would like add a little something. A little over 26 years ago we lost our first baby, a little girl. My wife was just short of 6 months along and it was the worst thing that had ever happened to both of us. But a year later we had a son who has blessed our lives a thousand times over and now he has presented us with this beautiful grandson. We have another son who is 21 now and I can't begin to express the joy that he has brought to us through the years too. Sometimes I think how much different our lives would have been if our daughter had been born and lived. We most certainly would not have had the son a year later and maybe not the other one either. I guess what I saying is, "All things work to the good for those who love the Lord and do His will."
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Milton P. Oliver
Tell somebody today that you love them.

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9076: Hi, Porch! Where's the sweetrolls and coffee? Well, I guess I arrived too late anyway.... tis a long trip to make everyday coming clear from Californy! I don't mind though... once I get here I am a Mayberrian through and through! In fact, it stays with me all day long, know what I mean? Prayers for all Porchsters what needs 'em and have a fine Mayberry day!
"A little plain talk never hurt anybody"

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9077: Romeena you're the cats lady! You are certainly an inspiration to me. You are always in my prayers as are all my porch friends. I never feel alone with this old porch to come to & the trials Romeena is going thru & the way this porch is standing behind her just "clutches me~right here" (hand over heart) had to add some Mayberry & that one fit like a glove!

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9078: Hey! Just checkin' in soes everyone knows I'm still breathing;-) I've been busier thean I one-armed man in a pea picking contest!

Dixie Belle

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9079: Mavis dear, you got a way with words! Hey to DixieBelle, Miss Clara, MPO, Mary Wiggins, BDJ, Asa, Salty, Romeena & Plum, Fungirl, DeS, Charlotte, Jelsik, TOM, possum and Boo! Did I get everyone? They ought to put us all in an old bus like the Mayberry Band - what a hoot we'd have! Asa and his symbols...well...maybe not his symbols.

~ Mrs. Wiley
"OK Floyd, you can keep your jacket on, just don't play anything!!"

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9080: Evening Y'all. Just wanted to say hello and send more good thoughts to Romeena and her family. Hope everyone on the porch is doing good-I am about to the end of my rope with my job. Stayed home today, and tomorrow is a workday that I have off. Hooray! Too many kids,( heard today that another one might be placed in our class.He is the terror of the school!)not enough help,a teacher that can't seem to teach...I could go on and on,but I will spare y'all most of it.Just let me say that in over 20 years of working with kids,I have never had one bite me-until a few days ago.A 3 year old(who I don't think needs to be in Spec.Ed.) bit me on my backside because I wouldn't stand and hold him while we were waiting for the bus to pick the kids up! He's a mean,spiteful one,that kid.How he got that way at only 3 is beyond me.Anyhow,that in itself is not the problem-I just know that I have to get out of that class.Y'all keep a good thought that things will ease up,or a new opportunity arises.I applied to a local private school-they are very interested,heard good things about me,but no openings available at the moment.Pray that I don't end up a nervous wreck.I feel so stressed out.Worst year I've had and I've worked in education since 1981.Makes me wanna go bag groceries or something!
Well,I've ranted long enough.Y'all have a good evening-take care all!
possum under a rock

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9081: Hey to Dixie Belle, hey to Mrs. Wiley... haven't seen you in a spell Mrs. W, hope everything's just peachy with you.. and if you don't care for peaches, how about some pickles? (don't laugh now, I still got jars of em to get rid of!).

Right nice afternoon here, think I'll take a load off and set a spell.... Mrs. W, did ya bring along some sweet tea? I knew you would being the finest hostest Mayberry has! Maybe if we set around long enough a few more'll join us after they get off work. Maybe sing a few songs... whatdiya say? Maybe Briscoe and the boys'll come over 'n pick a little! Whatdiya say boys?

Just me, Clara, checking in on the Porch.. if I don't see some of you before morning, hope you had a nice evening and God bless you and keep you safe.... I'll try to be by for some goodies and hot coffee (I'm hoping someone brings some!) in the morning... I'll leave Californy extry early so's I can git chere before Asa and Boo eats em all up!

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9082: You missed me, Mrs. Wiley. Swept right into the dustbin. Exit, Hazel. sigh

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9083: Yee Haw!! Guess what? We is expectin' our first cool front of the season tonight! We are only expectin' a high of 85 tomorrow (don't laugh, them's big potatos to us). Can't wait to soak up some cool breeze and the humidity won't be so high. Gotta and prayers to Romeena and her family---Boo

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9084: Possum and Clara, you was posting at the same time as me. I hope all goes well with your job situation, Possum. Sounds like it can be very frustrating. Clara, I'll sit around with you for a spell.
- Hazel

Gomer: "It's easy for you, Barney. You're so swave and worldly."
Barn: "I'll be right in there with you, daddy, in case the evening starts to lag."

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9085: Hey Possum and Hazel, just missed you while I was going on and on there.
Possum, my prayers that whatever you need to keep your sanity intact will appear for you. As for the 3 year old who bites - sometimes when a child has ADHD or one of the other conditions he will bite over frustration. It sounds to me like he might have a problem like you said. His mom needs to insist that the public school evaluate him for special needs. Like you said at three years old, it's hard to imagine that biting could be due to much in his past. My autistic-bipolar-ADHD 4 year old grandson used to bite quite a bit. We loudly said STOP when he did but it didn't work until we added a swat.. that worked! How about that?... just a little old fashioned discipline! Well, you can't do that with a student, but I thought it's an interesting observation.
Hazel...(((Hug))), you know we'd never forget ya... Here's a duster, now come out of the dustbin and join us back on the Porch!

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9086: Oh, 9085 was me, Clara, of

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9087: Night Porch! (((((((((hugs)))))))) to Romeena & possum of course the rest of ya'll get them too, I wouldn't be stingy or nothin'

September 19, 2002 - Msg 9088: I'm exhausted. Been up since 3 a.m. cuz I couldn't sleep. Been wakin' up between 2 and 3 every morning, wide awake so I get up and read or watch the tube or something. Need to get some sleep so good night, porch! I'll try to catch up on the spicy talk tomorrow.
Charlotte Tucker

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9089: Good Morning Porch! POOR HAZEL - how could I have forgotten you? I'm so sorry dear, here have some tea with me and Clara (Charlotte, none for you - it'll keep you awake). We can all have some spicy talk about DB and GW2K. (is that something like onvictsKay-ereHay?) DB, don't let it interfere with your schooling. I have to admit I like the way you combine the two. ;-) Possum, I'll be prayin' for some relief for you - how trying!! You're a good possum! I'da bit the kid back.

Y'all have a happy Friday!
~ Mrs. Wiley

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9090: Gee-whiz, how bout my bad manners? Least I could do is serve some breakfast along with the hot tea: Danishes, bagles, cream cheeses, coffee's simmering. Help yourselves!
~ Mrs. Wiley
MmmmMM! That was some kinda good Aunt Bea! We ought to give you a t-itle or something. "Miss Fried Chicken of Mayberry"!

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9091: Morning porch. Hey Mrs. Wiley, thanks for the fixins. They is gooood.
We made it to Friday. Yipeee. Been a long week which makes me weak. You know what I mean?
Yer a good possum? Thats funny Mrs Wiley. She is a good possum though, isn't she?
Where's my Salty Dog and Helen at? Git in here you two.
Continued prayers for you and your family Romeena. You make a good porch, a great porch.
Have a good day everyone and God bless.


September 20, 2002 - Msg 9092: It's startin' to look like fall here in the Midwest. Glad it's startin' to cool off where you are, Boo. Thanks for the tasty breakfast, Mrs. Wiley. I got some sleep last night thankfully. I cheated and took Tylenol PM before going to bed. That stuff works for me better than any sleeping pill ever dreamed of! Mornin' to all my friends on the porch: Asa, Hazel, Clara, Salty, Mavis, Romeena, Dixie Belle, Boo, Mary Wiggins, TOM, possum, Jelsik, Floyd, Dež, homemaker, fun girl, and anyone I forgot. Where is Fun girl by the way? And Ellen Brown and Aunt Bee? Ya'll need to check in. What about Rock? He sure did disappear. Glad I'm not countin' on him for my mornin' coffee anymore! Where are you, Rock? How about jennieboone, Frankie Flint, and SAM SCOTT? Hey ya'll, stand up and be counted! Where's our new gal, Thelma Lou, in Ethiopia? Good night, Thelma Lou.
Charlotte Tucker

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9093: I knew I'd forget somebody: Sorry Briscoe!

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9094: Morning porch, Good breakfast Mrs. W you sure can make a pot of coffee girl. Asa, you always worry about me I'm right cheer. Ro, still thinking and praying for you. Yall have a good Friday. Looks like we's gonna have some more of that wet stuff all weekend. I'm bout ready for some sunshine again. But it has been cooler though. Down in the low 60's Sorry Boo. Aint trying to rub it in.
See yall after work--Salty Dog

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9095: A cheery Good Mornin' to you all! Well, here I am a little late as usual, but at least I'm here and just in time for Mrs. Wiley's treats too! Mmmmm gooood! Just hit the spot Mrs. W. Mayberry is sure lucky to have you.
Lucky to have everyone on this porch, too... so I'm gonna second Charlotte's mornin' greetin' to everyone as well as her asking the others to come back to say hey so's we know they're alive!... If they aren't sure themselves, we could borrow that county nurse's stethiscope and listen to all our hearts beat! Salty's been a little quiet lately... you okay Salty? I wish my little pal 'Juanita' would come back too but she is mighty busy at the 'coffee shop' these days (she really does work at a coffee shop!) Maybe I can get her here (she doesn't have her own computer but just lives a house away) and get her to stop in to say hey.
Well, you all have a great TGIF, enjoy those around you, especially family. You are all in my prayers, God bless. ~Clara~

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9096: Hey Y'all! Thought I'd serve up some lunch since I'm home from work today. How's about some country ham,potato salad,apple pie and sweet iced tea? Y'all enjoy!
I try to be a good possum,Mrs.Wiley!Thanks for believing in me.Naw,I can't see myself biting little kids-was tempted though! I think you might have something there Clara,about that little boy. I notice he chews/bites on his hands whenever we try to get him to participate in classroom activities.He does seem to be frustrated.Could be ADHD-I recognize autistic symptoms in him also.I'll have to see if something can be done for him.I think I'm going to have a talk with our principal.She has NO idea of what's going on in that madhouse of a classroom.Figure it can't hurt.Maybe things will get better-sure hope so.
Well,y'all enjoy the lunch and clean up after yourselves.Don't want a messy porch.I know Mavis gets tired of all that sweeping!
Are we going to the picture show tomorrow night? I sure could use a good comedy.Anyone know what's playing over in Mt.Pilot?
possum under a rock

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9097: Well that was the quickest response I ever got to a question, Salty... BEFORE I asked the question! Glad to hear you're alive and well! ~Clara~

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9098: Hey, Possum.... what a scrumptious lunch! Wow, I'm gonna have to diet for the rest of the weekend but that apple pie was something else... just had to have more than one piece! I think you're trying to outdo those apple pies I like making for Andy and Opie... it's okay though... kinda busy with pickles right now anyway. ;) I didn't know possums could cook so good.. in fact, I didn't think they could cook at all! You're one good possum alright!
About that movie, I'm sure up for it. What a week overall... had to rescue two people from getting locked out of car/house, one at midnight and still had to be up early (I'm no night owl either), and other things too many to mention here... nothing to get me feeling blue, just tired and needing some fun. Yup, let's make it a comedy, Possum... how about that good looker Cary Grant in "Every Girl Should Be Married"? Funnyyyyy!. ~Clara~

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9099: Possum, I think the movie over in Mt. Pilot is that Italian picture that we read about in the paper, Bread, Love and Beans. And it sounded plenty risque, let me tell you.
- Hazel

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9100: Afternoon Porch!
Clara, I tain't never seen that movie "Every Girl Should Be Married". But, I am up for a movie night, just tell me where and when and I am there! Hey, if you Texans like Boo want to come to The Great Lake State I'd be proud to host. It's gonna be a might bit cooler here in the next couple days. Maybe we could get a big vat of apples so's we could bob for 'em. And mayber we could talk Possum and Clara into baking some of them apples into pies! The vanilla ice cream is on me! (Well, not literally!) Well, I better clean up the place just in case yo'all decide to come!
Have a grand day!
Mary Wiggins

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9101: Bread Love and Beans, Hazel? Que serra-serrah! ~Mrs. Wiley

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9102: Yum-yummmm! Apple pie and vanilla ice cream.. my mouth is watering now! Don't anyone bring a bathroom scale around me for awhile... I don't wannna know! I'll gladly do the cookin if Possum will be my furry assistant. Now where can I find an apron, oven mitts, not to mention a baker's hat her size? Well, they may fit her a bit saggy like, but I think she is gonna be absolutely CUTE in 'em!
Bein's that it's gonna be 100 degrees here in this dang Central Valley this weekend (let me know if you Texans beat that, Boo.. I hear Texans always want to do everything bigger!), I'll definitly be takin ya up on that offer Mary, so commence to cleanin! Don't get too fussy though.. don't take all the furniture outside and start scrubbin the floor so's we can dance... we kin stomp on a dusty floor just as well as a clean one! Anyway, it's just us Porchsters and we can help... have broom (and pie pans), will travel!
Oh, and the movie... I sure like that Cary Grant, he talks 'Northern'... no, more like Back Bay Boston... definitely Back Back Boston, what do you think Mrs. Wiley? Anyway, try renting it sometime Mary... its a good un. But, Hazel, that "Bread, Love and Beans"..... hmmmm.... those eye-tal-yuns, they can make anything romantic I guess! I should know.. married one myself!.. an Italian, I mean not a bean!
Well, no more spicy talk... we'll continue when we gits over there!;) Thanks for the invite and hope to see the rest of ya all there too. ~Clara~

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9103: Hello all! Beautiful day, aint it? S'pose to get rain my way. And lots of it. My flers could use a drink. I think I'll leave the cap off the radioater. I don't wanna stand behind no horse at the drouft.

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Mrs. Wiley
Fun Girl
Mary Wiggins
An' everyone!

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9104: Hey, Briscoe, just missed ya while I was posting. Think you'll get enough rain in the radiator to make it over to Mary's this weekend? Sure could use your juggin and the boys' pickin! And if that muscle still bugs, we could sure use your help movin the furniture so's we can dance! I thought of trying to get Possum to help but, she's a little too short and has a hard time hangin on to the furniture legs!... real good at pie makin but not much help movin furniture!

September 20, 2002 - Msg 9105: Hey ~Clara~, I'd be honored Maam! I'll even sang "Low and Lonely" Whilest Me an' the Boys move th' appointments outside, so's we kin dance. I'll be thar early. Heehooo!

Briscoe Darling Jr.