September 27, 2002 - Msg 9221: Hey Happy, sorry if i came down hard on you yesterday. I guess like you, I felt pretty dissapointed
to hear the truth. I think I would rather have not known, but no harm done. You have to understand I am huge Andy fan.
Well, hope everyone is hanging in there today. Prayers for sick friends and relatives. Happy, I hope they find some relief for your friend with cancer. I hope they are doing all they can to give her the relief she needs. In some states, dr's withhold adequate pain medicine for fear of lawsuits. Cancer patients sometimes need what we would consider huge doses of narcotics and many dr's are afraid to give such large doses to their patients. If she continues to weaken, I pray she will consider hospice care which has a much better reputaion for easing the suffering of cancer patients. Just my two cents worth (as a nurse). Boo

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9222: By the way, there is something I have been meaning to tell all my friends on the porch and this seems like a good time. This is hard to say, but when I first joined the porch, I didn't really understand how things worked and I made up a fictional character named "Boo" who was a man. Well, I want you all to know that I am not a man, but I am really a woman. I hope you aren't dissapointed with me. It was fun being Boo but you have become friends and I want you know that I am not a man after all. I still want to keep the name Boo, though. Hope I didn't shock anyone.....Love, Boo

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9223: Oh, also, I am a stay at home mom who homeschools her children--Boo (boy I bet that sounds strange to you guys after having known me as a "man".--Boo

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9224: BOO HAS COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!! You don't know how hard I am laughing! I kind of thought you were a girl, but I wasn't sure. Doesn't bother me a bit.
What does bother me is bad talk about poor old Andy. I don't think most people understand how much a "star" loses his privacy and all that. I think well-meaning people go up to "hug Andy's neck" and he could be tired, mad, even a bit scared with all the nut cases around these days. Perhaps Happy knows best about Andy, but I guess I don't want to hear it. I give the guy a lot of leeway because he has made my life just a bit happier being such a good entertainer for years.
By the way Happy, I lost my mother, father, and 39 year old sister in law to smoking related cancers. I am with you 100% on the hope that our fellow porchster's who smoke consider giving it up. But, if any one out there is a smoker, I will say I hate how non-smoker's treat you all sometimes. I watched my poor mother get dirty looks for smoking in places where it was ALLOWED! Used to make me so mad! I didn't want her to smoke either, but folks don't have to be so RUDE about it.
Boy, what got me going this morning? Now I am laughing at myself! Getting all worked up like this.
Well, anyway, you all have a great day. You're all just the cat's, you know that?
Mary Wiggins

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9225: Oh my gosh Boo, and here I told you all my boy secrets. JEEPERS. I knew you was a girl though, I was just testing you is all.
If Salty and Helen don't post today, I'm gonna hold my breath till I turn colors. Thats a warning you two. And you know Mavis, we could stand to see a little more of you around here also. SO THE THREE OF YOU, GIT WITH IT!!! LOL.
I sure don't know what it must be like to be a star so nothing much I can say about our dear old Andy. I hear he is a man who really cherishes his privacy, and I imagine that is tough to do at times. There was somone who psted somewhere that they had bumped into Andy at a resteraunt somewhere and he was as nice as could be so who knows. I'm sure he's a fine feller though and like you Mary, like to think the best. Not to down play what you said at all Happy. Maybe he was going through some personal trials or something.
Anyway, what are your weekend plans folks? I'm going golfing and put my garden to bed for the winter. He is lurking around the corner me thinks.


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9226: Oh, dear. Well, I guess confession is good for the soul. I'm really a man.
- Hazel

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9227: Morning Porch,
My, my, everbody's gettin fiesty... what a way to go into TGIF!... We don't want no feudin now otherwise we just might have to do one of them Frenchie affairs and get someone who was over there durin the war and learnt to count to ten in French! Don't worry none though, Andy'll take all the bullets out before anyone commences to countin! And if'in yer legs is too tired, we understand... everyone knows at our age, our legs is the first things to go!
Speaking of Andy... I guess I figure like Mary that if I were always pounced on in public, I'd be a bit reluctant, too. Whatever Andy Griffith's 'real' personality is like, the Andy that we've all grown to love is "Andy Taylor" and like you said, Happy, that's because these people are actors and they're just people like the rest of us and they may be nothing like their character... Heavens, I can't imagine that the real 'Otis' is a town drunk with keys to the town jailhouse!
Mary, curiosity is gonna kill this here cat!...ya still ain't told me what ya was countin the other day!
Boo, at first, from what you were writing, I thought you were a man, but last week I knew you weren't from the way you sounded and then I just assumed that you had just 'played' a character for a while... it's okay with me... no harm done a'tall. Glad you cleared it up though. I homeschooled too.. it's a wonderful endeavor.
Asa, now don't go turnin colors on us... we just got used to that attractive red you turned during the summer!
Mary, Happy, prayers for your loved ones.
Hey to all the rest of the Porch this fine Friday morning... Briscoe, Homemaker, Hazel, Possum, Helen, Romeena, MPO, Charlotte, Neighbor, Fun Girl, Frankie, Mavis, Floyd, Ellen, Ernest T. Gator, and anyone else who hasn't checked in for a while....
"Don't be such a stranger."
God's blessings on you all, ~Clara~

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9228: lol, Hazel.. it's only good if it's true!

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9229: Sorry;o(, didn't mean to bust any bubbles! Maybe Andy was tired of all the people bothering him. He started out living in a gated neighborhood called "Landfall" near Wrightsville Beach but I was told that even his wealthy neighbors (the place is real expecsive to live there) would peer at him and bother him. He moved to Figure Eight Island just North of Wrightsville Beach and that is more private. Kim Bassenger (sp?) has a home there, I use to do her housecleaners hair when I was a hairdresser near there. Okay, just call me miss gossip!

Hope ya'll have a fine day!

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9230: No need to be sorry Happy. We luvs ya. Well...are you a boy or a girl? I'm so confused anymore I ain't sure what I am. Boo is a her, Hazel is a him. Yikes, the sun is gonna rise in the west next. LOL


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9231: LOL Asa, I said it before but will tell you again, I am 100% female! Guess it can get confusing but then again names like Bobby, Jackie, Riley, and others could be a guy or girl so I reckon you are safest to just ask!;o)
(and I am thinking you are male? ASA could stand for something?)

Have a good one,
Happy, from the Carolinas.

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9232: Yep. I is a feller.:) Just sos's you know where I stand. LOL. Stay dry if you can.


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9233: No rain here Asa, I am coastal and most of the rain is inland - just sunny and windy and a lot of rip currant warnings for swimmers. If I remember right, you are out west somewhere? CO maybe???


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9234: Gosh, Asa, I hope you really didn't believe me when I said I was a man. I was just funnin. Do you want me to have my hubby write a note or something? And Boo, you told us that you got your nick name as a child. Was that part right?
- Hazel

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9235: Hazel, are you having an ident-ity crisis? First your a girl, then yer a boy, now you say yer a girl again. I declare I'm beginning to feel like Ernest T when he grabbed hold of Barney in Charlene's dress. Just kidding Hazel. I KNEW you was a she.
Hey Happy, I live in the northern part of Utah up in them there hills. Glad yer staying dry. That storm has been a real gully washer.


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9236: Hey to Clara!
In response to your question "what was I counting", it wasn't me counting, honest! The message you're refering to is probably 9205, there was no signature on that message. Then on message 9206 it simply said "5". That message was signed by Mrs. Wiley. And as we all know Mrs. Wiley is Mrs. Wiley. I am Mary Wiggins, not to be confused with Mrs. Wiley!;0) I think Mrs. Wiley was trying to sign the previous post, but I ain't sure?!!

Since every one is admitting who they really are (or aren't) I guess it was about time I admitted that I am not Mrs. Wiley!
Well, I think I am going to just set here on the porch a spell and admire the evening. It's always so nice out and smells so good after a good rainfall! Hope to see you all on the porch!
Mary (not Mrs. Wiley) Wiggins

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9237: Well,my goodness! Boo is a lady? Hazel did you make up your mind what you are yet? Ha Ha I care about all of y'all-girl,boy,whatever you might be! Heck,I'm a possum and y'all treat me fine! LOL
Happy,I'm a Carolina girl too! I'm in the other Carolina.Nice to make your aquaintance.(Those are my a-men-a-nees).I'm a mannerly possum!
This is getting sillier and sillier,so I think I'd best crawl back under the rock.Y'all have a great weekend!
possum under a rock

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9238: Laaawww! I declare, I think I'm gonna have a spell! All this persona-changing, I can't keep it all straight. Boo, I accepted your claim to be a man at first, but recently began to wonder, based on a couple of things you said. Don't remember specifically, but something just sounded "female". Hazel, I didn't believe you for a minute - you can't fool me! Asa, I've always known you were a man, and I'm glad you didn't tell us different, because I just don't think my nerves could stand that! Some things just have to stay the same - too scary when they change.
Regarding Andy's personality, I think he's a terrific actor, and I think the personalities of his major characters are pretty close to the person he was/is at the time he portrayed them. In the TAGS years, I'll bet he was reasonably friendly and kind. He has a good heart, as evidenced by his loyalty to many of the people who were on TAGS. He kept Howard McNear working after his stroke, making many allowances for his disability. He had many of the TAGS people on Matlock. I suspect that as he got older, went through a serious health crisis, and just got tired (don't we all?), he might have gotten a bit crochety and grumpy, much like the character of Matlock! Anyway, since this is sort of a make-believe Mayberry that we inhabit, I guess we can just make him anything we want him to be.
Prayers for the sick friends and relatives - prayers indeed. Never underestimate the value of those prayers. Whether the healing takes place in this world or the next, the families and friends need all the prayerful support they can get, and I'm here to tell you, it helps.
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9239: "5" ~ Mrs. Wiley

Barney: "five."

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9240: Hope the above post clears everything up. What I want to know is, am I still ~ Mrs. Wiley? I thought I was when I woke up. :-)

Thank you for the prayers - I think they helped because I got the OK to go to the funeral. Aunt W is still with us, but mercifully it's just a matter of time.

Hey to everyone - Male, Female and Creatchter
~ Mrs. Wiley

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9241: No Hazel, Boo was not my nickname since childhood. I just made that up and the story, too (sorry), and of course I don't have a wife named Beulah (that would be a shock). Gosh, I kind of wish i'd stayed in the closet. It was more fun being a man (big surprise). Asa, can we still do some mischief together on Friday nights?--Boo

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9242: ps-Asa, your secrets are safe with me!--Boo

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9243: Hey Possum, whar in the Carolinas iz U? I am in Myrtle Beach now but packing to move back to Raleigh - Wilmington is home. Lived in Charlotte too but that was in the 70's so don't remember much of there....hee hee! Don't care much at all for Myrtle Beach, too commercial and touristy!
No money to be made and not too many SOBER single guys - (Yup, I'm still a gal and always have been);p


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9244: Well I am just plum tuckered out tryin' to get ya'll straight. First I though Ang Fan was a growed up person, but turns out he is a youngun.
Then I think possum under HIS rock turns out to be possum under HER rock. Now we find out that Boo is a girl and Hazel ain't rightly sure of what she is. Mercyful heavens you all. It's enough to give my one of them migratin' headaches. LOL And that calls for some---all together now---mulberry squeezings.

To all my porch friends, of one thing you may be certain. I am girl and if anything, I am just too much FUN.

fun girl

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9245: IZ THIS THE BB FOR PEOPLE WITH A $EX CHANGE?

(giggle, wink)

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9246: Hey to the porch -
All of this 'outing' on the porch today brings lots of quotes to mind~

Andy: "That's definately NOT a boy."
Opie: "Paw, just what can you do with a grown woman?"
Andy: "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."
Barney: "Hi Sweetie-pie ... OH, hello, Frank."
Henrietta Swanson: "She was voted young lady most likely to become charming."
Barney: "Ahhh, women! They're all nuts."

Milton P. Oliver
"... a pawn in the hands of a wiley woman."

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9247: I aint in and I aint out. I'm in the twilight zone!
- Hazel

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9248: Hey to Milton and the Porch.


"Turned me down..."
"She turned you down?"
"Turned me DOWN..."

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9249: I'm just young and I don't understand, why she walks like a woman but talks like a man....LoLa, Lo, Lo, La, LoLa.....

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9250: WELL now...I like to hear a little "Dooley" and sometimes even a little "Never Hit Your Grandma With a Gret Big Stick" here on the Porch...
but if it doesn't bother you all here if they start singing songs like "Lola' around here...
well then, I guess...I...just...don't know anything.


September 27, 2002 - Msg 9251: You people are a mess! I think it's the squeezins that are causing all this ruckus, must be "National guess what I am Day" or something! Asa I'm sorry I ain't been posting much, I had an aunt pass away on Sun, she was 88 years old & have been with family that flew in from Washington State. Besides that I was kinda afraid to post anything, seems when I posted the other day, something happened & everybody kept getting kicked off the porch, I figured it was me cause mine was the post that was there when I'd get kicked off, I had just mashed the post button & got pitched offline at about the same time, so I don't know what happened. Anyways, I'm here for now so lets all rock awhile! And for the record~~ I am a girl (a 40 year old GIRL!)

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9252: Hey to Jelsik!

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9253: Oh, no. Are we having a moulage?
- Hazel

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9254: Hi Mavis, so sorry about your Aunt;o(
That is sad. Are you from Washington State? I have seen pictures and it looks like it is a beautiful place! Have a good night, and as I have ALWAYS said, a female here, always have been!
hee hee! (41)

(BTW, how do you make your name yellow?)

September 27, 2002 - Msg 9255: Hey to the porch -
Hey Jelsik, I got to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band again earlier this month and will see them at the Opry again next month. Goooood music!
I guess the folks at Mayberry Days went to the Doug Dillard show tonight and tomorrow they'll go to the parade .... and the auction.... and the trivia contest ..... and Col. Tim's .... ~sigh~

Milton P. Oliver
"I'm in my 40's and I admit it."

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9256: Happy I am from right here in Bristol & so are they, but they moved out that way years ago & stayed, it is a beautiful place, but I'll stick to my mountains here in SW VA. Email me & I will give you a link to places that teach you how to change the colors. My address is in the Cutlass.

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9257: Hey Mavis, sorry for your loss. I missed you.
Have you heard from Salty at all? I'm worried about her. She ain't posted in some time and thats not like her. I lost her e-mail and tried to get it from the cutlass but it locks up my puter everytime I try to get in there. Hazel was having that problem also. Any idears? Glad your back with us and all. Glad yer still a girl to. LOL


September 28, 2002 - Msg 9258: Mavis, I don't have any idea what a Cutlass is other than a fast car? As Asa just said, "Any Idears"?


September 28, 2002 - Msg 9259: Well, I'm about to lay my female head on the pillow and have some sweet dreams. Hope you all do the same. Here's to a day with less surprises tomorrow!-----Boo

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9260: Barney Fife has a gun and a knife.
The gun is dusty,
the knife is rusty,
and he never caught a crook in his life.

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9261: "You asked us to come, Berney!"

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9262: " I hate the guitar. I don't mind the harmonica but I hate the guitar."

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9263: la lala...Lola....

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9264: Mornin' Y'all! Goodness! Don't tell me there was a party going on last night and I missed it! All this singing and carryin' on- whooo weeee!
Hazel,your Twilight Zone post was mighty fitting-ha ha
Happy,I live not too far from Charleston.Don't care for Myrtle Beach either for the same reasons you listed. You said something about the '70's-What WAS that? Hee Hee
Well,don't know if I should leave any Krispy Kremes out this morning-folks is mighty jacked up on something as it is-don't need a sugar rush on top of it!
GIRL possum under a rock

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9265: Hi Possum, Myrtle Beach does su@k IMHO! Been here 3 years and can't wait to get out! I like the Charleston area, esp Isle of Palms. Going north (Raleigh) cuz that is whar my people and friends are -Bermuda is final destination (well, before heaven I hope) once I get my art selling enough to support me - Don't think Iraq ever heard of Bermuda and it is hard to find so think it will be safe there!

By all means bring on the Krispy Kremes! Should I bring coffee or a big glass of milk to go with that?;p

Happy I iz a gal!

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9266: Asa, I sent you Salty's e-mail address. We also seem to be missing Charlotte. We need her calming influence here. It's become like a tale out of two cities.
- Hazel
(Beasto maristo)

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9267: I'm gonna try to get in there tomorrow & fix the Cutlass or at least see if I can figure out what the problem is, thanks for all your sympathies for my aunt, she was a fine woman from what I understand, I don't remember much about her cause we grew up in different places & I didn't get to see her much. Off to get ready for practice tonight.

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9268: Morning Porch, I have a prayer request of you all. My youngest daughter was having lots of personal problems last spring and you all prayed for her and praise the Lord, she seems to have made a great change in her life. She is settled, has a steady job and works hard, she has good friends, she stays close to and is helpful to family... it's been a miracle really. Well, this past week, she found a lump on her breast. Now, normally at her age, we wouldn't worry about it being anything serious but, I had breast cancer at the age of 25 the first time with a recurrence in the lymph nodes two years later, then the other breast had cancer at the age of 32. It was serious enough to have to have had both mastectomies, radiation one time, and chemo the next. So, needless to say, because the doctors say this could very well be genetic (don't know of the previous generations cause I was adopted), there is a LOT of concern in my family over this. Naturally we will be taking her to see the doctor asap but, since she is not yet eligible for her work's health insurance, we are looking to have to take her to county services or pay for it ourselves. The last time she went to county services for a broken ankle, it was just awful... On one appointment, they refused to remove the cast because her eligibility period had run out and she hadn't reapplied so they were going to make her go through all the redtape and wait another month to get the cast off! I know you can't be choosy when you're getting something for almost nothing and we do appreciate it. Still, I'm praying we can get her on her dad's insurance somehow.... Well, sorry to go on like this. I guess you can tell this is preying on my mind. We all love our kids and want them safe. And I just keep thinking how good she is doing now... please pray for her. Thanks, my friends.
Prayers for all of you as always and prayers for all your loved ones who have special need of them.

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9269: Dear Clara, of course we will pray for your daughter and your family. After she's just gotten back on her feet; and now this happens, bless her heart. I will be hoping for the best. Please keep us posted.
- Hazel

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9270: Evening Porch, Before I have everyone any more worried, I'm relieved to tell you that it looks like the 'lump' may have already gone down a bit which means it most likely isn't a tumor but a cyst instead. Well, I must say, asking this group for prayer works even before the praying starts! I guess God knows faithful people when He sees them! Anyway, my daughter still needs prayers in general and your prayers there will still help.. with the insurance problems, etc. I could use some too with a few personal problems I will be dealing with soon. Nothing medical, thank the Lord, but they will be trying on the spirit. Thank you all... brings a tear to my eye when I think how good you all are to a body in need. I just love this Porch... ~Clara~

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9271: Oh my, Hazel, I forgot to say a special thank you for being the first to say you would pray.... sorry... I was so busy being sure you all wouldn't worry too unnecessarily. Thanks so much.. it just means the world when you know you've got good folks who care like you do. ~Clara~

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9272: Hey Clara,
How considerate of you to post so quickly about your daughter's progress so WE don't worry! Well, you sure have my prayers also. I just want to encourage you to hang in there, I know it can be hard sometimes with grown children. (Nobody told me I would worry about them all my life! I always thought when your kids turn 18 you just magically stop worrying!) It is good to hear how well your daughter is doing in all the other areas of her life and hopefully we will soon hear that her health is perfect! I will pray for you to endure in all other areas also. It is great to know we have a "family" we can turn to here for prayer as well as in our own families and church families. Praise God!

And as for the rest of the porch, have a Mayberry kind of evening!
Mary Wiggins

September 28, 2002 - Msg 9273: Hello Clara, many prayers and hugs sent to you from Happy here, God can make everything okay and he loves you and your daughter very much!

You and your family will be in my prayers.

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9274: Dear Lord, thank you for friends who care. Bless Clara with peace of mind and assurance of your constant care for her and her daughter. You even care for the birds of the air, so how much more you care for us. May that lump be nothing more than a benign cyst and draw that child even closer to you and you provide for her needs as you have been, Lord, and we thank you. We ask you to please continue to heal Romeena's family and bless all the good folks who gather here with us. Protect our families and draw out children to You, Lord, that they might serve you all of their days. We love and thank you. In Jesus name, Amen
Lord bless you all friends----Love, Boo

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9275: Howdy Porch! Have a safe and peaceful weekend.

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9276: Hey there porch: Seems like things are fallin' apart here lately. Now we gotta get ourselves back together. Where is Salty? Softball season gets over and she drops outta sight, hhhmmmm where is that crock? Have a restful Sabbath, and spend time with the ones you love. A prayer request: Email from an aunt today that said that my grandma is not doing well. She is 97 and in the last stages of cancer. She lived with us for 2 years and now lives in Mississippi with her niece. Grandma and Grandad were married for 76 years before Grandad went home with the Lord 3 years ago. Pray that the Lord takes her gently,(that's how she is) . It seems only fitting for her! Thankfully she is a dear sweet Christian lady who did so much for others in her long life. Her favorite show is TAGS!!! Thanks, it's good to have prayin' friends. ~New Neighbor

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9277: Thanks, Boo, you are a treasure. Those prayers are so precious. Clara, we'll continue to pray for you and yours. I, too, have had bilateral mastectomies, so I know how scary it can be.
It continues to amaze me, how much we need each other, and how we can meet each other's needs. Just like a regular small-town community.
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9278: Boy oh boy you miss a few days around here and it's amazing what you find out!! First Boo is a she now Hazel is a he more partying goin on and I am afraid to ask what else. Sorry I aint been here, been busy with work, boss had a heart Cath done last week plus with all that rain we had (over 6 inches) it had the power screwed up . But I am back now and in full force sorry if I worried anyone. Asa, you are a sweetheart to worry about me. Sounds like everyone around here is going through a battle of somekind. Prayers for all the ones that need them. Mavis, sorry bout your aunt hope you are ok. And NN long time no see gyrl...You are right we need to get our team started up again. I think that Hazel is the one who had the crock last time. But it takes her forever to get that thing clean. Coach Asa??? are you game to handle us all again? And we cant forget litttle Plum, our mascot. I'll will see you guys later on--the long lost and definitely female....Salty Dog

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9279: Hey hey hey! Did someone mention Softball? I will be there with me mitt and Little Debbie and Coca Cola just like last year. Maybe somebody poured a little of BDJ's Mulberry Squeezins in that crock. Don't know who would have done such a despicable thing though. LOL Just let me know when and where on that there softball and I'll be there. I may not be much help, as you remember from last year I was so busy with my Little Debbie that I dropped the ball, but you can stick me way out yonder in the field. I reckon I cain't to do much harm out there.

your snack cake eatin', coke drinkin', softball playin, homeschoolin'
fun girl

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9280: Hey to all my dear friends!
I get to go on vacation up in northern Michigan starting tomorrow morning so you all are just going to have to get along without me. I know it will be hard, but if you try real hard I don't think you'll suffer too much! Now don't go gettin' all emotional, it's just until next Sunday or Monday! I hope to do a little leaf peepin and horse back ridin' and lot's of euchre playin' (that's a card game if you don't know!)
Speaking of cards, my grandma used to play a game called canasta. I played it a time or two with her but I can't remember how. Any one out there ever play that game? I'll check back in a week from now and see how you all are doing.
I won't take a vacation from praying, so Romeena, Clara, and all else who needs 'em, I'll be sending some prayers on the behalf of all these wonderful porchsters!
Ta Ta For Now (or ttfn)
Mary Wiggins

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9281: Ev'a'nin' porch! Clara, prayers for your situation, and for your daughters health (how scary!). Jelsik and MPO you're a couple of 'cards' you are, I busted a gut up there. La la la la Lo-la...

prayers for NewNeighbor's Grandma, too. Sigh. Seems like it's the season for worryin' about the relatives. Rest assured, Jesus is in control!

~ Mrs. Wiley

Aunt W passed to Heaven Friday night. It was peaceful, and I thank you all for your prayers.

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9282: Hello dear Porchsters, just wanted to check in. First, I want to add my prayers to eveyone else's on the porch for everyone and their special loved ones who need them such as NN's grandma... 97! and married for 76 years! What an inspiration to us all. Mrs. Wiley, it was a blessing to hear of your Aunt's peaceful passing.
Second, I want to say a special thank you to dear Boo, your prayer, and dear Happy, your timely words lifted my spirits for sure.. and to thank all the rest of you for praying for my daughter... Hazel, Mrs. W, Mary, Salty, Romeena, and anyone I might have missed. You all are the dearest, sweetest friends in time of need and I just know your prayers are helping.
Mary, have a wonderful vacation and don't worry about us none. By the way, my Mom taught me to play canasta when I was knee high to a grasshopper. Can't rightly remember the actual rules but, it's similiar to rummy just a lot more complicated and played with two decks. I think you can find it in Hoyle's card game manual.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great week. God bless you all, ~Clara~

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9283: Just a quick note - am I remembering correctly? Did one of you sweet folks email me the poem about "The Rainbow Bridge"? If so, let me know, I'd like to find it again. Thanks, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 29, 2002 - Msg 9284: That would be me Romeena that mailed you that there poem, I will see if I can find it again for you & get it straight out in the mail. I'm off to bed, had a long day today after an even longer night, my head didn't hit the piller til 4am this morning & it come back up off that piller at 8am (seems a little Boston Terrier had to go potty) So I'm hittin the hay, see ya'll tomorrow!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9285: What is the name of the song Rafe Hollister Sings

please email me -

anybody - it's driving me crazy


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9286: I can't remember the song Rafe sings but I remember liking it real well. Hope all my porch friends have a good tomorrow. Let your light shine! Lord take NN's sweet Grandma home gently and swiftly that she might finally receive her great reward. In Christ's name, Amen.---Boo

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9287: Wow! What a difference a few days makes! Boo, I'd be a-shamed. Here I thought all this time that you were an older father with a new baby--so concerned about her (?) cryin' and all and takin' the bottle away, etc. My, my. Oh what tangled webs we weave! Just kiddin', Boo. I really did think you were a man all this time, but then I thought Salty and Possum were too at first (just because of their names). Sometimes it's hard to tell. Just so's you all know... I, Charlotte, am a female. And in case some of you are unaware, my name comes from Malcolm Tucker's phone conversation with the sisters whose feet fall asleep (Maude and Cora). They ask Malcolm Tucker if he's of the Buffalo Tuckers and he says no, he's from Charlotte--hence, Charlotte Tucker, me. Most of you all know that, but some might not. And Hazel, as usual, you took my quote. When everyone was decidin' what gender they were, I was going to post "You ain't in and I ain't in. You ain't out and I ain't out" or whatever that is Otis says but you beat me to it. And whoever's been singin' Lo-la has been crackin' me up! Don't pay any attention to Jelsik. You can keep singin' if you want to! No offense, Jelsik. Jelsik, are you a feller? What about Briscoe? Just how many real live fellers have we got on here. If Asa decides that he ain't a feller, I ain't ever comin' back! Where's Dixie Belle? Since she' s always on Guywatch 2002, I hope she's a she. Oh well, whatever.
Charlotte Tucker

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9288: Just kiddin'. I'd never leave here.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9289: Wasn't the song Rafe sang called "That Lonesome Road" or something like that? I don't know for sure, but it seems like some of the words were, "Walk on, walk down that lonesome road...." I don't rightly know, but I think it was something like that. All I do know is "that 'un makes me cry." Rest assured porch friends, I am all girl. (hence the name) But I am NOT a desperate female hunter seeing as how I done caught me a purty man. He was fillin' his radiator from the horse trough when I spotted him. His truck wasn't quite as big as the Darling's, as his only took 6 hatfulls. But he is purty. And we all know purty is as purty does. He is clean purty inside and out. Well enough of my mush and gush and carrying on.

Mary Wiggins--My grandma used to play canasta with us kids. We loved that game. I would always hold my wildcards trying to get a straight and she would be ready to go out and she would have the cutest giggle, as she knew what I was trying to do. Whenever she would giggle like that I would start begging for her to give me just one turn to try and get rid of my wild cards. And like a wonderful grandma that she was, she would always give me one chance. Funny the things that you remember when someone jogs your memory.

Don't forget that penny what's been run over by a train to bring you luck and protect you in your travels. Have a good time.

fun girl
"Johnny Paul says if you put a hair from a horse's tail in stagnation water, it'll turn into a snake."

"Arnold says tar is good for the teeth."

Now weren't Opie's friends walking encyclopedias of useless information?????

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9290: Morning Y'all!
I'm STILL a girl possum!
Happy Monday! Grits,bacon,eggs,& OJ for everyone-girls,boys,whatevers!
possum under a rock

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9291: YAWN. Morning Possum, many thanks for my favorite breakfast! I'll bring the rasin toast and coffee.

"Look down, look down that lonesome road
before you travel on.
Weary totin' - heavy load, walkin' down this lonesome road.
Look down, look down that lonesome road
Before you travel on."

That'n makes me cry.
~ Mrs. Wiley
Ridin on that Mule River train, Ridin on that Mule River train. Same ol' train that brought me here, gonna carry me back again!" EVERYBODY!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9292: Ridin on that Mule River train, Ridin on that Mule River train. Same ol' train that brought me here, gonna carry me back again.- Asa, could you move over a little and not sing so loud in my ear? I can't hear Mrs. Wiley's notes. Sounds like we are gonna get a team together again!! I can't wait. Thanks for the breakfast Opossum, haven't had time to fix any this mornin'. I'll have the kids run over for a bite too. They need some before school. I'm sending a jug of milk to ya ok? So nice when we share the meal fixin'. ~New Neighbor
No word this morning about Grandmother. Thanks for all the prayers.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9293: Can anyone tell me if "Rafe" ever recorded the song or any other music that I could purchase. I am sure I could find it somewhere on the net. But I can't remember his real life name. Can anyone help me with this?

fun girl

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9294: Hey to the porch -
We saw Tim Conway and Don Knotts Saturday night and the show was great. I had ordered our tickets within 5 minutes of when they went on sale and we were front row center. I mean, very front row and right on the center aisle. Tim Conway was as funny as we expected and hoped he would be. We had seen Don Knotts 3 times before but this was th best, he seemed to be feeling better than he had been in the past. ANYway, it was a great show. We had never been to any of the casinos before (the show was at the Horseshoe in Tunica, MS "gateway to Monte Carlo") and we weren't sure what to expect. We went in early to eat and look around a bit and make sure we knew where to go at show time but had let the tickets and cameras and all in the car. There were signs outside the theater saying "NO CAMERAS ALLOWED" so I went back and got the tickets and left the cameras in the car. Just before the curtain went up, Tim Conway announced that it was against the rules to take pictures or record any of th show but "what are they going to do to you?" so "take all pictures you want and if you want to tape it, that's fine too." Well, I wasn't going to miss any of the show by running back out during it so I didn't get any pictures. I didn't let that bother me though, we still ejoyed the show greatly and we had a nice slow drive home through some of the backroads of northern Mississippi yesterday.

Milton P. Oliver
More folks turned out to see that show that there was that time that carnival fellow came through here with that stuffed whale...

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9295: Hey to fun girl -
Rafe's real name was Jack Prince. It seems like somebody once said they only record he was on was the soundtrack to one of the Broadway plays he was in ("Destry Rides Again"?) but that's just what I heard, may not be true.
Besides "Look Down That Lonesome Road" and "New River Train", he also did "Believe Me If All These Endearing Young Charms."

Well, that's just another way of doing it, it's the same song."

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9296: Oh, that sounds like so much fun Milton P., I sure wish I could have seen Don Knotts and Tim Conway. I've always wanted to see those two. Nobody Mayberryish ever comes to Idaho. Although George Kennedy now lives here in Boise. He was in one ep of TAGS. "The Big House" I think it was. But he don't do no stand up comedy.
Fun Girl, Rafe was played by Jack Prince. I read somewhere that he was a professional singer, so he must have some recorded music out there somewhere. He sure had a fine set of pipes.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9297: MPO, you was posting your second post whilst I was writing mine so I just missed you. Do you think Jack Prince ever sang Acappella? I love that song...
- Hazel

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9298: Hello all! Hey Fun Girl, You can borrow my glove fer the softball game. I'm out in left field anyway. I'll be in charge of refreshments. Time fer: "Lola" by the Kinks. Aone, atwo, athree.....

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
~Clara~(I'm makin' Chilli and crackers today.)
An' everyone!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9299: Hey gang. Been unable to get on the porch all weekend. Thought ya was all mad at me. My puter said it was a gateway timeout or something.
Anyway, that explains my not being here, if you noticed I wasn't here that is. Looks like plenty need prayers. You got em. Looks like Salty returned for a short visit. So glad to see her. Looks like MPO had a good old time the other night. Sounds like fun. Boo is still a girl, as is Hazel. I'm still a boy. Things are looking good around here again. We doing the softball team again? Do I get to coach, or was I to mean last year. I'll just spectate if ya want. Don't pay no never mind that I went and bought a new pea for my whistle. Y'all let me know what you want. Hope everyone is well. Sorry about your loss Mrs. Wiley. I guess you are going to the sevices? God bless dear. And God bless all who stand in need of his blessings. That would be all of us huh?


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9300: Hey Folks....I'm back from Mayberry Days...I saw where Mavis messed up the Porch on the 25th at 10:41:21 (EDT). Be careful with those "quotes" in your HTML tags folks...they have to match. Thanks to whoever the computer person was that fixed the problem.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9301: That wasn't you Floyd? Holy smoke. Well at least fill us in on Mayberry Days bud. Was it fun?


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9302: It was a blast! I'm hoping other folks that were there will tell their stories. I have a more "behind the scenes" type view of Mayberry Days so I always enjoy hearing other folks point of view.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9303: Who was at Mayberry Days from the porch that might tell their version? Gas it up chickie.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9304: I apololgized there Floyd it wasn't intentional, I tried to get down there with the spiders & they kept shoving me back out from under there! Big Ol' Spiders in there! I wish I could have made Mayberry Days, but we had a funeral to attend here & besides, someone had to keep Asa straight.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9305: Charlotte, I may not be a man, but I am a 40 year old mother of an infant and all the stuff about her was true so please continue to have pity on me (sniff).--Boo

"Handsome as a boy, handsome as a man. Handsome is as handsome does. Handsome, handsome, handsome!"

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9306: Hi! Glad to see everyone - Have a great week!


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9307: Don't worry about it Mavis. I know it wasn't on purpose. Not a big deal since some nice porch sitter fixed it while I was away.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9308: HAHAHAHA!!! Mavis thinks she can keep me straight. BOY IS SHE FUNNY!!! LOL


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9309:
"Little old ladies ought never to clank..."

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9310: Hmmmmm Just to elaborate my last post, I mean straight as in keep me line or something like that. I just didn't want anyone getting the wrong idea. I am a father of three you know. LOL


September 30, 2002 - Msg 9311: Bein' a father don't prove nothin', Asa! Are you sure you're a man?

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9312: Is my name too confusin'? Maybe I should change it to Boo-etta, or Boo-ella, or Boo-ann, or Boolah, Boo-lyn.....Boo (never mind)

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9313: "I'm just young and I don't understand, why she walks like a woman but she talks like a man...Boo La, Boo Boo Boo Boo Boo La, Boo Boo Boo Boo Boo La...... That's it! Boo La!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9314: Hey, Porch...
Sorry to have missed that great breakfast Possum. I still say your the greatest cookin possum around!
Asa, I thought you were off having such a great time golfin this weekend that you didn't have time to visit the porch! Well, glad you could get back on anyways. We saved you your rocker!
Milton, I'm green with envy.... I been bit by that green-eyed monster! The show sounded great!
Hazel, you mean that great tune: "Ah cah pella ah cah pella [snap, snap, snap] la dah da dah da dah dah"? Yup, I know that one, too! It's one of the light classics.
Briscoe, save some of that chili for me! I know you can cook up a mess of beans like no one else and I'll be eatin a mess of 'em myself! Eatin speaks louder 'an words!
Now, Mavis, you got to leave them spiders alone and stop foolin around under there before the whole thing starts to creak!
((((Boo)))) You deserve hugs... I'm 51 and my kids are all growed up... if I still had a little one at my age, my hair'd turn grayer a lot faster! I love my little grandkids to pieces but if I had to care for 'em round the clock, I'd go nuts! More power to ya, Boo! and prayers for your nerves and patience, too!
Hey to everyone else on the Porch:
Happy, Mrs. Wiley, Romeena, Mary, Fun Girl, Jelsik, Charlotte, NN, and anybody who hasn't checked in for a while....
"Don't be such a stranger."
God bless you all dear Porchsters and thanks for the prayers... they are working!
Have a fine Mayberry evening!
Love Y'all, ~Clara~

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9315: Boo, how 'bout Boo Boo. Like in Yogi the Bear's sidekick. I always did like that cartoon. He's smarter than the average bear! Asa, we love you whether you're straight or not. tee hee
- Hazel

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9316: Thanks, Clara, I can sure use those prayers! I'm sure I do get alot more tired than someone younger than me but I am one of those people who want my children around for a long, long time so I'm glad the Lord gave them to me late in life. I was single until my early thirties and worked full-time as an RN in a busy labor and delivery unit. I worked full time for about 15 years and I was ready to start a family and change careers (from nurse to wife and mom). Before I became pregnant with my first, my doctor said I may never have children because of a hormone imbalance (I have a disease called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I certainly had no chance of conceiving with out fertility drugs. Well, both of my children were conceived without any drugs or fertility treatments. My odds of conceiving and carrying to term my baby girl were less than 1%, especially considering my advanced age. So, we don't complain much we are just very thankful! It helps make the hard days easier.---Thank you for your kind words and prayers!--Boo

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9317: I like it, Hazel! BooBoo Hmmm...I'll think it over.

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9318: Hey all...Just got back from a few days in KY at the's amazing what a little realaxin can do for you....good to see everyone here...y'all take care now...

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9319: I'm jealous Goober wish I could vacate, trying to keep Asa straight has plum wore me out! Clara at least I didn't get no spider bite! I'm off here for the night, ya'll sleep tight & don't let the bedbugs bite!
I don't want to hear nothing about no Spider Bite!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9320: Night porch, I'm off here too. Just LISTENING to poor ol Mavis talking about keeping Asa in line wore me out. But we'll get him come coaching time. Got tomorrow off so yall wanna come over to my house for lunch?? I fix yuns a big ol jug of sweet tea to go with it... Just no mulberry squuezins ok? See yall later--Salty Dog

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9321: Salty will you take tomorrow's shift with Asa? Don't know that I can handle it another day without going crazy here!

September 30, 2002 - Msg 9322: Hi Porch FRANKIE FLINT

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9323: Wair is our friend tom what all the good poem at

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9324: Hey boo....How's about BOOnhilda. LOL! You know what. I just crack myself up sometimes. How much more appropriate could you get for this time of the year. Maybe it is my natural gift for comedy or maybe I have had too much of BDJ's mulberry squeezings. Don't worry BDJ--If any of them revenuers come after you, I got your back. And my gun ain't like Barney and Asa's. You can actually count on me. Night--got an early morning tomorrow and so I guess I better hit the old ironing board.
with loving thoughts...
fun girl

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9325: Good morning Porch, and Happy October! TOM, is that you? (I'll bet it is) I sure could use a prayer for traveling mercies. Anyone got a mashed penny to lend me? Salty, maybe you could pack me up a sack of sandwiches. Goober, hope you didn't run into any fellers tied to a tree! Boo, I like your name just the way it is. Asa dear, glad your back online. I thought you was golfing too. Floyd, got any pictures back from the drug store? We'z right curious. (wow, that's an understatement!!) I'll see everyone when I return from up north. Sorry I don't have time to make breakfast, but I'll feed the dog and put out the cat!

~ Mrs. Wiley
I thought O'Malley was in De-troit?

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9326: pleasant dreams FunGirl! ~ Mrs. Wiley

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9327: Safe travels Mrs. Wiley. We love ya.
Tom, get in here an uplift us with your poems. We could use it.
I'll be over for lunch Salty. Will you be serving pepsi with that?
Prayers for all.


October 01, 2002 - Msg 9328: Happy Motoring, Mrs. Wiley!
- Hazel

Daddy, you are sooooo right.

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9329: Hey Milton, that was a pretty interesting account of the Conway and Knotts show. That's too bad that you didn't have your camera. Also I love that Endearing Young Charms song. That's the one I was thinkin' of when someone asked what he sang. And Asa, I reread my earlier post. I didn't mean to sound like a desperate female hunter. I'm not, I got my own Malcolm right cheer. I just want to know who the fellers are so I know who I'm talkin' to. You and Boo had many shenanigans on movie nights that I thought was two fellers. Enough about that, Boo. You are forgiven. And I can relate to you about the 40 part, just not the infant part. Best of luck to you and yours! And as for a more girlish name, I kinda like Boolah since you were first married to Beulah. What d'ya think? Have a great day!
Charlotte Tucker

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9330: Oh, I forgot. Where is our good friend TOM the poem at? I could use a poem today.

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9331: Mornin' all! I'm all keyed up. The baseball playoffs start today. I'm a big fan, not lard wise. Lol! Have a wonderful Mayberry day.

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

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9332: Morning Porchsters, Thought I'd get here a little earlier this time for some goodies, but none is to be found... hang on for a little bit and I'll run on over to the diner and pick up a couple dozen doughnuts and sweetrolls and a big thermos of hot coffee. This is too nice an autumn morning to not sit around and enjoy it with you all. Then we can all go on over to Salty's for a great lunch. I'll bring some pickles! ;) ~Clara~

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9333: Boo, there's no doubt about the fact that the Lord wanted you to have your precious babies... what a testimony to His miracles! Thanks for sharing it. I always love to hear such stories. Makes my day start out with a smile in my heart! Anyway, I've known lots of women who just didn't meet Mr. Right till their thirties and so had their kids late. They are good moms... just a little more tired is all! You have a great at*itude though... the most important thing about our at*itude about life is that we wherever we are in life, we make it good by using it to glorify the One who gave this gift of life. Your at*itude makes you a better mom than some who seem to 'have it all', but find so much to complain about. Prayers for those hard days. ~Clara~ (Sorry about those asterisks... the censor wouldn't let me write the word!)

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9334: Hi~N~bye ya'll for a spell - I'm a~heading to the big town of Raleigh, NC and whar I iz gonna B their ain't nose computer thangies. Jest gud ol books! Ya'll behave yourn~selvs, seez ya en bout 6 moons.


October 01, 2002 - Msg 9335: Hey to the porch -
BDJ, I'm all keyed up about the baseball playoffs too. I know Jelsik will be pulling for the Cardinals. I'll be backing them Oakland Athletics for as long as they're still playing.
I got a brand new cd this morning - "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III" with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and lots of guests. One of the tracks is "There Is A Time" with Rodney Dillard and Ricky Skaggs on guitars and singing lead and the Dirt Band backing them and singing harmony.

"Hit and run?!? Where?"
"Out to the baseball field."

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9336: Thanks to all you fine folks for your prayers and concern. The Lord in his gracious mercy, saw fit that Grandmother should "sleep" her way into his Presence. There was no struggle or pain, just blessed peace. This promises to be a LLLLOOOONNNNGGGG week. The boss is out of town for the week, and I was left in charge. (Has he lost his mind?) Pray for our strength and rest during these trips back home ( 1 hour away). Thanks ~ New Neighbor

October 01, 2002 - Msg 9337: Afternoon Y'all. Haven't been on the porch much lately-too dang tired from work. Had a co-worker just up and quit and it's been a time these past couple of days! Anyway,I wanted to say hello and leave a few pennies that have been run over by trains for our travelers.Take care Mrs. Wiley and Happy! I'm jealous-wish I was traveling somewhere!
Boo,you will always be Boo to me-male or female!
Blessings to you all.
possum under a rock