December 04, 2002 - Msg 10785: YIPPEE! Great news, Fun Girl!
I am so happy for your sister. Babies are a wonderful thing! It's funny how sometimes you can get so upset with this world, but yet, somehow we keep wanting to bring more little ones into it! I guess it's our way of saying this ain't such a bad place after all! And praise be to Jesus for making such a wonderful place and keeping us all in His care!

Charlotte, I wasn't kidding about the bible whacking! Some one really told me that and I tried it, it hurt like heck, I guess I was a little too ambitious! I was only about 19 or so and we all know that there is a whole lot of ejukatin' that goes on after you are 19!

Asa, I hope you start to feeling better real soon, it ain't no fun having a cold. My little 5 year old has one and I think it is the first time in his little life that he has been sick! He just doesn't know what to do about it!

I sure hope no one gets hit too hard with that ice storm. We had the snow a couple of days ago, but things look real purdy around here now. Ice can look pretty hanging from the trees and all that but it sure does cause a lot of problems.

I guess I better tend to my little one, have a great day!
Mary Wiggins

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10786: It's snowing in Mayberry. In case you had any doubts. It's beautiful!

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10787: hey Asa - did you get the chicken soup I sent ya? I tried to debone as best as I could!


COngrats - FUn Girl or should I say "Aunt" Fun Girl!

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10788: Congrats, Aunt Fun Girl. How exciting. It's been a long time since we had a baby in our family. My cousin & his wife had one this year but they live too far away in Knoxville. Prayers for you too, Asa. I'm so sorry that old cold keeps draggin' on. Here's a blue pill for you. Talked to a friend of mine in NC. Says they got snow and now the sleet and ice tonight. Stay in side all you folk down there in the hills.
Charlotte Tucker

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10789: Billy Graham is on tonight. He is a wonderful person. He talks so plain and speaks the truth. Hope ya'll get to tune in. Why is he wearing sunglasses? Is there something wrong with his eyes?

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10790: Hey yall, It's cold here on my porch tonight. Got about 4 inches of the white stuff and getting the frozen stuff now. supposed to get 3 or 4 more inches tonight too. Just hope the power stays on. Congrats fungirl tell your sis too. Asa I am glad you are feeling better too hon. We been missing you around here. Just dont fall asleep at the bank tonight.. that vault can get pretty drafty. Yall take care--Salty Dog

December 04, 2002 - Msg 10791: "JUDY,JUDY,JUDY"

December 05, 2002 - Msg 10792: Happy Birthday to Strom Thurmond! 100 years old today! How 'bout a party on the porch? I'll bring the cake. Salty-bring your fire extinquisher in case those candles get outta hand!
possum under a rock

December 05, 2002 - Msg 10793: Yippeeeeee - school is closed today!!
The storm didn't miss us. . .sorry for those that don't have the day off.


December 05, 2002 - Msg 10794: Hello all! Congrats Fun Girl. Mary, Sun Valley Saranade has Tyrone Power and June Allison in it. Tyrone Power is the manager of the Glen Miller Band. And they do a Christmas concert at a ski lodge. Where, Tyrone Power meets June Allison. Asa, I really enjoy this time of year. homemaker, Send some snow my way. I'm enjoying reading everyones, favorite Christmas movies. *Mavis, I watched, "It's A Wonderful Life" last night. "Mary"(George Bailey).

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Mary Wiggins
Salty Dog
An' Everyone!

December 05, 2002 - Msg 10795: My youngest turns 5 today and we are celebrating with cake and ice cream for those that can brave the snow and ice. Maybe snow cream - don't eat yellow snow!
And of course he is a typical 5 year old and there is a dinosaur cake. At least we are passed the Barney dinosaur cakes.
YA'll take care. . .


December 05, 2002 - Msg 10796: Happy Birthday to the little celebrant! My youngest is also 5, and he LOVES dinosaurs. Maybe we ought to get our little Opies together some day! Me and mine will be right over to gobble up some of that cake!
Mary Wiggins
P.S. Briscoe, I am going to watch for Sun Valley Serenade!

December 05, 2002 - Msg 10797: Happy b-day to homemaker's son, congrats to fun girl and Asa I hope you feel better soon! Ms. Wiggins good to see you again, things are fine here in the coastal Carolinas, all the mess hit west of us and just a bit of rain here, kinda chilly too! Hope everyone has a wonderful night/day/weekend! Work, work and more work but nice to say hello to the porch!


December 05, 2002 - Msg 10798: We are going through the Walk Through Bethlehem this weekend put on by a local church. Has anyone ever been to one of these? I have heard they are awesome. Sorta like the Passion Plays of Calvary they have at Easter time. Some friends have been to it before and this year they are partcipants.
Then on Monday we go and pick up our family portraits. And the rest of the week is filled with doctor's appointments. I will find out the results of my MRI on Friday. Kinda anxious to know and get it over with.
Have a good weekend.
fun girl

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10799: How about some coffee cake and cider with mulling spice this morning everybody? Hope the MRI comes out A-Ok Fun Girl. Briscoe, I've never seen Sun Valley Serenade either. I'd like to. My kids and I have been watching some Christmas movies too. We like Christmas Story and Prancer. If you've never seen Prancer, it's a wonderful flick starring Sam Elliott. I'll be dusting off It's a Wonderful Life when I get a moment. Happy Birthday, homemaker JR.!
Charlotte Tucker

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10800: Good morning porch, Happy birthday to those haveing one, CT, I just love It's a Wonderful Life I watch it all year round, I have the BW & Color and I have it with Marlo Thomas as the main one (Mary). Pray all is staying warm today . ((((((((((MAYBERRY))))))))) And that Gods Sonshine warms your bones.
Ellen Brown

Lots of luck to you and yours.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10801: Morning porch. Been felling poorly. Sorry I have been gone so much. I feel really bad that we missed Hazel's birthday back on the 4th of December. So Happy belated Birthday dear Hazel. Hope it was a good one. Also to Homemakers little one too. I'm back to my bed. Need my pills.


December 06, 2002 - Msg 10802: Asa - we will say a special incantation to help you fight off this dreadful illness 'cept I'm not very good with them. I am sure someone will come a bonafide incant for you!

Been watching the family channel alot lately - the 25 days of Christmas is in full swing and the youngest is cartoon crazy!


December 06, 2002 - Msg 10803: I saw a movie on t.v. the other day. It was called "The Christmas Shoes." It was on Lifetime I think. It was so good. Did anyone else see it? I would like to get it but I am sure that the only way to do that would be to tape it and I didn't really think it would be that good. I am going to check and see if maybe they are going to show it again before Christmas.

Well we are off to do the shopping for little Opie's Christmas. Have a good un.
fun girl

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10804: Hello all! Mary, You may need to rent Sun Valley Saranade. Blockbuster is where I found my copy. Prayers all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10805: Well, ya'll use to be friendly? Bad habit I got talking to myself or maybe it is my breath?

was Happy

Goodby - this group is a little too tight for new folks I guess.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10806: Oh no Happy, please don't run off. I'm sorry if I have been rude to you. I've just been sick and not on here much at all. I felt really bad that I forgot Hazel's birthday and now I feel worse cause I didn't respond to your posts. Please forgive me and be Happy again, OK? I'll be better, I promise. I enjoy reading your posts all the time. Please, give us another chance.


December 06, 2002 - Msg 10807: Happy!
Please don't make us sad. We need more Happy people like you around here! We may not always respond to the posts but we always read em and smile or pray. Whatever we can do to convince you to stay, we'll do it!
Mary Wiggins

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10808: Just settin' here on the porch, on a Sunday after church and a big meal from Aunt Bee's kitchen. Trying to muster up a band concert, if we can get Gomer to fight the spiders and fix the band stage.
Will let you know how it turns out...ha!!
Ken Harris

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10809: Sorry you feel that way Happy, but you are not the only one it happens to. Yep, it's a liitle tight little group. Must be a small porch.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10810: Oh, my! I can't believe we've given such a bad impression to such a nice person as Happy. As for #10809, I can't say much, since I don't know who you are. By any chance, are you the writer of the "Judy, Judy, Judy" entries that appear now and then? However, if we've been guilty of ignoring or offending someone, please know that it was not intentional. We're all busy, we dash in and skim through sometimes, and I suppose we miss someone's comment. Rather like the conversation at a large party. Have you ever been in a crowd and suddenly felt like you were talking to yourself? People interrupt conversations without meaning to, someone's interest shifts, all of us have short attention spans at times, and someone gets hurt. We're sorry. Please forgive us.
Asa, I sure hope you didn't get sick over here hanging my Christmas lights while I was gone, and I do hope you get well very soon. The lights look wonderful! In fact, when my plane came in Wednesday evening, the pilot almost landed on my street, the lights were so bright! I think the snowman on the porch tipped him off just in time.
Congratulations, Aunt Fun Girl! Babies are a wonderful thing. However, after four of my own, and six grands, and working with newborns and pedi's at the hospital, I believe if I thought I had to bring one home to stay, I'd just go off in a corner and quietly open a vein! I'm too old for that, for sure.
The Plum and I had a great time in Florida, hated to leave that balmy 76-degree weather, (37 when we landed here!) but it's nice to be home. Especially with the lights blazing so brilliantly.
CT, thanks for the copy. Very interesting.
My dad isn't doing well. I put up his little Christmas tree today, and several times I caught him just standing and gazing, sort of in "spin cycle", and he wasn't sure for a minute where he was or who I was. His little feet are very swollen - we now have a doctor's appt on Monday. We plan no major medical interventions, he doesn't want it, but perhaps a little diuretic to relieve him of some of the fluid load. Prayers, please. As you pray, please be aware that his own prayer is that God will come and take him home, very soon. He misses my mother, he's tired, and he wants to go be with Jesus. I understand that, and though I will miss him, I can respect and accept his wishes.
Now, to go and watch Jeff Corwin and see what astonishing creatures he's playing with tonight. Probably some monstrocious snake. Have a great Mayberry weekend, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10811: Hey to Ken Harris! Grab yourself a TAGS handle if you wish, and pull up a rocker. In spite of the impression we appear to have given recently, we do want very much to be a place where everyone can feel welcome. --Romeena

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10812: Goodness gracious - I didn't realize we were so uppity to the new folks. . .so happy and Ken. . .we were glad you stopped by. Hope ya'll come to the next Christmas carolling outing that we have. . .I do believe that Mavis is tuning up her pitch pipe for all of us. . .we do need that - (Asa and Sterling seem to be a little off key now and then) -
Have a good Saturday ya'll. . .


(there is still plenty of cake and ice cream from the b-day bach, help yourselves and wipe up your crumbs!)

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10813: Good tidings Romeena - I am sorry your daddy is ill and that he is longing for home. . may God be with you during this time. . .


December 06, 2002 - Msg 10814: It sure was nice to see Barney on TAGS tonight. I can't wati til next week to see the black and whites back!
I'm keeping a good thought for all those that need them.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10815: Hey to Ever'body! that way I cover all of the porchsters! Briscoe I'm gonna watch It's a Wonderful Life tomorrow night here, & CT if I'da knowed Sam Elliot was in Prancer, I'da watched that one a long time ago! He twangs my buds! teehee We got snow here, then rain washed it all away, now it is 18 degrees here on my porch so I'm grabbin a dachshund or two & hitting the ironing board for the night.

December 06, 2002 - Msg 10816: Hey to jennieboone

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10817: Off key?! Homemaker, I'll have you know that I wasn't feeling quite like myself that day. I think someone spiked the punch we had before we set out. Otis or Ernest T. most likely.
Otherwise I'm a regular Pavaroti. Or spaghetti, I don't know, it's one of those italian names.
-Sterling Holobyte

mmmmm spaghetti!

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10818: Thank you, I guess I don't come here that often to get to know ya'll better so maybe it is my fault. My family has a business in the local mall that sells collectable and play dolls and stuffed animals and a few toys so I don't have that much time to write because we are very busy this time of year. Romenna I don't post as anyone but myself so I don't know who "Judy, Judy" is? And Asa do hope you are feeling better and I also missed Hazel's birthday also so HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAZEL!

I gotta get ready to walk the dawg in the cold (no snow here) and off to work - I hope everyone has a wonderful day and I am sorry if I am being overly sensitive.


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10819: Well Happy - I am glad you gave us another chance. I wish I could say we were snow free but we aren't and we are still waiting patiently for baby goats. Some of the mommas we sold have had babies so it should be anytime soon. . . .(pace, pace, pace)
It is a cold morning here and they say it will reach 40! Ha!
have a good Saturday!


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10820: Awwwww Happy, so glad your back. We sure didn't mean to make you or anyone feel unwelcome. Glad your back on the porch where you belong. And that goes for anyone who don't feel like you fit in here. Just jump in here and start posting. The porch is very big and very accomodating.
Gotta go fight the crows today and do some shopping. Will someone go for me? I hate to shop like Lydia hates the guitar. Unless I'm shopping at Home Depot. Not much I can pick up for Mrs. Asa at Home Depot though.


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10821: Whpoops. I meant crowds. LOL

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10822: Hey, Happy! Glad you decided to stick around. We need happy people! Actually, it was whoever wrote #10809 that I was referencing when I mentioned the "Judy" posts. Thought maybe whoever posted that comment might be the "Judy" poster. That post appears periodically, and I've always wondered who writes it. Maybe some of the folks know and I've missed it. Anybody know who that is?
Asa, can I go with you to Hope Depot the next time? At my age, I'm sure Mrs. Asa won't mind. I just love that store, even have their credit card, and Lowe's too! I can poke around in those stores for hours. You wouldn't believe how many extension cords, bungee cords, and light bulbs I have on hand. Well, you gotta buy something after all that browsing, don'tcha? (teehee)
Well, I'm off to Sam's today. That's another favorite store. I love those croissants they make. You can make a mean BLT, using them for the bread, just split them and lightly toast them. Yum! By the way, if anybody wants a recipe for the best peanut butter pie you ever put in your drooly little mouth, let me know. Easy, no-bake, and absolutely delish! Just delish! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10823: Shoot. I meant whoops! SHEESH!!!

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10824: Hey Ro, your welcome to go with me to Home Depot any old time. Especially if you got a card. Yahoooo.


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10825: Asa, you crack me up! I took the "crows" seriously! I thought you meant you had to fight some real crows out of your garden, and then go shopping. Oh, my, it's funny getting old. I laugh at myself all the time! -- Romeena

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10826: Then I look at my dad, and I get kinda scared. --Romeena

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10827: Thanks for the invite, Asa. I'd love to go with you sometime. --Romeena

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10828: Hey Porch!

YIPPEE! Happy has decided to give us another chance! I hope we can make all our regulars and visitors feel right at "porch"!

Asa, I liked your comment about fighting the "crows". I think that says it just about right! And I want to go to Home Depot with you and Romeena. I LOVE that store! One year for mother's day I got a lawn mower, the next year I got an edger for my lawn. Another time I got a hedge trimmer. I love gardening with power tools! And if you thought this was Sterling or Briscoe or some other person of the male persuasion posting this, you are wrong, it is none other than......
Mary Wiggins!!

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10829: Golleyyy. Sounds like a shopping spree for sure then. I'll drive so I'll sit in the front...


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10830: Hello all! And a special howdy to happy. I need to put up ye ol Christmas tree today. Good to see everyone today. I thought it would be neat if we put only our first names by our Porch names. That could be our gift to one another. Whatta you say? I'll go first.....

....Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Ken Harris
Jennie Boone
An' everyone!
Peace on earth.
Mary Wiggins

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10831: Gee, sometimes, I forget what I just posted. I didn't mean to put you last Mary. Sorry.

Briscoe(love them power tools)Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10832: Hey them that are last will be first!!
Mary Wiggins (Mary) What a coincidence!

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10833: OK, BDJ, I'm willing to give your idea a try. However, I have a hard enough time remembering one name, so if I go into sensory overload and start calling the wrong names, please forgive me. I can just hear me now - "Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen! Comet, and Cupid, and Donner and Blitzen!" Oh, my, it's a scary thought. Well, as I said, I'll give it a try! Sugarplum (her real name) says hey! --Romeena (Lanni)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10834: Me next! Great idea Briscoe not only can you make some mean squeezin's you are creative in other ways too! Did you have a bucket on yer head or did it just come to ya? Mary I'd have to say if I got a lawn mower for Christmas, Birthday or whatever, I'd be a MITE put out! Yer a different one that's for sure. Romeena you can email me that Peanut Butter Pie, I'd love to try it, funny I thought of Leon & his sticky hugs when I read that, wonder why he doesn't come here & post anymore? I'm off to start baking some more. Hey to Ever'body 2-legged 4-legged, furry, skinned & feathered. That should cover them all.
*Mavis (aka Angie)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10835: Will do, *Mavis. Should hit your mailbox in about five minutes. You won't believe how easy and how good it is. --Romeena (aka Lanni)

P.S. Hey, BDJ! How long does this name thing last? Was it just a one-time thing? (I hope so. It gets kinda unwieldy.)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10836: Hey to the Porch,

Y'all are just a 'collective stitch'!
~ Mrs. Wiley (Anne)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10837: I'll sign my real name through Christmas. The rest of you can sign as long as you feel comfortable with it. *Mavis, I came up with the idea to spread goodwill amoung everyone.(Not that there wasn't goodwill before, but you get the idee) And a little squeezins, didn't hurt none either. Lol!

Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10838: Afternoon Y'all! Asa you crack me up with some of your unintentional remarks! When you mentioned fighting off the crows,I pictured you in the store shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of old ladies,fighting for the last pack of icicle lights or something! Ha Ha You're a mess!
Well, I'm not much for chit-chat today (just one of those moods-y'all probably get like that too)so I'll just wish everyone a good weekend and scoot down off the porch for now.Take care Y'all!
possum under a rock (Pam)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10839: Hey to All the porch friends! Asa next time if you take a mess of grits and a moon pie you wont have to fight the crows...just crumble them up and spread 'em around. I know crows is especial fond of grits and I can't imagine ANYONE not liking moon pies.

Mavis--Sam Elliot twangs my buds too, honey. The good Lord knew what he was doing when he put that man together. WHEW!! I'd never bite the bottom out of a snowcone and suck out all the juice and hand it to him. (I'd say something more like "A can of coke, a moon pie, and thou." Ain't I a romantic?)

The one and girl,
also know as Penny.

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10840: Hey Fun Girl, Try to curb them hot flashs. Ha-Ha! Everytime I hear Andy ask Opie, "What do you want with a mashed penny?" I'll think of you. :-)

Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10841: Possu, dear, I'm sorry your holiday mood is a bit tarnished. That does happen to all of us at times, for sure. Can we come over and help you decorate your rock?? Some lights, and maybe some tinsel, and a tiny manger scene just tucked up under the edge would be nice. I'll even bring some sweet cider, and Sugarplum says she'll gild some carrots and string them to hang in the bushes around the rock. Okay? --Romeena

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10842: Er, uh, 'scuse me - make that Possum. Good grief! --Romeena (Lanni)

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10843: Homemaker are the goats here yet? I saw one up close for the first time a couple of weeks ago and thought it was strange how their eyes were, kinds like a cats eye on it's side! This goat I met was kept as a companion goat to a horse and she was real sweet, only 6 months old. They are nice animals, I can't see how anyone could eat one???
Do you raise them to eat or for pets or to keep grass cut?


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10844: Oh yea, Possum, if you are not having fun head on a wee bit north and we can go raise the roof on the "House of Blues" - They should be having some good oldie bands for the Christmas season!


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10845: Happy, do people eat goats? If so, what do they call the meat? I know cows are beef, deer-venison, chicken is chicken, pigs are pork... so if people do eat goats tell me what they call it 'cause I wouldn't want to eat a goat any more than I would want to eat a POSSUM!
Mary Wiggins aka Mary

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10846: Hi Mary Wiggins, I think it is just called goat meat. This goat my friend has was sopose to be meat but she saved it and now it gets to be a horses friend. Lucky goat! I don't eat meat except for fish so couldn't tell you what it taste like and can't say that I know anyone that has eaten it (goats meat) before. maybe it isn't for people?
Now I have met folks that have eaten a possum and snapping turtles (called cooters where I live in SC) but I ain't ate either, am scared of both of them, a possum chased me home the other night!


December 07, 2002 - Msg 10847: You'll shoot yer eye out!


P.S. Wasn't me who chased ya,Happy...I swear I ain't been up to Myrtle Beach in years now!
possum under a DECORATED for Christmas rock!

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10849: By the way... Romeena is the cats when it comes to decorating rocks for Christmas! Mine is all twinkly and shiny,kinda like Snoopy's doghouse in the Charlie Brown Christmas show!
I highly recommend her services-thanks,Ro!
possum again

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10850: We watch TAGS almost every afternoon here in Houston, TX. Keeps me from being too homesick for my home in NC. Nothing on tv can touch it.
Did Meyer's Lake freeze over this week? Roy Lee

December 07, 2002 - Msg 10851: Hey Roy Lee I'm not sure about Meyer's Lake, but I hear the duck pond did. Just ask Barney why he wants to go to the duck pond, it's dark & you can't see the ducks. Happy I ain't eating no turtle or possum neither!
*Mavis (aka Angie)

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10852: Pretty talkative bunch here on the porch, ain't we? Little girl missed her basketball tourney today cuz she was sick (flu). She was very sad. But her team won 2nd place and her daddy (the coach) even got her and another little sick girl trophies. She was happy but she's still sick. Hey Happy! Speak up there and don't be a stranger! Welcome to Roy Lee! Possum, I can't believe Happy was talking about eating possums right there in front of you! Sam Elliot twanged my buds in Conager but he's kinda grumpy and unshaven in Prancer. The movie's still good. Asa, here's some of my famous chicken soup to make you feel better. (That's a joke--how about a PopTart? That's more my speed!) I'm always joking about my cooking but I can make a mean pie! I think you're wrong about Mrs. Asa. I'll bet there's lots of things in Home Depot she'd appliances, carpet, wallpaper, etc. You just ask her. If not, I'll tell you what I want.
Charlotte (Sharon) Tucker

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10853: Hey, friends! Just cleaning up the house a bit, my little grandson was here while his daddy put the finishing touches on the lights Asa so kindly put up. Honestly, I don't think there's a knob that hasn't been twisted, a button that hasn't been pushed, a surface that doesn't have at least one slightly sticky handprint on it, Sugarplum is tired of hiding under the table, and well, you get the idea. That is the busiest, sweetest, cutest little boy you ever saw! I cooked up a big pile of pork chops and made pan gravy, and my son, his wife and her parents and I had a feast after the lights were finished. It's just great when in-laws are friends as well. I've been doubly blessed.
Mary Wiggins, here in Texas goat meat is generally referred to as "cabrito", using the Spanish term, and it is generally eaten as barbecue. It's actually pretty tasty, though I haven't eaten it very often. If I've met the goat, then I'm not going to eat it. I'm definitely not a vegetarian, but I only eat meat that comes in packages at the supermarket, not anything I've ever been eye-to-eye with. Hypocritical? Certainly, but that's how it is. I'll eat lobster, it's delicious, but I refuse to actually choose one from the tank as so many restaurants expect you to do. As for possum or turtle, that's just not going to happen. No squirrel or rabbit, either. I prefer to pet rabbits gently, watch squirrels play in my yard, feed scraps to turtles in my son's lake, and help possums decorate their rocks for Christmas. (You're welcome, honey. It was my pleasure, and the Plum had fun, too. She's good at dragging lights around until they're placed just right.)
Happy, you're right about goats. They can be very cute and amusing, and are frequently kept around stables as companions for horses. Many famous race horses have little goat buddies that hang out in their stall. Helps to keep the horses calm for some reason. As for cute, there's just not much that's any cuter than a frisky little baby goat who thinks he's king of the hill.
Well, guess I'll finish loading the dishwasher, and head for my ironing board. I think the Plum is already there. She's worn out from playing with the baby all evening. She loves kids, and is quite adept at dodging in the nick of time, or hiding when necessary. Have a Mayberry Sabbath, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena (Lanni)

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10854: Otis/Rickyb sez hey!

I miss this Porch. It was a place of solace for me. My problem was that I could never keep my mouth shut long enough to listen to what was being said.

I have since gotten over that personality flaw. It took an "attitude adjustment", but I am adjusted appropriatly now. No more long winded posts from me, darnit.

I wish you all the best of Holidays! And Please check your emails that I have sent to you.

your cyber-buddy (gosh, n00bish, and how 1992'ish that?)

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10855: Hello all! Otis, it sure is good to see you again. Don't be a stranger. Have a Mayberry Day.

Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10856: Hi, friends! Just home from church, took my dad with me, of course. Things are getting much worse there. He was wearing mis-matched clothing and no jacket, and it was cold. The patient care assistant told me she had tried to dress him more appropriately, and he literally pushed her away. When I suggested he needed a jacket, he told me not to worry about it, that "this is just a bunch of bull anyway." To what he was referring, exactly, never became clear. His dementia has progressed in the past few weeks, and he's clearly entering the belligerent phase of Alzheimer's disease. It may get very rough from this point on, so we do need all the prayers we can get. He's always been very sweet and loving, but definitely stubborn at times. As the dementia robs him of the sweetness, he may get to be a real handful. Please pray for patience and forbearance for me, and for a swift answer to his prayer for him. He prays frequently that God will "come get me soon". I'd rather give him up today than watch him descend into the depths that I know are there as Alzheimer's progresses.
Thanks for allowing me to unload a bit. Friends are indeed a treasure. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10857: Hey Homemaker, do you want me to come over and help you wait out the birth of the goats? I could tell some old army storys. Happy, I'm glad you stayed with us, sometimes we do un-intentionally ignore people, and I'm sorry about that. But it happens to all of us. Asa, can I go shopping with you too? I need to sit near a window though.
- Hazel (Elaine)

I been called plenty, from Mad Dog to Chopper, but never Tattletale.

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10858: Howdy porch. Good Sabbath to everyone.
Good to see you Hazel. You been way to quiet. You can come shopping with us, just don't hang yer head out the window like no dog!
I'm so sorry about your Dads condition Romeena. That is indeed a very difficult thing to deal with. You both are in my prayers.
Has anyone seen or heard from Salty Dog? Hope them storms didn't get her. She promised me she would post more often.
Who's in charge of our Christmas party this year? Are we having one? I can bring some boiled eggs. They are good. Boiled em for 10 seconds. You'll like em, I promise.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful restful day in the Lord.

Asa / Kel.

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10859: Good Sabbath, porch. Romeena, so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he will find rest in heaven soon. My great uncle entered a nursing home of his own will this weekend. He kept falling at home. He is 92. I think he will be ok in the home as my mom said he took kindly to the wheelchair and was "buzzing all around the halls." It's tough getting old. Hey Otis, you're quite welcome back here. Yes, Asa, I've been wondering about Salty myself. And what ever happened to Rock? Dixie Belle? Helen? Haven't seen Clara for a few days either. Hey to all who are posting regularly! Great to talk to you all.
Charlotte Tucker

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10860: pace, pace, pace - no goats yet. . .pace, pace, pace

I like Tractor Supply better than Home Depot. . .anyone want to go with me? They have great farm toys and really nice shirts and clothes - not all farm stuff! My almost one stop Christmas shopping place for this family!

homemaker or GOAT WATCH 2002!

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10861: Romenna I will pray for you and your Daddy, am very sorry you both have to go thru that - my granny is kinda like that (we keep her drugged so she ain't mean anymore) and I can relate to what you are talking about. She use to chase grandpa with a knife but she don't remember that anymore and she behaves now.

Homemaker your life sounds fun, Tractor Supply and baby goats! Hope you know how lucky you are.

Hazel, how did you end up with the nickname "mad dog"? Did you use to drink the stuff? Just curious!

Night ya'll, I gotta work from tomorrow until Christmas without a day off - kinda looking forward for it to be over to tell you the truth.

Have a good one.


December 08, 2002 - Msg 10862: From now until Christmas, Happy? Mercy, who do you work for, Simon Legree? That's terrible. Want us to go find your employer and put an incant on him/her? We have some pretty good incanters here on this porch. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 08, 2002 - Msg 10863: LOL Romenna, I'm self employeed! A toy store - that's all I probably need to say!;o)

Say Hello to Sugarplum, my critter Big Yellar Dawg says hey back-at-cha!


December 08, 2002 - Msg 10864: I had a Mayberry Day today!
Surfed the Net, watched a little TV.
Nice and Relaxing.
Found a funny page about a "Diary of a Snow Shoveler"
Here is a link:
Hope you all have a Great Week!


December 08, 2002 - Msg 10865: Hey to all my Mayberry Friends!!

Below is the address for the Newsome's online card. I wish I could send you all a "paper" version but...well...I'm cheap. :-)

Merry Christmas!!

--Floyd (a.k.a.Allan Newsome)

Click on the following link.


Copy and paste the above link into your web browser's "address" window.

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10866: Hey porch.. Sorry I aint been here in awhile just been busy with work and Christmas shopping. And Yes Asa I am fine.. storms didn't get us too bad just got cold. I'm still holding up my promise to you. Hey Floyd your Chirstmas card is great. I too have been wondering about some of our posters who dont show up as much. I really miss Rock too dont know what happened to him. We may have to send out an APB. I'm off to bed gotta work again tomorrow :( Night porch yall stay warm--Salty Dog/Carole

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10867: Mornin' Y'all. Hope today turns out to be a good one. Please hold me in your prayers-I head to a specialist later to get this "lump" on my neck checked out.I can do without ANY presents under the tree-all I want is for Christmas is for this to turn out to be nothing.I'll let y'all know what we find out. Keep a good thought-love to all.
possum under a rock

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10868: Oh Possum, I bet you will be just fine but I will say a special prayer for you.


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10869: Morning Porch. My prayers are with you Possum. Try not to fret. I'm sure it is nothing. Let us know when you find out.
Sorry about your work schedule Happy and Salty. Hope you can hold on to the Christmas spirit.
Thanks for the card Floyd. I appreciate all that you do to keep Mayberry alive and kicking for us.
Hazel e-mailed me from her Mom's computer. Her's keeps acting up on her. Anyone got any incants for sick puters?
Sorry about them skins Mavis. I must say my silver and black are lookig pretty good though.
Nice to have you join us Otis. Watch out for them evil companions.
Gotta get to work now, cause thatv is the order of things I guess. Y'all have a great day.

Asa / Kel.

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10870: Hey everyone!
I'm thinking good thoughts for you Possum. Hope to hear back from you soon with happy news.
Went to my nephew's baptism yesterday, then onto their house to let Christina play with the other kids. She had fun. And cake!
When we started out yesterday I noticed that someone had busted out the drivers side mirror on the van. Not very nice. Someone's going to get a lump of coal in their stocking.
I wasn't feeling very Christmasy after that, you know, good will toward men and all. I wanted to find whoever did that and watch them fry in the chair. I thought someone might have come along in a car and busted it out with a bat, but then the policeman who came to look at it noticed a long scratch on the door also that was fresh because there wasn't any dirt on it(ok, so now you know I don't wash the van very often), which I had missed earlier. So he thinks it was a hit and run. In fact, the placement of the scratch looked to me like a bicycle could have made it. Also I think that if a car smacked into it there'd be alot more damage, don't you?
So, I'm not as mad now since I think it might not have been intentional, just maybe some drunk guy pedalling home from the bar because he had his license taken away. Doesn't mean he's not going to still get a lump of coal in his stocking for not fessing up though.
-Sterling Holobyte(aka Sterling)(actually it's Dave)(hey Briscoe, we have the same first name!)(small world isn't it?!)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10871: Sorry, I forgot, nice card Floyd!
-Sterling Holobyte(Dave)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10872: Hello Porch!
Thanks for the Christmas greeting Floyd!

Hey Sterling, I was just wondering where you have been. Glad to see you are still with us! The mirror on my van was damaged recently too. I think someone drove a little too close to it while it was parked on a side street. I'm glad the mirror was the only thing that was broken!

Hey Possum, I will certainly "keep a good thought" for ya! You are in my prayers for sure! Let us know what you find out.

Happy, are you really Santa Claus? Let's look at the evidence... you have to work from now until Christmas, You are "elf-employed,(oops I mean self-employed) and your work has something to do with toys! I rest my case! And I think the name Happy is just a cover for Jolly old elf or something!

Asa, I don't know if I want one of your boiled eggs, but I do want to go to a Christmas party! I'll bring the meat balls!! Maybe Briscoe can bring some of his "sqeezins"!

Have a great day to all the porchsters!
Mary Wiggins

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10873: Hello all! Hey Mary, A Christmas party, that's a good idea. I'll bring some white beans and a few jugs. What fun! Hey Sterling, Makes you think. I gotta Dave, you gotta Dave. All gots here gotta Dave. Lol! Neat card Floyd!

Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10874: Howdy, everybody! Floyd, the card is lovely. Thanks so much, and not just for the card, but for all you do to keep this forum alive for us. We appreciate you.
Speaking of "Dave", one of my sons is named David and goes by Dave. Good name. Means "beloved", and he surely is.
Asa, I think I, too, will let the boiled eggs pass on by, as I prefer mine a bit more well-done. OK, a lot more well-done. However, I think a Christmas party is a great idea. Sugarplum says she'll bring a carrot dip, and I'll bring a peanut butter pie. Maybe two, because they're really, really good.
Happy, do you really own a toy store? What fun! Well, maybe at this time of the year it doesn't seem that way to you, but I'd think it would be a hoot most of the time. Do you get to play with all the new stuff that comes out? What has been the biggest seller so far this year?
Well, gotta run. Have to take my dad to the doctor this afternoon. I'm glad the downpour of rain we had this morning has let up. Have a great Mayberry day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10875: Hey friends, I am getting ready to drive up to Mt.Pilot and pick up the family pictures we had taken at Penneys. I saw the mother of the boy who was shot and killed in the hunting accident today. She seems to be doing really well. I know there are many prayers being sent heavenward on her behalf.

Little Opie has been having trouble with his leg and so he has to go to the doctor on Wednesday. I have an appointment on Thursday for my medicine check and Friday I find out about the MRI. What a week.
I wish you all would pray for my hubby. Just alot of stress at work and he seems not to be himself. He worries about everything. I worry about him. So just add a bit in your prayers about Mike and his job and happiness. He is so precious to me and I hate to see him down.

As for the Christmas Party, I will bring some barbecue hot wings. They are little Opie's favorite and they are my specialty. I think I will pass on Asa's eggs as whenever I have eggs they have a tendency to repeat on me. (in other words I burp them--not lady like, but true.)

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.
fun girl

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10876: I'll bring the fruit cake to the party - the only one that has been going around the world is at my house this year, who wants it next? (giggle)

Romeena we sell mostly dolls and stuffed toys and the best seller is (drum roll) Lee Middleton Nursery Dolls so far! They weight almost 7 pounds and feel just like a real baby but they don't turn into teenagers!

Mary Wiggins, I iz elf-employeed! jest like being a grandma, get to see the youngins all day but don't have to take the little boogers home with me! (big grin)

Hello Sterling I ain't met you yet don't think but do want to say I am very sorry about your transportation being messed up and I also believe what goes around comes around - that ol meanie that hit your van had better look out cuz they got a big one coming! Santa ain't gonna do them any favors!

Fun Girl I will pray for your husband, MRI's are scary enough! God looks after us all, keep in mind that maybe he has a better job waiting for Mike if this one peters out??? Just a thought.

Bye ya'll - gotta meet Barney at the gym, he says he can learn me to do a push-up! (and I always thought that was orange ice cream!)


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10877: Hey Fun Girl, belching speaks louder than words!
I thought I was going nutso when Romeena said she liked hers a little more well done, so I went back and read my post only to see I posted 10 second eggs when I thought I had posted 10 minute eggs, kinda like Opies eggs. I thought to my self, self, that Romeena likes them real hard boiled if 10 minutes still ain't enough. LOL
Prayers for your family Fun Girl, I hope all is ok.


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10878: Hay Asa, ain't you up in Montana or somewhar like that? Seems to me you told me once that you were north west but I can't remember - ma brain is not working well today, ate some boiled eggs and don't think I cooked them long enough.......(hee hee)....


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10879: Afternoon Y'all! The news is good-thank God! Dr. says it's a benign lump-something that stems from the spine.Been there forever,will be there till I'm old and gray I guess.Thanks for all the prayers & good thoughts.I was really uptight about this.
Will go back & catch up on all the posts and look at Floyd's Christmas card later.Right now,I'm pretty wiped out,but so thankful and relieved!
Love to all.
possum under a rock (Pam)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10880: Way good news Possum. That makes me smile. Glad the news was good.
Hey Happy, I'm up here in the hills of Northern Utah. If you caught any of the Olympics last year with the downhill events, you were looking in my back yard, so to speak. Let me cook them eggs next time. I's a pro at it.


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10881: Hey Possum....that's great news!! God is good isn't He. Now..have a WONDERFUL Christmas!

I'm glad y'all liked my families card. I went back and corrected the spelling error on there that one person wrote me and told me about. If you didn't notice it, then you won't notice the fix either so do worry about looking at it again. haha...


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10882: Oh, Possum dear! What good news. I am so very, very glad to hear that the lump is just a benign structure, nothing to worry about. I was sure that would be the outcome, but still, one worries...
Asa, I declare! I was wondering about you and your 10-second eggs. I re-read it, and it said 10 seconds, sure enough. Therefore, I decided I didn't want any. I like rare beef, but rare eggs just don't twang my buds. I'm glad to hear that you cook them a civilized 10 minutes. Now in that case, I'll join you in a couple of them. Love hard-boiled eggs. Have you ever noticed that Easter eggs taste better than just plain old boiled eggs? Wonder what causes that?
Prayers for your Mike, fun girl. That phrase, "he is so precious to me", just warmed my heart. That's how I felt about my own dear husband, and it's not an emotion that everyone is blessed with. I'm glad you have that kind of marriage. Will also continue to pray for the other problems.
Happy, your store sounds like the kind of place where I could spend a lot of time and money. I love stuffed animals, got the bloomin' little things all over the house. Too many Beanie Babies to count, and lots of the Ty Buddies as well. Every bed in the house is well-populated with cuddly stuffed toys. I have new bears, old bears, fluffy bears and almost-bald bears, and other critters of every denomination and persuasion. I even have Wile E. Coyote standing on the hearth beside my fireplace. He's about 28 years old, and appears in every prom or graduation picture ever taken in this house. Two dressed-up kids, all smiles, and there stands old Wiley, scowling and looking very disapproving. He even has a crocheted Santa hat, made so that his ears can stick out, and he wears it every year. Lots of fun, lots of memories.
Sugarplum says hey, folks. --Romeena

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10883: One other thing - Sugarplum loves to get on the beds and snuggle down among the stuffed animals. She can virtually disappear when she does that. Sometimes when I walk into a room and she pops up, it gives me a bit of a start. I think she does it on purpose. --Romeena (Lanni)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10884: Romeena - it sounds like you and I should get together with our beanie babies (I was in the craze of it all) -
No babies yet Happy - I do feel blessed in the country with all the critters but sometimes I long for a more less hectic schedule instead of midnite goat watchings!
Asa - I think I would like your eggs as long as you make them "deviled" - I am sure you know how to dot that!
Fun Girl - glad it all well (sorta) for you on the medical front. Hope Opie's leg is doing better.
And stress - I think we all have to much of that!!

And mostly - thanks Floyd, for everything - the card was awesome just like this porch!


December 09, 2002 - Msg 10885: Evening Porch! Glad to hear everybodyis doing good, I mean except for the missing mirrors that is, possum I'm so glad that lump was nothing! Now you can relax & enjoy Chirstmas! One of my dear friends asked me today how I was feeling, & I had to be truthful, that's me, truthful sometimes even when I should keep my mouth shut, but I had to tell her "grinchy" truth is truth, but I tell you, people can be so nasty & demanding this time of year with their groomers, I mean is it my fault that they didn't call early enough to get an appointment on Christmas Eve??? That day fills up first, then it works back from there, & boy was I getting a chewing today from some of my "regulars" I love this quote I get every year from at least 10 of them~ "You have been doing my dog for 7 years now & I think you should work me in seeing as how I have been so faithful to you" Just burns my hide to hear that!! My answer is "yes Ma'am I have been doing her/him for that long & I appreciate your business, but after 7 years you should know I book up fast at Christmas time & you need to call early." Most of the time it is the same people that do this EVERY year! Just tears it I tell ya, tears it!!! (off my soapbox now)
*Mavis (aka Angie aka "Grinchy Groomer"

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10886:
Dang it!

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10887:

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10888: see dadburn it! tears it I tell ya, just tears it! Briscoe got any squeezins? I even double checked that to be sure I turned them off!
Ain't signing cause ya'll know who turned the porch all yellow already!

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10889: Possum, glad you are okay. I knew all those prayers would work! Want to hang and talk with all of ya'll on the porch but I fell down walking the dawg and went boom (thank goodness I landed on the sandy ground and not pavement) and am pretty sore so off to bed now. Sleep well porch, I'll jest take me a snooze on this couch on the front porch if somebody can get the roosters out of the way!

Hurt'in but still Happy

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10890: Oh Mavis I like your post, I use to be a hairdresser and would love it when the person would come in after being gone for 3 or 4 months and cut their own hair in between and would say...."cut it like you did last time", Like after seeing that many people you really remember how you cut their hair! Or "I want a short stylish cut, but don't cut any off", what can you do with that???? You are bad to the bone (pardon the pun) for being a groomer, wish you the best this Christmas (yup, I am a grinch too...can't wait till it is over).

still Happy

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10891: Happy I keep index cards & write exactly what I did last time & keep little notes on it like, if the little booger bites or not (BITES or WATCH!) & if the owner is a royal pain in the you know what (OPITA=Owner Pain In The A*^) how about this trick? brings me a picture of a show dog & says make it look like that. Well fine if you had that kind of dog with that kind of hair, maybe, but not in this lifetime honey! LOL One of the most popular pictures to bring in is Joan Rivers' little "Spike" the Yorkie. Go figure!
*Mavis (double checked again)

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10892: well it worked! Hurray!

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10893: Mavis, do people really expect you to make their dog look like a Yorkie when it isn't a Yorkie? Makes me think of my son's neighbor, a woman who has more dollars than sense. She has two mutts, and I do mean mutt/pound puppy/homely hounds. Sweet, but mutts nontheless. She paid $400 each for them, and thinks they're Yorkies. Says she has papers. The smallest one is about 30 pounds, and both have hair about an inch long at the most. These are Yorkies??? Point is, I can just about picture her asking a groomer to perform that magic trick you mentioned.
As for the reference cards, nurses have a similar trick. At our hospital, each shift has a freshly-printed "Kardex" for each patient, which reflects the orders for that patient and a few notes about their status. We also hand-write pertinent information, and these Kardexes are passed on to the oncoming shift. A frequent notation that many of us use is "NBBT". This means "not the brightest bulb on the tree". If the patient happens to see it, it means nothing to them, but it speaks volumes to the nurse who is going to have to try to teach them something during the day. Try to explain infant care to a drug-fried 17-yr old who isn't interested in the first place. NBBT? You bet! (teehee)
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10894: Whoa!! Now if I am ever in the hospital or the next time I get my hair cut I am going to be looking for the secret code they have on me! For now on I promise to behave myself and not ask for foolish things like those you describe!

Hey to Possum...YIPPEE!! It is so good to hear good news like that. Now you have gone and brightened EVERY ONE'S day!

Now I am going to try something here.. I sure hope I don't mess up the porch!
Mary Wiggins

December 09, 2002 - Msg 10895: Is everything still working right now that I did that?