January 06, 2003 - Msg 11339: Hi, Boo. We must have been writing at about the same time. You want your laugh for the day? Well, just picture me, armed with my trusty drill, poking holes in the back of my closet to mount brackets for shelves. Let's just hope I don't drill into any electrical wires! That could be a shocking experience! --Romeena

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11340: Well! Makes a person feel kinda bad, gettin' 10-4'd right in the middle of their iffin'. Only I guess I wasn't iffin', so guess it's OK. --Romeena

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11341: Bless you and your prayers, Boo. Please don't forget me. I'm still in need of many prayers. But God is an awesome God and I know he will hear us when we call. I pray for you, Ellen. Sounds like you and I are in the same place. Where's Happy been? Still sellin' toys? Hey to Romeena, Asa, Spooky Benson, Steling Holobyte, Salty, Mary Wiggins, and anyone I forgot.
Charlotte Tucker

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11342: Oops! Looks like I got swept!

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11343: yeah, we got swept & there is no listing for the latest archive, better Call The Man I'm off to email Floyd and see if he can find the missing archive, reckon the Count has anything to do with it????

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11344: NeverMind! I found it, right where it was supposed to be, now reckon how that happened?? I'm going to bed!

January 06, 2003 - Msg 11345: Hey homemaker at least your Colts remembered to come, my Redskins stayed home & watched it all on tv! I was glad to see SF beat the Giants tho, don't much care for them. (I could respond to homemakers post cause I DID find the archives finally) I still say the Count had something to do with it!

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11346: Lord bless Ellen and Charlotte. I don't know just what they need but you do and they are never forgotten. Meet their every need as they seek you. In the name of Jesus, Amen,

It will be okay, like Ro said, this too shall pass. Don't let worry get the best of you because it will lead to depression. I really feel for you, especially now while I am dealing with the "Battle Of Worry" and have been feeling depressed off and on for a couple of weeks. I really have to look to God and trust him to deliver me. He will, you can believe it.

Ya'll try to have a good sleep and great day tomorrow! I love ya'll and sometimes I just want to tell you.


January 07, 2003 - Msg 11347: "OooooWEE, that's a mess 'o lovin'!" ~ Mrs. Wiley

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11348: Morning, porch. How are you, Mrs. Wiley? (No coffee, tea or punch, thank you).
- Hazel

"Somethings going on, I can just smell it."
"Oh, that's just comin' from the diner. They got corn beef and cabbage on Tuesdays."

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11349: My husband's cousin is still incritcal condition - they took her biopsied lung tissue and sent it to California for further testing. It doesn't sound good - yet.


January 07, 2003 - Msg 11350: Afternoon Y'all. Just wanted to report that I survived the first day back at school with the kids! Actually,they weren't too bad.But...tomorrow's another day!
Ha Ha Y'all know I'm kiddin'-talk about it all you want.It's just that a friend of mine is a HUGE Redskins fan,went to the most recent game(I couldn't tell you when that was!) and e-mailed me TONS of pictures.Ho-hum-need I say more? Different strokes for different folks,I guess.Two straight days of football in the e-mail is about all I can take! Baseball,I might give a hoot about,but football just don't set my buds ta twangin!
Sure glad you mentioned your husband's cousin again homemaker-was thinking about her last night and said a prayer.Will continue to do so-please keep us informed.
Well,I'd better go get supper started.Think it's gonna be spaghetti tonight.Bet ya can't guess what my "secret ingredient" is- oregano! Ha
Y'all Porchsters take care and God bless.
possum under a rock

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11351: Prayers for your husband's cousin, HM.

My little boy is still on the mend but has thrush in his mouth from the antibiotic he was on so he has been crying all day because he wants to eat but can't! Sheesh! Poor kid. I just had a prescription phoned in for him. I really need that vacation now!

Well, Thank God for medicine to make us better.

Hope Charlotte and Ellen are doing better today. Let us hear from you, okay?

Better run. My sister gave me some homemade split pea soup today and it sure is yummy. I'll leave some on the porch.


January 07, 2003 - Msg 11352: Evening porch,hope you are all staying warm.My porch is covered with snow and ice again. Oh well,at least I can get in the backyard since it quit raining.Boo,my husband and one of my close friends are both taking medicine for thrush.It was also caused by the antibiotic they were taking.God Bless your little boy,I know he,s miserable .My prayers are with you.If I could,I'd give you a vacation for a day or two! I could use one myself right about now.i,m trying to get ready for a baby shower I,m having for my oldest daughter,she is 17.I think I,ve had to change the type of food I,m serving 6 times,because of special diets some of the parents,and,great grandparents have.That homemade split pea soup sounds great,I haven't made any for awhile.I,m having fried pork chops tonight,with mashed taters and gravy,and peas.has anybody ever eaten at The snappy Lunch,and tried their fried pork chop sandwich?I was at the Mt.Airy,North Carolina sight last night,and read about it.Well,I,ll stop by later porch.Take care.Teresa

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11353: Hello all! Just ate some veggie soup. Y'all want some?

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Boo- My thars a lot of yummy soup on the Porch. Thanks hon.
Fun Girl
Mrs. Wiley
All th' newcomers
A' everyone!

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11354: Hey possum them Skins played them Cowboys that last game & finally won after 11 tries!! It was a big game for us, one of the team's most respected (&oldest) players retired that day, Darrell Green. Anyways, check yer email.
Prayers for those that need them & if ya'll want something besides soup, come over to my place, we have deer roast, taters, & cornbread!! MMMMMMMM That's good eatin'
Hey Teresa we got snow here too & the kids been out of school for 2 days now.

January 07, 2003 - Msg 11355: Evenin porch
Thank you non-signer, Asa, Ro, Boo thank you for the prayer and all the rest for your prayers. I'm doing better, but I called off work today, At times life is so trying and I did find comfort in the scripture that was wrote for me, you wont ever know just how it touched me, God Bless y'all. Your the best Friends a girl could ever have, all of you here at the porch, I've just been working so hard and such long hours and just to much to cope with here at the house, but things are calming down, I quit one of my jobs, that is I put in my 2 week notice yesterday. In a few weeks things should really calm down. Asa, have you heard from Viola lately, I've just been wondering about Sarah. Jamie is in Virginia now and my son is still in Ga. Welcome to Teresa glad your with us.Charlotte my heart goes out to you and Boo we love you too and our prayers for your little one is a sure thing hey to Mrs Wiley HM SH Tom Brisco Jr Mavis Fun Girl Possume and all the rest have a great night in the Lord.. Ellen Brown

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11356: Good Morning to all the good folks here at the Front Porch. Just wanted to say "hey."

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11357: Morning all. Hey Floyd, nice to see you in these parts. It's been so long I thought maybe you had left for Nashville!
How is everyone today? Doing good I hope.
Boo, I'm sorry I wasn't here the other day to sit with you on the porch. I hope your not feeling so overwhelmed. I know it's easy to say, but set back and look what you have been blessed with. I think someday you will look back on today with some fondness in your heart. But I know it's tough when you are dealing with problems at the moment. I always try to remember this saying I heard once, and it always helps me to feel a little brighter about things. " I use to cry when I had no shoes, till I met a man who had no feet."
Kinda clutches ya, does'nt it? LOL
Anyway, prayers and good thoughts on all who need them.


January 08, 2003 - Msg 11358: Oh, and Ellen. Sara's unit is on stand down so she has left for training somewhere (I don't remember where now) At least she is not going to be deployed.


January 08, 2003 - Msg 11359: Hello all! Hey Asa, I'm fine as malberry squezzins. Lol! Have a great day.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11360: BDJ - are you ever not fine? And Asa - you are as funny as a screendoor on a submarine!

Just passing through - have several back in my room for recess - can't seem to get things corrected and brought back to school. (Mom forgot to put it in my folder - that's from the fifth grader!) Bad mom!

Ya'll have a Mayberry kind of lunch - can't wait to go the diner for a meatloaf special!


January 08, 2003 - Msg 11361: hey to the porch,
Just got a special Mayberry Tin for my birthday from my daughter's boyfriend. It comes apart into three sections fill with my favorite candy. One section contained licorice seeds to grow my own licorice. Gives me a sugar pick me up just thing about it. Have a good Day.

Sp00ky Benson

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11362: Happy Birthday SpOOky. Hope you have a nice say.
Hey homemaker, screen door on a sub? Is that like a glass house? LOL Hope your husbands cousin is ok.


January 08, 2003 - Msg 11363: Afternoon Y'all! Happy Birthday to SpOOky and nice to "meet" you,by the way.I live under a rock,but I do climb out from under it once in awhile to sit on the porch.These are fine folks to let a lil' ol critter like me hang around! Hi Floyd! Happy New Year to you and yours!
Hey Mavis,I didn't get the pics today of "you know who" (don't want to start a moulage here,or I might be forwarding e-mails till the cows come home-ha ha) but as soon as I get them from my friend I'll pass them on to you.Will see her at work tomorrow,so I'll ask about it.Everybody's probably going "HUH?" but it ain't no big deal except to Mavis.(Sorry Mavis!) I mean,I don't have pictures of Trace Atkins or nothin. Bet THAT woke Salty up-ha ha
Gotta go do some chores around my rock.Hope everyone's well.Prayers continue and God Bless!
possum under a rock

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11364: Hey Spooky Benson! I'm mighty jealous of that there Mayberry tin you got full of goodies! What a great gift! Thank you everyone for your prayers lately. I had been really down but by many prayers here and with my husband, I am surviving. Praise God for his gift of prayer! Boo, hope your little one recovers quickly. Ellen, hope you are doing better too. Hey to Asa, Mavis, Hazel, Mrs. Wiley, Briscoe Darling, homemaker, possum, Floyd, Teresa. Anybody seen Clara, Mary Wiggins, Romeena, or Salty? How much do ya'll want to bet that Dixie Belle done went and got her a feller? Ain't seen her on this porch for a coon's age.
Charlotte Tucker

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11365: Yeah, I been thinking that about Dixie Belle, too.

Thanks for the good wishes, Charlotte. My little boy is coming along. Turns out he didn't have thrush afterall but something called herpetic something or other. Real painful condition and he doesn't want to eat for anything. The pain is in his mouth, esophogus and stomach and you should have heard him wail when I told him he had to swish the medicine in his mouth and swallow it but he couldn't drink water afterward. Made my hair stand on end. I think he is losing his patience! Poor kid lost three pounds off his fifty pound frame since Thursday. Thank ya'll for your prayers because I really thought I was going to lose it a time or two!

Asa, it's ok that you weren't able to join me on the porch the other day, you made me laugh out loud today!

Blessings to all,

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11366: We went to Mayberry last weekend - ate at Snappy's Lunch - nothing messier than that poke-chop sandwich, messy.......but good! Enjoyed Wally's Filling Station as well. Couldn't get enough of just taking in the atmosphere there in good ole' Mayberry!

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11367: "Anything you say, Gardenia Blossom."-Barnard P. Fife

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11368: Hey who was it that was hankering for some pictures of Trace Adkins? I went to a concert this summer and had a meet and greet pass and got some photos of him up close. That is one fine man. He twangs my buds even in my weakened condition. Well it's off to the ironing board.
fun girl

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11369: Dagnab it, one of these days I'm gonna haul off and go to Mayberry! Reckon one of the motels around there would let me bring the Plum? She has a wire crate that she considers her den and doesn't mind being in it. Anyhow, I hear some of you talk about visiting there, and it just sounds great! Need someone to go with me, though. Hmmmm. Maybe I could get my son to fly us up there for the day, next time I'm in Florida. Now, that would be fun, for sure! I love flying with him, and he loves to fly. Always looking for an excuse to build his hours. I'm gonna have to think this one through. What are the dates of Mayberry Days again?

Boo, I know what you're talking about with your little boy. Sounds like what he has is the equivalent of having a whole bunch of those little mouth ulcers that most people get from time to time. One makes you pretty cranky, I can't imagine having a mouthful. Poor little guy! I would imagine that the medication the doc wants him to "swish and swallow" is primarily a numbing agent. The ulcerations themselves are usually self-limiting and will heal and disappear in a few days. Sure will give him misery until they do, though. Prayers for him, and for you and your nerves as well!

Spent six hours in the ER last night with terrible chest pain, got worked up for a heart attack, but it turned out to be pleurisy. A big IV dose of an anti-inflammatory drug cooled it down a lot, and I'm taking it in pills now, and am pretty comfortable. Sure did hurt, though.

Well, bed calls. Sugarplum is already there, but she said to tell everyone hey! --Romeena

January 08, 2003 - Msg 11370: Oops!
There, that should do it. Sorry to be so bold! --Romeena

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11371: Romeena! You scared me real bad! Now you need to take it easy and get some rest. You worked every holiday there was. You are special to me so please take good care of yourself. Thanks for the encourgement about my son. This is the first day I have felt like I can breathe. Nobody told me how much I was gonna love these kids before I decided to have them. Great joy and great misery!haha Just have to remember that God is in control.

Well, I'm heading off to bed while I can. Oh, I watched the TAGS episode about Frankie Flint. I hadn't seen that one in a long time and enjoyed it, especially the part when Ellie sprays perfume on Andy. What a hoot!

Later, friends!

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11372: Hello Porch,Hope you are all doing tonight.Romeena,i,m glad to hear you are feeling better.Boo,I,m sorry to hear your little one is still feeling bad.I,m keeping him in my prayers.I,m not feeling well tonight myself,that,s why I,m on the porch so late.Got a fever and toothaches.Think it,s about time to get to the dentist.I watched an episode of the tags tonight that had Eleanor Donohue in it.I can,t remember the actual name of it,I call it The Farmers Daughter episode,where they put makeup,perfume etc.,on frankie or I should say francine.Romeena,I,d like to head to Mayberry one of these days too.I,ll probably be driving there,but,I,d sure like to go.I hope I can talk my husband in to driving with me,It wouldn,t be as much fun going alone.Well,Porch,I,ll close.All of you take care,I,ll keep you all in my prayers.Night,Teresa

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11373: Boo,sounds like you and I saw the same episode,I liked the perfume part too! Teresa

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11374: Morning Porch. My goodness Romeena, you best get better soon like. Get some rest and take your pills and don't scare us like that no more.
Hope your son gets feeling better soon Boo, and hope you do to Teresa. I hate tooth ache's. I hate Dentists to though.


January 09, 2003 - Msg 11375: Prayers for Boo's little one and for Ro. My goodness, Ro, glad you are OK! Thanks for the soldier email. I had gotten that one already but it was a good one. I, too, would like to go to "Mayberry." The sad thing is we've gone to NC the last couple years on vacation but were not in the correct part of the state to get there easily. FRANKIE FLINT, where are you? You looked purty as a picture on TAGS last night! Hey to Teresa, Asa, Fun Girl—BTW, how's your back? Sleeping on that ironing board probably isn't that helpful. Lots of folks seem to be missing. Prayers for all. How you doing today, Ellen Brown?
Charlotte Tucker

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11376: Hi, thanks for the prayers and well wishes. Ya'll are the best (or should I say "cats"?).
My little boy is FINALLY just about back to normal..he isn't eating much yet but managed to eat three spoons of pudding and a cheese stick today. Ya'll should see him. He has the physique of Barnard P. Fife! He also pitched a fit (unlike him) because he was bored and I wouldn't take him to the movies (must be well).

Thank the Lord for bringing us through again. Hope you are all hanging in there.

Wish I had some earthshaking wisdom to share or even a good joke, but nothin' comes to mind. I think we need to be plannin' another get-together soon. Didn't we have fun at the duck pond last time? How about a night at Morelli's? I hear they make great pizza. I am open to suggestions and more than ready to have a little fun for a change. You know what would be real nice? I have some left-over fireworks from New Years and we could go down to Myer's lake and shoot them off one night. We could bundle up and build a little fire, sing songs and talk about the golden arm again. How about theis weekend? Think about it.

Later Mayberry Lovers!


January 09, 2003 - Msg 11377: "Anything you say, Gardenia Blossom!"

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11378: Evenin' all! Hey homemaker, When I was in grammer school. Our English teacher gave us a twenty page ditto packet to do over the Christmas holiday. He was the only teacher to give us kids homework(no Mayberry in him. He's gonna nasty away). Well, I didn't do it. I burned it in the fire place, you know, for kicks. Went back to school January 2nd. And told Mr. Nasty, " I did my packet but, the Grinch stole it, along with our tree". He had no humor. I got two weeks of detention.

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

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11379: Hey Boo - you probably would have had detention from me too cept that I don't give homework over break. I do have humor - well, Asa thinks that my humor is questionable :) I just found out yesterday that I will have a new student who is from Mexico and he doesn't have ANY language skills (Spanish, English or sign) and he is 14. This will be a challenge. I think that he has had hearing problems his whole life, he was in a poverty stricken area in Mexico and just figured that he was "retarded." -I do not like that word but it fits the situation. I hope that I find that he is very smart. Fingers crossed.
He probably won't do his homework either! Ha Ha

Well - good to see everyone out tonite - even in the cold. Time to come in and warm our tootsies by the fire.

See you tomorrow! or maybe later tonite!


January 09, 2003 - Msg 11380: Asa - I think it is time for Spring Training!!

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11381: Romeena - that's scary! Glad it's not the 'ol ticker! A big ol' Hey to Frankie Flin and all the porch - I'm up for spring training!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: "That girl's got rights, and I's here to see that them rights is protected!"

January 09, 2003 - Msg 11382: oops, that's FLINT (but you knew that).

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11383: Spring training?! I'll just be your water boy, thanks.


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11384: Morning Porch. So y'all think your ready for spring training huh??? Hmmmmmm, I guess we could do that. I have to get a new pea for my whistle first. I wore the old one out last year blowing it so much. Tell me what positions you want to play and lets plan on our first practice saturday at Mrs. Wiley's.
Sorry Boo, Sugarplum is our water furkid. You will have to suit up and play on the team.


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11385: Okay - I want outfield and I want a lawn chair, sunglasses and an umbrella too. . .I don't think there will be too many pop-ups into the outfield - unless we play that team from Siler City! I think that Weaver's has new peas for your whistle - they may be on sale!


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11386: Morning porchsters! I want to praise God that Floyd provides us this forum and that even after a poor night's sleep I can come here and find ya'll in good spirits joking around and find comfort at the same time. Boo, I'm glad your youngun is better. Good luck with that new challenging student, homemaker, I'm sure if anyone can help him, you can. Briscoe, loved your story about burnin' your homework packet. Quite the rebel, aren't you? I hope the Lord heaps many blessing on you all today.
Charlotte Tucker

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11387: Thanks, Charlotte!

Ok, Asa, maybe I can sit in the outfield with Homemaker. I can't catch a ball but I can hit one. Problem is, I can't run worth a flip. My dad always said I looked like I was running backwards.



January 10, 2003 - Msg 11388: Morning porch!
How is every little thang today?! I liked Briscoe's story too. Was it worth the detention? I like to think it was!

Boo, (or is that ooB?, since I saw you was a runnin') I am glad to hear your youngun is feeling better. That is the one thing when kids are sick, it is like they stored up all their energy and when they start to feel better you just can't keep up with 'em!

Homemaker, good luck with the new student. I hope you are right and that he has some smarts and just needs someone to help bring it out in him! I think you are the right person for the job.

Asa, do you reckon I could try out for the baseball team? In my younger days I played the radio and first base! (I was better at the radio!)

Y'all have a great day now, ya hear?!
Mary Wiggens

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11389: Hello all! Hey Asa, I want to play shortstop. I'm a good glove with a strong arm. I can turn the double play too.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11390: Oh,woe is me! I am sick-sick sick! Think I have the flu,so I'll stay waaaaaaay down on this end of the porch.I cannot get this fever to break-even with Tylenol it's hanging at 100 degrees.I feel like somebody picked up my rock and knocked me in the head with it. You know it's bad when I'd much rather be at work! Anybody know of something that might help break the fever? Maybe Briscoe can slide me a jug of squeezins down the porch(loved that Grinch story,Briscoe!).Anyhow,I hope everyone stays well and has a great weekend.Better go lie back down.Y'all take care now!
possum under a rock

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11391: Hey Possum, Here is a few jugs of squeezins. Gar-run-teed to get you on your feet again. Feel better soon! Glad everyone liked the story.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11392: Can I play third base again this year?
- Hazel

Aunt Bee: I had planned a victory luncheon.

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11393: Boy oh boy, sounds like we got us a team in the making. Fun Girl and Possum are on IR but the rest of you are in. Who's gonna pitch? Mavis, did you pitch last year? I can hardly wait.


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11394: Dear Possum, don't try too hard to break the fever. It is just your immune system's response to the invading visus. Some viruses die at a certain temperature and your body is just trying to turn up the heat and "burn them out", so to speak. 100 degrees is not high. Just be sure to get plenty of rest, get your vitamin C and lots of fluids. That is the best way to help your body get well. There is a pretty good theory out there that taking too much medicine to take away a fever actually slows down the healing process. Just remember that the fever is not the sickness, it is the body's way of trying to get rid of the sickness. Taking something like tylenol or Advil helps you to feel better, though, so just weigh it out. Hope you are better soon!

Nurse Boo

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11395: Boo, Your ejukashun was worth every penny.:)


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11396: Amen, Asa! I'm glad we have a nurse on the porch for when we are illin.

Oh, and Possum, by "lot's of fluids", I don't think that Boo is talkng about jugs and jugs of squeezins! ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11397: Hey, possum! I'm so sorry you're ailing. That old flu has been a rough one, makes you just feel terrible. Boo is right, absolutely right. Fever is a normal response, and 100 degrees is uncomfortable, but not unsafe. If it should get over 103, that's the time to take the Advil or Tylenol. Until then, just sit back and let 'er burn, baby, burn! Just picture those nasty little viruses going up in smoke! And keep those fluids coming, that's extremely important. Juices (not squeezin's) and water. Lots of water.

So we're getting the team together again? The Plum is very excited, brought me her uniform to check over and make sure the seams are secure. Her little backpack need a bit of mending, but it'll make it another year. She says bring on the Twinkies, moon pies and Pepsi. She's been exercising every day, to build up her strength and stamina. Now as for me, guess I'll run the concession stand again, if that's okay. I absolutely cannot catch a ball with my hands. Have caught several with my face over the years, would prefer not to do that again. Painful. Messy, too, as my nose always bleeds, just like Barney's.

homemaker, sounds like you've got a real challenge there. I'd bet that whatever smidgin of language that boy has, it will be Spanish, to make things even more difficult. A menos que tu hablas Espanol? Espero que si!

Well, off I go. Gotta finish hanging a shelf in the garage - came up short one wall bracket, dagnabit! Where's Mr. Wheeler when you need him? Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11398: Make sure that Plum has a good supply of Diet Mt. Dew for me in the outfield. I just hate to sweat!


January 10, 2003 - Msg 11399: Asa, Sterling and Romeena! You guys are so funny!
I never caught a ball with my face before but once i saw a real smarty-pants short stop catch one with his athletic supporter. It made my day, didn't care who won after that.

I wanted to ask ya'll something....I don't remember the final episode of TAGS. Can someone fill me in on how it all ended. I know Andy and Helen eventually got married and had a baby but I don't remember if that was on TAGS or Mayberry RFD. Thanks!

Boo (or ooB)

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11400: Well ooB (or Boo), as far as I remember, the last episode of TAGS was the one where they introduced Sam Jones and that Italian family came to stay at his farm, remember that one? I think that was their episode to spin-off into Mayberry RFD.

But I'm not the most knowledgable person on this porch when it comes to TAGS, I'm positive there are people who know the episodes better than I do so maybe they have a better answer to your question.

-Sterling Holobyte

January 10, 2003 - Msg 11401: Will do, homemaker. In fact, everyone let me know your refreshment preference, and I'll see to it that the Plum gets to you with your favorite at least once during each game. Remember her tender years, now, when you make your requests! --Romeena

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11402: hello porch.Boo,I,m glad to hear your little one is better.I hear you are getting a ball team together.Sounds like fun.I can,t play ball either,maybeI can run the scoreboard,or,just help clean up.I,m feelin, better this evenin,went to the dentist,got some medicine,and,have to go back for oral surgery in 3 weeks.Thanks for the get well wishes asaand charlotte,and,everyone on the porch.I know you all were keeping some prayers going for all of us,it sure has made a huge difference.I,m definitley ready for sring training,heck,spring anything!We had another snow storm tonight,i was driving back from wal-mart,and,got caught in it.From my house thats only about 4 miles,but it took me nearly 45 minutes to get to my house.Couldn,t move,just waited on the salt trucks!Well,porch,stay warm and take care.You are all in my prayers.Think I,ll go watch Tags.Teresa

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11403: Thanks, Sterling, i remember that episode.

Good to see you on the porch, Teresa. Hope your mouth is good as new very soon. My little boy's mouth is much better. He finally started eating today and the swelling is out of his gums.

I don't want to make you envious, Teresa, but it was a beautiful, clear day here in South Texas with a high of 60 and sunny skies. One thing we never deal with is snow storms but it sure gets hot and humid in the summer! It is supposed to be a high of 50 and rainy and windy tomorrow so I guess I will stay home with the kids. A true Texan's blood starts to freeze up at around 50 degrees! I have to tell ya that I went to the grocery store today in shorts and a t-shirt and got an Icee while I was there. hahahaha......love ya'll!


ps-Romeena, my favorite drink is none other than Dr. Pepper (made in Texas). I'll settle for water, though-might be easier on the Plum.

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11404: "...Hark how the sailor's cry, joyfully echos nigh. Santa Lucia, Saaantaaaa Luciiiia!".

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11405: Morning Porch. Kind of a sad morning on my porch. I watched the show 48 hours last night on tv about Elizabeth Smart. Sat and cried like a baby. I can't imagine how the parents have survived this terrible thing. I know I couldn't. Then an hour later we learned that a Life Flight helicopter had been sent out to a bad accident in the west dessert and ran into a thick fog and tried to make an emergency landing but crashed. 2 of 3 people on board died. One nurse, one medical tech and the pilot. Still not sure who survived.
Sorry, don't mean to be so dismal this morning. Just kind of bummed out though. If you fine folks could remember the Smart family in your prayers I know it would be appreciated. Thanks friends.


January 11, 2003 - Msg 11406: Morning porch.Boo,I,d sure like some of that Texas eather!I used to live in Texas,and,I can remember those nice warm winters!I,ts still snowing here.I finally gave up on shoveling the driveway,everytime I do,it snows more!I read a sign once that said,"Shoveling the sidewalk while it,s still snowing,is like cleaning the house while the kids are still growing".I think thats true!Just when you think you got it all clean,theres another mess.Well,gotta go fix some lunch for the kids.Take Care porch,I,ll stop by later.Teresa

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11407: oop,s Boo, I mean weather! Teresa

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11408: Asa prayers for the Smart family & for the families of those in the crash, trying to help others & that happens, sad isn't it? Teresa send me your email if you want me to put you on the Cutlass, we don't have you or Boo on there yet, so get busy girls! teehee My email is msflossie@lycos.com
Ro tell The Plum I prefer Mt. Dew (made right here in my neck of the woods Boo) & for snackies~she can pick, I'm not fussy about sugar! I'm off to get this nasty house cleaned, like Teresa said about the shoveling snow, I got a young 'un so guess I gotta keep cleanin.
Almost forgot, I didn't pitch last year Asa but I will if you want me to, I was going to PLAY left field, but sounds like the outfield is full of lawn chairs this year!

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11409: Where in Texas did you used to live and what area are you in now, Teresa? Our weather is cold and wet today but it is a nice change for us. We can light a fire and enjoy being inside.

Asa, I know just how you feel. Sometimes I really hurt so much for other people and wish I could change things. I am realizing that by prayer, I can. I may never see the results of those prayers but I still believe they make a difference. Life can seem like a big ball of pain sometimes. Thank God , though that it hasn't made us so hard that we can still have compassion and cry for others. God bless you, Asa, for you caring heart.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away."-Revelation 21:4


January 11, 2003 - Msg 11410: Hey Rafe that email you sent to my lycos box won't open, send it again dear.

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11411: "Good fences may make good neighbors, but good porches make good friends." Know who said that? I dont know, but it's a lovely sentiment.

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11412: Calvin Coolidge?

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11413: Howdy Porch!
I sorta made a citizen's arrest today! I was driving along with my Opie and my little 8 year old niece when some brainless wonder passed us in the center turn lane. That got my attention. I thought maybe he had an emergency so I just kept my eye on him. Well, he kept cutting in and out of traffic, passing in the turn lane, etc. I got my cell phone out to call the po-lice! I wasn't close enough any more to get a license number or anything, but I kept observing. After about 2 miles of driving crazy I saw him, sure as shootin', hit another car! Then the guy got out of his van and proceeded to walk away! Well, I had parked across the street so I could tell the po-lice what I had seen, so I just kind of quiet like, followed him as he took off on foot. By now I was in di-rect contact with the authorities! I nonchalantly passed the guy as he went through a parking lot, then I circled back to the area, saw him again and watched him walk in an office building. I just told those police men exactly what building to find him in and gave him a complete description of what he was wearing. It seemed like it took them forever to get there, but get there they did, and they went in the office, found the guy and brought him out! Hurray!! He took the time to grab a briefcase out of his van before he took off, and he still had it with him. I wondered what was in it that was so important for him to go back to the van to get it, but now the po-lice can sort that all out!
Well, now all I got to say is, "Citizen's arrest, citizen's arrest!"
Mary Wiggens

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11414: Way to be Mary. Gomer would have been so proud of you and so am I. It's time for the citizens to take back our streets and neighborhoods. In fact the next time I see Emma jaywalking, she's going down.


January 11, 2003 - Msg 11415: I believe you ought to receive a citation for that, Mary Wiggins! Way to go! What a concerned citizen! About this softball thing--I can hit ok, I can't run for nothin' and as far as playing a position, I pitch to my son now but in my youth I was in the outfield making clover chains and sunning myself. Put me wherever you like, Asa. Perpetually in the dugout perhaps. I was thinking of asking you for an update on the Smarts the other day but figured since I hadn't heard anything that the news wasn't good. Possum, I hope you're buckin' off that flu bug and fever. Here's a bottle of Colonel Harvey's Elixir, that ought to help. Who wrote that porch comment? You'd better sign it or someone will be taking credit for it. That's a good 'un.
Charlotte Tucker

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11416: Asa, you are a RIOT! hahahahahahahaha


January 11, 2003 - Msg 11417: All God's chillen got a uvula,and mine is red as a beet! Don't think it's the flu bug that bit me-kinda think I may have strep throator something along those lines.Horrendous pain-can hardly eat or swallow.Of course, by thinking I had the flu Friday,doctor's office is closed all weekend,so I have to tough it out till Monday.Thanks for all the medical advice.Fever is still hanging around 100 degrees, but I'm drinking lots(water!) and gargling,and just lying around my rock.Gonna try some of Colonel Harvey's stuff-maybe that'll hold me till I can get to the doctor!Sure want to get better soon so I can join the baseball team! Y'all need a designated hitter? If not,just toss me in the outfield somewhere!
Asa, I watched 48 hours also.My heart goes out to the Smarts-especially the little sister.What a tragic,terrible thing.Also heard about the chopper crash.Sure hated that bad news.Well,at least in the Laci Peterson case,it was an anchor they found in the water,and not a body.Still...where is that girl and her baby? Today was gonna be her baby shower too.How sad.
Y'all,I think we oughta give Mary a special medal for that daring Citizen's Arrest she made! Way to go! Mavis,haven't forgotten about e-mailing more pics to you-just haven't gotten 'em yet.
Well,I'm fading fast,so better get back on the ironing board.Y'all take care now!
possum under a rock

January 11, 2003 - Msg 11418: Three cheers for Mary!

Hope you are feeling better, Possum and hope it's not Strep. I had a bad virus once that gave me an awful sore throat but it wasn't Strep.

My young'uns are still awake and it's ten o'clock so I better go get them to bed. Goodnight Ya'll!


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11419: Hey, possum! What you're describing surely does sound like strep, and honey, I'm here to tell you, if it really is strep, you don't want to wait until Monday. Get thee to a doc-in-the-box or the closest ER. You need to be on antibiotics, like yesterday. Strep, left untreated, can go into rheumatic fever, which can leave you with damaged heart valves. I'm serious, love.

Asa, you're a dear. No particular reason, you're just a special person.

Mary Wiggins, I'm gonna see if Andy will give you a special deputy badge. You earned it!

OK, so far the Plum will be carrying Dr. Pepper, Mt. Dew and water. Oh, and Pepsi. I know we have several Pepsi drinkers. For those of you who like sweet tea, will you settle for the bottled variety? Much easier for little Plum to carry, she doesn't have to worry about spilling it. Asa, do you know where her little wagon is from last year? She says if it's over there under the bandstand with all those spiders, she's not about to pull it until someone gives it a spider-check. She hates spiders about as much as I do.

Well, nitey-nite, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11420: Good morning Porch pals - here's a special "in training" breakfast for the team: wheaties, banannas, oj, MEAT, TATERS and BREAD! (don't HEAVE it)

Mary Wiggins, that was a fine thing you did - but does this mean we should start calling you "Nutsy" or "B--b"? (Gomer: B--B? Andy, he called me a B--b!) Possum, Ro is right as rain - get to the ER if you can't make it to Monday. Hope you get to feelin better soon.

Ok, Rollcall: Boo, Homemaker, Charlotte, me, Hazel, Ro and Plum, Teresa, Mavis... anyone elst? That's almost a team, 'cept most of ya wants to be in the dugout. Coach Asa, you'd better russtle up some more players.

~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: Of course we have a bull horn. We use it at picnics calling games and sech."

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11421: Morning Porch. Mrs. Wiley, yer a scream you are. Good breakfast to.
We do need more players. Salty, N.N. where are you two? You gonna play this year? Get your selve's in here.
You wanna hear something strange? Last night I had this dream that I met Romeena. I was loading some stuff in the back of my truck and this woman comes up and starts asking "do you think a person should have them a full time handyman?" And I just knew it was her. So I asked her, "do you know who I am?" She shook her hed. I told I was Asa from the porch and we laughed and carried on for a good long time. And she was just as pleasent and nice in real life as she is here on the porch. Y'all ever dream about meeting porch friends?
Hope you get feeling better Possum. Git in and see that Dr. These nurses here know what they are talking about.
Hope you are not feeling so overwhelmed now Boo. Your spirits seem to be higher.
Where on earth has Clara and Happy run off to? Curious curious curious.


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11422: Shook her hed??? Jeepers. She shook her head too.


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11423: Hello all! Mary, Good job "3"! Hey Asa, What team do we play first? I'm putting some oil in mile glove today. Should be good for 3,000 ground balls.

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

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11424: Mornin'! Possum, I'm sorry I didn't say anything about it last night but Ro's right. Strep is nothing to mess around with and if your throat is really sore, it sure could be that. I had repeated strep infections as a child (seems like I was always on Penicillin-still can't stand anything cherry flavored to this day). I had my tonsils out at seven and have had a echocardiogram of my heart and I only have a very small heart murmer, thankfully (probably born with it), so don't get scared just get some attention if you need it, okay?

Asa, I am in much better spirits, thanks. You know, I thought what I needed was a vacation but when my son got so sick, I was really worried and started praying and really seeking the Lord. I have to admit I had grown very busy with "things" and taking care of kids but my relationship with the Lord was really lacking. I never read my bible and I was not spending time in prayer everyday. After the trial I went through I have made some positive changes (like turning off the tv) and I have been really enjoying my children. We play and laugh more and the little messes don't bother me like they did. It has been good! I am much more relaxed and enjoying life. There is a bible verse that fits my situation.:
"He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."--Psalm 113:9 I don't know if I ever told you but I was a "barren" woman and I was blessed with my little ones (my dr is still scratching her head)! So, I am trying to count my blessings and keep a positive outlook, they grow up so fast, don't they?

No, I have never dreamed of anyone on the porch but I do have a mental picture, sort of, about what everyone looks like. Do ya'll want to tell what you look like or will we keep it a mystery? I think we have all shared our ages, haven't we?

Here is something for you sweet dog lovers. Yesterday I took my son to a relative's house who has new puppies (1 week old). The mom is a basset mix and the dad was a mut named "Howard". She had nine puppies and it's her first litter. Boy, were they cute. I got to smell that wonderful puppy breath! When I held them close to my cheek they made that little grunting noise they make. It was so sweet. When the mom had the puppies, she had one in a tennis shoe that nobody knew about until they found it later. It was cold and barely breathing but my sis-in-law gave it mouth-to-mouth and it came around just fine. I think puppies are one of God's finest creations!

well, I think I have talked quite enough. I will give your eyes a rest. Have a great sunday!


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11425: Man, that was long! I'm sorry.


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11426: Hi everyone.we finally got some sunshine today to melt the snow,that has really lifted my spirits.maybe we can actually do something besides make snowmen and sledride!Boo,you asked what part of Texas I lived in,I used to live outside of Beaumont,in a little town called Buna.My first husbands father lived there,so,after we married,we lived there for a few years,about5 years I think.We traveled alot,my husband was a water tower inspector/supervisor,so our home base was buna,but,we traveled alot,all over Texas,Georgia,Louisiana,mississippi,etc.for his jobs he had to be on.We moved from there in1989,his health was bad,he had black lung from the sandblasting and his dads health wasn,t good,so my father in law moved in with my sister-in-law,in Indiana,and,we moved to Tennesee,because my husband took more of a consulting job ,because of his health.He passed away in 1992.I remarried in 1994,and,the man I,m married to now is originally from west virginia,I,m originally from a little town in Pa,right on the west Virginia line,so we only live about 25 miles from both of our hometowns.Whew,I guess you aren,t the only one writing alot today Boo!I guess I better give everybodys eyes a rest too!Talk to you later porch,Teresa

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11427: Awwwwwwww, Asa! So nice of you to include me in your dream, and so pleasantly, too. You're just too much, you know that?

Boo, you like to smell puppy breath, too? So do I! Can't say why, but I do. It's faintly skunky, but still a pleasant, warm, friendly smell. But then, I also like the smell of a horse barn. Cow barn is a little iffy at times, and a pig barn is just plain awful, but I love the smell around horses. When I was a young'un, I used to love to put my face against my horse's big old warm neck and just inhale his scent.

Back to puppies, aren't they just the most precious little things? Have you ever noticed, that no matter what breed they are, they all look pretty much the same at birth. Colors vary, but that's about all. Little short dried-apricot ears, big old heads, blunt faces, round tummies and little feet with splayed-out toes. So cute! Then in a couple of weeks or so, depending on the breed, the changes start to appear. Spaniel ears start to lengthen, collie noses start to stretch out, mastiff feet become huge, poodle hair starts to curl, whatever. But whatever the breed, even if unknown, they all start out looking a lot alike, and with that distinctive, milky puppy breath, and I just love it! By the way, the Plum just informed me that SHE never had skunky breath, thank you, and walked out in a huff. I can't prove her wrong, because I didn't see her until she was nine weeks old, but I'll bet she did. (teehee)

Everybody have a great week now, you hear? Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11428: That's true, Ro. I never thought about it before but all puppies do look pretty much alike at first. Love those little fat ears they have!

Teresa, I have been to Beaumont but it has been so long I don't remember anything about it. I never heard of Buna. My mom's family is from West Virgina and my Grandpa was a coalminer for many years. My great grandfather died in a mining accident. I always heard my mom talk about "black lung". I guess alot of men in the mines got it from the coal dust. So sorry that you lost your first husband.

Well, I am feeling sleepy so I think I will take a snooze while the kids are napping. It is cold and rainy here and that makes for good sleeping!


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11429: Hi porch. Just stopping through. Trying to get caught up on my work that I'm so far behind on. Better keep workin' on gettin' that ball team together, Asa. It sounds pretty rough. Glad things are looking up, Boo. We've been trying to make some of the same changes in our home. More prayer, less TV, more time with our kids. Hope ya'll had a good Sabbath.
Charlotte Tucker

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11430: Evening porch! Sorry I haven't been by before now, I have been busy setting up another website for a friend of mine that runs a non=profit org. to help animals & people. When I came in & saw all the posts about the puppies, I had to smile, that is what I have been thinking all day. Puppies are darlin, but I have to say there are WAY too many of them out there & not all of them are as lucky as the Plum, Sammy & all my kids. That is what I have been working on, the amount of animals put to sleep every year whose only crime was being born. Very sad. Anyway, here is the URL if ya'll would like to take a gander at what I have been doing today. http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/VA195.html Now to get over to the Cutlass & add some more stuff. Busy as a bee is me today!

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11431: Almost forgot...supper is on the stove, homemade deer stew, the crackers are in the pantry & there is tea & soda in the fridge, coffee made too if'in any of ya'll want that. For those of you that don't much care for the stew, there are some Hot Pockets in the freezer. teehee
We spent all day canning the deer meat yesterday so we could have some a few months down the road, but we couldn't wait had to open one today. LOL

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11432: Teresa I added you to the Cutlass on the Post Office page, so now your email is in there with the rest of us.

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11433: Sorry to sound so ignorant after all this time, but what exactly is the cutlass?

Mavis, you would have been proud of me. I gave my sister-in-law (with the puppies) a good lecture about being a responsible pet owner and having her dog spayed. She told me she would, we'll see. She is not a very responsible person and just got a Pomeranian dog that she says she wants to breed and sell the pups. Personally, I feel like she should just have all her animals fixed and leave it at that. Here in Corpus Christi they gas thousands of unwanted dogs, purebred dogs, too. I just get so mad when I think about people letting their animals have litter after litter.

Did you hear that creaking? That was me getting off my soapbox. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow!


January 12, 2003 - Msg 11434: Hey Boo sadly I deal with that everyday. I know there are responsible breeders out there, but there are more that aren't. I have learned after almost 25 years in this business, if I let it get to me it will, so I help in other ways.
As for the question about the Cutlass it is a webpage I put up for all us here to be able to get in touch with one another, either email or one of the many instant messengers. It's pretty neat even if I did put it up, I mean neat like we can email each other & stuff. I ask for your email, your birthday & your screennames to go on there, but you can just send whatever you want. I promise, I won't let Barney put it up on the bulletin board!
I'm gonna try to put the link in here, fingers crossed that I don't make the porch rock, I'm with the Plum, I hate gettin down there with them spiders to fix it!
The Cutlass

January 12, 2003 - Msg 11435: Yeah!! No getting down there with the spiders!!
If I was a spider, that's where I'd go!

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11436: Good morning! First, if you like holding baby puppies - you should hold a baby goat. They are as soft and cuddly as a puppy. And sweet - and like puppies, they grow too fast too soon.

Congratulations Mary on your capture of the felon! Why Barney would make you a deputy if he could! Three cheers for you!

Well - got sick children at home and sick children at school.

Take care ya'll -


Did you like my umbella in the outfield - I thought that the rainbow colors were Perfect!

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11437: Mavis,
I am impressed! That is quite a site you helped develop. How did you get all the advertiser's on board? You really are computer literate aren't you? Virginia is probably a little far for a Michigander to go to get a dog, but in my family if any one is looking for a new pet I will encourage the humanitarian route of saving an unwanted animal and giving it a good home. My brother who is a widower with three young children lost his beloved dog right after Thanksgiving. He is a real died in the wool dog-lover and I am sure he will eventually want to adopt a new friend! In my family my husband and daughter have allergies, but we have already had this discussion! I would love a dog, but, alas, I am overruled!

Asa, don't forget about me for your baseball team! When are tryouts? I could tryout for infield, outfield, benchfield, you name it! I used to be scorekeeper for my kids when they played ball, so I can do that too! I guess I could even be batgirl,(although I don't look much like her)!

Teresa, it sounds like you have lived just about everywhere! Which place have you liked best, or thought was prettiest, or had the nicest people? Some day my husband and I are going to relocate and I'd like some input on different areas. I think we will probably end up in Wyoming or Alaska, but the smokies are real pretty and so is Colorado and Utah, and lots of other places. I haven't been to Texas, I hear that is real pretty too!
Enough of my ramblings, I have to get some work done, so you all have a great Mayberry day!
Mary Wiggins

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11438: Morning porch, I'm sorry I haven't been by in a while. So we are getting the team back together huh? I gotta get my cooler cleaned out and ready for my pepsi, Hazel do you still have the crock or does the coach still have it? And what about the uniforms we cant play if they are covered in mildew now. Yall take care.. I gots the day off today. Anyone for lunch? Tuna fish sammiches and pepsi.. yall come on by. See you later--Salty Dog