January 13, 2003 - Msg 11439: Yep,it's strep. Got my antibiotics and I should be feeling better real soon.So...can I be on the baseball team now? Just don't put me in no mildewy uniform or I'm liable to get sick again!
possum (getting well!)under a rock

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11440: I see Floyd disinfected the porch just as soon as I mentioned strep throat! Now THAT'S what I call preventive medicine! Ha Ha

possum again

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11441: possum, you're a hoot! I'm glad you got to a doctor and got on antibiotics. That strep can be a bad actor, and is nothing to fool around with. It can end up as waaaaay more than just a sore throat.

homemaker, you're right about the baby goats. They are just the sweetest, cutest little things. Very cuddly and soft for a short time, then they get like adolescent human kids, and think they are just so smart. Lots of running, jumping, climbing, kicking around - so cute. My daughter and her family had goats for a few years. I grew up in the country, but we never had goats.

Well, off I go, got many errands to run. Have a great day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11442: I am so happy to hear all this nice talk about goats! I am planning on having some when we build on our land (I guess I should say "buying some" because i certainly won't be "having some". My birthing days are over!). I want to raise some Pygmy goats. I think they are the cutest, sweetest things! I would only raise a couple for pets, though. couldn't possibly kill them. I met one named "Houdini" at a nearby zoo. He got out of the pen and followed the kids all over the park. Very friendly sort of fellow. The zoo employee said he got his name by escaping his pen when nobody saw him. they still don't know how he gets out.

Was it you, Marry wiggins, asking about Texas? Let me tell you, I am a tried and true, very proud Texan but I would not describe most of it as pretty. There is alot of virgin land in Texas and lots of space. Some of it pretty, some of it really desolate. It's a really hot place, too. The hill country is pretty and the forrest in East Texas is nice and South Padre island is pretty. Don't come here if you are looking for mountains, though. We do have some mountains in West Texas in the Big Bend area but they are like the mountains you see in old westerns. Not real lush, if you know what I mean. Texas is not a real tame place and some people like that. Lots of Rednecks, too (can't say I like that). There is a strong Hispanic influence everywhere and that is nice. We are raised on Mexican food here in Texas (that and chicken fried steak with gravy!). People are nice, home town folks, mostly. If you like space, this is the place. I can stand and see for miles in any direction from just about any location in Texas! Ha-no kidding. Guess that's why we like things big in Texas, we are used to large expanses. Just about everyone I know (including myself) drives a Suburban. Can't abide by a wimpy, gas miser vehicle!

Gotta go I have a visitor. Later, friends, and "Remember the Alamo!".


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11443: Hi porch! Just passin' through.
Charlotte Tucker

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11444: Remember the ...what? Sorry, Boo, I forgot what you were saying. ;)
Seriously though Boo, I was wondering, and you'll have to forgive my ignorance as I have never been to Texas, but are many old west ghost towns around there? That's something I'd definitely want to see. I love the history of the old west and things from that era.
As for goats, I guess they're ok. It's just that those eyes freak me out a little bit, kind of like a cat's eye but turned on it's side. ...Weird!

Everyone you know drives a Suburban, Boo?! Gas must be pretty cheap down there.

Possum, glad you're getting that strep taken care of, that ailment's a pain(literally).

-Sterling Holobyte

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11445: Hi Charlotte! CHARLOTTE! CHAARRRLLOOTTTEE!!
Guess she didn't hear me. Boy, she walks fast!
-Sterling Holobyte

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11446: Gas is about 1.30 here but, no pain no gain.

There really aren't alot of Ghost Towns around here. Lots of old towns still in operation, though. If you go out west you can find some pretty interesting places like Pecos, which is the home of the infamous Judge Roy Bean. Seems to me there is alot more of what you would find interesting in Arizona or New Mexico. The Alamo is sitting in the middle of down town San Antonio so not much atmosphere there. Goliad is probably the town with the most history. It's in south Texas and is where General Fannin fought. Thousands died there and there are some wonderful old missions in great condition.

Sterling, have you ever been to Tombstone, Arizona? that's kind of touristy but you might like it, or there are some neat old towns in Colorado.

Well, better go get dinner started for tonight. Can't decide what to cook. I've got chicken in the freezer but want a new way to fix it. I am open to suggestions. I made chicken and dumplings last week. I have an easy recipe for chicken that ya'll might like to try. It's called Cranberry Chicken. I don't even like cranberries but I like this dish alot. All you do is put your chicken in a baking dish then you mix a can of jellied cranberry sauce with a package of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix. You have to stir it together then just put it over the chicken and bake uncovered. It makes a good, sweet sauce as it bakes. Try it, you'll like it.

Gotta run!


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11447: Boo - I must insist that you should check out the boer breed of goat. Although they are a large goat - they are very docile and very easy to tame. WE think they are the best! And Texas is just the place to buy them! Although the big goat farms we want to visit are in TX.

Gas here ranges from 1.34 in Lawrenceburg to 1.50 in Greensburg (that's about a span of 50 miles from east to west). The little quick stop has been 1.49 for ages. We filled my husband's truck up in Lawrenceburg over the weekend. WE thought we had found a real bargain.

Thanks for disinfecting the porch Floyd - we don't need strep here!


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11448: By the way - those are Indiana towns! Greensburg is famous for the tree growing out of the courthouse tower! No Joke!


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11449: How about chicken ala king Boo? Seemed to be a Mayberry favorite.
Come on Homemaker, a tree in the courthouse. I think you got that strep and are running a fever.:)


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11450: Okay Asa - I didn't want to do this but - www.treecity.com - there is a picture and everything!


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11451: Hey everybody, it's Jim Lindsey!!

~ Mrs. Wiley

January 13, 2003 - Msg 11452: Hi everybody. I decided not to cook and went for fast food instead!

I have a question for Romeena. I am thinking about joining the National Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Registry. Do you know much about that? I am wondering what the odds are that I will be a match with someone. I know there are some risks involved but if it meant saving a life it would be worth it. Any input?


January 13, 2003 - Msg 11453: Actually, Boo, I don't know much about it, but I'd bet you could run a search on the name you just typed in and find out everything you ever wanted to know. Having a cancer history myself, I've never looked into it, because I know I wouldn't be accepted. I think you're very brave and very generous to be willing to be a donor. It's not exactly a painless procedure, but as you said, if it saves a life.....

Have a great Mayberry day tomorrow, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11454: Hi All Will it cold out to night and i am stay in for the night.
I'll Gather Daffodils
The ice-clad brook is murmuring,
warmed by the sun soft ray;
the robin's in the tree again
to sing at break of day.
Along the garden wall nearby,
so lately filled with gloom,
the daffodils are nodding
to show off their pretty blooms.
Swollen buds on bush and tree
are bursting in the air;
Mother Nature seems most anxious
to call forth her blossoms fair.
Although I must not wander far,
Homebound by household chores,
I'll gather up bright daffodils
and bring sweet Spring indoors.


January 14, 2003 - Msg 11455: Nice poem, Tom. Conjures up great thoughts of spring and things to come. Porchsters, my life is absolutely a dire mess right now. I really hope I am still in your prayers. There is really no other help that I can see.
Charlotte Tucker

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11456: Hey to everyone! Charlotte dear, don't worry - still praying for you (and all the porchters who need them). Hang in there. I'm also under a lot of durress, nothing to do but leave it up to The Lord.

TOM, great to see you posting. How are you doing? You got a space heater? Spring is just around the corner, and that poem made it feel closer. I love daffodils!

~ Mrs. Wiley
porchters... is that like creatchters?

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11457: Morning porch. Golly Charlotte, I'm so sorry things are so bad right now for you. Just know that nothing lasts forever, including bad times. Things will eventually improve and you will be all the stronger for surviving it. You are in my prayers as are you Mrs. Wiley. I know you have been dealing with a lot for a long time now but hang in there.
Good to see you Tom. Nice to think spring is coming soon. I always look at Jan. 15th as the halftime of winter. So we are on the downside of it now and thats always a good thing.
Hope you all have a great day and be careful.


January 14, 2003 - Msg 11458: " Water and air is free. But gas, that's another story. We have to make a charge for that. "

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11459: Well - yippeee for me - there was just enough snow and ice that school was closed for the day. That means that I have no excuse but to get the housework finished. YUCK! I did get an extra hour of sleep . . .
Take care and Tom, I look forward to daffodils and spring time. . .


January 14, 2003 - Msg 11460: Charlotte, I don't know what kind of a mess your life is in, but know that it will clear up. The days will be getting brighter in a couple months, and hopefully so will your outlook with it. If it has to due with the increased darkness of the season, maybe you, Mrs. Wiley, or anyone who feels down this time of year should go get yourselves some bright, sweet-smelling flowers and bring the spring indoors, as Tom suggested in his poem. Smells can have a powerful effect on the mind. In fact, I remember one time I was standing real close to Otis while he was talking to me and I almost felt drunk myself afterwards! I even had to call myself a cab. Then I realized that there weren't any cabs in Mayberry, so I just staggered home.

Boo, I've never been to Tomestone, at least I can't remember if I was. My parents took us kids out west a long time ago, but I was too young to remember most of that and where we went. I do remember the Grand Canyon. Who could forget that!
I do vaguely remember being put in an old jail cell with my brothers in an old west town. We didn't do anything, I think it was just so my parents could get a picture(yes, they did have cameras back when I was little, geeze!). Maybe that was in Tombstone. I'll have to ask to see exactly where we went, but I'd love to see those things today now that I'm older and smarter. Well, older anyway.

Have a good day!
-Sterling Holobyte

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11461: Lovely poem, Tom.

Charlotte and Mrs. Wiley, I am sorry for your struggles and I know it is so hard to be in the middle of it. I will certainly pray for you today. I want to encourage you to gaurd your mind against worry. Fill it with the Word of God and when those fearful thoughts come, refuse them and replace them with scriptures of hope and encouragement. We can get so low if we focus on the negative instead of the goodness of God. remember the verse that says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee."-Isa.26:3 Another good one is in Psalms: ""I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety."-Psalm 4:8 God really does love you .

Gotta go, my little one is up and running!


January 14, 2003 - Msg 11462: Charlotte, Mrs. Wiley my prayers are with you as well. Hang in there & if you need to talk, you know where you can email. Tom thank you so much for that poem, it was wonderful, I could almost smell them flowers even with the snow flying out on my porch!

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11463: Evening all! I could have four inches of snow on my side of the Porch on, Friday morning. I better buy some extry, BREAD and TATERS! While I'm in town. Peace and love be with you Charlotte and Mrs. Wiley. Prayers all!

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

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11464: How-do, friends! Mrs. Wiley, and Charlotte, my heart goes out to you both. I don't know just what your problems are, though I do have some idea. I wish I could snap my fingers and make it all go away, but I can't. However, there are "incants" in the form of prayers, that all of us can offer up on your behalf, and I know that many of us are doing that. Please hang tough, and surely, surely, this will resolve soon.

TOM, you have the most admirable talent for presenting the perfect poem, every time. In these gray, cold days of winter, it was wonderful to read of the daffodils, and I could just picture them, popping up everywhere in a few weeks. Thanks, dear friend.

My granddaughter moved out yesterday, into a dorm at North Texas. I think she's finally gotten serious about school. She's even arranged all the financing herself! I was surprised, and very pleased. She's a beautiful, special girl and I want her to hold out for the very best for herself. Anyway, it's just me and the Plum again. Thank God for my little four-footed companion.

Mary Wiggins, did you get my email? If not, I'll send another. Am looking forward to that brochure.

Have a peaceful evening, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11465: You're all the cats! Thank you so much for your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. I haven't felt this needy in a long while. Asa, what happened with that sad softball team you were gettin' together? Sounded like a bunch of spectators to me! Love to all!
Charlotte Tucker

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11466: Oh and Boo, thanks for the scripture references. You can bet I'm spending a lot of time in the Word right now. Getting some encouragement from Joyce Meyer's program too. Anybody else like her teaching?

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11467: Thanks for all the prayers, encouragement and suggestions dear friends. Boo, that was just what I needed. It has been tough. And it's gonna get tougher.

Andy: The Marines?! Gomer, you gotta be tough, and strong and sharp to be in the Marines.
Gomer: (BIG proud smiles)
Andy: Do you think you are ready for that?
Gomer: Well, not right off, but I'm willing to meet 'em half way.

~ Mrs. Wiley

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11468: CT, I love to listen to Joyce Meyer. She's a hoot, isn't she? She's so frank and to the point. I like to read her devotional on her website everyday. Have you tried that? Just click on chapel.


January 14, 2003 - Msg 11469: Hi Porch! Just checking in after being gone a month I think it is.... Seems the last thing I was telling you all was that I was commencin to settle in for the winter.. boy, I guess I did! Did anyone miss lil ole me? I know Briscoe did cause I'm always ready for one of his seranades or even just a little sip from that jug! Is there anything left in that jug o' yorn? I just might be needin a sip or two!

Anyway, lots of "stuff" happened during the holidays around here but I'll spare you all the details. The important thing is things are back to normal (???)..... well, let's just say we're holding our own...

Prayers for anyone who needs them... I could never get through all the posts I've missed so just know you all are "family" and always in my prayers. Say a little one for my family too will you? Some times are rougher than others but, the Lord will prevail.

Made some deviled eggs so I put out an appetizer platter with them and little sweet gerkins and nice ripe black olives... enjoy!

God Bless You All, ~Clara~
*****Yes, Miz Vickers, we're still holdin on to Richmond.*********

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11470: (Was it Richmond?... I forget... ~Clara~)

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11471: I missed you, Clara.
- Hazel

We're knowed as a family of hearty-eatin men and beautiful, delicate women.

January 14, 2003 - Msg 11472: Yes Clara it was Richmond. I always loved that one. Finally got to see Who's Been Messing Up the Bulletin Board? again tonight, been a long time since I seen that one. Jake looks at me, rolls his eyes & says, Mom you have seen these shows how many times & you still laugh like it is the first time you seen it. I didn't bother to tell him, that whether he knows it or not, I hear him quoting the show all the time & he doesn't even realize it! teehee It ain't real cool ya know for a teenager to know THAT much about Andy anymore. So ya'll don't tell none of his friends now ok? Briscoe where you at that you are getting all that snow? Prayers for those that need them & I'll see ya'll tomorrow. Night Porch!

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11473: Morning porch! Thanks for the hug email, Mavis. I was glad to see something from you in my box! And thanks for the tip about Joyce Meyer's web site, Boo. I didn't know she had one. Have a great day!
Charlotte Tucker

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11474: Mornin' Y'all! Hey Floyd,don't sweep the Porch again-I ain't contagious no more! Feeling better and going back to work tomorrow.
No snow here-just sunny and cool.Glad to see Clara on the Porch again-I was wonderin' 'bout you.
Joyce Meyer is good.My sister really likes her and got me interested in her ministry.A few years back I was going through a bad time and I sent Joyce a prayer request.Not long after,I received a package (free of charge) from Joyce containing pamphlets,books and such.Really touched(and helped) me. Don't listen to her that much anymore.Check out Joel Osteen with Lakewood Church in Houston.He really gets the Word across to me.You can find the program on cable tv and Lakewood Church has a website too.Joel's father was John Osteen,a popular minister.When he died,Joel stepped up to the plate (with no experience in preaching) and kept the church going.He's excellent,in my opinion.
Next week,I'll be conducting a sermon entitled "What's Your Hurry?"-ha ha Didn't mean to get on a soapbox or anything.Just voicing my opinion-all God's chillen got one,ya know!(And a uvula too!)
Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11475: Morning porch. Glad your feeling better possum. I hate a sick possum. Hope C.T. and Mrs. Wiley are doing better too. And also poor homemaker, she's seeing tree's growing in the darnest places.
I enjoyed that episode last night to Mavis. Very classic Mayberry. Well guess I better get off to work, I can't sit around here discussing trivial trivialities.


January 15, 2003 - Msg 11476: Hi All.
Thank youfor Your beauty, Lord.
at times I don't look out,
i only look within and see
my shades of pain and doubt,
but if i looked at You, Lord,
amidst Your clouds on high,
my worries would become as clouds
and softly drift on by.

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11477: Oh, TOM, how do you do it? You're always just right on the spot with your poems and prayers. This is beautiful, and surely will speak comfort to those on the porch who are needing support right now. Thank you, dear friend.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11478: Thank you, Tom. You just don't know how I needed just that very poem! God bless you for sending it to us.

You know, Possum, when I was going through my tough trial a couple of weeks ago, i came across the Lakewood web site and I have been devouring Joel Osteen's sermons. The sermons on The Battle Of The Mind have helped me so much. What a neat coincidence that you would mention him. Everybody needs to read those sermons!

Hope ya'll have a good day,


January 15, 2003 - Msg 11479: Hello all! Hey *Mavis, I'm in the Volunteer state. Let's seeee, snow on Friday. I should check my supplies.

1. Milk
2. Water
4. batteries
5. Squeezins
6. Coco Puffs
7. More squeezins
8. Doughnuts
Okay, check. Let it snow.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11480: You forgot the tapes of Andy and Barney there BDJ or is that just a "given?" And I think you should include Pop Tarts too!

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11481: Hey #480, It's a given. Pop Tarts. What a good idee. Thanks.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11482: Hey Good Friends!
How is everyone today? I hope you are all doing well!

Romeena, I did get your e-mail and coincidentally I just mailed you a package yesterday. I am pretty slow getting moving since the holidays! Expect it in the mail within the next couple of days.

Mrs. Wiley, I loved your quote from the episode where Gomer goes into the marines. I remember that one and I just love Gomer's optimism that the marines will be willing to meet him halfway too! Quintessential Mayberryism!

Briscoe, I hope you don't get too snowed in! But it sounds like you put in a good supply to get you through. Sounds right cozy if I do say so myself!

And good old Tom, conjuring up all these pleasant thoughts of spring! Really brightens up the porch doesn't it?!

I have one amusing antecdote about my little Opie I'd like to quickly share... We had the pleasure of baby-sitting my little nephew again yesterday. He is 4 and my youngest is 5, although my Opie is a LOT bigger than my nephew cause he was a preemie and all. Those two boys can sure cause a ruckus though and I decided to give my poor house a break and let them tear up the playscape at a local McDonald's. They had a ball there! I don't understand what can make a body want to climb up ladders, run through obstacle courses, slide down a slide, and then run right back around and do it again, over and over and over!? But, my plan worked and they got to expend LOTS of energy there. When we came home later, my Opie told me there was another boy there who was blocking their way sometimes and that he was being mean to my little nephew. My little Opie told me he said to himself, "Self, nobody is going to treat my little cousin like that!" I like to have died laughing! And the best part is, just about an hour before this the two boys were fighting over the seat in a shopping cart and my little Opie shoved his little cousin right on the ground! It's funny how you can get mad at your own kin, but if somebody else does, well watch out!

Have a great day!
Mary Wiggins

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11483: Hey Briscoe sounds like I need to do my own checklist, cause we are getting some of that white stuff too, the weatherbug I have downloaded on here is still hollering about an alert. Makes a cricket noise that even tho I have had this program for a while now, I am still not used to it. When I first heard it I was all over this room looking for that danged cricket. haha What part of the old Vol state are you in? I'm in Bristol, altho I love on the VA side, I do work on the TN side. You're welcome for that hug CT thought you could use one. I best get off here, we got practice (band, not softball) tonight & I gotta finish supper~ Chicken & Dumplins if'in ya'll want some. BTW Briscoe you ain't never sent me your info for the Cutlass, you forget or prefer not to have us hollering at you when you are sneakin around making a new batch of squeezins? teehee

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11484: Hey, Asa, did you see my Msg. 11465? Ha. Ha. I'm laughin' about your sad softball team. Better start recruitin' some ringers or something. I feel some better today. But every day is a struggle--some are good; some not so good. Funny that possum and Boo mentioned Joel Osteen. Two mornings this week I saw him and was really helped (one sermon on forgetting the past). But now the last few days he hasn't been on our Christian station. Anybody know when he is on and on what stations?
Charlotte Tucker

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11485: Hey *Mavis, I live near KY. I tried to access the Cutless. But, the page wouldn't open. The address I have must be wrong. Could you post the URL again? Thanks!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11486: Watch Ripleys tonite and see the world famous tower tree! in good ol' Indiana! WTBS! 9:00 PM


January 15, 2003 - Msg 11487: Now now hm, just sit down here and relax and let your mind go blank. Just breath deep and let it go blank.


January 15, 2003 - Msg 11488: Yeah, Hm, let your mind go blank. (Hurry, Asa, call Doc Andrews - it's an emergency!) No, no, just sit there Homemaker. Let your mind go blank. Did everyone see my episode tonight? Hazel, the chicken, on Frank Meyers couch. That was me.
- Hazel

I'll take it in cash.

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11489: I saw ya Hazel, and I must say you were in fine form. Cep't I thought Andy was gonna sit on you for a minute.
Yea Charlotte, this softball team is gonna need a lot of work I tell ya. But I'm up to the challange. I got everyone mad at me when I made them run 2 miles so this year I'm gonna back off and only make em run 1.9 miles. Who says I'm hearless.


January 15, 2003 - Msg 11490: Dagburn it, not hearless. I got ears. H E A R T L E S S!!!

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11491: Snow is a comin, up to 5 inches here in Pike County Indiana. That's just west of Old Man Kelsey's Creek.

Sp00ky Benson

January 15, 2003 - Msg 11492: Asa heartless?? never He's a good coach. Just needs to remember that us women need our Pepsi and Mt Dew and Little Debbies. You know.. the important things. Geting ready for all that white stuff they have been bellering about for the past week. I hope it misses us. Yall have a good night and Stay warm--Salty Dog

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11493: Asa, what would i do without you? I sure wouldn't smile as much!

CT, I don't know when Osteen comes on but I'll bet if you look up the Lakewood Church of Houston web site, you can find a program schedule. I never seem to catch him on tv, I have just been reading his sermons on the web site.

Ya'll stop talking about snow, you're breakin' my heart. I miss the snow.

I really like that TAGS episode on TVLand tonight about Barney being "a squirt". So funny!

I'm starting an aerobics class next week so I can be ready for softball practice. Maybe I will be able to do something besides sit in the outfield. I will still run slow but maybe I won't pass out or anything. Anyone besides me know CPR?

Later, Mayberry Lover!


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11494: Oh, Hazel, until tonight I didn't know you were a chicken!


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11495: Mornin Porch! Hazel - so THAT was you!? (I think you're molting) Y'all reckon Frank Meyers is the Meyers from Meyers Lake?

~ Mrs. Wiley

Barney (To ThelmaLou): "Oh she was a Wiley woman, first the room got hot then the lights went out..."

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11496: Morning porch. I always chuckle hard when old Barn has his head stuck up that lampshade saying how amazing it is that a 50 watt bulb can put off so much heat. TOO FUNNY!!!
I'm glad I can make you laugh a little Boo. Laughter is good for you.
Hope you have a good day. Practice this saturday at Mrs. Wiley's. Be ready for it.


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11497: Yikes! This Saturday? I'm not ready for it!!

I'm with you, Asa, I love that part with Barney and the lamp. What about that hilarious scene at the end after he and Thelma Lou make up? The way he looks is hysterical. What would the world be without Barney Fife?

Hey, it's cold here today and supposed to freeze tonight. My tropical plants and Petunias have been blooming all winter but I guess I will have to cover them up tonight. Hopefully it will be the only freeze this year. Can ya'll believe that sometimes we don't even get so much as one freeze in the winter? Are you jealous, yet? Am I rubbing it in? Just hang on, you will be real glad you don't live in Texas when summer comes and you can't keep your flowers alive because of the heat and drought.

I don't think that Frank Myers is the same Myers from Myer's lake. Maybe a relative. heehee

Gotta go, the little ones are up and running.


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11498: Good day porchsters! I loved that part when Barney had kisses all over his face! Funny stuff. I missed the Frank Meyers' ep. How'd I do that? I been watchin' most every night. I did see the replacement deputy who's messin' up the bulletin board one.
Charlotte Tucker

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11499: Hi Porch people,
I am a new neighbor, just got here today. Looks like you folks have lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing you around.

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11500: Hi Porch people,
I am a new neighbor, just got here today. Looks like you folks have lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing you around.

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11501: Hi Dovey-Lovey. Have you got a fishing boat? Can you play softball? Are you a good cook? LOL


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11502: Afternoon Y'all! Welcome to Dovey-Lovey.You should like it here(don't mind Asa!).
Boo,doesn't look like any snow is coming my way either.All around us it seems,but not the South Carolina Lowcountry.Hope we do get a little this winter.
Hope everyone's doing ok and y'all "Snow folks" take care and stay warm!
possum under a rock

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11503: Just funnin' with ya Asa! Can I be on the team? Or the mascot if Plum doesn't want the job this year!

possum again

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11504: Hi porch,I,m sure glad somebody else is getting snow besides me today!Welcome lovey,dovey,this is a fun place,and,lots of good folks here too.I missed the frank Meyers episode too Charlotte.Mavis,Your chicken and dumplings sound delicious.I,m having Kfc chicken in a bucket tonight,no time to cook,.Take Care porch,i,ll write more later.teresa

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11505: Hey guys... sounds like a few of us are getting snow.. we are up to five inches now and it is still coming down. Practice at Mrs. W's huh? I'll be there. Now whos got the crock? We'll have to get it back before we can play. I just hope that Rock didn't take it with him. Been a coons age since he's been back. I miss him. Yall have a good evening and stay warm and safe--Salty Dog

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11506: I just finished covering the flower beds for the big freeze tonight. Now that is something I have never done before! Gonna have to put on my warm pajamas and eat some homemade soup my mother gave me. Thank God for cental heating!

Ya'll keep warm!


January 16, 2003 - Msg 11507: Y'all keep warm and stay inside tonight. I'll put in an order for spring type training weather. ~ Mrs. Wiley

Asa, when I see Barney put his head in that lampshade, even I get a little nervous! GOOD OL BARN!

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11508: Snow here too. Not really that much--maybe 4 inches, but they cancelled school because of it. Kids were glad to be home. Need to fix some leftovers for supper. How's Ellen Brown doing? Good evenin' to all.
Charlotte Tucker

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11509: Hey to Mrs. Wiley, didn't see you there!

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11510: Andy: "I used to take the Police Gazette, but I had to cancel it when Barney joined the force. It's got them girlie pictures in it and Barn, he ain't never been maried."

January 16, 2003 - Msg 11511: Hey Charlotte, how's it going? Hope youre feelin some better. ~ Mrs. Wiley

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11512: Who left msg 11510? I forgot about that quote. Too funny! Barney might not have been married but he and Thelma Lou were sure doing some smoochin' in the dark in that TAGS episode a couple of days ago! Can't believe he let Thelma Lou get away and marry that guy in Mt. Pilot, wasn't it?

Sleep tight....until tomorrow, "The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart."-Ramona Wiley


January 17, 2003 - Msg 11513: yes, we have a boat, Lucky chucky does all the sotball playing in our family. (He is the best cook in the family too). We were expecting very cold temp. last night but guess what it only got down to 51. That's a big difference from 29 the night before. We had covered all the plants for Thursday night and just left them covered for last night.....Our weatherman was wrong again. Sorry I didn't get back yesterday, it was a busy day as it was my Mother's 92nd birthday. You wouldn't believe that woman, she doesn't have a grey hair in her head! I've got enough for both of us. Ya'll take care now, I'll try to get back.

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11514: I forgot to sign the above.....Lovey Dovey

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11515: Congrats to your Mom, Lovey Dovey. Be glad you didn't get the cold weather they had forecast. We got quite a bit of snow. Better get to work. Still praying but things are looking up.
Charlotte Tucker

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11516: Glad things are looking up, Charlotte!

Hey, Lovey Dovey. Good to see you on the porch this morning. Sit here on the porch swing with me and you can share my blanket. I brought a thermos with coffee, too. Hope you take cream and sugar. So, tell me more about yourself and where you're from. I am assuming Lucky Chucky is your husband and how wonderful that your dear mom is doing well at 92!

Homemaker, I talked to a cousin of mine who has had goats and knows people who raise goats and he tells me that they can get out of any fence you put them in and that they will find your most treasured posession and eat it! Says he knew a guy that had a newly restored Stingray (car) and the goats got in and ate the seats. They had a big bar-b-que that night, if you know what I mean. Now if all that is true, i may have to rethink this goat thing. Tell me it ain't true!! I have really got my heart set on a baby goat. Last year we visited a goat farm near here and I think they might have been Boer goats. they were big, for sure and the males had those big, curled horns. The man who took care of them bent over to do something and one of the males butted him so hard, he flew 20 ft through the air. Poor guy was old, too, but didn't seem to get hurt by it. Some baby goats were born while we were there and, boy, were they adorable!

I think I will look up those Boer goats and read more about them. Better go start the day. Blessings!


January 17, 2003 - Msg 11517: Well, I just looked up the Boer goats and they aren't the ones I saw. Boer goats are huge! 200 to 300 pounds! They are beautiful with their red heads, though. Looks like they might eat alot.


January 17, 2003 - Msg 11518: Howdy, friends, and welcome to Lovey-Dovey! This is a great porch, you're gonna like it here.

Now, I'm not knocking goats - I, too, think they're a fun animal, and the babies are wonderfully cute and sweet. One word of reason here, though. Boo, you said you have your heart set on a baby goat. Don't forget - babies grow up into adults. Just as our own "kids" turn into (groan) teenagers, so do baby goats grow up.

I remember about ten years ago, my dear husband and I were at the Livestock Show in Ft. Worth, and someone was selling baby pot-bellied pigs. Cute?? Listen, the definition of "cute" is a baby pot-bellied pig. Cutest little thing I ever saw, all pink with charcoal gray spots, and would just cuddle right down in your arms. Naturally, I wanted one, in the worst way, and immediately started my campaign. I could just picture it as a sweet little housepet. My indulgent but level-headed husband talked me into waiting until the following year, and promised he'd get me one then if I still wanted it. Well, by the next year, I had seen some of them all grown up, and believe me, I didn't want one. Grown up, they are the biggest, ugliest beasts you ever saw. Some people who have them say they remain sweet-natured, and I'm glad they do, because anything that big and that ugly would need some redeeming quality! Naturally, I didn't get one. Imagine a 300 lb hog with 4" tusks lumbering around in the house!

possum, the Plum is definitely planning on being the team mascot again this year, but she says if you don't mind being a (ahem) d--'s assistant, she could use the help. That would free me to work the concession stand. She can carry her backpack and pull her wagon, but loading them is a little tough, since she doesn't have thumbs. Come to think of it, do possums have thumbs??

Well, gotta run, haven't put my trash out, and I hear the truck! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11519: Well Boo - we love our goats and the males are the big ones - most of our does are not up to 200 pounds. My boys (ages 5 and 6) go in the pasture and love on them (and the goats have horns) and they are as content as can be. One of our goats is named "Fudge" and she is just about the sweetest thing. Our new billie (Van Gogh) is a sweetie too. About the only precious thing they have eaten here is our neighbors flowers. Otherwise they just eat the grass until we get them penned back up.
So Asa - did you watch Ripleys - probably not!

Hugs for you all!


January 17, 2003 - Msg 11520: Hey Porch. Are you ready for some softball??? Practice saturday at Mrs. Wiley's. Come ready to sweat and grunt a lot. IT'S GONNA GET TOUGH, AND THEN IT'S GONNA GET TOUGHER! WE WILL BE IN SHAPE THIS YEAR!!! Boy I love coaching.
Homemaker, I'm sorry. I didn't see Ripley's. Why don't you just go lie down here under the tree where it's nice and cool. Put your feet up, relax, breath deep. There ya go. Relax now, let your mind go blank. Think nice smooth thoughts.


January 17, 2003 - Msg 11521: Thanks Boo, for the invite to the swing. I just take milk in my coffee, can't drink it after noon, it keeps me awake all night. Chucky doesn't like decaf...so we stay with regular. We live in central Florida. We're transplants from W.Va. We have 5 children,(married) and 12 grandchildren in W Va. That's why we are in Fl. (just jokin') Really came here after retirement and to take care of Mother. She has alzheimers. We really enjoy her - she has the sweetest disposion of any one I know.

Hey guys, did you hear about the Indianna man, - one dark night last week, - went to the cellar with a match - in search of a gas leak?....HE FOUND IT! Lovey Dovey

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11522:
" Poor Horatio "

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11523: Hmmm... Lovey Dovey..., Lucky Chucky..., What's your dog's name, Barky Warky?
I kid, Lovey, but I kid with love. And I should talk with a screen name like mine.
A sincere welcome to the porch, Lovey Dovey! I haven't come around too much lately(Hey! I hear you guys cheering in the background. Quit it!), it seems like I should have a lot of time, but it always goes by so fast and I still have things to do, don't you hate that?!
Happy Birthday to your mother! I think it's really great that you are taking care of her. A lot of elderly people don't have a family that will take care of them, and that's a shame. It's really sweet and good of you to do that.

I'm wondering if I want to try out for the softball team, Asa seems like a slave-driver. A funny one, but a slave-driver nonetheless.

Well, I'd better go, have to fix din-din. Nice to meet you Lovey Dovey, and I liked your joke! But tell me, where was the gas leak that guy was looking for anyway? ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11524: Hey watch the dumb Hoosier jokes.(Indiana not Indianna) Yep it's me fun girl and I had my first session of Physical Therapy. Briscoe, I need a couple of jugs or squeezings for after me work out.
Plumb wore out,
fun girl

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11525: From the associated press on the abc.com page:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jan. 17
The way Andy Griffith sees it, his career has come full circle.

After a failed attempt as a professional singer, he went on to create two of television's most memorable characters in Sheriff Andy Taylor and lawyer Ben Matlock.

Now, at 76, Griffith is receiving recognition for his singing. He recorded two gospel albums in the 1990s one of which, "I Love to Tell the Story," won a Grammy in 1997 and he is recording a Christmas album for release later this year.

He will perform Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with songwriter Marty Stuart for a mix of story and song.

"Here at the back of my life, I'm singing and it is very rewarding," Griffith said.

The show, televised at 8 p.m. EST on cable's Country Music Television, isn't Griffith's first at the Opry. He performed there in the 1950s and as recently as 1999 with bluegrass great Earl Scruggs, but mainly as a comedian rather than a singer.

As a young man, he was a music major in college and taught music at a North Carolina high school. He dreamed of a professional singing career.

But he had trouble finding work. During one audition the man in charge stopped him during the first chorus of "Dancing in the Dark," called him aside and told him: "You'll never find a place in theater especially not as a singer."

His first success came with humorous monologues "What it Was, Was Football" and "Romeo and Juliet," which were told in a hayseed persona. The monologues led to an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and the leading role in the Broadway production of "No Time for Sergeants."

His film debut came in the critically acclaimed "A Face in the Crowd" in 1957, and a year later he made a film version of "No Time for Sergeants."

But his breakthrough was "The Andy Griffith Show," which began in 1960 and ran for eight years on CBS. The folksy comedy was set in the fictional village of Mayberry, which was based on Griffith's real hometown of Mount Airy, N.C.

"It was about a little town and the people who lived there," Griffith said. "I think that was the secret. People could look in on this little town."

Griffith was paired with the bumbling but lovable Deputy Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts. The combination was a stroke of comic genius.

"I was supposed to tell funny stories about people in Mayberry," Griffith recalled. "Don called me after he saw the pilot and said, 'Don't you need a deputy?'" I realized Don should be funny and I should play straight man for him. Don made it happen."

The show never dropped below seventh place in the Nielsen ratings, and it was No. 1 the year it ended. It remains popular in syndicated reruns and has inspired clubs and books, including a cookbook of dishes mentioned in the show.

Griffith's career stalled in the 1970s. Like many actors from successful TV shows, he was typecast and had trouble landing other parts. He appeared in several made-for-TV movies, often as the villain in an attempt to break his Andy Taylor image.

Then, in 1984 Griffith played a prosecuting attorney in the miniseries "Fatal Vision," a role that impressed NBC executives and led to the "Matlock" series about a wily Southern lawyer. The show, a crime drama with humor, ran for nine years and revitalized his career.

"That show was very hard to do," he said. "I spent a lot of time on scripts on 'Matlock' and the memory work was astounding. A courtroom scene took eight hours to learn."

Since "Matlock," Griffith has turned his attention to singing and recording. His first album for Sparrow Records, a collection of gospel hymns and songs, sold more than 2 million copies. His Christmas album will be a mix of holiday standards and stories, including a Grandpa Jones tale called "The Christmas Guest."

Not that he has ever been far from a guitar and a song. Whether picking a bluegrass tune on "The Andy Griffith Show" or conducting a choir on "Matlock," he blended music and comedy.

"I love music and want to make it a part of everything I do," he said.

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11526: We don't have a dog anymore. They were Brandy and Tippy...We need one now, our neighbor has 17 cats and guess whose they like the best....
Lovey Dovey

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11527: I meant whose yard.
Lovey Dovey

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11528: Thank you, whoever wrote msg 11525. I hadn't seen that before. Welcome to Lovey Dovey. May we call you LD? Or would that be too pushy? I don't want to be pushy. Sterling, nice to see you. I haven't been around too much lately either. I been rehearsing for spring training.
- Hazel

"Nimbleness, agility and dexterity is the key to hand magic"

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11529: Evenin' Y'all! Me thinks Mother Nature is all messed up,cause it shouldn't be this cold in South Carolina! At least give us some snow to go along with it! Temps are supposed to be around 18 degrees tonight-Brrrrr! Lucky for me that I have an insulated rock!
That little Plum sure gets around Romeena! First as the official mascot of the Cutlass,and now she's the ball team mascot too! Geesh! Well,I reckon I'll play second fiddle and be her assistant.Wanted to be the designated hitter for the team,but since Coach Asa hasn't given me the OK on it,I'll have to take what I can get! Don't know about any other possums(guess you'd have to ask ole' Ernest T.) but this here possum has thumbs-Ha Ha
Good to see fun girl back on the Porch and "Hey" to Sterling,Lovey Dovey,Coach Asa,Hazel (I knew you was a chicken-us creachtures know about them things!)homemaker,boo,and all the other good porchsters. Charlotte,you needing another possum hug about now? Here ya go..... ((((((((((Charlotte))))))))))
Y'all have a good evening and stay warm!
possum under a rock

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11530: Brrrr is ryte possum... it's 8 degrees here now. And I have to go to work at 6 in the morning. Talk about being cold . Good thing Mr Salty has 4wd. I hope it's warmer at Mrs. W's tomorrow afternoon than it is here. Ok coach Asa... I'll be there, I might be a lil late cause I gotta work, But I'll be there right after. We gotta get ready for the season now. I heard that Big Maude has been practicing since December, so we are gonna to be ready. See yall tomorrow!!--Salty Dog

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11531: Hey Salty I thought we fixed Big Maude up last year when fun girl hit that pop fly her way & knocked her in the head, you mean she got over that & is playing again?? Briscoe the URL to the Cutlass is www.geocities.com/porchsters I put a link in a few posts back if you want to go back & look for it. It's way too cold here on my porch, I'm gonna grab a furkid or 2 & hit the sack this time, ironing board is just way too cold, can't tuck the covers in on that thing. Nite Porch! & oh yeah, Welcome to Lovey Dovey nice to have you rockin on the porch with us.

January 17, 2003 - Msg 11532: Briscoe check the archives for 1-13-03 & it was post number 11434 that had the Cutlass link in it.

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11533: Morning Porch. Practice day!!! Boy am I ever pumped!!! Got a new pea for mt whistle, got me a new cap for my head, I even put on clean underwear just to prove this ain't no whim.
Possum, of course your playing. I have you penciled in at 1st base as well as a designated hitter. And Sterling, got you in at shortstop. Hazel is on 3rd, Salty on 2nd, Briscoe in left field, Boo in center field, Homemaker and Mary Wiggens in right field, Mrs. Wiley at rover, Mavis is pitching and Charlotte is catching, Romeena running the concession stands, Sugarplum as mascot and waterkid. Lovey dovey and anyone else who wants to play, we will rotate you in there so don't fret none.
Now, Mt. Pilot has got Big Maude Tyler back and Siler City has signed up Hoggette Winslow. Now I know, some of you are still not sure if she is a hog or a hoggette with that body but she is now playing regasdless. So we gotta be ready. Practice is at Mrs. Wiley's at 5 pm sharp! We will wait for you Salty, but hurry. Wear running shoes and smiles.:)

Coach Asa

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11534: Let me announce to the Mayberry Mad-dogs, that warm clothing may be needed if practice is at 5pm. it was a brisk 31 degrees here in Pinellas Co. this am, and it's supposed to be another doozie tonight. but it warming up rite nice now and the sky is clear and sunny! Y'all come!

~ Mrs. Wiley
talkitup talkitup talkitupoutthere, batterbatterbatterbatterup! Whoo-hoo!

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11535: Who-hoooo. I ain't afraid a no Hogette (now Big Maude kinda scares me)!

How about my little girl and Sterling's little girl being cheerleaders? They are real cute.

A word of advice to Sterling: if you are going to play shortstop, better wear a cup (especially with Big Maude playin'. I have seen grown shortstops cry.

later, Mad Dogs,


January 18, 2003 - Msg 11536: Hello all! Hey Asa, I'm ready to go! I'll be the best Left Fielder since, Shoeless Joe Jackson. Mrs. Wiley, I'll be over early to shag flys(baseballs). And take some BP. Mavis, I sent you an e-mail address, you can use. Play ball!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11537: Boy am I ready for some FOOTBALL! Oops, I mean baseball, that is the sport we are supposed to be playing isn't it? And I get to be in right field! Am I any where near the goal? I might need a few pointers to make sure I am ready in case anybody double dribbles or anything. Just make sure I know the basics. The fundamentals, that's what I am all about! You can count on me Coach Asa, I will be there with bells on!(But I will probably take them off so the other team doesn't hear me when I sneak up on 'em and check 'em into the boards.)

Until 5:00 then!
Mary Wiggins

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11538: Aunt Bee: Of course, I know a lot about baseball. What do you think I am, a ninny?
(Andy hands her the bat)
Aunt Bee: What's that?

- Hazel

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11539: Dear TAGS fans, I need to name my dog and would like to use a character from the show. It's a male terrier. Any suggestions? Thanks!

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11540: A male terrior? Sounds like an Ernest T to me.


January 18, 2003 - Msg 11541: fun girl - sorry bout that "Indiana" thang. Hazel LD is fine. I get mixed up sometimes and don't know if I am Dovey Lovey or Lovey Dovey. So LD is really good for me. Now if you REALLY, REALLY, want me to be on the team, I'll ask mother if I can play....

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11542: Terrier=Ernest T like Asa suggested or maybe Barney? After all terriers are usually pretty hyper & you know how Barney is. Asa I'll be there ready to pitch, but I'll need some muscle rub for after the game you bringin it or should I stop at Wal-Mart on the way over?
Briscoe got your email & will add you this evening before practice.

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11543: Howdy, friends! possum, the Plum is delighted to have you helping out with the refreshment rounds. She says if you'll just help her load her backpack and wagon, she can do the delivering. That way, you're free to pinch-hit or whatever else Asa assigns you to do. Guess I'd better hunt her up some little-bitty showshoes, if we're gonna practice in that weather tomorrow. Her little feet will punch through snow real quick, and she'll soon be belly-deep in snow! Hmmm, let's see. Wonder if the flaps from some fly-swatters would work?

Asa, I think your answer to #11539 is just great. Ernest T. sort of acted like a feisty little terrier. The furkid's folks could call him Ernie if they wanted to. BTW, who is #11539? Anybody we know? I haven't noticed any new little creachters around here, but they're certainly welcome.

Well, off I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11544: Yee Hawwww! I get to be on the team! First base & designated hitter-it's a possum's dream! Ha Ha
Big Maude & Hoggette- bring 'em on! They'll both be over at the taxidermist getting sewed up after the Mayberry team gets finished with 'em!
See y'all at practice!
first base DL possum

January 18, 2003 - Msg 11545: Wow! I just realized, practice is TODAY! I was thinking tomorrow. Guess I'd better get busy, and hunt up the Plum's little jacket, and make her some snowshoes real quick. Did anyone ever find her wagon? I have her backpack, all cleaned up and ready to go. Maybe she won't need the wagon today, would be pretty hard to pull in the snow. I think I've got an old sled around here that she can use instead. --Romeena