August 02, 2003 - Msg 15044: Morning, porch. Guess what. Here in Idaho August is "Weed Awareness Month". Maybe that's nation-wide, I don't know. I want to celebrate. Think I'll head up to the Morrison sisters and lay in some extra elixir to get me thru the month. I'm very aware of my weeds. I have that special, deep down kind of feeling for my weeds.
- Hazel

No Sarai, nobody said anything about payday.

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15045: I thought I'd sweep the porch. I think there's going to be a summit meeting here later.
- Hazel

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15046: Ok, I did the google search and read many opinions. Now, it seems there are two versions of the movie, one with a crane and the original without because the one I saw had no crane and was clearly a man climbing a ladder and jumping off. No question. If anyone has seen it there is really no question. You can actually see the ladder, as I recall. How it got there I don't know. Some think it happened in the backdrop behind the scene and is a shadow. It is so obvious that I almost screamed when I saw it the first time. It's no crane, believe me! Another thing is, that the scene people kept mentioning where they see the "crane" is not the scene with the hanging man, it occurs later in the movie. I WILL find it for you so you can see for yourself.
I promise I'm not crazy. Please believe me. Sniff, sniff.......

Ro, I can see why you would be upset about that movie. Can you believe my mother took my sister and I to see it at the drive-in when I was in grade school?! She also took us to see Frenzy, Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. Can't quite understand why. I am so careful about what I watch now or what I allow my kids to watch.

It is hotter than blazes here in Texas today. Whew! I think I'll stay indoors and hang out with The Toddler.

Stay Cool,

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15047: Hello porch, it's been awhile, we're all fine it is nice and cool here today Boo, nice, real nice.


August 02, 2003 - Msg 15048: See I told you there was a reason I didn't like TWOO.
I have canned 7 quarts of tomato juice, and 6 quarts/pints of peaches. MMMM good


August 02, 2003 - Msg 15049: Hey to the Porch.

-- Jelsik

Tweeky (whispering): "Nate Bracey"
Andy: "Nate Bracey. Nate Bracey, Nate Bracey, Nate Bracey..."
Nate Bracey: "Nate Bracey"
Andy: "Nate Bracey"

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15050: Boo, I can't imagine why your mom would take you to those movies either. I still haven't seen them. I may, when I get old enough,(teehee)but I doubt it. Seriously, my husband often said that if a movie wasn't fit for our kids to see, we shouldn't be watching it either. He said he paid his money to be entertained and to made to feel better, not worse. He definitely had a point. I just skip most of the trash that's churned out these days. I did see "Finding Nemo", and will see "Seabiscuit".

I'm planning on a light-weight, veggie and fruit supper, some good iced tea, and maybe a few TAGS tapes before bed tonight. Then up for church in the morning and maybe out to my son's afterwards. Yep, that's the plan. Some good iced tea, a few TAGS tapes, etc.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15051: Have a nice night all

Ellen Brown

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15052: Romeena, that sounds like a very nice dinner and evening. I don't even mind if you repeat it a few times.
Hey Jelsik- I was wonderin' with the work you do, have you ever had a bat lay eggs in your hair? hehe

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15053: I wish I could get a few bats interested in living around here. I put a bat house up in a tree, but never got any bats. A few curious squirrels, trying to figure out how to live in a house with no floor, but no bats. Bats are as good as purple martins, if not better, at keeping mosquitoes cleared out of the area. I can't get any martins to move in, either. I've got two very nice martin houses, but all I get in them is sparrows and starlings. I know, they have to live somewhere too, but would much rather have martins. Or bats. Sometimes I like to look at a bat!

Dinner was good. Sliced fresh tomatoes, sauteed fresh squash with a sprinkle of grated cheese, sliced avocado, a mango, some blueberries and a handful of fresh raw Spanish peanuts to add some protein. I'll have a slice of watermelon later on. Very good, satisfying but not too filling, and my diabetes is happy. I love this time of year, when the fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful and good. I'm the easiest person in the world to feed - I eat anything, like everything - but fresh fruit and veggies are my favorites. I feel sorry for picky eaters, they miss a lot of fun. My mom didn't allow pickiness. Eat what's on the table, or make a peanut butter sandwich for yourself. We raised our kids the same way, and they'll all eat whatever is put in front of them.

Well, have a wonderful Sabbath, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15054: Right, Ro. When my son gets picky I tell him the same thing, only I tell him to fix himself some cereal cause I shore ain't cooking twice!

I agree with your husband, if it's not good for the kids then it can't be good for me either (speaking about movies). I loved Finding Nemo and am looking forward to Seabiscuit but will catch it when it comes out on video.

Wish I was at your house, Ro. One of the neighbor children is staying the night and things are pretty wild around here.

Ya'll have a peaceful evening,

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15055: Hazel, I celebrated "Weed Awareness Month" a little early. I became painfully "aware" last week after I pulled what I thought was weeds from my flower garden last Saturday and it turned out to be poison ivy. I had such a special, deep down feeling for my weeds that by Monday I had to go to the doctor and get inarculated for it. I've had enough weed awareness to do me awhile. We just had a real bobbydazzler of a storm here tonight. It was bound to was just too hot and muggy here today not to storm.
"92!" - Floyd

August 02, 2003 - Msg 15056: Oh, Sterling, I was up at 6am this morning with my baby girl and guess what was on AMC? Hang 'Em High. I couldn't help but watch the whole thing.

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15057: Oh, you know what, Boo? That's one I haven't seen. I know, shame on me! But my interest in Clint Eastwood westerns began just a few years ago, so I guess I am kind of a novice and haven't seen ALL of his movies. I also have only seen parts of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". I don't remember why I didn't see the whole thing, but I have got to make a point of it sometime.

You mentioned Rosemary's Baby. You know, I was flipping through the channels one night and came across the tailend of that movie and was surprized to see our own Clara Edwards in there, playing one of the evil people. Sorry, but I just couldn't buy it!:) I could never think of Clara as evil. A little crotchedy sometimes, but evil? NEVER!
Have a good night everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15058: "Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it- you know who said that? Calvin Coolege" - Floyd

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15059: "Summer was on the way: Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill."

Sneaky me
Sneaky me
I'm disgusted with myself. LOL
(Wanna hear me sing "Eatin Goober Peas?")
fun girl

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15060: Why Sterling, your post was full of surprises! You've never seen Han 'Em High?! You didn't finish The Good The Bad and The Ugly?! Well, you are missing out. In fact someone from TAGS is in H em H. Howard Sprague's girlfriend, Millie plays the role of a red-headed "lady of the evening". Go rent it, you'll like the movie.

Oh my, I never imagined Clara Edwards as a Satanist!

Well, it's Sunday morning and I have to finish my coffe and get the kids and myself ready for church. Ya'll have a blessed Lord's Day.


August 03, 2003 - Msg 15061: Sneaky (fun girl), that quote is from TKAM, of course. --Romeena

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15062: How about this one: "Please Sir, is this Plumfield?" --Romeena

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15063: Good sabbath porch,
How is everyone today? This is my last day of vacation, I go back to work tomorrow, I didn't get a thing done I was planning on doing and really didn't go anywhere but I ran all the time. Had my internet changed fron shawneelink to charter, finally got the bugs worked out of that last night. A strange thing happened in the night, I shut my puter off before I went to bed, lock every door but when I got up this morning the printer and puter was on and my back door was unlocked and there is a Pepsi can sitting here on my desk, we do not drink Pepsi, wonder what caused that? eeerrii, huh?

Ellen Brown

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15064: Beyond eerie, I'd say. Scary is more like it. I take it you have some idea who might have done this, since you didn't mention calling the police? Sugarplum says woooooooo! -- Romeena

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15065: test

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15066:

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15067: There you go, Miss Ellen. I fixed it for ya! --Romeena

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15068: Miss Ellie, Where are you?!

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15069: Thanks Ro, sorry about that,Hello SugarPlum.~~ Not sure but may have been my son in the service, he goes back Tuesday, but I didn't know he was here in town last night, I will find out for sure today. Then if it wasn't him I will become alarmed. LOL

Ellen Brown

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15070: I'm ratchere. So good to see a few of us "oldies" from way back when posting. And of course it is nice to see you newer folks.
Would you believe I'm allergic to grass ! I don't do much weed pulling or anything in the yard. Break out in tiny itchy blisters.
Emma, sorry to hear of your poison ivy.
Romeena, I entirely agree with your husband. I stopped watching soap operas except one on PBS from the BBC called East Enders. It is much
cleaner than American soap operas. Sometime I tell my cats, "Don't look Ethel." they don't cotton to my putting my hands over their eyes and ears.
And they do watch tv sometimes. Missy loves to watch Nascar. Her head just follows those cars...cute. then when I bird show comes on, Wow, it is so amusing.
In my corner of Mayberry, we've been blessed. As close as Raleigh, they've had flooding rains, but we've had a brief downpour and then nice gentle soaking rains.
None of us need more though, not for a while, but looks like we will get it anyway.
Mama and Hubby were discussing how inaccurate the meteorologists are and I said "God is in control of the weather and they can't predict what He will do.
Have a great Sabbath. And remember, each day should be the Sabbath and be treated as it were. It ain't just Santa Claus the watches us all the time.
Miss Ellie

"Giraffes are selfish." (only rain quote I can remember) oh, our weatherman wore a tie that had a raining cats and dogs design on it...cute

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15071: Morning Porch: Hot and steamy here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Think I'll just get out the Mayberry tapes and settle in for a long summers nap! Too hot to do much else. The humidity is unbearable. Hey Homemaker, we just inherited 2 pigmy goats yesterday from a young family moving to Washington state.. They are so cute. Re-named them Trixie & Dixie! The zoo just keeps getting larger. Oh well, such good learning experiences. Buckwheat (the billy pet) was REAL impressed by the little ladies! Have a restful Sabbath, and remember this too is the day that the Lord hath made..! Love from the ~New Neighbor

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15072: "You used up all the glue on purpose! It looks like MPOwill have to dip some more for us.

Opie "I hate the smell of tapioca."

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15073: Hi all, Ive been here before, and love all the folks who drop by for a chat. Very hot tday here in Aurora. Dry. Can hear the locust on the river, out east. Its dry and sandy now, but the cotton wood trees are nice.
Sermon was "kind of dry" tday, but good to see friends.
Anyone is welcome to email me with a note; I know of no TAGS chapters here by, in Aurora would love to be a member, besides just here too. Cant be too many TAGS fan clubs, values are needed again. I am (Jerry)...want to walk down for a bottle of pop?

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15074: Hey to the porch - Emma, sorry to hear about your 'lergics.
Jerry, drag up a chair and sit a while, aways room for one more on the porch. According to the TAGSRWC list, there are about 15 chapters in Colorado, including the "Sheriff, you shore can render" chapter in Aurora.

MPO "Uh, Victor. His name was Victor."

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15075: Oh, and tomorrow night is "Mayberry Night" again at the Huntsville Stars game so we should get to intrduce our grandson to "Floyd" and "The Mayberry Deputy". Baseball and Mayberry, what more can a man ask for?

Me "I don't believe it. The Sox traded Bulfrah, the only player they've got, for Shottenhofer. Four-eyes Shottenhofer, a utility infielder."

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15076: Laawww, Miss Ellie! "Don't look, Ethel!" Now that quote takes me back a ways! Did anyone else recognize it? That line became a "family line" around here for many years. My husband would quote it now and then, amid much laughter.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15077: I can only assume it would be from "I Love Lucy", but I doubt that it is! Tell us, Miss Romeena, please tell us, what does it come from!

BTW, did you get my package?

Mary Wiggins

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15078: Hey to the Porch.
I love Ray Stevens..."Ethel, you shameless hussy..."
No jb, my work doesn't give me bat eggs in the just keeps me too dang busy sometimes to do some of the things
I want to do and see the people I want to see...
you can go crazy from that, too.

-- Jelsik

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15079: Hey to the Porch!

Emma! Sorry to hear about your itchin' going on! At least your patula-oblindala is okay! LOL (Feel better soon, Hon!)

MPO sounds like you are a proud proud PROUD grandpa!! I can't wait to see what contributions he'll be making to the next newsletter.


August 03, 2003 - Msg 15080: Yep. Recoginzed the Ethel quote. Brought back some memories. I can remember when my dad brought the 45 home. He got the biggest kick out of that song. Ray Stevens was the original rapper!
fun girl

August 03, 2003 - Msg 15081: Why thank you, Sterling....crochety, though?.... I just see the need to do things proper is all. ;)

So, how have you all been?!! I see all the old folks still here! You haven't gone and give away my rocker have you? Listen, I think I have improved my pickles this year.... I used fresher pickles and a pinch more allspice... but don't tell anyone! ;)

Missed you all ~ Clara Edwards :)

PS... Does anyone know if Rafe (Jack Prince) ever cut any records? Hubby and I just love his songs and would love to get some recordings. I tried looking up information on the net but, couldn't find anything about his recording anything and very little about him though I think he was the best singer on the show.

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15082: Good Monday mornin' to the porch. I hope everybody had a good weekend. Idelle, Ellie, MPO, thanks for your sympathetic words. I'm about cleared up now. Where's Miracle Salve when you need it, though? I bet Miracle Salve would've nipped that poison ivy in the bud. I'm really starting to get excited about Mayberry Days now...there's just a feel in the air that tells me it's about that time.

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15083: Good morning porchsters!
Asa I saved leftovers of the peach cobbler for you. It was mighty tasty after supper last night. We topped it off with vanilla ice cream - it was good eating.
I am going to check my tomatoes today - I may have enough for my first batch of salsa. I am going to attempt apple butter too. Starting to work now on those Christmas goodie baskets. Mavis are you being creative for Christmas this year?
It's kinda of cloudy here today. Had big thunderbooms last night - felt like the whole house was a rocking and a rolling.
Talk to you later!


August 04, 2003 - Msg 15084: Why are we doing qoutes from "A Christmas Story"? Did I miss something?


"Soap poisening!"

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15085: Hey to Emma!!! Been so long since I've seen you. I think I need one of your hugs.

Hi everyone. Good to see you all again.


August 04, 2003 - Msg 15086: Hey to the porch - Boo, do try to keep up (haha)~ It was kindofa continuation of the Wizard of Oz thing, the weird kid in line with Ralphie to see Santa ("I like the Wizard of Oz. I like the Tin Man") .... ANYway, some of us are big fans of "A Christmas Story". I know one person who has one of them leg-lamps (A MAJOR AWARD!!).
Emma glad to hear that you are feeling better. And about them speckled prize gumballs .. I don't remember them but I remember the older kids taking about 'em. HA! I kill me .......

"The Merry Madcap of Mayberry"

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15087: And I bet that Major Award came from the country of "Fra-gi-le"!

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15088: A major award

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15089: "....the soft glow of electric xes eluminating in the living room window."

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15090: The Porch's automatic censor would not let me put in the correct word above, and writely so.

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15091: You'll shoot your eye out!

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15092: Hey, MPO, A Christmas Story is absolutely one of my top five favorite movies of all time. I will be able to keep up with you those quotes, for sure! In fact, when my little boy was about five he was fascinated with that movie and I would let him watch it but I would have to fast forward through the occasional bad word. Honestly, I must have seen it at least 100 times AND, my sister has a leg lamp (she is a big fan, too).


"My Father went through fuses faster than a Jack Rabbit on a date."

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15093: "My father wove a tapestry of profanity which to this day is still hovering somewhere over Lake Michigan."

What a movie!

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15094: Ha! Good one Andelina!

"..the F, dash, dash, dash...the mother of all dirty words!"

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15095: Vicks! LOL

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15096: What great memories. My leg lamp has been in the livingroom window ever since I've had it - year 'round! I was worried a little about what my neighbors would say, but they love it!
Opie "You were always jealous of that lamp!"

August 04, 2003 - Msg 15097: "Jealous of a plastic leg?! That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen in my entire life!"


August 05, 2003 - Msg 15098: "You used up all the glue....ON PUPOSE!"

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15099: I mean, "purpose", of course....

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15100: Hey to the porch - Made it to Mayberry Night tonight. It was great seeing Floyd and Barney and Otis and now we're all keyed up for Mayberry Days in September. A very small crowd (a school night) and only THREE in the Opie look-alike contest. I can remember couple of years when they had about 30 or more. And the Stars got blasted by Mobile. But it was a nice even-ing at the ballpark. And we saw a hit-and-run.

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial ....."

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15101: A Christmas Story is fungi's all time favorite movie. I myself, just do not see the humor. Not one of my favorites I must admit.

Be careful with that red rider bb gun, you could shoot your eye out.

fun girl

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15102: Well, fun girl, it's just one of those movies that grows on you, I guess, and I think it is much more fun to watch in a group. The first time I saw it was on Thanksgiving night 1989 and my Hubbie (then boyfriend) and I were at my sister's house. I was sooo in love and I remember sitting with Hubbie (we were both much thinner then!)in the recliner with a nice fire in the fireplace and very full bellies from all the turkey and trimmings. It was one of those unusually cold Thanksgiving days in South Texas that we Texans love. We all sat and watched the movie together and laughed hysterically. I was hooked and now find myself in the same catagory with Fungi, and the thing is, everytime I watched it (well, at least the first 50 times. heehee) I found something funny I didn't notice before. It took me awhile to figure out what Ralphie's Dad was saying when he yelled out the screen door at the Bumpis' dogs.."Sons a b------ Bumpisis!!!". Anyway, I love the flick. I bought the book a few years ago that the movie was based on. I have forgotten the name of it but it sticks fairly close to the movie but adds some things. It just isn't as funny as the movie, though. I think A Christmas Story is kind of like TAGS for some of us. It takes us back to a place of comfort and security and just makes us feel darned good, somehow.

I have another favorite movie that makes me feel goood, too. Its an old movie with Fred McMurray and Claudette Colbert called, The Egg and I. Does anyone share my fondness for that one? There is another one with them called Honeymoon Vacation (I think) that is really cute about a widow with three children and when Claudette and Fred get married they have to take the kids with them on their honeymoon to the Grand Canyon. I highly reccomend that one it is really cute and funny, too.

Well, I am through giving movie reviews now (you will be happy to know).
I started my son's home school curriculum yesterday so we have to do some work now....
Ya'll have a great day in the Mayberry of your mind!


"You can sit down now, Ralphie...."

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15103: Hello all! I'm back from the beach. It sure is hard to come back from, St. George Island. Time fer: "Dooley". Here we go. Prayers all.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15104: Good morning - uh, er afternoon. . .
Been busy in the kitchen -


August 05, 2003 - Msg 15105: Hello Porchsters:
Another fine day in Mayberry.I'm doin' fine, you're doin' fine... All God's children doin' fine. Briscoe, so glad to see ya back safe and sound. Hope ya had a fine time at the beach. Missed your rendition of "Dooley". Prayers for all. ~New Neighbor

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15106: Hey to the porch. So you've heard of those speckled gumballs, MPO? From the "older kids"? Hardy-har-har. You kill me, too. I remember that leg lamp. What a fun time that was. I'm all keyed up for Mayberry Days this year, too.
"Pipe down! This ain't a ballpark!!"

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15107: YOU LIGHT MY WAY
You lightmy way, Lord,
as I journey down life's road.
you lead the way, dear Father,
and lift my heavy load.
you love carries me
on the path that leads to you.
My jurney seems to shorten
and life is fresh and new,
Thank you heavenly father,
for all the love you've shown
and guiding, ever guiding, me
gently to your home.

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15108: Good evening, folks! Been working, haven't had time to sit on the porch for a couple of days. Am off now for a few days, feels pretty good just thinkin' about it!

Mary Wiggins, I did indeed receive the package, and I thank you. More beautiful work by the unparalleled Pat. As for the "Don't look, Ethel" quote, it was sort of answered above, but not clearly. It was from the song "The Streaker" that had everyone laughing more years ago than most of us would care to admit. As the singer, (Ray Stevens, I presume?) was telling the story of the streaker who ran through a crowd, a background voice yelled "Don't look, Ethel!". Well, maybe you had to be there, it seemed funny at the time.

Clara Edwards, I chased the Jack Prince trail, and came up empty. Apparently he never made any records. Actually, for that matter, do we even know that it was actually Jack who was singing? I think it was, but have no official backing on that, and a year or two ago I was told by someone who should know (can't remember who right now), that he never made any records. Too bad. I think he had a wonderful voice, or whoever was singing did, anyway.

Finally got the green tag for the sprinkler system, hoping the landscaper will begin in the morning. If he doesn't, I'm going to see if I can find Mr. Weaver and see if he puts in sprinklers. Once I make up my mind to do something, I want to get on with it!

Have a great week, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 05, 2003 - Msg 15109: Thank you, TOM. That was beautiful. --Romeena

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15110: Yes Ro, that was really Jack Prince singing. He also sang in Showboat. Or at least that is what I have heard. I think I will go to the video store and check it out tomorrow. I will let you all know for sure if he sings in the movie. Welcome back Tom. Enjoyed your poem.

Later ya'll.
fun girl

Hey Briscoe, glad you are back. Could you do Almost Home for me? 'preciate ya.

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15111: Good morning Porch :)


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15112: Made some fresh apple butter. . .anyone care to join me for some toast and fresh apple butter. I saved out a sampling just for us!
Beautiful poem Tom - glad to see you back on the porch. Are you in West Virginia now? That is a beautiful state.
Romeena - hope "the Man" will come soon with your sprinklers. We are getting plenty of showers here - it is definitely weed awareness month. . .everywhere I look I am aware of the weeds.
BDJ - I like you to play the Crawdad Song? Ain't heard it in ages!

Talk to you all later!


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15113: Let's encourage Briscoe. Me They Me They...All together now....OHHHHHHhhh You get a line an' I'll get a po-ole, honey! You get a line an' I'll get a pole, babe........Ain't that purty?

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15114: You get a line and I'll get a pole, we'll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, baby, mine!


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15115: Hey Homemaker, how long you been ailing hon?


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15116: Hello all! Hey Fun Girl, Anythang fer you hon. "Almost Home" Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15117: Hey Romeena an' homemaker, You ladies is hoots, I tell ya'. Lol! Here is: "Crawdad Song". Feel a free ta' sang along. Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15118: Looks like they already left the starting gate without ya, Briscoe! :)
-Sterling Holobyte

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15119: Asa - I'll have you know that my daddy said I sang so purty that the coyotes wouldn't dare set foot on the porch! Or was that I didn't sing so purty that the coyotes wouldn't dare set foot on the porch. Oh well - I'm a joining in again BDJ -


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15120: Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ri-ide, honey. Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ri-ide, babe.
Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride,
A sword and a pistol by his side, honey, baby, mine.

He said, "Miss Mousie, will you marry me, honey?"
He said, "Miss Mousie, will you marry me, my babe?"
He said, "Miss Mousie, will you marry me, and we'll live under the persimmon tre-e, honey, baby, mine."

I declare, romance just clutches me, right here!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15121: Miss Romeena - I actually know that song - my daddy sang it to my oldest and then I heard another version on a Mickey Mouse best loved children's songs tape. The boys love it!


August 06, 2003 - Msg 15122: Such perty croonin' I do declare. Can't find such sweet music anywhere else on this here 'puter. Just wants to make me cry! Romeena, you and the Plum sure do harmonize together well...been practicing? Now where is that Asa with that bass voice? He didn't chime in on that last rendition of "Froggy". Gonna sit on the porch for a bit,hear a few more tunes,then off to bed for that early wake up call, gotta work tomorrow. ~New Neighbor

August 06, 2003 - Msg 15123: Sorry I been missin' all this purty singin'. When a body is too busy to sit a spell on the porch (for about two weeks), they's a somethin' wrong, mighty wrong. So, to fix the situation, I'm leaving for Florida (Briscoe's country) tomorrow morning. Hope ya'll miss me and keep my rocker warm. School will start when I return and hopefully I'll be more faithful at gettin' to use that rocker! Prayers and love to you all!
Charlotte Tucker

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15124: MRI this morning. They are gonna put me out. Prayers please. 'preciate ya'll.
fun girl

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15125: Mornin' Y'all. Prayers for fun girl. Who was drumming on my rock during the recent sing a long? Bet it was Asa pretending he was bongo-ing! Now, you cut that out Asa! Ha Ha
Poptarts for breakfast! Help yourselves!
Have a great day y'all!
possum under a rock

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15126: Sweet Ad-e-linnnne, sweet Adeeliiiiiiiine.
- Hazel

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15127: Mornin' Porch.

-- Jelsik

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15128: Mornin' all! Hey Sterling, It looks like I'm the one who has to, "Jump in when I can and, hang on". Lol! Prayers for all and Fun Girl.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15129: BDJ - we tried to wait on you but your jug must have been too full. . .fresh batch of mulberry squeezins? We caught you!
Best wishes fun girl- you'll be okay!
Let's sing "You are my sunshine!"
A one and a two. . . .


August 07, 2003 - Msg 15130: "Scott Farkus!!"

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15131: Acapulco! Acapulco!
Care to join in ASA!


August 07, 2003 - Msg 15132: My goodness, or should I say badness? LOL Y'all been nipping without telling me?
Prayers for ya FunGirl, and hope you have a safe trip Charlotte.
Hope you didn't hurt nothing on that last chorus Hazel. Sounds like ya might have.
I want some of that applebutter Homemaker. Never have had any of that. Sounds good
Wonder if Ro is geeting her system installed today? Hope she didn't hire Henry Wheeler to do it.
Hey back to ya Possum. Your rock gives a good sound to it, what can I say? LOL
Hey ta Jelsik and Briscoe Darling Jr. and to all my porch pals. Y'all have a good un.


August 07, 2003 - Msg 15133: Now y'all wonder why Texans and other Southerners move kinda' slow... My car told me (well not really... it was the thermometer on the car)it was 110 deg. yesterday afternoon. Was it Bob Hope or someone on the porch who said, "The trees were whistling for the dogs..." It was so hot that when I turned out my Aussie for "relief time" he gave me a reproachful look and two squirrels walked out of his way with a glare. Nobody was much interested in any nonsense.

Don't think, "Well, it's a dry heat..." That don't happen here. September won't help much but I do look forward to October. Romeena, hon, I sure hope "the man" has your sprinkler system up and runnin'. I broke a sweat last night just thinkin' about movin' a hose. Boo, I hope the sea breezes are givin' you some relief. Let's all meet at the malt shop for an ice cream cone...Dragonfly

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15134: It is so wonderful to check out the Front Porch each day and to read yals' entries, so nice to see there are still people such as you in this old world! CJ

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15135: hi ppl does anyone in here have aol instant msgr so we can chat. let me now. Jeremy

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15136: Hey to the porch - "ppl"? Is he one of ours?
Hope ever'body is having a Mayberry kinda day. It ain't rained here all day (yet). We've had several inches of rain in the past few days though. Really different from last year. Last summer was so dry, we had fish 2 months old that didn't even know how to swim yet. My son went fishing last summer and caught a catfish that had fleas.

Milton P. Oliver
"Habley Espanolly?"

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15137: haha MPO You're a stich. You must me one of them joke makers.
jennie boone

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15138: Or is it joke crackers? My head ain't working quite right these days.

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15139: Good evening to the porch. Our local CBS station is still showing "Our Favorite Andy" instead of Cupid on Tues and Wed nights. Miss Ellie told me they have made it a little interesting because in each episode, the station's traffic report guy is in one of the scenes in the show. Sort of a "Where's Waldo". I don't watch the local news and was not sure what he looks like (probably couldn't pick him out of a front porch), but I do recognize the scenes enough to know something is out of place. I've seen him standing by Opie as he pitched to Annabelle Silby, stand by Wally's with a lighter when Andy smells smoke and goes in to save Gomer, and he was in a crowd shot at the end of the Cave Rescue. They have a different host each week and cut some of the scenes for them, but it is still nice to see Andy on primetime. Clay Aiken's momma was last week and she had a photo from long ago where he looked a lot like Ronnie Howard.
"Aunt Bee... where d'you keep the soda crackers?"

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15140: Hey Porch, I sure do wish I was going to Mayberry Days. I have a young-un who looks a bit like opie, only he's blond! (A little hair dye could take care of that, though!)

Opie, I wish we had your T.V. station, it sounds like a cute idea how they are running TAGS with a "Where's Waldo" twist.

I took my little guy, and my niece to the park today. They had a ball, we saw deer there, ground hogs, chipmunks, herons, chickadees, all kinds of critters. Then we went to the beach there, they always swim in a built in pool, so it was pretty novel for them. I was laughing so hard, they were trying to run into the water as far as they could without falling down, and it wouldn't take long before they were both toppling over! The beach there had some sand, but it had some small bits of gravel too. When we came home my little guy went to get ready to take a shower. He announced to me, rather indignantly, "Well, mom, I have rocks all over my body!" I looked at the floor of the bathroom and it was covered with little rocks! It was so funny!

Here's wishing everybody a wonderful, cricket singing, breeze blowing, children laughing softly in the distance, kind of Mayberry evening!

Mary Wiggins

(P.S. Dragonfly, we saw you at the park today, too!)

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15141: The MRI went okay. I have the terrible shakes coming out of the ansethesia. The doc tried to put on I V in the back of my hand and I am bruised something fierce. Glad I don't have to do that often. Think I'll amble off to bed now. Still kinda got a hang over from all the medicine they gave me. Thanks for the prayers.
fun girl

August 07, 2003 - Msg 15142: Sorry to hear about your "Fun day", fun girl. I hope you get a good night's rest, and that tomorrow will be much better.


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15143: Thanks, Romeena and Fun Girl for the research you all are doing on Jack Prince. Now it's for sure he wasn't ailin when he sang! Not so sure bout the rest of ya there! ;) But, don't pay that no mind. You sing in the shower, don't ya?... Then just go right ahead and keeping singing in the shower! ;P

Fun Girl, I'm glad you are all done with the MRI. I know what you mean about the sleepin potion they give ya.... me, I get mighty sick (I'll spare ya all the details) for hours til it wears off. Although the last time, it went pretty good overall... just felt dizzy which was a sight better than being pure sick.

Hey, All... good news! My older daughter is having ANOTHER BABY! January. Of course our precious baby girl (who is a real mama's girl) is only gonna be 18 months and will probably get bit by that green eyed monster! And with the boys 8 and 6 (remember the younger one has severe autism?) it is gonna be tough on her. Plus, she has a condition that causes severe nausea that apparently has something to do with gestational diabetes. But, she is a real capable woman and has found that if she monitors her blood sugar she can eat the right foods to keep the nausea at bay enough to get through the day okay. She is a special girl alright and I'm right proud of her! Remember her in your prayers if you can and that this baby is spared the autism. :)

Who's bringing breakfast tomorrow or are we going to the diner? What's the special tomorrow? Oh, I forgot, it's Friday... that means catfish casserole! Let's just eat here on the porch!


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15144: Hey guys.. it's been a while as usual for me, looks like I missed the sing a long, But I gotta tell you I'm glad I missed the whole Christmas Story thing. I have never gotten into that movie. My best friend watches the WHOLE entire marathon of that on Christmas day when it comes on. And I've tried to watch it... and it may be me... but I just dont see what everyone thinks is so funny about it. She makes fun of me and tells me I'm too young. LOL Which the case may be. At any rate.. just give me a tags video and I'll be a hapy lil camper. Ya'll have a good evenin, I made a strawberry shorcake for dessert tonight, iffin ya'll want some, it's in the fridge help yoursleves. Night Porch Love ya's all--Salty Dog

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15145: MMMM...strawberry shortcake.... don't mind the whipped cream mustache on my face! I'd have some caffe mocha to go along with it but I up too late already. I didn't make too much noise down in the kitchen and woke you up did I, Salty? Iffin ya heard someone singing "Ole gray mule sittin on a haystack, sittin on a haystack,...", that was Possum, not me!... No one knows this but, Possum comes out from under her rock at night and sings! All I was doin was just lickin up the whipped cream on my plate ... not too loudly though!


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15146: Mornin' Y'all! Well,looks like the possum (er,cat) is outta the bag-Clara's told y'all about my singing! Ha Ha Good to see ya back on the porch Clara!
Well, I'm glad it's Friday-how about y'all? Anybody want to go to the picture show over in Mt. Pilot this evening? I'll drive,so I'll sit up front. I'll swing by the porch about six-ish and pick y'all up. And Asa,take it easy with the eau de cologne,ok? Gave us all sneezing fits the last time we piled in a car with ya!
Ok,well,I'll see y'all later this evening! Have a great day!
possum under a rock

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15147: Make sure it's not a Glenn Ford picture at the movies. You know Asa, he'll be Glenn Fording it all over town for a week.

Salty Dog, I am with you. I just never have really seen the humor in A Christmas Story. I could sit and watch a marathon of Rafe Hollister Sings though. Now that's some REAL singing.

Hey BDJ, how was the Robert E Lee Natural Bridge as you was making your way home from your vacation? You KNOW I HAD to ask. LOL

I was not sick to my stomach after the MRI, just had the shakes real bad. I would have given my right arm for a jar of Mulberry Squeezins right about then. Have not found out the results yet. Being put out is not something I would want to go through anytime soon.

Vicks Rules! There I said it and I aint takin it back.

fun girl

Tonight is Trace Adkins at the Indiana State Fair.
"Aw Pa, cain't I just look at the purty man?" YOU BET!

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15148: 'Mornin', folks! The man is here, there are little narrow ditches all over my back yard, and soon to be some in the front yard. It looks like a miniature war zone, but the sprinkler system is really happening! I'm just pickled tink!

I've never seen that "A Christmas Movie" you all are talking about, and don't think I want to. I prefer my Christmas movies to take place in Bethlehem, or if not there, then the Mayberry courthouse is nice. I love that scent where old Ben is looking through the window, singing along. Has a kind of sweet, old-man voice, too.

fun girl, I'm glad that ordeal is over for you. I've had three MRIs, and I'm a bit claustrophobic, too, but apparently not to the extent that you are. I was able to get through it fine, just sort of separating myself mentally from the situation. Hard to do, though. You feel like you're in a drainpipe and somebody is shooting at it with a machine gun. Never heard such noise! I understand there are now some "open" MRI machines, and that the noise has been reduced considerably, but I haven't experienced that myself. Our hospital still has the older models.

Clara, congratulations on the coming grandbaby. We'll all pray that everything goes well with this one, no autism. I don't know much about autism. Is it a random thing, or does having one autistic child increase the odds of having another? My son and DIL, the ones who had the baby last year with dwarfism, who didn't live, were told at first that it was due to a recessive gene and could happen again. They have one very normal son, and they're expecting another in about two weeks, and all appears to be well with him. The geneticist is now telling them that it was a "fluke", a random occurrence, and that it would probably never happen again. Who knows? We're grateful for the child we have, and for the one who is coming, and would have loved and been grateful for the other little fellow, but we weren't allowed to keep him. God reclaimed him. I've never been more proud of my son than I was the night he told me about the problems with the developing baby. He said, "It'll be OK, Mom. He'll just be a little munchkin, that's all, and I'll sit him on my shoulders and show him the world."

Well, guess I'd better go supervise "the man". I'm sure he can't do this job right without my help. (teehee) Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15149: Great balls o' fire! scene! Not scent! For cryin' out loud, and I proofread it, too. --Romeena

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15150: Great news Ro. Glad it's finally happening. You won't know how you lived without one once you get it working. Isn't that odd how we tend to be with things. Can go for years without something but once we get it we just know we can't live without it. I had a home without a garage for quite a few years and finally built one on it and now I just know I could never not have one. The last house we built has a 4 car garage. I just wish it was bigger. LOL
My corn is at it's peak right now so y'all better come get some.
Good to see you again Clara. And welcome to CJ and Jeremy, y'all jump in here.
And where has Boo run off to?


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15151: Hey, Asa, you get a pot of water boiling and I'll head into the field and shuck & silk ever how many you think we can handle. We'll slap 'em in the water before they lose sugar. Have some butter and salt standin' by. Man, that sounds good! Romeena!!! You go, girl! So glad you're gettin' your outdoor altogether all together. You watch "the man" close. Ain't no end to the mischief the unsupervised can get into. Jason over at the barber shop is gettin' hitched tomorrow. I sneaked in and got a quick haircut before he left. Something about a nervous barber with a straight razor makes me uncomfortable though.

Possum? Is it cool under that rock? I promise not to sing. Otherwise I'll just have to hunker down under the porch with all them spiders. I've been bit once this year by a brown recluse spider so you know I'm serious about this heat. Y'all have a lovely day, gentlefolk... Dragonfly

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15152: I'm right here, Asa! Hey, Salty, you didn't miss the Christmas Story thing cause I'm startin' it up again! Ha ha ha!--just kidding. I might have to throw a quote in every now and then (kind of like "Vicks!"). You know, its funny some people just adore that movie and some don't find the humor in it. I can't tell you why I find it so amusing but it just make me feel good, kind of like when I watch TAGS. It feel so nostalgic with the old house and the Christmas tree. I love the scene at the end when Ralphie's parents are sitting in front of the living room window and only the lights on the tree are illuminated. A gentle snow is falling and Silent Night is playing on the old radio. Mmm, mmm! It just feels good, especially for someone who only gets to see snow when I drive to Colorado. Hmm, I think I might pull out my copy of it and watch it today; it is supposed to be 101 degrees with a heat index of 118 here in South Texas! Yesterday was a record breaker and they expect today will be, too.

Ro, thanks you for sharing your son's reaction to the news about his second baby. He must be a very special man. I rejoice with you as you approach the birth of your new grandbaby and pray all goes well.

Later, Friends!

"Those icesicles have been known to kill people!"

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15153: Howdy Y'all' I'm new here to Mayberry, bought the old oc Jackson place, could you direct me to the best place in town to get a bite to eat, and where is the grocery store? Does Mayberry have a citizen's town band, I play a little trumpet and would like to audition. Sam~

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15154: Well howdy Sam. Welcome to Mayberry, more important to the Mayberry porch.
We got the Diner in the middle of town (if you don't mind your main dish being concealed in a heavy sauce) or Moreli's out on the old highway. Just watch out for the checkpoint chickee out there.
Foley's market is just down from the courthouse. Not a bad store as long as Mr. Foley and Floyd ain't been fighting.
And we do have a town band. It's a marching band. Can you play when you march? It even has a cymbalist, the standby kind. (There the best kind you know).
Hope you enjoy your new neighborhood.


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15155: The businessman's special is a hollowed out tomato, stuffed with avocado and raisins. And it's goo-ood! Top that off with a lemon phosphate and yer in business.

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15156: Welcome to all the new folks. Ro-I wish I had your ability to separate myself from the situation. They had me hooked up to a blood pressure machine after I got in the MRI room and just looking at the durn thing made my blood pressure go up. And I am talking really high.
They put a tube down my throat once they got me good and asleep. My throat is killing me today.
I also have bruises around my arm where the blood pressure cuff was. OH POOR ME! LOL
Off to get a haircut. No, I ain't goin to Floyd. He never gets fungi's sideburns even. HA HA! I just slay me.
fun girl

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15157: HEY ALL!
How is everyone? I see we've got a few new folks around. Welcome to you all. Sorry it's been so long since I wrote last. I was in Europe (I told you guys I needed a well deserved vacation). This week I spent trying to catch up. Glad to see ya'll are all doing well. Take care porchsters and have a fantastic, Mayberry, Kinda DAY!

Ed Sawyer

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15158: Hey to the porch! I hope everybody had a nice week and plans for a nice weekend. Even if it's just sitting on the porch sippin' cider and countin' cars. Usually the simple things in life are the best anyway. Welcome Sam and welcome back, Ed Sawyer. Ed, did you happen to go anywhere near Heckmondwyke? You know, the people over there talk like they're from....somewheres else.

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15159: fun girl, bless your little heart! You really do have a thing about MRIs and such, don't you? I'm glad it's over and done with. They actually had you intubated during the procedure??

Welcome, Sam. Always glad to have a new porchster. Pull up a rocker and join in. I've been studyin' about whether to make a freezer of ice cream tonight, but I'll need some volunteers to crank it, and somebody to sit on top to hold it steady when it starts to freeze up and the crankers have to really put some muscle into it. Any particular flavor you all would like? I've got my mother's recipe for banana/pineapple, and it's some kinda good. Then again, there's nothing wrong with plain old vanilla. What do y'all want to do?

Well, I'm off to hit the shower. It has been awfully hot here today. How hot? Dang hot!! A cool shower is just the ticket. Then a big glass of iced tea, and something light for supper. Yep, that's the plan. Everyone have a good evening, now. Let me know if you want to help me make that ice cream. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15160: Hey Ro!... Count me in on the crankin'. I do love a good, rich batch of home made ice cream. I'll try some of that banana/pineapple. Think we might get in some peach? Peaches are pretty this year. Need to get down to the Farmers Market in Dallas. That's almost as good as an amusement park. Have a blessed evening... Dragonfly

August 08, 2003 - Msg 15161: Homemade ice cream and then the movie show sounds like a real nice evening. Count me in! If we make vanilla, someone could go downtown and get a bottle of "rutbeer" and we could make some real old fashioned ice cream sodas! Haven't had one in ages.

Thanks for the congrats on my new grandbaby coming in January, Ro and congrats on your new little one coming real soon, too! Aren't grandbabies the greatest? We love em! We took our grandsons with us on vacation this summer and visited Bonanza's Ponderosa Ranch in Nevada near Lake Tahoe. It was the absolute GREATEST! You know how it's space/fantasy/cartoon characters and movies that are big with kids now and cowboys haven't been all that popular since Opie's days? Well, after the Ponderosa my grandsons now want to be cowboys! It's great to see them admire good old fashioned characters with good old fashioned values. They dressed up cowboy style and took pictures and everything... sooo cute! If you all ever get out to Lake Tahoe, GO THERE... you will love it with or without kids but especially with kids!

Welcome to all the new Porchsters and hello to all the old Porchsters.... well, not that you all are OLD... well, maybe you are if you can remember watching Bonanza and having a crush on Little Joe like I did! ;)


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15162: I want some of that ice cream Ro.
I'll be the sitter. I can do that one.


August 08, 2003 - Msg 15163: I want some Ice Cream, too. And since I have been known to get cranky once in a while, I reckon I can do some of the crankin'!

Mary Wiggins

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15164: Whooooeee! Wasn't that ice cream good? Thanks to the crankers and to Asa for sitting on the freezer for us. I can whip up the stuff, but the cranking is somebody else's job, especially after it starts to freeze. Sure do appreciate it, Mary Wiggins and Dragonfly. We'll have to do it again sometime soon, especially if Dragonfly will go get us some peaches. The Plum was asking if we could make some carrot ice cream, and I had to tell her that I didn't think anyone else would want any and it was a lot of trouble to make it for just one consumer. She was a little disappointed, but didn't pout. Now that I think of it, I do have a tiny little freezer in a cabinet somewhere, just makes about a quart - maybe I could make her some, especially since she was sweet about it. Anybody else want to try it?

Well, I think I'll hit the ironing board. The sprinkler man will be here early in the morning again, so I need to get some sleep. He's just moving right along, got the back yard almost finished, and that's saying something. It's 85x66', so that was a lot of trenching and pipe fitting. He still has the side yard and the whole front to do, but expects to finish on Tuesday. Then the landscaping starts. I'm so excited - it's really going to be pretty.

Have a great weekend, everyone. See you tomorrow evening, probably. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena