August 09, 2003 - Msg 15165: Hey Ro, Yep they intubated me, if that's how you spell it. Hopefully this will be the last time. Whatever it is they give you sure gave me the blues on Thursday night. My Kyle is in Missouri tubing down the Current River with the whole family and when it came time for fungi to go to work that night, I was so lonely. I cried like a baby when he came to kiss me good-bye.

The fair was great. Always have good eats there. Trace Adkins was awesome as well. Am I the only one who finds long hair on a man attractive? I guess it maybe has something to do with the whole rebel thing, as long as it is clean and well taken care of. As for Trace, he sure twangs my buds.

On Tuesday Tony Hawk is going to be at the fair. Everybody knows who he is, right? Anyway Kyle really thinks he is awesome. So, as a "day before school starts" treat, we are gonna go up and take him to see the show with Tony Hawk. Then over to the free stage and see and Aaron Tippin show. (His hair isn't real purty, but his arms are delish!) Hello doll!

No news from Trevor or Cherry. Kinda concerns me. I tried calling a couple hospitals there, and where Cherry works, but couldn't find anyone who knew their whereabouts. Oh well, guess I will just pray for him.

Later friends,
fun girl

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15166: Hey Fun Girl! Nice to see you had a good time at the fair!

In our little Mayberry our fair can't rate the big names like Atkins, we are more local talent like Poverty Neck Hillbillies.

Our rodeo was nice though and always enjoy the demolition derby-

Well, I had to work today, (great overtime)!

Have a good day and say Hey! to all for me! Thanks Much CJ

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15167: Fun girl, it seems to me that alot of people twang your buds (heehee)! Life must be very exciting......amour, amour.

Well, I was up with a sick young 'un last night. Just got her over the chicken pox three weeks ago and now she has a terrible cold or something. Today is her birthday, too, poor little critter. She is two years old today and too sick to open her presents and eat the Sleeping Beauty cake her Daddy got her yesterday. Ya'll please pray for my little darlin' girl. Better run...


August 09, 2003 - Msg 15168: Hello all! homemaker, Yep, you caught me. With a new batch of squeezins. It will send you to the moon!(boy, you already there). Feel free to jump in when ever you want to. Fun Girl, The truck slid off the bridge into the water. We all had a bath and belched all the way home. Time fer: "Dirty Me, Dirty Me, I'm Disgusted With Myself". Aone, Atwo and away we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15169: Boo Sorry to hear about the youngin' especially on a birthday! I had the pox on my 6th birthday and can still remember how bad I felt, she is in our prayers and on our church's prayer list!

Now don't go teasin' Fun Girl, I was just makin' talk with her about the fair, cause our is going on this week as well, I have been tryin' to make contact with you Mayberry folk for sometime now but never get any reply, sortof makes me feel like I am Earnest T.! (Darn I nedd me a uniform)!

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15170: Anyboby seen Goober lately? my truck is given me all sorts of problems, beats it all- Cj

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15171: #15169, you sorta need yourself a name, too, to go along with that uniform! It's hard to converse with somebody when you don't know who you're talkin' to. You sure you're from around here? ;>)

Rain! We're getting rain! Well, sort of. More like drips! We're getting drips! It wouldn't really qualify as rain, but at least it's some dampness, and the temperature is 79 degrees, compared with 100+ for the last couple of weeks. Right now, as hot and dry as it has been, we'll take whatever we can get, and are grateful.

Sprinkler man and his crew worked today for about six hours, and got quite a bit done. They made it from the back yard all the way out to the street, and that was some job. Lots of tree roots to contend with, but they made it. Fascinating. They cut very few roots. The only ones they have cut were a couple that lay right at the level they need to run the pipe through. Most of the roots are more shallow than that, and they just tunnel under them. The back yard is already starting to "heal". In a couple of weeks, especially now that it will be getting plenty of water, you won't even be able to see where the trenches were dug. This is just going to be great!

Well, I feel a nap coming on, friends. I'm really enjoying getting older, because I can take a nap and no one thinks I'm lazy. (heehee) Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15172: Yes, it's true. I do appreciate a man who's well put together. There, I said it and I ain't taking it back!
fun girl

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15173: Lawww, fun girl. You're not alone. My dear beloveded was put together about as well as any man I ever saw. He was one purty man, and he had a beautiful heart to match. A winning combination, indeed. --Romeena

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15174: Oh, a fair... I love a fair, especially when there are pickle contests of course! This should be my 14th blue ribbon this year I think... that extra pinch of allspice is the trick ;) I've been trying to get Asa to try one but whenever I catch up with him he seems to have just eaten!??

fun girl, what kind of fair food do you all have there? Just want to drool a bit... I love fair food!

Romeena, gettin all excited over sprinklers... I know the feelin. It's when you get up around the grandma stage of life that seeing something like that is better than seein any "purty man" like fun girl and these other younguns! But, I'm glad you got your memories of your hubbie... sounds like he was a very special man indeed.

My "purty man" has got me all excited too!.... He's in the laundryroom right now painting and putting up new shelves for me in the broom closet! ;) (we grandmas have learned what's really important! ;)) Then he's gonna put in a new sink, new counters, and a beautiful old-fashioned octagonal tile floor! Now ain't he fine?!! ....Believe it or not, he really is good-looking to boot! And I have to tell the truth, 20 years ago, I never even cared about remodeling laundry rooms and such I spent so much time just lookin at him and being so enamored with him... guess that's why the laundryroom's just now gettin done! haha ;)

Speaking of naps, Romeena, can you believe it? I took a 2 1/2 hour nap last week! You'd have thought I was hibernatin under Possum's rock (I did dream I was being poked at with a stick... was that you Possum?) I was feeling tired so I laid down and couldn't believe how long I slept! All I had done was babysit my three grandkids in the morning... Well, I hate to admit it, but, Doc Cruthers is right, I'm no spring chicken anymore! fun girl, did they give ya any Col. Harvey's elixer? Send it my way.. I think I could use some!.... Chiii-na town, my China town, where the lights are looooow... hic! (Briscoe does Col. Harvey visit you by any chance?)

Well, better go lay down again. Romeena, thanks for the invite to ice cream.. it was great and if Sugarplum wants carrot ice cream, more power to her! They make asparagus ice cream out here at the Aspargus Festival in Stockton, so why not carrot? Though I'll just stick with vanilla, thank you very much. ;P

Cj, Goober's probably at the tire convention in Raleigh this week honing up his knowledge on tires, water, and air and such. Let's just hope he doesn't come back with a beard this time! I don't want to hear about tires, water, and air all week!

Prayers for the sickies especially Boo's poor little birthday girl. :( fun girl, if you can be noticing men, you must be all well by now! Let's see

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15175: Whoops! Hit that send button a little too soon... or too late?... (Hic!)... hmmmmm.. where was I? oh yes... Now fun girl, let's see iffn you are okay now... lift your elbows and point them straight out... okay, now lift them up over your head... up, up, ... oh no!... you had better have some more elixer with me! I'll play the piano and you sing, Too-too-tootsie, goodbyyyeee! Too-too-tootsie, don't cryyy... You'll feel better in no time!

That all above and this too was me.. ~Clara~ with my good friend, Col. Harvey!

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15176: I don't even remember the last time my buds were twanged, as fun girl puts it. Clara, my hubby is outside in the garage putting together a weight bench for me. That makes me pretty happy.

Thanks to you all for your prayers. I took Birthday Girl to the doc this morning and she has a pretty bad ear infection and a cold. She got a big dose of antibiotics to help her and after getting a dose of Advil, she felt up to opening a few gifts. She loved her six pairs of plastic high heels and looked so funny walking around in her diaper with those plastic shoes on and her curls sticking up everywhich way. She is taking a long nap now. She also got some plastic dishes with Disney characters on them and a really neat Winnie the Pooh table and chairs. She was happy.

Glad things cooled off for you, Ro. The rain hasn't made its way down here yet and MAN, it is HOT!

Hope ya'll have a real fine evening. Do something you enjoy and be good to yourselves. Have a moon pie or somethin'.


August 09, 2003 - Msg 15177: Hey to the porch! Did you all hear about the Mayberry Cast Reunion weekend at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville next June 25-27th? Floyd posted it to the WBMUTBB digest recently. It sounds wonderful. I missed the last one but I'm gonna try to make this next one. That would be a great opportunity to meet other TAGS fans (some of our own porch folks) and meet the celebrities as well.

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15178: Also, I forgot to mention another TAGS event this Saturday night (Aug. 16th at 7:00 at the Andy Griffith Playhouse) for anybody who might live near enough to Mt. Airy to make it. The Surry Arts Council is having a special Mayberry night at the Blue Ridge Jamboree, hosted by David Browning, "The Mayberry Deputy". And tickets are half price for TAGSRWC members! Now you can't beat that aTALL.

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15179: Well Fun Girl - my boys went to the fair today to the rodeo, courtesy of Hoosier Energy (my mother in law got tickets for the three little boys she has!) They sure enjoyed it and they came home with cowboy hats too!
My MIL also took the boys school shopping this week - how that helped the budget. Even got them school shoes at the Nike store! My youngest - the 5 year old - is in a size 2 and my oldest, we decided his next shoes would be the boxes as he is in a 6 1/2 mans shoe! You have to remember that my oldest is 6 (so his shoe size is bigger than his age). Do you think Larry Bird started out this way? The oldest is 4'6" and he won't be 7 until Halloween.

Talk to you later - need to get baths done.


August 09, 2003 - Msg 15180: Hey to everyone!


August 09, 2003 - Msg 15181: Hey to the porch - Emma, Nashville in June sounds great. We only got there for the dinner and the Opry last time but hopefully we can do the whole weekend this time. Are going to the wingding in Mt. Airy next Saturday? I'm sure it will be a blast, too.

"I'm going to Nashville"

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15182: Romenna, Thank you very much for respondin, No I am not from round here, I just moved here from Pa., company transfer, I work for the federal gbt. Sorry bout the name, its Olsen, the fact is you folks make a new body feel right at home, and I want to thank ya! It is true, your always welcome in Mayberry!

August 09, 2003 - Msg 15183: Romenna, Thank you very much for respondin, No I am not from round here, I just moved here from Pa., company transfer, I work for the federal gbt. Sorry bout the name, its Olsen, the fact is you folks make a new body feel right at home, and I want to thank ya! It is true, your always welcome in Mayberry!

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15184: Hey, Olsen. I didn't mean to be nosy, asking for your name. Most of us have a TAGS name, something we've chosen for ourself, and that's what I was askin' about. The name you want to be known by, is what I mean. Then when we leave a note here, we generally sign off with that name, so's folks will know who they're visitin' with. Just read back through some of the archives, and you'll see what I mean. If you want to catch up some, just mash that blue "Archives" button at the bottom of your screen.

Well, guess I'll see if'n I can clean up enough to look respectable enough to go to church this morning. Wouldn't want to embarrass the Lord by showin' up looking the way I do right now, my hair all frazzly and all! Been working in the yard and harassing the sprinkler men all week. :>)

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15185: Romeena, I took no offense to your askin' a name, just the opposite! Again thanks for responding to my note! Actually my family and friends call me CJ- short for Charles Jonathan, I am well as you all am just a Mayberry fan, but I didn't think you would respond well to a , well, a Yankee-, though my great grandfather was a Reb officer! anyway love to sit back at night and read the Front Poarch, all you folks are so wonderful! Talk at ya later and again Thank You! CJ

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15186: Romeena, P.S. You Are So Sweet! Thank You! CJ

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15187: Hey to the porch, and welcome to Hotie and CJ.

Now onto the mouth watering subject that we all love so dearly. No, not a well put together man, and not VICKS! I was refering to FOOD in general and fair food to be specific. The latest rage is a fried Twinkie. I have heard that they are delicious, but I get a toothache just thinking about eating one. I prefer the roasted corn and lemon shake ups. We did share a polish sausage sandwich and later on we each had a gyros. (Asa, please tell me I don't have to explain what a gyros is. LOL) I didn't see Col. Harvey but then again I don't really look that hard. Once I tried BDJ's squeezins, I could never be satisfied with elixer again. I can't say for sure, but I am almost certain that Briscoe Darling Jr. would never polute his wonderful squeezins with something like Col. Harvery elixer.

homemaker, I reckon we grow em big here in God's country cause Kyle, at age 13 is in a size 8 1/2 and on the way to having biger feet than his daddy. But Lordy, your boy has got large feet for sure. Is the rest of him really big too? I mean is he tall and such? Sounds like he might be on the way to the NBA like The Bird. How do you feel about Boston? LOL

School starts Wednesday and I have yet to buy school clothes. When does school start for you homemaker? Guess we will hit Walmart tomorrow. Need to finish laundry and take inventory of what we have and what we need.

Later on then Friends,
fun girl

Ladies I have found the most delightful series of books. Your really must read them. They are by Ann B Ross. (No, it's not Alice from the Brady Bunch. That was Ann B. Davis.) Anyway, she writes about a southern genteel woman born and bred in North Carolina. She is a hoot. The first book is called, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. I checked it out of the library last summer, but I will have to get it again and sprinkle a few quotes in my posts to get you hankering for more. Then you can go and check it out. I emailed her and she was wonderful enough to email me back. She is the one I heard the phrase "A man who's well put together" from. So, we know she's good people. LOL

fun girl

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15188: Ohhhh - so you're Cj! Don't mind me, hon. I'm slow, but I get there. I noticed that little "Cj" after #15170, but didn't tie it to #15169. That's why I asked for a name. Sorry. Like I said, I'm slow, but once I get it, I've flat got it! And I think CJ is a dandy name. Hang on to it.

I was supposed to work tonight, but they cancelled me (awwwww!). "Course my name was first on the "you may cancel me" list, so I was hoping they'd call. Now I can go back to church tonight. There's a group of seven young men from Zambia who will have the entire service tonight. They sing, and you never did hear such singing. Some in English, and some in their language, but it's all beautiful. Just sets your toes to tapping and your heart wanting to sing praises, just listening to 'em. They did one song this morning, and I managed to get one of their CDs after the service. Honey, they do praise the Lord! Now I can go hear the rest of what they can do.

My backyard looks it's ready for baling. My friend Eddie, the yard guy, couldn't mow back there on Thursday because of the sprinkler crew, so the grass is nigh knee-deep. I had been pouring the water on it to make it easier for the men to dig their trenches. It all had to be dug by hand, couldn't get a trencher back there, and it was some work, believe me. By the time Eddie gets to mow it next week, it's gonna be a sight!

Well, off I go. Have a good Sabbath evening, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. Boo, I believe we need to tent and fumigate that baby girl of yours. That poor little girl child gets more ear and throat infections, and had the chicken pox, and just all sorts of things. Reckon it would help if we got a Flit gun and sprayed her? (teehee)Must be all that sugar around her, that attracts the bugs.

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15189: Ha! I'm open to suggestions, Ro! I think she picks up all sorts of things in the church nursery and because her brother is homeschooled and she has never been in daycare, she hasn't had much of a chance to challenge her immune system. Her brother was like that, too. I really believe she picked up the chicken pox from a visit to the dr's office; the timing was just right. She is much better today and I think I will keep her out of church for a couple of weeks, make sure she gets her vitamins and try to build her up before the next illness!

I really missed going to church today but that's just how it goes when your kids are little. I refuse to take them sick. Last Wed. night I went to drop off Erin in the nursery and there was a little boy in there with a bad cold (he was even carrying his own box of Keenix!). Well, I just picked up Erin and went home but she ended up with the cold anyway, sheesh. I wish others would be considerate enough to keep there sick little ones at home. Ok, I am through complaining.

Hope everyone has a fine evening. How come we never go to the movies in Mt. Pilot anymore? We used to go all the time last summer.


August 10, 2003 - Msg 15190: Hey to the porch,
Sp00ky Benson

August 10, 2003 - Msg 15191: Well, How-do, SpOOky Benson! Long time no see. Have you been hidin' in the bushes, a-spyin' on us? Betcha got kinda bored, huh? Not a lot goes on around here, at least most of the time.

Boo, I think you're on the right track with the unchallenged immune system idea, but what are you supposed to do, just fling her in the briarpatch with every little cruddy-nosed kid in town? All kids are sweet, but they're also little walking germ farms. 'Tis a puzzlement.

Well, I went and heard the young Zambian men sing, and let me tell you! They have a bass who can hit notes I've never heard a human hit before. I do believe if he was singing out on a savannah somewhere, elephants would come to him. He can rumble around down in low registers that are just amazing. Another of the group makes those click and clack noises that are a part of his language, and he makes it sound like percussion sticks. They were all converted to Christianity in a missionary school when they were very young, and have been friends and associates ever since. Now they're here studying, getting degrees and sharing their music at the same time. They plan to return to Zambia in a few years and work in mission efforts there. They were just delightful.

Well, guess I'll scare up some supper. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15192: Great statement, Ro..."..fling her in the briarpatch with every little cruddy-nosed kid in town?" Haha. I love it!

Wish I could have heard the men from Zambia. What a neat testimony they have and they will continue the mission effort in their homeland. The curriculum I am using with my son this year is heavily missions-oriented and we are loving it. I will have to look up Zambia. One of the books we use is called From Abeku To Zapotec and is about bibleless lands and challenges the kids to pray for those people while they learn about them. Another of the books we read from each week is compiled of true Missionary stories. It is such a joy to share with my son what God is doing in our world.

Well, I finally got Erin to sleep but now her brother has her cold! I am so tired. I gave him some night time cold med for kids so maybe he will sleep.

Better hit the sack. You know I heard Billy Graham's daughter in an interview the other day talking about how we stay so busy. In the "old days" we didn't have all the modern convienences so we worked hard but now we try to cram so much into our time that we are actually busier and more stressed. Used to be work was hard but life was simpler. I wish my life could be more like that. I want to get rid of my TV sometimes and move out in the middle of nowhere and just grow my own food. In reality, I don't think I could survive without Wal-Mart and HEB (Ro, knows what HEB is).


August 11, 2003 - Msg 15193: I sure do, Boo. But just think, without TV we wouldn't have TAGS! Oh, horrors! That's just unthinkable. --Romeena

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15194: Mornin' Y'all! I've seen those books you're talkin' about,fun girl-gonna have to grab me one and start reading! Sorry about the sick lil girl Boo. I can tell you from working with 3-6 year olds in school that the parents just will not keep their sick kids home! All the other kids got sick,I got sick-it was just no excuse for kids to be in school with all their "crud" (ha )! School starts back today and I won't have to worry about getting germs from the kiddies cause I don't work there anymore! Now I just smell of hickory smoke and bbq! Ha Ha
Who mentioned going to the picture show? I tried to get up a trip a while back,but couldn't get to the porch because of all the dang rain around my rock! (in other words,couldn't get on computer due to severe T-storms). Let's try it next weekend-I heard they have a double feature- The Wizard of Oz and The Christmas Story! Plus,ya get in half price if you bring a jar of Vicks! Ha Ha
Have a great day y'all! Coffee & krispy kremes for ya!
possum under a rock

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15195: Well Fun Girl - my oldest is big for his age - most people think he is 10. He was 4 feet, 5 inches when school ended but I know that he has grown this summer because his jeans will not fit from May (they were 10's). So for starting out so small - 4 pounds 5 1/2 ounces - he surely has made up for that! And he isn't chubby - he is very firm. His big thrill is that he can lift a 50 pound sack of goat feed by himself - I don't encourage that but he is strong as well. And he loves basketball. In fact Mr. Bird's picture is hanging in their room - I love Mr. Bird!!
My youngest is what I consider normal sized for a kindergartener - he is 46 inches (almost 4 feet Asa) and he weighs 56 pounds (he likes his sweets). Can you say pop-tarts!
My boys go to school Wednesday, I start on Thursday officially (have an IEP meeting today), and then the students I work with start on Monday (and some of them start Wednesday but I don't see them until next week). I work in several school systems - 5 to be exact, the only things that are the same are holidays and vacations -
I have been canning (did beans and 'maters).
I'll go back to making salsa with my next 'maters!
Still want to do some more apple butter - the recipe I have is done in the oven and is SIMPLE! I think that will be nice for Christmas gifts.
Well - I need to get the boys ready for the day!
Take care. . .talk to you later!


August 11, 2003 - Msg 15196: Morning porch pals. Hope you all had a good weekend.
I'm up for a trip to the picture show. Sounds like a blast. Can we get popcorn?
Boy homemaker, like I don't know how much 46 inches is. I gotta a tape measure and I even know how to read it so neaaaaa. LOL


August 11, 2003 - Msg 15197: Hey Porch! Boy, I sure did have a lot of reading to catch up on! What with Boo's little girl being sick, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and now her little boy has the cold! I'll be praying for you and yours, Boo! And then all the talk of Ro's yard getting torn up! Here in Michigan, (yes, Cj I'm a Yankee, too) I just assumed that people in Texax had no grass!! LOL It sounds like your home is going to be a showplace around your parts, Ro! Then there was Fungirl talking about the purty men! You are a st-itch! Emma, thanks for the news about the Mayberry Cast reunion, and the Mayberry event this Saturday. I'm a bit too far away to go, but I'll be there in spirit!
Hey to Sp00ky Benson, long time no hear! Welcome to Cj and Hodie.
Homemaker, send some of that Apple Butter to me for Christmas! (Am I on your list? ;) ) Possum and Homemaker bring up the point of kids getting back in school. Well, my youngest is about to start kindergarten. If you ask him if he wants to go he'll tell you no! This ought to be fun! My oldest went through school like it was the funnest thing she ever did. She got awards, honor roll, voted class president, secretary, all that kind of stuff, played every sport under the sun, even FOOTBALL, she was the captain of the team! She played college basketball, too. That was her favorite. Then my second child, oh Lawd! He is smart as a whip, but he and school were like water and oil. I think his GPA was .07. Yep, that's right, not even a 1! And he would go to school everyday, and never, and I mean NEVER, do the work! He eventually earned a GED which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. So, with the youngest already expressing trepidation, you can understand my concern! But, my youngest is a very smart little boy also, and I am sure that even if school and he aren't fast friends, he'll do alright in life anyway! I am beginning to understand the importance of other things, not just how a child does in school, but how he respects those around him, how he plans to make an impact on the lives of those he touches. How he can be a light in the world, and of course, how to find out which channel and what time The Andy Griffith Show will be on! ;)

Asa, include me in the movie show trip. How about The Apple Dumpling Gang? (That was on the other night!)

Have a great day all!

Mary Wiggins

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15198: That's right, Mary. We should think about how to develope our children's spirit and character, shouldn't we? That is something they don't teach much about in school so it is up to us the parents. Oh, and thanks for your prayers!

Hey Possum, I have my jar of VICKS and I am ready to go to the show. Just tell me when!

Yes, we have grass in Texas. In fact, down here on the coast it is pretty tropical and the grass is usually green unless there is a drought in the summer. We have lots of pretty palm trees, too. No mountains, though (Darn it!). I miss those mountains and I won't be going to Colorado this year. I reserved an old restored stone cottage near Fredricksburg, though and we will spend a weekend there in December. We will be there during the Kinderfest and children's christmas parade. I am looking forward to it. The old cottage is out on a sheep ranch and there is alot of wildlife to see.

Well, baby girl is trying to unplug my computer (she is back to her old self!). Better go....


ps- Homemaker, do you think you could share your recipe for apple butter? I have one for apple butter that you make in a slow cooker but I have never heard of making it in the oven.

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15199: Hey Porch,
Just wanted to say "hey". Hope ya'll had a great weekend. Take care and have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15200: homemaker, my son thinks Reggie Miller is a better b-ball player than The Bird. Oh the folly of youth. I have tried to set him straight, but you know how hard headed young people can be. Bird rules!

I emailed the special services director today to remind her of what I would like to happen this year. I left a message with her last year before school was out, but I have a feeling she may just try to get by without following through. So, I just touched base with her through email and told her in firm yet kind tones what we want and told her to contact me if she needed any additional information. Hope to hear from her soon.
Two days til school starts.
fun girl

August 11, 2003 - Msg 15201: Howdy Porch, Howdy Ladies! You all are invited to come on dow for our 50th annual KING COAL FESTIVAL August 16 - 23rd, on the 23rd we have our parade, and if you shout loud enough we will throw you all candy, we will be driving the white El Camino SS in the classic car parade.

And talk about festival and fair food, let me tell you everything you can think of from perogies to funnel cake, cabbage rolls to stuffed green peppers. (try the banana peppers with sausage stuffing!)

Bring down the youngins' for the fireworks on Wednesday night, an entrie week of activities, for all ages!

Well time to go work on the truck, have a great night and God Bless You All! CJ

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15202: Hey, ya'll won't believe what happened here yesterday! It got real cloudy and the wind started to blow something awful. I grabbed the kids and ran outside and it was actually cool in August (never saw that before, ever). I sat outside and just soaked it up. It went from 98 to 72 degrees in just a few minutes. It stayed cool all evening but it is back to being hot again this morning, of course. It was a real nice little break for us, though.

Hope ya'll have a great day and remember, Fall is on the way! Cool weather, the turning leaves, apple cider (all those things we don't have in South Texas. Sniff.).


August 12, 2003 - Msg 15203: Hey porch pals.
Whats up? Hope you are all well.
I better get down to breakfast, It's almost 5.


August 12, 2003 - Msg 15204: I just picked the first of my big tomatos out of my garden! There's nothing like fresh-grown tomatos in the summer. I'm going to have a bunch too. Time to get the canning jars out.
jennie boone
"I wish someone would throw a tomato at me, I ain't had my lunch yet"

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15205: CJ - where is the King Coal Parade? We have a goat show on the 23rd but the King Coal Parade sounds really ROCKIN'! White El Camino - my brother had a metallic blue one and he thought he was the cat's meow. He still does at forty something. . .now he into pulling garden tractors with his boys.
Boo - I went to the kitchen to get the recipe and the recipe fairy has taken it - so I'll have to hunt to find where she hid it and then I'll share it. It is so simple that even Asa could make it!
Talk to you all later -
You go Fun Girl!!


August 12, 2003 - Msg 15206: Hey to the porch - Welcome, CJ. We don't really have "yankees" here on the porch. We're all Mayberrians. Some of us live on the south side of town and some live on the north side. And some are out by old man Kelsey's ocean.
jennie, I think I'll let the tomatos go by.
Sp00ky, good to see you again too. And Hodie, if it's the same Hodie, was already posting here waaaaay back when I first sat in my rocker.
Hope all are having a good week.

Milton P. Oliver
"Yes Miz Vickers, we're still holdin' on to Richmond"

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15207: Hey to the porch! I like that, MPO..we're all Mayberrians. I live near Old Man Kelsey's woods. I remember Hodie, too. He's from way back, if it's the same Hodie. Sp00ky's from way back too..hey to Sp00ky! And welcome to all the newcomers. I've had the flu since Saturday and just today started feeling human again. I don't know if I'll get to go to Mt. Airy this Saturday or not, MPO. Wish we could all go together.
"Did I have a pain? Started right here in the side and shot down my leg, rared up the other side and around my back, and then went clean on up around my neck."

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15208: Evening Y'all! Glad you got some nice weather Boo-wish we could! I will be so glad when this "monsoon summer" is over! It rains/ thunderstorms EVERY afternoon and/or evening! Last night during TAGS the lights went out about 5 times-finally I gave up.But.. we're still going over to Mt. Pilot Friday night for the picture show! Bring your Vicks and get in half price-what a deal!
Well,better go surf the web before another rainstorm pops up and I'll have to unpug everything and scamper (do possums scamper?) back under my rock. Y'all have a great evening! Hope ya stay dry!
possum under a rock

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15209: unpug? Ha Ha My brain must be waterlogged!

possum again

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15210: Hey to posstum again and The Porch.
What's wrong with tomatoes Milton? They're good, I like 'em...

-- Jelsik

(Barn running excitedly to Thel's door to let in Andy Lou): "COMING!..."

August 12, 2003 - Msg 15211: Hey guys, I'm with Milton.. I'm gonna let them maters slide on by too. They dont twang my buds too much. Been busy on my porch, plus having puter troubles again. And that feller at the tech support number was just as mean as he could be. Folks like that aint gonna die.. just nasty away. I even thought about singin a lil Spread a Lil Sunshine to him.. but didn't figgure it would do any good. Be praying for my friend Kris, the one who is in the army, he found out a week ago that he is being sent to Bagdad. He has been in Kuwait for a few months now. He was really dreading goin. Keep him in your prayers. Thanks guy, Love ya's all. Salty Dog

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15212: Hey to the porch! ~ Mrs. Wiley

Otis: "Andy, ask him why he threw a tomato at me."

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15213: Good morning - children going to school today! They are so "be-cited" - that's what my youngest said. He fronts a lot of words with "be" (Be-tucky is my favorite! Being the good teacher I correct him but it is still cute!) I have about 7 hours to myself - what a concept. Tomorrow I go back to school but I really needed today!
Fresh rolls in the oven. Orange glazed - my favorite!


August 13, 2003 - Msg 15214: I wish somebody would throw something at me. I haven't had my breakfast yet.
- Hazel

A lot of people lie at lunch. What's the matter with that?

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15215: Hazel, you are a hoot!

Hey, Homemaker, I thought you homeschooled your young 'uns (or am I thinking of someone else?). Gee, I sure would enjoy seven hours to myself!

Salty, I got a real funny mental image of you singing Spread a Little Sunshine to that nasty fellow on the phone. I'll bet that would have gone over real well, huh?

I'm tuckered. Had a bout with the old insomnia last night and then both my kids woke up at two different times during the night, one with a stuffy nose and one with a cough (the aftermath of the colds they had) and of all things I woke up early with a case of the hiccups! Decided to just get up, fix my coffee and sit on the porch for a spell. Is anyone experiencing any cool weather in the morning? Blow some my way. I can't wait for Fall. My husband's birthday is in October and I already bought him his present. I found the most beautiful print of a cabin on the river in Autumn and I am having it matted and framed. It is so nice to look at; with the changing leaves and such. He wanted a similar Thomas Kincaid print a few years ago but they were outrageously priced. This one looks alot like it but I actually like it better and it was much less expensive.

Well, on with the day...ya'll have a good one.

Good luck with the sprinklers, Ro.

"...bubbly wubbly."

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15216: Hello Porch Fans,
Haven't posted in a loooong time but here I am. Getting tired of the colored episodes, back again on TVLand. May have to murder my hired man. Does anybody remember me?
--Old Man Rimshaw

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15217: Hey to you, Old Man Rimshaw! Where you been hidin', down in that spooky old basement of yours? Be careful, I hear tell that Otis and one of his ne'er-do-well drinking buddies have been holed up in there making 'shine. Otis wouldn't hurt you, of course, but you might trip over his still in the dark.

Boo, that cool spell you had came from a little norther that blew through here on Monday. It cooled things down around here, too, at least a little bit for a little while. It hasn't gotten back up over the 100 mark since then, but got to about 90 yesterday afternoon. Still felt downright cool!
How annoying, to be awakened by hiccups! Kids and their problems are nothing new, and we moms can roll right over that, but hiccups?? Don't think that has ever happened to me.

Sprinkler system should be finished this morning, then the landscaper and I will make some plans and lay out outlines this afternoon, and work begins on the landscaping, though probably not until Friday. He has a customer with a broken sprinkler system that he promised to sandwich in, and I don't mind that. You should see my back yard - it looks like a performance of Dancing Waters. He's testing the timer system, and hasn't put the sprayer heads on yet, so I have little geysers shooting up here and there, stopping and starting at random intervals. Looks kinda funny!

Well, gotta run my car over to the shop and leave it, will receive a loaner. Just some scheduled maintenance, and still they give me a loaner. Can't beat that. Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15218: Hello all! Hello Old Man Rimshaw, I remember you! You the one with them crazy eyeballs. Lol! Hey Fun Girl, Thanks for them kind words about, "Junior's Joy Juice". I use only the best sprang water and mountain berries. And a secret family sauce. Here is a jug just for you! Welcome to CJ and Hodie. Prayers for all. Time fer: "Dooley". Aone, Atwo and a way we go...

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15219: Howdy Romeena, I didn't see you sittin' thar.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15220: Howdy, Briscoe! Mighty fine juggin' you're doing there. We do appreciate your talents! Sugarplum asked if you happen to know "When It's Carrot Time in Texas." Never heard it myself, but she seems to think it's a good 'un. Hope it don't make her cry. -- Romeena

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15221: Hey friends! School started here today. homemaker, I am waiting to hear from out special services director on what their plan is for Kyle. I already know what my plan is, just want to see if we are all on the same page. You said before that if they don't agree we need to get someone to come in and help us settle it....but I can't remember what you called that person. Can you help me out and repeat it for me?

Hey BDJ thanks for the squeezins. Wonderful as usual. Do you and the boys know Red River Valley?
I sure would like to hear it. 'preciate ya!

Got time to breathe, got time for music!
fun girl

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15222: Hello, Romeena! Thank ya fer them kind words. Fer Sugarplum. "When It's Carrot Time in Texas." Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15223: Hey Fun Girl, The Boys sure do know, "Red River Valley". If'n ya' need a jug refill, let me know. Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15224: Well....even the busiest man in town's got five minutes to pass the time of day!

August 13, 2003 - Msg 15225: You he didn't get her home 'till 1:00 O'clock in the morning.....

There's Wilbur...barely cold in the grave and she's sittin' up all night on slip covers he;s payin' for!


August 14, 2003 - Msg 15226: Good Morning Porch, how is everyone? Hey Boo... have you ever tried inhaling in front of an electric fan? Floyd claims that works. Hope you guys have a great day and a great weekend I'm goin to TN for the weekend, so ya'lls behave now and try to keep certain ones out of those squeezins.. mainly Asa and Hazel. Hey Ro.. I thought Asa was gonna help you with them sprinklers, what ever happened with that? But if he installs sprinklers like you guys put up Christmas lights it's no wonder.Tee Hee Ya'll have a gret day--Salty Dog

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15227: Mornin' to Salty and the Porch.

-- Jelsik

" was about Africa."

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15228: Go ahead and take a shot at him sheriff, you got a legal right.

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15229: Hey, kids... Back on that tomato thing. My Papa always planted tomatoes in bulk when I was a young 'un. He was always afraid the frost would kill some... it never did. Fifty two plants will put out some tomatoes I'll tell you. Now y'all don't let 'em all ripen. Save some to make fried green tomatoes. You do that and I'll put on a pot of butter beans with a little salt pork and make a skillet of cornbread. We'll be high cotton then... Dragonfly

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15230: Howdy Porch. How are you all? Well I hope and pray. Sure been hot on my porch lately. Still breakin 100 everday. Suppose to get some cool wet weather this weekend though. That would be nice.
Romeena must be out playing in her sprinklers. LOL
I got lots of maters in my garden Dragonfly. Red uns and green uns. Come git some. If you can beat Salty to em. She loves my maters.


August 14, 2003 - Msg 15231: Hey, everybody! Sugarplum says thank you, BDJ, for playing her song. She almost cried, but fought it. Asa, I haven't been out playing in the sprinklers, but I got up at 4am to watch 'em come on last night. They did, too! Watered everything real nice. The men are still here, digging out the line where the footers will be poured to outline my new flowerbeds. Quarry rock will be set on top of those footers, and I'll have permanent, landscaped beds around the perimeter of my back yard. Gonna be some kinda purty! They're sort of free-formed, getting up to within a couple of feet from the fence in some places, and as far out as 6-8 feet in other places. There'll be flagstones here and there for me to step on to tend the beds. Some permanent shrubbery, but lots of open space for seasonal color, like pansies and such. It's really going to be nice. My dad would have loved it.

Well, off I go to get a haircut. I'll be down in the beauty shop if anyone needs me. They finally patched that hole in the wall where Barney broke out of the bank's safe. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15232: Prayers for all those who are suffering in the heat. Those poor people in France!

Ro, you're lucky that you don't have sideburns. Floyd never gets em even. Asa, I ain't seen you in what seems like a month of Sundays.

Guess homemaker is busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest, what with school back in session for her. Kyle is doing well. He is such a social kid. He really likes school. I can remember when I was in high school I was painfully shy. I would go into the restroom rather than have to go and sit in lunch alone. I spent many days sitting in the restroom crying instead of eating. I know it's hard to believe I was ever shy, ain't it?

Asa, throw some of them tomatoes at me, would ya?

fun girl

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15233: I like the way you talk, I talk the most coutriest in my whole school

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15234: Howdy porch! I'm still alive & kickin, just been busy as a cat in a roomful of rockin chairs, gotta go read the archives to see what all I missed, just wanted to say hey.

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15235: Hey Mavis, hows it goin girl? I saw you on tv the other night. As for those tomatoes... I like Asa's tomoatoes just as much as he likes my Tacos. LOL... Or Yacos as he likes to call them. I hope everyone is doin good, prayers for the ones who are without power tonight. I'm leaving tomorrow for Tennessee for a couple days, so ya'll behave while I'm gone. I dont want to hear of any wild parties whilst I'm gone. Ya'll have a good night. Love ya's all--Salty Dog

August 14, 2003 - Msg 15236: Well, Mavis Neff! Wherever have you been, girl? Perhaps to Myer's Lake or did you go to the Cafe for a Rootbeer float? Good to hear from you again.

Sorry things are so hot for you Asa. It has been cloudy here so we are staying in the low 90's. Supposed to get some rain this weekend and with another tropical storm out there we might get alot more. Hang on, Fall is on the way!

Better go hit the hay. It's been one of those long days. Ya'll have a peaceful night.


August 15, 2003 - Msg 15237: Yep, Salty don't want to hear about no parties while she's gone cause she is afraid she will miss out on all the mischief. Now, ain't that the truth Salty?

Hey Mavis, I reckoned you'd done fell off the Robert E Lee Natural Bidge and the creek current done floated you away. Glad to hear from ya!

And Asa, ifn ya got any good tender sweet corn, you can pitch then at me along with the tomaters.
I'll be whatever number you want me to.

Trevor has a web page for the Isle of Wight where he lives. I have checked it periodically just to see if there were any changes so I might be able to tell if he is doing better or what. I checked it yesterday and it has been updated, but no news of how he is doing or anything. All the personal things were gone. He had some photos of himself and he had a spinal fussion club on there and both are gone. Just some ads for a cottage in Scotland. I really hope everything is fine. Do ya reckon he bonked hisself on the head and don't remember me? It would be a shame for a man that young to forget his deep and abiding love for Cream of Wheat, don't ya think?

fun girl

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15238: I want to write my sentence!


August 15, 2003 - Msg 15239: Very good, # 15238! Now try this: How-are-you-Mrs. Wiley.
- Hazel

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15240: "Ithinkiveheardjustaboutenoughabouththosetomatos!"
I just love hearing Barney when he says that.
Gotta get my driver's test today.
"Beep beep outta the way Sunday driver!"
MPO, Myra, YOU got driver's tests coming up too?
fish friend

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15241: cept Barney says Thattomato...

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15242: With apologies - one more tomato request. Asa, while you're chunkin' tomatoes (and maybe some sweet corn?) could you put a little extra spin on it and throw some my way? There just isn't anything gooder'n a fresh, homegrown tomato, unless it's two fresh, homegrown tomatoes. My grandpa always grew tomatoes every year, down in the San Antonio area, and I remember one Christmas when we had fresh sliced tomatoes on the table with Christmas dinner. Now, that was unusual. To have them at Thanksgiving wasn't all that uncommon, but at Christmas? By the way, for a special dressing with turkey or whatever, chop up a real tomato (none of the pink styrofoam kind) into the dressing just before you put it in the bird. If good fresh ones aren't available, those Hunt's brand diced tomatoes, juice and all, are a fair subst-itute. It doesn't make the dressing taste tomato-y, but it sure does brighten it up.

Got my hair cut yesterday - looks really different. Very, very short. I even have sideburns, and guess what? They match! No, Floyd didn't cut it. I went to the beauty shop next to the bank. I declare, that girl got started with her scissors, hair went to flyin', and I was afraid I was going to have to ask her for one of those wigs she sold to Aunt Bee, but she stopped just in time. Haven't decided for sure whether I like it or not, but it doesn't make much difference. My hair grows so fast, in six weeks it'll look just like it did before this haircut. That's one blessing that comes with age. No, not fast-growing hair (except on one's chin, which does, of course, come with age). I mean the att-itude of "no le hace", or "it doesn't matter." You finally learn that not much really matters, except the love of your family and friends and furkids, and your relationship with the good Lord. Everything else is like smoke. It swirls around, constantly changing, and comes and goes. Love stays.

OK, that's my philosophizin' for today. Have a great weekend, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15243: Hey to the porch - jennie, down here we don't have to take a test. Once you pass the test, at age 16 or older, you're never retested. We have to go every four years to have our license renewed and have a new picture taken and lie about our weight, haha. This is the year for us though, so we both have to do that before the last day of September.

"(except on one's chin, which does, of course, come with age)" Haha, Romeena, I've heard that that is just proof that God does have a sense of humor~

"The deacons wush that whoever keeps writin' "Meet me in the basement" on the back of the hymn books would cut it out because ever'body that goes down there tracks mud all over the church."

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15244: Howdy porch. Whats cooking today?
Hey FunGirl, here's some maters and fresh picked corn for ya. The maters are good but the corn will cause yer toes to curl thats how good it is. I already fed it to two athiests this week and now they are believers. Tain't nothing this good come about by accident. LOL
I like what you say Romeena about being able to know whats really important as we get a little older. You put that very good.
Hey MPO, is that a Mayberry quote? Seems like I remember hearing that but I can't thank whay episode it was on.

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15245: Well, as it turned out I did'nt have to take a test either, MPO. You mean to tell me you can lie about your weight?! Dang!! That guy in the patrolman's costume just looked too mean to fall for me puttin' down what I WANTED to put! It's bad enough that I LOOK 4 years older too..pity sakes! It's too bad I'm not like Emma..she's in her late 30's and she does'nt care who knows it.

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15246: Hey to the porch - HA! She's closer to her early %)'s than she is to her late #)'s~
They ain't got no scales there, only a camera. When I say 180 they might look at me funny but they can't prove any different.
Asa, it's an Andy Griffith quote but not a Mayberry quote. It's from some of his old stand-up routines.

Milton P. Oliver
"We're no spring chickens anymore"

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15247: My liscence says what I weighed in 1987. They don't even ask here. Just if all the information is the same. I have only ever corrected the address part. It's kinda like keeping you skinny clothes. As long as they are in the closet, you can make yourself believe that you truly intend to be that size again someday. LOL
fun girl

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15248: Hey Porch, I am back! We are one of the families where Mayberry's lights went out for a while! It is sure funny how panicky people get when a little something like no 'lectricity and no water hit! But what was real nice is that we all were out and about in our neighborhoods last night. We couldn't just go shelter ourselves inside in the air conditioning, watching the telly to entertain us. We had a whole crowd in front of my house. One of my neighbors had just won a homemaker of the year award locally, so she was sharing her good news. Other neighbors were offering water or batteries or candles to those who needed them. My 19 year old son said he wished there was no such thing as T.V.! He enjoyed the visiting with the neighbors that much. It reminded me of my Grandmother. She raised five children in the 30's and 40's and she kept a diary for some of the time. (What a treasure!) In it she wrote a bit about how unfair women were treated, and how some revenuer tried to repossess a car they owned, so they would park it a little ways from their home! But she also wrote about how they would go visit this family, or that family, on WEEKNIGHTS! Grandpa would have to go to work the next day, but they weren't all worried about getting to bed by a certain time because they had to get up so early. They would go visit their neighbors and friends and family all the time. THAT was their entertainment. (She also wrote about going to see Joe Louis fight!)

Well, things are close to normal again. I didn't see anybody out on the street this evening. All the homes have that familiar warm blue glow of the television. But, maybe tomorrow I will bring a apple cake over to my neighbor who loaned me some batteries. And maybe I will walk across the street and see how my elderly neighbors are holding up...

By the way, here is a list of things I wished I had before the power went out, just in case anyone wants to be prepared:
"C" batteries
"D" batteries
nine volt batteries
another flashlight that WORKED!
bottled water
lots of ice
gas in my van (I am going to try to never let it get below 1/4 tank now!)
a radio that operates on batteries for news alerts
the old kinds of phones that don't need electricity to operate (if you have an old phone put it away somewhere just in case!)

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough, but it sure has been an interesting two days!

Mary Wiggins

August 15, 2003 - Msg 15249: Wow Mary Wiggins, thats good of you to share that with us. Glad yer back up with power again even if it makes all the street go back in there homes.
I was just thinking, someone makes a wind up radio that does not require any batteries at all. You just wind up this crank thing and it will play for quite a long time. Pretty neat if you ask me.
Thanks for that info M.P.O. I been going nuts wondering what episode it might a been on.
Hope you all have a nice weekend and be safe everyone.


August 16, 2003 - Msg 15250: Mornin' Y'all! Glad your power is back on Mary.Maybe it would be good every once in awhile for all of us to shut off our modern convienences (did I spell that right?) and spend some old fashioned quality time with our families and others. "Rush,rush,rush" Ha Ha Hey,let's have a band concert under the stars tonight! Now Asa,you get down there with them spiders and get to work!
Speaking of work,I've gotta get ready for the BBQ place,so y'all take care until I see ya at the band concert-TONIGHT!
possum under a rock

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15251: Yeah Asa, I have seen those wind up radios. They are made by FISHER PRICE. LOL In the little window you can even get a little picture story of Jack and Jill. HAAAAAAA! I just kill myself. I guess it's true. Once you have the gift of comedy you never loose it. (Pardon me folks, as you can see, I am my own biggest fan.)
fun girl