August 16, 2003 - Msg 15252: Hey to the Porch! Just wanted to drop in and say hello. Gilly and I been cleaning the cabin. Emma, sorry to hear you been feeling poorly. I'll send you some Mulberry squeezins. That'll cure anything! LOL

Jennie, the tomatos sound nice, but I'm with MPO, I'll just let 'em go by. Unless they are mixed real good and in a squeeze bottle that says "Heinz" I don't deal with em. But you and Fred enjoy them! And please tell Fred, HEY for me!

Hey to Sp00ky too! Nice to see you.

Fun girl, we have the same idea when it comes to skinny clothes. There is always hope if you keep them! LOL. I try to get rid of a few items each season change and I am integrating my real clothes in and the clothes from 5 years ago (that don't fit anymore but used to look so good) out.

You all take care!

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15253: Mornin Porch! Boy have I missed ya'll, I hate being so busy I don't have time to do anything. Wonder what causes that? The band played at a restuarant in Johnson City last night & we had a ball! Lots of folks there, some had never heard bluegrass music before & if I do say so myself, I think they are hooked! We play at the same place again tonight & I am really looking forward to it. Get to sing, & get paid for it PLUS (& this is a big one!) we get free food!! Let me tell you this place has got some goooooood food! Emma we will be at Hansonville, the family bluegrass center, on Sat the 23rd, if yer feeling better come on out. Best get off here & head to Wally World, got some furkids here hollerin something about food. Ya'll have a good one!
$6.00 a week & what do I get? HEARTACHES!

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15254: Wow, Mavis! When you said "Johnson City" my ears just perked right up, then I realized you weren't talking about Johnson City, Texas. Sure do wish you were, 'cause then I'd get to come and hear you sing. JC, Texas is just north of San Antonio, and is where one of my daughters teaches in the high school. She lives in Fredericksburg, but teaches over in Johnson City. Nice little country town.

I've got a pile of clothes nearly two feet high on my dining room table, waiting for me to carry them to a women's shelter. They're my "fat clothes", and I hope I never, ever, ever again will be able to wear them. That's why I'm getting them out of here. I don't want anything available that I could ease into if I started to gain back what I've lost. Some have never been worn, a few even still have their price tags. I bought them just before the weight started to come off, and never wore them. Still, I'm very happy to be getting rid of them. I'm still carrying about fifteen pounds I'd like to lose, and will, but with nearly fifty gone, I'm a happy little camper right now. I never thought I'd be able to say that. God just helped me, that's all.

Well, the Plum has been tugging on my shirt. She probably wants a carrot, or her water bottle may be empty. Either way, guess I'd better go take care of her, before she gets impatient and tugs too hard. I have several shirts with little mended spots on the hem! Ignoring her just doesn't work around here. Rotten kid.

Everyone have a great weekend. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15255: Well, since my last baby was born I have to lose weight to wear my "fat clothes". Ain't that depressing? I am finding that every year older that I get it seems harder to lose weight. How did you do it, Ro (I want God to help me and I have prayed but still am having a terrible time)?

Ro, I have been to Johnson City (TX) quite a few times. My husband used to have relatives there and he had an uncle who worked on the Baird Ranch (Baird's bread). We would have family reunions there on the ranch. It was fun but SHORE was hot!!

What happened to the black and white eps of TAGS? They keep showing the color ones over and over on TVLand!

Ya'll have a nice Mayberry evening. Hope it is cooler where you are. I thought we were going to get that tropical storm full-force here but we haven't even seen a drop of rain! Later, friends...


August 16, 2003 - Msg 15256: Hey, everybody! It's hot here--it's not even 92, it's 93! Now that's hot for up here.

We're workin' on moving into our new house; so far, just about all we have is a bed and a Bible, and a shovel and a rake. Oh, and air conditioning. Orville's working on the front porch right now, and by that I mean he's building us one. Then we can sit on the wicker sofa (that we found Thursday, it was made in 1950 and is just exactly like the one on the show) and count cars and discuss buying septic tanks for our Orville's parents' anniversary. He's a good son. He tries.

We have a new addition to our little family--we bought us a new puppy for our 2nd anniversary. (Can't believe it's been two years already!) She's a miniature Schnauzer that we named "Ellie Walker of Mayberry." We just call her Ellie, though. The lady we got her from said we can pick out the registered name, just so long as it isn't already taken. I don't think that one has been taken, do you? When she's good she's Ellie. When she's piddling on the carpet (which is a lot these days), she's ELLIEWALKERSHAMEONYOU.


August 16, 2003 - Msg 15257: "...for our Orville's..." --sheesh. Shoulda said "...for Orville's..."

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15258: "She's not your Juanita. She's everybody's Juanita."

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15259: Ha! Elinora, you're a hoot. I can just hear you hollerin' that long put-together name at Ellie, and her lookin' back at you, like "Wha-at?" all innocent-like. The Plum does the same thing to me, and I know darned well she knows what I'm talking about.

Boo, my weight loss started in March of 2002, right after I had my gallbladder out. I didn't feel bad, but didn't have an appet1ite. Felt fine, just not hungry, so I didn't eat much. Before I knew it, fifteen pounds were gone and I could tell it in my clothes. Activity was a little bit easier, too, and I liked the feeling. So as my appet1te returned, I just watched it a bit, no seconds (and no cheating by taking large "firsts"), and of course no sweets since my diabetes was fairly recently diagnosed as well. Over the next few months, the weight just kept coming off, and it was such a wonderful feeling that I was able to continue to cooperate. I finally hit a plateau at about fifty pounds gone, and I feel wonderful. As I said, I'd like to drop about fifteen more, but that's not coming off so easily. It will come off, though, I'm determined. Thus, I'm giving away those clothes.

Well, guess I'd better go feed the Plum. She has walked by several times, and her messsage is clear. "You've been sitting there long enough, now come make yourself useful." You all have a lovely evening, and a blessed Sabbath tomorrow. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. Hey, Dragonfly! My son was in the barbershop today, got his hair cut and was asking the barber about you. He surely does like that barbershop.

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15260: I don't usually react this way, and I like Howard Sprague, I really do. However, every time he reminds that obnoxious, manipulative kid to address him as "Pal", I'd like to slap him upside the head. I think he must be trying out for Dork of the Year or something! --Romeena

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15261: Hi everyone, I'm home! Florida was great fun and now it's back to the garden! Oh my! Anyone need some green beans or tomatoes? I've got so many I'm giving them away. I have already canned over 40 qt. of green beans and there's still gobs of them!
I saw Apple Dumpling Gang while I was gone. Had seen it when I was a kid. (I think Mary Wiggins mentioned it in one of her posts.) Sorry about the MRI and not being able to locate Trevor, Fun girl. Sorry about the sick little one, Boo. Welcome to Sam. Hope you had a great time in Europe, Ed Sawyer. I see I missed Pop Tarts, Possum! Well, I missed you all and I hope to get caught up on what's happening. Did anyone see the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood? It was sort of depressing but had a few funny moments. I had read the book Little Altars Everywhere so I found it interesting. I plan to look for Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind at the library. Take care ya'll. I'll be checkin' in more often now.
Charlotte Tucker

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15262: Oh, and Romeena, thanks for the great cartoons about Bob Hope. He will be missed!

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15263: Good evening Porch. :) Lemonade, anyone? I have some cookies too if anyone wants some...

August 16, 2003 - Msg 15264: Welcome back Charlotte. Glad your home safe and sound. Hope you had a good time. I got enuff tamaters here to last me all winter thanks.
Good to see you post Mavis. I thought that rootbeer had made you bubbly wubbly away or something. LOL
Hey to Elinora. Sounds like fun yer having.
Hey to everyone else on the porch. Have a great Sabbath.


August 16, 2003 - Msg 15265: sorry forgot to sign my name


August 17, 2003 - Msg 15266: Good to hear from you , Charlotte! I missed you.

Ro, I was watching the Travel Channel tonight and they were rating America's top ten water parks and Schlitterbahn was No. 1. I thought that was pretty neat. I think we are going to try again and make the trip to Schlitterbahn (which is German for, "slippery road") next weekend. Hope everyone stays well! Thanks for sharing your weight loss success, Ro. I was doing pretty good today until I started craving something sweet to eat tonight and made some pudding for myself and the kids. I'll start over again tomorrow.

Well, its off to the ironing board.


August 17, 2003 - Msg 15267: Hey Charlotte, I can't wait to hear what you think of the Miss Julia books. I can not express to you just how much I enjoyed them. They are the kind of books that you finish and want to start all over again.


Dork of the Year? Such strong words from our lovely southern belle, who reins in magesterial beauty over the porch. I am just sitting here imagining Ro saying Dork of the Year. LOL Ya tickle me girl, ya know that don't ya?

Time to hit the ironing board.
Later on then.
fun girl

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15268: Mornin' Y'all! I gotta agree with Ro on her "Dork of the Year" comment-if not for the "Pal" thing,then just for wearing that outfit on Main Street! Ha Ha Did y'all see Floyd's face as Howard walked past? Yep,he was clearing thinking "Dork of the Year." Howard is a great character,but they go overboard with him every now & then!
Gonna leave some Poptarts just for Charlotte this morning and everybody else can help themselves to all the coffee they want.Y'all have a wonderful Sunday!
possum under a rock

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15269: Elinora,
Congrats on the two years and glad to hear about the new addition to the family.
Mr. Schwump

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15270: Hmmmmmm, them was good possum! (burp) Uh-oh, those pop tarts was fer Charlotte and here I done gone and ate em all. Oh my, glutton glutton GLUTTOOONNN! Shame on dirty old rotten me.
(Whats fer lunch?)


August 17, 2003 - Msg 15271: Hey to the porch - Howard was just being Howard, trying too hard to fit in. It was Andy who told Howard that he should try to be more than just a tutor or study partner, he should be a "pal" and that is what Howard was trying to do.
Schwumpster is Annabelle gonna be up to coming to Mayberry Days?
Does Sally (the CUBS fan) ever visit the porch anymore?
Hope all of our Texas porchsters are out of the way of the storm. We're heading to Mobile tomorrow for a couple of days but I don't think our part of the coast has been affected by this one.

"A man can be too stupid but he can't ever be too smart"

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15272: I like Howard but I didn't really like the way he treated Millie when they were taking the trip on the train with Andy and Helen. He seems much too sweet to behave the way he did to his intended beloveded. How about the time he turned his house into a "swingin' pad", now THAT was dorky. I loved the "ship in a bottle episode, though"--so funny, I thought. The way he looked in those cottn shorts with shoes and socks and that skipper's hat! "Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?"...

Gotta run, baby girl needs changing.

Have a wonderful, peaceful, slow-moving afternoon.

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15273: Evenin', all! I just got a phone call telling me I could stay home from work if'n I wanted to - lots of patients went home today. If I want to?? Does a goose go barefooted? Of course I want to! I spent the afternoon vacuuming this formerly dirty house, and bathing the formerly dirty Plum. The house is now clean, and the Plum is gorgeous, smells of Raspberry Conditioner. Do I want to sit in my clean house and cuddle my clean furkid? You bet!!

Possum, I know what you mean about Howard's character being a bit over the top, but I think that was intentional. Let's face it, Howard's a nice guy, but he's a dork. A nerd. A social klutz. He tries, and he'd give you his last cent if you were hungry, but he's a nerd. The way he treated Millie on the train was classic "old bachelor". Those goofy lines about dancing to her tune already and such, and then making such a big deal over that mustache. By the way, have you ever seen him without that mustache? He looks ridiculous. Reminds me of my Uncle Chuck.

Uncle Chuck was a big, handsome man, had Clark Gable-type good looks. He wore a mustache from the earliest days of my memory. He and my aunt lived with my family in the country, in a lovely little guesthouse. They were there to look after things, cook and help keep the yard, and care for my brother and me when my parents were away. The business my folks were in often took them away for short periods. Anyway, one morning at breakfast, my uncle walked into the kitchen, and had no mustache. He had shaved it off. I thought my aunt was going to throw the sugarbowl at him. She had a conniption fit, and told him he looked just like a great big monkey. He did. His upper lip looked like it was two inches long! Needless to say, he left, had breakfast in town, returned late that evening and retreated to their house, and when he appeared at breakfast the next morning, he had a stubble on his lip, augmented by my aunt's eyebrow pencil! Honest, it's true. The mustache grew back in, he was his handsome old self, and all was well. Some men just need that thing, I guess, and he was one of them.

I think Mayberry folks are no different than "real" folks everywhere. Some are not too bright, some are socially inept, some are downright annoying. Take Warren, for example. (Please.) I know a nurse who is just like him. Drives me nuts! She means well, though, and she's a good nurse. I guess folks are just folks, warts and all.

A clean, beautiful, sweet-smelling Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 17, 2003 - Msg 15274: Ro, I have an Uncle Chuck too. Come to think of it, mine looked much better with a moustache too. My hubby is one of the "I have no top lip" variety and right after we started dating he shaved his moustache. We went to see a friend the next day and when he looked at fungi he said, "Grow it back." Not even hello or anything.
So he proceeded to grow it back and has never been without in the 14 years since. I have begged and pleaded for him to grow a beard. He looks so good with facial hair, but he will not hear of it.

My mother always says, "Nerds make the best husbands." She should know. She has been married three times. She finally got a nerd the last time and it has lasted longer than the other two put together. LOL

fun girl

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15275: I think I might be married to a nerd. He is a Baptist deacon, never drinks, smokes, parties or looks at girlie magazines, has a really corny sense of humor and has been known to wear dress socks and loafers with a pair of shorts, occassionally. I used to date guys who were less square but when it came to getting married, it was square I wanted and I have had no regrets. In fact, it was my square husband who turned me on to TAGS. I remember one afternoon he wanted to watch it and I said, "Gross. That's a boring show.". He said, "Just watch it for a minute, it's a great show.". All it took was one episode and I was hooked. So, my husband has given me some really wonderful blessings, especially my sweet babies. God bless nerds and the women who love them!

Ro, I laughed out loud a couple of times at your post. The Uncle Chuck story was great. I also loved what you said about Warren and it's true, we all know someone like Warren.

Well, school starts here for the local kids tomorrow so I am looking forward to a quieter neighborhood. It is alot easier to homeschool once all the neighbor kids are back in school instead of knocking on the door all day.

Fall is on the way!!! Hang in there Asa, dear.


August 18, 2003 - Msg 15276: Hi all. Haven't been here for awhile so I thought I'd see what was happening.
Since we are on the subject of facial hair..., I hate mine! I've been shaving since I was a teenager, and if I don't want to look like a bum, I have to shave every day. I know some people who can go weeks and months without shaving before they start showing any stubble, lucky dogs! And some of them actually want a beard. I never liked the way a beard looks on me, yet I could probably have a pretty full one in a couple weeks if I didn't shave. You think that's a joke that God is playing on me? Because I absolutely hate beards on me, but I also hate shaving.:)
Some people look good with them though and it suits them. Can you imagine Floyd without that little mustache of his? I can't either! It fits him! Or on the other hand have you ever seen that episode of Gilligan's Island where Gilligan's and the Skipper's hair temporarily falls out and at the end of the show they both grow beards? Beards just don't fit them! Kind of like me.
Well, that's enough of this "hair"-raising talk for now. I think I'll go get a jug O'squeezins; a little "hair" of the dog that bit me, and curl up with a good story; The Tortoise and The "Hair".

Time flies when you're having pun.


Have a nice night!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15277: Good afternoon everyone!
Not much activity on the porch since last night. I hope I'm on the right porch!:)

I just came to talk about a tropical storm. A tropical storm named Kai(my daughter).
I just cleaned up her toy room(aptly named because that is where we keep most of her toys), and you would not believe how fast a 2-1/2 year old can turn a clean room into a disaster area. I just looked in there, now that the storm has dissipated(she's taking a nap, finally), and it looks the same as before I cleaned it up. What causes that?

I'm sure Boo, at least, knows what I am talking about!
Have a good day and, "hey Ma, what's for supper?"
-Sterling Holobyte

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15278: Hey,Sterling! I know exactly what you mean. Not only did I have four kids of my own, but there are seven grands and one more due on Friday. I have a toy closet (my former entry closet) and the youngest grand, who is 2 1/2, knows all about it. He can be here five minutes and my living room looks like an explosion in ToysR-Us. He's good about trying to put them back, though. Someday, I'll be wishing for toys on the floor, probably.

I loved your "hair" puns. You are too funny. Neither of my two sons has a heavy beard, in fact one says he doesn't shave, just smears cream on his face and lets the cat lick it off. Now, that's a pretty light beard!

Well, guess I'd better go see what Mr. Foley has on special. I'm getting low on groceries.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15279: dam

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15280: Glad you checked in, Sterling. Good to see you, whiskers and all! I love the stories about Howard and nerds and mustaches! You're all the cats, you know that. You beat everything! My husband also has a mandatory mustache (no top lip). He looks great though. I'd love to stay and chat but I have chicken (i before e except after e except in chicken) burning on the grill. Has anyone seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That movie's a sti-tch! I love the dad and his Windex! Thank you all for the warm welcome home!
Charlotte Tucker

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15281: Ernest T. Bass was wrong- there is a way to get a possum out from under a rock without smokin' it out or jabbin' at it with a long poinky stick: dump TONS of rain on the rock and she'll just float out from under it! My front yard looks like Old Man Kelsey's ocean! Anybody know an incant to dry things out? That "Rain ,rain go away" little ditty just ain't working around here! Ha Ha
Y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

August 18, 2003 - Msg 15282: just stopping to rock, drink a glass of lemonade, listen to old friends, and take a nice deep breath. . . school has begun - and it is time to turn into supermom once more. . .


August 18, 2003 - Msg 15283: Rain depart,
Rain depart,
Before you drown
My possum heart.

My rock is bout to float away
I wish this rain would go away.

Possum, there is your incant. Hope it works. If not, just grease up the circumference of your rock with a large bead of Vicks, hop under and let the rock drop. I have heard that you can use Vicks like caulking and it will keep everything nice and dry. LOL

fun girl

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15284: Oh, mercy, here we go again with the Vicks! :>) --Romeena

P.S. I love the stuff! Almost as useful as vinegar.

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15285: Yeah, Romeena, but vinegar doesn't taste as good. :)
Four kids? Wow, I can barely keep the place clean with one. You don't happen to fly around in an invisible jet, do you, Romeena?;)

Hi Charlotte! I liked MBFGW! I loved the part where her brother was threatening the groom(forgot his name), then he'd say he was kidding, then he'd act like he wasn't kidding, and then like he was again!LOL!
Well, I better go.
Everyone have a nice night!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15286: VICKS RULES!

I liked the Greek Wedding Movie--laughed alot. Also been using Windex on my Bursitis (heehee).

Sterling, not only can my little tropical storm tear up the house but I have already had to call poison contol twice; once when she swallowed a hearing aide battery and once when she pulled a chair up to the sink and opened a bottle of children's Advil (with a so-called childproof cap) and I found it empty. She probably poured it down the sink but I never knew for sure. She wasn't even out of my sight when that happened (she is very quick in her mischief). She also got ahold of my mom's bottle of Lipitor the other day and poured it out (it was at Mom's house and it happened while I was in the bathroom). I think she watches for every opportunity to get away with something. Whew! No wonder I am always tired.

Better go try to get some sleep while I can. Ya'll have a good one.


August 19, 2003 - Msg 15287: Mornin' Y'all! Thanks for the incant fun girl! Now why didn't it dawn on me that Vicks might solve all my troubles? Ha Ha I need to run out and get me an economy size jar right away!
Speaking of tropical storms,we have one down here by the name of Mackenzie-my sister's 3 year old. Here's her version of the nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy" as told to my daughter the other day. "This little piggy went to market,this little piggy stayed home.That little piggy got mad because his mommy wouldn't let him go anywhere and so he said " Dam-It!"
These tropical storms/AKA kids are something,ain't they?
Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15288: Hello all! Time fer: "Doug's Tune". Have a Mayberry Day!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15289: "TROPICAL STORMS"? I love it. Can't think of a better name for a 2 or 3 year old kid. Aren't they fun? I don't know what my daughter-in-law is going to do when this new baby comes on Friday. She already has a hurricane at home, age 2 1/2. As his grandfather observed, "That kid could dismantle a crowbar." He's sweet and precious, but he is B-U-S-Y. He can be throwing a fit, all mad and crying, and my son will tell him to go to his room. He goes, stomping and yelling all the way, enters the room, turns around and comes right back out, all smiles and sweetness, with the tears still on his little cheeks. It's hilarious.

Thanks for the music, BDJ. Always a good way to start the day. Sorta puts you in a toe-tapping mood and energizes you for the rest of the day. I do love your juggin'!

Everybody have a great Mayberry day. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15290: "That kid could dismantle a crowbar". Boy, that sums it up perfectly, doesn't it? So true. You really wonder how something so small can do so much damage.

Well off to homeschool my boy. Poor kid, Mom's awful crabby today after being awakened twice by the "tropical storm".


August 19, 2003 - Msg 15291: Boo, I don't think I've ever told you how much I admire and respect you and the other moms who homeschool their kids. You gals must have the patience of saints. I don't think I could have done it. And it's not just patience, either. You have to have dedication, a sense of commitment, and a dogged determination that I'm not sure I possess. I think the home-schooling idea is wonderful, especially in this day when public schools are often godless battlegrounds. I really do admire you, and just thought I'd let you know it.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15292: Here here Boo! I'm with Romeena on that one!

They sure can be trials can't they? But, God love them, life would sure be sad without their adorable little ways. A little 2 year old I watch at church on Wednesdays nearly drowned last week. I heard about it on Sunday and was stunned. I guess the little fellow somehow wandered into the pool, even though an older (13) sister and cousin were in the pool playing. They were swimming with goggles and just having fun, when one of them noticed Andrew on the bottom of the pool. His mother is a nurse, like a few of our moms here, and she did CPR on him. It wasn't going well at first, but he did come to. I guess the ambulance guys put in a breathing tube and he was in the hospital until Sunday morning. He was released and everything is fine. The whole church had been praying for him, (except me, because I hadn't heard about it), and God came through big time for this charming little boy. He is the only child I watch who calls me by name! If I run into him in a neighborhood store or anything, he calls out my name in such a unique way that I know it is him!

I have noticed a few times someone has posted simply calling themself Mary. Just thought I would say hi and welcome you to the porch. Some folks might think you were me, Mary Wiggins, and that might be why you haven't been welcomed!

I have a five year old boy and 9 year old girl begging me to take them to the park, so ta ta for now!

Mary Wiggins
"Nip it in the bud!"

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15293: Thank you for your kind words of encouragement Ro and Mary Wiggins. It helps. It is a commitment but it isn't as hard as you might imagine. Sean and I both enjoy the curriculum we are using with its mission's emphasis and the books we are reading are great! I guess the hard part is just not having time for myself. By the time the household chores are done (and they are never really DONE) and the schooling is done, and the kids are taken care of, there isn't much time for me. I know I need to work on that one but my husband is working alot of overtime right now.

Mary Wiggins, I read recently that drowning is the no 1 cause of accidental death in young children (Readers's Digest). Thank God your little friend didn't become a statistic. I have contemplated having a pool but I am just too afraid while my kids are young. We also have a family rule that our children can't go swimming anywhere without myself or my husband present. Your story just proves how quickly it can happen even with people in the pool. Children should always be supervised by an adult when they are anywhere near water. So scary.

well, off to eat some lunch!


August 19, 2003 - Msg 15294: Afternoon all! Enjoying the kid stories. My two fight like cats and dogs but they never really did any of those major things like taking medicine. I knew a little girl once who put sequins in her eyes as contact lenses! Don't think she didn't make a trip to the ER! Some kids just think of all kinds of mischief to get into. I was spared that one. They'll probably make up for it in their teen years! (Hope not!) We were watching some cop show with some shooting in it the other day when my son posed the question, Did anyone ever die in the Andy Griffith show? I seriously doubted it but then I tried to think of a few instances. I thought of a couple. Anybody else got any ideas? I'll tell you mine after you tell me yours. Some of you are soo good at trivia. By the way, people who are good at trivia...Asa, how dare you eat them PopTarts that possum left for me!
Charlotte Tucker

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15295: I can't remember who it was off hand, but I know someone came back to life on the Andy Griffith show!

M. W.

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15296: That was Annabelle Somebody's husband Tom that you're thinking of M.W.-I just can't recall the last name! Remember how Andy told him all about the nice funeral Annabelle gave him? Who remembers the last name-HELP!?
My happy happy news is that we found out today that my daughter is having a little GIRL! Just what we wished for! Baby is a big healthy one too! She should be here in just a few weeks! Gotta go ,Mr. Possum is here and I gotta tell him!
possum under a rock

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15297: Oh boy.. are we back on the Vicks again? I thought we had already discussed that for the forty eleventh time. LOL At least it's giving that Christmas Story movie a break. Had a good vacation, it just wasn't long enough. Have a good evening, off to cook some supper. --Salty Dog

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15298: Salty, Salty, what is it with the Christmas Story movie? I was on vacation and missed that discussion I guess. I love that movie and so does my son, the Andy lover. What is it that you dislike so much about it? I think the dad is the funniest thing! Maybe he reminds me too much of my step grandfather I don't know.
Charlotte Tucker

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15299: Hey Mary Wiggins, that's good, real good, you too, possum, Annabelle Silby, wasn't it? Yeah, I thought of that one. I thought of one other one. Any other guessers in regard to Msg 15294? Welcome to the other Mary besides Mary Wiggins too!
Charlotte Tucker

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15300: Charlotte, I have never understood that movie, my best friend watches the whole durn marathon of that every year on tbs and laughs at it everytime. I just dont understand the humor in it I guess. But it may just be me. Now I love the Gone with the Wind movie, it's one of my favorites. But I've tried watchin the Christmas Story, and I just dont cotton to it atall. But like I said it may just be me. LOL, My best friend says I'm too young to appreciate it, but I'm two years older than her! Anwyas to the ones who like it.. enjoy it, I'll just stick to the Wizard of Oz, and Willy Wonka and the Cholocate Factory. See ya's later, got fried chicken and fresh corn on the cob fer supper, ya'll come on by. Salty Dog

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15301: Willy Wonka?! Now yer talkin'! We shoulda brought him up a long time ago. Great movie.

I don't remember another episode of TAGS where anyone dies.

Oh, my baby girl said "Andy" for the first time yesterday. I was so proud!


"If she's a lady, I'm a Vermicious Knid!"

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15302: Well, I hate to admit it, but I don't think I've ever seen that movie, "A Christmas Story." I thought I'd seen about every Christmas movie there is, but guess I missed that one. Should I rent it?

Aunt Bee's friend, whose name I can't recall, passed away, and Aunt Bee was all upset, until Andy was wise enough to make her mad with his comments about age, and she forgot all about her upset. As I remember it, the friend was actually more of an acquaintance, because Andy reminded Aunt Bee that they had never been close.

A limb fell off a tree out front a few minutes ago and landed on my roof. Made a terrible racket. It's not very big, though, don't know if it did any damage. Guess I'll have to send "the man" up there tomorrow to find out. My son is out of town, and I definitely do not do roofs. My mama didn't raise any dummies. Asa, if you happen to be in the neighborhood - hmmmmm?

Well, off I go. Oh, yes, welcome to the porch, Mary. Mary Wiggins was right, I noticed that signature and thought it was she.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 19, 2003 - Msg 15303: Hey Boo.. dont forget about the Snozz Wangers.. my best friend and I call each other Vermiscous Knids all the time. And have all the Oompa Loompa songs memorized too. Have a good night all--Salty Dog

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15304: I like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, too. Although I haven't seen it in a long time. You know what I hate, though? Is when people try to say that that movie has some "hidden" meaning, like it is all about doing drugs. Have any of you heard people say that? I suppose if you've forgotten what it is like to be a kid, you could see hidden meanings in it and in a lot of movies! But sometimes a candy cane is JUST a candy cane! It's just a neat fantasy movie; leave it alone.
Personally, I feel the same way about the Harry Potter books/movies and people saying it is turning kids to witchcraft and evil. I think if anyone is evil it is the advertisors and marketers who are just trying to make as much money as they can, luring kids to buy Harry Potter merchandise by keeping their interest high with websites or any other way they can.
And although she is benefitting from it, the author really has nothing to do with it.
Ok, rant over. Sorry for taking your discussion on Willy Wonka in a whole other direction, Salty!:) To make it up, I'll buy you a bottle of pop!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15305: VICKS!

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15306: Ding! ding! ding! ding! Romeena! You're a winner! Yup, that was the other death on Andy I thought of --Aunt Bee's friend Augusta Finch. You beat Asa to the punch. I expected he'd get that. Sterling, I totally agree with you on the movie thing. My son loves reading Harry Potter and they are thick, huge, books, but then he's a reader. He likes them because they offer the most Accelerated Reader points at school. Anyway, our church is constantly preaching against those books. You'd think the kids that read them were holding seances or something. It gets my back up. I'm not for witchcraft either but I don't see why those books are much different than Wizard of Oz or Sword and the Stone, Witch and the Wardrobe, or any other fantasy stuff. I know someone's going to disagree with me on this one, but the freedom to read a book and determine the meaning still remains. I go back to the episode of the Waltons when all the church folks were wanting to burn all the German books and then one German woman showed them they were burning the Bible along with the others. There's a fine line I guess. I don't want my kids reading porn or smut but I don't believe in banning books either. There! I've said it and I ain't taking it back!
Charlotte Tucker

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15307: Good Morning porch friends, I dont know why some people have to turn a perfectly good movie into something like that Sterling, and no you didn't offend me or turn this conversation into anything different. I've watched WW for years, and never done the first drugs. I've never seen the Harry Potter things, but I've heard good and bad about them. And as long as it gets a kid to read and keep them from doin other things, then I think thats a good thing. There is one thing that bothers me though, and thats the video games that are out now, I gotta admit some of those things are scarey. Do ya'll remember that Disney movie, Bedknobs and Broomsticks? I remember hearing that it was witchcraft too. And it was like from back in the 60's I think. Anyways.. I'm off my soap box, I'll let someone else use it now. Have a good day--Salty Dog

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15308: Charlotte, I can't believe that you know someone who put a sequin in their eye like a contact. I was trying on wedding dresses before our wedding in 1989, That would make my little sister, who was to be the flower girl, about 6 or 7. There were sequins on the floor that had fallen of some of the wedding dresses. I was in the dressing room and my mom and step dad were out waiting for me. She saw a sequin and decided to play like it was a contact lens. My folks held her down and they managed to touch it and thought that they had flipped it out of her eye. She complained the next day of it hurting and so they took her to the emergency room. It took 5 people to hold her down. But, they finally got it out. Just thinking about it hurts me. I guess it didn't leave horrible memories for her though, cause today she wears contact lenses.

fun girl

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15309: Ro, I really think you might appreciate A Christmas story, but....if you rent it, it contains a few curse words. You could probably see it on station TBS during the holidays and any bad words would have been removed. They usually start showing it as soon as Thanksgiving. My dad grew up in the 30's and 40's and he says it is very authentic.

Oh boy, someone had to start the Harry Potter thing! That is a pretty big controversy, isn't it? I must say though, that I have heard some pretty serious teaching on the subject and while, yes, I agree that we have the freedom in this country to decide what we read and parents should certainly have the right to review what their children are reading and make a decision on whether it is appropriate or not, special care needs to be taken when it comes to impressionable children and I don't understand why such material would offer the most Accelerated Reader points when many parents do have convictions against it. I could take time to explain why Harry Potter is different, in my opinion, to some of the other fantasy literature (ie-C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia was mentioned) but it would take a long time and probably hurt someone's feelings. So, alas....I will just be quiet.

"Sometimes a candy cane is JUST a candy cane.". Sterling, you are so funny! I don't see why anyone would think Willy Wonka had any hidden meaning, do you?? It was based on a children's book called Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

Better go, I have the annual check-up this afternoon (yuck). Ya'll have a great day!


August 20, 2003 - Msg 15310: Hey All,
Hope everyone is well. That's all the time I have. Take care and have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15311: MPO & all others,
Sorry I haven't been on in a while. Been extremely busy lately. At first we thought Annabelle might be able to make it to MD '03, but now it's lookin' very slim chance. She's been havin' trouble with high blood pressure, so doc has put her on bed rest. He says that there's even the possibility that later on in the pregnancy that she might have to stay at the hospital on bed rest.

He's not for sure right now, but he's just preparing us for the worst. More than likely I'm not gonna be goin' either. I believe that everything is gonna be alright, but I'd hate to be in Mt. Airy and have something go wrong back home.

We're gonna wait a couple of more weeks, or one more doctor's visit, to get a better idea and make a decision then. I'll keep everyone posted.

Just keep us in your prayers.
Mr. Schwump

August 20, 2003 - Msg 15312: Evening Porch, it's me rushing back thru again, got so much going on, wish the doc would put me on bedrest, I'd keep Annabelle company. Prayers for you guys Mr. Schwump and when them girls get here, remember Aunt *Mavis is real close by & would love to start them on bluegrass music early! The race is in town this week & boy is Bristol full, took me 1/2 hour to make my regular 10 minute trip home from work today & the big race ain't till Sat! Tomorrow will be the killer trying to get in & out of work. Band is playing all weekend again this weekend, so if you don't see me for a few days, just listen for the music or the race cars & you will probably find me. Prayers for those that need them.

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15313: Boy, have I been through the wringer! Had a mammogram, gynecological exam and a pelvic sonogram all in one day (you ladies can sympathize with me, I am sure). I wish I could just take off and end up in Mayberry. How I would love to just be walking down Andy's street and knock on his door only to be greeted by Aunt Bee, who would tell me to come on in and have some supper with the family. We would sit down to a meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and apple pie and then have coffee on the porch while Andy played his guitar. Doesn't that sound wonderful? I could really use an evening like that about now. Can anyone else relate?

Time to start the chores. Ya'll have a blessed day.


August 21, 2003 - Msg 15314: I can relate. It would be nice if any day could end up in Mayberry, Boo. Sorry, I'm the one who brought up the Harry Potter controversy. If my son ends up practicing witchcraft someday, you can all say I told you so, but so far I can't see the harm. I won't bring it up again. I agree with Salty about the video games! We only have sports video games in our house and even at that, the Tony Hawk skateboarding one is questionable. When the skaterboarders fall, it shows blood squirt out. To me, THAT certainly isn't necessary. After getting that one, I've decided we should stick to baseball, basketball and football. And yes, my mom has that Bedknobs and Broomsticks movie, and the kids loved it when they were younger. Maybe that's where the Harry Potter seed got planted! (hope not, just kidding!) Have a Mayberry Day!
Charlotte Tucker

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15315: Mr. Schwump, y'all both (or I should say, all four!) are in my prayers. If it helps, I was on bedrest for 8 1/2 l-o-n-g months, then had a beautiful son who is now 20, in college, and doing great! Follow those dr's orders--it's worth it in the end!

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15316: Hey Porch.
Just wanted to say hey. Busy as all get out.
Prayers for the Schwump family.


August 21, 2003 - Msg 15317: Hello, I just happened across this website. I love TAGS! Thought it would be nice to talk to others who love it as well. Wish I lived in that world! I see someone that is on bedrest that seems to be pregnant? Is that right? Hope all is well. I had to be on bedrest for 2 weeks with my daughter, wasnt fun, so I cant imagine a longer period of bedrest. Pregnant again now have 12 weeks left, cant wait! Also...does anyone know how far Mt.Airy is from Charlottesville, VA? Thanks a bunch..Alyce

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15318: Hi, Alyce, and welcome! Stop by and chat whenever you can! Best wishes to you and yours (including the one that will soon join your family in person).

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15319: Question? I remember the Gibson's Knowing the Counts in Decatur, Alabama. I am Jeff Gibson
Born 8/17/1960 I knew Lee Wallace or Leigh
Wallace What Episode did you say I might be in. Was it a Malclom Merriweather Episode? I saw it on TV and
asked my mom was it me or David. She didn't
remember. Was it Malcolm at the crossroad.
The Audios and Videos may have been found in The Lost Beatles Tape Collection for all I know.
Because you Hear a lot of Stuff from 1960-1972
Audios. Worse Than that The Least I'll take from U.S. Government is App. $5 Million for criminals and Terrorists The President said I'll get App $7 Million Dollars But I haven't got it. The
Secretary Of State said I'll get $5 million.
I knew Moe Howard, Elvis Presley, some of The
Beatles, and Buck Owens. My former residence was 1804 Wadsworth Street, 7th Or 8th ave.,1503
Pennylane Ave. Decatur, Alabama My dad
James Paul Gibson lived in Kennesaw,Ga for a While Norman Lucille Dunn Gibson was living
in Acworth, Ga. We also lived in Columbia, Tennessee on Mitchell Street. My sister was born. We moved From Decatur, Alabama to Pine
Forest Apartments, Kurtz Road, Mary-Ada
Before 485 Maple ave. Marietta, Ga.
David Paul Gibson was born with amended
Birth certicate in May 19, 1959.
This is 2003 not 1968.So Contracts and Consent Forms were missing after the Mansion- McCreay episodes of late 60's.Worst in 20th Century. Life gave it a top ten worse rating.

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15320: Huh?

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15321: Hey to the Porch.

-- Jelsik

"Is he one of ours?"

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15322: Hey Mr Schwump! You guys are in our prayers too! My SIL was on bedrest for a while before her baby came too...sometimes thats how you gotta do it. Take care!

--Idelle and Gilly

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15323: Mr. Schwump - I too can attest to following Dr.'s orders, they did not order me on bed rest soon enough and my pre-eclamlsia was heightened to acute pre-eclampsia (Ro and Boo, you are the nurses, that's the right terms?) Anyway, giving birth to my oldest was no walk in the park and he is worth all the grief that he gave me. Before he was born they had me in the hospital with an iv full of magnesium (so I wouldn't convulse and high blood pressure medicine pumped directly into my iv). You could say I was a mess! But the oldest was worth it all. Just follow the dr's orders and keep the faith.
Been so busy I can't see straight most of the time. I need to walk down to the drugstore and get me a chocolate malt. . .mmmm just what I need.


August 21, 2003 - Msg 15324: I forgot the "p" in my first pre-eclampsia! oops!

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15325: Hey to the porch - Hmmm, I think 15319 might have too much grease in his steerin' col-yum.
Scwhumpster, y'all do what the doctor tells ya. We were hoping to see the 2 of you in Mayberry but we'll just be pickled tink to see the 4 of you some time later.

"He's a nut."

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15326: Curious, curious, curious...
- Hazel

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15327: Sure is curious, Hazel.....

Now, Charlotte, you don't have to go sayin' your sorry. You know you can talk about anything you like here on the porch amongst friends. Sorry if I made you feel like you couldn't, and I would never say "I told you so"! You know the old saying about how people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks and I wouldn't dare critisize you.

Sounds like you had a real tough time, homemaker. I have given IV Magnesium Sulfate to many patients and most don't like the way it makes them feel but thank God for it. Way back when I first started working in labor and delivery, we had to give the Mag Sulfate as an injection. We did something called (Ro will remember this) deep intramuscular Z-track. You had to administer 10cc of solution very deeply into the muscle (in the hip) and the needle was about 5 inches long. To do it correctly it took two nurses, one to pull tightly on the person's hip and the other to inject the med way down into the muscle. The worst part was you had to repeat it in alternate sides every three to four hours. It was horrible. Thank God they don't give it that way anymore. We would hide the syringe behind our backs and never let the pt's see it or they never would have let us give it to them! Sounds so barbaric now.

Well, I think I will go take a rest. I have been feeling kind of poorly lately. Have a great evening...


August 21, 2003 - Msg 15328: My goodness! I have absolutely no idea what that was all about (15319)! Maybe whoever that was can get to the point! LOL

Mr. Schump, good luck and God bless to you and Annabelle. We'll keep a good thought for you and look forward to the day that you let us know about the new addition's arrival!

Miss Romeena, how's that sprinkler system going? I think we are just about to get a blast from the big sprinkler system in the sky, so I guess I won't have to water tomorrow. (I checked and it looks pretty serious, so I am not going to stay on long!)

I hope all you Mayberrians have a great evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!

Mary Wiggins

Oh, and by the way, here's some home cranked ice cream to cool y'all down some! Enjoy!

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15329: I agree MPO I think message 15319 must be from some whars else.

Mr. Schump, we will both be thinking of you and Annabelle. The four of you will be in our prayers.

Hope everybody on the porch has a good evening.

David and Linda

August 21, 2003 - Msg 15330: Oh, yes, Boo. I remember those deep Z-track injections for Mag sulfate. It's much more merciful now, given IV. Remember Imferon, the IM iron injection? That one is Z-tracked as well, because if it reaches the skin surface it leaves a permanent brown stain from the iron. I haven't given that in a very long time, wonder if it's still in use?

That poor soul (15319)! I don't think he's wrapped very tight, and he needs some help. I hope he gets it.

Mr. Schwump, my prayers are with you and Annabelle. Those PIH (pregnancy-induced hypertension) bedrest periods can get long and dreary, but as others have noted, the outcome is worth it. But why am I telling you that? You two already know it, or you wouldn't be going through all this.

I'd appreciate all your prayers tomorrow, as we prepare to welcome our little grandson into the world around noon. The parents are my son and daughter-in-law, the ones who lost the little one just after birth last September, due to some lethal skeletal anomalies. Level four sonograms have indicated that this little fellow is normal and there should be no problems at all. We're holding on to that, and to the Lord. I'll let you know something when I get home tomorrow evening. They already have a 2 1/2 yr old son who is healthy, and this little guy will help to complete their family.

Have a great Mayberry weekend, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15331: Yes, Ro. Aren't these Little Logan's parents? This must be a joyful time for them, but also a time that they probably look back and wonder "What if...." But as we have said many times around here, Our Kind and Loving Father knows best.

Kinda blue tonight. Kyle is struggling in school. It doesn't stress him out nearly as much as it does me. Also got a call from my doctor and the impression I got was that I have spinal stenosis somewhere other than the fusion site. Oh this world sure makes me weary. I feel like the old man in the Almost Home song sometimes. There was a time around my surgery that they didn't know if I would make it. And on days like today, I wonder why God kept me here to live in pain. But I know from past experience that this too shall pass.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Prayers for the physical and emotional stuff I have going on now days. Sorry to sound so down hearted.

BDJ, could you play "That Lonesome Road" for me. And if Rafe happens by, maybe you could ask him to sing along? 'preciate ya friend.

fun girl

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15332: Mornin' Y'all! Still scratchin' my head at 15319-what in the world? Ha Ha Anyways,thought y'all would be interested in what I just read on Johnny Depp has been offered the leading role in a remake of Willie Wonka! Thought that'd get y'all up and running this morning!
Ok,I'm leaving poptarts for Charlotte again-somebody keep Asa from getting into them! Hot coffee's on the stove too-enjoy!
possum under a rock

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15333: Hazel said it best, "Curious, just curious." Thanks, Boo, I appreciate your message. Prayers for Mr. and Mrs. Schwump and prayers for Romeena's new little one. Thanks for the PopTarts, possum. Hey to Jelsik and welcome Alyce! Things are sorta rough here again this morning. Prayers please. I will rejoice in the day and hope it improves. Also, you can tell we're back to school again--already spending sleepless nights stewing about daughter's lessons and grades and son's athletics. I pray the Lord will just calm me down! Those things ain't worth worrying over anyhow.
Charlotte Tucker

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15334: Sounds like some of us are having some struggles this morning! Prayers for Charlotte and the kids, Ro and her new grandbaby, the Schwumps, and fun girl. Ya'll hang in there. Did any of you ever here that famous sermon called, "It's Friday now, but Sunday's comin'!"? It of course, referred to the crucifixion of Christ and his ressurection on Sunday, and also to the troubles in our life....hang on, Sunday's comin!

I seem to be feeling better today, we'll see.....

Hope today is a blessing despite the coulds.


August 22, 2003 - Msg 15335: Now Charlotte, don't be apologizing for something I did! I was the one who brought up the Harry Potter thing, at least recently. And I don't like anyone taking the blame for me.
And try not to stew over your kids school activities. Besides, it is they who should be worrying about their grades, not you.
Hope you, and everyone else here is feeling better today!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15336: Afternoon friends.
Been missing chatting with you. Prayers for Ro and her family, and for the Schwump family, and for our own Fun Girl and Charlotte Tucker. Lots of needs out there today. Good thing our Saviour has it covered.


August 22, 2003 - Msg 15337: Thanks for the welcomes from those you who welcomed me. Ya'll sound like you have been "chatting" for quite a while now. I will need to catch up! Where is everyone from?
Virginia here..

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15338: Whew!....This message was removed to protect the people of Mayberry. --Allan

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15339: Hi Alyce. Dirty old me neglegted to say hey, so hey!
I'm from Northern Utah.


August 22, 2003 - Msg 15340: Hey Folks...I cleaned up message number 15338. Please let me know any time somebody does something that needs removing. --Allan

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15341: Hi, Alyce. I'm from the coast of South Texas.