September 05, 2003 - Msg 15541: I would like to contact jim clark to inform him that Tom Sullivan is now the president of "penny pinchin barney chapter" in lincoln,IL
I would like to ask about an official banner for TAGSRWC to take to festivals
Tom Sullivan 217-735-4627 (e-mail down)

September 05, 2003 - Msg 15542: Tom,

TAGSRWC HQ doesn't provide things like that. The chapters themselves have to purchase and provide them. Sorry.

--Allan Newsome

September 05, 2003 - Msg 15543: Wow, that was a proposal, wasn't it Jimmy? I sure hope so cause she said "yes, yes, yes".

Clara, I am sorry for all your recent misfortune. Hope things are looking up soon. As far as the sono being accurate, I think it depends on when it's done and by whom. The new sono machines are amazing and pretty darned accurate. My doc said about 95%. I do know, though that if the baby is at a very early gestation, it's more difficult to tell because the gentials look alot alike. In little bitty baby girls the clitoris is enlarged and isn't really covered up by the little labia, yet, so it sometimes gets mistaken for a little wee-wee. I have had more than one patient who thought they were having one thing (according to a sono) but actually had something else!

Ro, I had to drive my parents to San Antonio today for a dr's appointment and on the way back I got caught in the worst rain and thunderstorms ever! From outside of San Antonio until I was nearly to Corpus it was pouring rain. I saw two cars that were going too fast spin out of control and off the road. It was really something.

Glad to hear your daughter is doing well, Possum. I know you are taking real good care of her. Babies almost always do well by 34 weeks. Sometimes they require some extra hospital time and so on. To tell you the truth, I don't recall what most babies weigh at 33-34 weeks. Ro, could better answer that. I am thinking 4-5 lbs. but could be wrong as rain. I am just curious, do you know if it's a boy or girl? I ask because the nurses who work in the nursery swear that premature girls do better than boys.

Better go...gotta spend some time with my little ones.

September 05, 2003 - Msg 15544: Boo,

Thanks for the info. My daughter is at 20 weeks. Does that make a difference?

Ro, thanks for the incant. I'll be using it often!


September 06, 2003 - Msg 15545: Mornin' Y'all! Thanks for all the support.I'm beginning to relax and believe that everything will be okay with daughter & baby.An ultrasound taken a few weeks back tells us that baby is a girl.Also,baby has been in birth canal for several weeks,so that's another reason we're feeling that she is farther along than 33 weeks. My daughter miscalculated with her cycle is what we are certain of.
Prayers for all the mamas to be and their babies.Oh,and for nervous grandmamas too!
Have a good day y'all!
possum under a rock

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15546: Congrats to Jimmy and the Manicurist. May you have a long and happy life together. Babies! Babies! Babies! Congrats to all new mothers and grandmothers. I hope the babies are all healthy and that their mothers do well. Happy belated birthday to jennie boone.
Charlotte Tucker

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15547: Clara, 20 weeks is still kind of early. If I were you, I wouldn't go out and buy all pink or blue just yet unless you keep your receipts. The sono is probably right but they usually do another sono around 30-33 weeks (if my memory serves me) and you can be pretty darned sure of one done that late, especially if its a boy.

Have a great day!

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15548: Ok ya'll, me and Jimmy gotta put our square wheels on so's we don't get to rollin' too fast. Marriage is big, really big. It's so big.....big ain't the word for it. So upon thinkin' about it, we reckon we better slow down a bit. But when it happens, it will be in Mt. Airy, and you'll all be invited. We'll keep ya posted. Love ya Jimmy!
Got to tell ya'll, that Jimmy is one heck of a guy. He's sweeter than sourwood honey!
The Manicurist

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15549: Test.

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15550: See, she even talks cute! She just drives me out of my mind, and I mean that in the good way, not the way Andy meant it for Goober that time!
You couldn't ask for a better woman than the Manicurist, but she's right, it will be in Mt.Airy and ya'll will know about it. I love you too, Manicurist.
Jimmy the Goat

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15551: Good Heavens.

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15552: Look away boys, let'em commune.

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15553: Awwwwwww! sniff! I'm just all choked up, for sure!

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15554: hi porch I haven't stopped by for a long time,just thought I'd see how everyone is doing.I'ts getting cold here in Pa.congratulations to all the new moms and grandmas.I became a grandma back in january,and,my granddaughter is so precious.Well,better close,Boo,Ro,Possum,yall take care,that goes for everyone on the porch,even if I don't remember all the names.God Bless.Teresa

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15555: Good to hear form you, Teresa. I sure wish it was cold here in South Texas. It was in the 90's today and my air conditioner went out!

Does anyone know what ever happened to Dragonfly?? I miss him.


September 06, 2003 - Msg 15556: Test passed. :-)

September 06, 2003 - Msg 15557: Yep! Thanks, Allan.

Boo, you poor little steamy thing! Isn't it awful, how we've become so dependent on the a/c? If it's any consolation, though, today was cool and pleasant here in the Dallas area, so maybe it's moving in your direction. It was cool enough for me to spend about an hour with a hammer and chisel, creating a depression in the top of a small boulder. It will be part of a little fountain that's going into my landscaping - a series of little pools deep enough for birds to wade in and bathe. My landscaper friend said the water should at least be past the birds' knees! (teehee)

As for Dragonfly, I've been wondering about him, too. Are you out there, Dragonfly? Speak up, or do a hoot-owl or something, so we'll know you're okay.

Nice to hear from Teresa. Don't be such a stranger. We need all our friends around here.

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

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15558: What episode is it that Andy tells Opie about the Golden Rule?

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15559: Was it Barney Fife the Realtor? When Andy was explaining to Opie about being honest when you're trying to sell something (like Opie's bike)?

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15560: I don't know? Was it Opie's Charity?

"..the water should at least be past the birds knees.". How cute! Thanks for the encouragement, Ro. My hubby came home last evening and actually fixed the air conditioner by himself. I didn't even have to "call the man"! My husband is no Gomer, that's for sure (well, someimes, maybe).

Ya'll have a great Sunday and slow down and enjoy life.

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15561: How many of you remember Pat Breslin, who played Andy's love interest the first year the series was on? She also played Jackie Cooper's girlfriend on The People's Choice, a show from the 50s set in a California trailer park>

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15562: Good Sabbath Morning Porch! I have been as busy as a cat's tail in a room full of rocking chairs. Between working & the band being booked every weekend, I am lucky I have time to sleep! Sure miss jawing with ya'll, but I do think of you everyday. We played Damon's last night & had a ball, even got in a few quotes from the show & had a bunch of the audience that knew what I was talking about! (Of course the guys in the band are all used to me quoting) We sing Dooley & I always ask the audience if they want us to play "Never Hit Yer Grandmaw with a Great Big Stick" I got about 8 "that one makes me cry" comments from the crowd last night! Anyways, glad to see everyone & wanted to let ya'll know I'm still here, just not rocking much lately. We gotta play a Biker Rally over in Shady Valley, TN this afternoon, so I best get off here & see about getting something done with this house before I leave. Course I might just go back to bed, the dogs had me up awful early this morning considering I didn't get to bed until the wee hours of the morning. Ya'll have a great one & remember "Act like somebody"

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15563: Happy Sunday Ya'll.

I'm getting ready to watch TAGS in a few. TVland threw me a curve...they put it on at 11 am on Sundays. I've been meaning to write them. They've been most unfair to TAGS. They took it off the 7:30 slot, so now its on at 10pm and 2:30 am...Now what happens to those TAGS fans who have to get up early in the morning and maybe can't catch it at 10pm? I don't understand that. They have Sanford&Son on from 7-8 and then again at 9pm. Thats 1 1/2 hour of Sanford! Look, I'm not going to bash other shows, but I just wonder why they give this particular one a half hour more. If they really want to be fair, they just give every show a 30 minute slot, and they'd be able fit more in...
Ya'll have a great, relaxing and blessed Sunday!

-Jimmy The Goat

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15564: Yeah, and I wonder when they are going to start showing the black and white episodes again, Jimmy. they just keep showing the same colored eps over and over and over and over and.......
Do ya'll remember when TBS used to have TAGS on every evening at 5:00pm (central time)? I loved that and they were always black and white episodes. I always liked watching TAGS while I was getting dinner prepared.

Well, got relatives coming for a Sunday visit so I better go. I wish it were cool enough to sit out on the porch and visit (and maybe go down to the drugstore for some ice cream) but I think we will sit in the air conditioning today. Whew, its hot! Think I'll go make up a batch of iced tea with lots of sugar. Ro, I have been meaning to ask you if you have ever tried Stevia sweetner. It is supposed to be completely safe. Have you heard of it. I bought some because all the other artificial sweetners give me headaches and the Stevia doesn't. It is all-natural, made from a plant and many times sweeter than sugar.

Later, Gators...

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15565: I agree with ya'll. Who's got the pull around here with TV Land? Allan? Floyd? Hazel? C'mon somebody needs to have a talk with them. No offense to any Sanford & Son fans but I don't care for that show much. I used to watch it in the 70s but it doesn't twang my buds anymore.
Charlotte Tucker

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15566: Good evening, everyone! Boy, this rocker feels good! I've been out chipping a hole in the top of a rock again with a chisel and mallet. I think the water will cover a bird's knees okay now, don't think it needs to be much deeper. Wider, maybe, but not deeper. I left water standing in it, maybe I'll chip out a bit more in the morning.

Boo, I have indeed tried Stevia sweetener. The Herb Farm in Fredericksburg has it on their tables in the restaurant, and they sell the plants as well. I'm told you can pick a few leaves and crush them in tea, much like peppermint. You're right, it is extremely sweet, but unfortunately, it leaves that same whangy aftertaste that the artificial sweeteners do. The fake sugars give me headaches too, but I don't know if the Stevia would. I only tried it once, in one glass of tea, but couldn't handle the aftertaste. I've just pretty much learned to like my tea plain, or with a little lemon or peppermint. Pretty refreshing, actually.

I agree, CT and Jimmy. I could do with a bit less of old Fred, and a bit more of Andy. I like Fred okay, but 'bout one or two episodes a day is all I can handle. They're running it into the ground, and Fred's raspy voice is about to get on my last nerve. Makes me want to give him some mulberry squeezin's to wet his whistle or something. Oh, well, no one asked me.

I think Andy explained the Golden Rule to Opie when he was trading his skates for a cap pistol, or maybe it was when he was trying to sell his broken-down bike to another kid. Come on, one of you trained noticers out there help us out.

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

September 07, 2003 - Msg 15567: Hello porch Friends pray all is well..

Ellen Brown

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15568: I thought the golden rule was mentioned when Opie only gave 2 cents for the charity drive at school, but he was saving his money to buy his girlfriend a new coat. Just thinking about that episode makes me cry. He was such an extrordinary child. His daddy raised him right. Along with the help of his Aunt Bee, I must add.

"We're no spring chickens any more Bee."

"She don't know how to fish or play baseball or nothing. We gotta keep her, she needs us!"

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15569: The golden rule was also mentioned when Andy and Barney were delegated to sell the old cannon. Opie was trying to trade of his "licorice seeds."

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15570: You're right, #15568, and don't forget the help of Barney. I especially like when he tried to offer Andy advice on child-rearin'.

"How long can you keep doin' it? How long can you be both mother AND father to that boy?" -- Barney

"But THIS time, I got to tell you, you JUST made a mistake!" -- Barney

"Now, don't start goin' on about your invisible son again!" -- Andy

"And then, and ONLY then, will he be allowed to play football." -- Andy

Those are close if not exact.

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15571: Hello everyone. Havent been on in several days. Hope everyone is doing OK. We've had a busy weekend. I'll try to keep up with the I am still trying to get to know everyone.

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15572: Wow, Elinora! I saw the pictures of your Andy Taylor house that you are building in the email you sent. That's so cool! I had now idea you were doing that! I always thought that if I was a millionaire I'd like to recreate the whole town of Mayberry(along with selected other sets from tv shows). If you do use it for an inn I'll have to come stay there. That would be so neat to sit on the front porch!

Boo, I've never heard of Stevia. I have used Splenda, which they say is made from sugar. But I still haven't found a sweetener that tastes much like real sugar.

Later gators!
-Sterling Holobyte

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15573: Hi Y'all! I'm a grandma! My daughter had an emergency c-section Sunday morning-not for the preeclampsia but the placenta was tearing away! God was watching over her-she had a bad headache,got up and checked blood pressure & it was high,so they went to hospital. Baby was premature at just 34 weeks,3lbs,15 oz.,they put her on ventilator,she is breathing on her own today! There is concern that she keeps her hand closed (contractures)most of the time,and they are bringing in a genetics doc to look at her because they think her ears & eyes are smaller than most preemies.My daughter has small ears & her husband's folks have small eyes,so we hope it's just that and nothing terribly wrong.Doctors so far have told us that they aren't thinking that she is brain damaged or anything,so I hope they are being straight with us. I would appreciate knowing Romeena & Boo's thoughts on this-don't worry about scaring me.I have been through something these past days with all of this-talk about scared! Anyway I would like for all of you to PLEASE keep Laci Camille in your thoughts and prayers.My daughter is doing fine & is so hopeful.I am really worried about this beautiful little baby girl and am hoping for the best.She is in the Medical Univ. of SC's neonatal intensive care unit-best in the state and one of the top in the USA. She is getting the absolute best care,so that is a comfort.
Sorry to take up so much time talking about non-TAGS stuff,but y'all are so special to me and I had to share this.
possum under a rock (Laci's grandma)

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15574: Hey Grandma Possum!

Congratulations! How wonderful for you. It must be a very exciting time in your life. I have a niece who was very tiny when she was born. The doctors thought she was not growing enough in the womb, so they induced and a perfectly beautiful, tiny baby girl was born. Her parents are both smaller than average, so I thought the doctors were being a little too careful in that case. I am certain you will find that your little granddaughter is just taking after the family with some small features, and will be perfectly healthy and fine. I also have a nephew who was under 2 pounds at birth, and he is going to be 5 next month, and you never saw such a ball of fire in your life! He may have started off small, but he is perfectly normal, so be encouraged. And love the daylights out of that precious little girl! (By the way, over the weekend I was watching my little nephew, and I had to take him to the grocery store with me. While we were at the checkout he asked if I had a quarter. I told him I didn't have a quarter. Then he asked for a penny, and I told him I was sorry, but I didn't even have a penny for him. Then he asked if I had a diamond! I guess you know my answer.LOL)

Oh, and a belated Happy Grandparent's Day to all you wonderful Grandparents out there!

Mary Wiggins

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15575: The Golden Rule speech is in "The Horse Trader", when Opie is trading the licorice seeds for the roller skates. "Tommy did it unto me and now I'm doing it unto Jerry."

Milton P. Oliver
"I'm gonna vote to keep it"

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15576: Congratulations on a granddaughter, Possum! Baby girls are so sweet and wonderful. I'm so glad your daughter is doing well. The problem you described (placental abruption) is one of the scariest things I dealt with as a nurse in the labor unit. You can be very thankful to God that your daughter got to the hospital when she did. About 12 years ago I was working the night shift when the ER rushed up a woman who was full term and bleeding like crazy. Her abdomen was rigid (sign that the placenta is tearing loose). An emergency c/section was done and the baby was dead. They tried to revive it through CPR, etc. but it was no use. The doc said if she had arrived 15 minutes sooner, the baby would probably have made it. We almost lost the mom, too, to extreme blod loss but we worked hard and saved her. Talk about hard! All I wanted to do was run away somewhere and scream and cry my eyes out but I knew the mom needed my help. So, I told you that story not to be morbid, but so that you will realize just how God has blessed you. As far as Laci having some sort of birth defect, I am sorry I just don't have much experience with newborns. I only cared for them immediately after birth before they went to the nursery. I wouldn't even try to guess what is going on with little Laci. Maybe Ro will know more. Regardless, I will certainly pray for the sweet little darling.
Please keep us aware of her progress, would you?
Hang in there, Grandma.


September 08, 2003 - Msg 15577: Right you are, MPO. I knew you could do it. Your education was worth every penny!

Possum, I can imagine how scared and anxious you must be. Since I don't know the staff at the hospital where the baby is, and haven't seen the baby, I really can't tell you too much. I can tell you that where I work, the doctors make it a practice to be up-front with parents and don't try to keep anything from them. I believe that approach is pretty common these days. As for the small eyes and ears, as you say, that could be just natural family traits. Try not to get too worried about it just yet. There's an excellent chance that you're going to be told that she's just a preemie, needs to be fed and fattened, and will be just fine. By the way, what a beautiful name - Laci Camille. I love it. I have a dear nurse friend named Camille, and I'll have to tell her. She'll like that. Hang in there, honey.

Sterling, my book arrived today, I went to Home Depot and bought a sack of rocks, and to Hobby Lobby and got a bunch of acrylic paints. Tonight I'm going to paint a ladybug! We'll see how it turns out. As I said, I'm no artist. If the ladybug is recognizable, my next project will be a little turtle. I think you may have started something. I washed the rocks, am waiting now for them to dry. Sugarplum is looking at me funny, like she's wondering why I brought rocks in the house and washed them. You'd think by now she'd be used to me doing weird things!

OK, here I go, to paint a rock. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15578: Congrats, Possum.
- Hazel

September 08, 2003 - Msg 15579: Paint me a Christmas rock, Ro, and bring it to me in Fredricksburg! Maybe a snow scene with a snowman or a Christmas tree. OR...a picture of Skinny Barney in that Santa Suit. By the way, did you ever get my email at your other email address?

Ro, I wanted to ask how Sugarplum got her name. Did you adopt her at Christmas time?? Just wondering.


September 09, 2003 - Msg 15580: Good luck Romeena! Hey, you should send me a picture of your ladybug when you are finished, I'd like to see it! You'll do great, I'm no artist either!
-Sterling Holobyte

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15581: Hello Porch! Have a great Mayberry Day!

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15582: Mornin' Y'all.Thanks for all the kindness towards Laci.I am praying that she will be fine.Genetics doctor drew blood last night & is going to check for abnormalities.He said that it is very good that Laci's hands are not "clawed" and that all of this may just be her unique look.God I hope so.Baby is very alert,and responsive-had her first bath and did not care much for it they say! My daughter & I get to hold her today.I will certainly watch how she moves and responds to us.I feel that as long as her little brain is normal thinks will all work out.I will keep y'all updated.Please continue with the prayers-I know the Lord hears and Laci feels the love from us all.
Have a good day-love to all!
possum under a rock

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15583: People who work in the NICU are a special breed. My sister has worked at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, for over 15 years. Get to know the baby's nurse. I have found that nurses are pretty straight forward people. I know my sister is. She pretty much lays it on the line, whether it is what the parents want to hear or not. But does it in a kind and loving manner. She is one special lady. They have had babies in the unit that started out at less than two pounds and they, with a lot of love and care, turned out okay. Prayers for little Laci.

fun girl

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15584: Congrats Possum and congrats to little Laci for having a good mom and grandma.
Haven't been around much - I keep pretty busy all of the time but keep my chair warm, I'll stop by when I can.


September 09, 2003 - Msg 15585: Thanks Possum, for keeping us informed about Laci. Wish I could see her, I'll bet you can't wait to hold her! Continued prayers for her and you. You are right. Everything will work out, no matter what. God has Laci right in his hand, that's for sure. Try to rest in that.

Ya'll have a great day.

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15586: Hello friends! I will be traveling on business, the next two weeks. I will think of you all. And you will be in my prayers. Bless you all. Time for: "Dooley". Play it a 'purty now Boys. Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15587: Sterling, thanks for your comments about our house! It WILL be fun (I think) when it's done. Right now it's a major pain to try to live there in the unfinished state, but this too shall pass. When it's up and running, you sure will be welcome to come and porch-sit and count cars!

**possum**--congratulations on the birth of the new grandbaby, and I hope and pray that all goes well. Laci sure has a good bunch of doctors, sounds like!

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15588: Afternoon Porch,

The Goat is stopping by a little late today. Had some stuff to do this morning.

Possum, congrats on the new grandbaby, and you'll be in my prayers too.

Now about the great tvland debate. According to, they're supposed to start showing the black and white episodes again on Sept 15th! So hang in there. You know, I remember sitting through the color episodes anxiously awaiting the B&W episodes, and they showed them for 2 weeks, and that was it! Then they went and reran the color episodes. It's confusing...although, a lot of things they do is confusing. I'm still trying to figure out how Macgyver got on a classic tv channel... I don't know, they did put Mr.Ed back, which I'm happy about...maybe there's hope for them yet...
-Jimmy The Goat

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15589: Thanks for the info, Jimmy.


September 09, 2003 - Msg 15590: Hey back at ya Frankie Flint!

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15591: Congratulations, Possum, on the new baby granddaughter! Glad to hear everything turned out okay... what a scare at first! Imagine being a grandma Possum.... is there room under that rock to do some babysitting? That's the fun part. And yes, I agree... baby girls are kinda special... don't get me wrong I just LOVE my grandsons to pieces, but girls... well, they're just so darling! Enjoy, Possum!

Everyone have a great Porch day,

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15592: Hey, y'all! I'm EPT. I did it! I painted a rock to look like a ladybug. In fact, I painted two, and am doing another one tonight, to give to my landscaper friend to take to his wife. They're really cute, and I can't believe I did it! Sterling, I'll email you a picture of them. I think I might try a little turtle tonight, too. Boo, you gotta understand what these rocks are. The rock is painted to look like a critter, so don't count on a Christmas scene, or Barney in a Santa suit, or anything like that. I'll email you a picture too, and if you want a ladybug after you see them, I'll be glad to bring you one. Sterling, I'm afraid you've unleashed a monster. My beloved husband would be saying, "Oh, no, another foible!" Then he would happily take me shopping for supplies.

Possum, please keep us updated about little Laci Camille. (love that name) I just know she's gonna be fine. Her weight sounded good for her gestational age, and it sounds like she's in the best of hands. Well, of course, she's in God's hands, too, and it just doesn't get any better than that!

Boo, Sugarplum's name just came naturally. We had been looking for her for a few weeks, had seen a few puppies, (Maltese aren't plentiful) but none had been "my" puppy. Then a breeder who had told us she had no puppies called us back and said that someone who had reserved one was unable to take it, and we could come and see it if we wished. Well, when we walked in the front office, she had this little fluffy ball in her jacket pocket. She took her out and handed her to me, and I looked into the biggest, brightest, most impish eyes I had ever seen. My cautious husband asked to see the kennel facility and I sat in the office and cuddled MY puppy! She was all wiggles and wags and kisses, and I was in love. On the way home, my husband asked me what I was going to name her. I had no idea. A few minutes later, I cuddled her up to my face and said, "You are just a little sugarplum." My husband looked at me and said, "I think you just named your puppy." He was right. I added a second name, and she is registered as Sugarplum Faerie. I love the Olde English spelling. Naturally, she's mostly called Sugar, and Plummy, or referred to as The Plum, but anyway, that's how she got her name. I must say it suits her perfectly.

Now I'm going to go and paint rocks! Have a lovely day tomorrow, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 09, 2003 - Msg 15593: P.S. I know, I know. I should have adopted a puppy from a shelter, but I really, really wanted a Maltese, and you could wait a very long time for one of them to appear in a shelter, if ever. For whatever it's worth, I do support adoption of shelter dogs in theory, and do financially support the shelters in a small way. It is deductible, too! Incidentally, did you all know that most shelters are delighted to receive your old rugs, blankets, bedspreads, even carpet scraps? They use them as beds in the kennels, of course. Many also will take your recycles, such as newspaper and aluminum cans. I take all my cans to our local shelter. Doesn't hurt their feelings if you bring in a bag of pet food from time to time, either! --Romeena

September 10, 2003 - Msg 15594: Mornin' Y'all. Laci is still in ICU,breathing on her own,taking a pacifer.Genetics doctor is doing tests because they know she has some type of syndrome-we don't know if it is mild or on the other end of the spectrum.The doctor told us yesterday that the first thing the genetics doc mentioned upon looking at her that it might be (some long named syndrome) involving her eyelids and if that's the case,it is purely cosmetic-normal intelligence & surgery to correct lids. I pray it is that.They also mentioned Trisomy 18,which would be devasting.Laci would not live.She has only a few symptoms of that-the clenched hands and small features,but from what I know of this,a baby would have many abnormalities.All the ultrasounds during pregnancy did not pick up on any such problems.Would prenatal testing have checked for Trisomy 18? What do you know about this Ro and Boo? Everyone please pray that this child's disorder is mild.We don't want to lose her.I will keep y'all updated.Thanks for the concern-love you all!

possum under a rock (Laci's grandma)

September 10, 2003 - Msg 15595: Dear Lord, please watch over your little ones. Keep them safe and healthy, and bless all those who are caring for them. Not mine, but Thy Will be done. Amen

keep us posted, Possum

September 10, 2003 - Msg 15596: Dear Possum, how hard this must all be for you. Be sure we will be lifting you and your family with our prayers. I am afraid I don't remember anything about Trisomy 18, specifically. I do know that there are so many syndromes that a baby can be born with that we had a book listing them that was about 4 inches thick. Some syndromes had mild problems (certain physical characteristics) and some had very severe problems. I do know that a sono or even an amnio can only dectect some of them. There are so many potential syndromes that they only test for a certain number of them during prenatal testing. I have had pt's in the past whose babies were born with syndromes after an amniocentisis was normal. I remember that alot of syndromes effect the eyelids, too. I know it must be murder to wait for the results of the tests but I'm sure the dr's don't want to make a mistake in what they tell you. Hang in there and know you are not alone. God bless little Laci and may she have the best of results.


September 10, 2003 - Msg 15597: Thanks Boo,and all of you who have been so concerned for Laci.Things are looking up.We still are waiting for the genetics results,but Down Syndrome is ruled out.Other specialists have looked at her- eye doc said nothing is wrong,cardiologist said heart is fine,orthopedic doc says there is some weakness in one hand which he may splint to help strengthen it.After seeing both parents,they are guessing that her look is just family traits.She sucks strongly on a pacifer,did good on her first bottlefeeding and her doctor said he is very happy having watched how she responds to her parents talking,touching and holding her.He also said that her brain activity is NOT conducive (spelling?) with a baby with a trisomy syndrome.He has even gone so far as to say that this might just be her,and there might not be a serious problem after all. He can't say too much,but he is encouraged.Test results should be known tomorrow or Friday. I will let y'all know.Please continue to pray.Laci is on so many prayer lists and is being prayed for by so many different churches! It overwhelms me.I know God hears each prayer.We are humbled by the outpouring of concern and know that Laci somehow feels the love.Thanks again.
Love from possum under a rock

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15598: Please keep us posted, possum. I will pray for little Laci. Hoping all these traits are just hers and hers alone the way God knit her together in her mother's womb. Actually, I guess that's true no matter what, huh? Anyway, I will pray for her. Where's Asa and Mavis hiding? Way to go on those rocks, Romeena. Sounds fun, but I don't have a steady hand a'tall for paintin. I have just started to get into scrapbooking with my photographs though. Hope everyone has a great day--especially Laci Camille and her family!
Charlotte Tucker

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15599: I have the day off from work but I have a lot of running to do. I need to be up town by 12:30, I'm meeting a co-worker for lunch. Our Fall Festival is in town til St. and you know how there is always great food. All the churchs in town have a food booth and then there are lots of other food booths, By now I'm sure you know what I like at the fairs FOOD! Got to run, catch y'all later. Have a blessed day.

Ellen Brown

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15600: Wow, your last post was encouraging, Possum. We will continue to pray.

Ro, I loved the rocks. I especially liked the red lady bug with the eyelashes. I would love you to bring one to Fredricksburg, but don't feel obligated, just if you have time. I am sure I would love one of your ladybugs. Are you going to put some of your painted rocks in your fountain?

Well, my son and I have a cold but baby girl doesn't have it yet. We are tired from being up with stuffy noses, etc. I talked my son into letting me put Vicks on his chest.....just had to say it...VICKS. I just can't let it die. I have been putting it on my cracked heels, too and it works great. I never wear anything but sandals for 10 months out of the year, so the heels get rough. I was raised by a hillbilly mom and despise having my feet closed in. Do ya'll remember the old Hushpuppy shoe commercial where the when the guy tries on the Hushpuppies he says, "My dogs can breathe!"?

Well, got mounds of laundry to do. Better go take some Tylenol. Isn't strange how when Mom gets sick she still has to act well? God bless us.

I wanted to tell ya'll that I saw something on ebay about one of those villages that people collect and there was one called Mayberry that was put out by Hawthorne Village. Anyway, they don't make it anymore but I wondered if any of you have it. I am curious about what it's like--sounds really cute. They were selling a couple of little figurines, one of Aunt Bee and one of Opie that go with the Mayberry village collection.

Gotta run.......

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15601: Well, praise the Lord for Possum's news. It certainly does sound encouraging. You all just continue to hang in there, and wait on the Lord. I just have a feeling there is very little, if anything, about little Laci that isn't perfectly normal. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, and each is an individual, made to God's specifications.

Boo, I'm glad you liked the little ladybug. What color wings do you want?
I know what you mean about not wearing shoes. I hate them, and am barefoot when I'm at home, almost all the time. If it gets really cold, I put on some socks, but I hate to wear shoes unless I absolutely have to. Not a good practice for a diabetic, but so far I have no complications from it, and if I cut my foot it heals just fine.

Well, we had a frog-strangling rain about an hour ago, lasted about half an hour, and now it's just coming down as a slow, steady late-summer shower. Beautiful! It delays the work in my yard, but I don't care. We really needed the rain.

Well, I need a nap. Worked last night, came home to landscapers working here, so stayed up. They've gone, thanks to rain, so I think I'll take advantage of it and catch a nap. Besides, there's a bit of thunder and lightning coming in now, so need to turn this 'puter thing off. Have a great day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15602: Hope you got some sleep, Ro. Sounds like you had some good sleepin' weather. I love rainy days. The weatherman said yesterday that we can expect our first cool front of the season this weekend and it we can expect temperatures to drop a whole five degrees! Isn't that funny? Oh well, I'll take what I can get at this point.

I think I would like a red-winged ladybug, thank you Ro. As far as Fredricksburg goes, I AM going to be there unless someone gets sick (which is always a possibility with young children). I would hate to lose the money I spent on the accomodations. I am really looking forward to it. My husband and I have always made a trip to Fredricksburg on our anniversary but we didn't go this year because we wanted to save money and decided to make the trip with the kids in December. We just had so much fun the last time we took them.

Hope Possum gets some test results tomorrow.
Ya'll have a great evening.


September 11, 2003 - Msg 15603: Laci is FINE! Got all test results back this afternoon. She is perfect-just tiny.God certainly answered our prayers. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for praying for my granddaughter.We are truly blessed.My heart is so full,and as Ernest T. said " I believe I'm about to cry",so I'll say goodnight for now to all of y'all and thanks again so much! Love you all!
possum under a rock

September 11, 2003 - Msg 15604: Oh, Possum, dear! What wonderful news! I can only imagine how thrilled and relieved you and your family must be. Naturally, everyone here is delighted as well. I must say, though, I'm not surprised. God is so good!

We got a wonderful, drenching rain here this afternoon, and the promise of more tomorrow. My battered lawn is already perking up. You know, you can pour water on a lawn through hoses, automatic sprinklers or out of a bucket for that matter, but nothing greens things up like rain. My landscaper friend says the rain picks up nitrogen from the air as it falls, and that's why things get so green so quickly. Makes sense to me. God made this world, it's not surprising that He'd have a program for taking care of it!

Well, the Plum is ready for bed, and it sounds like a good plan to me, so off we go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15605: Rest in Peace Johnny Cash and John Ritter

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15606: Thank you Lord for your mercy and love! Great news, Possum!!

RIP Johnny Cash & John Ritter."and it burns, burns, that ring of fire - that ring of fire."
~ Mrs. Wiley

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15607: First thing I saw on the news this morning was the announcement that Johnny Cash died. I was deeply saddened...then I left the room a second, came back, and they were just announcing the death of John Ritter.

It makes you think. Yesterday was the anniversary of the Sept 11th, where we remember all those innocent, and brave lives lost in the WTC.

With all the sadness, Possum's good news couldn't have come at a better time! I'm glad Laci is fine!

Jimmy the Goat

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15608: I didn't know about the death of Johnny Cash and John Ritter. I suspected that Johnny would follow June pretty quick because they were so very close, but what happened to John Ritter?

Praise the Lord, Possum! I am so thankful and happy for your good news. God bless little Laci! How you must be rejoicing. To think, just a day ago you didn't even know if she was your's to keep and now you know everything is just fine. What a day!

God bless ya'll,

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15609: Prayers for sister and brother-in-law. They had to have their furkid put to sleep yesterday. She had awful emphysema (sp) and there was nothing they could do. She was ten years old and suffering something awful. Lisa went in with her and held her and loved on her until she went to sleep. They had the vet dispose of her little body cause poor Chris couldn't stand to put her in a hole in the ground. They are tore up about loosing their little keshound.

fun girl

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15610: John Ritter and Don Knotts were very good friends. I saw an interview/skit that they did together at the TV Land Awards in LA this past March and it was obvious of the love and respect that they shared. We've lost an artist.
--jennie boone

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15611: fun girl, I am so sorry for your sister and brother-in-law. Losing a pet is very difficult. My prayers are with them.

And Hallelujah and praise the Lord, Laci is just fine. I just knew she would be! The doctors have to be so careful and all, so sometimes they can put a good scare in you.

I, too, was saddened by the news of John Ritter and Johnny Cash passing on. For some reason the song I always think of by Johnny Cash is "A boy named Sue"! I figure he must have had a tough time of it growing up to even think of a song like that! But now I am certain he is singing the praised of God in heaven.

Well, hubby and I have one more show to do this season, and then maybe we can take a little vacation! This outdoor show stuff is hard work! Everyone have a great Mayberry day!

Mary Wiggins

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15612: I saw John Ritter at the Don Knotts star dedication. It was funny because he was walking up to the staging area and he tripped on the John Ritter. He had wonderful and sweet things to say about Don. I just hate this.

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15613: Andelina is that you? (15612)

September 12, 2003 - Msg 15614: Mary - Shel Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue" - he is known for his many books of children's poetry. Some are quite funny and some are quite thought provoking.

I am so glad that little Laci is fine. . .knew she would be. . .she was in the Right Hands all along.

Fun Girl - I am saddened by your news of your sister's furkid. . .reminds me of my little Cisco that died so suddenly. I have also held many a baby goat before they passed away. I cry everytime.

I was also saddened more by John Ritter's death - so sudden. I expected Johnny to follow June - just seemed like that was inevitable.

Boo - check out our goats on! I am still learning with the digital. Have to take some more pictures this weekend - my kids need to be on there too and the horses we have for sale.

Glad to sit and chat just for a few. . .
Glad to see all your postings Ro - you are comfort on this porch to me!


September 12, 2003 - Msg 15615: Evening Porch! Just checking in to let ya'll know I'm still here, just still busy as well. I don't know what the deal is, usually this time of year is slow for us puppy groomers what with the kids going back to school & all, but this year, it just ain't happenin that way. Good news possum on little Laci! Ro you ain't paintin them rocks, then throwin them into windows & things are ya? I'm off here for the night, ya'll have a good one!
that was my daddy's rock

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15616: Hey, Mavis, good to hear from you!

Homemaker, I enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading about your goats. They are so pretty! Thanks for sharing your web site with me.

God be with the families who has lost their loved ones this week.

Have a blessed weekend!

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15617: Good morning porch.
Have a blessed day and may God's Sonshine in your life today and everyday.

Ellen Brown

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15618: testing

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15619: Ro that was a wonderful story about The Plum, I named Pollyanna after one of my all time favorite movies by Walt Disney ~POLLYANNA~ and I named Mr Bojangles after one of my favorite songs ~ Mr Bojangles ~ They have thier own page at my web site, they are such wonderful fur kids. We love them very much.
Possum congrats on the new grandbaby, they are just wonderful to have.
Hey to everyone, pray y'all have a great day.

Ellen Brown

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15620: again testing ~ EB

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15621: TEST! I didn't know nothing about no test! I don't have any pencils! EB where is your website, I would love to see your furkids. Boo I'm glad you're glad to see me, I feel better already knowing someone out there cares about me. Does anyone want to come over & help clean my house, looks like someone turned a bunch of hogs loose in here & I dread the cleaning. I'll feed ya a good ol 'mater sammich for lunch!
Pigs been in here too, Paw?

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15622: Hey, just wondering, has anyone had a problem with the msgsrv32 not responding message on their computer, seems that I had that once before & fixed it, but I can't remember what I did to get it stopped. Thanks in advance.

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15623: Sorry, can't help with the puter but I can come and clean. Could ya throw some Velveeta on that mater sandwich for me? That's the way my mama used to make 'em for me.

How's the weather everywhere? It is very warm here but we are expecting a little cool front soon. Hey, Asa, where are you? Is it cold in your area, yet?

Gotta run.....

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15624: Let me clarify that.....I know where you live, Asa, I just don't know where you have been. I miss hearing from you here on the porch. You used to be right talkative! Lots of nice folks have been missing. I guess they are busy.


September 13, 2003 - Msg 15625: You know I was watching a thing on John Ritter, and everyone says the same thing. That he was a genuinely a nice person, who tried to touch everyone's life. He wasn't all caught up with being a star.
As for Johnny Cash. What else can you say? Even though he was a country his singer, His influence stretched way beyond the boundaries of country music, too. I mean, think about it...this year he was up for an award on MTV! The man is 71 years old! That proves how many generations and how well respected the man was!

Well, I gotta run. I have to help a friend finish off his kitchen in a few minutes. We've been working at it for a whole week, and today is the last day thankfully!
Have a good day,
Jimmy The Goat

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15626: Anyone here going to Mayberry Days?
I just got milk that expires Septmember 25th!!

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15627: I, too, have found myself strangely saddened by the death of John Ritter. As many have said, it came as no surprise when Johnny Cash passed. He had been in bad health for a long time, and I'm sure was miserable without June. But John Ritter?? He was only, what? 51? Much too young, and he seemed to be so vital and energetic. He was a very talented man, and he will be missed.

Mavis, we'd about figured you got swallowed up in a sea of pet hair and went out in a big vacuum bag. It's good to see you. I sure do wish I could put the Plum in your capable hands now and then. I do her myself, and we get along okay, but she'd be even prettier if she could get "styled" by someone who knows what they're doing! You'd enjoy her, she's very patient. A bit wiggly at times, but never mean or snappy.

Well, I'm off to the garden center. At least part of my yard is finished enough that I can start putting some color in the ground. I can hardly wait. Guess I'll start with mums, too early for much else. Need to think about bulbs for the spring, as well. I think I'll wait and discuss that with my landscaper friend on Monday, though, and see what he'd suggest. He has excellent taste and imagination.

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

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15628: Evenin' Y'all. Anybody want to take a guess on who I just got to hold for the first time? Yep,I got to hold my little Laci! She is doing great-gained a little weight back which puts her just over 4 lbs.She is taking her bottle and is breathing completely on her own-no oxygen.She is expected to be in hospital at least 2 more weeks.She is so sweet!
Well,I guess I'll go catch the weather.We are anxiously watching Hurricane Isabel here on the East Coast.Sure hope we are all spared,because it's a bad one.
Y'all have a nice evening! We are beginning to get a little hint of autumn-my favorite time of year! Hope it's nice on your end of the Porch as well.
possum under a rock

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15629: Hey to Mavis and the Porch.

jb, that milk thing must be a sign from The Count...

-- Jelsik

"...that's where you cheapen yourself."

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15630: hi all

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15631: Hey, jb..We are checking our refridgerator cause, of course, we will be at Mayberry Days, the sooner it starts the better. Can't wait to get there and see every one. There's nothing quite like meeting up with Mayberry family.
Possum, we are so happy for you!

September 13, 2003 - Msg 15632: We should have signed our message, 15631, sorry. David and Linda

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15633: Hey to you too Jelsik I thought it was the Count too, but I wasn't gonna say nothin

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15634: Yes, Ro, John Ritter seemed like he was a real nice guy from what I hear. It just reminds us of how important it is to show people we love them because you just never know how long you will have them. As my husband says, "Find ways to show extravagant love.". Good advice, I think.

I saw a special on Johnny Cash yesterday and he was ready to go. They showed an interview in which he talked about a near death experience he had a few years ago when he was in a coma. He said he wanted to go "with the light" and was angry when the dr's brought him back. It must be comforting to know there is nothing to fear in death. Even though we know our Savior, sometimes thinking about death is scary to me. When I was five, my Aunt Elizabeth died (she was 40) and my parents took me to the funeral. It seems like that is when I started being afraid of death. It was not a good thing for me to see my Aunt dead when I was only five. I guess maybe all kids are different, but I was not ready for it.

Well, enough talk about the morbid. Hope all of you have a really nice day. Its supposed to cool off here so I am really looking forward to that!

Later, friends...

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15635: I know what you mean, Boo, about the fear associated with death. As a Christian, I used to feel guilty about that, thinking I shouldn't be afraid. Then I realized the truth - I'm not afraid or insecure about the destination, it's the journey that scares me. I think that's normal, and I no longer feel guilty about it.

Sterling, I think I may attempt to paint a turtle today. I'll let you know how it turns out. This rock-painting is fun. I may take my book with me when I go to Florida to visit my son and DIL at the end of October. We could form the Tuesday night rock-painting society!

Cool and rainy here on the Dallas end of the porch. It really feels like autumn. My poor battered lawn is loving it. It's so green, and the construction scars are healing nicely. I received a lovely little gift yesterday. Several years ago, a small flock of parrots was blown in on the backlash of a hurricane, and they settled in the area around the baseball park in Arlington. They're called Quaker parrots, a little smaller than the familiar yellowhead, and they're beautiful. They're mostly a soft green, with blue and cream markings. Well, yesterday, a pair of them visited my back yard. They usually don't venture very far from their colony, but I've seen them once before, when a whole tree full visited my parents' yard. I only got a pair, but I quickly put out sunflower seeds and other attractions, so maybe I'll see them again. Lovely little things. Right now, Mr. Squirrel is out there digging in one of my new flowerbeds, burying a pecan. He doesn't care that I don't want a pecan tree in my flowerbed, and he doesn't care that he's digging up something I just planted. Boy, squirrels are selfish! (But cute!)

Well, gotta go. The Plum is asking for attention, guess we need to play "throw the toy" for a while. Have a great Sabbath, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15636: Yes, Ro, I think we fear the unknown and there is only one way to know what it is really like to die, isn't there? I guess I would rather keep fearing the unknown...heehee.

It rained here today some but not very cool yet. It is better, though. I still have hope. How neat about the parrots. That is certainly something you don't see in my area. I saw an Iguana fall out of a tree in my in-law's yard once on Christmas Day. Poor thing died from the cold, I think. Must have been someone's escaped pet.

Well, a blessed Sunday to all!

ps- I think tomorrow starts the black and white episodes of TAGS on TVLand!

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15637: HELP!! Mayberry Fans. I'm looking for the words to a song that Andy sang on one of the shows and I don't have much to go on except that the phrase "a time of wonder" or "time to wonder" was in the lyrics. Does anyone know the name of the song or where I can get the words? We have a bluegrass band and want to learn it. Thanks for your help.

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15638: 15637 Go to TAGSRWC website at and click on the link the Mayberry songs. It might be listed there.

September 14, 2003 - Msg 15639: Ro how neat about those little Quakers! My sister has 3 of them & they are such the little clowns, having one of them around is like having a big bird in a small body. One of hers is named Thumper & he says "Hey Thumper" & when he gets overly loud, my sister will yell "THUMPER!" his answer? a very cute little "what?" teehee. They really are cuties. Enjoy & maybe put out some fruit you don't want anymore, they love that! Peanuts too, & I'm sure Mister Squirrel would appreciate the peanuts.