May 19, 2004 - Msg 21431: Pipeman, good to see you again. Was worried about ya! Man, you have been busy! Dont even see ya on the western site.
I hear ya, charlotte! I used to do some proofreading. Not a fun job, especially when you see my typing here! lol
Now we have to locate BOO, SRM, BanjoJerry, and more!
Well spot, the lights are up in the backyard,
time to get out the smoker and we can get a little yard dance going! I hear that Andy is quite the dancer! (just as Opie!) (heehee)

May 19, 2004 - Msg 21432: Well I'll be dogged, my first porch sweep!
I guess I'm doing more of that housework and
don't even know it! lol

May 19, 2004 - Msg 21433: Oops, dont mean to dominate the conversation, but yes! what a game by Randy Johnson yesterday!
I didnt think he still had it in him at 40, but I guess I was wrong!
MD, the indy cars are getting ready to go!
Ok, 10-40, er, roger 4, er, over and under.

May 19, 2004 - Msg 21434: hello everyone , PIPEMAN ... glad to see you back ,I agree with you ,its about time Kasey wins one ,and Charlotte might be the place .eveyone have a great evening
mayberry deputy

May 19, 2004 - Msg 21435: lol

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21436: Swishhhhhhh...the porch is clean ..hey MDC,pipeman,asa,hm,md,possum,afd,and all of the porch...lights are on at the porch...breakfast will be at 6:00 cut country ham,red eye gravy,bisquits,eggs yer way,hash brown taters with onions and bell peppers,flapjacks,english muffins,cream cheese, cold milk and oj, coffee,and a tear from my roll of paper towels!..enjoy..beef stew in the crock pot & cornbread for lunch tomorrow...signed: SPOT the"by 6:00 am in the morning will have worked 48 hrs in 3 busy storn days tired dog" of your porch ...but lights are on !!prayers!

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21437: Morning porch.
Been busy as a bee here. Sorry I ain't been around much. Hope all is well for everyone. Just kinda breezed through the archives real fast and noticed that Mrs Wiley is still having some health issues. I pray that you might find some comfort during this period Mrs. Wiley, and that you will be lead to a Doctor who can ease your pain and discomfort. Chronic pain can wear a body and a spirit down something terrible. So hang in there Hon.
Hope and pray for you too Charlotte. Hope things are going better for you.
And Pipeman, pray all goes well for you and your operation. Life can be taxing at times.
Prayers and big hello's to all and any I may be missing.


May 20, 2004 - Msg 21438: You just keep running on that treadmill spot and the lights will keep burning! We have had those evening storms here in Indiana as well - they say a hot and dry weekend. Maybe my husband will get some much needed landscaping completed.
What's your gas prices everyone - I paid 2.04 this morning.


May 20, 2004 - Msg 21439: Morning porch. Can't stay. Got work to do. Hope ya'll have a great day. Sposed to be 88 here today! Gettin' hot now!
Charlotte Tucker

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21440: Prayers for Mrs. Wiley and pipeman, and any that are enduring physical trials. Maybe you need some of those pills Emma uses, 10˘ a bottle for a miracle drug.

Hats off to "The Big Unit", there MDC! Great game - not bad for an "old" guy. ; )

homemaker - gas is 1.94 a ding here in AFD's neck of the woods. Hope it will at least go down some after Memorial Day.

Spot - I think Cobb's getting their money's worth and then some outta you. Hope you get some much needed rest here pretty quick.

Gonna go outside and play TBall with my daughter before it either gets too hot or a storm brews up. Hope everyone has a great day!


May 20, 2004 - Msg 21441: Morning Porch!
Sorry I haven't been around lately. That Pistons triple overtime loss crushed me, but then they won a game in New Jersey, I was sure surprised I hate to admit. Game 7 is tonight, and I appreciate AFD and anyone else rooting for 'em! (Sorry about those Spurs)

I heard about that game that Randy pitched the other day. I guess 40 ain't all that old! It sure feels like it though. (I guess I shouldn't try to pass myself off as a youngster of 40 though! I's 47!)

Romeena, I hope you e-rat-icate that problem in your garden! After all that hard work, I bet it is a disappointment to see those critters there. You may be running the shuttle for a spell, but I hope it clears up the problem real soon!

Spot, you are one hard-working talking dog! Thanks for keeping the vittles coming, and keeping the lights on!

Prayers for Charlotte and Mrs. Wiley and all else who needs them. Especially for the men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My 6 year old brought home his cap and gown the other day! He looks sooo cute in it. I already went through this with the older two, right through high school, so it is fun getting to do it again with this little guy, and taking the time to enjoy it! He has to recite a little poem about Abraham Lincoln during "commencement ceremonies". He told me he thinks he will be sick that day!

Have a great Mayberry Day all,
Mary Wiggins

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21442: Yes, but can he recite the Preamble to the Consteatution?? (Darn censor!) (teehee)
Busy day for me today, then it's off to relatives for a few days, so no APB needed for me til Monday! lol
My prayers continue for all you porchsters and all our troops around the world and all our good citizens trying to rebuild.
Good work on the lights, spot, and good eats too!
Now if my D-Backs can just get out of the cellar!
Go pistons and pacers!
Gas that I have to use (premium) cost quite a few bottles of pop! (2.35!!) yikes!
A few quotes:
"Sure, he can spell "capable" but he can't spell "Fife!"
"Wouldnt go anywhere without the ole roscoe."
Have a super Maybery day,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21443: He will happily recite the Preamble... right after Andy says it!

$2.05 here in the motor city.

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21444: Ok, TVLand Trivia experts--I need your help. I have a question about Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies. He was always saying he wanted to be a ... what? I think I know but not for sure and even if I have it right, I'm not sure how to spell it---doublenaut spy??? Somebody help me. I wanted to include this info. in my magazine but don't want to misspell it. I was going to leave a message on the BH message board, but it doesn't look like anyone goes to it very often, and I know you guys are here everyday! Of course my deadline is tomorrow! I think you all's prayers are helpin'. I don't feel as stressed.
Charlotte Tucker

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21445: I think that would be doublenought. He was referring to 007, and zero can also be called nought.

Hope that helps,
Mary Wiggins

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21446: Make that doublenaught. I think it can be spelled either way, but naught is more correct.

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21447: Charlotte Tucker .. Jethro had three ambitions to be , a brain surgeon , a deep fat fry cook ,or a boublenaught spy. Speaking of fry cooks ,wheres SPOT .Everyone have a good evening
mayberry deputy

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21448: HAHAHA Beverly Hillbillies is my 2nd favorite show! The first sounds my oldest daughter heard in the delivery room was the BH theme (born at 8:05am - Turner-time) I knew Jethro wanted to be a double-naught spy, but I plum forgot about the brain surgeon and fry cook! I think he also wanted to be an international play-boy and Robin Hood.

~ Mrs. Wiley
Granny: "We're gona go smoke some crawdads. But first I got to get a little pot."

May 20, 2004 - Msg 21449: I always imagined it was spelled "double-not", since Jethro didn't spell too good. There's probably no "right" way. Gas in Boise is $1.96 - for unleaded, (at the cheap place). It's higher at some other stations.
- Hazel

Jethro: (after getting hit on the head) "Plum sets a fellers head to ringin', Uncle Jed."

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21450: good morning...fried eggs, fried porck chops ,hash browns,grits,sliced tomatoes,bisquits ,gravy, oj,milk and a rip from the roll of the towels...lights are on ..signed: SPOT the"been working too much lately" dog of yours porch...ruff ruff

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21451: gas $2.15..for high test here in

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21452: Y'all think Walley's trying to gouge us?


May 21, 2004 - Msg 21453: Regarding "naught".... about the only time you really see that word in American English is like in the phrase "all for naught." meaning "all for nothing".

But in British English, naught is used for both "nothing" and "0," which we of course call "zero" Seeing as how James Bond and Ian Fleming are British, I would assume that they say "double-naught seven" instead of "double-oh seven" like we do....

Where Jethro would've heard this phrase is another issue entirely... :-)

Oh, and I thought Gomer said that Wally only charged 10˘ a ding.... they must've upped the bell to ding about 20 times a gallon!

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21454: great day to one and all. JETHRO wanted anything that would bring him the most pretty girls.reminds me of allan hale when he came to mayberry auditioning wives. you remember jeff pruitt? mdc= been on western site yesterday. they moved my surgery up to june and want to do tests to see how much my good kidney is doing. my dear praying friends- how blessed i am to have you. i am constanly amazed at the way you stand by me and others and hold our hands in the mist of battle. i can't imaginehow i could ever make it without the covering and protection of your prayers. thank you. good to see you will, asa, mdc, spot,mayberry deputy, hazel, charlottetucker, mary and mdc and everyone on the porch. time to light the briar and kick back. pipeman

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21455: Opie: "I just saw Jeff Pruitt.... standing on the corner picking up girls!"
Andy: "What do you know about picking up girls?"
Opie: "Gosh, paw, what's there to know? Whenever a girl walks by, he just picks her up, and then sets her down and says 'Excuse me, ma'am. Just checking you weight.'"

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21456: Maybe we should report Wally to the gas regulation board for dinging us way to much! At least he should have a contest - win what you spend!

Stay in good spirits pipeman - we are all here for you. . .we'll keep the light on for you!

Remember how good Jethro was a ciphering, "naught from naught was naught" -


May 21, 2004 - Msg 21457: Howdy! MY COMPUTER IS STILL DOWN but I am at my sister's house and wanted to stop in and say hello. I miss all of you very much and still love ya.

Life has been very hectic and I need to sit on the porch from time to time. I got onto my husband a little bit yesterday about getting my computer up and running so hopefully he will see to it soon. Hope all of you are ok, I have not been able to read the archives, yet.

Well, my children are at home waiting for dinner so I have to go. Ya'll take care and I'll be back soon.


May 21, 2004 - Msg 21458: hello everyone, this is sara speaking to you over the wire . the partyline stays pretty busy at mayberry. aunt bea and opie and andy all say hey. pipeman, it is so good to hear you are feeling better. we are praying for you and mrs. wiley. i feel like i have known everyone for a long time. i think i could tell you just about every line from the andy show. i have a great book called, the andy griffith show book. once you pick it up , it is hard to put it down. the best episode in my opinion is the one where opies baseball goes into a haunted house. when barney starts shaking all over it makes me burst out laughing. the first time i saw this one, i was 3 years old. my family has thorougly enjoyed this show from the beginning. the ones that make me cry are the best. i cry happy tears most of all . keep up this wonderful website. love to everybody,sara

May 21, 2004 - Msg 21459: Thanks for all the info about doublenaught spy!! I knew you all could help me! Let's hear how much ya'll are paying for gas. It's about $2.01 here. And the milk! Didn't I already complain about this?? (I think I did, but I'll complain some more) $3.88 a gallon! Ridiculous! Needless to say, I'm drinking water from the tap filtered through the Brita pitcher!
Charlotte Tucker

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21460: Was just looking around for info on gas prices and found an interesting table.... This is the price of gas, adjusted for inflation, since 1950:

Year      Price Per Gallon
1950     $1.91
1955     $1.85
1960     $1.79
1965     $1.68
1970     $1.59
1975     $1.80
1980     $2.59
1985     $1.90
1990     $1.51
1995     $1.28
2001     $1.66
Source: How Gas Prices Work

I paid $1.839/gallon this week. As for milk, I paid $3.37 a gallon this week.... if it goes to $5, I'll probably still be buying it and drinking it at the same rate I do now.... I love my milk.

-- Will Stockdale, P.L.O

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21461: Hello all! It a good thing my truck runs on Malberry Squeezins. Lol! Have a Mayberry Day and prayers all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21462: hey bdj, i need some squeezins so i can cope with the price of gas ! ...look its ham sandwiches and chips and mild sweet peppers,..grape kool-aid..lets eat outside its purdy today..signes: SPOT the" slicing the ham for lunch" dog of your porch....lights are on !!

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21463: hey

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21464: Thanks spot! There's nothin' like a ham sammich eaten at a picnic! You got any caves we could explore, too.

Happy Anniversary fungirl - sorry I'm a day late. Hope it was a good 'un!

Hey to Boo - glad to hear from you!

Prayers for Mrs. Wiley and pipeman, and everyone else. Love you all!


May 22, 2004 - Msg 21465: Hey gang, at the relatives this weekend, so can only pop in and out. Good to hear from pipeman.
Since i work for a renal company, I'll ask fellow workers for prayer too. Good to see sara still with us. Loved the B Hillbillies, cement pond, double barrel slingshots, Mr drysdale,etc etc.
Will, I know I used to fill my GTO for only 30 cents a gal in the 60s. Those listed seem high.
Andy, "Ya know Op, I was braggin on you to goober and floyd about you being a good boy,
but I was wrong, you're a MAN!"
Se ya next week,

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21466: Oh one more thing, looks like the next round is
Pacers and Pistons. We may have to get banjoJerry to break up the fight! (teehee)


May 22, 2004 - Msg 21467: MDC, the prices are adjusted for inflation, so all those prices are in 2001 dollars... it may have cost 30˘ a gallon in '65, but 30˘ back then is roughly $1.68 in today's money.

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 22, 2004 - Msg 21468: OK..THE RACE IS GONA START! wings and ribs at the dog house .....come on !..SIGNED:SPOT the"nascar loving hot wing eating with blue chees dressing" dog of your porch ...Varooooommm....lights are on ...I hope im at home tonight !!

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21469: OK, folks, I'm scared. I think the Count is at it again. I came to the porch earlier today, wrote up a message to leave for you all to read, and I don't know if the wind blew it away or what, but it's not here now. Did anybody see my note? --Romeena

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21470: Well, guess I'll try again, since my first note apparently blew away. Boo, it was good to hear from you. You tell your sweet hubby to fix that computer quick, because we miss you, and we miss hearing about Baby Girl's antics. How is that little young'un and her brother?

Spot, I hope you know how much we appreciate you. If it wasn't for you and all you do, folks would be sitting on the porch in the dark, listening to their stomachs growl.

Pipeman, I'm sure sorry to hear about your health problems. It gets kinda scary when you start talking about losing a kidney, but I'm sure you've gotten at least a second opinion, and your doctors know what they're doing. You take good care of yourself, you hear? You mean a lot to all us porchsters.

Mrs. Wiley, I hope this next round of medics can arrive at an answer for you and get you some relief. You've put up with a lot, and you do it with such good grace. Prayers for you and for everybody else that's ailing on this porch. Oh, and the Plum says she's sorry about that carrot in the soup, she just couldn't resist. Actually, I think she ate one completely, and just nibbled another one a little bit.

Mary Wiggins, has Pat got any more new paintings out? Maybe a website somewhere where we could see some more of his work? I might want another print or two. I have really gotten a lot of joy out of the ones I have. They are just beautiful, and I think I'd like to have more. By the way, you are a caution. "E-rat-icate." That's too funny. I'm still trying to catch the rest of the Ratticus family. I guess I'll eventually get them, one by one. I need to find a drop-off place a little closer to home, though. At the price of gasoline here - $2.09 for premium - I can't afford to shuttle the little critters too far. Guess I'll take the next one down to Myers Lake and let him go.

Well, off I go. Hope the wind doesn't blow this note away. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21471: Good Sabbath Porch Pals! Ro and everyone, thanks mucho for the prayers. Still trying to "set the date" for denver... so many docs to line up/verify insurance/schedule appts/airfare/hotel etc... kinda nerve wracking, but takes my mind off of things. Do we have any porchters in Denver? I'm hoping to bring my eps on CD to play on the laptop whilst I'm there.

Pipeman, still holding you up in prayer - trust The Lord, He'll see you through. Just rest, rest, rest. By the way, Jeff Pruitt is my husbands TAGS name (even though he doesn't post here). He's A LOT like his TAGS character.

Will Stockdale, you can have my milk ration. I only like it if it's swimming in coffee.

~ Mrs. Wiley
Opie: "Hi Barney! Barney, what do you need two girls for when you already got ThelmaLou?"

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21472: thanks for the prayers and thoughts. they say after the operation, you start feeling good in about a week, tricky part is you can't do a thing for 6 to 8 weeks cause they clip the nerves , they attach to the spine so you can't do a thing. so if i swkip awhile you'll know why. you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. your pipeman

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21473: good Sunday all...Prayers where going bowling today with work folks!...egg salad sandwiches for linch, chips, sliced cucumbers with ranch dressing,ice tea ..signed SPOT the" gona roll em straight today" dog of your porch..lights are on I hope!..

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21474: Light lunch... that sounds real good on a hot day! Glad to see that folks are checking in on the porch. Hey Asa, the youn'un came home yesterday with a little surprise on her left hand!! So it looks like she'll be heading back to the west in the fall for good. Boy they grow up fast! Where did the years go? Hope all are doing well in the porch family. Been keeping up with the postings. Prayers for all those ailing... ~New Neighbor

May 23, 2004 - Msg 21475: Big congrats to your youngun' NN!! ~ Mrs. Wiley

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21476: Prayers to those who were hit by the tornados over the weekend. . .


May 24, 2004 - Msg 21477: hey new neighbor...gang its hot roast beef sandwiches and free-toes ,sliced tomatos,hot peppers,tater salad,orange kool-aid.....heck get two sandwiches....signed:SPOT the"gona go to the lake and fish later today and catch us some lunch for tomorrow" dog of your great porch ...lights are on ..ruff..ruff

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21478: Lunch sounds great - I am stuck here on a phone conference so can I get mine delivered? I would like bbq sauce on my roast beef please. . .and I would like lemonade koolaid and orange koolaid mixed together. . .that is good tooo! My husband doesn't think that I should mix drinks like that - but hey, I need to live outside of the box!


May 24, 2004 - Msg 21479: Andy: Well, this has been quite a night. So far
we've lost 4 girls and one drunk!
Return of the FunGirls ep was on last night on local channel! Poor andy and barney were so flustered. Even Andy said "Just shut up BERNIE!
Well, quite a busy weekend I had. Lots o traveling. I second homemaker's prayers for all in Nebraska etc. Man, those were some bad twisters.
Pipeman and Mrs Wiley, prayers for you two as you get ready for your procedures.
Welcome again new neighbor. Gotta tell Aunt Bea to stop peaking out the cutains at you! teehee
hey spot, you are a man of many talents! Whatya bowl? Good eats lately. We'll have to get pipeman to fire up the brown truck to use as a delivery wagon!
Ya all have a good week. Please keep prez and troops in your prayers as the transition gets closer.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21480: Where's possum been lately?

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21481: Here I am, doing all the talkin' again!
Pipeman usually helps decorate the graves of the vets each Memorial Day. But this year, due to his kidney, he won't we able to help. So how, about we get out Old Glory and fly it from the porch this weekend, just for our pipeman; but not only from this porch ("e pluribus unum") but also from all our other porches
throughout the land! Barney can run thru the history of the Imancipation Proclamation, and we can take it from there! :) You are good people.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21482: Good idea, MDC. I'm with you.
- Hazel

May 24, 2004 - Msg 21483: Ooops, forgot to say, Happy Birthday, Asa. And also to Tom, our poet, for tomorrow!
-Hazel again.

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21484: TRIED TO POST'''''''''

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21485: COMP AXTING BAD ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,SPOT

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21486: Mornin' Y'all! Anybody got an incant for Spot's computer? Looks like it's acting up on him! Asa,Asa-well,I see it's cake & candles time for you- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You too,Tom! Have a great birthday.
Been hot on the southern end of the porch-highs in the mid 90's! At least we've been spared the tornados and other weather miseries happening in the rest of the country.
Y'all have a good day-gotta get ready for work. Good luck with that computer Spot! Love to all!
possum under a rock

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21487: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM AND ASA!!


That's supposed to be a birthday cake. Inside family joke: I always made my baby girls a b'day cake. well, I'm not very good at decorating but they were always colorful and delish. Y'all have the happiest birthday ever and many, many more!!

~ Mrs. Wiley

and there's a surprise for later... homemade peach icecream. "OH BOY!"

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21488: For Spot: "Fly away buzzard, fly away crow, way down south where the winds don't blow. Rub your nose and give two winks, and protect us from this awful jinx."

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21489: Dear God,
Had just about enough of this rainy weather, thank you very much.
p.s. Are you trying to tell me something? Should I start building the ark? ;)
-One of your loving sheep, Sterling Holobyte(You know who)

Don't mean to be sacrilegious or blasphemous or anything. I just thought that if there were any website that God would visit it would be this one, so I would know where to reach him. :)

I like that cake, Mrs. Wiley! How did you get those candles to hover over the cake like that?
Seriously though, that's pretty good!
Happy Birthday to Tom and Asa!

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21490: Happy Birthday to you -
Happy Birthday to you -
Happy Birthday dear Tom and Asa. . . .
Happy Birthday to you. ..


May 25, 2004 - Msg 21491: ...And many more! Hope you have wonderful birthdays, gentleman.

I like your cake. Mrs. Wiley - NO calories. ; )

Well, going to have a good chance for rain every day til Saturday. We just had a bunch of rain just a few weeks ago. I'd sure like to send it to someone who needs it more if I could.

Prayers for all the porchsters, GWBush, all our leaders and military. God Bless America!


May 25, 2004 - Msg 21492: Please send all your rain to AZ! We sure need it.
Fire season is upon us!
Happy Birthday Tom and Asa!
Thanks Hazel, you hold it, I'll attach the clips thru the grommets, and soon the Star Spangled Banner will be waving proudly from the porch!
So who do we root for, HM's Pacers or Mary W's
Pistons?? I'm torn between the two teams.
This could be worse than Ernest T trying to cut in front of the recruiting line!
Last night here was "off to Hollywood" ep.
Goober:(about the other men) They've got to have their noses into ever'thing!
I think it's the only time Andy and Opie have matching outfits!
I guess it's leftovers tonight, unless spot gets his puter fixed.
Have a wonderful day!

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21493: Well, of course I humbly suggest the Pistons! I have been a Piston's fan for years though, and I can't hardly stand it lately! Last night's game was too hard to watch for me. I kept switching channels and then coming back. I guess I am a little too caught up in it all! (But loving every minute of it! GO PISTONS!!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASA AND TOM!! I hope it's a happy one for both of you!

Congrats to your daughter New Neighbor! Is he a nice guy and all that good stuff? I hope so!

Prayers for Pipeman and Mrs. Wiley, keep us posted about how things go. My brother just turned 50 this year and has had a series of things affecting his health. I thought I would encourage Pipeman and Mrs. Wiley and let you know that all the things the doctors could fix went extremely well, and the things that would have been more difficult turned out to be false alarms! So hang in there, and we'll keep praying!

By the way, we have been getting the rain lately here in Michigan, too. If you saw the footage of some of the flooding in Michigan, and especially the guy holding on to the street sign until a boat came and rescued him, well, those things were very near my home! Thankfully, we have not taken in any water to speak of! But it sure is soggy around here!

Romeena, Pat just designed a pretty little painting that will be of a Tree Sparrow sitting on Apple Blossoms. It's very, very pretty, and he will be painting it soon. I don't know if I sent pictures of an Eagle he just finished. It is absolutely fabulous, if I do say so myself! It was his response to September 11, and I think that painting has a lot of emotion in it. He also recently finished two cardinals, male and female, sitting on a branch. We hope to have prints of that one by summer's end, as well as of the Eagle. No web site yet, but someday! He just signed with a gallery around here again, so we are waiting for them to get the ball rolling, (also known as money)!

Sorry this post was soo long! Hey to one and all of you wonderful porchsters!

Mary Wiggins

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21494: look guys i did not post the bold post

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21495: Hey Ya'll...we're still making it here in Chicager...course, I've spent the last several days scuba diving in my back yard! (you should SEE the coral growth! :-) ) Thoughts and prayers for all (pipe...hang in there pal), special prayers for "W" and the troops. I've said it before..I don't always like everything he says...but if he says it, I at least beleive he means it!

Ya'll be good...remember us as we take the boats to the store! :-D


May 25, 2004 - Msg 21496: Yeah Goob,and Mary, heard about all your storms!
God bless ya, as you folks dig out. Take it easy now.
We may have some interlopers again.
APB for FLOYD! Can you git out yer harmonicy
and lead the interloper to the county line? Thanks.

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21497: meat loaf tonight!..mashed taters with skins on,fried okra,corn on the cobb,sliced sweet onion,canalope,sweet tea...ready at 6:30..outside on the picknic table...someone bring some slaw please...signed: SPOT the" at work and all is sunny and quite" talking dog of your porch

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21498: Know I have not chewcked in lately. Just wanted to say howdy to everyone.SAMSCOTT


May 25, 2004 - Msg 21500: he just cant sing... i think that is one of the funniest eps i have ever seen. the one where barney wants to sing in the choir. thelma lou says she wants barney to be the father of her children someday, but he just cant sing. not a lick. welcome sweet springtime we greet thee in song..... my husband and i have been in our church choir for 21 years .our whole married life .our children, liz and chris also tag along to choir practice with us on wed. there have been times when we would like to move from one place to another to escape some of the fine folks who think they can sing oh well make a joyful noise to the lord anyway.... pipeman you are in our prayers, and also mrs. wiley. hang in their folks. things will get better by and by. we can call you the three bells, no, that would sound like three girls.... remember at the end of the ep, the voice teacher of barneys was impressed with gomer. andy and barney singing the trio. they just dont make good tv like that anymore... love to everyone, sara

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21501: hello to everyone on the porch ,hello to SAM SCOTT ,hot here in western N.C. ,got up to 93 today. SPOT .. the meatloaf and taters sound real tasty .PIPEMAN and MRS.WILEY my prayers are with you guys in your treatments .everyone have a good evening
mayberry deputy

May 25, 2004 - Msg 21502: Hi y'all.
Thank you for the birthday wishes and thanks for remembering Hazel. Ain't you the sneaky one. LOL
Hey N.N. Thats great news about Courtney. They sure do grow up fast. When is the big day?
Sorry I have been absent. Just as busy as can be at work right now. Looks to stay that way for a good while. I ain't complaining though.
That was a fine cake Mrs. Wiley, thank ya kindly. You and Pipeman and everyone else are still in my prayers.
Well I better go. I just heard Dan Rather on my T.V. and he ain't allowed in my house so out he goes. WOOSH!


May 26, 2004 - Msg 21503: Go Pacers!!! from the humble Homemaker!

May 26, 2004 - Msg 21504: Pacers, Pistons, Pacers, Pistons, decisions, decisions! Maybe the count knows!?! All I can safely say is that it is a GOOD series!
Congrats New Neighbor! Yes, time goes so fast!
Hi to Sara. That is one of my favorite eps!
I think it is the only one where ThelmaLou says anything as definite about her and Barn!
Spot, the skillet is frying up sausage and cottage fries tonite! But it is had to beat your spread.
Pipeman goes in for his kidney operation on friday, so ya all be in prayer agreement with me.
He's a vet and a good man, loves the porch!
Asa, I hear ya, most network news is too unporch like for me too!
Well, ya all have a good evenin'. A few squeezins all around.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 26, 2004 - Msg 21505: Hello all and Happy Birthday to Tom and Asa! Hey Spot, Here is squeezins for you. Lap a little at a time. Prayers for all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

May 26, 2004 - Msg 21506: I'm throwing some free-range chickens on the rotiserie with lemon-pepper seasoning. MMmmGood! Y'all are welcome to join us! Brang side dishes!

~ Mrs. Wiley
(not chicken a'la King)

May 26, 2004 - Msg 21507: Hello strangers. I just finished watching the last TAGS episode that Floyd appeared in. For some reason, that got me to thinking about The Front Porch. And although it's been about 3.5 years since I last visited and posted a message, it was not hard to find you folks. A warm "Howdy" and "best wishes" to you all.


May 26, 2004 - Msg 21508: Welcome Poor Horatio, or should I say welcome back? Pull up a rocker and sit a spell.
Count me in Mrs. Wiley. I love a good chicken.
And I join you MDC in prayers for our pipeman. Sounds like you two keep in touch so please keep us updated.
Now who wants to go to the duck pond after Mrs. Wiley's dinner?


May 26, 2004 - Msg 21509: Asa, what are we gonna do at the duck pond?!
- Hazel

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21510: Well, Poor Horatio, welcome back after such a long absence, and what a colorful entrance you made! It's nice to see you. Please come around regular-like.

Pipeman, we'll be thinking of you and praying for you on Friday. This is a big surgery, but I know you're going to come through it just fine. Recovery-wise, it's easier when the whole kidney is removed, as opposed to when it's just opened to remove a large stone, so that's a plus. Prayers for you, friend.

Mary Wiggins, I'd be very interested in all three of the paintings you mentioned. My dear husband loved sparrows - called them little survivors - and I greatly admire cardinals. There is a nested pair that visits my yard daily. Then the eagle - what American wouldn't love that? As soon as pictures are available, I'd be most interested.

Have been working a lot lately, we lost two nurses off our night shift, so staffing is tight and I rarely get cancelled these days, though my name is on the list for every shift. Oh, well, it makes for a better paycheck, but I sure do miss those cozy evenings at home with the Plum. Incidentally, that little rascal pulled my purse down off a low table, unzipped it, rifled it thoroughly and ate several throat lozenges. I'm just glad there was nothing in there that could have hurt her. I do carry Advil, but she was unable to open the bottle, thank the Lord. She tried, it has teethmarks, but it's a twist-on cap, not a snap-on, so she couldn't do it. Such a puppy!

I'm sad for my daughter tonight (not Rob). Her beloved little parakeet died this morning, in the palm of her hand. Just spread his little wings over her palm and died. She's broken-hearted, and I'm a bit upset, too. He was a cute little guy, just a little blue bundle of personality. Isn't it amazing, the capacity God has given us to love even the smallest of his creatures? They bring us so much joy, but it's hard to give them up when they have lived out their short little lives.

Well, everyone have a great rest-of-the-week, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. I'm still trying to catch those little rat/mouse critters in my yard, and this afternoon, of all things, I caught a starling! Poor thing, it was terrified, and flew out of that trap like a rocket when I opened the door.

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21511: Ro, giraffes may be selfish, but starlings are BOLD. What a loving way to go for that little 'keet: in the hands of his mommy. Thats so sad Ro, give your daughter our sympathy. Sorry you have to pull the big shifts, I'll bet Plum gets mighty irked whan youre gone so long... rooting arround in your purse probably makes her feel near you. Maybe she's looking for a cell phome to call you on? :-)

Pipeman, keep a good thought friend and we'll be praying for you... can someone let us know how you make out? I'll start simmering the chicken noodle soup for you.

Good to see you again Poor Horatio... been a long time since I've seen your half-a-boy-ness. Welcome to sara and welcome back Sam Scott!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Opie: "Tell Mrs. Edwards not to kill her ants. I'll come over and catch them and make an ant farm with them."
Aunt Bea: "OH NO YOU WON'T!"

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21512: Mornin' Y'all. Plum,ya got a sore throat or cold perhaps? Bet you were hunting the VICKS! Here's a jar of it for you-just climb up on the porch & help yourself.
Hey everybody! Have a good day y'all!
possum under a rock

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21513: Hey Ro, I bet the Plum was just trying to find your car keys to hide them from you and stumbled on to them things. And of course, being the curious little furkid she is, had to try a few out, just to see what they were.
Hope you all have a great day today. They are saying we may get snow this weekend of all things. Can you just imagine that? Glad I ain't stuck my tomater plants in the ground yet.


May 27, 2004 - Msg 21514: SNOW? Asa, what part of the north pole do you
live in? Has already broke 100 here in Phx!
Ro, I guess plum had some larnyx problems!teehee
Welcome back poor horatio. Glad to know ya.
Yikes, I missed tags last night!
Cant even think of a quote!That darn Istvan Teleky
must be interferin!
Ya all have a super Mayberry day! keep your eyes peeled, and be safe this weekend.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21515: Oh, forgot, prayers for all! MDC

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21516: Hello to everyone on the porch and welcome back to POOR HORATIO .Today I received a DVD in the mail that I bought on ebay ,its a Sept. 20,1991 episode of Nashville Now and it was a Mayberry Reunion with Don Knotts,George Lindsey,Betty Lynn,Hal Smith ,Jack Prince,The Dillards,and Maggie Patterson .The Dillards ,Maggie and Jack all sang on the show ,it was real good .
Prayers and thoughts for PIPEMAN .
Mayberry Deputy

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21517: HEY YALL...slaw dogs and chips tonight!tea...tater salad..ready at 6:30....signed: Spot the"slaw dog " of your porch

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21518: SPOT .. mind if I say the blessing
Good Food
Good meat
Getting Late
Lets Eat

Mayberry Deputy

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21519: That's a rather colorful moniker you have there, Poor Horatio! Looks nice!

So how many of you have tried Howard's method of bowling, just to see if it really works?
Just wondering.
"Relax, set, one, two, throw!" :)

-Sterling Holobyte

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21520: thanks for the blessing Mayberry Dep.....hey sterling and

May 27, 2004 - Msg 21521: just needed to check in with all the nice folks on the porch...that poor horatio is really colorful. i just finished cleaning up after the 5 kids that i was babysitting today. they sure can be messy little critters. thanks for saying hey to me mrs.wiley. our electricity went out for 2 hours this evening. i was going to post some words to ya earlier, better late than never, my husband and i will be in a ww11 show with our choir from church. everyone on the porch would love it. they have put me in charge of decorations. i think we will put big and little flags on everything. we are also supposed to dress in sailor,marine,army, etc.... since none of our womenfolk can fit into a straight little skirt like what they used to wear, we are going to improvise as much as we can...i will sing a solo... it will be ,you made me love you by judy garland. you know the one where she is singing to clark gables picture.... i hope i can remember all of the should be a hoot...the folks from church and around our town are going to love it. love to everybody there on the ol porchster... prayers for our beloved red white and blue. love,sara

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21522: Thank you, everyone, for your kind words regarding my daughter and her little parakeet. She'd had him for nearly five years, and he was just a little member of the family. Very smart, lots of interaction with people. Her little boys are missing him a lot, and actually, so is the guinea pig, Carl Bob. Lots of whistling from him, waiting for Pita to respond. Poor little piggie.

Sara, your WWII presentation sounds wonderful. Wish I could hear it. I'm sure our church choir will have something special planned, though. I no longer sing in the choir, so it will be a surprise for me on Sunday.

Asa, are you sure you heard the forecast correctly? Snow?? My stars! I can't imagine snow this time of the year. My roses are blooming, pansies already gasping in the heat, butterfly bushes are blooming, dianthus and snapdragons are finished for now. I'll give them very close crewcuts, and they'll be back, but their spring flush of bloom is over. Oh, Asa, how is little Barney? I'd surely love to have a photo of him for my "Pets Unlimited" folder. Are you into emailing pictures? You have my address.

Well, gonna babysit the little grandboys tomorrow afternoon, so guess I'd better rest up a bit. They're precious, but they're busy! Everyone have a great day tomorrow. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21523: HEY, Ro and plum,asa,possum,MDC,Mrs Wiley,BDJ.afd,MW,goober,sam scott, hm, and all of the porch..well all is quite here at theold power compaany,92 here in ga today, gona have a lake day with the kids on the boat Sun,taking both jet skis too. grilling chicken tater salad, all day thing...hey yall i ordered the Time Life greatest hits of the 70"s from time life , 10 cd" one for each yeat of rock in the 70" some good cd"s...southern stuff...paryers to all ..signed: SPOT the"gona get my tail wet this weekend" dog of your great porch...lights are on!

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21524: Sounds like a fun weekend spot. Be careful.
Mercy me, where are my manners. I don't think I have said Hi to you Sara and welcome. That sounds like a neat event you have planned.
Romenna, it's funny you would ask about Barney. We took him in yesterday to get his last round of shots. He also got sick before we got him to the vet. But the vet gave him a very good going over and figures he just has a touch of stomach flu. We also had a chip inserted in him. He didn't think much of that. I do have some pictures of him, I just nedd to figure out how to e-mail them to you. I will try to do that this weekend. And I agree, snow this time of year is silly, but the weather folks are saying 10 to 14 inches down to 7,000 feet. We are at almost 5,000 feet. So well will see if they know their feet or not.:) We need the water much though so I ain't complaining.
I don't bowl Sterling. I golf though. Maybe I could improvise his style into my golf game. Might work.
I hope and pray you all have a good weekend and special prayers for Pipeman as he has his procedure done today.


May 28, 2004 - Msg 21525: Yeah Asa, but it might not. ~ Mrs. Wiley

Prayers for our buddy Pipeman!!

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21526: Asa - let's not talk about how you golf, I think you should take up bowling - at least for the health of the porch!
And PLEASE don't golf while pipeman is recovering!

I would love to see the presentation Sara - sounds right up my alley - I love songs from the 40's and 50's, the Andrews sisters and their harmony, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby -

A stormy evening around here last nite - the tornadoes went south of us, bad for them but good for us.

Well - take care everyone -

Spot - what's a slaw dog?
Up here we put slaw on sloppy joes and or BBQ sandwiches - it sounds gross but it is really good!


May 28, 2004 - Msg 21527: Thanks Hazel, Old Glory is now waving proudly from the porch. Prayers for pipeman today.Hope all goes well. If i hear from him, I'll let the porch know.
Spot, I'll have to get out my bell bottoms, and shirt with the huge collar! teehee.
Yesterday, my mom and dad celebrated 61 years!
Mom didnt know exactly what was going on, but I think she kinda got it. She was much better last year when all 8 of us kids were here for it.
We played Glenn Miller etc for them and they loved it.
I'll be pretty busy this weekend, so I may be AFK until Tuesday. Will try to check in however!
Have a good safe holiday!
Indy 500 around the corner.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21528: MDC .. Sunday will be a race filled day ,The Indy 500 and the Coke 600 at Charlotte for the Nascar boys ,hope Pipeman is able to watch the race by then .
SARA.. your presentation sounds cool,good luck
everyone have a good weekend
Mayberry Deputy

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21529: HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!!

Let's remember all our brave souls in harm's way all across the world, and all those who have gone on to be with the Lord. I hope the soldiers in other countries today will know that many, many Americans will be thinking of them as we enjoy our freedom while attending family reunions, barbecues, picnics, day at the beach, or whatever things we do this weekend. You truly are America's finest! God be with you all.

I will be attending a barbecue at my sister's on Sunday. Other than that, I have no other plans. I hope to find a little time to RELAX!!

The Pistons play again tonight. It is a very competi-tive series between Detroit and Indiana. Some times a little hard to watch, but always entertaining!

Have a great weekend all!
Mary Wiggins

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21530: AMEN to that Mary!
Several of my relatives "gave their last full measure of devotion" in WWII.
The front of my home is decorated with 5 flags for the weekend. One for each who died.
May we all pause for a few moments and remember.
God Bless America!

May 28, 2004 - Msg 21531: homemaker, slaw on bbq?.....a slawdog is a hot dog with slaw on it!..good or a chilie dog , or cheese dog or sour kraut dog...we live our dogs in the south....race and lake weekend for me...signed:SPOT the"got beef stew in the pot for supper, someone cook cornbread" dog of the porch

May 29, 2004 - Msg 21532: Good Morning Porch!Happy Memorial Day Weekend,hello there poor Horatio!,hm,asa,posssum,afd,mary,Ro,Plum,Boo,Hazel,MD,Brisco,MDC,and all the great poarchers, gona be a great lake fishing and wave runner weekend!..this morning its the good old country ham and eggs anyway ya want!hash browns with cheese,bisquits with gravy,grits with an big old glob of real butter!..oj,milk,bottled water..ready at 7:00 sharp...get-er-done..signed: SPOT the" happy great weekend to all in honnor" dog of your porch..lights are on !!

May 29, 2004 - Msg 21533: thanks for talking back to me about the choir show honoring the troops. it will take place on june 26. we are all very excited about it ... the choir is working on a medley of all of the songs from each branch of the service...anchors away my boys, anchors away..... james, my hubby is singing at the memorial day service on takes place at pecan grove cemetery in old mckinney tx.....this has become a tradition with him since our baby girl was 8 mths old she is 9 years now.....the kids and the old folks really enjoy it .....they shoot off the military cannons and they have a plane flyover.....the mayor is there as well as dignitaries from all over texas....james usually sings a patriotic song and there isnt a dry eye....the graves date back to before the civil war .....they have people dress up in periodic dress from the days of long ago....poor things, i feel right sorry for um in all that authentic garb....mostly wool. thank goodness we can wear cotton....well thats about all the news i have around here. im taking the 9 year old to dance class in a few minutes... shes in a dance recital on the 6th of june ....never a dull moment at miss saras house.....prayers to all the veterans and from sara

May 29, 2004 - Msg 21534: Sara! Do you mean to tell me that you're in or near McKinney, Texas? I'm from the D/FW area myself! Here we are, practically neighbors, and didn't even know it! Sure is a small world.

You know, there's a freedom in living alone, because you don't really have to do anything you don't want to do. However, there's a hidden trap there. Here's an example. After Christmas, when I finally got around to taking down my Christmas tree and decorations, I was tired and just piled all the stuff in a spare bedroom. The glass ornaments were put away properly, but all the tons of other stuff was just piled on the bed and floor in there. I shut the door and more or less forgot about it. Now, here it is Memorial Day, and it's all still piled in there. I have three extra bedrooms, so even when company came, I didn't need that room, and it's still full! I'm so ashamed! I walked in there today, full of resolve, and nearly fell over. I never saw such a mess. Well, there's only one way it's gonna get cleaned up, and that's if I get in there and do it. Probably should get rid of a lot of it, but it all has sentimental value, and I just can't. I've tried giving some of it to my kids, and they don't want it. Oh, well, I'll pack it away, and maybe I'll sort through it next Christmas. And maybe donkeys will fly.

Praying for Pipeman, has anyone heard how he's doing?

Well, off I go. Guess I'd better eat something before I tackle that room. Spot, have you got any leftovers? I'll send the Plum over if you have anything to spare.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and be careful. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 29, 2004 - Msg 21535: Evenin' Y'all. Yep,folks put slaw on BBQ spot. Believe me,I know,cause I work in a BBQ restaurant. We don't automatically put it on the sandwiches,but if people ask for it we do. We do slaw dogs too. Even chili dogs with slaw. I don't indulge in these strange eating compelsions- just eat my bbq regular like!
Asa, toss a snowball or two my way- it's hot and humid with temps in the 90's here in SC! Throw 'em high enough so they fly right over Spot's doghouse in Georgia.I know he'll grab 'em if he can-get yer own snowballs Spot! Ha ha!
My thoughts and prayers are also with Pipeman.
Final thought- Freedom isn't Free. Thanks to all our military folks- vets and enlisted. You ARE appreciated!
possum under a rock

May 29, 2004 - Msg 21536: Well, I'm officially BACK! Yipee! I missed the porch. I feel so behind, though. I tried to read back over as many posts as I could tonight but it will take a long time to get to all the archives I have missed!

I want to know how your trip went, Ro. Maybe you could tell me when you got back and I can check the archives around that date. I am sorry to hear about H's parakeet. So sad. You know, sean got a chicken around Easter time and she was so cute. He named her Nugget and just loved her. She would follow Sean around the yard. We thought we had her secured but a dog got to her and killed her. Sean was the one to find her and we were both heart-broken over it. I couldn't believe I was crying over a chicken but I really liked her so much and felt so sorry for Sean. He is much better now, though because he has a new puppy. Last Wed night we found an abondoned pup who is about 6 wks old and one of the most beautiful pups I have ever seen. She appears to be a Chocolate Lab with the most beautiful Hazel eyes. We named her Belle (after the heroine in Beauty and the Beast). She is the best! It seems like we are destined to find dogs lately. About three weeks ago I found a little dog in horrible shape. I have never seen a dog in worse condition. She was literally covered with mange and malnourished. She wouldn't let me touch her but I finally got close enough to wrap her in a blanket I had in the car. I took her to the local vet to see if we could save her or if we should have her put down. He said he thought she might make it. My sister wanted her and named her Lucy. She has been treated for worms and mange is already like a different dog. We could'nt even tell what color she was but now her hair is starting to grow in and she looks like a small Heeler. When we first met her she would'nt even let us pet her and now she runs to us to play and licks us. It has been such a joy to be able to take the poor little thing and give her some quality of life. Now my sister laughs and says to the dog, "I love Lucy!" (get it?).

The kids are doing pretty well. We are having some trouble with regulating Sean's medication and that has been hard. He is on a blood pressure med to contol the tics associated with the Tourette Syndrome and it makes him very tired and it is starting to lost it's affectiveness on the tics. I phoned the church prayer chain on Tuesday to have them pray that we would get his problems solved and the next morning Sean had an appointment with his therapist and on the way into the building I ran into an old friend I had not seen in years, as it turns out she also has a son with Tourette Syndrome and he was diagnosed five years ago. She told me I could call her anytime and she gave me the number of Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She said nobody here in South Texas could help her son but when she took him to Houston, he was seen my a Dr who specializes in pharmacology for children with neuorlogical problems and the first time her son went to her, she put him on the right meds and it made a huge difference. She told me that God meant for us to run into each other and that the only thing she asked of God when her son was diagnosed was that he would use her to help others in the same situation. She has been through alot and has learned so much. I believe that the prayers of God's people accomplish great things and I don't ever want to take that for granted.

Ro, I thought about Baby Girl when I read about Plum getting into your purse! She did the same thing once. Yesterday while I was inflating a pool in the backyard, she wandered into the garage and emptied a can of gasoline onto the garage floor. Horrors! She still keeps me hoppin'.

Well, I have certainly talked enough for one night! Sorry. There is still more I want to tell you but I will save it for another visit. Ya'll have a wonderful evening and day tomorrow.