May 30, 2004 - Msg 21537: A big THANK YOU to those of you who have served our country and for those who gave their all for freedom. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Prayers for our troops at home and abroad.

Prayers for pipeman, Mrs. Wiley, and all the rest of the porch.

So nice to hear you are back with us, Boo. Sounds like a divine appointment meeting up with your old friend. God is so awesome - He knows who we need to come in contact with for just the right word of encouragement, doesn't He. Special prayers for Sean.

Gonna go to KS tomorrow to pick up my MIL and 11 yr old niece to come stay with us for a few days. May go hit Branson a day or two. So if you all don't hear from me for a few days - that's my story.

Not much else going on here - Just wanted to check in with everyone.
Have a Blessed weekend and GOD BLESS AMERICA!


May 30, 2004 - Msg 21538: Sure hope I didn't get any dust in anyone's larnyx when I swept the porch there. ; )


May 30, 2004 - Msg 21539: Hey' porch, Judy, Judy, Judy.~~SRM~~

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21540: Hey SRM - How's it going??

Forgot to thank spot for all the good grub! Speaking of "slaw" - One of my favorite songs is "Dumas Walker" by the Kentucky Headhunters. Part of the the lyrics are..."I'll get a slawburger, fries, and a bottle of Ski, bring it on out to my baby and me." Maybe we could put that on the menu one night, spot! ; )


May 30, 2004 - Msg 21541: Happy Pentecost Porch! Boo, sure was good to hear from you - no wonder you've been away from the porch! The older your baby girl gets, the more she gets into... Gasoline!?! As my mamma would say, "Gloryoski Sandy!!" Sara, hope your presentation goes well, sounds like a humm-dinger of a show! Asa, toss one of those snowballs over my way... I'll get some raspberry syrup and make a sno-cone. Hey to AFD, SRM, Sam Scott, and everyone else... gotta run to Preachin'! Don't forget to say a prayer for our Pipeman!

~ Mrs. Wiley

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21542: AFD, I'm sure that Leonard Blush's honey water solution will take care of any dust in the larynx and voice box!

I just looked in the mirror at mine, and guess what? I saw my uvula. You've got a uvula, I've got a uvula. All God's children got a uvula!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

By the way, if you have your flag on a pole and if it's possible, please remember that the proper Memorial Day presentation of the flag is to be at half staff until noon, and then raised to full staff after 12:00.

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21543: Reading my own message, I realized that sounded like I was talking about today... of course that's for tomorrow!

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21544: Welcome back Boo, we missed you. Glad you are back on the porch.
Hey Possum, get me one of them bbq sammiches for later, ok? Sounds kinda good.
Thanks for sweeping Dish, and have a safe trip. Here's a smashed penny for you to take with you.
Thanks for the protocol on the Flag raising Will. I didn't know that but will put it into practice tomorrow.
I would also like to add my feelings of appreciation to all who have served, or are currently serving our nation. I watched a small segment of Meet the Depressed this morning, and listened to an elected person making the most unreal comments about our current situatiuon, why I just had to turn it off. Such irresponsible nonsense is allowed on these network programs is beyond me. Anyway, enough about that.
I think we need a picnic after preachin today. How about it? Pot luck? Chicken? Pizza? B.B.Q? It don't matter to me, I like em all.


May 30, 2004 - Msg 21545: Howdy, everybody! Thanks, Will Stockdale, for the advice regarding the flag. I'd like to add that if you're going to display a flag, it should be taken down at night, unless you have the means to illuminate it. In other words, it should never just hang in the dark. I have a little low-voltage spotlight below mine, and it looks gorgeous at night.

Boo, I declare that Baby Girl is something else. I'm glad that wasn't my garage she emptied the gasoline in, because I have a water heater out there. It's in a closet, but it's there nevertheless. That's just pretty scary.

You all will remember my ongoing battle with Ratticus and his family visiting my yard? Well, so far I've only caught and relocated one, and there are at least three or four others out there. Possibly not for long, though. This morning as I sat here at my window, enjoying the back yard and pondering how to persuade Ratticus to live elsewhere, a sudden flash of movement caught my eye, and there was - yes - Catticus! Big gray tabby, never saw him before, but there he was, with a small rat in his mouth, firmly caught. No cat-and-mouse game for Catticus. He quickly dispatched the rat, and proceeded to consume his prey in its entirety. Left no mess for me to deal with. This was accomplished quickly, and he strolled away, out of my sight. Don't know where he came from, don't know where he went, but I hope he visits often enough to eliminate the Ratticus family around my bird feeders. I guess nature has a way of dealing with things, if left alone.

Asa, a picnic this evening sounds wonderful! I'll bring some cookies, and a plate of sandwiches. Anybody got a preference as to what kind? The Plum will bring a couple of bags of carrots, and she's very generous to share them.

Well, off I go, better get started on those cookies. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21546: i always prefer anything lemon, as far as cookies go....romeena, that sounds real yummy. you have some feisty cats around your least they are getting rid of the rat problem...isnt nature wonderful.... today in church everyone was crying about memorial day...several gentlemen stood up when asked who had served in our armed forces.....real touching to see them all .....about 50 men stood up in the 2nd service...oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain......pray for our troops from the past and present god bless from your telephone operator sara

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21547: Glad Catticus took care of Ratticus (hehe). You know, our gas hot water heater is in the garage, too, Ro. Luckily the spill took place on the opposite end of the garage!

Hope you are all having a great Sunday. I wasn't aware that it was Pentecost, Mrs. Wiley. I had this bright idea a few years ago that I would try to keep the feasts (because of their Christian significance) but it was so hard to do I gave up.

Well, I think I will go take a rest. Later, friends.


May 30, 2004 - Msg 21548: Oooh, lemon cookies! I love those! OK, Sara, lemon cookies it shall be. Maybe I'll make a big pitcher of lemonade to go with them. I'll still bring the sandwiches, too. I just love a picnic, don't you? Is anyone bringing ice?

Ratticus Maximus is poking around in the grass under the bird feeders right now. Small Ratticus is also there. I sure hope Catticus returns, he'll find a veritable feast if he does. I think he's my best hope. So far, my trap has caught one small rat and one terrified starling. I find it tripped quite often, but empty. I think a bird lands on top and springs the little catch. Oh, well, life in all its forms, goes on.

Winken, Blinken and Nod are there today, too. A small clutch of newly-fledged sparrows. They're just so cute! Fluffy, with short little tails and very erratic flight habits. They spend a lot of time clinging to the rough bark on the trunk of an old cottonwood tree, loudly calling their parents, who do still come and feed them. This is about the third or fourth clutch I've observed, and I know that in a day or two, they'll be flying expertly and will no longer land on the trunk, but will perch on limbs like a proper bird should. So sweet to watch. Several beautiful pigeons out there, too, including the Godpigeon, who is evidently still trying to secure a mate. Such puffing and strutting, you can't imagine! He's magnificent, but the little pigeon hens are not impressed. Poor Godpigeon. I hope he finds a ladylove soon.

Have a great evening, friends - see you at the picnic! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21549: Hello Folks~ Just bringing over our dishes for the pot-luck picnic. Sounds like a good time! How about some homemade icecream and sliced up strawberries? (with a little pound cake on the side?) Asa, I know you will be first in line for that! Such a beautiful day on the porch. Gladuation at school and then rocking on the porch...what a life! Romeena, can Sugarplum play with the youn'uns for a little while? I need a rest and they's needing a little entertainment. ~New Neighbor

May 30, 2004 - Msg 21550: We stopped in to see Mayberry and the folks are just so polite. I would just love to live there and be a part of that wonderful southern hospitality. It was the nicest Sunday afternoon we have spent in many days. I loved and will be back to do more touring.

Betsy Bliley
Coeburn, VA.

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21551: Hi Betsy. Thanks for stopping by the porch. Glad to have you!
- Hazel

Barn: "I got a special place in my heart for 'Old Glory' and what she stands for".

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21552: howdy everybody! ot breakfast going and a cookout for everyone. breakfast, omelets, ham, sausage, bacon, homemade gravy, pancakes and donuts of every kind, orange juice, milk, tea, coffee and so much more. last night i started to type a note to everyone when the tornado sirens went off, destroyed a mobile home park at the edge of town and a lot of minor damage. THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS. SURGERY WILL BE SCHEDLED SOON WITHIN TWO WEEKS YOU'LL KNOW ME WHEN YOU SEE ME BY WALKING BRNT OVER TO MY LEFT (CAUSE I'LL BE LIGHTER ON THE RIGHT SIDE) AND MY PIPE.welcome to telephone operator sara, new neighbor and betsy bliley. boo= i haven't read the archives but so good to hear from you and baby girl, she,s spunky and spirited and so special as you are. time to light the briar and relax. oh what is the population of our town of cyber space mayberry? pipeman

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21553: hazel= amen on old glory. she may get roughed up but she comes through.thanks for your post will . did you know the stars of a flag is suppose to be to the left when flown? the stars on a coffin i draped over the persons heart. they have a flag to fly on stormy days, the regular flag shouldn't be flown in bad weather. it is alright to sew a tear on a flAG. RO AND SUGARPLUM= SOUNDS LIKE YOU'LL HAVE to get ernest t. over and get rid of them pesky critters. will= there was a lot of flags blowing and waving in the midwest last night. asa= you got that right, for the most part tv is depressing and not worth the cost/ when our elected officals down tomayors talk to one group they will say one thing and two hours later the opposite to another group. afd= your right about memorial day.prayers for those serving now and there families. when someone comes up and says thank you for serving-i thank them on behalf of those who have fallen an the sacrifices of their families who also sacrificed so much, god saw me thru it and has given me a fine family, friends and oppotunities that a lot of soldiers didn't get. i am concerned that we have turned memorial day into a second veterans day. remember decoration day, memorial day to reflect upon our deceased friends and relatives? i'm concerned we don't give much thought to those who have passed on. family reunions are another thing slipping away. let's oray on it. where is mdc, spot, sterling, homemaker, fun girl and the others? DID YOU SEE GOMER SING BACK HOME IN INDIANA YESTERDAY AT THE INDT 500? HIS COLOR AND SPIRITS WERE HIGH AFTER HIS TRANSPLANT. I'LL POP IN WHEN I CAN MEANWHILE YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. PIPEMAN sorry i forget to take it off caps.

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21554: Mornin' Y'all and Happy Memorial Day!
possum under a rock

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21555: Pipeman, so glad for the report. You'll be the one leaning to the left, I'll be the one leaning to the right! Maybe iffin we stand real close together, we can hold oneanother up! Hey, I didn't know Jim Neighbors had a transplant!? Bless his heart. And thanks for reminding us what Memorial Day is for. My best friend's Mamma passed on Early Saturday am., had been in a nursing home for over a decade - had a stroke in her 50's. She was fighting real hard her last days... finally told her daughter "I think I'm ready now". It was nearly midnight and my friend was by her side for days. The hospice nurse told her to go on home and get some sleep, so she did. 2 hrs later her mamma passed.

Everyone have a safe, Happy Memorial Day and remember those who have gone on before us.

~Mrs. Wiley

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21556: Uh-oh makin a mess right early now... ~ Mrs. Wiley

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21557:
Your messy friend.

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21558: My goodness your colorful Mrs. Wiley. Sorry to hear about your Mom's friend. Bless her and prayers for yor Mom.
So good to see you Pipeman. I thought you had your surgery Friday but sounds like they put it off. Hang in there buddy.
Well the picnic last night was a blast. The Plumster was in rare form, and Barney just loves her Romeena.
Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday. That reminds me, I believe this is my anniversary today. Started posting here 4 years ago this very day I do believe. Wow, time moves right along don't it?


May 31, 2004 - Msg 21559: ASA.. congrats on your 4th ,did you get a waterproof watch that said "4" on the back .
MRS, WILEY .. prayers for your friend and her family
PIPEMAN...glad to see you on here
eveyone have a good memorial day and my the lord bless our soldiers
Mayberry Deputy

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21560: Mornin' Folks- Glad to see some of the old friends back on the porch. Hey, Ro- hope the youn' uns didn't wear out Plum too much last night. Those rowdy games of tag sure get 'um hollerin'! Any Plum is so quick- Happy Memorial Day to all those out there who have sacraficed so much... We tend to forget. It's raining here on out porch, so we'll just sit a spell and jaw for a while. Been quite some time since we did that. Mrs. Wiley, I just want to salute your colors! Have a good one~ New Neighbor

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21561: hello all, prayers to all ...What a great day in Ga....egg salad sandwiches bbq chips tea hot me at the duck pond...gona have a picnic...someone bring slaw please...signed: SPOT the" at work making double time!" dog of your porch...lights are on !!

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21562: I peeled 8 pounds of potatoes yesterday, and I do believe I have some extra potato salad left. Mind if I bring that along, Spot? It's pretty here on my end of the porch right now, but I think more storms are on their way for later. Into every life, a little rain must fall!!

Great to hear from Boo again! Did you get a new computer, or get the old one fixed? I sure hope you can hook things up with that new doctor for Sean, and that she can help him out. Prayers for him, you and baby girl!

Hey to Betsy Bliley! I hope you come and visit again real soon! We have an extry rocker just for you.

Hey to New Neighbor, Possum, Mrs. Wiley, Pipeman, Asa, Romeena, Mayberry Deputy, Hazel, Will Stockdale, Sara, AFD, SRM, and everyone else! Y'all have a great day and have some tater salad and bbq!

Mary Wiggins

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21563: Sure Mary, tater salad is always welcome!..think i will throw a couple of dozen slabs of ribs on the smoker for tonight!...pork and beef..and gona shuck some fresh corn...let me get started...signed: SPOT

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21564: Fellow porchsters, Why, I'm so ashamed of myself. I have been too busy. I haven't posted for nary a week and a half! I missed Asa and Tom's birthdays and everthang! Happy belated birthdays Asa and Tom! And I even noticed I missed one of my favorite old posters--POOR HORATIO! I hope you check in again, Horatio. When the old porch ended there for awhile, I was disappointed when I started up again that you weren't here. I've missed your purty letters an' all! Welcome back, Boo and howdy to Sam Scott! Saw the Pacers-Pistons game while I was in Indiana at my sister-in-laws this weekend. Bet you were happy, Mary Wiggins. Those Pacers played pathetic! Nice flag, Will Stockdale--and I agree with your earlier post. We'll still be buyin' milk at $5.00 a gallon too. We do love milk. Hope everyone has had a wonderful Memorial Day!
Charlotte Tucker

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21565: Someone sent me this by e-mail. Very much worth checking out on this Memorial Day.

possum under a rock

May 31, 2004 - Msg 21566: Happy Memorial Day to all.

Hope you had as good a day as we had here at home. It was plenty hot but we had fajitas, beans and rice and HOMEMADE ice cream with strawberry cake, lots of iced tea, too. Best part was the family being together and talking over old times...I almost laughed my lungs out!

So good to hear from you Pipeman. I will pray for you. Thanks for your sweet words about me and my baby girl. Thanks to you, also Mary Wiggins for your prayers. I missed all of you and I didn't even realize how much until I got back. I didn't get a new computer just got the same one working and changed internet services to a cheaper one.

Well, ya'll have a terrific and peaceful evening. God bless our veterans and those in active service. Amen.


June 01, 2004 - Msg 21567: morning porch!...its a skillet breakfast this morning..toss in some shreaded taters in the skillet..let-um brown add ham chunks,onions,bell peppers,crack 4 eggs stir in let simmer,top with shreaded chedder cheese..serve in the skillet at the table!...ready at cold milk to drink!..seasoned salt and pepper to taste..signed: SPOT the" going home now soon and back at work at 2 pm for 16 more" dog of your fine porch...ruff..ruff..lights are on !~~~~

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21568: Happy anniversary Asa!


Kina gets you - right chere, don't it?

~ Mrs. Wiley

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21569: Thanks Mrs. Wiley. I...I...I don't know what to say! I'm all choked up.


June 01, 2004 - Msg 21570: There, there, Asa! It's okay - never be ashamed of your emotions. That's a fine-looking watch, especially where it says "4".

Pipeman, I guess I was confused. I thought your surgery was last Friday. Well, anyway, you're in our prayers, then and now, and until all is done and you're on the road to good health. Mrs. Wiley, I'll be so happy for you if that doctor can identify and fix your problems. You've really been through a lot, and it's about time you were feeling good! Boo, same goes for Sean and his new doctor. Prayers, friend.

Possum, it's good to see you. You've been a quiet little possum the past few weeks, but you're always a joy when you stop by.

New Neighbor, the Plum had a "plum" good time playing with the kids yesterday. She loves kids, and enjoys romping and playing with them. She enjoys the attention they pay to her, and likes to roughhouse a bit, maybe more than she should. She has no idea she's a rather delicate little thing, she thinks she's a kid and as tough as any of them.

You know who we haven't seen in a while, is Mavis. I noticed Asa's ears need a little trimming. Where do you reckon that girl has gotten off to? Do you suppose she moved to Raleigh? Probably more people there who are willing to pay to have their furkid bathed and clipped.

Well, I worked last night, think I'll grab a quick nap, then up and work in the yard a while. Yep, a nap, then yard work, that's the plan. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21571:
Sorry! --Romeena

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21572: hey, everbody... its sara from texas.....the weather was absolutely gorgeous for the memorial day service at the old cemetery. james my husband did a wonderful job of singing the national anthem....oh say can you see....the mayor spoke, and also some congressmen... we were supposed to have a flyover by some jets, but they did not make it.. we did have a choir sing the battle hymn of the republic.. it was really glad that i took a lawn chair and an umbrella... just in case it would be too hot. it wasnt it was very breezy with a slight bit of humidity... several kids got ant bites, but our 2 were just enjoying the rifle salute and the band was there to play patriotic was all very mayberry, and very hometownish.....we didnt have any caves for anyone to get trapped in but nontheless it was a nice time to celebrate the many wars past and present....prayers for everyone on the from sara

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21573: Happy Birthday to Andy Griffith!

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21574: Whew, so much to get caught up on after just 3 days!
Pipeman, I thought your surgery was to be last friday? Did it get pushed ahead? Glad you are ok.
Welcome back boo. Glad things are ok, and that the old circuit boards are fixed.
8 pounds of potatoes! Wow mary, what army were you feedin'? Maybe all of us on the porch.teehee
Thanks for all the great info about memorial day.
It is always a big remembrance day in my family.

"Well sheriff, I guess it's an owl's own business the way it flies. Come on Charleene, let's go."

Too bad the Indy 500 was cut short, but it was an AZ boy that won!
Good to hear that sara is still listenin' in on us! Welcome again, and betsy and charlotte too.
Have a great mayberry day.
Spot, thanks for stokin' up the smoker, ribs sound bud twangin'
Mr Darlin's Cuz

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21575: Happy Birthday Mr. Griffith! ~ Mrs. Wiley

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21576: hey ro, boo ,mdc,mrs wiley,asa,ct,possum,pipeman,afd,new neighbor,betsy,and all the porch...tonight its baked cajun chicken,mash taters,fried okra,purple hull peas,green onions,corn bread,punch kool-aid..ready at 7:30 ..sorry about the late supper..pecan pie for desert..some one bring slaw please..signed: Spot the"gona pig out" dog of your porch ...lights are on!

June 01, 2004 - Msg 21577: hey to Betsy Bliley in Coeburn Va.,if my memory is correct you folks have a great little race track up there ,Lonesome Pine Raceway ,do you ever get over there for some short track framing and baming ? SPOT.. the vittles sound great
Everyone have a great evening
Mayberry Deputy

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21578: Hey to jb and The Porch.
If Andy isn't picked as "TV's Best Dad" on TV Land...
well, then...I just...don't know anything.

-- Jelsik

"And what aBOUT you and Edgar Coleman?!"

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21579: I vote Andy! best dad on tv..and yer welcome for the vittles Mayberry Deputy...signed: SPOT the "late night at work" dog of your porch...lights are on

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21580: Good Morning Porch!..hand pattyed sausage this morning , hard fried eggs over bisquits with milk gravy poured over the top..hash browns, sliced pineapple..oj,coffee,bottled H2o,..pop-tarts for the jack cereal..ready at 6:00 est..signed: SPOT the" glad to be a part of the porch and going camping with the kids this weekend" dog of your porch..ruff..lights are on!

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21581: Mornin'. Already had my granola, thanks.

No matter what, Andy IS the best dad on TV, right?

Hope ya'll have a great day. Sure is hot down here in South Texas. Heat index was 109 degrees yesterday (already)!


June 02, 2004 - Msg 21582: Yea, Andy made a few boo boos but not as many as Ward Cleaver! Ward was always havin' to "eat crow" as Andy would say.
Charlotte Tucker

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21583: Andy's got my vote, hands down!
Thoughts and prayers for all in mid-America who have weathered those severe storms and tornadoes!
Hope all the porch is ok. Looks like the shingles are still in place here.
It is suppose to be 109 in Phoenix today! Yikes!
Pipeman, be sure to check in before your rescheduled surgery. Ya had us all concerned.
Pork roast, carrots, spuds in the crock for tonight!
Mrs Wiley, a belated happy Pentecost to you!
Did you know that that was another fulfilled Jewish feast? See Lev. 23. It was celebrated 50 days after Passover. That's why Acts says,"when the day of Pentecost came..." very interesting research!
Anyway, have a great day and thanks for being such a good bunch of friends!

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21584: Hi Porch!

Thank you MDC, that is very interesting reading! It was originally the Jewish feast to offer God the first fruits of the harvest. It was celebrated 7 weeks after Passover. Thus the (Greek) name Pentekoste, meaning the 50th Day.

I need to ask (another) prayer from you wonderful people here... my dear Big Jeff landed in the ER last night, thought he was having a heart attack. They kept him for tests today, so far all looks good - no heart attack. But he has to not be 'big' anymore. It's a mighty tall mountain to face, but his life will depend on it down the road. Just need a little prayer for perseverence for him. He's in the same hosp as the friend I mentioned earlier. Prayers needed there too, as he is getting worse by the hr. I stopped by to visit him and pray, I wish I could get Big Jeff over there to see how bad off he is. Might scare him straight if you know what I mean. Both these boys are Jewish and in a Catholic hospital! Mysterious ways...Thanks y'all.

~ Mrs. Wiley

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21585: You got it Mrs Wiley! Will mention his name to Wed. prayer group too. Bible mentions many good foods, grains, lentils, fish, garlic, melons, honey, etc. I will try to get some references for you. I take fish oil gels, vit E, garlic and oregano capsules daily. brought my chol. down from almost 400 to 158 last check.! It allows me to eat spot's fixin's too! (teehee)Lay hands on that man and pray in the name of the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob! More for your friend too!
One thing about the porch, we aint shy pray-ers!
Hang in there.

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21586: i say a little prayer everyday,,,,you never know what is around the corner....have faith and be grateful for everything the good lord has given you....i will also say a prayer for the pipeman,and big jeff who is soon going to be little jeff soon....i could stand to lose some weight .....lets say in the ballpark of 50 pds. james bought me a big golden retreiver named ginger to walk with far ive taken her for about 10 walks .....we got her in nov. .....needless to say james has walked her way more than i ever could....the doggie hurts the bursitis in my elbow, dont you now the whole family goes on evening walks with the dog and out much better because i am so to romeena ,mrs.wiley, new neighbor,plum, mdc,charlotte tucker, boo and everyone else....once you start with a good chatroom, it is hard to choir director just brought over a large sheet of butcher paper to draw a poster of uncle sam...i copied a picture that was the size of a postage turned out pretty good....i made it lifesize....i was the one in school doing bulletin boards for the teachers....ive kept up my drawing all of these years later....i am a portrait sketch artist as well as mural painter....during the day i keep younguns as a daycare in my home, and on the weekends do craftshow/artshows as a living and a hobby. the art jobs dont come in as regularly as i would like,so that is the reason for the daycare...i love the little kids, so it works out pretty to everybody,sara

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21587: Hey Mrs Wiley, you bet prayers for big Jeff. Sorry he is ailing but it sounds like maybe just a heads up for him? Hope thats all it is.
I don't know MDC, my cholersterol goes up 20 points just reading about spots menu's. Can't imagine what it would do to it if I really ate some. LOL (just picking at ya Spot)
Well folks, I just found out something that has me all excited. I have been working to recieve a pyro lisence from the state fire marshall's office and I found out today that I passed the test. This means that yours truely will be setting up and lighting off a number of big fireworks shows this summer. This is BIG! So when you see a bang in the sky think it might be me who lit it.


June 02, 2004 - Msg 21588: Happy belated 78th birthday, Andy.SAM SCOTT

June 02, 2004 - Msg 21589: hey yall , hope to have us some fresh trout sat night for a cook out..going to coopers creek sat camping and fishing....cold cuts tonight, been busy yall...signed: SPOT the"gona wet a line sat night" dog of your porch

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21590: MMMmmmMM! Love fresh GA trout spot!! Thank you all for the prayers for Big Jeff (Richard) and our pal Pizza Boy in the hospital (Larry). MUCH obliged!

Asa... I'm so proud of you for passin the pyro test! Way to go bud!! Not only does it show that you know your elements, it shows that they put a lot of trust in you not to blow things up just for sport. Don't let us down now, ya hear?

~ Mrs. Wiley
"...and the rockets' red glare...(que Asa) The bombs bursting in air... (que Asa)"

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21591: Wow Mrs. Wiley, you are good. Our first show is going to be just like that when they sing the Anthem at the home opener for our local baseball team. As far as blowing anyone or anything up they have huge controls over any explosives any more. We have a designated route we must follow when transporting and everything. Gosh, you'd think we were in a gold truck or something like that.:)


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21592: "FRONT PORCH WELCOMES GOLD TRUCK!"

Asa, you crack me up! ~ Mrs. Wiley

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21593: ...gave proof through the night that our flag was still there... cingratulations on passin you test, asa that sounds real new favorite magazine is called reminisce magazine it is published by reiman publications at po box 5294 harlan ia 51593-0794 this really satisfies my need for nostalgia had a great choir practice last night, weve had some powerful rain storms the last couple of nights here in texas. lots of thunder and lightning, love sara

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21594: that was supposed to be congratulations...sara

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21595: Hey spot - have you used ciccadas for bait yet - do you have them flying pests down there. My kids went fishing with their gramps and great uncle and just as soon as the ciccada hit the water - they just pulled the fish right on in - bit was better than potato salad. The boys were excited to say the least!

We saw the aftermath of one of KY tonadoes this past weekend - it was a real eyeopener for the boys to see what destruction can come from a storm. They were amazed and sad for the people who lost things.

Congrats Asa - I knew that you would eventually light up the sky! Just don't try to take a swing at them fireworks with your golf club!


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21596: Romeena - I forgot - will the Canton flea market be the weekend of 4th of July? You are my TX connection!


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21597: Wow sara, how do ya get any telephone operatin' in with everything else youre doing! haha
You are one busy lady!
Asa- just dont become a "pyro-maniac!" teehee
No loaded goats, or you know what...BLUEY !
Like when your gun fell apart in the bank scene.
Just joshin' ya.
Funny how spot mentioned fish for dinner last night.
I like any freshly caught fish, trout one of my favorites.
HM- sorry about your Pacers, so I guess it's
Mrs Wiley, pipeman and all ailin'- prayers for ya continuing on this end.
They say 110 for Phx today. Now it's gettin hot!
MD- where we racing this weekend?
A lovely, full tree, Mayberry day to you all.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21598: Yep, it sure is, GO PISTONS!!

I am real happy about them winning, but I do feel bad for Reggie Miller. He sure has proved he can still play the game. Back to the Pistons, however. We are so lucky...we get to face...THE LAKERS!! Boy oh boy are they going to have their hands full with Shaquille O'Neal! The Pistons are going to need all the good wishes and luck they can get!

Asa, congrats on your fireworks permit thingy! I bet you are going to be pretty busy in a few weeks. Don't get careless on us all now. No falling asleep on the job or anything! (Gee, I never knew a real live fire works technician, this is big, really BIG!)

Homemaker, I'm glad the tornadoes didn't hit you or yours. Sounds a little too close for comfort!

Sara, I used to get the magazine a few years back but we had to tighten the budget a few notches, so magazine subscriptions were one of the things we let go. That is a very nice magazine though. The same company has a couple other publications that are real nice too.

I'm going to host a kindergarten graduation this weekend. Should be a lot of fun. There is nothing like a little 6 year old in cap and gown! (Think Opie, and you have a pretty good idea of my little guy, except blond hair!) He also lost his first tooth the other day. He sure is growing up in a hurry!

I like Mr Darlin's Cuz's signature, so I second it!
Mary Wiggins

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21599: Thank you Sara, I hope I don't let you all down.
And thats a great idea MDC, If Homemaker ain't nice to me I'll just have one or more of her goats over for lunch. Hee hee!
Yea, come on Pistons. I don't want the Lakers in there again. Mary Wiggins must be on cloud nine about now.
110? Mercy sakes! I'm sweating just thinking about it MDC.
Hope Bi Jeff is doing better Mrs. Wiley. And you too. And Pipeman also.
Saw a local ep this morning. See if you can guess which one with this one line.
Barney: One cot!. One blanket! One broken mirror! Period! We give them just what they get at the big house!


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21600: Speak of Mary and woosh, there she is.


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21601: was it the rock ep with aunt bea as the warden and otis as the prisoner? Did you know that aunt bea did not do the cooking for the show...someone else did... maybe it was o man that spot can sure cook up a storm.....speaking of pulling teeth, my younguns are loosing so many the tooth fairy is plum wore out...since my kids are 15 mths. apart, they lose the same teeth in the same location. very strange phenomenon. i can also be your texas connection homemaker, but go ahead conversatin with romeena, she sounds like a fine texas gal....hey to you and yours,sara

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21602: Mercy sakes Mrs Wiley, I meant to say Big Jeff in my earlier post. Not trying to insiuate something there. My "g" musta fallen off.


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21603: Oh Asa, you are so funny! Congratulations on being a fireworks man!

Prayers for Big Jeff and Larry. Sounds like they both need to be on a Kosher diet. God bless 'em.

Ya'll have a great evening.


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21604: Thanks Sara - we are heading towards TX near the end of the month for vacation. You will soon learn that I am the resident goat person on the porch and we are hoping to visit a few goat farms (ranches) as well as some other sites on our vacation. We were hoping to do the flea market in Canton. My husband was born at Ft. Hood many years ago so he has a hankering to show the boys TX (mine are 13 months apart and they are 6 and 7).
Everyone have a good evening - PRAYERS for all and hugs (((()))) for everyone too!


June 03, 2004 - Msg 21605: HM- I bet the loaded goat ep is one of your fav eps. I love the scene where Barn throws the pillows up in the air, and they both end up on the desktop! LOL
Another great scene is where the bear chases the mayor up the tree, and Andy and barn are on the top of the squad car! LOL again!
By the way FLOYD, thanks for the great squad car shots on the home page.
Not sure if spot is cooking tonight, but you're welcome to come on down for homemade spaghetti.
My wife makes the greatest homemade sauce, and garlic bread! Iced tea and spumoni ice cream for later.
A bit hot on this end of the porch for rocking tonight. I may have to bring the new glider inside for the summer.
Sara- I think those mendlebright sisters are tying up the "entire public ultility" again.
That darn mr tucker, if he'd just mellow out a bit....Teehee)
Thanks for all the nice comments about my "full tree" signature. I think Ro with her squirrels, rats and birds inspired it.

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21606: "Gold? I didn't say Gold! I said COLD! No Sarah, you're gold.. I mean cold!"
Hey to Jelsick, and everyone else.

June 03, 2004 - Msg 21607: Well Homemaker, I hope you and your family enjoy the great state of Texas. Just prepare yourself for the heat this time of year. Let me know if you plan to make it to South Texas and the coast. I would love to meet you and the family.


June 04, 2004 - Msg 21608: asa,dont leave me suspense about the one cot , one broken mirror thats all they get in the big house ep.... which ep was it and what was it called and who does barney say it to? We will be waiting for an answer.....those mendlebrights do go on and of my fav eps is man in a hurry....the one where the busy business man is waiting outside of the church doors for the sheriff to ask him about having someone fix his car on a sunday. mr. tucker tries to be patient and blows his fuse a couple of times...his temper gets the best of him when he cannot use the phone because of the m sisters talking this and that....he breaks into their conversation and they try to figure out who it could be....the best part is the end when his car is finally fixed and opie is all dissappointed because he wanted to sleep on the ironing board...thats adventure sleeping....then the busy mr. tucker makes up a story about the car making a noise, because he sees all of the gang with their faces looking genuinely sorry that he has to leave.....sometimes you can catch the very end when he learns to peel the apple with out breaking the long skin of it, rocking on the porch and fast tucker finally able to relax a spell....i love this one because the actor that plays mr. tucker looks alot like my brother tim....tim can do a perfect impersonation of the entire ep.... it makes everyone at family reunions laugh like family loves the andy father gerald always reminded me of andy....and my nephew mark is the spitting image of opie.... my son chris has the headshape and ears of opie from the back...i just love little boys ears, i hope that it isnt to you and yours, sara

June 04, 2004 - Msg 21609: Hello all! I hope everyone had a good holiday and remembered the soliders who gave their lives for the good ol' USA! If you see a solider tell them, "Thank You". Prayers for all!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

June 04, 2004 - Msg 21610: Howdy, all! Spot, I sure wish you had been around here Tuesday night and Wednesday. The storm that went through knocked my power out, and it didn't come back on until Thursday morning. The house got pretty warm, and food was thawing in the freezer, and I couldn't cook anything, and there were huge limbs down in my yard and on the roof, but it could have been worse. A few shrubs broken by falling limbs, don't know about roof damage yet, and lost a little stuff in the freezer, but that's about all. My home is intact, the Plum and I are safe, and shrubs will grow. God is good.

homemaker, as far as I know, the Canton flea market will be held on the Fourth of July weekend. July 5 is the first Monday of the month, and that's the criterion. Wish I could meet you there, but I'll be in Florida visiting my son.

Asa, congratulations on your new license. I'll think of you everytime I see fireworks now, and that will make it more fun.

MDC, did you really make that much difference in your cholesterol with those herbs alone, or did you make some severe changes in your diet as well? I'm on Lipitor right now, and would just love to get off of it, but I'm not willing to eliminate ALL of the foods I love. Some, yes, but I do love good food.

Mrs. Wiley, hang in there and encourage Big Jeff as he tries to become Little Jeff. It's hard. My husband was a big man, too, so I know how it is.

It's 80 degrees here in the Dallas area, humid, and the cottonwood is flying. I have five huge trees, and three of them are females and really make a lot of cotton. I hate the stuff, gets into everything, but the trees are so beautiful, and shade my yard so well. If I was 20 years younger and a lot richer, I might be willing to spend the thousands it would cost to take them down and replace them with something less messy, but at my age, I won't live long enough to see anything else get that big, so they're going to stay. My neighbors give me dirty looks, but I'm afraid they're just going to have to get over it. (teehee) Actually, I have great neighbors. One of them came down while I was out yesterday, and got all the limbs off my roof, and hauled the big ones from the back yard to the street. Wouldn't accept any payment, either. Maybe I'll bake him a pie.

Well, this grows much too long. Gotta run to the bank, the Plum will be pleased, because she gets to go and the teller will send her out a treat in the tube thing. Have a great weekend, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 04, 2004 - Msg 21611: just speeding through, hello to one and all, prayers for you and your friend mrs wiley. the doctor decided i was to puny to risk surgery until and infection sets in. on meds to slow me down and weekly visits . my right kidney is deader than a door nail and the kidney stone blocked in the tube they felt that surgery with a bad heart, high blood pressure, poor circulation was to risky until had to. other than that i'm as fit as a 20 year old. isn't it funny when we see andy or any of the cast how old they look but in our mind they're as we remember them in the show? spot= sounds like i've missed a lot of your great cookouts. when are we going to throw a wing ding like we used to? asa= love the meet the depressed. howdy boo, afd, will, new neighbor, operator sara, mdc and all the cyber space mayberry neighbors. time to light the ole briar. may the good lord smile on you and yours. pipeman

June 04, 2004 - Msg 21612: Hey Sara, didn't mean to leave you hanging out there. The episode in question is where the State police bring in two crooks they have captured and are looking for the other two and Barney Deputizes Gomer and they keep letting the first two escape. SHAKEDOWN! That one. Hope that helps you remember.
Good to hear from you pipeman. Hope you get feeling better soon bud. Sounds like you have a full plate but you seem to be dealing with it well. Good on ya.
Sounds like a big storm Romenna. Them cottonwoods can be messy this time of year, but it is only for a few weeks, and they give you lovely shade the rest of the summer so I reckon they are worth it. I have a couple out in my pasture in fact, but they are of the male specis so they are not messy. Funny, cottonwood tree's, the females are the messy ones and the males are not. But us humans are just the opposite, at least in my house they are. LOL


June 04, 2004 - Msg 21613: Whoop's, Briscoe and Boo, didn't see you there. Hey to everyone else.
And where is Mavis and Salty Dog?


June 04, 2004 - Msg 21614: asa,thanks for answering my question about the crooks shakedown ep....that helped jog my memory.... i do love the one about aunt bea being the beast to otis in the ep about the sheriffs house serving as the jailhouse..... that one really cracks me up....she orders poor otis around all the while with a hangover....hes probably worked harder in that one show than at any other time.....seems like that would have cured his hankering for a drink if he new about going over to beas instead of to yall later,sara

June 04, 2004 - Msg 21615: Well Ro, let's just say the trips to McD's have gone down dramatically! haha
Actually, I never really ate much fast food, but i have cut waa-aay back on fried foods. eat lots of baked, but still enjoy a steak, lean burger, pasta, eggs, even wafflehouse waffles etc on a pretty regular basis. So, yes, the natural is pretty much doing it!
No Doc Andrews for me. haha
THANKS be to God you weathered the storn OK.!
Sounds like it was pretty bad.
Pipeman- thanks for the update. You cracked me up with that line "other than that..."
reminds me of the dick van dyke ep where Rob falls when sking!
Guess we better do an APB:
APB for Mavis, salty dog, AUh20, Fun Girl, Sterling, Ky folks,Des, Rafe,MPO, Ed S, Ellen, Angefan Emmit, And anyone i may have forgotten!
Come on back to the porch. Plenty of empty rockers.! We miss ya!
Have a "cool" weekend!

Mr Darlin's Cuz

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21616: Morning Porch, bless ya Pipeman, those are some serious things you have going on there. No doubt you will come through this better than before, the prayers heard here are mighty powerful. Praise Reoprt: 'Pizza Boy' Larry moved his arm Thursday, and Friday his wife called all excited that he has shown some improvement! God is so Good to hear our prayers, isn't He? He has a long ways to go, but thought you all should know. His family thanks you all. (we call him 'pizza boy' because his wife brings home the bacon, always has. So he keeps close to the house and sometimes drives for Dominos.... at 50.)

So glad those in the storm's path didn't have personal damage... sorry bout those shrubs tho Ro. How's Catticus making out with the Ratticus clan? Hey to the Plum!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"OTIS!? (snap-point) GET BACK TO WORK!"

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21617: Hello all! How is everyone this beautiful day? I'm gonna get me a big ol' jug of squeezins and head outdoors. Time fer: "Doug's Tune". Here we go.

Briscoe(says hey to Asa)Darling Jr.

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21618: Howdy. Sure is hot and humid here in South Texas (big surprise).

Hope you are all well. MDC, glad to hear of your cholesterol success. I changed my diet pretty drastically about two months ago and have seen a drop in mine, too. I do take Lipitor but it's a small dose because if I take any more my lab shows liver damage. I had never been able to get it any lower than 190 but last month it was 160 just from a change in the diet. I also lost 11 lbs and my triglycerides were down (yipee). It hasn't even been hard. I don't go hungry, ever, just no junk food and more fruits and veggies, whole wheat breads and pastas.

Ro, I remember hearing that you take Coq10. I heard a really good report on studies done with Coq and I'm going to start taking it. I heard that combining Coq and L-Carnitine is supposed to be great for heart problems of any kind. Also they said that if anyone is on any kind of cholesterol drugs or blood pressure meds, they should be on Coq because those drugs leach the normal Coq levels from the body. Interesting, isn't it, how people are starting to really take notice of natural medicine after all these studies have come out showing the benefits?

Better go, Baby Girl has a cold and fever today and I better go check on her. Bye!


June 05, 2004 - Msg 21619: good morning one and all. pray everyone is doing fine. i always tell people the lord won't call me home until he is sure he can put up with me 24 hours a day- 7 days a week for eternity. ha. so many new folks, welcome, i too miss all the ones who doesn't stop by anymore they were all special as are the faithfull. smarty jones i'm pulling for a triple crown. hang in there. time to light the ole briar and rest. pipeman i go back to clinic this coming thrusday for more tests. they can't believe i'm so smart so now a cat scan to see why. i think they got my results mixed up ha. pipeman

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21620: Hey PIPEMAN ,glad to see your doing well,good luck on the cat scan ,getting ready to head to hickory speedway for a little Saturday night short track action everyone have a great weekend
mayberry deputy

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21621: RIP Ronnie Regan. ~ Mrs. Wiley

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21622: God Bless Pres. Reagan and his family during this time. . .


June 05, 2004 - Msg 21623: Run Smartie Run!!

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21624: i just got back from dance recital practice and saw that ronald reagan died.....god bless him.....pray for his sweet wife nancy and children.....elizabeth did very well in her practice run today. her costume is red with feathers on the bottom of the skirt......the little bitty girls always steal the show though....pale blue skirts with sequins all over.....the other little ones had bright dayglo pink with sequin trim.....all very happy and talented dancers.....but its the moms who reaaly get the show going...bless their hearts....hope they do as well to all the porchsters,sara

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21625: Well, dagnabbit! I really wanted Smarty Jones to win today. Guess it just wasn't his day. He didn't seem to have near as much steam as he did in the Preakness. He just didn't escalate his performance like Secretariat did. He's still a beautiful animal, but there'll never be another one like Secretariat. He was one of those "never before, never again" horses. I still get chills and a little bit teary-eyed when I see replays of his run in the Belmont.

Boo, I do take CoQ-10, and L-carnitine as well. In fact, I order from Puritan's Pride, and they supply a combination capsule. I'm convinced that one of the ways God takes care of us is to give us the good sense to take available medications and other substances that are helpful, such as healing herbs. I know that my cardiac ejection fraction improved from an iffy 46% to an acceptable 55% after I started taking CoQ-10, and I feel very well.

No problem with the shrubs, Mrs. Wiley, just a few broken branches. They'll grow right back. I'm just grateful that no limbs came through the ceiling! As for the Ratticus family, one member is rooting around under the bird feeder at this moment. Haven't seen Catticus since the day he caught that one. I wish he'd come back!

Pipeman, you are a treashuh! You know you're in my prayers, and in those of the other porchsters as well, I'm sure. Please, please keep us posted.

MDC, that's pretty impressive. I think I'm going to add some of those things to my personal regimen and see if perhaps I can get off this Lipitor.

Well, guess I'll go watch the end of the Belmont spectacle. Sure wish Smarty had won, but he didn't, and that's that. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21626: Hey Porch: It's raining here on the PA porch. So I guess it's housecleaning time. Hope all are well on the porch. Prayers to the Reagan family on the passing of Pres. Ron.
Asa, where is that Salty Dog? she just hasn't checked in for some little time now. Just what is she up to? HHHMMM can't be good!
Hey there Ro. Give the Plum a kiss from the kids. Gotta go get some work done. ~New Neighbor

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21627: It's a sad sort of day isn't it? First President Reagan's death and then Smarty Jones lost his chance for the Triple Crown. Rest in peace Mr. President. God Bless his family.
Bet y'all didn't know that lil possum here has a " Secretariat connection"-well I do! He was trained about 12 miles from my home and I went to school with the trainer's nephews. Wish I'd known then what I know now cause I'd have certainly gone over to watch him on the track! What a great animal he was.
My lil preemie grandbaby Laci is now 9 months old and climbing out of her bouncy chair and car seat- she has yet to crawl-scoots on her back,and will probably be walking before we know it. She looks like a younger infant,so it will be amusing to see that little bitty thing walking.Can't wait! She's doing great-still has to have surgery for her heart defect somewhere down the line,but she's gonna sail through that,so predicts grandmama.I want to thank y'all for all the prayers and love on her behalf. God surely has His eyes on that sweet child.
Well,time to hit the ironing board. Y'all take care-love to all!
possum under a rock

June 05, 2004 - Msg 21628: Thanks for the update on little Laci, Possum. Bet she's so cute!

Ro, I am looking for an affordable way to buy supplements. I looked into something called Master Formula and it has everything in the world in it but they want 156.00 a month and that is too steep for me because I want supplements for myself and my husband. Maybe I should look into Puritan's Pride. Have you heard anything about the benefits of milk thistle and grape seed extract? Just curious...

God bless you, pipeman. I pray the Lord continue to watch over you and bring you his very best in your life. He uses everything in our lives to bring us closer to him, doesn't he? Don't be discouraged, friend.

I was just outside playing with our new puppy, Belle. I sure do like that cutie-pie. She is so beautiful and sweet! Wish you could all see her. She is playful but gentle at the same time. I think Sugarplum would like her. It feels kind of scary to like a dog so much. I really haven't felt this way since I was a child when I had a dog named Whiskers that I was raised with. I have always tried to keep pets at arms length, so to speak because I didn't want to be hurt when they died. Now that's pretty silly, isn't it? It is much better to love and I plan on really loving little Belle.

Hope you each have a peaceful summer night. Sweet dreams!


June 06, 2004 - Msg 21629: Oh, Boo! I'm so glad you abandoned that way of thinking and got little Belle. Yes, it hurts terribly when we have to give up a beloved pet, but it's a small price to pay for the years of love and joy we get from them, not to mention the love and care we are able to give them during their lives. I'm glad Belle is with you, and not with someone who might not be as good to her.

As for the vitamin supplements, I think Puritan's Pride is the way to go. Example: For CoQ-10 120mg, 30 to a bottle, you'd pay about $30 at the store. I get a year's supply from Puritan's Pride for under $100. Less than a third of the grocery store price. Check out their website, ( ask for a catalog, or do what I do and shop online. I think you'll be surprised at how affordable their stuff is.

It's a beautiful day here. Cotton is still flying, but it seems to be slowing a little. One tree is about finished, one is about halfway, and the last, the largest one, is still in full production. Anybody know how to spay a tree?? (teehee)

Is anybody else enjoying the "Addams Family" marathon on TVLand? I am. They crack me up, especially Lurch and Thing. Thing is so graceful and expressive, and Lurch is just, well, Lurch. When Gomez calls Morticia "Tish", I think it's so funny. That's such a normal, all-American nickname, but to be used as a nickname for something as macabre as "Morticia"? The whole show is just so campy, I really get a laugh out of it. For that matter, I like "The Munsters", too. They're much more slapstick and broad, but still fun. Hmmm, maybe I'm in my second childhood. I must be. I like "Gilligan" and "Green Acres", too, heaven help me!

Oh, well, who cares? I don't have to fight anyone for the remote, so I can watch what I please. The Plum doesn't care one way or the other. I just wish they'd do a TAGS marathon!

Have a lovely Sabbath afternoon and evening, friends. Get some much-needed rest. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena