July 22, 2004 - Msg 22371: Yeeeeessssss! I can do it! I just have to use darker colors.......

Dixie Belle

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22372: oooooops! I accidently cleaned the place up!


July 22, 2004 - Msg 22373: sure is quite today

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22374: congrats DIXIE BELLE.. aint it fun to learn new things ,ALYCE ..hope you and the family have a save trip, everyone have a great evening.
mayberry deputy

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22375: You're welcome!

Have a safe trip, Alyce.


July 22, 2004 - Msg 22376: My we are colorful today.

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22377: test

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22378: test

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22379: test

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22380: I can't pass this test.:(


July 22, 2004 - Msg 22381: My, a nice clean porch!
I will be out of town for the next 3 days
enjoying some of the weather on the beautiful
coast of Santa Barbara, CA
Prop my chair up agin the wall, and I'll see ya all on Monday. My prayers continue for all ailin' porchters and families etc.
(No nippin' at the squeezins' whilst I away!) teehee,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22382: Thanks everyone for the safe trip wishes..Checked the weather for Mt. Airy and its going to be a wet weekend :-(
Oh well....still havent packed..better get busy..ALYCE

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22383: Hey MDC, Have fun in Santa Barbara. Been there many times. You need to try and go see the Reagan Library while there in sunny So. California. I think it is just down the road from Ventura which is just down the road from S.b. And that's just down the road from Franklyn Canyon where the opening theme was filmed. Our Floyd was there this past spring and got some pictures of him and his son walking the walk with there fishing poles.
Here's a penny for your trip Alyce. Have fun


July 22, 2004 - Msg 22384: Hi...just checked the top ten on TV Land...is that really a valid list???? Not in my book!

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22385: Oh No..My satellite just went out!! that means no TAGS for me :-( Must be an approaching storm..been thundering. OH well. I have sat down with the box of Fudge Tracks ice cream (not taking this well, boo hoo) ;-)
Yall have a good night! ALYCE

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22386: Good evening, everyone! Hasn't the TV screen been nice and full this week? Wish we could have these TAGS specials every night, instead of just this week. Sure has been a treat. None of our local channels around here carry TAGS, so all we get is what TVLand runs. We used to have a station that carried it, but it switched to all Spanish programming a couple of years ago, so there went TAGS.

Boo, I'm so glad you got such good support from your church family. You know we all love you around here, too, but you still need to talk to your favorite MD and get some help. Certainly prayer is vital, and I know that I'm alive today because of the prayers of my family and friends, but I also allowed a surgeon to remove the cancer that had invaded my body, and allowed an oncologist to administer chemo afterward. I believe that God blessed their efforts, because I'm alive and healthy 25 years later.

Don't you just love the Mr. McBeevee story? It's one of my favorites. Could any little kid have been any cuter than Opie? Could any father have handled the situation any better than Andy did?

My house still looks like the closets exploded. Will I ever get all this stuff put back? Seems like there's just so much to do, and so little time to do it. Oh, well, a little at a time, and it'll eventually be finished. I hope.

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

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22387: Sorry your back is ailing Romeena. I know how rotten those can be.
You ask if any Father could have handled the situation any better than Andy did. I say nope! I look at the way Andy dealt with raising young-uns, and then compare to how I would and did handle my kids when they were little, and oh how I wish

July 22, 2004 - Msg 22388: whoops, must have hit a wrong key.
Anyway, I know TV is not real life, but Andy had some real great ways of dealing with Opie that I never would have thought of. His show should be mandatory viewing for all prospective fathers.


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22389: Yes, Asa, wouldn't it be great if all dads were like Andy? There would be a whole lot of blessed children.

Thanks, Ro. I am following up. I expected to hear from my dr today with the results of my labs and I plan to ask her about my problem. I emailed ALYCE today and she really encouraged me to follow up and get the help I need, too. She is really something special and I hope she will keep coming back here to the porch for years to come. She is one of us!

I don't know if Floyd is reading this but I have been thinking about how thankful I am for what he does for us by keeping this porch up and running. A special blessing on you today Floyd!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22390: Good evening porch pals... loved watching TAGS this week, they should do it all the time. But of course I'd be happy with a TAGS channel lol. Hope everyone is doing well.. Dont know about ya'll but I'm glad tomorrow is Friday! Love to ya all--< font color = blue > Salty Dog < / font >.

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22391: Phoeey.. guess I'm just not Ept when it comes to colors lol.

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22392: Salty Dog, leave out the spaces and I think it'll work.

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22393: Good Morning all..I am out the door soon for Mayberry!!! Going to be a stormy weekend..But its out of my county...thats all that matters really. Boo: Thanks for the kind words!!! Take care!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22394: Have fun ALYCE!

What's fer breakfast Salty? Anybody have a fun story this morning?

I'll be back a little later with stories.

More ***prayers*** for you Boo

Dixie Belle

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22395: hot dog I'm on a role!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22396: Wow Alyce, Mt. Airy?! What a neat place to go to! So I hear. Have fun! And you too, MDC, in Santa Barbara!
Boo, hope you are feeling better! Sometimes it can feel like dark clouds are hanging over you and you don't know where the sun is, even when it is out. I know. Talking about it and refusing to accept it are the most important things, I think.
I agree Asa, that I think TAGS should be mandatory viewing for fathers. But I'll go you one further and say that TAGS should be mandatory viewing for Everyone in the world. If everyone would follow the examples in that show, the world might be a better, and perhaps quieter, place.
-Sterling Holobyte

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22397: Been working on a new website (www.freewbs.com/betsysbaubles) - check it out to see my youngins and their t-ball trophies!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22398: Homemaker,

That URL didn't work for your website?

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22399: Okay.... we have this free paper called Talk of the town andI'm gonna share a story from it......

I appologize in advance for the length.....

Van Gogh's Relatives

After much careful research it has been discovered that the artist Vincent Van Gogh had many relatives. Among them were:

His obnoxious brotherPlease Gogh.
His dizzy auntVerti Gogh.
The brother who ate prunesGotta Gogh.
The constipated uncle Cant Gogh.
The brother who worked at a convenience store Stopn Gogh.
The grandfather from Yugoslavia U Gogh.
The brother who bleached his clothes white Hue Gogh.
The cousin from Illinois Chica Gogh.
His magician uncle Wherediddy Gogh.
His Italian uncle Day Gogh.
His Mexican cousin Amee Gogh.
The Mexican cousin's American half brotherGrin Gogh.
The nephew who drove a stage coach Wellsfar Gogh.
The ballroom dancing aunt Tan Gogh.
A sister who loved disco Go Gogh.
The bird lover uncle Flamin Gogh.
His nephew psychoanalyst E Gogh.
The fruit loving cousinMan Gogh.
An aunt who taught positive thinking Wayto Gogh.
The little bouncy nephew Poe Gogh.
And his niece who travels the country in a van Winnie Bay Gogh.

The End


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22400: Very funny Dixie.
How about the nephew who liked to travel in boxes... CAR-GOGH.


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22401: Try www.freewebs.com/betsysbaubles

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22402: lol Asa!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22403: Dixie - it is such a pleasure to have you back!
Even you Asa - are funnier than a rubber crutch in a polio ward!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22404: What about the uncle who was a French chef - ESCAR-GOGH! (Oy! Sorry!) --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22405: Thanx hm. It's good to be back.

I have another story!


A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave side committal service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started out earlybut quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns. He arrived a half-hour late, the hearse was nowhere in site, and the workmen were eating lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Taking out his Bible, he started his service. As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say, "Maybe we'd better tell him it's a septic tank."

The End

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22406: Don't forget the gambler uncle - Bing Gogh! --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22407: Hey! Who turned me pink, and how did I get in somebody else's story? --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22408: Wait Wait wait!!! The story was me...... My name did'nt sign... Have I goofed on fonts?


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22409: Test....... is everything okay?

You guys are too much:)

Bing Gogh! Escar Gogh!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22410: What about the cousin who couldn't make up their mind? Stay Gogh


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22411: Aint it great that Paramount is gonna release TAGS season 1 on DVD uncut! And the rest of'em if sales go well! If this has been talked about on the porch before, forgive me.

Nip It!

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22412: Don't forget the football coach uncle, the one who always encouraged his players - Uncle Wayta Gogh. --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22413: It has been talked about before, and that's fine, it'll probably be talked about a whole lot more! We're all excited about it. We'll all want to buy a set as soon as they come out, and show our support, so the rest of the seasons will be produced also. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22414: Oops! Sorry. I guess Uncle Wayta Gogh must have been married to Aunt Wayto Gogh. I knew I heard that somewhere! --Romeena

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22415: Wayta and Wayto Gogh were married and had a son that they refused to buy a car for on his 16th birthday. His name was Nowayta Gogh.


Dixie B.

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22416: i have been gone for a couple of days ....did boo say what the bloodtests were for.....what is the diagnosis from the doc? i am just curious.....the story of van goghs relatives was cute.....i make up stories about friends with little funny stuff kind of like that....like a christmas caroling party with my friend opal ann.....i said in the story that we all had some opal cider by the fire as we sang ,hark the harold angelas sing, using names of the choir in the story....everyone had a good time reading it at our last party.....today i have a new baby staying with me , it has been a little difficult getting him down for a nap.....i am very tempted to tell his mom that i am unable to care for him coming up in august when she goes back to teaching....today she is at a meeting......i took care of him for 3 months last spring......i will have 5 girls and 1 boy in august....i will sleep on it this weekend and give her an answer on monday.....my kids dont want me to take him.....they are very wise for 8 and 9 year olds......my ac is all fixed, now i will be painting soon, the damage to the ceiling is minimal, but it bothers me all the same......there are worse things in the world.......god bless all of the porchsters today.....your sara

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22417: What about the grandpa who lived in the past? His name is Longa Gogh.


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22418: Sara, my blood tests were just routine test I have every three or four months becuase of the meds I take. Nothing special but thanks for your concern.

Want to say your prayers are working. I feel much, much better. Thanks!


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22419: You guys are a true to goodness hoot! Longa Gogh :) I'll see you porchesters after the weekend.

Be good. It's been fun today;)

Dixie Belle

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22420: "SPLAT" I wish someone would throw a tomato at me, I haven't had my lunch yet. Classic TAGS


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22421: Dixie, don't gogh yet! I just got here!
- Hazel

July 23, 2004 - Msg 22422: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! You are too funny, Hazel!

What about the cousin who was named after one of The Beatles? His name is Ring Gogh.


July 23, 2004 - Msg 22423: In this area - we have the Van Gogh's cousin who pumps gas - Sit Gogh.


July 24, 2004 - Msg 22424: Good morning guys and gals...bacon and eggs and toast,oj coffee.......gona read the poarch notes... SPOT ...

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22425: Y'all forgot about the aunt with the skin infection- Impeti-Gogh!
Thanks for making me laugh. Been a rough couple of weeks.We found out about a month ago that my brother in law had terminal cancer. He passed away Thursday evening.Mercifully,he never suffered.Thank God for that. I've been reading the posts,but haven't felt like chatting much until now-this Van Gogh stuff is hilarious!Keep 'em coming!
Will rock a bit longer next visit-have to get ready for work. Y'all take care,and please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.Love to all.
possum under a rock

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22426: Prayers with you possum..... SPOT

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22427: I'm so sorry Possum, God bless you all dear.


July 24, 2004 - Msg 22428: So sorry for what you and your family are going through, Possum. We just found out this week that my sister in law has what they call metastatic carcinoma probably originating somewhere in the throat or tonsils. She is my husband's sister and is a very sweet person. They really don't know how bad the cancer is yet and will going back in to dissect the throat next week. I hope and pray she will be okay.

Prayers for your family, Possum. How is Laci? I have been thinking about her lately.

I love the Van Gogh stuff!


July 24, 2004 - Msg 22429: Bush Race starting !..lets order pizza and hot wings !..signed: SPOT the"varooom" dog of your porch

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22430: POSSUM sorry for the loss you and your family suffered ,prayers are with you .
mayberry deputy

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22431: Much sympathy comes your way Possum. . .

Spot - have you heard the song I Love Nascar by Cletus T. Judd. . .it is a must for those into racing. The video is hilarious!


July 24, 2004 - Msg 22432: Possum, dear. I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Prayers for your family, honey.

Boo, we'll be praying for you and yours as well, as your sister-in-law enters the fight with cancer. Seems I know so many people right now who are in that battle. I'll be so glad when a cure is found.

It's looking a bit like rain outside here in the Dallas end of the porch right now. Wind blowing, lots of clouds overhead, but it could blow right over, too. At least the wind is blowing the last of the cottonwood hulls off the trees and off my roof. I think that's the end of that mess for this year. I sure wish there was some way to discourage these trees from making all that cotton, but I don't know what it would be. Don't suggest cutting them down - at my age I'd never see anything else grow up to replace them, and I'd rather put up with the cotton for a couple of months out of the year, than to have no trees at all.

I've been working in the yard all afternoon, and am all dried out. I think I'll go bury my face in a slice of watermelon! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 24, 2004 - Msg 22433: How's your back doing Romeena?


July 24, 2004 - Msg 22434: Possum,
The Impeti-gogh made me laugh out loud! They all are so funny, thanks for starting it Dixie Bell.

By the way Possum, you and your family are in my prayers as well.

Same goes for you too, Boo. I hope they have good news for your sister-in-law.

Romeena, can I share some of that watermelon? I just love it on a hot summer's day!

Did you hear about the man who ate three scoops of Death by Chocolate at 31 Flavors? He died. He was Van Gogh's great grandson... Whatawayto Gogh!

Sorry about that, I couldn't resist a corny one like that...

Good night y'all!
Mary Wiggins

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22435: Howdy, all. Up late tonight, thought I'd drop by the porch for a few minutes. My back is better, though still not 100%, Asa. Thanks for asking. It's just a chronic old "nurse's back", or is that "old nurse's back"? Take it any way you wish, it still applies!

Mary Wiggins, I'd be proud to share my watermelon. Matter of fact, there's plenty, because by the time I finished drinking about six glasses of tea, I didn't want the watermelon! So, I'll probably have it tomorrow. It's a good one, I've already had one piece of it, yesterday.

I got my Mongolia haircut on Thursday. It's really, really short, and I like it. Longest part is just under two inches, and the shortest is about a half inch. We can't take any electrical things, so no hair dryers or curling irons. Therefore, it's gotta be wash and wear. I always wear my hair short, but not usually this short. I think I like it, at least for summer.

Well, guess I'll hit the hay. Bible study and preaching in the morning. Everyone have a great Sabbath, you hear? Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22436: HM. yes i have that is a neat song....frosted flakes this morning ....signed: SPOT the"nextel racing today" dog of your porch...lights are on !

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22437: Good Sabbath Porchpals! Much prayers for the families of Boo and Possum. And for the health of Asa and Romeena. Will remember you all at Mass today.

~ Mrs. Wiley

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22438: Good Sabbath all!..prayers to all in need..back better Ro?..hey Asa,Mrs Wiley,Mary,MD,Dixie, and all of the porch..here at the old power company till 6 pm..quite right now..race day!..lets make sausage and cheese dip and hot wings!..got the big screen ready..yall come on over at about about 11:30 !..signed: SPOT the"turn left and drive fast" dog of your beloved porch..lights are on !

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22439: Thanks for all the prayers! My sis in law, Linda and her busband were over yesterday and had dinner with us. She is in surprisingly good spirits. She gets scared at time, naturally--mostly afraid of the unknown and she does share those things with me but she is also sleeping well at night and depending on the Lord. We had a good time and she even laughed alot last night. The Lord is sustaining her and I will let you know how things are going with her.


July 25, 2004 - Msg 22440: SPOT ,ASA ,PIPEMAN ... hope the race today is a good one ,yesterdays Busch race was pretty good .BOO.. prayers for your sis in law . Everyone have a great day
maybery deputy

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22441: Thank you all for the prayers. Getting ready to go to the wake for my b-in-law.It will be easier knowing you all will be thinking of us. God bless y'all! Boo,I will be praying for your sister in law.I know she must be so scared. I asked my b-in- law when I last saw him if he was hurting,had any pain,etc. He just kept saying "No,not yet" as if he was anticipating extreme suffering as his cancer progressed. From that day on,I prayed that God would not let him suffer.He NEVER did. God Bless Linda and all you dear Porchsters.
P.S. I'll chat about Laci soon,Boo. She is doing good-still facing heart surgery so keep that sweet little dollbaby in your prayers if you would.Wish you all could see her!
Have a good evening,everybody!
possum under a rock

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22442: Just got home. Will catch up on the posts.
Did a skim, and think I should add that jetting to
Santa Barbara and back is THE-ONLY-WAY-TO-GOGH!
Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather.
A friend paid out way and will tell you why when I get more time.

July 25, 2004 - Msg 22443: Ha, I think "Gogh" is gonna become like VICKS around here!

Possum, I did not realize that your family just lost your brother in law this past week. It is such a hard thing to go through. I am still praying. It is encouraging to know that the Lord prevented your brother in law from suffering. Thank you for sharing that. Prayers for Laci, too, little angel. May the Lord spare her from any surgery.

It sure has been quiet on the porch this weekend.

Ro, I am trying to picture your short hair. I wish I had the guts to cut mine that short but with my round face I think my head would look like a big snowball. I am going to look up Mongolia on the web and do some research. I have a young friend named Brad who is a missionary and he spoke in church today about his upcoming trip to China where he will be smuggling bibles and helping the underground church (Lord protect him). I thought of you and your upcoming trip. Sounds so exciting. I'm sure you will be blessed!

Baby Girl took a fall yesterday and rammed her two front teeth up into her gums and really hurt her lip and nose. She is so swollen she looks like a little monkey! Poor baby.

Well, ya'll have a wonderful evening. Wonder how Alyce liked Mt. Airy.


July 25, 2004 - Msg 22444: Well Hello everyone! I'm back from Mayberry...dont have too much time...trying to get the kids to bed. We havent even unloaded the van, we are just sooooo tired. That was a long 5 hours (really longer, with stops) with a 3 year old and an 8 month old!! Tough on my knees too, but..it was fun. It doesnt look exactly like Mayberry, but it is similar. Didnt get to eat at Snappy Lunch..the line was sooo long..all the way down the sidewalk, and it was just too hot to wait with the kids...so we ate lunch at Barney's instead. It was nice, I should have taken more digitals so I could share, but I was taking mostly black and white, so my scrapbook would look like early Mayberry! We went by and looked at Andy's homeplace, but it was being used so we couldnt go inside. There are others things of interest that arent related to TAGS too though. I got the baby a little tank top that say "Mayberry Princess"..it was cute. I got my picture taken with Russell Hiatt (Floyd) of Floyd's Barber Shop..he has sooo many pictures on his wall of fame. It was nice. They had squad car rides, but we didnt do that either..it was always out riding someone, but it was alot of hassle with little ones. Anyway...neat place...Hope everyone has had a great weekend!


July 25, 2004 - Msg 22445: Glad you got home safely Alyce - I know what it is traveling with children - especially those in the diaper stage.
Boo - we just had a prayer request from China about one of the workers for Christ who was arrested. So sad. . .
Working on beans so I need to go check my pressure cooker -
Take care everyone -
Spot - keep the light on for us!


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22446: Good Morning Folks!

I'm glad everyone enjoyed the Van Gogh thing.... I thought it was pretty funny myself when I first read it and you guys came up with some doozies!

Possum, I'm soory for your loss but I am glad to learn that you still post hear. Do you remember me from a couple of summers back?

Hey SPOT..... What's for breakfast? You always have grrrrrreat food!

I'll be back later with a story. ANyone else have one to share?

Dixie B.

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22447: I thought this was pretty funny so I'll share. I hope ya'll find it amusing :)

Warning Labels

Some actual product warning labels:

On the bottle-top of a (UK) flavoured milk drink- AFTER OPENING, KEEP UPRIGHT.(duh!)

On a New Zealand insect spray- THIS PRODUCT NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.

In a US guide to setting up a new computer - TO AVOID CONDENSATION FORMING, ALLOW THE BOXES TO WARM UP TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE OPENING. (Makes sense...except these instructions were IN the box.)

In some countries (like West Virginia , j/k), on the bottom of coke bottles- OPEN OTHER END.

On a Sears hairdryer- DO NOT USE WHILE SLEEPING. (Now THAT I'd like to see!)

On a bag of Fritos- YOU COULD BE A WINNER! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. DETAILS INSIDE. (the shop lifter special!)

On a bar of Dial soap- DIRECTIONS- USE LIKE REGULAR SOAP. (And that would be how?)

On On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on the BOTTOM of the box)- DO NOT TURN UPSIDE DOWN. (oops... too late you lose!)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding- PRODUCT WILL BE HOT AFTER HEATING. ( Are you sure? Let's experiment.)

On a Korean Kitchen Knife- WARNING KEEP OUT OF CHILDREN. (Who are they to tell me what to do with my kids?)

On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights- FOR INDOOR OR OUTDOOR USE ONLY. (As opposed to what... use in outer spacce?)

On an American Airlines packet of nuts- INSTRUCTIONS- OPEN PACKET, EAT NUTS. (I'm sure glad they cleared that up.)

On a Swedish chainsaw- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STOP CHAIN WITH YOUR HANDS OR (I changed this word a bit)PRIVATE PARTSOF THE BODY. (What kind of consumer phone-call led to this warning?)

On a child's superman costume- WEARING OF THIS GARMENT DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO FLY. (That's right, destroy a universal childhood fantasy!)

The End!!

I got this from the same place as the Van Gogh story. I apologize for the length.


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22448: DIXIE, those post are hilarious. How is everyone? Vegas is HOT. I mean really hot. 115-122 everyday. At night it cools off a bit, 105. Diving into my pool is like diving into the hot tub. No way to cool down. Oh well, at least they keep the casinos ice cold...do you think there is a reason for that? Take care all and have a cool Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22449: Boo, Ro, possum, my prayers for you regarding families and China. Many forget that tho communism is over in Russia, it is NOT in China! That's one
stronghold that yet remains! (In fact, if I may get on the soapbox for a quick second, that is one reason that I try to NOT get things made in China, if I can help it, tho sooo much is made there now!)(Ok, sliding it back under the bed.)
Dixie, thanks for the latest.
Alyce, glad you enjoyed the Mayberry days. I hope to make it one day too. I like the black and white photo idea. I black and white film still sold?
Our trip to santa barbara was paid by a great friend who just wanted us to get a little time for ourselves. (Away from all our many responsiblities etc.) Sure did and was sure nice!
Spot... what's cookin for tonight?
Have a good one.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22450: Hey Yall..tonight its beef short ribs on the grill..pinto beans [slow cooked with ham hocks]..corn on the cobb,sliced tomateos.hot peppers,ice tea..signed" SPOT the"talking dog of your porch...lights are on

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22451: hey yall....not doing much posting today..me and the hubby not feeling well...I think we are just run down from lots of driving/riding. Got rid of the oldest this afternoon(isnt that nice to say..she's at my mama's)so that we and the baby could sleep..and we did! Now off to switch kids and take the oldest to gymnanstics. Going to be a fast pick up supper tonight. MDC: yes, they do still sell black and white. I take black and whites every year at the beach too...makes beautiful pictures..now that the baby is here, we might do our Christmas cards that way....with us on the beach in black and white.


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22452: Hot dog, Spot! That supper sounds some kinda good!

Sorry you are feeling under the weather Alyce. I have been tired all day for some reason, myself. Wish I could just crawl into bed and stay there today but we know how impossible that is with small children.

Did ya'll know that Van Gogh had a cousin who owned a chinese restraunt that only served take-out. His name was To Gogh.


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22453: Oh, and there was his beatnik uncle, Bong Gogh.

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22454: And his forgetful grandfather...Where'd It Gogh?.

Hey to everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend. Romeena, didn't you celebrate a birthday over the weekend?

Prayers for everyone, sorry to hear of the troubles and trials some of you are going through. Prayers for you, too, Possum, with the loss in your family. (((hugs))) to all of you.

Spot - I was driving through town (Springfield MO) on Saturday and passed a van with a Cobb County GA license plate and thought of you.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Alyce. Glad to have you back, and hope that you and hubby feel like yourselves again soon.

Not much going on here - enjoying the beautiful weather. Yesterday's high only 65, today low 70's.

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22455: Hey AFD, thats my county!..wow only 65 degrees!..hit 94 or 95 here yeaterday...not quite that hot today ablut 90,thunder storms expected tonight..hey Boo,Alyce[hope you feel better],Dixie,Mrs Wiley,Asa,HM,Ro,possum,MDC,..hope yall liked the ribs..ummm,..working alot this week, people on vac here at the control center, have to cover their shifts...well gona get some paper work done then its off to TV land..signed:SPOT the"picked 161 tomatoes sat" farm dog of your porch..lights are on!

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22456: As Asa would say, "Spot, throw one of those tomatos at me I haven't ate yet!'.

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22457: Thank ya spot- it hit the spot! (not you, tho)
Where's pipeman these days?

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22458: "SPLAT"..there ya go!...wow storms have hit! "ALL LIGHTS ARE NOT ON" signed: SPOT the" trying to get lights on" dog of your dark porch

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22459: And then there was the co-dependant aunt: Cantlet Gogh.

Mmmmm, those ribs were outstanding, Spot!

AFD, I am realizing from reading your post that I have a problem with envy! I am salivating over that 65 degree weather. I watched a Christmas movie the other day just to see some snow.


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22460: Yea, 65 sounds pretty good about right now.
We have been in the mid 90's for a while. But the heat don't bother me to much as a rule.
Corn should be ready for picking this week. Who wants some? Stick up your hands.....uhhh, I mean Hands up....... Come and get it!


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22461: 68 the high here today! Tomorrow more of the same. It feels like fall, and I LOVE it! I know some people get angry if the summer is too cool, but not me. We are supposed to be 85 on Friday, though, so back to normal then.

Asa, I got my hands up for some of that sweet corn. I just love it! Are you any where near the family of Lori Hacking? That sure is distressing news about her. I certainly hope there is happy ending to this story, but unfortunately, it doesn't sound like it will go that way. Prayers for her and her family...

Spot, I hope you get those lights on soon! With 90 degree heat and all around your neck of the woods, I bet nobody wants their air conditioning to go out! Keep up the good work!

Hey to Dixie, Boo, Romeena and Sugar Plum, MDC, AFD, Alyce, Homemaker, Ed Sawyer, Mayberry Deputy, Charlotte Tucker, Mrs. Wiley, Possum, Hazel, Sara, Floyd, Sterling, and Salty Dog! And anyone else I may have inadvertently missed...y'all have a great, cool feeling, fall like evening, settled right in to a wonderful little town called Mayberry!

Mary Wiggins

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22462: "Hands Up" here, Asa.
- Hazel

July 26, 2004 - Msg 22463: Here ya go Hazel and Mary. There's plenty more. I staggered my plantings so we should have fresh corn till the freezes in the fall.
Mary, this thing with Lori Hacking is in Salt Lake and I live about 40 miles north of there. But it has put a damper on all of us. The local news is speculating an arrest may be made in the next day or two. Every day brings forth more evidence and it all seems to point to one person. If he did it, may he rot in he##!
Sorry, I don't have much tolerance for this kind of stuff. And I agree, prayers for the family, it is wearing mightly on them.


July 26, 2004 - Msg 22464: Who is Lori Hacking? I have not heard anything about her.


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22465: Boo, you are a hoot! Those "Gogh" family members you keep mentioning are so funny. Prayers for your sister-in-law. Share some funny stuff with her, because laughter is a very good medicine.

Yep, I crossed the big 65 mark on Saturday. Funny, I don't feel any older. At this point, I just sorta feel like every day is a gift, and enjoy it.

It's been a bit cooler here in Texas, too. It was actually in the low 80's yesterday, and not a lot warmer today. Wind from the north, guess that explains it. It brought some of Mary Wiggins' weather to us, I suppose.

Well, it's bedime, according to the Plum. She has sighed really big several times, and now has gone off and curled up in the exact geographic center of my pillow, so guess I'd better take the hint. Have a great day tomorrow, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22466: Make that "bedtime", for cryin' out loud. --Romeena

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22467: Ok now lights are on!..flap jacks this morning and sausage links,oj,milk....gona be heading home to the dog house at 6:00...gona be glad to hit the sack after this night..more storms for tomorrow...hey Ro,Boo, Asa,AFD,MDC,..signed: SPOT the"tired and sleepy" dog of your porch...Yawnnnnn...

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22468: Hey Boo, Lori Hacking is a young wife who has been missing now for a week. Lots of speculation as to her husband being involved as he has been found to be lying about a lot of stuff to a lot of people.
Spot, did you have a "ruff" night? (couldn't resist that)
Romeena, sorry I missed your Birthday. I can't get on the Cutlass anymore so I miss all of them. That AFD is the birthday queen. She always remembers them days, bless her heart.
Well off to work for me. Gotta big day in store.


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22469: good Morning all...Feeling better today..thanks for all the concerns. Its back to work here, still unpacking and cleaning. Boo: Lori Hacking is also pregnant. Asa..guess yalls veggies come later in the summer. The sweet corn here is done for the summer. That is the best thing my daddy(farmer) plants!
So what is the Cutlass? Is that where all the birthdays are posted? Happy Belated Bday Romeena. Well better get busy..Asking for prayers for direction in where to send daughter to school! Thanks guys and have a super great day!


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22470: Mornin' Porchsters! You all crack me up with your Van Gogh talk! Hazel, how's your reunion? Mine is this coming weekend. I was sort of disappointed at the turnout but people are still calling and emailing (past the deadline of course) so now things are looking better. Can't wait--should be lots of fun. Did I tell ya'll that a guy who only went to school with us one year in jr. high is coming? Found him on the internet. Everyone liked him a lot and is looking forward to seeing him again. Gotta get my girl to basketball camp.
Charlotte Tucker

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22471: Morning Porch, and thanks for the breakfast sopt! Romeena, Happy Belated Birthday to you Dear! We sure are going to miss your smiling face around here after you go to Mongolia...Bless your heart. Asa, I'll take some of that sweet corn off your hands, sounds delish!

~ Mrs. Wiley

Mayor Pike: "Why do people want to go to the moon anyway?"
Andy: "I dunno, maybe they're looking for a different porch to set on."

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22472: ...I mean SPOT. Sorry 'bout that Spot.

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22473: Hello porch people! Just checked in on Ro and friends... Look what you guys do when I'm away, you just gogh, gogh, gogh... I can't keep up. Ro, I see where you're hiding to keep from putting away the piles of stuff you want us to load up and tuck into our closets. ; ) Mongolia packing underway for you, I'm sure - and won't you have some stuff to share when you come back! Well, I better gogh, time for work - gotta stop at the Texa-gogh before I get there.
Love to all from my little hill country porch

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22474: Good Morning Darling Porch Setters!

You guys amaze me with all the new Van Gogh family memebers! Thanks for the breakfast SPOT. I'mm a little late to the table but it was still Deee-lish!

Seems like I remember hearing something new about the Hacking girls disapearance this morning but I was running late today and didn't have time to stop. Anyone know anything new about it?

**Prayers to those who need them :)

Hey ta: Rob, Ro & Sugar Plum, Spot, Mrs. Wiley, CT, Alyce, Asa, AFD, MDC, Boo, Hazel, Mary Wiggins, hm, Ed Sawyer, Myaberry Deputy(I promise to be good and not break the law!),possum, Sara, Floyd, Sterling, Salty, and anyone I might have forgot :)

I'll try to find another story that's not too long this time :)

Dixie B.

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22475: Hey Rob! Good to hear from you. I was planning a trip to the hill country with the kids to camp and swim in the river but the transmission on my Suburban went out and its going to cost me at least a thousand dollars to fix it. There goes the money for my little trip! This September is my 10th wedding anniversary so I hope my husband and I can take a couple of days off and maybe go to Fredricksburg and stay in one of the old restored homes again. We always enjoy that so much, and shopping in town. I think we might try going to Bandera this year, though.

Hope ya'll have a great day and stay outta trouble.


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22476: Good morning ya'll - off to do laundry - that is an all morning job!

Prayers for everyone - we all need them!


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22477: But I like to be in trouble Boo.....

Not too much starch hm!


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22478: Okay.... I found another

Fitness Truth

1. My grandmother started walking five miles a daywhen she was 60. She's 97 now and we don't know where in the world she is!
2. I joined a health club last year, spent about $400. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up?
3. I have to exin the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
4. I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them farther up our body.
5. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
6. I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
7. The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.
8. If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
9. I don't jg... it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

The End


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22479: oops! #3 is I have to Exercise evry morning...


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22480: test

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22481: HA! "I don't jog...it makes the ice jump right out of my glass." Very funny! I also like the one about my stomach covering my thighs!

Did you hear about Van Gogh's uncle who always over-stayed his welcome? His name was HeWon't Gogh.

Ok, Dixie, stay in trouble if ya want.


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22482: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY RO-MEEEE-NA !!!
mdc (aka - Ernest T Bass)

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22483: Ice cream for Ro's b-day!

C> C>


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22484: Thanks Boo ..... I have decided to be good after all. Being bad just goes against my grain :)

Dixie B.

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22485: wow..been a lazy day! all I have done is laundry, so I guess that is productive enough! Going to be a lazy supper too...taco bake. Its good though. Anything good on TV tonight?


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22486: I have a few candles, and a couple figurines setting on my T.V. Will that do?....(Guess I am in a silly mood Alyce!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMEENA!! Sorry I missed it! Glad you got some of my cooler weather, though.

I am going to make Italian Sausage, with fried onions and green peppers on it,lots of mustard on it, too, and fresh corn on the cob and a nice fruit salad. I'll make plenty so come on by and have some! Apple Pie a la mode for dessert!

Have a great Mayberry day all,

Mary Wiggins

Oh, and hey to Rob, glad you came and sat a spell with us!

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22487: The Van Gogh's also had a dog that wasn't house broken. His name was SureTa Gogh. Okay, I'm not a comedian but I try. Take care and have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22488: Supper sounds good Mary...my taco bake is smelling pretty good, for what it is. I dont have dessert planned though...think maybe I can whip up some pudding. Yall have a great evening. Mine is going to be spent ironing!!


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22489: Did we mention the cousin with blatter problems: IGOTTA Gogh! (teehee)
@-->--->-- a rose for Romeena's Birthday!
Think we'll head for Mary Wiggin's for supper!
Another good reason she should be in the beauty contest!She can cook!
Last night's local ep was Goober putting the car in the courthouse. It's funny enuf, but Andy is mad most of the ep, except at the very beginning when he is reading Barney's letter!
"Speed. speed, speed... ya gotta drive slow every now and then, Gilly."
Ya all have a nice evening, "hey" to all!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22490: Well, thank you all, for the flowers and the ice cream, and all the nice birthday wishes. Makes me feel 'preciated! Rob, there's a lot of truth in what you say about me hiding here on the porch to avoid all the work that's still waiting for me. Also, you know how addictive this window is, and having this porch and the window in the same place is just really a work-stopper. There have been some real hi-jinks in the yard. One of the squirrels has been giving that corn-bungee thing a fit, but I haven't been able to get a picture. It all happens too fast. Just whoosh, and he's gone! I'll get it, though, just give me time. Got some good shots of a redheaded woodpeck er a few minutes ago. Hmmmm, wonder if rubbing his head would ward off a jinx? Don't know how you'd catch him, though.

Gotta go put out bird food and see what's on outside the front door. I know there's something, because the Plum won't stop barking. She smells packages when they're out there.

Everyone have a great evening, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22491: Romeena...why are you going to Mongolia?


July 27, 2004 - Msg 22492: Alyce, she's going to Mongolia for a church-mission thing, I think. Bless her heart. Charlotte, the reunion is going ok. We too are kinda disapointed at the numbers at this point in time. Ours is August 13 & 14, and out of 376 classmates, we have under 100 sign up for the events. Oh well. It'll be nice to see whoever shows up.
- Hazel

"I have a rendezvous with destiny."

July 27, 2004 - Msg 22493: Won't they be suprised to see you ain't changed.:)


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22494: Nope, we aint changed a bit, Asa.
- Haze

July 28, 2004 - Msg 22495: Mmm Asa, that corn sounds GOOD! Pass me a few ears. <#########>

Had a record low temp this morning of 52. Sorry I've made some of you envious. (not! ; ) )

Well, not much going on here. Have a good day everyone.

July 28, 2004 - Msg 22496: That corn looks good enough to eat, AFD!
- Hazel


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22497: Good Morning everyone!! Finally got all my laundry caught up, except putting a few things away. Now I am going to clean the cabinet under my kitchen sink..YUCK! But first breakfast...what should it be?? Where's Spot? My 3year old doesnt want to eat of course! Everyone have a great day!


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22498: Hey AFD,
We had a record temperature of 61 degrees yesterday, and that was the HIGH temperature! My 20 year old son asked, "Whatever happened to global warming?!" I think today it is going to get into the 70's though.

Alyce, I am glad you got your laundry caught up, I remember when I was a child, my parents would take me and my three brothers and one sister camping. When we came home after a week out in nature, my poor mother would literally have mounds of laundry all over the basement!

I guess my High School Reunion will be next year, (30th), and I haven't gone to one yet. I would probably be one of the folks Charlotte and Hazel would be disappointed with. My graduating class was just shy of 900, though, so I don't think any one will miss me. I was just another face in the crowd there anyway!

It sure looks purty out my window this morning. My apple tree is beginning to show spots of red all over it where the apples are ripening, and to me, red apples amidst green leaves, set against a crystal clear is one of the prettiest sights one can see!

I guess I better get out of this rocker and quit admiring the sky, though! Y'all have a great day!

Mary Wiggins

July 28, 2004 - Msg 22499:
Oops! I don't know what happened there. I thought I did it right. It was supposed to say against a crystal clear blue sky is one of the...

I hope I fixed this, if not I am going to call Floyd!

July 28, 2004 - Msg 22500: Good.

Now let me repeat myself...red apples amidst green leaves, set against a crystal clear blue sky is one of the prettiest sights one can see!

After all that trouble of putting fonts in and all, I wanted it to look right!! Harummph!


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22501: Goooooooood Morning! Anyone got anything interesting to share today?

Mary W. where are you at to have such marvelous weather? I'm in the Florida Panhandle where it's not the heat.... it's the humidity. And we REALLY mean that when we say it. Humidity is awful. It makes it hard to breath, can't depend on good hair weather at ALL if you have natural curls like me, and before you take ten steps out your door you can be sure to be sweating like a pig.

Boy do we love our winters here even if it doesn't officially get cold until late December. I've been known to where T-shirts to my grandma's on Christmas Eve (or wear a sweater and have to change b/c I'm too hot). Once again I say that we Love our colder weather.

Dixie B.

PS-- Humidity is just as bad in the winter too... makes your fingers and toes feel like they'll just fall off....

July 28, 2004 - Msg 22502: Wow, I can't even imagine those cool days or even apples, for that matter. What am I doing down here?! It won't cool off here for at least 2 more months and then it will only be for one day then hot the next, yada, yada, yada. I am really looking forward to the fall and Thanksgiving. I am trying to think of something different to do, maybe a new, meaningful tradition. Any ideas out there?

Gotta gogh!


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22503: Hi, didn't see you there, Dixie. Boy, can I relate to what you are saying. I am on the coast of South Texas and the humidity here is horrible! I, too have worn t-shirts and shorts on Christmas. Its a bummer, isn't it? Oh, for a white Christmas!


July 28, 2004 - Msg 22504: Mary...I tasted one of my granny smiths yesterday and I thought it was rather good. A bit early for them right now, but not long. The beatles really got to our apple trees this year, maybe we need to change the type of spray we use on them. Sounds beautiful whereever you are though. We've had a lot of rain here (VA). I cant even stand the heat like I used to...the days of laying out in the sun on a tin roof with baby oil!! As long as I have some water to get in close by I'm OK. Boo: I'd love a white Christmas as well..I dont remember ever having one. We got married Dec.11th (99) and the week before our wedding it was 80 degrees. I was aggitated of course, because I had a long sleeve wedding gown..I still got hot even though the temp went down though for the wedding. Anyway..yall have a good one!