August 26, 2004 - Msg 23191: Hey there Dragonfly as you know we are in distriubtion [7200 volts primary]..just checked our power factor on a couple of circuits it runs .96 to 1.00..we use capacitor banks..we serve 180,000 consumers..3rd largest in nation...well back to work...SPOT

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23192: Mavis - and I don't know if you'll find any comfort in this - but the fact that you had such a close relationship with your mother is something to relish. Some people don't have a close relationship with, or even know, their mother due to abandonment, early death, or for whatever reason. You've said it yourself many times now, "My mother was such a huge part of my daily life", and that is FANTASTIC that you had that time with her to share all the special moments that every child should be able to share with their mothers(and fathers). I just hope somehow you can find some sense of comfort and peace in the knowledge of how blessed you were and are.

I know what you mean about the "dogs" episode, Romeena. Many times I've watched that waiting for the "giraffes is selfish" speech and then thinking, "wait, did I miss something?" I guess we all missed something.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23193: Hey
Going to be a kid friendly supper tonight....chicken nuggets and mac&cheese
Will that be filling enough?


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23194: Hey yall, was just reading over some old archives..(been a lazy day for me today) And saw an old poll that was taken..kinda interesting though.. What does everyone call the liquid that comes in 2 liter bottles, cans, 20oz bottles..soda, pop..what?? Or as I say..down in the south in VA...drink.

Al (alyce)

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23195: Alyce nuggets will be fine , I will take a twelve piece..coke to drink..SPOT

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23196: Sorry Alyce, I can't remember this soda of which you speak. Hearing about the leaves makes me long to see them. I have to drive quite a ways to see the leaves change here in South Texas.


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23197: Evenin' Y'all! Alyce,I'll join you for supper and I'll take some soda please! That's what I call it down here in SC! I love to hear the older folks down here talk about soda-most of them just say " Co-cola"! I don't think it matters to them if it's Coke or Pepsi or even RC cola-it's all "co-cola" to them!
Mavis,I continue to think of you and wish you brighter days.Like the Garth Brooks song goes: " I would've missed the pain,but I'd have had to miss the dance." You're hurting now because you loved your mom so much and had such wonderful times with her..I can only imagine how difficult the days are for you.Hold tight to your mom's memory-she will never really leave you.God Bless you.
Please remember my grandaughter Laci tomorrow. She has open heart surgery for an atrial septal defect she was born with. I will let y'all know how things go as soon as I'm back home and can get up here on the porch.
Love to all. Take care!
possum under a rock

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23198: Boo: hey there..oh honey, you just misunderstood my question..I was asking what term everyone used for soda....soda, pop, or as I say..Drink.
Possum..I want to say that only we (around here) say "drink". Best wishes for little Laci tomorrow!


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23199: ALYCE .. around the house we call soft drinks coke or drink ,my grandpa called it a dope ,heard a lot of older folks call it that . they also called a brown bag a poke . Im in western N.C.
Possum .. prayers for your grandaughter
mayberry deputy

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23200: Evenin' all,yes Mavis I live between Johnson City and Kingsport,so I'm a true "Redneck" Alyce and me and your 'ol man would probably get along dandy, I too am a maint. mechanic. My wife used to be a maint. mechanic 'till she took a management job. I stumbled into 2 more Bristol tickets today and sold 'em in two shakes of a lambs tail. Everybody at work brings 'em to me to sell 'em for them 'cause I am all over the plant. The campin' area is 'bout full so if ya' are plannin' to camp ya' better getta' move on. In East Tennessee Alyce we all call 'em Cokes. Ever had a Cheerwine or a Dr. Enuf. Little known fact, Mt. Dew got its origin in our neck of the woods, Marion, Va. Just thought ya' might like ta' know. Hope all is well with ya' all. Im' fixin' ta' hit the sack...Big Tom

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23201: MD..very interesting..I have never heard it called dope..we call something else that, :-)
What part of NC are you in again?
Mama's homemade peach pie for snackin tonight!


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23202: Tom:..I have a neat cook book ent itled Celebrate Virginia and it has an article in it about the origin of Mt. Dew..I couldnt remember what it said,and I tried to locate it in the book, but of course I am not finding it cause I am actually looking for something. Oh well...We'd love to go to the race..havent been to one in years. We loved Charlotte.


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23203: Possum, I know our little Lacy will be fine and I will be honered to lift her up in prayer, with the rest of your family. Keep us posted whenever you can.
Mavis, I pray for your ability to find some peace during this difficult time. Romeena, as always, offers very good advice to you.
Mary Wiggins thank you kindly for asking about me. Y'all wax so eloquently here I fear I don't have much to add to the conversation, and I don't want to be like Goober with his beard. So I'm content to just sit back and rock and listen to all the wonderful conversation. But my garden has done well. It's starting to wind down now as the days get shorter and the nights cooler. My corn is about all harvested, and the tomatoes are coming on strong. Harvesting is so much fun. And we will be doing a fireworks show on Labor Day night for our local baseball team. From there it will be a bunch of high school homecoming games. They aren't to big though. Our big ones will come in November when the ski resorts open, they are lavish with the money.
Hope you all have a great weekend. And prayers for our Laci.
And Romenna, I surely hope Sugarplum is ok. She is such a dear.
Later friends.


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23204: Asa, you are really something special, you don't have to act like Goober with a beard!

Alyce, thank you for clearing that up. Down in my area we call soft drinks "Coke", no matter what they are. Everyone just says, "Want a coke?" or "Lets go get a Coke" and the funny thing is hardly anyone drinks Coke, they consume Dr. Pepper like water down here.

Wow, thanks for reminding us about Laci, Possum. I will certainly pray. Please let us know how she is doing as soon as you can.

Hope everyone is having a peaceful evening. Husband and I took the kids to McDonalds tonight thinking if they were playing, we would actually be able to have a didn't really work out that way. I tried the new chicken strips at McD's and I can't say much for them.

Hope ya'll have a good night's rest. Oh, if you are doing some bible reading, check out Psalm 72. It's a prophetic Psalm about the Reign of Christ on the earth at his return. Really good!

Sleep tight, friends!

August 26, 2004 - Msg 23205: Prayers for Miss Laci - I pray she has successful surgery and that the Lord directs the Dr's hands. I pray she has a speedy recovery with no complications. I pray that all those in her family have the peace of God and are confident of the His working on her behalf. God bless you, possum!


August 26, 2004 - Msg 23206: Mrs. Wiley, thanks for posting the Cutlass address. That was mighty helpful. If anyone's address is incorrect on there, please update it so I don't put the wrong ones in my address book. Possum, loved the picture of little Laci! What a cutey! Prayers for her surgery. Ro, Hope everything goes ok for Sugarplum. Forgot to tell ya'll that we found two darling pups dumped near our house. Some sort of terriers. One black--Hershey and one gray--Smokey. They are the sweetest things. We are trying to keep them but our other sweet family yet grouchy dog isn't too interested in them. Hope all will work out. More (((((Hugs)))))))) for Mavis. I wish we all could just reach through cyberspace and put our arms around you. I know you're missin' your mama mighty bad. Hang onto her in your mind. She's still with you.
Charlotte Tucker

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23207: Well,today's the day. Thank y'all for the heartfelt prayers in Laci's behalf. Please keep them coming.I will post ASAP. Love to all.

possum under a rock at 4am-GEESH!

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23208: Possum, it's 9:10 a.m. CST where I am, and I imagine little Laci is in surgery right about now. I am praying for her, and I know the rest of the porch is, too. We'll be watching for a word from you. I know you won't read this until everything is all over, but that's okay. When you do read it, you'll know that we were with you.

Boo, the cake that the Plum ate was a white cake. I've heard the chocolate thing too, so I don't let her have it. Yesterday and today she has seemed to be just fine, acting like her usual little bubbly self. The labs next week will be interesting, but I really expect them to be normal. I think this was just some flukey thing and will disappear.

Charlotte Tucker, what a sweetheart you are for taking in those two abandoned pups, and shame on whoever did it. I guess I just don't understand the mindset of a person like that. I'm sorry your other dog is in a snit about it, but I'll bet he'll get over it. Is he an older dog?

Mavis, hang in there, honey. This too shall pass, and remember - joy comes in the morning.

Asa, Spot, MDC, AFD, Sterling, Mayberry Deputy, Alyce, Big Tom, Dragonfly, and all our other friends - You are all just the salt of the earth. I love to read over the posts and see how everyone offers support and encouragement, and bears the burdens of people whom they have never actually met, except here on this porch. What a blessing this place is!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23209: Oops!
There, that should fix it. Didn't mean to be so bold! --Romeena

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23210: That's ok, Ro, I think you are probably a bold kinda lady.
Do you think that maybe the Plumster was just sick because she was afraid you would leave her again? You did say she was keeping on you like rye on toast(or some other analogy :)) after you came back.

Here's hoping and praying that everything goes(or went) ok with Laci.
-Sterling Holobyte

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23211: Hey gang...its fried chicken,fried taters and milk gravy,fresh green beans,fried okra,sliced onions,hot peppers,sweet mild,cornbread...ready at 6:30...gona get to work here..signed:SPOT the"gona get off work earky today and set camp up in my back woods for me and the kids" dog of your porch...

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23212: Sorry left bold on..

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23213: o no help.

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23214: test

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23215: make it stop..

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23216: ..test

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23217: Hey everyone..
Just got back from visiting my friend with her new one week old baby boy. He is so sweet and tiny! Smaller than my babies were and much smaller than her first. I just need a boy!!
Hope Laci is recovering well!! As well as all of the family. It is hard on them too..probably harder on mommy than little Laci! I remember when I balled at the Drs office with the pediatrician when we thought our baby might have to have surgery, on her brain at that! All is well though! And I feel sure that all will be well with little Laci!
Ro: little Sugarplum also could have just had a bit of a cold! Glad she is better!


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23218: that is Spot's bold..not mine!! He's being a BOLD Dog today..

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23219: If you don't like Spots cooking - it looks like White Castle's for us tonite - getting ready for a goat show tomorrow. It should be fun for the boys - don't expect any big fancy things - just a few ribbons and a desire to keep showing in the boys' heart.

Gotta to go feed Sassy!


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23220: Spot has made us all bold - hey Alyce!!

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23221: Hey Spot, that sounds good! Do you have any chicken without skin?

Hey guys, don't mean to bring the modern world into Mayberry or anything, but does anyone know if it is right when a cellphone company charges you for incoming calls? This has been happening for a little while now, and I was always under the impression that it's the person who MAKES the call is the one charged, not the one who receives it. These are not collect calls either.
Just wondering. Got another high bill today.
-Sterling Holobyte

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23222: Wow, I must be feeling bold too! :)
-Sterling Holoybyte

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23223: *****SPECIAL REPORT*****
Laci came through surgery like a Champ!
Doctor said everything went well,we got to see her in ICU around 11:30-her color was good,she looked great,considering. She was still kinda out of it,but could hear us. I told her how proud I was of her,praised her for being such a brave girl and that lots of people loved her.Thank y'all for loving and praying for that baby.God heard each prayer and answered it.Y'all are very dear to me-love each and every one of you! I'll keep you posted.She may come home Sunday or Monday!
*****BIG SMILES*****
possum under a rock

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23224:

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23225: I can't unbold myself!

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23226: Sterling..If your cell phone is being is being charged..whether it is an incoming or outgoing call. You might need to investigate some different plans.
Homemaker: White Castle just made my stomach turn..haha.. I buy the frozen cheeseburgers sometimes and it always upsets our stomachs!! But it is good!! Have fun with the goats!


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23227:
If this doesn't work,then I give up!

possum again

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23228: Yeah!

possum going to take a nap now!

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23229: HOORAY for LACI!!
God is Good!


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23230: no skin for you sterling...SPOT

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23231: hey my bold is off...thanks.someone...SPOT

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23232: ALYCE ,Im in western N.C. in the small town of Claremont,which is about 50 miles north of Charlotte N.C. and about 45 minutes from Mt. Airy
BIG TOM .. nothing wrong with being a redneck,proud to call myself one as well
SPOT..hope you and the kids have a good time camping out
ROMEENA..hope things are ok with the Plum
Racing on tonight from Bristol (Busch boys ) cup guys race Saturday night
Everyone have a great weekend
Mayberry Deputy

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23233: Wow, that's terrific news, Possum! I'm so happy for you, and Laci!
You made me remember when my daughter had her heart catheter procedure(not as serious as what you and Laci went through, but scary for us nonetheless), and how she smiled as she came out of the anesthetic and saw us there, as if nothing had happened. It was a great day then and it is a great day today! I'm happy for you!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23234: POSSUM...great news about Laci
mayberry deputy

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23235: HEy MD: I wonder if my hubby knows the races are tonight and tomorrow night this weekend. I dont know when he has been able to watch a full one this year. I'd much rather attend one!
We were just in Mt. Airy in may remember me talking about it.
I am in VA...south eastern I guess..


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23236: Hey careful on your bolds and font colors. You can sure miss up the paint on the porch with 'em. --Floyd

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23237: Thanks Spot! And thank you Possum for unbolding us!
Oh I am, Alyce. I caught them trying to overcharge us before and got them to reduce it, and that was just one time. I wonder about times I didn't catch it. I have until Feb. before our contract is up. I don't really want to wait that long, even though it is not THAT long really. Besides, I don't want to pay the $200 fee(per phone I imagine; we have two), although I am tempted just to get rid of them. I don't trust them.
-Sterling Holobyte

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23238: FANTASTIC NEWS Possum. I am so happy she is ok.


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23239: Busy porch today, and that's a good "busy!"
Thank you Jesus for the sucessful surgery for Laci.
Boo- Amen to Psalm 72!
Charlotte- I take it the dogs had no collars on?
Some have imbedded chips you could check out. (Which brings us back to Psalm 72!) :)
HM- Hope school opened well, and that all kids had a good week of school again.
I have heard soda called a Tonic by my grandad who has long sinsed passed. That was in the 60's.
Well, I'm not as bold as spot, but I will be by for some of that southern fried chicken!
Have a good one,

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23240: Sterling..We have a Verizon plan. We have two phones and usually the bill is around $70 a month for both phones..which really isnt bad. We have boocoos of free minutes.


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23241: Hey MDC,great news possum,..think I will make some homade ice cream for after supper..gona try the bold thing again wish me luck..SPOT

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23242: test...

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23243: Alyce, how long is a boocoo? :)


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23244: Gentlemen...Start your engines...Boogtie...Boogtie...Boogtie lets go racin'. If you aint here its ya' own fault.Hey Boo, Next time your at Mickey Ds try the apple slices with caramel dippin' sauce.Beats fries all to heck.Ya' know Ro your zactly right. These folk on the porch take ya' at face value, don't ask many questions 'bout ya' private life, but feel your pain and sorrow just like theys family.Wish I could stay an' jaw a little longer but they a blowin' the horn on the truck ta' go to Bristol for the Bush race.Later gater...Big Tom Holler next year early Alyce...might can fix ya' up with some tickets...say 'bout Jan. or Feb. Quit blowin the horn, I'm on my way.

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23245:
I haven't had a chance to read the post, but I wanted to post before I did, to say hello to all.
I have been so busy around here, from Feb. to June it was attending to our sons in the Military, they have settled down some now with Jerry in NY. and our Sgt. in Iraq we're not on the road with them now, but I sure am on pins and needles where my baby boy is concerned being where he is. I try to stay busy and just wait for the times he gets to call home. He is doing fine but please remember him in your prayers and also Jamie is in afganistan is that how you spell it ? Remember her also and of course all our troops and their families. Then in July came all the ice cream socials and I made so much ice cream I can still see it in my dreams, our best seller was my blackberry ice , I made it for 2 different socials and it went well at both of them. Oh my there was all kinds of flavors dozens of people made ice cream and it all was just great. I've been working my garden, canning like nobodies bussiness and I sure am beat. As I've had to work as always and this last 12 days I just had one day off, but I do have the week end now and am I ready for it. Plus on top of all this we had the family picnic here at our place, it went very well. People stayed for 11 hrs. they all said this was the best one ever, they usally go home with in a 2 or 3 hrs. but those were at the park. So as far as we know they well be here at our country home from now on. We've got a wiennie roast planned for our church in Sept or maybe it will be Oct. For in Sept. we are getting ready for our Fall Festival, our church has a booth there and we do a pretty good trade, Stuffed bake potatoes and pork chop sands are our best sellers, this year we have ordered in Bibles to give away to anyone that wants one and our youth put labels in them at church the other night. We wanted to give something to the community so we decieded to try this. Then theres the bake sale in Oct. at the Robinson Fall Festival, then it's time for all that holiday cooking see I told you I have been busy and writing this I see I'm going to stay busy, we still haven't got all moved up here yet, but we surelove it here. When my son went over Ididn't think I could go another day, so I just try to stay busy, I sure have missed y'all I hope I can slow down just enough to say hey once in awhile. God Bless y'all, your my extended Family and I've grown to love each and everyone of you.

Ellen Brown

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23246: Hooray for Laci (and thank the Lord, of course).

Alyce, I think the term is "bawled" (message 23217), just letting you know.....haha

Adios Amigos,

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23247: Possum I'm so glad Laci is alright, Mavis my prayers are with you Dear. Hey to all the new and old posters .


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23248: Hooray!! Possum, we're all so happy and relieved to hear that little Laci came through the surgery okay. Kids bounce back so well and so fast, you are going to be amazed. Praise the Lord!

Miss Ellen Brown, it's good to hear from you. Sounds like your life is a regular whirlwind. Prayers for your son in Iraq. I know you won't rest easy until he's home. I have a cousin who is an ex-Marine fighter pilot, and he still gets emails from men who are on active duty over there. He forwards many of them to me, and believe me, the impressions of those who are on the scene are a lot different from the contrived and slanted claptrap that the media tries to feed us. From what I can gather, those men think we are where we're supposed to be, doing what had to be done, either now or very soon thereafter. Our choice was to engage them on their soil, or ultimately on our own.

Asa, I think a boocoo is way more than a smidgen, and just a little bit longer than a whole bunch, but not quite as long as forever. Hope that helps!

Well, the Plum is actively campaigning for her supper, so guess I'd better feed her before she has a spell. Might just feed myself, too. Wish I had some of Spot's good cooking, but I have some fairly decent leftovers, and I like leftovers. Might just bake a potato, too. Yum!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23249: Ellen...that made me tired just reading your post! You must have boocoos :-) of energy!
Tom: hope you are having fun at the race. MY hubby said those tickets were hard to come by. Boo: excuse the typo, thanks for the correction.


August 27, 2004 - Msg 23250: YIP YIP YAHOO FOR LACI!!

That is just such wonderful news. Keep us informed of her progress!

Sterling, I would call the company, they may have accidentally switched your plan, that happened to me once, and they were real nice about crediting the minutes and putting things back the way they were supposed to be. I also have Verizon, and it sounds like the same plan Alyce has. Two phones...70 bucks. A lot of companies want to keep you as a customer, so if you talk to them real nice-like, but firm, you might get some good results.

Nice to see Ellen Brown posting again! I can see why we haven't heard much from you, my, you have been busy!

Guess I better go study the insides of my eyelids! ;) (That's what my dad used to say he was doing if we caught him snoozing in church!)

Night all,
Mary Wiggins

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23251: Good to hear from Ellen, mary, ro and all.
I saw this discussed on the bulletin board, but if all of us on the porch are like most, I think we tend to like to watch the broadcast episodes, commercials and all, as opposed to the ones we may have on tape. Why is that? Do we feel more connected that way? Anyway, we can discuss if you like, or drop it like a lead moulage.
Hope ya all get to preachin' this weekend!
(THEN watch the race) teehee,

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23252: For me, it's more special to watch the broadcast eps, because they are "spontaneous". When I see that TAGS is on, I have to sit down and watch. Whereas the ones I've got recorded, I tend to make time to watch them; and pause them now and then so I can water the garden or do the dishes or something. But when the "real" thing is on, I take 30 minutes out of my schedule and sit down and watch. If that makes sense.
And by the way, I know I don't say much, but my thoughts have been with our porchsters who have been going thru a lot lately (Mavis and Possom and Plum). I'm sensitive that way too. I just don't post much anymore.
- Hazel

He didn't talk about sin!

August 27, 2004 - Msg 23253: Hazel, I think you hit the nail on the head. I feel the same way about the broadcast vs taped episodes question. However, I'm really looking forward to the first season tapes that are reportedly coming out in October. It's my understanding that they'll be complete and uncut, even with the old commercials. Does anyone know, is that right? I really hope so. With something like that on tape, I can see planning a TAGS party with family and friends, and everyone really enjoying a trip down memory lane.

I think I might just break a long-standing habit and hit the ironing board before midnight for a change. The Plum is already trying to coax me in that direction, so I think I'll follow. Have a good night's rest, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23254: Thank You Jesus for your protection of little Laci, please give her continued health and happiness that she might grow to one day share your love with others.

I grew up in ATL and we always called it "coke". "Wanna go to the snack bar for a coke?" Didn't matter what kind of soda it was, but if you really wanted CokeŽ it was called "co-cola". Nowadays, in S.FLA, I call it "soda". Guess that's because there are so many yankees and canadians living down here.

I'm in agreement with watching the televised eps just for the spontinaity of it. I always hope that ONCE, JUST ONCE I'd see an uncut ep. It's almost sport to guess what scene will get chopped up. It really irks me to no end, especially Dogs, Dogs, Dogs. Romeena said it best - "jerks". How could they cut the girraffes are selfish bit? Can't wait for the first season to come out on DVD!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"Me an' Opie ain't wearing earrings."

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23255: Just wanted to tell y'all that Laci is off the vent and breathing on her own.They may move her out of ICU today.I will stay with her because her mom is still trying to get over pneumonia and needs to be well for when Laci gets home.So,I may be away from the porch for a while. Just know that everything's good with the baby and thanks for the prayers! Will get back in my rocker as soon as I can! Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23256: Ellen Brown! I must have been posting the same time as you last night and missed your post. It is just wonderful to hear from you. Sounds like you have been busy but doing some fun things. I love Fall festivals, I'll bet you'll have fun doing that. Prayers for your family and their safety. It must be so hard to have them away from you and to have a child in Iraq must make you depend on God for every day.

Well, got to go do something for the kids. Ya'll have a great Saturday!


August 28, 2004 - Msg 23257: Hey folks....we ran out of bandwidth this morning. I fixed it but it will take a little balancing to get everything where we don't run out of space. Not a problem and I'll be watching it. --Floyd

PS - I took care of another problem we were having and swept up around here.

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23258: Floyd, thanks for swatting flies and changing the pillowcases. Don't mind the cots. They just sag where Otis sags.
~ Mrs. Wiley

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23259: Glad to see the Porch all cleaned up!! Possum: that is great news about Laci..and so soon!
Well off to my parents Sunday School picnic..should be some good eating!


August 28, 2004 - Msg 23260: hey gang ,watching the pre-race show and the announcer said that getting a ticket to the night race at Bristol was harder than getting a ticket from Sheriff Andy Taylor .. now aint that something

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23261: MD..did he really say that? how cool! My husband was talking last night about how hard it is to get tickets to that one too.I've only been to Richmond and Charlotte. They're so much fun!

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23262: Anyone into photography? I am just into taking pics of my kids, but my regular old 35mm Canon is giving me a hard time. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions on a good camera with a great zoom focus lens for max. of $300.
Oh..and not digital ( i have one of those, and am pleased so far)

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23263: Hello porch thank y'all for your prayers for my son and all our troops, Ro the email address at the cutlass of yours is it current? I'ld like to have some of your forwards. My addy is


August 28, 2004 - Msg 23264: We have a Cannon EOS Rebel Digital and we LOVE it. It cost more that $300 though and it is digital so I guess it's not much help to you, Alyce.

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23265: Evening Porch! So glad little Laci is doing so well! Please keep me in your prayers, tomorrow (Sun) marks one month since Mom had the aneurysm & I already can see it's gonna be a bad day, I have cried, not bawled yet, just cried, all day today, so please keep them coming folks. I really do need to get in there & update the Cutlass, but I just haven't had the time & now with all this I honestly don't have the energy. Alyce let me tell you from living in Bristol, & hearing about the races, especially the night race, all year long, tickets to this race are some of the hardest tickets to get in ANY sport according to BMS & NASCAR. But if you have ever been lucky enough to attend a night race here, you would see why, I love attending the race, but would rather be somewheres else when the race is in town if I don't have a ticket. Too dag-gone many people for my liking. Just in case my own email address is wrong in the Cutlass (yes it's been that long) my email address is
((((((hugs)))))) to all of you.

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23266: For those interested go to

to read about our track or go to

to read why Bristol is voted Number one.
(I know how to make that a link but the way my brain has been working & with all the cleaning Floyd has been doing, I'm scared to try & mess up, he'd really be kicking up a fuss at me, so ya'll can copy & paste, the old fashioned way. LOL)

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23267: So glad little Laci is doing well. Good to hear from you Hazel, you need to speak up more often. Did you have your class reunion yet? If so, how'd it go? My mom was on her committee too and hers is tonight. Thanks, Mavis, for putting your email up there. I had put you in my new address book wrong. My boys here (hubby & son) were watching the Bristol race today on TV. My son is rooting for Dale Jr. (mainly because that's who his uncle roots for). Ya'll take care. It's late and time for bed.
Charlotte Tucker

August 28, 2004 - Msg 23268: Howdy, everyone. Miss Ellen, my address in the Cutlass is correct, and you should have an email from me by the time you see this. I'll be happy to share any forwards you might be interested in.

Mavis, hang in there, honey. Those anniversary days can be rough, and all the holidays will be hard. It took me several years to get back somewhere near the fun and cheerful spirit of Christmas. I don't think it will ever be quite the same, but it's better than it was at first. There was a fringe benefit, though. While all the "holiday spirit" was gone, inside my heart there was a quiet place that was more aware than ever before of the real meaning of Christmas. I guess it was just knowing that my dear husband, and now my parents and grandson as well, are with the Savior, who was really born, and really died, and really returned to heaven, and now the ones I loved so much are there with Him. Oh, I've finally reached a place where I once again enjoy all the lights and the color and the music and the good food and fellowship that surround the holidays, but it has a little different flavor for me now. It will take time, but your heart will begin to heal, as your mother would want it to. I have a little poem I'd like to send to you. It helped me a little, and perhaps it will help you too.

Possum, I'm just so happy and so excited for you, that little Laci is doing so well. Isn't it remarkable, how much a fragile little flower like that can tolerate? She'll be up and into everything before you know it. God is good.

And now off to bed, if I'm to get up and make it to preaching in the morning. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23269: Good Sabbath everyone. So much to be thankful for here on the porch.
I am so pleased that Laci is doing so well Possum. That has to be such a relief for you all. Praises to Heavenly Father for that.
Mavis, although I know the pain is still there, I think I detect just a little more out of your posts than before. I know the Lord is healing your heart, and Romeena has such valuable help for you in getting through this. Prayers for you dear.
And Hazel, I have to go along with everyone here and say we would love to hear more from you. Your wit and ability to bring TAGS lines into all the different conversations here are remarkable. So quit sounding like Mr. Schwump and be heard girl.
Guess I'll go sit on my deck and watch the sunrise. Anyone care to join me? Bring food.:)


August 29, 2004 - Msg 23270: good morning porch.. ALYCE .. Bill Webber was the announcer during the pre-race show that made the comment about getting the ticket from Andy,made me sit straight up in the recliner
MAVIS..I feel sorry for all the locals when the race crowd moves in ,it must be a mad house.
Earnhart Jr. won last night ,by far not my favorite driver but he did a good job and had the best car ,and thats what it takes to win
everyone have a great day
mayberry deputy

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23271: Good day to all..sure would be good to take a Sunday afternoon nap..looks like I wont be able to..gotta get supper lined up for my hubby, he's been working so much and so hard. MD: so he won, huh..yea, not my fav. by far either. Where did Mark and Elliot end up? (sadler that is) I had to go to bed when it was still on!

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23272: ALYCE.. Eliott Sadler was 5th and Mark Martin was 13th
Mayberry Deputy

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23273: Can you think of a word association between mushroom and a character or name? Someone has posed this to me as a trivia question.

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23274: To clarify, that would be an Andy Griffith show character or name.

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23275: Hi Rose, maybe Barney's landlady Mrs. Mendelbright? She was making room in her basement to grow mushrooms.
~ Mrs. Wiley
"J.R. of Cincinnatti says growing mushrooms for fun and profit put my daughter through beauticians school." or something like that.

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23276: That's a toughy Rose, but I'm sure some genius trivia nut here will get it! My guess would be Aunt Bea's hairdo! teehee
Thanks for the "broadcast vs tape" posts.
I think that is it with me too, even tho I get local only and not TV land, I still like that "pause that refreshes" without trying to find a tape etc. It becomes MY half-hour at the TV.
Alyce, I have had an Olympus 35 mm for about 10 years and it has always given me great pictures. It is a med priced one and not even an SLR.
One time the electronic led screen went out and a local camera shop fixed it for 30 bucks!
Bristol is now on my "to do someday" list, but if it is like the indy 500, tickets are often willed to someone! Now tht's hard to get!
Boo- just curious about you new neighbor, any update on that situation?
THANKS to Floyd for his vigilance on the porch.
Lots of prayers continue for Mavis, Possum, and all in need.
No spot today? We're havin' baked gamehens tonight with a little seasoned pepper and butter brushed over then, mmmmm good. corn on the cob, baked potato, and a salad with some greek cheese (for the olympics, ya know!) sun tea and custard for dessert.
Have a nice full moon porch settin' evenin'
Mr darlin's Cuz

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23277: Hey Rose, how about the fancy eatin' place Morelli's? Morel mushrooms are a delicacy around here. Probably not the answer. Just a thought.
Charlotte Tucker

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23278: Hey, MDC! The reason I like to watch the broadcasts of TAGS rather than recordings is that I like the fact that so many other people are watching the same thing at the same time....make sense? Its like some kind of "togetherness". Sometimes I think,'I wonder which one of my friends from the porch are watching this with me?'. To answer your question about my neighbor, no news. My son has been staying away and I don't see as many neighbor kids hanging around there anymore.

Hope ya'll are enjoying your Sunday. I just finished watching The Yearling. What a tear-jerker! Good Sunday afternoon movie, though.

Have a great evening,

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23279: Y'all see me..Y'all see me on ta' T.V...Attas' me the "Redneck" in ta' white T shirt in the Allison grandstand row 33 seat 1&2. Weze on T.V. Atta girl Lacy, your a tuffin, we'll pray for a speedy recovery. Ya' all hollar next year,aze' tickets our there everywhere if ya' willin ta' pay for 'em...Glad its over and loved the outcome...Big Tom

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23280: We call them Morel mushrooms "Stump Fish" in east Tennessee. Ya' find 'em in the woods, uasually on the north side of the hills in spring time. After a rain next day or two is best. Dip 'em in buttermilk after ya' wash and silce 'em batter 'em with corn meal and 'bout a Tbs. of corn starch ( makes the batter stick better ) and fry 'em. See... they do taste like fish...Big Tom

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23281: Big Tom, you are braver than I am. No way would I eat a mushroom that I didn't buy at the store! I just don't trust my own judgment that much. Also, I'm not sure I want my mushrooms to taste like fish!

Boo, you're absolutely right about the "togetherness" aspect of watching the broadcast episodes. I've felt that same way, and it's a good feeling.

I spent the afternoon in a friend's garage, sorting through donated medical supplies, and labeling the containers for shipment to Mongolia. We had everything from diapers to IV fluids, from feeding tubes to baby blankets. Everything has to be sorted into associated piles, bagged, labeled and boxed up, with a list of the contents in each box. It has to be able to pass customs inspection. We got it done. This will probably be a monthly occurrence.

Well, off I go. Everyone have a good week. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23282: Praise the Lord, possum. I am so glad Laci is doing so well!!

Charlotte - I was thinking the Morel/Morelli connection, too! A friend of mine took a class on mushroom hunting a few years back and loves to go hunting for morels. I believe I'll let those 'shrooms go by, myself. I only like the kind you find at the store too, Romeena!

Prayers for all! Have a great week everyone!

August 29, 2004 - Msg 23283: Mavis my prayers are with you and anyone else that needs them. Good night Friends hope to post some tomorrow.

Ellen Brown

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23284: Heck fire Romeena,'ya take all the fun outta '
"stump fishin" if 'ya buy 'em in the store.'Sides, I grew huntin' 'em and once ya' see 'em ya' don't forget what they look like. Kinda like a four leaf clover, they stand out from the rest of the croud...Big Tom

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23285: I think Mushrooms are gross no matter where you get em! Yucky and slimy...and the taste..eww
Hope everyone is having a great day. Pop tarts and juice for breakfast..haha! Actually we had three different things. Me:poptarts, the baby:cereal bar, a piece of pop tart, and oatmeal, Cameryn: cinnnamon toast.
Buffet style i suppose.
Well we are expecting 5-6 inches of rain today from that storm that hit South I'll be inside piddling all day!

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23286: Big Tom, didn't catch ya on TV but glad you got yer mug on there. How exciting! Guess it's just what yer used to. We've hunted morel mushrooms around here all our lives. I ain't afraid to eat 'em. And boy are they tasty! I can usually only eat one or two at a time though because they are a very very rich food. We bread them like Big Tom does. They aren't the least bit slimy, Alyce. Romeena, you are an angel of mercy for packing those supplies. Bless your heart! Our two pups are doing great. Such sweet little fellows and they haven't messed in their cage once. Someone, I think MDC asked if they had collars. No, they didn't and we live way out in the boonies. I think they were dumped but I can't imagine why. They are the sweetest most well-mannered little fellows (actually one is female). We call them Hershey and Smokey. We think they are some type of terrier.
Charlotte Tucker

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23287: and Tom enjoy your mushrooms!! You can have my portion! Well I guess I'll get back to the grind of things..laundry, laundry, dishes, toys, laundry, bathrooms, toys..did I say laundry??


August 30, 2004 - Msg 23288:, school, school. I'm afriad that I'm gonna be busy this semester. How is everyone today? Taking it easy I hope.

Good to see you all!


August 30, 2004 - Msg 23289: Hey keep your head in those books! Where are you at school? What year are you in and what is your major...was it Elementary Education? I've talked to you a lot,but dont know all that info.. Hope your classes are going well.

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23290: Good afternoon, folks! Alyce, mushrooms are goooood! If they seem slimy to you, I'm wondering if you have been washing them. That will make them slimy. Instead of washing them, just dampen a paper towel and wipe off any soil that might be on them. It's usually not dirt, anyway, but rather a peaty mixture that the growers use. When I broil a steak in the oven, or even when I grill one outside, I like to make a side of mushrooms. I get big old firm white ones, or even the brown ones, and slice them thick. Then in a non-stick skillet I put a bit of butter and some sliced onion and the mushrooms. Cook them over med/hi heat, flipping them often. When they begin to brown and shrink a bit, toss in a tablespoon or so of flour and stir it around, too. Shake in some Worcestershire sauce and add a bit of water. Those of you who have wine or cooking wine in your pantry might add some of the red version instead of water. Stir it around until it cooks down a bit, and you have a mushroom sauce or gravy that is downright larrupin'! I still don't want to pick my own, though. I'm afraid I might be seeing things later, like angels as I'm rising up to heaven!

Does anyone know how to contact our old friend Tom? I miss his poetry, and am really worried that something might have happened to him. I know he was in very poor health, and dependent upon family to care for him to some extent. Sure would like to hear from him. I wonder if Floyd would know some way to backtrack him?

Well, gotta work tonight, so I need to get a few things done this afternoon. I'll be worthless tomorrow, as I have to work tomorrow night, too.

You folks have a good afternoon, I'll see you later. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23291: Hey, everybody. Hope you are having a pretty good day. I hear where you are coming from with the Laundry thing, Alyce. It is like the chore that hangs over my head daily! I never seem to get caught up with it no matter what. I also don't like mushrooms, never could get used to the musty taste.

Sounds like you have a nice pair of pups, Charlotte. My pup, Belle (that was abandoned in May) is huge now! She is one beautiful dog, though. She has a chocolate coat that just shines and those hazel eyes! I think I have figured her out to be a chocolate lab/Weimeraner (sp?) mix. We really like her but she is an escape artist already. I looked out the window the other day to see her perched atop the back fence like a bird on a wire. She was just standing there like she was in a highwire act, looking into the field behind us.....then she jumped, of course. So far she always comes back.

Well, I'm off to guessed it, LAUNDRY!


August 30, 2004 - Msg 23292: Ro: I dont wash, pick, eat, order, get near a its not me..I have had meals with them in it and they just seem slimy. I do use Cream of Mushroom soup in cooking as well as mushroom gravy sometimes (the envelope). Its ok that way..but the only way. My husband will buy them and sautee them for his steaks, etc..but only him.
Boo: yep, I havent caught up with mine either today. I have a meeting tonight and my daughter has gymnastics,so it will be waiting for me.
I start a new job tomorrow too..I am cleaning house for a couple who caters. They go to our church..sweet people, known them a long time. They catered my wedding. But Ill do that twice a month..HOpe it works out.


August 30, 2004 - Msg 23293: Seems like Monday is laundry day for many folks.
Both my mom and grandma used to do laundry on Mondays, AND my wife's mom and grandma used to do it on mondays. Seems like the sewers around the country would overflow on Mondays! teehee
I recall, as a youngster, we'd hang up diapers on the line outdoors before school and take em down after school. Way before pampers, The "rich" folks had Dydee service where a truck would pick up and deliver. All our clothes were hung out on the line, so our levis would be stiff as cardboard. We'd get a pair just broke in, with marbles and string and tops etc in the pockets, three or four days worth of "softening up" and then rats, we'd come home from school and there'd be another clean stiff pair!
Just the musings of a guy remembering laundry day at my home in the non- air conditioned days in Phoenix in the 50's! (also, our washer was the kind with the wringer that flipped over to the big sink for rinsing) Ahhh, those were the days!
(Just kidding of course.)haha (:
Ya all enjoy laundry day!

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23294: HM, it's auction night!

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23295: MDC...I'll stick to my Super Plus Capacity washer and my gas dryer!! Laundry det. could be a little cheaper though!!
Every day is laundry day for me though...just trying to get caught up still from vacation!

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23296: PIPEMAN, where are ya bro? Show thyself!
I'm goin' thru brown truck withdrawl...
APB for other porchsters, TOM, jelsek, KY moonshiner, Angefan, Emma, Goober, Des, sara etc.
I may watch some of the convention this week.
Prayers for all. Said a few special ones yesterday for mavis, pipeman, and other porchsters.
Well, before I take up too much space,
have a good day.

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23297: Boo-where are you?

August 30, 2004 - Msg 23298: I'm right here, Hoo. What are you up to this week? I just got home from the Aransas pool (I thought of Jorge). Karen called and asked if I wanted to go with her over there for family night (from 6 to 9pm). It was great because we were about the only people there and it was cool for a change. I saw the most beautiful sunset. Did you see the big orange moon tonight? It was incredible.

Alyce, I am feeling pretty glad I have a washer and dryer after what MDC had to say, aren't you? At least we don't have to build a fire out back and beat the clothes on rocks or anything. How did anyone survive without disposable diapers. I was thinking, there is one good thing about cloth never see soiled ones in department store parking lots. Don't you just hate to see that? I don't know why its so hard to carry a dirty diaper to a trash can.

Enough of this interesting subject......


August 30, 2004 - Msg 23299: I remember cloth diapers all too well. The disposables didn't come out until my youngest son was about eight months old. They were awful. They didn't fit well, the legs gapped, and they didn't hold much. My son quickly learned that he could reach inside the legs and pull the soggy lining out in chunks, which he threw on the floor beside his crib. About two weeks of that, and I decided that cloth diapers had seen us through the first three kids, they'd see him through as well, and I never bought any more. I had a dryer while he was a baby, but he got a rash anytime I dried his diapers in it, so they always went on the line in the sunshine.

I declare, every time I see the episode where Barney tries to recite the Preamble, it just cracks me up. He's just so funny, and then that editing oversight makes it all the funnier, as his hair goes from combed to frazzled to combed again about four times. Wouldn't you think somebody would have caught that? I think it's hilarious!

Well, guess I'll work a few online jigsaw puzzles, and then hit the hay. Was supposed to work tonight, but they called and offered me the night off - patient census was a little low - and it didn't take me long to accept. Have a great night's sleep, everyone. Especially you, Mavis. Blessings on you, friend. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 31, 2004 - Msg 23300: Good Morning everyone. Anyne get effects from the hurricane? Richmond got terrible flooding. Glad the sun is shining today.
Well yall have a great day!


August 31, 2004 - Msg 23301: Morning DEARS. I remember cloth diapers - my Dad used the old ones to wash cars with. I can still remember my Mamma swishing them around in the toilet before taking them to the sink to wash. YUCK! I just hope the disposable ones are bio-degradeable.

We're watching hurricane Frances very closely down here in S.FLA. I'm planning to drive up to Tampa or maybe even ATL with our irreplaceable valuables (art, photos, data, music). Big Jeff has to stay - something about territorial protection. He's making plans now to go stay at his client's law office - it's built like a fortress. We have aluminum shutters for the house and some friends to help us get them on. Sure is excitin'! Kinda like adventure sleeping.

Y'all have a good day in The Lord and act like somebody.
~ Mrs. Wiley
"This book belongs to Bernard P. Fife.
If lost or stolen, please return to Bernard P. Fife.
Signed, Bernard P. Fife.

The History of America
by Bernard P. Fife"

August 31, 2004 - Msg 23302: HA! That is so funny, Mrs. Wiley. I just loved that part.

Ro, I think that the scene you talked about is one of the funniest ever and I agree about the hair. They were probably too cheap to re-shoot in those days. I'm SURE they didn't realize at that time that the show would be such a big hit for generations to come and be in syndication for so many years that folks would catch any little (or big for this matter) mistake. I love to catch mistakes like that, it makes it all the more funny. I also love the one where Barney and Thelma Lou are on the couch in the dark and when the lights come on Barney is covered with lipstick. That one kills me every time!

I remember some of my younger nephews wearing those first disposable diapers and they were as you said, gappy in the legs. My Aunt still used them, though. She had three boys close together and almost went nuts trying to take care of them (they were a handful). They are all grown up and great guys now. You know, I don't think I would have handled rinsing diapers in the toilet very well!


August 31, 2004 - Msg 23303: Yes, you would, Boo. We do what we have to do. I rinsed diapers in the toilet, then put them in the infamous "diaper bucket" which was a plastic bucket with a lid. There was a product called "Diaper Sweet" (ha!) that you put in the bucket with some water, and the diapers were dropped in that to aoak until enough accumulated to be washed. To wash them, you just dumped the whole thing in the washer and spun it out, then started a complete wash cycle. That is, if you had an automatic washer. I didn't, at least not with the first two kids. I had a wringer washer. In that case, the diapers had to be removed from the bucket one at a time and hand-wrung, then put in the washer and washed as usual. You'd think that people would have thought twice about having kids in those days!!

Well, I hear TAGS coming on, so I'll go watch, and think of all of you who may be watching at the same time. Sure is a nice, warm and fuzzy feeling! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena