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December 23, 2004 - Msg 25940: Hey to the Porch! Wow, what a good couple of weeks for TAGS re-runs. I've recently seen Hubcaps Lesh (sp.?) and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs. And tonight, the Christmas episode where Ben Wheeler conspires to get himself locked up. That episode, probably more than any other, reminds me of why Ellie was my favorite of Andy's girlfriends.

Best of luck to you and yours.


December 24, 2004 - Msg 25941: Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas again before I take off tomorrow. Everyone who is traveling, be safe! Heck, even the ones who aren't traveling, be safe too!:)

Talk to you when I'm back from Hel..., uh, my MIL's. ;)

I wish everyone a peaceful Christmas.
-Sterling Holobyte

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25942: Good Grief. I said it and I aint takin' it back.
Good luck on your travels, Sterling! And Merry Christmas to you too.
- Hazel

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December 24, 2004 - Msg 25944: burr- burr good morning christmas eve porchsters. for those traveling be careful and have fun. for those staying home enjoy. well the brown truck is loaded, lights a dazaling and jetson packs in place for tonights delivery. i'll only be delivering presents in canada, united states and mexico this year and of course our troops overseas but the rest will be out sourced. what, i'm an old man with centuries of delivery. my son has decided to leave the family buisness. woa is me another wonderfull tradition turned over soon to the parents and grandparents. ho! ho! ho! and ho to one and all. santa pipeman

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25945: i'm with you hazel= good luck on your adventure sterling. try and not rough them up to much. ha' gomer= you can't fratinize with ellie. you know that's against the marine rules. oh well we'll just return you to mayberry. you have fun. hey to gomer. pipeman

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25946: time to rise and shine. possum are you coming out today from under the rock? spot, come out of that warm dog house and get back on the porch, please. emma, take your pills that ellie sent over. fun girl= what kind of fun celebration is it when fun girl isn't on the porch? pipeman

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25947: Good Morning and a Merry Christmas Eve to you all!!
We had a Christmas get together with my inlaws last night and we all racked up. We dont need to open anything tomorrow! My daughter is in her new Strawberry Shortcake play house in the middle of my (small) living room floor! And now wants me to blow up their Bop Bag..oh no!
yall have a wonderful Christmas..and remember.. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

In Christian Love,

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25948: Er, pardon me, but am I the only one seeing something unusual here on the porch, or is this a big freeze? It's not offensive, it's just long and, well, odd. --Romeena

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25949: Or did I miss something? Did you all decide to have choir practice somewhere else, too? I'm feeling a bit paranoid here. Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25950: please explain romeena. we love you and plum. if you mean you were overlooked on earlir posts along with others- it's just we typed a message before the coffee kicked in. i'd like to know because sometimes we do overlook someone or something. pipeman

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25951: I agree Romeena. Right curious acting going on here.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas porch.
God Bless you all.


December 24, 2004 - Msg 25952: Oh, no, pipeman, it's nothing like that. I'm just wondering what #25939 is all about, especially with it being unsigned. There were a couple of odd ones before the sweep, as well. When I asked if I had missed something, I was thinking maybe there had been an explanation and I didn't see it. No problem - just wondering....

Well, Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25953: Hey Ro...I saw those too and the ones before the sweep..I just ignored they were kinda out of place. I didnt see anything offensive, so I didnt mention it.
Have a wonderful Christmas..


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December 24, 2004 - Msg 25959: Yep, Romeena, something is peculiar. As Briscoe would say, "Is he one of ours?" Oh well, Merry Christmas to whoever the anonomous poster is, and to everyone else at the porch!
- Hazel

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25960: Merry Christmas to all the porch family.
Hope all are well and having a wonderful holiday. I am now done work for a few days, and soooo thankful! It was a terrible week at the bakery.(Great for the business-terrible for my work crew.) We were worked to the max and it was still not enough! The economy MUST be great! But the thing that upset me the most, was that people were impatient, rude and sometimes self-absorbed. They had no good will for anyone else. But, then there were the ones that made up for the "bad guys". What a blessing they were!!!
I pray that the Christmas season will have new meaning for all of us. We will cherish the people who mean so much to us, and not forget to tell them "I Love you". It's nice to hear even though they know.Have a restful and peaceful holiday. ~New Neighbor

December 24, 2004 - Msg 25961: Hey Folks,
Sorry for the problems around here. I'm trying to clean up. The same feller kept talking to himself and posting answers to his/her own questions. I removed ALL of the post related to the person no matter what they said. Hopefully we'll be okay. Let me know if there's anymore problems.

Merry Christmas!!!

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25962: Thanks, Floyd! Sorry you had to work on Christmas Eve, but if it helps any, we do appreciate you so much! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25963: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! let's pause sometime today to count our blessings,(this site, floyd for sure and each of us) and thank our heavenly father for giving us his son. let's tell friends, neighbors, and family how much they have and continue to bless us. let's all sing: the children say you gotta get up, you gotta get up it's christmas. it doesn't matter you spent until 2 am setting everything up. the children say you got to get up. is that going to be their attatude when we're 94? just kidding. merry christmas to all. pipeman

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25964: romeena & the plum= thanks for clearing that up for me. like alyce, i just ignore them if their unsigned because i consider that a cowardly act. if you don't want your name on a post then your not sure of your convictions. usually asa, afd, mdc, mrs wiley or someone will post we have an interloper and we got it. new neighbor= i baked for 8 years until i won the draft so i know. hope you'll stop by more often. mayberry girl wishes you all a very merry christmas. and prayers for our spot's speedy recovery. have a mayberry christmas. the brown truck haas delivered all the gifts. can i go for my long winter's nap? pipeman

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25965: God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen (and gentle ladies). Let nothing you dismay. For Jesus Christ our Savior was born this Christmas day!

Merry Christmas guys. I love you!

Smile :):):):):):)
Ms. Dixie Belle Edwards

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25966: Merry Christmas to the Porch!

Hey to pipeman, and don't worry, no fraternization intended! :-) I just wish the script-writers had kept her on the show instead of bringing in all them interlopers.

Hope everyone has a most blessed Christmas and a fabulous 2005.

Best of luck to you and yours.


December 25, 2004 - Msg 25967: Well, I'm back. My wife and I were opening presents a few minutes ago, and guess what my in-laws gave me this year? The Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Mania game! Let's hear it for lots of trivialities!

Best of luck to you and yours.


December 25, 2004 - Msg 25968: font color = purple>That night, in all of heaven, there wasn't a sound, as God and the angels watched the earth.
For there, in a stable, the Father's only Son chose to give Himself in human birth.
And when the cry of a Baby split the universe, once for all man was shown his worth.
And the heavens exploded with music everywhere, and the angels spilled over heaven's edge and filled the air,
And the Father rejoiced, for He did not lose His Son, but He gained to Himself, forever, those who'd come.
And the heavens exploded with music everywhere, and the angels spilled over heaven's edge and filled the air,
And the Father rejoiced, for He did not lose His Son, but He gained to Himself, yes He gained to Himself, Oh He gained to Himself, forever, those who'd come. Amen!

Friends, those are the lyrics to a beautiful song called "That Night", which was used as the anthem for the Entry of the Kings for several years in a beautiful Christmas Pageant presented by our church. It was well done, was even televised a couple of years. My dear husband was one of the kings for about twelve years. As the kings entered, he was the last one, the first two having taken up their positions flanking the Nativity. Then my tall, handsome husband would come down the aisle wearing a red velvet robe, with pages carrying a long golden train, and he would ascend the steps to the Nativity, and at the final crashing strains of that anthem, he would kneel and present his gift. Mary would accept it, then extend her hand and he would rise. She would invite him to look into the manger, which he would do, and then Mary would pick up the baby and hand it to him, and he would turn and present the baby for all to see. One year, as he was looking down into the manger, a tiny hand came up and caught my husband's finger and held on. He instinctively played the scene out, talking to and playing with the baby until he let go, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Then he picked the baby up and presented him to the audience, with actual sobs audible all over the room.
At this time of the year, it's memories like this which hold me together, and most of all, it's the knowledge that he's again face to face with the Savior, only this time it's not a baby that he sees, but our own risen and ascended Savior, in all His heavenly glory, and my husband is part of the worshipping host of heaven. Thank you, Lord.

Merry Christmas, friends. Sugarplum says Amen! --Romeena

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December 25, 2004 - Msg 25970:
Merry Christmas Y'all!

possum under a rock

December 25, 2004 - Msg 25971: Hope everyone had a great Christmas ,loved having the family around ,but glad everyone has gone home now .I think I over did the eating thing

December 26, 2004 - Msg 25972: Boy howdy Mayberry Deputy! You took the words right out of my mouth. Couldn't have said it better.
Merry Christmas to you possum.
Did everyone end up with the first season of TAGS as a gift if you already didn't have it? I hope so. It's worht every penny.
Rommena, my wife got me the entire All Creatures Great and Small series on DVD. Can you believe that? You and Hazel and Mavis and whoever else likes that can come over and watch them with me.
I pray you all have a blessed Sabbath.


December 26, 2004 - Msg 25973: Mornin' Y'all! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was very nice.
Anybody know an incant for changing rain/sleet to snow? We've been getting a wintry mix,as they call it since early this morning.Hey Rev. Jr.,I just heard the lady on the Weather Channel say "Florence,SC. watch out." Be careful up there,ok?
Just hope the power stays on,but if not,my rock has a nice toasty fireplace!
Think Snow!
Y'all have a good day. Glad you got some nice "toys" for Christmas Asa!
possum under a rock

December 26, 2004 - Msg 25974: Hello everyone..Dec. 26 now..and my house is a wreck!! haha..but the kids are quite much stuff.. THe hubby and I fared pretty well too.
We have snow today...just a day late, haha.. I went to the girls all bundled up..i was suppose to teach.. hubby is at work.. got there and they canceled sunday school...I had to come back in the mess..Its beautiful..and I love it..but dont like to drive in it with the girls and by myself.
Anyway..we have about 5 inches right now..The oldest is dying to go out and make snow angels..the 13 month old just sits at the front door watching it.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that Santa was good to one and all.. I got my TAGS DVDs...


December 26, 2004 - Msg 25975: Morning to all the porchters, too many to list, but HEY to every one of you and MERRY CHRISTMAS! Donuts for everyone! Funny, how any time I get contact from my 'x', interlopers show up here. Ro, what they're doing when they enter a loong winded bunch of text is called "splorging" by the kids today. Just eats up lots of server space and is a general nusiance. pipeman is right, one of us usually emails Floyd and he lops some off the top. Bless you and your family Floyd!!

Sorry to say I didn't have a great Holiday - after 3 weeks without help at home, I finally overdid it and re-injured myself (rebroke a rib and subluxed rib 3 @ sternum). Cooking 10lbs of sweet potato souffle did me in and I was no good for the party at the inlaws Christmas eve. Yesterday and today just trying to battle the pains. And I almosed missed Christmas Mass!! But lucky for me, Big Jeff was willing to drive me around till we found a Church who's services hadn't started yet. This was my best gift of all!

Possum, we got WIND down here, serious wind! Tore the ribbons off my house. Alyce, you enjoy your DVD, I'm still loving my copy!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"uhh... this 'chere's a trouble check." We now return you to your regularly scheduled color.

December 26, 2004 - Msg 25976: Mrs.Wiley...I am so sorry to hear about you and your ribs lady...Get a brace or something on yourself and dont move till you are all healed up. Gonna have to put you in a straight jacket. I will enjoy my DVD..when I can get a chance to watch them..


December 26, 2004 - Msg 25977: Prayers for Mrs. Wiley. Take it easy, now, you hear. I was rather done in by the Christmas rush myself--just too much baking, shopping, wrapping, running. My husband got the flu and had to stay in bed for Christmas day. I made it to my mom's with the kids but when we got home around 5, I went and took a nap until 9:30! Felt much rested after that. I'm trying to take control of my busy life in 2005 and let the unimportant things go! Hope ya'll had a wonderful holiday.
Charlotte Tucker

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25978: Mornin' Porchsters! Glad to be back on the porch. Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was a very "Mayberry" Christmas...finally got the TAGS dvd along with the Mayberry Photo Album and Mayberry 101. Yahoo! I'll catch up with all of y'all in a little bit. BTW- Possum, we got a lot of ice but no snow. How about on your end? Ro- thought about you quite a bit as I watched the weather channel this weekend. Every time I turned to it to get an update, all I kept hearing was how south Texas was getting pounded with snow!

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25979: top of the morning all maybery folks-- we had a great christmas also, likemost of you i feel like changing my last name to tucker, cause i'm plum tuckered out. no offense c.t. gomer= way to go- mayberry trivia game eh? we know who to go to on trivia. asa= i've read the book but hadn't watched them, my wife has. possum= i agree the weather around the world is starting to play out like that movie. sure pray spot gets back soon to keep the lights on. alyce= how can we have a day of dvd showing on the porch? wouldn'tthat be fun? charlotte tucker= prayers for the hubby. i think your new years resolution is the best. rev jr.= welcome home. i see you finnaly got to start watching those dvd's legit. don't it make us feel good when we do it right? i know i feel better cause you made me wait. ha./ mrs wiley== prayers to you, prayfully you'll be back on your feet soon. thanks yesterday for the donuts- i'll always make room for one more. possum= keep warm. can you prop spot up so he'll keep the porch light on? maybe floyd knows how to get in touch with him. it's been almost a month. ro& plum= i loved your posts but i'm going to have to see the eye doctor cause i didn't see font color of posted. ha. well i've splorging long enough, wow doesn't that make me sound like i got more education than ability to comprehend? pipe man

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25980: possum= that was suppose to be; the font color purple, above. now i'll have to see eye doctor for two things now. ok who spiked the mayor's egg nog? i'll just call the govenor and see about it. yes govenor this is ed from mayberry- ed, well we met as we passed at the govenors ball. it sure pays to have friends in high places. pipeman (mayor pipeman, remember porch, we met once?)

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25981: You're exactly right Pipeman. It was worth the wait. Wouldn't have felt right had I "cheated" and watched 'em early. I'll say it again..."right is right, no matter how many are against it. Wrong is wrong, no matter how many are for it." Was it Calvin Coolidge that said that? May have been Lincoln.....or one of the Morrison sisters.

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25982: hey guys!
It is so windy here today. We got 7 inches of snow yesterday and the wind is just making it look like a snow storm out there today.
It is after 11 and I am still in my PJs...I finally have some new ones, so I am enjoying them. Ha! My hubby got me two pair..I was sleeping in my sweat suits..I needed pjs so badly!

The kids are worn out and there are toys everywhere..I had to rearrange the house this morning and still trying to clean up. The laundry is ridiculous too!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.
I got lots of gift cards..I love them!! I can pick out what I want.

I started watching my TAGS DVDs yesterday..they are so clear!

Well yall have a great day..time to go back to cleaning!! must be back at work..


December 27, 2004 - Msg 25983: rev jr= i know the mayor didn't say it- he liked to agree withthe first idea that comes up and end the meeting- we already discussed it andy. alyce= enjoy the tape and treat yourself to a special day. DO WE NEED TO START OUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS YET? i always makeone list and on dec 31 i make a list of things i did right and that's the list i show. i know rev jr. i got to stop it, i'll feel better for it. ha pipeman

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25984: Ha! I havent done New Years Resolutions since I was in high school/college probably...never stuck to them then, wont do it now probably... Maybe I need to have more realistic ones though.
Anyway...Well its 1:30...still in! This is nice!...Just hope no one comes over!


December 27, 2004 - Msg 25985: HELLO! MDC here! Whew, I made it thru! Had some great family celebrations,basketball with the nephews, church, Jesus; and I had yet another birthday on Dec. 26th! 50 something! Let's just say I'm about a step away from the big 60!
pipeman, glad the brown truck made it thru the deliveries once again! Not too happy about the outsourcing, however, so what if you're 1500 years old! haha
RO- that was just beautiful about your husband!!
It truely made me tear up! My, how you must miss him. I will say a special prayer for you this day.
CT - I agree with you, let's all resolve to SLOW DOWN in 2005! Live like Andy!
Mrs Wiley, so sorry about your rib again! You poor dear! Too bad we couldnt have helped you out with all the preps! Prayers for you too.
We had similar experience Christmas Eve. We both thought sevice was at 10 pm, when we got there, everything was dark. It was at 8!! So we went to a Midnight Mass! Wonderful experience!
I was not the interloper, but read some with interest. Now today we hear of this massive quake with 13000 casulties, millions homeless, Tigress and Euphrates in the news all year, the horrible hurricanes in Florida, etc. Makes one say 'Am I ready to meet my maker'! Keep oil in your lamps, that is for sure!
You are all great friends and i want to visit you in the Heavenly Mayberry some day!
pipeman, that is a good site that you mentioned too!
"No man is a failure who has friends."
Mr Darlin's Cuz

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25986: Pipe- Right is Alyce- yes, unfortunately I'm back at work. Most of my clients are having big sales they want to advertise. So, here I am. Good to see everyone starting to make their way back to the porch.

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25987: Ro: I just now read your post..I dont know how I missed it..with it in bold and all.But it was very beautiful!...reminds me of myself, my husband and our second child last Christmas..we played the part of Mary Joseph and baby Jesus. It was beautiful..I was suppose to be giving birth to her(Him) on stage and when my husband (Joseph) delivered the baby and turned to the audience..the baby just it was really being born.. So wonderful!
I think your memories are precious ones that give you hope and joy!


December 27, 2004 - Msg 25988: Good afternoon, everyone! Pipeman, that ill-fated post that was supposed to be purple and turned out to be too bold is a perfect example of what happens when you don't mind your <'s and >'s carefully. Sorry about that!

MDC, you're right, I do miss him terribly, but over this Christmas weekend, I saw him everywhere. My son's eyes, his hands, his mannerisms - all just like his father. My children all have his kindness, his humor, his joy in family being together. They all speak of him freely and comfortably, and I love that. He was a very special man, he was loved and he is sorely missed, but he left his image all around, in his children and grandchildren, and in my heart.

They have all gone home - both daughters back to Fredericksburg, taking three boys, ages 9, 10 and 11 with them, and four dogs. We had -- a year-old Jack Russell/fox terrier mix, for starters. Can you imagine? Like a cross between a tornado and a hurricane. A golden retriever pup, three months old, another hurricane. A gorgeous, dignified 3-yr old yellow lab with impeccable manners. Last but not least, an elderly, grizzled, much-beloved little Scottie/Schnauzer mix who could get by with murder but doesn't try. All these furkids living in the house along with the Plum, and two more grandsons, 16-mo old and 3 yrs old visiting frequently. It was glorious bedlam, and I loved every minute of it. Now it's quiet, and the Plum and I will probably just totally vegetate for the rest of the day, and work on shoveling out the debris tomorrow. The kitchen and bathrooms are clean - the rest we can work on later. It was fun, and I'm sorry it's over.

Mrs. Wiley, are we going to have to put you in body armor? You've just got to quit hurting your poor self!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I went to vesper services with my son and his family at their church, and then to his house, and the girls from Fredericksburg came in later and met us out there. On Christmas Day my son and his wife went to her mom's for Christmas dinner, and my girls and I and the dogs and grandkids just hung out here, had waffles, and were lazy, until early evening, when my son and family and DIL's family all came here for tamales and chili, and we had a big old gift exchange, with the little kids opening their presents from the family as well. Such confusion, such fun. Piles of paper to be recycled, and a good time was had by all.

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25989:
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December 27, 2004 - Msg 25990: I always forget to turn that bloomin' purple font off!

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25991: Ro- you are truly blessed to have such a loving family. I think THEY are the ones that are really blessed by having you as a mother/grandmother/mother-in-law/animal lover AND a TAGS fan to boot!
P.S. what's your recipe for those tamales?

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25992: ro= sorry about your loss. i saw a popular trend- you take a picture ofyour loved ones, in small frame and put them on the tree facingout. it brings back the warm memories and it's almost like there celebrating too. mdc= welcome home friend. that's why i waited till you were out of town to outsource. thi weather is predicted in the bible as one of the signs our lords return, amen. i vacationed once on that very thialand beach. at that time you could rent a cottage house for 7.00 dollars a day. for 3.00 dollars a boat would take you fishing, they had gear, bait and all, then they'd stop close to an island and the citizens would prepare a big meal while you swimmed. i predict that 2005 will be a massive year, weather, economies, dieses, crime, and the rest. but on the porch we can weather it until our lord's return. lol. pipeman

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25993: MDC= HAPPY BIRTHDAY. our oldest daughter's birthday was christmas day. what a blessing she has been. what's for supper? refridgerator surprize here. pipeman

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25994: Pipeman, thank you for your sweet words and the suggestion of a picture on the tree. I haven't done that, but I have an ornament on the tree with an inscription that reminds me of where my beloved is spending the holiday, and there are pictures of him everywhere. The more senior porchsters here know that it has been over eight years since I lost him, but at times it still feels like yesterday. This porch and all the good folks here, just like you, have been God's messengers for me many times over.

RevJr. thank you. You're very sweet, but I have the best kids and in-laws in the world. Now, my recipe for tamales is an extremely simple one. Here it is: "Contact daughter, submit request." She buys them from a Hispanic lady in Fredericksburg, who makes them in her own kitchen and sells them around town. They're doggone good, too! However, I will tell you that I have made tamales in the past, and found them to be about the most labor-intensive food one can prepare. It takes two days, beginning with the preparation of the meat the day before, and ending with the steaming of the completed product. Believe me, when I can buy them for about $6/dozen, as opposed to making them myself, I'm gonna do it! (Mine were really delish, though!)

Well, I'm off to watch a few TAGS eps. Love that first season CD set! Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25995:
Drat! I did it again! Sometimes I scare myself. --Romeena

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25996: Hey..
Does anyone have ceramic tile on their kitchen floor? if you like it?


December 27, 2004 - Msg 25997: Ceramic tile here Alyce! In fact we just had it re-done after 20 years with dark 8x8 tiles.
Now we have 31x13 white and it looks and wears great! Love it!
Ok, tags fans, while we wait for the Lord's return, shall we have a tag-a-thon with season 1?
or we could have a quote-a-thon from season 1 only and see how we do!
I sure do miss spot's cookin'. I turned sideways yesterday and it took 4 hours for my wife to find me! teehee.
Seriously, prayers for Asia! and the world.
This thought has really been stuck with me lately. Why 2004 Christmas season with the almost sudden bleeping of the word Christmas?
Then this unbeliveable earthquake?
It has sure made me sit up and think about such things! Be like the 10 wise virgins, and be alert!
Ok, kabluey the soapbox.
We had ice on the birdbath last night in Tempe, az! really, about 1/4 inch thick.
Woodstock was playing hockey on it!
Now they say rain for Tues/Wed.

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25998: Alyce, that 13 x 13 white tiles!

December 27, 2004 - Msg 25999: Hey to everybody on the porch,and a belated merry christmas to you all!I haven't been able to stop by the porch for a long time and I sure did miss all of you.Its cold here but not too bad,I'm painting my living room a pretty Laura Ashley mauve(actually folks it's just plain old light pink ,but,I guess laura Ashley calls it mauve)well,anyway,sure is good to stop by the porch again.Talk to you all later,KY girl

December 27, 2004 - Msg 26000: MDC...great..thanks for the positive note on the tile. I really want it in my new kitchen. It is expensive to install, so my husband might try his hand at it..but I have some ppl telling me not to get it..the kids are going to break everything on it..then I have others that say they love it. I dont care for vinyl..hard to clean, looses its shine. I like the tile..and as far as it being cold...wear socks!
We have it already in the foyer and bathrooms. I am really thinking of getting it in the kitchen, breakfast room and utility.


December 27, 2004 - Msg 26001: Hey to ya'll:
So glad to see that all our fine family and friends had a safe and happy holiday. Hey Asa, when we come to your part of the country, can we have a sittin' spell and watch some of those DVDs? I'm gonna need to , havin' flown all that way west. I tend to get a bit edgy with that much time in the air! Can't wait so see the youn'un. Romeena and Plum- sure glad to see ya up and about, haven't heard much outta ya for a while. Good night everyone, See ya in the mornin' ~New Neighbor

December 27, 2004 - Msg 26002: thank you

December 27, 2004 - Msg 26003: Hey All thanks for nothing ,You are for the most part very hypercritical not allowing me to say my piece , But I guess I'm the dreaded interloper! Merry Christmas any who.
Dave Engle

December 27, 2004 - Msg 26004: Alyce, I had tile installed in my kitchen, breakfast area and utility room about four years ago, after 26 years of vinyl. I just love it! Yes, if you drop a dish, it will definitely break, but it probably would if you dropped it on vinyl. I don't have to worry about the casters on chairs cutting into it, or someone's high heeled shoe poking a hole. A dropped knife doesn't cut it. One caution - DO seal the grout. It's time-consuming, painting that sealer on the grout lines with a tiny little brush, and you should do two applications, but it's worth it. Most spills won't stain the tile, but will stain the grout, unless you seal it. As for it being cold, that hasn't been a problem to me, and I go barefoot most of the time at home. If my feet do get cold, I just do as you say, and wear socks! They got cold on the vinyl sometimes, too. I say go for it, I think you'll love it.

To Dave Engle, I think probably none of us know who you are or what you're talking about, but if you're the one who was filling the site with the long, boring sports statistics, I can only suggest that you find a different site on which to "say your piece." If you're truly an Andy Griffith Show fan, and you have something to say that relates to the show, or if you wish to be like Ed Sawyer and make Mayberry your home town, then you would be welcome. Just remember that Ed studied the town and the people for a while, and tried to learn something about them before he moved in. We're not unfriendly, but we've encountered some very unpleasant people in the past, and we're a bit careful. Our own Floyd, who monitors the porch, works very hard to keep it as a friendly, clean and pleasant place for Mayberry-oriented people to gather and visit.

Well, now I've "said my piece", so I guess I'll mosey on home. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26005: Well not to burst your almighty bubble I have been a fan of TAGS for around 40 years and I'm not sure I understand what you mean But I will find a more friendlier place to live.
Dave Engle

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26006: Alyce, we have tile floors here and I love them. Ro is right about sealing the grout though. And you'll also have to be careful not to slip and fall - that tile gets a little wet and it's off to the races!

Dave Engle, get a grip. Merry Christmas to you.

~ Mrs. Wiley
Ang: "Hey Barn, you ought to call that the Barney Fife Peter Piper nose pinching test for drunks."

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26007: Good Morning all!
I stayed up mighty late last night folding clothes and watching my TAGS DVD...I watched the one about Ed Sawyer...I have never seen that one..Its very nice to "catch up". I am enjoying them so much.

Thanks Ro and Mrs. Wiley for the tips! I think I am going to GO FOR IT..unless of course there is a major financial obstacle...cause that stuff isnt cheap! But I have a beautiful new home and I want the best for it. I am quite excited about my new house!...cant ya tell ;-)

Mr. Engle..So glad you are a TAGS are always welcome..but we must keep a pleasant at-ti-tude.

Have a super great day everyone!!


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26008: Mr. Engle- "ain't we pickin' our peaches before they're fuzzed up good?"

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26009: Morning Friends,
Well, I made it! I actually got back Sunday night but yesterday we went to my parents for our "second" Christmas. We watched some old home movies that were put on dvd on the new dvd/video player we all chipped in a bought my Mom. We thought it was about time she got into the modern age and got rid of her Beta-max. Nah, just kidding, she didn't have Beta. But she had been wanting a dvd player so she could watch things like those home movies. I love those old home movies; you get to see what the world looked like before developers ruined it all. These particular movies were from the 50's. I loved the cars that were driving around!:)
Then we(well, the kids actually) busted open a pinata that my Mom had originally made for Kai's birthday in Sept, but we never used because we went to Chuck E. Cheese then. So the kids busted it open and got some hard candy, like tootsie rolls, gum, etc.;)

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

Hey Romeena, I know what you mean about those Jack Russell terriers. My Sister-in-law had two of them bouncing off the walls at one point. She got rid of one. I guess one tornado per household is enough.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26010: Hey Sterling...
Glad you made it through Christmas alright. Sounds like you had a wonderful and fun time at your Mom's last night.


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26011: Mornin' Alyce, Mornin' Sterling.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26012: hey there Rev.Jr..Have a good day at work today.


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26013: Dave E- I missed some of your posts, but, as the Bible says, speak the truth in love, or, as another passage has it, be clever as a serpent, but gentle as a dove when making a point, and it comes off better. We stand on our ever-imploding soapbox all the time, and you are welcome to do that, just as Aunt Bea said her piece about saving the man's farm, but then we step back and listen to the comments/critques of said piece,
and move on to whatever else is being initiated.
Hope that helps a bit.
Alyce, the installer of our tile earlier this year had a spray grout sealer!! It worked great!
It dried right on the tile too with no residue!
I bben there and done the brush on too, and it aint no picnic! Unless your hubby has done install before, I suggest a pro. Just my opinion.
Layout, cuttting etc go better.
Sterling - good you made it back safely and in one piece. Email me if you like.
Pipeman, whats on the menu?
Prayers continue for Asia, troops, etc.
God blees you all.

Mr Darlin's Cuz

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26014: Good Morning Folk's I know when I'm not welcome so GOD BLESS you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Dave Engle Out.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26015: MDC..I will have to look into that spray grout sealer. My husband's cousin installed his own and did a good job...he has all the tools needed too we we hope we can get him to help. I have got to go and pick something out too..wont be hard..we have pretty neutral countertops (solid surfacing too).


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26016: Mr. Engle- I don't think that's the message we're sending you at all. What I was trying to get across in the TAGS reference above was don't jump to any conclusions...give the fine folks here a chance and I'm sure they'll do the same.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26017: Mr. Engle.. I would like to know why you posted the sports statistics?


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26018: Thanks Alyce for assuming I posted something that I have no ideal what your talking about.
Dave Engle

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26019: Hey all,
remember the TAGS episode where Barney was arguing with Andy just for the sake of arguing?

Neither do I.


-Sterling Holobyte

"Nip it in the bud!"

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26020: Dave,
I dont know what else you want us to say to you.
You are as welcome as the next bloke, but we're not going to get all PC and say "anything goes" here.
It is a board in which we most talk Tags stuff,
quotes etc, and family stuff, and once in a while, politics and religion. Check the archives if you like and get a feel for the grain of the conversation, then, pull up a rocker and get into it if you like.
Read the "header" info above, just below "The taylor's Front Porch."
That's all we're saying.
You also have a great new year, and God bless.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26021: BTW, anybody here "Northern Exposure" fans?
I like a few selected episodes, like when

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26022: oops, I hit the wrong key.
like when...the girl, I think it is Shelly, watches her little baby grow up as she is doing the laundry.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26023: MDC- I was a big Northern Exposure fan too. Also, I think we touched on this a long time ago, but, I saw where Time/Life is offering all of the "Hee Haw" shows on a dvd. I grew up watching was SO corny & stupid that I found it funny. Every time I ask Pipe what he's serving for a meal, I think of "hey Grandpa...what's for supper?"

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26024: Rev....when is the Hee Haw DVDs suppose to come out? That would be really fun to have..


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26025: dave engle= like a newtv show it takes time to develope your chacter and who you are. most of us have been posting for awhile so we know each other real well. as was pointd out earlier- it's hard to respond when there is a message unsigned, yes occassionaly one of us forgets to sign but we know who it is by the wording.suggestion= read al the archives to get a handle on the site, pick out a porch name.we tak things slow until we get to know a person that allows our posts not to be offensive to you. a name can also be something that fits a theme of the show. example mine, pipeman= i've smoked a pipe for 45 years and on the show about 3 folks smoked a pipe.if someone new doesn't sign their name then how can we respond? a man that stands by his convictions and signs his name gets a responce. i hope these suggestions helpyou decide whether the porch is right for you. pipeman

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26026: Alyce- all I saw was a "special TV offer" was one of those 30 minute infomercials. Probably won't be long before it makes its way to the Wal-Mart shelves. As we say in advertising, that would be a very "target rich environment." You can bet if it hits the stores, I'll be in line.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26027: Rev, I understand that "Northern Exposure" was actually filmed somewhere in Washington state, any idea where? I'd like to see the town sometime.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26028: good afternoon porch= ky girl we've prayed for your return until we were starting to think we'd haveto go 40 years. heck, we've missed you. now f we can get ky moonshiner, banjo jerry, county nurse, tom , shoe,spot back we'd have an old fashion hoedown. new neighbor= good to see you. if you fly out to asa's are you going on the mount pilot lines? i hear they have a good luggage record. rev jr. cornbread, taters, sweet tater pie, fish freshly caught, sweet buttermilk, fresh greens and fruits. yum- yum. sterling= glad your back safe and sound. how's the weather?wonder whereafd and emma are? mdc= as towards end times i pray for this planet and each person on earth. how did supper sound? ok i may not wipe up the table but i can clean that window. sterling= i still have a beta- no idea if it works. also 4 8 track players including a cabnet one all work. alyce= sounds like you have your work cut out for you. down thru the years the pains of building will disappear and you'll have wonderful memories and laugh atthe goofs. supper at 5pm- till. love you all. pipeman

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26029: now everyone has been watching the dvd's and gomer with all thetrivia, everyone should eable to answer the simple trivia's like::: did luke comstock ever get out of jail yet? what happened to the shoed cow who was forced into a life of crime? i may have to much time on my hands. ha pipeman

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26030: MDC- it was filmed in Roslyn, Washington. Not sure where that is exactly. My father may know, he worked at the Jolly Green Giant factory in Washington state one summer. (between his sophmore and junior years at Furman University). I can't imagine traveling cross country for a summer job at a cannery...I think a big part of it was the adventure of traveling.Pipeman- that meal sounds great! I'll bring some Pepper Sauce (to share with Ro) for those greens . It's a nice departure from left over turkey, dressing, etc., lol.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26031: "HEY GANG"...its me SPOT the walking dog...[well hopping a little]...they got me up on a walker and getting stronger each day...a lady comes to the dog house 3 times a week and works with me..just gona take time with the right foot...well hope yall are eating well!..will be back on the force real soon I promise...God bless all of you...signed:SPOT the"cane stick,walker,cruch using" dog of your porch...ruff kids told me they got the best Christmas present of all....Dad walking !

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26032: Weather here is pretty good, pipeman, all things considered. It's about 38 degrees so that is like a heat-wave after what we have been getting. I even dropped the Kai off at my mom's and went for a bike ride in the slushy streets!
You have four 8-track players?! Wow! 8-tracks were cool, in their day. The thing I hated about them was when the thing would change tracks in the middle of my favorite song(I don't know why those things didn't last longer ;) ).

Don't really get into Hee Haw but I remember watching it sometimes when my parents would be watching it.
" met another and Phttthhhh you were gone."
I just remembered that from Hee Haw. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26033: Or was that "WAS gone" ?

Hey Spot, good to see you! Take care of yourself!
-Sterling Holobyte

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26034: Thank You Pipeman and Rev for setting me strait about the porch! I will read past entry's and get a better fill! Sorry if I came on so strong I will behave and maybe you nice folks will allow a new Neighbor!!
Dave E.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26035: Friends, I don't want to perpetuate a moulage, but I'm concerned about Dave Engle. His response to Alyce in #26108 implies that he did not post the lengthy sports statistics and the other messages that were removed. I've checked the page source, and it indicates that all those "message removed" entries were posted from the same computer, so if he doesn't know what the sports thing is, he evidently is claiming he didn't post any of the others, either. So - to finally get to my question - what DID he post, and evidently feels that we have ignored? Mr. Engle, we would be very happy to have you as part of our Mayberry group, if that's really what you want. Anyone who has been a TAGS fan for forty years has to be a good person, and we'd like to get to know you. If you will tell us exactly what we've done, or not done, that has offended you, perhaps we can make it right.

You say you have no idea what Alyce was talking about, so I'll tell you. Someone posted a very long, totally unrelated series of sports statistics, rather like a Senate filibuster, just filling space. It was unsigned. There were several other messages that our friend Floyd deleted which I never saw - perhaps other porchsters did, but usually when Floyd removes something, it's because the content was not in keeping with the gentle spirit of this porch. If you were not the mysterious poster, then please tell us what your problem is and we'll try to make it right with you. We've got some pretty smart folks here, but no mind readers, to the best of my knowledge. The ball is now in your court. As for me, "tick-a-lock."

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26036: Well, that's me, a day late and a dollar short. Thanks, RevJr. and pipeman, you got the job done. Apparently all I accomplished was to take up unnecessary space! You folks got this done while I was writing.

Welcome, Dave E. We're happy to have you here, and you'll find us to be just like folks anywhere. Some of us (blushing) are a bit verbose at times, and the rest manage to put up with us. We're all different, from different backgrounds and persuasions, but we have one thing in common - we love TAGS! Bear with us as we get to know you, and please know that we'll even keep your rocker dusted off when you're away, just like we did for Spot! Yay, he's back!!!. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26037: Here is what we are having..
Ritzie Chicken (ask if you really want to know), green peas, candied yams, and crescent rolls with cranberry butter. Tea, coffee, water. Banana pudding or oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert.


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26038: oh hey Ro and SPOT..and Sterling..I posted and didnt refresh my page, so I missed all those posts..
Mr.Engle..I ditto what Ro said..
Spot: so glad you are getting around a bit better. What a great Christmas gift!


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26039: Sterling- good question on the "phttthh" song. I honestly don't know if it was "were" or "was." I do know this...that song is now stuck in my head! Thanks Sterling.LOL. Spot- man, it's great to see you up and around! Sounds like you have some great kids. How's Black Beauty doing? Did Pipeman return it in one piece? Ha. Pipe's been doing a real good job cooking while you've been gone. However, I think with his duties as mayor and all, this cooking thing is wearing him down. Need you back on the grill soon. Keep us updated. Dave- I actually think it was Pipeman and MDC that gave you the advise (2 of the best advisors I know)....I was just throwing out quotes from TAGS. Nonetheless, hope you get to know all these folks like I have. Never met a more caring and decent group of folks anywhere.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26040: Y'all kill me! I must type too slow, by the time I finish and hit "post", I've missed a ton of conversations. Once again, I can't take credit for anything above. ditto what Alyce and Ro said. There!

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26041: Thank You MDC as well!
Dave E.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26042: OK, Alyce, I want to know. What is Ritzie Chicken? Actually, it's the Plum who wants to know, but since she's too short to reach the keyboard, and doesn't have thumbs to hit the spacebar, I have to type for her. --Romeena

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26043: Ritzie chicken?!
Is that chicken in a tuxedo?

Sorry for the lame joke.
-Sterling Holobyte

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26044: Ok, here is the recipe..I read similar recipies and then just conc-octed this one myself. It says to use tenders and two cans of soup..tonight I made do with what I had and used 3 chicken brea sts and 1 can of soup.

Ritzie Chicken Tenders

About 15 chicken tenderloins, boiled
2 cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
salt and pepper
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers

Place chicken tenders in casserole dish, mix soup and sour cream. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Pour over chicken. Crush, by hands, crackers over the chicken mixture.
Bake 350 for 30-35 minutes.

I use boneless, skinless chicken tenders..Tyson brand.


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26045: Wow, Alyce, that sounds good! Rich, but good. I'll have to try that. Anything with sour cream in it gets my vote. Do you serve it over rice?

Here's a little poem sent to me by a cousin:


I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all, by the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp.
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Uncle Bill, whom I always thought was rotting away in he-ll,
was sitting pretty, on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, "What's the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here? God must've made a mistake.
And why's everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue."

"Hush, child," said He. "They're all in shock.
No one thought they'd see you."

(teehee) Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26046: Oh that is too funny Ro!!

You can serve the chicken dish over rice if you like. I have not..tonight I accompanied it with candied yams, green peas, crescent rolls with cranberry orange butter (that was good too, first time I had made it). I have served corn and peas too with this dish. But whatever you feel like is fine!.. Rice does sound good!

Well looks like my oldest has fallen asleep on the couch..guess I will go and clean out her toy box...boocoos of happy meal toys in there I am sure! Taking a big trash bag with me!


December 28, 2004 - Msg 26047: DAVE E. ,just grab a rocker ,relax and let things take their course ,this is a great place to visit .Glad to see the porch so full today and a big hello to old SPOT . everyone take care
Mayberry deputy

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26048: Lot's doin'n the porch tonight. Now that I read it all, I think I'll just doze o f f

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26049: Oh , sterling, that was a LAME joke, but it was a chicken, not a duck...
get it Lame...Duck,.. oh well, back to sleep...

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26050: WELCOME BACK SPOT, the hobblin', smoker cookin', dog of this here fine porch!

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26051: dave e= welcome our porch names are like the old cb can be a nickname, or even train catcher, remember when andy ran someone out of town on a train, he said don't you have a train to catch, just an example. SPOT= DO MY EYES DECIEVE ME ORIS THAT REALLY YOU? we've missed you, prayed for you, stressed over you. great to see you, friend. no i never smashed the right mirror and brought the black beauty back dirty. have you started to drive it yet? anyone hear from afd? pipeman

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26052: mayberry deputy= missed you for a minute while posting. ro= loved that poem. i postedearlier that since several have been watching all those dvd's and gomer got mayberry trivia, i'll start with a simple one== did luke comstock get out of jail yet? what happened to the cow who was forsed to wear thoseshoes and go into a life of crime? alyce= your meal sounded delish. do you want to take over cooking until spot returns? pipeman

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26053: Thanks to all for the welcome mat! If its alright I (Dave Engle) would like to use the handle Mr.McBeevee from episode # 66 one of my fav's unless someone else has it! Thank's again to the porch!

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26054: We had a Mr. McBeevee once, a long time ago, but haven't heard from him in years. I reckon he got transferred on down the line somewhere. He was a lineman, you know. For my part, Dave Engle, I think that would be a right good handle for you. I always liked that name, and liked the character, too. In the event that our original Mr. McBeevee returns and wants his name back (unlikely), why you could just put a "poo" on the end to make it your special name. It seemed to work for Barney Parney Poo. What do you all think, porch?

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena
P.S. Just in case you're wondering, Mr. McBeevee, Sugarplum is my little furkid, very social, friend to one and all. She's little but she's not trembly, at least not very often.