December 28, 2004 - Msg 26055: Well Thank You Romeena & Sugarplum! Thats right nice of you both! Well its back up the old poll for now and Happy New Year to you too!
Mr Mcbeevee.

December 28, 2004 - Msg 26056: Good evening everybody,just thought I'd take a break from my painting and stop in to see how everybody is doin.Thanks pipeman for the welcome back,I see you are still cooking some fine country vittles.I could sure use some of those,this painting has made me hungry.I noticed from reading yesterdays posts and todays I haven't seen Boo post lateley,is she ok?Gotta get something to eat,ya'll take care and God Bless you all.KY girl

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26057: I hope every wonderful Mayberry fan will reach deep into their pocket and help out the poor people affected by the tsunami...let's remember WWAD. (What Would Andy Do)

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26058: Mornin' Porchsters. Well, as they say...all's well that ends well. (Didn't Calvin Coolidge say that?) Kind of a shakey start there, Mr. Mac, but I believe we're all singing out of the same hymnal now. Welcome! Just don't take your rocker up the pole....balancing it at the top might be a bit tricky. Ro- great poem. KY girl- I don't think we've officially met. I'm Rev.Jr. from SC. Nice to see ya. Alyce- saw that infomercial for the Hee Haw dvd late last night. Problem was, I was fading to sleep, didn't have a pen and paper, and was trying to memorize the number. Here's a good guess...1-800-704-6644....or some combination of those numbers. How's that for being vague?

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26059: Welcome Mr. Mac...glad you are here and everything is going to be just fine!
Pipe..I dont mind taking over cooking...But yall might be eating leftovers some nights..its hard for me to get it all together every night ;-)

Have a great day...

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26060: Good sweep Mr McBeeveie! That's a broom with a pretty long handle!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26061: pipeman - that cow with the shoes,...
well, let's just say that Aunt Bea's roast beef is a fine recipie!
Did you see Gabby Hayes?
I was watching Mayberry Goes Hollywood and forgot about the opening scene in the mayor's office where they talk about "laughing at our little fat mayor." Bout fell off my chair because now I think of "mayor pipeman"!
Some lady on the bus picked up Gary Cooper's newspaper!
Here's a line that is from Heehaw but could EASILY be from tags:
"You dont have to hang from a tree to be a NUT!"
We had an attack from Ernest T at Scottsdale library last night.
Someone broke 12 plate glass windows!
Good to see kygirl again. How goes things in the great state of Kentucky?
Mr Darlin's Cuz

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26062: Hello porch. Happy new year.


December 29, 2004 - Msg 26063: Yahoo! Got a new dvd player last night at Target. Got it all hooked up and ready to go this morning. Previously, I had to watch in my daughter's room because the player in the den had died. Now I can watch the TAGS dvd anytime, not just here and there between my kids playing video games. Guess what I'm gonna be doing for the next several days? My life is now complete. As my wife frequently tells me...I'm easily amused. Life is good here in God's country (SC)!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26064: Good mornin', all! Fine job of sweeping the porch, Mr. McBeevee. Right neighborly of you.

As for Boo, I reckon she's still staying over at her folks' house with them, since they're ailing, and the porch doesn't reach over there, since there's no computer. I do wish she'd check in, though. Hope she's well!

I've been watching my Season One DVD, and just enjoying it so much. Watched "Andy and Opie, Housekeepers", last night and saw something I don't remember ever seeing before. Opie and a little boy named Jimmy were making up Opie's bed, and it was hilarious. Don't remember ever seeing that young'un before or since, but he was cute. It's amazing how much stuff TVLand and the other stations cut out. I sure do hope the other seasons will be released soon.

Well, off I go, to exchange a couple of gifts that didn't fit, have lunch with my comadre, and just generally bum around today. Have a great day, friends. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26065: Rev Jr., that's a fine compliment your wife is paying you, whether she thinks so or not. I know she's teasing you, but think about it. When one is easily amused, life is always fun. It means you're comfortable enough in your own skin that you can put serious things aside and just let yourself be amused by the little trivialities of life. Personally, I can spend hours at this window, watching squirrels chase each other, and I've learned a great deal about birds and how and when they raise their babies. Yep, I'm easily amused, and I'm glad! Life is never dull.

OK, this time I'm really gone! --Romeena

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26066: Thank you, Ro. Most of the time my wife means it exactly as you described. However, some of the time I think she means I'm about as sharp as a bowling ball!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26067: Thank You All for the kind remarks I do welcome them! Makes a fella all warm inside! Well as the rain continues to fall here in California I dont think Il be working today so its a good time to to take in some TAGS! Bless you all and Thanks again!!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26068: Happy New Year to you too Asa and let's pray that 2005 is better! Good sweep Mr. McBeevee, say, can you make smoke come out of your ears? Glad to see you back KY Girl, don't stay gone so long! Somehow, I don't see Mayor Pipeman as 'our little fat mayor'. I reserve that honor for Mayor Pike, who hasn't posted in some time. To me, pipeman is more like one of the fellers that sets on the bench on the sidewalk whittlin somethin. SPOT, PTL you're on your paws again!! You go slow now and heal well. Ro, I agree that TVLand and TBS have cut out some swell parts. Sure hope the other seasons come out soon. Hey to Sugarplum and all the porch!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Rafe: "How much you want for this?"
Andy: "Oh, I don't know. Two and a quarter?"
Rafe: "What you reckon it is?"
Andy: "If I knew that it'd cost you five dolars."
Rafe: "I'll take it."
Andy: "Fine. You know, every house should have one."
Rafe: "I always wanted one of these."

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26069: Afternoon porch! Did everyone have a good Christmas? Good!

Well..... I don't have much news. How about you guys? I guess I should see if I can catch up on the porch news.

Hey guess how many purses I got between Christmas presents and Birthday presents?????? 5! I will end up losing my wallet if I'm not careful. But hey I do that any way. Absent minded I am. Did I mention that I'm forgetful?

Dixie Belle

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26070: Rev Jr, if you are easily amused, try freeze framing and zoom in on some of the stuff in the background. (if your remote has a zoom button.
I have found that most of the calendars (in the cells, in the drugstore, etc)all have the month and year blacked out. Things like are kinda interesting to me. (and maybe ONLY me!) teehee
Mrs Wiley, I'm sorry, I didnt mean that pipeman would LOOK like mayor pike, but how he would act as mayor, pipe in cheek etc. sorry for the misunderstanding!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26071: OOPS,that's MDC

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26072: MDC- my new dvd player does indeed have zoom on it. Those little details are interesting to me as well. Speaking of details, I noticed a pretty significant goof this morning on one of the national morning shows on cable. Can't remember the entire graphic they used to intro the story, but they used "your" instead of "you're"(which would have been correct).

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26073: MDC, no apology or misunderstanding required! teehee, just letting my imagination get the best of me. That happens on these dang pain medications. DixieBelle, you had a great Christmas - 5 pocketbooks! WOW!

Forgot to mention, while in the grocery store a few days ago, I saw on the cover of one of those "Enquirer" type magazines a picture of Our beloved Andy Griffith, with the caption: "PRAYER saved my life!" anyone read that article?

~ Mrs. Wiley

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26074: Oh yes, I think it's "Thought I found true love and WAS GONE." ~ Mrs. Wiley
Never did like HeeHaw, but living in Atlanta, it was on every TV in the neighborhood.

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26075: Exactiliosa, Mrs. Wiley! Don't forget... Hee Haw gave George Lindsey a second career! Ha.

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26076: Welcome Dave E...ok yall , tonight its "Georgia" southern fried chicken, mashed taters w/milk gravy,pinto beans,sliced onions,corn bread,ice cold milk,..and hot peppers..ready at 7:00..and o-yea a tear from my roll of paper towels!..will someone make some cole slaw?...signed: SPOT the"gona put two big hams on the smoker at midnight" dog of this here fine porch..

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26077: Here's a little story Id like to share if it's ok, When I was around nine or ten my Mother worked at a hotel in Chatsworth Calf. We lived next door to the hotel and Opie(Ron Howard) and his family stayed there for a few days and I was able to play with Ron! It was one of those things that you remmember for ever! Just thought I'd share that with the porch! Happy New Year to everyone!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26078: Wow, find Mr MacBeevee the best rocker on the porch! That is neat that you played with Opie!
Spot, thanx for the fine vittles! My comment is archived, but i was sayin' that without your cookin', I turned sideways the other day and it took my wife 4 hours to find me! haha
Have a great evening all.
Countdown to 2005 is on...

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26079: MR. MACBEEVEE ... welcome ,glad you didnt let a misunderstanding drive you away ,hope you enjoy the fellowship here on the porch,playing with Ron as a child sure would be a great memory
SPOT.. glad to see you back and cooking again
PIPEMAN ,MDC,DIXIE,ALYCE ,ROMEENA ,MRS WILEY,REV JR.,happy to see you folks here today ,everyone have a Happy and safe New Year

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26080: wow where does one start, good evening to everyone. mr macbeevie= i'm glad to see your real as andy would say. seriously how are the floods. sink hole etc affecting you? ky girl= i think boo is having computer acess problems, someone can make a correction if needed. i'll bet you could fix some fine vittles for us. alyce= anytime you want to cook the refridgerator surprize there welcome. dixie belle= were those 5 purses full of money? as barney said; you ought to keep it in the bank, miss mendelbright. mdc& mrs wiley= i'm honored to be called our little fat mayor. mayor pike i loved his approach to expediate work. asa= have a great new year. oh spot= that supper was great, now i could be the fat little mayor, ha. ro, mayberry deputy, rev jr,anyone i missed can call me at BR599. sarah can you get me BR 599? pipeman

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26081: are you porchsters going to join the polar bear swim on new years day? i would but i quess i'm just not a plunger. mayor pipeman, p-man, pipester, pipeman saying have a great night and may the lord bring us together tommorow.

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26082: Evening everyone..
Mr.Mac..Wow, what a memory!! Have you ever tried to contact Ron Howard in your adult years?

I dont recall ever meeting anyone famous...Linda Hamilton used to live beside my grandmother when she was growing up though..that was pretty cool.

Pipe: I'd be glad to help out with the is one of my passions anyway. (really) Tonight was salad and stuffed shells.

Mayberry Dep.-Happy New year to you as well...and all of you!

SPOT: glad to have you visit more often..We have missed you.

Mrs.Wiley: did you buy that magazine/paper you saw in the store? I would have...just to see what it said..not that it was necessarily true.

Hey Dix: Glad you had a great Christmas..I love pocketbooks..that is a weakness of mine..those and sunglasses..and I love hats too. Shopped for a new hat today and didnt have any luck..uggg!

Well yall have a good evening. I am going to visit with my hubby..havent seen him since Sunday!


December 29, 2004 - Msg 26083: Good Evening All.
Pipeman=We live on a hill so flooding is no problem! Thanks though,
Alyce=I never tried to contact him as he probably wouldn't remember me although you never know. Well all is quiet around here now I hope everyone is doing good!

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26084: Oh and thanks for the rocker MDC its right nice of you!And thank you MABERRY DEPUTY it is a wonerful memory I am the same age as Ron.

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26085: Wow, Mr. Mac, that's really a neat memory. I can't come close to that, though I did date the uncle of Henry Thomas, who played Eliot in "E.T." That family is related to my mom's sister by marriage, so I continued to see them throughout the years, and my kids played with Henry a couple of times at golden anniversaries or whatever. Henry was a very nice, pleasant young man.

Did a bit of after-Christmas shopping today, hit a couple of really good bargains, like 75% off. Had to go all the way to Mt. Pilot, though. Old Ben Weaver never marked anything down that much in his life! Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 29, 2004 - Msg 26086: Yeah, that would be neat to have the memory of playing with Opie!
The closest I've come to a celebrity is when we lived in Indiana and our landlord of the house we were renting was Ken Kercheval's(Cliff Barnes on Dallas) cousin. I was always hoping that old Cliff might come to visit his cousin while he(our Landlord) was around our place(he had a little shop next door where he painted)so I could meet him, but he never did.

Have a nice night Mayberry!
-Sterling Holobyte

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26087: good morning mayberry! we are about to lay another year of fun to bed. where's the enthusiasm for takeing the plunge into a river for new years? we can take our furkids if they want. myself and my furkids just aren't plungers as andy said about the stock market. pray everyone has a great day. pipeman

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26088: Good Morning everyone!!
Well I am praying for a productive day today...if yall see me too much,then tell me to GO AWAY! haha..I am taking the oldest to my MIL and I am coming back home to do some thorough cleaning...especially in her room..just didnt get done the other night.

Ro: I think that is so cool that you dated "Elliot's" uncle. I love that movie.. that was the first movie I saw in a theatre..I was 5! And now my daughter loves it too. I once had an ET stuffed doll..or whatever you want to call it..stuffed alien I guess,haha..and I vividly remember getting so upset when I went to the hospital to get tubes put in my ears and they wouldnt let me take ET with me. I sure wish I still had that thing..I dont think my mother saved anything..and its a shame.

Well yall take care and have a great day!


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26089: prayers for arizona and california porchsters. mdc how close did that rain get to you? good morning alyce. the weather around the world has gone crazy. lol pipeman

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26090: Mornin' Porchsters. Boy, I'm I like a kid in a candy store with this new dvd player. MDC- I'm about to wear out the "zoom" button on the remote. The only famous person I know, and I think I mentioned this a while back, is Mark Walberg. Not the Marky Mark, but the one who is a game show host. He hosts a show on Pax TV now, I think it's called "Cover Story" or something like that. He also was the host of "Temptation Island." He hated it, but it was good money. Anyway, he and I went to high school and college together, and were in the same fraternity. Still email each other. Spot- now THAT'S my kind of supper. (no offense, Pipe) Sorry I missed it. I'll catch up with y'all in a little bit. (should be a slow day here at work, so Alyce, you and I may be posting a

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26091: La, la, la, la, the porch to myself. Got my roller skates on, cruisin' around. La, la, la,

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26092: rev jr= now don't get to fancy or you might crash and we don't want that. no offence on my cooking- i said earlier if someone wants to cook for awhile that's ok with me. maybe spot will soon. pray for our california, arizona , utah they've had some bad weather. mdc. asa, ed sawyer,lawerence, barney buff, shoe, as well as our texas porch. i'll be glad when they check in and let us know their ok. pipeman

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26093: 'Morning', all. pipeman, the north central Texas end of the porch is fine. Cloudy and cool, but no severe weather around Dallas.

My little fountain/pond froze clear to the bottom last week, and although I had unplugged the little pump, I think it's ruined, because when I plugged it back in after it thawed, it won't run. Fortunately, those pumps aren't expensive. I've been wanting to do some "reconfigurating" on that fountain anyway, maybe this is the time to do it. I'll call my landscaper friend and see what he thinks.

My yard is full of birds and squirrels - one little fellow came up and scratched on my window - so I guess I'd better go put out some feed. They didn't get fed much and mostly stayed away while I had all the furkids going in and out back there. I hesitated to put out food and lure them into the yard with our beautiful yellow lab rescue here, because she has been trained to hunt, we think, and I didn't want any tragedies. However, no one is home now but the Plum, who never even goes out there, so it's time to start putting out feed and seed again. I do love my small wildlife.

Have a great day, folks! Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26094: Well its 1:00 pm..I think that it is time for a break. Actually the baby woke up and I have to get lunch in her belly...But I did get some things accomplished in her sister's room. Just not finished yet and its almost time for her to come home.

Rev..well I am highly offended that you didnt like my menu for last night!! Naw...just kidding..if you forgot..or missed it..itw as a salad and stuffed shells..think I might warm some up for lunch now..gotta eat those leftovers..even though I am not fond of them. Hate to waste any food.
I'll be glad to post with you throughout the day REV. In between cleaning out toys.
That is cool that you know and still keep in touch wtih Mark Walberg..and I know exactly who you are talking about.

I have been racking my brain all day trying to think of some celebrity that I may have known or come in contact with..I know it sounds stupid not to remember, for some reason I feel like there has been someone.

Does anyone know of Bob Harrington...the preacher down in New Orleans..he worked Bourbon St. alot? He is a character..he came and did revival at our church a few years was awesome.

Well back to work..

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26095: Yep, Alyce, I've heard Bob Harrington, known as the "Pastor of Bourbon Street." He spoke at our church once too, years ago. Very powerful speaker, as I recall. We also had Rick Stanley, who is Elvis Presley's step-brother. He's an evangelist, working mostly with young people, and was very interesting. He spoke highly of Elvis, and told about some of the quiet, secret things Elvis did to help other people.

Woohoo! I tried my little pump again, and it works. I guess it must have still had some ice stuck in the lines when I tried it before. Anyway, it works now. Didn't see any signs of the little goldfish that were in there, though. I guess they froze, darn it. If I had realized it was going to get that cold and stay cold long enough to freeze the pond solid, I'd have taken them out and kept them in a bucket or something - assuming I could have caught them. They're pretty fast, and there are a lot of hiding places in that pond. The poor little things.

Here come the critters. They've realized that I filled the chow line, and they're coming from all around. I love it! I can spend hours at this window.

Not today, though, I have errands to run. Everyone have a great afternoon! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26096: Hey Ro...yep, Pastor of Bourbon St..that's right. Man, he's a hoot. When he came to your church did he bring his little mini toilet with him..He sat it right on the stand where he was.

Sorry for your that one of your errands? to get more fish?


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26097: Good afternoon porch!..MDC,pipeman,md,mr.M.,Ro,alyce.Rev.,mrs W,hope all is well,can go a little on a cane now, just slow,...well tonight its Southern Fried Pork Chops,fried okra,purple hull peas,white corn on the cobb,bisquits,sweet tea,and green onions,ready at 6:30..dont be late!..signed:SPOT the"gona find me a stool and wash my truck" dog of this great porch..hey not back to work till Feb [hope then]..but lights are on!..

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26098: Little mini toilet? No, I'm happy to say he didn't bring that with him! As for the fish, I think I won't get any more until I'm sure there won't be any more freezes. I don't want to murder any more of the poor little things. They're just little "feeder" goldfish, 2 for a quarter at the pet stores, but I still am unhappy that they froze out there.

Well, off I go to do my errands. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26099: Hey there Spot! Glad to see you! Hey, while you get that stool out to wash your truck..pull it on up to my could use a good washin after that snow we just had..Today it is close to 60 degrees...oh Virginia!


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26100: Oh Spot, last nights meal was my absolute favorite - there ain't NOTHIN' like GA Fried Chicken and corn bread. Add some greens and peppersauce and OOooWHEE that's a mess 'o lovin'! Tonights meal looks just as good - there goes my diet. Hey to everyone on the porch!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Andy: "We got to give you a ti-tle or somethin'. Miss Fried Chicken of Mayberry!"

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26101: Good Day Porch!
All this talk about food is making my mouth water! Looks like we are in for more rain around these here parts, so I don't think I'll be working again today. Hope everyone has a nice day today

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26102: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Oops, had caps on!
Did you all wash your necks this morning? Cuz they look mighty peculiar to me! teehee
Jr. - the freeze and zoom is cool.
If you dont like spot's dinner ot pipemans, we could have hog jowls, possum stew, turnip jam and johnny cake (all from tags and I aint gotr a clue what they are or would taste like!)
You all have a safe new year's. I'll be out and about this weekend, so dont worry about me, just pray for me, haha ((Part of a volunteer force)

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26104: Hey MDC...I dont know what a johnny cake is either..I thought maybe a pancake.

I am snacking on VA salted peanuts...whoo wee..those are good..and some Pepsi. The Holiday Spice flavor..ya'll tried that?


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26105: Alyce, to me, johnnycake is a lot like a pancake, only it's made with cornmeal instead of flour, and you need a bit of bacon grease on the griddle you're baking it on. It gets crispy around the edges, and is soft and sweet in the middle - very good. I'm surely glad to know that I'm not the only porchster that wants peppersauce on my greens. I'm talking about the little skinny green peppers in a bottle, with vinegar, and it's actually the flavored vinegar that you shake onto your greens. Generously, I might add. If all else would fail, I guess I'd put Tabasco on those greens, but it wouldn't be as good. I keep bottles of that peppersauce around, and when they run dry, why I just put some more vinegar in them! They're good for several refills before the peppers lose their zip. Goooooood!!

Got my errands run, packages mailed, groceries in the house, now I guess I'll just have to clean up that messy kitchen. I had hoped the Plum would do it while I was gone, but she's too short to reach the sink, I guess. Clara Edwards didn't offer to do them, either, so guess it's up to me. Have a good evening, folks. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26106: Johnny cakes were one of the first foods introduced to the Pilgrims by the Indians, and remain a staple of Rhode Island cuisine. Not found in many other parts of the country, Johnny cakes are ground, white corn cooked on a griddle, much like a pancake, but with a heartier consistency. I found this on google.

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26107: Hey SPOT. It's goos to see you here.

Hey to Mr. Mac. I'm not sure we've met.

Well me and my mom had to sit through a Vacuum cleaner demo this afternoon. It lasted for 2 hrs. They wouldn't take no for an answer but we did learn something. Houses can be very dirty even when they are clean.

So guys.... how is evry little thing?

Dixie B

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26108: Hi Dixie B, Its nice to meet you! That reminds me of when Barney tried to sell vacuums door to door!

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26109: Sounds like a Johnny Cake is fried corn bread...something popular in the south. I dont care for them actually. I like baked corn bread better..has a lot of sugar in it.
I also dont use vinegar on my greens..just salt and pepper. My hubby likes vinegar on his collards though.
We had a black out here for around 40 minutes..not something I am too fond of. I was kinda just waiting and watching ... just not knowing what was going to happen..with all the earthquakes and tsunamis..I didnt know if I was going to see my Lord!

Well getting the girls to bed now and then I have to clean my messy kitchen. Still havent eaten supper yet cause of that black out and its almost 8:00! Spot..are there any leftovers???


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26110: in the world did you get yourself into a situation like that.. how boring! What kind of vacuum was it? I really want an Oreck!


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26111: Hey to the Porch! Me'n the family just got back from the Christmas tour...down through Dayton, south to Richmond, back through Louisville to was a hoot! Good times...good visit with my mom and dad.

Good weather here in Chicager...actually about 50 today...I'm liking that!

Welcome to Mr Mac...SPOT, great to see you back at the stove...pipe, gotta like this weather...Ro...hate to hear about the little fish...least you didn't have to give the "big flush"!

Hope everyone has a great and safe New year...prayers for all the folks impacted by the Tsunami and quake...what a horrible thing.

Requesting prayers from the porch...Mrs Goober and I have decided we're going to adopt. We're not sure from where yet...but feel it's time and the right thing. Pray that we'll find that right young'n who needs us as much as we need then!

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26112: Maybe it was a Miracle Sweep vacuum!Hey Goober

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26113: Howdy, friends. Goober, I think that's just wonderful. There are challenges - legal, financial, and emotional - but all things considered, I admire you and Mrs. Goober for going for it!

Alyce, I have an Oreck, and I can tell you, it's a great little machine. One caution, though. If you have any carpet with anything but very short nap, it will not be satisfactory. My old carpet was one of the "plush" variety, and had felted over to some extent, and the Oreck worked beautifully. My new carpet is one of the longer-napped variety that's come back in style, not shag, but suggestive of it. The Oreck just bogs down and drags on that longer nap. It doesn't have an adjustment for height, which would have been helpful, I think. I had to break out my old, heavy and hard to maneuver Hoover Wind Tunnel. If you have short-nap carpet, though, you're gonna love it. It's quiet, it's light, and it does an excellent job.

Well, it's about time for TAGS, so back to my TV I go. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26114: hey again!

Hey Goober..You werent far from me..where south of Richmond are you? I am 1 hour and a half south. Congrats on the adopting. My SIL has a friend who adopted a little girl from China..say she is wonderful!

Ro: The couple whom I clean for..they have an Oreck and it is wonderful..I love tiny, but yet powerful. I have a Hoover now I think, but see we will be moving into a 2 story house..I wanted to get an Oreck for downstairs which will be all Berber (will work perfectly) and then take the Hoover and leave upstairs which wont be Berber more than likely. I like that shag type carpet..thinking of that for upstairs bedrooms. Having a hard time deciding!


Gotta finish involved in a movie.


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26115: Hey, has anyone heard from Big Tom in a while?


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26116: APB for big tom and dear Mavis and others!
Looks like i started a little johnny cake moulage, just like the time we talked fried cabbage.
If your church takes a special collection at preachin' this sabboth, give what you can!
It is so bad there. been in touch with some folks over there!
Have a Blessed new Year all! Rock safe and watch out for that hard cider, even tho it IS a special occasion! haha

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26117: Hey Alyce...we were actually right in Richmond Ky...hoping to get back there soon...for good!



December 30, 2004 - Msg 26118: Alyce, sounds like you have it all figured out. You're right, the Oreck will be great for Berber carpet, and having a machine upstairs and one downstairs is a very good idea. When you buy your Oreck, they will very likely give you a portable, shoulder-strap machine that will work great on the stairs. When I bought mine, I got that machine, plus a super steam-iron. It has no cord, but rather docks on a base that heats it every time you set it down. I noticed an ad in the paper last week that indicates they're still doing that offer. Pretty neat.

Speaking of missing persons, I would really like to know what has become of our dear poet, TOM. We haven't heard from him in ages, and I fear his health may have failed. He was so frail, you know. Bless his dear, sensitive, sweet little heart.

Ditto Mavis. It's been a few weeks now, hasn't it? I know the holidays were going to be very hard for her and her sister. I suspect we'll hear from her soon, after the new year. Oh, my. How much more Heaven draws us, as the years go by. When it gets to where there are more of our loved ones there than here, one begins to wonder why we remain. I don't mean this to sound maudlin, friends. It's really rather wonderful, to be in the place in which I find myself. Heaven draws me, and at the same time I have a lovely life, with kids and grandkids, a nice home, my little Plum, pretty good health, lots of good friends, including my porch friends, few wants, and almost no "needs." Not a bad place to be at all!

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26119: Just happened in here.....a long-time fan of the show. Watching it always makes me homesick for those simpler times in all our lives. Happy New Year to one and all......Donnie from NB

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26120: Hey Goob..I guess I misunderstood ya..I didnt know you meant Richmond KY...I am in VA, so south of Richmond VA.

Ro: yea, I have it all figured out..except how to pay for the thing! Ha..I checked them out on their website and their little classic one was $500...I dont have that for a vacuum right now..I guess after I tote my Hoover up and down 15 steps maybe my husband will look into the Oreck.

Whats a good carpet for a play room???

I dont know where MAVIS is...I have her on my buddy list and I havent seen her weeks! I do hope she is OK.

Well time to get the grease up from my George Foreman..its soaked enough in Mr. Clean..
It sure has taken me forever to clean my kitchen tonight, huh? Well I was watching a movie and cleaning on commercials.



December 30, 2004 - Msg 26121: Hello there Donnie from NB..pull up a rocker and join us!


December 30, 2004 - Msg 26122: Hi Donnie from NB, Welcome to the porch!

December 30, 2004 - Msg 26123: "A good carpet for a play room", Alyce? How about astroturf?! ;)
I guess it depends on how rambunctious your young'uns are.

I get those same feelings, Donnie! Welcome and you have a good New Year too!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26124: "As the year 2005 commences, it is time to extend the hand of friendship and assist our Asian neighbors in their time of need."

What better people can we find to extend that hand of friendship than those on a Mayberry Front Porch.

Sincerely - Ed Sawyer

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26125: Good Morning friends!

I sure hope everyone has a great day..and a safe New Years Eve.
We dont usually celebrate..we fall aslelep. I am going to put some meatballs in the crock pot and some sausage dip in another crock pot and just munch all day I guess.

My daughter has a friend coming over to exchance Christmas presents this morning, so I better finish cleaning up!

oh..Sterling..yea, astroterf..might be an idea.. Haha. I dont know what I am going to do...building a house is hard!

Have a super day folks..


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26126: Good New Year's Eve everyone - been pretty busy here - the 30 inches of snow we had has almost melted. My son's tonsillectomy went well and he is on the mend. . .sorry I haven't checked in - been pretty busy keeping everyone happy!


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26127: i want to thank the lord for each of you. as we put 2004 to bed i think about the laughter, tears, crisis, prayers, heavy discusions, lots of good food we've shared. what a great bunch of folks. best of the new year and may our porch be rid of those occasional spiders under the porch.hope our porch grows even bigger- maybe we'll need a spin off. good to ee everyone this morning. i;ll read in awhile. last useless trivia of 2004== the first product to use a bar code was wriggly gum. WHAT IS EVERYONE DOING TONIGHT TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR? pipeman, mayor pipeman, p-man, and pipestar wishes you and yours the best. pipeman

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26128: Happy New Year Porchsters! Alyce- sorry I skipped out on you yesterday....saw an opening to leave work, so I BOLTED! Tried to post from home with no luck. Anyway, out running errands today, so I stopped by work just to log on and say hey. Hope each and everyone of you have a great New Year's and I'll talk to you next year! (C'mon, Pipe, you know what I'll be next year at 12:01 tonight.)
P.S. Ro- I do believe we have the same taste buds. lol

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26129: Happy New Year to the Porch!!
I pray for all of our health and goodwill in the coming year! Please be SAFE! God Bless You All

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26130: Hello again friends..

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed New Year!! Keep Jesus in your hearts!


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26131: Pipeman, I'll be with a group of old-time friends from church. We've known each other for 30 years, and seen each other through good times and bad. They were there for me when my husband passed away, and they mourned him as a brother. Though I drew into a shell and shut the world out for a few years, they never gave up on me. I'm glad they didn't, because now I go places with them and have fun again, and my husband is mentioned comfortably, just as though he might be away on a business trip. I'm good with that, finally. In fact, I find it very comforting. One of God's great gifts to the human race is the ability to form friendships.

Sugarplum and I both say Happy New Year, everyone! --Romeena

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26132: Amen to that!

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26133: goober= prayers for you and the mrs. may you get one that's as nice as you. spot= great supper last night. i knowthe porch chores have backed up on you but take it slow. you drivin yet? romeena= it does take long time when you lose a loved one, i know but there's a time and season for everything. rev jr= will new years take a proclamation? i got a new pen for christmas and once i learn to write i need to sign something. ha. homemaker= glad your son is doing good and i bet that 30 inches made a lot of water when melted. pipester

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26134: Ro: That is nice that you have had friends for that long and still spend time together. Oh how I have prayed for a good friend. Seems like people leave in my life or things happen to friendships. Sometimes I am cautious..other times I jump right in. Oh well..He'll take care of me as He sees fit.


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26135: Oh hey there Pipe...we must have posted at the same time

Yes, Homemaker...glad your son tid well. It is a great surgery to have actually. It did wonders for me.


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26136: mr macbeeve= glad your on the porch- enjoy your post.ed sawyer= amen to your post of help. great to see you and pray you'll find more time in 2005 to jump on the porch. sterling= speaking of astroturf, on the new last night this guy put down 1,949 dollars worth on his yard and the neighborhood association took him to city council. seems there wasn't any law against it but it was suppose to be understood. doesn't seem like a friendly neighborhood to me. alyce= i want one of those vacums you can tell it to clean and when it's done it goes on the charger by itself. if spot had been on the job you wouldn't have loss power. welcome donnie b from nebraska. we don't have anyone else from nebraska on the porch- i know you'll do them proud.dixie= how long has that machine had those salted peanuts? you know their like our mothers buy them all up or you don't get fresh ones. ha. hope i caught up with everyone.LET'S ALL PRAY FOR A SAFE CELABRATION TONIGHT. WITH THOSE LAZARS TRYING TO BLIND PILOTS AND CO- PILOTS AND LOTS OF FOLKS GATHERED IN ONE PLACE.OH WELL JUST THE MILITARY STRATIGIST IN ME, I GUESS. happy and a prosperous new year everyone. pipeman

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26137: does anyone remember watching red skelton as the new years baby? it showed every new years eve for years. pipeman

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26138: Pipe...Yes, I know of those vacuums you speak of. I wonder if they can go up steps. I will have to save my little money for an Oreck I guess. I dont know, maybe I can persuade my husband after we get the tax return.
Oh..gotta go...someone is doing fireworks..the girls wanna watch.


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26139: Pipeman - thanks for the well wishes for my oldest - we have had a couple of rough days - it sure has knocked the wind out of his sail.
I think I saw the Red Skelton New Year baby show about 6-7 times this holiday season. He was a great man!
We did have a lot of water when the snow melted and continues to melt - the streams are full. WE are lucky we only lost one goat during that severe weather. I prayed for their safety - God has been good to me this year!

Happy New Year to all my friends on the porch!


December 31, 2004 - Msg 26140: Hey Ed Sawyer, nice to see you! Where've you been?
Wishing a great New Year to you and to the rest of the Porch!
-Sterling Holobyte

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26141: Evenin' Y'all and Happy New Year to all my Porch buddies! May 2005 be a wonderful year for us all.
Glad to have you walking again Spot-hooray!
Welcome to Donnie and Dave aka Mr. McBeevee. I'm possum,I live under my rock down in South Carolina about 2 hours away from Rev. Jr's place.
Rev.Jr.,are ya cooking some Hoppin' John for New Year's? (It's a Southern thing,the rest of y'all might not understand! Ha Ha You can 'splain it to 'em Rev.!
Everyone have a safe New Year's Eve and once again- HAPPY NEW YEAR!
possum under a rock

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26142: P.S. How do you do Mrs. Wiley? Sorry to hear about your troubles. Take care!

possum again

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26143: Hey Gang!...its me SPOT the talking dog of the porch...its black eyed peas, ham hocs ks, turnip greens....and yea...some Georgia Fried Chicken!...Happy New Year Porch....and yea also some fried okra.....signed:Spot the" still hobbling" dog of your porch.....ruff.. lights are on !

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26144: fire work are going off all over here at the dog house....SPOT

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26145: HAPPY NEW YEAR porchsters! SPOT, another fine meal from our crippled porch-dog. I'll brang the peppersauce - yes Ro, the kind that you add vinegar to. It's Delish! Ham hocks twang my buds too. Possum, I'm staying about the same or as Ang would say, "Fair to middlin', fair to middlin'." Thanks for asking. Fireworks going off here at my place - it sure is making my dog crazy. He howls and barks at every bang and is panting and drooling all over the place. I'm gonna put him in his house if he doesn't quit.

I hope that each and every one of you has a happy and prosperous new year of Our Lord 2005. Will some of our wandering porchters please check in?
~ Mrs. Wiley

December 31, 2004 - Msg 26146: How-do, everyone. I'm back home. Spent a lovely evening with my friends, even played a couple of games of TAGS trivia, lots of fun. A couple of the men in the group are TAGS fans, so it was a lively game. However, about 10:15 I decided to come on home. Didn't want to be out driving after midnight, and was thinking of the Plum here alone if someone starts shooting fireworks. She hates them, and I have a couple of neighbors who just might. So, I'm home safe and sound, in my jammies, sitting at this wonderful window where I can see ten lighted deer, seven of them animated, and lots of twinkle lights. Sure is pretty. The Plum is at my feet, a happy little camper, and I'd just rather be here than anywhere else, I guess.

I'd like to very sincerely wish the best of New Year blessings for all of you. May your dreams come true, your needs be met, and most of your wants supplied as well. I pray for health for those who are ill, for comfort for those who have suffered loss, and for safety for any of our loved ones who are in harm's way. I ask not that God would go with us each day, but rather that He would take us with Him in what He is doing, that we might have the blessing of helping Him. I thank Him for each of you, and for the blessing you have been in my life, in so many ways.

Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena