January 19, 2005 - Msg 26581:
Morning Folks,

Heroes, the word I tried to type was heroes. I really need to start proof reading. Any who.

Romeena, couldn't agree more. Those clowns in media really need an att*tude adjustment. When a Republican is in office the U.S. can't do anything right in their eyes. The military announced that they were investigating those low rent soldiers months before the media got involved. But, when the big 3 networks figured out that they could tarnish Bush with the story they ran with it, trying to give the appearance of a cover-up. Those soldiers that were involved with it were losers. Those type of people have been bullies their whole lives. They don't represent or exemplify what the kind of military we have.

Rev Jr, I'm in your camp with regards to Katie. I don't care, I don't watch. And, yes um, I'm on the Great Lakes side of NY. Looks like winter might be showing up here finally. We've had about 18 inches of snow the last day or so. We're still getting off pretty easy so far.

Spot, I didn't see ya there the other day. Right back at ya with that Hey.


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26582:
Holy Cow!!!

I have never sweep the porch before. I feel humbled.


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26583: auh20, you stand before us a humble man. Full of humbleness and humility. You come from humble parents, of a humble home. And you will long remember, honorable Mayor, Ladies of the Historical Society, honored guests, friends and neighbors, what a humble day this was, that you swept the porch.

I think you should get an award for humbleness.
~ Mrs. Wiley
Hey to all the porch!

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26584: Mrs. Wiley- you kill me! I love your wit. auh2o- not that this is anywhere close to you...have a good friend who is an ENT doctor here in town. He moved here from Rochester about 8 years ago. Great guy. Says he doesn't miss the Winters up there at all.

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26585: i'l skip the moulage. ha. i seriously doubt that eating this lunch this will increase your elooquence or make you smarter, or even get you invited to tommorow's inaugration at the white house but you canenjoy a nice lunch of grilled salmon, salad, fresh tomtoes, ice tea, coffee, water , grilled cheese, chilli, chocolate cake and ice cream. prepared personaly by your mayor. prayers for everyone. the above was brought to you by the porches chamber of commerce. have a great day. mayor pipeman

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26586: I got a trivia question for all you porchsters. Someone at the guestbook site asked what Gomer says to Barney in ep 106 Citizen's Arrest right after Barney gives Gomer the ticket.
Gomer mumbles something, then Barney says, "what was that?" and Gomer says something that is hard to understand. Maybe it's a southern saying that I aint catching. Thanks for your help.
(It aint a refraction) haha

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26587: Hey Friends..

I visited with my friend's parents today. It was nice actually. Just hard to look at his pictures without welling up with tears. It is just so sad..he was just a matter of a couple of weeks coming back home too. They were doing well. But I know that Sat.(funeral) is going to be hard on so many people. Anyway...

Well it is snowing here and I have one child down for a nap and one at my moms, so I guess I will get some cleaning done.


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26588: Hey all - hope everyone's having a great day!

MDC - I believe Gomer says "Why don't ya go up an alley and holler fish?" in that Citizens Arrest scene.

Rev Jr. - yes I am the AFD/Andy's Favorite Dish that posts at Miss Crumps, The Courthouse, The Mayberry Hotel and The Gossip Club. I have the same nick on all so folks don't confuse I don't confuse myself. ; )

Prayers for all! God Bless!
AFD/Andy's Favorite Dish

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26589: That's supposed to say "so folks don't get confused and I don't confuse myself" and by gum, if I didn't confuse myself. I'll blame it on these fingers that type at a different rate of speed than my brain computes.


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26590: Thanks AFD, I didnt think I'd get an answer that fast. So MD or rev, is that a North Carolina saying?
Alyce, my prayers continue for you. It must be very hard for you. Lean on the Lord! He is the Great Consoler, and will hear you. He has helped me thru many a tough time.

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26591: AFD- tee hee. I thought that was just your play on words, I knew exactly what you meant. MDC- I think AFD is right on the Gomer saying. However, I can honestly say that I, born and raised in the South, have never uttered that phrase, nor have I heard it used by any family members, friends, co-workers, etc., I don't think I even know what it's supposed to mean. Alyce- I know it was hard for you, but I'm sure your friend's parents appreciated your visit more than you know. It's never easy and, sure, sometimes we don't know exactly what to say...but just being there for the family means the world to them. They will always remember you being there for them. You are a kind and caring person. (even if you are a Katie fan...had to tease you a little bit!). Great lunch Pipeman.

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26592: MDC- we posted at the same time...hope that answered your question. Although, it very well may be a North Carolina phrase. I'm from God's country, South Carolina. You can't understand half of those hicks in NC anyway. I'M JUST KIDDIN'! Truth be known, I can't understand what half of MY family is saying.

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26593: Please pray for the military that will be delivering the voting machines to the Iraqi people -


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26594:

Mrs. Wiley, Thank you so very much. I feel even more humble now than I did after my big sweep. I not sure I deserve an award for humbleness. I do know I don't deserve one for typing. I should have swept not sweep. Honest a goodness I'm gonna start proof reading from here on out.

Rev Jr., Rochester's not too far from here. They do get some cold weather up there. They get their "lake effect" snow off of Lake Ontario. Lake Erie nails us here. That is until she freezes over. We head to Rochester a few times a year. It's the "Big City" in these parts. Actually, Buffalo is closer and bigger but ,wow, that city looks like war-time Berlin for the most part. Plus, us hayseeds from the country hate it in there when the sun goes down.

Keep warm gang,

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26595: AFD, Now I'm confused. Who are you again?:)
Old humble auh2o been cleaning up after us pigs I see.
Mrs. Wiley, your a bird in this world.
How's your cough doing homemaker?
You won't believe this, cause I can hardly believe it myself, but I have a tee time for tomorrow afternoon. Now snow down in the valley's and the temps in the 50's. Unreal for Utah in Janurary. Yet our ski resorts are loaded with snow. Go figure!
Now for just a little soap boxing of my own, I plan to visit McDonalds in the morning for breakfast, a nice cafe for lunch, and then take my honey out for dinner tomorrow night after golf. Why? Glad you asked. There are some folks, in an effort to protest the President on innaugaration day, who are promoting a no buy day on the 20th. They say buy nothing that day. I intend to buy much and buy often. Hope y'all will join me.


January 19, 2005 - Msg 26596: Here's another Texan who has never heard that phrase about going up an alley and hollerin' fish. I can't imagine what it would mean, doesn't seem to make much sense. I hope somebody can enlighten us?

Yuck, phooey, I have to work tonight. Sure does interfere with my life. Oh, well, I'm just glad I have a job and the health to do what I have to do. I'll be glad when the paycheck arrives, I guess.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26597: Well, Asa, thanks for the heads-up. I guess I'll fill my gas tank, buy groceries, take the Plum to PetsMart and get her a toy, ramble through Target and see if I can find something I need, stop by the garden center and pick up a few more pansies, and just about anything else that I need to buy in the next week or so, I'll get tomorrow. What a silly notion, a no-buy day to protest the President. Some people just wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they couldn't be protesting something. Kinda sad, isn't it?

Sugarplum says hey again. --Romeena

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26598: MDC.. I nver heard that saying other than on the TAGS episode but it sounds like it is a southern thing

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26599: REV JR. .. IM sure Jr. will find speed by race time ,those "special" DEI engines always do .
MDC .. that was me above on the saying Gomer used ...31 days til Daytona
ALYCE .. hang in there ,things will get better

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26600: Well, I dont mean to brag, but it was 76 here in Tempe/Phx area today! Birds was chirping and
the air was actually clear!
(Just remember that we do have those 118's in July!)
Asa, Have a good golf game, and buy the missus some fine thangs!
I agree in prayer with you Homemaker!
Well before I rock forward on Mr Tucker's foot,
let me say Have a great evenin all!

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26601: In Mayberry 101, Everett Greenbaum (who wrote that ep) says: "You just go up an alley and holler fish" was one of my mother's sayings. It meant "hush up", and came from the vendors who sold food in the alleys of her Philadelphia childhood.
- brought to you by Hazel

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26602: Ok ya'll, you can call off the APB on me & on our friend Tom I got a letter from him today, & he is doing fine said to be sure I told everyone hello for him & that he hasn't gotten any internet at his home yet, but he is working on it. He also asked me if I would ask you fine folks to mail him a picture of yourself, he wants to make a photo book of all his porch friends. I hate to post his address out here in public where just anyone can gt it tho, so email me at *Mavis and I will email you his address. He also sent a poem to share with everyone. I'm fine, just cold (been nasty here in SW VA) and busy. Here is Tom's poem:
The Healing Power of Prayer
In a peaceful sanctuary
Removed from worldly care,
One finds spiritual solace
In the healing power of prayer.
Like pure refreshing waters
We cleanse the heart and soul,
and wash away the sorrows
When God is in control.
Burdens become lighter
When to Him we pray,
and the outlook brighter
To cheer us on our way.

January 19, 2005 - Msg 26603: Hey, Mavis, good to see you! Glad you are updating us on Tom too. Please tell him Charlotte Tucker says hey! Hazel, thanks for clearin up the meaning of the "go up an alley and holler fish" saying for us. That's a good 'un. I was disappointed that MDC thought the iron mark on Andy's suit was just a shadow. Oh well, I can still think it anyway. Hey to FRANKIE FLINT! Frankie, we watched a movie today that had Chuck Norris in it as a Texas Ranger (can't remember the name--sorta strange) and your daddy was his boss. He looked about the same as he did when he wouldn't let Ellie give you all them purty lipsticks and things.
Charlotte Tucker

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26604: That Hazel is a smart cookie.
Good to see you Mavis, and good to hear Tom is ok.
Charlotte Tucker, that Mr. Flint gets around. I saw him on Gunsmoke once. He was right curious acting.


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26605: Hazel, I've always said - and I'll say it again - you're the smartest chicken I know. Asa, enjoy your golf game and spending spree, Law... in the 50's!? That's springtime weather! Mavis, how are you feeling dear? Hope things are coming easier for you, at least some.

Breakfast is served: eggs (your way) bacon, sausage, gravy, grits, toast, preserves (non-alcoholic), OJ and coffee is simmering. Y'all come!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: "Ya know, these are about the best preserves I ever ate."

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26606: Yippeee! We heard from Mavis and our sweet poet, Tom, as well! That makes my old heart glad. Been worryin' about both, though we have been hearing from Mavis now and then. I thought we had lost touch with Tom for keeps. Sure glad to know he's okay, and it was lovely to see one of his fine poems again.

Beautiful weather here, approaching 50 degrees, will get a lot warmer today. There's a whole flock of birds jostling for a place under the waterfall at my fountain, and another mixed flock is devouring the seed I just put out. Sure is fun, sitting at this window. Now, if I can just find something that will clean it without streaking, I'll be a happy camper.

Well, it's about time for a snooze, just got home from work. I'll see y'all later. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26607: prayrs this morning for our troops and our country. i don't blame anyone for not volunteering in today's military as much as i love it. take the e-4 who was sentenced to 10 years.there is no way there wasn't an nco in charge- all being charged are below having any authority. as far as the soldier shooting the guy in the mask, he was wounded the day before and didn't want to risk the guy having a weapon. the ohio guardsmen stripped abandoned vehicles to complete mission then displined. war is ugly and more lives would be saved if media would stop photographing everything. i pray for our troops, alyce's friend. THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL THING FOR ME. JUST A MILITARY LIVES AND DUTY THING.thanks for allowing me my soap box. ask any combat vet from any war and that's what it takes in war. soap box implode. kaboom- thanks. pipeman

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26608: back to our porch - good morning everyone.mrs wiley, i so look foward to your fine breakfasts.mavis, that healing power of prayer is great. thanks and thanks for the update on tom. romeena and plum- enjoy those warm tempetures for us.good morning auh29, asa, mayberry deputy, mdc,afd, andthe rest of the porch. where's goober and sterling? isn't it wonderfull that we can have different views and opinoins and stay united? i pray the world will be that way. thanks to each of you for being you and i feel lucky to call you friend. time to light the ole briar and chill. pipeman

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26609: I'm here, Pipeman. Just shoveling the walk. Have to get ready for the next round of snow tomorrow. Oh, and I had to shovel out my computer, Rev Jr. It wasn't frozen, just snow-covered.

Mavis, good to hear from you. And always good to hear a poem from Tom! Thank you for posting that for him!

Have a great day, everyone!
Remember to go buy something today!;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26610: Morning Porchsters. Pipeman- I just want to say thank you. Thank you and anyone else on the porch for your service in our armed forces. It takes someone special to do what y'all have done. It's easy for me to sit here and say the country should do this and do that militarily. But those that have served, and those that currently serve, are the ones that truly know what it takes to retain the freedom we all enjoy. Thanks. As MDC would say "I'm now sliding the soapbox under the porch."

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26611: Well went to the doc yesterday...at once he thought he was gona have to rebreak my left leg but NOT!..he said it is healed well[prayers]...gona start 5 weeks [3times a week] rehab for my once crushed and rebuilt right foot [whew].that should make it more moble...he said I should be able to go back to work first of march!..well lets have hot dogs for lunch!..chips and tater salad...signed: SPOT...

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26612: Happy Inauguration Day! Thought W gave a good speech.
Pman, thanks for my say, and thanks for saying yours. And that's not a PC "let's please everyone" thing; rather it's a Freedom thing!
HAZEL - You are a bird in this world! Thanks for the info. Where can I get Mayberry 101?
God bless Mavis and Tom, HM, spot, mrs wiley, boo, and all others ailin a bit.
Sterling - good to see you stooping that housework for a bit to say HEY!
Rev jr, good thoughts, thanks.
Ro, I'm sure those patients were thankful for another good 12 hours from ya.
Charlotte- I'm just saying that TO ME it looks like a shadow, but hey, on TAGS, anything is possible.
y'All have a good day.
ANDY: Now Baar-ney, I'm not gonna have time to catch the other 2, if I have to keep catching these 2 over and over again.

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26613: MDC- got Mayberry 101 as part of my Very Mayberry Christmas. I think my MIL got it at Books A Million. Do you have those in AZ? Spot- that's great news. Hot dogs sound good.(although, in real life I had Rotary today....fried chicken, stew beef and rice, mac & cheese, tater salad, stewed okra, green beans and sweet tea. Skipped the dessert, thought I had already gotten my money's worth.)

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26614: Hey guys..
Just checking in.. been reading the post this afternoon, just now feel like posting myself..been another down day..First thing this morning was an email with the last letter my friend wrote to his dad. Then when I opened the local paper it was in there. His dad had sent it in to the paper with a note attached from himself too, so I am assuming that is where the email came from..someone just copied and pasted into an email..but anyway...It was his face that I saw when I got my paper with an article on the front page and I am just blah all over again. I do like and appreciate Tom's poem.

Oh and..we bought some clothes today, fast food, medicine, gas...My aunt is one of those supporting that no buy mess. She's a trip..whatever!!


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26615: Alyce- at some point, when you feel like it, could you post the address of the newspaper's online edition? I'd like to read it.

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26616: Rev..let me check to see if they have a website..I am sure they do, cause I think he emailed his Letter to the Editor into the paper..


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26617: REv..well it seems that it doesnt have a website. I did a search, after searching on the paper itself..and I didnt find it. I found the town its is made in..and on the guest book of that site, several comments were posted about needing the paper online..But being a small country town, if that was available, I suppose sales would go down. I do have a copy of the letter to the editor..with my friends last letter to his dad if you are interested in that. If I knew how to use my scanner, I'd scan the article in and email that..but I dont know how and I am too tired to learn right now. But give me your email address if you wish to see that letter. I also have Instant Messenger if you want to contact me that way.


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26618: Rev..I may need to clarify..the other day I mentioned an article that was in the "paper". That was not the paper from our local small town. It was a general article, but a well written one. The one in our local paper today is more personal..being that it has more info on my friend. It even interviewed his grandmother.
Anyway..I am rambling on again..


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26619: Dear Lord, Bless and hold Alyce in Your Everlasting Arms!


January 20, 2005 - Msg 26621: To the unsigned poster above - yes, we all wish that we could step back in time, I guess. In a way, that's what we do here on this site. Thanks for dropping by, and please know that you're welcome here. We always have an empty rocker, and the rules here at "The Rock" are simple. "Be ye kind, one to another." Please visit us again.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26622: Hey sterling.ro,alyce,haz,auh20,...race day not to far away!,,,,[md]..in the morning its gona be fried jimmy dean
age links,grits and milk gravy to go with the home-made bisquits.....ummm....and yea sliced canalope......signed:Spot the" crazy dog of your porch""""""

January 20, 2005 - Msg 26623: Hey Spot, I think I will skip the "age links". I am old enough. ;) Just kidding! Hope you are doing better and continue on an upward slope.

Actually I will have to skip the breakfast tomorrow, but thank you anyway Spot, because I will be taking Kai to see her heart doctor as it is time for her checkup.
Even though last time went terrific, I am always afraid they will suddenly say that we have to get her into surgery right NOW, like one place did that we went to when Kai was not very old, when we wanted to get a second opinion about her condition. They were trying to rush us into admitting her into their care. We didn't, because there was something not right about the way they were trying to rush us. I think they just wanted the money, and were trying to grab us away from the other hospital. And it's scary because this was a well-known children's hospital, who do alot of charity work.
I'm glad we stayed with her first heart doctor at the time. He always explained everything very well. And now Kai's new heart doctor says that she is getting even better, so I hope that keeps up. Even though I am wary even of that good news, and try not to get my hopes up too high that Kai is perfectly ok. But her new doctor is supposed to be one of the better ones, so maybe, and hopefully, she is right.

Goodnight porch!
-Sterling Holobyte

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26624: Good luck today, Sterling. Keep a good thought!
MDC, I got my Mayberry 101 at Weavers.
- Hazel

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26625: I sure am glad Kai has a calm, cool and collected mommy and daddy! God bless y'all and give you a GREAT checkup Sterling!

~ Mrs. Wiley
pass me one of those "age links" spot, maybe I'll start acting like I got some smart.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26626: I hope all goes well for Kai at the heart doctor Sterling..Be safe and stay positive..


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26627: Prayers for Kai, Sterling. Spot- I'll take one of those "age links" too. There are a couple of years I'd like to have a "do over." MDC- what did you think of the speech? Amazingly enough, even some of the democrats are saying it was the best since JFK's. Alyce- we're still thinking about you, be strong.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26628: Hi all,
I sent Tom's address to those that emailed and asked, if anyone else wants to have it & send him a picture, just email & let me know. We had snow here overnight & I sure do hate that 4-letter word. Supposed to get more this weekend. I'm off to groom puppy feet.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26629: Mavis: I am liking the snow actually. We are suppose to get more tomorrow and Sunday, but including sleet (that I dont like) Is it the same for yall?

REv: Thanks..I am doing ok...(havent cried yet today!!)


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26630:
Morning Folks,

Sterling, I will be praying for you and Kai. We've had a few medical issues with our daughters and boy when your in the middle of it nothing seems worse. However, it sounds like you folks have gotten some great news. That's great. Don't over play it but it is great news.

As for the going back in time, once again agree with Rev Jr. I'd like a "mulligan" on a few things. However, like the song says, "These are the good old days."

It was a three dog night here last night. Had to plug the car in. Geesh, you'd like think this was Minnesota or something.


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26631:

Oh yeah, Spot thanks for the cantaloupe. In my humble opinion it is the melon all melons are measured by.


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26632: auh2o- speaking of golf.....I heard the best wood Asa had in his bag was his pencil. (rimshot, "thanks folks, I'll be here all week. Remember your waitresses and waiters.")

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26633: Fried Bologna sandwiches and chips and pickles for lunch...SPOT

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26634: My goodness Rev. You have seen me golf before. HAHAHA!
God bless Kai and your family Sterling.


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26635: I'm right there for lunch, spot! Mmm!

Prayers for Sterling, Kai, and Mrs Holobyte - just keep thinking of all the good things God has done for Kai so far. He still working on her behalf.

Well folks, I think I might just take my Bush/Cheney '04 sign out of my yard today. Told everyone I was leaving it up 'til Inauguration Day and I did! I did a little celebrating with the Morrison sisters elixir yesterday (not really) so that's why you didn't see me here. Actually I had the Inauguration festivities on almost all day.
Excellent speech I thought, although he could have left the part about the Koran out. Here's the quote "That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people". - I'm sure many Muslims are devout family people but the part I don't agree with is that there is a whole lot of truth in the Koran. (putting soap box back under the porch).

If there are any VietNam vets here on the porch, or you know someone who is, there is a big "Welcome Home" celebration for them that will be held in Branson MO on June 13-19. I have sent the info to my dad who is a VietNam vet. They have a website set up if anyone wants info - www.operationhomecomingusa.com.

God bless our troops, the president and his administration, our local, state and national leaders, and God bless the USA!

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26636: Thanks AFD for the website. I will pass it on to my daddy too. Some of the men that he was in service with got in touch with him a year or so ago and they are planning a reunion in Vegas..I dont see my parents attending something there..but anyway..


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26637: AFD, I hear ya on the koran thing. Someone pointed out to me the verse that talks about
doing away with any that dont convert, ie: infidels, and that is pretty scary. He could have left part that out and, instead, after sermon on the mount, just say the part about the varied faiths of our people, and let it go at that. I think he was ill-advised on that part. Other than that
I ditto your thoughts. I remember when Reagan used the term evil empire for the soviet union and everyone thought that would get there dander up, and instead it was the beginning of the end for that oppressive government.
Ok, box back under the porch.
Alyce, thanks for the Vietnam info, I got some buddies who would like to see that.
rev, good one with the "wood: joke.
Mulligan is also a good stew in these parts.
Spot, Mavis, pipeman, ro, boo etc prayers continue for you all.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26638: Spot- only one problem. With fried bologna, there's only one way to pronounce it....sammiches! ha. AFD- will pass that website on to the vets I know. Thanks. MDC & Asa- I must admit...the best club I play with is my "foot" wedge. Also, doesn't matter the time of year, Winter rules apply.tee hee.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26639: MDC...dont want to take credit...AFD provided the website for the Vietnam reunion.

Well off to get my mind off things and search for some good recipies..thinking of making chili this weekend..going to be snowed/iced in.


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26640: I never seen such a fine shiner in all my born days!

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26641: Afternoon Y'all- Got some GREAT news to share- Laci's MRI turned out fine! She has a perfect brain in that cute lil' head of hers! Eye doctors see no signs of septal optic dysplasia or trouble with her pituitary gland. They even saw signs that her optic nerve was getting stronger which really pleased them because she's only been wearing glasses for a few months. I now feel better about the genetics testing because we all know that most terrible syndromes/disorders go hand in hand with brain abnormalities-and there AIN'T any of those! God is so good and He has heard all of your prayers! Thank you! Ro,please tell the Sunday school ladies about this. The power of prayer is awesome!
Sterling,I will certainly pray for Kai. We have been through the heart stuff with Laci and know how unnerving it can be. God brought her through just fine and I pray Kai will get through her trials just fine.
Glad you just keep getting good news about your recovery Spot! Hooray!
Good to see you Mavis.Hope you're doing well,my friend.
Well,guess I'd better go for now.Just wanted to give y'all the news and thank you for the prayers in Laci's behalf. Love you all!
Alyce, you're in my thoughts. It'll get better,even though it's a lot to take in right now. God bless.
possum under a rock

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26642: Possum: That is just wonderful news!! Go to Chuck E. Cheese now and celebrate! I am so glad that Laci is just fine!! Now, will she have to always wear glasses? Even if she does...so what..it could be worse!


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26643: Possum, such great news about our little Laci!! My oldest had to have glasses from before she was 2... and finally, at age 12 she didn't need them! Then 1 year later, she needed them again, and now 2 more years later she's done with them for good we hope. Yes, God is good and I'm certain he hears the prayers from the Porch.

~ Mrs. Wiley

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26644: Possum- that is absolutely FABULOUS news! I'm so happy for y'all.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26645: Hey possum, Rosa says sljeiohgaiohsek, which in this sentence means....way to go little buddy. I am so glad for ya. And I am thrilled for her to. There I said it and I ain't takin' it back!
fun girl

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26646: prayers for sterling, kai, spot, troops and everyone of us. spot we'll have to check you out serving balogna- that's living high on the bull. anyone see last nights frontline? it showed how we each have over 1000 enteries a day on each of us and they plan on being able to know when we sneeze soon. no wonder the person who posted said send me back to the mayberry days. it's sad because they interviewed young adults who have become so accustmed to being monitored they feel it's normal. privacy what's the big deal they asked. scary. thanks for the info afd. hello to all porchsters. pipeman

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26647: Praise the Lord for that wonderful news about Laci!!

Well we had a big 65° yesterday, now they say it's gonna be 20° tomorrow. Oh well, it's still winter so I guess I shouldn't be too disappointed.


January 21, 2005 - Msg 26648: just saw where rockingham, n.c. will not hold nascar this year. there 2 races went to 1. ft worth texas 2. phoenix, az. this was to settle a law suit. each year i pick a different car and driver to root for. this year i'm going with jimmy johnson #48 lowes. pipeman

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26649: Possum, this calls for the skipper to raise you in the air like when he was lookin for a wife!
Super news.
pipeman, I hear ya bro. All being fullfilled before our eyes and very few see it, and will take the mark just becaue it's "the latest" technology.
Well, the Tempe porch is closin' up for the night!
Have a good wekend all.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26650: Hey pipeman good on ya! I root for Jimmy Johnson every year now. Used to be a big #3 fan, but....:( Alyce I hope we don't get any sleet! I hate that word more than the other one. I guess I would love the snow if I could just stay in the house & watch it, but regardless of the weather, I have to get to work & take care of the critters there. They are counting on me & just cause it snows don't mean they don't want to eat. That is such great news about little Laci! I'm off to put some more things on ebay & hope they sell. Ya'll have a good one & if you are in my end of Old Man Kelsey's Woods, try to stay warm.

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26651: Hey Mavis, good to see you sitting there. Spot, so glad to hear you're healing. Praises for Little Laci! I'm sure you're relieved, possum. MDC, I'm just teasin' about the iron mark on the suit. You're probably right, it's probably just a shadow. I had just convinced myself over time it was an iron mark. ; ) I'm sort of a music freak of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Especially 60s I guess. I ran across this great lyric trivia quiz at pages.prodigy.net/macknife13/60slyric.htm today. Thought you all might enjoy it. I'm wishing my aunt lived closer. She's in Florida and only 4 years older than me. We grew up listening to music together and she'd love to sit and sing all these lyrics with me and try to figure them out. We have the same birthday which is comin' right up--the 8th of Feb. (no hints or nothin' intended). Wish I could go celebrate with her in the sunshine! Hope ya'll have a good evening. Raining here a little. Hope it doesn't get too slick.
Charlotte Tucker

January 21, 2005 - Msg 26652: I'm glad you received such great news, Possum! I'm happy for you and Laci, I really am! I know the emotional pain and fear that those medical tests can produce, and I wouldn't wish bad news on either parent or especially, on a child.

I was all set to deliver my good news about Kai having just another routine exam with nothing new to report, but I have to alter that now.
I don't know how I got it wrong but apparently I misunderstood something about what the doctor was saying last time.
Well, to cut to the heart of the matter(if you will excuse my pun) Kai's "points" have jumped(some of you nurses might understand what I mean by points; I don't understand it totally myself, but apparently it is how they rate the different areas of the heart and how well they are working) from 59 points at her checkup last year to 67 this time. Two years ago it was around 56-57 so that's why that jump to 59 didn't concern them much because it was a small jump. Well, most of the doctors we have been to for this have said that when it gets to 70-80 points is when they start discussing surgery. That's why that jump now to 67 has the doctor concerned enough that she wants to see Kai in 6 months instead of the yearly visits they had been requesting. So there has been some more narrowing of her aortic artery, and because her heart has to work harder because of it, the walls of her heart have been showing some thickening. Her pulmonary artery(I thought that was the one that they said last time they couldn't find any narrowing) is narrowing a little too and that is at 17 points. The higher you get the worse it is I guess.
Ok, now that my medical lesson is over...
I guess, they are concerned, but they obviously aren't THAT concerned about it or they would've admitted her to the hospital right then and there, right? So that is something to be grateful for.
The doctor did say that she is growing perfectly for her age and she is right in the exact place she should be on the growth charts, so that is another thing.
She asked us if Kai has been having any trouble with eating or if she gets tired or out of breath easily lately and I was happy to report that none of that is any problem. I mean, here is a girl who just a couple days ago ate a whole peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, two bananas, some crackers, ice cream, and washed it all down with strawberry milk(her favorite), all for one meal. And as far as getting out of breath, I wish the doctor could have seen her last night, running(actually galloping, as she was pretending to ride a horse) from one end of the house to the other, full speed, with no breaks, for about an hour. To look at her you wouldn't think anything was wrong with her.
Yes, I'm trying to cheer myself up about this. I've been in a funk ever since we left the hospital. I guess it is especially hard after thinking that things were going better.
We took Kai to Chuck E. Cheese afterwards since she was such a good girl at the exam. The doctors and attendants always have a compliment for her no matter who we take her to. This time they said she was so polite. And she is. She'll do just what they ask her to do with no fuss or crying. I'm proud of her for that. As long as one of us are there with her I think she feels comfortable.
Once during the exam she looked over at me and gave me the smallest, sweetest smile. I smiled back, although I was a nervous wreck inside.

Well, enough of my novel. I would like to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. They are appreciated, truly, and I would like to ask you to continue them, as it seems we are not out of the woods yet.
Kai wouldn't mind that we aren't out of the woods; she would probably just like to be out there in them, galloping around on her pretend horse.

Have a peaceful night!
-Sterling Holobyte

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26653: Hey Y'all. Sterling,aren't these little girls the bravest things? Word got back to us from Laci's heart surgeon that she was happy and smiling at him & the other doctors right before they put her under for her open heart surgery. Kai has that same strength and I know she will come through everything ok.
Someone asked if Laci would always have to wear glasses-we're not clear on that yet,but she's so adorable with them on that it really doesn't matter. She draws attention everywhere she goes what with her tiny size and those specks.She's cute,if I do say so myself!
Y'all be careful with all this nasty weather coming across the country.If you get too much snow,send a bit down to me & Rev. Jr.!
Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26654:
A good morning hey to the porch,

Sterling, when my daughters said their prayers last night before bed I had them include a special prayer for a daughter of a friend of mine. We will surely continue those prayers for Kai. While there are most definitely important things to consider try to find time in your thoughts for the good stuff. Sorry, if that sounded preachy.

possum, fantastic news about Laci. Good for you all.

The weatherman says it got down to -15 here last night and we're suppose to get another
12 to 18 inches of the white stuff today. I thought the old furnace was gonna shake off it's foundation last night.


January 22, 2005 - Msg 26655: Good morning, everyone! Possum, what wonderful news! I will surely share it with my SS class friends. It's always so lovely and gratifying to get some positive feedback on prayers. Give that baby an extra hug from me, please.

Sterling, Kai will definitely go on the list tomorrow morning. I can hear the concern and fear in your words, but I also know that you have a bedrock kind of faith, and it will not be shaken. She will be all right.

Well, gotta run. I volunteered to spend this morning helping to get our unit spruced up in preparation for the inspectors who will descend next month, so guess I'd better go. I like our young unit manager, she's trying very hard and doing a good job, so I wanted to back her hand just a bit. So, off I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26656: Are you going to wear a hat and tie for the inspector, Ro?
- Hazel

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26657: She will probably take him frog gigging.
BTW, what exactly is frog gigging?
Sterling, You and Kai and your family are in my prayers my friend. Please keep us updated and God bless you guys.
Prayers of thanks for Laci's health too. That is wonderful news possum.
Well I may have to go golfing today, if the fog stays away.


January 22, 2005 - Msg 26658: Prayers for all of yall Sterling..Asa frog gigging [which I have done] is taking a cane pole and tapeing a pocket knife on the end and sloping around in the creek till ya see a frog and stabbing it...then string him up and do it all over...frog legs are good!..hey mavis,auh20,hazel,possum,ct,and all the porch, gona rain here in ga today...ho-made chicken noodle soup for lunch!...signed:SPOT the"gona clean out my shop today" dog of this here fine porch...God Bless all and Prayers to those in need...Miss Sherry says hey...

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26659: Thanks for the info Spot. I believe I'll let the frog legs slide on by though.:)


January 22, 2005 - Msg 26660: happy lunch hour everyone. mavis, saw where jimmy johnson just married a young blonde. blonde yeah straight from the bottle, ha. mdc, what do you think about nascar race in phonix this year? charlotte tucker, are you stayin in today? i am the weather is frieghtful. sterling, praise the lord for kai's report.have you got enough snow your way? i know they say snow is god's way of reminding us that he can wash our sins away no matter how dirty they are but i think i got the message. ha. possum, we'll send you and rev jr a plane load of snow and still have plenty. auh20, hold onto your bonnet they say more's a comin.do't work to hard romenna and poor plum looks plum tuckered out.hazel, are you going to wear a hat and tie for the inspection? say that's funny, a hat and tie. spot, take it easy and don't over due it- we say hi to miss sherry and mayor pipeman decrees tommorow as miss sherry day on the porch since she's taken such good care of you. asa, i used to love froggigging and frog legs but once i figured out how much of the frog goes to waste i saw no need togig unless it's music. ha. apb for goober and boo. time to light the ole briar and relax. have a great one. pipeman

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26661: Pipeman Miss Sherry will be delighted!..Will try to get her on her tomorrow..she is working today at the power company..and she and my parents have been here for me everyday..bless them..tonight its gona be ribeye steaks on the grill and salad and bake taters with butter and sour cream and bacon bits..A-1 sauce little green onions, sweet tea...firing ip the grill at 6.00...and will someone bring some slaw..signed:SPOT the"chillin and grillin tonight" talking dog of this fine porch..."GO FALCONS"...

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26662: Spot, when you mention ribeye steaks, you're talkin' my language. I'll take mine rare, please, and I'll bring some slaw. The Plum isn't particular about how her steak is cooked, she's just thrilled to get one. Oh, and she said she'd bring some carrots.

I agree with Asa about the frog legs, though. I just don't think I could bring myself to stab a poor little old frog, just so's I could eat his tiny little legs, which I hear taste like chicken, which I can buy in a package at the grocery store, and which there's a whole bunch more of. (Whew!) So, I reckon I'll just let the frog legs hobble on by.

As for that inspection at the hospital, I don't plan to wear a hat and tie. In fact, with any luck I'll be wearing my PJ's here at home, and somebody else will be answering their nosy questions. They'll be harassing the day shift mostly, and I'm hoping to be off on the nights before they arrive, so there won't be any danger of overlap.

Well, guess I'll go see if I can find a nap somewhere. I think I left one in my big chair. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 22, 2005 - Msg 26663: Asa _ I cannot believe you did not know what frog giggin was - it is such a highbrowed event! LOL
Did you ever pith a frog in high school biology.
It is 19 here right now but with the wind"shield" it feels like 3 above. Glad the big storm bypassed us - just wish the cold would!


January 22, 2005 - Msg 26664: That sounds painful. (I refuse to sign on the grounds that it might embarrass me.)

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26665: Not preachy at all, auh2o, and I'm not one to be offended by a little preaching anyway, I am not a member of the aclu. And I never will be.

Thanks again for your prayers everyone! Today we took Kai up to the school yard hill to go sledding since we just got 12 inches of the white stuff last night and this morning. I had to shovel my walk and my parents but I don't really mind.
Kai loves sledding. When I first took her up there after we had an ice storm, she was kind of apprehensive about it so I put her on the "baby" hill. Well, as I figured once she did that she loved it so we moved on to the steeper parts and she loved that too.

Speaking of high school biology class, homemaker, I never took it, and it was a required class. I simply didn't put it down on my schedule. And they never caught it.
Don't tell!
Actually sometimes I think it might be kind of fun if I had to go back to high school just to get credit for that one class.
-Sterling Holobyte

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26666: Ro rare steak?..like mine med...hey sterling..today is Miss Sherry day..she has took real good care of me in my times of injury...this morning its country ham eggs your way bisquits red eye gravy hash browns with cheese ice cold milk coffee and apple butter...ready at 7.30 signed:SPOT the"GO FAKCONS" dog of your porch...

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26667: Sure am glad to have Breakfast "on the SPOT" again! Good Sabbath to you all! ~ Mrs. Wiley

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26668: Great news about LACI..
STERLING .. best wishes and prayers for KAI
SPOT..breakfast sounded great
28 days til the 500 ... everyone have a great day

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26669: Yep, Spot, I like a good rare steak. I can do medium rare, or even medium, but well done just ruins a good piece of meat, in my opinion. If I was someone's guest, and they served it well done, I'd eat it and smile, but I would never order it that way. I guess I'm fortunate. Someone who likes it well done would never be able to eat a rare steak, so I guess I'm lucky I can be flexible. If it's good beef (like Angus), just knock the horns and hooves off and I'd probably eat it. My dad once said he saw a steer get well that was hurt worse than my steak was. (teehee)

Possum and I shared about Laci and Kai at Sunday School this morning, and prayers were offered for both little girls.

Well, I'd love to go take a nap, but there's so much squirrelly activity going on in my back yard trhat I can't tear myself away from this window. I really wish I could share this view with everyone. I'm sure many of you have much more beautiful vistas than this, though my yard is pretty, but I'll bet no one has as much comic activity as I do. It's a constant show out there.

Hzve a great Sabbath afternoon, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26670: Oh, for pete's sake! That was supposed to be Possum andSterling, I shared about Laci and Kai, etc.
I was sure I typed it right! Reckon the Count is back? We haven't seen him for a while. --Romeena

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26671: Mercy! I just checked the page source for that entry, and I really boogered it up. Must have been watching that silly little squirrel. --Romeena

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26672: While we are on the subject of steaks, who likes fat? I guess it must be the english in me but I just love the fat on steaks. I see folks cut all the fat off when the steak is served and think man, your removing the best stuff. I know it ain't healthy, maybe that's why it's so good?


January 23, 2005 - Msg 26673: Asa, I believe I will just let the fat slide on by. Leaving a trail of grease in its wake. :)

Thank you for thinking of Kai at Sunday school today, Romeena.

-Sterling Holobyte

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26674: I love fat on my steak Asa, and the more burnt up the fat is, the better. I like 'em medium - T-bones are my fav!! Sterling and Possum, I will keep those youngun's in my prayers as well!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: "You keep feeding us like this, they're going to start calling me porky."

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26675: Hey, here I am laughing in the libray again, sorry! I just read spots message 26659 where he says "ho-made" chicken soup! Sorry, it was just so funny, cuz I'm thinking miss sherry wouldnt like that! haha Ya gotta watch those paws spot!
Sterling great news about Kai, and Laci too!
Those little ones have a lot of spunk and determination!
Say I just read on MSN that Johnny Carson passed away this morning. I can recall getting to watch him as a kid if I couldnt sleep etc, my dad would say, OK, but just for a few minuites. He will surely be missed. Only 79.
CT, you just go on beliveing that it's an iron mark, and ole Otis will back you up. haha
pipester, I heard about the race, will look into it.
Have a good day, too bad no band concert in the park.

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26676: Yea caught that MDC...whew...just throwing a little southern country slang in and ....well...My Falcons better pick it up a notch or two!...back to the game...SPOT

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26677: The only way I could eat a bite of fat off my steak would be to spoon some piccalilli in with each bite. (I hate the fat)
MDC, lets have a band concert next Sunday night.
- Hazel

Goober's hamburger order: Hamburger with catsup, mustard, hot sauce, pickles and onions, french fries on the side, and an orange drink.

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26678: Good Sabbath, friends. Just saw on my MSN homepage that Johnny Carson passed away. I will miss him. What a funny funny man. When I was a teenager I once sent his name in to some magazine as one of the men I admired most! Take care ya'll. A little warmer here today and no wind. That's a break.
Charlotte Tucker

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26679: HAHAHAHA! Hazel, I knew I could count on you!
(I like to feel the fat sliding on down me throat)


January 23, 2005 - Msg 26680: Rest in Peace, Johnny Carson. A talented, complex, driven man.

Asa, I'm with you. I like a bit of fat on a good grilled steak. Actually, I like quite a bit of it, but in deference to my diabetes and cholesterol levels, I do trim quite a lot of it off. Sure does add to the flavor of a good steak, though. If meat's too lean, you might as well chew on a shoe sole.

It's beautiful outdoors here today, bright and sunny, reasonably warm because there's no wind. Then I see, sparkling in the sunlight, a curtain of ice surrounding my flowing stacked-rock fountain, left over from last night, I suppose. Sure is pretty.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26681: Asa - another vote for fat! I like it nice and juicy (that's how I like bacon, too). Goood stuff!


January 23, 2005 - Msg 26682: Hey ct,asa,ro,hazel.mw...and all others..."SOB" My Falcons lost..but a great season anyway...in the morning its gona be fresh sausage pattys,flap jacks,scrambled eggs with cheese...maple syrup..coffe,H2o....ready at an early 6.00...signed:SPOT the"thanks for the year Falcons" dog of your porch.....

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26683: sory about the falcons spot.as the cubs fans say, oh well there's next year.in about a month nascar will ease the loss. prayers for johnny carson and family. hello to everyone and pleasant dreams. pipeman

January 23, 2005 - Msg 26684: For those who enjoyed Johnny Carson,I'm sorry to report he has died today at the age of 79!
Here's the report from NBC!LOS ANGELES - Johnny Carson, the quick-witted “Tonight Show” host who became a national inst. putting his viewers to bed for 30 years with a smooth nightcap of celebrity banter and heartland charm, died Sunday. He was 79.
Carson died early Sunday morning, according to his nephew, Jeff Sotzing. “He was surrounded by his family, whose loss will be immeasurable,” Sotzing told The Associated Press.

He did not provide further details, but NBC said Carson died of emphysema — a respiratory disease that can be attributed to smoking
Born in Corning, Iowa, and raised in nearby Norfolk, Neb., Carson started his show business career at age 14 as the magician “The Great Carsoni.”

After World War II service in the Navy, he took a series of jobs in local radio and TV in Nebraska before starting at KNXT-TV in Los Angeles in 1950.

There he started a sketch comedy show, “Carson’s Cellar,” which ran from 1951-53 and attracted attention from Hollywood. A staff writing job for “The Red Skelton Show” followed.

The program provided Carson with a lucky break: When Skelton was injured backstage, Carson took the comedian’s place in front of the cameras.

Producers tried to find the right program for the up-and-coming comic, trying him out as host of the quiz show “Earn Your Vacation” (1954), the variety show “The Johnny Carson Show” (1955-56), the game show “Who Do You Trust?” (1957-62).

A few acting roles came Carson’s way, including one on “Playhouse 90” in 1957, and he did a pilot in 1960 for a prime-time series, “Johnny Come Lately,” that never made it onto a network schedule.

Stepping into his late-night role
In 1958, Carson sat in for “Tonight Show” host Paar. When Paar left the show four years later, Carson was NBC’s choice as his replacement.

After his retirement, Carson took on the role of Malibu-based retiree with apparent ease. An avid tennis fan, he was still playing a vigorous game in his 70s.

He and his wife, Alexis, traveled frequently. The pair met on the Malibu beach in the early 1980s; he was 61 when they married in June 1987, she was in her 30s.

Carson’s first wife was his childhood sweetheart, Jody, the mother of his three sons. They married in 1949 and split in 1963. He married Joanne Copeland Carson that same year, but divorced nine years later. His third marriage, to Joanna Holland Carson, took place in 1972. They divorced in 1985.

On the occasion of Carson’s 70th birthday, former “Tonight” bandleader Doc Severinsen, who toured with musicians from the show, said he was constantly reminded of Carson’s enduring popularity.

“Every place we go people ask ‘How is he? Where is he? What is he doing? Tell him how much we miss him.’ It doesn’t surprise me,” Severinsen said.

Carson won a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1992, with the first President Bush saying, “With decency and style he’s made America laugh and think.” In 1993, he was celebrated by the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for career achievement.

His nephew said there will be no memorial service.