March 04, 2005 - Msg 27450: I have another request. There is a wonderful lady that works at the Mount Airy Visitor's Center. (home of the Andy Griffith collections)
Her name is Miss Bertie. She is having open heart bypass surgery early next week and is in need of fervent prayers. She is one of the dearest, kindest, and most sincere people that I know. Please keep her in your prayers for a full recovery, so that she can get back to what she loves the most....making people feel truely welcome in "Mayberry". Thank you.

March 04, 2005 - Msg 27451: Will do jb.


March 04, 2005 - Msg 27452: Me too jennieboone. By the way, I sent your soldier a birthday card. May have my Sunday night youth encouragement group send him one also. Since jennieboone swept, I'm going to plug my friend Spence Stimler's book one more time--No Silver Spoon (about growing up during the depression) and is available for $12.95 + s & h from Tigress Press. I hope no one minds my little commercial. Spence is a great guy--a true Mayberrian! I need aTAGS fix tonight!
Charlotte Tucker

March 04, 2005 - Msg 27453: hello evryone , looks like porch has been busy today REV. JR.... Package arrived this afternoon ,thanks for the fast shipment ,I agree with you ,they need to bring back public hangings
I am not happy with the NASCAR brass ,outsourcing a Busch race to Mexico ,that stinks ,we lose races at North Wilkesboro ,Rockingham ,and Darlington and they start racing in Mexico it stinks!!!
everyone have a great evening

March 04, 2005 - Msg 27454: REV JR. and POSSUM ..Saturday night at 10 pm on TLC the show Town Haul is in Laurens S.C. to help make the town nicer ,good show I have been watching it the last month or so

March 04, 2005 - Msg 27455: I agree MD! There's a soapbox topic if i ever saw one Rev! Why cant we keep ONE thing completely american? What are they thinking?
Are they going to build a bullfight ring in downtown Daytona Beach or where ever. It does stink and we need to keep some things as red blooded American! There, I said it and ant takin it back. Let's fire up the melting pot once again!
Dixie, great that you made it to break! We used to call it Easter vacation, before the PC crowd got ahold of everthing! (Im on a roll here)
Sterling, Prayers for the folks. My 86 year old dad finally gave up his keys when he rammed a car in a parking lot. I told him, what if you had been on the street! He agreed and now takes the bus to his bridge game etc.
BOO! Good to see you again. Glad things are settling down. If I could get the pochsters to all take garlic and oregano, we'd all be better!
People at my work have been dropping like flies for the last month, and I continue strong. Immune system is at full tilt!
Ok, I went on enuf tonight! Mayor pipeman may grab a cane and pull me off the porch if i dont shut up! teehee
Good weekend to you all!

March 04, 2005 - Msg 27456: Charlotte thank you so much. Can you just imagine the thrill this soldier will get when he opens these cards?!
Thank you to everyone for keeping Miss Bertie in your prayers.

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27457: Everything's A-OK in Mayberry!

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27458: That's good to hear, Msg 27457!

Everything's pretty good here today too! My Mom is feeling better today. Her neck doesn't hurt like the Doc said it might, so that is great! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers! I'm sure they helped!

Have to run. We are looking at houses today! Hopefully not the Remshaw place!;)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27459: Good morning, all! I've been "out of pocket" the past few days - worked two nights, tree-trimming men here one day, lots going on. One severed tree limb, though securely roped off, took an unexpected swing and just swept one of my squirrel houses right off the trunk of the tree. It fell about 20 feet, and landed flat on its back wall. The crew boss and I ran to it, and to our horror, there were five baby squirrels in it. The front wall was torn away, and they looked like they were lying in a big shoebox. All appeared unhurt. The crew boss tacked the little house back together and I took it inside so the babies would stay warm. They have their fur, but are still very tiny and helpless. Before the men left, they put the little house back up.
I watched all afternoon, but had to leave for work at 6pm. Then I watched the next morning after I got home atound 8. I never saw the mama, but there was a starling making himself at home, going in and tossing the nest material out. I called the tree man, and he sent a climber to get the babies out, I figured it was their only chance. Guess what!!! No babies! At some point, the good little mama squirrel had returned and moved her family. Isn't God good??

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27460: Sterling, I know how you feel, with your folks being in an accident. A few years ago, while my parents were still living and my dad was still driving, they were in a wreck. They were driving across a street, headed to the parking lot where I was parked - we were going to meet up for lunch. I saw the whole thing happen, and almost died on the spot. I saw a speeding car just T-bone their car, right at my dad's door. I was sure they were both killed or badly injured, but no, they were just fine. Not a bruise or a scratch. Yes, they were wearing seatbelts. The car was totalled. Again, God is good.

Charlotte Tucker, you tell that young'un not to drink anything but bottled water or sodas, unless they're staying in a 4-star hotel, which I doubt if this is a mission trip. Also, remind him that ice is made from water! I've seen people pour their sodas over ice, then wonder why they get sick. He should wash his hands often, but use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer afterward. Remember, he's washing in local water. Also, he must eat NOTHING bought from a street vendor, or anything fresh (uncooked) even in a restaurant. No salads. I ate some fresh salsa (stupid) at a sidewalk cafe, and I have never been so sick in my life. I'd have to have gotten better to die. This was in Mexico City. I wouldn't eat or drink anything that I didn't bring with me in any of the border towns. It's called Montezuma's revenge, of course, and all I can say is, Montezume must be really mad, because his revenge is really awful.

Well, gotta go put out critter feed. Homemaker, I'd sure love to see your little goats. They're such cute little things, so playful and lively.

Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27461: Pardon the interuption...

This is for pipeman---


March 05, 2005 - Msg 27462: Hi Porch! Sterling, glad to hear your Mamma is OK! God is good indeed! Ro, that squirrel incident would have had me so upset! Poor little babies!! Hope they found a new home.

Had to mention I saw Briscoe Darlin' on the Wyatt Erp show today. It was a 1959 show. Sure was funny to hear him talk without the thick mountain accent. Tonight on TVLand is one of my favorite eps, "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee". Gonna grill up a cheap steak, steam some greens and have a chocolate eclaire ice cream bar for desert. Y'all come join me!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Briscoe:"...but I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon!"

March 05, 2005 - Msg 27463: Mrs.Wiley,thanks for the invite,I think I'll join you.It's no fun to watch alone,or eat alone.The sun came out here again today and melted more snow.Can't wait till it's all gone.I stir fried some chicken breasts,so I'll bring some of them too.see the rest of you at Mrs.Wileys!Take girl

March 06, 2005 - Msg 27464: Hey kygirl, glad you came by! Sorry about the cheap steak, but sometimes cheap steak is better than no steak a'tall. That Briscoe is a hoot, ain't he?

Briscoe: "...the boys will back me up on that, won't ya boys?"
VW Boys: "______________"
Andy: "there's a lot in what they say."

Y'all have a blessed Sabbath, and remember, "WHAT'S YOUR HURRY!?!"

~ Mrs. Wiley
Briscoe: "Thank you Miss Bee, your kisses are prized and highly valuable... but they just ain't worth the pain."

March 06, 2005 - Msg 27465: MRS. WILEY..Thanks ..I was having a bad morning ,then I read your post and starting laughing ,I love that episode thanks again

March 06, 2005 - Msg 27466: She's got a lot of Sheriff in her!


March 06, 2005 - Msg 27467: REV JR. .. just finshed filling up on BBQ pork chops covered in Rev Marvins sauce, good stuff,real good ..gonna watch the Busch race but I still think racing in Mexico stinks

March 06, 2005 - Msg 27468: Hi, busy weekend for me, hope yall having a good sabboth.
Mrs wiley, ANY ep with bricoe and the boys is my favorite!
God bless,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

March 06, 2005 - Msg 27469: Mine too Mr Darlins Cuz,and Mrs.Wiley that is so true about steak.I've never heard of the Rev.s sauce,I'd like to try some,where can I get it Mayberry Deputy?I'll stop back by the porch later,I have a few more chores to do around the house.Ky Girl

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27470: the old computer is being contray lately. tooearlyto post, too busy, to late, i don't want to. i'm taking away it's mega bytes for a day and see if it wants to act like it's had some upbring in the manners department. ha. pipeman

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27471: prayers for miss bertie and her family, our soldiers(we're having our first brick laying ceramony on march 12 of a fallen soldier, raised here but lived in chicago at our all veterans park. all county veterans can (war) buy a brick engraved for $35 and a local monument company engraves and places them at a ceramony . in this case our first lincoln loss even though the trooper isn't being buried here- we're holding a military funneral .this will be done from now on when a combat member of any war dies- their family will be afforded a memorial brick military burial rites. this along with a local funneral home providing the registeries free will afford friends, comrades, family who couldn't make the actual visitation and funneral. i'e gota brick there to. sorry i've gone on- next post i'll catch up the rest while the computer is acting like it had some upbring. pipeman

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27472: sterling- prayers for you and your parents, barney will make you a great deal o the remshaw place if you'd like. mayberry deputy- it's 2 am and i'm scrolling down and first thing i see was they ought to bring back public hanging and i started looking for the back door. ha. charlotte tucker- always love knowing about a great real book that you can relax to. maybe you could start a book of the month club where everyone posts a good book they read. wasn't that a heart breaker? illinois lost it's last game by one point in the final minute. ro &plum- great story,but nothing to worry about. you see romeena and plum the big ones will take care of the little ones, now you take them starlings, their pushy. mdc-- you'll have to open your co- workers mouth, pour liberly equal amounts ofgarlic and oregeno, give them a drink, grease them head to toe with vicks and tell them back to work.ha on a serious note prayers for floyd and his lovely wife. good to se you jb, asa, mrs wiley, ky girl. after all these posts, it's a good thing i'm not proned to talking to myself. ha. pipeman

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27473: Mornin' Y'all! Since Spot hasn't shown up with vittles yet,I guess I'll start the coffee and leave some Krispy Kremes on the porch for everyone.Just a light snack till Spot lays out his feast!
Sterling,glad the folks are ok and sorry you had to be worried so. I need to check on my mom this morning-she may have the flu because she was having chills and fever last night.
Hey Mayberry Deputy,I sure wish those "fix-up folks" would head down this way after they're finished up in Laurens-my town really needs some work! The downtown looks like a ghost town with boarded up windows,falling down buildings,etc. Maybe we're on their list!
Well,my little Laci spent the weekend down at Sea World and is coming to "keep" me today,so I'd better get ready for her-missed that lil' girl these couple of days! Glad they were able to have a mini- vacation. They have been through a lot this past year and a half.Hey- I just realized that Laci turns 18 months today- a year & a half old! Wow! Happy Birthday Laci!
Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27474: KY GIRL..I ordered mine online at

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27475: Mornin' Porchsters. Tough day ahead. My wife's uncle suddenly passed away late Friday afternoon. Had a massive heart attack. The funeral is today and I'm a pallbearer. He was 63. 63 has never sounded so young to me. I'll probably check in tomorrow. BTW- glad you liked the sauce MD.

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27476: 'Morning, everybody! Woohooo! I see the second season will be available in May, and there's going to be at least a third season as well. I can hardly wait!

With all the talk earlier of "pulled pork", which I had never heard of, I've decided to make some and use Rev Jr.'s sauce on it. Sounds delish!

I made a really great soup (I guess it's soup) Saturday. Brown a pound of ground beef in a deep pan. Add a couple of chopped onions and cook a bit more. Then add one can each of whole kernel corn, black beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, chopped green chilies and one or two cans of diced tomatoes. Simmer for about ten minutes, and add a half pound of Velveeta cheese. It will melt in and make the most delicious, creamy rich soup you ever ate. So good it'd make you sass a bear!

I visited the little town of Waxahachie (south of Dallas) on Friday, and bought a copy of "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook" there. Some really good recipes in it, and some script passages. Fun reading!

Possum, I can't believe our little Laci is already a year and a half old. My, how time does fly! And praise the Lord, she's healthy!

Well, off I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27477: Oh, Rev Jr., I'm sorry about your wife's uncle. You're right, 63 sounds younger every day. My dear husband was only 58 when the Lord took him home. That was very, very hard to accept. Prayers for the family. Expect a lot of different emotions from them. Just accept whatever they do or say, and don't try to reason with them or offer comforting sentiments. They don't work. Just be there, tell them you're sorry, and let them vent. Whatever you do, don't suggest to them that it was "God's will". That's not what they want to hear right now. For me, it was hard enough to accept that God had allowed my husband's death. I really didn't want to hear that He had willed it. They'll come around in time. --Romeena

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27478: ROMEENA..great advice !!

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27479: piper, man, what a game! Too bad the Illini
couldnt hold on. But that was sure some kinda great season! No 1 seed for tourney, I'm sure!
That is great what they are doing for the soldiers! Good for Lincoln and environs!
Just saw that a whole section of Bagdad was completely turned over to Iraqi forces. I also see that Iraqis are demonstrating over the bombings etc,
Good, they need to take back their country so we can soon get out!
Rev, so sorry about your loss! Prayers for you and the family!
Ro, that almost sounded like a chili til you mentioned the cheese! I bet that IS good. I could almost taste it thru cyberspace!!
Yippie for SEASON 2 OF TAGS ON MAY 23RD!
Get your order in to Weaver's. Wow, now we can look at the backgounds of 32 more eps! teehee.
Season two has McBeveie, Man in a Hurry, etc!
Hope spot had a good trip with Miss Sherry!
Hey spot, ya back yet?
Prayers continue for boo, mrs wiley and others.
Ky girl, good to see you posting more.

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27480: BTW, thanks from me too Ro. I never know what to say at funerals. Usually i fumble for words etc.
That's good to know! mdc

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27481: "HEY GANG"..I"m HOME...boy got alot of archives to read! just wanted to check in, we went on to Helen ga and rented a cabin with hot tub in the blue ridge mts!..great..[155.00 a night] ridiculus!..but fun...shopped and stuff stayed till today [eat prim rib on the river] home at about 3.00..11.6 mpg on my turck...whew..well miss sherry says hey..she has gone to her house now ..go back to work thu.!....yall eat good?..will be back in just a bit...signed:SPOTSPOT the"bought me some john deer tractor signes for my gates" dog of your porch ...glad to be home ..prayers..

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27482: Sterling, been reading some archives, hope all is well ...SPOT

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27483: Hey to the porch. Hey, Ro, on your soup, do you drain all those things first? (the corn, tomatoes, beans). I'm the type that needs details. Details, girl, I want details. If memory serves, Homemaker is having her surgery tomorrow. So, prayers and good thoughts for Homemaker!
- Hazel

March 07, 2005 - Msg 27484: Thank you to all who prayed for Miss Bertie. She had a quadruple bypass today, and so far so good.

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27485: Prayers continue up for Miss Bertie, For Mrs. Floyd and for the safe care of our beloved homemaker! ~ Mrs. Wiley

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27486: Morinng porch. prayers jennieboone for miss bertie,hey pipeman,asa,mdc,hm,haz,ro,rev,and all..rain here in ga.,lunch will be fish sticks and tater tots and sweet tea....SPOT

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27487: Mornin' Porchsters. Thanks for all your prayers. The family is doing well. What made it so tough is that my wife and her uncle's children are "double" first cousins. Let me try to explain. My wife's father and his brother married sisters. Very tight knit family. It was one of the most emotional funerals I've been to. The son (my wife's cousin) gave a eulogy. And if that wasn't touching enough....the high school where the uncle taught has a gospel choir that he co-sponsored with some other teachers. They asked the family if they could sing at the funeral as a tribute to him. Let me tell you, they brought the house down! Not a dry eye in the place, yours truly included. The entire service was extremely moving. Anyway, thanks again for all your prayers. Talk to you soon.

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27488: Doubles on those prayers mentioned above. A very powerful thing, prayer.

Hazel, you do not drain anything. Just dump it all in as is, that's where the liquid in the soup comes from. Naturally, you can vary the amounts as you like. I added an extra can of tomatoes. I like tomatoes! One can of everything listed and two cans of tomatoes, and I had a biiig pot of soup! Sure is good.

I'm sitting at my big window, looking out at a beautiful green yard, sun shining, and pansies just blooming up a riot of color. So pretty!

Well, I'm clemmed. A 12-hr shift last night, with one particular patient who was terribly needy - and she about wore me out. 90% of the stuff she called me for she could have done herself, but it made her feel better to have someone at her beck and call, so I guess it's okay. Sure kept me busy, though.

Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27489: Thanks Rev jr, my eyes were missty just reading your account! Was that a public school choir?
Ro, my mom's roommate is like that! I help her all I can. She is just so lonely! her family rarely visits. She is so thankful.
Have a great day all!
"Success isn't necessarily permanent, but neither is failure."
Mike Ditka

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27490: "Flexible people never get bent out of shape"

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27491: MDC- it is, indeed, a public high school choir. I think this group of students started it on their own with the support of some teachers. It's great to see in this politically correct world in which we live. Very talented kids....still get chills thinking about their performance. What's most impressive about them is the fact that they asked to be included. It was definately from the heart. Another thing I thought about was the fact that here they were, a group of African American high school kids, and there he was, a 63 year old white guy, seemingly worlds apart. But yet, it was abundantly evident at the funeral that they had a great respect and love for each other. Nice to see.

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27492: MDC, your mom's roommate sounds like a lot of the elderly folks I used to take care of when I worked the general floors. I never minded making extra steps for them, especially the lonely ones, and there were so many. Unfortunately, the little whip-cracker I'm referring to from last night is 20 years old and perfectly capable of doing for herself. She just had a baby, for cryin' out loud! She's not in ICU! There are some, perhaps those who get pushed around in their "real" life, who seem to take a perverse delight in ordering the nursing staff around. Pick up my pencil, turn off my light, hang up my phone, bring me some coffee, ad nauseum, then they'll get up and walk down to the gift shop with a visitor. Grrrrr. For this I went to college and sweated blood over state board exams?? OK, kablooey. There goes my soapbox.

And now I'm really going to grab a nap. I'm so sleepy my eyes are crossing. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27493: Hey gang..its me..tonight its grilled hamburgers with swiss cheese and all the trimmins, make them as you wish,french fries,and will someone make some slaw?...hey ro,nap tight,well only two more days and its back to the power company..God heals all!..gona hit the 4-wheelers and ride when my son and daughter get here...prayers to all in need...signed:SPOT the"gona be a muddy ride" dog of this here porch!

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27494: SPOT.. gonna have to pass on the burgers and fries ,got to go back to work and take that dreaded inventory tonight .I have a friend who has two boys 11 and 5 that were riding their 4 wheelers and crashed into each other ,both are fine now but had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance ,I love rididng 4 wheelers myself but they can be dangerous,but Im sure you know that .Have fun in the mud

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27495: rev jr= sorry to hear about the loss, you and your family are in my prayers. romeena put it best give prayers but the sorting out takes a long time and we're really passing away a lot younger than statistics are showing. mdc= in this day to get all the groups together is difficult but it's an all veterans park opened last fall and people have bought bricks of civil war vets from this county. every once in awhile we get it right. that was a nail bitter ill and ohio basketball. thanks hazel, prayers for homemakers surgery today and speedy recovery. spot glad you and miss sherry had a safe and relaxing trip, it's so important to make time to relax. mayberry deputy, sorry your working so hard, reminds me of barney- just cause i don't have my uniform on, i'm still sworn to uphold the inventory. just kidding.rev jr- with folks like him and those kids humanity will be ok. so in closing i have a pair of two's and a bold bluff. pipeman

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27496: Just remember that God will reward you for all your selfless work, Romeena.
That, and you never know where God is. He could be in that 20 year old patient of yours or even the baby for all we know; watching as you faithfully and tirelessly serve and help those who need it, or helping whether they need it or not. I believe He would be smiling right now.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 08, 2005 - Msg 27497: Thanks, Sterling. I do try to remember that nursing isn't just a job, it should be a calling, and for me it was. I guess I'm just tired. As for God smiling, I wonder if He smiles at some of the tricks nurses use. For example, a patient who needs to get up and move, but refuses to do so - we sometimes place necessary items just a few inches out of their reach, so they at least move and stretch a little. That backfires with some patients, though - they just ring their call bell and ask us to hand them their cell phone or whatever, when it's just inches from their hand. People - we are probably God's strangest creation.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27498: A Big Hey to the Porch! FRANKIE FLINT

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27499: Hi porch,sorry I'm posting so early,but,just thought I'd stop by for a minute.Glad to see you made it back,MDC,it sure is nice to be able to stop by the porch more often,I missed everybody.Romeena,sterling is right,nursing is a calling,and,I thank you and all the nurses everywhere who take the time with thier patients.It is not an easy job,thats for sure.But,a caring nurse makes the difference in a hospital stay.A little warmer on my end of the porch,but we are having strange weather.In the morning it's sun shine and in the 50's,by evening it's snow flurries and in the 30's.I don't know weather to plant flowers or shovel snow!Since I'm up,I'll just start the coffee and bacon,ya'll are welcome to come ready in about 20 minutes.I'ts not as good as spots,but it will tide us over.Ky Girl

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27500: sorry,that was supposed to say glad you made it back spot,then start another sentence.Got to get some coffee to get awake.KY Girl

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27501: Just checking in - probably won't be on for a few days. . my surgery is tomorrow.
Thanks for all the well wishes. . .

love you all. . .


March 09, 2005 - Msg 27502: Romeena - check out a couple of okay pictures on my website - - and go to the 2005 Kidding Season. Stripes was the little goat in our house.


March 09, 2005 - Msg 27503: Good luck, God Bless and hurry back Homemaker!


March 09, 2005 - Msg 27504: Prayers for homemaker! Will check out the goat-site (teehee)
pipeman, I thought it was the Fighting Illini!
Please dont tell me the PC crowd got to that too?!
Ro- I agree with you on your latest point too!
I go visit my mom about 5 days a week (after my 10 hour shift) and ther are like new CNAs there all the time, so I have to re-explain everythting to them regarding her. So many are from the "registry." It is very frustrating. I'll even say to actual new hires - I hope you stay awhile! That "while" then lasts about a month, and they're gone, or they call off like there's no tomorrow! I wont even go into how many times I have found her briefs COMPLETELY soaked.
Ok, that's enuf od my venting. Blueey goes the box!
As Paul Harvey has said, "I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist!"

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27505: I was re-reading my former post and maybe I vented a little TOO much! So sorry!
Not really Mayberryesque, was it!?
Ok, I'm better, now, so let me again say a prayer for ya all. Not sure if I ever asked for yours,
so I will now. Please pray for my mom and for me.
This is now the 7th year of her alz, and it has taken a toll on the whole family! God bleess you all. I love you porchsters.

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27506: Prayers for HM & MDC.

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27507: Oh, MDC, I do hear what you're saying, and my heart goes to you and your mom. Staffing in long-term care facilities is almost always inadequate. Caring for patients in that setting is difficult, physically taxing, and in many cases, thankless. Families rightfully expect kind personal attention, careful hygiene and frequent checks. Unfortunately, one caregiver may have twelve or fifteen people to see after, and some of those will be combative and uncooperative, turning a ten-minute task into half an hour or more. Most caregivers do the best they can, but eventually get tired of the battle. Some don't care, and just draw their check as long as the facility is willing to let them get away with it. There are a few tell-tale signals to look for when choosing a facility. If you want to know more, let me know and I'll email you.

It's absolutely beautiful here today. I just bought a flat of snapdragons, some pink splash, some gerbera daisies, a little miniature rose and some geraniums. Tomorrow will be a planting day. I have to work tonight.

Well, maybe a little nap now before going to work. Everyone have a great evening, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27508: Ro- send some of that beautiful weather to SC. I'm ready for Spring! We're having one last (hopefully) cold snap here. MDC- I would like to talk to you sometime about alz.

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27509: Please do. You can email me at my hotmail account.
Not sure if it is from your end or about mine.
I have gone to a few support groups, and it does help some, but the hardest thing is to watch this once vibrant wife and mother who could hit a softball over the centerfield fence (yup, really)
slowly go down. Prayers have helped, no doubt about it. One time a charismatic group came theu the home and prayed over her. (Praying up the walls, I call it :)) She has really kept up pretty good until last year. Now at 86, she is just sort of "giving up". One can see it in her whole demeanor. We've been thru it all together!
I havent really brought it up too much here on the porch, because the porch is my "escape" from it all for a while!
I have seen the power of prayer in her and in me,
and most certainly believe in it! I guess Ro's comments about the ungrateful patient brought the whole situation to the forefront! Sorry !
OK, time for a good Mayberry quotathon!
Or a good dinner from spot!
Thanks and God bless ya, rev,

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27510: Md 4-wheelers are something to be careful with..glad yer doys are ok...just got my comp back from the comp doc, took it this morniong and he had it ready this sfternoon....cleaned it out good ..had 29 viruses...very fast now ...well gona read the archives...yall eat tonight? a beef roast in the oven...I go back to work tonorrow !..after 5 my dockers and cobb enc shirts all ironed!...signed: SPOT the"gona watch American idol tonight!" dog of your porch...

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27511: boy I had fat paws...but yall know what i mean....SPOT

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27512: Breakfast menu is as follows::center cut pork chops,hash browns,eggs,[your style],grits with butter and cheese,flap jacks with maple syrup,bisquits with milk gravy from the chops,apple butter,coffee,h20,oj,and a tear from my roll of paper towels.....ready at 6 sharp est..I GOT TO GOT TO WORK TOMORROW!..signed:SPOT the"miss sherry says hey" dog of this fine porch...ruff...lights are on!

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27513: of luck with your surgery
SPOT.. American Idol is OK ,but I like Nashville Star better, but that might be because I like country music more than any other type ,most all music is good ,except Rap and Hip Hop ,and heavy metal.. Good luck on the return to work ..
"I Passed it I didnt heave it "

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27514: Hey Frankie Flint!

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27515: Good for you spot! Back to the ole power company, heh? The vittles sound good.
Hey MD, lots of good stuff on the western site.
MD, do I have my dates right, do we race this weekend in Las Vegas?
hi Frankie, boo, charlotte, pman, sterling, auh20,
jennie, dixie, ky girl, hazel, etc. have a nice evening, I'm turnin in!

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27516: DITO of MDC"s hello to all...hey Frankie!md,hm,..well its time for me to time to turn in also for a change..."got to go to work tomorrow no more late nights".....God bless this porch...SPOT..

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27517: Just feel like telling you all how much I love and appreciate you all.
Thanks for being my friends.
- Hazel

Barn: "I love you too, Mrs. Mendlebright."

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27518: MDC.. You got it right ,Las Vegas this week ,Atlanta next week ,then some framming and bamming at Bristol on April 3rd ....Gonna check out the western site ,then its off to bed

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27519: MD what is the western site?...and RACE on men!.."We got our selfs a picture"...gas station robbery watching on dvd...good night yall...SPOT

March 09, 2005 - Msg 27520: Well we love and appreciate you too Hazel.


March 10, 2005 - Msg 27521: morning asa, well its 6 am and im getting ready for work at the power company for the first time in over 5 months!!..I am sombody again! [ha ha]...feels great!...36 degrees hare in ga..well dont want to be late!...yall eat good ...SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27522: SPOT.. its a website ,similar to this one thats mostly about the rifleman series but includes other westerns and for folks who liked old westerns ,it has a posting board like the one here but dosent have as many posters ,PIPEMAN and MDC put me onto it
ASA are doing ,havent seen you on the porch much lately
Everyone have a great day

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27523: Welcome back to your duty post, SPOT, you're EPT! Hazel, we sure 'nuff love you too! You're my favorite chicken!! Prayers for homemakers' surgery. Lord willing, she'll be better than new!

~ Mrs. Wiley

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27524: Hey yall "Im at work"....SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27525: If you were a girl SPOT, I'd say "look at you walking around with your nose up in the air and your print dress and patten leather shoes." Before you know it you'll be bitin' off the end of our sno-cones and sucking out the juice!

Glad your feelin' proud! Ain't Civil Service wonderful?
~ Mrs. Wiley

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27526: Prayers for homemaker, Mrs. Floyd, all who have suffered loss and trials.

Glad to hear you're back at the big Cobb EMC, spot. And that breakfast was delish!

Pipeman - just remembered I didn't answer your Nemechek question. I'm kind of a "everyone but Little E fan" (sorry to his fans : ( ).

Love you too Hazel!

How's your house coming along, Alyce? Getting closer to move-in date arent ya?

"If a 35 year old man showed up at my house with a snow cone in his hand, I wouldn't even answer the door!"

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27527: AFD,, that makes you a fan of ABE {anybody but earnhardt }

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27528: "Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie."
Hi gang, hope all is well on the porch today.
I'm doing pretty well.
MD- thanks for the racing schedule update.
Where's the pman?
Good to hear from afd, mrs wiley, asa and others.
We're keeping the rockers warm for the rest of you!
82 degrees here today and me without a spring training ticket! But I'm going to see the cubbies
and angels play this weekend!
G'day to ya fink folk.
Mr Darlin's Cuz
"Gilly, you dont drive a car fast all the time;
you drive 'er slow ever now and then"

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27529: OOPS! What a typo-- that's FINE folks!!

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27530: My brain was actually going faster than my fingers!

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27531: Hey to ya MDC! Wasn't that one of the mystery novels Barney was reading? "I Married A Fink"?
~ Mrs. Wiley

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27532: Hey Y'all! We love you too,Hazel- you're the cats,even if you are a chicken! LOL
Prayers for you and your mama,MDC. That's got to be so very hard.
Gotta go-even a possum has chores to do every now and then! Y'all take care!
P.S. Good wishes to homemaker too!
possum under a rock

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27533: Hey guys! I'm enjoying my Spring Break even if i have had to do house work for my Mama. Hey.... it's all good! I have to end my week tomorrow by taking a Teacher certification test but look at it this way.... it'll be done and out of the way! * more weeks of class!! Yea!

I'll catch up on Saturday!

Behave! Hey to everyone rockin' this evenin'!


March 10, 2005 - Msg 27534: That's 8 more weeks of class.....sheesh..


March 10, 2005 - Msg 27535: Well at home now wirh miss sherry,had a great day at work...tomorrow it will be .strawberry waffles/w country bacon,hashbrowns[crispy if ya want].toast with apple butter.eggs yer way[3 apiece],oj,coffee,sweet tea,milk and a tear from my roll of paper towels....signed"SPOT AND SHERRY the power comp people////

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27536: Well good night all...where is everybody! the morning its center cut country ham saw mill gravy,bisqits,gravy,sliced fried taters,eggs your way,fresh strawberrys,coffee,mild,h20..signed:SPOT the"got to get up in the morning for work" dog of your porch...ruff ...lights are on!

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27537: alot to eat....2 breakfast......yall gone to bed...SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27538: read back...Mrs Wiley you are a bird in this world...snow cone ...he he...SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27539: Dix keep up the good work....SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27540: MDC what is FINK folks?...he he..see i can say i have fat paws when i mess up....thanks for the "going back to work message AFD"....why not a little E Fan?...tell yall what, i have been in Nascar for 30 + years and i like them all...great sport...SPOT

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27541: Hey spot - glad you had a good days work and acted like somebody today. ; ). Hey to Sherry! A lot of who I like in Nascar is based on their att-i-tude. I'm not real fond of Tony Stewart for the same reason. Breakfast(s) sound delish - I'll be there! : )

Hope you do well on your test, Dix!

"I Picked A Pocket and Paid!"

March 10, 2005 - Msg 27542: Update on My darling person.

All went as well as could be expected with the surgery. No complications.

She went into surgery at 1:50pm and it was over by 6:10pm. A long surgery. They fused the L5-S1...I think I may have said the location wrong in the past.

She didn't get out of the recovery room and into her room until about 8:30pm on Thursday. She's very groggy and they gave her one of those buttons to push that gives you the pain killer every 6 minutes or so depending on when you push it. It won't allow anything to go through less than 6 minutes apart.

She's hurting but the pump fix that pretty well. She was asleep pretty much the entire time I was in the room with her (I left about 11pm). She has to stay flat on the bed with no elevation for her head for 24 hours (timer started at 6:30pm Thursday) then they will get her up and make her walk and move around.

We don't know when she'll be coming home but my guess is late on Saturday or early on Sunday. We'll know more later.

Just keeping you informed. Thank you for the prayers.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27543: Glad to hear Mrs. Floyd came through surgery with no complications. Praise God! I'll keep her in my prayers.

Thanks for the update, Floyd!

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27544: Prayers floyd...good luck again dix,morning off to work...hollor at yall in a bit..SPOT

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27545: Homemaker, hope your surgery goes well today. Glad Mrs. Floyd got through hers ok. Homemaker, your goats are sure cuties! Is that other picture of your other "kids"? They're cuties too. Things seem to be going well here. My kids are on stage crew at the jr. high play Through the Looking Glass tonight. I was never a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, but I'm sure it'll be good just watching their friends. I saw MDC's Msg 27489 and thought the great Bears coach had graced our presence. Thought perhaps he was a TAGS fan!
Charlotte Tucker

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth from heaven like a gentle rain. You're not talkin' to a jerk, you know.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27546: Good Morning Porch!

Floyd, I am so glad your wife came through the surgery okay. My prayers will continue for her, and for you as well!

Thanks for all the prayers for our trip to Tulsa. We made it there safely, even found time to go to the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve about an hours drive north of Tulsa. They released buffalo there a few years back and it is pretty neat to see them in their natural habitat again. We took lots of photos, and I am sure a painting will come of that trip one day soon!

The show went well, we sold three originals, (two of which can be seen on the NatureWorks site still, and we sold some prints as well. We always meet so many nice people at those events also, it makes it all very enjoyable, and again, I really, REALLY appreciate all your prayers!

Spot, good luck on your return to work. I hope the transition goes smoothly for ya!

Well, guess I better get moving, after eating two breakfasts and all! (refering to Spot's 27535 and 27536!)

Have a great Mayberry Day all!

Mary Wiggins

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27547: Bad shooting here in Atlanta, prisoner got a deputys gun and killed 4 in a court room, including the judge,he is on the run...back to the news....prayers....SPOT

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27548: Welcome back, Mary Wiggins, and I'll be looking forward to seeing a buffalo painting one of these days. Meantime, when you have a chance, if you could email me some digital pictures of what's currently available, I'm really thinking I'm ready for some more of Pat's work.

Floyd, I'm so happy that things went well for Mrs. Floyd. Aren't those PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) machines wonderful? At least, they are for those who can tolerate narcotics. I can't, they make me very, very weird, so I have to make do with non-narcotic meds. Fortunately, I have a very high pain tolerance. Anyway, I'm glad she's doing well, and will be home soon.

I'm wearing a 24-hr cardiac event monitor right now, and so far, my heart has done absolutely nothing unusual. It probably won't, either, until about five minutes after I take the monitor off tomorrow.

Well, I'm ready to go buy some more pretties for the yard. This weather just sends me into a gardening frenzy! It's absolutely beautiful today. Have a great weekend, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. Is there anyone who hasn't seen that marvelous film clip of the soldiers walking through the airport? Honestly, it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. If you haven't seen it, and would like to, email me and I'll send it to you.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27549: Prayers for all involved in that shooting. Just read about it on my Yahoo news.

Welcome back Mary Wiggins - glad things went well at hubby's show.


March 11, 2005 - Msg 27550: just in a hurry episode- great that mrs floyd is doing ok- she'll be in my prayers. romeena- i have to wear one of those monitors every 6 months, isn't it funny how somethink like that gets you to be thankful were not having to drag equipment around or aren't bed ridden, i know i think of it. i'm just the army car fan. may be off awhile, busy month. tommorow we bury a soldier who died in iraq and suppose to have 2 more inches of snow and 35 mph winds at time of service.meetings, and chruch obligations but each of you'll be in my prayers. pipeman

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27551: Hey to Mary, Charlotte, spot, floyd and others.
Good to see you and that prayers are being answered. Thanks to you for the ones for me and my mom. Some days are better than others, and today both of us are doing well!
Charlotte, if you thought that was really mike ditka, then 27528 is from the bard himself! haha
Thanks for brekfast(s) spot.
A good one to all.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27552: SPOT, if you decide to visit us at
scroll down the left side til you come to the messageboard notation, click and join the conversation. Most is about the rifleman and other old westerns, bonanza, wagon train, rawhide, etc.
Our handles there are Wyatt Earp(me), The Deputy
(MD) and Mountain Man(pipeman), and there are a some others just like here. Also, prayer requests etc like here. neat site.
Any other sod busters here who would like to check it out are also welcome. Northfork needs some new citizens! haha

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27553: MDC- did you get my email? Not sure if it went through on my was acting funny.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27554: Yup rev, I sure did and just answered ya!
Guess were all set for some racing and baseball this weekend!
Also my PHOENIX SUNS have made the greatest turnaround in franchise history! Last year you couldnt give tickets away!
Game hens for dinner tonight!
Have a good weekend, get to preachin on Sunday!

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27555: Game hens,great supper,great northern beans is what i will bring..hey ct,pipeman,md,..gona go check the site out ..dont know who i will be!..Gosh what a mess here in ga..ths court room killings...know yall have heard...PRAYERS to all involved...MDC SUNS are cool..hee hee...and by the way if any body has a bit of interest on email one of mine is RANDYCAN1@YAHOO.COM...feel free....GOD bless this porch...well kids are on the 4-wheelers and the grill is lit! is good...signed:SPOT the"gona build a fire down at the barn later" dog of your porch...

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27556: Yes indeed spot, prayers for that whole situation! The families etc and all! God bless em.
Well, I've got a lot of chores to do tomorrow, so i guess I'll turn in! Keep the light on for me.
Mr Darlin'a Cuz wishing you all a good night.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27557: Looks like someone is about to sweep the porch.
Let's see if this one does it!

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27558: Nope, not yet!

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27559: Hello porchsters ,just stopped in to say howdy ,racing in VEGAS this weekend
SPOT.. dont burn the barn down
FLOYD .. hope your wife has a speedy recovery
everyone take care and have a great weekend

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27560: Oh, my goodness! I watched "Barney's Sidecar" on TVLand this evening, and just couldn't stop laughing. When Barney puts that ridiculous helmet on, and those big bug-eyed goggles, I just crack up. His sense of comedy was flawless. His facial expression, and Andy's take when he looked up and saw him - well, it's all just hilarious! Can't you just imagine how much fun it must have been, to do those scenes? Acting or not, Andy just must have been really laughing inside at the way Barney looked. You know, sometimes I think that TAGS was God's little gift to a nation. There, I've said it and I ain't takin' it back! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27561: Sweep, porch, sweep.

March 11, 2005 - Msg 27562: I loved those goggles! lol! Those are the weirdest things I have ever seen.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27563: Those goggles remind me of Yertle the Turtle whenever I see them. Great Ep!! Even better, my fav. ep is on tonight - where Earnest T. goes to Mrs. Wiley's party. Y'all be sure to wave at me, OK?

Prayers for all who need them!
~ Mrs. Wiley

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27564: How do you do, Missus Wi-ley! ; )

Sometimes I get a bigger kick out of watching Andy's reactions to Barney's antics, than watching Barney himself.


March 12, 2005 - Msg 27565: Great day here in ga. the 50"s and sunny...getting my trim painted on my house...better go check on them..SPOT

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27566: Well gang fixing to head to night shift on the weekends this month...6 pm to 6am sat and to have someone there to keep the lights on! a pork roast and taters and carrots in the crock pot for yall yourself..will someone make some tea?...signed:SPOT the"watching the BNS race" dog of your porch...

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27567: Ya-ta-ta-ta-da-ya-da! This is me doing my happy dance! I passed my Professional Education test! Now All I have left is my Subject Area Exam and they can hand me my diploma in December! I'll be having a Holly Jolly Christmas this year especially!

PS-- You people crack me up! I love to read these posts!

BIG :)

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27568: What About Squad Car Nationals This Year

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27569: GREAT job dix!...SPOT

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27570: SPOT ..Mark Martin put a hurting on the field the last 15 laps of the Busch race ,got to work Sunday all day but I hope to catch the end of the cup race
Everyone take care

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27571: yes he did MD,just cant understand why he cant push the cup car like that..i go to work at 6 pm tomorroe, will catch the last of the race here at work...quite here here at the power company right now, watching a good movie on lifetime now...SPOT

March 12, 2005 - Msg 27572: hi everyone,just thought I would drop by for a minute.Glad to hear Mrs.Floyds doing alright.Does anyone know how Miss Bertie is doing after the heart operation?I did read the post after she came out of surgery,just wondered if there was anymore news.Spot,I know you are glad to be back at work,thanks for the crockpot roast,it is delicious!Congratulations Dixie!I haven't seen that episode with Barneys sidecar for a long time,it was one of my favorites too.I bought a combination vhs cd player at walmart at x-mas time,and the vcr part isn't working right.This is the third vcr in a year that hasn't worked right,have any of you had this problem?well,I have to go,take care and God bless.Ky Girl

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27573: sorry,I meant vhs dvd player not cd.Ky Girl

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27574: Morning all, i have to go home and sleep now ,get off at 6 am..will someone cook this morming for the porch?..back at work today at 6 pm!..for supper lets meet at Wendys...signed:SPOT the"tired and wana go home" dog of your porch.....ruff ruff

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27575: Got ya covered SPOT! Sabbath breakfast will consist of pancakes and maple syrup, eggs (your way), grits, sausages and bacon, toast n jam, biscuts n gravy, fresh squozed OJ and coffee. I'll keep that simmering.

Congrats Dixie - way to go!! kygirl, the last 2 vcr's I bought gave me heartache - nothin' but heartache. I'm sticking with DVD's now. Don't have a player, but my MAC has a DVD drive. Y'all have a good day and act like somebody!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"definately Back-bay Boston."

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27576: "How-do-you-do, Mis-sus Wi-ley?"

Good norming, all! A beautiful day here in Texas, one of those blue and gold days, if you know what I mean. Sunny, blue sky, emerald green grass, flowers blooming, mockingbird singing his little heart out, and it's Sunday. I'm off to preachin', perhaps lunch with friends, then home to work in the yard for a while. I firmly believe that the Lord approves of that, because it's not work for me, it's pure pleasure. Out in His pretty world, listening to the birds sing, digging in the warm earth, planting something that will become beautiful, and having an on-going conversation with Him. What a lovely way to spend a day!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27577: Hey Mrs Wiley. Saw your episode last night. You looked stunning as usuall. So tell me, do you have a twin sister who is in education in Mayfield?


March 13, 2005 - Msg 27578: Yes Asa, I do believe I do! But she must be the evil twin. Ro, you paint a picture (window) no artist could draw!
~ Mrs. Wiley

March 13, 2005 - Msg 27579: So, did you get the napkins off the ceiling, Mrs Wi-lee? Ha, I can just picture Ernest T doing that!
In the sidecar ep you can really tell that Andy must have cracked up for about the first 10 takes
with that wide smile he had!!
Good Sabboth to you all!
My the porch sure has collected a lot of dust bunnies. I bet we'll sweep it today!
We may have to get the mayor to declare a sweep! haha
Rev Jr , did you get my email?
God bless!MDC