April 04, 2005 - Msg 28062: 7 weeks left KY girl thanks for asking and no offense Romeena thanks for your advice:)

will time to watch the Champianship go Tar Heels!

Daniel R.

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28063: Wow, Daniel swept the porch!
Good job.

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28064: He ro and quite sam and daniel, and the every so cute sugarplum...yall thanks for OTIS he will be fine md, thanks..but like yall know he has known my daughter since she was 2 and my son used to ride him...he will be fine and when it comes to a friend he is there...and is worth every dollar..animals are a great thing to have with kids and OTIS is neat....well got to work in the morning for a change...breakfast will be chew bacon,toast,grits,oatmeal,[for the teeth people]and eggs scrambled with cheesr and black pepper...signed:SPOT the"keven harvic won both races"dog of your porch..

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28065: Boo just read back Sean ! YEA..YEA...great and Quite Sam...been so wet here we are gona have to wait to turn the ground and plant ...got 8 or 9 acers we are gona try to do this year...more than last year ..we have purple hull peas,tomatoes,bush beans,okra,squash,cukes,and I always [well last year] had 47 hot pepper plants all kinds cant wait but been so wet here..we have been farming all of my life, my dad and his dad....just getting smaller each year .bought a john deer 1050 last year to help out ...good tractor...well im gone to gone to bed ...SPOT

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28066:
Hey Folks,

The old porch looks great!
Been doing some remodeling here at the home front which meant virtually no Internet. Wow, did I miss a memo or what I thought it was spring. We got about a foot and a half have the heaviest snow I've ever seen or shoveled on Sunday. That last bit put us over the 17 foot mark.
Well, I am half asleep but I couldn't wait to do a little surfing. I'll have to catch up with all the news in the morning.

Good night

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28067: Wow aun2o.....77 here in ga...washed my truck!...good to here form ya...be there for breakfast I hope...SPOT

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28068: thats auh2o...sorry...SPOT

April 04, 2005 - Msg 28069: and by the way, Good job Daniel for sweeping the porch.....swishhhh....SPOT

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28070: well it's off to the doctor's today. i bought some thin yeller socks, horseshoe belt buckle, new shoes, a purple tie with acorns on them, and after the doctors i thought i'd take thelma lou's cousin, she's nice, to the chamber of commerce dance. by 8 pm i'll be plum tuckered out. congrats daniel, r. on your victory last night. auh20- is that really you? we've sure missed you. mdc- i'll bet you've been real busy, remember your in our thoughts. spot- prayers for otis. congrats on kevin harvick's win. time for us army car to win one. thanks for breakfast. auh20- that would make a bunch of snow cream. haven't read archives so i say a big hello to you and yours. pappa bear

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28071: spot- i think wyatt, the deputy may need your help. getting trouble with a border war. they are busy in tombstone. can you help? pappa bear

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28072: Im there pappa...SPOT

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28073: Thanks guys I thought I had blew up the porch or some thing. Will I could'nt go to school today because the wont let me in if I have the pink eye. And Tar Heels won last night I watched it all. Thanks Papa Bear it feels good to beat a team that has only lost 1 game. What's for Launch? Or I could just go to the Blue Bird Dinner. Hello Ky girl how's the weather?
See you at Supper SPOT.

Daniel R.

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28074: 'Morning, all! Daniel R., I'm sorry about your eye. That stuff can really be painful, and you usually never find out where you got it. They're right in not letting you come to school, though. It's very, very contagious. You rub your eye, touch a doorknob or a phone or something, somebody else touches that object then touches their own eye, and bingo! They've got it, too! The big key here is - wash your hands! Wash them thoroughly, and wash them often.

Boo, it's good to hear from you, even if only briefly. I hope you get to return to the porch soon. Please tell Sean I'm very proud of him.

>b>AuH2O, we have been missing you. You've been gone too long. Sterling was among the missing for a while, along with some others, and it got lonesome on this here porch! Not to diminish the importance of all those who have been here all along, but you know how it is - it just takes everybody for the porch to feel right.

MDC and Ky girl, you're both just the cats, you know that? MDC, we're thinking along the same lines, that's about what I had in mind myself. I know we can make it happen. With everyone doing whatever they can, it will all come together and be enough. I see this as one of those opportunities to be God's hands on earth, and when He's involved, little is much, and is always enough.

Well, just came off a 12-hr shift, am beat to the socks, and think I'll catch a bit of a nap. Would rather go putter in the yard, but guess I'd better put my old bones down for a little rest first. Besides, the Plum is ready for a cuddle, it's a long 12 hours for her, too, when Mom's away at work. Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28075: Sorry, AuH2O. As you can see, I got a bit confused on my <'s and >'s. Sleepy, I guess. --Romeena

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28076: Hey to the porch! Back from the visit to see my dad and spend a few days just taking it easy! Hated to see Illinois lose last night...but it was a good game.

Good to see so much activity on the porch...good to see the sun shining in Chicager today! :-)

Ya'll be good....


April 05, 2005 - Msg 28077: APB time! Glad Auh20 is back online!
Ed Sawyer, Jelsik, Sara, Alyce, New neighbor,
banjo Jerry, fun girl, Mayberry girl, briscoe, and others, come on back, your rockers are waiting for ya!
Papa Bear, you better watch it with Thelma Lou's cousin, dont forget the moulage when Gomer took Thelma Lou to Mount Pilot. It'd be a worse fight then when Howard and Millie's ex got into it in the alley! (teehee)
Little AZ town of Tombstone, yup the one from Wyatt Earp fame is really buzzing these days.
Volunteer posse helping along the border. Media is making a moulage but all is peaceful and they are "armed" only with binoks and cellphones.
I think Ro and I are in sinc with this one, and it is this, if anyone wants to come here Leagally, I am all for it, come on in, but it is the illegal flow that has really "taxed" AZ, and that is literally! My prop taxes just a few years ago were about 1000 yr, now they are 4000 and going up. Everyone wants everything free, and common citizens are saying enuf already!
OK, kablooy goes my soapbox!
Have a good day,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28078: Fighting Illini lost the fight, but it was a valiant effort!
Congrats to NC!

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28079: With no intention of starting a moulage, I feel compelled to agree with MDC. I work in the postpartum (new moms, to the un-medical folk) unit of a 230-bed hospital in a Dallas suburb. Last night, out of seven patients, two were locals, five were aliens, and all five were on Medicaid and listed as unemployed. Three spoke no English. It's very common practice for folks like that to stash packages of diapers or send them home, then ask staff for more. When a baby who is eight hours old needs a new package of diapers, one does get suspicious. Our blankets and baby shirts disappear at an astonishing rate. They also want cases of formula, and many have the nerve to ask us to fill their older children's bottles or sippy cups with milk or juice from our supplies. We had to lock our pantry, because juice, coffee packages and other food supplies would be cleaned out to the walls in a day's time. These people are shocked and offended that we don't give them a free carseat. Yet they have cellphones, digital cameras, laptops, whatever. The majority of these people are here illegally. One woman has delivered her fourth child with us, one each year, and each time upon admission she denies ever having been there before, stating she "came to visit family and went into labor early." That "early labor" produces 8-lb babies. She uses a different name each time, but she has a very unusual birthmark that makes her pretty easy to identify. Confronted with this, she still doggedly denies her "frequent flyer" status. Not much we can do about it, so we just deliver her kid, keep her for 24 hours, and discharge her. The last time, upon discharge, the nurse said "See you next year!" Oooh, if looks could kill!

Well, enough of that. Sorry, I guess I just needed to vent. Soapbox going back under the porch now. Sugarplum (who has been "fixed", which is more than can be said for some people) says hey! --Romeena

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28080: The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understnad;
To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving, that we receive-
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


April 05, 2005 - Msg 28081: I forgot..the above prayer is one I say to myself everytime I feel that my work as a nurse needs a gentle nudge from God.
Mayo el buen seņor bendice su trabajo.

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28082: Hi porch,just got home from a busy day,mostly errands i put off until I absolutely have to get them done.Hey to Daniel,the weather here is actually alot warmer today .If it stays like this,we should start seeing things start blooming soon.That would be great.Thanks Romeena,I think you are just the cats too,for wanting to do something fora friend.Of course,just like you say,everybody on this porch is the cats,because they are genuine caring people.I had no idea things like that went on in the hospital.I mean,I thought you always had to show a greencard,or something,I think more people should be aware of whats going on,if more people are more informed they could push for more to be done on both sides to benefit everyone.well,i guess I pulled my soapbox out too,my apologys.But,Romeena,I think it's very interesting.MDc,sounds like tombstone is real busy!Whew,that is some property tax,I don't think I'll complain about mine again!Goober,nice to see you again,don't be a stranger.Hey to spot and anyone else i missed.I have to get some laundry done,I'll talk to you later.ky girl

April 05, 2005 - Msg 28083: JB
I say that prayer myself, and it is great and it speaks volumes, but my "humanness" often gets in the way .
In a perfect world, it would be followed by everyone to a T. Lord knows I try, but even Paul said "he who does not work, should not eat." So, all things have to be taken in perspective.
So,when we see all our work go to support those who lie and cheat and steal, it becomes very difficult to live that prayer.
At some point it needs to apply to ALL involved.
Ok, that's enuf gripin' from me, I guess.
Hope everyone have a nice relaxin evening and spot and I will see you at the waffle house tomorrow morning!
We can sing a few bars of Old dan Tucker.
from One old fart MDC

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28084: MDC,I'm ready to sing old Dan Tucker,then lets sing tom dooley,haven't heard that one in a long time.I had an uncle who used to play guitar and when he would sing Tom Dooley his little grandson loved it.One day my uncle was playing guitar and hadn't sung it yet,so he asked if he would play the song about the turkey getting his head stuck in the fence.My uncle had no idea what he was talking about until he remembered the name!It was cute.Romeena,my neighbor said that the family she was remembering were not the same ones as Toms.So,do you think we should contact another organization?I don't mind driving there,if just to look around,but,I would like to find out something when I go.what do you think if I went by and kind of took a gift or something and said it was from his friends on the mayberry porch?I'm just trying to think of things that might work,I'm open to suggestions.See you all at the waffle house for breakfast,take care and God Bless.Ky Girl

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28085:
Hey Folks,

Well, the sun is sure shinning bright at this end of the Great Lakes.
Good morning to all and thanks for the kind words Romeena, Spot, MDC, and Pappa Bear (I thought that was you pipeman).

MDC, Tombstone, I just bought the Stuart Lake book about and t*tled "Wyatt Earp." I am just finishing up "American Sphinx" about Thomas Jefferson and am looking forward to the Earp book.

Romeena, You are right it does feel nice here on the porch. While we were webless I found my self thinking of the porch every now and again. I didn't anticipate that. It feels comforting to see all your names again.

take care,

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28086: I just saw on this site's home page that we can pre-order season 2 starting May 1st from Weavers!!
If not for Floyd keeping this site going, we wouldn't have a front porch...so,
I will be ordering my season 2 set at that time.
This is totally unsolicited, but I just think that if any of us are getting season 2, we should help keep the site up and running. Just a thought...
Godd Morning all!

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28087: Good to see you "goldwater"! Glad you're back.

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28088: i guess i'll eat lunch at the diner.is today corn beef and cabage the special? mdc- your right a person can't afford to own a house because of taxes and repairs that you can't do is high. rent for a one room apt is 450 dollars. auh20- isn't it funny how each of us have our own style reguardless of name used you can tell. ky girl- thanks for breakfast at the waffle house, it hit the sport er spot. jenniebone- good to see you. romeena- it seems everything is out of control laws, people don't think it's stealing to walk out of hotels and hospitals with what they can carry. as andy would say stealing is stealing. mdc- thanks for reminding me about taking thelma lou's cousin out. oh the trouble we get ourselves into. ha. yo to gober- sure been missing you. isn't the weather just great. nascar and cubs abound, don't they? i wonder where charlotte tucker, ellen brown, mrs wiley, asa, sterling and the rest are? their rockers are getting squeaking. aniel r. we'll have to do lunch at the dinner one day, what do you think? spot- you got any antique trucks or tractors? say hello to miss sherry and andy. maybe they'll join us soon. prayers for tom. i think i'll go to the dinner for lunch. pappa bear

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28089:
OK, I know I have been a nuisance lately, kinda like deputy Warren saying "huh, huh, huh" while running his fingernails down Helen Crump's blackboard; but dog gone it, I've just got to say one more thing that may not be gettting out into the mainstream knowledge pool:
Someone is JAMMING the radios of the munutemen.
Some speculate that it is the the US Government doing it, which, if so, means that something weird is going on. On the other hand, some think it is the Mexican government doing it, which, if so, means that something weird is going on!!
I guess I better find my AZ debate reporter hat, and go check this thing out!
Heading for Tombstone, your roving reporter,

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28090: Hey Yall...whew been busy around the house..good to see ya jenneboone,goober,dan,mdc.pappa,auh20,kygirl,ro...and all else...tonight lets go to O-Charlies..yall got those...good food and fun...miss sherry and I will meet yall there at 7.00....gona get more storms here tonight and tomorrow...whew...got to work 16 hrs tomorrow and friday!...SPOT

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28091: Howdy ya;ll! Hey MDC give us a report when you get back from tombstone. If I was closer to the border, I'd probably be in the minutemen myself. See ya at supper SPOT. Sounds great! Been a busy one today with the planting going on! Storms acoming tonight and tomorrow! Better batten'em down again! Quiet Sam in SC!

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28092: Quite Sam..what all have you got in the ground?..got to let this land dry some where I can get it turned.....SPOT

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28093: quite sam in s.c.- your weather is same as ours forcast. we get the wrap around. thanks for supper spot. aunt bea where are you? not drinking that elixar that snake oil feller is selling are you. weiss you. mdc- keep us posted, thanks. mayberry deputy- whereare you? mr mcbeevee, asa, sterling, fun girl, afd, i think it's time for an apb and bring them home.what do you fine folks think? ok, were going to do a little old endurance test. all together now left- uh one - two- three hup. now the right then back left again, say is anyone plum tuckered out yet? pappa bear

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28094: mdc- you were talking about the minute men's radio being jammed. there should be a number for that, let's ask barney. maybe we can do a citizens arrest if the government is doing it. there suppoe to be setting the example. ha. ha. mayor pappa bear

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28095: Howdy, all! jennie boone, I know that prayer, too, and think of it often. And I truly do deliver even-handed and impartial care to my patients. It's just that I find it unfair that these folks will come to our private, no-tax-dollars-here hospital for care, when the county hospital is about three miles down the road. Parkland Memorial is a teaching hospital, with cutting-edge technology available to all, but they do trim some of the amenities, such as private rooms. People will get their pre-natal care there (at least some of them do get it), and then come to us to deliver because we have private rooms. They also clog our ER with sniffly-nosed children, because they can get seen there quicker than at Parkland. They use our ER like a free clinic. I don't begrudge these folks care, far from it. I just believe that if you can't pay for something, and the same thing is offered free elsewhere, then you should go there. I'd like to drive a Jaguar, but I can't afford one, so I drive what I can afford.
OK, that's it. I'm off to work. I hear tell we have 24 patients in a unit designed for 23 (one will be staying in her labor room), and I'll guarantee you that well over half of them will be uninsured, unemployed, and the hospital will never get a dime. Meanwhile, Parkland sits right up the road. It isn't fair.

Sorry. Sugarplum says hey!--Romeena

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28096: Good evening an good mourning to some I have just been busy. Can't stop to even check my email. Whish I had more time to talk but I well tell the porch this. I just receved some Scolarship information from Who's Who and plan on trying the University of Maryland or thus University of Tennessee. If anyone has heard of Who's Who please share your Information and your thoughts. Well got to run see you all tomorrow.

Daniel R.

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28097: Romeena - I completely understand - they are jamming our school systems as well for a free and appropriate education (free lunch, free books, free everything). I have one special education student that has a hearing problem among many of his other problems and we must provide our services as well. I will stick up for the rights of our children but I think it is unfair that I pay for everything for my children and they also have jobs but do not pay for anything for their children. It is very frustrating here as well - and we are in Indiana and not at the border.

I have no problem with them coming to America - I do have problem when it is done illegally. Okay - my soap box is removed.

I am battling my second urinary tract infection - this has not been fun. Talk to you all later.


Sorry Daniel - don't know much about who's who - ask your guidance counselor for some guidance!

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28098:
One word homemaker -Oregamax! My wife swears by it. Hasnt had urinary tract infections in quite some time since she started on it.
Hi Health and other such stores carry it.
4 million people heading to the pope's funeral!
Wow! That is amazing! That is 4 times more than the whole state of Montana!
Spot - I think we need a good spring BBQ to get us all out of the doldrums. Whadda say?

April 06, 2005 - Msg 28099: Daniel, you may want to also try a google search on Who's Who. Just a thought

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28100: Good morn all! got a few minutes. Spot, We're trying to get our 1,000 acres of corn in the ground this am before the rains start. Got 500 acres of wheat planted last Nov. It looks good. Just one or two rains on it is all it needs. Plan to plant 400 acres of peanuts last of april! then beans behind the wheat if the ground is wet enough! don't do vegetables, leave that to those who can deal with the legals and illegals!! Hope everyone on the porch is fine this morn. Gonna get wet on my end,will try to stay dry. You may have to pull your tail in SPOT! Quiet Sam in SC.

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28101: Quiet Sam - you are a busy farmer - wish you lived closer and I would buy some of your straw from your wheat harvest! God bless the farmers!

Thanks for the info MDC - may have to try that stuff.

It's wet here!


April 07, 2005 - Msg 28102: Homemaker,which end of the porch are you on? We're totally no-till and don't rake or bale our straw,but you're welcome to come and rake some behind the combine! You'll have to be fast though,the bean planter will coming up behind you and the combine in the same day!! One line of storms are thru! Hope the rest will be as easy too!! Quiet Sam in SC

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28103: Hello everyone ,looks like the old porch has been busy .Raining here in N.C. ,sort of a dreary day .Had some excitement here ,a foam plant about an 8th of amile away caught fire ,fire trucks from all over the county have been there ,along with the news helicopters,sure does stink outside though .Everyone have a great day

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28104: #28103 Poated on its own before I signed it

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28105: Dateline -Tombstone, AZ
Well I havent run into Wyatt Earp yet, but several Elvis look alikes are here!
All goes well. Operation Minuteman going well now. Radios not jammed today I hear- thats a big 10-4.
Here's another big part of the problem that doesnt get out too much. Ten illegals were just arrested in Phoenix for running a heroin ring!
And here's how they were caught: Unfortunately,
a 15 year old died of an overdose, but the police checked his cellphone calls, and one number he had called 15 times recently turned out to belong to one of the dealers. Got em!
Sort of like a modern day deal that barney hooked up in Cell #1 ! But too bad that a young man lost his life.
OK, back to our regularly scheduled porch activities!
SPOT- hear you are getting rain - there goes the Masters!
Papa bear, how goes it?
Quiet Sam - Have you tried plowing at night? teehee
Have a good day folks.
MDC, headin back to Phx.

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28106: Hey Ya'll, MDC, I've had to spray some crops at night before to avoid drift,but never had to plant or plow at night. Had 3 youngun's and managed to work during the day whilest mamma was at home,Oh,the Mrs. says high to all. Rain has slacked off here,How's the weather at the Masters SPOT? Quiet Sam.

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28107: Quiet Sam - I am from Indiana farm country and I raise goats. So we use quite a bit of straw for bedding.

Talk to you all again - the youngest is itching to get on YuGiOh.com. . .


April 07, 2005 - Msg 28108: Good afternoon or evening nice to see eveyone is doing ok.

Daniel R.

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28109: Hi everyone,boy,Quiet Sam you are one busy farmer.yes,homemaker I second that,God bless the farmers.I come from a family of farmers and it is hard work.That border sounds like it could be a volatile.You are right,alot of whats going on doesn't get out in the news.I'm sort of like Paul Harvey,I like to know "the rest of the story".Well.my husbands needing to use the computer so I'll close for now.Take Care and God Bless.Ky Girl

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28110: oops,sorry folks I meant to type a volatile place,but,got distracted.Ky Girl

April 07, 2005 - Msg 28111: They did get the masters underway...WOW quite sam thats a lot of planting..hey daniel,ky,hm,mdc,papa bear,Mrs sam and all others!..been busy today working in the yard..at work now till 6 am...will have a snack and breakfast menu in just a bit...got to get some paper work done...miss sherry and the kids say hey...signed:SPOT the"cant wait till garden time" talking dog of your porch..

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28112: Breakfast menu..hand pattied sausage, eggs your way,bisquits with milk gravy,hashbrowns,apple jelly if ya want a bisquit with butter,water,milk,coffee...ready at 7.00.....SPOT

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28113: 'Morning, folks! Boy, have I got some news for you! I got a letter from TOM and it changes the picture considerably. I'd prefer not to post the text of the letter here, but if you'll email me, I'll send it to you. I will say this, I think his circumstances are better than we thought, and I don't believe he will need any help from us. Not entirely sure, but I think he's okay. He is apparently more mobile than I had thought, and he mentions prospects for being back on the web. Anyway, here's the poem he sent:


It seems there will be rain today, the clouds are drifting low.
But rain must fall upon the earth before the flowers grow.
The petals of a rose need dew to kiss each blossom fair.
The jonquils sleeping in their beds need raindrops for their care.
The Master Artist of the earth knows of our every need.
He knows the flowers everywhere need raindrops to succeed.
He has a purpose for all things, each one He makes complete.
There must be rain and then the sun to make the flowers sweet. -(Unknown)

Such a loving and tender heart TOM must have, to send such gentle poetry to us. It may still be that the help we had considered offering would be appropriate, but I feel less of a sense of urgency about it now.

Thanks, folks. It's just wonderful to belong to a community of kind and generous people, just like a real small town, where folks take care of their own.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28114: Thanks for sharing Ro. Please send his letter to me at my email address, and I will get another letter off to him.
Another item that probably didnt make it to the mainstream news... one lone man that the minutemen spotted the other day was in obvious distress. They fed him and gave him plenty of water and attended his needs. They also called ICE, but, as i said before, these are not vigilanties, as much as the media want us to believe that.
Hope you all have a good weekend.
Racing in Martinsville! Golf in Augusta!
Lots else going on.
Prayers contune for all porchsters and families, troops, iraqi new government etc.
Hang in there, Mayor Papa may declare this as "we have to get on with life now" week, after several sad weeks lately! (Band concert in the park Sunday)
God bless,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28115: One more thought...may John Paul II now rest in the peace of the Lord!

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28116: Hi Ya'll! Been rambling on picking up cookers for the church's BBQ chicken dinners cooking tomorrow. Not to preclude any of SPOT's dinner menu's for tomorrow,but we'll green beans,slaw,BBQ chicken,roll and pound cake. We've done this each Spring for 15 years now. busy day tomorrow. should start at 5am and be done cooking around 9,I hope. Got 7 cookers going! Looks like more showers this afternoon,the clouds are abuilding now! Everyone have a great weekend and rock easy and look out for SPOT's tail as he does seem to travel all around the porch and them chairs don't feel good on his tail! Quiet Sam in SC!

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28117: He Ro, anybody out there songwriters?? So we could put some music to that beautiful poem!! Quiet Sam.

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28118: Another thought to ponder: Terri meets John Paul at the heavenly gate, and they both go into the throne room and dance heartly before the throne!
And, what's even neater, we'll get to meet them both one day, and do the same thing! What interesting porch conversation that will be!
Quiet Sam, that is a spot meal for sure!
Hope the rains hold off, and you have a great church gathering!
Everyone else also have a good weekend!

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28119: Afternoon Porch!

Romeena, please send me a copy of Tom's letter, I appreciate all you do!

I feel a little like "talking" here and I hope you all will indulge me. I was born and raised Catholic, and have sent two of my three children to Catholic schools. I went to a Catholic school also. When I was a much younger person I had a personal experience with Jesus Christ, and I have attended a church that isn't Catholic since then, however I still have a deep love and respect for the Catholic church. This morning, I heard a radio call in show, and the person calling felt a great need to notify the listening audience that as Christians we don't need someone like the Pope to be our intermediary between us and God. I knew exactly what he was talking about, but I don't think he understands what the Pope is, or who he was. To me, I believe this Pope is a wonderful example to all people, especially young people, that a life of holiness and dedication to God is the most honorable life a person can choose. In a time when many people have been taught we shouldn't "judge" others, that we should be tolerant of other's "life choices", Pope John Paul was a consistant, yet tender voice calling us all to a higher moral plane. Some of what the Pope espoused was not "politically correct" and he took some slings and arrows for it. But he was always an advocate for holiness and love. I think some people will see the outpouring of love and respect shown to John Paul II, and be surprised that a man who was "religious" can get that kind of response. Most importantly, I think the way the world has reacted to the Pope's passing just may cause an increase in curiousity to finding out more about Jesus Christ, which is exactly what the Pope wanted. A great man has passed from our midst, but rather than the world being poorer because he has gone from us, I believe we can become richer because of the lessons and inspiration he has left us!

Sorry for such a long post, but I guess I just had to put my oar in!

Have a great Mayberry evening all!

Mary Wiggins

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28120: Good evening I'm ready do eat supper. Will next week our school has SAT and hope to do great. Please be praying that I will pass to the 11 grade. Also next week we have a co-ed softball tournament I'm the catcher. How thinks going SPOT, MDC, and Quiet Sam in SC?

Daniel R.

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28121: Daniel R., I will be praying for you to do well on your test next week. Good luck on your softball team also. Asa usually scrounges up a cyber team on the porch, where are you Asa? Batter up!

Mary Wiggins

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28122: Mary Wiggins, that was beautifully stated, and this old Southern Baptist agrees with you.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28123: Good luck daniel...If yall aint ate lets come on by the dog house...grilled hamburgers,tater salad,pickels,chips,baked beans...kool-aid...SPOT

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28124: Well said -Mary Wiggins. I could not agree more. In my walk of faith, you and I have much in common. A great man of God is no longer walking with us, but he has forever left a strong impression on mankind.

April 08, 2005 - Msg 28125: There was once a man who was ready to meet St. Peter at the heavenly gate but he had an unusual request. He wanted to bring his worldly wealth with him to heaven. He was one who literally wanted to "take it with him." Well, there was a meeting held and he was allowed one carry on to the heavenly gates. St. Peter met him there and obviously, Pete did not get the memo that this man was allowed a carry on. When it was all checked out - St. Peter asked to see what was so precious that the man had to bring it with him. When Peter opened the suitcase he found gold bars! Peter looked at the man and said, "You brought a road!!"

Mary Wiggins - I loved your post!


April 08, 2005 - Msg 28126: Evening porch.It is a beautiful warm evening on my end of the porch,and I'm enjoying it immensely!Romeena,that is wonderful news about Tom,I would like to find out what elde he had to say ,if you would email me,I'd appreciate it.Spot,I do think I'll come by for dinner,been busy all day and all I had time for was Mcdonalds[because I had the kids with me]real food sounds wonderful.Quiet Sam,the meal your cooking for tomorrow sounds good to,wish I was closer,I'd stop by.Daniel,I'll keep you in my prayers on those SAT's.Homemaker what a cute joke!yeah,MDC,it sure seems like there is alot going on at one time,doesn't it?Best thing we can do is pray,and remember it's all in the Lords hands.I always liked that saying',ain't nothin' gonna happen today that the Lord can't handle".Gonna close for now and go look at my new Leahmans non-electric catalog.I love looking at it,they have the neatest things.Ya'll take care and god bless.Mayor pappa bear ,whereever you are be sure and check in now and then,it don't seem right to read the posts and not see something from you.Talk to ya later,ky girl

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28127: Waffle house gang!...scattered,covered,smothered,chunked,topped,capped,diced.....double order!....SPOT

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28128: ky girl, Is that the catalog for the Leahman's General Store in Ohio?!
Do you kow the location of the home of Janice Holt Giles?

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28129: good morning one and all. i have been pretty pitfull in health wise and still trying to catch up chores. i think my punieys come from an interloper in the family tree. what do you think? i'm glad old age happens to others.ha. r.g. armstrong turned 88 today. whose r.g. armstrong you ask? why you remember frankie flints daddy don't you? also james garner turned 77 today. I WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE FOR OUR NEWER POSTERS- this time of year is busy for everyone and WE MISS EACH OF YOU WHEN YOU DON'T DROP A POST FROM TIME TO TIME. we are a friendly caring porch and often times we read the posts of the dayor two before and answer those and later read them all. we love all the missing porchsters - won't you please come home? mary wiggins- pope paul brought all christains together and we will miss him but won't god be smiling. i know in our chruch when we lost a long time pastor and friend several of us wondered who could possibly take up the position. the lord blessed us with a charasmatic replacement. did we forget the old pastor or they us, no, they visit from time to time and we mention them but god always seems toknow our needs. waffle house it is spot- missed a few meals lately and like a comfortable pair of shoes it don't feel right with even one of you missing. pappa bear

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28130: Pappa Bear, you are a treashuh! With a mayor like you, our little porch will be forever blessed. I'm sorry you've been on the "puny list", and hope you're feeling much better, very soon. I wish I could sit you down in the swing in my little arbor in the back yard, and bring you sweet tea and shortbread, and just let you sit there and enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon shade, and the flowers, and watch all the wildlife scurrying around out there. It's a never-ending show.

I think I mentioned a week or so ago how a squirrel had shredded a little chair cushion out there, and was hauling the fluff away, presumbly to line a nest. I have some really hilarious pictures of him/her with a big mouthful of that fluff. Well, yesterday I spotted the deflated cushion cover, high in a tree, draped across a fork in a branch. I think he's trying to make it the foundation of a nest. It won't work, of course. The wind will catch it and it will fly away like the sail on a tri-masted ship, but he's trying. You've gotta give him points for that!

Well, I'm off. Taking my 4yr old grandson to Blue's Birthday Party this afternoon. You remember Blue from Blue's Clues. Should be fun. Loud, no doubt, but fun. Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28131: Hey everyone! Thanks for the nice comments and congratulations you sent for Sean. You folks are a real bright spot in my life and I miss talking to you everyday.

I can't stay long...have to go shopping with my sister for a birthday gift for one of her grandkids.

Hope you are all well...my prayers for you and your families....oooooo I just love ya'll bunches!

Please pray for me, for my strength. I have been feeling weak after a recent bout with the flu.

Take care!


April 09, 2005 - Msg 28132: Oh, Ro, that's so funny about the cushion. Those squirrels are hilarious and not at all selfish like giraffes.


April 09, 2005 - Msg 28133: Papa Bear are you feeling better yet? Just had to pop in and say Hi . I was out mowing it is a great day. Have a great day all got to go finish up. Hi to all the porch Charlene

April 09, 2005 - Msg 28134: Hi, friends and neighbors. I've posted some photos at romeena.myphotoalbum.com, if anyone is interested. Feel free to browse, some cute ones of the Plum there, as well as some of my grandsons and grandpups, also a few shots of the yard, and some funny wildlife shots.

What a beautiful day this has been. Took my grandson to see Blue's Clues birthday show, really cute and a lot of fun. We had great seats, could see perfectly, about four rows from the front, and no one on the row in front of us. Couldn't have been better. It was presented at the Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, about fifteen minutes from my house, very convenient.

Well, gotta go feed the young'un. No problem there, as long as I have macaroni and cheese in the house, he's happy, and I do. Wouldn't be without it!

Have a great Sunday, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28135: The porch has been quite,..great day here in GA...hot dogs and chips for lunch, fanta grape soda...got to go now and take my youngun to a birthday party...I like my dogs grilled till they split open !....SPOT

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28136: Howdy porch pals, I heard there was an APB out for me so "I'm rihgt 'chere.". In Atlanta and all moved in - with much of my stuff (computer) in storage. Will be gone a week longer than expected, but will check in on my sisters computer when I can. Was supposed to fly to Denver today for testing and a possible surgery, but dangit it's snowing there and all flights are canceled. Should leave tomorrow. But here's the silver lining - now I have to change planes in Salt Lake City! Asa, I'll be waving at your house about lunchtime, OK? Be sure and wave back now.

Glad to hear TOM is OK Ro, homemaker, are you getting better? My love to all...
~ Mrs. Wiley

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28137: Hey everyone ,beautiful day here in N.C. ,washed the cars early this morning ,watching the race now .Romeena ,those were some good pics ,I really liked the wildlife shots .Take care everyone

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28138: Hows everyone doing to day will I have one day left to SAT and hope to do great. launch sounds great.

Daniel R.

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28139: Glad you liked the photos, Mayberry Deputy. I just added a few more, mostly funny squirrel shots and some of the Plum. That site is neat! It's free to join, and is a good way to share pictures with folks.

Cloudy here today, but not cold. Quite balmy, actually. The lack of sunshine will delay the opening of about a hundred buds on various rosebushes, but maybe they'll just get fatter and prettier while they wait to open. We had an aphid invasion, and I about shocked the pants off my 4yr old grandson when I told him we were going to buy bugs (ladybugs). Picture big eyes, and a quavery little voice saying "We're gonna BUY BUGS?" Anyway, we did, released them, and there are no more aphids that I can see. Gotta love those ladybugs!

Well, I have received a request to watch "Shrek II", so guess I'll go get it started, though he could very likely start it himself. Everyone have a great afternoon. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28140: Good Sabbath everyone. Maybe he thought you were gonna buy Bugs BUNNY! haha
Well, we finally got that R and R this weekend.
Jusst got in a bit ago,. Missed the race, who won?
Will have to catch up on thing.
BOO, good to see you again!
Mayor papa bear, ever watch hogans heros?
They use that name too! Now i think of you when they say it !
Ok, goot unpack my satchel,
love you porchsters,

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28141: jb,yes that is the one from ohio.No,I don't know the location of the home of Janice Holt Giles,actually I've never heard of her,who is/was she?I love history and autobiographies,that type of stuff.Pappa Bear good to hear from you!Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling good.We had another beautiful day,I stayed out all day and worked in the yard and cooked outside over mesquite wood.I have chicken,hamburgers,hot dogd and porkchops,baked potatoes,baked beans, biscuits,sweet tea,pepsi Mt Dew and water,ya'll please come eat!We got baby kittens at our house now,and my daughter is so excited,we have never had kittens at our house,I don't know where this cat came from she just had them on our porch.Mrs.Wiley,glad you made it to atlanta alright.Mayberry Deputy,I should have been out washing my car this morning too,but,I tackled the yard first.Daniel.glad you only have one sat to go,then you can breathe a sigh of relief!Well,i'm gonna go look at Romeenas pictures,ya'll take care.Ky girl

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28142: just saw the pictures Romeena,sooo cute!ky girl

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28143: Ro the pictures are ao COOL!......SPOT

April 10, 2005 - Msg 28144: I just read back over the posts,spot,that lunch sounded good,and,if you want another hot dog ,I grill mine till they split open too,I got plenty left if ya need a midnight snack.Romeena,Blues Clues is popular at my house too,with my youngest who is 7 and my grandaughter who is 2.The one thing we haven't been able to find at Toys -R-us or Wal-Mart is the Blues Clues notebooks,not the journal for Blues room,but,the original handy dandy notebooks.I found 2 by coincidence at a local pharmacy,the last 2 they had.Whenever that show comes our way I promised the kids I'd take them.Boo it was great to hear from you,hope you start feeling better.A friend of my husbands said he had the flu,and,my husband asked me if i had heard of anybody else having it,I hadn't till I read your post.Pappa Bear,Boo,my prayers are with you to hope you get well soon.Gotta close for now,god bless you all.Ky Girl

April 11, 2005 - Msg 28145: Pollen..........whew...sneeze....SPOT

April 11, 2005 - Msg 28146: Romeena - you named your furkid right!
You should take pictures for Birds and Blooms - great pictures!


April 11, 2005 - Msg 28147: Hey to the porch...hope everybody is doing well...and had a great weekend. The weather was incredible here in Chicager...that was Spring...after a short bout with Winter this week...we'll be right into summer! :-)

Had some sad news...going to share this here...sorry it's long...but I'm sure that lot's of you know who this is. This is from my blog site (www.hillbillyshoes.com), rest easy George....

There aren't many real hero's left today. People who personify greatness, honesty, integrity...people who you admire for who they are and not what they do. There are lots of celebrities...lots of well known and well publicized folks...but not really a lot that you just know they are genuine...and they prove it every day of their life. There aren't many left today...and today I lost one of my biggest. George Younce was known as the bass singer for the Cathedrals for years...but it was more than his incredible voice in singing...it was his incredible voice for what he believed in. He loved to sing about Jesus...and loved to sing Southern Gospel music. His life off stage and in dealing with people was (as much as I was exposed) the same as he was on stage. He loved God...loved people, and loved music. He'll be missed greatly...and it's yet another legend of Southern Gospel that will never be replaced, but always remembered.

This is from the Singing News article about George...and I'm sure he and Glen are already brushing up a few songs to sing for a command performance.

George Wilson Younce was born near Lenoir, NC, February 22, 1930, George Washington's birthday. According to George's brother, Eugene (Brudge, as he is known by many Southern Gospel Music followers), their dad just couldn't resist naming the baby George in honor of the country's first president. Mr Younce also added a middle name of Wilson - not for President Woodrow Wilson, but for the doctor who delivered George.

From a very early age, George was a "natural" on stage. Brudge recollects that as early as age five, George would sing and dance on a local storehouse porch. When George finished, he'd pick up pennies tossed on the porch by passerbys and quickly turn them into candy inside the store. On Sundays, after returning home from church, George would "treat" the family to a complete rerun of that morning's sermon, mimicking the pastor while preaching from a chair or, on occasion, from the top of the living room table.

George experienced his first taste of quartet singing right after World War II. When George was about 16 years old, he worked in a furniture factory that was located about a hundred yards from the Younce home. George got off from work at 4:30 in the afternoon, the same time that the Blue Ridge Quartet came on with their radio program. This was the beginning of George's desire to sing professional Gospel Music. George took advantage of an opportunity to attend a Stamps-Baxter School of Music. He studied shaped-note singing and made good use of his learning by singing with a local group called the Spiritualaires. At the time he joined the group, George was singing lead. Then the inevitable happened.

In an interview several years ago, George recalled the day his voice changed. "The group was supposed to sing one night at a church nearby. I got up that morning and while I was cleaning up, I started to run over some of the songs we would do. When I hit that first note, I thought someone had cut my throat! All day long, I tried my best to practice my lead part. Just when I thought I had it right, I lost it again. That night, we tried to sing 'I'm Winging My Way Back Home' and it was awful. That was the night I went from the lead part to bass. I've been there ever since."

Uncle Sam called on George for military duty in 1950. Brudge had been a paratrooper during World War II and cautioned George about the hazards of following in his footsteps. Naturally, George became a paratrooper, making nearly 30 jumps before leaving the army. One of those jumps that George made was over the atomic bomb blast in Desert Rock, NV. George would make the comment in later years that he was a "complete idiot to volunteer to make that jump - but it was a pretty good fireworks show!" After his return from serving his country, George's interest once again turned to singing Southern Gospel Music. His love for singing was so great that when he got the opportunity to join a part-time group, he took it, ignoring the fact that it was based far away in West Virginia. George got the job by chance. While he was in the service, George had become friends with a boy from the Beckley, WV, area. The young man lost his life during the service and after George was discharged, he took an opportunity to visit his friend's bereaved parents. When he was visiting in Beckley, he met a quartet who was there that day. The group's bass singer had just moved to California, so they were looking to replace him. George announced to the group that he could sing bass, so after rehearsing a little bit, George was offered the job. The group, the Watchmen, was sponsored and promoted by Joe McAley, a coal mine superintendent who loved Gospel singing. George lived with Mr McAley and his family the entire time George sang with the group. It was in 1954 that George joined the Watchmen. From there, George would join the Weatherford Quartet, who would team up with Rex Humbard in 1956. George then re-formed the Watchmen Quartet before joining the Blue Ridge Quartet in 1957. George would recall several years later that it was astonishing to him to think that he would sing bass for the group he had grown up listening to.

George would sing for the Blue Ridge Quartet for five years, receiving what he would call the greatest encouragement he's ever received from anyone in Southern Gospel Music from Elmo Flagg, who was the manager of the group during the years of George's tenure. According to George, "When I joined the group, I was as green as grass. I thought I knew how to sing with a quartet, but I found out that I really didn't. Elmo never once in anger told me that I wasn't doing something right. He would also approach a problem by telling me that he believed he could help me. We would keep working on it until we got it right." George also studied under "The Professor," Lee Roy Abernathy, during this time. He would travel to Abernathy's home in Canton, GA, often staying with the instructor a week at a time.

As the winter of 1964 approached, George received a telephone call that would forever change his career. Back in 1963, Glen Payne, Bobby Clark and Danny Coker had formed a trio to sing for television evangelist Rex Humbard at his Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, OH. After only a few months, Humbard felt impressed to make the trio a quartet. Thus, the search began for a bass singer. It was in November of 1964 that the search ended with the hiring of George Younce. All was going well with newly formed Cathedral Quartet. Steady salaries, comfortable homes and national attention gained while singing on Humbard's syndicated telecasts were enabling the group members to enjoy their jobs immensely. Yet, there was a growing feeling among each singer to do more than just sing at the Cathedral of Tomorrow. Finally, under Glen and George's direction, the Cathedral Quartet became a full-time quartet, leaving the securities to which they had become accustomed. George, in an interview with Singing News in 1983, summed up the early days of the Cathedral Quartet on its own by saying, "We nearly starved to death!"

But, as history has recorded, the Cathedral Quartet prospered to become what many people feel was the finest Southern Gospel group to ever grace a concert stage. The group was the most awarded group in Southern Gospel history, taking home no less than 70 Singing News Fan Awards alone. Of those 70 awards, at least 18 bear the name of George Younce. Fifteen plaques are in the Younce household today, proclaiming George as Southern Gospel's Favorite Bass Singer. This year, the readers of Singing News awarded George the Favorite Male Vocalist Of The Year Fan Award.

The George Younce name is also enshrined in the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame, having been awarded this honor in 1998. In September of this year, George was featured with his late friend Glen Payne on the Southern Gospel Music Association's second commemorative print, Precious Memories.

In September of 1987, George suffered a massive heart attack that threatened to end his career. The Cathedral Quartet was in Englewood, CO, that day, following an appearance the previous night at Englewood's huge First Nazarene Church. George, who had suffered discomfort throughout the night after retiring to his hotel room, summoned (then) Cathedral baritone Mark Trammell around 6:00am, explaining that he couldn't breathe.

Trammell immediately notified paramedics, who rushed George to a local hospital.

X-rays revealed an enlarged and damaged heart. New X-rays on the following Monday showed that George's heart had returned to near-normal size. A heart catherization was completed later that week to determine the extent of the damage.

As he began the recovery process, George not only had to deal with the damage to his heart, but because of side effects and stress induced by the heart attack, he had to face the fact that he could not utter one sound. At first, George was sure that God was through with him. But slowly, the voice began to come back.

It was in Stuart, FL, that any doubt that George may have had about God's plan for him was completely put aside. George stated in many interviews that he dressed for the concert and when he was alone on the bus before the concert, he got down on his knees and asked the Lord for help. "I told the Lord that I would sing for Him if He would touch me because I knew that was the only way I could do it."

Initially, George planned to open the program with a few songs that featured the entire group so he could build up his voice to do a solo. But when the group walked on stage, George felt impressed to call "The Plan Of Salvation," a song that featured the bass part on the verses. The Lord touched George and he made it through the song. George admitted that it wasn't the prettiest singing, but that experience was his answer from the Lord that He wasn't through with him. Anyone who knew George Younce knows that he had a real zest for life. He was always trying to find the positive side of every situation. For example, during his recovery from his heart attack, George was to exercise by walking every day, no matter whether he was at home or on the road. George had been back on the road about three months and The Cathedrals were in Bel Air, MD, when George stepped off a curb during his walk and broke his arm. His first thought? "Hey, I've got a new joke I can use!" As countless audiences would hear for the next several months, George couldn't resist mentioning that he broke his arm in three places and someone told him to stay out of those three places! Despite those moments when it's easier to cry than laugh, George stated often that he would not have traded one moment of his time as a Cathedral Quartet member for anything that the world could offer. As the group grew, George's walk with the Lord also grew stronger. An often-printed quote from George says "I like to think of myself as still being the same as I started out. But, of course, I'm not. I thank the Lord I've been able to adapt myself to the different styles of music, but I guess the biggest change in me has been wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ because when I started singing, I loved to sing but I really didn't know the one I was singing about. I loved Gospel Music, but I really wasn't a Christian. Once I devoted my life to The Lord, the songs that I was singing took on a new meaning and I've never been the same."

Following the retirement of the Cathedrals in 1999, George continued to fulfill a limited appearance schedule, often singing as a soloist and most recently, with the Old Friends Quartet. George's appreciation of the goodness of the Lord remained strong until his passing. In a 1996 Singing News cover feature, George summed up his life by saying "There is no way in the world that I can sit here and be thankful enough for what I've been able to do. I've put clothes on my kids, raised a good family, sent them to school, lived in a comfortable home, driven a nice car and I still get to eat good food. How in the world could I complain about anything? All I can do is praise God."

George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Clara; four daughters, Gina, Dana, Lisa and Tara; one son, George Lane; three grandchildren. He was 75 years old.