May 24, 2005 - Msg 28905: I know how you feel, Alyce. We are in the process of moving also. Would like to just take it slooooowwww. Try to keep your chin up, and remember that things will seem less hectic later on when all of this is behind you.

I was sad to hear of Howard Morris passing. My favorite recurring character that Ernest T.

I'm hoping I can take my own advice that I gave Alyce, as moving is a big pain, especially when you are not sure it is the right thing to do. Speaking of big pains ;), my MIL is also coming up for Memorial Day, only she is coming a little early, like tomorrow.
And here I thought that this week was stressful enough with the moving and all.
What's that saying, God doesn't give you any problem that you can't handle?. Well, I guess I can handle it, I just don't want to.

Oh, and here's a warning to be cautious on the internet. I am officially a member of the stolen ident-ities club. Someone somehow got ahold of my debit card number and my address and used it to buy a Sprint cell phone using an automatic payment plan. Luckily there were only two charges on it; one for $75, the other for $33. Sprint wouldn't refund the money because they said they would have to ask the person who used the account to buy the cell service if it would be ok to refund it. You heard right. I don't understand it either. I thought I was the owner of the bank account.
Anyway, the bank locked the debit cards service and we destroyed the actual cards and began the transaction dispute procedure at the bank. The bank at least said that they are crediting the money back to us.
I guess I'm back to using checks for everything.

By the way God, about those problems, you're laying them on a bit thick. No offense. :)

Sorry if I sound grumpy or anything, I don't mean too. I did have a great time with Kai today driving a load of junk to the new house. She was very willing to help carry stuff in, what she could lift anyway. A good little helper. And it was a fun drive with her too. I treated her to vanilla milk shakes(her choice) on the drive back and we sang some of her made up songs like "is a pig"(don't ask). :)

Have a good night everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

May 24, 2005 - Msg 28906: Well, looky there, I done swept the porch! That's only about the second time I've done that.(I prefer to use a vacuum).;)
-Sterling Holobyte

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28907: Hey Sterling. I snuck in and hid the leg-a-lamb out of your freezer, just in case,
Mercy me, good to see you Hodie and Merle Dean. And Bulbsie, my goodness girl I have missed you! Hope you all get time to visit us more.


May 25, 2005 - Msg 28908: Hi y'all! Sterling, bless your heart. You surely are being tested. Good thinking Asa... you know that's all they understand. Can't type much, arms are being unrulely. Just wanted to say hey to all my friends.

~ Mrs. Wiley

Opie: "Pa, why do they call Mr. Beeman 'plain Claude'?"

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28909: I am so sorry for you Sterling - I do hope things will get straightened out for you. Dealing with banks, credit card companies, etc. is always stressful.

As summer approaches and we become busier than ever, please don't forget those wonderful men and women serving abroad that help us continue to have vacations, festivals and parades without fear. If you don't know a service person to write, check out or and they can fix you write up. It is not about sending stuff - it is about support, and cards or letters are support. God Bless our Troops! God Bless America!

Good to see Bulbsie back and Merle Dean and Hodie - come and visit some more. . .we have surely missed you.

Asa - you should have snuck in a leg of goat - Ha Ha!



May 25, 2005 - Msg 28910: Hello everyone, it's been a while I know. But As soon as I heard the news of Howard Morris, I had to come read through here. Very sad day in Mayberry land for sure. He was one of the greats that made tags what it was.

I've missed you all very much. Just been too blamed busy here lately. Hope you all are doing ok, love and prayers to you all. Salty Dog

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28911: Hey, Salty! It's good to see you. Why does it always take a funeral to bring folks out of the woodwork? Lots of the old-time porchsters have been by. Don't you all wait for another TAGS great to pass away before you come around again. Come on home where you belong! We've missed you.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28912:
So many "old timers" comin' around! Good to see you all. Hope it aint just a quick Hi and Goodbye!
Plenty of rockers!

CALLING MAYOR PAPPA BEAR!!! Pappa 54, where are you?

Sterling! I hear ya bro! Some days at my mom's place I think I am going to pull my hair out! (and I aint got much left!) Hang in there. (Easier said than done especially with MIL in te picture) @ porch moves at once, wow

Ro- Heard from Tom lately? I've written a few times now, but no responce.

Homemaker- thanks for the words of wisdom, in the absence of our distinguished mayor, I , self-appointed vice mayor, declare this weekend
"thank a living troop day" besides remembering all our fallen heroes! THANK YOU
Someone had asked about the Home makeover show last Sunday on the AZ reservation. Yes, very moving. She was the first Indian female from AZ to die in such a military role. They named a mountain after her too here in AZ.
WELCOME BACK ALL PORCHSTERS! Still keeping the APB open for all the missing ones.

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28913: Howdy, all. Yep, MDC, I heard from TOM not long ago - I posted a poem from him, did you miss it? Or has that been longer ago than I remember? That's possible.

To you and Sterling, speaking as a mother and a MIL, I can only recommend patience to the extent that you can bear it. Sometimes we old gals get ourselves in hot water without intending to, and then some folks are just plain mean and hateful. Whichever you're dealing with, though, you can never go wrong by taking the high road. Your spouse will appreciate it, and if it's your own mom that's trying your patience, your conscience will be lighter in the end.

Wow! Season Two should be arriving before long. I can hardly wait.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28914: You know Sterling - it isn't my MIL but my FIL that can really get under my skin sometimes. I count to 10. . .sometimes to 20. . .and sometimes I think I am still counting! Just know - you are not alone!


Salty - great to see you. . . I was thinking of you the other day and about that contraption you and Asa made and marketed. :)

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28915: Hey Salty Dawg! Good to see you back with us too.
My the porch seems nice and full.


May 25, 2005 - Msg 28916: Thanks homemaker! That one statement - know you are not alone - strangely enough makes me feel better. And thanks to everyone else for the good advice. It is much appreciated!

Today Kai and I took another trip to the new house to deliver some more stuff. Another great trip! Makes an hour and a half go by pretty quick! We again stopped for shakes. This time she got strawberry and I got chocolate. Hardees makes pretty good shakes! They put whipped creme on them and everything.
-Sterling Holobyte

Pappa Bear where are you?

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28917: That might have sounded above like the other advice doesn't make me feel better, now that I read it over. But it all does. You can't have too much good advice from caring people.
-Sterling Holobyte

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28918: Hey guys, yeah it's been awhile. But I just heard that season two on DVD is out today!! Should be getting mine from that nice Mr UPS man tomorrow! Hope you all are doing good. I've missed you all. And Romeena good to hear that you've heard from TOM as well. I sure hope his situation is better. Now, when is our next party? We aint had one in awhile! Love ya'll- Salty Dog

May 25, 2005 - Msg 28919: Anybody want to come over and have an owl-watch party with me? The little owl I saw and described for you a while back has returned a few times, always just at the point between "can see and can't see". The other night he was perched on the birdbath again and I didn't see him, walked right up to within about four feet, when he finally flew, but he didn't go far, just a few feet to a squirrel feeder on a nearby tree. Then he just sat there and watched me, as I was watching him. What a thrill! So now every evening, when I can, I station myself here at my window and watch for him. I don't see him every day, but just enough to keep me interested. Nature is a wonder!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28920:
Hey RO, he wasnt flying upside down was he?? teehee
Breakfast at JB's this morning!
Yea for season 2. Bet Floyd is putting them in the mail today! Wow, I need them right now.
Have a good day all, and look out for them rare buffalo nickels.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28921: It's me, it's me the Angel Ernest T!
Gone to join his mother-figure.
You'll be missed
Sp00ky Benson

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28922: Merle Dean says "Hey"

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28923: Wow! SpOOky Benson! So good to see you. Yes, we're gonna miss Ernest T. I watched the mini-marathon on TVLand last night, with all the Ernest T. eps. He was such a great talent, and actually quite a nice-looking guy when he wasn't pulling a comic face. I've noticed that about comic actors. Many of them are quite handsome when they're not being funny, and almost all are very good serious actors as well. Mickey Rooney could just break your heart in a serious role.

Well, got things to do. Grandson on the way over, will keep him while his other grandma gets her hair done. Should be fun! He's talking a little bit now, and has started putting two words together already. Yep, he says "NO-NO!" just as plain as can be! (teehee)

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28924: And hey to you, MERLE DEAN. Did you get your shocks fixed? --Romeena

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28925: To The Great Ernest T. The front porch is saddened by your loss. One of the funnier people on Andy Griffth.

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28926: POST REMOVED

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28927: POST REMOVED

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28928: Do I detect some interlopers!!!? Oh Floyd, where are you?


May 26, 2005 - Msg 28929: HM- I contacted Floyd. He's been busy sendin' out those season 2 sets. Bet you are happy that's school's out for the summer.
I am a little worried about papa bear.
Will email him today to see if all is well.
Porch is kinda empty. Folks must be taking early holiday. God bless and protect our troops.thanks

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28930: Thanks for contacting Floyd, MDC!

I too am worried about Pappa Bear. He never usually stays away this long.

Well, Kai had her "graduation" picnic today. She had a great time playing with her classmates, for what will probably be the last time. Hopefully not though, we will try to keep in touch with at least some of them after the move.
One touching moment was when things were winding down but Kai and some of the other kids were playing on the playground. A young boy(about Kai's age), who wasn't in Kai's class but was just at the park with his mother, came over to where we were sitting on some playground equipment and asked if he could play with Kai's bottle of bubbles that she had gotten as a gift from the teachers. I said sure, and he proceeded to blow a bunch of bubbles and then said, "I'm sending these bubbles up to my dad. He died."
Almost broke my heart.
We let him keep the bubbles, after asking his mom if it was alright, of course.
Kai was very sweet about it after she asked me where her bubbles went, and I told her why I gave her bubbles away.

Have a happy Memorial Day weekend everyone.
-Sterling Holobyte

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28931: Oh, Sterling! What a touching story, and how kind of you to let him keep the bubbles. A good life lesson for sweet little Kai, too. She got a chance to learn how good it feels to be kind to someone.

Woohooo! My Second Season DVDs arrived today, so you know what I'll be doing tonight. Anybody that wants to come over and watch TAGS with me, come on. I'm not even taking time to cook, so bring yourself something to eat. Got lots of tea made.

Well, I bought a big old pump for my little pond today, capable of pumping 550gph, hooked it up to my new filter, and it will not pull water through the filter. I don't get it. Gotta talk to somebody that knows more about this than I do.

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

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28932: Well guess I counted my chickens before they hatched.. My DVD's got rescheduled for tomorrow. Now mind you I Had it all planned out, had tomorrow off, SHOULD have gotten my DVD's today, and was gonna watch it all day tomorrow. But oh well, I guess thats what I get for planning. I'll still have part of the day tomorrow to watch them. Maybe I should stop plannign and just go on a whim. You know it aint a whim if you change your underwear lol. Ya'll have a good evening. Love you all--Salty Dog

May 26, 2005 - Msg 28933: Now, Salty, there's your problem, right there. You probably changed your underwear this morning, and that jinxed the whole thing. Just took the "whim" right out of it! So, remember that in the morning, or you won't get your DVDs until Saturday!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28934: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28935: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28936: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28937: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28938: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28939:
How sad is it to have fools jump in and take joy in being obnoxious!? What sad pathetic lives they must have.


May 27, 2005 - Msg 28940: Ahhhh remember the days when we could wake up and come on here and read an inspirational poem by TOM, or something funny someone said, and not have to read such trash on here? Sorry guys, I didn't realize my comment about the whim would cause all this. Ya'll have a good day--Salty Dog

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28941: Tweren't your fault, Salty. Some folks just weren't raised right, gotta feel sorry for them, I guess. Pitiful, isn't it? --Romeena

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28942: Very pitiful, Romeena. You know people like that are not very happy inside.
-Sterling Holobyte

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28943: I emailed Floyd about the interlopers - Asa and Salty - you need to go back to inventing something to keep them out.

Had my second surgery yesterday - hopefully, the last one.


May 27, 2005 - Msg 28944: Some people- geesh! Get a life you interlopers.
Anyway,just popping in to say hi-good to see all the old porchsters back in Mayberry!
Hey Rev. Jr.& Quiet Sam- Today's edition of The State newspaper has a great tribute to Howard Morris on page B-2 by columnist Neil White. Worth buying a paper just to read it.
Sterling,what a sad yet sweet incident that you described.Nice of you to let the little boy keep the bubbles.
Well,guess I'll go surf the internet for awhile. Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28945:
Hey Folks,

I just wanted to sit and read a spell.

Wow, what a day to stop by. I see the short bus has dropped some the G.E.D. kiddies at the wrong site.

See ya later Ernest T.


May 27, 2005 - Msg 28946: WE need to pray for these people who want to look cute in front of decent people. What a shame they can't go somewhere where they are wanted.Slim

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28947: Thanks for sharing that story Sterling.
As we start this Memorial Day weekend, I think of my dad's WWII group and how so many are gone now.
For the last 15 years they have had yearly reunions, but now with so few left, they are talking about not doing them any more. It's sad.
Some of us kids are talking about keeping it going til the last man so to speak. They are having one this summer in Colorado Springs, which I will attend with him, as he is now 87.
He has multiple decorations for distinguished flying etc, yet when he came home, he went back to his trade of typesetter, and never piloted again.
You may recall, he and I went and saw the only restored A-20 airplane left. (last summer) It was so moving to watch him see that plane again, 60 years later!
Well, have a good weekend, and take a moment to recall a fallen soldier, past and present!Thanks.
God bless you.

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28948: POST REMOVED

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28949: Big freeze.

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28950: Nice story, MDC. And nice of you to do that for your dad.
What is an A-20 anyway? I love WWII aircraft! Even have a computer game where I can "fly" some of them. Is there another name it goes by that I might recognize a little more?
-Sterling Holobyte

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28951: Best to just ignore the moulage. Floyd will get the IP.
Sterling- It is A-20 Havoc medium range bomber that actually was first built as an attack aircraft, thus the "A" determination. But they found out in the pacific theater that it was too slow for that. But it worked well for bomb runs from the coast of England into Germany and back.
(A google search under "A-20 aircraft" will bring up good info)
He never talked about the war much until about the last ten years. He now wants future generations to know the total committment that many Americans invested to keep our shores safe, and us safe to sit here today and talk back and forth in freedom...or, as the third verse of America the Beautiful says "...with liberty in LAW." Many of his 65 missions ended in crash landings due to flak damage, yet he and his two-man crew survived them all, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
(Us kids didnt even know he was decorated until about 8 years ago when we went to one of his reunions!)
This weekend we honor all those whose blood was shed on foreign soil protecting America's SOVEREIGNTY! We MUST remain sovereign and not blur our borders as Europe has done or it WILL be our demise. Thank you porchsters for your prayers and caring for the time I have been here with you.
Hope to continue for many more years.

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28952: Hey Folks,

Sorry for the problems. I'll try and keep a watch on it but if you see something that's bad, please e-mail me by using the "Let me know if the porch needs a sweep" link at the bottom left of the porch. Please include the "Msg" number if you would. It helps me find the message in question.

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28953: Thanks Floyd!

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28954: PS: I have two relatives currently in Iraq and I thank you for your continued prayers for all our troops.

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28955: Oh, so that's how we contact you, Floyd! All this time I have been here and I just never thought of it. Boy, I'd better lay off the squeezins!
Now that I know though I will try to be a better citizen of Mayberry and will report junk like that when I see it. And Thanks Floyd for keeping Mayberry a nice little town!

Thanks to you too, MDC for the info. Yeah, I've never heard of a Havoc, except for the more recent Russian Havoc helicopter, and I will do that Google search.
And wow, I'm always impressed by the daring skills of our fly-boys in any war. I don't mean to minimize the ground and sea troops; I hold them up with the same respect. It's just that I am really interested in fighter and bomber pilots, their aircraft and the like.
I hope your Dad knows how we treasure people like him who served their country and protected and still do protect us. And I'm glad he returned with his crew from all those missions. They are real survivors!
-Sterling Holobyte

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28956: Eddie Albert (Oliver on Green Acres) died yesterday at the age of 99. Just heard about it and thought I'd pass the word.
I enjoyed his acting immensely. May he rest in peace.

possum under a rock

May 27, 2005 - Msg 28957: Shoe---y I couldn't believe what trash I just read. It made me kinda sick to my tummy. We need to pray for these people. Slim

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28958: Eddie Albert died? Oh, thats so sad. I loved him on Green Acres. He had a very long life. He must have been doing something right.

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28959: Hello EVERYONE!..slim,mdc,auh20,md,possum,salty,asa,...I have got to catch up!..been working around the house and got to get to work on the porch! a family reunion to go to today on my moms side..a big one in the country...lake and camping and fish frying..yall come..its in talking rock ga..well let me get the skillet ready for the eggs and ham and bisquits this morning...signed:SPOT the"not gona stay off the porch so long" dog of your porch..happy weekend!

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28960: 'Morning, all! How's everyone this morning? Cloudy here on the Texas porch, but not cool. Humid and not a breeze moving anywhere. Mosquitoes will be out in force, guess I'd better find the repellent before I go outside. And go outside I must. The vinca vine and the peppermint are trying to take control of the yard, and have nearly succeeded. Mercy, that stuff is invasive!

I watched the TVLand ET show about "All in the Family" this morning. I've seen it before, but it's still interesting. The scenes of Carroll O'Connor as he was dealing with his son's suicide are so moving. You gotta hand it to him, he waded into that drug dealer like a windmill in a tornado, and didn't back up. When the scumbag tried to sue him for slander, Carroll won, and went on to get some serious legialation passed, that allows prosecution of dealers as accessories to whatever problems their clients may get into. Personally, I'd like to see drug dealers sued just for contaminating the air they breathe. Whooee! Where did that come from? Putting soapbox away now....

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28961: Have a great Memorial Day week-end all. It looks like rain in E.Ky. No company coming,so I think I'll crash someone elses BBQ. Lots of that going on here. This is such a small town,I can't pretend to be some long lost relative.Ha. Slim

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28962: Slim come on to talking rock ga. for a bbq with the dog pound!..hey Ro and plum....busy here at work, squirrels running wild blowing tran fuses but we are keeping up!....SPOT

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28963: I hope everybody is having a great weekend. -- Floyd

May 28, 2005 - Msg 28964: Slim - I can relate to E.Ky. (went to EKU for some graduate school), lived in Grayson during my undergrad days and did student teaching in a little town called Willard and made many a trip to Big Hill, Berea, Annville, and McKee - and I do Somerset pretty good too. . .that's where the hubby's folks are from.

Got a big graduation to go to tonite - at least it isn't terribly hot out. Kind of breezy and cool for this time of year.

For those who prayed for my niece - it was not lymphoma but she does have lupus. She could still use your prayers. She is around 25-26 years old.


May 28, 2005 - Msg 28965: Hey to the porch! It's good to see a lot of old faces ( know what I mean). So sad to hear about Howard Morris...I've actually got an authenticated brick and picture with his signature....he was always one of my favoites.

Hope everyone is doing well...have not been around a lot lately...too much happening in Chicager right now...but I'll be stopping be more often.

Y'all be good...


May 28, 2005 - Msg 28966: Howdy, all. Just got home from a nice party - a group of church friends, had burgers and hotdogs, and played -- yep, Mayberry Trivia! (My team won.) I was pleasantly surprised to see how much was known by so many of the players. Several people knew a lot of the answers, and some answered things that I couldn't. Like how many guns were usually kept in the rack in the court house. I thought four, but the answer was six. Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

Guess I'd better hit the ironing board, got to get up early for preachin' in the morning. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

Oh, and hey to Goober!

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28967: Good Morning all, hey Goober,HM,Floyd,Ro,Plum,SH,Slim,MDC,auh2o,Rev,possum and everyone, had a great cook out with my mothers big side of the family yeterday in the country! work now till 6 pm, great busch race and the rocket on the pole for tonight,will have to find me some good preaching on the tube in just a bit here at work..well lets all grab a sausage and bisquit and coffee!..will have the grill going tonight...signed:SPOT the"gona keep the Church lights on" dog of your porch!

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28968: Afternoon from Ireland. Irishter here, hadn't been in a year or so, but I am so excited that our first two seasons of the TAGS are coming back from America when our boys get home on the 11th of June that I had to pop in and say hey, our VHS tapes of the show (all episodes) were recorded in the late 80's and are starting to wear out! Cain't wait, and I see that the 2nd season will have the comercials! Boy howdy, one happy preacher here!


May 29, 2005 - Msg 28969: Well HELLO Irishter!...long time no hear!...hows things and weather in Ireland?...dont stay gone so long ...SPOT

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28970: The weather is GREAT at the moment - partly cloudy and about 15C (thats about 60 degrees old money).

When I heard that Ernest T. had dies and realised I will have my bew DVDs in a couple of weeks I had to pop back in.

I administer on a couple of Christian boards now and had been "to busy" for the Front Porch. Then I realised how much I missed Mayberry. Re-bookmarked this place.

Things are still slow in the ministry. Our 4th child flew back to Alabama to graduate with his Christian school class and an older brother went with him. At the moment four of our kids, our daughter-in-law, and granddaughter are all in Alabama without us :(.

Thanks for the welcome back!


May 29, 2005 - Msg 28971: Hello porch pals ,just stopped in to say howdy and wish everyone a safe holiday weekend ,been on the go a lot lately ,got to go back to work ,off at 6 and gonna watch the 600

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28972: MD I also get off at 6 today also [what do you again?]...but gona get home and bush hog my back pasture real quick then settle in for the race, miss sherry coming over to watch with me..suppose to get the boat out of the tune up shop this week then off to the lake I hope, got to start fishing..watching the beaver now...all is quite hee now at the power comp....SPOT

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28973: Hey to the porch! God rest you well, Earnest T. ~ Mrs. Wiley

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28974: Hi all, didn't have to crash a thing, had one of my own.BBQ,that is. Went to the cemetary a while. The flowers are so beautiful. Had a lot of visitors in church this a.m. and had a few of our own away so it kinda evened out. Hope everyone is safe and happy.

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28975: By the way, is there a way to auto sign my messages? #28974 is mine too.HA Please pray forthis family. My son-in-law- soon-to-be-X told Alec,my grandson,that he might get to come home in July.He's supposed to be incarcerated untill 2008. Hope I have more time without him for Alec's sake.Pray hard please. Slim

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28976: My goodness, Slim, that's the first time I've ever been asked to pray for someone to be kept in jail, but I see your point. I don't know the circumstances, and am not asking, but I do know that there are just some folks who are much better citizens when they're behind bars. Sad, but true. As for auto-signing, if there's a way, I don't know what it is.

Irishter! It's so good to hear from you. I'm sure I'm speaking for everyone when I say, we hope you'll return often. We've missed you. There are a lot of new folks on the porch, and they're just great folks, fine citizens of Mayberry. You'll love 'em!

Well, the Plum is begging for a tummy rub, so off I go. Been gone since 8:30, and she's been lonely. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28977: No too far from bedtime on this side of the Porch, although my head may not hit the pillow till 11.00!

Have to make sure I heed the reverend's advice and "Slow down, take it easy."


May 29, 2005 - Msg 28978: Well, Irishter! Good to see you again!

I'm just sitting at home. Don't have to go to see the MIL and all her "friends" today. Now, normally I'd be happy about that but I'd rather have to do that then have my little Kai sick, which is why I am at home and not at all the Memorial Day weekend "festivities".
Yep, Kai woke me up whimpering at 6:00 and when I felt her she was just hot. Took her temp and it was 101.9. After we gave her some medicine and a cool-gel patch for her forehead, it went down to 100, but she is still warm.
I never like it when she has a fever. Head colds I don't mind as much, but when she has a fever her little heart starts beating harder and faster, and she doesn't need any more strain on her heart.
She was fine yesterday. Just having a ball! But she did come into contact with alot of people, so I don't know if she picked something up or what, but prayers would be appreciated. They can only help and they can't hurt.

Now, who's grilling out on the porch since I can't have any brats, hot dogs or hamburgers in real life today? Or should I start it? Be warned though, I'm not very good with the grill! Unless you like things very well done.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28979: Oh, Sterling, I'm so sorry Kai is sick. I know you're taking wonderful care of her, lots of fluids and all. See that she empties her little bladder often, too. It's a matter of physics - hot stuff out, cold stuff in, will help the body cool down. Of course, kids can run up a temp at a moment's notice, and lots of times we never know the reason. I'm sure she'll be fine. I understand that you worry a little extra for her, though, with her history, and certainly she'll have some extra prayers from your porch friends.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28980: Hey Ro and slim, hope little Kai get better SH..well the Indy 500 was good the girl almost pulled it out , i was rooting for her!..gona leave work at 6 and go by and get some whole catfish for the fryer and roll up some hush puppys..yall come on over the sothern end of the porch and have some..umm good...SPOT

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28981: Good night all from the Irish side of the Porch!

Trust the little one will be well soon!

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28982: GOOD SABBATH ALL!
RO- you should be our new county nurse! Such wise advice. Are you RN or LPN ? I forget.
IRISHSTER!! so good to see you again, Prayers for pappa bear (AKA pipeman) I emailed him a few days ago and still no answer. Sure hope he's OK.
MAYBERRY GIRL , do you know how he is ?
I saw a little of the Indy 500. The new lady driver was in 4th plasc at the time.
Prayers for you and yours slim.
Spot, thanks for the lights and the good grub.
You can help sterling with the grilling!
May Eddie Albert enjoy the company of so many others up there! His dry homor was taylor made for the Green Acres part!
Well, everyone have a great Mayberry kind - o- day
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28983: Anyone get their season 2 yet?

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28984: Oh, yeah, MDC, I've got mine! Got it about the middle of the week - already watched the first disc. So good! Commercials and everything. Who wouldn't love hearing Andy saying "I 'preciate it, and good night!" again. How well I remember.

Oh, to answer your question, I'm an RN. 12 years in med/surg, 5 more years all over the house, doing a bit of everything, and 9 years now in postpartum. I loved med/surg, but left the more "exciting" part of nursing when my dear husband died. I just didn't have what it took to face the drama anymore. Postpartum isn't exactly quiet, but emotionally, it's a bit safer. It has some bad moments, but not often.

Yes, I loved Eddie Albert, too. Great talent. Who can forget him as Ali Hakim, the "peddler man" in "Oklahoma!" Then of course, as Oliver Wendell Douglas, he'll live on forever.

Rainy here today, much cooler than it has been. Pansies are perking up, may get a last hurrah out of them until the heat descends again. Daylilies are blooming beautifully, roses are about spent but will bloom again soon, and petunias are lovely right now. I just love all the color!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28985: hi porch,not much going on here just wanted to stop by for a minute.Prayers for slim and Kai.Irishter,so nice to see you again.Glad to hear you will be stopping by more often.So sorry to hear about the passing of Eddie Albert and Ernest T,both very talented men.Spot,thought you got swamped down at the power company,glad to see you are back and cooking again.Well,better close for now,we are having some cool evening weather here in WVA too,but,it sure makes for good sleepin !Sure hope we hear from mayor pappa bear soon.Ya'll take care and God Bless.-Ky girl

May 29, 2005 - Msg 28986: Mornin' from the Irish side. Gonna be a nice one again today. It doesn't ALWAYS rain in Ireland :-).

Less then two week till my sons get back from Alabama with seasons 1-2!! Big countdown here ;-).

National piano exam for our nine year old son today.


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28987: Good morning all..good luck on the piano lessons Irish son...going to miss sherrys for a cook out today..kinda rainy here...hey ro,plum,ky.mdc.asa,hm,mdc,mw,auh2o,slim,Rev,floyd,pappa,and all...hope yall have a great day!..chicken in the crock pot for tonight,green beans and taters...will be home at about 6 , yall stop by....SPOT

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28988: Eoin seems to have done well on his exam. No holiday here, but I am listening to Christian radio over the net so I staying tapped in.

Enjoy your various assorted cook-outs and such!

Thank a soldier tdday folks!


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28989: Good day to all! I've been a busy with bean planting and watering the corn! we've been dry here in SC but we're getting a good rain today!! Hey Romeena, check your first set of DVD's and you'll be surprised that there are only 4 rifles in the rack! Sometime in the first year they added two more and the number stayed at 6 from then on! Just got my 2nd set and already enjoying them and the commericals,especially when Opie pops up and says "cause that's all I got,Barney"!! speaking of the Sanka jars! Well got to catch up on my paperwork. Ya'll take care and rockem easy on the porch! Quiet Sam!

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28990: Hey, Quiet Sam! I knew I remembered seeing only four rifles in that rack, but you're right, later on there are six.

You know, we haven't seen Pappa Bear since before the porch was swept the last time. Has anybody looked in the bushes? Maybe he got swept off, and if the shrubbery is anything like the vinca and peppermint in my yard, he could be held captive down there and never get out! I'm getting a bit concerned - those of you who have his email address, please give him another little nudge, OK?

My handyman friend was here today, moved the power outlet for the fountain several feet away, so we can revise and expand the fountain. My landscaper friend will be here later in the week to do the fountain work. Sure is nice having these fellers who are so capable, and so trustworthy. For us widder ladies, that's pretty important. I thank the good Lord for them.

Well, guess I'll try to get a little nap on this rainy afternoon, since I have to work tonight. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28991: I wonder if Pappa Bear is the same Pappa Bear I know from another forum?

Anybody know where this Pappa Bear lives?

-Irishter (changing my name to my more normal forum name "NaasPreacher")

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28992: Hello Irishter - good to see you posting again!
Made the tater salad and bought the brats. . .having some grilled food tonite. Yum Yum
I haven't been feeling the best since this last surgery - it kind of took the wind out of my sails. Don't think I was quite all the way recovered from the first one. I'll feel better soon -
Saw bits and pieces of the Indy 500 yesterday via the news - David Letterman sure looks old and so did Bobby Rahal (they owned Danica's car). She did great! I remember when AJ Foyt and Johnny Rutherford were the names to root for.

Take care. . .


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28993: You mean AJ and Rutherford arent racing ;-)?

NaasPreacher (Irishter)

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28994: My county's claim to fame. . besides Milan '54 team (the movie Hoosiers really happened) was that Johnny Rutherford married one of the nurses from the infield hospital at the track and she was from the small town of Osgood, IN. Her sister, most likely, will get to teach my kids. Everyone-oo and aw in amazement! Funny that that is news around here.


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28995: Hey yall...brought back some grub from sherrys to go with the crock pot chicken and stuff...yall come by..hey quite sam,ro,naaspreacher?,hm and all....SPOT

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28996: Sounds good, but I am on a MAJOR weight loss - 18 pounds gone in the last few weeks


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28997: Well, we'll call you NaasPreacher if you wish, but I confess, I like Irishter better. Still, a feller has a right to choose his own name.

Rained really hard here earlier - a real frog-strangler for a few minutes. Amazing, I think things look greener already. Even with a sprinkler system, there's just nothing like rain to perk things up. God is so good.

Well, now for that nap I promised myself. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2005 - Msg 28998: Irishter is fine - mostly did just is case Pappa Bear is the one I know ;-)

Now I'm really confused - Irishter it is, but if you know me Pappa Bear, let me know. I kind of like that name here better nayhow :-)


May 30, 2005 - Msg 28999: Afternoon Y'all. Woke up Sunday morning to find out that my phone line was down. I guess an 18 wheeler came barreling through (although they are supposed to Detour around town) and pulled the lines down.Didn't miss my phone as much as my internet.Glad to be back online! Was surprised the man(yes,I had to "call the man!") came out on a holiday and fixed it.Didn't think I'd have it back till Tuesday.
Sterling,I will pray for Kai. I know after Laci's heart surgery we were told to always watch for signs of unknown fever and to contact her cardiologists if it got too high. Luckily,she's been fine and I'm hoping Kai will be too.
TVLand commercial just came on saying that a Green Acres tribute to Eddie Albert will be on tonight at 8pm. I'll be there!
Goober(it's an American name!),I envy you with that authentic Ernest T. brick! Lucky you!
Hey to Irishter/ Naaspreacher! Glad you've joined us here in Mayberry.
Rain? You should've seen what I drove through this morning on my way to work-torrential rains. Cars were doing 45-50 on the Interstate.That is,the ones of us who weren't pulled off on the side of the road. It was terrible.Believe me,I said my prayer of thanks once I pulled into my workplace parking lot!
Well,gonna catch up on a couple days worth of e-mail.Y'all have a wonderful night!
possum under a rock

May 30, 2005 - Msg 29000: Irishter, I'm trying to think of some identifiers that would help you determine if our Pappa Bear is the one you know. He was known to us as Pipeman for a long time, until he quit smoking, put away his pipes and changed his name to Pappa Bear. I know he's a racing fan, and I do believe he frequents some TV Western websites. Does that help? I must add, I'm quite concerned about him. His health is not good, and we haven't heard from him in over a week, which is very unusual. APB for Pappa Bear!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2005 - Msg 29001: Hey, Possum! Good to see you! Hope all that rain didn't flood your rock. If it did, just come on over here to my place. I've got a pile of rocks out back that are high and dry. (You'd be welcome in the house, too, if you'd wipe your tiny little paws.)

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 30, 2005 - Msg 29002: Has anyone heard from Mavis lately? I just emailed her, and the Mailer Demon sent it back. I hope she's okay. --Romeena

May 30, 2005 - Msg 29003: Thanks for all the prayers for Kai. They seem to have worked! She was just fine today. A little groggy in the morning hours, but aren't we all?! ;)

We all had a busy day today so I am just going to say Goodnight!

-Sterling Holobyte

May 30, 2005 - Msg 29004: Early morning to you all when you get up later. Don't think this Pappa Bear is my buddy. My friend seems to be in decent health. I trust that this fella here is okay.

Looks like the weather is moving back in on us after a couple of days break. Still mild for Ireland.


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29005: Good morning all! I checked my first episodes last night and was suprised to find on the first show only 3 rifles in the rack, the 2nd show had 5 rifles in the rack,the 3rd show had 4 in the rack!! Sometime later in the first season they put 6 in the rack! Got some good rain yesterday and will probably get some more in the next 2 days! We needed it!! The sponsor spots are really gems aren't they. I just don't remember them in my younger days in the 60's!Got to jump off the porch for awhile and get some work done! Ya'll take care and rock easy! Quiet Sam!

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29006: And they were supposed to get "a few more guns" after the inspector came in "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" but never noticed them showing up.


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29007: Help! I just saw this am an early show where Bertha edwards comes over and cleans Andy's house before Aunt Bea comes home. This same lady I think appears in later shows as Clara Johnson! Am i right or do I have the ladys mixed up?? Thanks, Quiet Sam!

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29008: You are right Bertha Edwards aka Clara Edwards aka Clara Johnson


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29009: Hey yall..back at work now ..gona read...SPOT

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29010:
HI Gang, hope all had a wonderful memorial day.
Did you know that at 3 pm yesterday baseball games and many other venues paused in remembrance of our fallen hereos? very moving. On our PBS channel last night they aired a program about our Army Rangers rescuing 500 of our men from a Japanese POW camp that they were running during their Philipine occupation. It was amazing to see what these 18-19 year old men did! With no care for their own lives they raided the camp and freed our soldiers. God bless that generation that is now dying at the rate of 1000 a day.
Thank God for our present generation who have also answered the call. It's just too bad they won't let them fight the way our guys did in WWII!
We would have been out of there a year ago if they would just let us do the job instead of being so PC about it all! OK, soapbox back under the porch.
HM- That's why I come here to the porch. The "local" news is nice to hear. Sorry about my vent above!
Here's a trivia question for you all:
When did the gun rack get a crossbar and a lock?
Ro- I emailed pappa bear a few days ago. No answer as yet. Sure am praying for him!
Quiet Sam, the FAQ section of this website explains that they did change Clara's name a few times. No one is sure why. But for the "sake of the show" one could explain that Bertha could have been a "middle" name and Johnson, her maiden name,
thus all is well in Mayberry! haha

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29011:
BTW Quiet Sam, the reason you don't remember those commercials was because it was your chance to run for a cold bottle of pop, a dreamsicle, or maybe a pixiestix or another goodie of the day! haha
For me it was a Pepsi Freeze. I'd put Pepsi and Ice Cream in the blender... Mmmmm, my was that good!

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29012: Does naybody know how I can get my hands on rhe 4oth anniversary special. We have literally everything else but that. Is it on DVD someplace?


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29013: The mailman just brought my season 2!! Yippie! and my 2 books "Act Like SOMEBODY" and "I'm Proud to call You My Friend." (and my free ornament!)
This is just the CATS!
IRISHSTER-I taped that one when it aired. I'd be happy to help fill your collection. You can email me your address at
Well, now I got my day planned!!teehee

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29014: MDC, aren'tcha kind! Aren'tcha kind! I'll bet Irishter would just almost give you a kiss on the jaw for that. What a nice thing to do! Mayberry folks are just the best. (sniff!)

Well, off I go. Gonna take my newly-widowed friend out for dinner tonight, or maybe cook up something here at home. Anything to keep her busy. Prayers, please.

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

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29015: As many of you know, I direct your attention to the webpage when I can. If you have a moment to spare - read what one Marine wrote about Memorial Day. It is awesome. He is currently stationed in Iraq and last year in Afghanistan. Please take just a moment - you'll be glad you did.


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29016: Email on the way MDC - thanks very much!!

I just finished a short story about Andy and Sharons's date at the Senior Dance where they realise that they are not for each other. Anybody want to have a read?

Is there a place for short stories on the main site?

- Irishter

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29017: Can't do the kiss on the jaw - according to Gomer that means you have to get married :-).

But I sure are grateful!


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29018: Hey ro, irishter,MDC,hm and all...tonight its grilled ribeye steaks,baked taters w/butter and sour cream and bacon bits,salad, banana pudding,tea will light the grill at yall like yer steaks cooked?..signed:SPOT the"chillin and grillin" dog of this here fine porch

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29019: Off to bed here folks - sidewalks (or footpaths as we call em here) done rolled up!


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29020: Irishster, if you go to the main page and then scroll down the right to "Fan Fiction", you can submit your story there for all to read. It would be intereseting to read your take on "one of the great romances of all time" and the "tears on my pillow doth bespeak the pain that is in my heart."

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29021: Howdy, all. Spot, I love ribeye steaks. Just trot mine past the grill, and knock the horns and hooves off, and it'll be just about right.

Irishter, please do post your story. I'd love to read it! I like to write, too, and love to read the things that others have written - you know, ordinary folks who aren't necessarily established writers.

Well, I'll see you all over at Spot's house. Sugarplum is bringing some carrots. She says hey! --Romeena

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29022: YO everybody, Hope each of you had a great holiday and extra day off. We had a spiffy one here. I just discovered a really nice and funny site. It's at www.Eakles Family Some beautiful poems, stories,and too funny jokes. Try it. You'll be glad you did. Slim

May 31, 2005 - Msg 29023: My story is not written as a script, just a short story of about 1000 words. I'll look into posting here, but it is on our chapter bog at the moment if you would like to see it.

See you all after you get up later


May 31, 2005 - Msg 29024: Very nice, Irishter! Well done! --Romeena

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29025: And, by the way - a great big Happy Birthday to the big gut, Andy turns 79 today!!

(thanks ro)


June 01, 2005 - Msg 29026: Whoops - silly typo, I meant the big GUY, not the big gut


June 01, 2005 - Msg 29027: My goodness Irishter, I thought you was being obtuse there for a minute. I mean Andy has put on a few pounds but no need to rub it in! I have hit the wrong key many a time myself, sending the wrong message! LOL

Happy Birthday Andy! In my mind you will always be 35 and in black and white!


June 01, 2005 - Msg 29028: Anyone happen to know the name of the charater actor who played Frank Meyers? (Don't know the name of the episode, but it was about "The Ugliest House In Mayberry")

Larry in Ohio

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29029:
Welcome Larry, I'm not sure on that one, but i do know that there is a frank meyers in the credits.
It seems I heard one time that they got the character name from that, but I'm trying to think if he actually played the role.

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29030: Oops, that's from me, MDC

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29031: I just checked the FAQ section and found it!
Andy Clyde played Frank Myers (correct spelling) and the character was named that because he LOOKED like the real Frank Myers of the production crew. (And "Myers lake" was named after him.(Can you imagine a show even thinking of such a thing today?) Only on Tags! haha

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29032: MDC,
Thank you for the info!

Larry in Ohio

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29033:

PRAYERS for Mayor Pappa Bear.
I have emailed him a couple of times now
and yet to get a response. Sure hope he is ok.
Will let you know if I hear anything.

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29034: Amazon just lowered the package price for the first two seasons to $50 and set a release date of 16 August for seaon 3.


June 01, 2005 - Msg 29035: the andy griffith show complete seasons on dvd are pure mayberry heaven. hope they make all eight seasons. that would be true nirvana. lee in n.c.

June 01, 2005 - Msg 29036: Our 15 year old videos are starting to wear out. This came just in time.


June 01, 2005 - Msg 29037: Thanks for looking out for Pappa Bear, MDC. Keep us posted if you will. We're all worried.

Got to take Kai down to the Dr. in a little bit. Made an appointment today as she was coughing up a storm last night and today.
I know I said she was better, but that's because I thought she was. It's weird, on Sunday she had that high fever. Then on Monday she had no fever and it looked like she was over it, aside from being a bit tired at times. Then yesterday and today(and especially last night) her coughing has been increasing.
Don't mean to worry anyone. She's pretty normal except for the coughing; not warm or anything. Just want to get it checked out. Thanks for your prayers and have a good day!

-Sterling Holobyte