August 07, 2005 - Msg 29870: Evenin' Y'all! Glad you're back home safe & sound Romeena.We missed you!
I'll go for that Irish breakfast,pappa bear-let's make sure it's not hog jowls like that breakfast Spot tried to feed us a few mornings back! Ha Ha I'm sure Irishster can come up with something much tastier than that!
Hey to Floyd and everybody else. Y'all have a good night. I've been on the computer too long today,so I'm gonna go for now. Love to all!
possum under a rock

P.S. Prayers for the Discovery crew.May God bring them safely home.Amen

August 07, 2005 - Msg 29871: Sorry-hope I didn't stir up too much dust. It's bad for the larynx you know!

possum again

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29872: Oh, mercy, folks! It's so good to be back in the good old USA. I'm here at my own keyboard, in a cool room about twice as big as the hot, dingy little room they called the "internet cafe" in Mongolia. Ten dim terminals, on little wooden tables in front of plastic chairs, sticky keyboards, very poor light, BUT - I was able to get on the porch from there! That in itself, considering where we were, was remarkable. Pretty cheap, too. I was on for about ten minutes, cost me the equivalent of 33 cents, to my surprise. I expected much more. People were lined up to get to the terminals, so I hurried through, but was amazed that I was even able to access the porch.

I've got a lot of unpacking and unwinding to do, and have to work tomorrow night, so don't know when I'll get started on the journal, but will do it. I'm considering a blog, if I can figure out how to set it up, and I think I can. A little poking around to be done there, obviously.

Please pray for my friend Kathy, the wife of my landscaper friend Joe, who has done the major makeover in my yard. Without him, the pretty things I see from my window would not exist. Kathy had a stroke last week, is improving, but not yet out of the woods. Vision still impaired, but has most of her mobility. Thanks, friends.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29873: Hey Ro - try

Super easy blogging and very user freindly.


August 08, 2005 - Msg 29874: Mornin' Dears and Honeys!
Ro,prayers being sent up for your friend Kathy.Again,I'm glad you're back home!
Hey to Irishster!
Y'all have a good day-don't let the fact that it's MONDAY bring you down!
possum under a rock

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29875: Good morning All!! What a weekend we've had here in SC! It's been in the 80's all weekend! Grilled out,very pleasant and no mosquitos too! I could'nt believe it was August! A good chance of showers today and in the 80's again!! should be in the upper 80's all week!! Hope everyone's weather is good to them too. Welcome back Ro! Gonna be cutting corn this week so the busy time starts up again!Ya'll take care and slow down-What's yo hurry?? Quiet Sam.

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29876: Welcome home Romeena! You are such a blessing!!
~ Mrs. Wiley

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29877: Good morning friends. Yes it is hard to see aloved one with dementia. My Dad had it and we said good-bye to him twice. It's a sad thing. I am so grateful he never lost knowledge of who his Savior was. I have a tid-bit. If a vegetarian eats vegetables what does a humanitarian eat? How's that? Slim

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29878: Hey gang!..sorry for the long leave from the porch!..been at the lake again for a few days..gona read the mail...SPOT

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29879: Hi folks, good to see Floyd got us UNcensored!
Welcome back Romeena! Glad all went well. Would be neat if you could post photos on the blog also, so we could all see Mongolia, outer Mongolia? You are a real gem!
Prayers for pappa as his busy week get underway.
Good sweep possum. Did you sweep us all under your rock? ha
Slim, will be thinking of you when you are out-standing in your field! ha (Oldie,but goodie)
Spot, good you had a great time at the lake.
More catfish to fry, or a good clambake perhaps?
Prayers for Discovery crew!

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29880: PS: I got my season 3 pre-ordered from Weaver's!
It will be BIG! mdc

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29881: hey ya'll,I haven't had a chance to stop by the porch in a few days,glad to see everybody.Welcome home Romeena.Can't wait to read about your trip.We are having nice cool weather here,so glad about that.I haven't read the archives yet,I think I'll get to it and stop by later.-kygirl

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29882: Hi Ky girl- glad you are ok- I was about to call! -just kidding you!
Hope the porch has a good Mayberry day!
Please keep marines in your prayers. My nephew is home on leave, but will be heading back before long. Thanks

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29883: I love the show, when I was growing up I wanted to live in mayberry and wanted andy to be my dad. How the serene the front porch was and still is when I think about it. My favorite character was barney

August 08, 2005 - Msg 29884: Hey guess who fixed their internet???? Dixie! Yea for me! We'll see how long this lasts. I don't have long but wanted to let ya'll know I just fixed the computer and to say hey and thank you very much for the votes of confidence and the well wishes.

I think that with all the confidence you guys have shown in me I have no choice but to do well in my student teaching! I unofficially started today. My contract starts on the 29th but school let in today and I was there right along with them.

Gotta go to sleep.


August 08, 2005 - Msg 29885: Thanks, Irishter. I'll probably send it out first as emails to those who ask for it, and then will try the blog later on, maybe I could put more pictures on the blog, though there will be some in the emails. What are the legal implications when one posts pictures on a blog?

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29886: Of course photos on blogs enter the public domain. In the archives is link to our photoblog using

Looking forward to the journal


August 09, 2005 - Msg 29887: Prayers for the widow of "Superman" Christopher Reeve. Just heard on Fox News that she has lung cancer.She is raising a 12 year old boy alone. May God Bless them.

possum under a rock

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29888: rise andshine porchsters, smell the coffee--- thought i'd drop bye for a moment to say hi. anyone heard from charlotte tucker?i hope you haven't melted. illinois has been under an extreme drought, most of the corn is ruined. welcome home romeena. i'll bet the plum ws glad to see you. mdc- prayers for the nephew, home on leave..i salute him. reminds me of the story about a high school was having a career day for seniors and allthe big companies there and all the armed forces represented-- each got up and painted a rosy picture and invited all the students to see them. then the marine recruiter got up, silently looked the crowd over and said... there isn't a one of you worthy to wear the marine uniform. the students were agst. he closed by saying if any of you think your worthy see me . he got 75% of the students, because he challed them. congrats to the discovery crew for a job well done. possum- how bout lunch for everyone at your local steak house on the mayor? spot- great to have you back, we missed you. did you have any interesting stories for us? irishster- when are you going to fix some of those great irish dishes? quiete sam- how are the croups your way? there working on the south producing two croups a year to tke up the slack of shortages.dixie-- your so talented you'll do great. students get to out of line tell them they don't want pappa bear to come down and run them thru boot camp, ha. mrs wiley- great to see you// prayers that your doing alright. prayers for boo and missing porchsters. slim- great one, would you call a humnitarm a tarium diet? ha. ky girl- cool weather your way? i can smell that big country cooking already. when can you let us know what's for supper and when? a big hello to floyd... missing the missing porchsters asa, rev,jr goober, homemaker, and the rest. everyone have a great week, your in my thoughts and prayers. pappa bear

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29889: possum- prayers for KATHY.. mdc- if you have a clambake- will elvis play for us? annette and frankie be there? wow what a party... pappa (going to a clam bake) bear... oh what a humble cool bear i'll be at the clam bake. ha, ha.

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29890: The best vitamin for a Christian is B1. Hey mdc, if you're having a clambake Elvis has to be there. Is everyone invited? Pappa Bear you are a jewell.I feel so lucky to be in Taylor's neighborhood.Lots of good people. Slim

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29891: congrats Dixie .. Hello SPOT,MDC,ASA,PAPPA BEAR,REV JR,ROMEENA ,ALYCE ..and all other porchsters everyone have a great day ,getting ready to go to work for dreaded inventory

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29892:
MD! Good to see you, how's married life treating ya? Race at Indy was good, Kasey K was close!
This week it's NY!
Pappa bear, Were you in that 75% ? ha
Time for the mayor to proclaim a "dog days of summer clambake and prayers for rain in Illinois" day! (maybe an Elvis sighting!) Hope a bumper crop can help make up the difference! But prayers going up for sure.
#29883- Welcome! Hope you come back to the porch, take on a handle, and set for a spell!
AFD- Can you help us find Mavis? Do your search thing and see if we can contact her. Thanks.
Possum-m did not hear that news, will indeed pray and for Peter Jennings family too.
DIX- let us know how that first day went. Still remember my first day in Sept. 1971, like it was yesterday! Skinny,green, young man ready to teach! (Green from nerves!) ha
Irishster, I kinda thought haggis was Scottish, but wasnt sure. I suppose you have bread pudding tho!
I'll check out your preacher blog!
"Now is the time to come to the aid of your neighbor!"
Mr Darlin's Cuz

August 09, 2005 - Msg 29893: Hey to the PORCH . Hope ya'll are doing well. Just a quick note...heading out for work tomorrow to San Jose...hate that flight, but it's a pretty place.

Good to see you back RO...I use a Live Journal...fancy way of bloggin...but I like it. You can visit mine at and there are links on getting your own set up.

Ya'll take care...we'll see you in a couple of days. Hey to all!


August 09, 2005 - Msg 29894: hey ya'll,I have a new email address,just wanted to let you all know what it is I'd love to read your journals from last year and this year.Gotta close,got some sleepy younguns to put to bed.Prayers for all on the porch,I'll stop by tomorrow.miss ya'll-ky girl

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29895: Hey all, pappa,mdc,goober,slim,possum,irishter,ky girl,dixie,ro,and all..gona read the the morning it will be breakfast at 6:00 am thin cut pork chops,eggs fried or your way,hash browns,apple rings,toast and apple butter....signed: SPOT

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29896: 'Mornin', dears! Couldn't sleep last night, been awaks since around 4. Finally decided to come sit on the porch for a spell. Ky girl, you got it, hon. Last year's journal coming your way this morning. Haven't started writing this year's yet. Goob, I visited your site - very nice! Thanks for the link.

I think I'll clean up a bit (I look a mess), go by the local farmer's market and get a bag of fresh sweet cherries, hop on the DART train and go see Kathy at the hospital. No point taking my car into Dallas and that scary parking lot down there, when DART lets me off practically at the door. She's doing better, but still a bit scared. Keep praying, friends.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29897: awaks? My stars! AwakE. --Romeena

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29898: Good breakfast spot! Thanks!

Mavis - my prayers go out to you. Hope all is well.

MDC - I found Mavis posted her email address back in Aug 04. flossie at bvunet dot com or thepetstop at bvunet dot com (Doing my part to keep out the riff raff). Her mama passed away Aug 7, 2004, so this is rough time for her, I'm sure.

Glad you are back in the good old USA, Ro. We missed you.

Prayers and praises for all the porchsters.

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29899: Whoopsy! Those emails in the last post should be dot net NOT dot com. Sorry about that folks!


August 10, 2005 - Msg 29900: Romeena what is a DART train?..hey all...headed to work..just heard on the news that the local [about a mile from my house] waffle house was robbed this morning..locked all in the storage one hurt..I go there alot....whew...headed to work...will see yall there...SPOT

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29901: Afternoon Porchsters. Spot- I'll bet you DART is the same thing as MARTA in Atlanta. Maybe Dallas Area Regional Transportation? Am I close, Ro?

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29902: Boy Rev...if you hit that you are good...big words...are you just guessing?...tonight lets have baked chicken and mashed taters and green beans and corn bread..will someone bring some slaw...SPOT

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29903: Just thought I would drop in and say Hi again(from the library computer. No, I still don't have internet yet :().
MDC, I wrote you an email. Don't know if you got it or not.
Anyway, have to go, Kai is getting restless again. :)
-Sterling Holobyte

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29904: Now that I think about it, I think I should change "Regional" to "Rapid." And yep, Spot, I'm TOTALLY guessing. LOL Good to see ya, Sterling!

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29905:
Rev Jr- bet you are right as San Francisco/Oakland has Bay Area Rapid Transit(BART)
Phoenix is now building one , but there have been LOTS of cost overruns, problems etc and is costing 60 million a mile of tax money!!, so many are calling it PHART (with the PH pronounced as it is in PHoenix!) teehee
Sterling- good to hear from you, I'll check my mail.
I will try that address AFD. Thanks for the reminder of the anniv date.
Spot, glad you werent there TODAY! My goodness, where is asa when ya need him!
Prayers continue for porchsters, families, troops, leaders, & all teachers and students!
have a good one,

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29906: When we got light rail in Salt Lake thet were going to call it Salt Lake Urban Transit.
Then somebody realised what the acronym would say, so they went with Trax instead.


August 10, 2005 - Msg 29907: Oh yeah...I want to change "transportation" to "transit" as well. lol Those are good ones MDC & Asa. If we had a rapid transit in my town, the name would be interesting as well. I live in Florence.

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29908: Rev Jr. You ain't in Florenece Alabama, are you?


August 10, 2005 - Msg 29909: "MSCT"...Barneys thoughts I bet...."Mayberry Side Car Transit"...hee..hee...long horn steaks tonight...Asa is buying...SPOT

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29910: MDC.. I am enjoying married life ,but it sure is keeping me busy ..Indy was a good race SPOT.. have you done any fishing lately ,I went last weekend but it was so hot I didnt catch much

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29911: Wow, Rev Jr., you are some kinda good. That's exactly what DART stands for - Dallas Area Rapid Transit. That thing is as handy as a pocket on a shirt, too. There's a station just a few minutes from my house, with ample parking available. I'm not about to take my pet car into Dallas anymore and pay $12 for a parking space that's not as big as my hanky, and come out to find dings on my car and highly questionable-looking people standing around everywhere. I just hop on a train for $2.50 - good for the entire day on any train - and in about ten minutes I'm in downtown Dallas. No muss, no fuss. Walk two blocks to the courthouse for jury duty, or catch one of the very convenient buses to go elsewhere in the downtown area. All done - hop on another train and ride back to my car. Too easy, and safe. The trains are clean, not crowded, on time, and guarded. Oh, and considering where you live, Rev Jr, it's probably a good thing you don't have rapid transit.

I saw the orthopod today about my knee - he thinks I may have a torn meniscus, wants an MRI to confirm, and then that will mean scope surgery, an outpatient procedure with a week or so of recovery time. Not too bad.

My little hummingbird friend has been coming around regularly, and has discovered that he can see me through the window. He hovers just outside my picture window, and watches me as I'm watching him. I'm going to try to get a picture of that. I have some of him at the feeder, but this hovering at the window bit is a new trick, and I'd love to have some pictures. Kinda hard through a window, it glares sometimes, but I'm going to try.

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

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29912: Mayberry Deputy went fishing last Sunday evening caught about 6 nice cats and 5 or so nice brim, catch and release...gona take 2 of my buddys next monday late and fish all night..Romeena know knee will be ok, ..going home at 10 tonight and back at 6 am..I-hop for ruttie-tootie-freah and fruty..sausage links....lets meet at 5 am..MD is buying!...had storms move in here tonight, lots lost power but got it all back on now!...signed:SPOT the"kinda tired tonight" dog of your porch..

August 10, 2005 - Msg 29913: Good evening - the school grind has begun, my days of sleeping in are over. Up at 4, bed by 9, sleep soon after.
Some of my students start tomorrow and some on Monday. . .depends on which school system I am serving at the time. (Travelling at $2.50/gallon! - gotta love my job!)

Talk to you all soon. Tried the various links to Mavis but can't seem to rouse her yet. Any luck MDC?

IHOP sounds great, esp. since someone else is buying! :)


August 10, 2005 - Msg 29914: HM -Ijust email her, so hope she is up to responding.
Ah, the start of a new school year...ya gotta love it!
Ro, you are a regular St Francis of Asissi!
Pretty soon the dear and the other critters will be visiting! That's way neat!
(saw color ep last night---"Hey ace, you leave Millie alone now hear!" They sure got a lot of milage out of that good character actor!

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29915: I tried posting earlier ,but,the server lost my connection,anyway,Romeena,you can try sending that email again,I think I figured out what I did wrong setting up my new email address box.I can'tvisit long,I'm afraid of losing the server connection again!I'll talk to you all later,thanks MDC for thinking about calling,I appreciate it!Prayers for everyone-ky girl

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29916: Irishter is happy! My 20 year old (and only) daughter arrived home for 2 weeks yesterday. She is back stateside in college and was able to make it back for a couple weeks before the school year!!!


August 11, 2005 - Msg 29917: Enjoy your time with her Irishter -

Time to get ready for school. . .fresh pencils, fresh glue, same headaches, same director of special ed. :(


August 11, 2005 - Msg 29918: homemaker, you sound just like my DIL about three years ago. She is a master's-prepared diagnostician for special ed, worked in a rural district that served three school systems. Prior to that, she had taught special ed classes - she signs, all the right stuff. Unfortunately, she got so fed up with the director and some of the higher-ups that she had to work with, that she resigned, opened a Curves salon and has never looked back. She has built the client base to the point that people are now offering her a lot of money to buy her business, and she's considering selling it and moving on to something else, but it won't be in education. My daughter, who taught high school honors English, also left education, and is now working for a hospice company, as liaison between the hospice and the hospital, doctors, patients and families. Community PR, all of that. She loves it, and would never return to teaching unless she just had to. It's a shame, because it's the kids who lose in the long run. I don't know who can fix the system, or how, but it probably should begin at the top. Some fat cats need to be removed, but since many of them got where they are by favored appointment, it's going to be difficult. OK, that's my soapbox for today.

I have a cold, of all things. Feel just miserable. I know exactly where I got it, too, because the incubation time is just right. I was seated near a man on our return flight last Friday, who was dubbed "Mr. Snotthroat" by one of the physicians who was part of our group. (He's such a silver-tongued devil, that doctor.):>) I tried to hold my breath whenever I could, as the man sneezed, coughed, honked and generally managed to spray his germs over a ten-foot radius for the 12 hours or so that we were in the air. I'd love to be able to track everyone who was on that flight. I'll bet that whole section of the plane is sick. Dumb doofus. He should have requested a seat back in the corner, and stayed in it, with a bag over his head!! Instead he wandered the aisles, sharing the wealth with everyone.

On a happier note, my yard is full of all sorts of birds, snarfing up the seed I put out last night, two squirrels are battling over possession of the hanging feeder and scattering yet more seed for the birds on the ground, and my little hummer friend has already come in and hovered at the window to say good morning. The red-headed flicker will be along in about an hour, and at least two more squirrels will soon join the fray. I see them hanging around on the back fence. A big grackle is trying his best to perch atop the water column that shoots up about six inches out of a boulder by the pond. He tries it every morning, hasn't figured it out yet. Or maybe he's just getting a really good bath. Anyway, he's funny to watch. Thank you, Lord, for this window!

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

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29919: Mornin Porchsters. Ro- so good to see ya back. I really enjoy your stories. Spot- my FIL has been doing alot of flounder giggin' lately. Boy, those are some good eats. MD- so married life is keeping you busy, huh? Welcome to my world (for the last 17 years). Here's a little tidbit...that "honey do" list NEVER runs out. LOL Homemaker- my kids started school this morning, so I know how you feel...back to the grind! MDC- glad somebody is supporting the color eps...cause I sure don't. teehee Irishter- enjoy those 2 weeks, I'm sure they will be very special for you. Asa- nope, not Florence, AL but Florence, SC (aka God's Country). Hope I didn't leave anybody out. If I did, I didn't mean to...just had to get back to work in a hurry.

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29920: Thanks, Rev Jr., you're very kind. I'll start transcribing my Mongolia journal in a few days. If any of you are interested in receiving it, just drop me a note at, and I'll use that to add you to the address list. Some have mentioned it here on the porch, but if you wouldn't mind putting it in an email, it makes it a lot easier for me to build the list. Thanks!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29921: Asa, Mary Wiggins, and Ky Girl, I have you on the list. Thanks for the emails. --Romeena

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29922: Romeena, too bad about that man's "wealth"!
Try garlic tabs and oregano oil. You may not have many friends for a few days, but you will feel better quicker! teehee but true!
Pappabear- time to dedicate that statue to Seth Taylor, you know that styrofoam one that moves when Aunt Bee uncovers it! ha Yes, it was another color ep last night but at least it's TAGS! Rev Jr, I just adjust my color knob to make it B&W! and try to pretend that Barney is in Mt Pilot and not in Raleigh as a detective! ha
Hey to KYgirl, HM, MD and others!
I'll let you know if I hear from Mavis
Have a great mayberry day!

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29923: i just got up and moving. all that spiked clam juice made me see elvis kicking sand. ok who spiked the clam juice? ha. homemaker- for the next two weeks i-hop breakfasts on me,, what it doesn't hurt to keep the teacher happy besides she grades the papers. tee-hee. romeena- does that train stop in pixley and pick up uncle joe, does it go by the drukard store? asa- is florence, alabama near lick skillet and bug tussel, alabama? there near cullman alabama. rev jr- don't be in a hurry to finish the honey do list cause a. there are more waiting to be done. b. your still on your grace period the first year.ha. spot- do you have to call a tow truck to bring those fish to shore? irishster- congrats having your daughter home, i know she will have a great time with you.goober, thanks for the site info, i'll check it out soon. afd- so greAT SEEING YOU Again. mdc- did you see old ben at weavers.? did you buy a set for everyone at weavers? christmas is a coming. ha. the mayor dedicates the seth taylor and fife memorial statue. you know how sensitive those fife's are, if they didn't have statue they'd be all mopey. ha, sterling- great to see you. homemaker- how's the goats doing? take any to fair this year? supper at rev's place tonight.- hey rev didn't the mrs tell you about your cooking and hosting supper tonight? pappa( going to rev's for supper) bear

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29924: Bring it on. Come on over, supper will be served at 6pm sharp. Pulled Pork BBQ (made with a special sauce), rice with red gravy, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Banana pudding for dessert. Your choice of sweet tea, Fanta grape, Red Rock, Sundrop, Patio orange, Chocolate Soldiers or water.

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29925: Hey Y'all. Feeling queasy and sick to my stomach but I haven't caught a bug or anything-it's these dang BIFOCALS I just got! Been wearing them for over an hour now and I feel like I've been rolling on the river! Any bifocal wearers on the Porch? PLEASE tell me it will get better! Any tips? The doctor told me to give it about a week,but didn't tell me I would feel like this. Somebody mentioned headaches,but that's not happening.
Rev.Jr,save me a plate of that BBQ-not sure if I can eat anytime soon.
Pass the Dramamine! Oh,the joys of getting older!

possum under a rock

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29926: Trade you some bifocals for your cold germs,Romeena!

Seriously-hope you feel better!

possum again

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29927: Hey, possum! Sorry about the bifocals making you feel queasy. I wore them for a while, had the same problem. I wore them for a short time, never did really get used to them, but then they were on tbe table as much as they were on my nose! My parents gave both me and my husband bifocals for our birthdays one year, and neither of us could wear them. We went back to our old drug-store reading glasses in a couple of months. Problem was, neither of us really needed much distance correction, so when we weren't using the near-vision correction part, the bifocals were just a nuisance. My husband used the cheap reading glasses forever, I eventually went to a mono-vision contact, which I absolutely LOVE! If you don't need much distance correction, you might try that.

Well, gotta run. Have a great evening, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29928: Possum- depends on the person. I have progressive TRI focals and it took some doing to get used to, but did in about a week. But I wear BIG glasses not the little Ben Franklin styles that are out today! More glass for all the transitions! ha
have a good eve all,
MDC (Hic--pappa, did you slip me that clam juice!??)

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29929: Good evening - Ro - thanks for feeling my pain! :)
Been a busy day - and it was HOT!
My kids went fishing with the grandparents today - they thought it was great but they didn't catch a thing.

Need to get ready for bed - the big corporation wide breakfast is in the morning and then I am busy, busy, busy!

Big rebellion coming Saturday - kin from S. Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Colorado and New Hampshire all coming in - It will big BIG!


August 11, 2005 - Msg 29930: Hey Romeena & MDC- I'm a bit better now,but still no picnic wearing these bifocals. Wish I could just go over to Weaver's and get a pair of cheap reading glasses,but unfortunately,I do need glasses for distance. Used to wear contacts,then switched to glasses for nearsightedness. Now,the old age factor decided to kick in and so it's bifocals. Guess I'll have to tough it out. MDC,I hope it'll only take me a week to adjust. Thanks y'all.
Update on Laci- she's getting a brace tomorrow for her left foot. Has weak muscles due to being a preemie. She walks now holding on to things and the therapist who has been working with her says that once she gets that support for her foot,she'll most likely take off running! I know many of y'all have prayed for her and I'm happy to report that she is doing very well since her heart surgery last year-going to turn 2 in a few weeks!
Well,guess it's time to hit the old ironing board.Y'all have a good night.
possum under a rock

August 11, 2005 - Msg 29931: Hey to the porch...hope everybody is doing just fine! I'm stuck here in the west side of the porch (san jose)..but it's a nice place!

Got the call today that my dad went home. It's been a long haul with this terrible disease, and I'm glad he's at rest now. I appreciate all the prayers...and just ask for a few more as we head to Ohio tomorrow and take care of things. He of course had to wait till I was 2000 miles away...he always was stubborn! :-)

Ya'll be good...I'm sure I'll be away for a few days.


August 11, 2005 - Msg 29932: I am sorry Goober. How sad your so far away to boot.
My prayers are with you and your family during the tough days and weeks ahead.


August 11, 2005 - Msg 29933: My heart breaks for you, Goober. I know, as do many others on the porch, just what you're facing now. Your grief is mitigated a little by the fact that your dad is no longer in pain, but still you miss him a lot. Even though you weren't with him on a daily basis, just knowing he was on the planet was something to hold to. Now begins the tedium of the legalities, the sorting-out, the "business" of settling things after a death. God will see you through, friend, and we will be praying for you and your family. Sugarplum says hey! -- Romeena

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29934: Prayers for you and your family, Goober. Sorry for your loss.


August 12, 2005 - Msg 29935: Sorry to hear about your loss Goob. I remember losing my mom and dad far to well.

As to bifocal, I remember my first pair of varifocals (progressing gradually from distance to reading). I was sick for a week and kept tripping overthings. They were a bigger pair. I just changed prescriptions this week and also switched to MUCH smaller frames. I am have some challanges adjusting, but not like last time. You should get used to them in a few days.

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29936: Prayers for you and yours Goober. You have my sympathies.May God bless and keep you.

possum under a rock

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29937: May God Bless and Keep you and your family during this time. I can understand how you feel and what you are facing since I lost my mother to through very similar circumstances in 2002. Please know and trust in God for He will see you through this and sustain you afterwards. I will keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. I know you have many friends here that will be praying also. I hope that I am not intruding here because this is my first time to post although I have been visiting and reading for over a year now. I feel like I know each one of you and I truly miss you when I don't get to come by and rock for a while. Even though I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago I still found a computer so I could come see my friends(I hope you don't mind me calling you that even though we haven't really met yet). I keep all your prayer request in my daily prayers. It just makes my day to read Romeena's view from her window or Mayor Pappa Bear's great stories and observations. And I think I have put on an extra 20 lbs. from Spot's cooking! I love knowing that there is a spot that I can come to be with people who loves TAGS as much as I do and it is a place that I can visit with my 2 boys(Ages 11 months and 6 years). Thank You for letting me ramble and Thank You for letting me sit and rock on your porch.

Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29938: Ooops! The first part of my message 29937 was of course for Goober. Sorry about the mistake I guess that is one reason I haven't posted before!

Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29939: Our thoughts and prayers are with you Goob.

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29940: goober- so sorry about your loss. it won't be easy my friend but always remember we're here for you. i've lost all of mine and the saddest part was my brother and sister now deceased wanted to grab everything and i told them ypu can hve it. ABP FOR CHARLOTTE TUCKER, DID SHE RUN AWAY WITH THE SHOE SALESMAN? ANYWAY THAT'S WHAT HE SAID HE WAS. HA. COME HOME CHARLOTTE WE MISS YOU. welcome to the porch smky mtn hillibilly- the mayor has put a rocker with your name on it on the porch. drop by anytime...rev, jr- that was the best self invited meal i ever had. those chocolate soldiers were the best. mdc- kept getting clam juice refills, poor mdc, we'll get to the bottom of who the culprit was and turn him over to you wyatt. possum- i've had my tri- focals for three years only problem i have sometimes if i look straight down i miss things at my feet like cat, toddler nd the likes. welcome to the golden years we heard about for so long. pappa(your shy, humble mayor) bear

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29941: how many are attending this years mAYBERRY DAYS AND BARNEY DAYS? I HOPE A WEB SITE WITH ALL THE PICTURES IS POSTED. WE'RE LOSING THEM FAST. i keep hitting capitals this morning must be thinking about my trip to raliegh.ha. last night wastched the episode about andy getting his room done for the wedding. question as barney said; who wants a bed with a lid and fringe on top? how many porchsters wants one? another hot dy this way and how dry will it get day. like the song how dry i am. spot- do you have to hide behind a tree to bait the hook so the fish don't jump the gun? i know they have some great fishing in georgia ause i've fished there a few times and camped. asa- so good to see you here, you are always so objective and caring . prayers for goober and family and our leaders and especially our troops. the ones in the guards get a lot of casualities and their towns are devistated. there is very little you can do with roadside bombs. if your shot at you get a chance most times to have a fighting chance. have a great weekend everyone. pappa bear

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29942: Welcome, Smoky Mtn Hillbilly! We're glad to make room for you on the porch. This is a magic porch, it stretches as far as it needs to, in order to accommodate everyone. Why, it even stretched to Mongolia a couple of weeks ago! Are you a girl hillbilly or a boy hillbilly?

I got a super picture of my little hummingbird - will be adding it to the pictures on my photo site. I'll put a few photos from Mongolia on there, too. Will let you know when they're there.

Gotta run some errands, then I'm coming home and snuggle into my big chair and try to get rid of this miserable cold. I wouldn't leave the house if I didn't have to, but one errand won't wait.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29943: Thank You Mayor Pappa Bear and Romeena for that warm the way I'm just a good 'ole boy hillbilly. Earnest T. Bass and The Darling Family are my heroes...of course for Barney Fife, MD(Mayberry Deputy). My wife got me a neat mouse pad for my PC that has pictures of Barney on it from the episode where he got WWII surplus motorcycle and side car. Thanks for the chair Pappa Bear think I will just sit here a spell maybe go down to Wally's after while and get me an orange nector!

I appreciate and Good Night!!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29944: Welcome Smky Mtn Hillbilly. I've got the mouse pad with just a headshot of Barney and the caption says "this computer protected by FIFE" I still laugh when I look at it ....If you head down to Wally's, grab me a soda. Thanks.

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29945: Welcome Smoky Mountain Hilbilly. Glad you finally posted. You must be kin to me in someways! ha Us darlin's are a big bunch!
As you know we do stand on our soapbox from time to time. Hope we didnt burn the ears of your 6 and 11 year old! Thanks for your secret prayers for over a year! That is mighty nice of you. My mom sure appreciates them. You are kinda like the stranger, Ed Sawyer, who got the mayberry newspaper and knew everyone when he arrived! ha
Goober, my sympathies to you also. Know it is rough it has been on many here. I have not yet heard from Mavis.
Well, it's that time of year here where tortilla chips get soggy about 15 minutes after you open the bag. Reminds me of the day when bags used to have wax on them to help prevent moisture getting in. These days of August are rainy evenings, high humidity and just plain hot. But we live thru them for the winter days in the 70's!
Have a good weekend, racing at NY, and get to good preachin'.
Pappa, wyatt is gonna throw you out of town, haha
a three of ya. Dang trifocals!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29946: that's ALL three of ya! (cant even tell a joke good, gheesh)mdc

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29947: mdc- tell wyatt that i'll just split up 3 ways and go in different directions wearing my bear tri- focals. no i am noy the bear on the trike at the fair. ha. everyone have a great weekend and remember keep putting up plenty of jars of honey for my winter nap. pappa 9THE GOING TO SPLIT IN THIRDS) bear

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29948: Ah,comrades in the war on eyeglasses- poor MDC with his dang trifocals and pappa bear,tripping over toddlers! Ha! Watch out Laci!
Actually,I'm not having any trouble going down steps as lots of folks do.I just have to teach myself to move my eyes,rather than my entire head when I'm doing things. Gonna be hard because I use a lot of body language-head gestures,etc.Maybe this old dog,er,possum will have to learn a few new tricks! Today was a bit better.So,we've got bear trifocals and possum bifocals and probably dog night goggles(Spot?) Oops,that was Romeena with the night vision thingys! Bet Spot has some though!
Welcome to our new friend,Mr. Smoky Mt. Hillbilly! Glad to meet ya!
Well,gonna skeedaddle off the porch for now. Y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

August 12, 2005 - Msg 29949: Hello friends!

Its been such a long time since I have posted. I know there are TONS of archives to read, but I just dont have the time to do it. I hope everyone has been and is doing well. It has been a very very busy summer here...with us moving into the new house and all that entails and just being a mom to two little ones makes me busy and tired!! Getting ready to go on vacation though.. leaving sunday for a week a the beach..if IRENE doesnt kick us out..

Take care

August 13, 2005 - Msg 29950: Good morning - so sorry for you Goober - my sympathies are with you. . .

Welcome Smoky Mtn. Hillbilly - glad you like to rock (watch out for Asa and his green bullets, though! :)

Big Rebellion today up at Meyers Lake - kin from everywhere. . .got the beans a bakin' now and the sweet tea in the orange jug, we won't talk about what's in the brown and white jug marked XXX.

Hit her boys. . ah 1 and uh 2. . .

"Where is that Salty Dog?"


August 13, 2005 - Msg 29951: Good question, homemaker, Haven't seen Salty Dog in quite a while. Sure is good to hear from Alyce, though. Where you been, girl? Don't worry about catching up on the archives - not much changes in Mayberry anyway.

Sure do wish this cold would go away. The only thing I hate worse than having a cold is having a summer cold! Reckon if I go over to the drugstore, maybe Miss Ellie would have some pills that would help? Guess it won't hurt to try.

Marathon of one of my favorite shows on TV Land this week. I always did enjoy "Night Court". Dan Fielding was such a total sleaze, but then would surprise you with some sterling quality or other. Harry was wise and witty, and never seemed to lose his sense of perspective. A good show.

Well, gotta run. Have a great weekend, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 13, 2005 - Msg 29952: Welcome Hillbilly, gosh yall have been so busy, gona get on here tonight and settle in and read the mail, lets grill hamburgers andhotdogs tonight at my to go get some school clothes and lake tonorrow again to fish and swim with the kids...yall dont forget about me, will be on here tonight for sure for a bit ...SPOT

August 13, 2005 - Msg 29953: anyone up for creating a "virtual tour of mayberry" by video capturing the town and placing them in sequence?

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29954: Thanks for the warm welcome Spot, HM, Possum, Rev Jr and MDC...we probably have some kin in common with the new General Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge connecting all of us mountain folk. Ro - I hope you are feeling better maybe you can call Howard Sprague and ask him what he did when he caught that Head Cold that kept him out of the Mayberry Quartet. About time to get ready for preachin' about after preachin' today we give Spot and Aunt Bea a break and meet at Captain D's for all you can eat country style fish, slaw, fries and hushpuppies it will be my treat tell them put on the Hillbilly's tab.

As our family Patriarch Briscoe Darling would say "More Power to You".

I appreciate and Good Night.
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29955: Well hey gang. SMH,Ro,hm,asa,ky.,alyce,pappa,mdc,possum,Rev,irishter,goober,and all....gone to the lake again today...will try to catch us [and miss Sherry] just love the jet skis...yall meet us up there..Miss Sherrys daughter and son in law and grand son {Mr Cayden}..he"s 2 will be there, got a grill on the boat, bq chicken today!....signed:SPOT the"gona get my paws wet today" dog of your porch..dont know if the lights are on!

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29956: Good morning everyone - the rebellion went well despite the nice high humidity and heat of 97. A good time was had by all.
Got a dandy new recipe from my cousin. A bag of winter blend veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli) - cook them and put them in a 9 by 13, cube a pound of velveeta over the top and add 1 sleeve of ritz crackers crushed and soaked in butter to the top of that. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 - mmmm, nothing beats a ritz!

Andy, I am sure would love it!

Well - talk to you later!


August 14, 2005 - Msg 29957: Spot - my great nephew is named Kayden as well 'cept I call him "cicadan" since he was born during the locusts of last year. hm

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29958: Woohooo! I'm still home with this wretched cold, feeling better but didn't want to spread it around church, so stayed home. Little side benefit - I got to see Mr. AND MRS. Flicker in my back yard. The male has been coming around every morning between 8 and 9 am for a long time. This is the first time I've seen the female. Yippee! A pair! I hope they're nesting around here somewhere, maybe raising some young'uns. The male is so pretty with his red crest and all. You can see some pictures of him at Now that I've seen the female too, guess I'll start buying mealworms again and including a few in the seeds I put in the feeder. Flickers are woodpeckers, and they love bugs and mealworms.

Have a great Sabbath, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29959: Hope everyone is having a blessed sabbath.Just stopped by to read the posts.Goober,so sorry for your loss,my prayers are with you.Welcome Alyce,glad you could drop in.I know what you mean by busy,I've been so busy lately I haven't had a chance to really visit on the porch long.Spot,that bbq chicken at the lake sounds good.And homemaker,thanks for that recipe,that sounds so,good,I may try that for dinner tonight.My granddaughter just recently had her 2 yr old shots and she's fussy,poor little thing,she was up most of the night.Think i'll try to catch a nap while she is finally resting.have a wonderful sabbath everyone-ky girl

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29960:
HM- I'm assuming you call it re-bellion as things dont always end up too good. Know those family things can sometimes be tense, be it religion, politics etc.! Our family has agreed to just play a good game of football to get out everything! ha
Ro- have you tried some Nyquil? or better yet VICKS!! My, we havent brought up the cure-all VICKS in quite some time! I knew one guy who would swallow a little dab for his stomach! ha
He passed on about 10 yrs ago!
How are all you honeys and dears today! Season 3 will be shipping real soon and I'll get to see the long lost epilog of MR MCBEEVEE!!! yippie!
(I am easily amused these days!)
SMH- that sounds great for supper! Tomorrow my wife is making her special standing rib roast!
(for lunch we have the sitting rib roast) teehee
Have a nice Sundie afternoon!

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29961: hello everyone , great to see ALYCE back ..SMOKEY MT. HILLBILLY..welcome !! this is a great place to be .. Tony Stewart won the road course race today

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29962: Hey MDC- Ya might have something there.Ya think if I rub VICKS on my eyeballs it might cure me from needing these dang bifocals? Ha Ha Probably wouldn't need bifocals,but Spot would have to train to be my seeing eye dog after that 'cause my lights would sure be out!
Y'all have a good one!
possum under a rock

August 14, 2005 - Msg 29963: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll are doing well. Thanks SO much for all the kind words and thoughts. Today was the wake and tomorrow the funeral. Everyone is doing well, and things are moving along well.

We'll be back home in a few days...till then, just keep thinking the good thoughts and keep my chair warm!

Welcome to the new folks...sit a spell with us!


August 14, 2005 - Msg 29964: Feeling nostalgic today and missing the old days. To anyone who drops in from the old days of the Porch...Frank's porch...Here's to us and the fun we had.

Hey to all of those who come here now...and a warm hug to those who have gone on to other things. I treasure you people and miss you all.

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29965: Who said that?? --Romeena

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29966:
Calvin Coolidge?? HeHe

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29967: No, Calvin Coolidge didn't say everything. That was a voice from the past, though. --Romeena

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29968: Hey to the Porch!! Long time on post... It has been a fast pace summer with the children going in all directions. The best part was that the 16 year old had to go to Greenville SC for 10 weeks, so driving her down and picking her up, guess where we stayed?? MAYBERRY!!! What a charming place to stay. It was such fun,the people went on with their everyday lives, we didn't upset them a bit. Floyd was in and we didn't have to wait. (2 chairs ya know) It was so good eating at the Snappy Lunch counter. YUMMMM. Everyone should make a point of getting to Mayberry at least once in their lifetime. Barney's car was parked in front of the jail, and Wally's tow truck in out on the highway in from of Goober's garage. Well best get going, got unpacking to dol Our prayers are with you and your family Goober. Travel safe. ~New Neighbor

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29969: prayers for homemaker's cold, i'll send the lady druggist over, And warden bea to supervise. you'll be up before you know it.ha. spot- tried to join you and sherry but our boat caught fire and almost drained myers lake. mamma bear kept saying what are you thinking? i told her why don't you ever ask our male dog what he thinks. tee-hee. possum- i'm afraid vicks won't cure everything besides putting it in your eyes might smart a bit. do my eyes decieve me or is that you mayberry deputy. ky girl- get some rest and i'm looking forward to some of your fine vittles. new neighbor, great seeing you, i hope you took a lot of pictures and maybe you could share them sometime. mdc- what's the difference between standing and sitting roast? i'd guess you have to stand while eating. ha. homemaker- thanks for the reciet, i'll have to try it. maybe we could have a reciepe exchange here for a week sometime. smokey mtn hillbilly. have you ever soaked fish in moonshine? a 20 pound fish swells up and very cooperative while frying.ha. well another busy week for us. i guess all the missing porchsters will come back when winter arrives. have a great week everyone. pappA BEAR

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29970:
Hi gang,
First to #29953, as the set used for Mayberry was demolished, it may be a tad bit hard to do that virtual tour, unless we ued Mt Airy, the town that New Neighbor just visited.
Good to see you again new neighber!
Now to #29964 - are you DES in disguise??
I guess Mayberry Deputy has been "busy"! haha
OK, dont want to burn any ears off!
Good for Tony Stuart! leading the point race too!
Glad some missing porchsters are finding their way back home!
Sterling, I sent another reply.
Ro, hope the cold is almost gone. No need to spread it to the hospital either. I know a male nurse who used a cold to not go to church also, but then he went to work at the HOSPITAL on Monday! ha
Pappa- I gotta see what Wyatt is up to over in Northfork!
Well, here we go with another sticky August dog day week! Just dont seem right tho, that all these kids are back in school already. We never used to start til after labor day, and still got in the 180 days! Are days shorter now? haha
Prayers for all our troops, porchsters current and past, and present or missing, families, friends and even prayers for enemies to get act together!
God Bless,

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29971: MDC ..busy is the right word ..still trying to get settled in the new house and used to being married ,I have been putting up porch and stair railing at the house to satisfy my insurance company ..stuff is expensive .. Howdy to Pappa Bear ,SPOT,ASA,REV JR. ,ROMEENA and everyone else

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29972: for supper, how ABout an old fashion chruch potluck? i think for the next 8 weeks everyone probably will be very busy with not much time for porch sitting. pryers for everyone. pappa bear

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29973: Also, watch for those school kids!
Lots of 'em running up and down the sidewalks with school's going back into full swing!
Postum- hhhooowww aaarrreee ttthhheee bbbiii---fffooocccooolllsss ??? haha
Nice evenin' to you all,

August 15, 2005 - Msg 29974: Good evening, everyone. I wish you could all be sitting on my end of the porch right now. A summer storm just passed over, and the scene outside my window is simply glorious. Everything is washed clean, flowers are brilliant in their colors, and the grass and foliage is emerald green. The light is that peculiar golden light that comes after a shower, stays only for a few moments, but just lifts your spirits to the skies when it does appear. I rather imagine that the light in Heaven is going to be like that. The backdrop for the whole backyard scene is a towering bank of thunderclouds beyond the tree line, and their tops are touched by the sun's rays, giving them unbelievable hues of rosy gold. So beautiful!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29975: Morning Dears!
Finally getting some rain on my end of the porch this morning. Did you send that up to me Romeena? Oh how I love a summer rain storm. Kinda like cool sheets on your bed. Makes you feel good all over.
Welcome to the newcomers. Grab a rocker and commence to talking.
Good to see you Mayberry Deputy. And wow, New Neighbor, gosh it's been a while. We need to hear from Salty Dog and Bulbsnatcher and Mavis and Hazel and Charlotte Tucker now. That would be nice.
Hope your day is a great one.


August 16, 2005 - Msg 29976: Good Morning to everyone on the porch!
We too had one of those Blessings from God of the much needed summer rains last night. It is truly overwhelming to see God's creations after He has given it a good bath...very similar to seeing your own child after giving them a bath at the end of a long Summer day of playing outside. I would like to request the prayers of the porch for a dear friend and sister in my church. Her name is Shannon and her brother was a part of the 3rd Squadron, 278 Regimental Combat Team of the Tennessee Army National Guard who over the weekend had 3 members killed by hostile fire in Iraq(Possibly you saw the story on the news). Thankfully and praise the Lord Shannon's Brother was not killed however both his legs are broken, both his ankles are broken, he has an broken arm and he has suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body. His name is Kevin and he is being airlifted to Germany for emergency surgery and will be transferred to San Antonio, TX for complete recovery. Please pray for his healing and for Shannon and her family as they travel to be with him. Freedom is not free it comes with a very high cost let's remember those who have paid the price and those who are daily ready to pay as well. Support our troops with prayers and the cards and letters and any other type of support we can give. Also remember the price that was paid for our eternal freedom on a foreign hill called Calvary over 2000 years ago. I will get off my little soapbox now I really have not been here long enough to have the right to get on it. But please know that this comes from my heart and I Thank You for the opportunity and your prayers.

To all those who have given their all, I appreciate it and Good Night!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly