August 16, 2005 - Msg 29977: Well back gang....bought me a new boat [another one] ..Sunday...16 ft ski boat, boy it will scoot....going to the braves game tomorrow night...salmond pattys and slaw ans green beans tonight....gona read the mail...SPOT

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29978: Nice Sweep Spot. For those wondering or keeping score I went to school last Moday and Tuesday but I didn't get to do anything. Just watched. The real fun starts when I OFFICIALLY start on the 29th. I'll keep you posted.

Been busy here. How about you guys? Gotta go turn something back into the library in town. I'll try to stop back in later to catch up with you guys.


August 16, 2005 - Msg 29979: Hmmm

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29980: test

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29981: Ah-ha!


August 16, 2005 - Msg 29982:
GOOD SWEEP Spot, porch sure looks nice and clean, and I see you cleaned all the rockers too!
ASA- good to see you posting reglar-like again!
Lots of APB's out for missing porch folk!
Mrs Wiley, Dixie, Arnold, Frankie Flint etc too.
YIPPIE- got my Season Three in the mail today!
Mr McBeevee is first episode! Marathon tonite!
RO- and the best thing about that scene is NO leaning pole! haha
Smoky Mt Hillbilly - Prayers, you got em bro!
One second here is all you need to "earn' soapbox status! Think of Bunker Hill and all since to be a free society. It is in those words of Patrick Henry, to those long forgotten minutemen, to the trenches of I and II, to the rice patties, to the current terror war that brings it all into perspective. My daily prayer is for God's protection on our soldiers, as He protected his people thru the centuries. But even Israel is in turmoil today due to current situation. I stand on the Word everyday, or I'd be the number one basket case! I cant thank these young men and women enough for their sacrifice. May God help us.
Thanks for your contribution to our little porch.
My prayers are with that soldier and his whole family and friends, for sure. God bless you too!

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29983: Dixie, didnt see you sneak in there! MDC

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29984: Afternoon Y'all! Hey MDC,the bifocals are getting easier to deal with. Yesterday was the first day I didn't feel seasick! Hopefully I'll be okay with 'em.
Prayers for the soldier,SM Hillbilly.Sounds like he's got a long road ahead of him,but thank God he survived! And I share MDC's sentiments-you feel free to speak your mind here on our Porch,ok?
Well,it's been a long day and it ain't over yet-I have tons of stuff to do,so I'd best go for now. Hope everyone has a great evening.A cool 80 degrees will be the overnight temp here on the SC end of the porch- hurry up Autumn!
possum under a rock

August 16, 2005 - Msg 29985: Good evening porchsters! So nice to have a moment to sit a spell on the porch, skim the archives and see that Pappa Bear kept the APBs out for me. Thanks to ya'll (and Tom Bodett) for keepin' the light on for me. Been such a crazy summer. Just got back from a week in Florida. I got a kick out of your plane story, Romeena, about the dumb doofus with the cold. It was our kids' first flying experience and I think they enjoyed it--other than having to wait an extra two-three hours for our plane in Dee-troit. You can bet that's how we kept saying it too--Dee-troit--just like O'Malley. Thanks, Dixie Belle for keeping my chair dusted off. Are you done with school now or what's next? Great to see ya'll--you sure are a sight for sore eyes. And, no, I didn't run off with no shoe salesman.
Charlotte Tucker
P.S. The hummingbirds are just a swarmin' around here! They are the neatest things!

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29986: Morning again from the Irish side

Sure is nice having our daughter home for a few days. Been too busy to pop into the Porch.

Trust all are well


August 17, 2005 - Msg 29987: Morning Dears.
Charlotte Tucker, good to see you. Them hummingbirds are fun to watch. I dont know how they can flap there wings so fast though. Amazing.
I know what you mean about them bi-focals possum. They really messed up my golf game for a while. (yea, blame it on my glasses hee hee hee)
Sounds like your good to go Dixie. Good luck.
Thanks for the nice thoughts MDC.
Prayers for the injured soldier Smokey. And for all who are over there fighting for us.
Hello Irishter. Sounds like your having a nice visit with your Daughter.
Spot, be careful on that new boat. Don't get your paws wet.
Continued prayers for Goober.


August 17, 2005 - Msg 29988: mayberry, where the light is always on and the conversation smooth.. spot- thanks for supper and the sweep. can asa, rev jr, mdc, mayberry deputy take the new boat to myers lake and see what she'll do? continue prayers for smkymt hillbilly, goober, dixie, our soldiers, and the entire porch. charlotte tucker- so great to see you again. it's a miricle after the melt down to have a slight break, don't you think? dixie, tell the kids if they don't behave you'll send them to pappa bear's boot camp. ha. asa- always great seeing such a special porchster like you, sitting a spell. irishster- enjoy your time with your daughter and remember we'll be rightch- here. possum- a possum's work is never done. glad the trifocals are working out better. charlotte tucker- we'll have to remember o'malley the next time someone new is looking for a name. mdc- glad you got season 3 and speaking of mr mcbeevee he hasn't been walking in our trees for a long time. have a great one friend and say hello to wyatt for me. spot(the best porch sweeper) dog. let's all remember to thank and keep floyd in our prayers, we don't hear enough what he thinks and how he's doing. breakfast-- eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, grits, fresh fruit, pancakes, fesh strawberry short cake, coffee, tea, and whatever you sneak in to was it down with. and milk. enjoy each moment and have a great day. pappa bear

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29989: Hey to the PORCH! I'm back from the funeral and all. It was a grand service...a real home going celebration. There were 4 pastors that spoke, and when I go...I hope that just a fraction of the things said about my dad can be said about me.

Thanks to all for the prayers and kind thoughts...and welcome to all the new folks I see here.

Ya'll be good~!


August 17, 2005 - Msg 29990: Goober, glad to hear all went so well! We have already said that when my mom's time comes, it will be a grand celebration of her LIFE! Wonder why we always wait til a person is gone before we say all the nice things about them??
"Mayberry, gateway to danger!"
I watched Mr Mcbeevee and a few others last night.
Also enjoyed scenes that i have never seen before due to modern TV's additional commercials! For example, at the beginning of the ep, Opie has an invisible horse named Blackie!
Barn: Ok opie, give me a description of this McBeevee fella."
Opie, Well, he's got 12 extra hands hangin' from his belt, and he makes smoke come out his ears, and he has a shiny silver hat!
Good to see CT, Irishster, PB, asa, possum, spot and all you fine folk.
APB for Mary W, Mrs Wiley, Hazel, DES, Briscoe and others.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29991: Hey gang my first sweep!...going to the braves game tonight so lets meet there and have chile dogs and frys....MDC is buying...gona bo back and read here in ga...SPOT

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29992: Hey yall,I have a ?. My Grandson weighed 53lbs last Aug and yesterday when I took for a check-up he still weighs 53lbs. He had grown 4in. He isn't sickly or anything he's just skinny. Does that sound ok to our Mayberry nurse? Love & prayers to all.....Slim

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29993: Slim, what is your Grandson's birth month and year, and exactly how many inches is he?

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29994: JB- are you our jennie boone! long time no see!
Spot, you want me to buy dogs at baseball park prices?? Yikes! haha Add a six dollar squeezin apiece and I'll be broke. (:
Tell ya what, I'll gas up the brown truckn and drive it to Michigan speedway this weekend, it will be cheaper! ha
The way my D-backs have been playing lately, I had to hire an English teacher to teach them what the 3 letters "W-I-N" mean when put together in that sequence! teehee
Please keep Israel in your prayers, and all our porchsters, soldiers and families.

Andy(sitting by himself in forest)Mr MACBeevee?
Mr Mcbeevee (from the trees above) At your service sir!
Andy(looking up with shock on his face)Priceless!

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29995: MDC- you beat me to the punch. I was gonna say "if MDC is picking up the tab for hot dogs at Turner Field, I hope he gets a good rate on that second mortgage he's gonna have to take out." Best hot dog I've ever had in my life came off the Weber grill in my backyard.

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29996: Slim, I think I would worry more if he had lost weight and not stayed the same. My oldest is just big and we have not had that problem but my youngest we were afraid was going to be a little on the short side because he isn't where his brother was at the same age. They just have grown differently.

Been busy here at this end of the porch. . .

Good to see everyone - MDC - you are priceless!


August 17, 2005 - Msg 29997: Slim, how old is this young'un? I'm guessing he's around 4 or 5, and I agree with homemaker. At that age, kids grow straight up, but not necessarily out. Losing weight might be a problem, but it sounds more like he's just redistributing what he has. And by the way, is your porch name descriptive of you? If so, that could answer a lot of questions.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 17, 2005 - Msg 29998: Slim, Don't dismay. My son has always been a beanpole. He's now 6'2 and still only weighs about 130 dripping wet.
Charlotte Tucker

August 18, 2005 - Msg 29999: Howdy to the porch! Goober, God bless you and your family. We are hoping someone can find something good to say about my Dad when his time comes. Funny though, he's written his own obit., may have to buy a half-page in the Atl Journal/Const-itution for him!

Nice house
Nice dress
Hold hand.

Did I get that right?
~ Mrs. Wiley

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30000: Huh? Say what? --Romeena

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30001: Mrs. Wiley, are you ok? :)


August 18, 2005 - Msg 30002: Ro and Slim - took the oldest to the doctor last nite for an asthma check - he is 58 1/2 inches and 124 lbs and he won't be 9 until Halloween. I think I have a big boy on my hands!

Howdy Asa - how's the 'mater patch?


August 18, 2005 - Msg 30003: Hey gang, headed to work for 16...will holler with supper from there....SPOT

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30004:
Spot- question for ya now that I'm in the poor house from buying all those Turner-dawgs,
do you get faster speed internet at work than at home? Just curious about download time.
Mrs Wiley- It sounds like you're talking about "Andy's Rich Girlfriend". Is that right?
Slim- I've been skinny all my life. Nickname in highschool was String! I am 6'5" and weight 167.
Have weight that for the last 44 years! If i drink a coke, it may go up to 168 for awhile! ha
My wife dont like it when I turn sideways, cuz
she has to put out an APB for me ! haha
Good to see Charlotte and Mrs wiley!
TAGS trivia:
(1)Who owns the R and M grain elevators in Raliegh?
(2)Who has a coffeepot with a saucer for a lid?
Have a good day!

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30005: Afternoon Porch!

Sorry I haven't been around much. Been a little too busy for my liking!

Goober, my condolences for your father. I haven't read the archives yet, but I read above where you were just getting back from his funeral. I am sure he is in a much better place now, what with his mansion and all! Praise God for the comfort He alone can give us!

Romeena, I read the first two installments of your trip, and I am on pins and needles to read more! I am telling you, you should try your hand at writing professional-like! Maybe a biography type book of your life, or maybe even fiction. I bet you would be excellent at it! Anyway, I am looking forward to your next installment!

MDC, I can't answer either one of your questions! Shame on me! But I did see the epilogue yesterday for the show in which Barney gets Blue, the part blood hound, part something else! I never saw that ending with Andy and Barney in one cell, and the criminal in the other cell and they are both trying to get Blue to come to them with the keys in his mouth! Priceless!

Hey to Asa!
What's that you said Mrs. Wiley?!

Guess I better get on up out of this here rocker and commence to getting a little more work done around here!

(Oh and by the way Charlotte, when you were hanging around DE-troit for those hours, you should have given me a ring on the telly! I would have come and kept you company for a while!!)

Have a great Mayberry Afternoon all!
Mary Wiggins

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30006: Nurse Mary-was that her name? She was the lady who dated Andy and was told by Barney that she was the type that went to a refinishing school and hung out with guys like "Binky" and Bobo". She was given a gift of a new car by her father and Andy asked her if her father was rich..
Andy and Barney had a coffee pot in the courthouse that was covered with a saucer.
Am I close?

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30007: Jennie Boone, I think you got Nurse Mary mixed up with Peggy McMillin. Both nurses mind you, and both as easy on the eyes as you can imagine, but different gals.
Good to see you Mary Wiggins.

What you feedin that young-un Homemaker? My goodness, he's gonna be a football player.

Wow MDC. 6'5" AND 167? You might be to tall to be a deputy in Mayberry. How can we shrink you? :)


August 18, 2005 - Msg 30008: Well jb and asa, you are both close. It was nurse Peggy's daddy who owned the grain elevators.
(per Barney)
But jb you nailed all the rest! good job!
I am sure enjoying season three. They do jello pudding commercials too!
Good to see mary W.
There were actually 3 nurses. 2 different actresses played nurse mary, and dear Joanna Moore, who is now with the Lord, played nurse Peggy. That accent of hers and those piercing eyes would melt even the toughest man, I do believe! ha
Well, y'all have a good evenin'

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30009: Asa = seeings that we live with farm animals, I would say my son is "corn fed!" Ha Ha Not a refined city type, mind ya, but a good ol farm boy! :)


August 18, 2005 - Msg 30010: MDC i have very good bell south dsl...quik.and the dawgs at turner field are 4.40 and bottled water 4.oo....high...but love the braves...they one last noght 10 to 2...hey hilbilly,asa jennie boone marys dad owned grain elvetors..hey alim, my son is tall and slim....hey hm,mw,Rev....lets all have fried bologna sandwiches and chips and pickles....SPOT

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30011: Why Mary Wiggins, just how far are you from Dee-troit? Just glad we didn't run out of gas there with them camp fire girls -er- convicts runnin' loose and all.
Charlotte Tucker

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30012: Good ept comming on now on tv land..Barneys uniform...the sam the butcher from brady bunch!!...crackers and cheese all around..hey ct,hm,asa,yall Miss Sherry and I are leaving next thurday on a cruise to the Bahamas and one day a trip to Gilligans Island!.[yes the real one!}..where it was filmed....get to swim and snorkel in the lagoon!...6 days...signed:SPOT the"where"s those flippers for my paws" dog of your porch...lights are on!

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30013: Try not to get yer fur too wet, Spot. Last time you got all wet it took forever to dry you out. You kept shaking yerself all over us.
- Hazel

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30014: Howdy, all. Thanks, Mary Wiggins, for the kind words. I do enjoy writing, and would just love to retire from nursing and write for a little extra money, but can't seem to find my niche. Well, maybe someday...

I went back to the doctor today to get the results of the MRI of my knee that was done Monday. Seems I have "strained" a large ligament that anchors the knee along the inside, and have completely blown the ACL. The ligament will repair itself in time, but the ACL is a goner. The only fix for that is surgical repair, and the doc says that surgery involves a longer, tougher rehab than a total knee replacement. Hard to imagine, but that's what he said. Knee surgeries are outside my sphere of experience in nursing, so I don't have much to go on except what he says. Since I am mobile, can walk as long as I don't stress the knee or make any sudden moves, we're going to try bracing it and some physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in that leg, but it may still need surgery. Worth a try, though. I'll do the surgery if I must, but I'd rather not.

Well, guess I'll go settle down for a while and give the Plum some overdue cuddling. Have a great weekend, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 18, 2005 - Msg 30015: Romeena hope your knee gets better, believe me after my wreck i know about feet legs and knees!.im still limping but getting better each, things are moving more and more..hey can I get your journal?...EMCCONTROL@YAHOO.COM...watching Emeril coll fish on tv!...hey Hazel,,sorry about the shaking!..well gona eat some soup..SPOT

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30016: Hello friends.........been a while i know. So much has happened since i was here last. My marriage has ended and it has been hard to handle. Made a good friend, and that has gradually turned into love..(we met on the net)......six months it took me to admit to myself how I feel for Steven. I finally admitted it to myself and to him and then two weeks ago he had a stroke. He was in critical care, so I piled into my car and went to New Jersey and spend a week with him. He was not conscious and on a ventalator. I talked to him for days just as i would if he could have answered me. And on the day I planned to leave, I told him that I had prayed that God would show me that he could hear me. I said, I have to leave in five minutes to go home....and he opened his eyes...I asked if he knew who i was and he squeezed my hand and i asked if he wanted me to stay and again the squeeze......the progress since this amazing. He is talking and being a demanding pain in the hiney! He is off tube feedings, ventalator, oxygen, EVERYTHING! They are starting Physical and Speech therapy this week. Tho he seems to have no trouble talking or making what he wants known....LOL

Anyway Paryers for my Steven and for Rosa, my niece, who they belive my have a mild form of autism.

Hugs to all
a porch returning, thinking and worrying, prayer saying, grateful hearted
fun girl

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30017: Hello to the Porch! I hope everyone is ready for a great weekend!! Gonna be really hot here on the Hillbilly end of the porch...guess we will have to get down to the swimming hole at Myers Lake if Spot not makin' too many waves with his new boat! HA Just want to give update on my soldier Kevin from the 278th...he is now in San Antonio TX and is undergoing surgery and preparing for a long road of recovery. I can not Thank You all enough for your prayers...please continue to pray for him and his sister Shannon as she is preparing to go to TX to be with him. Romeena - Prayers for your knee and leg...I understand about not wanting the surgery I have severe back problems but have been able to take care of it with physical therapy Thank the Lord. Spot - I watched that TAGS Episode last night on TV Land...very neat to know that someone from the porch was watching same time I was especially when it is a celebrity of the porch such as yourself SPOT! Well better get some work outlaws are coming in today...I mean my inlaws sometimes I type before I think! Ha Ha Lame Joke I know but what do you expect from a old country boy hillbilly. I appreciate it and Good Night! Smky Mtn Hillbilly


August 19, 2005 - Msg 30018: Fun Girl - Great Testimony to the power of Prayer and the power of Love. Prayers and thoughts for you, Steven and Rosa!

Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30019: Hello Fun Girl - we were wondering about you several posts ago. Glad you have returned and I am sorry for your marriage but glad that you have found someone to be happy with. How is your son doing in school? Prayers for Rosa too - IU has an awesome autism clinic and resources too.

Romeena, Romeena, Romeena - here's is hoping your leg will do well with all the PT and the braces. NO fun for you I am sure. Please give Plum some extra carrots for me.

We have had several inches of rain overnight - we are in a flood warning. Think I better build an ark just in case - Asa could you hold the nail for me while I get it started? :)


August 19, 2005 - Msg 30020: Homemaker, you hold the nail and I'll swing the hammer. Trust me, I'm ejukated in hammering!
Rommena, I am sorry to hear about your knee. You have mentioned it in your journal but I had hoped it got better. Be careful with it.
Fun Girl. So good to see you, so sad to hear about what all has been going on though. Your in my prayers.
Smokey, I pray Kevin's recovery is complete and fast.
Have a good Friday everyone.


August 19, 2005 - Msg 30021: top of the morning to everyone. busy= busy- busy. greating ready for our railsplitters in sept we set our andy s mayberry up. for brunch today krispy kreame donuts and mexican coffee. fun girl-prayers for you,and yours. just remember we love and miss you so much when your gone. romeena- try writting a story from the plum's view of a small town. mary wiggins- great seeing you, jenniebone and the rest . got to go to town to embarras the local economy. saw the episode where aunt vea's old boyfriend was taking andy for a ride and messed up everything he touched. andy showed great patience. what was the fellows name? pappa bear

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30022: Wow, fun girl, you have really had a lot going on. Thanks for sharing, and be assured we will be praying for you and the new man in your life.

Spot, you hard-working ol' puppy, I'll be glad to send you the journal. In fact, the first three installments are on the way to you even as we speak. I hope you enjoy my scribblings.

And now I'm off to the orthopedic store, to get my new knee brace. I think I'm going to be very happy to wear it, because I'm tired of feeling like I might fall down at any moment. Makes me hesitant to go out in my back yard, because if I fell, no one would know, and that wouldn't be good. So, a brace will be reassuring.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30023: Hi all! Fungirl- good to see you again! Prayers for your Steven and you and all you have gone thru. Prayers continue for Goober's family, Boo's family, Romeena, Mrs Wiley, soldiers,etc.
This may have to be re-named the "Gerictric" front porch! ha.
Saw ep on dvd last night of our MAYOR up a tree with a bear at the base and Andy yelling, "You beat ever thing, you know that!" ha
Trivia: Who got a rock to skip 8 times across the surface of Myers lake?
You all have a great weekend!

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30024: This is awesome!!! I've looking for a front porch like this for days! I hope you don't mind if I join in now and again. I've just been telling my kids about front porches and how I wish we had one. My son loves to watch Andy Griffith and he commented on how they used to sit on their porch in the evening. We have a stoop (I guess you could call it that) that we go out on every now and then. You should see us. It's probably really funny to see me and my two kids crowded out there chatting.

Anyway, sorry to go on so. This is a great place and I hope you don't mind me stopping by.


August 19, 2005 - Msg 30025: Afternoon Porchsters. Prayers for you Fun Girl. What an amazing story. Hang in there, Ro! Pappa Bear- the fella's name was Roger Hanover. MDC- I remember when Andy and Peggy were both out at the lake (but neither one knew the other was there) and they were both skipping rocks. Am I close? Mommy22Ss- welcome to the porch, stop by ANY time. What a great bunch of folks to hang out with.

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30026: prayers fun girl,sm mt.hill.billy hey to ya, where are ya located?.im in ga...busy right now at work, hey Rev,ro,hm,...back with supper soon...SPOT

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30027: lATE SUPPER CALL YALL! fried steak with milk gravy,fresh green beans,fried okra,fried squash,tater salad,green onions,sliced tomatoes,hot peppers,sweet tea corn bread and banana puddin!...come and get it!..thanks for the mail Romeena....Roger Hanover was the jokester![got on peoples nerves!]...lets eat ...SPOT

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30028: Welcome, Mommy22Ss! We're happy to have you join us. Might I suggest you find a TAGS name? That is, if you wish to do so. No rules - you can call yourself whatever you please, but most of us choose a name that's easy to remember and has some connection with TAGS. Some of the connections are a bit loose, but that's okay. (teehee)

Got my knee brace today. Knee brace? More like half my leg brace! The thing is huge, with hinges and straps and velcro closings. It's quite light, but sure is big. I don't know how long I can put up with it, and the problem is, it's not necessarily a temporary thing. ACL tears don't fix themselves. The fix is surgery, or just hope to strengthen my leg muscles enough to compensate. I've really got to be thinking this through. At my age, I don't want to be falling a lot - I'll eventually break something that I might need. So, we'll see. I'll try the therapy route first, but if that doesn't work, then I'm not afraid of surgery.

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

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30029: Welcome Mommy22s"s! SPOT the cook of the porch..we eat good here and have barn dances.brace will work good Ro,.where are ya located on the porch? in ga. on the southern end..hey,possum,Rev,fun girl,asa,Hillbilly, at work till 6 am..I work at the power company SS2,..keep the lights on here on the porch!...wellsupper was good...moon pies and RC colas for snack...well prayers to all...signed:SPOT the"going to the Bahamas next week" welcome dog of your porch...lights are on!

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30030: thats location of Mommy22Ss...know where you are Romeena....hee hee...SPOT

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30031: Welcome Mommy22Ss - M22S for short - my connection is loose for I am the homemaker and have two sons and we have a front porch on our log cabin in Indiana. You come by and rock anytime.

Asa - wakeup - it's time for YOU to hold the NAIL! (evil laughter)

Have fun in the Bahamas next week - does that make Miss Sherry a Bahama Mama!?


August 19, 2005 - Msg 30032:
Rev, you got it! Andy made the rock skop 8 times!
A record, so he says!
I appreciate and good night!
Welcome Mommy! Glad you decided to set a spell.
We stretch all the way to Ireland and even Mongolia now and agin.
Some of us "older" porchsters, do indeed remember REAL porches, such as in the house I grew up in!
Take care all,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30033: Skop?? SKIP! mdc (:

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30034: Yea hm, guess miss sherry will be a Bahama Mama...and whos ofl MDC?...ha ha...45 aint old I hope!..Skop-SKIP....SPOT

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30035: thats "old"..not ofl....mercy...

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30036: Hey porchsters,thanks for the comments about skinny frames. I guess I worry too much. My little man is on Strattera and one of the possible side-effects is loss of appet ite. His eating habits haven't changed,and he has grown a bunch of inches in the last several months. Yes my name is indicative or at least is was untill I started the middle-age spread.DID I SAY MIDDLE AGE? I'm slipping,I've past it up.Ha. Prayers to all the needy. We are so blessed. My church is having a study "Experiencing God" It has been awesome. Tid bit The next time you think you're perfect try walking on water.......Slim

August 19, 2005 - Msg 30037: Would you believe that I had to change that word following loss of? I got censored. Oh well. My ole Ky. home is wet wet wet tonight. ...Slim

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30038: Well Slim i eat all the time and my son does also, he is 13 I have bees slim all of my life 6"2 180 or so...been wearing 34 waist jeans since just after high school back in the 70"s..have tried to gain weight to no avail...but its no big deal, Andy had to get slim jeans..he has no problem with being very slim[but very healthy]....daughter is normal [ha ha]...well to honor this post lets eat a slim jim and a glass of milk!!SPOT

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30039: Good mornin porchsters! Had the computer in the shop so I've been out for a few days. Been busy harvesting corn and getting it dried and stored in the bins! Got a ways to go yet,have cut 200 acres out of 1000. Still getting in some fresh peanuts for boilin too. Busy time on the farm now till December! Ya'll take care and rock easy! Quiet Sam.

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30040: hi, im a big andy griffith show dan and recently 3yrs now started going to mayberry days. have never seen the danny thomas show that started andy off. does anyone know where i can buy a copy or does someone have a copy to sell if so email me at, thanks

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30041: good morning all....welcome SPOT the cook here on the porch...!..will try to help ya on the danny show..quite Sam stay busy, God Bless our farmers!..well its BLT"s and sour cream and onion chips for lunch and pickles....grape kool-aid....SPOT

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30042: hey everyone,it is so good to see so many porchsters,old and new!romeena,would you mind trying to send me your journal again?My phone and internet were out for a week before Verizon got to fix it.They say they have found the problem this time,I'm skeptical,I've heard that before.Fun girl,I'll keep you in my prayers.Smky.Mtn.Hillbilly,I'll keep that soldier and his family in my prayers also.I have a prayer request before i close,pray for my oldest daughter,she is going through alot right now,and,really needs to make the right choices in different areas of her life.thanks porch friends.ya'll take care'i'll stop in later.can't type with the grandbaby on my lap-ky girl

August 20, 2005 - Msg 30043: Prayers are on the way for your daughter ky girl! How old is your daughter? I have one who's 23. I also have a 21 year old son...AND... a 7 year old son! HaHa! (Talk about your prayer requests! ;) )

Romeena, my daughter had to get that knee surgery some years ago, and her recovery has been excellent. If you are active, you might want to consider it, but I would get the very best doctor you can find. My daughter was fortunate to have the same doctor who handles the Detroit Lions and a few other semi-pro teams in this area, and he was very good. She did try therapy, but it really didn't have the results we were hoping for. She re-injured the knee within a year. After the surgery and rehab, she played soccer, college basketball, ran other words, she recovered. It was hard work though. Something to think about...

Hey Quiet Sam, please send some of your corn up this way! I sure do love fresh produce this time of year. The tomatoes have been awesome!

Johnny H. I have seen that episode, but I don't know where to steer you to find it. I am sure one of our more experienced porchsters can find that out for you!

Asa and Homemaker, how about you BOTH hold that durn nail and I'LL hammer it!

It's way past my curfew, so I shall bid you all a great night's sleep filled with Mayberry Dreams!
Mary Wiggins

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30044: mary wiggins,my oldest daughter is turning 19 on Monday.She is the mother of my grandbaby.She has a twin brother.My oldest son just turned 20,my youngest daughter is 9 and my youngest son is 7.Yeah,I understand about needing those prayers myself!Thank you for saying the prayer,I know they work miracles.-ky girl

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30045: so good to see so many long time gone folks back on the porch. so great seeing the new folks, the mayor welcomes you and will have your name put on your own rocker as soon as emmitt opens. i know how mr tucker felt- between fairs, andy club set up for railsplitters, veteran activities, chruch,l and honey do list (now where did i put that honey do list) tee-hee. i'll post when i can. lol. pappa bear

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30046: Mary Wiggins - I'll just let Asa hold the nail, you hammer it and I'll SUPERVISE!

Been wet, wet, wet here - got all the rain for the summer in one week. Lightening blew out the satellite dish. Good thing I have signed up for the dish network to be put in this week. A really huge tree up the road in a little cemetary took a direct hit as well, fell on a pole and the old electric company got us hooked back up to electric about 10 last nite. The boys for awhile used the flashlight and did hand shadows on the wall. Been a interesting night into morning -

Well - take care. . . .


August 21, 2005 - Msg 30047: Well, here I am again....hanging tough and keeping God busy with my prayers. I talk to the nurse daily about Steven and am hoping that soon his strength will return and he will be able to hold the phone so we can talk. He has good strength on the right side, but not on the left. He came out of the coma a week ago on Friday and since then he is speaking, moving the leg and arm on the left side and on Thursday they let him eat. I am trying to be patient and know that it will take time before we know what he is left the mean time i would appreciate your prayers. I know it was nothing short of a gift from God that he came out of the coma and I am praying and expecting a miraculous recovery. Something that will amaze everyone.

Kyle is doing good homemaker, thanks for asking. He started high school this year and seems to be adjusting well. He is back in the same school as his best friend from Kindergarten, tho they do not have any classes together.

My little Rosa is precious...but shows many signs of moderate eye contact, and is not a social child at all...only wants her mother. She is not speaking. She was two in July. Her mama works at Riley, so i am sure she will get the best treatment available. But needless to say it has been hard on my sister. She just lost a baby in July, and now this. Prayers for Chris, Lisa, and Rosa as well as my Steven and I......

Thank you porch friends. I am praying for all those who ask for it.

fun girl

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30048: Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way,
if he gets mad, you're a mile away and he's barefoot.

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30049:,
You can get a copy of the pilot episode of TAGS at
Check out the "Weaver's Department Store" link from that site.

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30050: Nice to have you back, Fun Girl. Take care.
- Hazel

August 21, 2005 - Msg 30051: Hey Gang!...sorry I missed supper...been at the lake all day on the new little fast boat toy....whew it was packed.....98 here in ga today...Miss Sherry worked on her tan and me .......well just burnt...the new boat is neat...will scoot...about 55 or so...but rough waters today had to just cruise....well gona read the archives...........signed: SPOT the"hot dog [sun burnt]" dog of your porch...

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30052: Good Morning Porchsters! Been a very busy weekend here on the Hillbilly end of the porch(that is in TN for SPOT)with my inlaws in town, football game Saturday and My oldest son's first Baseball Game for the Fall Season(Dalton's team won and he had a hit 2 out of 3 turns at bat with no errors)...Pardon the proud Paw braggin'.
Prayers for KY Girl, Fun Girl, Romeena and everyone else who has a request that I missed. Update on the Soldier Kevin...he is currently recovering from surgery but did learn yesterday at church that they had to amputate one of his feet. His sister Shannon and his Dad are with him in San Antonio TX Thank You for your prayers and please continue to remember him and his family. Gotta' get back to work but it sure is great to know that there is a porch where I can go to stop for a while and enjoy life Mayberry style. See ya' later today!

I appreciate it and Good Night!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30053: Good Morning everyone - another busy weekend at the homemaker's home. Gully washer of a rainstorm, laundry, and haulin goats to the butcher (yeah they are cute but they sure are great in Billy Burgers too!)

So great to see Fun Girl - wish Boo could check in more often.

Ro - how are you feeling? Did your cold make its way off?

Pappa Bear - you make sure you relax a little bit in there with your hectic schedule . . .we don't you sick or down.

Prayers for Soldier Kevin -


August 22, 2005 - Msg 30054: Howdy, all. Yep, homemaker, the cold is history - thanks for asking. Sorry to whine about such a thing as a cold, but I'm sick so seldom that when something does get me, I feel very sorry for myself.
The issue now is this miserable knee. At this moment, as I think I told you all, the doctor wants me to wear that fan-dangled brace and do some PT to try to strengthen the muscles around the knee. It's not going to fix the ACL, and I'm not sure that we're doing the right thing. The knee is very unstable right now, and unless the PT does wonders, I can picture a scenario in a few years where the knee gives way and drops me to the ground, with a broken hip. I'm thinking maybe I'd rather go through the ACL repair now and come out with a stable knee. My kids seem to be divided in their opinion, and I really don't know what to do. I have a call in for my doctor right now, and we'll discuss it.
Spot, that boat sounds great. 55, now that's fast on water! If that lake is crowded, you be careful now, you hear? We don't want you getting all busted up again.
Prayers for Kevin, and for Steven, and all others who need them. Pappa Bear, you take care of yourself, too. We need you to keep order around here when Andy and Barney are away.
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30055: Mornin' gang! Can only stay a minute.
Said an extra special prayer a church yesterday for all our ailing porchsters and frienda and families!
Ro- I'm not sure of your age, but that may be a factor also. better to do it when you are younger than later. I know i am far removed, but it is a thought!
Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel,

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30056: Hello to the front porch. I've been away for a good while, but thought I'd drop in to say hey. I hope today finds you all well and happy.

- O'Malley

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30057: Mornin' porchsters,
Good to see you all. Thanks for the update, fungirl. I am enjoying the Mongolia installments and photos, Romeena. Keep 'em coming.
Charlotte Tucker

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30058: I agree Charlotte. Them installments from Romeena are great.
Hey O'Malley, you been in Dee-troit?
You buying MDC? I'm in.
Romeena, I wouldn't even hesitate on that knee. It is just gonne get worse and put you at even greater risk. But I know that's easy for me to say.


August 22, 2005 - Msg 30059: Chuck! Is that you?!

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30060: Yep, it's me alright. that you, Jennie Boone? Good to see you again, maam. And hey to Asa. No, I haven't been to Dee-troit, even though I told Andy last week I was going up there. I have been to Mt. Airy though, where I made the acquaintence of one Allan (Floyd) Newsome, who reminded me that the porch was still here. Thanks for asking. :-)

- O'Malley

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30061: Yea RO 55 is to fast for me on the water and the lake was packed...had a blast, met with some friends and grilled on their boat...hey O"Malley!..asa,fg,possum,pappa,jb,ct,smh,and all back at work now till morning...tonight its grilled ribeye steaks and baked potatoes with butter and bacon bits,salad,1000 island dressing,grilled onions and mushrooms,water with xtra yall like your steaks?..signed:SPOT the"crying from cutting onions" dog of your porch..lights ae on..

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30062: SPOT - Please make my steak medium well and could I get that to go big game at the Little League Park tonight...maybe we can talk Andy into being umpire one more time...I hope everyone has had a good day and I wish you all a Mayberry Type evening...if you get the chance to come on down to the park and watch the game these little 4, 5 and 6 year olds are great to worries about big money contracts or steroids here just have to make sure they run to first base instead of second base after they get a hit Ha! SPOT keep the park lights on a little later tonight please...hello to RO, Pappa Bear, MDC, HM and everyone else you all will be in our parayers tonight along with those with special request and all our soldiers!

I Appreciate it and Good Night!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30063: MDC, your point is well taken. Unlike Emma Brand/Watson, who admits to being in her 40's, I'm 66 and don't care who knows it. I don't consider myself old, but I do recognize that I'm younger today than I ever will be again. (Now there's something to think about!) I really don't relish the idea of knee surgery, but I'm not too crazy about the alternatives, either. I have jury duty tomorrow, which will involve about a 2 1/2 block walk from the train station to the courthouse. I'll see how the knee performs, and how I feel when I get home. Lots to consider....
Spot, if I bring my steak, will you cook it for me? I like mine rare - just knock the horns and hooves off and trot it past the fire. The Plum is wondering how some carrots would taste if you grilled 'em, so she's bringing some.

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

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30064: Romeena, after reading your journal about the goat, the "just knock the horns and hooves off..." is quite a juxtaposition! (Not sure if I spelled that right!)

Smky Mtn Hillbilly, have fun at that little league doesn't come much more innocent than that!

Spot, I'd like my dinner about medium, thank you very kindly! Extra butter on my tater, too!

Hey to O'Malley and jennie boone, and all our other fine porchsters! Where's Irishter been?

Have a wonderful Mayberry evening y'all!
Mary Wiggins

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30065:
SMH- I taped the umpire episode one time and paused the tape on the homeplate play... and guess what?? I'll Tell ya tomorrow! ha
MW- How do the Dee-troit Lions look this year?
Ro- Spoken like a true Texan! I like mine just the opposite, well done, then put it on the grill for awhile, haha
Good to see asa, CT and spot. Spot, is that an inboard engine?
pappa has a busy month, so our vice-mayor O'Mally is in charge!
I saw on the BBoard that the 3rd seasson DVD ep of The Darlings are Coming is pretty poor quality!
I'll have to check it out. Did anyone else get season 3 ??
HOT again in Phx. 110 today! whew.
Dix and HM, how goes the teaching?
Have a good evening all,

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30066: Okay Ro - I have to read the Mongolian Papers - I gotta know about the GOAT!

Whatever you do about your knee - you know we'll be praying for a good recovery!

A quiet evening here - going to mow the lawn. . .


August 22, 2005 - Msg 30067: Ro, could you post the goat story here? mdc

August 22, 2005 - Msg 30068: SMH,mary and all hope the steaks were cooked right..SMH I managed little league teams 2 a year for 7 the pleasure to get picked to manage 2 allstar teams also....just LOVED it..then we got into basketball for a while and now my 6 yr. old daughter will start soft ball next year so ball bark here we come again..MDC its a outboard 90 johnson..Quite Sam hows the farm?..well gona find a movie and settle in here at work..will have a snack in a bit....Prayers to all in need...SPOT..lights are on!

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30069: Breakfast menu is as follows...thin cut baked pork chops,hashbrowns,grits,bisquits with milk gravy,canalope,oj,coffee,h2o....season salt and fresh cracked black pepper....ready at 6:00 est....SPOT

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30070: Oh spot - I just love your biscuits and milk gravy -- yum, yum


August 23, 2005 - Msg 30071: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll are doing well. Gettin all back in the swing of things one kid who started high school yesterday, the other starts 6th grade next week. Busy, Busy, Busy...that's just all there is! :-)

Had to go with the Freshman to a Football meeting last night. The school he goes to has the largest sports program in the state, and they're very serious about eligability and substance issues. They actually do random drug tests, and while explaining that process and taking questions, one lady in the group asked if they checked for 'second hand smoke'.

Here's yer sign...


August 23, 2005 - Msg 30072: Morning honeys and dears! Hope all is well. Goober, glad you are getting back into the swing of things. Prayers continue for you and yours.
I never got a response from mavis, so keep her in your prayers also, as well as our dear Jewish folk.
Smoky mt hillblly, if you watch the play at the plate very closely, Opie IS really out, but I'm sure when it was made, they never counted on such technology or that it would even be a topic ofdiscussion 40 years later!! Helen's "photo" was obviously staged or she had 1000 speed film in her instamatic! haha
Spot, my neighbor has a 200 HP inboard speedboat!
Only been on it once but it goes! Where do we boat in the middle of the desert you ask?
Well there is a series of dams on the watershed from northern AZ, and they make great lakes for nearby recreation (about 30 miles out).
Well have a good day.

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30073: Good Afternoon Porchsters! I hope everyone is having a great Mayberry Day! SPOT the steak and breakfast was excellent THANKS! Had a wonderful time at the ball game my 6 yr old Dalton's first year to play got the game ball last night! Yeah! He had a 3 hits for 3 turns at bat(2 of the turns at bat the bases were loaded!), he had 3RBI's and 2 field outs playing first base! Proud Hillbilly Paw here in case you didn't notice. I did embarras my wife and her parents who were at the game by climbing the fence when he knocked 3 runs home and made it to 3rd base...what is so bad is that I didn't realize that I had climbed the fence until the play was over! Ha! MDC - that is great info on the umpire career of Andy and that piece of trivial on the call and Helen's close call like that last night but what a true American tradition it was last night to be at the ball field on a summer night with family, friends and neighbors enjoying a game being played by our little ones playing who are playing for nothing else but the sheer fun of it! Praise God some things that have made America the land we enjoy are still in place and is being protected by men and women around the world. On that note I would like to give you the latest update I have on soldier Kevin "With the families' permission, let me update you on Kevin's fight ... Kevin is now in a army hospital in Texas. Due to the impact of the bomb, Kevin has now lost both of his feet, amputated about mid-calf. He is due in surgery this Wednesday to reconstruct his elbow. He is undergoing ONgoing skin grafts to correct the burns over his legs and arms. (The doctors were able to save skin from his feet to use in the grafts.)

The doctors talked with Kevin about his injuries. They told him that his face and upper torso look good, his arms and legs suffered major burns, his legs and arm are broken. They told him he's lost both feet to amputation. Shannon was able to talk to him afterward and while Kevin is unable to respond conversationally, he shook his head yes and no. She asked him if he was mad? "No". Are you angry? "No" Are you going to get through this okay? "Yes".
Thank You for your continue support and prayers not only for this soldier and his family but for all of our service men and women stationed everywhere and the families who have paid the extreme price.
Been here a short time but I consider everyone here my friends and my nieghbors in Mayberry wherever you are keeping those truths and values alive!

I appreciate it and Good Night!
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30074: SMOKEY

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30075: SMOKEY MTN HILLIBILLY..prayers go out for your soldier friend ,god bless him and all our troops

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30076: I second that prayer, Mayberry Deputy.

SMH, if you ever have a chance to bring cards or notes in, let us know, some of us here would like to thank Kevin, and let him know how much we appreciate him personally.

I best get off this here rocker and get back to work, I got a meat loaf in the oven you know!

Have a great Mayberry Tuesday!
Mary Wiggins

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30077: Right there with you MD and MW! Hey MW, you know what's best about meatloaf? The sandwiches the next day! I could go for one of those RIGHT NOW.

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30078: Smokey, prayers continue for Kevin. Somehow, his responses to the questions don't surprise me. He sounds like one of America's finest!
homemaker, you're now on the journal list. I'll send you the first seven, and then you'll get the rest as they go out.

MDC - sure! Here you go:
We knew we had been invited to a true Mongolian barbecue, and we gathered there in eager anticipation of the meal. Now, most of us have eaten at restaurants that feature Mongolian barbecue, and we have a pretty good idea what to expect there. Well, let me tell you, it's not the same in Mongolia. Those Mongolians don't know the first thing about how to do Mongolian barbecue, if you ask me!
First of all, the meat to be barbecued is goat meat. It's not bought at the local supermarket, either. A goat is selected and brought to the area and killed on the spot. Anyone who knows me at all knows just about how much I liked that idea. I'm the world's biggest hypocrite when it comes to eating meat. I'll buy chicken and steak and pork chops at the store, in nice neat little packages, and never give a second thought to how that meat got in those packages. I'll eat venison, too, but I could never pull the trigger and shoot a deer. So, I was struggling with the notion of the poor goat being so freshly killed, just over a little rise, barely out of our sight. Then one of my friends, Angela, put it into words that just stopped me cold. She said she saw them leading the goat over the rise, and "he thought he was going to the party, and then ggkkkkk" and she made a slicing motion across her throat. Well, that did it for me. No way was I going to be able to eat that little goat.
The meat is prepared in a strange fashion. It's basically just cut into chunks, placed into a metal container and more or less buried in hot coals. It cooks very quickly. In no time at all, one of Jerry's kids was standing in front of me with a plate and a big anticipatory smile. Obviously, this was a real treat in her eyes, and she was anxious for me to enjoy it, too. I took the plate, eyed the chunk of gristly meat and the rib bone sticking out, and wondered if I could actually eat it. Pulling a shred of the meat off, I put it in my mouth and managed to choke it down. It had a gamey taste, which I usually don't find objectionable. As I said, I like venison, and I've eaten wild turkey as well, and liked it. Somehow, though, this was different. I think it was mostly an emotional thing, but I just couldn't get past the mental picture of the little goat, prancing along on his way to the party, and then his untimely, totally unexpected demise. I pushed the food around on my plate for a few minutes, then managed to put it down a few feet away from where I was sitting, and hoped no one noticed. If they did, they were kind enough not to say anything.
OK, that's the goat story. The rest of the story is in the journals.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30079: SMH, and the post...very busy here at work tonight..back in a bit with a snack...SPOT

August 23, 2005 - Msg 30080: Wow romeena, now i see what you mean! Not sure that the Rev's bbq sause could even help out there like it does on a meatloaf sandwich.
SMH- our prayers continue for you and Kevin and his family. Sure wish you could email him this page from the front porch, but please do the next best thing, or maybe the better thing, and tell him that we thank him, are proud of his service, and will continue to pray for his recovery! My nephew is now back over there, actually in Kuwait right now. Thanks to this porch and tags and the good Lord, I get thru all this. What a heck of a tags party we will all have in heaven someday. We'll get to converse with all the actors etc. too.
Well, long day tomorrow, so I shall bid adieu for tonight.

August 24, 2005 - Msg 30081: Hey all!..2 days till the bahama cruise!..breakfast will be at cracker barrel this morning MDC is buying!..lets eat hearty!..slow here at work..Ro..I never got the journal...EMCCONTROL@YAHOO.COM...would love to read about your adventures...SPOT