March 13, 2006 - Msg 35678: Congrats Asa on your new granddaughter. Pretty name, too.

Prayers for everyone and the extra needs mentioned.

We had some twisters in our neck of the woods last night - some awful big hail, too. The damage to property missed us by only about a quarter mile, although it took out the main feeder to our neighborhood and we were out of power for about 19.5 hours. My daughter was so happy to get the power on (momma too). Hope everyone else who got the storms didn't get much and that the storms go easy on your area, spot.


March 13, 2006 - Msg 35679: Wow, this is the first time I've swept in ages. Now I'm really bushed and better hit the hay. Night all!

AFD : )

March 13, 2006 - Msg 35680: Hey to MAVIS! I know what you mean about poodles & coocker spaniels. I worked in the San Diego Animal Shelter system for 5 years. Chihuahuas are nasty unless well socialized too. Of course that could go for any animal! You know Coocker Spaniels are the #1 reported biters of children statistically? In the shelters I'd say I was more fearful of Rotties than Pit Bulls. Rotties just give you a slow look and then explode. Anyway, sorry about the lecture there...Good luck with grooming, and remember that you're safety comes first. Hey to the other Porchsters!...YMK

March 13, 2006 - Msg 35681: Good grief, Mavis! You have a lot more patience and professionalism than I have. After the first bite, and the owner's idiotic reaction, I'd have handed her the clippers and told her to finish him herself. Her reaction is the operative part here. Biting dogs are a natural hazard in your profession. You deal with it, I'm sure, but then only up to a reasonable point. Stupid owners are disposable, every time. Drop her name in the trash can. You did the right thing. I can't imagine the Plum ever doing such a thing, but if she did, she would have never heard your scolding, because I'd have been in her face big time myself.

Well, to bed for me. Gotta attend a really dumb recertification class tomorrow. Neonatal resuscitation! As though, if I were to walk into a patient's room and find a crashing baby, I'm going to stand there in that room and try to resuscitate that kid myself, armed with a bulb syringe and nothing else?? I think not. I would be flying down the hall with the baby in the little rolling crib, yelling for someone to alert the nursery and open doors for me! From our most distant room to the fully-equipped special care nursery - twenty seconds, tops. Once there, highly trained neonatal specialists would take over (there's always at least one in the call room) and the baby would have a chance. So why do I need to know about neonatal resuscitation? Most of what they teach in that class would be illegal for me to perform in the first place, such as intubating the baby. I don't understand it, but it's a paper requirement, so I'll do it. At least I get paid for the day.

Have a great day tomorrow, friends, and I hope Spring is just around the corner for everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 13, 2006 - Msg 35682: That's the plan: get up, go to the filling station for a bottle of pop,home for a nap, then over to Thelma Lou's for some quote "tv". Yep, that's the plan.

March 13, 2006 - Msg 35683: Andy: look at ya, cool as the center seed of a cucumber!

March 13, 2006 - Msg 35684: Congrats on that new grandbaby, Asa. Ro, condolences on the loss of your friend. Prayers for all in the path of dangerous weather. Everyone take good care now, y'hear?



March 13, 2006 - Msg 35685: Ro, it so funny that you mentioned that Neonatal Resuscitation. I had not thought of it since I quit the labor unit several years ago but the subject came up a couple of days ago when I was talking to a nurse friend of mine who wants to do ACLS. I was telling her how silly it was that they would teach us to intubate when we couldn't even do it by law. I'm glad I am through with all that (for right now, anyways).

MAVIS, that makes me SO mad! I have to tell you I just can't understand the response of that pet owner. I remember years ago my mother-in-law had a dog that bit one of her grandkids and it was unprovoked. My father-in-law went right out, loaded up the dog and took it out and shot it. He would not abide a dog who would attack a child without provocation. I know his reaction was very extreme but at least he took care of things. Now, as a nurse I want to tell you to go get a Tet@nus booster (especially if you have not had one within the last 5 years).

Good to see you AFD. Where have you been?

Did any of you happen to watch the new show tonight on ABC called Medical Miracles? It was really interesting. They helped a young woman with severe Tourette Syndrome (which is what my son has). She had suffered terribly for 11 years and nothing helped her. She was without hope. She couldn't drive a car, go to college or go on with life because of the terrible tics. She was even hitting herself in the head. It was heartbreaking to watch. They did brain surgery on her and planted 2 electrodes deep within her brain that sent electrical impulses to the small area responsible for the Tourette symptoms. Within seconds, she was completely symptom free. It was absolutely amazing. They have only done the surgery on about a dozen people worldwide, and only those with severe symptoms but it is, basically a cure, even though the surgery has potential severe risks. It would certainly be worth it for people like the young woman in the show tonight. It was very touching and comforting to know that if my son should get worse later, there is hope.

I think I will head off to bed. God's blessings to you,


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35686: my thoughts and prayers go to everyone on the porch that tommorow is a much better day for us all. Ilove you all and peaceful sleep tonight and blessings on tommorow. Good Night.... SHAZAM

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35687: Good morning, Shazam, and thanks for the lovely blessing on us all last night. Perhaps that's why I slept so well.

And now, I'm off to that wretched day-long class. I've certified in this stuff in the past, and really get irritated that I must do it again. CPR, now that I can understand. I could, and have, needed that and have done it, many times. But the neonatal thing is just a waste of time. I'm not about to stand there like a ninny with a crashing baby, like it was all up to me, because it's not, thank the good Lord. There is very expert help just a few yards away.

Well, off I go. Have a great day, everyone! Oh, and Mavis, I'll second Boo's advice about the tet shot, though I'd be willing to bet a big old cookie that you're already current on those.

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35688: Good morning everyone. Busy, busy, busy over in this neck of the woods. So busy, in fact, that I haven't had time to go back and read the archives. My you people have been chatty over the last several days! But I did have the chance to read the recent posts.

ROMEENA: My wife feels the same about most of her recertification classes, especially the ones that cut into her sleep time.

MAVIS: That's a shame about that dog. But your right about not judging all dogs by the breed. In fact, our Sugar was a coc-ker spaniel (she was only about 19 lbs. at her healthiest). She died last year at age fifteen. I've had other dogs, but have never known a more even-tempered one in my life. I never saw her snap, even at little kids. She loved to play by running around, but never chewed anything. She obviously loved our family and even in her old age was willing to cheerfully tolerate being dressed in silly hats by our daughter. You just never know.

Have a great day!


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35689:
Mavis, dont be a Rafe Hollister now! You be good and let county nurse give you a shot!
Hi all, hope you have a blessed day! Good breakfast spot.

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35690: Good Mornin' Y'all!
I don't believe I have missed a day since Mr. Knott's passing, but yesterday was a hum-dinger. Just errands, cleaning, and such, but enough to wear a person out!
MDC-Speaking of Rafe Hollister, did the actor also play Ben Sewell? I watched Alcohol & Lace this A.M. and it sure looked like the same person.
Boo- Did you get any ideas for your son on the show?
AFD, DES, YMK- I don't believe I've ever met you. How do you do?
Spot- what did I miss for breakfast?
Shazam- those were very nice expressions for everyone. Its a bit chilly here today, isn't it?
Asa- Congratulations on the grandbaby! They're a blessing from above. Make sure you take that precious fishing!
Me-They- Hey!
Romeena- My husband has to take recertification classes all of the time. Are you a nurse?
Mavis- When I was little we had a dog that bit and knocked me over so my Dad took it out to my Great-Uncle's farm in the country. Now I think he may have been shot, but no one would tell me.
KyGirl- What part are you from? I was Ky born and raised and am proud to be from there. I live in Atlanta now.
If I missed anyone I apologize. Y'all have a great day!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews (Farrah)

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35691: Morning, all.
Tonight TV Land is showing what I believe is the last black & white TAGS. Do you think "Banjo-Playing Deputy" was a test to see if Jerry Van Dyke would be a good replacement for Don Knotts? Too bad they didn't go with him; IMHO he was better than Warren...of course, Jack Burns was put in an impossible situation. No one could replace ol' Barn.


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35692: I agree, Debbie. Jerry would have been a better replacement.

RO, you have had to do CPR many times?! Wow, I have been a nurse since 1983 and only had to do CPR one time (I did have to help in neonatal cpr a couple of times, though). I guess because I worked mostly in Labor unit and very few women ever expired in our unit. It was a very busy one but mostly women who had good prenatal care.

Hi Lucy Matthews, thanks for asking about Sean (my 10 yr old son). I didn't really get any ideas from the show, but some encouragement. Sean is not considered to have a severe case of Tourette's but is on the severe end at times and has full body tics. He doesn't say the bad words, which is a huge relief since he attends Christian school, ha. He has had tics in the past that include him hurting himself, though, and alot of head jerking and leg jerking, etc. I could really relate with the girl's dad on the show last night. As I listened to him I could relate to everything he was saying and just cried right along with him. Its a hard thing to go through with a child but its not the worst. So many parents go through so much worse, bless them!
Anyway, I hope that Sean's tics will go away entirely or get better as he gets older (many do) but just in case he is one of the ones that get worse, it is good to know there is help available.

It is absolutely gorgeous here in South Texas today! Too cool for the beach but just beautiful. The trees are starting to sprout their bright green leaves and the buttercups are blooming. Hope you folks with snow get some relief soon.


I'm making some good chicken and noodles in the crock pot for dinner. There is plenty for everyone...and chocolate chip cookies!

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35693: "Just shut up, Bernie!!"

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35694: Hey Farrah,me-they,boo,ro,ct,asa,shazam and all the porch....supper tonight will be baby back ribs and fried shrimp,slaw,baked tater and tea..I have been doing yard work...out of gas right now got to go get some and get my tag for this camper....back in just a bit ..>SPOT

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35695: Now, if we can get BOO to bring her chicken and noodles over to SPOT's we will really have a feast on our hands.

LUCY: Yep, the same actor played both roles.

BOO: My wife has to recertify in CPR at her hospital every two years (it used to be very year until a few years ago).

Y'all take care.


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35696:
Lucy, one thing TAGS did was have one person play several roles from time to time. Even Ernest T was a TV repairman in one episode. Guess they figured they would let a good one get another chance. ha
Say, I just wanted to let you all know that the time for my mom's homecoming in heaven may be sooner than later now. Experienced hospice helpers have said about two weeks, but then who knows for sure. I would appreciate prayers for her and for my family, siblings etc. Thanks.
You are a wonderful caring family!!
Very nice here in AZ today, about 70 out, sun shining and skies a gorgeous blue instead of blue/brown. ha
Have a good one.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35697: You have them, MDC.


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35698: MDC, Gosh pal, you have my prayers as you enter into a very trying time. I was there just over a year ago, and although the last thing in the world I wanted was for my Dad to pass away, I just knew he was not enjoying life anymore and was tired of a failing body. When the time came, hard as it was to say goodbye, it was very peaceful for him and the rest of us. Just the same, my prayers go with you and your family.

Thanks for all the congrats on Mariah. They are sending Mom and Daughter home today. That makes everyone happy I'm sure. I think my wife is planning to stay with my Daughter and Husband for a few days to help out. They only live 6 miles from us, but I'm sure the help will be appreciated. Good thing Spot is here to cook for me, cause when it comes to cooking, I'm inept. I have the eatin part down good, but cookin is just something I have never had to do. Was blessed with a great Mom, and then a great wife and both have let me know the kitchen was their domain. I can burn some steaks on the q if needed.

Lucy (sounds like you have picked a name and I like it) you are right about Ben Sewell and Rafe Hollister being played by the same actor. Jack Prince is his real name I believe. And as MDC stated, that was done with a few different actors and actresses in the show. Big Maude Tyler was also Elenora Poltrice (Barney's voice teacher). Another one of the female convicts (Naomi) was also Daphne, one of the fungirls. The one I didn't know till just here lately was the lady who played Annabelle Silby (the lady collecting for the under privlidged childrens charity drive) was also the feamle shoplifter who clanked....that ended her up in the clink! There were more, but my mind is blank right now.

Well just as our snow is about to melt off here today, another storm is expected to be here tonight with.... you guessed it, more snow! I guess I'll really enjoy spring when and if it ever gets here.

Romeena, I know how you feel with the class your talking about. In my line of work you need certificates for everything anymore. And they have to be renewed every year or so. A lot of the things I have certificates for I have never used in real life situations. Go figure huh?

Howdy to everyone else. Sorry about the dog bite Mavis. I can see the problem there isn't the dog, but the owner.

Love y'all.


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35699: LUCY MATTHEWS.. Jack Prince played 4 characters on the show Rafe Hollister ,Ben Sewell,Luke Reiner,and a rumage sale customer in the episode "Andy forecloses "
hope everyone has a great day

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35700:
I almost forgot, Atlanta and Bristol coming up soon! Vaaaaaaarrrrrrrooooooooommmmmm!

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35701: Hello everybody. We are having a beautiful day here in the Ozarks. A little nippy but the sun is shining.

Lucy: I've seen your posts over the last couple of weeks, and it's good to know ya.

Boo: Let's see, where've I young'un was sick, then me; we had some unexpected company, then out of power was out yesterday and such, but here I am. I missed that show you mentioned but Sean surely has my prayers that the symptoms will go away as he gets older.

MDC: Prayers for you and your family as the time is drawing near for your mother's homecoming. May the Holy Spirit be your Comforter in the days ahead.

Looking forward to all the good food that ya'll got cookin' up for supper. Sounds delish!

I sure would appreciate your prayers for my grandma. She's 92 and is in the hospital for bronchitis and low blood oxygen. It looks like it may be time for my dad and his brothers to get her into some assisted living situation of some sort. She's pretty independent and I know it will be tough on her, but she's getting a little more "not herself" every day.

Prayers for all - have a great day everyone.
AFD (Andy's Favorite Dish)

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35702: APB for Buckeye!!

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35703: hi to all at mayberry....gizzmo

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35704: Thanks AFD, there is nothing I appreciate more that prayers. I will say a prayer for you grandma and family this very day.

So sorry to hear about your mom, MDC. You and your family are certainly in our prayers here on the porch. May the Lord take you dear mom peacefully and painlessly to her home in heaven.

I still have my 2 parents with me but they are not really doing too well. I am comforted by the knowledge that I have dear friends (here at home and on the porch) who will understand and help me through it when the time comes. Thank God for that.

Sorry about the snow, ASA, but that new grandbaby makes it a little less painful, doesn't it?


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35705: or I guess I should have said, "doesn't she?"


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35706: She does that Boo.:)
AFD, Your Grandma is in my prayers too, as is your son Boo. I did not know he had T.S.

Mayberry Deputy, I don't remember the Luke Reiner character. What episode was that? And not to be picky but I always thought he was considered to be Rafe Hollister in the episode at the rummage sale. Dang, now I'm all confused.:)


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35707: great to see you afd, boo, lucy- matthews, asa,boo, asa and the rest. busy getting ready for trip to ky, just wanted to check in. anyone remember these toys pick up sticks, eracter sets, easy bake oovens, the dog magnets, chinese checkers, the cup with a ball on a rubber band that you tried to catch, sock dolls, corn husk dolls, western town sets, checkered table cloths, saddle shoes, poodle skirts, test patterns on the tv cause someone fell asleep and left it on. toasters with doors on them that after one side was toasted you turned bread over to toast the other side? well back to packing for the ky trip. buckeye

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35708: Thanks for the prayers, Asa and Boo.

Good to see you buckeye. Have a safe trip to KY. I do remember pick up sticks, chinese checkers and I did own a pair of saddle shoes when I was very young (probably about 4 or 5).

Hey to Gizzmo!


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35709: good to see you afd. does anyone know of a site for mayor pike? pics etc? thanks buckeye

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35710: Evening Porch~First off, prayers for those who need them MDC if you need to talk, you know where I am, it's hard to believe I was going through losing my mother 19 months ago! Do you believe it's been that long? I miss her more today than I did before. Got a birthday coming this week & I will miss that morning phone call from her. The last 10 years had turned into kind of a game between us, to see which one would call the other one first. I would call her & tell her "Happy Labor Day!" because every birthday for as long as I can remember, she told me she was in labor with me for over 33 hours. I miss that phone call tag game so much! Think when I wake up Thurs morning, I'll just tell her Happy Labor Day.
Ro what kind of cookie do you want, cause you won that bet, I keep my tet. shot up to date, still got 2 years on this one & 3 years on my rabies shot. My thumb is so sore today, just touching it sends pain thru my whole hand. Off to surf the web.

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35711: was episode #26 The Inspector ,Andy ,Barney and inspector Case go to Luke Reiners house after a man comes into the court house and says Luke has barricaded himself in his house and is shooting at people ,Andy walks into the gunfire and disarms Luke and brings him out of the house as the inspectors boss arrives at the scene,in the rummage sale episode I dont think Andy refers to him by name when hes trying to sale him an item ,I might be wrong though ,have been before

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35712: FOE THE ONE THAT HAS GONE.



March 14, 2006 - Msg 35713: Nice one Tom. Thanks for posting it.

Mayberry Deputy, by golly thanks for remembering me about that episode. I plum forgot till you spoke on it.

Have a safe trip buckeye. Let us know what kind of gas mileage ya get.

Mavis, my memory is so bad that I know I'll forget before Thursday, so Happy Birthday to you now. Gosh, you'll be 22 this year, right?:)


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35714: Dog gone it, I didn't get a chance to sit on the porch yesterday and I done missed the blessed event. Congrats on the new baby, Asa!
- Hazel

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35715: Hey everyone! Thanks for being understanding about school. I'm glad you guys don't hink I have abandoned you!

Yes Poor Horatio I am going to be a teacher. A history teacher at that. I love all that old stuff as one person called it. One day maybe I'll teach in a college. Who knows:)

Thanks for all the congratulations.

Oh and I know I was absent from the Porch when Don Knotts died and let me just say that it was a sad day for my mama and me. But we did enjoy the marathon that TVLand did.

Everyone sing with me now in a good old porch sing along......

There is a time for us to wander. When time is young and so are we....


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35716: Good evening, everyone! Well, here's one for the books. Since the Plum has been known to nab the mail and shred it, I have asked the realtor who manages my rent houses not to drop the envelope with the rent checks in it all the way through the mail slot, but rather to just put them partway through where Plum can't reach it. Today he did just that, and the mailman came along and picked it up, thinking it was outgoing mail! I figured out what had happened when I called the realtor and he told me he had left the checks, but I didn't find them. So, at ten minutes to closing time, I walked into our post office substation and asked to see the supervisor. Told her what had happened, she said she'd be right back. Ten minutes later, she walked out with the envelope in her hand and gave it to me, no problem. All that was on the envelope was my name. She had asked me my address, so she knew what carrier would have brought it in, and I guess the incoming mail hadn't been processed yet, so she was able to find it. Now how's that for service? It may be snail mail, but the personal touch is still there. Sure saved me a bushel of trouble, maybe even a couple of rubber checks.

Blessings on all of you with the responsibility for aging, infirm and dependent parents. My heart goes out to you. I've been there, and it's not a very good place to be. Just know that when they have gone from this world, you will find a lot of comfort in the knowledge that you served them faithfully and cared for them gently.

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35717: Hi Asa, yes, my son developed TS about 4 years ago. We think he inherited it from my mom. She said when she was a child she had similar symptoms but outgrew them. We are sure hoping he will too. The Lord knows best. Its like Sean said earlier today when we were having dinner; He asked me, "Mom, do you know what I think is most important in life?". I said, "Tell me what you think is most important," and he replied, "God and then my family." I asked him, "Why do you think you feel that way?" and he said, "Because I belong to God.". I really believe that so I try not to worry about the future. I don't think my son would be the caring, courageous person he is today if he had not gone through what he has had to endure. The Lord be praised. (thanks for your prayers!)

Hi Hazel! Sorry you missed the big event but Asa should be sending some pictures to Ro so we can see Mariah. Have you been staying out of mischief??

Wasted 2 hours of my evening watching American Idol tonight. I used to be a big fan of the show but its just not what it used to be and so many darned commercials! I think my favorite singer on the show is Taylor Hicks, he's real unique.

MAVIS, I have wondered about something. If Rabies vaccines are available for people like vets and dog groomers, do you know why aren't they given to everyone? I know that quite a few kids still die from rabies each year in this country. Do the vaccines has the potential for very serious side effects? I read that cats spread far more rabies to humans than any other animal (in this country, anyway). That was surprising to me. I guess its because most laws don't require cats to be vaccinated and they run free more often than dogs. I also learned that you can get rabies from being sprayed by a skunk that is infected with rabies, if the spray gets in the eyes, nose or mouth. Interesting, isn't it?

Well, I think I will turn in early tonight and try to get a decent night's sleep. I've been having trouble sleeping lately, restless and wake up an hour before the alarm clock goes off! I hate that! Good night,


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35718: Oh, and to answer your question, Lucy, yes, I'm a nurse. Have been for 27 years. Boo, I've participated in a lot of codes, couldn't begin to say how many. Never a pleasant experience. Now my next recert is CPR, due in July. We also do it every two years now, instead of yearly. (hooray)

And now to bed. --Romeena

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35719: Oh hey, didn't see you there RO and DIXIE. Boy, that could have been a real mess with those checks, Ro. Let's hear it for the US Postal Service! Also, thanks for the encouragment concerning caring for elderly parents.

DIXIE, I have an older brother who teaches college in California and really likes it. He used to teach some kind of math but then switched to the director of athletics and now spends his time teaching young women aerobics and coaching a women's golf team (no big surprise that he likes his job, right?). May all your teaching dreams come true, too! haha


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35720: Ro, I am really curious, what area were you in when you participated in all those codes? It couldn't have been labor unit and post partum, could it?


March 14, 2006 - Msg 35721: "Oh Paw, can't I even look at the purty man?"

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35722: Oh, heavens no, Boo. I worked 12 years in Med/surg, then for 5 years I floated the entire house, never knew where I was going to be until I got to work and checked the board. Could be anything from ER to ICU to nursery. That's what I was doing when my husband died, and I decided I wanted to go to a relatively pleasant place - thus postpartum. When I was floating, my life was never, ever dull. It was always busy wherever I went - they were shorthanded or I wouldn't have been sent there! Sometimes I didn't get assigned to a unit, just got a beeper and literally floated the entire house for the whole shift. Started IVs, put in catheters, admitted patients, helped docs with procedures, dropped NG tubes and feeding tubes, did major dressing changes - whatever needed to be done that would have taken a chunk out of the floor nurse's time. Also, naturally, I responded to code calls. I really enjoyed those shifts, never a dull moment. But, all things change eventually, and when my husband died, I just didn't have the heart for the excitement and drama anymore, so have been on postpartum for almost ten years now. --Romeena

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35723: Boo guess one reason they don't offer the rabies vax to the public at large is because, even tho we hear about people getting rabies, statistically, the number of folks that actually get it is very minimal. And, the vaccine is pretty expensive, the bottle looks as if it has about 5cc's of vax & a vax is 1cc, the bottle is over $60.00. Health dept. & dr's recommend that people who work with animals get vaccinated, so we all usually get together to make it cheaper. You're first time you get 3 vax, 1, another 1 week later in the other arm, & the last 2 weeks later in the first arm again, boosters are 1 shot every 5 years. And let me tell you, it HURTS! makes your arm sore for about a week.
I'm not BArney or Rafe, I take my shot when the County nurse asks me.
I'm off to bed, Hey to Tom, Gizzmo, Dixie, Ro, Hazel & everybody else. Soaking my hand once more before I go to bed, this time in Witch Hazel, takes the soreness & bruising out. Ya'll knew that right?

March 14, 2006 - Msg 35724: Hey Spot turn the heat up will ya? Cold here on my porch. I'll bring you a big ol' bowl of chili beans & cornbread if you will. :)

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35725: a quick hello to everyone. asa, if i still had my chevy i could make the 400 mile trip on 2 gallons of gas plus fumes. breakfast on dixie. prayers for all in need . have a great day everyone, debbie if noone has welcomed you let me the mayor to, pull up a rocker and i'll get emmit to put a brass nane plate on your. nothing to good for our voters,. good idea floyd, now andy we've already disscused it time for voting. all in favor. andy; but mayor we can't. andy, that's what i said we need to discuss it more. nothing like a decsisive politican, ha. buckeye

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35726: anyone remember mrs beasly dolls? anyone still got one? how about an original 1964 g.i. joe? anyone remember the hydra drive cars that had a cluth , brake and you could use it as a standard shift or an automatic? buckeye

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35727: Morning Porch, keep my rocker warm, I'll be back, off to groom some puppies. buckeye I groom a dog named Mrs. Beasley! I'm off to groom.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35728: Good morning everyone. Have a safe trip BUCKEYE. I had a friend when I was little who had a Mrs. Beasley doll. Us boys used to torment her by sitting on it. She got us back, though by putting dirt in our cap pistols. I had some GI Joes in the late 60s and early 70s. Sure wish I had saved them for my son. The only "action figures" you can find now are little, muscle-bound monster-type things. Not like our old fully-posable Joes with the "Kung Fu grip!" I'd buy my son some of the old ones but have you seen the prices on E-Bay? They weren't made of gold!

I'm glad I don't have to get those shots, MAVIS. Ouch!

Prayers continue for MDC, AFD, LUCY, and BOO. Did I forget anybody? Take care all.


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35729: Good for you, DIXIE. WE can always use more good history teachers. I was a history major myself and intended to get my teacher certification but never did. Ended up in the history field, though. It takes a special kind of person to teach, and not everyone can or should. Some of my friends who are history teachers are having a hard time of it now. Besides the general problems of our educational system, the No Child Left Behind testing pretty much ignore history for language, science and math (all important of course) so that's where the schools are putting the money. Some schools are starting to drop certain history courses or not hire new teachers. It's terrible. Don't let that discourage you, though. There's still lots of opportunity and much work to do!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35730: I think Asa is messing with the thermostat again - you left me purt near a chilling here!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35731: Hey!
Thank you for the responses about Jack Prince. Another actress played both Rose (ep.1 housekeeper) and Aunt Bee's friend in the gossip episode. There was also a man with blonde hair that played different characters, but was always on the bad side. I cannot think of his name. Anyhoo, it was really nice they did that. It gave actors a chance to show their diversity.
I just wanted to say a quick "hey" to everyone on the porch. I have to get my biscuits and homemade dressings made, fold some laundry, and run some errands before I pick up my son from school. I'm disappointed that I have to return my TAGS dvd's to the library today. I have got to buy some for myself. This last time I got Hee Haw too for my son to see and he loved it! He thought it was a hoot. I'm a country girl, but he's raised a city boy.
Y'all have a real good day! Oh, prayers are goin' out! My parents are relatively young (early 60s) so that's not an issue for me yet.
Blessings to you and yours,
Lucy Matthews

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35732: Hi gang, thanks for all the prayers! My mom was doing really good yesterday! Smiling, laughing etc, looking very spry!
Boo- sorry you are not sleeping well. Have you ever tried melatonin, natural sleep aid? It works really good for me! Take my shower, take one and I'm ready for dreamland.
RO- now that you have had it for a while, how do you like your new bed?
DIX- good to see you again! Sorry i dont know anymore of the lyrics to A Time To Wander, 'les I fudge and view episode 139! ha
Buckeye, have a good safe trip. If you see Fred on the raod say Hey for us.
Hey to MT, Mavis, Spot, Homemaker, MD and all.
Happy Birthday Mavis!!!
God bless our troops, all porchster troops, and ya all.
APB for AUH20 !

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35733:
Hey Lucy, you sneaked in there! yes, that man did play a good guy as an Army recruiter in Ernest T Joins the Army.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35734: Hey to the PORCH!

Hope everybody is doing ok. Asa, congrats on your new family member! Ro...sorry for the loss of your friend. Mavis...when is your b-day? Is it today? Today is actually MY 30-12th birthday! :-)

Hey to MDC, Buckeye, Lucy, Boo, Dix, Ky Girl, Spot MT, Hm and everybody else...Ya'll have a good day!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35735:
Oh, his name was Alan Melvin and also one time he played the Hotel Dective when Andy and Barney were in Raliegh. "These rooms are SEVEN dollars!"

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35736:
Hey to Goober, everyone is sneaking in under the porch today! Boy, the mayor leaves town and Phttttt! ha

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35737: Happy Birthday to ya, Goober! Thirty with twelve years experience - why, you're still a spring chicken. ; )

Thanks for the prayers, M-T. Is your Mrs. still craving the strawberries and cottage cheese?

Hey to Debbie - I missed saying "hey" yesterday. Come back and sit a spell with us.

Dix - your education is worth every penny of it! You're doing us proud around here. : )

Prayers for all - have a good Wednesday!

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35738: Hey to MDC - didn't see ya there. : )


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35739: Feet are being rocked on all over the place today. Hey to everybody.

AFD: No, the Mrs. has moved on from teh healthy to Cadbury Mini-Eggs. Really, she has lost her cravings, but they are her favorite candy and only available this time of year. Usually, I get her 6-8 big bags of them for Easter which she puts in the freezer and rations out for herself for the rest of the year. This year, she's out of control! She's been getting the little bags. I have been finding "evidence" (trash) in her car and work bag and tease her about it. If this keeps up, the baby may come out choclate with a candy shell. How are you doing anyway?

MDC: Glad your mom had a good day yesterday. One day at a time, right?

GOOBER and MAVIS: Is it your birthday today for real?


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35740: Good afternoon, everyone. Yep, Alan Melvin played a lot of parts on TAGS. He also played two different roles on the Dick Van Dyke show - he was Rob's army buddy when Rob and Laura first got married, (seen in flashbacks), and he played an old friend of Rob's later on, who was a jeweler and Rob thought he was a jewel thief. He was also Sgt. Carter's rival on "Gomer Pyle, USMC". Very versatile actor, can play anything from comedy to gangsters.

Lucy, what a perceptive view you have offered, regarding the repeated use of the same actors in various roles. I never thought of it like that - the idea of it giving the actors a chance to really showcase their talents. Thanks for sharing that insight.

MDC, I'm loving that memory foam bed. Took a little getting used to - the first couple of nights I wasn't so sure, but now I'd fight anyone who tried to take it away. Extremely comfortable.

My pear tree is bursting into bloom. Pity I won't get any pears, but my little squirrel friends will swipe them all as soon as they get anywhere near ripe. Who cares? I can buy pears at the store, and the squirrels can't, so they're welcome to them.

Well, it's been a long day. Funeral for my friend's husband this morning, then several of us provided lunch for the family, back at the church after the burial, and I just got home. Absolutely beautiful service, made possible by the fact that Johnny had accepted Christ about five years ago. Had he not done that, today would have been a very miserable day for his family. Instead, they were able to celebrate his home-going with joyful, though grieving, hearts. Yes, you can grieve and be joyful at the same time. God is good.

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35741:
Romeena, my sympathies to you and yours. Glad everything went well and that the service was nice.
This may seem weird, but the one episode I was really glad to see ole Allen Melvin "get it" was went he wanted to fight Barney, but Andy subst-ituted the Jackie Chan look-a-like in the ole salt and pepper! Judo, karate or whatever it was. Allan looked so defeated at the end when Barney does come up to him!
Good to hear that the bed is working out. It is a big investment, like when we got the select comfort bed, it took me a while to find the right "sleep number", but once i did, no more morning backache!
Have a good evening,

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35742: AFD, Thanks for the welcome!
I don't get here much. I found this board after our dear Don left us. There's a lot to get thru here. Perhaps I should read "the front porch" more often! You sound like a great group of people.
~ Debbie

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35743: PS...I found this board after someone posted the link to the list of 'rerun watchers' club' on another board. I giggled myself silly reading the names of those clubs! I had no idea there were so many Mayberry lovers in the world, but I'm VERY glad to see it!

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35744: Me again..heh heh heh...
Just watched the first color episode of TAGS on TVLAND. I just love the episodes where Andy and Opie have their little heart-to-heart talks. I could just bawl. :'o)

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35745: Welcome to you Debbie I have been coming to this here porch since 1998, great place with some wonderful folks! My birthday is not until tomorrow, but in the meantime, Happy Birthday Goober! I'm off to check some mail & get some much needed rest.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35746: That's a good 'un Dixie, makes me cry.
Charlotte Tucker

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35747: Hey Debbie, I sure hope you keep coming back, you certainly sound like one of us. Start thinking of a TAGS name for yourself.

Ro, wow, I'll bet you could really tell some stories about those years of med-surg and floating! I only worked med-surg and ICU for a year, and then some home health before starting in the Labor unit. My most memorable experiences were the time I worked ICU back in 1983-84. I sitll remember alot of those patients names.

Thanks for suggesting the Melatonin, MDC, I will try it. Glad your mom had a good day, that's a blessing.

I had a busy day today with all the chores. I tackled my daughter's room and did ALOT of work cleaning and sorting, getting rid of clothes she can't wear and toys she never plays with. I organized everything in containers to make it easier for her to keep the room clean. We have been making her straighten her room every evening because she is so messy (like most 4 yr olds) and when her daddy tells her to do it she sneaks over to me and whispers in my ear (so daddy won't hear), "Will you help me clean my room?". I decided I should organize things to make it possible for her to do it alone. She is always so proud of herself if she does.

Well, my break is over. I will try to stop by again later.


Mavis, thanks for the info on the vaccines.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35748: Thanks, Boo...since "Andy's Favorite Dish" is taken, I will have to think about a TAGS name. LOL
(Lawdy, was he a gorgeous hunk, or what!)

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35749: Happy Birthday in advance, Mavis.
I get to avoid that until June 7. :o)

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35750: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOOBER and an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you MAVIS

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35751: I know it's not much of a dinner, but boy was it gooood! I fixed myself up some bisquits, slathered them down with home-made butter (we call it "cow butter" as opposed to "bull butter" LOL) & topped them off with home-made molasses! Boy was they GOOD!! Ya'll want some?

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35752:
Mavis, thanks for the sggestion. I may indeed email you in a bit! God bless ya.
BOO- what i like about melatonin is that it is someting the body makes anyway, just gives it a boost to help sleep. Also no hangover effect in the AM!
Welcome Debbie!
Well all, I think I'll rock for a bit.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35753:
PS: try Nature Made brand if you have it there.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35754: Hey to the PORCH! Mavis...Happy b-day to you tomorrow!

Thanks all for the happy wishes...just got back from Texas Roadhouse...had a 24oz Ribeye in honor of my day! :-)

Hope ya'll have a great night!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35755: Thanks, MDC, I will put it on my grocery list for tommorow.

Debbie, like Charlene Darlin said, Andy was a "purty man" but I don't think it was really his physical characteristics that are unusually attractive but his personality. He was a real man of integrity.

Happy Birthday to Goober and Mavis.


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35756: Absolutely, Boo.


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35757: I haven't been on the porch in a long time maybe about a year or two this go's out to the fife security agency... I LOVE YOU MAN.... SRM

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35758: Hey yalll... I am so happy to be off for the weekend. I am on call but I will leave the porch light on until I get the call. Asa congratulations on your grandaughters birth... My son's birthday was today and he is now 4. So he is tuckered out and sleeping. I have a feeling he will be up later tonight so I guess I will be on the porch until tommorow. Hey Goober Happy Birthday to you as well. I would like to say a happy hello to our new member Debbie welcome. Hey guys what was the name of the lady who was speeding in Mayberry? Early happy birthday to you Mavis. I also would like to send out my condolences on the loss of your friend. Hey Lucy speaking of actors in dual roles the guy who played Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) was a favorite. I wonder if he lip synched on the episodes. The girl who played Mayor Pike's daughter and the Albatross was a favorite as well. I also enjoyed the episode where Fred get's his from the karate teacher but Jackie Chan lookalike MDC no way. Hope your trip is going well Poor Horatio and to everyone else....hey... SHAZAM

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35759: No SHAZAM, Jack Prince did his own singing and beautiful it was. You have a four year old, too? How wonderful. I think things begin to get alot easier at 4. My four year old is almost 5 now and has really gotten so much easier even within the last month. Enjoy that boy, they grow so fast, and treat him kindly. His relationship with his Daddy is the most important one in his life right now. How you love and care for him will influence the way he sees God his father when he is grown. May the Lord lead you and teach you to always be the loving father and example that sweet little boy needs and may the Lord bless and strengthen his Mamma, too. Amen.

Good night, Porch!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35760: Hey, everybody! Shazam, that's an interesting question - whether Jack Prince lip-synched the songs he did on the shows. I've tried every search engine I know, looking for any music by Jack Prince, and honey, there just ain't none! So - the question is valid - was he actually doing the singing? Anybody know?

Welcome, Debbie. I heard a name tonight that no one has used - Lila Sims. She and her husband were considering buying Andy's house, remember? Actually, she was Miss Rosemary when we first saw her, but apparently she changed her name to Lila and married Mr. Sims. (teehee)

Well, if this don't just beat all! About thirty years ago, I planted three wisteria vines on a chainlink fence that ran across part of my back yard at that time. The things grew like mad, vines everywhere, but never one bloom. They had blooms when I bought them, but once planted, they never bloomed again. After about ten years, we took that fence down, chopped down the vines and just kept mowing when they tried to come back up. They did come up behind our wooden fence, and as near as I can tell, traveled and reappeared all over the neighborhood, just vines, no blooms. Well, this afternoon, I looked up at the top of a tree that grows just behind my back fence, and guess what is gracing the whole top of that tree? Yep, wisteria blooms! Gorgeous purple clusters, just crowning the whole tree. Now why couldn't the miserable thing have done that when it was supposed to? Why is it blooming now, thirty years later? Go figure.

Well, I'm off to bed. Sugarplum says 10-4! -Romeena

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35761: Sorry, Boo, I didn't see you there. So Jack Prince did his own singing? Doggone it, I sure wish he had recorded something. Such a voice!

Oh, about the rabies vax. I can testify to what Mavis said about the pain. I was bitten by a rabid dog when I was about eleven, and ended up having to have the entire rabies series. It is extremely painful. At that time, it was a series of fourteen injections, all given into the abdominal muscles, one a day for two weeks. The very first one was painful, and they got progressively worse. The last few were excruciating. Of course, those were treatment, not vaccine, so were probably really potent. Of course, this was over fifty years ago, so maybe things have improved a little, too, I wouldn't know. Don't care to experiment to find out, either.

Sugarplum (who thinks it's impolite to bite people) says 10-4! --Romeena

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35762: Evenin' Y'all,
Romeena- What kind of bed did you get? We have a tempurpedic bed and would be lost without it. When you go on trips you'll see why! We found a hotel in Lexington and even though my parents live in Louisville my husband's willing to pay for the hotel!
Debbie- Welcome to the porch. I'm new myself. I was contemplating using Mary Grace (Thelma Lou's cousin), Sharon Despain (Andy's high school sweetheart), or Hannah Carter (Romeo & Juliet episode). Just some thoughts. I settled on Lucy Matthews.
Mavis & Goober- Many Happy Returns of the Day! I'm glad that you were born.
Boo & Shazam- My Mom said that Dr. Phil says the most important parent/child relationship is the same s-x one. (it made me take out that word-good idea)
MDC- I liked that episode too. The other one I like is the one where he is a farmer illegally selling his produce and his run-ins with Barney. That one is a little sad though.
Me-They- When is your wife due?
Spot- How's your R.V. coming along?
Hey to All!
I've had my bath with my Wyndmere sleepytime essential oil and now it really is sleepytime. 6:30 comes early!
Blessings to you and yours,

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35763: gosh gang!...I have got to get to reading the archives...hey Lucy..rv doing just it ..asa hows the new grandkid?...good job...Ro,Boo,YMK,hazel,possum,shazam,mdc,md,goober,miss goober,debbie[new one],mavis[my race friend].,all of yall!...just been busy with yard work here at the dog house...chips and things..will send Ro a pic..well..breakfast is on Lucy at cracker barrel in the morning ham and bisquits and gravy for me ...SPOT

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35764: Hey Spot I'll bring the molasses! Thanks Lucy & everyone for the birthday wishes! I'll be 22 again. Now on a more serious note, my sister had a mammogram yesterday & got the results today, she has to go back for a biopsy. Will you all please add her to your prayer lists? She is scared to death & I am scared for her. I tell you, I don't know how much more the 2 of us can take, but we got each other. And I got you guys too, I really appreciate ya'll & even tho some of us have never met, I love you all & think of you as wonderful friends.

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35765: Sorry to hear about your sister, Mavis. You are both in our prayers.
~Debbie, still trying to think of a good TAGS name. :o)

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35766: Romeena, I remember a few years ago we had the discussuon about Jack Prince singing and someone (can't remember who) said they had a recording of his. It would probably take a long time to look back through the archives for it, though, and I don't remember if the name of the recording was ever said? Or maybe I don't remember ANY of it right (that is a possibility). Gosh, how horrible that you were bitten by a rabid dog! Your parents must have been beside themselves, how horrible that you had to go through that. I had a friend in grade school who had to go through the series of shots, too. I was terrified of the possibility when I was younger and stayed far away from stray dogs and cats. My mom put the fear in my (about alot of childbirth, marriage, earthquakes, ghosts, death and being burried alive, vampires, Rosemary's baby...the list goes on and on. She was kind of flaky back then).

Lucy, I think Dr. Phil is right (and is most of the time). I just love that 'ol Texas boy!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35767: Hi Mavis, sorry you are going through this. I know how I would feel if it were my sister. I will certainly pray for you both.


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35768: Mavis prayers for your sis...hey Boo..hows the land coming?..Asa where are ya?..Chuck?..Luch ,shuchs just glad to have ya hee on the porch in ga where are you?...SPOT

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35769: thats "Lucy" and "shucks"..and here"...fat paws again...SPOT

March 15, 2006 - Msg 35770: You both have my prayers Mavis. Good thoughts comming your way. Happy Birthday to you and Goober. That's a slab a critter you ate there Goob.
Welcome Debbie. Let's see, along with the names mentioned so far there is also Hogette Winslow (that's french and would work good if your husband is a Taxidermist what sewed up yer head.) There is Gloria (she's the almost relative who stayed with the Taylors when she and her fiance got in a fight). There's Nurse Mary or Peggy (Peggy's a good one if you have a polka dot dress and sing Down in the Valley here on the porch). Hope those help.
Spot, Mariah is doing great. Everyones home and settling in.
Romeena, what a nice thought in explaining your friends passing and you're right about grieving and being joyful at the same time.

Homemaker, hows them goats?

Off to bed for me too. I gotta get to the bank early tomorrow for duty!


March 15, 2006 - Msg 35771: Hmm...I think I'll pass on the "Hogette" handle. LOL
I was looking at the searchable database (cast birthdays and deaths) and saw a character called "Mrs. Fife" played by Lillian Culver. I'm drawing a blank on what episode this was. Anyone know?
~Debbie of Mayberry
(will use this handle since all the goodies are taken.)