March 17, 2006 - Msg 35873: sorry- my computer is being slower than molasses in January! I hit the button twice because it wouldn't move! Patience is a virtue that I need improvement upon.

March 17, 2006 - Msg 35874: Good sweep Lucy!..had a offer of tickets to the truck race going on right now but could not get off work...still on..its a good one...where ya at Mavis and Chuck?..Goober..MD....SPOT

March 17, 2006 - Msg 35875: WOW!..what a finish to the truck race ....back in a bit...SPOT

March 17, 2006 - Msg 35876:
Has anyone else noticed how Aunt Bee has lost considerable weight in the color episodes?
Good for her...makes it easier for all those nights out dancing with the former congressman...!
~Deb of Mayberry

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35877: Hey Deb...what has you up this late? still here at work...APB out for Chuck and YMC...SPOT

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35878: Morning dears!...hope all had a good night its my turn ,fixing to get off and go home for the weekend..kida and I are gona get an iguana today [lizard]..set up the habatat and all...well then its yard work for me will holler at yall after while hope yall have a good sat!..Its I-hop on Deb of Mayberry this gona pig out! me a seat..Asa behave now...SPOT

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35879: Mornin' Y'all,
Is tvland playing the color eps now? Is this why there is so much talk about them?
Deb of Mayberry- I didn't know that Aunt Bee lost weight and she's with a congressman?!
Spot- Have a good sleep and fun with the new iguana.
I'm putting a APB out for Shazam. Haven't heard from ya in a day or 2.
I'm going to get my lemon water and oatmeal. Y'all have a good one!

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35880: So nice of you to offer to take us all out to I-hop for breakfast, Deb. ; ) I'm there. Funny comment about Aunt Bee dancing with that congressman. That guy was in lots of other shows. Can anyone tell me what? I can't recall, but I know I'd seen him in other shows. Asa, I got a kick out of your comment about people (mainly Don, Peg's old friend) eating with their mouth full. He was a real jerk to boot. Romeena, your squirrel article and pictures turned out real cute. I think I used them all. You'll be seeing it in a couple months, but I 'll try to email you a pdf.
Charlotte Tucker

Maybe you ought to go feed yer hungry buzzard.

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35881:
Lucy, yes, I can see a big difference between how Aunt Bee looked in last night's episode compared to earlier episodes. Yep, IHOP is on me! Pass the syrup!

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35882: Charlotte- do you write for a newsletter/magazine?

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35883: Charlotte, wasn't the congressman the same actor who played Hailey Mills grandfather in the original Parent Trap? I can't remember.

You folks sure are chatty this weekend. I was gone one day and had alot of reading to do this morning. I like it!

Ro, sorry to hear about the trials that the orphange is enduring but I have no doubt God is in ultimate control of all things and as the Veggie Tales song goes....."God is bigger than the Boogie Man." Amen? I will be praying.

Homemaker, you are blessed to teach and have your children in a small-town school where you have some freedom to teach about God. Too bad its not like that here. I have some friends who teach elementary school here and are very frustrated about the strict rules. They actually deal with "tattle-tell" teachers who will turn them in for saying anything about God. Its terrible for them because they have troubled kids in their class and they want to share the Lord with them and can't. They are very brave and creative and just plain good souls who care about the kids and thank God they are there. You know, we all have certain things that are just very near to our hearts; things we agonize over in praye

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35884: Charlotte, wasn't the congressman the same actor who played Hailey Mills grandfather in the original Parent Trap? I can't remember.

You folks sure are chatty this weekend. I was gone one day and had alot of reading to do this morning. I like it!

Ro, sorry to hear about the trials that the orphange is enduring but I have no doubt God is in ultimate control of all things and as the Veggie Tales song goes....."God is bigger than the Boogie Man." Amen? I will be praying.

Homemaker, you are blessed to teach and have your children in a small-town school where you have some freedom to teach about God. Too bad its not like that here. I have some friends who teach elementary school here and are very frustrated about the strict rules. They actually deal with "tattle-tell" teachers who will turn them in for saying anything about God. Its terrible for them because they have troubled kids in their class and they want to share the Lord with them and can't. They are very brave and creative and just plain good souls who care about the kids and thank God they are there. You know, we all have certain things that are just very near to our hearts; things we agonize over in prayer and question God about and feel desperate to do something about. I think for Ro its Mongolia, for Mavis it might be the treatment of animals, for Homemaker it is probably the children she teaches. Having young children, and being a Sunday school teacher for 5th and 6th graders, for me it is the children in our great country and what they are exposed to and taught (or not taught) these days. I have attended conferences (like alot of you), read books, studied and agonized about what is happening in this country and I have not shared that with all of you because it can be a very touchy subject because talking about the choices we make for our children hits at the very heart of our self-esteem. We all want to believe that we are doing the best for our kids but I have a burden to encourage parents to spend time really finding out about what goes on in government schools in this country, overall, and praying about what is best for their children...and then being obedient to what God is leading them to do (whatever that is). What homemaker said about our Christian kids being a positive influence in our public school system is sometimes true, of course, but statistics show that the majority of the time the opposite is true. I would like to share something with you: See if you know who this quote is from: "I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of h#ll, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the hearts of the youth.".....anyone know? It was the great reformer, Martin Luther. There has been some research done recently by a group called the Nehemiah Instltute (you should be able to find it on Google, I think) that show some pretty scary trends. For instance, the majority of children from Christian homes stop attending church within 2 years of graduating from public high school. Over the last forty years, teen suicide has increased by 200%, and since 1970, drug violations are up over 400%. By 1999, 33% of all children were born out-of-wedlock, which represents an increase in the rate of illegitimacy of over 700% since 1941, with the greatest increase after 1960. I want to include a quote from the book I mentioned earlier from Bruce Shortt, "..these results proceed from the values held by individuals. Can anyone really believe that the actions behind these statistics reflect the values of a sincerely held Christian worldview? Do you really believe that attending government schools has no influence on the sort of worldview your child developes?". The worldview taught in government schools today is Secular Humanism or Socialism...there are no moral absolutes. Now, you can call me a fanatic and I AM one when it comes to this issue. We are all fanatic about something, aren't we?

Well, I have taken up too much of your time. I have lots to do today. Take care,


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35885: Ooops, I'm trying to repeat myself like LUCY!


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35886: (Teeheehee) Charlotte Tucker, "that guy" was Charlie Ruggles, a long-time, highly respected actor who was indeed in "lots of other shows." His career spanned six decades, and he was one of the better character actors of the time. He almost always played a gentleman-type character, as he got older he was often the grandfather or uncle to a much younger star. You may remember him as the grandfather to the twins in "The Parent Trap." He was also the narrator of the "Aesop's Fables" segment on "Rocky and Bullwinkle." Wonderful actor. Sorry, it just struck me funny, hearing a youngster refer to him as "that guy." I'm quite sure he would have found it amusing, too.

My son and DIL are getting a puppy today. At least that's the plan. I can hardly wait to meet him. He's 12 weeks old, an adorable little ball of black and brown fur. No name yet. I, of course, am suggesting TAGS names, but my DIL likes "royal" names. She's had a Duke and a Baron, so guess we'll see. Whatever his name, he will be loved.

Well, got to get busy around here. This place is a mess, looks like some kind of a nest. I need to have a major clean-up and throw a lot of things out, but I'm such a packrat. Oh, well.

Have a great day, folks. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35887: Sorry, Boo, you sorta slipped in while I was writing. So you recognized Charlie Ruggles, too. Surprising, as you're so much younger than I.

You are so right about parents needing to know what is being foisted upon their children in schools. Believe me, it's not just public schools. Our own Baylor University (Baptist) had a big shakeup a few years ago when someone blew the whistle on what one of the religion professors was teaching. You wouldn't believe it! Sure didn't have anything to do with the Bible that I've always read. As parents, we're so diligent about investigating and knowing all about any family that our child might do a sleepover or go on an outing with. Yet we blithely send them off to school every day, with no notion at all of what is being put into their heads. I know, because I did it, too. And guess what? It pays to sit in on your child's Sunday School class now and then. We had a few surprises there over the years, believe it or not. Raising children is just a very hard, hard job, and when I see a 15 yr old girl having a baby because "babies are so cute", it just chills my blood. Usually, the "cute" baby is handed over to the girl's mother before they even leave the hospital. Makes me wonder what's going to happen in another 15-20 years, when that 15 yr old becomes the grandmother. Scary.

Well, enough of that. I think I'll sit here and have a few good laughs, as the squirrels are having a regular circus in the back yard this morning. Incidentally, squirrels are watchful and devoted mothers, careful teachers and strong disciplinarians. I love 'em!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35888: HI ALL THING ARE FINE HERE.
(I look to God for...)


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35889: My son's soccer team lost by 1 pt, which is better than last weeks 5! I'm proud of him. He has decided that he's a goalie and doesn't want to try and get it into the goal. I think that's great and now we know what to focus/practice.

Romeena- I love your comments about the squirrel. Its nice to laugh. Last night my husband and I rented Jeff Foxworth dvd, but it was so crass that we shut it off halfway through.

Boo- I think your absolutely right. That's why I homeschooled for those years. Its sad how the world is changing before our very eyes. Education, politics, and some religions are going to pot very quickly. As parents its our job to make sure that they are brought up right and pray they follow (Deuternonomy).

Alot of people don't know this about me, but I became pregnant out of wedlock. I was 20 so I was able to deal with the situation. We got married, but it was so hard for my parents. My Mom said she failed. I felt so bad for her. I was blessed, but there are people that it doesn't work out for them. Girls just want to be loved and they look to men for that. We have to take care of the girls in this Nation!

I'm making some terryaki and pineapple meatballs with brown rice, steamed veggies, and something for dessert. I'd rather have country fixin's but that's not my diet. A friend challenged me to lose 25 lbs by Memorial Day and she will give me all of her clothes in that size (30 pairs of pants!).

Talk at ya later!

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35890: Nice poem, Tom


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35891: Hi, Lucy. Trust me, if you have a big window for an observation post, and 8-10 squirrels who frequent your yard, you won't need Foxworthy or anybody else. I sit here for hours sometimes, just watching the activity out there. I have three nestboxes in trees for the squirrels, and there's one confirmed litter. I've seen tiny faces peeking out of the entry hole when their mom isn't looking. If she sees them, she dashes to the box and dives in, and I presume she dishes out a lesson, because it will be a couple of days before I see them again. They stay in the box for nearly four months, and are almost grown when they finally emerge. That's why you rarely see a baby squirrel.

I put out feed consistently, so always have a passing parade back there. However, for my own entertainment, I've made some of the feed a little hard to get to. The creativity and agility of the squirrels is just amazing. If you screw some eyebolts into ears of dried corn, and attach the bolts to a bungee cord hung from a tree, you have a built-in circus. It goes like this: Squirrel sees corn, then leap, grab, boing, boing, panic and turn loose, then repeat. Eventually practice overcomes fear, and they ride those ears of corn up and down, gnawing off kernels the whole time. I can change the whole scenario by adjusting the length of the cord. Longer cord, squirrel just rears up and catches the cob in his little claws and pulls it down. He's dangling by his claws, hind feet barely touching the ground, or maybe not touching at all. Lots of gyrations as he dangles there, like a ballet dancer. This morning, one was stretched out fully, feet off the ground by about three inches, when his claws slipped out of the flaky cob, and he landed splat! right on his back. He instantly bounced up, boxed those corncobs with both front paws, then ran out in the yard and turned several flips, then drummed his front feet on the ground. He was one ticked-off squirrel. Embarrassed, I guess. It was absolutely hilarious. I sat here LOL, while the Plum looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I am, but I don't care, I enjoy life.

Well, gotta run. Hungry birds just flocked in, and I need to put out some seed. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35892: Well to stael a line from Mr. Rogers, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! It's days like these that make me proud to live in the country. I think I may kick back and pop in an old movie. I checked out "Never Wave at a WAC" from our town Library... I think I'll see what it's all about :)

Romeena you're a nut! But I love it! Those poor squirrels! That has to be the funniest thing!

Lucy I was reading the back posts and I hope that things soon clear up for your son. I know it's heartbreaking to endure and watch. God will take care of it.

How is everyone else this fine Saturday?

You know I didn't wear the first stich of green yesterday and never got pinched.... I guess everybody forgot ;)


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35893: that's sti tch... almost looks like a bad word eh?

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35894: HA!HA! That is so funny about the squirrel, RO!! I adore squirrels so you can talk to us about them all day as far as I am concerned. My Dear OL Dad used to come up with the funniest ways to torment squirrels by doing the kinds of things you descibed. One of them payed him back once by jumping off the roof and landing square on top of his head and digging in it's claws to keep from falling off! Ouch! It was might want to wear a hat when you go outside....(just a suggestion. heehee).

Lucy, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I was pregnant when I got married but I was 32! My husband and I dated for 5 years before I would say "I do"...let's just say I said "no" alot but every now and then I had a slip-up! I said all that to say you won't get judged by me. Well, what do you expect, I was a product of the public school system (JUST KIDDING, don't anybody get in an uproar!! hehe). I wouldn't dare blame by lack of self-control on the school I attended). I did struggle with some guilt over it but I know God forgave me and blessed me with a wonderful son. Grace, it's a wonderful thing. I have to tell you that when my husband and I were thinking of names for my son (we didn't know it was a boy but I "knew" somehow), we couldn't decide on a name AT ALL. I hated everything he suggested and vice versa. (I think I have shared this with the others but not with you, Lucy) Anyway, one afternoon while Bruce was at work I came across the name Sean in my baby name book and read that it was the Irish form of the name John and meant, "God is gracious". I loved it and decided I would ask Bruce about it later. Well, Bruce came home that evening and I was fixing dinner in the kitchen. After asking me about the day he (out of the blue) said, "What do you think about the name Sean?"! I was stunned. Anyway, that is how Sean got his name and the meaning was like a message from God to me....He is gracious. Just wanted to share that with you.

Gotta go, St. Susan is here again, MDC.


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35895: Wow, Boo, I can just imagine your dad's reaction when the squirrel landed on his head. I've never had one to jump on me, but they are pretty bold, for sure. Once I was walking along the passage between the wall of my sunroom and the side fence, when something hit me on the back of the head. I looked down, and saw a piece of bark lying on the stones, then heard a squirrel barking. There he sat, not four feet from me, on top of the fence. Apparently he had thrown the bark at me. They are bold, destructive, exasperating, cunning, determined, thieving little pests. They are also cute, funny, industrious, hard-working, smart, entertaining little comedians. God made 'em, and I love 'em!

Woohoo! My friend just called me, she got cancelled tonight (yep, another nurse) and we're going to go to my favorite restaurant and eat all the crab legs and boiled shrimp we can hold. It's that buffet I've mentioned before - lots of good Chinese food available too, but when shrimp and crab legs are on the line, I don't pay much attention to anything else. Well, maybe a little hot and sour soup, and a couple of crab Rangoon packets. Also, they make a wonderful crab salad. So, the Caesar salad I had just made went back in the fridge, and I'm off to eat crab legs! Yippee!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35896: Romeena- Enjoy your Chinese. That's my husband's favorite. Do you have pics of your squirrel's on your website?
Dixie- Thank you for your sentiments.
Where is everyone today? We just finished watching Madagascar, it was cute.
Y'all have a good evening!
Blessings to you and yours,

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35897: Evening porch! Ro I love sitting on my porch, front or back, don't matter to me & watching the critters everywhere. I have a big mimosa tree in the front yard that I absolutely love! When the hummingbirds finally get here I can sit & watch that tree for hours. Between the hummers & the butterflies, it looks like it is moving. I got up this morning to get ready for work (yes another Sat working, dang it) & I always look outside before I let the dogs out to make sure there are no other critters around, anyway, I looked out & there stood 5 deer right across the street, just beautiful! I just love living out in the country! Waiting for my herd of turkeys to show up now.

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35898: Oh yea, Spot & the rest of my racing buddies, the people have started rolling in to Bristol already!! Saw I don't know how many rv's with race flags on them heading toward the track today. Race Week in Bristol has begun, I hate trying to get around town when all the folks are here. That is why I will be in Raleigh next weekend at a dog show! teehee

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35899: hi there.
thing are o k here .
the weather was nice for the day but little cold but thank no snown
i pop in befor and no one was me


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35900: HAHAHAHAHA! I can just picture that squirrel throwing a piece of bark at your head RO! Hysterical! I know I have asked before but have any of you seen Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp? It has a great squirrel scene. Squirrels are the most!

Wow Mavis, you have a herd of turkeys that come by your place? How many?

Hi Tom, always good to hear from you. Hope you get some spring weather soon.

Good evening to you too, Lucy. Here is a song from Madagascar in your honor...."I like to move it, move it. I like to move it, move it...!"

Hope those crab legs don't lay on Romeena's chest...


March 18, 2006 - Msg 35901: Hey Boo sounds like Ro was willing to take that chance. LOL Tom it was a little cold here today too & the wind was pretty bad today too. I'm not sure how many turkeys there are, looks to be somewhere around 15-20 most days. They are neat to watch when they are displaying for the hens, the Gobblers are beautiful! I love living out here, got turkeys, deer, 2 Hoot Owls (no Gomer jokes, they really ARE owls) a Screech Owl that is a pretty bold little guy, lots of frogs, birds, rabbits, coons, oppossum (not our possum) & the last 2 creachters can be pretty bossy! Demanding that I fill the cat food bowl! They sit out there banging the bowl with their paws & look at the door to see if I am coming with the cat food! Little boogers.

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35902: Oh, and if my Dachshunds had their way, there would be no more oppossum or coons here on Goose Creek. They HATE them, course that's what they were bred for, catching varmints. One of them is in the kitchen now on a "mouse hunt" she swears there is one in the pantry.

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35903: Wonder where my yellow went??

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35904: Ooooooo! I'm so full of crab and shrimp that I hurt! Boy, was it good!! Crab with lemon butter? Oh, my! Fit for a king.

Mavis, I envy you, living in the country like that. I had that pleasure for some years when I was young, but live in the city now. Don't like it much, but it's where my home, my friends and my memories are, so guess I'll stay. I've tried to just create my own little world here in town, and haven't done too shabby a job of it, I guess.

Lucy, there are some critter pictures in the web album, look under "Yard and Wildlife", I think that's the name. Most of the pictures in that album are at least a year old, and the landscaping has matured a lot. The pictures of the fishpond were taken before it was finished - all the rubber liner is now covered with dirt and grass is starting to grow in. I'm about to put in a few new pictures, taken recently, mostly squirrels. Stay tuned.

Well, guess I'll mosey on home. The Plum is waiting for a cuddle. Spoiled little thing. She says 10-4! --Romeena

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35905: Romeena- I'll be checking!
Hey Boo & Mavis!
I have to put the rollers in tonight so I look good enough for Barney to walk to church like he did Miss Rosemary. I wish I had a new "shirtwaist" too.
Y'all take care!

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35906: tom i dont see it at all ........gizzmo

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35907: hey,, to all tour old friend srm here sorry its been sooooo long to get back on the porch but i'm going to sweep and paint it also. I noticed someone sating he to me... but it was St. Pattys day---and ya know otis spiked the water cooler. lol. You should have seen the the way someone said texas... Cleveland OH I have the sick little boy, he had a 50/50 chanch of making it to 5 mad it in november...Thank you lord.... goood too see dog still watching the porch... and eating very well
Your humble lost friend SRM..

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35908: man i need to work on my spelling sorry porch out of touch srm

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35909: tom go to #35831 3/17/06

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35910: Hey gang...hey Lucy,Mavis,TOM,gizzmo,Wow what a post Boo!great one...hey cy,check,farrah where are ya?..hey Mrs Romeena my friend! off tonight U got2 work?.Miss Sherry and I went out on a DATE..gosh we are both 46!..DATE! was cool..I opened her door and everything thing...ok...nuf-of-that...breakfast will be on Miss Sherry at Crackerbarrel in the morning she dont know it but she will foot the bill....SPOT

March 18, 2006 - Msg 35911: waffle house.......lets meet........SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35912: Ro thank you for posting the pic of my beautiful Mom! She loved those birds! We have her own bird, the one she raised from a tiny little thing & decided to keep for herself, he is so funny, says all kinds of things~Ready to go to bed? Ready to go to work? Daisy! Kennel up! Whatchu was a doin' Huu -nny? he drags honey out with a little southern accent my mother had, she asked him that all the time. Daisy was Mom's Papillion who was ALWAYS in trouble. He says so many things, it's hard to remember them all. Sometimes he makes me cry, makes me miss Mom, other times, I'm glad to have him.
I'm off to bed. Spot did you get the iguana? How big is he? Hope he is a baby so you can raise him right. What him when he hits about 1 yr, they go through "puberty" & can get mean, doesn't last long, a few months & they will be back to normal. any questions, just ask, remember, Mom owned a pet store & I was in charge of the reptiles, Mom couldn't deal with them, said they made her skin crawl. LOL

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35913: that was supposed to be WATCH him, not WHAT him. sheesh

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35914: Good Sabbath folks!

I'm so glad I'm back in the swing of things here. I've missed the chatter!

Spot I'll be at the Crackerbarrel asap! I just LOVE their pancakes! With blackberries on top.... mmmmmmmm...... If Miss Sherry is a little short I can help her with the tip this morning :)

Everyone relax a little!


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35915: MMmm see y'all at Cracker Barrel! ~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: "...I'd rather be called skunk-face than honey like that."

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35916: Good morning, all. I got the mizry in my back this morning, stayed home from preaching. However, with the rain we're getting, my aching back and I will soon have to go outside and drain the fishpond again, the water is lapping at the bridge. I can't let it overflow, because it will wash dirt and fertilizer back into the pond. The fertilizer is organic, not chemical, but I still don't want it in the pond! Gonna have to figure out some sort of "spillway", and I think I have an idea. We'll see how it works out.

Dixie, it's good to have you back on a regular basis. You know, we oldsters around here sort of feel like we helped to raise you - you were just a sprout when you first dropped by. Now look at you, all grown up and on your own. We're so proud of you!

SRM, we're glad to see you, too. What a wonderful word you shared about your son. I'm so sorry he has problems, but thank God he has overcome, at least up to this point. Sometimes the doctors' predictions and God's plans just aren't the same. He will be in our prayers. What's his name?

Gizzmo, it's good to see you and Tom. Let's all go to the Cracker Barrel and have a good breakfast. Yum! I love their pancakes, too, with lots of butter and a little bit of syrup. Maybe I'll have them pack up an extra one so I can bring it to the Plum.

Well, gotta go take more Advil, and see if I can find my heating pad. Silly old back - you reckon I'm getting old?? Nahhh!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35917: Hey there, Mrs. Wiley! Good to see you. How are you, dear? Feeling fit these days, I hope. --Romeena

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35918: gizzmo go to 35831 and you will see it there

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35919: Hello All - I just returned to the USA from Canada. Haven't had time to catch up on the postings yet.
I got a question for you all. I just noticed that I had an unopened gallon of skim milk in the refrigerator. Although it has a Feb 27 date stamped on the container, when I opened it, it sure smelled OK. And there are no visible signs of spoilage. Do you think it's OK to drink or should I chuck it?
Once before I opened some sealed milk and drank it even though it was about one week past the expiration date. And not only did it taste great, but I never got sick from it.
But this time, the milk is almost 3 weeks past the expiration date.
Maybe I'll try a little sip. If I survive until tomorrow, then I'll drink more. LOL.

from Poor Horatio

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35920: Hey, Poor Horatio. Three weeks past date is a bit long, I don't think I'd try it. Actually, those dates are "sell by" dates, and are not the actual date that the product is expected to spoil, so the milk is probably okay. I'm just a little finicky about such things, though, so I probably wouldn't use it.

We have a frog-strangling rain going here. I've pumped the pond out twice, about sixty gallons each time, and now have it going again. This time I'm taking it down very low, will probably pump out a couple of hundred gallons. The pond holds about a thousand gallons, so it can stand to lose that much. Actually, there's a benefit there. I'm pumping out water that has algae in it, and it's being replaced by clean rainwater instead of chlorinated tap water, so the fish should love it, and I don't have to add de-chlorinator. We needed rain so badly, but my goodness - do we have to get it all in ne day??

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35921: That's "one" day, of course. --Romeena

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35922: To Romeena (Msg 35920), thanks for the quick reply. Good point about that date being the "sell by date" and not the "expiration date". I guess keeping it sealed up helped extend the milk's life.

from Poor Horatio

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35923: ROMEENA, I don't think your getting old, I think that you just ate so many crab legs last night that your stomach got too full for your back to handle the strain. heehee

SRM (I can't remember what SRM stands for), these porch friends have been praying for my son for years and we have been so blessed with answers to prayer! We would love the blessing and honor of praying for your son, if you feel comfortable sharing something about him with us.

Mavis, how is your sister doing and when will we know something about the biopsy? Our pastor preached a beautiful sermon today about the goodness of God even in our times of suffering. It seems so unfair when we have to keep going through things but God has the final word and the bible says that someday we will receive our "glorious inheritance" as His children. Life's not fair, but God is good.

Poor Horatio, it pays to be careful. My sister-in-law ended up in the ER last week with food poisoning from some under-done fried chicken. She is the same sis-in-law that is going through an ugly divorce and tried to take too much Xanax a couple of weeks ago, poor thing is having a terrible time.

My mom (who is 80 and has had a stroke in the past) is having surgery again tomorrow. They are connecting some tendons in her left wrist where arthritis has eaten away her cartilage. I would appreciate your prayer for her. Thanks!


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35924: Mavis, thank you for sharing the picture of your mom with us, its lovely.


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35925:
Wow, so much great chatter! Lots of rockers rockin'... Mavis, Boo, Tom, Ro, Spot, Charlotte, Mrs Wiley etc. Good to see you all.
Atlanta Race rained out. Maybe they can still try it. The BRISTOL next weekend MAVIS and MD!
Boo, I soooo agree with you, but public schhols where i taught in 70's and part of 80's were not "ACLU'd" back then. I mentioned the nativity i would put up, when I taught about money, I had big coins and had IN GOD WE TRUST in full view.
We nned to stand up to the follies that exist there today and do things like See You At the Pole etc and make a statement. You keep up the good work.
Ya all have a goodSabbath afternoon.
"...Still 97% caffeine free, so you can drink as much as you want anytime you want...OUTSTANDING good coffee! I appreciate it and good night!

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35926:
Boo, my prayers go up for you and all your family, and all porchsters. God bless you and yours. My mom is doing great today!

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35927:
Boo, in the schools, as anywhere else, we still have freedom of speech, and we need to exercise that freedom. All of these freedoms do NOT stop when we enter a school or a workplace!
OK, off my box...sliding under porch.

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35928: Ro, I was just reading back over one of your posts above about the teen girls having babies and handing them over to their mothers. My best friend's daughter just had another baby (the first one is living with its father's family). The father of the first baby went to jail for drug use and robbery and while he was in, she found another guy who is now in jail for breaking probation. She had her second child by him and is now living with this boyfriend's family while he is in jail and his parents stay drunk all the time. the girl can't keep a job because she can't afford a sitter for the baby. The life she is living is a tough one and it seems like there is no hope for her future. She just doesn't seem to be able to see that she is making wrong choices in men. Can any of you shed any light on this for me? Her mom and I just don't know how to help her. I am afraid she will end up with another baby when her boyfriend gets out of jail. She refuses any kind of counseling because I suspect she is afraid that someone will try to get her to leave her boyfriend. Her mother offered to let her live with her but told her the boyfriend was not welome but the girl refused. I guess there is nothing to do but pray for her. She is 18 now and nobody can force her to do anything. It grieves me because I have know her since she was a baby and she is like a neice to me.


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35929: Prayers for your Mom Boo.
Horatio, my motto. When in doubt, throw out!
MDC, Glad your Mom is doing well.

If I could request a prayer from you all. A fellow in my Church had surgery a couple of weeks ago when they found some cancer in his neck. He is going back in tomorrow for more surgery, is having his juglar vein removed on one side. This sounds real serious to me. He's still a young man and has a family so if you could all think of him in your prayers I'd appreciate. Thanks friends.


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35930: Hey, MDC, we were posting at the same time. Thanks for the prayers! Boy, you really said it about the freedom of speech. Alot of people don't realize how many rights they do have so they let others take them away.

Glad your mom is haivng a good day!


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35931: Oh hey, Asa, you slipped in unnoticed. Thanks for the prayers for Mom. I am praying for your friend at church and for his family right now.


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35932: I'm picky about those expiration dates too, Horatio. I usually chuck anything that the date has expired on. That being said, I know what you are saying about the milk. We don't go thru too much milk, and I've had the same situation: the expiration date being long past, but it smells ok, and it's never been opened... we've used it and didn't get sick. You can usually tell with milk when it's bad. But that's a good idea, try a little sip and see if you get sick! If we don't see you posting tomorrow, why then we'll know you're in that great porch beyond. "We shall meet, but we shall miss you, there will be, one vacant chair...".
I have no answer for you, Boo, about your friends daughter. How sad. I know people have differing opinions about birth control, but I personally just would wish that young women in that situation would at least use birth control. If they are so determined to be with a wrongun' like that, and insist on hanging out with the wrong crowd, it would be nice if they would have the foresite to try not to get pregnant, so they wouldn't bring a child into that situation. I hope everything turns out ok.
Ro, I'm coming over to your house next weekend to go frog-giggin'.
- Hazel

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35933: Mavis no iguana yet it will be hee thu!..and it will be a small one...Boo prayers for your to read the rest of the archives just wanted to check in ...late supper of white bread and cold cuts,chips,pickels,jello....milk...rained out the race here today, they are gona try to race tomorrow but "well" gona be iffie...well let me get my stuff ironed and ready for my 2 16 hr shifts tomorrow and tue...2pm till 6 am both days..Boo ya got to work tonight?...hey hazel,prayers for your Church friend Asa..Horatio hello there,Dix where ya been girl?..hey mrs wiley,gizzmo ya doing all right?..Lucy,Ro, and all hello ...well back in just a bit..hey have any of yall saw the movie 8 below?..Miss Sherry and I are going thu toi see it...SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35934: just stoppin by to say hey,Hey!,take care everybody-ky girl

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35935: Well hello miss Ky girl....swishhhh and yer gone..SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35936: Hello to all, I have not visited the front porch

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35937: Welcome Msg 35936...its a great place SPOT the "cook of the porch" the archives some..just Mayberry fans and we just have good clean talking.....most of us are long timers but welcome new rockers im here in Ga...just grab a porch name and string along...SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35938: Well where is everybody?.....SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35939: Ok, snack time to bring everybody out..moon pies and RC cola"s...remember them....SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35940: Good Evenin' Porch,
Its been a busy Preaching Day. My husband had a meeting downtown today, so my son and I went to church this morning, Wendy's for lunch, Toys R Us (my Mom gave him a gift card for his birthday tomorrow), and then Natural Food Warehouse. Later in the afternoon my son's friend came over for some cheesecake and ice cream. I made cupcakes for his school tomorrow! Shew, it has been busy. I still need to cut my coupons out.
Spot- I'm still here, but I go by Lucy Matthews now not Farrah. Tryin' to fit in! I love RC Cola & Moonpies. Hope the race works out for tomorrow.
Boo- I hate to hear about your friend. Maybe something will happen to wake that girl up. We'll just pray.
Poor Horatio- I don't go a week over the sell by date on milk. Good to have ya back though.
Asa- I'll be praying for your Church friend.
MDC- Amen! By the way, what does MDC stand for? Is it TAGS approved?!
Ro- Aren't you in the West? Don't ya need lots of rain?
I'm gonna read a bit of my Homegrown Tomato Series and then hit the hay. I was wondering, besides Floyd and Mayberry Deputy, has anyone been to Mt. Airy, NC?
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35941: I'm right here holding out my hand for a moon pie, SPOT! I have neighbor who had an iguana for over 10 years and it ran loose in her bedroom. That thing was huge!

KY Girl, you really shouldn't stay so long! heehee

Hi Hazel, I feel like you do. I have tried to encourage this girl to prevent pregnancy but she got lazy and it was too much trouble to go to the health clinic. What can you do with that?! I guess I'm just naive but I thought that when her mom made her move out and she didn't have a decent place to live she might see the light. It didn't work.

Well I am going to try my darndest to go to sleep, got to get up early and get mom off to the hospital. Ya'll have a good night's sleep.


ps-can ya'll believe it's hot here? Very warm and humid and we are using the air conditioner. Yuck!

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35942: Hi Lucy, we were posting at the same time. MDC is short for Mr. Darlin's Cuz and Ro lives on Texas, Fort Worth area I'm thinking. She is about 6 or 7 hours drive from me down here on the Texas coast in Corpus Christi. The water is pretty here but it gets pretty hot and humid.

What is that Homegrown Tomato Series about again?


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35943: Ha! I said Ro lives ON Texas but obviously she lives IN Texas.


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35944: Hey RO, been hit in the back of the head with any tree bark lately? (snicker)


March 19, 2006 - Msg 35945:
Good evening to all! Prayers to all who are experiencing life's troubles. It's easy to get wrapped up in our comfortable lives and forget that there are those with terrible troubles.
Here in So. Dak. (I'll write it that way because I've had people think I live in balmy San Diego when I write "SD"!) we are expecting snow tonight and tomorrow. It's been a mild winter compared to some that I've had since moving here, but I guess we're not getting off THAT easy! Thank goodness for snowblowers!
I rearranged my living room today--thank goodness for those "furniture mover" thingys that you put under your furniture to make their move effortless! Still...I'm ready for a calm night on The Porch with a bit of guitar music...and hope Andy doesn't "bark" and fire up the neighborhood dogs! Hahaha!
~Deb of Mayberry

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35946: Hey, Deb of Mayberry, do those mover things really work? I've got a couple of pieces of furniture that are extremely heavy, therefore I never vacuum under them, and would like to be able to do so. One thing that comes to mind is my desk! I can get partway under it, but not all the way.

Just watched "March of the Penguins" for the first time, and my goodness! Those poor little things! Now that's cold! Yet they survive. Amazing. One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries I've ever seen, though it did have some very sad moments. Perhaps a bit intense for very small kids, but I'd think 8 and above might handle it okay. Very well done.

Actually, I'm not in Ft. Worth, I'm between Ft. Worth and Dallas, and yes, we needed rain, but this is ridiculous. We've had about eight inches in 24 hours. Lots of flooding, one death, lots of property damage, and I'd have had some damage too, had my landscaper friend not installed the sump pump that drains my back yard. At one point I had about four inches of water back there. Thirty minutes later, all I had was soggy grass. The drains worked. Without that system, I'd have had a sunroom full of water.

Well, gotta get to the ironing board. This next week will be busy, working three 12 hr shifts. I'll be worthless until next Friday evening. You all be good to each other now, and act like somebody. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35947: Hi everyone!
Poor Horatio, you must really be poor if you have to drink milk that is 3 weeks old. JK ;)
Yeah, I don't think I would drink it, even if it does smell good on the surface, you never know what is lurking(and growing) on the inside.

Everyone is talking about the public school thing, and I know I have had my issues and reservations about having Kai go to one. I don't much like what I see happening in them. Even in my hometown, I saw "diversity day" being used by opportunistic activists who teach not about different cultures(what the program was supposedly for), but different "lifestyles".
And here in Kai's elementary school where apparently you can't say Christmas and we had to go to Kai's "holiday" concert. It's just ridiculous! I think of sending her to a private school but then sometimes I think, why do WE have to change just to protect our kids from unwanted influences? Don't the schools have an obligation to teach children what the majority of parents want taught, and not what organisations like the aclu want them to teach. Or do parents really want their 5 year olds taught stories about "my two dads", and that things like that are normal and natural, all the while making God a dirty word. I know I don't.
Ok, soapbox going back under the porch.

On a happier note, we went to my parents today, as my brother and his teenage daughter were coming up to go to the annual St. Patrick's Day carnival at our old church, and we hadn't seen them in a while. Kai had a great time, and an even better time playing with my 16 year old niece. I couldn't believe how well those two were hitting it off, just because of their age difference, but they both had a lot of fun. And wouldn't you know it, at the carnival we all went on the cakewalk, and Kai won the first time she played! It is a nice cake too. Looks like a chocolate bunt(I know that spelling is wrong but I just can't think of how they really spell that) cake, with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. It looks real good! We haven't tried it yet, but we probably will tomorrow. You all are welcome to have a slice if you want, but you will have to bring your own milk to wash it down.
Just don't get it from Poor Horatio. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35948: Hey Boo,Lucy M., good friend gosh I know the working hrs..I start my 40 hrs tomorrow and will be done wed night at 10 but then off for 6 days ..I just love rotating shifts during the summer, can go to the lake during the week..well in the morning lets meet at waffle house on ME!...yall take care..send pics to Romeena....SPOT

March 19, 2006 - Msg 35949: Hey Sterling H...we posted at the same time...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35950: morning gang.....where are yall?...gona get ready for work now.....see yall at 2....crock pot beef stew for tonight will someone make some cornbread.....SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35951: hi all in mayberry tom can't git on mayberry becuase his computer is down.....gizzmo

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35952: Hey Y'all!
This mornin' I went to the dentist, yuck, but it has to be done and we'll be broke!! Then, I took homemade cupcakes to my son's school for his birthday. The kids kept raving about the cupcakes, so hopefully they'll help Bryson get in good with them. We bought him a bike, because a) he's outgrown his and b) we bought my stepkids theirs for Christmas. Hubby wasn't too thrilled about spending so much, but he's only 8 once and he's having a tough time lately.
Boo- The Homegrown Tomato series is a "southern" type fictional series. There are 3 books. They endure trials and tribulations, but they always depend on their gardening. I like it because its mainly wholesome reading and that's what I go for.
Deb- My FIL lives in Northern Ohio and he said it was a mild winter for them. They only had to use the snowblower once. Although they've gotten dumped on in early April before. I guess I shouldn't say anything else, ha.
Romeena- I have been wanting to see March of the Penguins and you just reminded me! Take care during your long shifts. You too Spot.
Spot- I'll make the cornbread and bring the iced tea!
Sterling- Your comments are right on the money! Its really hard for Bryson because he's 1/5 white children in his class (the school is 60% A.A., 20% hispanic, & 20% asian and white), so they really can't talk about Christmas.
I need to get into the carpool line. Talk to ya tonight!
Blessings to you and yours,

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35953:
Yep, the site was down for me this morning, too. Glad it's back!
Romeena, yes, those simple little gadgets work like a charm. You just have to be able to tip or lift the furniture a little bit while someone slips the thing under the legs. I can usually just lift and kick it under myself. Such a simple invention...why didn't *I* think of it! When they're in place, even young Opie could move them easily! :o)

We also watched "March of the Penguins" and were amazed! We recently got a big screen hi-definition set and it was amazing. That prompted us to rent more DVD's from Netflix like it. Be sure to check out the documentaries by David Attenborough. He has some incredible ones about birds, undersea life, bugs, etc. You'll LOVE them.
~Deb of Mayberry
~thinks documentaries are better than most of what Hollyweird produces!

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35954:
Hi Everybody! For some reason I couldnt get on this site this morning. Maybe ole Barney hit that high note in Heaven and knocked out the internet! ha
Good to see you Sterling! Yes, amen, we need to take a stand and tell them that "E Pluribus Unum" means "Out of many, ONE" not this "diversity" stuff, because diversity today mean "perversity" and we MUST say something in our schools! Hit them with your Freedom of Speech right when they say you cant say Christmas etc., ESPECIALLY if all the other stuff is being said!
Hey to Spot, gizmo, Romeena etc.
LUCY- Yes, my MDC is for Mr Darlin's Cuz, so I am kinda like Poor Horatio, not an ACTUAL person on the show, but could be one of many! haha
RO- we could still use some rain so feel free to send any more this way. Hope you do OK on your 3 twelves this week. How some weekenders do 2 sixteens is beyond me. About every two months I give my mom's weekend caregiver a giftcard! She is very grateful! My mom's bladder distended but a catheter has solved the retention problem.
Have a good day all!

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35955: Good day, everyone. I hope that all had a nice weekend. Hey to SPOT, GIZZMO, DEB and anyone else on the porch today.

LUCY: "March of the Penguins" is great. I highly recommend it for all ages.

BOO: Prayers for your mom today.

I have to catch up on teh archives, but a squick skim of the weekend shows that this board has gone to the squirrels.


March 20, 2006 - Msg 35956:
Didnt see ya there Deb! Have a good'un!

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35957:
On to Bristol>>>

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35958: MDC: Didn't see you sitting there. Ah, good ole' 14-A.

POOR HORATIO: I'm probably not the best person to weigh in about your milk dilemma. Nothing gets past my lips if it's past the date stamped on the container. Its one of my many compelsions.


March 20, 2006 - Msg 35959: Did any of you have trouble getting onto the Mayberry website this morning? Maybe FLOYD was down under the board again with them spiders.


March 20, 2006 - Msg 35960: Yes, I had trouble geting on here this morning, Me-They. I thought maybe my last rant might have broken the porch. :) Glad to see I didn't. I wouldn't want to crawl under there to fix it, not with them spiders lurking under there.
-Sterling Holobyte

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35961: WELCOME SPRINGTIME!!
Thanks Floyd for fixing things!
Buckeye, ya back from Kentucky yet.?
KY girl, set for a spell and take a load off.
Prayers continue for all porchsters and all friends etc in these dilemmas! Prayers going up right now for ya all.
Yesterday's sermon was on Jesus throwing over the merchants tables in the temple area. Not exactly a "peace and love" moment as many will try to tell you he is ALL about. He IS about that, but He also said that HOLY anger is a good thing, like when Moses threw down the tablets. Holy anger stirs people into doing what is right. How many of those money changers do you think set their tables right back up again and continued? I bet none. They probably said this guy means business! Ok, well, I guess i said enough on this first day of Spring! God be with us all,

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35962: oops, my twin brother, ha

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35963: Howdy porchters. I couldn't get on this morning either. I think they had server problems. I knew we should have let Olive keep both quarters.:)

More snow on my porch again this morning. These spring storms are pretty neat though. It will be storming like mad one minute and sunny the next. Really makes for some fun times if you're working in it.

Romeena, sounds like a bad week having to work that much. Don't over do it. You know if you throw your back out it won't be any good to anyone.

Me and the wife are headed off to Southern California next week for some sun and surf and to visit family. Will go visit the quintuplets for a day. Can't imagine they are 4 already. And I will be sure to stay away from Denny's. My goodness, the one in Pismo Beach is scary cause we are staying there for a few days, not that I'd go to Dennys though. Just not my favorite.

Thanks for those who offered prayers for my friend at church. Have not heard yet how the surgery went. I sure hope all will be well for him.

Have a good day and watch out for loaded goats.