March 20, 2006 - Msg 35964: We had server problems this morning. We seem to be okay now. --Floyd

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35965: Afternoon Porch!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY" a little late! Anyway, it's been real busy on my end of the porch. My 24 year-old daughter got engaged on St. Patty's day! She has been dating her boyfriend for 5 years, and they seem like a very good match. I am very happy for them. When he asked her, he made a photo album of their 5 years together, and at the back of it, he had written, "Jessica will you marry me?" Then he had pictures of his parents with a sign that said, "PLEASE". Next he had a picture of my ex with a sign that said, "SAY". And of course, to finish it off, there was a me with a sign that said, "YES!" I thought that was a pretty cute way to ask her! Any memorable proposals out there?

Well, have a good afternoon porch, and my prayers are going up to the Heavenly Father for all that need them!

Mary Wiggins

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35966:
Hey Me-They, I just visited Miss Crump's Classroom. Thought i might see Ernest T thumpin his foot, or Opie looking all googly-eyed at helen, but no such luck.
Hey to Asa. Sounds like a good trip you have planned. Are ya gonna visit Barney's place...ah KNOTT'S berry Farm! ha

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35967:
Oops, that's MDC

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35968:
WOW, Floyd, good sweep whilst you were at it!

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35969:
Oh! What a cute idea, Mary! My son was SUPPOSED to get married on Mar. 17, but he ended up eloping on Mar. 2. I guess that's ok if that's what they wanted. I'm not much for fussy ceremonies, anyway. They're now on their honeymoon in Nashville. Now I have both kidlets married off, one grandson and two bonus grandchildren! All at the ripe old age of 46. :o)
~Deb of Mayberry

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35970:
That is way cool Mary! Also show that ya all knew about it and kept the secret intact! Congrats to you and yours.
TRIvia Question: In what ep were Barney, Andy and others singing "Old McDonald had a Farm"?

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35971: Thanks floyd..hey lucy,boo,ro,deb,mdc,md,asa,mw and all my friends.....tonight lets go to Red Lobster what cha at work now expecting rain and storms...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35972: That was the first time I 'swept' in a long time. The porch is self cleaning so it's automatic when a size is met. -- Floyd

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35973: Wow, Floyd! A self-cleaning porch! Do you think you could build me a self-cleaning house? Now wouldn't that be nice?? --Romeena

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35974:
MDC...was that "Barney's First Car"?

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35975:
PS...~Deb of Mayberry
~ in case there's a prize. ;o)

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35976:
That' it Deb! But to get the prize, what was the OTHER song they sang whilst in the car? ha, it's a little less known.

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35977:
MDC, I can't recall that without getting out the DVD and watching it. BTW, TVLAND is showing two eps of TAGS before the TVLAND Awards on Wednesday--Barney's First Car is one of them. :o)
~Deb of Mayberry

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35978: Deb the prize is you get to buy breakfast in the morning...hee..hee....cracker barrel...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35979: Oh boy, Red Lobster tonight on Spot and Cracker Barrel in the morning on Deb. Guess I'll start that new diet next week!:)


March 20, 2006 - Msg 35980: Asa those boiled shrimp will hide good in your blazer pocket...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35981:
HEY! I got IHOP breakfast the other day...
Oh well..I can afford to be generous on the Cyber Porch. :o)
~Deb of Mayberry

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35982:
BTW, I'm watching "Little House, the Next Generation" and was wondering whatever happened to Mr. Edwards' (Victor French) wife Grace and their adopted family. Anyone know?
~Deb of Mayberry

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35983: I want eat much Deb...and I dont have the answer...and you may have said but what end of the porch are you from?..Im on the southern end, Georgia...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35984:
Spot, I'm just about in the middle--on the wicker furniture--in South Dakota.

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35985: Hey Y'all!
I'm a bit tuckered tonight (my numbing is wearing off from the shot the dentist gave me), but I wanted to sit for a spell with Andy & the gang. We're having some awful thunderstorms here in Georgia. Spot & Shazam, can you believe that lightning? I didn't think it was warm enough for some that intense, at least it was here in N.Fulton.
There's a country song out by Brooks & Dunn called, "I Believe". Its a sweet yet heartbreaking song. It kind of reminds me that I miss the small towns. Y'all that live in small towns are blessed. My husband's career means that primarily we have to live in a big city. At least until he gets his OMD and bio-cranial degrees. I'm a bit homesick tonight, sorry to bring the porch down. Out of curiosity, how many of y'all have an actual front porch with rocking chairs and/or swings? Both of my grandparents still have them. I spent so much time on them, especially during my long summer visits.
Y'all take care and I'll talk to ya tomorrow!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35986: You bet cha Luch im right-cheer-in it...but strange enough we have now have much trouble here at the power company..just a couple of outages but wow has the water fell...Deb hows the weather this time of the year in S.Dokota?..and the porch is quite tonight...SPOT

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35987: thats "Lucy"...sorry

March 20, 2006 - Msg 35988:
Spot, we've had a mild winter and I thought the cold weather was on the way out, but the first day of spring has brought a ton of snow. I scraped about 3 inches off the driveway at lunchtime, and now there's about 6" more and it's still falling. DOH!
BTW, we have a porch, but it's not a nice open one like Ange's.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35989: Deb, I don't have a front porch, at least not one that's big enough to sit on. However, I do have a shady little courtyard out front, with flagstones in the center and quarter-round beds in the corners, and a great old bench offset in the middle. In the backyard, on what used to be a tool shed slab, we have built an arbor, with low rock walls around about 3/4 of it, a fine old tree overhead, whose trunk has spilled over one corner of the slab, and there's a big old swing hanging in the middle of it all. Got an outdoor-safe ceiling fan, some rope light in the ceiling, and a mister for really hot days. Wonderful place to read, and occasionally neighbors mosey into the yard when I'm working out there, and we stop and "set a spell". I also have a very comfortable sunroom, but it doesn't count, because it's part of the house. I'd still love to have one of those big old wrap-around porches, though. Wouldn't look right on my house, or on this street, but they're just so gracious and lovely.

No further danger of frost here on my end of the porch. I checked out my favorite stand of mesquite trees today, and they are leafing out. You can't fool those wiley old mesquites. I've never known them to fail. When they leaf out, there might be more cold weather, but no harmful frost. So, I can plant anything I care to now. Yippee!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35990: Hey Sugarplum and Romeena, are you working tonight?...and you do have a beautiful yard on the web page of yours...Im gona do some real yard work this chips and flowers..Miss Sherry has some ideas...her yard looks nice every year...I usually stay busy with my it turned the other day getting ready.....well back to my movie...SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35991: well about time to go home...back at 2...see ya at breakfast on Deb at cracker barrel!....SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35992: Morning porch. Rainy and snowy on my porch this morning.
Lucy, I live in a small town, small farming town, although that is changing as all the older farmers pass away and their children decide to sell to developers instead of farming. Makes me sad to see houses growing where it used to be alfalfa or corn or tomatoes. But still lots of farms still going here for the most part. We built our house about 6 years ago and did so with a front porch. We really enjoy it in the evenings.
Well I best get to the Cracker Barrel before Spot and Deb eat it all.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 35993: Hey Boo, somebody posted a message over at the guestbook at to you. Tom Schermitzler was the name. I can get their e-mail address for you if you need it. E-mail me directly. --Floyd

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35994: Wow! That's my old buddy that MDC found for me in Phoenix last December. I never said a word about this website to him. Cool! Thanks Floyd, I never would have known if you hadn't told me.
I have their email, thanks to MDC, Floyd. Aren't we a neat cyber family?

Ro, sounds like you don't need a front porch. You have done so many wonderful things in your yard!

Lucy, I only have a front porch on paper...we are having house plans drawn up right now for the house we are building and it has a big front porch and believe me, it will have some rockers and a porch swing, and I may even take out my guitar once and awhile.

Thanks for the prayers for Mom. They weren't able to do her surgery yesterday. Its interesting the way it happened. My mom has had 2 surgeries in the past year and all went perfectly smoothly, no anxieties or problems at all. Well, yesterday while she was in the holding room at the hospital, she told my sister that she ,"just didn't feel right about it this time" and that she didn't know if she should go through with the surgery (first time that had ever happened). Well, my sister started to get anxious and didn't know if she should tell mom to call it off so she prayed and asked the Lord to intervene if the surgery would harm mom. Well, soon after that they discovered a change in her EKG and she had developed what's called Atrial Flutter and they wouldn't put her under general anesthesia because she could have another stroke or blood clots. Its not anything lethal but something that can be treated by the cardiologist so we have to have it taken care of so she won't have another stroke. Anyway, it seems things worked out the way they should because we had no idea she had the Atrial Flutter because she had no symptoms of it and now we can correct the problem before something worse happens.

Well, I better go see what my friend Tom had to say to me.....


March 21, 2006 - Msg 35995: Interesting, my friend Tom had come across this site and had seen my post back in December about wanting to find my old friends from Phoenix. He wondered who it was that was trying to contact him. He didn't know who Boo was. Ha! It is such a small world. So, Tom, is you have not read my email yet and you happen to be checking this site, Boo is Julie, your old friend from Texas.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 35996: Wow, Boo! I wonder if your mom had a sudden onset of the atrial flutter, and that's what she was feeling that "didn't feel right". I've heard people say that they experience some feelings of anxiety when they're in flutter. Just wondering...

My landscaper friend just arrived to repair the damage the rain has done to my pond. Guess I'd better go. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 21, 2006 - Msg 35997: Good morning everyone. And a brisk on it is here in the Mid-Atlantic (that's to the left of Kelsey's Ocean on the map). Beautiful sky though.

DEB: My daughter has become a LHOTP nut, so we do watch it from time to time. I try to stay ahead of it, though, since she's only five and didn't watch it when it was originally on in the 70s. A few of episodes are pretty intense. You can find episode synopses on the net pretty easily. If I remember correctly, the story goes that Mr. Edwards went back to drinking and his wife, Grace left him. I believe that this happened "off camera" while he wasn't on the show. But don't bet the farm on it.

BOO: To God goes the glory. I'm glad things worked out okay.

ASA: Where I live we have the same deal--farms being sold for development. I can't believe how developed it has gotten over the last twenty years. To make matters worse, a lot of farmers are now pulling their farms out of the ag prservation programs to put them on the market. It's really sad. It seems teh more people that are around, the less you know your neighbors. Kinda wierd.

Take care today!


March 21, 2006 - Msg 35998: I really shoul proof my posts while I'm awake. That should be "I didn't watch it." I won't even try to correct all the spelling mistakes. Hope Miss Crump wasn't watching!


March 21, 2006 - Msg 35999: Hey, ROMEENA, didn't see you there. I hope I didn't rock on your foot.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36000: Me-They, you're partially right. Mr. Edwards did go back to drinking and Grace did leave him(actually she told him to leave), but that part did happen on camera. Mr. Edwards came in, drunk of course, during their adopted son Carl's birthday celebration, and made an asp out of himself, and that's when Grace told him to get out. Incidently, they recasted the roles of Grace and Carl for that ep.
Then Mr. Edwards goes back to Walnut Grove, pretending that he is just there to get things set up for Grace and the kids to move back there also. But then he gets drunk one day and almost kills Albert by driving drunk, thereby almost losing Charles as a friend, until he finally sobers up.
Yeah, I'm kind of a LHOTP nut too. :)

Prayers for your Mom, Boo.
-Sterling Holobyte

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36001:
Wow sterling, you really explained that well!
I am more of a season 1,2, 3 fan, but not much after everyone grew up. In fact, I think that is part of the reason I dont care much of the last season of tags. Opie is "all grown up" and not the cute Mr McBeeveie type kid. Not sure if that makes sense.
BOO- I can just picture you on your new porch singing "Down in the valley" or "Take me Home, Country Roads" under a beautiful star lit night.
LUCY- we have a small front porch. I have 2 plastic chairs out on it, and do enjoy some cool evenings this time of year, but summers are way too hot here for much porch settin'.
That other song ends in something like "dingleberry schmidt" but not sure how the whole thing goes.
"I could bring my bongo drum and we could all sing La Cucaracha!" ha Because bongos dont do so good on "Bringing Nellie Home!"
BUCKEYE- hope you didnt get stuck in that snow storm down Tennessee way!
Have a wonderful mayberry day!

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36002:
Oh, meant to mention that I am in A-fib, for which I take meds, and every once in a while I will get that flutter, so I know the feeling your mom must have had. God does work in mysterious ways, huh!

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36003: Thanks to M-T and Sterling for the LHOTP update. I watch it most every evening but I think they do a bit of skipping around (one day Laura and Manley got permission to wed in "one year." The next episode aired showed them already married and Laura as the new teacher.)
~lots of snow here today...ick

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36004: hi all .
boo what tom are you talling about in your mess.

love tom

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36005: My daughter is partial to the earlier shows, too, MDC. It's probably because Laura is closer to her own age in them. I think I've mentioned this before, but I refused to watch "Little House" when I was growing up even though I was just the right age (Melissa Gilbert and I are the same age I think). My friends and I perceived it as a "girl's" show. So of course we wanted no part of it. Since my daughter has been watching it, my wife and I have found ourselves looking forward to it as well. In fact, my daughter's bedtime is 8:30, so she can only watch the first half, but my wife and I usually watch the rest after she's gone to bed. For the most part it's great wholesome fare. I was suprised by all the Christian themes like characters praying, going to church and reading the Bible. But it's never done heavy-handed. However, every once in a while they do deal with themes that I don't want my daughter exposed to at her age, like Mr. Edward's drinking or (just the other night) a father shooting his wife and daughter. It's nice that I can get plotlines from the net ahead of time so I can usually weed those episodes out.

As far as TAGS goes, black and white or color, Barney or no Barney, Opie little or a teenager--I love 'em all.

Y'all have a nice lunch.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36006: Tom, I was talking about an old friend named Tom from Arizona who happened to stumble upon a message I posted with his name in it.

Interesting, MDC. My Dad has had chronic A-fib since 1980, after heart surgery to replace a heart valve. I have a condution defect, too but it causes my heart to slow down. The cardiologist said I will probably have a pacemaker by the time I am 50....I'm not sure I agree. This ticker of mine has been doing quite well.

I wanted to ask prayer for a dear friend of mine named Ray who is diabetic and has been on kidney dialysis for a couple of years. They just called this morning from Houston to tell him they found a match for a transplant. They said it was a real good match and they are hoping for the best. Ray is a great guy and has endured a lot of suffering (he is only 43). He is probably in surgery right now. Thanks.


PS-MDC, that's supposed to be "Jingleheimer Shmidt"...not dingleberry shmidt!

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36007: Hey Spot, thanks for the "All Points Bulletin".
I'm still kickin', just being a little side tracked down at the fishin' hole (in my dreams).


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36008: Prayers for Ray Boo. Hope all goes well. A coworker's wife had a kidney transplant last spring and she is doing great, so I hope Ray does as well.
Chuck, I figured you was still in Dee-troit. I was gonna ask about you but then I figured you'd just ask if the sun had touched my head. Good to see ya.
Hope your Mom is ok Boo.

Anyone care to join me at the diner for lunch? They got chicken ala king today.

"She gives you two wings, from a chicken thats done a lot of flying. I just don't like to be took!"

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36009:
Boo- am praying for him right now! I Do know how great a good match can be!
A pacemaker? wow, with all you do now, and the way you explained that time all you do around the house, I think you have set your own PACE! ha
(As long as that pace aint made in NEW YORK CITY!) HA
My ticker problems started to come out in the 80's. Irregular heartbeat in A-fib, and back then they didnt have the meds etc to convert like they do today. They tried, i remember, but it kicked back out of normal sinus rythm, so been on lanoxin etc since then. My heart muscle is also enlarged, but sinse I have been taking CoQ10, it has been diminishing.
Hope all are having a good day.
Boo- do you know all the words to that song?

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36010: Hey everyone. How goes it? Good I hope. I'll try to check in again tonight if I don't get so caught up in Law & Order SVU that I forget the world around me.

Dixie :):):):):):)

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36011: sure missed the porch but got home about 3 hours ago. we're wiped out with travel fatigue. got home to find, when it's springtime in illinois there's ton of snow and way to cold, did i take a wrong turn? ha. hello to floyd, spot, mdc, mary wiggins,me-they, ro deb of mayberry, asa,and rest of porch. lucy matthews - we have a patio porch just like the old front porch not much of one on the house. boo- prayers for your mom, isn't it wonderful what prayer will do. anyone remember these toys? monkeys with cybols, spring hobby horse, gaylord the walking blood hound, klackers late 60's , johnny reb cannons that fired caps, pedal cars ? well i'll catch up with you all in a day or so. hang in there. buckeye

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36012: hey dixie we both punched the post button at the same time and you outdrew me, ha. i'll have to use it as an excuse to take a nap in the middle of the day. great seeing you dixie. buckeye

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36013:
BUCKEYE- Glad you are home safe and sound. Cowgirl has some great info on the western site from her trip out west here. Ya all get caught up and come back and see us!

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36014: Hello porch, I'm kind of a stranger in town but I've been watching and reading about the goings-on here for some time now. I read that there were server problems yesterday - I was able to listen in at home yesterday at my mac but not at work at my pc. The same thing is going on again today - ok at home but not at work. Has anyone heard if there is still a problem today? By the way we are in an early spring cold spell here in Mountain Top. The cold air seems to act like a screen and shuts out the rain onto all of you south of us.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36015: Welcome Marty..set a spell..hey buckeyw,hey Chuck!..Boo,mavis ,dixie,Romeena....and all tonight its bbq chicken on the grill and chips and slaw...tea....Rev"s.bbq sauce...let me get settled in here at work and read the archives...SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36016: Snow Deb?...whew 62 and nice here in ga..hey asa,MDC..we are missing so many...ok im shutting up ....SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36017: WE had a SNOW day - about 5 inches or so. . .


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36018: Welcome Marty, home you'll come back.

This is for you, MDC:

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
his name is my name, too,
and whenever we go out you can hear the people shout,
There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
La la la la la la la

Sound famliar to ya?

Thanks for your prayers, friends. Mom is doing well today.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36019: Hey Marty! Nice to have you here!
As far as your access to the porch is concerned, it could be that your boss(es) installed some filter or something to restrict your access to certain sites that aren't work related. I've heard of that happening before.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36020:
Welcome Marty! As far as I know, all servers are ok, but our moderator Floyd would know best!
Where abouts are you from. Specken the Deutch?

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36021: Hey MDC...good race yesterday Kasey kahne did a great jobholding off Martin ,I read where Martin really likes Kaseys driving style more than a lot of the young guys

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36022:
Boo, thanks for the lyrics.
My next Sunday drive I'm all set! ha
I think it's a buckeye conspiracy!

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36023:
Mavis, ya ready for BRISTOL??
MD, who do you like this week?

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36024: Hey Marty,

There were no problems that I know of. Things seem to be fine today.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36025: Hey to Spot, Boo, MDC and Sterling and all you people in Porchville section of Mayberry. Yo Sterling ( we say yo a lot around Mountain Top), may be a filter but the road to mayberry was ok last week and in the past the Web Marshall would drop a net over the activities and shut our moonshinning down and leave a big warning with his name. There was no tell tale sign of that Marshall yestersay or today just a note was pasted to my window saying something like my server couldn't locate the porch! unless??? We have rules about that stuff, the first rule is to obey all the rules, the second ....... I hear the wife calling me for supper: left over pot roast and gravy from Sunday dinner at my Mom's. Also, Mom gave me half of the coconut cake with coconut cream pudding between the layers. Got to go, see everyone later.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36026: welcome marty from the porch mayor, pull up a rocker and we'll get emmit to put a name plate for your rocker. mdc- i'll stop by western site in a few dats, thanks, ein- specken de deutcrch. guten nockt. buckeye

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36027: as barney would say, wisen himmer.buckeye your a gas and should join the circus. ha. buckeye

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36028: Hey Marty what end of the porch are you on?..on on the south...Georgia..Thanks for checking Floyd..MD it was a good race...SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36029: Sounds like buckeye's been taking them German lessons again.:)

Welcome Marty. You started right off talkin about food. You should fit in real fine here.

Hey Maberry Deputy, good to see you.

Y'all missed out on the chicken ala king.


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36030: MDC .. always a safe bet at Bristol to go with a vetern ,JARRETT ,MARTIN,GORDON,maybe a surprise from the PETTY camp with LABONTE
MAVIS .. we took our Mastiff to the vet yesterday to be spayed ,the first words out of the girls mouth was "how are we gonna get her on the operating table" ..she is almost 3 years old and weighs 151 lbs. but the most gentle dog you could ever have to atch TAGS on TV land

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36031: MD I thought my Otis was big at 116 lbs...WOW..he is very gentle also...but STRONG...Gordon at bristol..Asa since I missed the ala king can I hae some ala queen?..hee hee..well got a few reports to run now here at work...bought a pack of bubble gum today and my jaws are to quit...SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36032: Hey Floyd-thanks for the info about the road to Mayberry-I quess the pot holes have been fixed, must be something causing a road block when I go to pull out from work. Maybe Barney has a dragnet going. If I hold my finger in my ear will that really help get them sideburns even-I look like some kind of nut doing that?
Hey MDC, I hail from Mountain Top - a mountain just south of Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania about a half hour to the Pocono Mountains. Im next to Route 81 which is almost a direct shot to Mt. Airy-just turn left at Galax.
Yo porch Mayor Buckeye - thanks for the welcome - reminds me of my first visit to My. Airy for the 40th anniversary of tags- the wife-Diane- and I met the Mayor on the steps in front of the mayors office- he saw we were tourists and came over to give us a big welcomeand went on about his business. That was pretty friendly of him.
Yo Asa- I 'm pretty full after the pot roast- I have to wait awhile before I have some coconut cake-maybe midnight.
Hey Asa- I guess I'm a little north of the middle of the porch.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36033: I meant that last message for Spot- about what end of the porch I'm on. Been to North Carolin a few times, never Georgia though'

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36034: I must be getting tired I forgot to sign messages 36032 and 36033.
Marty from Mountain Top

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36035: Good deal can go to and click on porchsters page and we have albums of out homes and family that Romeena our secetary has built for need to get some pics to her e-mail and she will post them..American Idol is on! one from ga and alabama in the running...SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36036:
Evenin' all. What about Biffle at bristol? ha
Thanks for the info marty. Good to see who is from where. One guy is from ireland but he hasnt checked in for quite a while now.
With our fine mayor in our fine city and our humble secretary of humbleness, and floyd, our
barber, bookie (ha) and all around good guy, we keep the porch occupied day and night!
Well, God bless ya all, you and yours.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36037: Evening Porch, sorry I haven't been here in a couple days, took my sister to the hospital today for her biopsy, spent the better part of the day there. They took 15 samples & we should know something by Thurs. keep the prayers coming. She is worried sick & now very sore. MD I love Mastiffs, they are such great dogs. Hope her surgery went ok. I have been where that tech was, when we did a St. Bernard, fortunatly our surgery table was hydraulic & we just lowered it to the floor & rolled her on it. Spot much as I hate to say it, Gordon will probably win here next week, he does do pretty good here. Course I would love to see Jimmy Johnson win! To answer the question am I ready for the race? NO, I love watching the race, love being there even more, but the people....too dad gone many of them & as Ernest T. says...I just don't cotton to them. They really started rolling in here today, probably since Atlanta was a day late running. I dread getting out trying to drive this week. Welcome to you Marty as you can tell, I live in Bristol, love the town, but race week gets tiring.

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36038: Prayers continuing for your sister, Mavis, Lord bless her heart!

Heard from my friend Ray and he isn't going to have the kidney transplant until tomorrow some time. The donor is still on life support and the organs will be harvested tomorrow (may God comfort his family). Ray is in good spirits. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf.

RO, have you heard anything concerning the orphanage today?


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36039: Evenin' Porch,
We're all hangin' in there. At my husband's office there is a far-infared sauna (you can breathe). I've been getting in there for the past few days and its wonderful. I sweat like a roasted pig, but afterwards I have more energy than before. Just thought I'd share it!
Marty- Welcome to the porch. Everybody here's really sweet and fun.
Boo & Mavis- I'll keep praying for Ray and his donor's family, as well as your sister, Mavis.
Hey to Spot (meatloaf, broccoli, salad & cornbread for dinner), MDC, Dixie, Asa, Romeena, Mayberry Deputy (where ya been?), Buckeye, Floyd, Deb, Sterling. APB for Shazam, again. Boy, Barney's gonna lock you up!
Y'all take care. Tonight I'm reading God Save the Sweet Potato Queens! Cute title, we'll see.
Blessings to you and yours,
~lucy matthews

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36040:
Hey Folks,

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. We're getting back to "normal" here, well, maybe just this side of normal. Too tired to type much but I noticed a few new names so Howdy to all the new neighbors.

We a got bit of snow maybe 4 or 5 inches the other day but I did hear spring sprung the other day. So, PLAY BALL!

W was fantastic today.

God Bless,

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36041:
Hello Ro, Spot, Asa, Floyd, Boo, M-T, Sterling, MDC, Deb, Tom, Chuck, Dixie, buckeye, homemaker, MD, Mavis and all the good to be back. Sure missed sitting in my rocking chair with you fine folks.
Welcome Marty..good to meet you.

I scanned over the archives and see a number of prayer needs.
Lucy..prayers for all your concerns
Asa...praying for your church friend
Boo...continue praying for your mom
Mavis..still lifting up your sister
Prayers for all our porch family!

I left Tampa, Fla this morning with the temp in the upper 80s and got back to SC and the temps in the low 40s.

Everyone be blessed...

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36042: Hey Rev glad you are back safe & sound! I saw a church sign yesterday & thought of you, made sure to remember it so I could tell you~Teach Obedience in the PLAY pen, not the STATE pen

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36043: Thanks for the grub Lucy will make for me a fine sack lunch for work tomorrow...hey auh2o, prayers to you and yours Mavis,Rev we had your sauce on the porch on chicken the otherday...good...hey Marty,chuck,asa,boo,ro...and all watching Twister!..snack later..SPOT

March 21, 2006 - Msg 36044: Thanks for all the prayers on my friend and my mom's behalf, I always appreciate them and may I never take them for granted.

Hectic day today and seems like Erin was being a toot. I had to put her to bed early after two episodes of sassing her mother! I never let it slide and always react to disrespect but with this child, you have to keep repeating the lessons...

SPOT, we got a call today from the man doing our houseplans and he said he has the prelimenary for us to look at in a couple days. Bruce has been busy cutting out the brush with his chainsaw and he found a small pond near the back of the property and is talking about lining it and pumping in well water later for whatever livestock we choose later. Anyone have any experience with that. I heard that if you stock a pond with certain fish it stays cleaner??

I need some help with a recipe for homemade chili, if anyone can help. I don't want to use the seasoning packets for chili that you find in the store because they have a preservative in them that gives me headaches. Please help.....pretty please, all you great chili-cookers out there??

It is a lovely, cool night here in South Texas and about 50 degrees. I will sleep good under my quilt with the window open a bit. Goodnight!


March 21, 2006 - Msg 36045: Where is Homemaker?


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36046: Ok Boo...FOUND a here we go:
3 small cans of bush chili beans
one small onion cut up
2 cans of rotel tomatoes and green chilis
one small bell pepper diced
half tsp minced garlic
hot sause to taste
salt and pepper
1 lb cround chuck cooked and crumbled

chunk it all in a pot and let simmer for about an hour....GOOD quick chili quick...thee ya go hungry now...may make some tomorrow night!...SPOT

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36047: Howdy, all. Stayed home from work tonight, having a recurrence of that bronchitis I had about three weeks ago. Coughing until I'm dizzy, throat a little scratchy, but whole chest is sore, headache from coughing. Probably due to being out in the cold rain on Sunday for a couple of hours, trying to shore up the sagging pond walls. Landscaper friend and his crew were here for several hours today, revised the whole thing, it looks better than ever and I think is more solid than it was. Time will tell. This soil around here is like concrete when dry, like quicksand when it's wet. When we built the pond, we just dug a couple of big holes, made a channel between them, put down a rubber liner and filled it with water, with the liner turned back over the edges and topped with blocks of stone to hold it in place. Worked fine until we had 7-8 inches of rain in one day, and the walls softened and sagged. Who knew?? Anyway, if this doesn't work, we'll start over and probably build solid walls with concrete blocks and mortar. Hope it doesn't come to that, because it will be costly.

Boo, thanks for asking about the mission in Mongolia. I heard from the missionary today, and they WON the court battle. They are now free to operate, under the implied sanction of the supreme court of the land. I say "implied sanction" because they didn't shut them down, but instead they dismissed the charges that had been brought against them - teaching Christianity - which is a big victory in an atheistic country. The Mongolian people are accustomed to government rule, and will see this as evidence of the power of the God these Americans are always talking about. This is indeed a major victory. God is good.

As for the chili, I'd pretty much do what Spot outlined, but being a Texan, I'd throw in about 1/4 cup of a good chili powder, too, like Gebhardt's, and I'd maybe triple the garlic, but I like garlic more than most folks do. A bit of fresh cilantro wouldn't hurt, either. I usually have some of that growing out back. I've never really thought about a chili recipe - I just start with coarse ground beef, brown it with some onion and then start cleaning out the pantry and the spice shelf, and pruning the herb bed. It always comes out good. At least I've never found any of it poured in a potted plant!

Well, I think I'll go put my cough to bed. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36048: Well Romeena i sure hope you get to feeling better...and yea the garlic for me would be more just try to keep it general then each can all and substract...and yea cilantro!!..chili powder for me [now I like things HOT] is just to something...I would during the summer go to my pepper garden and get a fresh chili or 2 and mince...well TV land awards tomorrow night ....hey sugarplum..10-4....SPOT

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36049: Hey, all. Be sure to visit, because I've added pictures of Mariah, Asa's new grandbaby, and also a picture of his little dachsund, Barney. Barney is in the "Porchsters' Pets" sub-album. Mariah is a little doll! No wonder Asa keeps popping his shirt buttons off! His daughter is a pretty girl, too, and just looks so proud! --Romeena

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36050: Wow good job Romeena on the web site...Asa little Mariah is just a little doll!...Mom too!..well just another hr. or so to go here at work...Ro. get to feeling better....SPOT

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36051: "Breakfast Menu"..pan fried pork chops,hashbrowns with cheese,grits,sausage links,bisquits and gravy,thin flap jacks with maple syrup and butter,strawberrys on top,slived canalope,coffee,ice cold milk,h20..and a tear from my roll of paper towels...ready at 6:30 est...yall have a blessed mayberry day...see yall back at 2 pm...SPOT the"sleepy" dog of your porch...lights are on!

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36052: Mornin' Y'all! I noticed that there'd been some trouble getting on the Porch,so THANK YOU FLOYD for fixing the trouble!
Welcome to Marty and Deb. Nice to have you on the porch with us. I'm possum under a rock (a lady possum!) from down near Charleston,SC.
Asa,little Mariah is so sweet! I'm glad to see her in the album near Laci-now she has a lil' porch playmate! I know you are one proud grandpa-that's a cute baby!
Prayers for your sister Mavis,for your friend,Boo and for all who need them.
Buckeye,I recall a few of the toys you mentioned-the monkey with the cymbals and the klacker things. I never could get the klackers going,plus my mom didn't like us playing with them.She thought somebody'd get hurt,I guess. For the longest time,there was a purple pair of those klackers hanging from a power line on our road-somebody had thrown them up there for whatever reason! I mean,they remained there for years! Maybe Spot came over from GA. with his power crew and got 'em! Hey Spot,ya got my klackers? Ha! Ha!
Well,y'all have a good Wednesday! Love to all!
possum under a rock

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36053: Sweet pictures of Mariah! Thanks for sharing them Asa. She is adorable.

Ro, so happy to hear about the mission. What a wonderful answer to prayer and reminder of God's power to accomplish his plan. Hope the bronchitis is better. Sean has been dealing with that all week. At night it sounds like there is a barking seal in his bedroom!

Thanks for the chili suggestions. It kind of sounds like you guys are trying to inflict Spontaneous Human Combustion on someone, though. I'm brave enough to try it but might have to tone it down just a little for Bruce (he's a wimp when it comes to chili).

Well, got to run. I have to take Dad to the doctor today. Suddenly he has alot of swelling in his feet and ankles and we need to go over some abnormal labs he got back. Ya'll have a blessed day....I'm making chili today!


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36054: Good morning (almost afternoon) everyone. Hey to POSSUM, BOO, SPOT, ROMEENA and anyone else on the Porch today. Hope that your throat is feeling better, ROMEENA. Sean's, too, BOO. The Mrs. made chili on Monday for dinner (that's supper to you Southern folk) and I've been eating leftovers for the last few days. Like soup, it gets better after a day or two. I'm not sure what her recipe is but she uses turkey and not beef and usually makes it medium spicy. She peps her own up. I like spice, but my wife's idea of spice is much different than mine.

TV Land Awards are on tonight. I'm guessing they will have a tribute to Don Knotts and other departed stars. At least I hope that they will.

Well, busy, busy today. Talk to y'all later.


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36055: Oh, I forgot...welcome, MARTY! Glad to have you.

Real cute kid, ASA. Wonder who she takes after? (ha)


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36056: Does anybody know if they are going to come out with the complete DVD sets of seasons 6-8? (The color episodes) I love them but it's practically impossible to find them.
Dr. Breen

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36057:
Welcome Dr Breen (good sermon!)As far as I know the scuttlebut is YES. I think season 6 is due out soon.
Romeena- Hope you are feeling better! Some of Spot's chili should clear up that chest cold! haha
But it might GIVE ya a case of the vapors, ha
That is sure a MAJOR VICTORY in Mongolia. Be happy the aclu isnt over there! prayers continue!
ASA- you got yourself a real andelina there! Such a sweetie! Congratulations!
BOO- have you ever read Dr Dobson's "The Strong Willed Child"? If not, I highly recommend it!
Help us with weekend care of one neice and one nephew. Their parents took up its 's principles also.
Mavis, wish i could be in Bristol this week, but would only add one more person to the fray! haha
Possum- can you imagine the warning labels that would be on klackers today! ha
Prayers for all needs going up today!
Have a good one.

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36058: Welcome to Mayberry, Dr. Breen. Slow down, what's yer hurry? Pull up a rocker and come sit with us a spell. Where's Rev. Tucker, didn't he come in with you? To answer your question, I'm not sure anyone knows if all seasons will be released, but I rather imagine they will. I can't see them stopping in the middle of the show's history. They might not produce as many copies, anticipating slower response from the public, but I would hope that we fans will go ahead and buy the color eps, just to show our appreciation for them releasing the show at all!
When I think of the months I spent in front of the TV, remote in hand to edit out commercials, and ended up with all 259 shows, but all chopped up and incomplete -- well, it really makes me grateful to have the complete and unedited versions, and on DVD, too! The price is right, especially when you consider the cost of the VHS tapes, and put some kind of value on your own time.

Feeling better, at least the coughing has diminished. I'm looking forward to the TV Land awards tonight - glad I don't have to work.

Have a wonderful Mayberry day -- Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36059: hi all in mayberry ...gizzmo

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36060: The Andy Griffith Show complete season 6 DVD set is being released on May 9, 2006. Based on how Paramount has released the various seasons (and assuming they will release the last two seasons), we may be able to own all TAGS episodes by this time next time next year! Wouldn't that be exciting?!?


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36061: Ahem...that should be "this time next year." sorry for the moulage I made of the language.


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36062: Hey back at you to Mavis, Lucy Matthews (my mom was a Matthews), auh2o(I haven't figured this out yet),Rev, Romeena , possum under a rock (we have a possum we call our Christmas possum because we first saw him nosing around the bird feeder one Christmas night a few years ago), and Me-They . Romeena-nice photoalbum-I enjoyed the visit. This porch is a lot bigger than I thought it was when I first saw it from the street. There sure is a good crowd here. Hey to the rest of you on the porch-Dr. Breen,Gissmo, Dixie, Deb, MD, Chuck and of course the Mayberry Deputy. It took me two days just to say hello to you all and I'm bettin that isn't everyone.

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36063: WIDE open here at work...just junk calls.....back in a bit ...SPOT

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36064: I'm off until Monday, so I'm wishing everyone an early great weekend! Me? I'll be painting the upstairs. Get the linament ready...

Take care and act like somebody!


March 22, 2006 - Msg 36065: Thanks for the info everybody. I know what yiu mean about editing the commercials, etc. Romeena. I probably have most episodes on VHS but over the years parts would get mistakenly recorded over or the tape would break or something. It's great that they released the DVD packs. Finally, I might have every episode in it's entirety.
Dr. Breen

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36066: I agree, Dr. Breen. So glad to have those DVDs. Of course, within a couple of years, they'll be as obsolete as BetaMax! Hope somebody comes out with some way to transfer them to whatever the newest medium might be. Now, if we could just encourage Paramount to do whatever is necessary to get the pilot episode from "The Danny Thomas Show" and include it in one of the season packs, we'd be all set. Of course, that would mean a whole new round of negotiations, copyright permits, etc. Probably won't happen, but wouldn't it be wonderful?

It's chilly and gray here in north Texas today. Not cold, really, but one needs a jacket if outdoors for more than a few minutes. My little Easter Bunny scarecrow looks a bit cold standing out there in the rose bed, but things will warm up again soon.

Hi, Gizzmo, have you heard any more from Tom? I know he's having computer problems again, hope he gets it fixed soon.

Well, I need to run a couple of errands before the rush hour traffic hits, so everyone have a great evening! Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36067:
Plus a few "extra" caveats, like "I appreciate it and good night" or "Jello butterscotch pudding, mmmmm gooood"

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36068:
Oh, Ro, I dropped ya an email today.

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36069: Hello everyone.
First of all, after skimming through all of the archives that I have missed this past week, I see there are many who have relatives and friends who are ill. I will say a series of prayers for all of them since there are too many to list individually.

Finally, thanks to everyone who offered any opinion about my question concerning the three week old milk. But being an engineer by trade, I decided that I want to base my decision upon facts and not just opinion. So I researched the internet and found a site sponsored by Dean's milk. It basically said that if it smells and looks ok, it is probably ok to drink. So after my milk passed the smell and visual test, I tried a few sips and waited 24 hours. Then I tried a full cup and waited 24 hours. And here I am after finishing the entire container with no ill-effects. While I do not recommend anyone else drinking milk that is three weeks past the "sell by" date, I suspect I had two advantages. One was that the container was sealed and refrigerated during those three weeks past the "sell by" date. And second, since it was skim milk, there was no milk fat that supposedly speeds up spoilage.

from Poor Horatio

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36070: good evening porch, so great seeing all the regulars, those like rev, mavis etc and the new porchsters. rev- can you fix supper? mdc- i'll try and get over to the western site in a few days when i get a lttle unpacking and rest. i liked the episode where the fun girls were in otis cell, otis hey charlie what are you doing in my bed? aphene who are you calling charlie, charlie? buckeye

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36071:
Ah Horatio, the ole SKIM milk bait and switch ploy! haha

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36072: He Me-they..and all horatio,MDC,gizzimo,Mtn. Marty,Rommena,Lucy,Farrah,Mavis...Rev. are you gona cook tonight ?..Im busy here at work, may just have to order pizza...TV land awards on tonight also American Idol..well call me for supper....SPOT

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36073:
Buckeye and Spot..just got here but I brought pizza for everyone. Hope you all like pepperoni, mushrooms and cheese.
(bow your heads) Thank You Lord for this food and bless each one here. Amen

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36074:
Thanks Mavis for the billboard sign. That's one that I haven't seen.

Ro...Praying for you..sure hope you feeling better

M-T...have fun painting this weekend

Welcome Dr. Breen

My wife is popping up some pop corn for the TV Land awards. All I have is orange soda so if you want something different be sure to bring it.

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36075: Rev I'll bring some sweet tea to go with that popcorn. Ro hope you get to feeling better, I hate being sick & having to work, glad you don't have to go in. My sister did real good yesterday for the biopsy, but she said she is so sore today, she can hardly move. She should have the results tomorrow. Gizzmo hey back to you! See me waving? Horatio It's the fallout, it's affecting our milk! teehee couldn't resist that one. Asa that baby is adorable! If you need a babysitter..... Best get my bookwork done, the one part of owning my own business I don't much care for.

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36076: Well, dadgum it! I almost forgot, I was driving from one client's house to the next & had to take the main drag to the racetrack to get there, saw Jr. & his entourage headed that way, Tony Stewart, & the John Deere car, who is that anyway? Jimmy Johnson is here, saw his rig at the motel NASCAR rents for all those guys. And PEOPLE! Oh my the people, tomorrow will be even worse. Thought ya'll would like to hear that they are arriving (the drivers I mean)

March 22, 2006 - Msg 36077: HI ALL .



March 22, 2006 - Msg 36078: Good Evenin' Porch,
I wanted to check in for a quick chat. Sounds like most are doing well. Welcome Dr. Breen, my TAGS name is Lucy Matthews (Ed Sawyer's flame), but really I'm Farrah. I live in Atlanta along with Spot and Shazam. Stick around a while.
Since I don't have tvland, everyone tell me if TAGS won anything and/or they do a Don Knott's tribute.
Prayers on my end for the porch. In the last little bit that I've been visiting, y'all certainly have become almost like family!
Blessings to you and yours,