March 30, 2006 - Msg 36385: thats, "of" Bentley, of course.

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36386: Whoops, guess ya'll will have to read the archives to see what that means. Asa, I gave you some tree info in my last post in the archives.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36387: night boo and ro...snack time:oreos and milk...well got all of my midnight reports done...let me find a movie....apb on chuck and all missing...SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36388: Get up Get up!...this morning its a big breakfast..flap jacks and butter, maple syurp,eggs your way,grits,hashbrowns with cheese,country ham,sausage links,bisquits and white gravy,toast with grape jelly,salt pepper and a tear frol my roll of paper,h20,and will be ready with the spread on the south end of the front porch...have a blessed mayberry day...gona snooze after breakfast and will be back at 2 ...SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36389: Thanks Spot. I'll enjoy this breakfast.

Boo, Yea, it would be a goof idea to consult with a local arborist who can help you in picking tree's that will thrive in your climate and soil conditions. I love evergreens also. One of mt favorites is the Austrian Pine. It has a real forresty look to it. Don't know if you have seen them, or how they would do where you live, but you might check into them. The Colorado Blue Spruce is big around here too. Very pretty evergreen with needles being an almost light blue shade. The green spruce is pretty too.

Happy birthday to Sean. Them young-uns grow up fast Boo.

I need to get to the Home Depot today to buy some drill bits. I love going there. I will always take a stroll thru the lumber aisles just to smell the wood. I love thesmell of fresh lumber. Wish they made a cologne that could mimic it. I just wish our home depots had them hot dog vendors like they do at Romeena's home depots. That would be perfect.
Hope your day is good. It's Friday. I like that.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36390: spot, thanks for the great breakfast, an early riser like me sure loves it. any plans for the weekend? asa, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SEAN. how's our miarah doing and mamma? good morning . WELCOME TO FRIDAY, YEAH! WELCOME TO THE END OF MARCH AND TO SPRING AROUND THESE PARTS. it's me, it's me bucktee. i mean buckeye

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36391: Mariah and Mom are doing great. Thanks for asking Buckeye.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36392: Good Morning to you all. Its Friday!! My kids
(ages 11 daughter and son age 15) came to work with me today (they are on Spring Break). Since I only work 1/2 day on Friday, we are going shopping and out to lunch. The shopping is always a challenge for me. Because of course according to them, I have no taste in clothes. :)
You guys have a good day. Big Maude

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36393: Asa- know what you mean about that fresh wood . Yesterday Me and da wife went to Home Depot Sears and Lowes . Finally got my new table saw at lowes-light weight and a sawdust hook up for a shop vac. I'll be gettin some boards from the lember yard in Mt Top and refinishing the Br winder and convertin the second winder into curio display shelves. No winder boxes on these-maybe the front winders later. Lowes has a stand out front that sells hot sausage and peppers and onions sandwiches - smells like I'm at the Bloomsburg Fair. Glad to hear Mom and Mariah are doing well.
Marty from Mt Top

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36394: Wow, Spot.. that hit the.. er... Well, it was goooooood. Thanks for breakfast.
It's a nice spring day here in the south of Tejas. I was sitting outside a little while ago thinking of how my kitty loved a day like this. We had company over about six weeks ago and he darted out, unbeknownst to us, when one couple left. The last thing we talked about late that night just before bed was that we KNEW the cats were inside, safe and sound. I found him dead on the side of the road the next morning. Obviously a car had smacked him. He was a trusting little guy and I doubt it ever occurred to him that he could ever get hurt. Let me tell you, I was a mess. I guess it's going to hurt for a long time.
Love to everyone. Have a Mayberry kinda day, y'all.



March 31, 2006 - Msg 36395: Good morning folks. Sorry to hear about your cat, DES. Losing a loved one--furry ones, too--is never easy.

Whose going to Home Depot? Can I go? Huh-huh-huh? Even if I can't find what I was looking for there, I can always find something else I didn't know I wanted until I saw it. Our Home Depot has the hot dog vendor, too. Can't say that I enjoy them though.

Well, another day at the grindstone is in store for me today. And my nose is already worn to a nub. Anyone heard from MDC in the last few days? Hey, MDC, drop in and let us know how things are going. You, too, AFD.

See ya'll later!


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36396: 'Mornin, everyone! Lovely day here. I've got a new iris open in the back yard. It's called "Thornbird", and opens a little differently than most. Irises usually open one bloom at a time, moving down the stalk one by one. This one has opened all at once. Five huge blooms, almost bending the stalk over. Spectacular! It was one of the imports my landscaper friend brought to my yard from his. His wife used to cultivate iris in a big way, though her health hasn't let her do much for the past few years. So, they have a huge untended iris patch, and he just dug up rhizomes and brought them here, not even knowing what kind they were. Lucky me! They're gorgeous!
Boo, you were in the Porchster album, but you needed to click on the sub-album, Porchsters' Pets. The album cover is a picture of Mavis's parrot, wearing a Santa hat. Try clicking on Santabird, and you'll find the rest of the pets, incuding Barney.
Well, gotta get busy. Lots of stuff to do around here today. Anybody want to come help? Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36397: Oh, my! Dež, I'm so sorry to hear about your little kitty. It just breaks your heart, I know. They're so little, so trusting and innocent. They have no concept of danger, no notion that such a thing could happen. I'm sorry.

You know what? Our Home Depot doesn't have the hot dog guy anymore! Makes me so mad, I loved those polish sausage dogs, with mustard, relish, onions, and kraut. And no, they didn't lay on my chest, either. I could eat two of them without even breathing hard. Sure wish he'd come back.
Well, off I go, for sure this time. Five baby squirrels in the back yard, the feeders are stripped, and everyone is looking hungry. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36398: Gee Spot I thought it was you I saw walking with Otis the last time I was at the Mayberry Days parade in Mt Airy. This year's event is scheduled for September 21-24. Check it out at and You know I bet there is a real good chance Floyd will be there.
Floyd - are you planning on being there? It wouldn't be the same without you!
Marty from Mt Top

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36399: HI ALL.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36400: Well yall all are sure welcome for the breakfast...sorry about you cat des,hey TOM,...asa I got to keep you fed!..hey Romeena did you work last night?...hey marty I will check out the neat if all the porchsters that can make it would go to meet at mayberry days in there...about 5 hrs for me i would i have a home depot and walmart about 3 miles from me the back way to the main main roads to get on...i go in the back way through the country and it kills me ...too close to the dog house...well let me get ready to go keep the lights on for another 16 will holler from the work 20 .10-4...SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36401: So sorry about your kitty, DES. I understand. The hardest I ever grieved over an animal was my cat, Bo (a big gray Tabby). I was about 13 when he died and he was one of my best friends. At that time in my life my mother was spending alot of time in Michigan tending her sick mother and my dad was gone from home alot and I was the only kid left at home so it was just me and Bo alot of evenings, curled up on the couch watching TV. Somehow that cat kept me from feeling too sad and lonely. When he died I thought I would too but being so young I got over it pretty quick. It still hurts a bit when I think about it (30 years later). I think I really bonded with him years before when he was hit by a car while following me across the street. He broke his jaw so I carried him around on a pillow and fed him milk with an eye dropper! Now I will add a little humor to this sad story...when it finally came time to bury Bo in our backyard family pet cemetary, his legs were already stiff and sticking straight out. My insensitive brother-in-law was helping me bury Bo by digging the hole for me. After digging the hole, he found it was too narrow to put the cat's body in due to the stiff legs so instead of offering to dig the hole wider he said,..."Hey, why don't we just bury him standing up?"....and we did!

Yes Asa, I have alot of homework to do before we get to the landscaping stage. I watched the old movie, Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House this morning on Turner Classics. How funny! That were complaining about the house being too small and it was huge by today's standards and only cost them 18,000!

Speaking of hot dogs, I heard on the radio that Americans consume around 20 billion weinies a year! Horrors, all those Nitrates!

Better get back to the business at hand,


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36402: well gang we lost a ga power high line a little bit ago and we had 6100 people all out at once but through automation here in the control center we had all of our consumers back on in 9 miniutes .....pretty cool....SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36403: ok gang...its bbq chicken tonight and fries and slaw....tea....and apple pie....back in a bit...SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36404: Wow, BOO, funny that you should mention my all-time favorite comedy! I've probably seen "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" dozens of times. I have it VHS and DVD. Cary Grant and Myrna Loy together are wonderful. Can you imagine getting 35 acres of prime Conecticut real estate and building a house like that on it for $18K? A buildable acre in Connecticut now is more in the $250K range (just for the lot), and I bet a four-bedroom, four bath Colonial like that would be another cool half a million to build in that market. Today, Mr. Blandings would have to make a whole lot more than the $15K he was making in the movie to afford that!

Well, ya'll have a great weekend. Save me a nice seat on the porch for Monday.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36405: Evenin' Y'all! Sounds like I missed a "Wiz" of a movie the other night,Asa! Hey,good idea about going to see TKAM at the picture show! Count me in!
Glad to hear that Mariah is doing well-I was hoping for an update on her.
Mr. Possum and son-in-law (Laci's daddy) are trout fishing on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in NC this weekend. We'll have to have a fish fry at my rock when they get back! Spot,you'll be in charge of all the cooking,as usual,ok? And yeah,I'll make the slaw!
I'm enjoying the peace and quiet around here- you wives know what I mean!
Well,guess I'll go be a couch potato for awhile-y'all have a good night!
P.S. Happy Birthday to Sean!
possum under a rock

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36406: Man-o-man possum is sure will be in charge of the cooking love those trout....lemon butter and thyme...season salt...many different ways..grilled, there...hey yall "dumb and dumber" on the tube ....SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36407: Howdy, all. Asa, the Austrian Pine is one of my favorite trees, though we can't grow them down here. Much too hot in the summer, and not enough winter cold. They just don't like our climate. So, you might ask, what has been my connection with them? They were my favorite Christmas tree for years! A tree lot in north Dallas was the only one who carried them, and usually only got a dozen or less. I had bought trees from Tony for so many years, though, that he'd leave the Austrians tied up until I got there in late November, then would have them unbound and let me choose mine first. How's that for service? I'd make my choice, and he would send it to the flocking shed for a heavy white flock. Let it dry a couple of days, then deliver it to me.

They were huge, about 8 ft tall and a branch spread of over six feet. They were unsheared, just natural in shape, not always symmetrical, but so lovely. One year, I chose one with a double top! Tony laughed, saying only I would want that one, but he liked it too. With the heavy white flock on those gorgeous, spreading, fanned-out branches, and nearly 2000 twinkle lights on it, it was "a picture no artist could draw". I stood a bright gold angel between the twin spires on the top.

Austrians do not droop and do not drop their needles, like all the spruces and firs will do. They may get dry as a broomstick, but their shape doesn't change and their needles stay put. I love them!

Then came the sad year about 12 years ago, when we unwrapped the new arrivals, and found they had all been sheared! Tony was livid, because he had marked them and ordered them left natural. They looked like they had been punched out with a cookie cutter, no personality or charm at all. I didn't buy one. I bought a snow white artificial tree instead, and that's what I've used ever since. I didn't know it at the time, but it was a good thing, because my husband died two years later, and I would never be able to go tree-hunting without him. That was a very pleasurable ritual for us each year, and I'd never do it alone. So, I put up my fake tree, and it's pretty, and that's okay. Things change.

Well, gotta go feed the Plum, and maybe myself as well. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36408: Evening to all, Hey Spot, supper sounded wonderful, any leftovers? Big Maude

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36409:
Hi gang! Hey Me-They, I'm richere! Today was my last day at Renal Care, dealt with month end and quarter end, and job end! ha
I think all things considered, all will be ok. I'll take some time to be with mom more and rest a bit, then hit the pavement later. Severnce is good. A ton of archives to read, so talk to ya all soon!
Council member: A beauty pageant, ya mean with GIRLS?
Andy: Well, they HELP!

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36410: Hey gang....sorry ive been away for a while my old computer is on the fritz and i dont know what's up with it. Everytime I turn it on it says operating system not found. Dont know what that means. So im using my wife's computer to get back on the porch. Hope everyone's well and I look foward to reading the archives and catching up. Have to take my computer in for a diagonistic I guess. Holla back everyone until then SHAZAM...

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36411: Friends, I'm trying to start a new project which will be a community wide effort for Mayberry fans. I've set up a Wiki (you don't have to know what that means) where we can all work together to build an online knowledge base of every piece of Mayberry information we know.

I'd love to see an online Episode guide with EVERYTHING in there. Trivia, characters, mistakes, and anything else that we can think of.

If you're interested, please drop by and start helping here at the beginning of this project. It should be loads of fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

The Mayberry Gossip Club.

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36412: Sure Big Maude plenty of left overs...make a plate for tomorrow!...Floyd gona check out the sites...watching the movie "House"..with William Katt...yall all know who he is from the Paul Dake days....any one seen it?...SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36413: did not see ya SHAZAM!...good to see ya..SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36414: gosh im drawing a blank...what was barbara hale"s [katts mom] from perry mason"s stage name?..SPOT

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36415: Evenin' Porch,
I wanted to sey a quick Hey and goodnight to everyone. I have barely been home the last 2 days. I'll catch up in the morning. Thank you Spot for your hard work at GAPower! We've lost comcast a few times lately.
Y'all take care, ya here?
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36416: Sounds like fun, Floyd. I will check it out.

Me-They, that was Myrna Loy playing opposite Cary Grant? I always confuse Myrna Loy with Irene Dunn (can't seem to get it straight). I thought it was a wonderful movie and very funny for that time period. I just loved the scene when Cary Grant and his friend Bill get locked in the storage closet together! The movie reminded me of one of favorites, The Egg and I, with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. Ever seen that one? I absolutely love it and have never been able to find it on DVD or video. Its about a man who lives and works in the city and his dream is to buy an old farmhouse and start a chicken farm. His wife is very supportive but has no experiene on a farm. They buy an old broken-down farmhouse in the country and are visited by Paw Kettle. It really is cute. If you haven't seen it watch for it.

Better to get my little one ready for bed. Glad things are going ok for you MDC.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36417: Sounds like fun, Floyd. I will check it out.

Me-They, that was Myrna Loy playing opposite Cary Grant? I always confuse Myrna Loy with Irene Dunn (can't seem to get it straight). I thought it was a wonderful movie and very funny for that time period. I just loved the scene when Cary Grant and his friend Bill get locked in the storage closet together! The movie reminded me of one of favorites, The Egg and I, with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. Ever seen that one? I absolutely love it and have never been able to find it on DVD or video. Its about a man who lives and works in the city and his dream is to buy an old farmhouse and start a chicken farm. His wife is very supportive but has no experiene on a farm. They buy an old broken-down farmhouse in the country and are visited by Paw Kettle. It really is cute. If you haven't seen it watch for it.

Better to get my little one ready for bed. Glad things are going ok for you MDC.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36418: Ooooops, that seems to be happening alot lately, sorry.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36419: That would be Della Street I beleive spot.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36420: Hey Asa, I finally saw the picture of Barney that you sent Ro. How cute! He has such a shiny coat and it looks like you take real good care of him (according to that gi-normous rawhide bone!) He looks alot like my Mindy did at that age but she was never a playful dog (I think she is kind of neurotic). When my brother-in-law comes over she freaks out and hides in the linen closet in the bathroom. She will stay in there barking for hours after he leaves, strange.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36421: the way, how is Barney's rubber hamburger addiction coming along?


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36422: Naturally I am speaking of Asa's dog, Barney, not Barney Fife....

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36423: Hey, I thought of something we can do. Instead of just having a quote-a-thon, lets tell our favorite TAGS quote(s). I think one of my very favorite lines (because it struck me as so funny the first time I heard it), is "Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?" from the episode when Howard went to live on the island. I find that episode to be very entertaining because it is different from any of the others.

Do share....


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36424: One more thing and I'll, "Tic-a-lock" (as Barney or Aunt Bee would say). Romeena, I was wondering if you have a picture of one of your white flocked trees with all the twinkle lights that you could share with us on your photo site? Your description above really intrigued me.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36425: ....I think I'm on another filibuster....

March 31, 2006 - Msg 36426: Hee hee hee, Boo you crack me up.
Thanks for the comments about Barney. We saw that big bone and thought he'd love it. As far as his hamburger addiction, he's a mess. I think he is O.C.D. where that thing is concerned. I'll try and post a picture to Ro with him holding it in his mouth.

I'll go check out that site Floyd. Sounds like fun. Are you going to be shutting down the other site?


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36427: Floyd, the new place looks great. I'd love to help. Let me know how or what I can do.


March 31, 2006 - Msg 36428: Boo, the only Christmas tree pictures I have in an easily accessible form are fairly recent, since I got my first digital camera. The Austrian Pine trees are in some old pictures, which I'll have to locate and scan to get them on the computer. I'll post a couple of the white artificial tree, though. It's not too shabby, but nothing can touch the beauty of the Austrians.

Floyd, the new site is great! It will be fun to visit and to participate. I think it'll catch on and be used more and more, as we get familiar with it. One suggestion: I think it would be interesting to have a list of actors who played more than one role, and the roles they played. Allan Melvin played in six or more episodes, Ken Lynch was in at least three, and the list goes on. Even Howard Sprague was an insurance salesman before he became town clerk!

Well, off I go, not to the ironing board, but to my own comfortable bed. The Plum is already there, the lazy little loafer. She says 10-4! --Romeena

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36429: Thanks asa you are right about della...hey lucy,boo and mr asa....romeena sleep well...rain but slow here at work....breakfast will be on Romeena at I-Hop!..asa be nice and tuck your shirt in....SPOT

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36430: Good to see you, MDC! Enjoy your time off.

Spot, I was watching that movie "House" as well. One of those scary movies with a weird, comedic atmosphere. And personally, it reminds me of better times. Some of my good old days. :)

Good idea about the list of recurring actors, Ro! They don't get alot of fame but they sure are memorable anyway.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36431: Ellen Corbin (corby?) played Mrs Lesh who unloaded a car on a "boob in Mayberry" and was also a shoplifter at Weavers. "when I bumped into her she jangled, and little old ladies ought never to jangle." Better known as the Cranky grandma on the Waltons.

fun girl

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36432: Andy"little old ladys ought never to klank"...Barney "yea unless thier going to the kilnk!"....hey fg, sterling,mdc...the House movie kinda stunk to me...well let me find another one ...this one went off...may try to lean back in the chair and snooze...partner is awake now....SPOT

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36433: thats "klink"...fat

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36434: Hi Fungirl! How are things going, better I hope? Are you sure Mrs. Lesh and the shoplifter were the same actress? I thought they were two different people.

Never even heard of "House". Is it an old movie?

I would love to see pictures of your present Christmas tree, too Ro. Thanks for going to the trouble.

Boy, I really tried to sleep in this morning but my old aches and pains forced me up. I can't seem to stay in bed long without something hurting (maybe I need a memory foam mattress).

I have a question for any of you crafty folks who might have refinished any furniture. I found a really cute chair at a second hand store yesterday for 9 dollars. It looks like it was probably from the 40's and was a kitchen chair at one time. It is a little smaller than kitchen chairs you see now days but it will be perfect for Erin's desk in her room. It is a kind of dark wood and has been varnished and I want to paint it white and distress it or something to make it look old, I think. I don't know if I can just sand it or if I have to actually strip it and sand it before I paint it. Any experts out there??? I am trying to find answers on internet sites but have been wading through alot of info that hasn't helped me yet.

Time to seize the day! Carpe Diem!


April 01, 2006 - Msg 36435: Oh, almost forgot, I would love to see a picture of Barney with his rubber hamburger (Barney, Asa's dog, that is!).


April 01, 2006 - Msg 36436: Hey guys! Sorry it's been a couple of days. I've been working on my research paper frantically. I was just informed by a teacher that we only have 3 weeks until finals.... YIKES!

I need your prayers! BTW thanks for the sugestions on my paper. It's been a fun one to write... for once :)

Dixie :):)

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36437: HI ALL.



April 01, 2006 - Msg 36438: Fungirl, that wasn't Ellen Corby who was the shoplifter at Weavers, it was Lurene Tuttle. She also played Annabelle Silby from "Opies Charity".
- Hazel

Opie: "Poor Horitio."

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36439: Afternoon, porch friends. It is a beautiful Saturday, about 73 degrees, sunny and kinda of

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36440: Thanks for all the kind words about my kitty cat. Boo, I sure was sorry to hear about Bo. I had to giggle at your story about burying him. Same with my kitty, in a way. He was pretty, well.. firm, when we buried him, so I had hubby dig the hole extra wide and we buried him on his side. It was just, let's say, lots less traumatic that way.
Hope everyone's enjoying their weekend! It's gonna be a purty one, at least in my neck of the woods.



April 01, 2006 - Msg 36441: oops... sorry about that windy but nice. Just returned from Wal Mart doing the Saturday shopping. Still dealing with my cold which has now turned into laryngitis (sp??) which makes my kids happy. You guys have a good afternoon. Big Maude

One of my favorite quotes from the Dogs Dogs Dogs Episodes is Barney: "Giraffes are Selfish"

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36442: Hi, all! Tom, I'll send you a snail mail note with my address on it. I'm glad you have some photos to send, and I'll be happy to post them.

Don't forget the "Boy!" on the front of that quote, Big Maude. It's just so, well, Barney. "Boy! Giraffes are selfish!" Haha - I love it! One of my favorites, too. Right up there with "Well, if it ain't Daddy Longlegs!"

I need to get off this porch and get busy on my desk. It looks like a wastebasket exploded, and I just don't want to get into it. I only hope there are no bills buried in the rubble! I'm such a packrat, and a procrastinator too. Not a good combination.

Have a wonderful Sabbath tomorrow, folks. Don't forget to push your clocks an hour forward when you go to bed tonight. Sure hate losing that hour of sleep tonight, but will really enjoy the extra hour of daylight this evening.

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36443: Make that "tomorrow evening", for pete's sake. I'm not well. --Romeena

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36444: Evenin' Porch!
How is everyone tonight? I really like to comment at least twice a day, but that hasn't happened lately. I have been having some health problems that I haven't shared because I feel like I'm always asking for prayers. But, here goes. On 3/20 I went to the dentist to get the prep work for a crown. That tooth had a old mercury filling that they removed. When they took it out they didn't use a dam and the "helper" (lack of the proper term) didn't use the sucky-thing to get the mercury out. So, I swallowed some mercury. By Wed. I was swelled like I'm 9 months pregnant (look about 5-6 now) and just uncomfortable. Hubby has been running tests to make sure its truly mercury poisoning and not something worse. It appears yeast has formed around the mercury making it nearly impossible to eat. I have eaten nothing but baby food for 10 days. So, the tests and trying to detox have been keeping me busy. My son's sunday school class has been learning about hope. Their definition is when something good comes out of something bad. The good is I have already lost 10 lbs, my coumadin overloaded liver is getting a break, and my fast food addiction is gone. That last one has been plaguing me for years. Hopefully now I won't go back to eating junk.
Well, I just wanted to check in and tell everyone why I haven't been as available. I'm not gonna ask for prayers, but they are always appreciated. I'll let ya know as things progress.
I'll read the archives and then post more tomorrow. Everybody make sure they have their alarm clocks ready for church tomorrow. This is the day the Lord hath made!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36445: I have been meanin' to ask everyone something. Are y'all members of an actual TAGSRWC? Spot, do you know of one in the ATL area?

April 01, 2006 - Msg 36446: Sorry, that was from Lucy Matthews

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36447: Good Sabbath porch pals.
Lucy, so sorry to hear about what your going through with your health. Hope you get feeling better real quick like. You have my prayers.
Des, sorry to read about your kitty. It's amazing how these little creatures can capture such a huge place in our hearts.
Boo, I'm ne expert but I would think if you stripped first, you would save yourself a lot of work. You wouldn't have to sand nearly as much. Just a thought.
Went to a special preacher thing last night and one of the speakers made a comment that I thought was very profound.
"When the time for performance has arrived, the time for preperation has passed."
I really like that. It applies to a lot of things in life me thinks.
Well we are hoping for some sun today, after getting rain and snow most of yesterday. Might even get up to 60 tomorrow. But then more storms for mid week. Springtime in the Rockies. One of our local ski resorts picked up over a foot of fresh snow just yesterday. It is pretty, but I'm ready for spring!
What's for breakfast Spot. I'm famished.


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36448: Oh mercy me Boo. That shoud read if you stripped IT first. I'm not recommending that you refinish your chair in the buff. Your hubby might like it, but the neighbors would probably talk.:)


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36449: "Now He'll be 'Glen Fording' it all over town."

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36450: Thank you, Asa. You're right, this little fellow was more than just a pet - he was a dear friend.
Lucy Matthews, prayers going up for you. I hope you get whatever that is out of your system soon. Please keep us posted.


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36451: Afternoon to my porch friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lucy Matthews. Hope you feel better soon. Just returned from church. weather is beautiful in my part of Tennessee today. mid 70's. Kids go back to school tomorrow , after their spring break, and only have 6 weeks left in this school year. Time goes by so fast. Ya'll have a great afternoon. Gonna have pounded steak, baked potatoes and
green beans for supper. Ya'll come on over. Big Maude

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36452: Maude, do you pound the steak right there on the premises? Can we watch?


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36453: HAHA, when I read your first post Asa, I was thinking the same thing...'hmm, is he sayin' it would be easier to sand the chair if I had no clothes on?' You crack me up, brother!

Lucy, I have read about those mercury fillings and found out they put some in my son's mouth but they are in baby teeth. I am going to make sure they use the porcelain fillings from now on. I have a cousin who has had alot of trouble with Dandida growing in her body and she went to a special dentist to get her mercury fillings removed but I haven't heard how she is doing. I guess I will have to email my Aunt and find out. Sure hope you get your problem solved soon and I am really proud of you for kicking the junk food habit. I always say junk food won't kill you once in awhile but it sure will if it becomes frequent habit. Continue to sew those good seeds (healthy food) and you will reap the benefits in time....lots of pure water, too. I am preaching to myself, not you, Dear. Prayers for your strength and health and please don't ever feel like you can't ask for prayer. I love the priveledge to pray for my friends here on the porch.

I'm plum wore out! I was laying in bed with my eyes open at 2:30 and then up by 7:30 to get ready for church. This wretched time change always kills me for a couple of weeks. The preacher talked about men loving their wives like Christ loves the church....hope my husband was listening because I sure would love a nap and maybe he will watch Erin for awhile.


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36454: Sorry, Babe, that was supposed to say that my cousin has trouble with Candida (yeast) you were wondering, Lucy.


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36455: Lucy, don't know why I called you "Babe", I think because I was just talking about my husband and that is what I call him alot. Weird. Sorry,


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36456: Is it weird or wierd? How do you spell it?

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36457: Remember, Boo, it's "I before E, except after C; and E before I in weird. You always forget that rule!
- Hazel

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36458: Also Boo, that is e before n in chicken.
Marty from Mt. Top

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36459:
Hi gang! MDC again. In a way its kinda nice, no work tomorrow, but i know i got money in the bank!
I changed my W2 to 10 dependants (perfectly legal) and got much more from the big lump some payment to me! A lot less taken out in taxes!
Lucy, my PRAYERS are indeed with you! To keep your spirits up,it Reminds me of the Gilligan Isalnd episode where gilligan's fillings become a radio transmitter! ha
BOO- one of my favorite lines is Andy saying:
"She has a peculiar hitch in her get along!"
in the pageant episode. Always struck me very funny because it is such a nonsense phrase! haha
Hey to spot, buckeye, fred, tom, asa, stereling, hazel and aeveryone!
"Pa, I think we BOTH broke the golden rule!"

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36460: Back from Tennessee with a two hour jump in time - sorry but My Man Mitch (the fair governor of Indiana) was out of his gourd when he wanted to go to DST. Yuck, don't like it one bit! I like being a one of kind state - kinda goes along with my personality. Mule Days was great. . .


April 02, 2006 - Msg 36461: Evening all, what a nice night to sit on the porch. Supper is over and we are winding down the week end on my end of the porch. Pounded steak was good, gravy and all. Asa, Pounded the steak myself. more authentic that way. Homemaker, glad mule days went well for you. You guys have a good evening and a good start to the work week. Big Maude

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36462: 'Evening, all. A lovely Sabbath evening, pretty and peaceful in my back yard. New irises blooming everywhere, all a surprise to me. My landscaper friend brought rhizomes from his own yard last year (did I already tell you this?) and planted them in mine, so I don't know what to expect until they open. He tucked them in here and there, and each one has been a pleasant surprise. Such a kind thing to do.

I have a friend in the hospital after knee surgery, and I was able to cut a very nice little bouquet from the yard today. Took it to her, she was so pleased. What fun to cut my own flowers!

If you see Mr. Wheeler, tell him he can drop by and pull some weeds if he wants to, but no spraying. I'll buy a quart of ladybugs if I see any aphids. No chemicals in my yard! Not many weeds either, actually, so coming here would really be a waste of his time. Good mulch and an application of corn gluten meal pretty well takes care of the weeds.

Well, the Plum just announced that it's past her supper time, so guess I'd better go feed her. She gets uppity if she has to wait too long. You all have a great evening! Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36463: Oh, by the way, I guess it's true - to each his own. Personally, I just love daylight saving time. The long evenings are a treat for me, because I can enjoy my yard for an extra hour. That was a feature I liked about Mongolia - didn't get dark there until about ten at night. I suppose it saves a bit on the electric bill as well - don't have to turn on lights in the house quite as early. I never have any trouble making the switch, I just set my clocks forward when I go to bed, and the next day, it's business as usual, except the day lasts longer.

I knew a fellow once who swore that the "jet lag" he got when flying from Chicago to Texas just wore him out for days. I always thought that was odd, considering we were in the same time zone. Hellooo?? Of course, he was the one who was against solar panels to generate heat or power, stating that we were "pulling all the solars out of the air, and the sun was going to go out." Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, bless his heart.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36464: Gosh gang im still here ...hope someone cooked im starved for left overs...been doing yard work all day bush hogged all of my land dads and my uncles land....about 20 acers...mowed...well let me get a shower and look for thoes left overs will be back on the cook job in the morning ...sorry gang...SPOT

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36465: no Lucy I dont know of a YAGSRWC in our area but jumping catfish we could start one!....hey Big Maude,ro,des,dix,asa my buddy,chuck?..hazel,marty,hm,boo...and all ...prayers for all in need...let me read [hey that rhymed]....SPOT

April 02, 2006 - Msg 36466: SPOT, I have some leftover roast, mashed taters and broccoli with cheese are welcome to them.

Ro, that's pretty funny about your friend and the "solars"! I'm glad the time change doesn't bother you. As I recall, it didn't bother me as much when I worked night shift. Now that I have to get up early and get Sean to school it is harder but it won't take too long to get used to and Sean starts summer vacation in 6 weeks. Sounds strange but I am just one of those people who likes the night. I start to feel relaxed and less anxious about things after the sun goes down. I like the winding down after dark, the kids sweet-smelling after their baths and we can just be together. Seems like when it gets dark late, we are out later and spend less quality time with the kids. My fondest childhood family memories are of the evenings we spent together watching TV or playing Monopoly, bath-time, stories before bed, etc.

Well, I had a disturbing experience this evening. I was driving on the highway near home and noticed a pup laying dead on the side of the road and his brother standing over him. They were small dogs, looked like Rat Terriers, not fully grown yet. I found a safe place to pull over and a friend and I got out to see if the little dog that was down was still alive. He wasn't and the other little dog ran from us into a ditch. We got some of Erin's left-over hamburger and tried for quite awhile to lure the pup close enough to get ahold of him but we never could. We crawled through the ditch and through thorns for nothing. I didn't know what to do (since there is no animal control on Sunday!) but I was afraid the other pup would get killed so I picked up the dead pup, who was still warm, poor little thing and I put him several feet from the road near the ditch to keep the pup who was alive out of the street. I went to a house not far from there and told a lady about it and she knew the owners and told me she would go tell them. The whole experience just made me feel so bad. After all I have been through around here with dogs, I am starting to wonder why I live here. I wish I could change things and make pet owners more responsible but I don't know what to do. I mean really, can you believe how many dog-related problems I have had since I moved here?

I think I will spend some time with the kids before bed and maybe it will lift my spirits.


April 03, 2006 - Msg 36467: just checking in at 01;30 am to let you know we dodged the bullit weather wise last night. i hope and pray our porchsters made it thru ok, please check in since this storm was so wide in scope and let us know. spot, you working this early morning? how's it your way? haven't read archives but prayers for all in need , and a big hello to all. breakfast at fungirls. i'm not saying it got windy last night but i looked out the back door as the tornado sirens went off and saw fishing worms joined togethr to make a chain wrapping themselves around trees, robins legs etc. i even heard one group say jump in where you can and hold on tight. buckeye

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36468: Monday Morning to you all, it is about 8;30 am here and I am at work. Hope you guys had a safe night. Here in Northeast Tenn, we caught some of the storm last night.. thunder, lighting, winds and of course rain. lost power for a few seconds. we did not have an damage or so I noticed in my neighborhood. According to the news this am, west Tennessee had much more severe weather and some storm related deaths. We need to keep those folks in our prayers. I am greatful we dodged the worst. Boo, what a big heart you have to tend to all the animals. You guys have a good day. Big Maude

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36469: Morning Porch! Back from DC & getting ready to head out to groom some puppies here in Bristol now. Boy am I tired, worked 12 hours on Thurs, 14 hours on Fri & 13 hours on Sat, then drove 6 hours to get home on Sun & now I'm back out again this morning. Will check in & read the archives tonight, just wanted to say "Hey" so ya'll didn't wonder where I was.

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36470: Mornin' Y'all!
Here in Atlanta I didn't hear a thing last night. The sunshine is peeking through now. We haven't had any problems, but I'm sure Spot was busy.
Boo- Cheer Up! In the end it will all work out. Did you just move from the city or something?
Mavis- You get some rest now. Glad you got home safe and sound.
Big Maude- Did your kids get back to school? My son's spring break is this week.
Fungirl- What did we have for breakfast? My son had chocloate chip waffles and applesmoked bacon.
Romeena & homemaker- I like the longer days with DST, but it was hard getting up this morning.
MDC- You're funny about Gilligan.
Rev- Did you get your CD cut?
Gizzmo- We haven't forgotten about ya.
AFD- Where are ya? How are ya feelin'?
Floyd- Checked out the site. Let me know how I can help.
Dixie- Can you tell us why you need prayers so that I can know exactly what to pray for?
Hey to everyone else!
I'm still dealing with my issues, but its in the Lord's hands now. I wanted to tell y'all something cute. Yesterday our preacher was doing a sermon called "Rebel Yell". As soon as he told the title at least 1/2 the congregation (about 5,000 people) yelled. I tell you, when are they ever gonna get that we lost the war! I hope I'm not stepping on any toes because I love the south and I'm a true GRITS, but that was 146 years ago when the war started! Okay, off of the box.
Better get some cleaning done (Otis, where are you?) and I promised my son I'd take him to Chick-fil-A where he'll eat yummy chicken and I'll eat baby food, blah. Have a great day everyone!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36471: Hey to the PORCH! Hope everybody had a great weekend. I got the chance to take Goober Jr to see the wrestlemania last night here in was a hoot! I really used to get into the "big time"'s changed a lot, that's for sure.

Floyd, we'll check that spot right out, sounds like fun!

~Dež~ Sorry to hear about the's so hard to lose a pet...and they are matter what folks might think. ;-)

buckeye...glad you made it through last night...we got some of the weather up here...not bad though.

Hey to Mavis, Big Maude, Boo, Spot, RO..HM, ASA, MDC and EVERYBODY else here on this great big porch.

Happy Monday!


April 03, 2006 - Msg 36472: 'Morning, all! Dang it, Boo, what a rotten thing for you to have to deal with. I just hate seeing an animal hurt. Poor little pup, and his little brother, too - so scared he couldn't even accept the help you were offering.

Another new iris opened today - they are so beautiful. It's like a treasure hunt for me - I don't know what to expect, because I didn't buy them, and I have no idea what they're going to look like until they open. Such pretty things.

Well, these are my two nights to work - tonight and tomorrow night - so I'll be pretty useless until Wednesday. Will drop by if I can. Take care, everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36473: Thanks for the sympathy, folks. I feel alot better today. Lucy, I didn't move from the city, actually. I was living in a fairly small town that was more up-scale, I guess you would call it and I moved just 10 miles away to the town I grew up in and it is just a different culture. There seem to be more folks here who are..irresponsible and hurting. I am living in my parent's home until my house is built and they are in a rural area with lots of neighbors who have drunken parties on the weekends, let there dogs run loose and only seem to feed them when they feel like it, if at all. You know the kind of folks I'm talking about, missing teeth, old cars all over the yard...confederate flags in the windows of their mobile homes! hehe(sure hope I'm not offending anyone, don't mean to). Its just that since I moved in here over a year ago I have seen so many heartbreaking things like I never saw where I lived before. I have shared all these things with the folks on the porch and it has helped to talk about it and get it off my chest at times. I'll just give you some examples of some things I have dealt with: I found a little dog near death and covered with mange. My sister took her in and finally had to have her put to sleep because the treatment didn't work. I have taken several dogs to the animal shelter who were starving or injured. I have added two dogs to our family this year; a black lab who was starving, and a terrier who was dropped. I helped a family up the street look for their 2 year old who fell into an open septic tank and died. A woman who had no food came to the house to use our compressor to air up her bike tire. She had been across the street picking wild grapes for something to eat. I tried to find her later to give her food but I couldn't find her. I still look for her around her with no luck. These are just some of the things that I have experienced but I think I need to adjust my attitude and instead of getting mad I should try to look at it as a priviledge to in some small way help someone or something. There must be a reason for it all. Maybe I had been kind of living a sheltered life before.

Well, Erin is here wanting me for something so I better go. Talk to you later today,


April 03, 2006 - Msg 36474: My stars, Boo! I had no idea you were living in Deliverance County! Well, that's what it sounds like, anyway. I can't imagine dealing with stuff like that on a daily basis. Sounds like some of the conditions in Mongolia. There are almost no trash cans there, they're not needed. If you're eating something and don't want it all, you just put it down in a reasonably clean spot and walk away. Within about two minutes, it's gone. Paper, plastic, cardboard, cans - all are nabbed as soon as you put them down and sold to the local recycler. Thirty water bottles gets enough to buy a small loaf of bread, we were told. It costs about the equivalent of 3 cents, US. Believe me, the streets are clean - no trash.

What on earth will you do about the neglected and abandoned animals? You can't keep them all. Is there a decent shelter anywhere near you? If not, I'd at least be tempted to talk with a local vet and see if he/she would partner with me to spay or neuter whatever I brought in, at a reduced charge or free. Gather up those neglected "pets" and get them fixed, one at a time, especially the females. Chances are their shiftless owners would never know the difference, and they could always look like strays to you. At least that would cut down on the numbers around there, eventually. Sorry, just thinking----

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36475: Thanks to the Good Lord...having car trouble and I thought it was a fuel pump. Which was gonna cost 520 dollars. But is was just a vacuume hose that needed to be reconnected and so I got away with a 180 dollar charge instead. One hundred eighty is still a hard pill to swallow, but I think I will manage. Thanks to our compassionate Lord for making it something I could handle.
fun girl

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36476: boo, on the chair ask around your area hardwares, town folks for usualy every town has someone retired that does that kind of things real reasonable just to keep busy, an emmit type. fun girl, isn't it strange that today it costs $180 to reattah a hose, why goober use to do it for $5.00 . romeena and plum, i'm sorry to say that we're so interested in us population growth and walmarts, golf courses etc that animals are being crowded to nowhere to exist. and it's called being stewards of the land. goober, sure glad your safe. we sure have an active spring in the works? lucy, we never learn from history but it repeats itself, so why revisit an issue that we will never learn from. mavis, hope you get some rest. big maude, prayers for all affected by the storms last night.dess, dixie, asa, boo, mdc where is dinner tonight? spot where are you we're all getting skinny without your chow. have a great evening folks. barney to otis, i got to clean this crock out one day. buckeye

April 03, 2006 - Msg 36477: Glad the Lord is looking out for you, Fungirl.

Deliverance County! HA, that's a good one, RO, and I only mentioned some of the things that go on around here, like I didn't say that I did some research and found out that there are 5 registered s*x offenders on this block. I really have to watch the kids and make Sean check in alot. You all know about the pitbull down the street, well now there is one next door, only he isn't tied up and roams free. I also didn't tell you about my next door neighbor who is a drug addict and came for help in escaping her abusive spouse. I think I did tell you about the needy family on our street who didn't have enough food or gifts for their kids for Christmas. She is the one I was driving to work for a month but she lost that job because she drinks too much (the reason I was driving her was because she lost her license from drinking and driving). As far as a shelter goes, Ro, there is a pretty good one just down the street and I have taken 7 dogs there within a year (2 were pitbulls). They do try to find good homes for the dogs. As far as the neutering goes, the only local vet is not exactly "giving". Remember he is the one that I took the little mangy dog to and I told him the situation and he still charged me 200.00 to give it a shot and some medicine for the mange. I don't think he would be willing to work out an arrangement to sterilize strays. He charges enormous prices and has built himself a mansion here in town with the profits. I would never take one of my dogs to him. Anyway, I guess I will just keep doing what I can to help the ones I can help. Here's some good news: I went by the house near where the pup was killed yesterday and the other pup was safe and sound with his mother. I did notice, however that the dead pup was STILL lying on the grass beside the road...guess they didn't care enough to bury it. Like you said, "Deliverance County".

Well, enough of this cheerfulness! I should go do something. Left-over Sloppy Joe's for dinner tonight.