April 24, 2006 - Msg 37233: Hey, good to hear from some of you we haven't seen in awhile!

Possum, as far as the C-section causing your daughter's problems, I have not worked for several years and I just plain don't remember alot of things but Ro probably knows. As far as the ears go, taking an antibiotic when its not needed can do more harm than good so I think I would try the decongestant first and if that doesn'st help, see the dr to find out if an antibiotic is needed. That's my advice, anyway.

About the gas prices, I got an email today saying everyone should stop buying gas from Exxon and Mobile and it would force the gas prices down. I don't know if its true.

Gotta git the sack. Busy day tomorrow,


April 24, 2006 - Msg 37234: Hi all! Just thought I would pop in and say hi.

Marty, yeah I think I saw your post about your remodeling, and you are right, that's what I am off doing. It is slow going, especially when you don't know what you are doing. But at least I was wrong about when the realtor is coming over - I thought it was Tuesday but I just found out it is Wednesday, so I have a little more time. I still don't think the closet in the upstairs master bedroom will be completed, so we will just have to work the pictures around that somehow.
Talked to the neighbor, who has lived here for a long time, and he says he doesn't think we should have a problem selling the house. I hope he is right.

Hey Charlotte, and everyone. Boy, I am tired. Talk to you all later!
-Sterling Holobyte

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37235: boo- great sweep as always. for those who missed it i suggested that we post gas prices in our area for those traveling in our neck of the woods. central illinois is hovering AROUND $2.96 A DING, ER GALLON. THELMA LOU WILL BE AT THE CHERRY BLOSSUM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN MARSHFIELD , MO. SHE will get her walk of fame star there. that's not far from springfield, mo. go to E- BULLIT for details. homemaker, i have a one of a king goat milk coaxing machine i'll sell you. sterling holobyte, hope you got some rest and prayers your house sells fast. let's jump on our bikes and go to cracker barrel for breakfast on me. yes on me and it's not a typo either. hang in there and have a great day. buckeye

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37236: Morning gang...got to read....gas here is 310 a gallon....hey buckeye,ro,possum,mt,maude and all...back in a bit...SPOT

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37237: Wow. 310 a gallon, yikes! Its around 2.95 here in South Texas. I am taking Sean to the dentist this morning to have a couple of teeth pulled and I have to fill up the Suburban on my way. Mercy! Its going to be an expensive day today....

Hi Sterling, I will pray for your house to sell. Good to see you on the porch.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37238: Depending on which way I go - gas ranges from 2.82 to 2.99 - it should be interesting to see what happens. As a traveling teacher - I don't really have a choice of staying put in one place.

Buckeye-I don't think I could use your milking machine because my goats are not milkers, just good ol meat goats. They only give enough milk for their babies.

talk to you all later!


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37239: Hello all you front porchsters... Daphne here. Need to dust off my swing and have a seat! Life is soooo busy, and finding time to relax on the porch is limited... but a couple of things: from reading back a while ago, Romeena, YES i would love to see the website that has pics of the front porch folks--what fun! i'll post too. Secondly, i was listening to KAAM radio yesterday, and they played Rafe's song "Endearing Young Charms" again, then right afterwards i heard TAGS whistling (you know, the start up song for the show) which perked up my ears... then a voice came on that said "THIS IS ANDY GRIFFITH AND YOU'RE LISTENING TO K-DOUBLE-A-M!" How cool! i thought of you guys and was pleasantly surprised to hear that!

Okay, so i am running away to NC after all!!! Well not permanantly, but we are heading to MERLE FEST this weekend in Wilkesboro. I get to see The Dilliards! Anyone in here ever hear or meet them? i am soooooo hyped!

Inywho, i gotta get to work, but i'll pop in from time to time to get my front porch fix from all you fine mayberians...

You all take care!!! :-D

May God richly bless you all today.

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37240: Good morning everyone! And a fine morning it is, too! Hey to those on the porch.

BOO: About that Exxon thing, I listened to a discussion about it this morning. The bottom line is, it won't work. Without detailing the whole thing, it won't work (1) because consumers can't pull it off (because enough people wouldn't join in and of those who do many would go right back as soon as they lowered their price even a little bit), and (2) even if we could pull it off, the fuel market doesn't really work that way (a long, long explanation). The bottom line is if we want lower gas prices, we have to drive less then prices will come down.

About my in-laws, yeah, their heart is in the right place and probably nothing terrible will happen health-wise. What worries my wife is that she has had progressive back problems which don't seem to go away, is getting worse and worse gestational diabetes, and the complications have increased with the last several kids. Also, this is the fastest she has ever gotten pregnant after a child, so her body hasn't had as much time as usual to bounce back. Plus, she and her husband aren't the most organized people and you can really tell that things have changed in teh last couple of years. It is very noticable when comparing the older and younger kids. The sensibilities, manners, behavior and such isn't the same. It seems (to us, anyway) that they just can't handle parenting that many kids as well as they did a handful. Not that I could, either! They honestly feel that whatever happens is God's will, so they more or less take no responsibility for what happens. I won't go into details, but they refuse to use good common sense if not other things. If anything short of the worst would happen, they will try again. So the concern is probably overblown but understandable.

EVERYONE: Someone over at Miss Crump's posted a link that y'all will like. It's a play on "The DaVinci Code" (yuck!) that is very funny. Go to www.The MayberryCode.com and click on the "Mayberry Code" icon, then play the trailer.

Take care!


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37241: Hey guys. Mama goes for surgery to remove more tissue on May 2nd. Remember her please.

I'll take an Exam today and one tomorrow and thenn all the hard stuff is behind me. These two tests are worrying me. Especially Wednesdays. Pray for me please. I'll let you guys know how they end up.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37242: Howdy all! AFD here! Hope everyone is well on this fine day.

Our gas is 2.74-2.79, not too bad considering what some of the rest of you all are paying for it.

I am so disappointed - buckeye mentioned Thelma Lou going to be in Marshfield MO this weekend - I only live a half hour away, but we are going back to my folks' this weekend to finally celebrate our Christmas, so I'll miss it. : ( (and thanks for breakfast, buckeye - I had Grandma's Pancake Breakfast and it was delish!)

I took my 5 yo daughter to Kindergarten round-up last week and she did pretty good. She went into the classroom and had recess, we rode the bus, and had lunch in the cafeteria. All in all a good experience, except she has this complex about people looking at her and she started having a fit in the girl's room before we left when a 1st grade girl asked for her name. Hope she gets over it before August gets here.

Nice to see some new faces - stick around, we're good people who love TAGS and I'm sure the same is true of you all as well.

You mentioning the in-laws working on #10, M-T, makes me think of the family in Arkansas (the Dugger's) who've been on some Discovery channel specials (or maybe TLC) that have 16 kids. I think the momma's a little over 40 and she said she'd love to have more. She's only had 2 sets of twins in the 16 that she's had. She is very organized and it really was interesting to watch. One question people wanted to know about their family is if they were on public assistance of any kind. They said no - just bought used and always paid cash. They were debt free. Really a neat story. I'd say some people are called to have that many and some are not and it's a shame when people who are not do - makes it hard on all the other kids when more are added. (Just my 2ญญ cents there)

Well - prayers for all! Have a great day.

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37243: Bless your heart, Dix! Prayers for you and your mama!


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37244: dixie- prayers for your mamma and your school endeavers. afd- i quess no thelma lous autograph and pics then. be careful on the road. daphine, that radio thing was so kool. homemaker- that goat milking coaxing machine is a one of a kind, used by the first domestic goat herder in history. why i saw it myself, great display, and only $50,ooo. ha. boo- does sean hate the denist trips as much as most of us? spot- did you check out the remshaw shinnanigans last night or did you send barney? i'm glad we're sharing gas prices with each other for info purposes only. not much we can do about them and everything else going up also, since a lot of porchsters traveling it's good info every 3 days or so. charlotte tucker, goober what happened to our weather, b-u-r-r. on the count of 3 lets all wake mdc and asa up. one, two three. good morning mdc, asa. buckeye

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37245: Hi All
o k who trun off the heat and say old men winter can come back at night.
you no that you can be shot for that in I eyes.

Mad tom

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37246: DIXIE: Prayers for you and your mom. Keep the faith.

AFD: I saw that program on TLC about the Duggers. Yes, they are extrememely organized. It definitely is not like that at the in-laws.

Also, I'm sure that your daughter will do fine. Ours was extremely shy and would flip out if something embarrasing happened or for some other all eyes fell on her. Forget participating in something like the Christmas pageant. She even spent her first couple of soccer games crying on the sidelines refusing to play. She went to preschool at age three and again at four, though it was only a couple hours each day two days a week. She made a little progress on the social interaction front but not a lot. Until Kindergarden. Now, she has a bunch of friends and can't wait to get to school each day. She's still shy in some social situations, but the change has been amazing. Just gently encourage your daughter and be patient. We found that gently nudging was okay but not to force. Don't get frustrated. And that's easier said than done when you see other little kids happily playing with one another and yours is hiding behind your leg. She'll do fine.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37247: FYI--I paid $3.14 at the pump this morning.

Hey TOM: I don't like it cold, but I do like it a little chilly at night. I like my feet warm under the covers and my nose chilly outside of 'em.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37248:
Buckye, as for gas here in Phx, I'll just say that it's a lot more dings than it used to be! hah
Someone here said, well we pay 3.00 for a Cafe Latte, but as I thought, who drinks 30 gallons of them a week! ha Any sign of the frogman yet?, all ya need to make him go is baking soada!
MAYberry Deputy- good to see ya. Was that lunch 89 cents? Hope you left at least a quarter tip.
Me-they- sounds like they need supernanny! ha
PRAYERS for Possum (not pregnant!) under a rock, Dixie, AFD and others!
DAPH- I hope the dillards sing, "there is a time, a time to wander, and my personal favorite, It's time to tear up yer old clothes for Rags, ha
Saw Fred Goss on the western site! He's home for a while, hope he 'll stop by here.
Job hunt goes well, maybe when the severence runs out, I'll get serious! ha
Hey to Boo, Ro, spot and all.
Goober: Sheriff,I promise I wont leave the courthouse! Except maybe to go out to the diner for a sammich.
Goober: I'll eat in.

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37249: Well Gang..hello to all...gona read in just a bit...just a note from the Dog Miss Sherry and I will be leaving the porch in the morning at 3 am with another couple to drive to Amelia Island Florida....flounder gigging tomorrow night from 8 pm till whenever...we have the whole boat rented..guide and all..then a fish fry [I hope] thu night so yall all come to the condo!..then Friday from 12 to 6 pm deep sea fishing..then back home late saturday, so yall eat good for the dog and asa you behave...please say a prayer for a safe trip for us, will be thinking about you all, will try to get on line and shout from down there...toot-a-loo....SPOT

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37250: mercy...there should have been a "," between Dog and Miss sherry...jeez....SPOT

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37251: Hee hee hee, I thought maybe you was mad at Miss Sherry or she was taking off on Lydia and hanging her head out the winder for a minute Spot. Made me giggle. Have a safe trip. I don't know who we are gonna get to cook around here whilest yer gone buddy. Hopefully someone will step up to the plate, the hot plate that is!:)

Mavis, you doing any better? Hope so.

Prayers for your Mom Dix.

Good to see you Charlotte. Had me worried.

Now, as I was saying a while back about Possum, I heard that she... drats, my phone's ringing. I'll be right back.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37252: Hi Everyone. Buckeye, Sean loves to go to the destist because of the "laughing gas" they give him.

This morning, I put 75.00 in my gas tank, which only filled it to 3/4's of a tank, then the dentist which cost me 195.00 (with insurance) to pull 2 of Sean's teeth, ordered Sean's new glasses which cost 159.00, then went to the grocery store to get dinner for the family for 2 days and it was only 30.00 with coupons. Whew! Kids are so expensive I don't know what your in-laws are going to do, MDC. If your sis-in-law is getting gestational diabetes with each pregnancy she really should be thinking about the potential of getting sick and not being able to care for the family she has.

Well, Hubby came home this afternoon and told me he had arranged for family to keep the kids and he was taking me away for the weekend. Isn't that sweet? He knows we need some alone time. Earlier today, he wanted to talk to me alone so he said, "let's go in our room and talk" so we went to our room, closed and locked the door to be alone for a few minutes while Sean was out playing and Erin was watching TV. I am not kidding when I say that within 30 seconds, Erin was knocking at the door asking if she could have a muffin. About 30 seconds later my dad was knocking at the door to give me my mail and after trying the door knob and finding it locked he slid the mail under the door while hollering, "I'm sliding it under the door!". Approximately another 30 seconds after that Sean was trying to get in to ask if he could go down the street to his friend's house. We just gave up and went our seperate ways. No privacy around here at all and it is taking its toll!

Better go finish cleaning the kitchen...BREAK TIME OVER!


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37253: Whoa, must have left the Caps Lock on!

Boo (there, that's better)

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37254: Rightcheer MDC! How ya all been. I been driving so much, I have to pretend I'm a deer so so I'll "freeze" for a bit to say hey ! HEY!
Please pray for those owner-operators that have to absorb that upped fuel cost or pass it on to the consumer. Hope this thing will get corrected soon. I work for a company, so they pay it, but your next T-Bone may be higher! Hope ya all are doing well. My prayers go out for you all as I R and R a bit, I shall remember you and yours in my daily devotionals! Watch out for malcom's bike out there!
Fred Goss
PS: Man, I sure got a pile of dry cleanin to get done here! harhar

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37255: spot- prayers for your trip. how much a pound for the fish you gig? boo- you live in great area, you take sean to the denist and he checked his eye teeth and ordered glasses? mavis, prayers for mamma dix. asa- if we ask maybe we could get lisa douglas to cook for us while spots gone and then a big fish fry at spots when he gets home. what do you think? lisa douglas from green acres. mdc- the snail arrived today, froze half to death, our high was near 50 degrees. really appreciate it. i'll write later, i collect old toys like that just so freinds and grandkids etc can see what cool stuff we grew up with. what do you collect? speaking of collecting, let's share some of the thinks we collect besides the obvious mayberry. gunsmoke items, old cheap toys, items we grew up with like a washer that looks like a toilet plunger, tools, it gives the workshop a novelty, peaceful atmosphere. mad tom, i know what you mean, yesterday everyone in shorts today winter coats, what a country. trivia; what sci- fi show did daphine quest star in 4 times? have a great porch evening and sleep well. just buckeye

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37256: trail bosser fred goss you outdrew me on the post. great having you back, we sure have missed you, as you travel we have started reporting gas prices about every few days for those who are traveling thru one of our locals. enjoy your break. buckeye

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37257: Good evening to all. I have not had a chance to check in today. Hope you all have had a good day.
Bad storms here again this evening, guess it is that time of year. Safe travels to SPOT and Miss Sherry. Long day, guess I will turn in. You guys have a good night, sleep tight. Big Maude

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37258: Hi All.
Will we may froze a little tonight becaues it going to be cold at night for the week becaues of the cold front comming from cannc.
Mavis-thank you for the gum.
I go for the fish fry .
Goss- I no how it's wind it come to cleaning to do all day from the time you git up to you going to bed at night.
but there is just two of us and the houes stay clean half the time. ha ha

Be kind to all, let your spirit lift
Those whose lives may be adrift;
Be pleasant and always wear a smile,
Let that be your "kindness style".
Be kind to all, don't be sad and blue;
If you smile your sun can shine through;
Let His heavenly love divine
Around your happy heart entwine.
Be kind to all for life is frail,
Sometime on stormy seas you'll sail,
But God is there you won't be alone-
Because of the "kindness seeds" you've sown.


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37259: You know, I just love that poem TOM! We all need to be reminded now and then.

Maude, we are actually under severe storm warnings right now is South Texas. It was really hot here today and now this cool front is hitting the hot air and we should actually get some rain! HooRah! I think once it starts raining I will sneak out with the flashlight and see if I can see some cows dancing for joy.

SPOT, did you watch American Idol tonight? Do you have a favorite to win? I like all of them this time except the blond from Texas...kind of ditzy and not as good as the others.

Good one, Buckeye! No, Sean had to see a dentist AND an eye doctor. Turns out he is near-sighted. He was bugging me about getting a haircut today (oh, that was another 10 dollars we spent today) and he begged me to let him shave it close like a Marine cut. I gave in and he looks hilarious. Anyway, when we went to try on frames for his glasses nothing looked great because of the haircut. Poor kid, at least it will grow out. His head looks like a white bowling ball!

How funny....as I was typing that Sean came in and said, "I love my haircut. It feels so neat!" haha

Well, better go, the kids want some "mom time".


April 25, 2006 - Msg 37260: Tom you're welcome for the gum, now just don't go chewing it & spitting it on the sidewalk or Barney will have to give you a citation. haha Still waiting on an answer to my lilac question.....Now I don't want to jinx it, but ya'll pray things with my mother's house will go the way I am hoping they will, got something in the works, but like I said, don't want to jinx it. The Good Lord will know what you are praying about anyway, even without you telling Him. Gotta go "act like somebody"
AWW Andy, he pulled out the hat size!

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37261: Hey Tom mind if I use that poem to post on my website? www.angiesmobilegrooming.com

April 25, 2006 - Msg 37262:
Hello gang...so good to see so many of the porch family.

Gas here in SC (midlands) is around 2.79.

Dixie...prayers for your mom and for your exams. My daughter is taking some this week also.

Spot...prayers for safe travels. Have fun but leave a few fish for someone else.

Boo...you and hubby have a great weekend getaway.

Fred Goss...so good to see ya back. I know that these fuel prices are tough on the trucking industry. Be safe out there and our prayers go with you.

Well folks I'm heading off to bed. You all have a great night and remember that Jesus loves you!

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37263: Well gang its 3 am..getting ready for my fishing trip...gosh with gas as high as it is this dogs one ton 4 door dulley gas burnning big block may not make it far!...well gang Miss Sherry is here and we are loading ...lets all meet at cracker barrell just below atlanta on ME...prayers to all in need and yall eat well...asa behave and grill a steak tonight for all...Rev keep us in your prayers....boo work on the house...Ro keep that yard up...TOM keep thinking positive...Lucy keep the home front in tact...prayers Mavis...Big Maude help with the cooking...MT help asa...hate to leave yall but will bring us back some fish I hope.....later gators...SPOT

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37264: good morning porch. spot have a great safe trip. breakfast will be cooked by lisa douglas over at green acres, hotscakes, homemade biscuts, well you get the idea, any takers. more later. have a great day. buckeye

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37265: oops caps were on. buckeye

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37266: Good Morning porch family. Its raining again this morning in Kingsport, Tennessee, It would of been a good morning to roll over and go back to sleep, but here I am at work and ready to get started on the day. I will be glad to help with the cooking just please offer suggestions. That is my most frustrating thing about cooking at home is no one will offer suggestions they just say "It does not matter to me" and then whatever I fix, I hear "We're having THAT" YUCK.
so just please come up with the menu for me. Mavis, good to hear from you, been thinking about you. Buckeye, think I will pass on breakast today.. trying to lose a few pounds if you know what I mean. I would like to go visit the Douglas farm though. Dixie, let us know about your Mom and your exams. Thoughts and prayers with you. Gas here "today" is about 2.84.
Boo, I agree, raising a family is expensive not to mention all the extra stuff, footall, field trips, annuals,lunch money daily and shoes and clothes. It sure adds up quick. Have fun this week end with Mr. Boo. Hey Roomena, where are you? Miss see you. You guys have a great day.
Big Maude

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37267:
no more bold?

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37268: Hey! Who left the bold on? Bueller...Bueller...anyone?


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37269: Whew! Crisis averted!


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37270: Good morning, all! I should have said that first I suppose. Has anyone checked out www.TheMayberryCode.com yet? F-u-n-n-y.

Sorry, SPOT. I'd help ASA if I could, but I'm thinking that a licensed professional might be required (just kiddin' ASA ole' bean).


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37271: From DAPH -

on the subject of public schools (well we are now)... ;-)

i wanted to share this article entitled:

"Baptists: Plan exit from government schools. New resolution tells churches to develop strategy for pulling kids out"

Here's a snippit from the article:

"If you approve of a school system that is indoctrinating children with cultural Marxism and dogmatic Darwinism, devoting increasing time and resources to instructing children in the colorful folkways of homosexuality, and preparing them for a future as hewers of wood and drawers of water, by all means continue talking about 'reform' and children as missionaries. Responsible Christians, however, will plan so that no child is left behind."

Go here to read the entire article:



April 26, 2006 - Msg 37272: I haven't read the article yet, DAPH, but I have mixed feelings about the sentiment right off. My wife and I decided to send our kids to a Christian school, but it was neither an easy decision nor one that is universally "right." We feel it was right for us but may not be for others in different situations.

I would never advocate mandating that all Christians should pull their kids from public schools or they are doing them a disservice. First, some public schools are worse than others, and some are plain great. Second, I know some families who feel that they must send their kids to public schools to be "salt and light." In fact, I know Christian kids in public schools who have brought friends to faith through their witness and efforts. Third, while we shouldn't lead our kids like lambs to slaughter (no pun intended), what would happen if all Christians pulled their kids from public schools and so stopped their efforts to reform them? In my opinion, it would be unchristian indeed to just throw the system to Satan and with it all those other children. Anyway, that's my five cents (inflation, y'know).

Take care.


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37273: I also add...Fourth, I, my wife and lots of young adults (and older adults) that we know made it through the public school system with our faith intact. You aren't doing your children by blinding them to evil; instead, you must equip them to face it head on. I feel I can better combat things like evolution and the like because I fully understand the opposite argument. Anyway, I promise I'll climb down from the soapbox now...


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37274: Hi you guys,

Daph here! move over on your soapbox, M-T! ;-)

i'm mixed about the above subject too, in all honesty. i posted it because it's interesting that it's going on or being called for--that we live in a country that is on the downward spiral flush, and Chrisitan groups are even wanting to do something like this. like my previous post a few weeks ago, about an organization (i don't recall who) wanting to call on Christians to voluntarily move to NC and become their own country so as to live life the way our founding forefathers intended it to be... i was mixed about that too. as tempting as it sounds, to run away and hide, or congregate only with other Christians, it is true the world would be deprived of the fruits of Christianity... but do you ever get so frustrated with all the garbage going on on a daily basis, that "throwing in the towel" sounds better than fighting these battles? i know that sounds selfish, but i'm tired of what i see, read and hear about every day (removing the 10 commandments from public, the ACLU, illegal immigration, homosexuality, everyone demanding rights that are stripping me of MY rights to have certain things, like prayer in school)... sheesh! i'm sure you all feel the same, so what can we do then?

seriously, at some point SOON, God must say enough is enough and send Jesus down to rapture us. i'd rather live secluded on a farm somewhere, living off my land and homeschooling my kiddo (waiting for Him ;)), than throw her into the public schools pit of indoctrination that goes against everything i teach her, and hope she turns out okay. my days in public schools were not like what is going on today. i don't remember watching a film as a kid that says "Meet my two mommies"!!

so is it selfish? or is it wise? i'm mixed too!

ahh... nice discussion for this forum this early in the day! (sorry guys--got on a venting roll)

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37275: Hi All I M MAD

O k who running the cop ?


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37276: history proofs things repeat themselves and we as humans always rise to the occasions and we'll get thru this decade. big maude where are you from state wise? hop[e them storms weren't to bad last night. i'm volunteering to have buckeye's house sitting while yor gone on triips. this will keep solicitors out, maiil pick up and the porch will eat your food up, drink all the liker, pack your mayberry stuff up ready for a porch showing later. do you think this service will fly? lunch at dairy queen. big maude i'll bet your from kingsport, tenn, ha. supper at chilli's on mdc. the caps seem to pop on by themselves and stay on for a few posts and self corrects, i wonder if floyd should be made aware of it? answer to yesterdays trivia, daphine quest stared in the original twilight zone in four episodes. wake up asa ther're trying to rob the mayberry bank. buckeye

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37277:
Buckeye, here's one for you- do you remember those WOODEN tape measures that you would have to "flip" open a little legth at a time? usually about 8 inch lengths. I HAVE ONE that was a free gift from a hardware store in te 40's. It was my dad's and now it is mine! When it is "closed" it is about 8 x 2.
Going to an interview, so see ya all later.

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37278: I remember those tape measures, MDC. We had a couple of them around the basement when I was a kid in the 70s. My brother and I used to unfold them as far as they would go and try to whack each other with them. Boys will be boys. I haven't thought about them in years!

Hey to DAPH, TOM and BUCKEYE (It is BUCKEYE today isn't it?)!


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37279: Oh no, not the subject of public school again! I always get so hot under the collar about that one. I love you guys, every one of you so I am holding back. All I will say is that after the research I have done on the subject I am in favor of Christians removing their children from public education in order to save this generation. Statistics show that far more people who are attending public schools leave the faith than propogate the faith, so to speak (the theory of salt and light). If we were to give our children a christian education in the home or in a christian school, we would be be growing up strong kids, educated in the word of God who could really make a difference in this world. I am afraid we are losing too many to the secular and humanistic way of belief. Now, having said that, I realize that some are thinking, 'what about those who can't afford it?'...I know that this current movement in the Baptist church offers solutions to families by encouraging churches to become schools for their members, schools they could afford, or using a portion of the tithe money to help those purchase resourses or stay at home, who want to homeschool their kids. I do believe strongly that Christian Adult teachers should infiltrate the public school system like crazy to be the salt and light to those kids and I think we should all, as adults get involved where we can. This is how I feel right now, of course that could change later. I try to consider the opinions of others carefully. Me-They, you are very intelligent and wise and I feel that if you read some of the resources that I have read you would change your opinion....could be wrong. I respect your opinion.

Daphne, I want to remind you of something that you might find encouraging. You remember when God made his covenant with Abraham and told him that his descendants would be like the stars of the heavens? He also told him that one day they would dwell in a foreign land (Egypt) and would suffer and be slaves for 400 hundred years? Well, that is what happened later and then God delivered them through Moses. My point is that God kept his promise and his people for those 400 years in a foreign land, with foreign Gods and customs. Remember that no matter how things look in this country, God will take care of you, as His child. Don't be afraid, just trust in Him and do what you know to do (keep yourself from idols).

Better go, I think I started another moulage.


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37280: Moulage, BOO? You talkin' able Able, Baker or Charlie? This from my desk calendar: "Compromise: Lte's agree to respect each other's views, no matter how wrong yours might be." Just kidding! Hold onto your leg of lamb!

Actually, like I said, this is something every Christian must pray and work out with God on their own. It is very possible he calls some to pull their kids out and others to keep them in. The problem comes when we make our decisions (whichever way) without consulting Him. So I have no problemo with your psoition at all.

Well, what's for dinner, SPOT? It's getting kinda late in the day and I'm getting that sinkin' feelin'...


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37281: mdc- sure do remember the wooden rulers also the crooked handle sythes that the old timers called it the idiot stick because when it was 90 degrees outside and you were out there swinging it you had to be an idiot. GOOD LUCK ONTHE JOB INTERVIEW. me- they yep buckeye, that's me. buckeye

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37282:
Hello porch family. Storms here in SC. Several tornados in the area. Thank the Lord we didn't have any damage. A few power lines and trees down.

As for the school conversation...I kinda agree on the side of M-T. (Even though I understand where Boo is coming from) But my daughter graduated from public school and she never had to waiver in her faith. She wore Christian apparel and had scripture printed on her book covers. Everyone there knew where she stood (including teachers). She was very active in cheerleading. Their squad prayed before every event. This was all in public school. She is now in college, still cheering and still leading prayer before events. Now I know that every school will be different, but we have never regretted sending her to our local public schools. And again Boo, I know that there is a lot of garbage out there, but we felt she was grounded enough from our home life to make the difference. Also, sad to say, the two Christian schools in our area do not offer extra activities that she really desired.(which I feel is important) But that's only my opinion..for what it's worth.

I guess Spot is out there catching those big ones by now. Who's cooking? I'm not much of a cook but I'll be glad to help out.

Be back a little later...be blessed!

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37283: Evening to my porch friends. Hey Me-They good luck on your interview, keeping my fingers crossed things go well. Been a long day on my end of the porch. I think I am getting old.. seems like I am pretty wiped out at the end of the work day these days. Guess supper will be: Fried chicken, mashed potaotoes w/gracy. bicuits, green beans, corn on the cob and apple pie with ice cream for dessert. Dont' be late you guys. Guess I am pinch hitting for SPOT since he is off at
Myers Lake fishing. Enjoy the dinner. BiG Maude

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37284:
Just a quick one to say will be praying for all tonight!

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37285:
Boo- Remeber God decided that YOU were the best mom for Erin and sean! So hang in tyou are blessed!

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37286: Good evening, everyone! Wow! Lots of interesting talk while I was working my two shifts. I'm finished now, don't have to be back at work until next Tuesday night. Woohooo! About the school thing, since I no longer have children in school, I'm probably not entitled to an opinion, but of course, I have one anyway. (heehee) My position is somewhere in the middle, I guess. A good argument can be made for pulling Christian kids out of public school, as well as for leaving them there. I think the answer is for each family to pray and consult the Lord, and then do what they feel He is leading them to do. I don't think there's a blanket answer. God has a specific plan for each of us, as individuals or as families, and He will make the way plain if given the opportunity. Either way, parental diligence is a must, to be sure that the kids remain God-centered.

Mavis, I don't have a clue regarding your lilac question, don't know a thing about them. My best advice would be to run an internet search on lilacs. You're sure to find some good sites with lots of information regarding the growing and propagation of the lovely things.

I have one of those wooden, jointed rulers. They're very useful. I used mine just a few weeks ago, to measure the depth in various areas in the fish pond. You can just bend it at a right angle, extend it out over the pond and dip the vertical end in the water until the end touches bottom, and there you are! Try that with a roll-up tape! Mine was my husband's, he got it during our second year of marriage, as we were measuring to hang some windowshades.

It has been downright chilly around here the last couple of days, and my pansies have just perked right up, their little faces all fresh and cheery. I love it!

Well, the Plum wants some cuddle time - Mom has been working or sleeping since Monday. Have a great evening, all. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37287: Mavis, check out this site. Scroll down a bit and click on "Propogation". Some good information there.


Hope this helps! --Romeena

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37288: Eeek! Make that "propAgation". Sorry. Guess I'm sleepy. --Romeena

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37289:
Get some rest Romeena. I'm sure you need it.

Great supper Maude. Thanks for filling in for Spot.
Prayers for all

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37290: Thanks Ro yer a treashuh! Can I post a view about schools from a different side of the fence? I graduated from Christian school, Bethlehem Baptist Christian Academy in VA. While I DID have more help from teachers since there was a smaller student to teacher ratio, & I did learn alot about the scriptures, since it was a main class for us all to take, BUT, when I came to math, science, history, things like that, when I graduated & got out in the "real world" I found I was lacking some in those areas, and I was sorely lacking in social areas. Since the school & the church placed so much imphasis on Bible, & church, they didn't realize that students were going out into the world, needing to know more about math, (geometry was the highest level offered) science, (very little biology was offered) etc. Socially, I ended up making alot of bad decisions, because I didn't have the opportunity to socialize with "the outside world". Now I am not saying Christian schools are bad & public schools are good, I am just stating MY experience & some of my classmates have told me they did the same thing.
Ok, done with my $.05 worth. I'm off to do bookwork. Big Maude I actually found gas here in Bristol for $2.79 & thought I was getting a deal, how bad is that?

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37291:
Hey Folks,

Rev-With regard to public schools, we were planning on sending our kids to the local Baptist run school, however, when push came to shove we sent our kids to public school. We did so for the reason you stated, basically programs and activities.

We had a bit of snow yesterday but today was beautiful, ya know, yesterday was beautiful also.

God Bless,

April 26, 2006 - Msg 37292:
Mavis-You make a fantastic point. Many Christian groups seem to withdraw from all secular areas. I think we can be in "this world" without becoming "part of this world." Anyway, well said.


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37293: That's an interesting point of view, Mavis. I have never heard that before. Guess it depends on the school, though, like we have this Catholic school here locally that seems to turn out really high achievers. Guess it just depends. The fact is that kids that graduate from private schools or are homeschooled, percentage wise, score higher on SATS.

I think I had better get off this subject before I make someone mad at me! By the way, you are a good sport, Me-They.

Thanks for the comment about the kids, MDC, that was very nice.

Gotta go,


April 26, 2006 - Msg 37294: Daphne, I just looked up that website you listed and read the article. I have to say I agree with it. The book mentioned in the article, The Harsh Truth About Public Schools is one I have talked about here on the porch and I highly recommend it. I think Bruce Shortt does a great job of making us aware of the dangers of government schools and backs up his facts. I know taking kids out of public schools seems radical but I believe our times call for radical action when it comes to our children. I think there are many loving and concerned parents who just don't know the truth and Bruce Shortt is trying to get that urgent message to us.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37295: Hey .. I am so happy to be back up and running. My computer problems were just as bad as Barney's first car. I see now that the porch has become a political front. I plan on sending my son to a private school. Yes it will cost me and I will have to work harder but the comfort of knowing that he will get a good education with teachers who care and the discipline he needs to know how to survive in this crazy world and the stability of knowing that he doesnt have to worry about gangs or being pushed into something that he doesnt want to do by other students will be a plus. Also I if need be will be able to talk to other parents who have the same plans for their kids. I feel that if you want to be able to raise your child to be a success start before they hit the school doors and then they will remember what you said. My prayers to you Dixie Good to see MDC,Lucy,and Boo are still here. Much love to you and yours ... Gas here in Douglasville, Ga. is 2.98 and the lowest is 2.84 at the BP on Fairburn Road. I just keep putting in what I normally put in to fill it up when gas was 2.00 a gallon and dont drive as much. Trust me it makes a difference. If you stay the course and then cut down on driving you dont have to add more at the pump. Plan your trips and just stay here on the porch . Are we back in the 70's? anyway love you all glad to be back online. SHAZAM Look down, Look down, that lonesoommmme road. Before you travvvvvvvvvelll onnnnnn.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37296: Hey, Shazam. I'm glad you're back up and running. You always have good insights, and present them well. I'm not sure that I would describe us as being political right now, though perhaps we are. To me, it feels more like just a bunch of concerned parents and grandparents, airing their views about the bad boogers that are threatening their kids. Kind of like Andy warning Opie about going to the Remshaw house, or that old mine. I think there may be some public schools that are better than some private schools, and vice-versa. You just can't generalize, because there are so many variables. Sometimes, all it takes is one dedicated principal to set the standard and demand excellence of the faculty and the students, whether the school is public or private. I do agree, though, that the odds of the school being top-quality improve dramatically in the private sector. Your advice in the last line of your post above says it well. Look down the road, check it out, before you proceed.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37297: Thanks Romeena; I know that my son will be well taken care of if I can find a school with a good cirriculum that cares about their students. Are you surviving the gas crunch. I just keep on paying what I used to fill up my car and even though it's only half full now instead of full, I just go to less places. Gotta save you know? I got my son a kitten from a friends litter and now it wants to sleep in my room every night. I know it's alone and has no one to play with but I bought it a bed a little scratch pole and catnip toys. Now all I can do is ignore it until it stop's meowwwing and it goes to it's bed. I feel bad but it keeps scratching me everytime I hold it. Also im highly allergic. Tonight my son is with his mother so guess who has me up so late? So its off to my room and I will serenaded to sleep by Ollie the tabby cat. Any suggestions? Much love to you and yours.... SHAZAM....

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37298: Ole Mcbride, jumped in the fire, fire too hot, jumped in the pot, Pot too black, jumped in the crack, Crack too ....oh just skip it. I miss Earnest T.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37299: my wife loves your sight and would love to join the porch. Her name is Tiffany and she would like to see if anyone is using the name of barney's singing coach. someone let us know.
John Black

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37300: Directly from the script "Mountain Wedding", which was purchased from Hoke Howell (Dud Wash) himself, here are the exact words that Ernest T. Bass sang to Charlene.

CHARLENE: Okay, Ernest T....Serenade away.
ERNEST T.: Awright, listen.......
(He accompanies himself by slapping the large can.)

Old Aunt Maria, jump in the fi-ah,
Fire too hot, jump in the pot,
Pot to black, jump in the crack,
Crack to high, jump in the sky,
Sky to blue, jump in canoe,
Canoe too shallow, jump in the tallow,
Tallow too soft, jump in the loft,
Loft to rotten, jump in the cotton,
Cotton so white she stay there all night.

CHARLENE: That's good, Ernest T.
ERNEST T.: Wanna hear 'Eatin' Goober Peas'?

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37301: Hey John and Tiffany Black. Be glad to have you join in. Always room for TAGS fans here. I'm not aware of Elinora Poultice being used by anyone. In fact I could use some lessons. Got the tryouts coming up for the State Musi-cal and I wanna be ready. Last year John Masters had me singing in one of them super sensitive mikes, but this year I hope to not even use a microphone. He sent all the way to New York for this years arrangment.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37302: Hey Porchsters. I don't know if you have ever read the statement of Darrell Scott the father of Rachel Scott, a victin of Columbine H. S. Shootings. It was delivered to the House Judiciary Committee Sub-committee on 3/27/1999. I think it is very in tune with the consensus of opinion on this porch regarding the state of the country. This is the web address:http://www.rense.com/ufo6/statement.htm
Mayor , I make a motion that Darrell Scott be designated as an Honorary Mayberrian- will anyone second that motion?
Marty from Mountain Top

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37303: Morning Porch! Welcome John & Tiffany or should I say Elinora? I'm off to groom some puppy feet today, busy, busy, busy. Be back tonight.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37304: Hey Floyd is there still a chat room for the porch? Used to be called Sarah's I always had such a ball in there years ago!

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37305: Almost forgot, I found this great site I thought you all would like. I was looking stuff up for dogs, but it has things for humans too. Evidently, Apple Cider Vinegar is even better than VICK'S for what ails ya! Apple Cider Vinegar. Enjoy.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37306: Hi All.
Mavis- Yes you can used the poem on your websit.
No the fruit stripe did not have wrapper on thim. but thak you for thim .


i will be back.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37307: hello yall... welcome Elinora, it's good to be back on the site again. and to the mystery writer who tried to do the song earnest t. sang earlier. nice try. hello asa and how are thngs mavis. any tips on how to make a kitten feel at home can be sent to me and it would be most appreciated. off to pick up the wife and kid. oh yeah and feed the kitten. i have allergies to the cat that's why im writing small. i always write in lowercase when im feeling blue. much love to you and yours and meow..i mean shazam.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37308: Good morning everyone! Howdy ROMEENA, ASA, TOM and MAVIS, and anyone else lurking on the porch today. Welcome JOHN and TIFFANI (ELINORA?)I hope that your day improves, SHAZAM.

BOO: You're a good sport, too. I wouldn't worry too much about upsetting anyone with your point of view. You always present yourself kindly (even when you have strong opinions). Friends won't agree all the time. And, among friends, contrary opinions should be able to be aired at appropriate times, and in loving ways. You share because you care, and that always somes through in your posts.

I don't think of our talk as political, either, ROMEENA. To me, that gives the impression that our talk is meant to persuade, maybe even nastily. I believe that our talk here is respectful and consider it more just a discussion of different ideas among caring parents (and grandparents and neighbors). I know I'm not looking for any converts to my opinions.

MDC: Hope that your interview went well. Keep us informed; enquiring minds want to know!

MAVIS: The only thing I know about lilacs is they sure make the yard smell great this time of year.

Well, time to make the doughnuts...


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37309: Good Morning to you all. I started work earlier today than usual so I missed breakfast. Welcome to Elinora maybe you can teach us a song to two.
Lunch will be tomato soup, grilled cheese and oatmeal cookies and supper will be at my place: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and lemon cake for dessert. Gosh, I will be glad when SPOT comes home, all this cooking is wearing me out! :) Gas is 2.82 today. It is not raining today but is cooler than usual. Have a good day and see you later. Big Maude

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37310:
Morning Porch

Romeena-That was an excellent summation of the "private/public" school discussion.

I reread my earlier post on the school topic and realized I might have sounded a bit harsh with regard to Christian run schools. Nothing could be further from the truth. I guess my feelings are that neither Christian nor public schools have a magic pill for educating kids. I agree with BOO that private schools have a much better track record with scores and grades but I think a lot of survey's have shown that most grades in either type of school improve or decline relevant to the child's home life.

John and Tiffany Black-Welcome, you passed the very stringent initiation with flying colors.

Marty-I'm off to read the Scott statement now.

$3.09 unleaded $3.19 super and $3.29 premium

God Bless Tony Snow,

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37311: Hey BIG MAUDE and AUH2O. I hope I didn't rock on your toes.

Ditto my comments to BOO for you, too, AUH2O. One thing we all must remember is that we, as parents, are primarily responsible for our children's education, not the school--whether secular, private or parochial. Schools are there to help us achieve that goal, not take over our responsibility.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37312: Good morning you wonderful porchsters--old and new!

Daph here...

you ALL have terrific insight on the public vs. private vs. home schools. all in all, i agree it comes down to prayer, trust and faith in God. where i live, here in dallas, the public schools really stink! all the upper class neighborhoods send their rugrats to prive schools in the area. so for me personally, i would feel much better if my daughter Jade (she's 12), was homeschooled, private-schooled, or we just move to another city. we are thinking of moving down the road a little ways to southlake, just so we can feel a LITTLE better about her attending the public schools there--rated one of the best ISD's in the state. so yes, one needs to consider all the variables, look down the lonesommmmmme road and consider it all, and just PRAY about it. God will lead, we just need to trust Him.

all you people ROCK by the way!!! :-)

talk to you all soon! we're flying to NC early in the morning and come back monday. OH, bad news for me--i will miss the Dillards after all. i will be on an airplane while they are playing their last gig and i'm so bummed about that. "Charlene" is going to be with them too! :-(

later gators!

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37313: How about Subway for lunch? I'll drive. First one who calls it gets shotgun in the front seat. The rest of you ride in the back. And no holding your head out the window like a dog!


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37314: SHOTGUN! ! !


Thank you muchas! :-D