May 31, 2006 - Msg 38528: Strange....guys, I have to ask for your prayers, please. I am just having a real tough evening. It may be from the therapy and just some old things coming to the surface for me to deal with but I am feeling really anxious and its tough to fight it. Just kind of fearful or something. Thanks, friends.


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38529: Boo...we're here for you if there's anything you need....I'm praying for you.

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38530: Hey Folks,

Sorry I was late but I was at church tonight and just got home. I cleaned up and things are a-okay in Mayberry.


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38531: Thanks, Floyd!

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38532: Hello? Anybody out here on the porch? I hope y'all weren't skeered off.......

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38533: Hi, Millie. I just dropped in, glad to see that the porch has been de-littered. Thanks, Floyd. What on earth possesses some people? Anyway, it's good to see you, Millie. I hope you're feeling well.

Boo, hang in there. I don't know what's wrong, and I'm not asking, but you know we all care about you. And remember, when prayer is all you've got, it's always enough.

I went to Olive Garden with a buddy for dinner, brought over half of it home - will make a dandy lunch tomorrow. Then we came back here and watched some Season Six eps - great!

Well, nitey-nite, termites. See you tomorrow. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38534: Thanks Floyd. You must have had to use a super sweeper today. Good job.

Boo, You have my prayers dear. Not sure whats bothering you, but lean on the Lord and He will see you through it. ((((Boo))))

Howdy Millie.


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38535: Thanks Floyd.

I'm here Millie. I will just share with you that I have a had a real battle with self-condemnation for years now. I have come a long way but now and then it rears its head. We talked about it in therapy today and I guess I realized that I still have some real anxieties in that area. I know I'll be ok. I have been through plenty of these kinds of battles and always come out on the other side having learned something. Millie, I hope you are doing well today. You sound like you are and I think you sound like a very strong person. I'm glad you came to the porch to share your life with us. Thanks for your prayers for me. They mean so much and I am already feeling more peaceful.


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38536: Whoops, rocked on yer toes Ro. Sorry


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38537: Hi Ro and ASA, we were posting at the same time. I just can't tell you how much your kind words sooth my soul. Thank you so much, and you are right RO, prayer is enough. Think I'll try it! haha

Goodnight my friends,

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38538: Boo, you are really something. Thanks for what you said.....My life is a testament to the idea that with God, all things are possible. I've had more than my share of blessings and miracles. I certainly count you all as blessings. Prayers for your strength, resolve and peace.
Hey, Asa, Romeena, et al.....I'm feeling SO good tonite! Y'all are birds in this world!

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38539: Thanks Millie! I haven't known you long but I already love ya (as do all of us here on the porch, I'm sure)

I came across a really neat website of bible verses of comfort that I want to share with you: (I am really enjoying it).


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38540: "Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?" hahaha

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38541: Thanks so much Floyd...yer a cool dude!!...who has the ship for sale?...Im in the market for buying a fillin station!hey Boo and Millie and Lucy and Asa and TOM and all...hey Me-They...well got to get to at 2 tomorrow for 16 then the same friday but the LAKE sat! and fun...well breakfast in the morning will be simple:scrambled eggs and hashbrowns and toast and sausage pattys...milk and coffee!...God Bless All...SPOT

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38542: uh-oh....not again....

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38543: Sorry, spot, rocked on ya......good to see ya!

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38544: Hey, Boo, I love that site you's now on my 'favorites'! Thanks!

May 31, 2006 - Msg 38545: Great, it is really cool, isn't it?

Hope Spot sleeps well. It is raining here and I can hear thunder in the distance (great weather for sleeping). I am just feeling so much better now. I think I will be able to sleep just fine.

Hope you can sleep, Millie. Prayers for everyone,


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38546: I LOVE THIS PLACE!


May 31, 2006 - Msg 38547: Me too.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38548: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDY!

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38549: Good morning everyone! Wow, FLOYD really cleaned up the porch spic and span. That FLOYD is a good egg even if he can't cut sideburns even. Sounds like y'all did a big group hug last night. I'm with BOO and MILLIE; I love this place, too.

Just for the heck of it, let's take a poll. What is your favorite current television show, and your all-time favorite tv show? Since of course TAGS will top everyone's list for the last question, let's eliminate that as a choice.

Prayers for all that needs them.


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38550: Hi all,
Just thought I'd pop in to let you know that I am still alive, even after receiving my gas bill. It actually wasn't as high as I feared it might be. It wasn't as low as I hoped but it wasn't in the thousands so I am at least glad about that. It came to around $685. Blecch!
The funny thing is that it said it is due by June 10th. Isn't that nice?! They haven't sent me a bill for a year but then they expect me to pay the whole amount in two weeks?! I'm kidding; there was a thing on the back about arranging payments if need be, but June 10th is still early for a due date when so much time has passed.

Boo, I'm glad you are feeling better. Don't be too hard on yourself, ya hear?! :)

Me-They, I don't know if I even have a favorite current tv show. Probably the closest I could get to that would be Survivor, since we watch every season of it. All time favorite show, after TAGS of course;), would be Mama's Family.

We have another person coming to look at the house today, so wish me luck that they like it enough to buy it.

-Sterling Holobyte

p.s. Happy Birthday Andy!

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38551: I won't wish you luck, STERLING, but I will say a prayer!


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38552: That works, Me-They. Thanks!
-Sterling Holobyte

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38553: Hmmmm. My favorite current TV show? That's tough, because there re so few choices. Just not much on TV these days that's worth watching. I guess it might be "Animal Precinct", the one about the New York ASPCA police officers. That gutsy little blonde, Annemarie Lucas, is a hoot. About 100 pounds soaking wet, and she takes out the bad guys like she was a big gorilla. Somebody abuses an animal, and she doesn't quit until she's got 'em cuffed and booked. I love it.

Favorite old show? Lots of those. "I Love Lucy", of course. "The Munsters", "The Addams Family", The Beverly Hillbillies", "Gilligan's Island", "Dobie Gillis", and a real favorite "Leave it to Beaver". I loved Ward Cleaver's solid good sense in his handling of the two boys, and watching June clean house in her pearls and high heels was just too funny.

Well, I see my handyman friend in the back yard - he came to put in an electric outlet, so guess I'd better go. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38554: Hey gang..its off to work for me...will holler with supper menu in just a bit....prayers Boo and all...SPOT

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38555:
Hey Folks

Stopped by to say a quick "hey."

Favorite new show "First 48" on A&E
Favorite old show "Dick Van Dyke" or "Barney Miller"

see you all later,

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38556:
Hey Spot

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38557: Did someone say "handyman"?...

Great to see you, Sterling. Thanks for the encouragement. I am very relieved that your bill is 685.00. I was afraid it might be more, even though it is alot to come up with in a hurry. May the Lord provide.

I am going to have a hard time coming up with a current TV favorite. I guess it would either be Super Nanny or Dr Phil, although I used to like Dr Phil alot better when he first started his show. It is starting to become more "sensational". My favorite old TV program would have to be the mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. I also loved the "A.D." series that came out in the 80's about early church history. Anyone remember that one?

Better go, taking the kids to a friend's house for awhile.

Again, thanks for your prayers for my parents. Mom is certainly getting better each day and so is Dad. He actually came to me today and told me he loved me and appreciated all I do for him and that he didn't know what he would do without me. How sweet that was coming from him.


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38558: I forgot to mention my own favorites...

My favorite current was "West Wing," but since that just got canceled I have to say it's a tie between "Trading Spaces" and "Big World, Little People" on TLC. My favorite all-time comedy is "I Love Lucy" (after TAGS) and drama is "The Rockford Files."


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38559: As for my favorite shows, they are too numerous to mention. That's because I have some great cable television channels that provide quality programming.

On the History Channel, I watch documentaries about historical events from ancient times up through the present.

On the DIY (Do-it-yourself) Channel, I learn how to make my own repairs, as well as remodel and rehabilitate my real estate properties.

On the Animal Planet Channel, I watch documentaries about all kinds of mammals, animals, insects, reptiles, etc. They also show real animal cops answering animal cruelty complaints and conduct investigations to identify and prosecute the guilty. I also watch home-made videos of animals doing funny and strange things.

On the Discovery channel, I learn about expeditions and discoveries on land, inside the earth, on water, under water, and up in space. This channel also offers some great science and medical programming as well.

On the Military Channel, here I learn all about military history throughout the world. It provides me with the best way to learn about the horrors of war without having to experience it.
On Court TV, I learn about real life criminals commit crimes. I also learn how law enforcement conducts scientific criminal investigations to imprison the guilty and free the innocent.

When I have the time, I also watch TVLand to view reruns of some of the sitcoms I grew up with.

To Boo, it seems that you have regained your composure. I'm glad others were here to provide you with support and advice.
Doesn't your therapy staff offer contact information for such occasions ... either with staff or other patients?
Regarding that tender moment with your father expressing his love for you, don't that make all the hardships worthwhile?

from Poor Horatio

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38560: And now for some important advice for our poet TOM.

With all of the deeply religious messages you have posted in the past, I envied your faith and ability to turn to God when dealing with the difficulties of life. Please keep up with your strength. Don't let the actions of a few people spoil your relationships with the great folks here. In the past, you have been a good example to us all. Please maintain your courage and stay with the people here who have proven by their comments that they really care about you even when they have their own troubles to deal with. Thank you TOM.

from Poor Horatio

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38561: Well said, PH. --Romeena

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38562: I love "Cash in the Attic" on BBC and "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS. After TAGS, I prefer "Beaver."

Tom - I am not sure why you are so down and out - people can be mean and cruel without realizing it. . .unfortunately, that is our human ignorance showing. We truly wouldn't have a porch without our poems from you. Please take care -


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38563: Gang been SO busy here at work testing and all things...supper will be fried pork chops,cream potatoes with milk gravy,fresh greenbeans,green onions,fried okra and bisquits and slaw...ready at 6:30 pm est...will someone hake some sweet tea?...hey hm,horatio,Ro,..does anyone watch the Alaska crab fishing?...its so dangerous...well see ya at back to testing substations....SPOT

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38564: I hope that you all have a great evening! Mine's bound to be hot--it's about 90 here and no a/c at home. Almost makes me hate to leave work...almost...

Remember prayer time tonight at 8:55 p.m. EST.


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38565: Evenin' Porch!
Its so nice to see y'alls smiling faces. Boo, I'll be praying that yours will continue to smile. I had the most wonderful visit with my family in Ky. I wanted to say "hey" to everyone, but will come back either tonight or in the mornin'. Oh, my favorite new tv show is Gilmore Girls and old is TAGS and a toss up b/w Cosby Show and Leave it to Beaver. Y'all have a good evening!
Blessings to you and yours,

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38566: Leave it to beaver...good one Lucy....SPOT

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38567: Boo- Candida, or yeast, can cause the brain to feel "foggy". There is some controversial material written on whether or not it can actually interfere neurologically. I can tell you that your digestion is a neurological path and if it is clogged by anything it can affect your brain. There are many children with broad spectrum disorders such as tourettes, autism, and sensory that are on anti-fungal medications. They did not help Bryson with his sensory integration, although his is extremely mild, but it wouldn't hurt anything to try. There is a stool test to determine whether or not Sean has a yeast problem through Great Plains Laboratories or Metametrix Laboratories. The most common supplement is a probiotic to cure. You can get probiotics through yogurt (try to do only Stonyfield), but Candex is the best for yeast only. For a prescription there is diflucan, but I would try not to go that route if at all possible. First, take the test to see if Sean needs anything and if so try Candex.
Well, I have to do some things from the trip.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38568: Hey Spot! ~Lucy

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38569: Me-They- You're poor wife! Make sure she's hydrated and has ice packs available for her feet and ankles! Oh, to be 8 months pregnant with no air and 90 degrees. Bless her heart, and yours too of course :-)

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38570:

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38571: Whoa, I just read this news story about the case of mistaken identity...has anyone else seen this? It seems that two young ladies were in an auto accident, and one died, one was critically injured. The accident was very bad....they told the girl's parents....and after five weeks they found out they had the girls' identities switched-the parents of the girl who is dead have been going to the hospital everyday, and it's not their kid...she died. The other parents, who thought they had buried their daughter 5 weeks ago now find she is alive. Really an amazing story. I can't imagine! Prayers for them. If y'all want to read the story, it's on USA Today.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38572: Hey Y'all. Millie,I read that same story.Did you see the pictures of the girls? Both were lovely blonde haired girls .If so,you can understand how the mistake was made. They looked a lot alike,plus with facial swelling,broken bones,etc.,I guess the parents had no reason to believe it wasn't their daughter-especially since she'd been "positively identified." That is a story with a myriad of emotions,for sure.
I see we are naming old and new favorite tv shows-hmm,let me see. For old shows I am a big "Leave It To Beaver" fan. I also like Match Game and Password. As far as new shows I love watching "It's a Miracle" which is on the Pax channel nightly at 10pm. (also called the Independent Network). It chronicles real life miracles-anybody else watch it? Richard "John Boy" Thomas is the host. If you believe in angels or miracles you will love this show!
Let me get in on the birthday wishes- HAPPY 80th to our beloved Mr. Andy Griffith!
Well,gotta scoot-y'all have a great evening!
possum under a rock

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38573:
Wow, I think Floyd got my post about Roger Courtney! Oh well, that's life.
Boo, prayers for you for sure! All have a good evening

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38574: Sorry about that MDC. I had a BUNCH of cleaning to do and I may have cleaned a little too much.


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38575: Millie, my sister told me about that story today. How sad! Something very similar happened to some good friend years ago. They had a daughter who was a highschool senior just getting ready to graduate. She went out one evening with 3 friends and they were hit by a drunk driver on the way home. The police came to my friend Ann's door (her husband was out of town) to tell her that her daughter was in an accident and was at the local hospital in critical condition. When she got to the hospital and was escorted into the ICU, it wasn't her daughter and she knew that 3 of the 4 girls in the accident were killed. They took her immediately to the morgue instead to identify her daughter's body. How horrible is that? The poor woman. She is very strong, though and has done as well as anyone can in those circumstances. She and her husband visited not long ago and she was (and always was) the picture of grace.

Poor Horatio, you are right, Dad's words made it all worth while. Regarding the couseling, my therapist always tells me to call him anytime but I just didn't want to bother him, I guess, so I tried to work it out myself. Probably should have just called, right. I think when I know him better I will feel more comfortable calling.

Lucy, thanks for the prayers and the advice concerning Sean. I will certainly pursue that. I have never heard of Candex but am assuming it is something I can get over the counter if we need it. I really appreciate the information and I think that what he eats sometimes affects his symptoms so maybe that will help.

I really feel for you, Me-They. It's hot here but we have air conditioning. We have had alot of rain for about 3 days, though so it is pretty cool for June. Why don't you try what MDC's grandmother did and wrap yourselves in wet sheets and sleep on the porch? haha Wasn't it your grandmother, MDC?


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38576:
Boo- That was us! Me and my brother in the 50's early 60's ! Our form of swamp cooling to go to sleep by on the cool grass!
Hope you and yours are feeling better today. Prayers continue!
That's OK Floyd! I understand, but the guys at the Esquire Club masy geya with a golf club! haha
Ya all hang in there!

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38577: THat's MAY GET YA mdc

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38578: Was that igpA atinlA you were speaking, MDC? -- Floyd

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38579: Well, I've had these two little wild men since about 1 pm, and am I ever glad it's bed time. They're sweet, normal, wild, rowdy little boys, ages 2 1/2 and 5. It is simply impossible for them to be still. The older one is a "cleaner" and every throw in the house has been folded into a little wad and placed on the back of a chair. The throw pillows are neatly stacked, all knicknacks are lined up in tight formation along the backs of the tables. Toys are scattered everywhere, but MY stuff is neatly arranged! His daddy was the same way at that age, and to this day he can clean house better than most women, and is willing to do so. His wife says that's why she married him! Anyway, it's the boys' bedtime, and I'm glad! Tomorrow is another day.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38580: To bad season 7 is so far away!

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38581: Hey Floyd since you are in the cleaning mood so much that you are doing "too" much, you are more than welcome to come clean my house. teehee

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38582: If you don't want to come clean Floyd maybe Ro can ship her family to Virginia.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38583: If you all don't know about it yet, you have to check out The Norman Rockwell Code at and click on "Showtimes" and watch the movie. If you love Barney, you gotta love this!
Sweetly Disposed

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38584: cute.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38585: Hey!
When I was in Ky, my Mother and I went to a Hallmark store in a little town. They had these new tin signs with Mayberry characters. I wonder if Weaver's carries those.
Boo- Candex is a supplement that you'll have to get from a D.C. or N.D. Hubby's office carries it if you're interested. Email me at if you are. Diet plays a huge role with Bryson for sure. Keep his meals balanced with protein, grains, and carbs with every meal and snack. Good luck! Remember though, if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Romeena- Sounds exhaustingly fun!
MDC- How's the job going?
Floyd- After Mavis' hit my house too!
Possum- I too like the old game shows. My parents have the game show network. Its entertaining.
Homemaker- Is Science Hill the city or in Shelbyville, Ky? My parents live in Louisville, but my Dad was from Taylorsville, near Shelbyville.
I'm going to read my Southern Living and then try to get some sleep. See y'all in the mornin'!
~Lucy Matthews
Now I lay me down to sleep...

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38586: Hey Lucy,millie,Ro,mavis,possum,hm,me-they,boo,horaito,floyd and all the friends of this porch!..watching Orange county movie...has Tom Hanks son and Sissy Spaceks daughter in it...good one...well lets have a bowl of apple jacks and mayfield whole milk....SPOT

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38587: Sounds good, Spot, thanks.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38588: Apple Jacks and whole milk! Is it Christmas??!

Thanks for the info, Lucy. I am waiting for the book I ordered on Amazon about the yeast and when I read through it I will be making some decisions about what to do. Thanks again!

Hey, today I came across an old Betty Davis movie on AMC called, June Bride and guess who was in it? Thelma Lou! She must have been in her teens and you'll never believe what her name was in the movie...It was Boo. She was the cutest thing.

I had better go to bed. Sean's school is having a booth in the local festival this weekend as a fund-raiser and tomorrow at 9 I am scheduled to start making Shrimp Kabobs! Yuck! I did it last year and got shrimp juice all over me. Oh well, its for a good cause.

Mayberry Dreams:

Mayberry dreams to all of you,
Dreams of hearth and home,
Of living in the greatest place the world has ever known.

A place where friends are good and kind,
and charity shines bright.
A nicer place you'll never find,
Sweet dreams, my friends....goodnight!


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38589: aw, shucks, Boo, that was purty...thanks.

June 01, 2006 - Msg 38590: You're welcome, Millie. Did "that 'un make ya cry"?


June 01, 2006 - Msg 38591: Indeed it did. You beat everything, you know that?

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38592: To #38583 above - I think your name is about the cutest one yet. "Sweetly Disposed". Now that's original, and nice, real nice. I believe Gomer used that term to describe a pet dog his family had when he was a boy.

I haven't checked out the website you mentioned as yet, but I will. I've been on the computer ever since I put the grandsons to bed (whew!), but I was working. I'm being paid to proofread and critique a bank of test questions for a local nursing school. I have a friend who is an instructor there, and she got me involved. It's fun, actually, and I'm being paid well, so it's a win-win thing. I wouldn't mind doing more of this, but don't know if there will be any other opportunities.

Well, my back hurts, my backside is numb, I'm tired of this chair and I think I'll hit the ironing board. Sugarplum and the boys are sawing toothpicks in there, guess I'll join them. If awake, the Plum would say 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38593: Get up porch!!...breakfast will be at Cracker Barrell on ME...Asa you set at the head of the table with Romeena and Mavis...Lucy you on the other end Millie you next to are we set?..ok, Millie you and Lucy swap I want her next to the window!...prayers to all..going home at 6 back at 2 for 16 more then off the weekend!...SPOT

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38594: Good morning, everyone. Spot, can I bring my grandsons? They don't eat a lot.
You're only going to be off from 6 until 2, then another 16 hours at work? I don't know how you do that. First of all 12-hr shifts are quite enough, I just can't do 16s anymore. I used to, but no more, and I need to be able to get 6-8 hours of sleep between two 12s. Unless you have no driving time at all, you're not getting more than four hours. That's hard on your ol' bod, friend.

Well, my ultra-violet filter came in yesterday afternoon, will be getting it installed this morning. Everyone at the store tells me I'll be amazed at how quickly and completely the water will clear up. We'll see. It had better, because it sure is a mess right now. Can't see the fish at all, I'm just hoping they're still in there! Old Sam would be appalled!

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38595: Hey, Romeena.
Thanks for the kind remarks about the "nick". That's where I got the idea, all right. Gomer described his dog as being .... "Dumb ....... Sweetly Disposed, but dumb." Since I'm not skippin' any Mensa meetings to watch Mayberry reruns, I'd at least better try to be nice!

While I'm here, I want to get another plug in for the film at ! After watching it, I may change my name to "Langford"!
Sweetly Disposed

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38596: Ha, that's funny Sweetly Disposed! You may not be attending any Mensa meetings but you are obviously very clever.

Ro, I don't know how you do the night shifts. I did that for 10 years when I was young but the other night when I stayed up all night helping mom at the hospital it nearly killed me! I am really starting to feel my age. It took me about 3 days to recover from one night of lost sleep (talk about body aches!). Hope your ultraviolet filter works.. Grading those tests does sound like it might be fun. Hope they continue to use you and the extra money must be nice.

I'm just waiting for my sister to arrive to take care of mom and the kids while I go make those shrimp kabobs. Can hardly wait (sarcastically). Better call and see what's keeping her, she should be here by now. Have a great morning,


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38597: Ah, Shucks! You can call me "Sweetly.."
Sweetly Disposed

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38598:
::Knock knock::
Is everyone on vacation?

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38599: Hey, Boo. Actually, I'm not grading tests, I'm proofing the questions and answers before they're used. They call it a "test bank" and instructors go there to pull out questions for tests they're giving. There are several hundred questions, and an instructor may be only using ten or twenty, or whatever the occasion calls for. I'm just making sure there aren't any typos or grammatical errors, also reading for content to be sure it makes sense, no confusing questions or, in the multiple choice answers, no too-obviously wrong answers that would make the choices too easy. Also watching for what I call "what ifs". You'll remember those. It's the questions that someone with a little medical background, like an EMT, could dispute with a "what if" situation, an exception to the rationale. Yes, it has been fun, and I hope I'll get to do more of it.

I've about decided I need to bite the bullet and go get a bigger pond pump. The one I have is on the bottom of the capacity requirement specs, and it has more of a load than usual, as I use a pre-filter, as well as an in-ground biological filter, and it has to push water up through the boulder to make the fountain. Since the ultraviolet's effectiveness is in direct proportion to the volume of water that passes through it, I think a bigger pump would boost the effectiveness considerably. Gonna call the Water Garden people and get their input. (They sell pumps. Wonder what they'll tell me? teehee)

Grandson almost fell in the pond earlier, I doubt we'll get through the weekend without at least one of those occurrences. At least it's not over his head, but I'll bet he'll dislodge a lot of water lilies by the time I get to him! Oh, my lotus has a bud on it! I can hardly wait for it to open. It's a dusty rose, or is supposed to be. Should be beautiful.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38600: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll are having a good day...and gearing up for a good weekend!

Ro...don't bite the might hurt your teeth! :-)

Hey to the new folks, and howdy to all the family. Floyd...what would we do without you? You're just finer 'n Frog hair...I'm telling ya!

Ya'll be good...enjoy this day!


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38601: HI Lucy - Science Hill is near Somerset, KY (Lake Cumberland area). We make the trek a few times a year to visit relatives, etc. I am only about two hours northeast of Louisville and an hour west of Cincinnati.

WEll - need to get busy, the rain we had last nite has put me behind on my goat work.
We are getting 8 little critters ready for the county fair and a couple of open shows. Busy, Busy, Busy!

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38602: Here Ro, bite one of my bullets. I just polished them.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38603: Asa- You make me laugh!
Boo- Have fun with the shrimp!
Homemaker- My sister lives in Charlestown, IN.
Hey Goober!
Sweetly Disposed- Nice to meet you. Glad you could pull up a rocker. I'm on the Georgia end of the porch, along with Spot.
Deb- I'm in and out today. My grandmother gave me a ton of pfaltzgraff and I'm washing and trying to make room. I needed some more everyday dishes and she gave me a set of 8 w/items I've never heard of, nor need. I'm grateful though.
Update: Bryson's doing well with spending the weekend with hubby, not playing with Lucas, and being out of school. We're going to add Lucas next week to see if he's the culprit. We're still waiting to see if stepchildren are coming out. SD still doesn't want to b/c she's supposedly scared of us. My Mom said with all of the lies she's told she should be scared. Hubby and I both told her that everythings fine, so we'll see what happens.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38604: Saure Romeena bring the boys!..and the 16 hrs from 6 am to 10 pm are not as easy as the 2 pm to 6 am...most of the time quite at night..only 2 of us at the whole complex except securty roaming around, and after 5 pm everyone goes home..but now a busy 6 am to 10 pm can drain a dog...we choose to work the 16 we dont have to, it just gives us more time off each week in one whack!..hey hm,lucy,Goober!deb,dix,mdc,md and all ..lunch will be at Lucys..bring a dish [no not a lady friend]...I will supply the chilled pealed shrimp!...SPOT

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38605: gong away never to come back

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38606: Hey guys!

I'm busier then a one-legged man at a three legged race. Shoo! If i can just make it to next Saturday it will be time for some R&R finally!

How's the porch? I feel disconnected being so busy and all.

Prayers for those who need them and XOXO to everyone ;)

Mmmmmmm shrimp sounds good Spot!


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38607: Hey to Sweetly Diposed. Nice to meet you. And Deb have we met? My mind is off some place elst and I can't remember.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38608: To #38605: TOM, I'm pretty sure that's you, saying you're going away and never coming back. You've been talking about that for some time now, and I guess I've come to the conclusion that if that's what you want to do, then you'll just have to do it, and there's nothing I or anyone else can do about it. We have told you over and over that we consider you our friend, we enjoy your posts and the poems, and we don't want you to go. However, you're an adult and you can make your own decisions, so go if you feel you must. Just know that we - your porch friends - will miss you greatly. We wish you the very best, and hope that you'll be able to find a measure of happiness in your life. What was that old saying - Will Rogers, I think it was - "Most folks are just about as happy as they decide to be." We all have burdens to bear, life usually isn't very fair, and it gets tough sometimes. I know your life hasn't been easy. I'm sorry for that, but I can't change it for you. All I can do is be your long-distance friend - that's all any of us porchsters can do, and we've tried. If that's not enough, then I'm truly sorry, and like I said before, we will surely miss you. Take care of yourself, and if you ever feel like you miss us a little bit, well, just come on back to the porch. We'll keep your rocker dusted off.
Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38609: TOM, is that you? If it is, please stop talking like that. You must know by now that you are wanted here among friends. You continue to be in my prayers.

BOO and LUCY: Oh, don't feel too badly for me in the heat. Don't get me wrong, it can get mighty miserable, but when you consider the hardships that so many people on this earth like with every day it doesn't even register on the scale. Still, its been on our wish list to add central air to our home for several years. We have forced hot air heat, so have some ductwork, but not enough. Since we live in a small, old house (about 120 years old), it will be a little dicey fitting more ductwork. But the Mrs. (who's very preggers and can't take the heat anyway) has hinted that I will be the only one suffering through the heat like this again next year (of course she was joking, ah, weren't you? Honey? Hon--ey!).

ROMEENA: That "side" job sounds neat. The Mrs. has helped out an attorney friend of ours a couple of times. She consulted on the medical records. She really enjoyed it and once the kids are all in school is thinking about going into legal nursing consultation. She's very detail oriented and would be great at it.

Your garndson sounds like a boy after my own heart. Cleaning is my thing. Of course, in my case it's less a preference than a compulsion. When I was a kid I would often clean my friend's bedrooms. It would just kill me to be over their house playing in a messy room. Didn't make me more popular with my friends, but it sure did with their mom's.

A big howdy to SWEETLY DISPOSED! Welcome!

HOMEMAKER: A brother and his wife recently sold their house in the Maryland 'burbs and moved to boondocks of West Virginia for a quieter, simpler (cheaper) life. Last week they purchased several goats, which they intend on milkinng in the future. They seem to be "up" on the care and upkeep, so to speak, but you can't convince me that cow's milk and goat's milk taste the same. What's your expert opinion? (FYI, they won't be using billy goats but instead will be inseminating artificially, I think).

LUCY: Glad Bryson is doing okay. Prayers continue for your family. If only it all woked out like on "Leave it to Beaver," huh?

SPOT: You're too old for whole milk! I know that your trim enough, but you need to cut that butterfat. At least try 2%--you've cut the bad stuff but it doesn't taste much different than whole. Personally, I can't go any lower than 1%.

Hey, DEB; ya snuck right in there and back on out again, huh?

FLOYD: Three cheers for all your work on the porch (and at Miss Crump's, too)! You're no Goldbrick Wheeler!

Well, back to the grind. I'll check back in later.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38610: Sorry, DIXIE and ROMEENA; didn't see y'all there! I was too busy shotin' off my mouth (or my finger).


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38611: Reading past posts.... looks like we had an interloper huh? The nerve! For shame!

Dixie B

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38612: Sorry to everyone for all the typos in my last two posts. I usually post when I'm "breaking" at work so time is limited and I don't proof them as much as I should. Guess I should do less yacking and more checking in the future!


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38613: Ha! Shooting off your finger! Pretty good :)

I ditto Ro. Tom You do what you have to but you are always welcome here. After all this is the Friendly Town of Mayberry :):)


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38614: "Mayberry? We thought this was Elm City!"


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38615: Lol,M-T! Well, I am officially the owner of my own's all official-like. I'd like to invite everyone for a celebration dinner to toast my new endeavor. Anything you want off the menu, plus some of my specialties to share. Y'all come!


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38617: Wow! Congratulations, MILLIE! Will you deliver? I'm in mid-Maryland and getting mighty hungry. BY the way, what are some of the items on your menu? No fortune cookies, I hope.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38618: no fortune cookies, but I'm serving my famous Kentucky Derby pie and my peanut butter pie. The specials tonight are 3 kinds of fresh fish, porterhouse pork chop and prime rib.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38619: Oh, and my new favorite soup, Kinnakeet clam chowder.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38620: and coconut shrimp!

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38621: Glad to hear that you are sticking around, TOM. Must have been someone else checking out.

Does your restaurant have a website, MILLIE? Oh, and I'll take an order of prime rib and a piece of opie for dessert to go. Hurry up; I like it hot!


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38622: I'm not trying to make a Horatio (you know, half a boy) out of Opie; I meant "pie."


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38623: Yes, M-t, we do. I'll send your order over. Which pie?

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38624: M-T - can't tell you much about milk goats, I raise meat goats which their milk is only used for their babies. I do know that some children with allergies use goat milk instead of cow's milk and that it helps them all the way around. AI (artificial insemination) can be expensive. Most people who do not want a buck of their own will take the goats to someone who can breed them. We have several around us who come to use our buck for breeding services. Hope that answers some of your questions.

Millie - do you have homemade chocolate pie? I dearly would love a piece.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38625: Yes, hm. Actually it's chocolate pecan, or we have chocolate cake.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38626: Hey to TOM and all you porch sitters. We've been getting some much needed rain in the northeast part of the porch-good ole Pennsylvania that is. Cooled it down from 90 to 70 degrees. How's the weather on your part of the porch TOM?
Marty from Mountain Top

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38627: Hm can I have a piece of pie?..hey Marty!gona have storms moving in tonight here in here all night at work...then great for the weekend...gona get the pontoon out from the marina and take her for a spin tomorrow when I get up some late tomorrow..high 80"s here...well the lunch was great...hey Millie and Lucy, Asa you done good at lunch [shrimp hanging out-cha pockets}!..well lets grill out...whole split chickens with the Rev"s bbq sauce...tater salad,baked beans with bacon and rolls,tea...lets fly kites after supper.....Millie will you say the blessing?...SPOT

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38628: HM: My brother tells me that they are not getting a male goat because, among other things, having one around effects the taste and smell of the milk. I think he said that the AI was about the same when you figure on care and feeding the male 24/7/365.

MILLIE: What is the web address?

Hey, MARTY! How's the view from your mountaintop? All that rain just missed us last night.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38629: Congrats Millie!..posted before I read!..good deal...we will have plenty to eat tonight...Save me a piime rib!!...i will blow up the baloons!..SPOT

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38630: Congratulations, Millie, you did it! The specials sound great. I absolutely love chocolate-pecan pie.

That was quite a funny type-o, Me-They...a peice of opie. hahaha

Homemaker, do you get payed much to loan out a goat for breeding purposes? I think I may want some goats someday but I don't like the way the bucks smell. I have a sensitive nose when it comes to goats; I can smell on a mile away! Goats like me though. If I go anywhere there are goats, they find me and follow me...hope they don't think I smell like one of them...

Glad you aren't leaving, TOM.

Marty, it has been raining here off and on for days and we are under flash flood watch right now. We sure needed it.

Me-They, get air-conditioning for that dear wife of yours! She works hard and is pregnant and deserves it. There, I said it and I ain't takin' it back.

Sweetly Disposed, I'm sorry to be so personal, but is you a boy or is you a girl??


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38631: Well, Tom, I'm very glad to know that wasn't you who said they weren't coming back. I was scared it was, because you've been feeling so bad lately. Glad you're going to stay with us. We would miss you terribly!

I don't think I've ever had goat's milk, but that's not surprising, because I don't even drink cow's milk. Just don't care for milk. I absolutely love goat cheese, though. Plain or seasoned, you just spread it on a cracker and it's goooood! You can mince up a little fresh basil and some sun-dried tomatoes and stir into some goat cheese - whoooeee! Or a bit of fresh dill, a little garlic and/or seasoned salt - delish! For those of us who don't have a goat, I've found Sam's is the best place to buy it. Package is at least twice as big as what the stores sell, and the price is about the same as the small package.

The UV unit has been running on the pond since about 10 a.m. and I don't see any improvement yet. However, it's hot and sunny, and I imagine the algae is reproducing as fast as the unit can kill it. Tonight should give it a chance to start making some improvement. The algae doesn't grow much at night. I declare, that stuff is going to come into the house and get me one of these days. I can see the headlines now - "Algae Monster Attacks Woman."

You all have a great evening. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38632: Oh, Millie! Congratulations, love! How exciting - wish I was near enough to come and have dinner there. It sounds wonderful. I have several widowed old-gal friends and we love to try out new places to eat. I just adorea good rare prime rib, especially with some horseradish sauce, and peanut butter pie is the best. What is Kentucky Derby pie? Sounds interesting!

Best of luck to you and yours! --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38633: That's "adore a good rare prime rib". Some proofreader I am! --Romeena

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38634: Well, I guess I'll talk to y'all on Monday. It's going to be a busy, busy weekend! Have a great one!




June 02, 2006 - Msg 38636: Hey TOM, glad to see you still here. Remember when people were posting what their favorite TV shows were? I did not see a post from you. Do you watch television? If you do, what are some of your favorite shows?

And congratulations to the new restaurant owner Millie. Do you serve chili?

from Poor Horatio

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38637: Yeah, Boysinger's was getting to be a real drag...and yes, we have awesome chili, ph.


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38638: Millie, I know others have posted this question that went unanswered, but does your restaurant have a web site? If not, are you planning one?

from Poor Horatio

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38639: My husband, the computer whiz, is building's pretty much done, and we've got our domain name and should be on in a few days....I'll let y'all know.
Y'all are really making me feel good by being so interested and supportive. Thanks, porchsters.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38640: Millie, how about posting your soup-of-the-day here each day?

from Poor Horatio

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38641: Boo...
Like Gomer's dog ........ and, of course, embracing my inner feminine side ........ I must admit I'm a U.S. Male.

Sweetly Disposed

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38642: ok, ph, we'll do'er!

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38643:
Lots of chatter on the porch tonight! Well, my first week at the new job went well. I guess there IS life after Renal Care Group, but i sure do miss that now "absorbed" company. They were so patient oriented, it made me proud to be with them for those 6 years.
TOM- hang in there buddy. BTW, I sure like that photo of you on the album site. How's Gizmo?
Welcome "Sweetly!" If you want to get a ganger of some of us porch sitters, go to
Some, like Spot, have their own album, and some of us are in the "porchsters" album.
Hey to Goober, Asa, Ditzy Dixie, just funnin with ya Dix, Lucy , , horatio HM and others.
Where is Buckeye? hasnt been on the rifleman site either lately.
One of my favorite old shows was the first BOB Newhart show!, Emily, Howard, Carol and the gang
Ya all have a great evening and weekend. Let's make some ICE CREAM!

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38644: Evening Porch, boy oh boy, what a day I have had! So good to come here & "see" my friends! Millie how exciting! Feels good to be "the boss" don't it? Tom I hope that is really you saying you will stay. Welcome Sweetly Disposed breakfast is on you in the morning, ask Spot Now for my news, if you can call it that, I have finally just thrown my hands up & said enough of this estate nonsense. I have hired an attorney (like I can afford that) & he tells me so many things that have made my load alot easier. My sister is still being such a pain, seems to think she is owed more out of it than I am, so fine, she can have it, she can have the bills too, I'm DONE! My nerves & health can NOT take anymore of this & after having my 18 year old neice stand & cuss me like a sailor, calling me everything you can think of, I told my sister, she can have it. My sister didn't say a word, either to me or that mouthy neice of mine. So, that is where it is now, my house is safe for the moment & that was my main concern, so I've unloaded all of it off me & put it in her lap, right where she wants the money, but not the headaches. Ya'll keep praying for me tho, it's awful hard to give up on the only sibling I have, but I need my health more than the aggravation.
Thanks friends for letting me get that out, now I'm off to read email & go to bed,

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38645: Hey Mavis...prayers for you and your family...what a tough time. I think you did the right thing in turning it over to an attorney. You can only do so much. Bless your heart, you take care of you.

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38646: test

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38647: Hey to the Porch...quick off rocker question...

I may be looking for a place to hold a concert in mid-late July in the Upper to Mid Northwest Indiana or mid Illinois area. It would be with Kirk Talley and I'd be looking for a Saturday evening or Sunday evening time. Anyone have any connections that we can discuss? If so, please e-mail me at

We now return you to your regularly scheduled swingin. :-)


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38648: That's rough, MAVIS. I thought you and your sister were close. I'm sorry things turned out this way for you. It might be good for your sister to have to deal with the estate so she can appreciate what you have been through. What is the world coming to when an 18 year old cusses out her own aunt?! I can't understand why your sister would allow it. It bothers me to no end to think that you are having to go through all this without the support of your family. Prayers that things will take a turn for the better and that your sister will come to her senses.

Sweetly Disposed, I thought you were a male but wanted to be sure.

Looking forward to that website, Millie.

Better go spend some time with the kids,


June 02, 2006 - Msg 38649: What are your fave season's in order 1-8 Id like to hear! Mine goe's :

1) Season 1

2 Season 4

3) Season 6

4) Season 2

5) Season 3

6) Season 5

7) Season 7

8) Season 8

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38650: who's that?

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38651: I guess Im new! Love The Andy Griffith Show though!

June 02, 2006 - Msg 38652: Welcome to the porch! Set a spell. Good question...I like 'em all.