December 19, 2006 - Msg 47886: Happy Birthday Kelsey!

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47887: Wow, did you see that? I swept!

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47888: Millie - were you wearing your mother of pearl earrings when you swept?


December 19, 2006 - Msg 47889: Happy birthday to Kelsey! --Romeena

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47890: Thanks gang from Kel!....good sweep Miss Milie!..The Old dog here had a b-day friday!...becoming an old dog!...the big 47...well let me find a movie...phones ringing...let me see whats going on....SPOT

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47891:
Asa- I think I got a pain in the pitila oblongada! Love that episode. " and friendship makes a person rich."
Good to see Millie, Maude,KY, Idelle CT and all.
SPOT- I'll see ya at the Waffle house with the line truck! ha
Prayers for Jamie,colt, laci, Susan etc. Praise the Lord!
Trivia- did you know that Luke 2 states that the angels only SPOKE their announcement to the shepherds. We made them SING it with our hymns.
Christmas is getting close. The goose is getting fat. God bless you one and all.

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47892: You're right, MDC, but in my heart I just know that those angels had to be singing as well. As one of my favorite Christmas Pageant songs tells it:

That night, in all of Heaven, there wasn't a sound,
As God and the angels watched the earth.
For there in a stable, the Father's only Son
Chose to give Himself in human birth.

And when the cry of a baby split the universe
Once for all man was shown his worth.

And the heavens exploded, with music everywhere,
And the angels spilled over Heaven's edge and filled the air,
And the Father rejoiced, for He did not lose His Son
But He gained to himself forever those who'd come.

My all-time favorite, and unimaginably beautiful when performed by a full choir and orchestra. I wish you could all have heard it.

I'm still reeling from the wonderful news about Susan. I'll keep you posted on her progress.

Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47893: That is wonderful news about Susan Romeena. I hope she recovers well.


December 19, 2006 - Msg 47894: Waffle House it is MDC, you buying or should I bring the debit card?....Great news about Susan is the weather there in texas?...strange here in ga...73 today and low of about 60 but gona get cooler and rain for Christmas....well got to run reports at midnight...all lights are on!..SPOT

December 19, 2006 - Msg 47895: I just opened today's mail, and found the sweetest picture! Thank you, Tom. That is exactly what I was talking about a few days ago - Santa kneeling at the manger. The concept is precise, and the artist's rendition of the scene is just beautiful. Thank you so much! I'm going to find a suitable frame for it, and it will become a part of my regular Christmas decor every year. It's perfect. Thank you. --Romeena

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47896: Get Up-Get Up...Breakfast on MDC at Waffle house!...I will get us a corner table!..Asa bring some change for the juke box...I will get the morning paper.....and say grace....SPOT

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47897: MDC is buying huh? Well then I'll have me a steak with them eggs. Great idear Spot!


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47898: Good morning everyone. If MDC is buying breakfast, I'll take extra bacon, please. And I don't care for that cooked too crisp.

ROMEENA: That is good news. I will continue with prayers for your friend.

SKIPPY: What a wonderful thing to do. It takes all kinds, and you are obviously one of teh best kinds.

SPOT: Happy birthday to Kelsey! Did you name her after that woods or ocean?

IDEELE: It's great to see you back on the porch. Don't be such a stranger. (Some of us are strange enough for everybody.)

MILLIE: I'm glad to see you back as well, and even happier that you don't have any more treatments for awhile.

HM: "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies!"

AUH2O: Sorry things aren't going so well. Anything you care to share? No problemo if not. But don't worry, I'm sure that Christmas card from Hillary will arrive soon ;). Anyway, prayers, bud.

Let's remember to keep BOO in our prayers as she travels and deals with (perhaps) a difficult situation.

Merry Christmas!


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47899: Me-They - Thank you for your support (I do miss those Bartles and James commercials)!

Hark the Herald Angels Shout - 2 MORE DAYS AND SCHOOL IS OUT! My children get out today and I am room mom to the youngest one's school party. We have glow in the dark bracelets. . .ooh aah!
It will be fun - all I have to do is games and the other parents donated food!

Shopping day is fast approaching - only 4 more days until the 24th. Isn't that when everyone shops?


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47900: As a grown man who doesn't like shopping too much anyway, you won't be able to drag me kicking and screaming to a store on Saturday. Unless, of course, my wife tells me I have to go.

If having only four shoping days left has you stressed, think this way...369 shopping days until Christmas '07.

I'm outta here early today, so you all have a good one!


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47901: Hi All.
RO- You are welcome.
Win I saw it on a web that I have save.
Pastor Don stop by to see me and to wish mystepdad and me a merry christmas.


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47902: BTW, thanks for the beautiful Christmas card, Tom. You are so thoughtful.

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47903: Fynney M-T..I guess the woods...she likes to camp and fish..Hey TOM,millie....subway for supper...let me get settled in here at work..SPOT

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47904: Hey, friends. I am coming to you from a hotel in Pueblo, Colorado. We are stuck here due to the winter storm that is dumping buckets of snow on Eastern Colorado! Don't know if we will be able to head South tomorrow but sure would like to get home to South Texas soon... We have had a really nice time, for the most part. Dad has done great, no real trouble with his lungs. We got to go snow tubing in Winterpark and went to Grand Lake and did some snowmobiling...beautiful except Sean really got scared on the back of the snowmobile. I will send some pics for Ro to put on her site when I get back. No time to read the archives now..hope everyone is well. Please pray we can get home soon. We are supposed to be going to an important family dinner on Friday night (my nephew and his wife are announcing that they are expecting their first baby together!!I am very excited about it and would love to be there...don't know if it's possible, though).

I have really felt your prayers and all is well...

Talk to you all later,


December 20, 2006 - Msg 47905: Wow Boo...just would not know how it would be to be snowed in...never get that here in Ga....stay warm...glad your dad is soing better...yall driving or flying?...SPOT

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47906: Afternoon Y'all. Ro,'tis the season for miracles and your friend Susan might just be smack dab in the middle of one! Prayers continue for her.
Happy Birthday to Kelsey & Spot! Welcome to the new member of the 47 club! Our motto (just so you'll know,Spot) is: " We ain't old!" Ha!
Laci made it home from the hospital yesterday and is happy & doing well. And that's the best present I could have this Christmas!
Boo, you travel safely ,you hear? We miss ya!
Well, gonna go catch up on some things.Have a good night y'all!
possum under a rock

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47907: Hey Porch,

Romeena, I had to check the archives to read what happened to Susan. That is FABULOUS news!

Boo, I hope you can get home in time for your family dinner. It sounds like it will be a fun time.

Possum, glad that Laci made it home. You guys give her lots of love and spoil her, now!

Hey Asa! How in the world are you? Any snow in your neck of the woods?

Hey to Tom, Millie and everyone else here on the porch.

Just in case I don't get to post again before Christmas let me be the first to wish one and all...

MERRY Christmas!!

I hope that works and doesn't mess up this here pretty old porch!

Have a blessed Mayberry Evening one and all!
Mary Wiggins

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47908: Thanks possum...well hello Mary Wiggins!..47 club aint so bad ...SPOT

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47909:
MARY WIGGINS! I do declare you are a sight, a caution! Good to see you again.
Now that I am broke from paying for all those steak and eggs, I will pass the hat around! ha
PRAYERS for Boo's travels. Hope the weather breaks soon. I pray for those poor hikers who i am sure have met the Lord.
Ro- yes, I bet they really sang out to those shepherds too!
Well, take care, more tomorrow.

December 20, 2006 - Msg 47910: I wanted to send you all a Christmas greeting from my family so here is our online Christmas card for 2006.

This years card is made up of photos of my son, Adam, and myself which were taken at the actual location used to film the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show. The photos were taken back in 2004 when we traveled to Franklin Canyon Park, the real "Myers Lake", in California.

I hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

--Floyd (a.k.a. Allan)

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47911: FLOYD...great Christmas card
I hope all porchsters have a MERRY CHRISTMAS ,my prayers for all of you

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47912: Morning folks, hope all is well on the porch today. working today and part of tomorrow but then will of off until January 2!! YEAH. Today is my son Patrick's 16th birthday so we will be celebrating with dinner and then a family movie at home tonight. He is such a cool kid and a joy to be around. Prayers to all in need this morning. you guys have a good morning. Prayers to all today. Big Maude

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47913:
Morning Folks

Me-They It's not that I don't mind sharing, it's just with what some of us having going on right now my little troubles seem kinda small. In a nutshell, my father-in-law is in very bad shape and most of the responsibility for what happens to him as fallen to my wife and me. This guy is a miserable old man and by all indications he was a miserable young man. However, we want to do what is right and the past is the past. So, we been meeting with lawyers, Doctors, and Nurses quite a bit (Medicaid, DNR's, DNI's and the such).

M-T I'll keep an eye out for Hillary's card like all her other gifts I'm sure it will come postage due!

Boo-A Texas gal caught in a snow storm! Hold on and have some fun, they can be fun too!

Lucy-I'll think we might be having a Green Christmas this year. We lost nearly all of our snowbase over they last week. They are calling for a bit of snow for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but it looks like they 2nd green one for me.

possum & spot-What happened to the "46 Club" now I'm all by myself!

I saved this one for last. It's good news! At my girls middle school they are actually having a Birthday Party for Jesus! Can you believe that? At a public school, in New York yet.

Floyd-Loved the card. Thanks for sharing.


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47914: I should warn folks that the Christmas card I posted might take a while to open using dial-up? I don't have a way of testing it over a dial-up connection so let me know if it's too slow so I can really warn folks.

Merry Christmas

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47915: I can't help you with that Floyd (I don't have dial up) but that was a very nice card.


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47916:
Floyd-I have dial-up here (at the edge of the earth) it did take a little bit to load but nothing out of the ordinary. I think all of us who have dial-up know the deal.


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47917: Auh2o, I am sorry to read about your FIL. You are doing the right thing though and God will smile upon you for your efforts. God bless you and your wife as you deal with a very stressful situation.
That is hard to imagine a public school allowing such a thing to take place...especially in your neck of the woods. Praise be.

Big Maude, happy birthday to Patrick. I guess he'll be driving soon. That'll add a few gray hairs to the collection.:)


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47918: AUH2O: Obviously, someone is going to be losing their job. Or maybe it's a Christmas miracle!

FLOYD: Thanks for the card. Merry Christmas to the Newsome family!

BOO: Of course you have our prayers.

MARY WIGGINS: Don't be such a stranger!

MAUDE: Happy birthday to Patrick!

Talk to y'all some more manana.


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47919: HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
Boy christmas what no snow?
That no fun.
Nice card Floyd.

love tom

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47920: Hey, TOM.

AUH2O: I'm sorry, I forgot to comment on your troubles...It's no small matter, and you and your family are in my prayers.


December 21, 2006 - Msg 47921: Nice Christmas card

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47922: Hey Floyd Great Christmas card!
Hope everybody has a very blessed Christmas season.
I will be spending it on my own, but it does not matter. My daughter will be calling Christmas day and for New year's I have NPR( Garrison Keelor and Old time radio) and I am going to get some fancy stuff from Hickory Farms and sparkling Cider.

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47923: my brother and sister in law have to work that day--but I'm still going to the shelter.
Anyhow--I just don't feel like playing referee again this Christmas.
Not that I'm mean--it just that my brother has problems . Nuff said!
Merry Christmas and Happy new year

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47924: Happy Nut, my pop loves Garrison Keelor...never misses Prarie Home Companion. for Alans Christmas actually made me cry. (We wont say I am a sentimental old fool, we will just blame it on my bipolar medication...Hee hee) I think its actually this time of year that I reflect on my blessings and Alan's Christmas card hit home. Thank you Alan.
fun girl

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47925: Gosh been Shopping ........whew.......back in a miniute.........whew......SPOT

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47926: Floyd [aka Alan}...the best Christmas card I ever got ....just great.......thanks, SPOT

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47927:
Trivia: In the "Wonderful Life" movie, what was Clarence's LAST name? He mentions it when they are in the bridgehouse.
Got some Wrapping to do tonight!
Prayers for all, troops porchsters families etc.
God bless the squeezins! (:

December 21, 2006 - Msg 47928: I believe his name was Clarence Oddbody. Could be wrong. --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47929:
Morning Porch

Anyone home?


December 22, 2006 - Msg 47931: Hay no one home.
will hope everyone have good weekend and may the good lord be what you.

love tom

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47932: Hey porch! Boy, it's quiet around here today. Hope everybody's busy with Christmas preparations. All is good here. Getting ready for our Christmas party Saturday night.
Tom, I've got rain too. Hey, Tom, did you ever get the gum I sent you?
I got a gift today from my secret Santa on another forum. I'm so excited!
More later, gotta keep busy.

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47933: Yes Millie thank you for it
love tom

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47934: Good afternoon everyone. It's raining here, too, and expected to continue through tomorrow morning. They say we're in for about two inches. It could be worse, though; we could be stuck in the Denver airport.

Notice how quiet it is around here with BOO around? Just joking!

Try as I might, I just can't seem to stay focused on work today. I'm in the Christmas spirit and this nine-to-five is crampin' my style. I may have to scoot out early today. We're done shopping and preparing, but we haven't wrapped a thing yet. That will probably fall to me tonight since the Mrs. worked last night and with all three kids at home I doubt she got much sleep today. I don't mind.

NPR played a great version of "A Christmas Carol" this afternoon. One actor did all the reading and was just marvelous. It was just about the best reading of it I have ever heard. Catch it online or in a repeat if you can.

Well, once out today I'm out until next Tuesday. So, in case I don't get the opportunity to stop back, I wish all my friends on the porch a blessed and very Merry Christmas! May your day be merry and bright.


December 22, 2006 - Msg 47935: Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas, Me-They!!!

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47936: Happy B-day to me!.........47 today....yall gona take me out to supper?.....SPOT

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47937: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPOT,

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47938: MDC Romeena--you are right. Clarance Oddbody-AC2 Angel second Class--but are there any second class angels?? not likely

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47939: I'll be raising a glass of (non-alcoholic) cheer to all of you on Christmas day!

God bless you, everyone. (With apologies to Mr. Dickens.)


December 22, 2006 - Msg 47940: Thanks, M-T, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Spot!

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47941: Hey, all. Here's a note from my friend Susan's CarePage:

"Susan continues to improve. Her kidney functions are almost back to 100%. She is able to get out of bed and walk with me to the nurses station and back 3 times a day. Overall - we are rejoicing at how far she has come and the incredible improvement in her condition.

We PRAISE GOD for His healing touch and all the prayers that have been lifted to His throne by our friends and family. Thank you.

We are praying that the doctors will release her to come home on Saturday. Waiting on more lab reports.


Once again, I thank each of you for praying for her. What a wonderful group of friends you are, all of you.

My shopping is done, everything is wrapped, the house is clean enough, and now it's time to bake. Haven't baked a thing yet! I usually have the baking done by about the 18th, but sorta missed it this year! I may not do much, just some shortbread and a couple of batches of cookies and some scattermix. Wish I could have all of you over one evening, but since we can't do it in reality, guess we'll just meet here on the porch. Maybe someone could do a reading of the Nativity story from the Bible? I could probably recite it, as could most of us, I'm sure, but I love to hear it read, over and over. My favorite source is the King James, naturally, but some of the new translations are good, too. I'm partial to the New International. I prefer new translations to paraphrases, I think there is less risk of distortion of meaning, but some of the paraphrases are good too, like the Living Bible.

Well, guess I'll go get the butter out of the fridge so it can begin to soften, and the squirrels are peering in my window, wondering when I'm going to put out critter feed. Busy, busy, busy! Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47942: Ha ha ha Romeena, you crack me up when you say the house is clean (and then add "enough").
I'm glad Susan is doing so well. Praises be.


December 22, 2006 - Msg 47943: Well, Mb>Asa, I'm glad you got a laugh out of that, but it's the truth. I used to be one of those housekeepers for whom "clean enough" didn't exist. There was always one more thing to be dusted, mop the floor once more, do laundry if more than three towels in the hamper - you know the drill. Finally, my husband taught me the value of "clean enough" - more time to spend with him, with the kids, doing fun things or just doing nothing. You know what? No one died from dirt, the laundry waited, and a quick swipe at the obvious spot on the kitchen floor was enough, didn't need to mop the whole thing. Now that he's gone, the things I remember are the fun things we did, not how clean and shiny the house was on any given day. So, clean enough is good enough, and my kids appreciate a less tired, more relaxed mom when we get together. My husband was so right. Martha Stewart might be appalled if she ran a white-glove inspection around here, but who cares? Not I! I just won't invite her over. --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47944: Ha! When will I learn to proofread, especially my little "commands"? Asa, you should have been bold! --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47945: HIS GIFTS

Lord, help me to use each day You give
Wisely, in ways You would have me to live...
Forgetting self but remember more
Those who are lonely, the suffering, the poor.
Let me lift them up in fervent prayer,
Reassuring them of You love and care.

Let me thank You for the beauty You bring
In Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring;
Each one with special beauty You wrought
And on angels wings to earth were brought.
No earthly artist could e'er compare
To all Your gifts, so rich and rare.

Oh, may I not take for granted all these gifts
That bless my heart and my spirit lifts...
A love that nourishes my body and soul,
Just knowing You're near and in control
Brings me joy, peace and tranquility,
And grace to always trust in thee.

love tom

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47946: Thanks Tom and mil....well the kids will be over for the night in just a king crab legs to boil!.......gona be good yall stop by...rain here in ga....hey ro,possu,asa.m-t,Floyd,hm,mavis,boo,mdc,md,bwb,dwf and all....well I think I hear the kids!...prayers to all in need......SPOT

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47947: Hmmm. A rainy night in Georgia? Wow, that could be the name of a song! (teehee) It finally quit drizzling here, my lights and connections dried out and everything is back on, at least for now. Gotta figure out some way to keep those connections dry. More precipitation is predicted for Christmas, so I may have no lights on for the actual holiday. Oh, well, that's not what it's all about anyway. --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47948: Oh, Tom, that poem is so lovely. Words to feed our souls. Thank you. --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47949:
Romeena- Yes, Clarence Oddbody!
Hey wee got rain here in Phoenix today.!! Hope boo and family is ok in all the snow.

Since I have been visiting the porch, for about 3 years or so now, I have jotted down the names of our "porchsters," be it one visit or many. So I'd just like to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to
My prayers are with you, our troops, our country and our world! Luv ya,

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47950:
Hello porch family!

Happy Birthday SPOT. Hey you pick the place to eat and it's on me.

I got in this morning from a tour and now I'm home till the first of the year. GREAT

Prayers for all the needs of our porch family. You are all in my prayers.

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47951:
Floyd...Just went to your Christmas card and it was great. Thanks!

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47952: I second that, Floyd. That card is just the greatest! What fun you and your son must have had, walking down that lane and all. Thanks for sharing! --Romeena

December 22, 2006 - Msg 47953:
MDC-That was nice! Thanks and Merry Christmas to you Friend! And, to all of the Porch. I never would have guessed that I would have so many good friends via the Internet. I've been going online for 12 years now and never did entertain the thought of "making friends in cyber space." I really am glad I stopped by.
Thanks gang.

Just in case things get busy around here and I don't stop by before the 25th
M*E*R*R*Y C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S!!!


December 22, 2006 - Msg 47954: Just wanted to get in while I could and say Merry Xmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you all!

Take care,

Deputy Warren Ferguson

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47955: I'm glad you folks have enjoyed my Christmas Card this year. It was fun to make. My only problem do I stay at this level. :)

Merry Christmas to all of you and may our Lord be with you in the coming year.


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47956: Well, I finally made it home last night! Thanks for your prayers. It wasn't easy and we saw many accidents and stranded cars along the way, but we are here safe and sound.

As you can imagine, I am up to my eyeballs in things to do to get ready for Christmas. Last minute shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc...and then there's the laundry! No time to read the archives yet but will when I can.

Sorry the porch won't be so quiet anymore, Me-They (you little Booger!).

I'll be back....


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47957: Oh, and thanks for the great Christmas greeting, Floyd. I'm sure you will have no trouble coming up with something again next year. You are a man of many talents.


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47958: Welcome back Boo. Glad you're home safe. Did you see enough snow?:)

Let's go Caroling tonight. How about it? I'll go warm up my larnyx and do my voice calasthentics in preperation. Mee-Theyy....Meee-Theyyy...Meeeee-Theyyyyy


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47959: Great card, Floyd! And that's the actual location, isn't it?! Very cool.

Merry Christmas everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47960: Glad you made it home safely, Boo! You've been
in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you get everything done before Christmas.

I'd love to go caroling, Asa. Haven't done that in many a year! I'll bring the hot chocolate.

Miss Peggy

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47961: Thanks!! Yes, Asa, I got enough snow for a little while (I still like it, though). It's cool and rainy here right now and I would rather have snow than rain. I had to drop by WalMart for some last minute things and there was a little old man parked next to me with a dead battery so I got my head all wet jumping his battery...wish it were snow instead. I think I have gotten everything I need but I have been staring at the suitcases piled in the living room and avoiding them. The family dinner was postponed until today at 2, then a church program to attend and then I will be up late wrapping the kid's presents....maybe I can talk Bruce into dealing with the suitcases (maybe we can make some kind of, never mind, it might require some effort on my part. ha).

Well, better scoot...lots to do...

Did any of you see the Nativity movie? I wanted to see it but still haven't.


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47962:
Boo- good you made it home safe and sound! Thank God.
I missed MISS PEGGY AND POOR HORATIO in my greeting,sorry, I'll probably think of more too!
FLOYD- I can indeed see the "floyd" in you. Now I know why you love to do that character.

I HAVE SOME FAIRLY GOOD NEWS regarding our mayor Colt. I finally got Mrs Colt on the phone and Colt has move to an apartment now. She gave me his address, but I do not want to post it here. So if you email me at dipper40 at hotmail dot com
I will give it to you. To refresh everyone, he had a minor stroke which altered his personality and he moved out of his house. I thought that if a lot of us wrote to him, it may help to jar his memory of us and other things.
His wife was very supportive of the idea, and also thanked us for our prayers.
So there is always HOPE! Thanks,
Merry Christmas!
Mr Darlin's Cuz (MDC)

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December 23, 2006 - Msg 47964: Hmmm... Wonder if that was Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray talking about melted fat,mushrooms,etc.? I'm pretty sure it wasn't Paula Dean,'cause I did not detect the first "y'all."! Strange!
auh20,thanks for the Christmas wishes and no,I don't mind at all that you borrowed some of my ****s without asking! Ha!
MDC,Merry Christmas back to you friend,and thank you for the news about colt! I have been thinking of him alot-maybe we CAN bring him back home to Mayberry.I will be e-mailing you for his address.
Yeah,Boo is back! Merry Christmas girl!!
Floyd,thank you for the Christmas Card and my best to you and yours!
Merry Christmas to all!
possum under a rock

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47965: Hey, ever'body, this is Gomer, checking in for probably the first time in about a year! For those of you who came to the party at some point after this site was established, I was a fairly regular poster for some time on the previous porch, which as you all know was set up by Frank.

I don't get to come to this Porch as often as I'd like, but do enjoy checking in from time to time just to say hello to whichever members of the old gang may still be hanging around -- Merle (HEY MERLE DEAN!), Rafe, Des, Leon, Romeena, Hazel, Briscoe, Otis, Goober, Lydia, and a whole bunch of others.

I'm not sure how many of those folks still check in on this-here Porch, but I wanted to throw a "hey" out there for those who are. And, of course, many thanks to those of you who have come along in the meantime, for doing such a great job of keeping a truly good thing going.

Everyone have a VERY Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2007.

And -- oh, yeah -- "best of luck to you and yours!"


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47966: Evening porch family. Hope everyone is settling in for the evening. I wanted to wish all my porch friends a wonderful and joyful Christmas. I feel very blessed to be a member of this group of Mayberry folk. You guys are all great! Prayers to all and "May God Bless us Everyone". Big Maude

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47967: Amen, Maude!

Hey Possum, Merry Christmas to you, too. Thanks for the big welcome home.

Merry Christmas to you, Gomer.

Thank you for the Christmas wish, MDC, and for checking up on Colt for us. Prayers for him and his wife (must be very difficult for her at this time of year).

Wonder if Millie is busy tonight? Hope her Christmas festivities are in full swing and things are good at the restraunt.

Well, it's time to start wrapping those gifts (groan).


December 23, 2006 - Msg 47968: hello mayberry merry xmas and happy new year from .......gizzmo

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47969:
Hello porch family.

Welcome back Boo! We sure missed ya but of course you were in our prayers.

Goober...Good to see you. It's been a while.
Good to see gizzmo back also.

MDC...Thanks for the update on Colt. We keep praying for him and believing.

Mrs Rev and I had to go to the mall today for some last day shopping and it was a mob out there.

Prayers for all our porch family. You all have a JESUS filled night and a very blessed Christmas.

December 23, 2006 - Msg 47970:
Or should I say, "a very blessed CHRISTmas"!

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47971: Howdy, all, it's very late, or should I say very early here on this Christmas Eve. My son and his family were here, DIL's sister and her family, and her mom and dad as well. I fried pork chops and made gravy, we all ate too much but it was good. Guess that will be the extent of the Christmassing at my house, as we'll go to my son's tomorrow night, and to DIL's mom on Christmas Day. I guess family doesn't necessarily have to be born to you.

Sure was good to hear from Gomer, and surprising to read through the roll call as he listed it. Lots of folks have been missing for quite a while, it seems. Wish they'd come back to Mayberry, even just for a visit. Gome, don't be a stranger - come on home! I heard Goober is thinking about selling the station he bought from Wally - maybe he'd sell it to you.

Well, guess I'll turn in. I'm tired, and church services will come early in the morning. Merry Christmas, everyone! Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47972: Merry Christmas eve porch. Love you all.


December 24, 2006 - Msg 47973: Hi All.
that comics read like this
I n an age in which christians around the world are persecuted, torured and killed for daring to utter their LORD'S NAME*

Thank GOD for a nation in which people of all religions may worship in freedom.

A Blessed ChristmAas Eve to all...

that was in (MALLARD FILLMORE),


December 24, 2006 - Msg 47974: hay love tom call cleveland ohio some time today wiseeaglem

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47975:
Christmas greetings also to GIZMO,GOMER AND HAPPYNUT! i

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47976:

Well, I got the brown truck fitted with skies, the back is full, I'll swing by and pick up Colt, and we'll assist Santa on his appointed rounds. We'll be back to see ya all at midnight service in the mayberry Church!
This is it til after Christmas, so have a great one in the Lord!

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47977: Merry Chrismtas everyone! I finally got those gifts wrapped and was into bed by 1am, then up for church this morning. The service was beautiful, the music wonderful. Also, one of my good friends, June, has a grown son that we have been praying for because he has always been very anti-Christian and this has caused my friend so much grief (and even guilt). Well, we had been praying for him each Wed. night at prayer meeting and he was in church with his wife this morning...I couldn't believe my eyes. I know what a special gift this was to his mother. You should have seen her smiling. Her eyes were just shining. It was like a Christmas miracle.

Bruce and I took the kids and 4 of their friends for pizza after church and then I came home for a short nap. The house is messy, but full of kids and lots of love. I am so thankful that I have family and friends and won't have to be alone at Christmas. I pray for those who do, may they feel the love and warmth of Jesus this Christmas season.

We have our Christmas Eve Service tonight at 6pm and then we go to my sister's house for food and time together. I am contemplating attending the 11pm candlelight service at the little Methodist church I grew up in...we'll see. I haven't been to church there in many years and always loved the candlelight service each Christmas Eve as I was growing up. It is one of those old, white churches with a big stained glass window of Jesus in the front, beautiful and just turned 100 years old this year.

Ro, I smiled at your comment about how family doesn't have to be born to you. How true that is! We had a "family" dinner with my nephew's in-laws yesterday and it was so much fun. They are the kind of folks who live in a mobile home with an old bathtub in the front yard and a rickety old porch and you would expect the inside of the house to be the same, but I am telling you that house was beautiful! It was like a Christmas wonderland in there. We enjoyed it so much and had a huge feast of Mexican food and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. It was a really nice time. After the dinner we all piled into our cars to go to a church program at their church but on the way, that winter storm slammed into us that went through Denver, I guess and it was cold with driving rain. When we got to the church, the power was out, so they sang a few carols by flashlight and took communion and sent us home. It was really pretty unique and memorable.

Well, I have talked your ear off and it's someone else's turn now (I guess Me-They was right about the porch being much quieter without me, ha).

Later Porch Family!


December 24, 2006 - Msg 47978: Merry Christmas my porch family...plenty of left overs here at the dog house.....prayers...SPOT

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47979: Merry Christmas, Porch!
- Hazel

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47980: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US ALL.
Thank You, God, for all You've done
To make tis world a lovely one;
For all te flowers that smell so sweet,
The cool, green grass beneath my feet;
For soft clouds driftiing slowly by-
Snow white against an azure sky,
And for the trees that are pressed
Firmly against the earh's warm breast,
Their branches giving special care
To baby robins nesting there.
And thank You, God, for all the hours
I've enjoyed Your fragrant flowers,
But most of all that I can see
These lovely things-all gifts from thee!


December 24, 2006 - Msg 47981:
Happy birthday Jesus!
Merry CHRISTmas porch and a JESUS filled NEW YEAR. I send a great big hug and prayers to all the porch family.

December 24, 2006 - Msg 47982: Hugs and prayers to you, REV and Merry Christmas to the porch!


December 24, 2006 - Msg 47983: Merry Christmas to all on the porch. Hope to visit much more in the new year.


December 25, 2006 - Msg 47984: Well, Merry Christmas to one and all. Hazel, it's good to see you. And you too, Hodie. I hope you'll both come back right regular-like!

I went to the Christmas Eve service at church, the choir sang "That Night" (guess they finally dug up the sheet music somewhere) and as always, it brought tears. It was a Pageant song, always the entry of the kings, and I could just picture my handsome husband making his way down the aisle, robed in red velvet and wearing a crown, then at the final "amen" he would kneel at the manger, his pages would spread his beautiful train, and he would hold up a huge gold nugget, presenting it to Mary and Joseph. After the music would die away, he would rise and approach the manger, which of course held a real baby (about 4 months old), and a brief, informal moment of admiring the infant would close the scene. One year, the baby began to cry, perhaps frightened by the music, and my husband reacted like any experienced father would. He reached in, picked up the baby, who hushed crying, and cradling him in one arm, he turned to face the audience and more or less "presented" the baby to them. He reached to touch the baby's cheek, and the baby grabbed on to his finger and held on, making little cooing noises. Believe me when I tell you, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Six hundred people, all reaching for tissues. Those are the memories which that song recalls for me.

After services, we went out to my son's home and the two little grandsons got to open some packages, which is always fun to watch. Their excitement and enthusiasm, and dramatic reactions are just a joy to watch. The Plum went along, and joined right in the spirit of things. A good time was had by all.

And now to bed, and a peaceful night's sleep. Again, Merry Christmas, friends. Sugarplum says Peace on earth, good will toward all mankind. --Romeena

December 25, 2006 - Msg 47985: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

I hope Santa treats you good, and have a good Christmas!

Deputy Warren Ferguson

December 25, 2006 - Msg 47986: Merry Christmas to all my Porch friends!

possum under a rock

December 25, 2006 - Msg 47987: M E R R Y C H R I S T M A all porchsters ,may GOD bless each one

December 25, 2006 - Msg 47988: Hazel! So good to see you on the porch...Merry Christmas to you.

Ro, you made me cry with that touching and a beautiful memory of Dale.

Christmas Eve service at our church was brief but beautiful. After we went to my sister's and were joined by her son, Matt and his wife (the one who is pregnant). She also has two young children from a previous, very bad marriage, and luckily their drug-addicted dad is not in the picture due to incarceration (at The Rock!).

We had a very nice time and the kids opened some gifts from my sister (she is like a living Santa and always has several gifts for the kids).

After we got home, the kids got to bed and I went to the 11pm service at the old church I grew up in that I was telling you about. It was the highlight of my Christmas Eve. I am so glad I went. When I walked in and sat down in the same 100 year old pews, I just couldn't believe how everything looked the same, it was like I had never left. They had a beautiful song by a small choir that was very good. The Christmas story was read and the minister (who happened to be a petite, very kind-looking woman) read an awesome story about teaching our children about the true meaning of the traditions of Christmas. They had communion and then lit candles and sang Silent Night, perfect!! I am so glad I went.

Well, everyone is still in bed and I have my sweet potatoes in the oven..sure are smelling good!

I will have some more pics to send you soon, Ro. Some of Colorado and some of Christmas (even one of me). Love to All!


December 25, 2006 - Msg 47989: christmas is no fun