April 03, 2008 - Msg 61601: just read my own post to check for mistakes and it sounded like my dream was for my husband to die so I could travel! haha...not at all. I just thought that if he did go before me, it would be my backup plan! hehe.


April 03, 2008 - Msg 61602: A friend just emailed me something you those of you who are Christians need to see. It's about what Oprah is doing on her show. If you go to GodTube and in the search box type in The Megachurch of Oprah, I think you will be shocked by what you see. I would like your opinions on it. It is only about 6 minutes long, if you have a chance to view it.


April 03, 2008 - Msg 61603: Can you get a model of the Town Of Mayberry?

April 03, 2008 - Msg 61604: Will sure do so New Neighbor. So sorry to read that. Is your Hubby dealing with things ok?


April 03, 2008 - Msg 61605: I have to read gang..my cousins funeral was a blessed event today [she was 97]..so all is well..got my poles today for my barn..gona get busy tomorrow if it dont rain...yall eat good?...hey Asa,boo,ro,Tom,auh20,NW,MW,MDC,MD,CHUCK,hazel,possum and all...watching the movie "Witness" harrison ford...ok let me read the mayberry mail...prayers to all..Rev you doing ok?..on the road?...breakfast will be at Big Maudes house I will do the cooking!....SPOT

April 03, 2008 - Msg 61606:
Howdy porch family....Another rainy day here today.

Chuck...good to see ya up on the porch. Pray you're feeling better and getting back to normal.

Asa....congrats to you and the Mrs on 30 years.

Good to see you Tom!

New N....prayers for your FIL and all the family during this time. I thank God that he knows the Lord.

Ro...thank you for sharing your heart. That really touched my heart.

I've got my little buddy (my daughter's doggy) with me today, Friday and Saturday. We've been having a blast playing.
You all have a good night sleep and be sure to lift up the wonderful Name of Jesus tomorrow.
Prayers for all the porch family.

April 03, 2008 - Msg 61607:
Hey Spot....you sneaked up on me. No....I'm not on the road. I'm home doggy sitting right now. I've been working in the recording studio for the last week. I'll be in and out of the studio over the next couple weeks. I go to Jacksonville, FL next weekend for concerts.
Hope you get those post in the ground. We suppose to have rain here for the next two days.
Take care brother

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61608: Good evening, all. Lots of hurts, both new and recalled, on the old porch tonight. Prayers for all, God knows, He hears, and He understands. That's the biggest mystery to me - I can't get my mind around the fact that the things that seem so important to us, like someone dying "early" by our standards, looks entirely different to the Lord. My husband was only 58, and I literally raged at God for taking him so young, and "robbing" him of so many years, never got to retire and have fun, etc. I'm still trying to understand that he has missed nothing, but has in fact gained everything. The years he lost here are but a blink in the heavenly scheme of time, but that's hard to grasp, isn't it? My soul knows and accepts it, but my humanity still rebels.

Boo, you said "It is both sad and exciting to think that at anytime he could slip out of his body and into heaven." That's so true. Some of the most profound moments of my life have come at the bedside of a dying patient. I have stood with a stethoscope on a chest, and literally heard the final heartbeat, and the last exhalation. There is no deeper silence than that which comes when the heart ceases. In that moment, you know that the person you have bathed and fed and perhaps conversed with, is no longer there. Gone, simply gone, only the body is left.

If the person was a Christian, there is a sense of wonder and peace, because you know where they are. If they were not, I cannot describe the feeling of powerlessness and regret. These things are reflected and magnified in the faces and reactions of the family and friends. It has been my experience that Christian families are far more willing to allow their loved one a peaceful death, presumably because they know that death is only a passage into God's kingdom. People who do not know the Lord will fight and go to extreme measures to keep some pitiful shred of humanity breathing at all costs, because after death, for them, there is - what? Darkness? Fear? Nothingness? I can't imagine living like that. I don't understand how anyone can approach the end of their life and feel peaceful about stepping off into the unknown. It would be like jumping off a cliff at midnight, not knowing what lay below. Quite honestly, I'm neither that brave nor that foolish.

Well, I guess I've rambled enough. Time for bed, the tree men never made it here this afternoon, but will be here early in the morning. They still have quite a bit to do. I'd better get rested, so I can be out there, as I'm certain they can't manage without my supervision. (heehee) Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61609: Oh - REV, you have fun with little Jake now. I'd love to meet him, I'll bet he's a pistol. --Romeena

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61610: Well, I am up early and having my morning coffee. Ro, Dale was very young and I can't even imagine the pain of that. We always just assume that our husbands will be with us until we are old but life can really throw a curve. You certainly have the right belief and attitude about things. God has kept you and brought you through so much (and given you wisdom). You are certainly one of the wisest women I know.

Last night when I was putting Erin to bed, she got really close to be and kind of buried her little face in my chest and said, "I don't want to lose you". She mentioned something about Grandpa Don. Apparently losing him (and Karen)is affecting her alot more than I realized. I hate that our children have to face such things so early in life but there is no avoiding it. I do pray that the Lord would let me live a long life and raise my children, though. I guess we all do.

All this death talk before going on a trip is making me jumpy! ha. I am trying to think of a more cheerful topic of conversation....how about spring?! Things certainly are green around here. It's like everything is glowing. Lots of wildflowers this year, too. I can't decide what the best time of year is here in South Texas but it would probably be spring. I imagine I will see plenty of wildflowers today on my drive to Fort Worth.

Anyway, ya'll have a great weekend. I'll see ya when I get home on Sunday.


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61611: Travel safe Boo. Here's a mashed penney for your safe trip.

Thanks for all the well wishes for our 30 year milestone. It sure has gone by fast.

Romeena, I agree. There is nothing wrong in asking God questions, if done right and with the idea that you are seeking enlightment and knowledge rather than questioning His works.
It reminds me of the old saying that if you find God is your co-pilot, you may want to consider changing seats with him.

Well best get to work. It's Friday, so let's lunch at the Diner. I think fish sammiches are the special today.


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61612: Good morning everyone. Rainy and cold here today. Hopefully, the weather will clear up a little; the Mrs.’ bees come tomorrow.

ROMEENA: That was very touching. Life is so fragile, and we can be called home at any time. Your testimony is moving.

BOO: It’s funny that you mention that book, because I was just looking at in at Amazon last week. I was looking up Stephen Baldwin’s book (he’s Alec Baldwin’s youngest brother, also an actor). He had all kinds of problems and then gave his life to the Lord. Anyway, what intrigued me about his book was that I saw an interview with Chynna Phillips (of the singing group Wilson Phillips, and Michelle Phillips of the Mamma and Poppas daughter). She is married to another Baldwin brother, Billy, and through Stephen’s witness also was saved. I thought that was really cool. Anyway, I was look up the Baldwin book, saw “Head’s,” and read up on that one, too. I still may order one or the other. I imagine people like that have so much pulling them in the other direction it’s hard. In Stephen Baldwin’s case, he has seen his career all but dry up (most of his pre-salvation movies were stupid or raunchy teen flicks), and Alec Baldwin talks about him like he’s misguided and stupid or something.

I have to ask, though; so you know who Korn is but not Nirvanna?

Prayers for safe travels!

I’ll stop back later!


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61613: Good morning, all. Just this - to those of you who think I possess a measure of wisdom, let me just say that it's more a matter of mileage and experience. Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) had it wrong. It's shouldn't be "Live long and prosper", but rather "Live long and learn." Anyone who has lived as long as I have, and had some of my experiences and hasn't learned at least a little bit, just isn't trying.

Boo, it's chilly here today, so pack a jacket. It's 52, partly cloudy and windy, but still tolerable outdoors. Yes, you'll see some wildflowers. The bluebonnets are starting to pop along the roadways, and they're so beautiful. As for my back yard, I can see five different irises in bloom - huge, incredibly beautiful things. One is blue with a flush of pink on the falls (lower petals), one is a pale, creamy yellow that is very fragrant, one is almost black with glowing orange beards. That one is named "Devil May Care". Then there's the outrageous "Rock Star", with its brownish/lavender standards (the upright petals), and the creamy falls, banded and freckled with the same brown/lavender color. "Rapture's Edge" has opened another stalk of buds after I thought it was through, and "Rosalie Figge", a deep rich blue/purple is about to open. "Lady Friend", a rusty rose with a lovely fragrance bloomed out front, and since I couldn't see it out there, I cut it and it's now blooming here on my desk, accompanied by a lone bloom from "Rapture's Edge". There are at least six more with buds rising, so I'll have big dramatic flowers out there for several more weeks.

Then there's the snapdragons. Not as dramatic as the iris, but for sheer color, and pop-power, you can't beat them. I mix them in with my pansies, because they produce colors that pansies never dreamed of, though pansies are so beautiful too. I also have clumps of snaps just tucked under shrubs around the yard, and they're so pretty. I think God must have been in an exceptionally good mood when He created flowers. And puppies.

Well, my handy-man friend, Ted, is here to fix a leaky faucet. He keeps walking past my window, giving me a big smile each time. He's so nice - like having another son. I've known him for years, and would trust him with anything I own.

Take care, everyone, and be blessed! Boo, drive carefully! Oh, if you do get a few minutes, just give me a call, and come on by. I'm easy to get to from Ft. Worth, not far off the main highway between Ft. Worth and Dallas. --Romeena

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61614: Ro, knowing a little something about Vulcans, I would think that learning would be included in their meaning of "prosper". Since they revel in that stuff.
...Well, maybe revel is the wrong word to use. They would find it "interesting", or better yet, "fascinating". ;)

Have a safe trip, Boo!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61615: Uh, STERLING, if you keep talking like that people are going to think you still live in your parents' basement and wear pointy-ears...



April 04, 2008 - Msg 61616: These are the voyages of the Star Trek Enterprise, whose 5 year mission is to go where no man has gone before. . . . .


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61617: You mean...the girls' locker room?!?


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61618: Or Kohl's. No, I think that would be "where no man has gone before, unless dragged by his wife..."


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61619: It is so hard to soar with the eagles, when you're surrounded by turkeys. --Romeena

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61620: I swear, as God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly! (Les Nessman... WKRP NEWS)


April 04, 2008 - Msg 61621: Does anyone know if they sell the Mayberry-oply at stores, or did someone make this game on the website? Thanks!

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61622: Asa- The little misses deserves quite an award for 30 years of ... endurance!!(did you marry late in life?) Teehee! I'll get the youngest to email you some pictures of Courtney's wedding. She was beautiful!
The FIL is still holding his own. Thanks for praying! It's what gets us through another day. ~New Neighbor

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61623: Excuse me if I'm out of line,... I thought this was a Andy Griffith - Mayberry chat area, seems everyone talks about everything but,.. ??

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61624: Does anyone know what Andy has been up to these days?? Anyone here going to the Mayberry Days this year?

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61625: Nope, Brian, this isn't a "Mayberry Talk" only site. Most of us found our way here because of a mutual love (ok, a compelsion) for The Andy Griffith Show, but we talk about lots of stuff here. We have the occasional moulage, but mostly we talk about everything. If you want a "Mayberry only" place, try Miss Crumps. There's a place for only TAGS talk, and also a spot called "Recess" for other stuff. To answer your question about the Mayberry-oply game, I don't know! I know they sell it at Weavers, but I've never seen it anyplace else. I have the game, and have played it a few times... it's fun! I know Andy Griffith has a few projects in the works; Homemaker updated us a couple days ago on some movies, I think. I'd love to go to Mayberry Days, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Welcome to the porch, by the way.
- Hazel

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61626: Thank you Hazel,.. glad to be welcomed,.. can you tell me who makes the game? That would help me a lot in finding it, and see if stores sell it anywhere in the retail market. Or maybe a address on the game or some info, thanks if you have any input.
Where is that updated info on Andy posted?
Also thanks for the locations!
Sorry you can't make it to Mayberry Days...

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61627: That's a great question someone asked, can you get a model of the town of mayberry?

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61628: Well Brian, I can't post a link on here, but just go to Weavers and order it from there. It's $30.00. It only takes a week or so to get stuff from there. You can find Weavers off the Mayberry dot com site. Oh, and the Town of Mayberry question. There's a feller that keeps a model, and is actually making a look-alike town. He posts over at Miss Crumps Blackboard.
- Hazel again

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61629:
Howdy porch family....We're having really bad storms here. We are under tornado warnings now.

Boo...prayers as you travel. Have fun!

Asa....you are so right.....God needs to be PILOT and not co-pilot.

Spot....you all get hit with the storms? I see where you are in the line of them. Prayers!

Brian....I think Hazel summed it up pretty well. So come on and jump in. Feel free to share your thoughts or concerns.

Well I'm gonna get out of here.
Prayers for all the porch family.

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61630: Well Brother Rev we got some heavy storms but just talked tp Miss Sherry [she is at work] and all is well..I got to read the mail...hey Romeena,hazel,Boo,M-T,TOM,CHUCK,brian,Rev little jake is cool I bet...Big Maude have you and possum and MW been feeding this bunch?..Mavis,MDC,MD,Goober..M-T..racing at Texas..well let me get Otis put back in his pin and fed...he and opie say "hey"...prayers..auh20 you in there?..breakfast will be waffle house on me!...Asa you drive ok....SPOT

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61631: I wanna drive. Why can't I drive?
- Hazel

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61632: OK Hazel you drive ...now I will set next to the driver and Asa you set in the middle...now that takes care of the front seat..now for the back...Romeena you set in the middle and possum you and M-T in the back seat ...now that takes care of the back seat..."dont touch the door"..."OK..OK so ya smell gas what cha think this car runs on coal?"....love ya porch..SPOT

April 04, 2008 - Msg 61633: I hope no one minds if Starr comes along, but she and I should be by the window, because she gets carsick sometimes. She gets sick as a dog (heehee), but has the time of her life.

Brian, we hope you'll decide to become a regular, but be aware that, as Hazel said, we don't discuss TAGS all the time, maybe not even most of the time. Many of us have been here for years, some as long as ten years or more, and that's a long time to stay on one topic. Nevertheless, you're most welcome. Just hop on board - choose a TAGS name if you wish, or continue to use your own. Makes us no nevermind.

I'm tired, think I'll turn in early tonight. Starr is asleep, lying across my foot beneath the desk, and I hate to disturb her, but I'm not about to sleep in this little chair! So to bed we go. See you all in the morning. --Romeena

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61634: Night Romeena and star,...sleep good im gone 2..see yall at breakfast...SPOT

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61635: Romeena Star better hang on to her hair ribbon!...Night ...SPOT

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61636: Hello to all on the Porch. Hope everyone's doing well.
A big howdy to Brian, too.

I hate to rock and leave, but I gotta hit the hay so I can meet everyone at IHOP. If SPOT's paying fer it, I'll be there!


April 05, 2008 - Msg 61637:
Hey Folks

Brian-Yes, indeed, welcome! I think everyone has described the Porch just fine. My take on the Porch has always been ... well, it's more like actually sitting on the Taylor's front porch than being at a fan club discussing the Taylor's front porch, not that there's anything wrong with fan clubs. I play fantasy baseball for crying out loud, I'm in no position to disparage fan clubs. Anyway, Welcome!

spot- That is one of my all-time favorite quotes that and the giraffe quote (selfish), as well as, Asa quote from WKRP, funny, funny, funny.

Chuck-Glad to see you're up and about, feeling well I hope.

New Neighbor-Continued prayers for ya! I didn't post the other day when you told us the news, but, I been praying for you.


April 05, 2008 - Msg 61638: Hi All.


Jesus walked upon this earth
And shaed His Father's wil;
His gentle spirit came to love,
His spirit loves us still.
He cried the tears of heartache
For who wouldn't see...
I wonder if He's crying now
And are those tears for me?
I know how much I've hrt Him
In things I've sid and done-
The selfish ways I've lived my life,
The songs I've left unsung.
Dear Lord will You forgive me
And let me start anew?
Prepare my heart and let me see
What You would have me do.
My hands are Yours for molding,
My feet are Yours to send.
Let me walk beside You now
And be Your earthly friend.
The journey is before us-
Iknow what I must do.
I'll give my life to hear You say,
"Well done, I'm proud of you."


April 05, 2008 - Msg 61639: HEY everyone. Just wanted to drop a quick note to say I'm thinking of ya. Prayers for POSSUM and NEW NEIGHBOR. (NN, I accidentally typed "NEIGHBOT.") That made me giggle, especially with the Star Trek talk. We could all add "bot" to the end of our names to be futuristic! Or maybe not...

RO, I'm just going to say this: reading about you and your husband truly touched my heart.

TOM, beautiful poem as usual!

Prayers for BOO for a safe and productive trip.

AUH20, my hubby likes fantasy football so don't feel bad. There ain't nothin' wrong with that! He even won one of his leagues last year.


Well, coo-coo-ca-choo, I better skedaddle. We have a birthday party and an anniversary party today. SPOT, for dinner tonight, I'm marinating some Salmon fillets in a honey/bourbon sauce and then throwing those puppies on the grill. Then I'm grilling some spring veggies and corn on the cob. There'll be hot corn bread and whipped butter, too. Help yourself! Just watch out for my pooch. She tends to go into to shark-mode at eatin' time and she takes no prisoners. Talk to you all later. Merri WeatherBOT.

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61640: Oh, forgot! HEY to STARR!

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61641: Puppies on the grill?

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61642: Good morning, all. Oh my! It's just beautiful here today, one of those mornings when you're just so glad to be alive. The sun is bright, blue skies, it's a little chilly at 58 degrees, but warming up. Trees are leafing out, many already in full leaf. The flowers in my back yard are just working overtime, and are so beautiful. My garden center neighbor had an especially healthy and beautiful batch of snapdragons, and they're incredibly pretty. Many of the flowerheads are as big as an ear of corn, and the colors! So very pretty. I've got to get some petunias now, and a LOT of impatiens for the shaded area in the far back. I plan to just pack that area with impatiens, and if they do like they did last year, they'll just knock your socks off in about six weeks, great mounds of color.

Do you ever stop to think that God could have made this a black-and-white world? I know, color attracts birds and bees and butterflies (or so we're told) but they could have been made to be attracted to shades of grey, and we could live in a monochromatic world. Just think of the richness that color brings to our lives. I have played around with my photo management program, which allows me to switch photos from color to B/W to sepia, whatever. Somehow, a beautiful picture of a bed of showy flowers just isn't the same in black and white. Our Lord really gave us a gift when He gave us color. That magenta azalea back there by my fence wouldn't be quite so pretty if all I could see was shades of gray.

Asa, that turkey quote from WKRP just has to be one of the all-time classics in the history of television. I wish TV Land would bring that show back - it was so funny. The writing was great, the casting was perfect, and it was just all-around funny.

Well, guess I'll go outside and see if I can find any weeds that need to be pulled. The guys put plenty of corn gluten meal in my flowerbeds a few weeks ago, and very few weeds are germinating. That stuff works. Any little upstarts that appear get yanked pretty quick.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61643: Recently my mother loaned me her DVD of season 1 of WKRP. And the Turkey episode is on that one. What a great ep, and the whole season is hilarious. I think I told you all how I got a portable DVD player for Christmas, and I use it a lot for when I can't sleep. I've been enjoying TAGS (of course), and I Love Lucy, and now WKRP. Folks, it doesn't get much better than that. As I lay in my comfortable bed, with my soft, swishy pillow, and watch classic TV... well it's just comforting, that's all I can say. The other night, as I was drifting off to sleep, the thought popped in my head: hmmmm, I wonder if I'm ever in a nursing home, will they let me keep my DVD player? What if they don't? What if they think I should fall asleep on my own? Then my next thought, as I fell fast asleep, was, well... maybe I won't live that long. And it was a peaceful and comfortable thought. Because I would not want to live in a world where I'm not allowed my TAGS. Funny what you think of during the night.
I love the colors too, Romeena. In Idaho, it's a little early for a lot of color, but the pansies do pretty good. I've got some purple ones that came back from last year that are blooming. Won't be long and I'll have lots of flowers too. I love it! I planted my peas today. And tomorrow maybe I'll plant a row of spinach. "Can't I see something else grow before my very eyes?"
- Hazel

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61644:
Hello porch family.....raining hard here today. Supose to be a pretty day tomorrow.

Has anyone that sent TVLand an email heard back from them? I sent one last week but haven't heard anything. Just wondering what there response would be.

Gonna hit the bed early. Prayers for all the porch family. Have a great worship day.

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61645:
That was supose to be "their" response. My fingers work faster than my brain sometimes. hehe

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61646: Thank you, Romeena, Hazel, and auh2o. And if I missed anyone else,...
Hazel thanks for the info, helped alot! Except I could not find the area you mentioned about the model....

Seems like a nice place even if it's not all tags all the time...
Speaking of tags, I was reading Jim Nabors website, (never knew he moved to hawai during tags) and his life was just an incredible one. Imagine not planning to be an actor, and ending up with your own show, and it becoming stamped forever with not just tags, but usmc... not sure if many read about him, but if his mother never was ill, he could of never became good ol' Gomer that we know. Life is something else when I read things like that. Strange,...Not that the rest of the casts didn't have similar life detours.. but I just thought his really stood out, because his passion was always music first...and he worked as a typist first! I wish I was around in that time, and how they did things on television back then,... there isn't anything I like on tv today, and I'm only 34.

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61647: Hello Rev, and Merri WeatherBOT thanks for the welcome.

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61648: Good evening, all. Glad you've decided to stick around, Brian. Oh, by the way, be sure to sign when you post. Mostly, we recognize each other's style and can figure it out, but it helps if there's a signature.

Interesting about Jim Nabors. I haven't read the things you referenced, but have read a few things about him in the past. It seems like he's a genuinely nice guy. He sure was likeable as Gomer, no question. Sweet and kind, friendly and accommodating, just an all-round good friend.

Me-They, you'll be interested to know that Starr prefers that I remain barefoot in the house. She loves to curl up and rest her little head on my foot, but if I have shoes on, they bother her. She'll chew on them, and if she can get a good hold, she'll tug on them, as if trying to remove them.

REV, don't hold your breath waiting for a response from TV Land. I've written them at least four times, and never heard a word. I doubt they even read those emails. That function is just there to make us feel like we have a voice - they'll do as they please.

Hazel, I love pansies too. I have some of those deep purple ones, and love to pair them with the bright orange ones. For some reason, I just love that color combination. Around here, pansies sometimes return for a second season, when it cools down in the fall. If I cut them off about an inch from the ground when they wilt down in the heat, and plant something else, like petunias, around them to provide a little shade, many times they'll reappear when the weather gets cool, along about the end of November. Of course, a lot of things last for more than one season here. I have some dianthus out there that are at least three years old. The secret is in pruning them severely when they start looking stressed. This lets them rest, and with some mulch for protection in the cold, and a little feeding in the spring, they'll pop back out. Amazing.

Well, guess I'll turn in. Starr is snoozing, and I don't want her to get too rested, or she'll want to play all night. It's very difficult to sleep when you have a puppy dropping a wet, chewed bunny toy in your face, or walking across you like you were a rug. She's a caution, that puppy. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 05, 2008 - Msg 61649: Oh, Tom. Thanks for the poem up there - it's beautiful. We can always count on you. --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61650: RIP Charlton Heston

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61651: Thank you for that poem TOM. There is now way I could tell you just how perfect it was. Just perfect.

Well, I am back and thank you for your prayers. To say that I had a wonderful time would be a big understatement. I have been to alot of church conferences, but never one that spoke to me as directly as this one. Wow, I feel like I have really heard from the Lord and received some good direction (much of it about setting priorities!). I also had a great time with my friends and believe me when I say that I have not laughed so much since high school. I just about laughed up a lung! Great therapy.

Ro, the weather was perfect. I think the name of the campus we were on was something like "..something Texas Baptist Seminary...?"..I forgot already but it was a beautiful campus and so nicely landscaped with big oak trees. I thought of you but we were busy every minute and crammed alot into 24 hours. I didn't get home until 2am.

M-They, that is interesting about the Balwins. Let me tell you that, while I did enjoy "Head's" book in some ways, some of it kind of dragged on through the first half and the writing was what you would expect from someone like Head, but the second half of the book and his conversion is worth reading. He is the real deal but there are some pretty bad words in the book, just a few but they are bad ones. I'm not sure why he felt he had to include them but he did. Still worth taking a look at. To answer your question, I am familiar with Nirvana but never really listened to them. I don't listen to Korn, either, and had not heard of them until a few months ago.


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61652: lots of typos, sorry...


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61653: Good Morning Porch Family:
Just wanted to thank you again for the much needed prayers. FIN went to be with the Lord yesterday morning at 2:30am. Such peace, even a slight smile as the pain and cares of this life melted away.We will miss him.
Off to get the young ones us for Sunday Service. Homemade sticky buns,fresh fruit, coffee, OJ and hot tea on the table. Help yourself. See ya after preachin' ~New Neighbor

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61654: Mornin' Boo- Didn't realize you were rockin' this morning so early.~New Neighbor

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61655: NW thanks for the breakfast...gang i have been busy with the barn raising..just getting started...got to read...prayers...will be back soon...got to find Church on TV im at work...race in Texas today gang....gona read...SPOT

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61656: Mornin' y'all. New Neighbor,my condolences to you & yours in the loss of your loved one.

Welcome back Boo,and thanks for what you posted before you left.What you said has helped me put things about my friend's passing into perspective.Thanks-not just to you,but everyone for your kindness & prayers.

Hey Brian! Glad to have you with us in Mayberry! I've never checked out Jim Nabors' website.Will do ASAP.I think he is great!

Rev, bet you're like me-waiting for this rain to clear out of SC.I'm ready for a bit of sunshine!

Have a Blessed day,y'all!
possum under a rock

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61657: Oh,Boo-Friday I went to the Flowertown Festival in Summerville,SC. I always buy some candles from a certain vendor.This year,she had a few new scents-saw one called "PMS" and laughed to myself and thought about you!

possum again

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61658: So you thought about me, huh Possum? haha...of course you did. Wonder what that candle smells like?...probably gun powder and Jack Daniels.

Glad I said something that helped you in some small way, Possum.

Prayers for your family, New Neighbor. Thanks the Lord for your father-in-law's peaceful passing.

Gotta get ready for preachin'...I don't know how I am going to stay awake...I will probably pull a Barney and fall asleep (..or was it Gomer?).


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61659: Good Sabbath Porch.
N.N. So sorry for your loss but it sounds like he was ready and prepared to go home. Prayers for your family during this period of loss.

Welcome back Boo. Glad you had a safe and spirit filled trip.

Hey Possum. How's everything.

Welcome Brian. Good to have another fan of the show here.

Hazel, sometimes my mind wanders off into strange thoughts as I'm dozing off also. Makes ya think, huh?

Well, best go get ready for preachin. We have a visitor here from New York this week. Not sure if I'll take to him or not though.


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61660: Maybe he'll talk about sin, Asa. Barney says you can't preach too much about sin.


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61661: I don't know, Asa. We been takin from Reverand Tucker for a good many years, and I ain't about to change!
- Hazel

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61662: Well, Barney would know, that's for sure. I heard he was cavortin' around in Raleigh last weekend. I heard he was staying in a corner room at the Y, and wasn't coming in until at least ten o'clock every night! The very idea!

Good morning, all. I didn't make it to preaching this morning, couldn't sleep last night for the sciatic pain. You know how that stuff is - it runs across your hip, down the back of your leg, circles around on your foot and shoots right back up the way it came! Sure will keep you awake. I was wishing for my little blue pills. I finally got comfortable about 5:30, and when the alarm went off, I just shut it down. Dirty me, dirty me, I'm disgusted with myself.

It's another beautiful day here - beauty befitting a Sabbath morning. Maybe I'll take Starr and go out in the swing in the arbor, and have our own little worship and praise service. Certainly a lot to inspire praise out there.

New Neighbor, I'm sorry for your loss, but it sounds like it was more of a triumphal entry for your FIL. God is so good.

Boo, I'm glad you enjoyed Ft. Worth. It's a neat city, culturally advanced, but it's still just a big old cow town at heart. Lots of great things over there. A good zoo, a great museum, the stock yards, a train ride that's a lot of fun with a big old real steam engine pulling it, and you can watch them reverse the engine's direction on a huge turntable. I thought my grandson's eyes were going to fall out of his head when he was watching that! The Bass Performance Hall is there - an acoustic wonder, and I saw my first IMAX movie many years ago, at the theater in the museum complex. Like I said, a really neat city.

Well, guess I'll go feed little Starr. I hear her in there nosing her bowl around the kitchen floor - I take that as a hint. Little old sweet thing.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61663: NN, my condolences. Your description of his passing was so peaceful.

Prayers for RO and her sciatic pain. Don't feel guilty that you didn't make it to church. I'm sure the Lord understands.

Glad BOO made it back safely and had a fun trip.

Good afternoon to everyone and have a happy, relaxing Sunday. mw

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61664: Afternoon bo,ro,nw,mdc,asa,possum,brother Rev,TOM,auh20,hazel and all!...Mavis and race fans the Texas race is under way!...slow here at work,im here till 6am monday..then off till thu..gona work on my barn...well left over bbq chicken if yall want some...supper will be pizza hut on asa and me...well braves and race are on...life is good...maude will slaw go with pizza?...SPOT

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61665: Spot, slaw goes with anything, and in my opinion, anything goes with pizza, so I guess the two would go together just fine! --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61666:
Hello porch family.

Boo....so glad you had a great time with the Lord. It just lifts us up to around a bunch of God loving folks.

Ro...yep, you're probably right about TVLand not even seeing the emails. Also, sorry you had a rough night last night. I pray you get caught up tonight with a sound night's sleep.

Brian....that's pretty neat info about Jim Nabors. It's so good to have you here buddy.

New N....my prayers continue to be with you and family.

Possum....yep....it's really nice and sunny here today. Thank You Lord!

Spot....clicking back and forth between the race and the Braves.

Folks, I ask for your prayers this Tuesday. I've mentioned a while back that I've been working in the studio on a new cd. This tuesday I will be back in the studio tracking vocals and this pollen is not a singer's best friend. So please pray that my voice will hold out for the tracks. It's all for HIS glory so I want the very best for HIM. Thank ya'll so much!

I'm praying for all the porch family!

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61667:
Just did a quick scan of the archives. We had our carpets cleaned on Friday. Removed all the furniture, then put it all back on Sat. and did our spring cleaning, as things were put back.
Whew, a yearly job that is getting harder and harderto do, but the house is nice and clean again!
BRIAN- as the top line above says we "shoot the breeze" here. A lot can be stuffed into those 3 little words, so grab a chair and hang on! ha
I got a letter from ole Colt. He is still doing fine, just sans computer.
Hey, all you 70's rockers. I know you all liked leonard skyner, did anyone like Boz Skaggs?
Hope you all made it ot preachin' today. There will be a concert later under the stars!
God Bless

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61668: Braves won Rev..carl looking good in the race...MDC..Ledo-shuffle...I liked the Boz and I was and am a 70"s rocker...ha ha..back to the race...SPOT

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61669: Hey MDC,I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd in Charlotte when I was a teenager-the original band,with Ronnie Van Zant.Three months later,he & others were gone in that plane crash. The ultimate Southern Rock band -sorry any Allman Brothers fans!

As for Boz Scaggs,I remember (yes,I actually recall the 70's!) I was in a restaurant with my friend & her brother when a Boz Scaggs song came over the speaker system. My friend's brother said "That's Boz Scaggs- Boz Scaggs... sounds like some kind of infection! "He even said it like it was nasty! So,that's what comes to mind when someone mentions him.Some of his music is ok,though. Spot's singing one of his songs now-hey spot,don't forget the "Oh,oh,oh,oh.."! That's the best part!

Y'all have a good one!
possum under a rock

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61670: I think I need a keeper. I just sat down here at this keyboard and ordered 18 more iris rhizomes! Just what I needed, more iris. That Schreiner's Gardens website just calls to me now and then, and before I know it, I've ordered more. I

don't know where I'm going to plant them. 18 of them!! I'm tripping over iris back there now. Maybe I'll put some of them in the rose bed. Five of them are the dwarf variety, and they'll go around the pond, but that leaves 13 to be located in the rest of the yard. My landscaper friend, Joe, is going to wring my neck. He threatened to pour molasses in my keyboard the last time I did this.

But you see, Schreiner's has this "red star discount", where when you reach a certain amount, everything becomes half price, and you get a free bonus iris too. Now who could resist a deal like that? Certainly not me! Oh, woe is me. Oy! --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61671: I think I need a keeper. I just sat down here at this keyboard and ordered 18 more iris rhizomes! Just what I needed, more iris. That Schreiner's Gardens website just calls to me now and then, and before I know it, I've ordered more.

I don't know where I'm going to plant them. 18 of them!! I'm tripping over iris back there now. Maybe I'll put some of them in the rose bed. Five of them are the dwarf variety, and they'll go around the pond, but that leaves 13 to be located in the rest of the yard. My landscaper friend, Joe, is going to wring my neck. He threatened to pour molasses in my keyboard the last time I did this.

But you see, Schreiner's has this "red star discount", where when you reach a certain amount, everything becomes half price, and you get a free bonus iris too. Now who could resist a deal like that? Certainly not me! Oh, woe is me. Oy! --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61672: Hey, how did that happen? Sorry - I guess I'm just all in a dither. --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61673: Carl won the race!..Allman Brothers ...GOOD band!..Steve Miller Band!,..Tom Petty!,Molly Hatchit [w/Danny Joe Brown],America,Stix,REO,ELO,Journey[Steve Perry],Mountian,Blackfoot,Grand Funk Railroad..I listened to all of it...well any left overs from supper?...picked up here a little at work...back in a bit..prayers...SPOT

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61674: Romeena, I'm the same way. Except that I don't order on-line. But every time I go to a garden center, or any store at all that sells flowers, for that matter, well, I have to buy something. It might be a variety that I hadn't seen at any other stores in town, or perhaps a screaming deal that I just had to have. I'm terrible. I have a real compelsion about flowers. And although in most of my flower beds, they either re-seed themselves, or are perenials and come back each year; so I really don't need that many more... but still I buy them.
Gotta run. "Monks" starting.
- Hazel

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61675: It's been over six months since Millie passed. Prayers to her family.

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61676: Hazel, the online ordering is really my downfall. It's just so easy to sit here and point and click, and then get up and go watch TV. In the garden center, at least I have to carry the stuff home, and look at it until I get it planted. By ordering online, there's nothing to do right now, so it's easy. In a few weeks, when a truck backs up and dumps a zillion iris rhizomes on my driveway, I'll be sorry, but for now, I'm safe. I'm kidding, of course, but there is a principle buried in there somewhere. It's the same principle that is behind the stacks of yarn skeins in my craft closet. I can happily buy twenty or so skeins, with all good intentions, but then when it comes to actually crocheting that huge afghan or whatever, somehow many times it doesn't get done. With the irises, though, I'll have to plant them. Yarn won't ruin, but iris rhizomes will.

Well, off I go. Starr is begging for a cuddle, and I can't disappoint her. She is the most loving, affectionate little thing! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61677:
Hello porch family.....Yea I remember and listened to all those 70's groups listed above. And don't forget the Marshall Tucker Band, CCR and the Eagles. Some good music then. I still like to dig out those songs and listen to them.

Good race Spot....Also good Braves game. Maybe they are back on track after two in a row.

Have a great night and prayers for all the porch family!

April 06, 2008 - Msg 61678: hi all.
Romeena all unwant flowers can be send here..


April 06, 2008 - Msg 61679: Yes, # 61675, I was thinking of Millie earlier today, as a matter of fact. I sure miss her, and often think of her family.
- Hazel

April 07, 2008 - Msg 61680: Night Rev,TOM,Lady Romeena!..Ms Hazel...brother Rev the Marshall Tucker band was one of my favorite..and being 48 I did fall into the Disco! days..Bee Gee"s !..then in the early 80"s I went country, but I still like the old Rock and Country of all kinds..and by the way Rev"s CD"S are great!..they stay in my truck or loaned out!..slow now here at work..these 24 hr shifts [dont work these much] make for a long day but had the race and games on..Sure wish some of Millies family would check in ...she was one of the late night porchsters with me ...kept me company...sure miss her...Lucy where are you?..gizzmo?Irishster?..well will check back...fishing is on the tube now...breakfast will be at Cracker Barrell on Rev and I..Asa wear shoes of....SPOT the "ready for a day off" dog of your porch

April 07, 2008 - Msg 61681: Good morning...wish I could go back for some more sleep but maybe I can catch a nap later. The weekend kept me sleep deprived!

I think about Millie very and wonder about her family. I pray they are doing okay.

SPOT, I had not thought about some of those bands you mentioned in years! Thanks for the memories. I just loved Steve Perry's voice.

Better finish this coffee and get going...


April 07, 2008 - Msg 61682: very often, that is...


April 07, 2008 - Msg 61683:
Morning Porch

It is sunny here today! It may snow this weekend BUT it's sunny here today!

It's hard to rock on the Porch and not think of Millie. I don't know if everyone knows who she is, but, I always thought of Millie being like Peggy Noonan. I don't know why.

Southern Rock, my fav's were Tom Petty, CCR, and Skynyrd.

spot-Wow, that's quite a confessing, loving disco. But, I too have a hidden past, I once stood in line all night to buy David Bowie tickets, " ... and Ziggy played guitar!" My absolute favorites back then were Bowie and The Talking Heads.

possum-That's neat that you got to see the original Lynyrd Skynyrd.

MDC-I love listening to Boz Scaggs.

Brain-If you stop around again today there's gonna be this fellow named Me-They stopping by and no matter what he tells ya, don't pull his finger.

Romeena-I just love shopping on line. Living out here on the edge of the earth has left us with few local shopping options. So, if I can avoid and hour ride to the mall and sit and shop with a cup of coffee, that's all right by me. You're right though, ya gotta be a little prudent about it.

Brothers Gibb: "Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive."


April 07, 2008 - Msg 61684:
Oh, Hey There Boo.