December 19, 2009 - Msg 76760: Ok,let's all pile in Rev's RV and head up to O'Malley's cabin for Spot's Big 5-0 Birthday Bash/Christmas Party!! Big Maude just called-she's already up there dancing with Al.She says Clifford & Opie's rock band is really groovy and for us to hurry on up.Rev,make sure to swing by and get Spot-wouldn't want him to miss his own party!

possum under a rock

December 19, 2009 - Msg 76761: Dang! Now I've got dust all over my outfit! I can't go to a party looking like this!
Ky girl, can I borrow your skirt? You know the one with the martini glasses on it- and maybe those dangly earrings of yours too. Thank ya kindly!
possum again

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76762: Well so far, we have 13 inches of that blasted stuff I'm more than willing to share. Thankfully it melted a little today back down to below freezing tonight with more snow blowing around out there. They are calling for it again Thursday through Friday, so it's looking promising for a white Christmas. Looking forward to the party for Spot. I was thinking about wearing earrings but thought it might be to much. Hope everybody stays warm tonight--Salty Dog

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76763: Wow! Good frosty morning to you all. It's 31 degrees here, absolutely no wind, and clear skies. There is a rime of frost on the grass, and a sleepy-looking squirrel is poking his nose out of one of the squirrel boxes. My grass is still green, thanks to the fescue we planted. Beneath that, the St. Augustine is mostly brown. In the spring, they'll change places, with the fescue turning brown and the St. Augustine greening up and poking it's way to the top. The fescue will die completely by summer and will compost, enriching the soil. Between that process, and the application of cornmeal and dry molasses, I never, ever apply commercial chemical fertilizer. I love it!

Well, time to get ready for preaching. Toye Starr already smells a rat, and is making herself scarce. No telling where she'll hide, trying to keep me from leaving. If I spot her, I'll nab her and close her up in the bedroom with me until I'm ready to leave. If I don't, then I'll have to hunt her down, the little pill. She has made me late to things more than once. Gonna have to start rounding her up earlier in the game.

Be blessed, everyone! Now where did I put those Christmas earrings? --Romeena

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76764: Boy,what a party! I think my favorite part was seeing Spot open up all those gifts we got him- bottle of Geritol,the Metamucil,arthritis ointment,and all of that other stuff. Hope he made it home ok- I'm not sure how many miles per gallon that gasoline powered wheelchair we gave him gets-he might still be on the road! Guess I'll look for him on my way to church this morning.

For those of you that didn't make the party- you should've seen Big Maude & Asa doing the mashed potato!

Y'all have a good Sunday-love to all!
possum under a rock

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76765: Sorry, make that "poking its way to the top." Argh! --Romeena

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76766: That's what you said, isn't it Ro?

I am up driking a little coffee but feeling under the weather. I think I picked up a little virus...not a bad one but just bad enough to make me feel yucky. I had chills yesterday evening but no fever..wierd. Stomach is a little upset and I have a headache. Think I will skip preachin' this morning and get some more rest. I hate to miss but I think I need to stay home.


December 20, 2009 - Msg 76767: Howdy! Just got home from preachin', and sure am glad I went. We had two Muslim women visiting in our Sunday School class. They used to come to our Internationals outreach that meets on Wednesday mornings, but haven't attended in a while. Now suddenly they show up! Sounds like a "God thing" to me.

Boo, I was correcting my "it's" vs "its" error. You know how I am about stray apostrophes. I hope you're feeling better by now - this is no time to be coming down sick!

Well, since yesterday's "little nap" turned into a "big nap", I guess I'd better go wrap packages and make cookies. Then I have to work tonight. Also have to work tomorrow night, which means I have to miss my Sunday School class Christmas party at our teacher's house. Believe me, there are times when my job seriously interferes with my life.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76768: Hi All.
Just a bad day to be on the road right now.
Cleaing up from the bad stomr .


December 20, 2009 - Msg 76769: Well gang...sorry about the NO Post...sad news here...My lab Otis got hit and killed this morning...had a back hoe from work come over and I layed him to rest next to the barn..sure gona miss him....gona build him a dog I ever owned....on a lighter note..HEY to all..had a great CHEISTmas feast with kids and family and Miss Sherry (well she is family too) Moms....gona read the post..hey Ro,Possum,MDC,To,...and thanks for all the cards...yall are the best...SPOT

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76770: RIP "Otis The Dog"

I'm sorry,spot.
possum under a rock

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76771:
Hey Folks

Tom-Stay off them roads.

Spot-Sorry to hear the news about Otis.


December 20, 2009 - Msg 76772: Good Sunday evening porch folks, we are shoveling out of the snow storm that hit my end of the porch on Friday. We got about 5-6 inches of snow, quite a bit for us. lost power and water for 2 days. ended up spening 1 night in a hotel as we were really cold and had no way to 'flush". Came home this am to power but still no water all day.
We went to church to the Christmas music program and came home to running water. I realize we are pretty spoiled with all these modern conveniences.

So sorry about Otis SPOT.
Happy Birthday to you. Your card is in the mail may be a bit late due to the snow and all but it will get there.

My son's birthday is tomorrow... he turns 19.
Happy Birthday Patrick!

Better get off here and get to work catching up the wash.
Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76773: My feet need soaking.. all that dancing at the party I guess.
Big Maude

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76774: Spot, so sorry to hear about Otis. Pets are very special friends. May the Lord bless and comfort you. Miss Peggy

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76775:
Miss Peggy, good to see you again! Merry Christmas.
SPOT- my condolences- dogs are indeed mans best friend. Prayers all around buddy.
Possum- you can be so funny. Love your recent posts.
Well, it has been very hard for me to get "into the mood" this year, not sure why, but then I saw a movie on TBN last night and that all changed. It was good. It help me realize my purpose! God bless everyone!!

December 20, 2009 - Msg 76776: Merry Christmas to you too, MDC, and everyone on the porch. Miss Peggy

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76777:
Hello porch family. sorry to hear about Otis brother.

Tom....don't be out there playing in all that snow:)

Possum....someone left their platform shoes in my RV after Spot's party. They are size 10 and purple??

Miss Peggy....good to see ya!

You all have a good night's sleep. Say your prayers and give Jesus a big hug!
Love and prayers for all the porch family.

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76778: Good foggy Monday morning all. Had to crawl in on my drive to work because of dense fog. Boy I dislike driving in that stuff.

Spot, I'm so sorry to read about your Otis. I know how hard it is to lose a loved friend. Prayers for you buddy.

Sounds like an adventure Big Maude. Glad you got power back. And Happy Birthday to Patrick. They grow up quick.

Hey to Peggy. Where you been? I thought maybe you ran off with that hungry buzzaed Don. Wouldn't you know his name would be Don. :)

Lot's of upsets yesterday in the NFL. Keeps things fun for this late in the season I reckon.

Has anyone seen the Nativity Story? Pretty good movie. I didn't think hollyweird could produce anything that good anymore. Well worth adding to your DVD list if you haven't seen it.

Well it's a short week for me so I better get some things done. I work up to and including Wed. then am off until the new year.

Y'all behave now. (you to possum)


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76779: Oh, my! Oh, Spot, I hate to hear about Otis. I know you loved him, and I know your heart is broken. There are tears on my keyboard right now, and I'm praying for you. I fully understand how much it hurts to lose a beloved furry friend. I am so sorry.

The only counsel I would offer is this - don't let too much time go by before you find another friend. Not to replace Otis, because that can't be done, but to make a new place in your heart, and to bring you laughter and fun and help you heal. Somewhere, there's another loving pup who would just be thrilled to be your buddy and make you happy, and who needs a forever home. Go for it, go and find him. Not today, but soon.

Be blessed. --Romeena

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76780: Good morning everyone. Hope y'all are well. We got dumped on with about two feet of snow on Saturday and Sunday morning. I'm tired of shoveling but still have some walk-clearing to do here at work. Since I'm now the only male on staff, this kind of stuff seems to get left for me to take the lead. Wonder if Gloria Steinhem would be out there shoveling with me ;-)?

In case I don't talk to ya'll before, have a blessed Christmas. As Andy Williams says, it's the most wonderful time of the year!


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76781: Hi All.
Spot sorry about your dog, my orayer are what you.
Now Happy Birthday Patrick and to you Spot.
Auc2o I do not druve so I will not be on the road, and Rev I will stay in the house.
I do not like being out sizd iin all the snow :(
besizd we have some more snow comming in this week and maybe a little dain too! :(


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76782: Good Morning porch family,

I am still recovering from my week end adventure and that wild birthday party at O'Malleys. Getting too old for such goings on! Sure did have fun though.

Hope all is well this morning. Made it to work okay today, probably will work till about 4 today. I am guessing it will be quite around here. Many folks are still without power and water.

Good to see you M-T. I sure do miss you. try and come around more often.

Continued prayers for everyone.

Lunch menu will be: BBQ sandwhiches, SLAW, broasted poratoes. chocolate cake with chocolate icing. tea, kool aid to drink

Remember to Count your blessings to day. Prayers for everyone.

Big Maude

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76783: Oh SPOT, I am so sorry about OTIS. May the Lord comfort your heart, my friend. A great dog/friend is so hard to lose.

SPOT, I was at a friend's house last night and he was trying to get me to take home the last of his puppies! He has one of the cutest BIG black lab pups that was the runt of the litter but no more! That pup is huge. Mark (my friend) went and got him outside and immediately deposited him on my lap. His long legs were hanging off, though. I really wanted to take him home but Bruce is being stubborn about not having another dog yet. :-( As Ro said, I hope that soon, after you heart has time to heal, you will find another lab pup that needs a home and a friend. I think I mentioned before that I used to have a cat when i was young that I dearly loved and when he died, I never really got over it and still felt pain when I thought of him, but this cat we have now (Tiger) looks just like him and even acts like him and having him somehow healed the pain of losing my childhood kitty. It does help, at least in my case it did.:-)


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76784: Hey Me-They! Good to see you...sorry about all that snow you are having to shovel... Merry Christmas to you and that sweet family of your's.

REV, if those platform shoes are purple and a size 10, they belong to ASA.


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76785: They ain't mine,Rev! I wear size 8! I think they belong to Asa- he had a retro Elton John thing going that night! No wonder Maude's feet hurt,what with Asa mash potato-ing and all them other dances all over Maude's tootsies!

Happy Birthday to Patrick! And to spot tomorrow-the big 5-0!

Merry Christmas to you & yours,Me-They.

Well, hope y'all have a nice day-love to all!
possum under a rock
P.S. glad I amuse ya,MDC!

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76786:
Happy First Day of Winter All!!
All that snow and cold weather before today is
just a figment of your imagination! ha It's sort of
like having a conference on "global WARMING" in Denmark in December in the middle of a blizzard!! haha
Papabear- we have the brown truck all packed and ready for it's midnight ride.
Me-They-good tom see you! Merry Christmas to you also.
Big Maude- Possum should help you clean up at O'Malleys! (: At least replace the lampshades! teehee.
Prayers continue for all.

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76787:
Hey Folks

I was just gonna read an scoot this morning but... Hey Me-They! You have gotta stop by more often. Please.

MDC-Now we know what a Senator costs. Let's buy one. We'll go halfsies. S-A-L-U-T-E Sen. Ben Nelson! Tony Soprano couldn't have cut a better deal.


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76788: Merry Christmas! We've been working hard to get our online card ready this year. It's taken some time to finish up but its finally ready!

Jan, Adam and I hope you enjoy this years card. It's always fun trying to think of a new twist on the Mayberry theme and for some reason, Charlie Brown was on our minds this year so here we are. Mayberry and Charlie Brown...I believe this might be a first time for this combination.

The card is done in "Flash" so you'll need that but most people already have that plug-in installed so it should work fine. As a bonus, you might like to see The Ghosts of Christmas Past in the form of all the "old" online Christmas cards from our family dating back from 1997 through 2008.

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

We hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas!
May the Lord bless you with happiness and smiles.


December 21, 2009 - Msg 76789: Merry Christmas Floyd. Love the card. Miss Peggy

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76790: Merry Christmas,Floyd! The card was awesome!

possum under a rock

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76791: Merry Chrisymas, Floyd!from tom

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76792:
Awesome Floyd! Cool, cuz i did peanuts at home this year as a display. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for keeping the light on for us on this here front porch. We put a little nativity scene on the lawn, and so far Ernest T has left it alone! ha
In all seriousness, thanks so much for having this site for all of us TAGS crazies to communicate!
You're the CATS!

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76793: Gosh Porch yall are so nice...and thanks....let me get logged in here at work...thanks for lunch maude....SPOT

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76794:
I just went thru the other cards!
Wow, very cool!
You are a bird in this world!

December 21, 2009 - Msg 76795: Thanks Floyd! It was fun looking back. :-)


December 22, 2009 - Msg 76796: Happy Birthday to SPOT!!
Thanks for the Christmas card Floyd,beaut-iful.

Breakfast at I-Hop this morning. Birthday pancakes for our talking/camping/cooking dog.

Thanks to all of your for the lovely Christmas cards. I look forward to going home everyday checking the mail.
Prayers and blessing to all.

Big Maude

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76797: Ain't it nifty?? SPOT is FIFTY!!

Happy Birthday,you old talking dog-welcome to the club!

possum under a rock

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76798: Happy Birthday Spot. You qualify now for AARP privledges. :)


December 22, 2009 - Msg 76799: Hi All.
Will HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPOT and may all you wish comr true.


December 22, 2009 - Msg 76800:
Asa-I'd say what i think of aarp, but it's Christmas, so I'll refrain! ha
Nelson, on the other hand...grr, I'll bite my tongue there also!
Well, hope everyone is ready for Christmas and that Jesus is the major part of that plan.
Sure hope that our missing porchsters will stop by for a visit.
God bless C. Darling, Bert Miller, Sally, Missy, Lester, Gary, Smokey Mt. Hillbilly, Alyce, Idelle, Ollie, hazel, Merriweather, Opie Mom, Dr. P, Happy Nut, Dixie Belle, Chuck, Thomas Moody, Mayberry Deputy,Warren, Rev Jr, and all others who havent beeen around lately.
We miss you! Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76801: merry christmas to everyone. spot- happy birthday!@!! may you have another 100. possum- great sweep! any snow your way? asa- does spot qulify for aarp privledges under dog years or peoples? bigmaude- did you have egg nog pancakes at I_HOP? FLOYD___ thanks for all you do. merry christmas to you and yours. merry christmas tom- boo- romeena auh20, rev, . mdc- still hanging in danville waiting on the weather to clear so the brown truck can take flight. merry christmas my friend. MAY 2010 BE THE BEST EACH OF YOU EVER HAD. pappabear

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76802: Uh-Oh...I just remembered that I forgot to mail my christmas cards! Sorry, you all will be getting them after christmas, I'm afraid. :-( Life has been such a blur, I have trouble remembering everything but we have been having some fun, too. Its not all work. I love the week of Christmas because all the parties and things are over for the most part and things seem to slow down...unless you are a last-minute shopper (like me, I guess). I still have to get something for Zach, Alli, Josh and Nathan....I think it will have to be gift cards. Kids around here like that best. I always get something for Zach and Alli but this year Josh and Nathan's parents are really struggling with the finances so I want to get them something. They are such great kids. I wish you all could know them. They don't seem to be your typical teens.

Merry Christmas to you Pappabear!


Happy Birthday, SPOT!!...AARP! HAHAHAHA....ASA, you kill me.

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76803: Hey, I just had an idea- what about us having a New Year's Eve party?? We'll dress Spot up as Father Time! Ha Ha Ha!
Now,who wants to volunteer to be the New Year's Baby? Gotta wear a diaper,ya know!

possum under a rock

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76804:
Possum, maybe Ernest T will be our rock-throwin' new years baby! haha
Pappabear! Same to you buddy, Good luck with the temp job. That's important work!
BOO- facebook tells all--I saw you in your pink PJs!!! Great kareoke too! ha

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76805: FLOYD.. thanks for the wonderful card
Spot sorry for your loss ,animals tend to become a big part of our families and a loss of a loved pet is very hard to go through ,may god bless you
Prayers for all on the porch in need

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76806: Hey Mayberry Deputy. Good to see you. Hope you have a nice Christmas.

A.A.R.P. American Association of Renound Puppies. :)


December 22, 2009 - Msg 76807:
Too funny asa.
We got a big desert rainstorm here in the Phx area! Woohoo, we needed it!
M.D. good to see you!
I was watching the guys in the big city ep last week, (the one with artie johnson as the deskclerk), and now i know how you got your name!
Barn: "I always sign my name that way, MD,...Mayberry Deputy!"
MDC.. But that's Mr. Darlin's Cuz! (:

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76808:
Hey, how about a Christmas ep "quote-a-thon?"

Ben, Tarnation, now how'd they get in there, musta mistaked them for my 'lectric razor."

December 22, 2009 - Msg 76809: MDC

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76810:
Ever'body out shoppin'?

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76811: Nope- right here...MERRY CHRISTMAS porch family- Thanks for the great cards. Sure is fun to go to the mailbox and get a card from you all. Got my shopping done early this year. YEA!! New Years' party , sounds like a plan.
~New Neighbor

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76812: Wishing all my Mayberry friends a wonderful Christmas...prayers for all.


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76813: Morning porch.
Hey to N.N. and AFD.
I Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76814: Good Morning porch family, hope all is well today.
working until about noon today and then off until next Monday the 28th. Looking forward to a few days off and spending time with family.

Lunch will be: hamburgers will all the trimmings, chips, SLAW. Brownies for dessert. tea, kool aid to drink. see you at lunch time.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76815: HA...I know, MDC...I think I am going to have to kill my friend, Terri. What we do at retreat is supposed to STAY at retreat. The last thing I wanted was everyone to see me in my pink pj's! Pretty funny, though. I'll make sure ya'll get some more pictures after this year's retreat...only I will be wearing more appropriate attire...well, maybe. ;-)

I'm in for the quote-a-thon. Asa, did you ever tell us where that quote was from that said something about a "big black hole"?

Here's one for ya: "It could be that in the sight of heaven, you are far less worthy to live than millions like this poor man's child?!"....I think that's right, anyway. I just heard it last night.

One more: "'s the gift that keeps on givin'"


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76816: By the way, I took Sean and two of his friends to see a movie last night. It was called "Old Dogs". It's the one with Robin Williams and John Travolta. Rated PG, not bad words and a nice little movie. There were some adult issues addressed, especially in the beginning of the movie so I don't think it is a movie for little children, ok for teens, though. It had a really nice message about the importance of family and the relationship between Robin and Travolta's characters was so funny and sweet, too. Pretty funny in some parts. It was kind of sad that Bernie Mack was in it...must have filmed it right before he died, and it was sad to think that Travolta's 14 year old son died recently.

Better go get to work...notice I haven't mentioned laundry in awhile and there is a good reason for that...I haven't had time to do much of it. Oh well, 'tis the season. :-)


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76817: Forgot to tell ya'll that they poured the concrete for the drive way on Monday and it is neat. Erin will really love riding her scooter on it and playing basketball on the carport. We can't drive on it until Thursday or Friday, though. Things just seem to be moving so slow with finishing up on the house. It is taking so long but we need be out of this apartment by Jan 9th. SO much to do!!

One of Bruce's sisters decided to have Christmas dinner at her house and invite Bruce's family. I told her i would bring my boxing gloves, or that her husband and i would just leave and go to a movie or something. Never in my life have I known people like his family...they aren't happy unless they are feeling "offended" or accusing someone else of something. Crazy. We have had some interesting holidays with them, let me tell you. Maybe I will bring some Mulberry squeezins to help calm them down and put them in a better mood!


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76818:
Boo, if I can bite my tongue on Ben Nelson of Nebraska, then you can do this with the family! (:
While they are there, just pretend you're in your pink jammies!! ha That will keep a smile on your face!
I have seen the previews for that film, looks funny!
OK, Christmas Ep quote:
Andy, Barn, what else did Hilda Mae write in your card?
Hey to AFD!!!
God bless,

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76819: Hey Boo.
The quote was "Wow, what a hole!" And it was from Home Alone 2 Lost in New York.

Let's see... I think your first quote is from Christmas Carol.
The second one is Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation.

How about this one? "It's indescribably beautiful. It's..It's like the 4th of July."


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76820: A Christmas Story, right??...Ralphie's dad crooning over the leg lamp. HAHA....gotta love that movie. "You used up all the glue...ON PURPOSE!!!".


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76821: Hi All:)
Will it a little warm today but by friday calling for rain! :(

Give help where it is wanted.
Give help to those who need,
It's one of life's great pleasures,
Not just a simple deed.
A smile, a word of friendly praise,
As you pursue your days,
Makes it a little easier
To emulate God's ways.


December 23, 2009 - Msg 76822: MDC,you are really making a moulage out of Boo in those pink pajamas! I might just have to join Facebook to see what has you so excited! Ha!

Merry Christmas to all! I have also enjoyed all of the cards from everyone. New Neighbor,thank you for the sentiment you expressed to me in yours.

Busy,busy day today! Why are holidays always so hectic?

I'll catch y'all later-love to all!
possum under a rock

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76823:
TOM- thanks, you are the CATS!
Possum- you ARE the cat! haha
One tradition i have is this:
on the 23rd (today)after work I will stop
at the mall on the way home and just sit
on a bench inside the mall and just people-watch.
To me, it is so interesting!
Pappabear- the brown truck is all gassed up, spot put the skis on it, and we all packed it to the gills with goodies! You're all set brother!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76824: Merry Christmas to all -- I'm working tonight, but then am off until New Year's Eve! Yay!

Just to make your day, all you porchsters in the frozen north, it is 73 degrees and sunny here in North Texas today. Pansies and snapdragons are blooming, even a couple of roses, too. So, shiver and shake, and think of us down here in our shirtsleeves. Actually, truthfully, I envy you. I'd just love to see a white Christmas, just once.

Here's my Christmas quote:
She: "He's kind and strong and stable, he's solid!"
He: "Wow! He sounds like a bookcase!"

Well, back to some last-minute wrapping. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76825:
Merry Christmas ole Barney Parney Poo!
(Well, I guess that's better than cream puff!) ha

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76826: It looks like we are going to have a very white, blizzardy Christmas, Ro! So, don't envy too much. ;)
I remember the year we had Christmas in Hawaii. I must admit, it was kind of hard to get that "Christmasy" feeling, due to the cold, snowy weather I was always used to.
But then, when I think about it, they didn't have snow on the first Christmas either, so maybe you folks in the South(or tropics) are nearer to the true Christmas after all. But, warm or cold, I guess we just have to remember that the weather is not the "reason for the season".

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! And in the words of Tiny Tim: "May God bless us, everyone!"

-Sterling Holobyte

December 23, 2009 - Msg 76827:
Hello porch family. Wow a busy day today. Trying to get to bed a little early tonight.

Let's all meet at Cracker Barrel for Christmas Eve breakfast.
Spot.... be sure to wear your Santa suit. I'll get there early to save us all a table.

Let's all remember....It's not a holiday but a Holy Day!
Love and prayers for all the porch family.

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76828: Merry Christmas everyone!! Spot, I'm so sorry about your dog, thoughts and hugs goin out to you. Thanks so much for all the cards, it's just the neatest thing getting them from all over. Cracker Barrel sounds great for breakfast. In all my cooking today I haven't gotten around to cooking us breakfast lol. I wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas please stay safe--Salty Dog

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76829: Good morning, porch! Just got home from work. It's now 40 degrees here, and supposed to drop into the 20s some time tonight, with probable snow flurries tonight and tomorrow! Nowhere else but Texas!

I'm going to have a bowl of cereal and go to bed. I'll be going out to my son's tonight, church with his family then to his house for dinner. I've got five dozen of the best homemade tamales you ever ate (made by Jorge and Maria) and my son is picking up some Mexican sides, Eloise is making guacamole, and we will have a great Texas-style Christmas Eve dinner.

Gotta go fill the critter feeders, poor little things are going to be hungry in this sudden cold weather, and especially if we get the snow they're predicting. I have to say, I hope we do, because I've never seen a white Christmas. It will be a real treat.

Be blessed, porch friends, and a very Merry Christmas to one and all. --Romeena

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76830: So is everyone ready for christmas?I'm finishing up my shopping today.Our weather has been bad for driving so I haven't been out to the stores.I have received cards from porch friends I agree with salty dog,it is wonderful getting cards from everyone.ok possum,you can borrow the skirt anytime you like but my dangly earrings keep ending up in the strangest places!Those you will have to ask someone else about,my best recollection was MDC was wearing them last time I seen them.Poor little toy starre didn't get to wear them long.Boo,I loved those pink pajamas!I can't wait to see the pics this year, you all look like you are having a blast!Well,best be gettin ready to fight the crowds,meet you all at cracker barrel tonight,Merry Christmas to all the porch.I am truly blessed to call you all friends.Prayers for all-ky girl

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76831: Mornin' y'all! Oh,wow,I don't know if I can type- I am still shaking with excitement! Just got an e-mail from my nephew Andy.He is not in Wyoming-he is about 30 miles away here in South Carolina! He wants me to pick him up so he can surprise my mama (his Gran) on Christmas. Whoo hoo!!! I HAD to tell somebody!!

possum under a rock

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76832: KY Girl, I wish there was some way you could come with me to retreat sometime. Wouldn't that be fun? Of course, you are a long way from here. :-(

I'm taking tamales to my sister's house tonight, Ro. Just bought them fresh yesterday...still so hot you could barely touch the foil they were wrapped in.

Well, I am off to face the crowds because I forgot someone on my christmas list!! Wish me luck..."I'm goin' in!"...


December 24, 2009 - Msg 76833: Merry christmas Floyd,love the christmas card!-ky girl

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76834: Praise the Lord Possum!So happy for you and your mom that Andy is coming for christmas!God is Good!-ky girl

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76835:
"Yes Possum, there is a Santa Claus!"
(otherwise known as the Lord Jesus Christ!(-:Alleluia!) Be safe and warm out there!
Hey to KYgirl, Salty dog, Romeena and ALL!

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76836: happy christmas to you all

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76837: Alright Possum. What a gift.

Hey Salty Dog, You be careful too.

Good luck Boo. Yer braver than me for sure.

Merry Christmas to you Tom.

Ro, I'm guessing your quote is from It's a Wonderful Life. But it's just a guess.

I ain't got your earings ky girl. MDC had em last.

Good to see you Sterling. Merry Christmas.

Think I'll read Dickens "Christmas Carol" today. It's a great read. Then read out of Luke tonight.

Love you all.


December 24, 2009 - Msg 76838: Thanks- just talked to Andy and I'll be picking him up in the morning. What a surprise for the entire family! I think I'll hide him out at my rock,then have him walk over to Mama's and come in the back door.She will have what we refer to down South as a "FIT"- Mama will have a FIT!
I'm about to have one myself trying to keep it a secret!
Happy Christmas Eve!
possum again

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76839: Nate Bracey here saying Merry Christmas to all on the front porch. You are a good bunch o people.

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76840:
Andy: Santa, did you park your reindeer out back?
Sounds like donner and blitzen aint gittin along too good.

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76841: Merry Christmas and may God bless each and everyone one of my porch friends!
Prayers and blessings to each of you.
Big Maude

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76842: Thank you, Asa. Nice to see you as well.

After I came home from work yesterday, Kai and I were driving to the store, and I had to stop for some gas. After I was done pumping the gas, I got back in the car and started it up. Kai says to me, "Daddy, I smell gas."
Well, it gave me the chance to use Barney's famous line, "Of course you smell gas. What do you think this car runs on, coal?!" :)
She didn't get why I was saying that, so I had to explain it was from that episode.

Well, it seems our snow turned to rain last night, so we will also have an icy Christmas, as well as white.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76843: Well gang just a quick up date...have been having trouble with my teeth and gums for a few years,,,,was gona get them all pulled and get fitted for dentures around feb...they got to hurting bad yesterday and I wento the dentist and he said "lets fo it today"..which was needless to say im toothless 50!..They kept me overnight at the hospital(Miss Sherry stayed with me and Mom and Pop today got home at about noon....doing just fine...clen cleaning house...Sherry just left...but heck I have no pain just a little teeth in a few weeks....well gona go start tearing down Otis"s pin and build a new one bigger for what ever is next!...hey possum,Tom,Rommena,Sterling,Maude you will have top cook soft things for me for a bit!!!prayers...SPOT

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76844: A Christmas song for Spot: " All I Want For Christmas Is MY Two Front Teeth"!

You know I had to go there! It's a Compelsion I have-can't resist teasing ya!

I was wondering where you've been lately,spot. Hope you heal up fast. I can cook ya some GRITS if you'd like!

possum under a rock

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76845:
Merry CHRISTmas to all my porch family. The greatest Gift God has given me is His Son, Jesus Christ. He also blessed me with the gift of you, my porch family.
Love and prayers!

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76846: A little Christmas gift for everyone on the Mayberry Porch...

Love to you all~ Pam "possum"

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76847: Merry Christmas Porch!


aka Thomas A. Moody

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76848:
pappabear- the brown truck just departed for it's midnight will drop spot's teeth
on the naughty kids, ha.
I ditto Rev's remarks. Amen to that rev!
hey to Chuck, good to see ya using your "real" name! ha
Merry Christmas to ALL, and to all a good night!!

December 24, 2009 - Msg 76849: Hey yall...and thanks possum and Merry Christmas to all my friends on the porch...grits will work just finePossum...taters,turnip greens...smashed pess...I will makeit but for a bit gona miss MEAT!...may get back down to my 32"s in the waste...but cant wait for the new teeth...Aunt called Lives in front of me on the other side of Mom and Pops called and said she has toothless Christmas food cooked for me and will be waiting for me to pick up tomorrow...had to give up my GOOD OT for tomorrow but they all took up the slack with pleasure.could have worked but I sound kike Cindy Brady right now!..Miss Sherry goes in at 4 and is gona stop by here at noon for an undespected Christmas for her and the fire place stacked for a fire and eats from my aunt!!! let me get back to the TV land Xndy Christmas...thanks for the Otis card Rommena (yer the cats)...back in just a bit............SPOT

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76850: Good evening, porch. It's been an interesting evening. I drove Eloise and Jerry out to David and Brittney's, over really treacherous icy roads. We have had a couple of inches of snow, the kids had about four inches, and the roads were pretty bad. You northern folk have to remember, we're not equipped to deal with such as this. No salt trucks, etc. Anyway, I wasn't about to sit here alone on Christmas Eve and stare at the TV, so I said I'd drive if they wanted to trust me. They did, so off we went, after a little prayer. I obeyed the icy road rules - drive slow, no sudden moves, stay in your lane, no accels and keep your foot off the brake, let the engine slow you down, look ahead and anticipate, and keep plenty of space between you and the car in front. For once, just about everyone seemed to be thinking the same way, and all went well. We saw a few fender-benders, but nothing serious, and had no trouble at all ourselves. Coming home was a little tougher, but again, no real problems.

It's beautiful, where the snow has fallen. David said he had achieved a first in his lifetime - he actually shoveled snow off his front walk! He met us at the curb and escorted Eloise to the house, then came back for me and Toye Starr, and he and Jerry unloaded the car. We had good food, the kids opened their gifts from me, we watched "The Polar Express" on Blu-Ray and surround sound, and generally had a lovely evening.

Spot, I had no idea you were having dental problems, but you were wise to get it taken care of. Bad teeth can cause serious health problems. You may be a toothless ol' hound right now, but this too shall pass - you'll soon be gnawing bones with the best of us.

Nope, Asa, it's not from IAWL. Hint - I think it's a made-for-TV movie, and is fairly recent. Very good, though.

Possum, good news about Andy. Is he back to stay?

Well, I'm ready to turn in. The icy road drive about wore me out, especially the trip home. I wasn't so much worried about my own driving, you just never know when some idiotic hotdog is going to decide he knows how to drive on ice, and come plowing into you.

Be blessed, and have a wonderful Christmas Day. Happy Birthday, Jesus! --Romeena

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76851: MERRY CHRISTMAS MORNING, PORCH!!...and very merry it is. :-)

Oh SPOT, you poor teeth at Christmas?..AND turned 50. Well, at least you will have new teeth for the new year! This has not been an easy week or so for you but you have such a good and positive attitude. God bless you and your's.

Did I really see CHUCK leave a drive-by post?! Hey Chuck, Merry Chrismtas...

Hey, you got SNOW, RO!! How wonderful and I am proud of you for venturing out and driving. I can relate. Being a novice at such things the first time I drove to Colorado in December, I had plenty of white-knuckle moments. I'll never forget driving at night in my first blizzard...yikes!!

So, far this has just been a wonderful, beautiful Christmas for me. I was very busy yesterday with last-minute prep but by the time I got us all to church, all that stress just melted away in that beautiful little candlelit church full of so many people I love. The 6pm service was full and it was one of the most simple Christmas eve services we have ever had but by far the best, in my opinion. There was only the piano and song leader and we sang carols first, then a little 8 yr old sweetie girl named Cara sang "Do You Hear What I Hear", then a few more carols, the reading of the Christmas story and short few words from the pastor about Jesus (lovely words), then the lighting of all of our candles and the singing of Silent Night. God was so evident with us and I felt so much joy it was like by spirit was singing with the angels...those words "Glory to God in the highest. On earth PEACE, GOODWILL toward men!". I left on cloud nine. It was interesting that last night, in all my years as a Christian, I was more aware of the miracle of Christ's birth, and the incarnation than ever before. I believe it was the Lord's Christmas gift to me. :-)

After church we went to St. Susan's house. It was cold last night so she had a fire going in the fireplace and her house was just as cozy as Santa's own at the North Pole, I'm sure! ;-) Lots of good food, tamales, etc. The kids opened some presents from Susan...she always gets several gifts for all the kids, she is so sweet. What was neat is that Emily decided that she needed to bring all of her presents to me for me to help her open them. I loved it. She would just frown while trying to get the paper it was such a bother to go through to get to the "good stuff". Funny little squirt. Mom sat up in the living room for hours, which just never happens so she is feeling less dizzy after the cardioversion last week. None of the kids got into a fight, which is rare! haha, so it was actually peaceful and my sis and I had a chance to sit at her kitchen table after the grandkids went home and chat about some things. It was just perfect. Such a blessing. We were so tired by the time we got home that I think we all slept like babies after watching some of "A Christmas Story" on TBS. Today, we take Erin out to the house and give her the basketball goal she has been wanting, then we are going to Bruce's sister's house for Chrismtas lunch/dinner. It is pretty cold out but not windy, so it should be one of those brisk, sunny Christmas favorite!

Hope Possum is enjoying her time with Andy. I enjoyed being with my nephew last night, so I know how wonderful that is. :-) Possum, I thought of you at church last night when I saw Jubi. She looked so pretty and healthy. Her hair is now completely covering her head with redish curls and she looks like a young woman now. So pretty and just a serenity about her.

Well, baste the turkey... you all have a lovely day.

Love to All,

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76852: Why did I tell ya'll to baste the turkey?..I mean, I have to baste the turkey...


December 25, 2009 - Msg 76853: Merry Christmas everybody!! Love you all-Salty Dog

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76854:
MERRY CHRISTMAS porch family. It's pouring down rain here in SC but it's still CHRISTmas.

Remember if you take CHRIST out of CHRISTMAS all you have left is a MAS:(

Love and prayers

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76855: MERRY CHRISTMAS... may God bless each of you in the coming New Year .....

December 25, 2009 - Msg 76856: MERRY CHRISTMAS, PORCH!! It's a beautiful day here. The skies are clear, the sun is shining, and the ground is still fully covered with the beautiful gift of snow God sent us last night. It's so pretty!

TAGS Christmas ep is on TVLand right now. I think I'll take my DVD with ep over to Eloise's today - there will probably be a little lull where I can persuade everyone to watch it with me. Some of the family are fans, some not so much.

Boo, thank you for sharing your Christmas Eve experience with us. It sounds just lovely. Unfortunately, we didn't get to attend a service. We were planning to go with my son and his family to their church, but because of the weather, their service was canceled. By the time we got the word on that, we were already halfway there, too late to turn back to our own church, so we just plowed on to my son's house. I'm sorry about that, the Christmas Eve service is always a blessing, but the weather intervened. Still, it was a lovely time of family and sharing, and I think God was pleased. Certainly he kept his hand on me and my driving, and brought us all home safely.

Well, I'm off to bathe a grubby little puppy - there just wasn't time yesterday to bathe her, but today she gets it!

Be blessed, my friends, and have a Happy Christmas Day! --Romeena