April 25, 2010 - Msg 78794: Good morning, porch! I'm at my window, seeing which roses opened overnight, and there are more irises back there too. Also, a pair of squirrels are chasing each other around and around the big tree by the back fence. Now and then they both stop off on the roof of the nest box, and then - oh my! Such goin's on, such goin's on! And on a Sabbath morning, too!

Well, time's a-wastin'. Off I go! --Romeena

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78795: There you go - a clean porch for a Sunday morning. --Romeena

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78796: Thanks for sharing that memory, Romeena. I know how terribly hot it gets in San Antonio in the summer and a sliver of ice would be just the thing.

MDC, if you are talking about the same suckers we used to get that were cone-shaped and striped red, yellow and green, they were called Astro Pops and you could suck while rotating them in your mouth and you would get a very sharp point on the end...you could certainly put an eye out with one...nearly as dangerous as those glass balls on a string (K-knockers or Klick-Klacks, depending on what part of the country you were from). Remember those?

Did any of you that played with Slip-n-Slide ever have the misfortune of laying one over a rock that you didn't know was there? OUCH. Between that and the painful Water Wiggle, I think those WHAMO toys were out to kill us. ;-)

Better finish getting ready for preachin'.


April 25, 2010 - Msg 78797: Ro, give them squirrels some privacy and get ready for preachin'...


April 25, 2010 - Msg 78798: Privacy, ha! The brazen little things have orgies right outside my window! One shameless little hussy just flirted outrageously with a young male (trust me, it's not hard to tell them apart), just really leading him on. She would walk up to him, touch noses, tail swishing constantly, then would dash off a short distance and stop and look back over her shoulder at him. He, of course, was totally twitterpated, and would follow wherever she went. When he finally got up the nerve to make his approach, and sidled up to her, she turned and slapped him with her front paw, then scampered up a tree! I was about to fall off my chair, laughing at them. Oh, it's a constant show out there in that yard! Squirrel orgies, birds putting on elaborate displays, and a few minutes ago I noticed there's a lot of courting behavior among the goldfish in the pond! It's a wonder the cops don't raid the place!

Well, I've got to go grab a nap. I have to work tonight, slept very poorly last night for some reason, and it's going to be a long time until tomorrow morning, if I don't sleep this afternoon.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78799:
Hello folks.

Today I was watching the "Aunt Bee The Warden" episode and saw a goof I never noticed before. When Andy brings home Otis Campbell and they are in the living room, Andy is wearing his badge over his left shirt pocket. After Otis goes upstairs, Andy and Aunt Bee go into the kitchen. While in the kitchen, the badge disappears. Then after the commercial when Andy and Aunt Bee are still in the kitchen, the badge returns.

I have a question about this episode. I noticed Andy wearing a cast on his right wrist while he was wearing a dirty and ripped up uniform. He told Aunt Bee that he had some trouble with some prisoners. Didn't I read somewhere that this was a real injury? If true, does anyone know how Andy injured his wrist?

from Poor horatio

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78800: Yes, PH, it was a real injury, and according to what I have read in the past, he received it in a little fit of anger and/or frustration during a filming session, when he punched a wall or some other solid structure. They just simply wrote in a couple of lines that explained the splint and bandage, and kept going. True or not - I can't guarantee. Anybody else have more information?

Woohooo! The hospital just called and offered me cancellation tonight, and I jumped on it like a duck on a junebug. My paycheck will be short, but I don't care. I'm more interested in keeping my swollen foot elevated and avoiding as much stress to my knee as I can. I'm scheduled tomorrow night as well, and will have to work that, but for tonight, I've got a reprieve. God is good!

Well, back to TAGS on TVLand. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78801: Good evening, porch. I was just reading a couple of articles in this month's issue of "Guideposts", and would like to suggest that everyone might enjoy them. It's always a good magazine, but this month there are two articles that are especially interesting. One has to do with Truckstop Ministries, and I thought of you, REV. In your travels, I'll bet you've seen the trailer rigs that have been made into chapels, and offer services for truckers and other travelers. The ministry has grown from one man's dream to over 70 chapels across the nation. Wow!

The other article was written by one of the magazine's staff members, and has to do with the value of friends, to help us through our daily lives. Boy, can I ever relate to that! So -- if you aren't a subscriber, try to pick up a copy and read those articles - I think you'll be glad you did. Hmmm - I wonder if there's an online version?? I'll have to investigate that.

My daughter called earlier, and we had a good conversation. We talked about everything from the kids to the shade-garden area she and her husband are clearing and establishing on the side of their house. It will be a place where one can go and sit and read, and enjoy the birdcalls and the breezes. Scratch the breezes for July and August, but the rest of the time, it will be perfect. She lives in a rural area, a little enclave of charming little homes, and she's on the edge, facing outward, so that across the road from her house there's a several-hundred-acre pasture and a big stock tank, complete with ducks. Lots of wildlife, and spectacular sunsets, too.

Well, guess I'll go hunt up something to eat. Maybe I'll make that gazpacho - I've got all the stuff, and it stirs up pretty quickly. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 25, 2010 - Msg 78802: How is David doing, RO....still wondering.... :-)


April 25, 2010 - Msg 78803: I know I've quoted this before, but, by golly, it bears repeating after Ro's comments about the ice truck when she was a little girl...

On the front porch
Opie: Paw, what'd they do 'fore they had 'fridgerators?
Andy: They had ice boxes. Boy, those were the days. Too bad you missed 'em. I remember hot days like this, old ice wagon'd come by. Us boys would chase after it, jump on the back of it, snitch a piece of ice. Always a little sawdust sticking to it. Nothin' like the taste of wet sawdust from the bottom of the wagon. Something's gone out of life since then. You know that, Aunt Bee?
Aunt Bee: Uh, huh. Typhoid.
Opie: Before ice boxes, what'd they do?
Andy: They had cold cellars, places where they kept things cold.
Opie: Before cold cellars, what did they do?
Andy: They had the Ice Age.
Opie: Oh.
Andy: Now don't ask me what they had 'fore the Ice Age. That's before my time. Just set around and cuss the weather, I reckon. Used to we'd set around and cuss the weather. Now we cuss the ice box.

Yes, PH, I think I read someplace that Andy had a real injury to his wrist, or arm, during "Aunt Bee the Warden". I think he wore a cast in the next episode also, "The County Nurse", and the writers just kind of fit it into the plot. I'm thinking I might have read that he punched his fist thru a wall at his house, but I can't really remember now. I think it might be on one of the Frequently Asked Questions over at Miss Crumps, but I'm not sure...(I know I read it somewhere)

I can't speak for other folks that don't post here anymore. I can only speak for myself, as to why I rarely post. If you have my e-mail, ask me, and I'll tell 'ya.

- Hazel

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78804:
PH- Romeena was right. And it is also mentioned on the FAQ page on this site. I guess our "Ange" had a bit of a temper in those days!
I'll have to check out the blooper. But i guess it could be explained as something like Otis ripped it off! BTW, at the end of that one Otis pledged to give up drinking. Ha, I guess they hoped the public had a short memory!
BOO- Yes, that was it, astropops! Man those things were worse than lawn darts!! ha
Hey to possum, hazel and all. Hope spot's trip was good.
Hazel, what episode was that quote, I dont recall it.??
Prayers for all you fine upstandin' people!

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78805: Good to hear from you Hazel. I don't think I have your email but maybe I will send you a message through facebook if you still have a facebook page. I almost never go on there anymore.

Yes, MDC, Astro Pops were worse than lawn darts because we carried them around on a stick, pointing towards our faces and ran with them! haha Those were the days. No carseats, seatbelts, bike helmets or toy recalls. Heck, most of our toys were made of metal and had sharp corners...we really lived on the edge. ;-)

Thought about you yesterday, Ro. I was sitting on the back porch with Bruce's mom yesterday afternoon and her came Thelma Lou, sneaking quietly up behind her and began trying to eat her blouse. Boy, was it funny to see MIL's reaction. That old donkey is good medicine for the soul...she has already given us so many good laughs. Bruce is working hard on the fence because we need to have her put up so we can grow some grass around the house...he is about to buy some palettes to lay down out there but can't until Thelma Lou is put up....so I have been on the quest for a couple of goat friends for her and they aren't so easy to find around here. You would think so being so close to Mexico but people want more than I want to spend for them. I'll keep looking, though.

Did any of you watch the TVLand awards last night? Sean and I watched it and it was a bit boring at times but fun seeing some of the old-timers I hadn't seen in a long time.

Better get Erin going for school this morning.


April 26, 2010 - Msg 78806:
Hey Folks

It's wet and cold here today last week we had a little snow so, I guess, it's more Spring-ish.

Ro-Good to hear ya got a night off.

Peace & Prayers,

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78807: Hi All
Acold and wet day here:(
Boo- look in the basie ineo and you will fine hazel email and you can fine me there to on facebook.
I have to due billmoney for next monthy to see if I have some life to fix the step what!
I heate being on a fix inkcome never no money to due thing that have to due?
One of my friend said he will help fix him, but frist to fine the wood for thimm fun fun! Stepdad used the sizddoor to go out but I sat on the porch to waitch him by the creek.

Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is to bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutiton.
It is in vain to say human being ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot fine it.

TOM :)

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78808: Good morning, porch! I slept well last night, and at 8 a.m. I was up and ready to meet my friend Romaldo, who is cleaning out my cottonwood trees. He arrived on time, has a crew of eight with him, and they're all over my trees like monkeys! When they finish, there will be no more cottonwood beads on the trees, and therefore no cotton flying everywhere and making things ugly. That stuff builds up in drifts, clogs a/c units, all the little seeds soon sprout and have to be pulled - it's just a terrible mess. So, every year Romaldo comes and his climbers go up and strip all the little green beads out of the trees, and that solves the problem. He's also doing some trimming and pruning on the two male trees out front, cutting out limbs that were threatening the house.

Romaldo is a very nice young man. He came here from El Salvador with his parents when he was thirteen, speaking not a word of English. He's thirty-eight now, fluent in English, and one smart businessman. When I first met him, he had an old crew-cab truck that he hauled his climbers and their equipment around in. That was six years ago. He now has two new pickup trucks, a huge chipper truck with a diesel to pull it, and an open box-bed truck to haul stuff away in. He has a stump auger, and all the saws and safety equipment they need. In other words, this is an immigrant who has "pursued happiness" in America and made it work. He told me when his parents brought him here, they were "dirt poor and hungry", and America has given him a good life. He said "This is my country now, I love it, and would do anything to protect it." These are the immigrants we need, and I welcome them.

Well, I'm going back out to watch the guys. It's fascinating to watch them climb. They use ropes and belts and some sort of ratchet thing that lets them hitch themselves up without dropping back down. They get to their destination, then tie the rope off and just dangle there. I'd be terrified!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78809:
Talk about a boss that "leaves ya hangin'" haha
Ha, I guess one could also play on the word "leaves", (being a tree!) Like that line in back to the Future where Biff says, "Make like a tree and get out of here." haha
Pappabear is traveling a bit, but will not head west until fall now. Just thought i'd give you all an update.
Boo- That donkey is a real comic releif!! (:
hey to TOM. Good words! thanks.
Have a great day in the Lord, and act like somebody!

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78810: Well, the guys are finished and gone. The only damage I've seen was one little 4" plastic pot of basil that was waiting to be planted - somebody stepped on it. The pot is broken, but the plant is unhurt. It's amazing to me that they could do all they did out there and that's the only thing that got broken. Romaldo showed it to me and apologized, offered to pay for it! My response of course, was "Oh, puh-leeze!"

He was admiring the roses, and commented that his wife loves roses. I handed him some clippers and told him to cut her a bouquet. I keep inexpensive vases on hand, so I got him one. He cut a beautiful bouquet, and I can't even tell where he took them from. The bushes are still loaded. He said he'll cut a few inches off the bottom of each rose he cut and plant that part, and will get new bushes from the cuttings! Then he left to take them to his wife while they were still fresh. Evidently he lives nearby because he wasn't gone very long. I'll also share some iris rhizomes with him this fall. It's a pleasure doing business with someone as nice as he is. My trees look beautiful, and there is no cotton! Yay!!

Well, guess I'll eat a bite of lunch, then catch a nap before going to work tonight. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78811: You are such a nice person, Ro. What a lovely surprise for Romaldo's wife. :-)


April 26, 2010 - Msg 78812: I think I might be onto some goat companions for Thelma Lou...a family near hear is having to move due to a job transfer and they have a little farm with some goats, etc and are looking for good homes for some of their pet goats. The man said they have three young does that I think he said were bottle-fed, which usually makes them better pets. I am supposed to call him sometime this week to go out and take a look. He said they were spoiled and some of them are companions to a horse they have, so they would work out with Thelma Lou, I suppose. Any advice, Homemaker, about what to look for and what to avoid? I've never gone goat shopping but the family says I am becoming more like Ma Kettle everyday...not only mentally, but physically....everything is going south.

By the way, I got the results of the biopsy on the "hemmorhagic polyp" they removed from my stomach and it was benign. The doc who removed it seemed confindent that it would be...guess he's seen alot of them. I am wondering about if it could have been the cause of my anemia and forgot to ask. Do you know, Ro? He said I had two of them in my stomach but he only took out one. I am wondering if they bleed on occasion or something. I know my hemocult test was negative.

Well, off to the drug rehab for bible study...


April 26, 2010 - Msg 78813: Im back!..great safe good fishing good food and good people trip...let me get things un packed....back on here around dark..SPOT

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78814: Hey everybody! Hey Spot- I was just wondering when you'd be back & there you are! We actually behaved ourselves this time while you were gone, believe it or not. We didn't climb in your window and party at your place or nothing. I think we must be losing our touch- LOL!

Glad your test results came back fine, Boo! Now if we can get Ro well. Still praying for you, Ro.

Let's head over to Spot's and see if he brought us any campfire vittles. See y'all there!

possum under a rock

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78815: Awww, Boo, I'm not so nice. There are a zillion roses out there, and giving out of abundance isn't a big deal, it's just being neighborly. If there had been only one perfect rose, and I cut it for his wife, that would have been nice. Probably wouldn't have happened, though!

I hope it works out for you to get the little goat friends for Thelma Lou. Poor baby, she sounds like such a sweetheart, I hate to think about her being all by herself. You've been so kind to let her "join the family" so to speak, but I realize that can only go so far.

I find myself looking forward to the time when we will all be able to communicate, animals and humans alike. I do believe that the main thing that hampers that now is their physical inability to speak. In some cases, that has been bypassed. Koko, the gorilla who uses sign language, has done some amazing things. Her keepers once gave her a ring to wear, and asked her if she knew what it was. She made the sign for "finger", then "bracelet." It was a finger-bracelet. Since she didn't know "ring", she just named it herself. Spooky, huh?

There are several chimps who sign, and I love the story about one of them - can't remember her name. Anyway, the chimp was pregnant, and her favorite keeper was also. The chimp noticed and questioned the keeper. When told that a baby was coming, the chimp smiled and performed a "happy" display. Later, the keeper delivered a stillborn infant and was off for a few weeks. When she returned, the chimp had delivered, and showed her baby to the keeper. Then she asked the keeper where her baby was. The keeper signed "dead." The chimp made the signs for "sad", for "sorry", and for "cry." Dumb animals? Mute, yes, but much more intelligent than we know.

Boo, about the hemorrhagic polyp, I would guess that to be the reason for your anemia, especially if everything else has been ruled out. I have a little issue with the hemoccult tests, because they really are not conclusive. With them, timing is everything. Just because it's negative right now doesn't mean the polyp has never bled. A single hemoccult doesn't mean much, just like a single blood pressure reading. You need sequential tests to make a reliable conclusion. A single negative can mean it's just not bleeding now. A single positive can mean you had a tiny, maybe even unnoticed nosebleed, or even that you had a rare steak for dinner last night. The presence of a known hemorrhagic polyp isn't conclusive either, but it's pretty darned likely that it has bled. They don't get called "hemorrhagic" for nothing. Have you noticed any indications of blood in the, er, final stages of digestion?

Well, the hospital called and offered me cancellation again, and I took it. That pretty well bombs out my paycheck for this two weeks, but none of the other nurses wanted it - all young moms with families to support - so I took it. My foot is still swollen, my knee still hurts, and it's only money after all.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. I have some gazpacho left - maybe I'll just have that. It needs a bit of basil, though. I can pick a leaf or two off that stepped-on plant, it's not hurt. Yum! Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78816: Hey, Spot is home! Did you bring home anything good to eat, Spotty? How was the fishing? --Romeena

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78817:
Hello porch family....back from my Florida trip. Got in around 2am this morning. Concerts went great.

Kinda cool today here. Feels good.

Ro.....yes I have run into the truck stop ministries. A chaplain from one of them was at my concert the other week. We went out to eat afterward and talked about possibly doing some concerts at them.

You all have a great night's rest. Love and prayers for all my porch family!

April 26, 2010 - Msg 78818: You're too modest, Ro. Offering to let Romaldo pick those roses for his wife may seem like a small thing to you because it is just the norm for you to share with others (which is the mark of good character), but it was a very thoughtful kindness.

I agree with you about the polyp...and the hemoccult and no, I have not seen any evidence of blood in the "er, final stages of digestion"..ha. However, a few months back when I was having the stomach pain after taking Advil for several days, I think I did. I say "I think" because some of the stomach medicine I was taking, like Mylanta can cause the same sort of discoloration that blood can cause. I did see some of that but not since then. Let me apologize now to those of you who are reading this conversation between nurses...didn't mean to cause any stomach upset...(hope Me-They isn't reading this). ;-) I don't know if I am still anemic, but I am feeling better. Seems like my heart rate is a bit fast, so not sure but will get it rechecked soon.

So funny how we have these conversations about our health as we age. I was talking to my friend Keith today when we met to go to the rehab and it was so funny because practically the first things out of our mouths were about my recent tests, and his allergies and headaches! It reminded me of cartoons I have seen about old folks discussing their ailments. Guess that's just the way it is.

Yes, I'm going to make certain that Thelma Lou has some companions. I like her too much to make her suffer alone. Bruce said he is going to make the dogs stay back there with her until we get some goats. He really likes her, too.

I was over at my niece and nephew's today (Emily's parents) because they now own my lab, Leah. They fell in love with her and wanted to keep her and they bought a companion for her, a great male lab. Anyway, Leah is getting these things called "hot spots" which the doc says are caused by allergies, usually to fleas. They have been giving her the Comfortis pill that keeps most of the fleas off but she gets an occasional bite, which she starts biting at, and then starts pulling out her own hair and the spot gets bloody and infected. It is a real mess. They recently had to have her treated for one that got as big around as a softball. Now she has several more spots, smaller ones but poor Amy is very upset. She is giving her Benadryl and she wanted me to come help her clean and treat the spots, which I did but I am concerned that she will keep getting them and they are painful for the dog. Have any of you dealt with this problem with any of your dogs? I am trying to look for ways to prevent it. She is going to keep giving her Bendadryl but I'm not sure if that will work. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ro, that story of the chimp just gave me chills and makes me want to cry when i think of the way animals are mistreated, especially primates. I have been thinking more and more about the minds of animals since we got the pups and the donkey. This donkey really amazes me sometimes. Animals, who were made by the Creator, have emotions and intelligence and why should that surprise us, knowing who created them? I keep thinking about the verse you shared out of Isaiah, Ro...things will be much different in the new world when Jesus is in charge.

Welcome home, SPOT and REV!


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78819: Hey, Boo! I'm sorry Leah is having problems with those hot spots. I had a spaniel that used to get them, and our vet said the same thing - usually an allergy to flea bites. Since my dog lived indoors, fleas were almost unknown, but as he said, all it takes is one bite. She did go outside to potty, so she would pick up the occasional flea. That's one more reason why I had the Plum, and now Toye Starr, using piddle pads in the house. I get a four-month supply of pads for about $25. and it ends up being cheaper than vet bills to treat the problems that going outdoors can cause. Not to be a buttinsky, but has Leah's vet approved the Benadryl? I don't know about it, one way or the other, for animals, but I do know that a lot of "people meds" are not approved for them. Ibuprofen is one - it's toxic to dogs and can be fatal. As for the hot spots, there are shampoos that help to calm the itching and do help some. Some topical ointments may help too, I wouldn't use anything that's not vet-approved though, because the dog is likely to lick it off.

I would love to meet little Thelma Lou one of these days. The little donkeys have always held a fascination for me, perhaps because they're given so much mention in the Bible, with one even being given the power of speech for a short time! When you look into their eyes, you can see so much wisdom there, it seems, a bit like the eyes of an old dog. Toye Starr's eyes, on the other hand, remind me of an impish five-year-old kid, but they're gentle and sweet.

Welcome home, REV. I figured you had encountered the Truckstop Ministries in your travels. The article in "Guideposts" about it was very interesting.

Well, guess I'll get to bed. Joe is coming in the morning to plant some azaleas and several flats of bloomers, so I'll have to be up early. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

Andy: "Barn, the governor came all this way just to shake your hand!"

Barney: "He did? (sniff) Bless his heart!"

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78820: Me again. I just Googled "Benadryl for dogs" and apparently it can be given safely, with the dosage titrated according to body weight. I'd still seek veterinary supervision for it. --Romeena

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78821:
Hey Folks

Well... it's snowing here just a bit this morning. They're calling for it to be sunny today.

Welcome home guys!

Ro- my SIL has given their dog Benadryl in the past, through the recommendation of the vet.


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78822: Thanks, Ro. It was the vet who suggested the Benadryl..in fact, he ordered a pretty hefty dose, too. She is about 80lbs and he ordered 3 benadryl tablets twice a day, which is larger than the adult dose for humans. It really seems to help, though. When I was over there yesterday, she was calm and wasn't itching. She was even still while I cleaned the spots, which is unheard of. I did a search last night and read some interesting things on the web, but some of it I wouldn't try...someone even swore by WD40 but I don't think that sounds wise because the dog would lick it off.

Ro, you need to plan a trip soon to come and meet Thelma Lou...you could visit your granddaughter and us, too.

Snowing in April...that's hard to imagine, Auh2o. It has been close to 90 here the last couple of days but is beautiful and in the 60's this morning. Should be a great day.

Better get Erin going. She is tired and doesn't want to get up this morning. I am starting to look forward to her being out this summer.


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78823: Hi All.
It a little cold out 45 deg and to git to 60 deg today and rain off, on.:(
BOO- maybe you can git a photo for the the porchpet in the book.


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78824:
Hello folks.

TOM, that is a great suggestion for Boo. I'm sure many of us would like to see a photo of Thelma Lou.

With all this nurse talk here, it reminded me of something unusual with my most recent doctor visit; they measured my waist size. I asked about this. They informed me that it is a new federal health requirement to measure the waist of every patient once a year. Interesting, huh?

Got another TAGS question for you. We all know that on the show, Mayberry was a town or city. But when I was watching a recent episode, I could have sworn that the mayor referred to Mayberry as either a township or a county. Can anyone clarify this? I wish I could remember the episode. But it was on just a few days ago on TVLand.

from Poor Horatio

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78825:
Poor Horatio-The Federal Government keeping track of our waist size makes perfect sense to me.

I will work harder! Orwell


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78826:
Possum--Like Barney and the Choir, YOU just
didnt know about our party at spot's, but like Clara, we also got it all spic and span before he returned! haha

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78827:
AUH2o--wow, snow! Someone forgot to turn off the winter switch! ha
PH- The Feds taking waist sizes is..er...well..I better not get into it here! :(
The TOWN of mayberry was in the COUNTY of mayberry, if that helps. Also, to help me pinpoint the ep, was it Mayor Stoner or Mayor Pike?
"I just happen to like celery."

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78828:
RO-If we wait for Boo to send you a photo of ThelmaLou, the poor thing will be old and grey! LOL

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78829: Uh, aren't donkeys grey when they're born? --Romeena

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78830:
MDC, I remember watching the "Barney And The Governor" episode with Mayor Stoner a few days ago. Maybe it was that episode where the mayor referred to Mayberry as a county.

from Poor Horatio

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78831:
MDC, disregard my last post. It was definitely Mayor Stoner in the "Andy And The New Mayor" episode. Mayor Stoner mentions "... the entire township of Mayberry ..." at approximately 7 minutes into the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlOM_z27BP8

from Poor Horatio

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78832:
MDC, I should add that the specific township where I live is composed of five separate cities, each with their own mayor and city councils.

from Poor Horatio

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78833: Thelma Lou is already old and gray...the next step would be "dead"...you wanna picture of that or are you just being obtuse?...hehe ...I will have to send a picture when I can get Bruce still long enough to show me how, I promise. :-)

PH, I have not heard of the Federal Government wanting to know our waist size. If they ask me, I have two words for them and they aren't often spoken in Mayberry.


April 27, 2010 - Msg 78834: Was the city/county thing part of the oath Barney was making Otis take when his brother was coming to town and Andy was letting him be a real deputy for the duration of the brother's stay? Seems to me he was spouting something official-sounding, which included "City of Mayberry, County of Mayberry", etc. --Romeena

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78835:
Hello porch family. Cool again today here in SC. Feels really nice.

Boo....looking forward to the pics of Thelma Lou.

Well Jake is sitting here with his stuffed toy rat in his mouth wanting me to play so I better get on the floor and play. The things you do for grandpuppies....lol

Love and prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves you so much!

April 27, 2010 - Msg 78836:
Romeena, the link I posted in Msg 78831 is a video of Mayor Stoner referring to the "township of Mayberry". Cue it up approximately 7 minutes in to hear this.

from Poor Horatio

April 28, 2010 - Msg 78837: Did you just say, "snow", auh2o?! That's a dirty word at this time of year. ;)

Just popping in to say, hey!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 28, 2010 - Msg 78838: Mornin' Y'all! How about we head over to IHOP for pancakes this morning?

Where is Big Maude? You reckon she's holed up at O' Malley's again? Check in Maudie!

Hey to Sterling and everybody!

possum under a rock

April 28, 2010 - Msg 78839: Morning Possum. I have a good friend who's brother recently had his left leg amputated due to complications from diabetes. So what did his little brother give him for his birthday that same week?..yep, a gift card for IHOP. No kidding. The guy loved it.

Well, no time to talk this morning..running late. See you all later.


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78840:
Morning Porch

It's cold here and we have a bit more snow going on this morning.

Sterling-It doesn't stick for long but it's a snowing.

Hey gang, here's a link, Barney Reading the rules. We've all seen it a million times but look at the expression on Gomer's face, and then Andy's when he spots Gomer. Oh my, almost hurt myself laughing. It's only 59 seconds.

IHOP sounds good.



April 28, 2010 - Msg 78841: Thanks for the laugh this morning, Auh2o. :-)


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78842:
BOO!! My ears are burnin' just picturing you saying the two words!! haha

PH-Sounds like a sematics thing; ie: when does a "town" become a "city" etc? Some townships are called commonwealths I believe. Maybe it's regional; ie: "pop" vs "soda."
Have a blessed day all,

April 28, 2010 - Msg 78843: They might not be the two words you are thinking of, MDC...see if you can figure them out: "B--- M--!" (see, not so bad).

Well, guess what I found today??...can you guess?...I found a goat companion for Thelma Lou. A sweet family near here is having to sell their little farm and move north due to a change in husband's job and they are looking for good homes for their pets. I met with the man (Mark) today to look over his little herd of goats and they are some pampered pets..very well cared for. They love them but can't take them with them when they move. I decided on a doe named "Strawberry" who is a Boer goat, about 4 yrs old and is a good mother. She is in heat so the owner is going to breed her with one of his males and should have some kids sometime in September, hopefully. I had him pick out the nanny who has had no trouble having kids or taking care of them in the past. I may also take a little, white one year old doe...trying to make up my mind. You should have seen the two billy goats this guy had. They were huge things; white with black heads and extremely playful and affectionate. He tried to get me to take one of them that he called his "baby" but, no way...you could have smelled that thing for miles. Ew! I watched that enormous goat walk up to a boat that was parked nearby and but it with his head and there is no way. So, I guess we will be adding a Strawberry to the family and when she has kids, we will call them something like "Raspberry" or "Snozberry" (From Willy Wonka...anyone remember that scene with Veruca?).

Better go get some chores done...


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78844: Help...I think I am channeling Ma Kettle...


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78845:
OK, now I feel much better!! Whew! I was indeed thinking of two other words. Don't scare me like that! (:
Wow, so i guess you will have your version
of a loaded goat! haha
Homemaker has boer goats. Have you ever seen her website?? We'll all have to have a competion with you farm folks like HM, Spot and you! lol
RO- What is the address of the photo site again?
I cant believe I forgot it.

April 28, 2010 - Msg 78846: Yes, MDC...looks like I will have my version of a loaded goat...come to think of it, she looks alot like "Billy the Loaded Goat"...she's about that size.

Yes, I have seen Homemaker's site but it's been awhile...think I'll check it out again.


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78847: Hi ya'll. . .sorry I have been absent without leave here. . .been a little busy with Casey. We found out that he is even more special - seems like when his brother ran over his foot last week with the back tire of the small riding lawn mower (no blade on!) it hurt his foot. A trip to the doctor and then the orthopedic doctor revealed that some of the bones in his foot were not formed correctly. So he is in a walking cast and crutches. Since he is my right hand man when it comes to chores, I have been having to double up on things. Leaves me very little time for the computer or anything else. More doctor appointments are in our future as we are seeking a second opinion for treatment of this - he has a malformed navicular bone.

Boo - so excited you are entering my world more and more. You should have plenty of land for your goats. You do need to buy two does - they are herding animals and they need companionship. The cheapest place to register them is the association that I deal with. I can fill you in on that later. Do not buy a buck until you decide you really want to get into boer goats (like us). Bottle raised bucks can be very dangerous. Bottle raised does are friendly and almost can be pests (like Thelma Lou). I can tell that I really need to teach you goat talk too - LOL!! Good luck and keep me posted. . .Seriously!!

We are busy with shows right now - going to a show in Illinois (Casey will have some normalcy with this foot) and then I judge one next week.

It is late and I am tired. I will try and do better at posting.


April 28, 2010 - Msg 78848:
Hello porch family

auh2o.....snow....wow that just don't sound good in April.

Boo...."Strawberry"....I like the name:)

Spot must be working hard and back on the lake?

Well baseball fans.....my Braves are falling apart early in the season. If they lose tonight it will be 7 loses in a row.

You all have a good night and a Jesus filled day tomorrow. Wake up in the morning....take a deep breath...and ask God to bring someone in your path to share HIS love with.

Love and prayers!

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78849: HAHA...yes, you really need to teach me "goat talk", Homemaker! I meant to ask you the proper name for a castrated male goat but forgot to. I was on your website today and had fun looking at the pictures...such cuties (the goat's kids AND your kids);-) So sorry you are having to do the extra chores around there..I know its alot of work. Prayers that Casey is well soon. Thank you for being my "goat mentor". :-)

Hey REV, I will certainly do as you advised. Tonight Sean and I were having a talk about my dad (who is 84) and how technology has boomed in his lifetime. I was telling him that i think it is about time for the Lord to come back and take things over, which makes me want to take every opportunity and live each day like it might be my last. Thanks for the encouragment...how does that verse go...something about provoking one another on to good works?

Better get to bed..I ended up having to go to the grocery store for some things at about 10:30 tonight so I am running behind schedule. Goodnight Mayberry.


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78850: Where is Romeena today?

Yoo-Hoo, you out there Ro?


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78851: Here I am, Boo. Been busy today - saw the doctor about my knee. He doesn't think the hematoma originated in my knee, but doesn't really know where it came from. He thinks it was probably just a small spontaneous bleed from an over-stressed muscle, or a small injury that I might not even have noticed. Anyway, an x-ray of the knee shows nothing amiss. It's a little loose, grinds a little with movement, but that's not unusual at my age. So, he says give the hematoma more time and it should resolve, after which the swelling in my foot should disappear. It already looks better than it did last week, so I guess he's right. As my dad always said, I'm above ground and vertical, so I guess things are okay.

How exciting! Strawberry, huh? That's really cute, I like that. Now I don't know much about goats, but my thinking would be that a couple of little does would be enough. What's the point of a castrated buck? Seems to me he would just be a source of aggravation. Intact or not, he's going to be a troublemaker, most likely. Homemaker, do you agree? Like I said, I know very little about goats.

Well, Eloise and I are going on the Mystery Lunch thing with our church group tomorrow, then I work tomorrow night, so I'm off to bed. Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78852:
Castrated old goats? Don't they all end up in Washington DC ??? haha
RO- sounds like you need to grease the ball joints and get an allignment, and I don't mean on the Caddy! ha, I'm on a roll.
Take my wife... teehee.
Well, I guess I'll take REv's advice!
Prayers and pleasant dreams,

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78853: A castrated goat is called a "wether" - and they are less aggressive than intact bucks. They usually become a nuisance and really are of no use except as meat. Sorry, but they really need to do what God intended them to do and that was feed people. A couple of does is plenty for you Boo - they can become addictive - see what happened to me.
I also have family names - we have the Chocolate family (Chocolate, Fudge, Caramel, Peanut cluster, Fantasy Fudge, Chocolate Truffle, etc) - it's a good way to remember who begat who!

Ro - we will put you and Casey together with the feet thing. Maybe between the two of you - you can walk a straight line!

Need to get busy. More goat lessons coming later!


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78854: Very good, MDC...hehe

Ro, the only way I would end up with a castrated male would be if Strawberry gave birth to one (or two...who knows?). If she did, and we didn't want him, we would have to sell him and I am quite sure the children would stage a mutiny. I could be wrong, but I think if you castrate them early, the boys are fine. Any input, Homemaker? What is the right technical word for "castrate" when talking about goats anyway...I do need that lesson in "goat talk".

Glad you got good news from the doc, Ro. Take care of yourself and don't over-do. Hmmm, wonder where the mystery lunch will be...?


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78855: Well, lookie there...Homemaker answered my questions before I even asked!


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78856: "Wether" Strawberry has wethers or wether she has does, I'm sure we will end up keeping them, wether I want to or not! hehe


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78857: Speaking of castration (kind of early for that, right?), I know a woman who lives on a cattle ranch and feeds raw calf nuts to her dogs. Ewww!...enjoy your breakfast. ;-)

I really am going now...


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78858: Good grief, Boo! Too much information so early on a Thursday morning! Homemaker, thanks for the info - "wether" sounds much better than the alternative. I don't imagine it makes much difference to the goat "wether" you use the correct term or not, but it does make for better porch conversation. Actually, I had heard the term, but didn't know to what it referred. As for the dogs on that ranch - well.... I'm fairly certain that Toye Starr would just turn up her little nose, look at me with an "eewww" expression her face, and walk away. She's much too refined to eat such as that.

Well, gotta get busy. I have to pick Eloise up in an hour. The bus leaves the church at 10:30, but believe me, some of those old gals and guys are probably already there, staking a claim on their seat, and it's only 8:30. The bus doesn't arrive until 9:30, but they'll be waiting, and trust me, they know their arrival order very well. No claim jumping allowed! You'd think they were waiting to buy tickets to a Frank Sinatra concert or something! We'll get there before ten, and the bus will already be over half full. Too funny!

Behave yourselves now, while I'm gone today. REV, if you're home, see if you can keep this bunch in line. --Romeena

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78859: PARTY at Ro's house today!!

Boo knows where the spare key is- LOL!

possum under a rock

P.S. Don't rat us out, Rev!

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78860: Well, yesterday I was eating my tuna sandwich for lunch, when I heard the dogs fighting on the back porch. I went to investigate and saw Hank chewing on a dead bird while I was munching on my sandwich...eww!! I would have rather he being eating calf nuts, I'm tellin' ya. I don't think I will be able to eat tuna again for quite awhile. Dogs can be really gross.

Funny how things change, Ro...those "old gals" have time to be early but bet when they had kids at home they were working hard to get anywhere on time.

OK Possum...meet you at Ro's (shhhh)...


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78861:
I think with horses the term is gelding, but "wether" or not, I agree it's too much information! haha It makes me long for the days
of political talk! LOL
Regardless, I am still sitting here thinking O-O-O-O-U-U-U-CH! ha
Ro- Have a fun day on the bus.
Possum- I'm there! (:
God bless,

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78862: Instead of saying "castrate" - we use "wether" as a verb - as in, When do you think is a good time to "wether" that buck? And you should wait until 12 weeks of age - they need that much time to get their urinary tract working well. And yes, there are some who protest about wethers going away - luckily, it doesn't happen here. Especially since I have about 25 bucks right now!! (Some will become meat for my FREEZER!)


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78863: For those who FB - Diamond B Boer Goats has a page. . .


April 29, 2010 - Msg 78864:
REV- I forgot, what is the name of your new CD?

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78865: Shocking story about "Thelma Lou" getting robbed in Mount Airy, NC.
Read what happened to Betty Lou Lynn at http://tinyurl.com/28maq4o

from Poor Horatio

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78866: hey gang ,hope everyone is doing fine .I live in N.C. as many of you know , about 70 miles from MT. AIRY ..on the local news this evening they had a story on Betty Lynn being robbed of her wallet at a shopping center in Mt. Airy. where she moved to several years ago .She wasnt injured and the local law caught the man .

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78867:
Malcolm Merriweather: Shocking, I say, shocking!

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78868:
Are they gonna hold Mayor's Court?
Bless her heart. Glad she is OK.
Barn: I say we throw the book at 'im.

April 29, 2010 - Msg 78869:
Diamond B? Didn't he sing "Love On The Rocks" ?