December 21, 2010 - Msg 82036: Good Tuesday Porch family, hope all is well today. Today is my son Patrick's 20th birtday. WOW, not sure where all the time went but he is an amazing young man and we are so proud of him.

Happy Birthday tomorrow to SPOT! Hope you have a great day.

gotta get back to work. have a great day.

Big Maude

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82037: Happy Birthday, Spot, you good ol' doggie!

Otis, (Rick) it's good to see you. It's been a long time! At the moment, no one else is using the "Otis" handle, to my knowledge. Also, to answer your question, I don't think there is anything set up to text the postings to anyone. I wouldn't bet the ranch, but I've not heard that mentioned. Floyd indeed does an excellent job of running the porch - keeps it swept, checks up on us to see if we need anything, and runs off the occasional varmint that drops by, though that happens only rarely. He's a gem!

Speaking of varmints, my back yard is full of squirrels. Must be at least seven or eight out there, maybe more. My grandsons put out a lot of feed before they left on Sunday, and it's almost all gone. They filled the tray feeder with sunflower seeds (cardinals), made little piles of cracked corn on the stones (doves), put chopped apple, some aging baby carrots and a few nuts on the stones (squirrels) and filled the bird feeder with all-purpose seed (everybody). Of course the squirrels will eat all of those things, but they do enjoy the fruit and carrots. It's such fun to watch one of the little bandits run up and grab a carrot, take it up to the first limb and sit there and munch away until the carrot is gone! The apple pieces are usually consumed on the spot, because they can eat them faster. Carrots take longer!

Well, off I go. Errands to run, and I have to work tonight, so better get moving. Merry Christmas! --Romeena

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82038:
Good sweep Tom, it needed a good one for Christmas! (:

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82039: Hi there, can anyone tell the status of Andy's new book written with Jim Clark??

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82040: Hi All.
I'm a liitle mad at a someone here on this porch and she know what I'm taking about .


December 21, 2010 - Msg 82041: Here is Floyd's annual Christmas Card!

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82042:
On the 12th day of Christmas, T.A.G.S. gave to me...
12 prospects for Andy,
11 Tipsey Ladies,
10 Quarts of Pickles,
9 Carp a leaping,
8 Tucker spark plugs,
7 Calls to Juanita,
6 Singin' Darlings,
4 Merry Men,
3 baby birds,
2 empty cells,
and a sheriff with his "ept" dep-u-ty!
(or a mayor stuck up a big tree!!!) ha ha

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82043:
Hi to 82039--Sorry, I dont know about it!

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82044: Thanks for the info in 82037 Romeena.
Good to see you here.


December 21, 2010 - Msg 82045: He wrote a new Bio with his friend Jim Clark.I had pre-ordered it on but now today they cancelled my order saying it's unavailable.I called the publisher & they told that all they know is everything is on hold.

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82046: who authored Msg 82045 ?
That is good information.

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82047: That would be me..:) Just very disappointed about this book not coming out.There are still alot of websites that you can preorder it but after what the publisher told me I think that is a fruitless effort....:(

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82048: Wow! Floyd, that Christmas card is a keeper! You are so ept - what would we do without you? Please wish Jan and Adam a Merry Christmas from me, and will be looking forward to the cruise next year. Maybe Adam will come this time? Would love to meet him, though I'm sure at his age he has "more important" things to do.

Tom, I'm glad things are working out. We were worried about you. Have a Merry Christmas, and thanks for the card.

Blessings, all! --Romeena

P.S. Don, if you're lurking, thanks!

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82049: I have to agree,
Floyd is ept!
I also am grateful to be reading from all of the oldtimer's, and the newtimer's.

How cool is this place?


December 21, 2010 - Msg 82050: One last thing before I power down the laptop,
--->Hello to Miss Peggy if you are reading
--->Thanks again for not changing a darn thing Allen

I am so impressed that this is exactly how it once was.

I applaud you all.


December 21, 2010 - Msg 82051: what has it been, 15 years?

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82052: cool Christmas card Floyd, made me feel all warm and fuzzy unside. You are the master!
Big Maude

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82053: Quick note:
Barn's real First name was Jessie, and Andy Griffith always called him "Jess"
From the Larry King show on 12/21/2010

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82054: I never told anyone here, but my real first name is OTIS, and when I was 2 years old, my Nana asked me if I could say (pronounce) my name, and I said Rick
So, the name stuck, and all of the above is a Fable.

Merry Christmas to you all,
And Blessings to those who are of another Faith.

Peace to you all, and as always, thanks again,

Rick, (Otis from 13 years ago)

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82055: Oh, for those that were playing along, and before I go to sleep, the answer to my question #3 from the last page is Frank

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82056:
Nice to meet you Frank.
TOM- glad it got fixed! Apparently you have an angel here on the porch. So, to whoever helped Tom with the heat, Thanks. You put your faith into action!!
Hey to Hazel!
That was my 12 days of mayberry above, about the same as last year. Sorry, not too original this year.
The brown truck is now out on the driveway and filled to the brim! I took it on a test run and it's ready to go! (;

December 21, 2010 - Msg 82057:
Also, hey to Otis! Been a few years bro!
My, Christmas brings them ALL out! haha Love it!

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82058: Hi All.
Yes MDC it was fix today thak goodit.
I called arould to see if I can git help or somemoney and all said no.
I was mad wind I came here and sound off about it?
And the angel called a friend here and he help to fix it.
Angel know who she is.


December 22, 2010 - Msg 82059: Hey back to MDC!
In Kansas, we are (according to the Weathermen) expecting a Winter Storm.

Thoughts and Prayers are going out for all that are traveling.

Rick, (Otis from 13 years ago)

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82060:
TOM, I am glad to learn that your furnace problem has been fixed. You had two angels working on your problem. And you know both of them. The female angel lives far from you but is here on the Front Porch. And the male angel lives near you.

And a welcome back to Rick also known as Otis. In your Msg 82059, are you claiming that you haven't been here during the past 13 years? I've seen postings by an Otis back on November 11, 2009 here looking for a Miss Peggy and a Charlie Waxxman. Was that you?

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82061: Poor Horatio,
I was only claiming the name "OTIS" from 13 years ago. I stated that in case others had used this name in the recent history.
Not saying that I haven't peeked in for 13 years.
Sorry for not being clear with that.
And, Yes, that was me in 2009 looking for Leon (aka Waxman/charlie) and Miss Peggy.

I was able to reach out to both of them.

While I'm thinking about that, has anyone heard from Miss Emma? If so, how is she and her fam?

Rick (Otis from way back yonder)

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82062:
Rick, thanks for clearing that misunderstanding about your Otis username.
Also, I checked the Front Porch archives and was surprised to learn that Miss Emma has not posted here since January 12, 2004. It is possible that someone here might have her email address.

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82063: Happy Birthday Spotty- ya ol' dawg, you!!

They'll be cake & ice cream on the Porch at lunchtime to celebrate Spot's 51st- enjoy!

Tom, so happy to know you got the heat going again. God Bless our Porch angel!

Let's go to I-Hop for breakfast-see y'all there!
possum under a rock

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82064: Sorry- didn't mean "they'll be"- meant "There will be"- don't want the Grammar police after me this morning- LOL

possum again

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82065: Spot is 51? Is that in dog years, or people years? Happy Birthday Spot!
- Hazel

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82066:
Hey Folks

Still a nice winter going on here on this end of the Porch.

Rick-Welcome...back. I'm one of the newer posters, at least compared to you, not sure when I started. I know pappa bear was pipeman then.

Me-They My brother, how are ya doing? Miss ya.

Poor Horatio-Those are some interesting Porch numbers ya got figured. I have to agree with Hazel it was all the political talk, which I still feel a little bad about. Some of my posts, even non-political ones, sound kinda pointed after I read them back. I guess I need a sarcasm or inflection font because I would never mean to disrespect any of my Porch friends opinions. Politics and history have been my hobby since Nixon resigned and sometimes I get I little carried away.

Big Maude-Happy Birthday to your son Patrick.

Tom-Glad to hear things are better for ya.

MDC-Is this making the news in your neck of the woods?

REV-We're gonna try a couple of your wife's recipes, that we got off your site.


December 22, 2010 - Msg 82067:
One more thing.
RIP- Arthur Dietrich (He was my favorite)

Test Administrator: What is your name?
Dietrich: Arthur P. Dietrich.
Test Administrator: And what does the "P" stand for?
Dietrich: I was never told.
Scanlon(to the analyzer): Go on...
Test Administrator: Where were you born?
Dietrich: It's hard to say, it was long, long ago... in a galaxy far, far away...
(And the lie detector never even flutters!)


December 22, 2010 - Msg 82068: Good Wednesday porch, working today and then off work until Monday Dec 27th. looking forward to time off.

Good to meet all the new porchesters! The more the Merrier.

We are going to make a point of watching the Andy Christmas episode at my house over the new few days. If anybody wants to join us come on over!

Lunch menu today will be: chicken salad sandwhiches, SLAW, chips, Mr. cookie bars. tea, lemonade to drink.

Have a great day. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82069: Hi All

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82070:
auh2o, your first posting here was Msg 16535 on November 11, 2003 . Just thought you would like to know.
It's funny when you mention that you believe some of our political rants have driven some of the regulars away. In my situation, it was the opposite. After reading through a lot of family talk being posted here, I would get bored, lose interest, and disappear for a time. The politics (and other non-Mayberry topics) is what made this place interesting to visit and why I don't visit the other Mayberry forums as much. Please understand that I don't mind the family talk. I just prefer it mixed with other topics. Variety is the spice of life and what keeps my interest.
But I also enjoy helping people with my internet searching skill. So although you won't see me posting all the time when I visit here, when someone has a question (like you had in Msg 82066), if I see it, that will usually generate a post from me.

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82071:
TOM, sorry I didn't see your "Hi All" there when I posted my previous message.
What was the problem with your furnace? Was it the fan motor or was it something else?

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82072: Hi All.
Poor Horatio, it was the fan motor and it was fix in about 2hr.


December 22, 2010 - Msg 82073:
OK, looks like it's time for a big group hug!(:
((((((((((((((((Taylor Porch)))))))))))))))

Ah, now I feel better, how 'bout you!!
I mean this sincerely, but also having some fun, sorta like Andy smearing lipstick on barney's finger in the bert episode! ha
Have a merry Christmas maudie.
PH- when did i first post? I think it was Dec 2003 or 04 but not sure.
Where's BOO been?
Prayers all!

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82074:
MDC, your first post here was Msg 17402 on December 04, 2003.

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82075:
MDC, oops, I made a slight error. Although your first posting as MDC was Msg 17402 on December 04, 2003, your first posting as Mr. Darlin's Cuz was Msg 17001 on November 20, 2003.

from Poor Horatio

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82076:
Wow, I'm older than dirt and dont even know it! haha Thanks PH.
I just checked it out. Not exactly anything profound! ha
And actually, I also realized i did one before that as Steve.
Pacem in Terris!

December 22, 2010 - Msg 82077:
Hello porch family

Happy Birthday Spot!

Missed you guys yesterday. I was hanging out with a good friend of mine who was having a concert in Augusta, Ga. Some of you may remember John Berry from the 80's and 90's in country music. Has one of the best voices in the business. One of his big hits was "Your Love Amazes Me". He had several #1s. You can google it and hear it. Also got to meet and hang out with one John's good friend (Dave from the group Lady Antebellum-not sure if that's spelled correct). Really nice guy. Serveral other songwriters were there so we just sit around all day and talked songwriting and swapping ideas.

auh2o.....hope you enjoy the recipes. They're good:)

Tom...that's great you got it all fixed up.

Maude....enjoy your time off.....I know you will.

You all have a great night.
Love and prayers!

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82078:
APB for Sterling. Hope he comes by for a little warm mulled cider. (:
Keep our friends in Californai in your prayers, lots of rain!

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82079: Mornin' Y'all- Rev, so John Berry is a buddy of yours? Wow- he's a great singer-love that song! And Lady Antebellum is just about the hottest thing going in country music these days-I'm impressed! Glad you had a nice time.
Yes, prayers for California with all that rain-terrible weather!
Speaking of weather, we might get SNOW on Christmas night! 50% chance-sure would be nice to see snow falling on Christmas.
Well, lots to do on this Christmas Eve EVE,so I'd better scoot!
y'all take care-love to all!
possum under a rock

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82080:
Morning Porch

Hot chocolate weather here.

PH-Thanks for the info. So, MDC and I started rocking here about the same time, interesting. I know what ya meaning about the political chat. I've never been able to figure out why people get so upset discussing politics and religion, or any subject for that matter. I've always thought it was a lack in conviction of someone's thoughts or precepts. I've said it before but my feelings have never been hurt here on the Porch. To tell ya the truth, it's made me quite sad, in the past, to see when my posts have upset some of the good people here. There's been a few times when I've felt like a bull in a china shop.

REV-Yup, we've got our eyes on the CHICKEN TETRAZZINI and the CHOWDER. And, I'm with possum, color me impressed.

Big Maude-I'm like Pavlov's Dog. When I see SLAW in caps I start to drool. Do you ever put horseradish in the slaw...sorry, I mean SLAW.

Asa-Have a good Christmas buddy!

George Bailey: Hello Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas movie house! Merry Christmas Emporium! Merry Christmas you wonderful old Building & loan!


December 23, 2010 - Msg 82081: Good morning everyone. Just thought I'd follow up on my Merry Christmas post with another Merry Christmas post. One's Christmas can never be too merry!

AUH2O: I don't stop by here but once in a blue moon anymore but that's sure not because of you or the talk of politics and religion. In my case, my reasons are personal.

Your posts may at times be pointed, but, to my mind at least, never rude. I know I was never offended by them. Your posts never seemed personally hurtful. In fact, I always found your posts--full of conviction, plain talk, and always a dash of humor--extremely welcome.

POOR HORATIO: You are one clever guy! When did I start posting?

Well, we are being furloughed between CHristmas and New Year's so I have all my year-end stuff to complete this week. Nose back to the grindstone!

Y'all have a very Merry--and very Mayberry--Christmas.


December 23, 2010 - Msg 82082: I'm here, MDC...thanks for asking about me. sorry to stay away so long but this is my busiest time of year (Santa's and mine;-)!
Wanted to drop in and say "hey". though. Maude, let me know when you are going to watch the christmas ep and I'll be right over. I have not watched it yet. I always save it for just the right time.

Wonderful to see Hazel, Auh2o and OTIS on the porch. Welcome home for Christmas, Otis.

Nothing new to report here on this end of the porch...just been getting ready for Christmas. Have to go to the store for the makings of Christmas dinner. We have decided to keep it simple this year because we are all exhausted from all we have done this season. I have organized or hosted parties all month and we had our party for the girls at the rehab last monday. My friend Diane and I made over a hundered christmas cookies for the girls and they were a BIG hit. Had a great time with the girls..poor children stuck in that institution through Christmas but had good attitudes and lots of laughs had by all. So, anyway, we will be having chili and submarine sandwiches for Christmas dinner this year and that's alright with me.

I have had my departed friend, Karen's little girl Allison with me all week so Erin is having a great time. I took them to see the new Narnia movie this week and they loved it. I didn't really understand alot of it..guess I will have to pull out the book and read it.

Well, don't want to bore you all...wish I could come up with an interesting christmas story but I think you have heard them all by now. I have certainly enjoyed hearing some of your's, though.

I just thought of a cute one that I don't think I shared. When I was in high school I had an aunt and uncle that came down from Michigan every december and spent christmas with aunt was named Virginia and to say she was eccentric would be putting it lightly...she was bonkers for the most part and she would come with a stack of photos of grandkids and people we didn't know and it was the joke each year to try to avoid getting trapped by her and her photos She used to make up the most outlandish stories about her grandkids (they were all genius, of course). We loved her, make no mistake, but boy that woman could talk the nose off Rudolph..which brings me to my story. One evening Aunt Virginia and I were sitting in the den watching the annual airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, when we hear a knocking on the door leading from the garage into the den...."Who could that be?"...I got up to answer and nobody was at the door. 'Strange',I thought. We continued to watch the movie and a few minutes later it happened again...I went to the door and looked out the peep hole...nobody there but the knocking continued (I jumped away from that door so fast!). Now, how could someone invisible be knocking on the door unless it was a ghost?! We worked ourselves up to a panic right there, thinking we had a ghost at the door. Finally, I had the guts to open the door and sitting right against the door was the neighbor's weinie dog, intermittently wagging his tail, which made a knocking sound on the door. hehe..ok, it wasn't a great story but I can't think of Rudolph without remember aunt virginia and the knocking ghost.

Better get a move on...its almost Christmas!! Hohoho


December 23, 2010 - Msg 82083: Well, hey there Me-They! Merry Christmas to you and your's. :-)


December 23, 2010 - Msg 82084:
Me-They, your first posting here was Msg 31823 on November 29, 2005.

from Poor Horatio

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82085:
Mr Darlin's "Barney Parney Poo" Cuz (:

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82086: Trouble Check! I had some trouble getting on the Porch after I posted this morning- just checking to see if I could get back on! LOL


possum again

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82087: test

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82088: Merry Christmas Eve Eve, my porch family, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Been cleaning, and making candy and cookies and such. My poor kitchen looks like a powdered sugar explosion. Sounds like we're in for a white Christmas as well. Weatherman says "significant" accumulation. Guess thats not as bad as floods, and mud slides, those poor people in CA just break my heart on the news. I do have friends in the San Diego area last I heard, they were ok. Best get back at my candy making, love and prayers to you all--Salty Dog

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82089: Sounds like you have an early start on the white christmas with all that powdered sugar, Salty! :-) I had a powdered sugar mess here in my kitchen earlier, too. I made sand tarts that you roll in powdered sugar when you get them out of the oven. My mom always made them at Christmas.

Bruce got off early from work today, came home and took a nap. Well, at about 5:30 this evening he made his appearance from the bedroom and he had showered, shaved and put on church clothes. "Where are you going?", I asked in surprise. "Aren't we going to Christmas Eve service at 6?", Bruce replied? Haha...he actually thought today was Christmas funny is that? Poor guy, we really laughed at him. He is now in shorts and eating a late supper.


December 23, 2010 - Msg 82090:
Hello porch family.

Yep Possum....we may get a little white stuff here in SC on Christmas. That would be cool...or should I say cold:)

auh20....I believe you'll really like the CHICKEN TETRAZZINI and the CHOWDER....I like to add a little hot sauce in them. I really love that chowder when it's a cold day outside.

Boo....Bruce sounds like me....I've been so messed up with what day it is:)

By the my motorhome back today. They did a great job on it. Can't tell it was ever in a fire. They really worked hard to get it back to me before my January tour.

Better all have a good night.
Remember.....Jesus loves you so much!
Love and prayers for all my porch family

December 23, 2010 - Msg 82091: Hey MDC, I could use some mulled cider, and good friends right about now. MIL has been here for a week already, and yesterday BIL and his wife showed up, while I was home sick from some stomach flu that's been going around work. That's better today, but still have the inlaws, and I am going to need prayers to hold my tongue if one of the presents I glimpsed of a Hello Kitty bookbag from BIL turns out to be intended for Kai. If you need a refresher on the reasoning for that, I can tell you, but I know I talked about it here and how much tension that stupid kitty has caused and I won't rehash that again. But I am pretty sure BIL would have known about it. So here's hoping it is intended for Kai's niece or something.

Now on to better things. Dietrich was your favorite on Barney Miller too, auh2o? Mine as well. I liked his wry humor so much that I did a report on Steve Landesburg for some class in high school.

Here's to finding the true feeling of Christmas in all of our hearts this year. I am hoping to go to the candle-light service at the church, just to get away from(no, not the crowd at my house, but good thought) the chaos and stress that is the world's Christmas, and get to the real warmth and true gift-giving, that is the Lord's Christmas. Don't know if anyone else will go - they will be welcome to- but Kai has said she will go with me, and has even thought about asking her little niece to go.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82092: Well, 2 batches of candy, one batch of cookies and a cake on to get sausage balls, and a broccoli casserole together to bake tomorrow. Boo, I made orange balls with coconut, my mom used to make them and then quit for whatever reason now I guess it's my turn. Rev, so glad you got your motorhome back. Hope all goes well for you in the upcoming tour. Hope you all have a great night, gonna burn the midnight oil some more and go hibernate in the kitchen awhile longer. And a Happy Belated Birthday to Spot too. Salty Dog

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82093: WOW the porch has picked up!...its EARLY Christmas eve morning and I aint got all the lights on but working on apole down and got about 65 people out....but the crews are out there in the 25 degree weather working....Thanks for the b-day wishes!..hey possum,maude,Rev,Tom,and Rick(aka otis)!hey there Salty dog...gosh gang just been so busy...been to 3 Christmas gatherings and one tomorrow night!...hope to catch the late Service too..hey MT,MDC,auh20,horatio....Boo how is that house coming?...hey ky,Lucy,HM and all...ok...lets all go out to I-Hop in the morning on ME!..tip and all...and Boo you bring a paper and I will also and we can swap....ok...let me see how they are coming on this broke pole...prayers and peace on earth!....SPOT (aka SPOT)

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82094: SPOT AKA SPOT? You been in the eggnog already,huh,spotty? LOL

possum under a rock

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82095: Merry Christmas eve porchters. I hope and pray all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year and that Gods will becomes fist and foremost in our lives.

Great to see you Salty Dog. ruff ruff.

I agtee Possum. Old Spot (aka spot) seems a might peculiar today. LOL


December 24, 2010 - Msg 82096: From: The Vacation Kingdom of the World.
To: All TAGS Fans, Families, and Friends,


December 24, 2010 - Msg 82097: Hi All. :)

A brilliant star sprahg into view
Guided by God's hand...
It hovered over Bethlehen,
That chosen bit of land.
It guided Wise Men traveling
In distant caravan,
To find the promised One of ages...
Jesus, God, made Man.
Through the years, it guides us still...
All those who seek the Lord,
For each one;s heart must make the trip
To find His love out-poured.



December 24, 2010 - Msg 82098:
Hello porch family

Remember....There has only been one Christmas...the rest have been anniversaries.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my porch family.

Love and prayers!

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82099: Merry Christmas Eve!! Looks like some are coming home to the porch for Christmas (big smile).

I wish I could go to candlelight service with you and Kai, Sterling. We will be going here at our home church, as usual. I love the Christmas Eve service so much! It is always the highlight of my Christmas. Hope things with your in-laws goes surprisingly well...look for the silver lining, Sterling...hmmm, that's ironic. :-)

I love those orange/coconut balls, Salty! I made Dear Dad a coconut cream pie today..its his very favorite.

ASA!!..I just noticed your post. What a great Christmas present! I have been missin' you, friend. Here's a big Christmas hug ((((HUG))). Don't be such a stranger.

Better get goin'..lots to do!

Love to All,

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82100: MERRY CHRISTMAS PORCH FRIENDS and GOD bless each of you

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82101:
So many wonderful "I'll be home for Christmas"
Messages on this here porch! Love ya ALL!!
Rev has his motorhome, ASA and MD and others pop in like brother Harry coming home to give a
hearty toast!! May we all be "rich" tonight in the blessings and love of Jesus!
Glory to God in the highest! (:

December 24, 2010 - Msg 82102: just wanted to wish all my porch friends a very blessed and Merry Christmas! I am blessed to have you guys apart of my life

Big Maude

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82103:
Hey Folks

It's official, Merry Christmas!!

Tom-That's very nice.

Asa-Great to see your post.

Me-They Thanks buddy. I do miss the give-and-take.

Sterling-Yes sir, Dietrich was my guy. I the episode when the fellow from the "future" asked if he was "...thee A. Dietrich." The way Harris rolled his eyes when he heard it. FUUNNNY

You folks have a great Christmas, what Asa said goes for me too.



December 25, 2010 - Msg 82104: MERRY CHRISTMAS, PORCH! Just got home from spending a lovely evening with my son and his sweet wife, the two grandsons, and of course Eloise and Jerry (DIL's parents) and Brittney's sister and her family. We went to Christmas Eve services at their church, and it was just lovely. We've gone there on Christmas Eve for the past two or three years, and it's always such a beautiful service. My own church has services of course, and they're beautiful too, but I enjoy going with my kids and meeting their pastor and some of their friends. My son is teaching SS now, and I really like to support their involvement with their church.

"There has only been one Christmas...the rest have been anniversaries." Thanks, REV. That one is going in my collection of memorable truths.

On a lighter note - for all the years I've had lighted reindeer in the yard at Christmas, I've had problems with them tripping the GFCI when it rains. We have had no rain up until tonight, so have not had a problem. We did get a light drizzle in the early evening though, so naturally I had no Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. Oh well. However, I think I'm not the only one who has had this experience with rain causing breakers to trip. On my way over to Eloise and Jerry's tonight, I passed a house with several deer in the front yard, and they were wearing little plastic raincoats! Very cute, and very resourceful. I'll have to try it.

Good to see Asa, and Me-They, MD and others passing through. Sure do with you'd come home and stay a while, or at least visit more often. You are missed. If I left anyone off, it wasn't intentional. Chalk it up to the fact that I worked last night, slept about two hours today, and it's now 1 a.m. I'm beat to the socks, am going to cuddle up in a comfortable bed with my little furkid, and we're going to sleep on this Christmas morning, until we wake up. No clocks. Blessings, porch, and Merry Christmas. God bless us, everyone! --Romeena

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82105: Merry Christmas Porchsters!

I hope Santa was kind to you and yours!
We had a nice Christmas Eve with the whole family together.

It's great to see all of the very familiar names.
Thank you for the welcome back.

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82106: MERRY CHRISTMAS to my Porch family! I love you all- hope you have a wonderful day.

possum under a rock

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82107:
Go Tell It On The Mountain!

Love from possum under a rock

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82108: Merry Christmas family!! Woke up to the white mess here, got a few inches, and it's still coming down. But dinner with the 'laws' has been cancelled forgive me if I"m happy about that tee hee. This is the first Christmas I ever remember that my hubby and I have nothing to do, and it's kind of nice. ASA so good to see you my friend!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day please be safe. Love you all-Salty Dog

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82109: Good morning, porch! I hope your Christmas Eve was as lovely as mine, and I pray God's blessings on your day, this Christmas Day. For those of you who do not receive my emails, please check out this link. It will bless your heart, as it did mine. Those on the email list, you'll find it there as well, as a link within a link.

Merry Christmas, Mayberry! --Romeena

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82110: Merry Christmas my friends. And thank you all for who you are and the kind words and for the two links Possum and Ro. I'd like to share this one with you. I hope I get it right.

I pray your Christmas day is a delight.


December 25, 2010 - Msg 82111: Merry Christmas porch friends! I have received cards from many of you and they are so good to get.I hope you have received mine as well.We are having a good christmas,all my kids are home,so that is a blessing!Hope to be moving to a new house soon,so I'm also doing a little packing.I want to make a new years resolution right now,I will definitley stop by the porch more often,I miss you all and plus,my rocker probably needs dusted too!prayers for all of you-ky girl

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82112: Merry Christmas mean alot to me! God bless you all....SPOT

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82113: And Oh by the way its a fantastic White Christmas here in Ga. Snow just a pouring down!...SPOT

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82114: Boo,could you send me your new address? I didn't know if I should send a card to the old address so I thought I would ask.Just send it to my email,I had to close my facebook account because someone kept trying to hack it.-ky girl

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82115: spot,I could send you our snow too if you need more-ky girl

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82116: hey gang ,we have a white Christmas ..first one since 1947...

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82117:
Romeena, thank you for that link. Whenever I hear the Hallelujah Chorus, it affects me emotionally.
You can view another video of the Hallelujah Chorus being performed in Macy's Department store at
Once the video starts, click on the far right icon below the lower right corner of the video to expand to full screen. When finished, press ESC to return to the normal screen.

For some unusual renditions of the Hallelujah Chorus, check out the following two videos at
The first video includes Silent Nuns "singing" the Hallelujah Chorus.
Shortly after the nun video is finished, another video will start with Silent Monks "singing" same song.

from Poor Horatio

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82118: Merry Christmas folks. Had a great day with family, lots of food, togetherness and presents. Everyone has gone now so we are settling down for some quite family time. We have a white Christmas on my end of the porch. It has snowed off and on all day, mostly accumulating on the ground, so the main travel roads and side streets have stayed relatively clear. My husbands brothers came to visit for the day from Knoxville (about 2 hours away) so they should get home safely.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Blessing and prayers all around.
Big Maude

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82119: if anybody is interested,no greater joy ministries has a good video on the amish culture on their website-ky girl

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82120: sterling,I just had a chance to read your post about the Hello Kitty book bag,and since I haven't stopped by the porch often,I missed the discussion on that topic.Could you tell me what date it was around about so I could read it in the archives? Thanks-ky girl

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82121:
ky girl, you can find "Hello Kitty" mentioned in messages
August 31, 2010; Msg 80581
August 31, 2010; Msg 80583
October 11, 2010; Msg 81303

from Poor Horatio

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82122: Merry Christmas Porch Family:
Have been busy with all the children. How truly blessed I am to have friends and family like you all. Merry Christmas!!! ~New Neighbor

December 25, 2010 - Msg 82123:
WOW, NN, ky girl, etc, etc, my aint the porch nice and full. (:
I mentioned earlier about my new decorations, well, it was mentioned in the local paper, and
have had bus tours etc stop by the last few days!
Very cool! One family knocked on our door and
said how "thought provoking" and meaningful!
Had a wonderful day with family, and Pappabear called me today too. He says thanks for all the cards, but still no internet in Cayuga!
Well, Merry Christmas to all!

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82124: Happy Birthday MDC!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day,dear friend!

possum under a rock

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82125: Hi All.


December 26, 2010 - Msg 82126: Happy birthday, MDC!

Well, Christmas was not white here but it was cold, which I love. We had the fireplace roaring all day and evening. Had most of the family here for dinner but the evening was quiet and very enjoyable when most folks went home...ha! My sister hung around for awhile and we laughed alot then I played a game with the kids (Apples to Apples). Didn't get to bed until after 1am. I just didn't want to let go of Chrismtas. Now I have to figure out how to pack up and store all of these christmas decorations. Will leave most of it in place until after new years. I took a stroll up the long driveway to the road last night and it was so cold and crisp...very clear night with a sky full of bright starts. I had a talk with the Lord and told him thanks. Walking back I could see the house all lit up and cozy-looking. We are so blessed in the great country of ours. May the Lord give us many more years of freedom.

Enjoyed the videos! Better go get ready for preachin' this morning.


December 26, 2010 - Msg 82127: Happy Birthday MDC

Christmas for me - internet and computer access once more and new cell phones!! Yay - I can connect to the outside world!!


December 26, 2010 - Msg 82128: Good morning my family, no preaching here this morning. We wound up with 10 inches of White Christmas yesterday and last night. Hopefully it's over and done with now. Calling for winds now just hope the power holds out. I'm so glad everyone had a good Christmas, I did. Even if we didn't do a thing, it was nice just to be at home for a change. Hope you all have a blessed Sabbath, love and prayers-Salty Dog

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82129: Snowing at possum's Rock!

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82130: Happy Birthday MDC!
Snowing today on my end of the porch as well. spening the day inside, staying warm. gotta go back to work tomorrow.

Leftovers later if anyone wants to join us: ham, potato salad, broccoli salad, chips, dip, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cheese cake, various assortment of homemade candy and cookies.
to go boxes available :)

have a blessed day!
Big Maude

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82131: Ooh, Maude, can I have the ENTIRE key lime pie? LOL I'll trade you a pumpkin pie for it! I also have apple,if you prefer!
Still snowing- pretty dusting all over the trees,but the ground is too warm for it to stick. A rare treat though, and I'm enjoying it!
Y'all have a good evening-love to all!
possum again

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82132: Possum, you can indeed have the ENTIRE key lime pie. not my favorite so it is all yours!
Big Maude

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82133:
Happy Birthday to MDC!


December 26, 2010 - Msg 82134: Happy b-day MDC!..hey possum,Boo,Tom,Rev and all...gosh been a great Sunday...still got lots of snow here in a fire going and off work till wed night at 10...gona the tree down gona work on the outside lights to go bring some more wood in and read the archives....peace and love porch....SPOT

December 26, 2010 - Msg 82135:
THANK you for all the birthday wishes!!
I think some of you may know that today is the "feast of Stephen," as in the song, and thus my birth name Steven!
So geat to see HM, Otis, Boo etc with all the great Christmases to relate! Thank you Jesus!

December 27, 2010 - Msg 82136: Mornin' everyone. Hope you are all recovering from the weekend. I am looking around at a mess! We had a good day yesterday and I didn't do much so now things have to be straightened up, laundry finished and I am going to start putting away some of the Christmas clutter. I am going to leave up the tree and garland until after new years but the other stuff has to go!

I kind of dread the chore because I have to put the christmas dishes way up in the top cabinets and bring down the other dishes that go in the cabinet and that requires a ladder.

Think I will just finish my coffee and check the weather report first. It was mighty cool here the past few days and we kept a fire in the fireplace all weekend. We didn't have to use the heater and it stayed about 70 degrees in the house during the day. I expect it will be warming up today, though.

Sean bought himself a bike with his christmas money this year. Its a Huffy and looks like a bike from the 60's...really neat. I even rode it yesterday. Maybe I will ride it again today.

Talk to you all later.