April 28, 2011 - Msg 83705: Morning porch, just checking in on everyone. Lots of storm damage around my area, and sadly some deaths as a result. We were spared with any major tornados at my house but had severe wind, rain, thunder and lightning. Hope everyone is okay!

lunch menu will be: bologna/cheese sandwhiches, chips,pickles. brownies. tea or a bottle of pop.

Prayers and blessings all around.

Big Maude

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83706: A Good and concerned Morning to you all!

I agree with Boo, I hope everyone checks in today and is spared from the hammering they are getting from these storms!

It is beautiful and sunny here in Indep. MO. Supposed to climb to 70* today with blue skies!

Asa - Happy NFL Draft Day! LOL! The Chiefs are sitting at #21 and I imagine will stay there. I believe your Raiders are in the teens somewhere? I dont have the order with me. With the Judge denying the NFL's request of a stay on the lockout, all business is open and there could be a very wild night at the draft! Free agency and trades are back in play!

Maude - Sounds like a good lunch today. I will try and get back for it!

Not much on my end. Got all the mowing done and ready to hunker down with the NFL tonight. Better get to work on some history! Y'all have a great day!

John Masters

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83707: Mornin' Y'all. Prayers for the South- especially the state of Alabama. I have a friend near Birmingham (thankfully she made it through the tornadoes ok) but she says the devastation is "heartbreaking." Those poor people! I think the weather was pretty rough in Spot's neck of the woods too,but last I heard from him he was fine. Thundering & raining here,but hopefully no tornadoes!

Wonderful news regarding your daddy, Rev! Continued prayers for him.

Y'all take care-love to all.
possum under a rock

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83708: Possum, I just checked the weather channel. Just horrible! I feel so sorry for those poor people going through it. They are reporting over 200 dead at this point. Makes me feel so helpless...keep praying.


April 28, 2011 - Msg 83709:
Hey Folks

Things are starting to level out here a bit.

Rev-Great news about your Dad. Like everyone has said, prayers continued.

JM-The draft is today? That seems kinda strange it being on a Thursday, isn't it?

Asa-They're calling for a little snow here tomorrow. Will you folks shut that thing off, it always seems to come from your direction.

Prayers for the South end of the Porch. We were under a tornado watch yesterday and I drove through the strongest rain I ever have, white knuckles for sure. Obviously, it was nothing compared to what you folks went through. Hang tough, SPOT!

Big Maude-That lunch sounds good. Pop? Nice, that's what we call it here.


April 28, 2011 - Msg 83710: Anybody know what part of Alabama our Floyd is from? Sure hope he and his folks are all right!
Floyd, you out there??
possum again

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83711:
Prayers for all of Alabama, Atlanta etc.
God be with us.

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83712:
Morning porch family

Prayers for all the folks affected by all the storms. It is so sad.
I know of one church that I do a concert in each year has been leveled.

I probably will be away from the porch till Monday. Have concerts down in Jacksonville, Fla all weekend. Leaving out in a few hours.

Love you folks and my prayers are for each of you!

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83713: Good morning, porch! So terrible about all those storms, and so many killed and injured. Then there's the property damage, which can be devastating. Keep praying for all those involved, and for no more destruction to occur.

Such great news about Papa REV. God has definitely blessed him. I have a prayer of thanks for Eloise as well. She's going home today! I spent yesterday at her house with Maria and Erica (my friends who help me clean this house every now and then), and we got things in pretty good shape. Eloise's husband, Jerry, is a great guy and has a heart as big as Texas, but a housekeeper he's not! That man is messy!! Also, he saves everything, won't throw anything away. Drives Eloise to distraction sometimes, but he has so many other wonderful qualities that she just puts up with it. He'd give you the shirt off his back if you asked, but you probably wouldn't ask, because his shirt is almost always a grease-stained, holey t-shirt. But - how did it get grease-stained and holey? He was wearing it while WORKING! That man works from can to can't, every day but Sunday.

Boo, your little royal wedding name game sounds like fun. I figured out that my name could be Lady Winifred Tinker of Lockhill. Or I could be Lady Lula Maude Buckwheat of Linares. Funny!

Well, gotta run. Many errands to do, appointment with the chiro at 2, then going by Eloise's on the way home to see how she's settling in. Jerry is taking her home this morning - just waiting for the discharge papers now. I'm going to stay out of their way and just let them go home without any outside "help" and see how they do. I know, for myself, Dale is all I would have needed. I think Eloise will get more of a sense of recovery if it's just the two of them, with nobody else in the way. She knows how to reach me if she needs me.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83714: Wow, Eloise is going home already? That's great news!

Love your wedding names, Romeena! haha I think "Lady Lula Maude Buckwheat of Linares" sounds more southern. :) I could have also gone with "Lady Lela Beuaregaurd of San Antonio".


April 28, 2011 - Msg 83715: Lady Lulu Maude Buckwheat of Linares??
Wow, I think I should curtsy! LOL

possum AKA Lady Claudine Snapper of Russell

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83716: Hey!
Just stopping by to make sure everyone's okay. I was worried about you Big Maude. Everything was about 20 miles above us. I'm sure Spot is having to do a lot of work today. So thankful it appears that it will be quiet for a few days and now we can open the windows again. Y'all take care! I'll check in again soon. Having to do this on my itouch and it's difficult to type too much.

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83717: Hi All.
Yesterday we had a tornade watch up all day,and a storme came in last.
Two day a go lighting hit a pol up on the street and now we have no phone .say it will Monday befor it fix.
Prayer everyone.


April 28, 2011 - Msg 83718: Got an email from Spot- he's ok, lots of power lines down,so he had a busy night, like Lucy said. I think he's headed to the doghouse to get some rest.
Hope we get some word on Floyd. Maybe I should check his FB page. Will let y'all know if I find out anything. Anybody else we haven't trouble checked on? I think all Southern Porchsters are safe & accounted for, thank the Lord. Need to hear from Floyd though.
possum again

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83719: ** Update on Floyd**
From what I can gather from Floyd's FB page, it's been bad there. They lost power around 5:25pm last night. He mentioned that power may not be back on for 72 hours (this according to radio reports.) He also reported that 36 people were dead in his area.
I left a message telling him that all of us on the Mayberry Porch have him & his family in our thoughts & prayers and hope they are safe.
Prayers for Floyd (Allan) and his community.

possum again

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83720: AMEN, Lord be with us.

April 28, 2011 - Msg 83721: Just saw where Allan (FLOYD) posted some pics on FB a few hours ago, so apparently he is okay! Yay!
possum under a rock

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83722: Well just a quick trouble check gang...all fine here at the dog house...seems like I have been at work since wed night at about 8 till now ...but somewhere I did go home and sleep for 8...ha ha..back today at 6am till whenever....about to get things under control here at EMC...we have sent several crews to Ala to help....."Bring Food" SPOT

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83723: Prayers for all who are or have been affected by those terrible storms. I reckon I better quit whining about a few inches of snow. Floyd posted over at Miss Crumps that his family is safe. They are staying at a hotel for the time being. I'm not sure if it is because he lost his home or because of a loss of power and other utilities. He indicated some areas will be without power for 5 weeks or better. Good thing your sending help to them Spot. I'll send you over a breakfast burrito from Carls jr's.


April 29, 2011 - Msg 83724: Good Morning, Everyone!

I send my prayers and concerns to my fellow Porchsters as well. I saw the devastation in Alabama via the NFL Draft. They had players there from the U of Ala. and they had a moment of silence for the victims. They also showed some of the twisters that tore thru the area! My heart goes out to them!

Ro - Good to hear that Eloise is back at home. Nothing like getting home from the hospital and feeling the comfort of home. I had some bad kidney stones before that kept me laid up and I couldnt get in the car fast enough to get back to my bed and chair and tv and the like! I am happy she's back where she belongs!

Asa - The NFL Draft was in primetime last year too. They started doing that to attract viewers better. I guess they figured they would grab the "at home" crowd on the weekdays.

Later today, around noon, I will be lauching the blog/website for my Quantrill project in Arkansas. I will be back to give you the link! I hope you'll enjoy it and vote on the quiz!

Ok, y'all have a great day and I will see you in a few hours!

John Masters

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83725: Good morning, porch. Beautiful day here, it's so hard to believe that some of our porch has been practically blown off the map by the storms. Praying for Floyd and family! My goodness, he should have some stories to tell on the cruise in November. I'm so happy to hear that they are safe, and I hope the hotel stay is just due to a power outage, not to damage. I wonder if a generator would be at all useful to him. They can be had for a few hundred, vs hotel bills. I know Jerry has one, and when he and Eloise experience a power outage, he cranks up that generator and it's enough to power the freezer and fridge and a couple of lamps. They got through a two-day outage that way one time. Guess no one would want to live that way for weeks, though, and it wouldn't run the a/c - OK, bad idea.

Joe and Jorge will be here this morning, we're having a "yard day". Pruning, weeding, and planting color. Oh, I see Jorge is already here. The big limb that was down in the back yard is gone, and I don't think a squirrel hauled it to the street, so it must be Jorge. He always gets here early, and just finds things to do. That's not hard around here!

I bought some new fish yesterday, haven't been out to check on them, I hope they're okay. I didn't get to float the bags as long as I like to, had to get to the chiro appointment, but I imagine they're okay. Guess I'll soon find out.

Well, blessings to all, please Lord. Take care of my friends and please keep them safe, and thank you for the protection You've already provided! --Romeena

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83726:
Just heard that the 165 twisters reported on Tuesday are the MOST EVER recorded in one day.
Strnge times my friends, and I know it is not just coincidence. Lord be with us all!

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83727: Ok, folks...my site for my Quantrill project is up! Please go to


Have a good time looking it over!

John Masters

April 29, 2011 - Msg 83728: Enjoyed the site, JM. I answered the quiz question about William Quantrill.

Well, can you believe it is 10pm and this is the first chance I have had to check in on the porch?! Been a busy day today but got ALOT accomplished, which is a good feeling. Been cleaning and washing and going to Walmart and making beds, you know the routine. Bruce just took me to eat at my favorite little local cafe and I had some really good chicken with mashed taters. TATERS!

It really is a lovely night here but I can't keep thinking about those folks affected by the storms. MDC, I have been doing some wondering about the situation in this old world. Seems like many natural disasters lately.

Well, guess I will relax for awhile. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


April 30, 2011 - Msg 83729: Mornin' Honeys and Dears...where in tarnation is everybody?!


April 30, 2011 - Msg 83730: It's five hours later...."Yoo Hoo...anybody out there?"


April 30, 2011 - Msg 83731: Hey, Boo. I'm here. Got to work last night after working in the yard all day, and learned that we were short one nurse, due to a call-in earlier in the day. They had tried all day to get someone to come in, but no one would. I don't blame them. We didn't create this crisis, and I really don't feel it's up to the pitiful remnant of the staff to try to be all things to all people. I'm ready to see the one whose idea this was, in a uniform and taking patients. That, of course, will happen when donkeys fly. Meantime, we'll just keep shoveling the load of guilt back at them when things like this happen. They've already called this afternoon, trying to find someone to come in and fill staffing holes tonight. The phone woke me, but I didn't pick up. I'd like to be able to do it, to support my immediate manager, because she hates this as much as we do, and didn't want it, but my loyalty has buckled under the weight of the load of abuse they're dishing out. My co-worker and I each had four moms and four babies last night, and still they were trying to unload a gyn surgery on us. We have been told that four couplets is the absolute limit, that we will never be asked to take more, and yet - they asked. Our charge nurse flatly said no, the patient would have to go elsewhere. She will probably be counseled now for refusing to accept a patient! No wonder half our staff has quit.

OK, enough griping. Just had to unload somewhere. Sorry! I think I'll just sit here at this window and look out at the riot of color and lush growth, and watch the antics of the wildlife, until all that garbage at work just fades from my mind. I'm scheduled to work again on Monday night, and I'll be there, and will do my best, but until then, I'm free as a bird, and I will make it to preachin' in the morning. Couldn't do that if I worked tonight.

Haven't explored the site yet, John Masters, but that's on my agenda when I'm a little more alert. Sleeping in my chair wasn't very restful, but I just conked out sitting right there after eating a bowl of cereal. I think I'll go lie down for a while now. I got some sleep while sitting there, but now my body feels like I've been "whupped with a big stick."

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 01, 2011 - Msg 83732: Don't dare answer that phone, Ro! You are the last one that they should call to come in. What a mess and I feel a knot in my stomach just thinking about it because I have experienced it. I wish you could find a dream job somewhere. Glad you could unload here because I certainly can sympathize. I certainly am concerned about you working the way you are having to, even if it is part-time. I know you will take care of yourself but it makes me mad that you are having to deal with that cr@p (for lack of a better word)!

Been a busy but fun weekend. I will tell ya'll about it later but got to get ready for preachin' and a church lunch and business meeting afterward. We are going to try to vote in some more deacons.

Wear yore dangly earrings, Ro...it's make you feel more "chipper". ;)


May 01, 2011 - Msg 83733: Yep, those dangly earrings do help. Thanks, Boo. You're sweet to be concerned, but I'm okay. I've finally learned that I can say no, and not feel guilty. In years past, when help was needed, I just couldn't refuse, because I felt we were all in it together. Now I no longer feel that way. They have forced a situation on us that we didn't want, told them we didn't, many nurses told them they would quit, and still they did it. Now when the nurses did what they said they'd do, and left, upper management is stuck and trying to force those of us who remained to carry the load. Well, I just won't. They created the problem, they can deal with it. So there!

I never cease to be amazed at the things I notice on TAGS. I've been watching it since the original run, and have probably seen every episode at least a hundred times. I know the scripts almost word for word, and yet, I still hear or see something like it was the first time. Case in point - I was watching the ep where Barney finds the briefcase full of money, the loot from a bank robbery. As things develop, Barney ends up in his rented room, with the bank robber, who is posing as an FBI man. The man asks Barney if he has anything to drink. Barney replies, "Yes, I've got some milk, NON-FAT." I had never noticed the "non-fat" part before. I didn't realize anybody was paying attention to fat vs non-fat back in the sixties, but apparently somebody was. I surely wasn't, and still don't, to be truthful. Which leads me to another question - what on earth is "fat-free sour cream"? That's simply not possible. If it's fat-free, it's not cream, sour or not. It's thickened with that carrageenan stuff or something, has no taste, and no telling what all that artificial stuff does to you, compared to good old honest made-by-the-cow cream. Wikipedia says "Fat-free 'sour cream' contains no cream at all, and is made primarily from non-fat milk, modified cornstarch, thickeners and flavoring agents." Yuck. OK, that's my opinion, and that's all it is.

Well, back to TAGS. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 01, 2011 - Msg 83734: Hey Y'all -had Laci all weekend,so haven't been rocking much. Hope y'all are all doing ok-I'll get caught up on the Porch doin's soon!
possum under a rock

May 01, 2011 - Msg 83735: Hey Possum. How's Laci's Mom doing?

Cornstarch? Might as well give me poison. It took me years and years to discover that either I am allergic to corn starch, or sensitive, or whatever you want to call it. If I consume any of it whatsoever I get a killer headache that lays me right out. Because of that I have had to become a real nutrient label reader. It's alarming what stuff you will find cornstarch in. Everything from cereal to chocolate milk, yogart to soups. And forget about a frozen tv dinner (I don't like anyway). You're so right Romenna. I'll take the natural stuff any day. I use butter, none of the processed junk. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I can't believe that they can't believe it's not butter, cause it tastes like garbage to me!


May 01, 2011 - Msg 83736: What's the matter with frozen tv dinners, Asa? They're good, I like 'em!
- Hazel

May 01, 2011 - Msg 83737: No, you don't! --Romeena

May 01, 2011 - Msg 83738: Fat free sour cream is gross, that's for sure.

Ro, I noticed a blooper in a TAGS ep yesterday. It's the ep in which Aunt Bee leaves for a few days to tend to an injured relative. In the beginning you see Andy on the couch and Opie is lying on the floor coloring. Bee is picking up stuff and fussing about the mess the two of them made. At first, you see a bottle and a glass on the table next to Andy...it kind of looks like a beer bottle, then when it shows him again, the bottle and glass are missing but Bee had not picked them up. Check it out sometime...I think the ep is called something like "Andy and Opie, Housekeepers"...not sure, though.

I just heard that Osama was killed...guess I'll go check out CNN or FOX news.

Good to see you Asa.


May 01, 2011 - Msg 83739: Oh, and so right about the butter!


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83740: Gooood Morrrining Porch!...quick b-fast menu before I go home from work...I-Hop on me! SPOT

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83741: See ya at IHOP, SPOT. I'll bring the paper.


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83742: Good to see you Boo. Glad you had a good weekend.

Hooray for our troops who caught an evil one. I hesitate to ever cheer a loss of life, I can't help but think the world is a bit better off with him. I feel much like I did when Huessain was hung I guess. Not gleeful, but certainly relieved. Although there are thousands in the waiting to fill his shoes, we never gave up. And to the troops and to this Administration I salute you.

Spot. I'll hop right on over to IHOP buddy. Good of ya to start the week off right.


"If you think it's butter, but it's snot, It's Chiffon."
"Everythings better with Blue vomit on it!"

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83743: Morning porch, hope everyone is fine and dandy this morning. Thought I'd rock for a minute before I start my workday.

Beth had a wonderful time at the prom. She looked lovely but on my! what an ordeal. When Patrick went to his prom it was getting a hair cut ( a week before so it did not looked fresh cut) and a tux. With Beth it was finding the RIGHT dress about 3-4 months BEFORE the prom, having her nails, hair and make up done and then having pictures taken that suited her. It was kinda funny because we took a bunch with our digital camera but she of course kept deleting and re-taking them until she was pleased with them. Hopefully, I can get some pics to Romeena in the next week or so and she can put them in the album. I was plum worn out by the time she left the house.

since SPOT is taking us to I HOP for breakfast lets do lunch at Five Guys burger and fries. not sure if you all have one close to you, but they have the best burgers and have the best fresh cut fries.

Yeah for the American Troops that took out Osama. Lets keep praying for safety of the troops and the American people in the aftermath!

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83744: Good morning, porch! There apparently is reason to rejoice this morning, certainly we could be forgiven for doing so, but like Asa, I'm hesitant. I'm glad Osama can no longer orchestrate more destruction and death, but I cannot celebrate the fact that a soul has passed into eternity, still steeped in hatred and evil intent, still lost and without the love of the true God in his heart. Can you imagine his shock and terror when he stepped into eternity and faced the Lord God Almighty? May God have mercy on his soul.

Well, Joe and Jorge were to come today to finish up some work in the yard. I just talked to Joe, and to my relief and delight, they're not planning to come. It's 46 degrees out there, dark, raining and miserable. With a grateful heart, I'm going to go crawl back into my warm bed and get a couple of hours more sleep. Then I'll get up and work here in the house for a while, followed by another nap, and then I have to work tonight. I really wasn't looking forward to working tonight after working all day in the yard. God is good! Oh, and my pansies are ever so grateful. They're still going strong, thanks to consistent watering, and now this little cool spell will rejuvenate them for sure. I've lost a couple of plants, that's all. Usually, by this time they've fainted and fallen flat. We just pull them up and replace them with petunias and such. However, this year we pulled out a few that were starting to go, weeded very carefully, and set petunias in amongst the pansies, to make the transition gradually. Sure does look pretty!

Hmmm. I notice the landscape lights are out, and the pond pumps are not running. This means that something has gotten wet and tripped the GFCI breaker on that circuit. I wonder what it is? I'm not going out to try to figure it out, though. The pond will survive without the pumps on a day like this, and I don't need the landscape lights burning all day anyway, which they would have since it's so dark. Guess this will be a job for my friend Ted when the weather settles.

Have a great day, friends. Blessings! --Romeena

P.S. Yep, I like real butter, too! I bake with it, season with it, and put it on my bread. Can't beat it!

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83745: Oh, one more thing. boo, there's another big discrepancy in a TAGS scene - actually, I think this one has been mentioned before. Of course, the one during the recitation of the Preamble is legendary, the one where Barney's hair keeps changing. The one I'm referring to now though, is the one where Barney is interviewing candidates for deputy, and he throws a tomato at Otis, which Otis fails to catch, and the tomato hits him in the chest. The tomato splotch travels around on Otis' shirt, from down on his belly, to all the way up on his chest, nearly to his neck, then back down low again. Obviously the scenes weren't shot in sequence, probably not even all on the same day. Interesting! --Romeena

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83746: God Bless America, God bless the world and God bless the military and those Navy Seals!

When someone passes, we usually say that "God called them home." Well....I guess Satan called Bin Laden home!

U-S-A! U-S-A!

John Masters

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83747: Asa & Ro summed it up pretty darn good- though I don't usually celebrate the loss of a human life, I feel in this case we're justified.
Good riddance to bad rubbish!

God Bless the USA!!

possum under a rock

P.S. Thanks for breakfast,but after Asa's "jingles" I don't have much of an appetite- LOL

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83748:
Tho I also rejoice at the news, I just cannot bring myself to say "Lord have mercy on his soul." Sorry RO, I just can't. He had plenty of opporunity to change, but as Romans 1 says, sometimes God just "gives up" on people.
He even used a woman as a shield at the end, for pete's sake! What a coward.

OK, on other things, I had a very busy weekend,
so it is good to finally get to rest here at "work!" ha
Still praying for the storm victims.
God bless America!

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83749: Oh,just noticed that you asked about my daughter,Asa. Still have to catch up on a few days of Porch posts.
She's managing ok. They put a walking boot on her and I think she's about ready for it to come off! She goes back toward the end of May ,so until then, she'll have to put up with it-and with Laci giving her weird looks and giggling at Mom with the walking boot on! Thanks for asking about her-appreciate it!
possum again

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83750:
So good to hear posssum, thanks.
Just re-read my message, and I sound like
I'm uncaring. I'm not. Really! It's just..
Well, I guess Ive said enough.
Have a wonderful day all!

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83751: Hi All.
Nice day here sun come in at time .

I praise God in the good times
And inthe bad times too,
For I know I'm learning lessons
From these trials that I go through.
I praise Him on the mountaintop;
In the valley I'll still praise'
For joy comes after mourning
When we let Him lead our ways.
I praise Him when there seems no hope,
For I know that He is teaching me
To trust in all His promises
And in Him believe more faithfully.
I praise Him for His precious Word
When going through the fire,
For I know that He is molding me
Int owhat He would desire.
I praise Him for His promrse
To be with me alway;
He has taught me that life's victory
Is in prayer, faith, and praise.


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83752: I feel like you do about the Osama situation, Ro. I once heard the testimony of a non-believer who died and was brought back to life. He talked about the darkness that came for him....said that he felt the eternal separation from God and that he would not wish anyone who has ever been born to experience it. God doesn't want that, either, but men choose darkness because of their evil deeds, God gives them the choice and they reap the consequences of that choice. The bible tells us that God takes to pleasure in the death of the wicked and wishes that all would come to repentance.


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83753: Excuse me, I meant that "God takes 'no' pleasure in the death of the wicked."


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83754: Barney recites "we the people". However he also does almost the same thing with the sherrifs manual or policy or something...which ep was that? I cant find it....

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83755:
He read the manual at Quiet Sam's house. (:

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83756: Good afternoon, everyone. I think we probably all feel about the same way regarding the bin Laden thing. I don't mean to come off as sanctimonious when I voice sadness at the passing of a lost soul. I would say that, whether it was bin Laden or a neighbor. I guess I say it partly because I've been taught that we're supposed to feel that way! The truth is, the overwhelming emotion in my heart when I heard the news was relief, a sense of victory, a feeling of "he finally got what was coming to him" and all the other very human and justifiable emotions that I know we're all feeling. The fact is, he was an educated man, he had exposure to the truth, and he chose not to investigate or pursue it, but instead followed a path of mayhem and misery. He was evil through and through. He wasn't just out to kill non-Muslims, because many Muslims were among the dead in the tower attacks. He was a man with a murderous heart, and he hid behind the teachings of Mohammed to justify his deeds. I have Muslim friends, devout in their faith, and I do not believe that they wish me dead, any more than I would wish harm upon them. Islam is a misguided religion, and totally misses the point, but for the most part, the followers know only what they've been taught. That's why we are to be messengers and offer them the true Gospel. However, just being a Muslim, at least for the masses, doesn't automatically translate to being a murderer. There are those who would argue that point with me, I know, because mainstream Islamic teachings include "kill the infidel", but not all Muslims take it seriously. I guess it's a bit like it is in Christianity. We're given direct commands from God, as well, but we don't all follow through. Read Matt. 28:19-20. Well, be all that as it may - Osama bin Laden is dead, and I, for one, am relieved and very grateful to those intrepid Navy Seals who got the job done. Gosh, all that, and they're good swimmers too! (heehee)

Well, got to get ready for work. Sure would enjoy staying home, but it's not to be. However, once I get through the next twelve hours, I'm free of that place until next Sunday night. Yay!

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83757:
Hello porch family.....got in this morning around 3:00am. Had some great services....praise the Lord.

As for Osama bin Laden....my thoughts...I can never rejoice of anyone going to h-ll because I know it hurts our Lord to see any of His creation going into eternal h-ll, but God gives us a choice and he choose to be against God. When we make that choice we will pay. It's our decision. With that being said...Do I wish he would have changed his life and turned to God?...YES. But he didn't and was totally against God so I'm thankful that he and his evil life has been removed. The world is certainly better off without him on it.

As a Navy vet....proud of those Navy SEALS. I say this in a picking way...but I sent a couple Marine vet friends an email today and told them that they have been giving the Marines the chance to get the job done but since they couldn't do it they sent the Navy SEALS in....lol So if you don't hear from me for awhile, you'll know the Marines invaded my home...hehe.

Love and prayers for all my porch family. And for all those serving our country.

May 02, 2011 - Msg 83758: I guess the way I see it is that I believe there is a time to kill. Sometimes it is right to rejoice in the "removing" of evil from this world, when the evil can and has caused such hurt. I can rejoice in that. Where I have to stop rejoicing, though, is when I think that a human soul (however evil) is spending eternity in h*ll. Interestingly, I have been studying from Colossians and Romans about how before we came to Christ we were all "enemies" of God, but we were brought near through the blood of Christ. Now, we sometimes automatically think that God hates his enemies, but God is always standing and pleading for his enemies to come and repent, and to join Him in His kingdom. That is why He is such a good and merciful king...he is not out to condemn the world, but he sent his son so that the world might be saved. Anyone who will come, can be saved...anyone. I think of the darkness of my own heart before I was born again and I am so thankful for his grace and willingness to save me. I think about Paul the Apostle when he called himself, "the chiefest of sinners". He was a murderer of his own Jewish brothers and sisters who believed. The truth is that all of us, from Osama to Mother Theresa need a savior...but not all will accept him.


May 02, 2011 - Msg 83759: Mavis shared this quote on facebook this evening and I wanted to share it with you all:
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."~Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83760: Morning Porchters. Hope the new day finds you all happy and well.

Rev, is your Dad still doing ok? I guess he must be or you would have told us.

Possum, glad Laci's Mom is on the mend. Don't go throwing your back out tending after her. You know how you always throw your back out! :)

Nice sentiments Boo. I was a bit dismayed yesterday morning as I watched the news and all the coverage of the large throngs of people gathering and cheering. I know the damage and death and suffering this man brought to the world, and I know he will now answer to God for his life. And I have every reason to think our world will be a better place without him in it. But what a waste of a life. With all the resources he had at his disposal, the good he could have done, the suffering he could have helped to ease, the hungry he could have fed. And what did he do? Just the opposite. He added to all the woes that so mant deal with. So very sad. What is even sadder is to know that there are most likely thousands just like him, waiting to take his place. Well enough of that.

Boo, that's a good catch on the episode you mentioned. I enjoy watching for little production mistakes in the show. I'm not sure why I like it so much. I'm not trying to pick at it. It's just fun to me for some odd reason. Watch the episode where Andy and Barney have the four moonshiners locked up and think they have shut down moonshining in Mayberry, when in walks Otis into the Courthouse with a snootfull. If you watch as the 4 locke up prisoners are grabbing Otis through the bars on the jail doors, you'll see the supposedly brick walls moving around quite a bit. Pretty funny when you see it.

OK, Here's a trivia question. We all know there were two doors that lead into the Courthouse from the street I believe there is only one episode in which both Courthouse doors are opened. What episode?


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83761:
Hey Folks

Rev-Well said, I couldn't agree more. Just think of all the people OBL prevented from ever turning to our Lord. The world is a better place today.

George H W Bush had a hard time expressing credit due himself. He seldom used the first person I. It is nice to know that B.O. doesn't suffer from the same affliction. After hearing his press conference you would have guessed he lead the assault.

John Masters-I really enjoyed your website and already have it bookmarked. Nice job.

Poor Horatio-I was thinking of ya this morning when I stopped by Tim Hortons and got a large black coffee and a box of Tim Bit's, sour cream glaze.

Floyd-Hope all is well.

Peace & God Bless our Men and Women in service,

May 03, 2011 - Msg 83762: Asa, is it the episode when Otis rides the cow into the court house??


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83763: Goooood morning, All! I am very sorry I have fell back on everyone's lives. I am busy with the website, which I thank all of you for visiting and supporting with your kind words! Plus, I am now making like Darrin Stevens on "Bewitched" and trying to come up with different ways to start the promotion of the project!
I am also doing a lot of writing of emails to contacts and people wanting to get involved.

I appreciate your patience in getting back here as normal. Please keep my orcker dusted and I will see you soon!

Have a great and stress-free day!

John Masters

May 03, 2011 - Msg 83764:
Morning porch family....little cloudy today on this end of the porch.

Asa....my dad is getting better each day. Still kinda weak but getting better. Thanks!

You all have a great day and don't forget to share the love of Jesus through your words and action.
Love and prayers!

May 03, 2011 - Msg 83765: Very good Boo. Yer a trained noticer. I thought that would stump folks for a bit.

Hey John, I have not had the time to really visit your web site. Sorry. I will once things calm down for me here at work.

Good to see you Auh2o. Yes, I was disappointed that even the slightest mention of the efforts of previous Administrations seemed to difficult for him. Not surprised though. It seems to fit the M.O. I find it ironic that most of the .... oh heck I better tick a lock!


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83766: You snuck in on me Rev. Glad he is improving each day.


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83767:
Asa, I could be wrong, but i also think there is only one ep that shows the outside of the BACK door. Any guesses?
AUH20--you are a card! ha, good one!
Have a good day everyone.

May 03, 2011 - Msg 83768: Tick-a-lock for me too, Asa. Anybody surprised? --Romeena

May 03, 2011 - Msg 83769:
MDC....just guessing but was it the ep where Andy and Barn arrested the crook (with the little black mustache and the sad eyes) in the back lot of the jail. It was at the very end of the show and Andy lights his cigarette for him. I forget the name of the ep.


May 03, 2011 - Msg 83770: Auh2o...that's a good point about OBL. MDC, is that ep the one when Barney swears Gomer in as a deputy and he keeps dropping the gun off the roof?...or it could be the one Ro mentioned...or the Loaded Goat ep?....which one?...I'm on pins and needles.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83771: MDC,
Are you referring to outside the back door at Andyaks house? If so I thinks it's the Mr. McBeevee episode. I'm not sure about the back door of the jail.

Adam in NC

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83772: Interestingly, Adam in NC, there is also the "Call the Man" episode about the old freezer that shows the back as having a big porch, but it's missing in the McBeevee episode.

Nice morning her in south texas. I would love to crawl back in bed and sleep for awhile longer but have to get Erin to school. It was one of those crazy night where I kept kind of half-waking up with a full bladder but never got awake enough to go until 4:40am and when I finally went to the bathroom, I couldn't go back to sleep, darn it. Guess I had better start being more careful about how much water I drink before going to bed.

Better go "crack the whip" and get Erin moving in the direction of the car. I think we all got a case of spring fever around here and want to just laze around. Yesterday we had such lovely weather! I had all the windows open all day...which is kind of unusual for south texas this time of year. It is usually very humid and warmer by now. Last evening Sean and I planted some pink geranuims in a big yellow pot on the back porch and planted and staked two nice tomato plants that one of Sean's friends gave us. He works at a greenhouse and you would be surprised how many plants just get thrown away each month. He takes them home and gives them to friends and such. He gave me four pots of pink geraniums. They are needing a little TLC but look pretty good.

Better git!


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83773: By the way, later when it is time for my coffee break, I am coming back and I am really hoping to find some folks here on the porch to talk to...I'll bring a thermos of coffee and some extra mugs. Ya'll come take a break with me.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83774: Could not remember the freezer episode til u mentioned it Boo. I remember my grandma's back porch like Andy's, with the old washing machine and chest freezer. Don't think hers was so full of meat like Aunt Bee had though.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83775:
Boo-I'd love a cup of coffee, thanks.

Hey Adam!

MDC-The selflessness of the elder Bush was my absolute favorite part of the man. How many Presidents can you point to that are that selfless. The way he has conducted himself out of office is to be commended. AI can think of another ex-Prez should take note.

Asa-Thanks for shutting down the snow maker for the season, or two.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83776: Boo, when you get back, I'd love a cup of your coffee. Morning to you auh2o!

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83777: Sorry, last comments were from me.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83778: Good morning, Porchster family!

I have finally hit a slow spot and thought I would cozy up here on the porch for a spell.

REV - Glad to hear your dad is feeling better!

I have my opinion of the celebrations of the death of Obama, but I tick a lock as well.

I see you all have been discussing discrepancies and flubs in TAGS. I have spotted some through time as well. You cant miss Otis' shirt when Barney throws the tomato at him. I have also mentioned before the many times you see the camera shadow on Andy or Barney. There was one time, in particular, that Andy was seated at the desk and they did a closeup of him. You saw the entire camera structure crawl right up his chest and head when they moved in! In was SO obvious!

Here's something I dont think we have played before....can we name the multiple characters played by the same person?? Allen Melvin is a given. But like the one actor who was the pickpocket AND Otis' lawyer, Neil Bentley!


Ok, folks...better get a little done. Y'all have a bright Tuesday and I will see ya later! I hope to make it back for lunch! Hey to auh2o, MDC, SPOT, Maude, Lucy, Adam, Boo, Asa, Romeena and the whole Hee Haw gang! LOL!

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83779: ^^^^^ John Masters

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83780: Morning all. Prayers for all who need them.

Welcome Adam. Stick around. We cover all topics here.

MDC I been a thinking about your question. Was it perhaps the episode with the beauty pagent? Seems like I remember a scene with Andy and Ellie talking outside by the door. But it might have been a different door.

John, that's a good topic, same actors who played different characters. The lady who played Big Maude Tyler also played Barneys voice coach, Elinora Poultice I believe was her name.
There are a bunch of others.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83781:
Hey to Adam, don't think I've had the pleasure as yet. welcome.
Asa, Boo and others, the ep I was thinking of was indeed when
Gomer had the gun up on the roof. Andy and barney came out the back door. The FBI men also hid back there, But yes, I think Andy and Ellie were by the side window wall of the building in the pageant ep.
Prayers for all.

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83782: Thanks to all for the warm welcome. Already feels like home!


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83783:
Hello porch family....a little cooler here today.

Adam...so glad to have you here on the porch. Got plenty room for another rocker.....some great folks here:)

Love and prayers for all the porch family!

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83784: Good Adam, stick around...here's a cup of coffee. Cream and sugar?

What about Raife Hollister...he was at least three different people...a singer, and two different moonshiners.

JM, I can't believe it but I have never, ever noticed the camera shadow you speak of...I will now, though. ;)

I have had a good day today. I saw a guy on tv early this morning talking about the differences between Mary and Martha in the bible...Martha being the busy one was so task-oriented, and Mary being the one who knew what was really important, so I decided to take a day of mostly rest today. I actually took a nap, and spent some time just thinking and now, i think I will put in a load of laundry and kick back on the couch. Yee-haw...shoulda done this a long time ago.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83785:
Hey Folks

Remember when the tick-a-lock was only used for bare feet while Me-They was a rocking? Good Times.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83786: Hi-di-ho AUH20 !! (:

May 04, 2011 - Msg 83787: A little cream and sugar please Boo. A little couch time would be such a blessing.


May 04, 2011 - Msg 83788: Hello again, folks

Yeah, Boo, not sure exactly which episodes, but it happens from time to time.

I wanted to let you all know that I added a helpful link to the home page of "Josephine." You can now access the National Parks Civil War Soldiers search windows by clicking the link on Josephine's home page just below the picture and to the right. You can look up any CW soldier you want.

John Masters