March 28, 2012 - Msg 87913: I'm an early bird this morning, decided to stop by before I head off to work. What has happened to good customer service. I called my mail order prescription company with a question about which form I was suppose to send in with a new prescription and I got "I don't know". I said excuse me and asked again and got the same "I don't know". I asked for someone else that could help me and didn't get a response, hello are you there and got "yes". Can I speak to someone that can help me......silence! I hung up!

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87914: I swept the porch again......and forgot to sign my name, It's me...Frankie

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87915: Good morning Porch. Good spring morning too. :)
Frankie, it's so good to see you here. And you sure do a fine job of sweeping if I do say. Had any good lobster lately? I won't plant any corn for another month yet. Our average last frost day here in the mountains isn't until mid May. And corn doesn't really do well unless the soil temps get warmer, so I usually wait until May 1st to start planting.

Boo, I'm so sorry to read about Bruce's job situation. I pray he will get it all worked out. These are the days that try mens souls for sure. It seems everyone I know is worried about similar situations. Oh, I forgot. We are in a recovery aren't we? Silly me.

Well I hate to post and run but I need to get. Very busy this time of year.
Y'all are in my prayers.


March 28, 2012 - Msg 87916:
Morning Porch

G-F Great story about your granddaughter. Yeah, I'm "all in" when it comes to hardball. I know what you mean about the minor league game. We have the Buffalo Bisons (among others) on this end of the Porch. It's lots of fun seeing the stars on their way up, quite a few have passed through Buffalo also. But, like Ro and probably yourself, I could just as easily enjoy a little league game. I think I've mentioned this but I can recall, when I was a teenager, laying in our car at night and listening to the St. Louis Cardinals on the car radio. I sure do miss playing, haven't in over 30 years but I still miss it.

MDC- My favorite "To Kill a Mockingbird" quote. Rev Sykes: "Miss Jean Louise. Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing."
(I got goosebumps just watching it again)

Boo-I think you're right, I'll just call it a hotdog from now on.

Peace and Prayers (all you folks are always in my prayers),

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87917: Good morning, porch! Oh, G-F, that's my favorite line too! The way Rev. Sykes delivers it, it just speaks volumes. The sight of that whole gallery standing out of respect for Atticus, and the preacher's insistence upon the man's own daughter standing as well, the tone of his voice as he said, "Your father's passing", well, it just gives me the shivers too. A very powerful movie, made from a very powerful book, and true to the book at every turn. Even most of the dialog was word for word. Loved it!

Well, Joe and Jorge will be here shortly. It really looks like rain today, but I hope it holds off. Those flowers need to get out of their little pots and into the ground, but then, we need the rain, too. Guess I'll leave it up to the Lord and be happy with whatever He decides.

Prayers for all, always. --Romeena

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87918: Oops, sorry! I meant to address that comment to auh20. My mistake. --Romeena

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87919: Morning All,

A bright and beautiful "made to order" morning here on my end of the porch!

Wow, I must be in the minority in baseball! I used to be a huge fan. I was a tried and true KC Royal and bled the blue. I cheered and jeered, took the sports page with me to the game so I knew who the pitching matchups were in all the other games, went to the park before the gates opened, new the lineups before the manager even knew them, etc. But the whole steriod thing with McGwire and Sosa really bent it for me. And, as I mentioned before, the uniforms are so terrible! What's with the pantleg disappearing UNDER the heel of the shoe? And there's enough room between the legs to store several hams! And the "fad" of some certain players wearing their caps just a little skewered. To me, since the whole Sosa / McGwire thing, the game has changed in looks and feel. IMHO, something was lost. Now, I might check in on a game to see who's winning, but all is gone from what I used to know and love. And after the whole Canseco / Palmeiro / Clemens just dont know what's real anymore. I do remember, however, I was really kinda sad to hear "So, for Fred White and producer / engineer, Don Free, this is Denny Matthews saying goodnight from Royals Stadium" even thought there was a game the very next night.

Boo - Glad to hear Bruce is doing better. Every bit of peace is gold and I hope today you get more after your appointment!

Asa - Your Raiders sure are quiet in this off season! Look out for the Chiefs! Charles, Moeaki and Berry are all coming back! And adding Hillis, Winston and Boss is shoring things up even tighter! I'm thinking we take Dontari Poe in the draft.

Frankie - THAT'S ridiculous! But....that seems to be corporate help these days! Either there dumber than a brick or they are fifty thousand miles overseas and cant speak a lick of English! Not a lick!

REV. - 'Bout to get up outta here and go grab the weedeater! And boy howdy, do I have my work cut out for me! Too bad I didnt save Gomer's life! He coulda' done it for me!

Ro - I always love to read your garden descriptions. You paint a picture no artist could draw!

My best to Miss Sherry and Hey to MDC,SPOT,Maude,Mary,Lucy,TOM,Possum and everyone out there! Take care and have a wonderful day!

John Masters

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87920: Thanks, John Masters! :)

Thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers, as always. As Malcom Merriweather would say, "Aren't ye kind?".

Better get moving towards the duties of the day. The coffee is gone. :)


March 28, 2012 - Msg 87921:
Hey Folks

JM- We can still rock together on the Porch and watch different sports, or no sports. For me it's MLB and the NHL. I believe I'm the only hockey fan on the Porch. As for the steroid thing, it doesn't bother me. I love the game. It is much bigger than any player. Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb may be two of the worst humans to ever play the game. I think in some strange way MLB should be commended for taking on the issue. When NFL finally gets around to it...well, I think the feathers will hit the fan also. As for the uniforms, I have never given it any thought.

Romenna- Agreed. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of the best.


March 28, 2012 - Msg 87922:
Howdy porch family.....clowdy today but very nice here. got that weedeater spitting grass yet? :) sure haven't forgotten how to sweep the porch. You even get in the corners real nice.

I'll check back a little later. You all have a great day!
Love and prayers for all the porch family.

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87923: Good afternoon, folks!

Yep, REV., Got done a little bit ago. All cleaned up and sitting down now. Wife and I put down some of that black fabric that you lay in flower beds and gardens to keep weeds from growing. We rent our house and it came with a long empty flower bed down the whole left side of the house. So I have to do it as well as rest of yard and house. Hopefully, we eliminated THAT part of it! LOL! Now.....I still have to attack the FIL's yard!

Hey auh20, sounds like a plan! I like hockey too. I used to be a pretty big Sharks fan because Kansas City had their "farm" team, the Kansas City Blades. So we got to see Sharks players come in and out of town for us to rehab injuries. Do you remember goalie, Arturs Irbe? He was with the Sharks, but really made his name with the Carol. Hurricanes. I saw him for years as the Blades goalie and he was flat outstanding! I have had an eye on the Sharks this year and hope they hang in in that playoff race!'s some tea and the wife thought I should bring you all some lemonade too. So there's both on the table. Sweeten to your liking. Cups between the two pitchers. Have a wonderful day, folks and if I dont see you later, I'll see you tomorrow!

John Masters

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87924:
RO- did you hear that we got your old Police Chief! Good or bad for Phx?
I saw a funny FB post that said if you get an email saying its a nak-d photo of Newt, DO NOT open it because it REALLY IS a nak-d photo of Newt!! haha
Frankie, did the person have a New Delhi accent? ha I still remember the one when the Olympics were in Atlanta, and someone from New Mexico called for tickets, and the CS person said, "we are not taking any foreign requests for tickets at this time." ha
Hi to all, and prayers for all.
ANDY: Well, if it ain't Charlie Money Bags, the big philanthrapist. Howdy do!
OPIE: What you talkin' 'bout, Pa?
ANDY: I'm talkin' about the Under Privileged Children's Drive.
OPIE: Oh, they collected for that at school, Paw.
ANDY: Oh, I know they did. And when they called you name, you gave the large, generous amount of THREE CENTS. My that was big
of ya' Diamond Jim.

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87925: Asa, have you heard from Barney/Jeff recently? I have emailed him a few times but no response.

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87926: Evening Porch!
Been reading all the posts about baseball and other sports. Being from the Detroit area, I am, of course, a Red Wings Fan! Really looking forward to the Tigers season this year, too. We got Prince Fielder added to the team. I remember when his dad, Cecil Fielder was on the Tigers!

My own 14 year old son is quite a baseball player. I am quite impressed with his poise and discipline at the game. He is already about 6' 2", 180 pounds. He has been clocked at 87 miles per hour on one of those radar guns! The funniest thing about him and baseball is when one of his coaches was talking about him and he said "Opie", (Mayberryese for my son's name), has the perfect body for a pitcher. He's tall, lanky, and has a big butt. Of course, the only thing "Opie" heard is that he has a big butt!! LOL!

Have a great Mayberry night all!
Mary Wiggins

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87927: Frankie, I know you were asking Asa, but I wanted to mention that I've seen Barney/Jeff around a couple Mayberry sites lately, and also Facebook, so he's still around. It's possible that he has a new e-mail address or something.
- Hazel

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87928: Just checking in on the porch. I know, it's been quite a while since I visited, but life has been in over-drive. I still pray for this "family" and consider it all joy. ~New Neighbor

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87929: Evenin'. Well, I am off to hit the ironing board but wanted to check in first. The doctor's visit went well and when they weighed me in, I had lost 10 pounds! Yay. After a thourough exam, the doc thinks I am ok but ordered a breast sono to be sure. Thanks for the prayers.

I went shopping this afternoon at the local natural food store and bought some fresh cod, which I baked. I am trying SO hard to make myself like fish because of the health benefits. It turned out well because it didn't have a fishy tast but the texture of it was kind of slippery...and I didn't like the smell of it. I keep trying, though. I think I will try some orange roughy next.

It's been a good day, but a busy one. My mom is doing better and less demanding on St. Susan. I don't know about the new doctor, though. It almost seems that these doctors don't want to fool with elderly patients. It makes me wonder about the elderly in nursing homes who don't have family to fight for them.

I went to the probate hearing for dad's will yesterday and that went well...quick and easy. Thankfully, my Dad cared enough to take care of things ahead of time and that has made things so much easier on us. It is looking like my mom might be getting some financial help from the law group that handled Dad's asbestos settlement. It would help to clear up the final debt from Dad's credit card.

I am missing Dad now. It's been too long since I talked to him. Today in the dr's office, my doctor told me that she lost her dad 16 years ago and just the other day she walked into the front door of her house and saw his picture on the foyer table and burst into tears. She missed him and wanted to talk to him so badly that she took his picture, sat down and talked to it for awhile. She said she just wanted so badly to hear him tell her everything would be ok. Sad...guess you never really get over missing your parents completely.

Well, I'm off to meet the sandman...


March 28, 2012 - Msg 87930: Hey Gang, Check out my pic on the iMayberry site it is of the Mayberry crossword cross stitch that Mrs. Goober-Fife made me for Christmas. Boy was I the suprised one!! She sure sniped me on that one and our grandaughter didn't even rat her out and kept the secret! I love it!!

Mary Wiggins, Have your boys take it easy on the Indians this year they need help! Hopefully for you guys the apple won't fall far from the tree with Prince this year...Also remind your Opie he better watch out for the speed gun, if ya giv'em 87 the'll want 89 and if ya give'em 89 the'll want 95 and before ya know it he'll have a blow out and Wally ain't open on Sundays! haha G-F...

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87931: Hey at work till morning. Miss Sherry having a good level up!..hey Rev you on the road?..hey Boo,possum,JM and all my friends...gona take Miss Sherry out to eat tomorrow and to the zoo monday!..nice weather here in Ga...70"s...getting a camping trip planned...ok....prayers to all.....SPOT

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87932: Hazel, if you see Barney tell him Frankie was asking about him. Boo, sounds like you are in the same place that I was with my In-laws a few years ago. You are in my prayers. Take care of yourself.

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87933: I still miss my Dad terribly, Boo, and it's been 26 years. The holidays are the worst, and also now as I'm looking after my mom, I can sometimess feel him hovering about. He would have wanted to help. Anyway, it is rough, and again, I'm sorry for your loss.
- Hazel

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87934: You snuck in on me, Frankie. I'll tell Barney when I see him.
- Haze

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87935: My life has gone to the dogs today.....I have three dogs to watch today, mine and two grand dogs hopefully there will be no dog fights. I had to take off work today to watch them.

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87936: Hey Frankie. Dog sitting today huh? Sounds like fun. I told Jeff you were trying to get a hold of him and told him to hook up with you at Karen's new board. You still have that address? If not, let me know. Just post him something there and I'm sure he'll respond quickly.

Boo, I know of the pain you are feeling. Hang in there, and take comfort in knowing he is in a happy place and out of his pain, and that you will be reunited again one day. My prayers for yoiu and all you are going through.

Mary Wiggins, How is everything? O.K. I pray.

Possum, you doing ok? Sure is good to hear Laci is doing so good. Isn't April a big month for you getting everything finalized? Hang in there.

J.M The Raiders have been cutting a lot of players loose to get under the salary cap. I think we are in for several lean years trying to recover from Al Davis' moves in his latter years. Oh well.

Good to see you Hazel. I hope you are getting around better.


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87937: Asa, no I don't have the link to Karen's board. I had some computer issues and lost all my info. Don't you just love computers sometimes...

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87938:
J-M I don't recall the Blades but I do know who Artūrs Irbe he was a real good goalie. I can remember the Kansas City Scouts NHL team in the 70's. They didn't last long but I loved 'em. Their first draft pick was Wilfred Paiement, a really good player and tough. He played a season for the Sabres.

Mary Wiggins- That's a nice post about your son and the butt thing is true for a pitcher.
The Red Wings are the Gold Standard in the NHL.

Hazel-I lost my Dad 34 years ago. I can't watch "A Field of Dreams" without my thoughts just filled with him.


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87939: Hey Everyone! "Ntch" (<--- I just gave you all the finger to thumb jab in the air that Goober gives people)

Boo - Keeping good thoughts for you and the household! Sounds like the emotions in your house are all churned up! I see through the eyes of my mother how much she misses her father who passed a few years ago. Sometimes, she is strong and goes on like it's something we just have to accept. Other times, her tears well up and she has to dab her eyes once or twice. I understand your heartache. Keep your arms around Bruce and your family and, I prescribe a visit or two to Mayberry every now and again.

Asa - It's gonna be VERY interesting to watch the Raiders progress over the years without Al. They only had one brain to do all the thinking. I have a feeling now, the thinking will be spread out throughout the organization!

SPOT - Hey...while you're at the zoo. Have a bag of peanuts or a big pretzel for me! And dont look at the monkeys and say "Hmm...that reminds me of John Masters!" LOL! Good to hear Miss Sherry is feeling "special sporty!"

Time to get with it! More research to be done! If I find what I am looking for, it will be the biggest find for NW Arkansas in the two years I have been doing it! AND...if I get more news from a person helping me out on another target, it will be a monumental dual find! Wish me luck!

Take care and have a wonderful day!

John Masters

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87940: ^^that should say "SINCE I have been doing it!"


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87941: I just found two episodes of The Andy Griffith show to watch, Aunt Bee the juror and Opie taping a bank robbers confession. I'm taping to watch later.

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87942:
Morning porch family. fav fish are cod, orange roughy, haddock and salmon. Cod and haddock are usually the mildest good. We have baked fish at least once a week with a salad. My wife and daughter like talapia with there salad but I normaly eat the salmon with mine. Sometimes I will put it on the grill which is very good also. One thing you may look at....if the fish has a dark vein running down the center, be sure to cut that little vein out. That will normaly make it milder. ALSO....congrats on the 10 pounds lost...that's great! glad to hear Miss Sherry is have a good week. That makes my week better also:) You also asked if I'm on the road...No I'm not on the road right now. I get to be home during the weekdays for the next few weeks....only out on weekends. I scheduled it that way because at the end of May I kick off my new tour and it is crazy busy.

Speaking of schedule I will pretty much be gone from May till November. It is unreal this year. Of course before I booked it up so heavy I talked it over with my wife and she was behind me 100%. She understands that when I'm a long ways from home with the cost of fuel, I have to book up solid. It just kept growing and growing till before I knew it, it was covered up. She will fly out to be with me on a couple of the tours which is great. Thank ya'll for your prayers when I'm out on the road singing for our Lord!

Mary.....age 14...clocked at 87...that's really good. If he can get action on the ball as he matures, he'll be a tough cookie.

Better get going for now. You all have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87943: Frankie. It is
I hope that will work.
Rev, Prayers for you when you tour. We will miss you here. Hopefully you can plug in a time or two.

Boo, yea, way to go on the 10 pound loss. They come so easy and yet leave so stubbornly don't they?


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87944: Thanks Asa. :) It hasn't been so hard losing weight this time because I eat when I'm hungry, I just eat healthy. I am still off the sugar and I don't eat bread everyday...maybe once or twice a week. I don't eat cheese, either but just because I don't think about it. Have been using alot of olive oil so not really missing the butter. Yesterday I had a little bit of dark chocolate and that was nice. I also have started drinking a glass of non-alcoholic red wine each day. It is full of healthy heart enzymes.

Thanks for the encouragement and the fish advice, REV. I had grilled salmon once and it was a bit strong for me but I am going to try it again. Today I made turkey burgers. When I was at the meat market yesterday, I asked the butcher if he had any ground turkey and he said, "Wait a minute..I'll be right back". In a few minutes he came back with some beautiful ground turkey breat that he ground for me. He said the fresh turkey had come in just that morning. I mixed up some of my spinach pesto, mixed it in with the turkey and made burgers out of it. That meat was so fresh it didn't even have a smell to it and it cooked up so nice, very brown on the outside and crispy. I am loving this healthy eating but it requires more work. You have to do everything from scratch, pretty much. I hardly even go into the pantry anymore. I am just going to the frige for produce and fresh meat and loving it. I keep plenty of fresh fruit washed and ready for the kids, too, and it's working. They are starting to get the hang of making good food choices. :)

SO HAPPY to hear that Miss Sherry is having a good week and feeling stronger.

Hazel, thank you for your kind words. I know you understand.

Well, thanks to all of you. You are such good friends and always so kind and understanding. You are all somethin' else, you know that? xx

Better go clean the kitchen. :(


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87945: Hey Porch!

Y'all go out and grab ya' a SONIC drink on me. I believe I'll grab a grape creme slush!

John Masters

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87946:
JM....I think I'll have the cranberry those things:)

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87947: Boo, try some fresh tuna it is so good grilled or seared in a pan. I love it over green salad. I recently lost 10 lbs. due to the flu, hopefully I can keep it off. Bread is the hardest for me to give up, I grew up in the South and biscuits and corn bread was a staple at every meal.

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87948: I'll try that, Frankie. :) Not really missing the bread for some reason. Hmmm..wonder why? I'm not a cornbread person but I like plain bread or rolls mighty fine.

J-M, I'll have an unsweet tea with extra ice, thanks. :)


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87949: I hate biscuits! I don't mind regular bread, but I hate biscuits! (unless the biscuits are covered in sausage and gravy) Wait, I'm supposed to not like my main dish concealed in a heavy sauce. I'm soooo confused. :)


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87950: Wasn't your mother the same way, Asa?
- Hazel

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87951: Yes, and she had a clock in her stomach....


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87952: "Gomer?....Gomer?.....Gooooomeeee??..."

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87953: I'm bored. We need a quote-a-thon or we need to write a new episode or something. Who's got an idea??


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87954: Boo. Lets start a "things I learned in Mayberry" game.
For example. I learned if you put on clean underwear you can't have a whim.

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87955: "Things I have learned in Mayberry"...
If someone elects you to be a look-out, be sure never to eat peanut a butter sandwich. first.

How to "Tick-a-lock.....When you buy a used car, be sure to check for a over-greased steering column!...When ya get in over your head be sure to know when it's time to: "CALL THE MAN!"
Beware of women bearing gifts of PICKLES!......
When asked..Always choose the "Mr.Potato set...
Don't tug on Supermans cape, Don't spit into the wind,Don't pull the mask off the Lone Ranger,and don't mess around with Jim!...G-F.....

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87956: Try that again...
If someone elects you to be a look-out, be sure to never eat a peanut butter sandwich first!
(been a long day)......

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87957:
One thing I didn't learn in Mayberry is what you really do at a duck pond at night.....

March 29, 2012 - Msg 87958: Hello Porch!
I hope all are well! We are hanging. I have 3 teens. I cannot wait for this to end!

Boo, congrats on the weight loss! I have found using citrus zest, salt, and olive oil on the fish. I've never had it as I'm allergic to seafood. They say it's good.
Hazel, how are you? You need to rock with us more often.
Auh20, Go Thrashers!
G-F, that's so nice of your wife!
Spot, I'm glad Miss Sherry is doing well.
Tom, hey there! It's hot down here! My in-laws in Ohio came down and just got back home and said its cold up there.
New Neighbor, I hope you're well! Come back and visit soon.

Does anyone know why Mavis and Me-They don't come on anymore?

Hey to everyone I missed! Have a great day tomorrow!


March 29, 2012 - Msg 87959: Oh, I meant to ask, what other forums are y'all on here on iMayberry?


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87960:
Hey to new neighbor, spot and all.
I learned that when i start out for Charlotte, I need to check the fuel line for clogs! ha
This is fun.
Just a quick hello and goo'nite, see ya on the flip flop.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87961: Hey MDC and Lu and G-F and Rev.
I also learned a lot of people lie at lunch!
And what you can do with a grown woman.
And if you give them 35 they'll do 40
And how to properly enter a room.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87962: One dog fight this's going to be a loooong day! One grand dog is deaf and it makes it hard to correct him when he can't hear me.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87963: Oh my, this fun! Great idea, Asa, and might I say very creative answers you came up with. hahaha. By the way, REV....where DID you learn what you really do at the duck pond at night?? Hmmm??

What I learned in Mayberry?-Not to put your pants on right after ironing them or you'll get hot knees. Also, I learned that I DON'T want to live alone on an island and make ships in a bottle.

We could keep this going for awhile!

Better get to the chores.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87964: Oh, and I learned the secret ingredient for spaghetti sauce...OREGANO! (shhh).....I thought you'd come up with that one, MDC. ;)


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87965: What I learned......never trust a sweet old lady selling a car.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87966: Good morning, All!

What have I learned in Mayberry? That what I have to be scared of isnt really worth being scared of at all! And, in these hectic days of multitasking, we all need to easy, slow down. And ask what's our hurry? Yes, porch...what indeed is our hurry?

Y'all have a bright and happy morning and I'll try and drop in a bit later!

John Masters

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87967: Or one that "clanks" Frankie. ;)


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87968:
Morning porch family

Boo....some things I just can't tell...and the duck pond is one of

Going to a high school baseball game tonight to watch my future SIL coach but I'm afraid it's going to be a whipping.....and I mean his team getting the whipping:( The other team is VERY good and will probably win the championship. But we will fight hard!

Things I've learned in Mayberry: The best moonshine comes from sweet little old ladies but it's only to be used for special occasions.

You all have a blessed day! Prayers that Miss Sherry continues to get stronger and stronger.

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87969: I learned those solo microphones (or are they so-low micorphones) sure can make my voice.... my glorious voice sound different.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87970: Other things I have learned in Mayberry: If you work reeeal hard you CAN get a car into a courthouse.
Also sometimes as much as we may try & try there will still be heartaches!
And NEVER make a big moulage out of things...

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87971: I just got home from the mall...had to return a battery we didn't need after all and came back with three dresses. I took a short cut thru a store to get to my car and low and behold I ran into racks and racks of dresses!!!

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87972: Hi All.
just going out of my min at time.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87973: REV, you don't have to tell us about the duck pond but I bet it was "amazing". teehee

Just finished making a loaf of homemade wheat bread. Mmmm! Talk about good. Wasn't had to do, either. I can't eat it..only a little but I am going to slice it up and use it for sandwiches, etc. But will go good with the chicken soup I have simmering in the crock pot. Bruce left to work with the sniffles this morning so thought some healthy chicken and veggie soup was in order.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87974: If I could call on the Porch for some powerful prayers this afternoon, I'd be grateful. My Grand daughter Amy has contracted swine flu. She gor sick yesterday, and ended up in the E.R. with a temp of 105. They have got the temp down some now, but just called a while ago and confirmed it was swine flu. I worry so much for her, and her siblings. Madison is 4 months old, Cache is just over two years old, and Mariah just turned 6. Please, if you would hold them all up in prayer, I'd be most thankful.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87975: "hard" that is, not "had".


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87976: We were posting at the same time, Asa. I am praying right now and will continue to. Please let us know how she is doing.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87977: Asa,....G-F's doing his part lifting her up too!as Boo said...Keep us posted.....G-F.....

Boo...Homemade soup & bread..Your killin me! BREAD!

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87978: "TATERS!"

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87979: C'mon over, G-F, there is plenty to go around. Just don't "heave" the bread at the dinner table this time.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87980: Your family is in my prayers Asa.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87981:
Prayers for Amy and all of Asa's family! You bet.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87982: That was me just above. You got em Asa.

In Mayberry i have learned that Andy cannot run a laundromat!
Also I learned that Barney can't sing a lick,
and that two old ladies feet hurt. (:
And i also learned that if you get business cards printed with green ink, there may something funny going on.
Have a good weekend all,
love ya,

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87983:
Asa- Friend, prayers have been offered for Amy. We're dealing with a sickness in the family here also and your Prayers have helped carry me forward. Hang in there buddy.


March 30, 2012 - Msg 87984: Prayers for your granddaughter and her siblings, Asa, and all your family.

I've learned that gypsies are moody. And giraffes are selfish.

- Hazel

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87985: Another thing I have learned from Mayberry...
Don't heave bread @ Boo's place or she won't give ya any!(and no elbow's on the table either!)
& You haven't heard the last from Ernest T.Bass
& You can't use someone else's tools unless your kin."you don't have to be brothers" cousins will do in a pinch....
& Maximum Security is.....KEYS IN THE DRAWER!

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87986:
Asa......prayers for Amy and family. Please keep us posted.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87987:
More things I've learned....It's against the law to dip water out of the horse trough even if your truck is running hot.
Also learned that Ernest T is a nut.
And you don't stand on the corner and pick up girls as they walk by.

March 30, 2012 - Msg 87988: Prayers Asa! I know y'all are worried. How old is Amy? I didn't know swine flu is still around.


March 31, 2012 - Msg 87989: And I learned what a moulage is!

Lucy, Swine flu made an appearance again year before last. We had some cases here in Texas and knew some folks that had it.

Better hit the ironing board...been a busy day and got plenty to do tomorrow, too. G'night and praying before bed for little Amy and her family. Hang in there Asa.


March 31, 2012 - Msg 87990: Asa, praying for your granddaughter, Amy and all her siblings. Prayers for Miss Sherry and any one else in need....

Things I learned in Mayberry? Well... I learned the trees are nice and full, and I learned there is such a thing as a half a boy!

Have a great Mayberry Day!
Mary Wiggins

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87991: Thank you so much for the prayers my dear friends. Lucy, Amy is 4. She's a sick little girl, but the Doctor said that as the flu has made several rounds now, it is not as potent as it first was. I sure hope not. And we are very worried about the other kids getting it, especially Madison.
Thank you again for the prayers.


March 31, 2012 - Msg 87992: Happy Saturday gang!...keeping the lights on here at work...Lungh?..hum...Olive Garden on Boo and me!...and John will you bring a local paper from yer home town..?.."My Home Town" that was a funny ept!...ok...yall save me a seat...back in just a bit...and oh by the way we are (last miniute plans) headed to Gulf Shores Alabama deep sea fishing Monday!...back home Fri!..Miss Sherry and her son and Dnl and grandson!...her son said he would cover the beach front condo if I payed for the gas....I said NO problem..then I got to thinking (6 hr drive)...Gas?..big SUV...hum...I have been snookered!....:(...SPOT

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87993: I don't know about that, Spot. Have you priced a beach-front condo lately?? Scary! Seriously, I'm so glad to hear you and Miss Sherry can make the trip. Sounds like she's feeling a bit better. I'm praying for that to last.

Asa, please keep us updated on Amy. We'll continue to pray for her, and will also pray that no one else gets it. You have probably already done this, but if not, I would get some of those Clorox wipes, and go around everywhere you think she's been and wipe down doorknobs, drawer handles, toys, the sink (especially the water tap handles) and anything you think she might have touched or coughed or sneezed on. Remember, she's little, so think "down low". Wash any linens she might have used, and a bit of Clorox in the wash water wouldn't hurt, if the fabric will take it. Use hot water. And don't forget the car. Wipe down her carseat, and any door handles or other objects she might have handled. If she's like my grandkids, she has probably sat there and flipped the lid to the ashtrays up and down. (One of mine finally just broke off - why do kids do that?) I know it's been several days, but it's still not too late to do these things. Can't hurt, and might help.

In Mayberry, I learned that you don't go on a tiger hunt without taking your tweezers. I also learned that no matter how bad your paint job may appear, if you wait a little while and have a good friend who is watching out for you, it will just smooth right out! And I learned that dogs can't really talk, although I'm still a little doubtful about that. Depends on what you mean by "talking".

Well, speaking of talking dogs, mine is in here very clearly telling me she's ready to be fed, so guess I'd better go do it. At 4.4 pounds, she can't afford to miss any meals, she'd blow away. See you folks later. --Romeena

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87994: Romeena what breed of dog do you have? I have a 67 lb.Chesapeake Bay Retriever who thinks she is lap dog, when it thunders she lands in my lap. Right now she is sitting in front of me...she needs to go outside, she also likes to eat grass!

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87995: I have a Maltese, my second experience with the breed and I'm a true believer. I had Sugarplum for almost thirteen years, then lost her to cancer, and thought I would just die myself. I loved that little dog so very much. Old-timers on the porch will remember The Plum. I soon realized I had to have another one, so got Toye Starr. The Plum was a big Maltese, at nine pounds, and la Starr is small at 4.4. The breed standard is between 5 and 7 pounds. She's 7 1/2" at the shoulder.

I have zero experience with Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, but I know labs and goldens, and in general I think retrievers are just super dogs. I have found them to be gentle giants, loving and loyal, and great family dogs. I've seen the grandkids fall asleep propped up on a big old dog, and that dog will lie perfectly still until the child wakes up. Toye Starr expects the reverse - I'm supposed to be still until SHE wakes up!

Just got back from getting a much-needed haircut. I was pretty shaggy. My hair behaves so well for the first two weeks after it's cut - just wash it and push it into place, and that's it. The third week, it requires a little more attention and by the fourth week it is just downright rowdy, refuses to behave, and so I get it cut again. It grows at least an inch a month.

It's a perfectly beautiful day, in the mid-70s, very light breeze, clear and sunny. Just about everything is fully leafed out now, and my irises are bursting with blooms. So beautiful!! I wish their bloom season wasn't so short, but I have managed to extend it a little by mixing early, mid-season, and late bloomers, but still it's too short. Still, you really get a lot of bang for your buck while they're blooming. Pretty, pretty things.

Well, going for that haircut wore me out. I guess I need to go lie down for a while. Something is definitely wrong here. I think the problem in my back is causing muscle weakness, because I play out with just a little activity, and that's just not typical of me. I'll be glad when we get to the bottom of it, and start on a plan to correct whatever it is. --Romeena

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87996: Forgot to sign my name again message 87994. This our second Chessie, they are very smart. She brings my husbands shoes to him every morning without being asked. She understands everything except NO BARKING?

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87997: My daughter has a Boston Terrier, and he is an absolute DELIGHT! With all the troubles my daughter recently had we did a lot of dog sitting for days on end. Totally enjoyed it, even though my husband has pretty severe allergies. My husband has even said he wants to get a dog when he retires in a couple years! One thing is for sure.....dogs are NOT selfish, like those old giraffes!

Mary Wiggins

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87998: Oh, and prayers for you Romeena, I sure hope the doctors can sort out your back problem and get you back up to snuff!!

March 31, 2012 - Msg 87999: Afternoon friends. Just a quick check in. I just got back from seeing Amy, and she is really looking good. She still has a bit of a temp, but not much, and is much more active and happy today. My Daughter and her Husband were so touched when I told her of all the Mayberry prayers, and asked that I pass along their gratitude. Now we just pray that the rest of the children will be spared getting sick, especially Madison. At 4 months there is nothing they can give her.
Ro, I join Mary in praying for your back Dear. I know how that wears a body down, and you have been dealing with it much as of late. I pray you get the right treatment that will get you feeling better soon.


March 31, 2012 - Msg 88000: Mary Wiggins, I had a Boston too! He was the coolest dog "Muggs" had perfect markings for a Boston, and man could he jump! I never saw a dog who was so low maintenance, We NEVER had to do clean-ups he always did his business in the field next door. His only vice was he LOVED to roll in the manure when we put it in the garden. I think he tought it was like putting on Brute!(or at least Old Spice) Guess who always had to give him a bath then....You got it....G-F

March 31, 2012 - Msg 88001:
Just got home from a day out with the fam. Had a great time. Wifey bought her a new laptop so I better help getting it going:)
I'll check back later.
Love and prayers

April 01, 2012 - Msg 88002: Good evening, porch. Thanks for the prayers and good wishes, everyone. Today has been a pretty good day with my back, and I'm grateful for what I get.

G-F, I had a Yorkie years ago, named Buckwheat. He was supposed to be purebred, I even had his papers, but at 16 pounds, I doubted it. Yorkies are much smaller than that. I think he was a Yorkie/Silky crossbreed. Whatever, I loved him, and he was a beautiful little dog. Lots and lots of thick blue-black hair, with tan markings. His hair parted down the middle of his back and went almost to the floor, and was much thicker than you normally see on a Yorkie. Bathing him was a real challenge, took about an hour with a hand dryer to get him brushed out and dried. One evening I had just finished that chore and let him out back to do his business. He went waaay to the back and was gone a while. I finally called him in, and the stench reached me before he did. Evidently, he had found some fresh cat poo and had rolled in it. Now manure would be bad enough, but fresh cat poo? His back was all wet and shiny from his head to his tail, and stink??? Oh-my-gosh! It was horrible, he just reeked. I had no choice but to put him in the shower and start all over again. I wanted to just wring his little neck, and he had the nerve to object to going back into the shower, the little ingrate.

Well, guess I'll head for bed. Preachin' comes mighty early in the morning. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 01, 2012 - Msg 88003: Best April Fool's Joke?
Let's hear about 'em!
Here's mine....I work at my son's school, so I am sure to be there at lunch time. On April Fool's Day a few years back I packed his lunch with Elmer's Glue, batteries, a coaster from on of my tables, just an assortment of non-edible items. I then watched for him to open his lunch in the cafeteria and had a good laugh at the confused look on his face! (I of course then brought over his real lunch and told him, "April Fools!"

Have a great Mayberry style April Fools Day!
Mary Wiggins

April 01, 2012 - Msg 88004:
Well howdy porch family....storms rolling through the area right now.

The porch is really slow today.

Race fans...wild finish today. that's a good one. I'm sure your son will never forget that April Fools

You have a good night and know that you are all in my prayers!

April 01, 2012 - Msg 88005: Wonderful news about Amy!! Praying that little Madison stays well (and the rest of the family).

Romeena, I remembered something I want to tell you when you mentioned Sugarplum. My dog, Madea LOVES carrots. I found out while feeding carrots to the goats and she would grab up the pieces that fell to the ground. She absolutely seems to love them. :)

Gosh Mary Wiggins, I cannot think of a single April Fools prank to tell you about. I guess my April fool's days have been pretty dull.

Would like to chat longer but am about to fall asleep! See ya all in the morning.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88006: Thank you Boo, and everyone for the prayers. Amy is doing very well, and so far none of the others have shown any problems. This really had us concerned. Just over a year ago I had a Nephew who lives in South Carolina get this, and it nearly killed him. In fact he was on life support for several weeks, not expected to live. He pulled through, but is still in a wheelchair today. So we are grateful this seems to have been a lot milder for Amy. Your prayers have been much appreciated.
Well today is our wedding anniversary. 34 years. Wow! They have flown by. As with all marriages, there's been some bumps along the way. But there has been a lot of smooth times as well. Still seems like just yesterday we were starting our journey together though. I guess that's indicative of a good marriage, one that seems to have gone so fast.

Boy our temps sure have been on a roller coaster. It was 80 here on Saturday, with south winds a blowing. Yesterday got up to 44 with north winds a blowing. This morning it's 32 with no winds. I hate the wind. I don't mind a gentle breeze on a summer afternoon, but I hate the wind! Especially when it's cold!
Another thing I learned in Mayberry is 6 can't play bridge. And that an 8 cylinder car is gonna take 8 spark plugs. And the sleeping on an ironing board is adventure sleeping. And that if the town employs a street sweeper, the towns folk have an obligation to dusty up the streets a bit.

Prayers for all.