April 02, 2012 - Msg 88007: morning porch, hope everyone is okay! busy week end.. took Beth and her friend Brittney shopping all day on Saturday, then to sunday school and church yesterday.

I meant to get a lot of things done yesterday but somehow I "wacked" my back out again. Not sure how but I move the wrong way or something because all of a sudden I could not move without being in pain. It's pretty much confined to my lower back and down my legs. as long as I don't move I am pretty much out of pain. not sure but its seems muscular rather than sketal (sp). I have been taking naproxen or ibuprophen but not much relief. I triend some of that icy hot rub and aspercreme last night as well as laying in a heating pad. sure hope it goes away soon, I am not a very good patient and neither do I have much patience with things like this! well. thanks for letting my whine for a minute.

Breakfast menu will be: scrambled eggs, toast with apple butter/jelly, bacon, sausage links. coffee, tea, juice to drink.

better get to work/ prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88008: Good morning, Everyone!

A B-E-A-yoo tiful morning this morning! Nice breeze, not a cloud in the sky! GREAT morning for some Cracker Barrel rockin'!

Let's see...believe I'll have some of those eggs...toast with grape jelly, bacon and.....orange juice! Now, if I can just balance the plate on my lap here! LOL!

Best wishes and keeping a good thought for little Amy and family. What a horrible sickness to get! Here's hoping it skates by the rest of the family!

Ro - The ol' heating pad does wonders for my back! Sometimes I can be gritting my teeth and I'll lay on the pad for a good long time and *PRESTO*, no more pain! I get some downright ornery and mean pain right in the small of my back! So bad, it goes clear down behind my knees and into my ankle!

Been watching hockey here lately and I'll tell ya'...looks like it's gonna be the Penguins and Flyers matching up in the first round! And if that happens....WHOO BOY! All....out....war! Should be a dandy!

In Mayberry, I learned that you have to stand on your own two feet, that gamblin' is gamblin' and it's hard to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich down dry!

Better git! I am on the brink of finding a monumental find for my Quantrill project and I am keeping my fingers crossed it hits! You all have a great and safe Monday and I'll see ya' later on!

John Masters

P.S. Maude, that breakfast was some kinda good I'm hear to tell ya'!

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88009: Happy Anniversary, ASA! Hope you have a wonderful day. Are you taking the missus out?

Hope your back is better, Maude. Are you having muscle spasms in it? You mentioned leg pain so I am wondering if a nerve might be getting pinched. You probably should have used ice on it in the beginning instead of heat, to reduce the inflammation. I pray it is better today. As most of us know, back pain is a misery!

Morning JM, good luck on the Qountrill find.

Chores to do!


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88010: Here's some tea, folks! Big pitcher with cups on the table. Sweeten to your liking!

John Masters

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88011:
Congrats to ASA on 34 years! That's wonderful.
I think you and I married "up" my friend. ha Prayers of thanks now for Amy, but RO's idea of the wipes a good idea.
Maudie, you're a treasha, even with your bad back you swept the porch! It sounds like the sciatica (sp?) to me,or it could be them doorbells. Hate them doorbells! (: I learnt that in Mayberry. (:
I also learned that Andy's education was worth every penny, and also, if it is too quiet in the evening, just bark like a dog. ha
Hey, I also learned that rich is rich and poor is poor, and never ask for a draft beer in a french restaurant! Nnd I also learned that gas is 30 cents a ding.
Happy April everybody! Mitt had a good joke pulled on him!

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88012: I learned what a Sezerac is! ;)

Hey, speaking of Miss Peggy, I saw her in a rerun of the Walton's from the late 70's and she looked really terrible. Aged much worse than she should have been...must have been the drugs.

Back to the chores.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88013: Other "learned in Mayberry"......

Don't take your clothes to be cleaned at a cleaner who uses said clothes as his ashtray! (Ask Otis about that!)

I learned that if you join a club, that...oh wait...I can't tell ya'.

That doctor show is on every Tuesday night.

You fight fire with fire and outfox a fox.

John Masters

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88014: I learned that if they tell ya that a gold truck is coming thru mayberry, it's really just a decoy! A decoy, Shazam. (:

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88015: And I learnt to never trust a man named Thomas A Moody!

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88016: Big Maude, my husband threw his back out yesterday too. He was picking up dog doo in the back yard and must have turned or twisted the wrong way. This happens to him from time to time..aleve seems to help some. Asa congrats on your anniversary, 34 years huh... I have you beat!

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88017:
Boo- yes, that dear actress got mixed up with drugs and really messed up her life,
so I try to remember the "oh, how I love you dear" miss Peggy.

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88018: I learned that if you are "the keeper of the flame," you should use a flashlight.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88019:
And i learned that Andy can deliver a BABY!
Prayers for all, and have a nice evening,

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88020: JM and MDC. Your education was worth every penny!

Big Maude

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88021: Big Maude, I have had much better success with ice rather than heat when I throw my back out. I know ice isn't as appealing, but you might want to try it if the heat doesn't help.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88022: I also learned that the Gigolo Club in Yancey has a floor show.
AND...that if you wanna steal someone's cow, try putting shoes on it.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88023: Tried to think of some clever or interesting conversation but can't come up with a thing. Guess I'll go finish cleaning the kitchen and get a shower.

Oh, here's a little update on my goats. My babies got out of the back fence today and came face to face with their pop, Elvis. Those little devils challenged him. They were slamming their little heads against his like they thought they had a chance. He tried to kick them and they ran but they kept coming back for more. They are something else!

See you all tomorrow. Breakfast is on me. Meet me at Cracker Barrel where Possum works.


April 02, 2012 - Msg 88024:
Howdy porch family.

Asa....congrats on 34 years! And many more!

And yes I have found also that ice is much better than heat. Several docs told me to always use ice so I did and it helped much better.

Well gang I broke down today and got a smart phone. I went kicking and screaming but I think it will be a big help for me on the road. Man this thing will do everything....I couldn't believe it. I just talk to it and it does anything. Very little I have to type on it. It supose to be the new big thing on the market. Of course that will change again soon:)

Things I learned.....Miss Crump's police record isn't as clean as everybody thinks.

You all have a good night and a Jesus filled day tomorrow!
Love and prayers

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88025: REV...Smart phone? does it tell ya what 25 + 25 is? Ernest T can tell ya for free! Good to see ya gettin electrolnized....Men is circling the earth....Get with it man!...
Not me! We will not change, We will not change! I still have a pay as you go phone works just fine for me. We will give you a free pass since you are on the road so much.....G-F

April 02, 2012 - Msg 88026:
Boo and MDC, I was shocked when you both mentioned about Miss Peggy got involved with drugs. To learn more, I searched the internet and was surprised to learn that she is the biological mother of actress Tatum O'Neal, the youngest actor (at age 10) to win an Academy Award (an Oscar).

from Poor Horatio

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88027: JM and MDC. Your education was worth every penny!

Big Maude

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88028: Yep, PH, and poor excuse for a mother she was, too.


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88029: Good morning, everyone!

Well doggone! Looks like I missed out on breakfast at the CB! I had to mow the lawn again before MORE rains came.

Asa - Sorry I missed your anniversary some how! Happy belated Anniversary!

REV., I hear tell those smart phones also know the At-lan-tic and Pa-cif-ic oceans too! But will it tell ya' how to get a possum out from under a rock though?!

Boo - Time to set up a wrasslin' ring and charging admission! Boo's newest endeavour...the BGW - Backyard Goat Wrestling!

Maude - Thanks! It was schoolin' that taught me that this country got started by the "shot heard clear 'round the world!"

Hey to MDC,SPOT,Miss Sherry,PH,Mary,Lucy,GF,Frankie and the whole bunch! Have a safe and wonderful day and I'll see ya' later on!

John Masters

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88030: JM, it would be more like "BGB" (Backyard Goat Butting).

One of those don't wanna do anything days but got to press on like everyone else. At least I don't have to clock in and be supervised by a boss. I can take breaks without someone looking over my shoulder.

Anyone want to have a cup of coffee with me? It's just plain Folger's but I have some cream and I can put in a dash of cinnamon. You know, the other day on the BIO channel they had a show on the Tate-Labianca murders in 1969. It was done based on eye witness testimony of one of the cult members who went free when she testified for the prosecution. One of the women who was in the Tate home and was stabbed to death was Abigail Folger, heir to the Folger's coffee fortune. Now, I can't help but think of her when I make coffee. I wonder what kind of life she would have had if she had lived. Very sad.

I saw on facebook that SPOT is enjoying his camping trip. Hope Miss Sherry is feeling well and enjoying herself.

Well, coffee break over!


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88031: Where's Romeena? "Yoo hoo...you out there, Ro?"


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88032: Hey Asa, what did you and the missus do for your anniversary? Did you cook?


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88033: Hey everyone. Just saw where several tornadoes struck the Dallas area and am checking in to see if ROMEENA is okay. Evidently, power is out many places there.

BOO, I may not be able to check back soon. If it's not too much trouble, please update me via Facebook mail when you can.

Prayers for everyone.

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88034: Reading more, it looks like it wasn't the area where ROMEENA lives. Still, prayers!

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88035:
Wow, tornadoes in Dallas! Prayers indeed.
Good to see M-T. Hope little Andelina is doing well.

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88036: Yes, that is why I am checking in...concern for Romeena. I will facebook you when I find out something, Me-They.

Praying for my fellow-Texans in the Dallas area.


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88037: I have a friend in Arlington TX hopefully she's OK with these tornados, watching on the news very scary?

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88038: Rev, isn't it amazing what the smart phone is capable of doing. My husband got one about a year ago and loves it, I have the iPad which I love....my typing is improving.

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88039: Howdy, porch. Thanks for the kind words of concern, especially you, Me-They, for coming all the way over to the porch to check on me. That was very kind, and I appreciate it.

I'm fine. Joe and Jorge came this morning, and planted fifteen flats of flowers (I bought a few more), got my plumeria tree out of the garage and settled it into its place behind the main flower island, planted some esperanza plants in the boulder bed, and the yard looks beautiful. Just as the last little plants went in the ground, it began to rain, very gently. We hauled the trash to the front, Joe and Jorge left, and the rain fell a little harder. It kept that up for half an hour of so, and that was pretty much it. They did evacuate the school kids to a shelter and DFW airport shut down, but I guess I'm just right on the fringe of the bad stuff, because nothing has hit here but some much-needed rain. God is good.

My kids have been calling and emailing - guess they've been watching the news, which always reports the very worst and scares everyone out of their wits. I guess that's why I rarely even watch the news anymore. I'm so mad at NBC right now, for their blatant, "creative" editing of the 911 call in the Trayvon Martin shooting, that I doubt I'll ever watch them again. They just flat-out created a lie, and broadcast it as truth. Yellow journalism doesn't start it. Shame on them.

Well, guess I'll go stir up something to eat. Thanks again for your concern for my safety. It's nice to have friends who care. Prayers for all - especially Miss Sherry. --Romeena

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88040: Amen Romeena. NBC is a joke. Has been for years in my view. The worse of the worse, and that's saying something. I'm so glad you are not getting hammered and pray that will stay that way for you.
Good to see you Me They.
Prayers for all.


April 03, 2012 - Msg 88041:
Ro.... praise God you're ok out there. Prayers for all the folks that were hit.

Boo....so glad Spot is having a great time. Prayers continue for Miss Sherry.

Frankie....you're right, they are unreal with all the stuff they can do.

Well wife is calling me to come to dinner. Better go.
Love and prayers

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88042:
I learnt that Calvin Coolidge didnt say EVERYTHING! (:

April 03, 2012 - Msg 88043: I learned that 92 is hot, darn hot.
I also learned that if I'm alive then my hearts beating.
And if I got a fever, I'm hot. Dang hot.
And I learned artistic weavers can patch up my britches.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88044:
And I learned that if you say "mornin' honey" the way Jennie Boone said it, then Barney would rather be called skunk face! ha
Prayers continue for all...Happy Holy week.

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88045: My friend in Arlington TX is fine I heard from her this morning. She said it was one of the scariest day of her life.

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88046: Glad your friend is ok, Frankie. I have in-law cousins and an aunt in the same area as Romeena and they are ok. I also have a nephew and his family in Forney, which had a big tornado do plenty of damage just a mile from their home but they are all safe, thank the Lord. The weather just seems to continue to get more severe and April and May are the most active months for storms.

In Mayberry, I learned to pass the whole plate of potatoes, and not to "heave" the bread at the table. I also learned that in a pince, a taxidermist can sew up your head.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88047: pinch, I mean

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88048:
Morning Porch

Romeena- Glad to hear you're alright. 19 tornado's at once and no one killed? You Texans are tough. About the the Martin case, here's an interesting link concerning the supposed racist.

Asa- Also, glad to hear things look good for your family.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88049: I know, hard to believe nobody was killed, Auh20. I am so thankful because as you can imagine, Dallas-Ft. Worth area is very well-populated.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88050: Interesing link, by the way. Ridiculous how the media puts forth a judgement so quickly...you just don't know what to believe so unless I see it with my own eyes and hear it with my own ears, I never assume anything.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88051: Good morning, Porch family!

A wipe of the brow and a *Whew* that everyone's ok in those Texas tornados! Did y'all see those eighteen wheeler trailers spinning and floating through the air on the news coverage? One word...WOW! I couldnt believe some of the shots of one row of a neighborhood was fine and across the street was a disaster zone! Talk about a fine line! Again....WOW! I had a first cousin right at the edge of the Joplin tornados. She was out of town when they hit, but she could go up in her apartment and look across all of the devastation. Her apt. had very minor damage if hardly at all.

Well, I am hanging on the very edge of finding out the closure to my Quantrill research. I have many clues, but just cant close on it yet. I'm hoping to get it wrapped up pretty soon!

I have also learned that Gomer IS Wally's business, that really nobody in Mayberry likes a Pike, and that Confederate money isnt worth anything!

Better scoot outta here. Sure wish I was sitting in a rocker right in the middle of Branson's Silver Dollar City! Not much better than the Ozarks on a clear spring morning! Y'all have a wonderful day and be safe!

John Masters

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88052: Romeena....VERY glad to hear you came thru the storms ok..I Don't think ya wanted to be relocated to "OZ" quite yet...But maybe ya could have hired some of the Munchkins to do your pool & yard work..haha...G-F....

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88053: I thought I would write more today before I ended the day, but....I thought I'd wait for the official verification. So, if it's ok with my porch family, I'll go ahead and wait for the official verification.

Have a good and peaceful night and I'll see ya' all tomorrow!

John Masters

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88054:
Howdy porch family....storms passing through the area. Not too bad but at least we're getting some rain.

Has everyone got their Easter eggs colored yet?

Things I learned....Floyd is a good barber but he can never get those sideburns even:)

Love and prayers!

April 04, 2012 - Msg 88055: Can't color any eggs unless I go to the store. The ones we have are brown. :( Doubt I'll be coloring eggs. We are going to have easter lunch at St. Susan's. She is buying the brisket and I am making the baked beans and potato salad. I might make a pie but not sure yet.


April 04, 2012 - Msg 88056: Here is a great link for those of you who enjoy vintage whatever. It is a website where you can look at Christmas catalogues from years past. Fun!



April 05, 2012 - Msg 88057: Good evening!
I'm so glad that all are well from the tornadoes. We have had bad thunderstorms tonight. I'm thankful for the rain. I hope it will help the pollen.

We go to Cracker Barrel every Easter since we can't go to our parents houses. I need to take the kids to get the dreaded dress clothes. Our church is casual unlike the All Soul's in Mayberry. I couldn't talk my 14 yr old to wear a horse hair suit like Opie.

Today was my husband's birthday. I made a carrot cake from the Pioneer Woman and there's lots left so come on over!

I have learned so much from TAGS. It's hard to choose! Don't play football near a prize rose. If you want to get boys interested in history then start a club. Make-up is called female war paint.

I hope everyone has a great day!


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88058:
I learned from TAGS that Barney actually does make a pretty good Santa Claus, but that three cents aint much of a gift to the children's fund! Y'all arte coming up with some great ones!
J-M , cant wait to know what you mean about the Quantrell project finish.
Rev- glad you got the rain!
BASEBALL has started!
Looking forward to the next few days in Church,
always very meaningful to recall
what Jesus actually did for me! Wow.
RO- glad you and yours are OK. Prayers for the many with prop losses.
Boo- sounds like a plan at St. Susan's!
Glad you liked my old family pix on FB.
But no BOWTIES in this one, we must have been rebelling! ha
Have a great evening.

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88059: Good morning porch. Hope and pray you are all fine and dandy today.

Lucy, I'll drop by and get some of that cake, and wish your hubby a happy birthday. I like carrot cake.

MDC, How ya doing buddy? Still looking at retirement soon?

Neat website Boo. Thanks. I wanted to take the Mrs out for dinner for our anniverary, but she isn't feeling good these days, so we just stayed home. Why can't you color brown eggs Boo? Just not as vivid colors?

Rev, I wish we would get some rain. It's been as dry as the preachers sermons here. And this is supposed to be one of our wettest months. Oh well, the Lord has it figured out.

John Masters, You getting excited for your Cheifs? I know, the season is a long ways off, but it's still exciting to see the teams putting players together. I guess you and I can team up and heave tomatos at Manning and company this year. I like Manning a lot, but signing with them dreaded doncos has taken a lot of the luster off of him. LOL

Auh20, thanks for them kind words. Amy is doing great. We are so thankful. I guess a lady that goes to my Daughters church also got swine flu. She is elderly, and ended up in the hospital for a few days, but is home now. I hope that stuff ain't returning.

Guess I better get. My one and only co-worker suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago. They put a stent in him, and he's doing well, but still off work for a while. So I have been buried at work. Spring and Fall are always busy, but even worse now. But I am grateful for a job. No complaints.

Prayers for all.


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88060: Asa, I don't know of a dye that will cover the brown. Glad little Amy is doing well!


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88061: Boo, brown eggs dye beautifully. I always buy some white and some brown, and dye both. Purple dye doesn't work too well on brown, but red is gorgeous, and so is green. Orange makes a very pretty color, yellow not so much. Just experiment a little. The dyes that make such pretty pastel colors on white eggs make completely different, rich, jewel-tones on brown ones. The very dark brown ones work best with the red dye, or you can just leave them undyed, as that rich brown color is pretty as it is.

Saw the back doc this morning, not really thrilled with what he told me, but we'll see after some more x-rays are done. Looks like surgery is coming, though not on my low back. He's more concerned about my neck. More later..


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88062:
Howdy porch family....More storms heading our way.

Boo....as Ro posted above....I have an aunt that only used brown eggs to dye every year. She believed in her brown eggs...lol She always said they tasted better.

Ro....sure will be praying for your back situation!

Asa....hope ya'll get some rain....of course that may not help the dry sermons..lol

MDC.....batter up:) Loving it even though my Braves are behind as I post this.

You all have a great day!
Love and prayers

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88063:
I learned that when cider turns hard, barney just can't "hold" it.
I also learned that you ought never catch a fish named Big Sam.
And i learnt that if-in you watch tags on TV Land you miss about 3 and a half minutes per episode! ha
And also learned that Indians eat at about 6:30, quarter to 7. (:
Hope all are doin good.
ASA- yup, still planning for end of May! woohoo
G-o-o-o-o-o-l-e-e-e! Big moon and planets tonight!

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88064: Was in a diner yesterday & looked up-hanging on the antlers of a deer mounted on the wall was this sign:
"What happens in Mayberry,stays in Mayberry"
Made me think of y'all ,so thought I'd pop in and say "hey" from possum!
Happy Easter,if I don't make it back to the Porch before then.
possum under a rock

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88065: It is darned HOT here today! 93 degrees. Yuck


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88066: I learn'd that Jack Eggbert is no prize! (:

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88067: Me again - feeling better after a little nap. Boo, I just re-read what I wrote about the eggs, and need to clarify something. About the dark brown eggs - what I wrote sounds like red dye works better on the dark brown eggs than on the lighter ones, and that's not what I meant. I meant that of all the colors, red is best for the very dark brown ones, but the red dye works beautifully on all shades of brown. I usually buy the Paas egg dyes, I put the vinegar in the cups per instructions, and I usually put a teaspoon or two of vinegar in a large pot of water when I'm cooking the eggs. I've had people ask me where I got the "beautiful dyes" that made such vibrant colors, and they can hardly believe it when I tell them I started with brown eggs. I'm quite partial to brown eggs, because we always had them when I was a kid (my grandma liked Rhode Island Red hens and always had a few in the flock), as well as white eggs. They're all I buy now, and I buy only the "cage-free" eggs. They taste better to me. It may be just my imagination, but I don't care, I still like them best. The yolks in a brown egg tend to be a richer color, sometimes almost orange, and I just think they taste better.

It's a perfectly gorgeous day here, and it's one of my favorite times of day - getting along toward sunset, when the light is slanty and golden, and the shadows make such beautiful patterns everywhere. I just followed the shadow of a bushy-tailed little squirrel, as he ran along the top of the fence. I could see him too, but it was more fun to watch his shadow.

Well, the feeders are empty, so guess I'd better take care of that. The hummer feeder is still empty (and dirty!) and I saw my first hummer this week, so guess I'd better fill that up too. Although, any hummer that leaves this yard hungry because the feeder is empty, is just plain lazy.

Blessings! --Romeena

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88068: Oh, hey! You all sneaked in on me there. REV, your aunt sounds like a smart woman to me!

Would you good folk please pray for my daughter, Robbi (Rob) as she's going to have surgery next Monday. She's got a very cranky gallbladder, and it must come out, also a moderately-severe hernia will be repaired. I anticipate a terrific result and a quick recovery, but prayers are certainly wanted and appreciated. Thanks, folks! --Romeena

April 05, 2012 - Msg 88069:
Hey Folks

Just stumbling around Mayberry.

Rev-We don't have our eggs yet.

Asa-That is great news about Amy and the others kids. Doesn't good news just make ya feel good!


April 05, 2012 - Msg 88070: Hey gang this post may not make munch since I have not read the post...BUT Miss sherry and I and her son and dnl and grandson and his buddy had a ball...at Gulf Shores ala...deep sea fishing and good foods....at work at 7am will check in the ...miss Sherry done great!...beach chair and everything!...ok love ya porch...will read in the morning...Boo?..breakfsst?..where...SPOT

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88071: A quick rock to say hey. I need to ask for some prayers. My ankle is hurting, burning, and swelling badly. More than it should for being 4 months post op. Also, I have postponed my back surgery because I need my ankle well first and that's getting worse. One would think 6 ankle surgeries and 2 back surgeries would be enough. Apparently not. Thank you friends!

Blessings to you and yours,

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88072: Good morning everyone, happy Good Friday. Hey Possum I bet seeing that sign brought a smile to your face. I love diners, my favorite one is the Davey Crocket truck stop on Interstate 81 about 50 miles north of Knoxville TN.

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88073: Prayers Lucy!...Load up!..B-fast at I-hop on Boo and I....lets Go!...SPOT

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88074: Good Friday Porch!
What a special weekend it is.

Lucy, you poor thing. I declare they better put a zipper on your ankle. I sure do hope it gets better soon. You are in my prayers.
As are you Ro, and your Daughter Robbi. I had a friend who had a gall bladder removed and it went very well. Just had a couple of little holes. Years ago it was a lot different. But doing a hernia repair may mean a bit more. But I'm sure she will do just fine. I'm sorry to read about your neck though. Have you been having problems with your neck? I hope and pray all will be well.

Possum, so good to see you. I miss you not being here so much. I hope you are doing ok.

Frankie, sure is nice seeing you here more. You're a great addition to the porch.

MDC, May it is huh? Good deal buddy. I'm pleased for you.

OK Boo, get them brown eggs colored. 93 huh? I hate to tell you this but I have snow on my porch this morning. A couple of inches is all, and more coming later. Dang, and I just put my snow blower to bed for the season. But it'll melt off quick. And boy do we need the moisture.

Spot, sure glad Miss Sherry had a good time buddy. I hope she continues to do well.

Auh2o, yer stumbling around Mayberry? You been hanging out with Otis? :)

Rev, you keeping the old larnyx lubed up good? You never know when you might need it.

Well better get. Lots to do today.


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88075: I learned that Barney can't stand crowded ballrooms and that if it rains,Ernest T is usually gonna be right there in it.

possum under a rock

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88076: Prayers for Robbi.

I am going to try dying some brown eggs this weekend, Ro. I never even considered it working.

Got to take mom to the doctor today so better get going. Had one of those restless nights due to a "crick" in my neck. Don't you just hate those? Maybe I'll sneak a nap in later after the doc and some errands. Can you believe it was 97 degrees here yesterday?! A record breaker for early April.


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88077: Where is everybody? --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88078: OK, this is weird. You all watch out, I think the Count is hanging around somewhere. When I first got on the porch a few minutes ago, my own post #88068 was the last entry. That's why I asked where everyone was, #88077. When I mashed the "post" button, all the other comments appeared in between. Were you all hiding, to pop out and scare me, or what?

Lucy, I'm so sorry you're having so much trouble. Sometimes it seems like the more they mess with something, the worse it gets. We're praying for you, dear girl. Hang in there!

Yes, Asa, apparently there is a problem in my neck. I knew it was getting stiffer, and I find myself holding my head in an unusual position, sort of tilted down and to the left. Yesterday, the doctor told me he wanted to leave my low back alone, since it's feeling pretty good right now, but he's concerned about the neck thing. He sent me for x-rays, and by the time I got back to his office, he had the films. (They're very efficient in that office.) He looked me in the eye and said "you have absolutely horrible arthritis in your neck, and you have another problem that needs correction soon or you're going to permanently looking at the ground." He called it "swan neck syndrome" and showed me the films. It does really look weird, even I can see the deformity in the vertebrae. So, it appears I will be having neck surgery instead of lumbar, though that may come in time. Getting old really stinks at times. --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88079: Good morning, Porch family!

Sorry I missed you yesterday, but I had soemthing strange happen with my computer. I got on the Porch and scrolled down to type and, for some odd reason (computers sure are odd), I could only scroll half of the screen. The screen just ended! It wouldnt go down to the window I could type in. Very weird! But...I am back this morning!

A beautiful morning on my side of the porch. Bit of a nip in the air, but a bright sun and the bluest sky!

Prayers for Robbi, Ro and Lucy! You know, folks....this "bad health" thing going around needs to go! I, myself, have a bad left ear. I flushed it a few days ago and it wont go back to normal. I dont know if water is trapped or what, but it sounds like I am breathing out of my ear. My balance is a bit off too!

Asa - Yeah, I really admired P. Manning and thought he was a good Joe. But then he completely snubbed visiting the Chiefs and now....he IS the enemy. I dont like your Raiders, Asa, but I loathe the Donkeys even worse! BELIEVE me....the fans in Kansas City are just chomping the bit until he walks into Arrowhead! Glad to hear little Amy is on the mend! Sounds like she'll be doing bad cartwheels, roller skating and jumping over oil pits in no time!

REV. - Asa'a right. Better give that larnyx a couple squirts!

SPOT - Good for you and Miss Sherry! Sounds like a great time was had by all! Good to hear MS got out and enjoyed the outdoors!

Boo - I'll take a couple of tye dyed eggs! Just leave them on the table with a large chocolate rabbit and some Reese's peanut butter eggs and I'll be good!

Y'all have a great and happy Good Friday! Be safe out there! Hey to auh2o,Mary,Maude,Possum,MDC,Frankie,and the whold gang!

Since it's the weekend, everyone drop by SONIC and get ya' a drink of your choice. It's on me! Pop, slush, whatever you prefer!

John Masters

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88080:
Howdy porch family......a lot of prayers needs today....Ro & Robbi, Lucy, continued prayers for Miss Sherry and all of my porch family!

Spot.....man I am so glad to hear you all had a great time and Miss Sherry did great....that makes my day buddy!

Asa...don't worry, I'm keeping the ole larnyx sprayed up:)

John Masters.....I just stopped by sonic and asked for a cranberry slush and told them to put it on John Masters' tab....they looked at me as if I were crazy.....what's up with that?

It is nice and cool today here....Can't believe the change in just one day. High today 63 compared to upper 80's the last few days.

You all have a blessed Good Friday and a Jesus filled Easter weekend.
Remember...Jesus loves you....You need proof?....well just look up the true meaning of Easter and that will give you the proof:)
Love and prayers!

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88081:
REV- you are spot on! Just think, if you were the only one on earth, and sinned, Good Friday still would have happened just for you! Wow! Thank you Jesus!
Prayers for all ailing this day. Offer it up,(as my dear mom used to say, and the promises of the Word will come thru.
MDC (:

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88082: test --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88083: Well, as I said earlier, this is weird. When I stepped onto the porch just now, the last thing I saw was the last thing I wrote - #88078. So, I did the "test" entry above, and just look at what all was in between. My porch is stuck! --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88084: Where on earth is everyone? I was the last one to post early this morning.


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88085: What happened? When the porch came up, all it showed was my post from this morning so I tried it again and there was everyone else...curious...


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88086: After reading the posts, I see I'm not the only one! haha


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88087: I think you all been nipping the recipie! LOL


April 06, 2012 - Msg 88088: test again --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88089: Yep, Boo, that's what has been happening to me. I didn't get 88084-88087 until I posted 88088. Very strange. Apparently you're not having the same problem, Asa? --Romeena

April 06, 2012 - Msg 88090: Not nipping the recipe, Asa...gulping down hard cider, Buddy.


April 07, 2012 - Msg 88091: Not presently Romeena and Boo, but I have noticed that same thing before over the years. I will post something, and when I read it after posting, there are several posts before mine that weren't there before. I'm pretty sure we were not all posting at the same time. Maybe it's time for bigger wires. Might work. :)


April 07, 2012 - Msg 88092:
Leaving out this morning to spend the day with my wife, daughter and SIL to be. You all have a very blessed day!
Love and prayers

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88093:
OK...the same thing just happened to me with the post and it's early in the morning Asa so I haven't had any of the nipping recipe....by the way...I only use it for communion...lol

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88094: Hi All.
Sorry for not being here!
But bend bust what dad all day!
He stay in bed all dy and wined it time for him go to Doc he walk slod and have to hold thing to somrone.

Boy the is some crazy weather we are having all the warm day and next week it going to be all and maybe a little snow ! eeeek.

TOM :)

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88095: Got the Grandkidders this weekend...We started off with Mr. McBeeve and a lesson on tellin the truth and believing in someone..A good start for the day..Hope everything is OK in Mayberry..Will check back later..Oh...by the way...Boo, you got your chickens crankin out those eggs? I need a couple of dozen! I got to color eggs with the Grandkidders ya know.....G-F....

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88096: update --Romeena

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88097: Well, it seems the spooky things are still going on around here. I notified Floyd, so maybe he can come and shoo the Count away.

Another absolutely gorgeous day here in north Texas. One of those days where there are just enough fluffy white clouds to make the sky seem even bluer, and a gentle breeze is playing tag with the trees. Some fresh clumps of iris have opened - this is why I plant early, mid-season and late bloomers - and they're so pretty. One group is pretty little Grapette. It's an intermediate, not as big and flashy as the Tall Bearded variety, but still so pretty in their own right. The purple and white blooms are smaller, and they don't carry as many blooms on each stalk, but the fragrance is just delightful. They smell like grape candy, and in the late afternoon, after the warm sun has been on them all day, the fragrance is all around them. You can smell them from several feet away. The clump has multiplied and spread generously since it was first planted about three years ago, but I'm not going to divide it this year. I want it to get really big and well established before I do that. Then, I can share with my girls and friends without risking depleting my own.

Well, a hummer has come to the feeder, found it empty, and hovered in front of my window, looking in at me as if to say, "Hey, lady! We need some groceries out here!" Lazy little bird - with a yard full of flowers, he's whining about an empty feeder? Oh well. Guess I'll go fill it, and put out some critter feed as well. They have cleaned out the feeder and practically vacuumed the stones. I love feeding them, they're so much fun to watch.

Also got to go get my Easter eggs colored. I cooked them last night, but was too tired to stay up and color them. I knew my back wouldn't take it, so I chose the path of wisdom and went to bed. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88098: I'm glad you are having nice weather, Ro. It is already too hot here and the humidity is bad, too. I am afraid of what summer will bring.

I am cooking away today to get ready for tomorrow. I finished some coleslaw and am working on some red skinned potato salad. Traditionally everyone down here makes the kind of potato salad you make with russets, mayo, mustard, relish, eggs. I decided to do something different this year. Hope nobody is too dissapointed.

Better go check on the potatoes I have boiling, then I will go to work on a berry pie. I am going to attempt to actually make my own pie crust, which might not turn out so well...


April 07, 2012 - Msg 88099: --Romeena

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88100: Hey, Boo. I'll bet your pie turns out great. It has been several years since I made a pie crust from scratch. Used to do it all the time, back when the "store-bought" ones tasted like cardboard, but these days, they're not bad at all, and I appreciate the convenience. As for the potato salad, the one you described is the most popular here as well, but we do make the red potato, skin-on kind as well, and I love it!

I wish I was making an Easter meal, but have to work tonight, unless I get lucky and get canceled. There's a pretty good chance, but I can't count on it. Won't know until after five. So - Eloise is doing tomorrow's dinner. She likes to do it, and since she has more kids here than I do, I yield to her majority. David is my only one here, and since his wife is Eloise's daughter, they kind of cancel each other in the head count. It's fine with me. She's a great cook, and I have to work half the time anyway, so it works out fine. She won't even let me be respoonsible for any of the food, since I really won't have time to cook if I have to work. So, I'll take a basket of pretty Easter eggs, and a big bouquet of irises, with maybe a rose or two thrown in for good measure. Depends on what opens in the morning. Still a little early for roses.

Well, got to go dip out the current batch of eggs, and put more in. They're coloring beautifully. That red dye over a brown egg is just gorgeous! --Romeena

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88101: Sorry you have to work, Ro, but glad you will be eating with Eloise and family tomorrow. I really enjoyed cooking today...just not the clean up. I try to clean as I go, as you have suggested before, but even at that there is just so much! I am really blessed with this big kitchen, though...makes things alot easier. I do alot of walking from here to there but for the most part it is not bad. The pantry is way on the other side of the kitchen, though, near the laundry room. Not far but sometimes and inconvenience. I had to try to cook a meal at St. Susan's not long ago and she has one of those small galley kitchens with little counter space. I thought I was going to go bonkers. I kept going around in circles with things in my hand that I couldn't find a place to put down!

Well, think I will go round up something to eat. I put a roast in the crock pot but it won't be ready for a couple of hours and I am famished.

I think I will go boil a few of my brown eggs and try coloring them.


April 07, 2012 - Msg 88102:
Back from a long day out with the fam.....had a great time!
Love and prayers

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88103: Hi All.
Was a nice day warm in the 60's.
Wishing eveyone Happy and a Safe Easter!

I was here this monre and no one saw it.

TOM :)

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88104: --Romeena

April 07, 2012 - Msg 88105: I saw you, Tom. Sorry I didn't respond. Sounds like you're having your challenges with your stepdad. I know it's hard for you, but for his sake, I'm glad he has you to look after him. I pray for you all the time, that your life will become easier.

Guess what? The happy call came from the hospital and I didn't have to go to work tonight. That means I can sleep tonight, can go to church in the morning, and have a normal day with the family, not all tired and sleepy. God is good!

Boo, how did your brown eggs turn out? I'll bet they're pretty. One of mine is especially pretty, a bit unusual. It was a very light brown egg, with a hint of pink in it, so I just did a quick dip in the pink dye and it turned out a lovely rosy-beige, really pretty. With the brown ones, a little imagination and trial and error over the years goes a long way.

I had planned to bathe Toye Starr, but I think I may skip it. She'll be happy, that's for sure. I had to comb and brush her out before the bath, because while little mats are bad enough, when they get wet they get impossible, so I always comb her out completely before a bath. I have a de-tangling spray that goes on dry hair and makes it comb out easy. Well, when I finished that, she looks so pretty and fluffy and smells so baby-powder sweet, that I think I'll just wash her face and her little hiney and let it go at that. She hates a bath, and I'm tired, so maybe we'll just skip it for tonight, and go to bed early for a change.

Got to go put my little white cross out in the front yard before I go to bed. It says "He Is Risen!" across the front of it. Have a blessed Easter, folks. Remember, just as the Baby is no longer in the manger, the Crucified Christ is no longer on the cross, and the Risen Christ is no longer in the tomb. He rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, and waits for us there. Isn't that wonderful? --Romeena