November 20, 2013 - Msg 95516:
Hi all, I don't mean to interrupt this cool episode, but I was watching LITB this morning, and Ward started sing the Juanita song! Really.
I always thought that was something that was made up for Barney. But here's lyrics to the whole song:
I should have subscribed to the Learn-a-Month book! ha

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95517:
Oops, didn't mean to sweep away the Thanksgiving ep, please continue. mdc

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95518: 15 cent magazine.

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95519: Its Thanksgiving morning. Aunt Bee, Nora, Ollie, and the two boys are at the Taylor home......

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95520: I'm so glad you shared that, MDC...I have wondered if Juanita was an actual song. :)


November 20, 2013 - Msg 95521: I thought Aunt Bee was out of town?

This story is getting to complicated for me to follow! ;)


November 20, 2013 - Msg 95522: Wow back at work....cold here in ga...gona read...SPOT

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95523: Now let me get this straight....Who's on First?

November 20, 2013 - Msg 95524: Aunt Bee was out of town. You are correct. But she came back home because her sister Nora was all better and they decided to have Thanksgiving dinner at the Taylor's. You are right. This is getting complicated. I guess you can tell I am not a writer. But it was kind of fun just expressing my knowledge of TAGS and interchanging parts. Mrsawyer

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95525: I don't know. He's on third.

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95526: Oh, you children! Imagine not recognizing "Juanita" as a real song! Which reminds me - as you know, now and then some old song is revived and recorded again. "Green Door" comes to mind. When that would happen, Dale and I would get a big laugh out of the situation. We'd hear the "new" song on our kids' radio, and start singing along. It never failed to produce open-mouthed stares from them, as they tried to figure out how such old people could possibly know the words to a "new" song. Fun! I'm not sure we ever told them the truth, we just let them wonder.

I just watched a movie on TV, and I'm tellin' you, they needed to hire a technical adviser for that thing. It might have been a fairly good movie - the basic premise wasn't bad - but there were too many goofs in it. A quarreling married couple survives the crash of a private plane, and decide to walk eight miles over mountainous terrain to get to a road. The man has a big gash on his leg, which has bled a little but stopped. The wife (who had Girl Scout training, we're told) decides it needs a tourniquet and applies one, inserting a stick in the knot so she can twist it really tight. He also has a dislocated shoulder, which she (amazingly) knows how to correct, and does. She gets him a long stick to lean on, and they set off up the mountain trail. The tourniquet is still in place on his leg. They walk all day, then stop and build a fire, and settle in for the night. The man is seen lying on his side, propped up on the elbow below the shoulder that was just put back in place. Highly unlikely. Also, he still has his tourniquet. By now his foot should have been black and as big as a football, but it's not.

During the night, a pair of wolves comes along and attacks them. The woman gets a long stick and waves it at a wolf's face, It grabs the end of the stick and they basically play tug-of-war. When she had the stick in the wolf's mouth, why didn't she just shove it down its throat? A similar attack and battle takes place the next night as well.

Finally, after tramping for nearly three days, the woman thinks to remove the tourniquet from the man's leg. The gash appears infected so - wait for it - she takes a stick from their fire, says "I'm sorry, this is going to hurt", and touches the infected area with the hot stick. Of course, the man grits his teeth and takes it.

Eventually, a search helicopter finds them, and hovers overhead, just in time to break up a third wolf attack, and they're rescued. Later it's discovered that their plane was sabotaged by a business rival, hoping to gain control of the man's company. He's caught, and all's well that ends well.

1. They survived a nose-down crash into a lake, and managed to get to shore.
2. The woman was able to correct the shoulder, and he could use it a few hours later.
3. You only need a tourniquet if an artery is pumping blood, and you loosen it every couple of minutes. You don't leave it on for three days.
4. Burning an infected wound just creates more injury to get infected.
5. Wolf attacks on humans are extremely, extremely rare, and if it did happen, the wolf would not be discouraged by a human just poking at it with a dry stick. A burning stick from the fire, maybe. In fact, the presence of the fire would have been enough to completely eliminate the risk of an attack.

If they want to make these movies, why don't they spring for a little extra and get some advisers on the scene? Any nurse could have fixed their medical mistakes. Go figure. I guess the only thing more ridiculous than the movie, was the fact that I sat there and watched it! --Romeena

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95527: Ro, that movie was on last weekend and I watched it up until the point where they began their trek into the woods. At that point, it was already ridiculous enough for me. I really thought it was pretty crazy that they had them crash into the lake, both manage to get free of the plane and to the surface without drowning. I also noticed the ridiculous tourniquet thing and when she put his shoulder back in place I was thinking, 'Did I miss that she was a doctor or something?'...I did tune back in near the end, long enough to see the rescue. I thought about how crazy it was for them to leave the lakeshore to trudge into unknown woods. All she would have had to do is build a fire along the shore and wait for rescue. Stupid movie.

I dont get Hallmark channel anymore so the only christmas movies that come on are on Lifetime and they are pretty bad, for the most part. I dont think I will be watching many of them...wish they made Christmas movies like they used to in the old days. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against romance, but it seems like the modern christmas movie is very predictable and always seems to be about a woman finding a man. It gets boring.

Well, I am up early, finishing my coffee and getting ready to see my doctor for my lab results and to ask him about this pain in my side. Better get moving in the direction of the shower.


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95528: Yep, it was pret-ty lame, all right. I really don't know why I watched it, unless it was just morbid curiosity. How bad is this thing going to get? Something like that. After all, I watched "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", too.

Oh, I know the Hallmark Christmas movies are predictable - all about some courageous young woman, usually a widow with a small child, who meets a poor-but-honest young man, and falls for him, causing her to break off her relationship with the pompous, stuffy and not-too-trustworthy lawyer she's thinking of marrying. He's always on his cell phone, and pays more attention to people who can help his career than he does to her. One that fits that description is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", which I have seen about six times, and watched again last night. It fits the description, but it's very well done. Henry Winkler provides an added element, as the girl's loving uncle, the acting is very good, and well, it's just a good movie! I know all these movies are drippy-sweet, but I just take a little extra insulin and watch them anyway! Hahaha!

Well, the carpet cleaner man will be here shortly, guess I'd better finish vacuuming the areas he's going to clean. My office, the dining room, and the living area. The three front bedrooms stay clean, and my bedroom is now wood laminate, and the sunroom is tile, so that leaves just those three rooms, thank goodness. Maybe it won't cost too much! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95529: Good morning front porchers: I watch a lot of The Andy Griffith Show. More than most people would consider normal. I was just wondering if there are any TAGS fans on the front porch who are knowledgeable about the history of the show. There are just so many little things that never get explained. Here are just a few of the noticeable little things. There is a fire hydrant in front of the courthouse and then there isn't. There is a telephone pole in front of the courthouse and then there isn't. There are two french doors to the left of the fireplace in the Taylor home. And then it's gone being replaced by a window. There are two names for the Mayberry theater, one of them being the grand. And I can go on and on. It just seems to me that the many writers of the show could not connect the episodes so to speak. Mrsawyer

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95530: Maybe I just have a strange compelsion. Mrsawyer

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95531: Well good questions Mr. Sawyer, and ones we have discussed here over the years. In fact it has become a compelsion for some of us to try and catch as many of them inconsitancies as we can. That's when we decome "trained noticers". lol It's fun to look for little errors and other things like that, for me at least. Not with a critical ee mind you, but just for fun. With all the different writers used over the life of the show it's not a real surprise on these little things. And I'm sure they never had a clue 50 years later there would be folks like us watching the show down to the smallest detail.

I hope you don't get s sugar high on those movies Ro. It sounds like you got the premise down pretty good though. lol I'm with Boo. I wish they could come up with some new decent and not dirty Christmas movies. John Hughes seemed to direct a lot of the newer Christmas shows I have liked. But he passed away a year or two ago. So many of the new Christmas movies are disgusting in terms of s*x and other stuff they have to interject into it. A Christmas movie shouldn't have an R rating in my thinking. Maybe not even a PG-13. Oh well, such is life in 2013 I suppose. Sad. :(


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95532: I agree, Asa. I made the mistake of buy the movie that is out, "A Christmas Story 2". It was probably the lamest movie I have ever tried to watch...couldnt even finish it. Save your money if you are tempted to buy that one.

Mr. Sawyer, the one that always bugs me is that the kitchen door in the Taylor house changes places and the porch changes competely. Ever noticed that one? Totally different back porches in "Call the Man" and "Mr. McBeevee".


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95533: Well, the carpet man has been here and worked his magic, and gone. Wow, does it ever look better! He does a nice job, and charges very fairly. It's a one-man operation. I prefer to work with individuals rather than with big companies, in most cases. You get to know them, they become friends, and it seems to me that they try harder. There's nowhere to hide, so to speak - no company structure in the way. It's Brad's livelihood. When you call a big company, they send some tech that walked in off the street, got a little training, and will be gone next month. Not always, I guess, but I've used a big company a couple of times, and Brad beats the socks off of them, in the quality of his work.

Yep, the little discrepancies in the show, the set, the characters at times - all just add to the fun, in my opinion. Boo, you mentioned the back door, out of the kitchen. How about the interior kitchen door, the one that opens into the rest of the house? Sometimes it's directly facing the dining room table, sometimes it's facing straight at the front door, and sometimes it's at a 45 angle, almost facing toward the fireplace. Also, I believe there's a third incarnation of the back porch. In the one where Opie breaks Aunt Bee's rose, isn't the porch we see in that one also a different arrangement? It's on the back of the house, like in "Call the Man", but it's tiny.

Mr. Sawyer, don't forget the disappearing storeroom. As you face the cells, there was once a door just to the left of the cells, near the window. We assume it was a storeroom. Then it disappeared, and the heater stood in that corner for a while. Also, apparently there was no restroom in the courthouse. Barney and Andy combed their hair at that little framed mirror! I always wondered what poor old Otis did, coming in with a snootful like that. You know he had to need a restroom before long!

I'm about to freeze! I've got the a/c on, as Brad instructed, to pull moisture out of the air and dry the carpets faster, but it sure is cold in here. It's set on 73, which is lower than I keep it even in the summer, and really feels cold when it's in the 60s outside. I don't know where Toye Starr is, I assume she's found herself a dry hidey-hole where she can get warm. She's probably in her little cuddlebed in my bathroom. The lights in there keep it a little warmer, and her bed is snuggly. She's a comfort seeker, and she'll be fine.

Well, guess I'll rustle u some lunch. Or not. I'm not really hungry. Maybe I'll save the calories. Will have a big meal tonight, at our monthly JOY meeting at church. This is the same function where our dear REV gave his concert last month. I really sort of dread going tonight, but I will. Still seems unreal....

Blessings! --Romeena

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95534: Hey Romeena Mr Sawyer...asa,possum,Boo,Lucy,Ro you gat that carpet cleaned?...I have hardwood all thru except bedroom...I havve a carpet cleaner but it dont do it like The Man....will let me read back...supper on me..Menu:Southern fried Chicken,mashed taters,greenbeans,fried okra,slaw,rolls,sweet apple true southern style!...back to serve in a bit..SPOT

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95535: Count me in SPOT.... Just as long as the chicken isn't one of those "non laying hens", (the ones they are trying to recycle as we spoke on in earlier posts).
I can see Romeena sitting in her chair with doggie in lap, and coat on, with the A/C pumping! Reminds me of the times my Dad would eat his big bowl of Ice Cream shivering with his coat on...

Mr.S Don't worry about being a compelsion nut, you are among friends with the same far as the missing bathroom question, I think the "Sanka" coffee can in the corner was used for that, since "Sanka" was a sponsor of the show!
Just my opinion.....


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95536: Hello Front Porchers: Just seen a scene from a Bonanza episode on TV Land waiting for TAGS to come on. It had Helen Crump tied up to a tree. Good spot for her. She must have known somebody cause I'll tell ya, she is a poor excuse for a actress. Mrsawyer

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95537: Well my last long did not post....hum...must not have hit Post?...well...busy now...hey Boo,Romenna you get carpet clean?....I will whup up some fried Chicken for supper if yall want to bring some sides....SPOT

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95538: ok...there is my last post...strange...ok...supper double covered ..ha ha...SPOT

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95539: Thats ok Spot. That meal is worth eating twice Bro.

Yes Mr. Sawyer, what GF said. We are all a bit nuts here so you'll fit in fine,just fine.

Romeena, you brought up two items I think I have an answer to. The spare room by the cells was a boiler room. In those early episodes,the Courthouse had hot wafer or steam heating system as evidenced by the steam radiator we see. That door disappeared about the same time the radiator did, and the gas fired space heater showed up. I ain't brilliant by nature, but I did deduce this all by myself. Now here is a little trivia for you. In yet another episode the Courthouse utilized yet another means of heating. What other way and what episode?


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95540: Hello Asa: It seems to me the courthouse has a forced air furnace. It was in the episode with Don Rickles. Wasn't he INEPT? He was cleaning the furnace and somehow managed to create black soot smoke that escaped through the vent in the courthouse. Mrsawyer

November 21, 2013 - Msg 95541: Very excellent MR. Sawyer. That was the one I was thinking of.


November 21, 2013 - Msg 95542: Wow. Asa, your education was worth every penny. I'll bet that's exactly what happened with that door and the heater and all. Makes perfect sense to me.

Mr. Sawyer, you beat me to it! I was just getting ready to say that, about the furnace in the basement.

We've got some nasty weather coming in. Temp is dropping fast, there's lightning all around, and the wind is pretty active. I wish I had taken the time to cut more roses this afternoon. If they don't get beat up tonight, maybe I can bundle up and go cut them in the morning. It's going to get very cold tonight, but not supposed to freeze, so maybe they'll survive. I hope so. They're such pretty things.

Spot, thanks for supper. Love that fried chicken! Yep, the carpet is all cleaned, and looks wonderful. This carpet has really held up. It's at least ten years old, and still looks just fine. Of course, I don't have small children, and my little canine companion is so small she barely makes a footprint. Also, I make it a habit to remove my shoes in the kitchen, and never walk on the carpet with my shoes on. I don't ask guests to take their shoes off, but people who are here often usually do, because they see me do it. It really makes a difference in the life of the carpet.

Several years ago, I hit a sale on "house socks", those colorful, fuzzy socks that are made to wear around the house to keep your feet warm. They're usually around $3 a pair, and I found them on a closeout for 50 cents! I bought about twenty pair, because it was such a bargain, I wear them, and they make excellent little token gifts. Well, as luck would have it, I was hosting a gathering of ladies one night about a week later, and the weather turned absolutely foul. Rain, a little sleet, just really nasty. I knew my carpet was going to take a beating, and I had just had it cleaned. So, as each lady came in, I politely asked her to remove her shoes, then take her choice of the socks, which I had placed in a basket on the credenza in the entry. Everybody loved the idea, their cold feet got warm, my carpet was saved, and each lady took her gift socks home.

Spot, I have a carpet shampooer also, but you're so right. "The Man" does the job so much better, and I didn't break my back shoving that heavy machine around. Some things are just better done by a professional.

Blessings! --Romeena

November 22, 2013 - Msg 95543: Feeling pretty good today...had my doc's appointment and labs weren't bad...had lost a couple of pounds and my total cholesterol had dropped some since I started taking a fish oil supplement. The doc still doesnt want me taking statins. My fasting blood sugar was 90, which is good for me. I have been having some PVCs lately (sometimes happens more frequently in menopause), so am cutting back on the caffiene and trying to get plent of rest ( that will happen with Thanksgiving next week). I am going to have lots of help this year, though. St. Susan is coming over on tuesday to help with housework, Sean is taking off Wed to help me, and the young woman I mentor (Elisa) is coming on wed to help me clean and cook or whatever I need. She is an angel and loves to find ways to help out. I wish you all could meet her. She walks around with a continual smile on her face and so happy now that she is clean and sober. She was baptized last Sunday.

Better get to bed.


November 22, 2013 - Msg 95544: Good Morning Front Porchers: I was doing some reading last night and found out that Andy Taylors sheriff's uniform was made by Nudies Rodeo Tailors of North Hollywood. I always noticed the difference in Barney's shirt and Andy's. Andy's has two shirt pocket flaps that are six sided so to speak and on Barney's shirt their are two pocket pocket flaps that have 5 sides to the flap. I always wondered if both uniforms were made by the same company. Just another one of my TAGS compelsions. Mrsawyer

November 22, 2013 - Msg 95545: Good morning, porch! It's just 37 here this morning, cloudy, damp, windy, and my backyard is covered almost solid with fallen leaves. Looks like the roses survived the night, so I'll be out there in a little while, cutting anything that's still good. No sense leaving them to freeze, when they're so pretty in the house. It's supposed to get even colder tonight.

I declare, Mr. Sawyer, you are a trained noticer, for sure! Imagine counting the sides on the shirt pocket flaps! I never even thought about who might have made the uniforms - I figured they just bought them at a uniform store!

Boo, I'm glad you're feeling better, and very glad you're going to have some help next week. Bless you for the work you do with those young women. Can you imagine the thrill it will be for you, when you see Elisa in heaven some day? God will remember....

Well, better go feed my little Starr. What a blessing she is to me - to wake up laughing every morning is a gift for sure, and that's what happens around here. She's just so cute, who could help it? Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 22, 2013 - Msg 95546:
Romeena- I agree it does seem unreal that REV is not here on the Porch. I haven't been around as much, mostly lurking. When I decided to jump back in and reconnect with some old friends was also about the exact time of REV's passing. Well...Keep warm friend.


November 22, 2013 - Msg 95547: Hello Front Porchers: Strange goings on at the sawyers. While waiting for TAGS to come on TV Land Bonanza was on. They had Barney's Blue the dog and Floyd's Sam the dog in a episode. Yesterday Helen Crump was in a episode. I have to try and find out what year this is from. Mrsawyer

November 22, 2013 - Msg 95548: Wasn't Goober in a episode where Andy is introducing him to someone outside of Floyd's as Goober Beasely? (like in Juanita Beasely) Mrsawyer

November 22, 2013 - Msg 95549: Yep, that's true, Mr. Sawyer. I just saw that. Some of the recurring characters had different names (Clara/Bertha Edwards/Johnson, for one) and some actors played several roles. I think Alan Melvin played six or eight different characters, and there were others. I think they just plugged people in wherever they were needed at times. As for the dog who played Blue/Sam, that dog showed up a lot. He was in at least two "Gunsmoke" eps. Good actor, that dog.

Well, I braved the cold and went out and cut an armful of roses! I've got three vases of them around the house now. There are still some buds out there, and they may open if we don't get a freeze. I didn't cut them, because they were pretty young, and probably wouldn't have opened in the house. There's a beautiful purple and white iris blooming too, and I almost cut it, but didn't. It has two very tight little buds on the stalk, just below the bloom. If I cut it, those buds will never open. Maybe if it doesn't freeze, when the uppermost bloom fades, those two buds will open and I can cut the stalk then. So pretty!

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some dinner. Nothing very exciting in the kitchen, but I'll find something. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 23, 2013 - Msg 95550:
Hi All, I thought you may like this song today, tho most of you have gone to bed...
I hope all had a good day.
Mr Sawyer, did you ever notice in the Gold Truck ep that the telephone directory Barney flips thru is that of Mt. Airy! really, but ya gotta zoom up on it on the dvd. Also, in one of the drugstore scenes, one of the magazines is the TV Guide with Andy's picture on the cover. :)
Also, on this website is a menu item called FAQs that I bet will help your compelsion. ha
Prayers for all. Jesus loves you :)

November 23, 2013 - Msg 95551: Hello MDC: Thank you for the information on the FAQ page. I will have to look out for the telephone book and tv guide. The list never seems to end with TAGS details about the show. I am just glad I have been blessed with this compelsion. Mrsawyer

November 23, 2013 - Msg 95552: Thanks for that song link, MDC. I always thought that song was very moving, and beautiful. I wonder what those three men would say if they were here today. What has been done with the freedoms that were bought at so high a price?

Well, Toye Starr and I slept late this morning, and it surely did feel good. She's such a little treasure. She's happy to do whatever I feel like doing - get up, or sleep late. I usually get up around six for a bathroom call, and help her off the bed so she can visit her potty box as well. Then she goes to the bedroom door and waits. If I (rarely) am getting up and open the door, she bolts through, grabbing a toy on the run, and races all over the house, just ecstatic. If, as I usually do, I just pick her up and put her back on the bed, she waits on the far side for me to find my spot and get settled, then comes and tucks in behind my shoulders, gives a big sigh and goes back to sleep, until I'm ready to get up. You just can't ask much more of a puppy than that!

What a dreary day! It's cold at 38, the sky is the color of putty, there's a blanket of wet leaves on the ground and there's an occasional flurry of a drizzly rain. The yard is falling asleep, but even as it does, there's a beauty out there. We don't get the spectacular leaf show that some of you enjoy, but what we do get is still pretty. There's an old elm by my back fence, directly behind a cottonwood. The elm's leaves have turned a butter-yellow color, but the cottonwood is still dark green. The blend of the two colors, from my viewpoint, is just amazing.

There's a group of nandina bushes beside the arbor. I objected to them when Joe wanted to plant them, I called them "old lady bushes" (what did I think I was, a teenager?) and didn't want them. Joe insisted, said I would like them, and if I didn't, he'd remove them and plant whatever I wanted, no charge. I'm so glad they're there. They're evergreen, and for the last couple of months have had clumps of pale, beige-colored berries on them, that almost go unnoticed. Well, now that it has gotten cold, those dull berries have turned a beautiful, bright red, and are a striking contrast against the dark green foliage. There's lots of them, too. Huge, lavish clumps of them, like clusters of Christmas ornaments. They put on this show every year, and I enjoy them so much that there wasn't a peep of complaint from me when Joe wanted to put some in the front yard as well. He built a kidney-shaped bed to showcase a redbud tree out near the front sidewalk, and framed the back side of that bed with nandina. Those bushes are loaded with berries too, and are so pretty from the street. I'm so glad that when I started landscaping this place, I "called the man." Joe was definitely the right man, too. Between talented, imaginative Joe, who charges very lightly, and his garden-center brother, who gives me a very generous discount because we're neighbors, I've been able to make something pretty around here without going broke.

Well, guess I'd better go feed my little friend. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

November 23, 2013 - Msg 95553: Hello Front Porchers: I have been busy reading the FAQ section today. It is very interesting. But I knew most everything already. I think. There always seems to be a new question that I have while watching TAGS reruns. Where is everybody today? Did everyone go inside because of the cold weather?It is 1 degree by me with the wind chill. I am still searching for a answer on why Andy and Barney are wearing two different uniform shirts. But I must say since I found the "Front Porch" it has been very therapetic for me. I am just sorry I missed your friend "REV" and the knowledge he must have had. Mrsawyer

November 23, 2013 - Msg 95554: Good Saturday evening porch family. Hope everyone has had a good day.

I have had a busy day but got a lot accomplished. Got up early, went to the grocery store and got most everything I will need for Thanksgiving dinner cooking, came home did some cleaning, laundry and a little ironing of my work clothes. Finished putting up our tree. We have to put ours up according to Mr. Maude's week end work schedule. I have to have his help and since he is off this week end but works next week end we put it up a little earlier than usual. He works every other week end so we have learned to go with the flow of his work schedule .

It has turned windy and down right cold on my end of the porch. Supposed to be in the low 20's tonight and cold tomorrow then warm up toward the end of the week.

Hope everyone has a good night and good Sunday.
Prayers and blessings
Big Maude

November 24, 2013 - Msg 95555: Today's forecast...Cold & Snow! I hear even Romeena has ice on her roses!

TOM....I can't hear YOU! are you hunkered it for the winter already?

While watching some of the JFK things on TV the past few days I found it strange how the country had such a hatred for Dallas and Texas since that is where he got killed. Well I have to say, the 2 people I know from there are pretty fine folks! They represent their state just fine! As the saying goes..."You can't fix stupid"!

Mrsawyer, You are correct! The Porch IS theraptic there are very giving thoughtful folks here.. That Sigmond Frood guy would be quite pleased with the advise given here...Yep, Siggie would be proud! Except for that G-F guy, he's still studying on that one! haha


November 24, 2013 - Msg 95556: Yup, GF, you are a study indeed! ha
And being mad at Dallas is like being mad at LA,
if you catch my drift.
Mr Sawyer, only a guess, but maybe barney's was made by a different wardrobe person.
Course, as Andy used to tell him, "next time you do laundry---unload!" :)
And yes sir, REV was special! I miss his cheerie salutations. he often spoke of a Mayberry in Heaven, so I'm sure he's getting that ready for us! :)
We have had two full days of rain in Phx area.
We really needed it, so all is well. It was a light, but steady rain. 58 for a high today!!
PS: I will NOT be shopping on Thanksgiving! :)

November 25, 2013 - Msg 95557: where is everyone

November 25, 2013 - Msg 95558: Hello there: I was wondering the same thing. I am watching "Mayberry goes bankrupt" The man from the bank is Harlan Fergus who is also Mr. Meldrin in later episodes. Do you front porchers know of a reason that they used the same actor but used different names? Mrsawyer

November 25, 2013 - Msg 95559: They work Cheap??.....I guess

November 25, 2013 - Msg 95560: Maybe, like myself, everyone is busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. I have been busy doing things today like cleaning the oven, catching up the laundry, getting some cooking in ahead of time and putting logs on the fire. We have had 4 days of 40 degree temps during the day, which is unheard of here in Novemeber and I have been loving it.

I have everything I need for Thursday, even prepped my onions and celery for dressing. I am making 2 kinds of dressing this year (alot of folks coming). I am making the standard cornbread dressing of the south because that is what my family always want (the way my mom made it), and I am also making some bread dressing with sausage and apples. I prefer bread dressing to cornbread dressing but most around here want the cornbread dressing. I just felt like making something a little different this year. Tomorrow I will bake the cornbread so it will be dried out some by wed night. I always combine my crumbled cornbread with the sauteed onion and celery and the spices the night before so the flavors will blend overnight. I am trying to decide if I should brine the turkey or not...any thoughts on that from those of you who roast turkeys?

We had our annual church Thanksgiving supper last night and we held it at the high school cafeteria due to our recent church growth..we have totally outgrown our current church building and facilities but the thought of building a new one is hard. It will be very, very expensive and people are struggling financially right now. I am praying that the Lord will provide a solution because if you dont have enough room for people, they will stop coming.

Think I'll got sit by the fire with my feet up for awhile. :)


November 26, 2013 - Msg 95561:
Wow, boo, I want to come to your house. Both dressings sound marvelous!
Boo, also I have heard commercials here for a co. called General Steel, and they do church buildings.
Here is a link:
MR Sawyer--been meaning to tell u that some time ago I read a very good "explanation" of disappearing fire plugs etc. It was written from the perspective of "everyday" happenings in any city. For example, the Mayberry city water dept can remove something like that and seal the pipe. Then some new
council comes along and OKs for it to be put back in. (Typical bureaucratic stuff, like official verifications and county work orders! HA ha) Remodeling takes place all the time in buildings,
which can explain the changing interiors. (after all, in at least one ep, barney talks about
his request for funds being answered.) As far as people go, they get married, divorced, can go back to maiden names, legally change a name, etc. In other words, just plain "living" everyday life can "explain" away many of these things. As to actors playing many characters,
that is
why they are called "character actors." Miss Crump was on Bonanza, Don Rickles was on many sitcoms, it is just the nature of the business.
Hope that helps out some.
HI TO ALL! Prayers,

November 26, 2013 - Msg 95562: I wish you and your dear wife could come to my house for Thanksgiving, MDC..too bad its such a long drive. ;) Thanks for that link to General Steel, I will check it out and put it on my favorites.

The sun is out here in South Texas for the first time in days and it is shaping up to be one of those, cold, crisp and sunny days. I sat on the porch swing this morning and drank my coffee...beautiful!

Better get going. Hope the rest of you porchsters check in today. :)


November 26, 2013 - Msg 95563: Hope Romeena isn't "Iced In" for the Holiday sounds liked wicked weather in her area...

Boo...With "cold & crisp" comes NO mosquitoes, & with NO mosquitoes comes NO bats! You should be happy now on your porch swing.. Now break time is over now back to the kitchen and work on that dressing/stuffing (which is it)? Anyway it's Goood! Just don't over cook it as Mrs. "Uncle Eddie" did..haha you don't want to have to go out for "Chinese Turkey"...Fra'rah'rah'ra'ra'ra'rah!


November 26, 2013 - Msg 95564: Good afternoon porch. just stopping in for a check point chickie.

it is a very wet cool day on my end of the porch. about 43 degrees with rain since I came in to work about 7:45 am. supposed to rain all day and then turn to snow after midnight. they are posting a winter weather advisory for our region for tonight and tomorrow all day then clearing and sunny on Thursday. Please pray for safety for all the Thanksgiving travelers and especially for Patrick and his room mates. they are supposed to travel home tomorrow.

work is kinda slow this week. I will be off at noon tomorrow til Monday. cooking for my family and Mr. Maude's brothers. Hopefully they can make it to our house from Knoxville on Thursday.

well lets have a big cup of tomato soup with grilled cheese for lunch!

prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

November 26, 2013 - Msg 95565: MDC, your comments about cities removing things and then putting them back in reminds me of our city railroad workers. We used to have some extra tracks that didn't go anywhere except across the main thoroughfare and stopped a ways into another area. Well, every couple days, the workers would move a couple of the old railroad cars from one side of the road to the other, with flags and stopping traffic. And then the railroad cars would sit on the other side for awhile.
I swear they did it just to make it look to the townsfolk like they were working. Now, maybe they had good reason for it, but I never understood the rationale for moving those old boxcars from one side to the other; they never seemed to do anything else with them. They would just sit on one side or the other.
This happened up until someone removed those unused railroad tracks. So if I didn't know what those railroad workers did before, I really don't know now. There is a big house-like building still on the railroad property, and I still see workers congregating there, but heck if I know what they do once they are there.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

-Sterling Holobyte

November 26, 2013 - Msg 95566: Good afternoon, porch! Sterling, I'd like to hazard a guess about those railroad workers. I'll bet they've found one of those nice little holes that things fall into now and then, and no one notices. That crew may have had some very good purpose at one time, but the need dried up, and no one thought to close the work unit down. So, they keep showing up, their checks keep coming, and no one is aware of the situation. No one in authority, at least. It reminds me of a story which I'm sure I've related here before, but it fits so well, I think I'll do it again.

When the present Queen Elizabeth first assumed the throne, one morning she was standing at the window of the palace, looking out over the grounds. She happened to notice that one of the palace guards was standing at attention, out in the middle of a lawn, for no apparent reason. She thought it was odd, but forgot about it. Then on several occasions she noticed the same thing, and finally inquired about it. An investigation revealed that during Victoria's reign, a much-prized rosebush had been planted in that spot, and Victoria had ordered a guard placed over it round the clock. The bush had long since died, but the order for a guard at that spot had never been rescinded, so they were still carrying it out, many years later. Of course, Elizabeth stopped it. I don't know if this is true, but I read it years ago in "The Reader's Digest", and it was told as a true story. I don't doubt it. We've all seen things just as foolish, and worse. The railroad men may be just another example.

No bad weather here today. It's 53 and sunny, not a cloud to be seen. I don't know how long it will last, but it surely is pretty today. The forecast is for temps in the low 30s at night, mid 50s in the daytime, and clear until Sunday, when we should get some rain. Sounds good to me! David will be putting up my Christmas lights this weekend - I hope he can get it done before Sunday. I don't want him on that roof if it's wet - too slippery!

Well, I need to go put away groceries. I bought all the stuff for the meal I'm cooking on Saturday, and I'm thinking I may just stack it on one end of the counter, rather than trying to find room in the cabinets. The cold stuff is in the fridge, of course. I even found some extra turkey thighs here in town, didn't have to drive to Southlake like I did last year. We have more people who like dark meat than who like white, so I add a couple of extra thighs to the roaster with the whole turkey. Cuts down on the fistfights! (heehee) Personally, I like dark meat for the meal, and white meat for sandwiches later. A croissant, or a slider bun, with MW (or mayo, if I must), white turkey and some sweet pickles. Now that's a sandwich!

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

November 26, 2013 - Msg 95567: Auh2o...Get prepared I just came in from shoveling 4" of wet heavy snow.. It's coming your way. (probably already there!)

Romeena, Just don't kill anybody with that turkey leg or you may have to EAT the evidence! I heard about that with a leg of lamb, but It may have been only a urban legend...

I think tomorrow....I'll bake my pies and watch the snow fall! I don't have to worry about how to get around and getting the snow removed at all my housing sites..(That's someone else's worry now!)
My only worry now is making sure my pies don't run over (Mrs. G-F likes cherry ones) they tend to do that if not vented enough and if I'm to heavy on the cherry filling.

Funny story about Queen Vicky, she must have had boys around who wanted to throw the football. Maybe that is where the writers of "Only a Rose" got the idea what I'm thinkin'....


November 26, 2013 - Msg 95568: I am lead to post this link for someone to hear, I think REV may be tugging on my heart is my guess. It's a song by Cooper Boone called Celia's hands,that he wrote for his Granny. It is so appropriate for this time of the year enjoy!
(It'll make ya cry).....

November 26, 2013 - Msg 95569: Sorry if you don't want to hear about fixing the turkey jump to 6:35 into the video.....

November 27, 2013 - Msg 95570:
Prayers for Big Maude's family for safe travels.
Hope all is well.

November 27, 2013 - Msg 95571: Wanted to stop by to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving-y'all are all blessings in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving,Mayberry!

possum under a rock

November 27, 2013 - Msg 95572:
G-F. Thanks, yup we've got about 8 inches so far and you wer right HEAVY! Driving last night was tricky coming up the old hill.

Boo- I agree with MDC, the menu sounds great.


November 27, 2013 - Msg 95573:
Thanks possum and a Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


November 27, 2013 - Msg 95574: With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I have to do this.. "As God as my witness"!


November 27, 2013 - Msg 95575:
Good one GF, a real classic! :)
I remember last year we were talking about the
idiots who don't know how to deep fry a turkey!
One example:
Well, I know that porchsters are smarter than that guy! HAPPY SAFE THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

November 27, 2013 - Msg 95576: Just wanted yo say thanks for the prayers! Patrick made it home from Cookeville safely about 8:30 tonight. So happy to have him home.

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful to of come across the porch and feel blessed to have you all part of my porch family.

Prayers and blessings.
Big Maude

November 28, 2013 - Msg 95577: Good evening, porch! Well, David and the boys surprised me today, and showed up in the early afternoon, to put my Christmas lights up! So, the roof lights and icicles are all in place and working beautifully, and Hudson and I put most of my deer in place and got them powered out back. I discarded some of them. They're about eight or ten years old, and the lights just won't work anymore. Even the "magic gun" wouldn't bring them on. When all the bulbs on the string are black, you know there's no point in trying. So, I passed them on to Eddie, who was here mowing. He was happy to get them, said he could rewire them, and I told him to be my guest! He'll get it done, I have no doubt. I'm glad he was here and took them. Now, all I have to do is put the twinkles out on every available shrub, and circle the pond with them, and it will be finished. That won't take but a couple of hours, probably on Sunday afternoon. I do so appreciate David, who does this chore every year, and comes back and takes them down after Christmas, as well. Now, he's bringing his boys with them, not just as helpers, but to teach them how a man looks after his mama. Hudson wanted to stay here when David was ready to leave, and of course, I was happy for him to do so. Tomorrow we'll all go to Brittney's sister's home for Thanksgiving dinner. Then on Saturday, I'll cook a meal here. I love it!

As for deep fried turkey, it would have to go SOME to beat turkey and dressing, and I've heard of so many accidents and injuries from the process, that I just don't think I'm going to try it. First place, I'm not about to spend all that money on the fryer, and then at least $20 worth of oil, just so I can launch a turkey into space or set my back yard on fire. Nope, I'll stick with plain old roast turkey and dressing.

Well, I'm tired. I think I'll hit the sack. I think Hudson is already down for the count. He's such a sweet kid, he and Landry both. They worked hard all afternoon, never a word of complaint. We had a lot of fun! Blessings, porch! --Romeena

November 28, 2013 - Msg 95578: Hi all,
This isn't a Thanksgiving video, but I just thought I would share it. It will either make you laugh, or it will make you shake your head like, "what was that?!"
What it is, is a little clip of Noah dancing, that my wife sent to her brother, who is known for having a pretty good sense of humor(along with his yo-yo skills). Noah was actually dancing to the Wiggles, but her brother put some other music(if you want to call it that ;)) to it, and speeded if up a little at the end. And the end result is pretty funny, I think.

Amen, Big Maude! I am thankful for this porch, and the porchsters on it, as well. It is a small familiar oasis in the cluttered and noisy world of the internet. Whenever the cares of this world feel like they will overwhelm me, I know I can always come here to the porch for some respite. I hope it will always be so. Even if I just read, it has a calming influence, and a sense that somehow, the world isn't as crazy as it seems to be. Thanks Floyd.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 28, 2013 - Msg 95579: ...Speeded IT up....


November 28, 2013 - Msg 95580: Wow, Sterling...Noah is CUTE! Thanks for sharing.

How nice of David and the boys putting up your Christmas lights, Ro. I know you will enjoy them.

Well, the turkey is in the oven by 7am, and it is COLD outside. We had frost on everything and I finally had to turn the heater on so everyone wont freeze when they get up. I think I will go back to bed for an hour. I was in bed late, took forever to fall asleep, woke up at 4am, took forever to fall back to sleep and then woke up again at 6:30. I hate when that happens...gonna be a long day if I dont get a little more sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my porch family. Hope its a wonderful day!


November 28, 2013 - Msg 95581: Amen I agree too, The Porch family is high on my list of things that I am thankful for!
Romeena got all her Christmas lights up? That is what the big power surge in the Dallas area was all about yesterday, they had to switch over to "nuclear" power to cover the surge.... Just be careful what you dump it the storm sewer.. We don't want a "incident"... So everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.. Don't eat to much, and when the relatives come over try to " Act like Somebody"!!

p.s. SH that boy has some moves! cute video

G-F.. Chief Cook & bottle washer today...ha

November 28, 2013 - Msg 95582: Happy Thanksgiving to my porch family. I love you guys and am so thankful to call you family and friends. I pray for you all to have a blessed Thanksgiving day and offer a special prayer for the Rev's family today. I am sure it will be a difficult day for them, but I am also sure that their faith and testimony of the Lord will lift them and see them through the challenges they are facing.

Hope you got some sleep Boo. And I hope you are feeling better.

I'd like to try a deep fried turkey but I don't think it's worth the risk. I prefer shaving the old fashion way, at the bathroom sink, thank you very much.

Yes GF,I wonder if Romeena will wake up to find an RV in her driveway and a green glow emitting from her storm sewer. :)