December 17, 2013 - Msg 95826: Hi All.
I know way have I ben ?
Will ben bust going to the Dr. for some test.
G-F keep all the snow you have from the lake there do not want it here.
I may be back if this thing work right!


December 17, 2013 - Msg 95827: Hi All.
I know way have I ben ?
Will ben bust going to the Dr. for some test.
G-F keep all the snow you have from the lake there do not want it here.
I may be back if this thing work right!


December 17, 2013 - Msg 95828: Sgt. TOM, Glad to have you back!...For the most part we have been behaving. As far as the snow, I am going out now and shovel about 2" that came down last night. So I will make a big pile just incase you want me to send ya some later..haha
(and we put you to work already and had ya sweep the porch!)


December 17, 2013 - Msg 95829: Well off work today...time for the shopping to began....where yall want to meet for lunch?....SPOT

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95830: A Christmas story, "The Christmas Guest "as told by Andy Griffith...from:"bats unlimited" lol good one Asa...G-F

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95831:

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95832:

The Juggler & Bellaeu Wood too...

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95833: Boy, Andy sure can tell a story....Amen?
G-F again....

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95834: One for the Kids/GrandKidders "The First Noel" with Andy narrating...

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95835: Love those links! Yep, nobody could tell a story like Andy.

Looks like I'm not the only one dragging in here late with all the decorations. David was here today, got my outside lights working again after the limbs took them out. He also put the top on the tree, so now I can finish decorating it. It's almost done! I had to leave the fragile ones off until he was finished, because he has to lean into the tree a bit to put that top in place and I didn't want him to have to worry about breaking something. He also set up and installed a new 5-in-1 printer I got this week. My old one prints fine, but the scanner was failing, and therefore I couldn't send a fax. It would say it was sending, but the recipient would call and say there were blank spots on the pages. It would cost more to fix than to replace, so I replaced. I can't believe how cheap those things have gotten! It's an HP, it prints, copies, faxes, scans, will print front and back, and will handle legal size. All that for less than I paid for my very first printer years ago, an old dot matrix, which I thought was just the coolest thing ever, and all it did was print. Barely. Anyway, David got it in place, set up, registered, etc. All of that, and he took me to lunch too. Can't beat a kid like that!

Boo, I hope Erin pulls up out of this soon. Brittney has been sick too, all week. High fever, coughing, generally miserable, but is doing better today.

I have never, ever, been this late getting my Christmas stuff done. And there's another verse to that song. I'm not going to be this late again. Next year, it will be done before the first of December, and I don't care when Thanksgiving is. This is ridiculous.

I will have at least part of tomorrow to finish up. I have to take the daughter of a friend to the dentist, but that won't take but a couple of hours. The daughter broke her foot and ankle, and is in a wheelchair right now, so she moved in with her mom. The mom (my friend) can't afford to take off work to get her to the dentist, so I told her I'd take her. At least it's all right here in town, she doesn't go to a dentist in Dallas or some such. My friend's life is a constant struggle, bless her. Her son is living with her because he's got cancer, not much life expectancy left, and now the daughter with the broken foot. The least I can do is take that girl to the dentist. I don't know how she does it, but she just keeps smiling.

Dale used to say we should always remember to thank God for what we have, but sometimes we need to stop and thank Him for what we don't have, as well. I think he was right.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

December 17, 2013 - Msg 95836:
G-F, that rusty chevrolet video was very funny. Thanks for posting it.

Well I see that our TOM has returned. I'm glad you started posting again. I was worried about you.
Just like you, I have been receiving medical treatment for the past month. And although everything is healing nicely, it is a slow process. Unfortunately, this upset me because I had to cancel my plans to visit relatives in the USA for Thanksgiving.
Come closer so I can tell you a secret. While you were gone, G-F was goofing off here. And since you are the sergeant here, I think you should do something about. Maybe make him do 100 pushups with someone sitting on his back and using just one hand.

SPOT, sorry I missed out on lunch. Maybe tomorrow we can head out to the Cracker Barrel and have some fun with you know who.

Romeena, to avoid being late with your decorations and tree for next year, I have the perfect solution; leave everything up all year. I have seen a few houses with outdoor lights all year round.

Finally, the Mega Millions Lottery drawing tonight is estimated at $636 million. That is over one half a billion dollars! If no one wins tonight, I think I might drive to the USA to purchase some tickets.

from Poor Horatio

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95837:
Late-night check in for me.
Glad to see Tom back.
Thanks for the card TOM. It was forwarded from where I used to work. I'll get you my home address.
Hope all your test come back OK.

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95838: Romeena, As far as your Christmas decorations, Mrs. G-F showed me a spot on the TV where a neighbor was filing a petition to have the family's Christmas decorations removed because it was "forcing their Christian beliefs on them" by their illuminations.. WHAT"S up with THAT!" I say call Clark Griswold in and add MORE! or send them sunglasses for "Christmas"! I'd be willing to bet when that person goes to the stores to buy things during the Christmas season they don't ask to pay the "regular" price instead of the Christmas sale prices...I'm just sayin'.. Those folks sure get my boxers in a bunch.... ( I'd be willing to bet they don't have problems with Halloween decorations) :( GRINCHES!


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95839: MDC.. Cool story check it out.. You may already be familiar with it, worth a repeat...G-F

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95840:
Hey Folks

Asa-you are so right about those lake effect snows. We had about four feet here and at my brothers house, about 10 minutes away, he had a little over a foot.

GF-Thanks, the video was funny. I can remember during the Blizzard of '77 digging cars out that were almost as buried as that one. This is not a picture of me but it's the same blizzard.

PH-If you win the lottery I'd ask for cash, no IOU's.

Hey Tom!

My oldest has a doctor's appointment so I'll check back in later.


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95841: Hi All.
PH keep your money I heard there was two winer on it.
One someway in SC amd in one GR


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95842: Ro, my parents had some good friends that they were visiting from out of town years ago. Well, it was during the summer and my mom couldn't get over that in the guest room, there was an artificial Christmas tree, totally decorated, and covered with a sheet. The lady of the house said it seemed crazy to redo it every year. Maybe that's not such a bad idea but moving it would cost you some ornaments, I would think. ;)
Sorry to hear Brittney has been sick. Sean is pretty sick now but it seems like the worst of this bug is over in 48, so hopefully he will be feeling much better by tomorrow.

So sad about your friend, Ro. I'm glad you are there to help out some. That quote from Dale is so true!

Crazy that folks would complain about other people's freedom to celebrate Christmas. Ridiculous but I can see the whole house decorating thing becoming obsolete someday, sadly. I have noticed a decrease in it over the years in my area. Its no fun to go looking at Christmas lights anymore because they are getting few and far between.

Still taking care of sick kids. Erin is much better but now Sean is in the middle of it. Looks like they will both be fine by Christmas, so that is good. So far Bruce and I are doing ok.

Better git!


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95843: Yeah, that "petition" thing is just ridiculous! On the upside, the vitriol and venom that some people show over any word or anything having to do with Christ, kinda proves the truths in the Bible and that He is Lord, doesn't it. You don't see people getting all hate-filled against Mohammed, Buddha, or any of those other jokers, do you?!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95844:
TOM, I was hoping you were wrong about posting that the Mega Millions Lottery had two winners. But the news proves that you are correct. Aw shucks. They were predicting that had no one won yesterday, the next jackpot would have been close to $1 billion!!! That would be worth a trip to the USA for a day.
Speaking of lotteries, did you hear about the Canadian who won $40 million in the Canadian lottery and announced he was giving it all to charity? I'm going to have to change my name to Charity and contact him. LOL
I was listening to Bill Nye the Science Guy on Canadian television yesterday. He was explaining the odds of winning that lottery so that any layman could understand. With odds of 1 in 249 million to win the Mega Millions Lottery, you have better odds of being struck by lightning twice in one day!

G-F, that petition does not surprise me in these current times. What could be next? Mayb silence all church bells and sound proof all churches so the singing can't be heard outside? I wonder if Christians are being taken advantage of since they often don't actively resist like some other religions do.

from Poor Horatio

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95845: I have often thought that too, Sterling. Jesus said it himself, "Because they have hated me, they will hate you". Sad, but what we are seeing is only confirming the words of Jesus, isn't it?

You PH, what really concerns me is that it the political frenzy to separate church and state, the state is beginning to get involved with the freedom of the church. We are already hearing about pastors who are being hauled into court for offending someone with convictions. Scary to think where that might lead.

Well, all my plans to have a stress-free Christmas are not exactly coming to fruition. Taking care of two kids with the flu, and holding down everything else while Bruce works is not exactly stress-free. I am thankful that they are getting better and that Bruce and I aren't sick. Hopefully all will be well for Christmas. :)


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95846: "Yes" PH, not "you"...


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95847: Yes, PH, that's exactly what happens. The Bible says in Romans 12:18, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." We try to do that, and our rights get trampled on. The Muslims, on the other hand, who are commanded by their prophet to convert the infidel, "by the sword if necessary", will scream and throw bombs if someone crosses them. Even so, I think I prefer Christ's way, and I know you do as well.

Lotteries. I don't put any money in a lottery, as a rule. Oh, once in a while, just for fun I'll buy one ticket. I do enter the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes faithfully, but there's no money involved there. This week, though, I bought one raffle ticket, for $100. The raffle is being held by a local Cadillac dealership, only 1500 tickets will be issued, and the proceeds go to charity. That I will do, now and then. I consider it a charitable donation, it's deductible, and the odds are (obviously) 1 in 1500. The prize is a brand-new Cadillac, cherry red with black leather interior, and fully loaded. I would love to have that car, but if I don't win, it's okay. I've still got a nice car, even if it is nearly ten years old. Yep, that's about as close to gambling as I get.

Well, I've got about an hour left to finish that tree, and then I can relax. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

December 18, 2013 - Msg 95848: I have a funny story about gambling...We took a bus load of Seniors once to Niagara Falls, after site-seeing they wanted to go to the Casino for awhile, one lady who complained the whole way up about her aches & pains (Emma Brand type), well when we got to the Casino I think Jesus put a healing on her! It sorta looked like the scene when Forrest Gumpp got to running and ran out of his braces, yep she got healed at Casino Niagara.
I can still see that walker streaking
I don't remember, maybe she got baptized in the Falls too....


December 18, 2013 - Msg 95849: In downtown Chicago at Daley Center Plaza some atheist actually set up a large letter A close to the Nativity set. It looks awful. But what can you do nowadays. The laws we have in our country seem to protect these people. We still have "In God We Trust" but sooner or later even that will be challenged. Mr. Sawyer

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95850:
HI ALL, here is one of my favorite Christmas songs.
Hope you like it:

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95851:
G-F, great video. Thanks. I had heard the story some time ago, but never saw this video or knew that
there was a book about it.
RO- I have your friends in my prayers.
BOO--I also have you family in prayer.
I am really glad that there were winners last night, and it may seem like
a strange reason to some, but that would have meant that the billion dollar drawing would have been on
Christmas eve; and I was thinking of how all the top stories that night would have been about THAT,
of about a babe born in a stable of straw, who came
to save the world.
On another subject, for those of you in the "incandescent camp," be sure to by a supply of 60 and 40 watt bulbs, for as of JAN. 1, 2014, all 100, 75, 60, and 40 of Edison's invention will be ILLEGAL in America and Europe!
I have mine. Crazy! :)
Well, hang in there folks, as I think 2014 is going to be an E ticket ride.

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95852: Mr. Sawyer, I usually don't bother worrying about people who do things like that big letter A, and the like. As you said, it looks awful. Most people will have the same opinion. Generally speaking, if you give folks like that a little time, they'll do a pretty good job of making themselves look foolish. Even the folks who aren't actually Christ-followers have some inkling somewhere in their hearts, especially at this time of year, and usually will take offense at something that disrespectful. I know, I'd like to just slap them silly myself, but it's not what Christ said to do, and He had his reasons. The high road is always best, and He knew it.

G-F, that's a funny story. "I can still see that walker streaking by...." What a mental picture! Hilarious!

Well, the tree is pretty much finished. I'm tired, and in the morning will get up and put away all the bins and unused stuff. Oh, I'll probably put a few more ornaments on, but they're really not needed. It's just that I have waaay too many ornaments, and they're all pretty or meaningful or both, and I have a hard time putting them away instead of on the tree. They only get to come out and be enjoyed once a year, so I feel guilty putting them back in the closet.

I know I have too many, but that happens when you've celebrated 55 Christmases in your own home. You buy a few each year, and I take very good care of my ornaments, so have nearly all of them. Also, I have a lot that were my mother's. There are a few that are over 75 years old. Those are carefully wrapped in cotton, placed in covered coffee cans, and stored on a high shelf in a closet. No damage will befall them there. Maybe I'll take a few pictures and put them on Facebook.

Well, I'm off to bed, before Toye Starr has a little bitty fit. She's ready for bed! Blessings, porch. --Romeena

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95853: Oh, and as for the idiot who is petitioning to have someone's Christmas decorations removed, that's just someone looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. It's my house, my yard, my electric bill, and if I want to put up Christmas decorations, I will do so. That little loophole about the church and state thing, with a cross on government property, etc. - well, the Supreme Court is against us on that. However, so far, on our own property my answer to anyone who objects is simple. "Darlin', if it bothers you, why just avert your eyes when you pass my house, so you won't be offended." --Romeena

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95854: Romeena...How about this idea...You can put a box of those 3D glasses out at the curb and put a sign that says: "FREE,Please take one" and a second sign that says: "Do these glasses make me look like the idiot I am"... Just a thought, but again I just happen to feel I'm right.....

MDC...Thanks for the bulb reminder, I have 2 burnt out in the kitchen.. better get to Lowes today. "God Bless US"! LITERALLY!!! We need Help! The Nuts are running the asylum!....


December 19, 2013 - Msg 95855:
G-F, the link you posted in Msg 95839 brought back some pleasant memories for me. Some years ago, I watched a movie called "Joyeux Noel". It was based on a real life incident that occurred on Christmas Eve, 1914, during World War 1. That is when German, French, English & Scottish soldiers laid down their weapons in an unofficial cease fire to celebrate Christmas together on the battlefield. They actually set up Christmas decorations, sang Christmas songs, and exchanged gifts with their "enemies". They even prayed together and played soccer. When ordered by their commanders to resume the combat, soldiers on both sides could no longer shoot at each other because of their new friendship. Unfortunately, the truce only lasted a few days. Commanders had to threaten their troops with being court martialed (with the possibility of execution) or had them replaced.
As I have mentioned here before, during my service in both the Navy and Army, my most memorable experience involved saving lives and not taking lives.
On a similar note, watch the following video for some Christmas cheer where the message is clear.

from Poor Horatio

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95856: Just a report from the sick bay...Erin is better, Sean had a bad evening but is getting better today, and Bruce and I are holding our own so far. I woke feeling a little bit nauseated but I think it might be the med I'm taking. Not feeling like my old self but hoping we can stay well till Christmas.


December 19, 2013 - Msg 95857:
Wishing all the porchsters a blessed Christmas! Nice to see some familiar faces. It's been quite a while!
From Mi§§ Peggy from days gone by.

December 19, 2013 - Msg 95858: Hi All.
Will Miss Peggy hi and welcome back


December 19, 2013 - Msg 95859: Hi, porch! Just got home from the monthly JOY group dinner and entertainment at church. This is the same function where our beloved REV provided the entertainment every October for the last six years. It's still hard for me to go to those things, knowing he won't be back. The artist tonight was a local pastor, who happens to be the nephew of the great Gentleman Jim Reeves. Mr. Reeves was always one of my favorites, and his nephew sounds a bit like him, and performed several of his songs. Very talented and pleasant man, I'm sure we'll have him back.

Welcome back, Miss Peggy. Are you just visiting, or have you come home to stay for a while? To stay, we hope!

Well, guess I'll go get out of these duds. I think I may bake a batch of cookies tonight. I'm just sorta in the mood, and I think I'd better do it while I've got the interest. Blessings, porch. --Romeena

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95860: I have always liked Jim Reeve's music.
He was indeed a gentleman. Here is a good one to
help us remember all of our dear ones at this time of year:
BOO- It's good to hear that you are hanging in there. Hopefully the shot has helped.
Love your FB posts of Thelma Lou and all!
TOM- card on the way to you with my address update.
MISS Peggy with the "curly "Ss," How the heck ya doin' gal?
ASA-- heard that you may have a real storm a brewing. Keep warm.
Christmas blessings to all,

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95861: Thank you, MDC. That's just beautiful, and is one of my favorites. I've got a couple of his old "albums", the old 33 records, part of a pretty big collection of such albums. Some are from the 50s. Now, thanks to my daughter, I've also got a really neat player that plays them very well. CDs are great, but there's just something about the old vinyls....

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95862:
Well folks, I'm ashamed to be living in Canada. Today, the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that paying money for s-e-x is not a crime. This means that although prostitution will temporarily remain in the criminal code, Parliament (the Canadian legislature) has one year to come up with an alternative solution. Otherwise street solicitation and brothels will become legal. I can't believe it!

from Poor Horatio

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95863: I'm not at all surprised, PH, and be assured, the U.S. will not be far behind. The Bible says "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness." (Isaiah 5:20) Good is being called evil these days, and certainly evil is being called good. What kind of a world is it when a little six year old boy can be suspended from school because he planted an innocent, childish kiss on the cheek of a little girl? At the same time, on the polar opposite end of the spectrum, things like what happened in Canada can occur.

As for the legalizing of prostitution, that is now a shoo-in, with the decision just made regarding the paying of money. There's an old saying among sales people - "It's as honorable to sell as it is to buy." Therefore, if it's okay to buy, then it follows that it's okay to sell. No other way to look at it.

There are those who might point out that Jesus forgave the woman who was brought to him by the pharisees, a prostitute caught in the act. Yes, Jesus forgave her, but the last thing he said was "Go, and sin no more." He loved and forgave the sinner, but he did not condone the sin.

We are living in perilous times, and the Bible prophecies are being fulfilled, one by one. I can't imagine anything any scarier than spending a lifetime denying God's plan for salvation, then waking up after death and realizing the Bible was right all along, and it's too late. The Bible says "There shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 13:40-43.

None of the insanity that reigns today is surprising, really. It's all there, in the Book. Fortunately, we have the Book, and can read it, and I have - including the end! Yep, I know how it ends. God wins! And so do his children. It may be a rough ride, but as Paul said, "I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto him against that day."

OK, I'll stop now. I've probably already offended someone, but truth is truth, and the Bible is the source of truth. Trust me, there's plenty in there that bruises my toes, too. I also think it's important to note that God does not distinguish one sin from another. It's not a specific sin that he sees, it's the state of disobedience. He sees no degrees of sin. When I disobey him in anything, I'm no different than the man who murders someone. That's a tough one, and one that I have struggled with for a long time, but it's true. Therefore, I can't turn up my nose at a prostitute, because my own "little" sins are just as bad, in the eyes of God. Since I cannot be perfect, (no one can, "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God") I will be grateful for all eternity that Jesus was willing to take my place, and pay for my sins. God is good. --Romeena

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95864: You give 'em 45 the'll go 50, you give 'em 55 the'll go 60.. Where will it stop? Now this! as Gomer say's Shame, Shame, Shame....
Who's next? The Groundhog?....


December 20, 2013 - Msg 95865: What is the'll

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95866: Y after E in "they" and ' before "LL" in will, I think the post about Canada's new law just must have had be thinking about he'll....Sorry Miss Crump...haha

December 20, 2013 - Msg 95867:
Yes, PH and RO, we are suppose to "tolerate" all that, but THEY can't tolerate Duck Dynasty's statement from God's Word!!? Strnage times indeed! OK, my soapbox done for now.
I'm actually watching Wonderful Life tonite, so I guess I'll go back to it. :)
FIVE days to Christmas!

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95868: everybody snowed in??

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95869: Morning Gang!..whew..yesterday was a mess Christmas shopping...glad to be at work today...hey Possum,MDC,Romeena,Asa,G-F,Boo,Lucy,PH,Tom and all...thanks for the mantel is Full of mayberry cards !...well storm front headed this way tomorrow early...wish us luck...ok...breakfast menu:2 eggs your way,bisquits,grits,sausage links,gravy,stewed apples,country ham,hashbrowns with chese,coffee,milk...fix you a plate...SPOT

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95870: Snowed in?? I think not on G-F's end of the porch. All the snow has melted it's in the 50's right now and a lot of rain my sump pumps are crankin'!

Spot, that breakfast sounds a lot like the one Barney gets, You know those Fife's, it goes all to muscle. I must have gotten my genes from the Pyle side of the family, not the case with G-F! But you forgot the BACON! Can't a guy get some bacon these days or has that been cut out too like the "Edison" bulbs? (MDC I did stock-up on them yesterday).
Yep, SPOT better leave the shopping to the professionals, only a few days before Christmas, It's no place for a amateur!...


December 21, 2013 - Msg 95871: Good morning, porch! MDC, you're so right. A few years ago, Eloise was watching something on TV, and the language just went from bad to worse, so she changed channels and then decided to call the station and protest. Here's a pretty accurate quote of what she was told, "Well, lady, your TV has a channel-change function, doesn't it? I'd suggest you just use it, because we're not going to censor our material." OK, fair enough, and that's exactly what we "narrow-minded" Christians do, so why can't the other side do the same thing? Still, it should come as no surprise. All of this is in the Book! We can expect persecution, and it's going to get worse, but we're in good company. Look what they did to Jesus. Just remember, joy comes in the morning!

Blessings! --Romeena

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95872: Hello porch family .wanted to stop by and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone .MDC ..amen to your post #95867 Phil was saying what GODS word from the bible states .Prayers to all ,especially those who have lost loved ones this year .

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95873: Hey All,
Peace on Earth they sang on high
And pointed to where the baby lie;
For peace had come to mark the Son,
Salvation now offered to everyone.
Peace had come to capture hearts
No longer man need be apart;
And as I bowed my head to pray,
Peace entered in there to stay.
Peace on Earth what more is there,
To a shattered life-one in despaie;
To a soul once lost now filled with love,
Peace was granted me from God above.


December 21, 2013 - Msg 95874:
Amen Tom, we do indeed possess the "peace that passes all understanding!"
Hi MD, good to see you, and Merry Christmas to you too my friend.
Have a good day!

December 21, 2013 - Msg 95875: Thank you for the poem, TOM. I loved it.


December 21, 2013 - Msg 95876: Busy day for all?

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95877:
OK, here is my 12 days of "Mayberry" Christmas for
this year. Similar ro last, with a few minor changes:
On the 12th day of Christmas, Mayberry gave to me,
12 Andy prospects,
11 tipsy ladies,
10 quarts of pickles,
9 carp a leapin',
8 Tucker spark plugs,
7 calls to Juanita,
6 singin' Darlings,
4 Merry Men,
3 baby birds,
2 fun girls,
and a Sheriff with his Barney M.D.!

Ho ho ho MDC

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95878:
ro last? try "to" last

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95879: Good one MDC...Those "Jumping Carp" must be the ones I hear about that came from China that will jump right into your boat!

My Christmas List...
Asa, a new tool belt.
Romeena, a pair of "dangly" ear rings.
Boo, a Autographed poster of "Fog Horn Leg Horn".
SPOT, a new sign for the dog house...SPOT & Martha
TOM, a "Gunney" Sargent hat & stripes.
MDC, one of those coffee table books of WW2 aircraft.
Poor Horatio, a sign for his mail box that just says: "Whole Boy". (unless they go to that neighborhood mail box thing)
Possum, a new rock (a piece of Mt. Airy granite)
Big Maude, the book, "Dancing with Maude"
Lucy, a "Georgia Bulldog" shirt
Sterling, a Green Bay Packer "Cheese Head" hat.
Auh2o, a "Win with Barry" poster (autographed).
Mr. Sawyer, a "T" shirt: "Porch Rocker"
Floyd, new clippers, and one of those things that measure sideburns.
Last but not least....REV, My utmost Gratitude to have called you a friend! You are TRUELY missed my Brother!

I'll sign off with one of REV's "Favorites"....
"Have a Jesus filled Day".....

Goober Fife..........

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95880: Morning, y'all! Nice poem, Tom & I loved MDC's "!2 Days of Christmas" & G-F's Christmas list-awesome,guys!
Stopping by to leave a birthday cake on the Porch because today is the talking dog's 54th birthday!
Happy Birthday Spotty!!

possum under a rock

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95881: ... And a possum in a pear tree!

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95882: Thank you Goober Fife for the "Porch Rocker" T-shirt. Mr. Sawyer

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95883: I loved your Christmas list, G-F, and MDC's 12 days of Christmas. :)

Happy Birthday, SPOT!

"...and God bless us all...every one!"~Tiny Tim

Better get ready for preachin'


December 22, 2013 - Msg 95884: SPOT....YES, YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!!
I'm just sayin'.........
(54? how many years is that in Dog years)??? Just curious....


December 22, 2013 - Msg 95885: Hi All.
Happy Birthday Spot every a good one


December 22, 2013 - Msg 95886:
Happy birthday SPOT! I'll get you a new collar transmitter! ha
GF--great gifts, but does my coffee table book have flip down legs? lol
Prayers for REV's family and for Spot, and others.
God bless,

December 22, 2013 - Msg 95887: Good Sabbath porch.
Enjoyed this years rendition of 12 days of Christmas MDC Very excellent.
And what a nice list GF. A fellow can never have enough tool belts. That is because a fellow can have enough tools. Kinda like wimmin can't have enough shoes. ;) (just funnin ladies)
Our Granddaughter sang a solo in Church today. Did a bang up job for a 7 year old. Made me cry in a good way.

Happy Birthday Spot. Hope it's a good one.

Merry Christmas Possum. Hope you are well.

Gonna watch A Christmas Carol tonight. I'll watch the one that has Reginald Owen as Scrooge. Then on Christmas eve we watch the one with Alistir Simm. I just love that show. I have already watched the one with George C. Scott. Plus just finished reading it like I do every year.

Glad your family is on the mend Boo.

Prayers for all.


December 22, 2013 - Msg 95888: MDC...Flip down legs, AND arresting tail hook for those high speed landings..

December 23, 2013 - Msg 95889: Merry Christmas to all from possum's rock!!!

( Check out my "Mayberry" post on my FB page)

possum under a rock

December 23, 2013 - Msg 95890: Merry Christmas you old building and loan. Merry Christmas front porch. GEORGE BAILEY

December 23, 2013 - Msg 95891:
Looks like all porchsters are out and about.
For you relative "new" porchsters, when pappabear was a reg'lar here we would outfit his brown truck
with skis. So I hauled it out of the barn, Gomer tuned it up, and we are ready to go for tommow night's run!
Merry Christmas George! :)
Merry Christmas Possum! Will do.
Storms in the east. I hope power is restored soon,
and prayers for those in the Kentucky flooding.
God's peace to all!

December 23, 2013 - Msg 95892: Ha ha. I actually have one of those, G-F.(Cheesehead hat) Never worn. :)

Are any of you porchsters on Twitter? I bit the bullet and signed up. I was just too fascinated when I saw you could have conversations with celebrities sometimes(or at least, a tweet or two). I thought that might be cool.
I did already receive a reply to one of my postings from Eric Braeden. He plays Victor Newman on The Young And The Restless.
Yeah, I know, a soap opera. What's a guy like me watching soaps, you are probably asking.
Well, I haven't been watching too much recently, but I used to be really into Y&R. I can blame my brother for that one.
You see, back in the 80's when my brother was going to college, he would come home for holidays and the summer, and he would always watch Y&R(I guess it was a college thing). Well, when I wasn't out riding my bike or terrorizing the neighborhood in other ways, I would sometimes watch it with him.
At first I kidded him about it, but as time went on I got interested in the characters and storylines, and pretty soon I was watching it myself even when he didn't come home.
That was the only soap I ever got into. I tried watching a couple others, but they didn't interest me as much or for very long.
So anyway, when I got on Twitter, I was trying to find some celebrities that I remembered watching long ago, and one of them that came up was Eric Braeden, and surprisingly, he had a twitter account, so I started "following" him(to those who don't know, that's like when you "Friend" someone on Facebook - it just means, you receive notices of that persons' Tweets. So no, I am not a stalker. :)

There are some other celebs I am following, like Mr. T, William Shatner, and of course, the Duck Dynasty guys. They have been receiving a lot of attention and support lately, for good reason.
I am trying to remember some TAGS folks who might be on Twitter so I can find them. It's sad that a lot of the people I would have like to have talked to have already passed on.

If you happen to be on, look me up. I as usual am using the same handle.:)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 24, 2013 - Msg 95893: Well, I'm kinda flabbergasted (did I spell that right)...Sterling, as Clark Griswold said in "Christmas Vacation," "If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised". LOL Who know you liked Y&R? I used to watch it in highschool, during summer break and I liked it. Havent watched it since but I know who Victor Newman is! :) I have never done Twitter, though. If I ever decide to, I will certainly look you up.

Well, its Christmas Eve morning and I have a fire in the fireplace, the lights are all plugged in, the coffee is ready, and I am about to wake mom. She will be ready for coffee soon. Better git!

Merry Christmas!


December 24, 2013 - Msg 95894: MERRY CHRISTMAS, PORCH!! Not much going on here, will go out to David and Brittney's house this afternoon, with Eloise and Jerry. Brittney's brother is here from Michigan, with his elderly golden retriever (Chloe) and a three-month-old golden puppy. With Bentley, and Brittney's two cats (Lucy and Ricky) and Toye Starr, we're going to have a furry Christmas! I imagine Toye Starr will spend a good deal of time in my lap. She and Bentley are best friends, the cats ignore her, and Chloe pretty much does so as well, but the puppy is going to want to play. She's too young to know how to play gently, and is probably at least four times Toye Starr's size. So, as I said, I'll probably have a lapdog all evening, or worse. She may very well just climb up and sit on my shoulder! She does that when the lap isn't high enough to get her out of reach. She may give a little warning growl, which will probably be ignored by an exuberant puppy, and she will not follow it up with a snap. A growl is as threatening as she gets, so she'll likely spend a lot of time on my shoulder. No problem!

Well, better get rounded up. Still got to get dressed, and wrap two more presents. Have a wonderful Christmas eve, friends. I'm thinking about how beautiful it must be in Heaven tonight, and our dear REV will be in that choir! --Romeena

December 24, 2013 - Msg 95895: MERRY CHRISTMAS to my porch family!
Big Maude

December 24, 2013 - Msg 95896: MAUDE....That's EXACTLY what I was going to say...Like Barney said to Andy...

Please keep all those in prayer who find this time of the year difficult, much pain & sadness in the world you never know what the person next to you is dealing with.

Boo, Give Bernie & Thelma Lou a couple of those Christmas cookies.

Romeena...Wonder if REV has his own pew in Heaven? Maybe he'd sing "The Old Rugged Cross" for G-F it's my favorite! Speaking of that, my buddy gave me a wooden cross that was made from the old church where the song was wrote and 1st performed in 1913.


Here is a special Christmas song that I like.
I think I have posted it before, but not sure.
It is "sung by JOSEPH", showing his perspective on the whole unfolding scene! Enjoy.
The brown truck has started it's rounds with pappabear at
the helm. :)

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95898: Well Merry Christmas to all From me and Miss Martha...has good services last night and then it was work for me at midnight...but covered a shift of co worker that has a small girl...he was gona help santa with the gifts (wink) I did not mind covering for him...well its about 6am...geaded home then to snooze and enjoy this wonderful till sat...prayers and lets all get out there today and try to act like somebody...and tell a stranger Merry Christmas ! SPOT

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95899: Spot, You're a prince of a fella!
If there are any strangers learking out there...Merry Christmas from the "Porchsters"...

"Just tryin' to act like somebody".........G-F

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95900: "Just don't flaunt that Bible knowledge." :)
Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95901:
Merry Christmas folks!

GF- Glad to see I at least made your nice list, I've been trying extra hard this year.

Peace & Prayers friends,

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95902: Merry Christmas to all-wishing everyone a peaceful,lovely day.

possum under rock

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95903:
Here in the Toronto area, last weekend's ice storm knocked out power for over 350,000 homes. Our yards and streets are filled with ice covered broken tree trunks and branches. Although my house did not lose power, we did lose internet, cable TV and wireless telephone service for three days. The electric company had to bring in extra people from other locations to assist their over burdened crews who are working 24 hours a day. Still there are about 50,000 without power which may not get fixed until this weekend. My vehicle was completely covered in ice. It took me one hour to warm it up and hammer out enough ice to get one door open. Then it took me another hour to get the sheets of ice off the windows. Retailers are concerned since their last minute Christmas sales have dropped significantly. Although the city has opened up multiple warming centers, some people have moved into the local hotels. What a horrible Christmas it has been so far.

from Poor Horatio

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95904: Well, I had a nice post going, and suddenly my monitor started "scrolling" and then it all went away. I think something's wrong with my computer.

Anyway, I was wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and I thank each of you for the support and kindness you've shown me over the years. Some of those years were rough, and you were a very important help as I made it through them. There just aren't any better folks anywhere!

MDC, that song is beautiful. I've always had a deep interest in Joseph, the shadow man, never given a lot of attention, but still, an amazing person. He was asked to believe the unbelievable, to accept a pregnant girl as his wife, and to raise her son as his own. I guess it helped that an angel spoke to him, but he could have considered that a dream and disregarded it. This song would have fit beautifully into the Christmas pageants my church used to present (some years it was even televised locally). I'm forwarding it to my email list. Thanks!

Spot, that was a very kind thing for you to do, to cover the Christmas Eve shift for that young dad. I've worked enough holidays to know how difficult it can be. At our hospital, often the Jewish employees would offer to cover for the Christians on Christmas, which I thought was extremely kind of them. I can't really say we returned the favor though, because mostly we had no idea when their high holidays were. They were not vocal about it, but everyone knows when Christmas is, so they just did it. I've seen our Jewish doctors pushing housekeeping carts, and serving food in the cafeteria line! How kind is that!

Well, I'm off to Eloise's house, for our Christmas dinner. She's doing a tenderloin, and then on Saturday, I'll cook a traditional Christmas dinner, with turkey and all the usual stuff. So - we have two Christmas dinners. Not a bad deal!

Blessings, friends, and a very Merry Christmas to you all. And God bless us, every one! --Romeena

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95905: Sorry PH, sounds like the "Ice Man Cometh" maybe I should have gotten ya a big bag of Lake Erie salt...(big salt mines under Lake Erie) for those who did not know that. Hope you thaw out soon!


December 25, 2013 - Msg 95906: Wow! My prayers for all those still without power, Poor Horatio. That's terrible, especially since you stated it might not be on until this weekend??! I remember having ice storms but nowhere near that bad. I hope you and the rest of the people of Toronto can find some joy focusing on the true story of Christmas this year.

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95907:
Thanks for all the well wishes folks. To cheer me up, watching the following video does it for me.

from Poor Horatio

December 25, 2013 - Msg 95908:
And for those who want to sing a long or need a translation, view the following video

from Poor Horatio