February 23, 2014 - Msg 96743: Good Sabbath to all!

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96744: My goodness, Sterling! All the outside Christmas stuff was still up? I wonder if someone is ill, or maybe somebody passed, and the family hasn't been able to deal with it. Makes you wonder...

Well, my tree is completely bare, but still standing in the living room. After Brittney and I and the boys finished stripping it and putting the ornaments away, I was able to determine why two branches had been drooping so badly. The plastic ring that they're attached to has broken in half, allowing the whole layer of branches on that side to droop down. So, since the tree was really quite expensive, and this is just its fourth year, David said we're taking it back to the Noel store and ask them to repair it. I agree with him. He bought it, paid much more for it than I thought he should have, but it was the only tree of its kind in captivity. Also, the "pre-lit" lights have been going out with annoying regularity. He plans to ask them to re-string it as well. I'm sure we'll have to pay for the lights, but I'm hoping they'll give us a break on the labor part of it. I think they should, and if I know my son, he'll get it done. He's very good at convincing people they want to do the right thing, and everyone remains friends. I'm considering using LED lights on it, if we can get the soft white ones. The bright whites, on that white tree, would just be too shockingly bright, I think. I know LEDs are costly, but it's getting pretty expensive, not to mention nerve-wracking, to be constantly replacing the incandescents. Anyway, he's free on Monday, and we'll spend the day getting the tree fixed, so next year it won't be a whippin' just to get the thing decorated. I want to do it now, because the Noel store will probably be pretty slow right now, and more likely to cooperate with us. I hope so, anyway. I plan to just stand there and watch my son in action, and keep my mouth shut.

Please keep my dear pastor's wife in your prayers. Her name is Dorothy, and she has just been diagnosed with colon cancer. I have no details as to staging, treatment or anything else, this is very new. She's a dear soul, and my pastor is definitely God's man, and I love them both.

Well, I'm off to bed. Preachin' comes early in the morning. Toye Starr says "Blessings, y'all!" --Romeena

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96745: I hope you all don't fall asleep with Dr. Breen's sermon today. Didn't Barney say something like you can't get enough sin or something about sin after the service ended outside the church with Rev. Tucker and Dr. Breen? Speaking of preachin, that Joel Osteen guy does a good job. Don Yelton

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96746: Thanks again everybody, another rough night, hopefully when I see the Dr. again Monday he does that procedure. I have to go for another xray first with some dye so they can see where it is located.
last time I had one they had to do the procedure, the stone would not give up with-out a fight! So it seems this one is no different. (at least I have Daytona race to watch) Haven't decided who's going to be my driver this year since Mark Martin retired. Sure won't be either of the Bush Bro's....
Romeena, Prayers for Dorothy for sure! I already mentioned that Floyds wife Jan is having back surgery, I think tomorrow, so keep her in our prayers also.... I'm sure you have met her on the cruises right?


February 23, 2014 - Msg 96747: G-F are you going to Dr. Benson, Dr. Peterson, or Dr. Roberts? You might need a specialist from Mt. Pilot or Siler City. Don Yelton

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96748: Don, Maybe I should just go to Wally, It just may be some dirt in my carburetor, he could blow out the dirt and I'd be ready to roll... Except Wally don't work on Sunday, so I'm outa luck....G-F :(

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96749: G-F, as long as you are willing to go that route you might as well ask Goober. He did work on Gilly Walker's carbueretor. I wouldn't ask Gomer though, if you know what I mean. Wink, Wink. Don Yelton

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96750:
Don, weren't you the president of Russia at one time?
Oh wait, that was YeltSON! haha At least he was
a bit more fun-loving than the current one!
GF--maybe old doc andrews is the one for you. :)
Daytona is in a rain delay holding pattern.
RO- prayers for pastor's wife, you bet.

February 23, 2014 - Msg 96751: The Russians have a lie and cheat mentality. It's been that way for a long time over there.

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96752: Hope everyone is doing well. I had a pretty good Sunday. After church, we went to a friend's Special Olympics basketball game. The home team didn't win, but it sure wasn't for lack of trying. Such passion and perseverance!
But I noticed something else while I was watching.
At one point, our team had the ball and was headed down the court to the basket. Well - as sometimes happens in any basketball game - one of our players slipped, or tripped, and fell to the floor. And I watched, amazed and gladdened in my heart, as three or four of the other teammates near him just stopped their drive toward the basket to help the fallen teammate up while the game went on around them(with one of the teams a little player-diminished, of course).
It says so much about these so-called "mentally-disabled, -challenged, or whatever they are called nowadays" people; about where their heads and hearts are at.
I think it also says something about us supposedly "normal" people, because I don't think you would see that in a typical high-school, college, or professional game. And if you did, you would also hear the displeasure from the crowd of whatever team did that that they supported.
But I didn't hear anyone yelling at the players to get back to the game at this one. There was no animosity between players or the teams' supporting crowds. Even that was refreshing.

What I saw were a people who understand that there are more important things at a game THAN the game. And it was heartwarming. I am glad I went.

Have a blessed rest of Sunday, everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96753: Sterling, thank you for that. What a lovely thing to witness, and how thoughtful of you to share it. It starts my day off on a very happy note.

Just stopped for a minute. David is on his way over, to take my Christmas tree to the Noel store to see about getting it fixed. Guess I'd better get dressed, or he'll find me in my ratty old gown. I love ratty old gowns. So soft and comfy! Not very pretty, but who cares? Not Toye Starr, and there's no one else here, so I don't care either. What a great time of life this is! I'm old, I can speak my mind (as long as I don't hurt someone) and I can pretty well do as I please. Don't fear retirement, folks, look forward to it, and embrace it when it comes. --Romeena

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96754: A very good morning to all of you!

Don - Nope, never was a double for Barney. Though we were both pretty thin and if we both wore the deputy uniform and looked at us from behind, you might have been able to tell us apart.

Asa - Thanks for the welcome back! Yeaeaahh...*snort*...*grunt*....that Colts/Chiefs playoff game left me fit to be tied! I was just irate at the end of that game! Talk about BLOWING the game! *grits teeth*

Boo - Them stones are a monster. I sympathize with your husband. I was alone the first time I got them and the pain was so bad, I tried to call my father to come and get me as I couldnt drive and no one was home. I tried and tried and got so mad from the pain, I shattered the receiver of a princess phone when I slammed it down to hang it up. I never got sick, but BOY HOWDY, was that pain un-bear-a-ble!

Sterling - That does sound like a heartwarming scene! Have any of you seen the outpouring of sentiment and sadness regrding that Hailey Owens that was kidnapped and killed in Springfield, MO.? Springfield had a candlelight vigil and it's said around 1ten to twelve THOUSAND people showed up. Poor, poor little girl.

Romeena - Sorry to hear about pastor's wife. Prayers and thoughts sent upwards for her!

MDC - By the way, though I would give you the web address for my Quantrill project if you want to keep up. It's http://josieqscr.blogspot.com

Ok, folks, better wrap up here and get to it. Y'all have a great Monday and I hope you have good things happen! Here's a big ol' pitcher of tea, complete with Solo cups and sugar. Sweeten to your liking. And since I have returned to the Porch....everyone stop by Sonic and grab a drink of your choice on me!

John Masters

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96755: might NOT have been able to tell us apart. ^^^


February 24, 2014 - Msg 96756: Afternoon, everyone! Hope everyone was able to get to Sonic for a thirst chaser.

Have had MeTV for awhile and found the great ol' show, "The Rifleman" with Chuck Connors. Wife and I never miss it and revolve our dinner around it. Too bad you couldnt have actually visited Northfork and sat and chewed the fat with Lucas and town marshal, Micah Torrence. Whole lot of violence for that small town, but wouldbe been nice to visit Lucas and Mark at their ranch.

Whose glad to see the baseball players back at spring training! Hoping for big things from my Royals this year!

Wife and I have taken in a stray or lost cat this morning. We can't keep her, but are looking for her family. Or, at least, someone to give her a good home. She's quite friendly and well groomed.

A good night to all and I'll see ya' tomorrow a.m.

John Masters

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96757: Good afternoon, porch. Well, drat! I called the Noel store yesterday, recording said they are open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 6. David got here around ten, so I called them to let them know we were coming with the tree. No answer, just a recorded greeting, with four options, same thing I heard last night. By 10:30, still no answer. So, finally, I hit a different option, got a different recording which says they're now closed on Sunday AND Monday. Gee, thanks! So, he drove in here (25 miles) for no reason. Still, we had a good day. He installed a new keypad for my garage door opener, and got a new gas bottle for my grill and hooked it up. Then we had a nice lunch and a good visit, so it wasn't wasted, but now he has to come back tomorrow. I guess I'm lucky he had some free time this week. I think he'll be gone most of next week. Handy little gadget, that boy.

I was blessed a little earlier with a whole flock of cedar waxwings in my back yard. Must have been at least fifty of them. They're such beautiful birds, and I love that they travel in flocks like that, so you get to see a bunch of them. They don't hang around, just descend and peck around for a while, then they're gone, but they're lovely while they're here.

The redwing blackbirds have been here in droves as well. They're pretty too, but the interesting thing about them is how the females are so totally different from the males. They're not black at all, but rather are a mottled, streaky brown and beige color. You'd never guess they were a pair. I love nature!

That miserable fish-eating egret is back! I had taken the nets off the pond because he apparently was gone for the winter, but Saturday, he landed near the pond, like a big old monster. I waved near the window and he took off, but he'll be back. David helped me put the nets back in place that day. I'm not going to allow that wretched bird to eat my beautiful little fish! I wish I had a paintball gun. I'd paint his little bird pants for him.

Well, guess I'll go settle in my chair and watch a little TAGS. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96758: I hope everything came out okay today for G-F. It's getting late and he has not stopped by the porch. Don Yelton

February 24, 2014 - Msg 96759: The egret is back, Ro?!! Guess he will just keep coming back as long as he lives. I just hope he doesn't decide to show his offspring how to get there.

Long day but got a lot done that needed doing. Saw mom tonight and she is doing ok.

I have something heavy on my heart tonight. One of Erin's friends (Haley) is a sweet 12 year old who has been living with her grandmother (along with her 10 yr old sister) because her mom is a drug addict. Yesterday the drug addict mom took the kids and ran with them. She is probably on her way back to Oregon. The girls had been under the care of their grandmother for 2 years and have been flourishing. They were in church, singing in the church choir, making good grades in school and now this. I am so concerned for them. Please a prayer that the girls would be ok.


February 25, 2014 - Msg 96760:
Oh my BOO, did they put out an amber alert for them? My prayers are indeed going up.
G-F--You out there? Did all go OK? hope you can
check in soon.
JOHN- thanks for the link. Very cool indeed.
Also, Rifleman was my fav show growing up. I even got
a toy rifleman rifle one Christmas. It got "handed down" to two younger brothers,
and eventually broke. I try to see it a few times a week on METV. Good old shows there.
Race fans-- Earnhart took it!!!
Take care folks,

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96761: Earnhart....good daytona !..METV is a super station...keep it on in the shop...ok let me get settled in here at work...hey Boo,MDC and all...im hungry...SPOT

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96762: Good morning Porch dwellers. Hope you all have a fine and dandy day.

Prayers for Romeena's Pastors wife for sure. I hope they caught it early.

And prayers for Haley. So very sad to see little ones have to deal with that kind of stuff. Why parents can't be responsible is beyond me.

I just wanted to be a public servent here and remind everyone to have batteries on hand so that in a couple of weeks you can put new batteries in your smoke detectors. A friend of mine said a family of 6 lost their lives in Indiana because of defective smoke detectors. And while at it, do the same for your C.O. detectors.And check the date on them as well. They don't last forever and ne to be replaced evrey so many years depending on the manufactuer. A family of 4 in Idaho passed away over the weekend from carbon monoide poisioning. And if you don't have one, please go invest in one. It's a wise investment.

I hope GF gave birth to a stone yesterday. Poor fellow. I hope that is nothing I ever have to deal with.

I have a fever gang! Spring fever. Got up to 62 here yesterday. Beautiful weather. I know we will get more snow, but it's late enough in the season now I know it ain't gonna hang around to long. Better get my golf clubs all shined up by golly. It's time to GOLF!


February 25, 2014 - Msg 96763: Well as I read my post after I posted it I didn't explain well what I meant "in a couple of weeks". Daylight savings is in a couple of weeks and that is when they suggest you replace those batteries. And if you are like me, you have good intentions, but on Saturday night when you are changing the clocks you realize you don't have the batteries on hand. And so you make a mental note to get some the next time you are at the store. And we all know how that goes. You forget, and sure as God made little green apples, in the middle of the night the things start "chirping" warning you of a low battery in one of them. And of course when one chirps, they all chirp, and so you are running around in the middle of the night trying to locate which one you wanna smash with your hammer because your so irritated with the blasted thing. HA! Been there done that.


February 25, 2014 - Msg 96764: Morning all! Thanks for your concerns... According to the Dr. and his tests, I passed the stone. Still not feeling well yet, maybe from all the trauma to the kidney guess I continue with my ginger ale & heating pad for now.

Romeena, sounds like you REgret the "Egret" is back. Maybe you can practice your inner "Annie Oakley" and persuade him to leave with one of those Airsoft bb-guns?

Yep good to see the NASCAR races back, I did not watch it but good to see Jr. win, it's been a while for him. I'll check back later...Thanks Again!....G-F

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96765: Afternoon, All

Very quick drop in.

G-F - YAY! Now just let your body rest and let those muscles in your side recover. if you had them like me, there were NUMEROUS AND MANY spasms you went through! Remember what Dr. Breen said. TAKE..it eaaasy.

Asa - Hey, if you want, I'll drive the golf cart! LOL!

Boo - This child abduction stuff is just nuts. My wife was saying that it seems to be an everyday occurance(sp)!

Good wishes and thoughts to the whole gang! Ro,MDC,TOM,Maude,Sterling,Don, etc...

John Masters

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96766: Hi John: Did you ever coach Leonard Blush? I think Elanora Poultice had him for a student. He had some kind of face issue I heard. G-F, I am glad everything came out okay. Hope you feel better. Don Yelton

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96767: Don - Nope, I believe Leonard Blush was much established before I could have taught him.

Have a great night, everyone!

John Masters

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96768: John Masters, we have a serial r@pist in our town that targets young girls. so far he has gotten 2 of them that I know of, and last week he tried to grab a young girl off the street but she ran from him. I am keeping a close eye on my daughter and she goes nowhere by herself.

Little Haley is still gone..I keep hoping the mom will bring her back. MDC, I don't know what the grandmother has done but the mom still has legal custody so not sure what is being done. Thanks for the prayers, Asa, and it is a sad thing. Drugs make people do things that we just cant understand because the obtaining the drug is the most important thing in an addict's life.


February 25, 2014 - Msg 96769: Hey, where is Roweena today? I am dying to hear what the shop owner told her to do with that broken down tree? Don Yelton

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96770:
HI all. Hope you had a good day.
Prayers still continue for the many situations.
My porch family is one of a kind!
Thank you to Floyd for letting us continue to
get together like this.
Sweet dreams to all!

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96771: Nite HONey, nite DEAR! :)

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96772: I'm right chere! Dave and Brittney came over, I made an executive decision and we stripped the tree of its lights, working or not. Just got the old nippers out, started cutting wires, and stripped it down. That way, we could take the middle section off, and only have to deal with the bottom part, which is where the broken limb ring is located. We bundled it up, and being reduced in size like that, it fit in the trunk of my car. We called Jerry and Eloise (Brittney's parents and my dear friends) and we all went to North Dallas with the tree. They are going to replace that broken ring, as well as the other rings on that section, with new ones which are still plastic, but are metal-reinforced. The upper sections will be fine, the limb are smaller and not that heavy. I'll pick up that bottom section when they're finished, and store it with the rest of the tree until August. At that time, the store's stringing crew will be back at work, and I'll decide whether to have them restring the tree, or whether to do it myself. I will likely let them do it. They charge $7 a string, and that sounds like a bargain to me. I've had way more experience than I ever wanted in lighting a tree, especially this kind. It duplicates a spruce or a noble fir, with the limbs lying in layers, and the spaces between the layers are open right into the trunk. Therefore, you can see any wire that crosses from one layer to another. The wiring has to be done very carefully, or all you see is a cobweb of wires! Each limb is more or less "wrapped" - from the trunk out to the tip and back to the trunk, then over to the next limb. When it's done right, the wires are virtually invisible.

I'm considering using LED lights. They'll last a bit longer than incandescents, I hope. They're a bit too bright for my taste, but I'll shop around. New things are coming out all the time. My goodness, what a to-do over a Christmas tree. I've always loved the tree though, and Dale was so very indulgent over the years regarding my trees, I guess I'm just spoiled. Anyway, it will give me something to do during the year, and keep me off the streets! ;)

Well, better get to bed. I've got an ESL class to teach in the morning. I think we'll cover a little punctuation, and maybe possessive pronouns, specifically the difference between "its" and "it's". We talked about contractions last week, so they're curious about the various functions of an apostrophe. Also, they told me last week they want to work more on writing English. They're all so nice, and I'm really enjoying this. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 25, 2014 - Msg 96773: That's "limbs" are smaller, up there. I've got to get rid of this keyboard. It's sticky, and sometimes just touching a key doesn't activate it, I have to really hit it hard. Consequently, quite often letters get missed. I've got the new keyboard, just haven't installed it. Mostly a matter of putting it on my desk, I think! --Romeena

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96774:
RO- If I may make a suggestion...when you re-string (or have it done)I suggest that you do the two sections separately with a green "three outlet" cord going up the middle. That way you can take it apart if need be without having to cut wires to do so. Instead you just pull the plugs from the center extension cord that lines up with the section break. Does that make sense?

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96775: Hello Romeena: I would go with the LED lights. It seems like a good advancement in lighting nowadays. I don't know how they are made but they seem more durable and can squeeze the most amount of light from the least amount of energy. And they seem to last forever. I have a certain flashlight that I keep away from everybody either because they don't return it when they use it or just leave it on. It has 9 LED bulbs and I swear I don't change the batteries that often. Don Yelton

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96776: Good morning! That makes perfect sense, MDC. The tree is actually in three sections, and that's how it was originally wired, in principal. They didn't use extension cords, however. The lights they used had a long "leader" between the plug and the first light, and that was just dropped down alongside the trunk, then two more strings were plugged end-to-end into each of those. The problem began when I started replacing strings - I've replaced about ten. (No way should that many lights have gone out on a four-year-old tree.) Since the lights I was putting on were much longer than the ones I was taking off, I ended up with several feet of lights that had to go somewhere, and I crossed the boundaries between sections, several times. At three in the morning, you just get the danged things on the tree! One reason I just cut them out was because it was much easier to get them off by cutting them at intervals, and mostly, I was forcing myself to commit to replacing everything. I don't trust a single string that was on that tree, and I wanted to put myself in the position of seriously considering LED.

As for LEDs, Don, that's probably what I'll do. So far, they're a little too bright and "icy" for my taste, but I'll keep looking. The biggest problem is finding them with white wires, which I must have. There are some, but they're not the right kind of lights. They're the little "fairy" lights, very tiny, like a firefly. I'll keep looking.

It occurs to me that I'm truly blessed. When the lights on a Christmas tree merit that much attention from me, I guess my life must be going along pretty well. Even the two days spent trying to solve the problem were a joy. I had so much fun with Dave and Brittney, and Eloise and Jerry. I know our "in-law" situation is rare, and I'm very grateful for it. Also, our kids seem to enjoy being with us, and often initiate the time we spend together. God is good.

Blessings! --Romeena

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96777: Hi Romeena: Why is your situation with "in-law" rare? Also, what did you feed them for lunch? Seems like you cook a lot for the kids. Don Yelton

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96778: I have a interview today with Ed Krumpacker. Wish me luck. Don Yelton

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96779: Hi, porch. I'm back from teaching, all went well. What a lovely group of folks, so warm and kind. I have five women and one man in the class. They're so eager to learn, so respectful of the "teacher" (ha!) and we have fun. It's all so informal, we answer to no one but ourselves. Today, I decided to work on the use of an apostrophe. We've been working on the use of contractions, such as "I'll, I've, can't, won't", things like that. Today we used the apostrophe to show possession, and we talked about the difference between "its" and "it's." That's probably the worst misuse of the apostrophe in English. You'll even see it in the newspapers and sometimes in books, where someone has used "it's", meaning possession. I've done it myself - it just feels like it should take an apostrophe, but it doesn't. We covered possessive pronouns, and noted how none of them use an apostrophe.

There's one woman who is fairly fluent in English, and she very quietly translates for those who speak little or no English, so they can begin to get an idea of what we're saying. We've begun to sort of work together that way. I'll say something in English, Veronica repeats it in Spanish, and I say it again in English, then if it's appropriate, I let the class repeat the English. They learn that way, because they know what they're saying. Just to have them parrot the English and not know what they're saying would teach nothing.

Don, David is my son and Brittney is his wife. Eloise and Jerry are Brittney's parents, and what is unusual about the in-law thing is that Eloise is my closest friend, my runnin' buddy, like a sister to me. I think very few co-mothers-in-law have that relationship, but we clicked from the beginning. I've known them for nearly forty years, as we were all in the same church, but it's a big church, and they were in a different Sunday School department, so while we knew each other's names, we were just acquaintances, not close friends. David and Brittney grew up in the church, have known each other since they were three years old, but didn't date until they were in their 20s. They had been dating just a couple of weeks when my husband died very suddenly, so he never got to know that they got married. He would have loved Brittney! She's a precious girl, a perfect wife to my son, and a wonderful mother to their two boys. Eloise and I share the grandsons, no competition there, we just all have a great friendship. I would be very lonely without them. They include me in everything, and I do the same when I'm planning something. God has been very good.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up some lunch. I think I've got the leftovers to swing it! --Romeena

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96780: Rommeena, It's good to see that "In-laws" don't have to be "Out-laws"....

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96781:
Ed Krumpacker, Ed Krumpacker, is that all you can think about, Ed Krumpacker?
MDC :)

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96782:
Have a good evening friends.
Jesus is always my Rock!
(tho he don't hide no possums there) ha
Love you all,

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96783:
SPOT, i saw you pic on FB. What, no mullet? :)

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96784: Hi Porch: I heard on the radio today that Danville, Indiana is going to have a "Mayberry Days". I forget the dates now. Don Yelton

February 26, 2014 - Msg 96785: MDC: Sometimes I think about Helen Crump. Krumpacker and Crump. If Helen Crump married Ed Krumpacker, she would be Helen Krumpacker. Don Yelton

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96786: I gotta say that Mayberry is a hard working town. This past week I seen Asa working in the daytime at the bank and at nights at Weavers department store. And the guy that printed Goobers raffle tickets (with Rob Reiner) working a second job at the clothing store selling Opie a blue suit for the dance. Don Yelton

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96787: Morning gang..well this is the south...70 one week...snow the next and back hot and now low 20"s...jeeze...hey Boo,Romeena,possum,GF,MDC,asa,JM,sterling,Don,maude and all the gang...all good at the dog house..we need to plan a barn dance for this weekend...gona be 70 Sunday....we can all bring a dish...those who want to stay can sleep in the camper....lets plan...well yall all get out there to day and act like somebody...prayers to all in need...SPOT

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96788: Yes, God is good Ro. I never thought about it but He knew that Dale would be coming home and He saw what a comfort Brittney's family would be for you in the years to come. How wonderful. I'm so glad.

Well, been taking care of Bruce who had a stomach bug this week. Seemed like a mild one..but spraying bleach on everything! I really don't want it.

Had some cousins from Michigan drop down into south texas for a surprise visit to see Mom yesterday, so will be spending some time with them today. They were in the Ft Worth area visiting a nephew and decided they were just too close to not make the trip down. That is one good thing that has come out of mom's fall, we have seen relatives that we love and don't get to see often and I think its just great that they have the wisdom to realize that NOW is the time for a visit, while mom is still with us.

Better git! Gotta get Erin off to school. Can you believe there is a little bit of ice on things here this morning?


February 27, 2014 - Msg 96789: Happy Thursday porch, cold on my end of the porch this morning but the sun is shining!

just working along this week, been a pretty good week for the most part.

thankfully we have avoided the stomach bug around my house as well as any major sickness. hopefully we will continue to do so.

looks like the porch as been busy this week.I don't always take the time to rock but I do drop by to see how everyone is doing.

lunch today will be: fried chicken, potato salad,
SLAW, rolls. brownies for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

everyone have a blessed day. Prayers all around.
Big Maude

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96790: Maude I made me a plate for tomorrow lunch...good stuff...just how do you do it?....SPOT

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96791:
Dan Yelton, to add to what you already posted, the Mayberry festival in Danville Illinois is scheduled for May 16 through May 18, 2014. Click on http://www.visitdowntowndanville.com/mayberry-in-the-midwest-festival/ for more information.

from Poor Horatio

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96792: I already have my motel reservations and planning to go. It's about 5 1/2 hrs away from me.


February 27, 2014 - Msg 96793: Just a F.Y.I. Danville is just west of Indianapolis. They also are doing a event in Westminister SC. earlier in the month (May). The info is on the TAGS event site....G-F again

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96794: MAYBERRY COMES TO WESTMINISTER 2014


February 27, 2014 - Msg 96795:
Cool! Sounds like our Floyd will be getting around.
And you too G-F--should be fun.
DON-- here's a good one for ya: In what ep did Barney say "Ever seen an indian with an ulcer?"
Also, same ep, what's a 1-1-5 code for? :)
RO- did you make it to the tree store?
We are suppose to get RAIN Saturday!! Yippee, we sure need it!

February 27, 2014 - Msg 96796: Hello MDC: I am thinking you really know your Marberry trivia. I will take a wild guess and say that it was the episode where Andy was telling Barney to be careful about investments? Let me know the ep. I have to watch it now. Don Yelton

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96797: Good Friday morning all. Hope you are all doing well. G-F, I hope you are all recovered from your event buddy.

Can't stay. Very busy.


February 28, 2014 - Msg 96798:
Don Yelton, the episode where Andy discusses investing with Barney is from the Mayberry On Record episode.
Watch the first 4.5 minutes of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yFvy7nm8Ys
It also includes the "which way is the buffalo facing" nickel dialogue.

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96799: Good morning, Porch!

Been quite busy and away from computer.

Dang....missed Maude's lunch again. I hate when I do that.

Best to PH,Don,Ro,MDC,SPOT,TOM,Boo,Maude and the whole Hee Haw gang! LOL!

Y'all have a good day!

John Masters

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96800:
Maudie, you sure know how to lay out quite a spread!
DON-it is in Aunt Bee's Medicine Man, after Andy and barney check out his sales wagon on the street. I like to actually write down interesting lines from the show. I also like the Colonel's answer when aunt bee asks him what time the indians go to bed. Funny stuff, IMHO. :)
ASA-- very PC of you..."event!" ha
John-glad to see you back on your rocker, tho I don't think you were ever "off your rocker!" lol
God bless,

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96801:
MDC, according to Aunt Bee's Medicine Man ( viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht-ZvLBe3_I ), the question "Have you ever known an Indian with ulcers?" occurs at 7:45. And at 08:55, Barney reminds Andy that a 1-1-5 is parking next to a hydrant.

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96802: Okay guys, if you're so smart what are the numbers or police code for parking in front of a horse trough? John Masters should know this. Don Yelton

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96803: Haha Asa, I could do with-out any more of those "events"! Had tests today to make sure of proper flow, ya know, a guy's gotta go or there would be a show.. E-I-E-I-O... and the Dr. said: "Pay the dough" Joe! Sorry, that's the best I could do today.... still off my game some.


February 28, 2014 - Msg 96804: I think I am looking for the code for dippin your hat in a horse trough.

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96805: The code for dipping your hat in the horse trough is a 907. Now, dont keep bringing that up. I get the hives thinking about it. I already had them once when they snunk their way into the hotel! *darned itching*

John Masters

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96806: Ok, we're playing trivia, huh? Here's a good one...when the Darlings all climbed into the hotel window, Briscoe said they were all. Charlene corrected him by saying that __________ was still down there. Who hadn't climbed up the rope yet??

Have a great weekend, everyone. Will try to get by the porch first chance I get, but might be too busy to get chere. I know, I know.....rush, rush, rush. I'm not heeding Dr. Breen's words.

Y'all mull my trivia question.

John Masters

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96807: Brisoce said they were all THERE ^^^^^


February 28, 2014 - Msg 96808: Oather?

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96809: Other.

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96810: Oether...The rest of the boys..Jebbin,Ward,Frankie

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96811: Do I get my award?

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96812: Howdy, porch. John Masters, I believe that Charlene told him that Owther (owe-ther) was still down there. Briscoe replied, "Oh, so he is. I hadn't noticed. Not much personality, that boy." Or something to that effect. By the way, if anybody has another idea on how to spell that boy's name, I'm listenin'.

Eloise and I just spent about an hour in Lowe's, mousing around. I had an idea for making some permanent anchors for my pond net, and I think it's going to work just fine, and be pretty besides. What I have now is effective, but definitely not pretty. I bought the supplies to build a prototype, and Ted will come by one afternoon and we'll get it done. Shouldn't take long.

Well, my back is very tired and ache-y, guess I'll go sit down for a while. Blessings! --Romeena

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96813: Wow. You folks got in ahead of me with that answer. I had it written, just hadn't posted yet, got sidetracked with something else. I like your spellings of the name, much better than mine. --Romeena

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96814:
I see that someone has already posted the answer to John Master's question. The Darlings were named Oether, Jebbin, Ward, and Frankie on The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS). It was Oether, the mandolin player, who had not climbed up through the window yet when Charlene corrected Briscoe.

I have two more TAGS trivia questions for everyone.
#1 - The four musicians that made up the Darlings did something in the Darlings Are Coming episode that they did not do in any other TAGS episode. What did they do?
#2 - Maggie Peterson (who played Charlene Darling) initially auditioned for a different role on TAGS. She lost the audition because the producers believed she was better suited to play Charlene Darling. What TAGS character was she rejected for that went to another person?

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96815: 1. Spoke 2. Andy's girlfriend. Don Yelton

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96816:
Don Yelton, your answer #1 is correct. But answer #2 is not complete. Andy had more than one girlfriend. Which one?

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96817: I am going to quess Miss Ellie. Don Yelton

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96818: Guess.

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96819:
Congratulations to Don Yelton for having answered both of my trivia questions correctly.

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96820: ...and Don Pardo tell Mr. Yelton what he has won....
An all expense paid trip to Meyers Lake and a "All you can Eat" boiled Dinner down at the firehouse and a FREE sideburn trim @ Floyds Barber Shop!

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96821: Awesome. Thank you front porch. To me this would be a real cool vacation. To most people they would think I would be kidding. Don Yelton

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96822:
Ahem ... Don Yelton, did you read the fine print concerning your prizes?
Notice that the all expense trip pays only for going TO Meyers Lake, not the return to your home town.
And the dinner only pays for the appetizers.
Finally, the sideburn trim must be performed by a student barber. So be sure to bring along some bandages and mercurochrome. And make sure your medical insur@nce is up to date.

from Poor Horatio

February 28, 2014 - Msg 96823: ....and for Romeena & Poor Horatio you get a parting gift, a "Free" tire air change-over at Wally's Service. Get that old "Winter" air replaced with some New "Spring" air. It makes those tires roll better don't ya know! (Yes, this was a Dad trick at the Pure Oil Station) Yep, I was gullible....G-F

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96824: Hello G-F: Was your Dad a worker or a owner at the "Pure"? Don Yelton

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96825:
trouble check

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96826:
Lots of neat Pure Oil stuff on ebay:

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96827: Nice. I thought they were a pre something or other of UNION76 Don Yelton

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96828: Yes, Dad was a owner of a Pure Station which was bought out in the late 60's by Union 76 of California. I worked the family business until I got out of High school when I went a different direction. (I like repairing things but not cars!)

MDC Thanks, I check items on e-bay often, but those gas & oil collectors have DEEP pockets but I have purchased a few items for my collection.

G-F..... (preparing for yet ANOTHER winter storm)

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96829: it going to be a bad one
like three storm in one this time around G F .
I hope we well not have to called on SPOT forhelp of the power go out.

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96830:
G-F, are you saying I am entitled to a free air change for my tires? Yeehaw!! Is this just for the four tires on my car or does it also include the spare tire I have around my waistline?
This is almost as good at the kind of service I receive at my local service station. They offer a special tire rotation package where they jack up my car on a lift, then manually rotate each tire. This hardly takes any time since they never have to remove the tires or lug nuts from the axle. I tell you my car runs much smoother after having this done. So it is worth the $99.95 they charge me. The only thing that bothers me is why do they always laugh when I order this service?

Hang in there TOM. Spring is only three weeks away. And in a few months, you will be complaining about the summer heat. Also, make sure you have good batteries in your flashlights.

I was watching the news earlier this week and heard about some strange thefts being committed here in Canada. Because recycling firms are offering higher prices for used copper, some people are actually removing the copper wires in street lights. One city is planning to replace the copper wires in all of their street lights with an alternative that is not as valuable. Shocking news in more ways than one, huh?

from Poor Horatio

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96831: Greetings, Porch!

Well, I see my trivia question wasn't too hard! Had a chance to drop by and didn't want to pass it up. For those of you in the path of this winter storm, buckle up, could be a doooozy! Here in Kansas City, we are expecting sleet at any moment with the big stuff rolling in later. Don't think my Royals will get in any spring training game in Arizona. They were expecting downpours all day long.

Hope you are all well and having a good day so far! Get back as soon as I can. Better go get a Sonic slush or mixed pop on me before this weather hits!

See ya' soon!

John Masters

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96832: PH, We have had a lot of problems with copper stealing too. They are breaking into sub-stations going after the big stuff. But after a few got the shock of their short life, so most went back to breaking into houses for copper plumbing & wiring. There was a scrap yard close to work that catered to the crack-heads and wino's who needed cash for their next "fix". You would wonder why the police did not question how a guy just comes upon a shopping cart full of copper wire & piping? I guess they figure they are electricians & plumbers with a low overhead operating cost? Curious, just curious....

MDC...Save us some good seats for the race..

Boo.... So how's things at the funny farm? Are the 2 Jacque A$$'s getting along ok? As long as Thelma Lou likes being the "Mother Figure" things should go ok....


March 01, 2014 - Msg 96833:
JOHN--both the ST games and the race are ON at this point. The "big rain storm" has turned out to be a few scattered showers. We need the rain tho, so I hope the clouds "re-group!" ha
TOM--Spot pretty busy this winter, eh?
PH-- when the "hand-rotate" those tires, do they at least turn them three revolutions. If so, then it is well worth the $99.00!!! LOL
G-F--did you make charge for air and water? :)