September 09, 2014 - Msg 98990: Morning folks just a quick check point chickie to get the day started.

looks like I am the first one up today.

In honor of a brand new Krispy Kreme doughnut shop opening here, this morning I am bringing a large assortment of doughnuts for breakfast.
Hot and fresh from their store, coffee, tea, orange juice, milk as well. eat em up.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

September 09, 2014 - Msg 98991: Oh and I even took time to sweep and tidy things up.
Big Maude

September 09, 2014 - Msg 98992: Thanks for cleaning up Maude, MDC would do it but he has a cleaning project at home to do. Hope it is going well MDC, water sure can make a mess out of things.
I'm finishing up on some wiring in my "Mayberry/Family" room in the basement. Then I have to hang the drywall for the ceiling, all I need are some muscles & a truck to pick it up, of which I have neither! They will deliver for $20.00 so I guess I'll "Pay the Man!" My Son will supply the muscles I'll do the installation.
It will be my "Happy Place" along with all my Mayberry Treasures! Next purchase will be the "Lazy Boy" recliner, I don't like the term "Lazy Boy" so I'll just call it "The Wheeler" instead, How about that? I may be slower, but I ain't LAZY, just a little less motivated than before to be politically correct.


September 09, 2014 - Msg 98993: A "Wheeler" GF? I like that. Or maybe a "Brown" with an "E".

Hope MDC is drying out. That storm washed out I-15 between St. George Utah and Las Vegas. A main truck route shut down for 3 or 4 days.

Getting a little rain here, but not as much as down south.

Well gotta get. Time to call it a day.

Thanks for the vittles Big Maude


September 09, 2014 - Msg 98994:
Breaker, breaker, this here's the MDC "duck" swimmin' along I-15, come on. (:

September 10, 2014 - Msg 98995: I'm thinkin' MDC (Like his kin folk) may have to make one of those "General Robert E. Lee" Natural bridges to get out of his driveway. Hope things are getting better for you, it looked bad from the news around here. At least tell them how to make one across the section of I-15 that Asa was talking about.
Just what did you guys do to tick O'l Mother Nature off?

Maude, How about some of those hot fresh from the grease Krispy Kremes? I'll bring the coffee & tea.

Romeena, How is the rat situation coming along? Maybe you need to watch Bill Murray in "Caddie Shack" and get some ideas. I suppose a rat and a gopher are a lot alike since they are both rodents. Or call the "Turtleman" (I think he did some episodes on rat removal)that is one crazy dude!

Better find something productive to do, yep go out and feed the squirrels & turtle.


September 10, 2014 - Msg 98996: Hi porch family! Sorry I have been scarce, but been busy and my morning routine isn't what it used to be. It used to be my habit to grab a cup of coffee and log on to the porch every morning, but it just hasn't been working out that way the last few weeks. Seems like everything changed during the summer. I still think of all of you often and will check in more often.

Have to go get Erin from school but will read the archives to see what I missed later and will check back in.


September 10, 2014 - Msg 98997: Afternoon Porch. Good to see you Boo. I am sorry you are unable to come sit with us more often. I know life can get busy at times. Unlike GF, who gets to sit back in his "Wheeler" and give great Dave Browne like thinking to every job he encounters. :) (jk GF, I'm envious)

Beautiful weather here today. Bright sunny skies. with a hint of Fall in the air. 72 degrees this afternoon. Well it's just perfect is what it is.

Guess I'll head for home and pick some corn for supper tonight. Getting down to the end of it. Now that's sad. But them peaches are sure good. I ain't got no choice but to eat them standing over the sink. Talk about juicy.

Prayers for all.


September 10, 2014 - Msg 98998: Asa, I don't have my "Wheeler" quite yet, still studying on which one I can afford, plus the room is not quite completed yet. Might make a nice Christmas present to go along with my lump of
Mrs. G-F has the "Miss Wheeler" model in the LR but you know that is a one person operation piece of furniture...Ya know what I mean Vern?...


September 10, 2014 - Msg 98999: Oh Asa, it is so hot here. Its been in the high 90s with high humidity all week and since we had some rain, the mosquitos are just awful. The weatherman said we will cool down into the 80s on Friday, which will feel great to us. Im sure it will drop the humidity, too. I love it when the fronts start to come, even if they are small ones. Would certainly love to have the weather you are enjoying, and I will eventually.

Fresh corn for supper, Asa? Man, corn is the best, isn't it? Seems like the older I get, the more I enjoy vegetables of all kinds.

I'm trying to think of something new or interesting to tell but cant think of anything right now. Bruce is having some trouble with vertigo again and is seeing a specialist soon. Erin is doing well in school and likes going. Sean has an appointment with his counselor on Friday to discuss getting him into a program to learn mechanics. I think he is considering learning diesel engines because we have a company here locally that repairs them. He could make a good living doing it. Everything in our area is about oil right now, so lots of jobs available with the drilling companies, etc.

Thelma Lou and Betty Sue (the donkeys) are doing well and Betty Sue is so round that people keep asking if she is expecting. I don't see how. Bernie is behaving but he about to lose three hens from his harem. Bruce is going to kill three of them that are no longer laying and we are going to allow the remaining hens to sit on some eggs

September 10, 2014 - Msg 99000: I was saying, we are going to let the remaining hens sit on the nest and hopefully hatch some chicks. We have never eaten any of our chickens so we will see how that goes. The kids aren't attached to them so I think it will be ok. Now, if someone tried to kill and eat my rooster, I would not be happy.

I am still waiting to hear from the nursing instructor who is supposed to schedule my clinical days. Hopefully I will hear from her by the end of the week. I am ready to start working and paying off things.

This week I have been cleaning and organizing to make things easier when I go back to work. I cleaned out the refrigerator and gave it a good scrubbing yesterday, and cleaned out the pantry and removed all expired items, etc. I cleaned the shelves, papered the shelves, and organized everything. Hope it stays that way for awhile.

Erin is in a new scouting-type club at church called "American Heritage Girls" and I am the leader for her age group. I think it is going to be something fun for us to do together. We have community service projects, a camping trip coming up, etc.

I seemed to have turned a corner in my grief over Mom's passing. I was able to go into mom's old room and sort through some things with Susan. I found and posted some old pics of her on facebook and didn't feel any pain over it. I am doing much, much better.

Guess I have yacked enough. I'll try to be back to sit a spell before too long.


September 10, 2014 - Msg 99001: Forgot to say that Bruce and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this past weekend. We are so old. :)


September 11, 2014 - Msg 99002:
BOO-good to see you again, and CONGRATS on the anniversary! Sure sounds like you are keeping busy. The whole Phx area is finally drying out after our record rain storm.
Big harvest moon last night and tonight!
ASA-- sounds beautiful in your area. GF- "you need to get yourself a room!" haha
MAUDie-- with the KK openign up, I guess you'll be sending Floyd in for some! :)
Prayers for all, and all the world,

September 11, 2014 - Msg 99003: Asa my corn is about done also...but nothing like that silver queen corn...well good morning gang..early bird shift for me today...breakfast will be at I-HOP on Boo and I ...possum you need a ride?...I will bring a newspaper....SPOT

September 11, 2014 - Msg 99004: That's right MDC, now if I could just be like Samantha Stevens and wiggle my nose and "poof" the drywall would be up I'd be in good shape. But I need help getting it and lifting it up. But any of my helpers are still working so they have to "work me in" my Son is going on vacation for a week then I go to Mayberry Days, so maybe after that...(more time to study on it) ha! Glad to hear you are drying out, Al Roker said there is another storm brewing up and may track the same as the last one.. Might....Might not....

Boo, Good to hear from you, glad to hear you were up to going thru some of your Mon's things...Baby steps, steps.
I hear if you pluck those hens and put them in a pot, they taste a whole lot like chicken...hehe Did your kids get you guys a piece of china with a big "20" on it?

Spot I'm with you guys on the corn, most places around here are getting to the end too, except 1 farm market, they plant several fields in intervals so they have fresh corn right up to the first frost. Yep, that's dinner for us too, Mrs. G-F gets her baked pork chop and I get a little steak on the grill! I have a full tank of propane to swing it!


September 11, 2014 - Msg 99005: Thanks for breakfast Spot and Boo. I'm famished.

So nice to hear from you Boo. I worry about you. I do hope you are healing from your loss for sure. And happy belated anniversary. Good on you.

Spot, I don't believe I've ever had that silver queen corn before. I'll have to give it a try next year. I've been sold on the "Serendipity" stuff the last few years. And I will do a row of good old Golden Jubilee. I enjoy trying the different varieties. Bodacious was my favorite for a while, but with that you need to pick it and eat it when it's ready. It waits for no one. Serendipity is more forgiving.

No one even guessed at my TAGS quote "you have to be a good squatter". Who said it?


September 11, 2014 - Msg 99006: All this corn talk got me hungry, so I went up to the farm market up the road a piece and picked me up some. The lady said this part of the crop is called "Allure" which is suppose to be a new line. She said she has had reports that it's the best of the season! It might take up to 6 ears for me to make the decision I'm thinkin"... Full report tomorrow. You got me on that quote Asa, don't know the answer.


September 11, 2014 - Msg 99007: September 11,2001

Lest we forget...

September 11, 2014 - Msg 99008: Thanks Asa, I worry about me, too. ;) I am doing pretty well, though. I have been having trouble sleeping some nights and that makes for harder days, but usually I do ok.

We are supposed to be getting some rain tomorrow afternoon and that will help cool things off some. We are really looking forward to a break. When I went out today at 3, the thermometer read 98. Yikes!

Heard from the nursing instructor today, who told me that I would be contacted by ANOTHER nursing instructor and he would schedule my skills lab days. She also informed me that I will owe the college about five hundred dollars for the skills lab and the 80 hours of clinical work required by the state of Texas. Ouch. The refresher course through Austin cost me about a thousand. Why, oh why did I not just renew my license every two years. It would have been so simple. The instructor informed me that I am the first RN in the history of the college to ever require their helping and getting a license current. Idiot.

Made chicken in my pressure cooker tonight and then put it in the oven for a bit to crisp it up. It was really good! Asa, you might consider an electric pressure cooker. I think they are fun to use and makes getting dinner ready much faster. Today I used it to make some terrific mac and cheese and it was so fast and easy.

Well, has anyone been enjoying Andy on MeTV at 7/8pm? I have, when I was able to catch it. Not as many commercials as TVLand and they don't cut big chunks of it out in order to show more commercials.

Hope all of you remembered those who lost their lives on 9/11...let us never, ever forget.


September 11, 2014 - Msg 99009:
Yes, remembering 9-11. May we also not forget that the Pentagon was also attacked, and Flight 91 in Penn.
Lord be with us, and may America turn back to you again.
I am also remembering my mom who passed on this date in 2007.
God bless America,

September 12, 2014 - Msg 99010:
Boo, how long has your RN license been expired? What kind of work are you expecting to seek once your license is reactivated? Hospitial? Clinic? Home Healthcare like Romeena?
When you mentioned that you should have kept renewing your license, does that also require some active work experience or schooling as well? I would think that anyone who stops working in healthcare but keeps their certification active would need some way of keeping their knowledge refreshed or current. Or can a nurse who keeps renewing her license, but does nothing to keep herself educated, can return to nursing after a lapse without undergoing clinicals or re-testing like you did?

As for remembering 9/11, last saturday, one of our cable channels aired special after special in sequence. While watching them, it was like reliving that tragic day all over again.

MDC, glad to see you reporting in. How high did the water get around your house?

from Poor Horatio

September 12, 2014 - Msg 99011: I didn't realize it was the anniversary of your mother's passing, MDC. Hope it wasn't too difficult for you. I saw the sweet picture you posted of her on facebook. When my alarm clock went off this morning, I was in the middle of a dream about my mom. It was so sweet..she was singing. Mom had a beautiful singing voice when she was younger and sometimes sang at weddings and church solos, etc. I haven't heard her sing in many years..until last night. :)

PH, nurses are required to have 20 hours of continuing education to renew their license each time. They aren't required to work, but if they haven't for awhile, the refresher course is suggested. My license has been expired for 14 years.


September 12, 2014 - Msg 99012: The house got a bit cold last night. After a couple weeks of 90 degrees plus, it caught me by surprise.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 12, 2014 - Msg 99013: Greetings to the board. I've read you before but not posted and decided I should say "Hey" before saying too much.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99014:
Billy Ray, nice to make your acquaintance. Put a mailbag on some people, and it goes right to their head. :)
BOO--that is so neat to hear your mother sing in a dream! The Lord is good. My mom is the type of person who is probably always sitting at the feet of Jesus! :) And YES, I try to get TAGS in now each evening.
PH- only got some h20 seep in thru the back wall of the house. All dried out now, and the carpet's back down. BUT, we may have more of the same come Tuesday!
ASA--I am stumped! Is the quote from a color ep?
BTW , APB for H20 !!

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99015: Hey Boo, good to see you back. I haven't been around much and even I was a bit worried when I would check in and not see your posts. Belated congratulations on your anniversary!

Nice to meet you, Billy Ray!
Hey, I just purchased something for my computer, and they said the estimated day of arrival through the post office is Sept. the 22nd. That's a long time. Anything you can do about that?! ;-) Jk. I know what you mean about the temps. Just seems like the other day I could go out in shorts. Well, actually I still go out in shorts, but now I have to wear a jacket. I am not liking this fall weather thing anymore. Summer goes by waayyy too fast here.
Oh well, I guess I shouldn't complain about the weather if I'm not going to do anything about it.
I do think that if my wife asks me again if I want to move to Hawaii, I am going to seriously consider it.

Goodnight everyone! And remember, the Lord is good!(just wanted to mention that)

-Sterling Holobyte

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99016: Good morning all.

Welcome to Billy Ray. Tell us all about you.

Where is GF? I want to hear about his corn review. Maybe he is still pondering it.

MDC, yes, It's from a color episode. Floyd said it to Andy in the episode where Andy is asked to umpire Opies baseball game.

Been cool here also Sterling. But not to bad. I hate the thought of winter coming though, I must confess.

Well best get rolling on the Saturday chores. Mow the gras, till the garden, clean the truck, laundry, already went grocery shopping and put a roast in the crock pot for supper. All in all it's a fun day. Boo, I would like to learn more about that pressure cooking thing. Will you help us? :)


September 13, 2014 - Msg 99017: Howdy to Billy Ray, Good you could stop in and say Hey! Asa, that corn was Goood! That "Allure" was right up there with the best I had this year. It has multi-colored sweet small kernels like the silver queen but has yellow mixed in too. The farmers daughter said they will plant mostly that one next year since it was so popular. Maybe you & SPOT can check it out for next year. (Maybe even MDC too) with all the rain they have been having lately... Also Asa, when you get done with all those chores, sand the floor, wax-on-wax-off, paint the fence up-down, paint the house ....then, and only then, can you go out and play! I'll help you with pressure cooking, it goes like this...Your wife invited 20 people over for dinner, you have 15 minutes to make it! Now THAT's "pressure" cooking!! lol :)

Did I miss something? Where's Romeena, is she on a "walkabout"?...

Goober Fife...(G-F)

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99018:
Welcome to Billy Ray the Postman. This Front Porch forum has been in existence since about 1997 as far as I know. That's when I began posting here. Although many of us here are fans of The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS), we welcome anyone. Many of us who post here have chosen usernames related to TAGS. In my case, Poor Horatio is an unseen character mentioned in the Opie's Charity episode. As for me, I grew up, went to school, served in the military, and worked as a civilian all in the USA. After retiring early, I got married and moved to Canada (near Toronto). Now it's your turn to tell us a little about yourself including why you chose that username.

Sterling Holobyte, speaking of slow mail delivery, the last time I had my US mail set up for forwarding, it took a small package 6 days to travel the 3 miles between the two addresses.

from Poor Horatio

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99019: Hey we go gang..Football !...Georgia and S. Carolina !....time to hunker down Bulldogs....I will order us some pizza pies....but no bongo drums please...SPOT

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99020: Hey, porch! I'm home. Have read the archives, and welcome to Billy Ray the Postman. Now, I'm heading out to David and Brittney's, to get Toye Starr. They kept her for me while I was gone, and I'm not about to spend this night without my little furkid snuggled close. I would imagine she's pretty tuckered out, been playing with Bentley the dog, two cats and my two grandsons since Wednesday. I'll catch up later and tell you about my trip. Also, want to acknowledge the posts since I've been gone. I've missed you! --Romeena

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99021: I am in fact a Postal Employee, a supervisor of a local office, spent 30 years in the USPS. I've been a fan of TAGS longer than that, remember a little of the original, mom loved it, I was born in 61, so don't recall much, sure glad for reruns, bought all the trivia books, watch all the reruns, been to this site a 1000 times. I'm not a big TV watcher. About all I watch on television is sports and TAGS. I guess that's enough for now, don't want to go too fast like the new guy in town and get people all upset.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 13, 2014 - Msg 99022: Welcome home, Romeena. We missed ya! Cant wait to hear about your trip.

A big welcome to Billy Ray the postman. Pull up a rocker, stay and tell us about yourself. I have been coming regularly to the porch since 2003, I think. Great friends here.

Thanks, Sterling, good to be back regular-like. I cant relate to your disdain (probably not a strong enough word) for cold weather. The only times I have experienced it was when I was having fun in the snow in Colorado. We get really excited down here when it cools off. The summers are horrid and unbearable so we hate to see summer down here.

MDC, hearing mom sing was really neat because she sang like herself but even I expect it will be in heaven.

Asa, you cracked me up with that "will you help us?"..haha. Just go to youtube and watch some tutorials on cooking with an electric pressure cooker. :)


September 13, 2014 - Msg 99023: Well lookie there, Billy Ray was telling a little about himself while I was posting. You are a year older than me, Billy Ray. I am an RN who has been retired to stay home and homeschool my 2 children (13 and 19). My youngest is in public school now so I am going to be going back into nursing again soon, as you may have read.

I forgot to tell everyone some exciting news concerning Sean. Remember I mentioned that he was doing some vocational testing recently through the department of rehabilitative services, because he qualified for help due to his Tourette's, anxiety disorder and learning problems. We met with his caseworker yesterday and she went over the results of his testing and said he did well. She said they would pay to send him to school for a two year degree or pay for a technical school, whatever he chose. He is leaning towards getting his associates in mechanics and he is gifted at that, so the caseworker told him to go home, pray, and decide what he wanted to do over the next three weeks. In the words of Barney, this is BIG...BIG. ;) Thank you for your prayers for Sean, and he will continue to need them. He will be required to take four hours per semester, and maintain a 2.0, which is not hard for most, but it will be a challenge for Sean in the basic courses.

Gotta go!


September 13, 2014 - Msg 99024: Boo when are you thinking of Barney saying BIG.....BIG? IIRC, another time, Floyd said that in describing the traffic jam Barney tried to untangle. I bet the writers used it more than that.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 14, 2014 - Msg 99025: Billy Ray, I think it was in the manhunt episode, but not positive.


September 14, 2014 - Msg 99026:
Hi all, I write this late Sat., but most will read it on Sunday, so good Sabbath to ya all.
Please pray for our world today! Our country needs to again heed the words of II Chronicles.
We are expecting more rain this week from another tropical storm coming up from Baja.
ASA, you will probably get some from this one too.
Boo-glad to see that you also got rain!
RO--welcome home. Hope you get rested up.
GF--you going to Mayberry days?

September 14, 2014 - Msg 99027:
MDC, in my last posting, I forgot to question you about your Msg 99014. After all the rain your area received, why are you asking for more rain with your "APB for H20"? I hope you meant "APB for AuH2O". He hasn't posted in a long time.

Boo, you have a good memory. For proof about when Barney said "big, big", watch and cue it up about 3 minutes in.

from Poor Horatio

September 14, 2014 - Msg 99028: Good Sabbath Porch.

Great news about Sean Boo. You know he will be in my prayers for direction and inspiration for his career choices.

Welcome back Romeena. Glad you had a good time but happy to see you back with us.

Yep MDC, They are saying more rain towards the end of the week. I have a bunch of pole lights to work on this week, so I hope it holds off until then. And I am pretty sure GF will be going to Mayberry Days, bless his heart.

Yes PH, I'm pretty sure MDC was meaning auH20 in his post. I hope he is doing ok.

Well my corn and peaches are picked. Tomaters are all that's left. I'll leave them growing till we get frost. Could happen anytime, although this week looks good.

Better go get ready for Preachin' I reckon. I reckon they will be preachin' about sin.

Prayers for all.


September 14, 2014 - Msg 99029: Good Sunday morning to all...her at work keeping the Church lights far so good..will catch a sermon on the tube with my tech partner today...we swap around and try different ones...well lets go to Shoneys after church...errr wait...I will be at work will someone bring me a plate?...hey Boo,Romeena,Asa,PH,MDC, at Chicago land today...come on Falcons also....prayers...SPOT

September 14, 2014 - Msg 99030: Yep, MDC I am going to Mayberry Days, My friend who I grew up with is going with me. He has never gone before, so I must be a good Mayberrian and show it all to him. (plus all the good eatin' places) Oh by the way Billy Ray, they have a special "cancelation" stamp they use for the event, the postmaster carves a new one each year with something different on it so I get a special stamp and have it canceled. Pretty cool, I think have 15 of them now. Yep, It's BIG!!

I think I may need to hire those gypsies to keep the rain away for that week-end. It makes for a miserable time when it rains, but the festival goes on rain or shine. (just like the USPS)haha!

Good news on Sean Boo, Yep, that too is BIG.....


September 14, 2014 - Msg 99031: Sorry about those Falcons SPOT, The Browns actually beat the Saints! MDC's Cardinals won too. That was the most I have watched football in a looong time, I was flipping back and forth watching the NASCAR race in Old Chicago. Have not felt good for a couple of days, so it was good to just nothing....


September 14, 2014 - Msg 99032:
Yes, I indeed meant an APB for AUh20!
Resting a bit this afternoon.

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99033: Slow porch...GOOD Morning gang...its 6 am Monday...lrts get this day started and get out there and act like somebody!..breakfast at Waffle House...SPOT

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99034: Morning everyone! thanks for breakfast SPOT.

just checking in from my end of the porch. had a good week end.

Patrick came home for the week end..primarily to see his girlfriend. She is struggling a little with work, her college classes and some other stuff so he surprised her and came home. He was waiting for her when she got off work Friday night. very sweet young man if I do say so myself.
they had some time together on Saturday before she went to work and then we all had lunch together after church and then he went back to Cookeville. Guess he will be back fall break unless this love bug hits again. LOL

wondering who all is headed to Mayberry days. I am hoping to go over on Saturday and didn't know if there would be a meeting place and time for the porch folks to gather. I wouldn't want to miss that opportunity!

Everyone have a great day. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99035: Good Monday morning Porchters. Up and at them.

Sorry you be ailing GF. I hope you are doing better today. Maybe you have the pip. Don't know what the pip is, but it sounds like it's something you could have. Congrats on your Browns win yesterday. Sorry for your loss Spot.

I have a bunch of pole lights to repair this week. So I'll be 40 feet in the air. We have a nice "boom truck" to work from, and hopefully good weather. So hopefully it will go smooth. A lot of relamping and ballasts to replace I'm sure. Maybe I'll even put on my silver hat and talk like Mr. McBeevee. And I'll be sure to have my extra hands hanging from my belt. But I dunno about blowing smoke out of my ears. I'll have to work on that one.

Well prayers for everyone.


September 15, 2014 - Msg 99036: Thanks Asa, I think it is a case of the "pip's" Gladys Knight need to come and take them back, but feel some what better today.

Maude, Our Floyd is setting up a meet up and group photo on Friday after the trivia contest about 5:30. That doesn't mean the porchsters can't do something too. I would like that, just say where and when and I'll be there, if I said I'll be there I'll be there! There is another "Big Maude" who is part of the Monday nite pod-casts she also is from Tennessee so maybe we can have a "Maudefest"...SPOT & Possum are you in? Any one else can fly in to Mayberry International Airport. (Kelsey's plowed up cornfield) and come too!

MDC, Watch out and stay safe, Odile is on the way, you might "need a bigger boat!".....

Asa, Your boss did promise you a "Raise" Sorry it was not the kind you had it mind.. :(


September 15, 2014 - Msg 99037: Good morning, porch! All read up on the archives, suitcase unpacked, got a good night's sleep, been to the audiologist to get my hearing aids adjusted, and life is good. Toye Starr is very happy to have her mommy home, and I'm glad to be back with her. She stayed with David and his family, played with Bentley and the cats, and behaved herself (at least that's what they told me), but she's glad to be home. When I went out there Saturday night to pick her up, Brittney had a good dinner ready, and then we watched Wall-E, which I had never seen. (How that happened, I don't know.) Anyway, Toye Starr hopped up on the couch, climbed up and draped her small self across my chest and promptly went to sleep. She slept there, limp as a rag, through the whole movie! Little girl loves her mom!

Our church group went to Eureka Springs, AK, and had a wonderful time. The little town is fascinating, just climbing and rambling all over several mountainsides. There's not a patch of level ground anywhere, but anything you need can be found. Lots of lovely little B&Bs, great poky little shops, nice hotels and motels, very accommodating people, and everything is geared to make the tourist experience pleasant. There are four trolley lines - red, blue, yellow and purple - and each color has a specific route. You get a map, find your destination and note which color goes there, and catch that trolley. The cars are clearly marked. There's a central depot in the middle of town, and all the trolleys include that depot in their route, so it's easy to change colors when you need to. You can buy a day pass that's good on all lines, all day. Just get on and off at will. Across from the depot there's a restaurant, called "Local Flavor", and the food was wonderful. I got a Reuben sandwich for $9, and I have to say, it was the best Reuben I've ever had, and I've eaten them everywhere. My favorite sandwich. There were three of us gals, and we ordered one serving of bread pudding and shared it. We could barely finish it. It was huge, and absolutely delicious.

The highlight of the trip was the Great Passion Play on Friday night. Honeys and dears, believe me when I tell you, it alone was worth the trip. Rather than try to tell you about it here, I'll offer this link:

I'll just say this about it. The temperature was about 50, it had drizzled rain all day, but did stop before the play began. We had disposable plastic ponchos, rented blankets for $1 at the play, dried our stadium seats with paper towels, and huddled under our blankets, cold and damp. Once the play began, all that was forgotten, and when it ended a little over two hours later, I couldn't believe it was actually time for it to end. We sat just spellbound, watching that magnificent production. It was excellent, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I'm not able to walk long distances anymore, as my back just locks up, but they have volunteers with golf carts all around the grounds, and they'll pull up beside anyone who looks tired, and offer a lift to the next station on the Holy Land tour, or wherever you might want to go. As I said, very accommodating people. If you're looking for a great short vacation for the family, I'd highly recommend Eureka Springs and the Great Passion Play.

Well, guess I'll go search out some lunch. Surely there's something in the pantry I can eat! Maybe some soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Yep, that'll do it. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99038:
Romeena, I enjoyed reading about your short vacation. But after searching on Google maps, I have one question for you. I can't find Eureka Springs, AK anywhere in Alaska. Did you mean Eureka Springs, AR in Arkansas?

from Poor Horatio

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99039: Oh, for pete's sake. Of course I did! What was I thinking? Of course, it's in Arkansas. Sorry about that! Thanks for catching my error. --Romeena

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99040: Ro, when I was in Eureka Springs last month, it was as hot as a goat's rear end in a pepper patch. Glad you had a good time. I have seen the passion play years ago, but I expect it has improved since the 80's. I didn't know you were a reuben fanatic..I am, too. :)

Got to get ready to take miss erin to see her doctor. She is having lower abdominal pain that is really bothering her and at first I suspected it was cramps but it is starting to sound like a possible UTI. Got to get it taken care of so she can get back to school. The way things are in school now, just missing one day gets them so behind. Her math teacher has been doubling up the math as it is, to catch them up. She brings home math homework every day.

Glad you had a good visit with Patrick, Maude. He sounds like such a joy. Aren't you blessed?


September 15, 2014 - Msg 99041: "As hot as a goats rear end in a pepper patch"? LOL. I like that Boo. I may use that sometime if I may. Reminds me of some of Andy's quips.
"Ain't we a picking our peaches before they are fuzzed up good"?
"More nervous than a long tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs".
"Cooler than the center seed of a cucumber".
"Slicker than a firehouse pole".
"Busier than a cows tail in fly season".
I'm sure there are more.

Sounds like you had a great time Romeena. And to come home to an adoring furkid. it just doesn't get any better than that.

Boo, Sure hope Erin gets feeling better quick.

Well better get. I had a horrible nightmare the other night that has really bothered me ever since. Any of you ever have that happen? I will share it with you if you're interested. But it was really awful.


September 15, 2014 - Msg 99042: ...You were stuck in a cave full of bats (with no hat)?

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99043: Yes, Asa, I've had that happen, and it is hard to get past it. Most dreams flit out of my head a minute or two after I wake up, but that one didn't. I won't repeat it, it was most unpleasant, and I still remember most of it. It was one of those that just seemed like it had some meaning, but I never could figure out what it was. If you want to relate yours, to "unload it", so to speak, we'll listen.

Blessings! --Romeena

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99044: Here's a link to the WBMUTBB/iMayberry Community meet up/photo at Mayberry Days. The Front Porch folks are CERTAINLY included in that! I hope to see y'all there.

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99045: Hey Gang, Floyd posted the link info for Mayberry Days group photo meet-up. If you look close ya might even find Goober Fife in there too...

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99046: Goober last name was beastly

September 15, 2014 - Msg 99047: Goober last name was beasly

September 16, 2014 - Msg 99048:
RO--I enjoyed that website very much! Is the place run by a non-denominational group?
BOO-sorry about Erin, she's in mmy prayers.
ASA, GF--yup, another hurricane remnant headed this way! Baton down the hatches,
and lower the boom ASA. ha
MAUDE--that was real nice of Patrick!
The Francis Scott Key poem is 200 years old!
Long may she wave.
Anyone watching Ken Burn's The Roosevelts.
I saw the first one. Quite interesting about old Teddy.
I hope to get to Maybrry Days some year!

September 16, 2014 - Msg 99049: Mornin' porch. Its already a hot, humid day here in south texas and I can sit the condensation running down the windows. yuck.

Sorry about your nightmare, Asa. I very seldom have one but I do have two that stick with me. One I will share, one I probably wont. Both were many years ago. When I was about 14, my grandmother in Michigan was ill that summer and mom went to help take care of her. I went to visit St Susan and her husband, who were living in Houston at that time. Dad was at home alone. One night I dreamt that I was back home with mom and Dad came into the living room with a suitcase and announced that he was leaving. He told us that he was having severe pain in his right knee and had seen a dr and was found to have advanced bone cancer. He said that he was not going to allow us to watch him suffer and die so he was leaving. Well, I woke up feeling terrible. I was due to travel home with Susan and Pat that same day. When I got home, much to my distress, Dad began complaining about how he couldn't sleep that night because of severe pain in his right knee. He had never mentioned pain in that knee before so I freaked out. After the dream I was terrified that he had cancer. It turned out to be arthritis, of course, but it was so scary for me. Coincidence? Strange, huh?

Better get Erin up for school. Thanks for the prayers for her, she seems to be doing better.


September 16, 2014 - Msg 99050:
Forecast change, Asa, Boo, Ro--It looks like the storm coming up from Mexico is making a turn east,
and not continuing north! So ASA, you should be OK, but
Boo and Ro should be getting rain from it.
Boo-that was quite a dream!

September 16, 2014 - Msg 99051: I just finished a couple of the fan fiction stories. Looks like fun. I might have an idea or two myself. But I don't want to be a man in a hurry so I'll just leave that in the back of my mind.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 16, 2014 - Msg 99052: MDC, sadly, we didn't get rain. The sun has been shining all day. :(


September 16, 2014 - Msg 99053: Same here - no rain. However, we do have a forecast for possible rain in the next couple of days. I sure do hope so.

MDC, I didn't see anything that leaned toward any one denomination. It's Christian, obviously, but no denominational differences were indicated. It's just a beautiful, peaceful, inspiring, and informative place to visit, and I would highly recommend it.

Well, I guess I'll turn in. I've been trying to break my night-owl habits, and get to bed earlier, but it's hard to do. I'm a late-nighter by nature, and 17 years of working the night shift just pretty well cemented that habit for me. I know I don't get enough sleep though - usually just 5-6 hours each night, and that's not enough. So, I'm trying to get to bed at least before midnight, instead of my usual 1=2 a.m. So, later, taters. Blessings! --Romeena

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99054:
RO--I found the video of the OT temple tent explanation to be very interesting! Very good tour guide narration.
RO- would a nap in the early PM help? Just askin.
Also, BOO, RO--the storm is slow moving. We got light rain today, expecting more on Wed, then it will
make a right oblique to NM and TX.
Billy Ray-are you talking about TAGS fans writing additional episodes? If so, we've done that here a bit. Somewhere in the archives...

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99055: Hey Y'all- Sorry I've been absent from the porch for a while. Hope everyone is doing good. I need to read about a week or so back to get caught up.

I'm doing well,have a lot of irons in the fire which keep me busy.

G-F- you've asked about my going to Mayberry Days and I'm not sure I will make it this year.

My mama is in a nursing home/rehab facility following a lower leg amputation and although she is doing well,I spend a lot of time dealing with her and her needs.

Also, my grandchild Laci will undergo surgery tomorrow.Most of y'all know that she has mild Cerebral Palsy. She is having heel cord surgery in order to better enable her to walk. The surgery is not as rough as the recovery-she'll be in casts for many weeks. If you would,please keep Laci and her doctors and all involved staff in your prayers.They are surely appreciated. Love you all~possum u.a.r.

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99056:
possum u.a.r., we can tell you have something heavy on your mind when you forget to post your rocks. It is either that or you are getting senile ;)
Prayers for both your Momma and grandchild.

Billy Ray the Postman, in your last post, you stated "finished a couple of the fan fiction stories". Did you read them or write them?
Also, regarding your username, I know why you include Postman, but is the Billy Ray related to Billy Ray Cyrus, the singer?

Romeena, I myself always used to be a night person and hated getting up early. But surprisingly, as I near the senior citizen age, I find myself now going to bed before 10pm and waking up early. I wonder why is that?
Also, I think MDC offered a good suggestion about trying taking a nap sometime during the day. Since you live in Texas where they are many hot days, follow the Mexican tradition of taking a siesta during the hot portion of the day.

from Poor Horatio

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99057: Good afternoon Porch. Taking a lunch break and thought I'd pop in and say hey.

Possum, you bet I'll be praying for Laci and all who attend to her, and for your Mom and for you. Surely does sound like your plate is full right now. Hang in there sweetie.

I hope GF is doing ok. He's been quiet, and mentioned he wasn't feeling great. Sure hope he ain't come down with a bug right before Mayberry Days. GF, which one is you in that picture that Floyd posted?

Boo, glad to read Erin is doing better. I hope things have calmed down for you also.

Well better get back to work. You do get a nice birds eye view of things up in the "bucket".


September 17, 2014 - Msg 99058: Asa, I'm at about 80%, bout got this "pip" licked, that's right don't want anything slowing me down for M/D's. Yep, I'm in that picture, I was letting you guys play "Where's G-F" for awhile. >hint<... life's to short and so am I...haha

Possum, sorry you can't make it, you sure do have a lot on your plate, Prayers for you and your family members...

Oh, by they way Asa, you sure can do a lot of thinkin' in a bucket...And get a "Bird in this worlds" eye view from way up there haha! (black wire goes to the black wire, white goes to the white wire and green goes to ground!) As I said in previous post...You were asking for a raise...And,.... There you have it!!

MDC, Hope you skirt the heavy rains. I have been watching that Ken Burns PBS special on the Roosevelt's, a lot I didn't know especially about Teddy.


September 17, 2014 - Msg 99059: Hey PH, I dig that siesta idea. :)

Prayers for Laci, for sure. Sounds like you have your hands full there, Possum. Hope things ease up for you.

Thanks Asa, I didn't get a phone call from the school today so I guess Erin is doing better. I am just confused about girls at this age because I am too old to remember what it was like to be 13! Maybe I had the same problems and just forgot. I know she has been EXTRA moody lately so I guess she is just becoming a woman (no wise cracks from the male section). ;)

Went and got my flu shot today and Sean got his and his meningitis shot so he will be ready for "higher education" hehe..I don't know if it is required in every state but it is here in Texas if a student is less than 21.

Glad you are feeling better, G-F.

Wish Ro would get herself back on the porch for a nice, long post.

It's still hot and humid here, and never got much rain..just enough to grow some hungry mosquitos. Come on fall!


September 17, 2014 - Msg 99060:
I suspect that most of you have heard of Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford after it was alleged, then later confirmed, that he had tried crack cocaine while in office, even though he was off-duty at the time. And some of his public appearances while he was drunk made headlines. As a result, he has been ridiculed on many television shows, especially in the USA. Well the ridiculing has been put on hold when he entered the hospital. Today they announced he has pleomorphic liposarcoma, an aggressive malignant cancer. With the elections coming up on October 27, he had to withdraw. I'm only posting this because of his international notoriety.

Boo, maybe it is time you had the woman-to-girl talk with Erin about the "change".

from Poor Horatio

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99061: Thank you all for the kind words & prayers. Tomorrow will be a long day,but I will be sure to update on Laci sometime tomorrow evening.
Maybe I'll catch up on everything Mayberry soon! Until I do,y'all take care & act like somebody!

******************* * (an extra rock just for PH!)
possum under a rock

September 17, 2014 - Msg 99062: Good evening, porch. Boo, it's nice to be missed. Thanks. Possum, we will surely be supporting little Laci in prayer, and you as well, as she undergoes that surgery. It will be hard for a while, but if it improves her gait and makes it easier for her to walk, it will be worth it. Prayers for your mom, too. You're in some tough years, my dear.

PH, I'm not "nearing" senior citizen age, I passed it on the fly some time ago! Can't say it made much of a change in my sleep habits, though. As for the nap or siesta which some have suggested, that would be very easy to do, as I run out of steam along about 2 in the afternoon, but if I do catch a nap, then I'm wide awake until the wee hours. I think it's just something I'm going to have to retrain myself to do. I lived in an upside down world for 17 years while working night shift. I suppose it will take a good while to change that back around. I try not to get all in a lather about it. If I can sleep, I do. If I can't, I get up and write, or whatever, until I finally get sleepy. Toye Starr gets a little testy if I stay in bed and fidget around, so I just get up.

Boo, with Erin, patience is the key word. And chocolate. Lots of it. (heehee)

Well, this day is winding down. I taught an ESL class this morning, then Eloise and I picked up Taco Bell and took it to Jerry (her husband) for his lunch, then we went out to Babe's and had fried chicken (thought of our dear REV the whole time, he really liked that chicken). After lunch, we went to the little rural cemetery where our little grandson is buried, and cleaned off his headstone, tidied up around several of the small graves nearby and then headed home. He would have been twelve today - hard to believe. When I got home, I had a few minutes to catch my breath, then made a home health visit, went by the office and picked up a paycheck and took it to the bank, and now I'm home. Phew! Not much on the schedule for tomorrow, and rain is predicted, so tomorrow may be one of my favorite days. Snug house, raining outside, and not much to do. Maybe one of those siestas might fit in there somewhere.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena