October 21, 2014 - Msg 99460:
ATTA BOY LUTHER! Who remembers that phrase from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken?
Welcome to newcomer Luther Heggs. This Front Porch has been in existence since about 1996. Although I grew up in the USA, I currently live near Toronto in Canada. My username is based on a non-character mentioned in the Opie's Charity episode. You can watch that scene at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGrL5C4uS1s

G-F, since Asa is reminding you to have Dr. Advil nearby, don't forget my friend Dr. Ben Gay. And if you need something stronger, try either Mr. Jack Daniels or Mr. Johnny Walker.

from Poor Horatio

October 21, 2014 - Msg 99461:
Oh my, I swept two times in a row.

from Poor Horatio

October 21, 2014 - Msg 99462: HeHe PH, Dr. Advil PM seemed to have helped pretty well so I won't be needing those "other" Dr.'s.... Asa I still have 3 sheets to hang maybe my Son will help me finish hanging them this week-end if doesn't have to teach any "Carry Conceal" classes. He's a certified instructor and does it on the side for some extra money, plus he is quite passionate about his right to carry, so he likes to pass on the privilege. I find it refreshing since he is a quiet, non aggressive, low key'd person. Those kind of guys are usually "Straight Shooters" in more ways than one.
I'm proud of his commitment and his seriousness of being a gun owner. And yes, his GLOCK holds more than 1 bullet.
As for the finishing (mud)work, I don't mind doing that, I have learned over the years it is not a hurried up process, it takes at least 3 steps. I don't like to do the sanding but if you take your time and smooth things out well it keeps sanding at a minimum.

Also PH, if you keep up the sweeping it may lead into a full time job...


October 21, 2014 - Msg 99463: TIRED!..."calling Dr. Ben Gay!"...that's all.


October 21, 2014 - Msg 99464: Hic!

October 21, 2014 - Msg 99465: Hello Front Porch: The episode of Howard Sprague in the Caribean is on MeToo. I like Howard. Kind of a funny character at the time. (Barney is the cat's we all know that). He is good tv in Mayberry RFD. It ain't the best but I can still hold on to Mayberry. Howard did get married I assume at some point but it was not filmed. Ralph Malph is his reproduction! Medwin Bill Medwin

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99466: We defy the mafia! (:

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99467:
Boo, are you calling for a doctor? I highly recommend the following three specialists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53KcqITIPlA

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99468: Yep, PH, They are now part of ObamaCare, He PROMISED ;) we could keep our own Doctors...lol

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99469: Poor Horatio
I'm very familiar with Opie's Charity episode. It's a good one. "You read any book you want to on the subject of child rearin, and you'll find ever one of'em is in favor of bud nippin."

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99470:
SHOCKING NEWS! The Canadian media is reporting multiple shootings in my nations capital (Ottawa). One confirmed wounded victim is a military honor guard who guards the national war monument 24/7. One shooter is confirmed dead inside the parliament building. They still have not confirmed how many shooters there were.

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99471:
I should add that two days ago, we here in Canada had another incident where a suspect used his car to run over two Canadian Forces (military) personnel, killing one of them. After a short chase by the police, the suspect was shot and killed. The media is reporting that the suspect was a Muslim who had been "radicalized".

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99472: How do you know the Sheriff doesn't sit under a hair dryer for hours?

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99473: Prayers for Canada and also for Tom's family.

possum under a rock

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99474: Scary situation, Poor Horatio. Stay safe.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99475: Oh, PH. I'm so sorry to hear of what happened in Canada. A Muslim terrorist, imagine that! There is so much I'd like to say on that subject, but this isn't really the forum for it. So, I'll just say this. It would appear that the cancer is still spreading. --Romeena

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99476:
Corporal Nathan Cirillo was the soldier standing guard at the memorial who was wounded in today's shootings. Although he had his rifle with him, it was unloaded. In spite of valiant efforts to save his life, he passed away leaving a young son. Hand salute ... RIP

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99477:
I also want to add that the war memorial that Corporal Nathan Cirillo was guarding is the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. This monument is equivalent to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C., another monument guarded by military personnel 24/7.

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99478: Indeed. Salute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo. One more casualty in our war with Islam, for it is a war, whether Dear Leader cares to term it as such or not. --Romeena

October 22, 2014 - Msg 99479: That's what you get when (some) folks elect a "neighborhood organizer" There, I said it and I ain't taking it back!... Honors to Corporal Cirillo your Country and Ours are proud of your service...G-F

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99480:
So sad. Prayers for all those families.
But I have to ask, why would a guard have an empty rifle? Something is wrong with that. Not to make light, but we all
know why Barney's gun was empty, but a guard's?
OK, I've said my piece.

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99481: "Now I'll drive, so I'll sit in the front seat."
Luther Heggs

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99482:
MDC, I have been to Ottawa and visited the Canadian War Memorial. It is located across the street from the Parliament building (equivalent to the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.)
The honor guard I saw and photographed held an automatic rifle which I assumed was loaded. But just like you, I was shocked to learn yesterday that the weapon is unloaded when they stand guard. I could not confirm if maybe they carry a loaded magazine on their belt.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99483: ATTA BOY LUTHER!

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99484:
Some good news this time.
Although I am not a fan of hockey, in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, they sang "Oh Canada" before their respective professional hockey games last night. Watching the videos not only made my eyes water (speaking as a new Canadian), but also made me feel proud of my American citizenship.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99485:
I should add that "Oh Canada" is the national anthem of Canada and is equivalent to the Star Spangled Banner in the USA.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99486: Great, a professional soldier might as well have a bullet in his pocket for all the good his weapon did him. I hope this country wakes up soon.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99487: I had never really thought about whether or not the rifles of honor guards were loaded. I guess I thought they were, but had never really questioned it. Apparently they're not. I think it might be safe to assume that if Cpl. Cirillo's rifle was not loaded, that is probably a tradition for honor guards. Perhaps not, but it seems logical. I guess now we'll have to post guards for the honor guards. What is this world coming to? --Romeena

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99488: I have heard that some honor guards rifles are not rifles at all. They are dummys that look like rifles.
Luther Heggs

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99489:
Luther Heggs, I am aware some drill teams use dummy weapons because of the abuse the weapons take and to make them lighter. As for the ceremonial guards at the Canadian War Memorial, I have not been able to confirm if they were fully operational weapons or dummy weapons.
There is another fact that I forgot to mention. When I visited the Canadian War Memorial a couple of years ago, there were two military personnel guarding the monument, each with their own weapon. If there had been no changes since that time, then that means there were two soldiers on duty the day of the shooting. And that means two unarmed soldiers. I'm wondering why there has been no mention of this in the media?

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99490:
I should not have said "unarmed". They had unloaded weapons otherwise I believe the second soldier would have been able to fire his weapon or chase the suspect.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99491: Interesting question, PH. There are a lot of things that should appear in the MSM, that never seem to do so.

I am feeling so frustrated and trying not to get too wound up about it - I'm referring to the non-action that's been taken by the free world, not just the USA, against this plague of locusts that has descended and is marching across the globe, devouring anything that suits their fancy. Oh, we're sending in some bombers, and making a token attempt, but it's time somebody took pre-emptive action against ISIS and any nation that supports it, or even tolerates it. We hear a lot of rhetoric from Dear Leader and other heads of state, telling us how Islam itself is peaceful, and how "most" Muslims deplore the actions of the extremists. Well, I think it's time they put their actions where their "deplore" is. If they won't do it voluntarily, then perhaps the rest of the world needs to insist that they do so. You cannot tell me that the governments of the Islamic nations don't know who and where these murderers are. It's time they were given to understand that if these beheadings, kidnappings, mass murders and other atrocities continue, and the government in the country involved does nothing, then the rest of us will consider it a declaration of war, and will respond accordingly. All we're doing now is slapping the occasional mosquito that lands where we can see it. We need to drain the swamp, and spray the area until they're all gone.

I'm sure there are many thousands of good people in Islamic countries, who don't want all of this to happen. They fear their government, and feel powerless, but if they all rose up at once and challenged ISIS and their own government, they could change things. They won't, of course. Hmmm. Perhaps we should send them our community organizer and see if he can get it done. --Romeena

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99492: PH, ATTA BOY LUTHER..lol well remembered!..neat movie...well back at work from the long week off...gona read and will have supper menu in just a bit...shouts out to Romeena,Boo,TOM,GF,Bill M. and all...back in a bit...Great weather In Ga...no rain in site !..SPOT

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99493:
Luther, sometimes we turn to world affairs here,
as they are topics that affect everyone.
The attack yesterday was quite a shocker, especially for Canadians who just don't experience such things...until now!
PH--I remember that "Thanks Canada" billboard in '79 when they helped get out our trapped diplomats. Our two countries have always been good neighbors.

Luther,Referring to your quote, I smell gas! :)
RO--I saw on a prophesy program that when dear leader uses ISIL instead of ISIS, it is actually refering to the region sans israel. Very foreboding.
Our weather is finally staying in the low 90s, they say high 80s next week! It's all relative my friends!

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99494: Hey got busy here at work...got to work all night im "Hungry as an old buzzad"....can anyone help?...SPOT

October 23, 2014 - Msg 99495: Can't help much tonight, Spot, no leftovers. However, I'm making a huge pot of beef and veggie stew tomorrow, so should be able to fix you up tomorrow night, if you need it.

Yes, Luther, my apologies for the political commentary, but as it always does, having someone attack a friend just really yanks my chain. The Muslims have been harassing the U.S. quite regularly for a long time, and getting away with it, but now they're starting in on Canada too. I presume that everyone realizes that their goal is the entire world under their control, so this attack shouldn't surprise us. We ain't seen nothing yet. Somehow, we've got to find a way to stop these vermin in their tracks. --Romeena

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99496: Hey folks, just popped in to share a pic of the Barney pumpkin(did Thelma Lou ever call him that?) I just finished carving, if I can figure out how to do share it. I may have to send a link to my Twitter since I posted the pic on there as well.

At first, I didn't think it was going very well, but it seemed to turn out ok. I stopped trying to do the initial cuts with those little tools, and used an Exacto-knife to make the pattern on the pumpkin, as the paper design was just tearing off the other way, even with using plastic wrap like the Pumpkin Masters kits suggests.

Well, after searching for a way to send a link to the picture, I guess it is not going to work.
Sorry about that. I thought I had put links to pictures here on the porch before, but I guess not. Just links to sites, I guess. Well, here is my Twitter home page, I hope. :-)

-Sterling Holobyte

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99497: Ah yes, the link worked at least. If you click on "photos and videos" right in the middle there, you should see the picture. Try not to be too scared.

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99498: Hello Front Porch: I am stuck on the "shoplifter's" episode. It is as funny as HE double hockey sticks. Don't shoot. Don't shoot. It"s me, Ben Weaver.

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99499: Stew for my lunch Romeena ...thanks ...headed home to sleep...back here at work at 2...lets act like somdbody today !..SPOT

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99500:
Sterling Holobyte, that link you provided does not show me Barney's hat. Try the following link https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0r1O6zIIAAxdLH.jpg:large

To whomever posted Msg 99498, is "Ben Weaver" part of your quote from the shoplifters episode or is that your username for posting here?

from Poor Horatio

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99501: Busy day...please say a prayer for sean today. We have a bump in the road with getting him registered for school. I need God to give him favor with the folks who are going to register him. He needs an exemption for something. Thanks


October 24, 2014 - Msg 99502: Atta Boy Sterling!! I KNEW you could do it! It turned out really good... I found the part of his hat around the badge to be the most challenging, my kit had this little roller thing that made little perforated holes to mark the pattern. Anyway, yours turned out great, Yep, O'l Barn will guard the candy.. Except for the Kit-Kat's I hear he likes them better than the Mr. Cookie bars..haha

SPOT, How about some home made chicken noodle soup? It's on the stove cooking as I speak. "Let's put him in a pot, I hate a floggin' chicken". Where's Bernie Boo? haha (I'd never do that to O'l Bernie).. Maybe to one of his cousins, but not to Bernie...


October 24, 2014 - Msg 99503: Wow! You people are amazing, and your pumpkin-carving skills are waaay above my pay grade! I was always happy if mine ended up with a few teeth. Somehow I always cut or broke them off! I'm impressed!

Well, gotta get busy. Got to get that stew started, so it can simmer all day. I want the meat to be fork-tender. Joe will be h ere shortly, we've got a day's work planned in the yard, I have a home health call to make at six, and my son-in-law will be arriving about that time. Also some last minute house cleaning to do. Got to mop that kitchen before my feet stick to the floor, as my grandma used to say.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99504: Oh, Sterling! While I was on your Twitter page, I took the liberty of watching little Noah count to twenty. That child is seriously adorable, and his counting was hilarious. Thanks for sharing. --Romeena

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99505: Ah Come on Romeena, Give it a try, you could go it. I bet your little pooch would love watching you carve O'l Barn or Goober. Goober is actually easier, I did that one last year and put a "beanie" on it. Maybe I'll morph the two and do a Goober-Fife one haha...

Boo, You popped in right as I was posting my first one, Sorry for Sean's troubles. It seems like they are needing a exemption for him being a U.S. citizen and not a illegal alien, you guys being so close to the border and such.... Just a observation, these days you never can tell.


October 24, 2014 - Msg 99506: What'dya want I'm up now aint I.
Luther Heggs

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99507: Fantastic job on the Barney jack-o-lantern, Sterling!! Very impressive!

Prayers for Sean, Boo.

Hope everybody has a great day-love to all!

possum under a rock

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99508: Poor Horatio, I forgot to mention that you have to click on the picture as well to see the whole thing. But thanks for the direct link!

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I do plan on trying the Floyd one next. I did have a pumpkin for that one, but it had already started getting mushy so I couldn't use it. Hopefully Barney won't be sagging before Halloween as well.

Thanks for the comment about Noah, Ro. Still don't know where he got the "Howard" from.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99509: Yeah, well, we're proud of'em.
Luther Heggs

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99510: Back at work till 6am..supper menu: In the honor of The Ghost and Mr Chicken..Chicken fried steak,gravy,fried okra,greenbeans,candied yams,corn on the cob,cornbread,sliced sweet onions and cukes...sweet tea...make a plate to go...SPOT

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99511: Sterling, It helped putting toothpicks in the area of Barney's badge/hat, it sorta kept the area propped up so they didn't sag. Because it did sag quickly. Just a suggestion...Not being pushy!


October 24, 2014 - Msg 99512: That's a good idea, G-F! And not pushy at all.
Now I have to get me some toothpicks.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99513: Good evening, porch. No, G-F, while I do appreciate your vote of confidence, I think I'll let you guys do the pumpkin carving. I've got enough on my plate right now. I sure do admire what you boys do, though.

Boo, I hope things are working out for Sean. I declare, it seems like that kid just can't get a break, and if ever anyone deserved one, he does. Keep us posted.

I just got home from a home health visit, to a man in an assisted living facility. He has an enormous pressure ulcer on his ankle, and we do daily dressing changes. Apparently there's no one in the facility who can or will or is authorized to do it. It's a fairly big procedure, but even with vital signs and general assessment shouldn't take over half an hour. Well, I'm always there an hour. The man is perfectly lucid, and lonely, and conversation is the order of the day for him. I simply cannot just go in all business, do the dressing and leave. So I'm always there for an hour, and that's fine, but he keeps the thermostat at 85 in his room, (no joke, truly) and I'm at just about medium rare by the time I finally make my escape. Dripping wet, sweat dripping from my hair and thirsty like you wouldn't believe! But he gets to tell his stories and his little jokes, and discuss his TV shows, and if that brings a little bit of fun into his day, a little sweat on my part is a small price to pay. Sure am glad to be home, though.

Richard (my son-in-law) arrived about five minutes after I got home. Robbi stayed in Fredericksburg - the consequences of both of them being away from home for such a long period just wasn't working, so Richard just ran up here for his brother's wedding rehearsal, and will go back on Sunday, then will return later in the week for the wedding, and Robbi will come then, of course.

Well, gotta run. Got somebody to feed! Yay! --Romeena

October 24, 2014 - Msg 99514: While watching M*A*S*H and TAGS on MeTV tonight both shows were written my Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzel. Frank told Margret, & Barney told Andy to "tic-a-lock" it must be a favorite saying by that writing team. I'll have to watch out for when Aunt Bee says it and see if that episode is written by them also. They wrote several episodes of M*A*S*H a good writing team they were. Also "Billy Ray" was on that TAGS one too, it was when Luke Comstock came back to settle things with Andy.


October 24, 2014 - Msg 99515:
Luther, I like where barney is in the hunting jacket acting
as a mannequin! "Now now Leon." ha
Hey to Possum--groovy.
Turned out good Sterling.
Other than when I was a little kid, and Oct. 31 wasnt a such day of macabre, now that I have really been informed of the weird
origins of the day, etc, I dont have anything to do with it. That's just me.
I still like the tags remshaw ep, but all of the things happening in it are explained at the end,
as opposed being spirits of the paranormal.

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99516: I'm with you MDC on Oct. 31st thing, was just discussing it with Mrs. G-F, I can't believe how BIG? and dark it has become. I like fall and harvest themed activities, but the whole Haloweenie think just turns me off, so it's not just you buddy!

Going to be nice here today so may catch the flea mkt. this morning and see if there are any "deals" before everyone wraps it up for the winter. Might find something good....Might not!


October 25, 2014 - Msg 99517: Gomer, Gomer, Gome..? (:

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99518:
MDC and G-F, unlike both of you, I still enjoy Halloween. As a kid, I liked getting treats for free as well as listening to ghost stories. As an adult, I enjoy the opportunity to dress up in disguise in public to pretend you are some one else. I believe that as long you avoid such negative aspects as any kind of evil worship, Halloween can be enjoyable. Maybe that is why The Ghost And Mr. Chicken is my favorite Don Knotts movie and The Haunted House is my second favorite TAGS episode.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99519: Atta Boy Luther!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=inDf6-TUq5s

PH, Since Greenbaum & Fritzell wrote The Ghost & Mr. Chicken too, I was wondering if they used "Tic-a-Lock" phrase in that movie? I can't recall, since it is your favorite Knotts movie, who better to ask? Thought I'd us my "PH-app" and find out.


October 25, 2014 - Msg 99520:
G-F, it has been a while since I viewed The Ghost and Mr. Chicken so I can't remember if the phrase "tic-a-lock" was used in that movie. I could not find the movie on the internet. However, I will be purchasing the DVD sometime in the next few weeks.
Also, are you aware that Andy Griffith made some script changes even though he never received a writing credit for that movie?
TRIVIA QUESTION: A major actor in the film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken was once married to a major actor in the I Love Lucy television series. Name this former husband and wife.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99521: PH...Phil Ober & Vivian Vance? No I did not know Andy was involved in the movie. You can tell there was a ""Mayberry" feel to the movie..

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99522:
G-F, your answer to my trivia question is correct. Phil Ober played the owner of the haunted house, killer Nicholas Simmons, in the film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Ober was married to Vivian Vance at the time she played Ethel Mertz on the black & white I Love Lucy television program.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2014 - Msg 99523: Good evening, porch. Just enjoying all the little rabbit trails everyone is following. Now, since Vivian Vance was mentioned, here's another trail. Many years ago, before the advent of the internet, we bought a set of World Book encyclopedias. Not sure what year, though probably in the 70s. In the section about television, the "I Love Lucy" show was featured, and the four major actors were pictured and named. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Ethel Mertz. Yep, Vivian was identified as Ethel Mertz. Those books are long gone, but sometimes I find myself wishing I had kept them.

Your "PH app", G-F.? That's funny, and I like it. Very apropos. Just think, we all have that app at our fingertips, and it's free! PH, will you be our app-figure?

Oh, G-F! A trip to the flea market! How I would enjoy going with you, just laughing our way through all the grubby stuff, and looking for that one little off-beat something-or-other that just begs to go home with you. I so enjoy flea markets, but they're more fun with a friend who enjoys them too. I haven't been to a good flea market in years.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. Plenty of that soup/stew left that I made yesterday. Oh my, was it ever good. I browned some stew beef, then put it in a big heavy dutch oven and added a can of beef broth. The rest of the stuff went in, in stages, according to the texture of the veggie. Carrots first, of course. Then celery, onions, a little purple cabbage left from another dish, fresh green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and finally a handful of snow peas went in about ten minutes before we ate. Oh, and a can of diced tomatoes went in somewhere along the line. You can just feel the vitamins spreading through your body when you eat a bowl of it! So good. Seasoned, of course, with salt, pepper, garlic, and a small pinch of sugar. It cooked all day, so the meat is just falling-apart tender. Pretty good stuff, and it made a tubful. Richard and I ate all we wanted last night, I had it for lunch, and it's still not half gone. It has no starch in it, no potatoes or noodles, because Richard is diabetic, like me. Without those carbs, it's pretty diabetic-friendly. For a family, or your own preference, you can always add those. Potatoes would thicken it some and make it more of a stew, noodles more like soup. You can make it as thick or soupy as you like, of course, by adding more liquid. Asa, this is something you can make easily, and maybe you do. If you can chop veggies, you can make this.

OK, this time I'm really gone. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 26, 2014 - Msg 99524: How may different species of fleas do they sell at a flea market? (:

October 26, 2014 - Msg 99525: I'm not sure, but I think I've seen at least a dozen. --Romeena

October 26, 2014 - Msg 99526: Oh Yes, there are many types of "fleas" at the flea market. Big ones, little ones, ones dressed like they are going to the "Wal-Mart"... Yep, it's a sight to see! I do like to go as Romeena calls it: "mouseing around".. Then a trip next door to the Hartville Kitchen to eat, Yep it's a FUN day. (sure would like to show Romeena around there). There were pretty many vendors and folk there, I guess everyone wanted "one more trip" before the really cold weather sets in.


October 26, 2014 - Msg 99527: It is quite a complex. The Market Place, with both indoor & outdoor shops, The Hartville Kitchen Restaurant, and Hartville Hardware Store here is the link. http://www.hartvillemarketplace.com/
You can fly into Hartville International Airport, (Yoder's corn field plowed down smooth). You might even see the Goodyear Blimp too, the Air dock is about 5 miles to the North, it flies around the area often. Check out the site, if you look close in the picture you may even see the red "Goobmobile" in the parking lot!..haha

G-F chapter 2

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99528:
Our church had a craft fair in the social hall this weekend. About 40 vendors, most are members, but a few "outsiders" too. One elderly man takes scraps of wood and makes trivets. He glues the many pieces together, then thru a sander, routers the edges, and a coat of polyurethane, cork feet, and voila, a trivet! Clever, and
all profit because he gets the scraps from his retirement center's hobby shop. He told me that it keeps him off the streets and out of his wife's hair! ha
High 80s predicted for my area all week! "Cool!"
And our Cards are 6-1.

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99529: Very cool place GF!

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99530: Hey MDC...Does that man call his business "Trivital Triviality's"?...ha!...G-F

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99531: "Trivetal Triviality's" that is,..."e" before "t" in trivet..I keep forgetting that rule!..G-f

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99532: Good Monday morning porch, hope all is well today. just checking in from work today. been busy at ole Maude's place the past few weeks so not much time to rock.

lunch menu will be: potato soup with cheese and bacon on top. mexican cornbread. tea or lemonade to drink.

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99533: Hi
Will thing is o k now!
Rom she was the one who had the brain cancer!


October 27, 2014 - Msg 99534: Hey, Tom! I was about to ask Andy to send out an APB for you. Good to hear from you. You know, after I asked that question about whether her death was unexpected, I realized that it was most likely the same SIL who had been ill. I wasn't sure, since I don't know how many SILs you have. Anyway, it was a dumb question. I'm sorry for your family's loss. How is your brother doing?

It is an absolutely beautiful day here in north Texas. There's a brisk little breeze blowing, making the trees dance, the sky is a pale baby-blanket blue, and the sun is bright. It's at that wonderful slanted angle that causes it to shine through leaves, and make them look like they're glowing. Later, in the middle of the day, the sun just bears down and doesn't illuminate the leaves like it does in the morning and evening. My whole yard looks like a Monet painting, with so many colors and shadings and points of light. I love this time of year.

Well, Joe is coming, to repair a sprinkler line, and to finish planting a couple of things. Guess I'd better go find my socks and get dressed! Also Toye Starr is about to dig a hole in the vinyl mat beneath my desk chair. I haven't fed her yet, and she's letting me know about it. Funny little thing, she "digs" to express frustration, always has. When I brush her out and put her little topknot up, she just hates it, so the second I release her, she runs and jumps into one of her cuddle beds, and "digs" as hard as she can. It's just hilarious. Those little front feet fly so fast, all you can see is blurred motion. Mercy! What would I do without that baby? She makes me laugh, all the time. God is good. --Romeena

October 27, 2014 - Msg 99535: Went up to the Smokey Mountains this weekend. They had a restored 1964 squad car parked on Main St. in Blowing Rock NC.
"Allright you kids get outta here! Didn't you ever see a person with his head in a harness before!".
Luther Heggs

October 28, 2014 - Msg 99536:
APB for BOO and POSSUM and MAUDE and all!
Luther, that sounds like fun!
I got a letter from pappabear today.
He moved again, and I sent RO his address
for the Christmas list.
Keep him in your prayers as he continues to
have medical issues.

October 28, 2014 - Msg 99537: PH...New Sheriff "Mayor" in town we hear... Hopefully he is a good guy no & drama, I'm sure Toronto is tired of being in the national spotlight.

MDC, Did Papa Bear say if he made it to Mayberry Days or not? He was not at the group photo opt. Maybe he can make it to the Danville IN event, they are having it again in 2015.
I agree on the APB where is everybody? That goes for AuH2o, John Masters, Lucy, too!

Safe travels for our "Floyd", the Mayberry Cruise is coming up this week, so we will be on our own for awhile.


October 28, 2014 - Msg 99538: Hey GF. Maybe Floyd will deputize us. I think he's got a spare uniform you can use. I'll just wear my guard uniform but I would like the unbent badge if it's ok with you.
I wonder... do we get guns?


October 28, 2014 - Msg 99539:
Last night on ME-TV was the reunion episode and
the Mayberry High Song...
GF--I am quite sure that PB did not make it to
Mayberry days.
Have a good day all,

October 28, 2014 - Msg 99540: "No you keep that. That's for Mr. Lesch's favorite charity."
Luther Heggs

October 28, 2014 - Msg 99541: Put them long poinky sticks away & don't go trying to smoke me out,'cause I'm right here! Been busy with getting my mama settled into an Assisted Living facility & trying to take care of all of the other things that pop up in my lil' possum life!

Tom,sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you & your family..

Hey, I might be headed back to Mayberry soon! Went for the first time last year,but didn't get to fully experience everything because I was sick and also got there too late in the day. Hoping to get back to Mt. Airy by mid- November. Anybody else plan to visit during that time,let me know and maybe we can meet up!

It's so pretty out! Sunny and temps in the upper 80s-hard to believe it's almost November! I think I'll go sit on my porch for a spell and enjoy the afternoon. Y'all take care!

possum u.a.r.

October 28, 2014 - Msg 99542: lol Asa, Just be sure to get to the hardware for that new screw and get that green stuff off your bullets. Now, Since you have been on the porch longer you will be Deputy #1. Maybe MDC could be #2 but I'm not sure about PH and how those border rules go so, maybe I can be #3? I have a WW2 M1 Carbine and the bullets to swing it!

Possum, If you go to Mt. Airy be sure to stop at "Mayberry on Main" and tell the owners (The Miles) that G-F said hey! If you need to know the best places to eat I know that too.

My friend came over today to help me finish hanging my drywall for my "Mayberry room". Now all I have to do is the "mud" work and paint. Next comes the "Wheeler"....Then I can say: "Everything is OK in Mayberry"....


October 28, 2014 - Msg 99543: I couldn't find TOMs post...did something happen to one of his family members?

Thanks for the APB, MDC. I have been scarce, I know. Just plain busy. I finished my clinical hours at the nursing home and I have to say that it was a wonderful experience. I just love the people I worked with and the residents. It is certainly a place for the forgotten and so many never even have a visitor. It is not one of those nicer nursing homes. It the very least of them and all residents are medicare...some homeless or on the street before coming to the facility. I heard such heartbreaking stories. I will certainly be going back to visit and am already making out Christmas cards to take and give out in December.

I have one more clinical day at a local hospital to check off on the skills I couldn't check off on at the nursing home. After that, I just send in all the forms and start looking for employment. The nursing home offered me a job, but it is quite a commute and there is a nursing home within a mile of my home, if I choose to work there.

Thanks for the prayers for Sean. Things are moving in the right direction. Today he took an online test to determine areas of academic strength. He made As in reading comp and English but failed the math, as expected. It was really hard and I certainly could not have passed it, either. We will have an appointment soon with the head of the admissions and see where to go from here.

Today was Bruce's birthday (58) and I made him some fried shrimp (fresh from the gulf). He loved it.

Better hit the ironing board. Six comes early. I was actually having to get up at 4am the last two weeks to get to my job by 6am. Glad that is over!


October 28, 2014 - Msg 99544: oops...Bruce is 57, not 58....sean just corrected me.

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99545:
Happy birthday to Bruce!
How about that nail-biter game 6 tonight! ha
Possum, no pointy sticks, just an all POINTS bulletin! ha
BTW, when my dad had all that constipation,big d and enema etc. I gave his caregiver a Thank you card with a c-note, and said "combat duty deserves some combat pay." Dad is doing fair these days.
Thanks for all the prayers for him and ME.
Possum, you can now relate:)
GF--you gonna retrieve that baseball?

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99546: Boo, it was Tom's SIL who passed, the one who had the brain tumor. He just posted a small note about it. --Romeena

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99547: No MDC, I won't, I specialize only on retrieving golf balls!! lol G-F

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99548: "Aaa...Mayberry unit number 1, over and ahh under. Out and over. Ahh bye."
Luther Heggs

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99549: I haven't vivited the porch in years, but now I'm back. Whats happening folks?
Dr. Breen

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99550:
Boo, I'm glad to learn you were able to help those lonely residents of the nursing home. When my aunt was a resident of one of them, my mother (her sister) and I used to visit her every two weeks. And we always took her out for an automobile ride and a meal at a local restaurant. Some sad memories I have are me walking down the hallways of the nursing home as a few of the residents, who were sitting in their wheelchairs, would grab my arm and ask me "Are you here to take me home?" or "Please take me home.". It was heart breaking not having any good news to offer them.
When I was taking care of my own mother at home, after one of her surgeries, her doctor recommended to me that I should place her in a nursing home. I told him that as long as I am mentally and physically able to care for her, I would never place her in a nursing home. I am so glad I was able to fulfill that promise.

G-F, yes Toronto has elected a new mayor (John Tory). Current Mayor Rob Ford has to vacate that position by December 2. After dropping out of the mayoral race because of health reasons, Mayor Rob Ford ran for city councillor of his ward and won. So both he and the new mayor will be seeing each other in city council meetings during the next four years. (For you spell checkers, "councillor" is the correct spelling here in Canada)
And as for designating deputies here at the Front Porch, can I be the Royal Canadian Mountie of Mayberry? Who remembers the cartoon Dudley DoRight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npfi0UZL2ow)?

Luther Heggs, regarding that restored squad car, do you remember what police agency it represented?

MDC, so pappabear has moved again? That guy seems to move almost as much as I change my underwear ... about once a month.
And what do you mean calling a 10 to 0 World Series, game 6, massacre a nail-biter? It was more of a yawner.

And welcome to Dr. Breen. Judging by your posting, you have been here before. That must have been during one of my absences.
I have been posting here off and on since about 1997. I spent most of my life in the USA and currently live in Canada (near Toronto). My posting name is derived from the Opie's Charity episode. Watch the less than two minute scene at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGrL5C4uS1s

from Poor Horatio

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99551: Good evening, porch. Dr. Breen, it's good to see you back on the porch. It's always nice when former residents move back home. Pull up a rocker and set a spell!

Luther Heggs, I don't think I welcomed you when you appeared a little while back, but I'm glad you're here. Your quotes are just the right note to keep us all in touch with Mayberry.

Eloise and I voted yesterday. So easy, this early voting thing. We just drove over to City Hall, parked easily on the half-empty lot, walked in, signed our name and voted, then walked out. Took all of about ten minutes. Sure beats standing in a long, uncomfortable line on Election Day.

Afterward, we had a rare treat, one that we'll probably repeat quite often. Some former members of our church used to have a small restaurant downtown, The Culinary Improv, and they served wonderful food. They make a Reuben sandwich that just absolutely rocks, and a bread pudding with lemon sauce that's so good it should be illegal. They finally had to close the restaurant when the building was being demolished to accommodate a Dart rail station, and real estate for another location was so expensive. Well, they recently bought a big old food truck, and now park on a vacant lot downtown every Tuesday and serve their wonderful concoctions from that truck. Just one day a week, doesn't wear them out too much (they're about my age) and they enjoy it. So, after we voted, Eloise and I went to their truck and got a Reuben and some bread pudding, and took it to a nearby park and ate at a picnic table. Such fun! While we were standing around the truck, about ten other church members showed up to get some of that famous food. They make a killer chicken salad, and a black-bean burger that's just wonderful. They also cater, and the mom makes a death-by-chocolate cake, covered with dipped strawberries, that has become standard as the groom's cake at wedding receptions. Amazing cake! So - early voting day was really fun this week! You know, I like this little town. In some ways, it's like a big version of Mayberry. "Downtown" is about eight minutes from my house, there's always a place to park, we have two or three iconic restaurants there, and the Dart station from which I can go anywhere in the Metroplex for a $5 all-day ticket, there are several nice little parks where one can just sit, or eat a sandwich, and enjoy pretty fountains, City Hall and the main library are right there in the middle of it all, and when all is done, home is again just a few minutes away. D/FW airport is less than fifteen minutes from my house, Love Field (home of Southwest Airlines)is less than twenty minutes in the other direction, and anything Dallas would have to offer is just across the Trinity river. All in all, not a bad place to live. It's not Hawaii, but it's not bad.

Well, guess I'd better go rustle up some supper. I'm not very hungry. I've got one bowl of that soup/stew left, guess I'll finish it off. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99552: Good evening all.
Hey Ro, I will try that stew idea when we get some cooler weather, which is supposed to be this weekend. I will put taters in mine. You reckon it would work out ok in a crock pot? And is browning the meat beforehand critical? Just curious on some of those finer points. Your little corner of the world sounds so very nice. But I suspect you could be living in downtown Detroit and find it nice. You are one of those special folks that finds the good in anyone or anything and focuses on that. You are a treasure.

Gosh we have had such a wonderful Fall here. I hate to see it end but they are predicting a cold front to blow in this weekend. Snow perhaps down on the valley floors by Sunday. Oh well, I knew it couldn't last.

Howdy to Dr. Breen. Slow down, take it easy. What's your hurry.