April 07, 2019 - Msg 112022:
Oh, BTW prison ministry went OK today, but I want to tell you something
kinda funny. One of the guys (there were five of us today) wore khaki colored pants
and that is a big no-no because the guards wear that color. Also one can not wear orange, the jumpsuit color, as well as some other restrictions.
The guard at the metal detector told him that there is a Walmart in town, and that
he could go there and buy some pants.
(The 9 prison complexes are near the town of Florence AZ, which is out in the middle of the desert.) The rest of us went in, and about an hour later he came back in some
black pants. But now here's the funny part...there is a small section in that Walmart that has a sign that says "AZ State Prison Approved Clothing!" (We all got a sheet explaining what we can
wear, he just forgot.) But ladies cannot wear anything 'skin tight' or with V necks because they are considered too 'enticing!' Also, no wording like 's#xy lady' etc.
It is those kinds of things one doesnt think too much about in the 'outside' world, but it is truly a whole different world in there. Three weeks ago there was a flu outbreak which i think I mentioned. Well, have a great Sunday afternoon. Looks like VA and TX Tech in the bball game.

April 07, 2019 - Msg 112023: And with THAT I swept? It should have swept AFTER that post! ha (Check archive for my addition to the story)

April 08, 2019 - Msg 112024: Female voice: Good afternoon, Shady Rest Hotel

Aunt Bee: Yes, I would like to speak to a Mr. Henry Wheeler

F.V.: What room number maam.

A.B. I don't think he is a guest. I believe he works there.

F.V. I'm sorry, but no one with that name works here. Are you sure you have the right number?

A.B.: Well I only have this one number, and it came in a letter with Shady Rest Hotel stationary. In fact it's a scented letter.

F.V.: That is odd. What scent?

A.B.: It smells like onions.

F.V.: Onions? That sounds like Uncle Joe. He loves onions.

A.B.: What does "Uncle Joe" look like?

F.V.: Well he is a pretty average looking feller. Suffers a lot with lumbago. Noted for his very soft hands.

A.B.: Soft hands you say? Why that sounds like Mr. Wheeler indeed. And he loves his onions. Do you suppose I could speak to him?

F.V.: Sure, it's time he woke up anyway. Hang on.


MDC, Glad you got to the prison to do your ministry. And glad you got out. :) I bet you can't take peanut butter sammiches in with you either. Good for you on your work there.

Supposed to hit 70 here today. Then rain and snow the rest of the week. So if I am going to get anything done outdoors, I better get to it!


April 08, 2019 - Msg 112025: Nice twist to the story Asa...

Aunt Bee: Andy...I need a vacation...
Andy: But where will you go?
AB: Emma Watson was telling me about this quiet little town called “Hooterville” ....She picks up the phone, Sarah, get me The Fife Travel Angency....Ring....Ring...Voice answers...Hello Fife Travel Agency Agent Fife speaking.....

AB: Barney, I need to book a trip to Hooterville...

Barney: Ok Aunt Bee, I’ll give my old Buddies Charley & Floyd a call and book you a ride on the Hooterville Cannonball Express. I know a 5star motel called “The Shady Rest” is that Ok?...A nice Lady and her daughters run it...

Aunt Bee: Barney that would be JUST FINE!...I hear tell they have a expert Handyman too....😉


April 08, 2019 - Msg 112026: ALL ABOARD https://youtu.be/nSxq27Dux3c

April 08, 2019 - Msg 112027: Good morning, porch! It's been a busy weekend, and there's so much to tell you. First of all, Toye Starr. I finally was able to get the phenobarbital that Dr. Mike prescribed for her little seizures. She hates it, but as usual is reasonably cooperative about taking medicine. I have to draw it up in a syringe and squirt it into her mouth. She gags and wiggles, but she swallows it. And (drum roll, please) she has now gone for 48 hours without a wreck-up. Apparently it's working. She seems much more like her little old self, and I'm very hopeful. Thank God!

The party went well on Friday night, thanks to Gary and Elaine. My grandson and his precious wife are just about the cat's whiskers, and there is no way I could have pulled that party off by myself. Friday morning, Gary dragged out every cleaning appliance I have, chose his favorite, and went to work. He polished furniture, vacuumed the sofas and chairs as well as the carpet, used my new and previously unused Bissell Crosswave machine to scrub the kitchen and sunroom floors and cleaned the guest bathroom. Elaine swung into action in the kitchen. She chopped and diced all the veggies, deboned and shredded the meat from two roasted chickens, and if I sat a dirty dish down, she snatched it up and washed it. At 5:15, when the ladies started arriving, the house was sparkling, the casseroles were just coming out of the oven, and we had even sat down and rested for a few minutes beforehand. There is no way on God's green earth I could have done all that alone. Those two worked like happy little dogs all day, and you never heard so much laughter and kidding as went on. They are just amazing.

The ladies ate shortly after they arrived, but the three of us didn't eat. When we started to play, Gary and Elaine loaded the dishwasher and had the kitchen shining. At 8:20, we were finished, the ladies all left, Gary folded up and put away the one card table and chairs we had used (the dining room table and the table in the sunroom finished out the three we needed), he tidied up the room while Elaine and I packed up the second casserole and the garlic bread and put them in the car. We drove out to David and Brittney's, where they were just getting home from Landry's ball game, and we all had chicken casserole and were entertained by a piano concert by Hudson. What a wonderful evening! Saturday morning, they left about noon and flew back to Seattle. I miss them!!

You people are so funny, and so creative! I'm really enjoying the story and can't wait to see what happens with Miss Bee and Mr. Wheeler. Such fun! Keep it going, please. I may or may not participate. As much as I love to write, my inspiration comes from memories, especially childhood memories. I'm not very good at fiction. That has kept me from writing a novel, though I would love to do so. Oh well.... Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 08, 2019 - Msg 112028: Good Afternoon Porch,
We had Mom`s service this morning. It was hard but I know she is in heaven and in peace. The Deacon gave a wonderful service for her and I gave a talk about her faith in God, and the peace and love in her heart. She was not only full of the Holy Spirit but over flowing with the Holy Spirit and touched so many people around her. I was so happy to have her as a Mother and best friend.

April 08, 2019 - Msg 112029: Aww Frankie, bless your heart. I have been thinking about you all day. My deepest payers for you and your family.


April 08, 2019 - Msg 112030: That is SO nice Frankie...You were blessed for sure!...G-F

April 09, 2019 - Msg 112031: Frankie, I'm so happy that your mom's service went well, and you have such sweet memories to hold in your heart. You did everything you could for her, and made her last days on this earth as peaceful as you possibly could. Now, she is waiting for you, and is in a wonderful place, beyond imagination, and you will see her again, all in God's good timing. Bless you, sweet girl. Now, go and rest, laugh and be happy. --Romeena

April 10, 2019 - Msg 112032: Hi all, sorry I've been away, just a lot of errands etc since I got my VeHICcle back.
more later,
mdc ':)

April 10, 2019 - Msg 112033: Morning all.
Snowing on my porch this morning. They say the mountains could get a couple of feet with a couple of inches on the valley floors. The biggest problem with that this time of year is usually the snow is very wet and wet equals heavy. A lot of the trees have started to leaf out already. Trees with leaves plus wet heavy snow equals a lot of broken limbs. And also usually a lot of downed power lines.

Frankie, I do pray you are doing ok. Check in when you can.

Romeena, so glad that Toye Starr is responding to the medication. I hope she continues to do well.

MDC, How you aim to drive? lol

GF, How is spring in Ohio buddy? You got all your lawn equipment ready to roll?

I hope Boo is doing ok. Haven't heard from her for a spell.

I would add to the story but my mind is blank this morning. More so than usual if that's possible. :)


April 10, 2019 - Msg 112034: Yes, Spring has FINALLY sprung in Ohio...For at least a couple of days. Stick around it will change!

No I haven’t got my mowing machines serviced yet, but I DID get my planter boxes ready yesterday. I like to break up the dirt and sift all the old roots and squirrel “treasures” out of them. Like I told Romeena, I do this early so the critters can go thru the dirt and realize their Nuts are no longer in there.

This helps so they don’t dig in them once I put the plants in the boxes....Sometimes the best way to out smart a squirrel is to think like one...


April 10, 2019 - Msg 112035: Out squirrel a squirrel, kinda like out foxing a fox. lol


April 10, 2019 - Msg 112036: Hello Porch,
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
I am doing ok. Been very busy getting things in order. My brother has been such a big help and has been here with me. I think he is going to stay here tell the end of the month. We have been doing special things together like going out for rides out of town.

Tomorrow I have a technician coming to the house for a tune up on the central heat and air unit. Thought I should have it serviced before the hot summer hits us.

You all have been so nice and understanding. The porch has given me comfort during this difficult time. Thank you Porch.

April 10, 2019 - Msg 112037:
FRANKIE, I havent had time to post much lately, but I add my prayers for you as you now let your mom go. Hang in there dear one. I will get easier as time passes. I think of all who have gone before us, yet time marrches on.

ASA--It seems to me that you asked something about my truck's milage, but I can find it in the archives. Do you recall what you asked? Thx.
BOO-- prayers for you and Shoreline. At least you have the school job as a backup.
RO--you sure have a wonderful family. Glad TS is responding!

OK, I'll try a little more of the story. I like it when 2 shows come together, like the Matlock and DM episode.

Aunt Bee--(Gathering her thoughts) OK, I've talked to Mr Wheeler, tho it is kinda strange that he is now known as Uncle Joe, but he does seem anxious to see me. Barney has made my reservations for the trip to Hooterville, and to stay at the Shady Rest; and I've cleaned Andy's underwear, so I guess I better pack a bag. Oh dear, I just dont know where to begin. Let's see...

OK, all packed and set to go.
ANDY: Now Aunt Bee, you go and have a great time. Caroline, Johnny, Opie, Andicarolie, and I will be just fine, just fine. You know how I like Caroline's leg-o-lamb just about as much as I like yours.
Since Mayberry got the railroad spur, it has sure made the trip to Hooterville much easier. I'll drive you down to the station.
mdc :)

April 10, 2019 - Msg 112038: MDC..You forgot to add.. Andy asked: Aunt Bee did you remember to pack a sack of Sammiches?...lol ..G-F

April 10, 2019 - Msg 112039: Watching the Oakland A`s on TV tonight. They are starting the season out good this year. They are beating Baltimore 10-3 right now.

We have been having some great weather out here, and the yard is really growing like crazy. Must of been all that weed and feed I put out.

You all have a nice evening.

April 11, 2019 - Msg 112040: Good morning all.
Frankie. I am so glad that you can find some peace and comfort here on the Porch. There are some wonderful folks here on the Porch. They have helped me through many a trial. My Kentucky blue grass loves this wet cool weather. Growing like mad here also, and I have yet to fertilize it.

MDC, I think I asked what year your truck was. Hey, maybe it's your shocks MDC, YER SHOCKS! lol

The saga continues:
Aunt Bee on boarding the bus, gives her ticket to the driver, who looks at it, and then has a look of alarm come to his face.
Bus driver: Lady, you will have to switch busses in Mt. Pilot.
A.B.: But I thought I was supposed to take a train to Hooterville.
B.D.: Well Ma-am, I am not aware of any trains that go to Hooterville Florida.
A.B.: Hooterville Florida??
B.D. Yes Ma-am, that's is where your ticket is for. I understand they are having their Annual Spring Bikini contest this weekend. Uhh, you're not entered in it, are you?
A.B.: Bikini contest??? Ohhh that Barney Fife, He has booked me to the wrong Hooterville. Just wait till I get my hands on him!!
Aunt Bee grabs her suitcase and storms off in the direction of the Courthouse.


April 11, 2019 - Msg 112041: ....:The courthouse doors fly open..
Aunt Bee: “Barney Fife...”You Beat Everything you Know That!”....You had ONE JOB!...ONE JOB!!...Who ever heard of Hooterville Florida?

Barney: https://images.app.goo.gl/suuiKfrJWrGKueLw7 I’m SORRY Aunt Bee


April 11, 2019 - Msg 112042: Bee: The nerve of that Barney Fife! A bikini contest?! Good heavens! His cider’s turned hard!


April 12, 2019 - Msg 112043: HI ALL! I hope everyone is doing well today.
We had lunch today with an old friend whom we havent seen for years. Met at a little 'brunch' type place, and had a good meal and conversation.
Those are always fun.
HI BOO--hope things are going OK for u these days.
ASA- I have a 2005 Silverado extended cab with 6 ft bed. I has been very good to me. I have 155,000 miles on it, and this achy shakey thing
is really the first major issue. The new brakes have helped to stop the shake somewhat, so now i am looking into some other possibilities.
So you got more snow, wow!
ANYONE-- what's your Easter plans for this year?

OK, story time:

Andy: Now now Aunt Bee, simmer down, we'll get this fixed.
Barn: Yes, Aunt Bee, that was the only Hooterville that I know about.
You may remember I stayed at the Y there last year?
OK, I'll make a call and I'll get this whole thing straightened out for you.
AB- Well, I hope so, Mr Wheeler is expecting me you know.


Conductor---"HOOTERVILLE, next stop Hooterville! End of the line, please get ready to dis-embark."

Uncle Joe: Aunt Bee! Its so wonderful to see you again!
AB--Why Mr. Wheeler, you are a sight for sore eyes.
Uncle Joe: Sh-h-h-h-h, dont say 'wheeler' round here. I'm in a witness protection program,
so it's Uncle Joe now, OK? I'll explain it all in a bit...

NEXT! :)


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April 12, 2019 - Msg 112046: ....The camera pans to the Front Porch of the “Shady Rest” Motel and Uncle Joe and Aunt Bee are sitting in the rocking chairs with a tall lemonade. The music 🎶 plays....There’s Aunt Bee and Uncle Joe, their moving kinda Slow, at the Junction.....


April 12, 2019 - Msg 112047: BTW....Asa...My mowing machines are now serviced and ready for the season when it gets here..But I still have to sharpen the blades. I usually wait a couple of mowings until I do it though Incase I hit any winter junk learking in the grass.


April 12, 2019 - Msg 112048: A.B.: Henr… I mean Joe, why are you in the witness protection program? What is that all about?

Joe: Well Bee, I really don't think you want to know. In fact the less you know, the better off you'll be.

A.B.: Now Joe, If this relationship is going to go anywhere we need to be completely honest and forth coming with each other. Don't you agree?

Joe: Well of course you're correct Bee, but surely you can understand why I don't want to tell you everything.

A.B.: (Getting frustrated) No Henry, I don't understand! And quit calling me Shirley!

Henry: Please Bee, be patient. When we get back to Mayberry I can tell you everything. I got us tickets for the Noon train tomorrow. By tomorrow night, we will be sitting on your front porch, enjoying the cool evening breeze, and I will tell you what this is all about. O.K. Bee?

A.B.: Oh Henry, you know just what to say to melt my heart. But just remember this. You better not be leading me along! I have a spoon at home with your name on it! And I know how to use it. Just ask Briscoe Darling.

Henry: (Gulping nervously) Now Bee, a spoon is for cooking and serving food, not a weapon.

A.B.: In my kitchen, I will use my utensils as I wish. As long as you are honest and sincere with me, you needn't worry about it.

Henry: Thank you for understanding Bee. You're a fine, fine woman.


MDC, Sounds like a nice truck. Good luck in trying to find your problem.

GF, Are you getting the snow I sent to you? We are getting more this morning. Mercy sakes, It has been a cool wet spring so far.

Well off to the store. Maybe I will get some fixins for spaghetti. That sounds pretty good. And I have the oregano to swing it!, :)


April 12, 2019 - Msg 112049: No snow Asa...But there are severe thunderstorms warning out!

...Aunt Bee strolls into town and walks into Sam Druckers store.
AB: Mr. Drucker, what can you tell me about Uncle Joe over at the Shady Rest?

Sam: Well Miss Bee, I ain’t one to gossip, but you may want to go over to the Hooterville Press and look up the article about a certain local Handyman, a water tower, and a pigs 🐖 Mother and see what you come up with.....


April 12, 2019 - Msg 112050:
AB--My goodness, this is all very confusing. These old newspapers are very interesting though. This town is known as both Petticoat Junction
and Hooterville, and there is a pig here named Arnold, and the local gals bathe in the water tower!
And now Sam tells me that Oliver and Lisa are also in the witness protection program!
I mean really, New Yorkers in THIS place, who do they think they're kidding?? It's like the Twilight Zone around here. I even read that a guy named Jed Clampett struck oil near here.
Oh dear, what will Andy and Caroline think? I think the sooner we get back to Mayberry, the better.
Uncle Joe (Henry)--Yes bee, this place is a bit confusing, I admit. In fact, Ernest T Bass is also living here but he goes by the name of Howard somebody! The Cannonball Express will be here tomorrow, and once we get to Mayberry, all will be OK. I just wanted you to see this place! One nice thing about it though is that I can grow my own onions! I havent had to borrow an onion since I last saw you. You are a dear woman, and I think we'll make a fine couple, just a fine couple.


We are supposed to get a little rain tonight, but I heard that Dallas and other areas may get some really bad storms.
RO, are you OK? Is there a storm brewing there?
Prayers for all, Palm Sunday coming up soon.

April 13, 2019 - Msg 112051: Aunt Bee: All submitted for my approval. I AM in the Twilight Zone!....G-F

April 13, 2019 - Msg 112052: Meanwhile, back in Mayberry, Deputy Barney Fife, driven by feelings of guilt for having almost sent Aunt Bee off to the wrong Hooterville, has convinced himself, and most of the townsfolk that Aunt Bee and Henry will be arriving in town as Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wheeler. So in typical Fife fashion, has been working tirelessly in putting together a surprise Welcome Home/Congratulations to the newlyweds party. He has decided to do this without letting Andy know, so as to surprise Andt as well. He has arranged for the entire town to meet at the Bus Stop at Noon. The Mayberry Band will play a few selections, Josephine Pike will be there to present the couple with a fresh onion, the Women's Auxiliary will present them with 5 different varieties of onion pies, and Floyd Lawson has been commissioned to compose a new version of "Hail to Thee" for the new couple.
Just before Noon, And walks over from the Courthouse to the Bus stop. He is thinking to himself that the town sure is quiet today and wonders where his deputy has been. He hasn't seen him all morning. As he walks around the corner of the drug store he stops dead in his tracks. There is the entire town, gathered at the bus stop. In the background you can hear the band warming up. Andy sees Barney, hurriedly moving people around into just the right place. Then Andy notices the large banner welcoming the newlyweds. It doesn't take Andy but a second to figure out what is going on, and who is behind it all. He rushes over to Barney, and grabs him by the arm and ushers him away from the crowd.
Andy: Barney, will you tell me what in tarnation you're doing!

Barney: Well Andy, I was feeling so bad about those wrong bus tickets, I wanted to make it up to you both. So I decided to throw a wedding reception. Are you surprised?

Andy: Barney, you beat every....
Just then the bus pulls up. The doors open and out steps Aunt Bee and right behind her is Henry Wheeler. The crowd erupts into cheers, confetti is thrown in the air. Floyd rushes up to the couple and proceeds to serenade them with his new song.
All hail to thee Henry and Bee
All hail to thee all hail
You're married now and are as one
may you love never fail
oh hail oh hail
oh hail oh hail
Oh hail to thee Henry and Bee
Oh hail to thee oh hail.

Again the townsfolk erupt into applause and cheers.
Aunt Bee gives Andy an astonished look, then a bewildered look to Henry.

Andy steps in front of the couple, and starts yelling for quiet while waving his arms back and forth.


Got some rain here this morning MDC. Had some vicious hail yesterday afternoon. Sometimes these spring storms can be very forceful, but don't usually last but a few minutes. They really are fun to watch roll in.


April 13, 2019 - Msg 112053: Good morning, porch! I know I've been a bit scarce lately, but am spending a lot of time just cuddling my little Toye Starr. She is still having the seizures, or her "wreck-ups" as I call them. Somehow giving them a silly name seems to make them seem less threatening. They are less frequent now that she's on her phenobarb, but she still has at least one a day. Occasionally she has a whole day without one. It seems to be taking her longer to recover from one than it did at first. The attack itself, with her screaming so pitifully, only lasts a few seconds, and she hushes as soon as I pick her up. She whimpers a few times, then settles down and snuggles up to me. I just hold her and let her tell me when she's ready to move again. This could take a couple of minutes, or half an hour. It's taking longer, more often. I'm going to call Dr. Mike on Monday to see if he has any more to offer, and if he wants to see her again, and when. This is breaking my heart.

Yep, we've got a big old storm going on right now. There is some strong wind now and then, but nothing strong enough to be damaging, so far. It woke me about 7, with big old growlers passing overhead, and has rained off and on since then, from light sprinkles to a downpour. I haven't been out front to see if my sump pump in the catch basin on the drain line is working, but I'm sure it is, because there's no water standing in the back yard, and there would be if it wasn't being pumped off. It's a shame to pump all that water off, but this yard is flat as a pancake, with a very slight slope toward the street. My sunroom is actually an enclosed patio, not much higher than ground level, and without that drain system back there, it could easily flood. I've been through two pumps, and finally bought that Zoeller, a big one, and it seems to be quite capable of handling the load.

I'm loving the story - we've got some imaginative writers on this porch! Keep it going. So far, I haven't been able to contribute. I know, I write and publish little stories, but they're all firmly based in fact. A little literary license taken now and then, but much more truth than fiction. Maybe I need to work on that.

Well, better go give my baby her medicine. She hates it, but she needs it. I'll hold her for a long time afterward, until she gets over her little "miff" at such a mean mommy. --Romeena

April 13, 2019 - Msg 112054: Good evening all.
Gosh Romeena, I am so sorry that Toye Starr is still having her "wreck-ups". I am so glad you are there to tend, care, and love her. You both are in my prayers.

Boo, I hope you are just busy and not having more problems with life. Check in when you can.

Prayers continue for Frankie as well. I hope you are coping ok Frankie. I know sometimes it takes a while for reality to set in and gives us a delayed reaction. We love you.

GF, Any suggestions on a battery operated blower for me? I'm in the market for one. I don't have a lot to do, being out in the country, but I do like to clean off the driveway when I'm feeling ambitious. Usually when those feelings hit, I go find my Wheeler and take it easy until it passes, but that doesn't always do it. :)

Well off to rustle up some supper I reckon.


April 13, 2019 - Msg 112055: Asa, I’ve be pleased with the quality of my Snow Joe snow blower. The summer tools are under the “Sun Joe” name.
Their products are rated pretty high when you look at the reviews...I think other than ordering them on line they can be purchased at Home Depot like I did....Good Luck!...


April 14, 2019 - Msg 112056: "A battery-powered blower...that's the SAME IDEA that I had!" ...to paraphrase Barney. (:

April 14, 2019 - Msg 112057:
ROMEENA, I too continue to pray for little ToyStarr. I sure hope the medicine
starts working better for her. God bless you both.

ALL--I mailed a letter today to Togo, West Africa where a missionary we know is currently working. The line in the PO was pretty long, so I went to Barney's slot machine, and my goodness, it was an electronal marvel. I guess i need to get out more! ha. I felt like Pres. George H W Bush and the grocery scanning machine!
This wonderful machine spit out a printed international stamp, but it wouldnt take cash, only debit or credit.
ASA and GF and RO, I think you are all still getting some rain. Hope all is OK with ya all.
BOO--you doing OK? The rest of ya please check in when you can!

OK, story time...

ANDY--Now folks, there has been a big mistake, and I mean a BIG mistake. Barney, you beat everthing , you know that! Now Aunt Bee and Henry are NOT married, but they appreciate y'all comin' out here for this fine greeting. Floyd, yer singin' was superb, but let's everyone go own back home now, so as Aunt Bee and Mr. Wheeler can rest a bit.

AB (sitting on the front porch a bit later) Oh Andy, that Hooterville was a crazy place... why Ernest T. Bass is living there. Someone told me that he is really an undercover FBI agent. Can you imagine that!?

Caroline--Well, we are just glad you and Henry, may I call you Henry?, are back here safe and sound.

AB--Thank you dear. Your pot roast sure smells good. I'm sure you put in a couple of onions for Henry.
(she smiles at Mr. Wheeler) Am I right Henry?

Mr Wheeler-- Oh why yes Miss Bee, I DO like my onions. But I think I'll go upstairs before supper and unpack my things...


Good Sabbath and Palm Sunday! MDC

April 14, 2019 - Msg 112058: Thanks for the concern, friends. I have just been busy and working. I have some deep concerns about the kids, as always, and Sean in particular. He just struggles so, but nothing new to concern you all with. I am holding it together pretty well. Thanks for your prayers, as always.

I feel so sad about what Toye Starr is going through. Poor sweet little thing. I know how terrible I would feel if it was happening to my little Poopsie. It is so hard to see our little pups in pain, even if it is for a short time. I will be be praying for her and for you, Romeena. I hope Dr. Mike can help.

Well, not a lot of time to chat.. I am enjoying the story. You guys are funny! I have to get ready for work. I hate to go in today because it is one of those beautiful, cool days here in South Texas. Everything is so green from the rains and so many wildflowers!

Hope you all have a good Sunday.


April 14, 2019 - Msg 112059: Asa, Thank you for the prayers.
Went to church for Palm Sunday. Was sad not having Mom with me but I know she is in a better place now. The church also keep Mom in there prayers at the Mass. Got chocked up but was able to hold it together. This coming Wednesday will be hard because it would have been Mom`s 94th birthday. She sure lived a full and Blessed life. It sure is nice having my brother and his big labradoodle dog here to keep me company and busy.

April 14, 2019 - Msg 112060: Aren't the trees nice and full today! (:

April 14, 2019 - Msg 112061: You are sure welcome Frankie. Yes, those first year milestone are difficult, especially coming so close after her passing. As you said, she lived a full and blessed life. Great perspective.

Boo, I can tell you are not in a good spot girl. My deepest prayers for you and your family. We love you.

Romeena, I hope Toye Starr is doing better. Is she eating and drinking ok? And doing her duty ok? Poor little thing. I hope you are ok also. We love you too.

GF, I'll give that brand a good look see. I know if you like em, they is got to be good. Any man who can solder like you has my highest respect. My copper "T Man" sits proudly on my mantle place with a bat hanging from him. :)

MDC, So you're living on the edge with those stamp machines, huh? What's next? Trying your luck in the peppermint contests? Those things are rigged you know! lol


April 14, 2019 - Msg 112062: Ahh Asa, I feel a great sense of honor to have it placed on your mantel.You deserved it Buddy!....G-F

April 15, 2019 - Msg 112063: Oh GF, It is I who feels honored.
It shows your ingenuity in creating
Your skill in workmanship
But most of all your warmth in friendship.
Thanks again.


April 15, 2019 - Msg 112064: Hello Porch,
Just checking in to say hi to all of you.
Very cloudy out here today but should be nice and sunny the rest of the week.
You all take care.

April 15, 2019 - Msg 112065:
My oh my what a day! I saw the terrible fire of Notre Dame, and the terrible tornadoes in Texas and elsewhere. Lord be with us.
I hope everyone on the porch is OK, and my prayers go out for all who have been affected.
Hang in there my friends.
God bless,

April 16, 2019 - Msg 112066: Good morning all.

My goodness MDC, Indeed a tragic event with the Cathedral. Very sad. I had not heard about the tornados. I hope everyone is ok.

Great to see you Frankie. I hope you are doing ok.

Romeena, Is Toye Starr improving at all? I sure hope so.

GF, I plum forgot about the podcast last night. I don't know what I was thinking. How was it?

Well raining here again like crazy. Supposed to do so the rest of today and then dry up and warm up later in the week. We need that. It has been very wet this spring. If we don't have a gentle warm up in the spring, it just turns straight into summer by May or early June and the snow pack in the mountains wants to come all at once and then we have major issues. With our current snow pack at 150% of normal already, we need a nice gentle warm up, and so far that hasn't happened. This last storm dumped 2 more feet in the mountains. Getting a bit worried.

Well I hope everyone has a dandy day,


April 16, 2019 - Msg 112067: Asa, Actually I missed it too, I was late from babysitting my granddaughter yesterday. I guess I’ll catch it when Floyd posts it later today...

Hope everyone is doing the best they can today, sometimes that all we can do...Supposed to get to almost 80 Thursday.


April 16, 2019 - Msg 112068: Woo Hoo ! Quick trouble check...been so busy here at the dog house ...getting shop finished this week and garden "I hope" will be planted first of next week..Im gona read back...God Bless all and prayers ...back soon SPOT

April 16, 2019 - Msg 112069: Good evening, porch. You cannot imagine how hard this is for me to tell you, but I lost my little Toye Starr last night. She had been playing as usual all day, and ate her dinner around 6, at least most of it. At 10, I gave her the Phenobarb and held her for a minute or two to let her settle down, as she hates the med and struggles with me (so much for lapping it from a spoon). When I put her on the floor, she took three steps, cried out and fell on her side, onto my foot. I picked her up and knew immediately that this was a bad one. She wasn't screaming, just softly whining, and was completely limp. I carried her to my chair, gathered her in my lap, where she whined a few more times, then stopped and her breathing became very ragged. Another minute, and she was gone. I was holding her, talking to her, and she just left.

She soiled herself, as is common at death, and had thrown up when I picked her up in the kitchen. So I took her to my bathroom and cleaned her up the best I could with a washcloth, wrapped her in an old soft sleepshirt of mine, with pink roses on it, and took her back to our chair. I sat there all night, holding her, never slept, and once I knew people were awake, I notified the family. David had a dental appointment this morning in Irving, so came here immediately after. He took us to Dr Mike's office, where Mike will handle the arrangements for her cremation. I should receive her little box of ashes on Friday. I'm not a fan of cremation, but reason tells me that it won't be very long, a couple of years maybe, before I'll have to leave this big house, and I don't want her buried out back where she could be disturbed. I did that with Sugarplum, but that was 12 years ago and I had a different perspective at that time.

So, I'm here alone tonight, am sure to sleep as I haven't slept in 38 hours, and my eyes are swollen from crying. David stayed with me all afternoon, but at 6 he had to go to his own family. One of the boys has a ball game. The house is so empty, and I haven't moved any of her things, still stepping over toys. All in good time, I guess.

Bless you, dear friends. You have seen me through thick and thin, and now I need your prayers once again. I miss that little girl, my heart is breaking. That's just the way I felt when I lost my dear little Plum, but then Toye Starr came and made my world bright again, and I can only believe that the same will happen again. I can't replace her, she's irreplaceable, but a new little spirit can come in and make a place for herself. Hearts do stretch in that regard, thank God. Blessings, all of you. --Romeena

April 16, 2019 - Msg 112070: Hi Porch,
Doing OK here, been busy taking care of things.
My brother purchased a lemon tree for me. He knows how much I like lemons. We found the perfect spot for it in the back yard. It has blossoms on it already and is a self pollinating tree. I am hoping it does good.

Was shocked to the Cathedral fire on TV. But it looks like they were able to save some special relics.

April 16, 2019 - Msg 112071: Oh my Lord...I am crying. So sad for you, Ro..and just hate that this has happened. Your heart must be breaking in a million pieces. I will certainly be praying for healing and a new little sweet pup to help when the time is right. Love you and am with you in spirit, Ro. Will check back here often in case you need to talk.


April 16, 2019 - Msg 112072: Oh...My Romeena, I am SO sad to hear of your loss. It is SO hard because they ARE like family...Your Porch Family have you in our prayers....


April 16, 2019 - Msg 112073: Ro,my heart hurts for you,friend.So sorry that your Toye Starr has passed.Sending prayers and a lot of love.
possum u.a.r.

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112074: Romeena, I am so sorry to hear of Toy Starr's passing. It seems like only yesterday that you brought her home. I really mean that! I cant believe it has been 12 years. God bless you both.
I believe that we will see our pets again. I know that you also believe this. Please know that our prayers are with you for sure.

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112075: Animals are a very Big Part of our lives...our Aussie (cat) will be 18 in December..cant imagine a day with out her...Prayers for you my friend ...and Toy Starr will be seen again...SPOT

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112076: Romeena, I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers for you to have the spirit to be with you as you mourn. I know how much you loved her and cared for her. Take comfort in that Ro. Bless you.


April 17, 2019 - Msg 112077: Thinking of you, Ro. Praying today is a little easier than yesterday. We are here for you. Please know you can call me on my phone anytime as well.


April 17, 2019 - Msg 112078: Romeena, I’ve have always wondered, I should have asked before, how did you come up with Toye Starr’s name?


April 17, 2019 - Msg 112079: Romeena , I hate to worry you with this on top of everything you are dealing with,but you should know that your Facebook Messenger has been hacked. I got a message last night ,supposedly from you,greeting me by name. I wrote back to express my condolences about Starr. Got a reply thanking me and asking how I've been. "You" then asked me if I had received any info from a specific agency that oversees grants and informed me that you noticed my name on the list and that you just received a check from them for $250,000. At that point, I smelled a rat and questioned if it were you. I asked you to provide me with the nickname of one of our Porch friends. No problem, IF it were really you! Well, I got a reply saying that I really had a "doubting mind." I came back with,well, prove me and my doubting mind wrong and answer me! "You" replied "Okay" and the next thing I got was a lot of vulgar and vile talk. I tried to message back to let this creep know that I was going to report them to FB,but they had closed out the message gizmo by then. I DID report it to Facebook,and they may be contacting you. I'm fine,but just hate that someone hijacked your Messenger. All I know is they used a phone to do so. Maybe Facebook can get to the bottom of this. I would disable Messenger and re-install if you plan on using it,Ro. Again, I'm sorry to dump this on you,but you needed to know that someone is using your name and Facebook profile to contact your friends and spew vile remarks at them.

possum again

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112080: BTW, the initial message was sent last night around 7pm,and the rest of the conversation with this impersonator just took place about a half hour ago.

possum once more

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112081: Well, let me take the trash out first, then I'll come back and chat. Possum, thank you for the heads-up about Messenger. Actually, I had a long phone conversation with a friend I haven't seen in several years, because she moved away. Same story as yours, only in her version I had received $350,000. I told her if it had really happened she would have me whooping and celebrating across the miles that separate us. She knew, as you did, that it hadn't actually come from me. Actually, I've never even used Messenger, not even sure how it got on my phone. Probably one of my kids or grandkids put it there. I've got a call in now for David to talk me through wiping it off my phone. What is wrong with these people, that they have nothing better to do than harass people they don't even know, with a lot of useless, and often filthy, communication? Grrr. I really don't feel like messing with this right now, but guess I'd better, before everyone thinks I'm either a crook or have lost my mind. Blessings, friends. --Romeena