April 04, 2020 - Msg 114128: Oh hey, just noticed your post Sterling. So good to have you back and to hear something about the children. So what kind of group was Kai in? How old is Noah now?


April 04, 2020 - Msg 114129: What a minute...I just reread by post before I swept and I think I got that name wrong...what was the name of Andy
s blond ex girlfriend who went to the lake with Andy, Helen, and Howard?

Also, I said that we "tree" patients but should have said "treat"..lol


April 05, 2020 - Msg 114130: Good sweep Boo! I don't watch the colored eps much at all, so can't help you with the name.
Well Gang, I will sure miss our procession of palms on Sunday. My wife and I have been helping with it for several years, and singing "The King of Glory comes, the nation rejoices..." Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday have been so much a part of my life that I feel like I have been "robbed" by the evil one. But I know that he is a DEFEATED foe, and that Jesus is bigger than any virus or any other #@^%& that he tries to throw at us!
ASA--yes, our weather here has been in the low 80s the past few days. I ride my bike around the neighborhood each early evening, stopping now and then to write positive messages on the sidewalks with chalk.
Good Sabbath to all,
Steve :)

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114131: OOPS! make that MDC :)

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114132: Good very late evening, or very early morning. I'm just not sleepy, so not much point in going to bed.

On the coronavirus thing, a church friend sent a video made by a doctor friend of his, and it's very interesting. It's very long, at least an hour, and you can tell that he's not used to doing videos, but he had a lot of good information. He says there are four basic rules to avoid the virus. First of all, you don't have to put yourself in isolation, you just have to use common sense, and keep your hands away from your face.

1. Avoid close contact with other people. Don't shake hands if you can help it. Don't hug. Carry sanitizer, and when you push a heavy door open, use it. When you have had to touch something, like someone else's hand, or a grocery cart handle, use your sanitizer. If you're not going through a small bottle daily, you're probably not using it enough.

2. Keep your hands away from your face!!! Don't touch your face with your hands, even if you have used sanitizer, until you get home and can wash them properly. That is the number one most dangerous point of contact, your own hands.

3. Wear a mask, but don't expect it to filter out all the little viruses floating in the air. In the first place, there are very few of them, and they will only be there within a few feet of someone who is sick or about to be. Unless it's a special mask, it probably won't catch them anyway. The reason you wear the mask is to keep you from touching your face with your hands. It's a training device.

4. Limit your activity and your exposure somewhat, but don't put yourself in isolation. You can go to the grocery store and the gas station and to work, but use sanitizer liberally, and wash at every opportunity you get. If you are elderly (like me) or have underlying physical conditions like respiratory problems (like me), then stay home. Use common sense.

Makes sense to me. I'm staying home, but I'm not living in fear. I'm just trying to do the sensible thing. Heather is making masks, and is going to send me one, so I can at least go get some groceries in a few days. I wouldn't dare go to the store without one - not because I fear catching the virus, but because I don't want the other people to run screaming from the store when I walk in mask-less! Blessings! Keep laughing, friends, stay home when you can, keep your hands away from your face, wash, and sanitize. --Romeena

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114133: Good Sabbath all.

Excellent points Romeena, I especially like #2. I know that is hard. I often find myself rubbing my eyes (especially now in allergy season). I find it hard to not do it without even thinking about it. Point #1 , sanitizer is very hard to find anywhere. Is there any type of homemade sanitizer we can make? Being that Debbie is in a very high risk status, I worry about bringing her home something so I have isolated completely now for almost a month. The only folks that have been in the house are those delivering meds (and they are just barely in the front door) or groceries (same thing, they just set the groceries in the front door). I then wipe everything down with sanitizer wipes. So I don't know how much more I can do. The only concern I had was I was in the middle of a root canal procedure when all this kicked in, so I had to make a couple of trips to the dentists office. But the last one was a couple of weeks ago so hopefully I didn't get anything there. I miss my family like the dickens. Even when they came over on our anniversary, we kept 6 feet apart. So very hard because I just love hugging those little girls to pieces. Oh well, this will pass. My deepest prayers for all those who have or will lose loved ones to this. And prayers for all who survive the virus and have to deal with the economic outfall of all this. That is a big concern also.
Romeena, I would encourage you to have someone go get your groceries if possible, at least for the next month. Better to be cautious. And with your health concerns, you need to be very careful. Plus we need you! :)

Boo, so glad that Sean is doing better. The last thing you need is to have him needing a Doctors care right now.
I know the episode you are talking about, but I can't remember her name at the moment either. I do remember she had on an ample supply of war paint. lol It may have been one time I didn't blame Helen for being upset. Hey, was her name Gloria? It just came to me. Prayers continue for Erin.

GF, Was that you that sent me the Tidy Bowl link? lol Ain't seen that one in years. Romeena, thanks for the cleaning tip. I will try to find that Ka-Boom. I bought something called greased lightning and it seems to do a pretty good job.

MDC, I hope your bike riding is better than what Barney did when he was training Opie for the Jr. Olympics. lol

Guess I'll go find some grub for breakfast.
Prayers for all.


April 05, 2020 - Msg 114134: Oh Boo, I was going to mention that GF was a nail biter also until he went to plumbing school, especially the semester he did in sewer drain cleaning, your cash cow! :)


April 05, 2020 - Msg 114135: Bad da Bing Asa...That was the SECOND thing they taugh us is Plumbing school, the FIRST THING had something doing with things flowing downhill...lol ;) No I didn’t send that link about the Tydee Bowl man...That smelled of MDC’s doing or maybe even PaPa bear....

And speaking of cows 🐮...The farmer across the road did spring cleaning in the barn and put the results on his field.
In my best imitation of Jed Clampet...Wooo Doggie is is ripe smelling out here!....That’s what I get for living on the fringes of town!

Y’all have a good Sabbath and Act Like Somebody....G-F

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114136: ASA, you din't see my (: on the Tidy Link? ha _ _ _

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114137: Good afternoon, porch. Cloudy, cool, but not rainy. My sundrops clumps, which are dotted around the yard, are blooming in spite of the limited sunlight. I can't wait to see what they do when the sun finally comes out and stays a while. I don't know, I think it may be mildewed, it's been behind those soggy clouds for so long.

G-F, too bad your neighbor doesn't have horses instead of cows. The smell of a horse stable has never been unpleasant to me, but cows are a different matter. However, just be glad he doesn't keep pigs! I'll take cows over pigs any day. Horses (to me) have a clean and "barn-y" smell, cows do have an odor, and pigs just flat-dog stink! I used to shovel out my horse's stall, and honestly, it just wasn't bad. And to me, the fragrance that arises from a horse's silky, muscular neck is just that - a fragrance. Of course, I'm the one that likes little puppy breath, too, so you can't take my word for it. Not dog breath, just little puppy breath, the younger, the sweeter. Faintly skunky, but still sweet.

Asa, you're right. I've decided to let them deliver my groceries. After everyone in the store has probably, at some point, handled them, they've carried them to me in their closed-up car, and carried them to my house, I really don't see that there's a lot of difference, but who knows? I've stayed in this self-imposed isolation for about three weeks now, I guess I can tolerate it a little bit longer. Same for a delivered meal. That food, whether eaten in a restaurant in normal times, or delivered to me now in crazy times, has been handled in some way by dozens of people, and will be delivered to me by someone who will not come within six feet of me, as he sits my meal down on my porch, or on the trunk of my car in the garage. The whole thing is ridiculous in a way, and yet necessary. I've decided not to swim upstream, but just to go along. Better safe than sorry. I did like what that doctor said, though. The mask is needed, to train us to keep our hands away from our faces!

Well, stay home, stay healthy, and remember, this too shall pass. Blessings! --Romeena

April 05, 2020 - Msg 114138: Evening, folks

Thought I would drop in right quick before helping my father to bed.
Romeena - I admit it's pretty hard to keep from getting the shakes from all of this. I'm 51 and this virus scares me to death. I think what's so scary is the way it attacks and kills randomly. Then that Dr. Fauci saying it COULD become a seasonal thing. I have hopes that once we lick it, it will stay gone. Wife and I have to go shopping in a week and just thinking about it makes me nervous.

Boo - Glad to hear Sean is better. Your comment about TAGS being comforting is right on target. I have never experienced a TV show working like a real medicine. I can be uptight, nervous, upset, maybe cant sleep at night and when I turn on an episode or two, I calm down, relax and forget things for a little while. TAGS cast and crew should be forever proud they did something so incredibly special.

Gotta go, everyone. Y'all take care, be safe, be CAREFUL and remember this is the best time to do just what Andy did in "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee", stay home and "hanker down on that couch."

John Masters

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114139: HI ALL!
JOHN, same with me regarding tags. On occasion I do have some trouble falling asleep, but if I put on a tags dvd, about 10 minutes after the opening credits I am off to slumberland! ha
RO--I am pretty sure that you have probably seen the MASH episode where Radar gives Sophie the horse to Col. Potter. Potter slips on some horse you-know-what, and he says "Ah, that's a tip-toe thru the tulips!" :)
I know you may all not want to, but I do enjoy my bike rides.
I stay away from people, but wave and say hello. It is therapitic to keep "in touch" that way! :)

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114140: Oh ASA, earlier when you mentioned impact sprinklers, I thought of that klunk, klunk, klunk of a lather mug. ha

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114141: oops, meant to say kluMP!

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114142: Good morning Porch !! Let’s all practice safe distance during breakfast ! Menu: country ham, sausage links and bacon ( limo for Romeena ) grits, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, eggs your way, toast, apple butter and grape jam. Coffee and a large glass of cold milk. Ready at 7 sharp EST. Please be safe porch. We love you ! SPOT

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114143: Now,Spotty, we all know that Romeena is the Queen of our Porch,but how come she gets a limo for breakfast and the rest of us don't?! LOL (just messin' with ya,ol dawg!)

Yes, be safe,y'all-like Spotty said up there- We love you!

possum u.a.r.

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114144: ......Possum...Cuz she’s Our “Mother Figure” is why....G-F

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114145: I noticed a posting from an Ang that is new to me. Hello. I'm Poor Horatio and have been posting here off and on since 1997. I am an American citizen and a Canadian Permanent Resident who currently live in Canada because I am married to a Canadian.
I offer prayers for your unspecified request.

Romeena, I offered up some prayers for your friend Bruce. It must be tough to be hurting with no family or relatives to offer comfort.

John Masters, I also offered up some prayers for your wife's grandma.

Boo, I am glad to learn Sean's health is improving. And regarding your question about Andy's ex girfriend at Meyer's Lake with Howard Sprague, maybe the following web site can help you find the answer - https://davetgc.com/Andy_Griffith_Show_Love_Affairs.html

Spot, are you officially retired now?

MDC, is your bicycle a two wheeler or a three wheeler? I would love to bicycle but I'm tired of being chased by loose dogs. So I get my exercise with an indoor treadmill. But it's boring.

How many of you are aware that Bill Gates warned us about being prepared for epidemics way back in 1995? Check it out at https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/We-Are-Not-Ready-for-the-Next-Epidemic. This article is not very long although it does provide links for more extensive reading.

from Poor Horatio

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114146: MDC, my yard sign reads, "Jesus saith, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." on one side, and on the other says, "Whosoever believeth in Me shall be saved!" And I finally got my new spotlight to work on it for night time. Sort of a dusk-to-dawn light.
You were close on Kai and Noah. Kai's last year of high school was last year, and Noah is in the 3rd grade(he is 8, btw Boo).

Boo, the group Kai was in is called Up With People. They go around to other states and countries and do community service and put on a show in those communities. My wife did the same thing when she was out of school. The reason I am not crazy about it(other than the astronomical cost of it) is because they have a rather globalist view of things, as well as the usual politically correct junk they propagate. Kind of sad really, since when they were founded they started out as a Christian organization, but like many institutions nowadays, they have replaced the God of the Bible with the gods of this world.
I would hope that my prayers of her leaving it and coming home were not answered by this virus thing, but in a way that is how it turned out.

MDC, Noah and I took our bikes out just yesterday. It was a beautiful day and thankfully it is supposed to get warmer yet this week or next.

Well, have to get supper going. You all be well and remember to act like somebody.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114147: Evening Porch,

PH - Thanks for the prayers. 'Preciate it

I have a challenge to the entire Porch family...I think this will be very interesting and intriguing to see your answers. I am going to put a question to you and I want FIVE answers. JUST five. You know...like Barney's stainless steel watch inscription. You dont have to say why you picked the answers you did unless you want to. Ok, here goes....
What are the top FIVE TAGS episodes you absolutely, positively cannot do without? You can't watch every episode from every season ever again. Only five for the rest of your life! Which ones are they? Mine are, in no particular order...
1. The Family Visit
2. The Pickle Story
3. The Case of the Punch In The Nose
4. The Bazaar
5. Gomer, The House Guest

Ok, folks...remember FIVE for the rest of your life.

Have a great night, stay safe and I admit I am looking forward to your answers.

John Masters

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114148: Sorry, I had my verses mixed up, the other side of the sign says, "Whosoever shall believe on the Lord shall be saved!"


Hey, John Masters.

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114149: *"On the NAME OF the Lord..." Sheesh!


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114150: John Masters, my five favorite episodes include:
#1 The Haunted House
#2 The New Housekeeper
#3 Mr. McBeevee
#4 The Christmas Story
#5 Andy discovers America

from Poor Horatio

April 06, 2020 - Msg 114151: GOT FIVE MINUTES? Thank you Lord for our amazing blessings... :)


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114152: JM...my FIVE...
Man in a Hurry
Dr Breen's sermon
Mr McBeevee
Helpless bachelors with Miss Peggy
Howard Retires to Caribbean


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114153: Thanks for the update on the kids, Sterling. I have heard of Up With People and saw them perform at a church in the 80's once. Hope you and your family stay well.

MDC, you are the only other person I know that likes the with Howard in the Caribbean. I like it a lot, too...I think its pretty funny. I don't think I would list it as one of my top 5 but its my favorite color episode.

My top 5: (really hard to choose but I will try!)
1. Opie the Birdman
2. Man in a Hurry
3. The Pickle Story
4. The Loaded Goat
5. Bloody Mary


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114154: Should have listed the Christmas Story in place of Bloody Mary but its close. heehee


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114155: Oh, and I just love The Song Festers and the episode when Andy has to deliver the baby


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114156: I would have to agree with Boo, except I like Back to Nature as #5...But it is HARD to choose a favorite, because they ALL are good in their special way. Even the color ones...
Then there is Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, Andy Discovers America, Goober takes the car apart...ect..ect...ect...🤷🏼‍♂️


April 06, 2020 - Msg 114157: So many great ones!


April 07, 2020 - Msg 114158: JACKPOT 💰 I Went to the store this morning during “Senior Hour” 6-7am I scored TP, paper towels, Kleenex, Clorox wipes and I even got a $5 Off Senior Discount 🙌🏻...Sometimes it actually pays to be old!...I’m pretty well restocked for another month...
Have to admit tho we all looked like a episode of Walking Dead shuffling around with our masks on...🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️


April 07, 2020 - Msg 114159: Good for you GF! But 6 am, wow? Sort of an oxymoron because they say that seniors should be getting more sleep at
this time. Go figure.
I agree with sterling tho as I sure hope this situation brings many to turn back to the Lord! We have drifted so far as a country and as a world. Many scoffed at Noah as he
built the ark, and now there are people scoffing today, and that hurts my heart.
Regarding the tags episodes, I would also have to add the one about Gomer and Goober.
Prayers for all,

April 07, 2020 - Msg 114160: Oh, i recall from several years ago that either BOO or Possum liked this attached video. Thought it would be a good time to mention it again :)


April 07, 2020 - Msg 114161: Tonite's ep on metv--Miss Peggy gets new T-Bird! One of my favs. :)
"Andy's gonna talk to the hawk." "That's his problem!" ha Then, of course, there's the sazerac! :)
On my daily bike rides, I have seen, and have contributed to, lots of neat 'sidewalk chalk art!"
Some of it is very creative. Some good ar-teests out there for sure.
There are also several hopscotch layouts as well.
It is suppose to rain on Thursday, so we'll have clean slates soon. :)
Keep well and safe, I do believe that things will get better soon.

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114162: MDC...What about the snails? 🐌 🐌 🐌...I've stepped on quite a few of 'em in my time, but I never have eaten one of 'em.....I’d be like Andy....I’ll Just Let Them Go By!


April 08, 2020 - Msg 114163: My five favorites
Barney's first car
The convicts at O'Malleys cabin
Barney's real estate venture
Opie's three wishes
The manicurist

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114164: Wow, it's hard to pick just 5 favorite TAGS episodes! I like these:
1. Convicts at Large
2.Opie & the Spoiled Kid
3.Barney & the Choir
4. Keep of the Flame
5. The Education of Ernest T. Bass

Can I list 5 more? ;)

possum u.a.r.

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114165: Make that "KEEPER of the Flame".

possum again

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114166: Good afternoon, porch! It's a beautiful, sunny day and I'm at my window enjoying it. In a little while, Eddie will arrive to pull weeds, and then I'll go outside to enjoy it. That's where I was most of yesterday.

My irises are starting to wake up, after all the dark and gloomy days. They just keep sleeping until sunshine wakes them. There's one clump right now, visible from my window, that's just gorgeous. Huge blooms, each flower at least 6" horizontally and 8" vertically, and grouped along the main stem there are at least five of those blooms, and three side branches that each bear at least three. It's pretty spectacular. The color is a deep blue/purple, and is so pretty. The main stem is four feet high, and very strong. I often have to brace them when they get that tall, but this one can handle it.

The yellow sundrops, as predicted, have burst into bloom, and I'm seeing little yellow clumps where I don't recall planting one. I'm not sure how this is happening. They're anywhere from 10 to 30 feet apart, so it's not by root extension, and I've never noticed them shedding any seeds that a bird could transfer, but they're getting there somehow. Pretty things, they get fairly scruffy-looking in winter, and of course, don't bloom, but as soon as it starts warming up in the spring, the foliage thickens and greens up, and suddenly on a sunny day, the whole thing just explodes with small, bright golden-yellow flowers that just make you smile. They bloom on into summer, until the fierce heat around here in mid-summer scares them, and they quit blooming and shut down for a while.

I've tried, but I just can't narrow it down to five favorite eps. I love them all, even the color ones. I'll admit, I like them a little less than the black and whites, but I still like them. Some of those color shows were just really good, like when Emmett tried to leave his fix-it shop and sell insur@nce, and his wife found him back in the shop, just tinkering. Then there's Howard, and his dream of living on an island, and how that didn't work out. He tried living to please his mother too, and then she up and got married, so he decided to be a playboy, and we all know how that fell flat. I guess the key here is - be yourself. They really plumbed the depths of human nature in some of those shows. Hey, I even liked ol' Warren! Sweet guy, but annoying as he could be, and some people don't like the actor because of that, but that's really a compliment. He knew how to play that part just perfectly.

Well, I'm hoping Eddie shows up to pull weeds. That was the plan, but Eddie's plans are always subject to change. All it takes is for a lawnmower to break down or something, he has to stop and get it fixed so he can finish a commitment to another customer, and that skews his whole week. He's 70, has terrible arthritic knees, and if he sits down in his truck for a minute, he just might fall asleep, but I probably would too, if I worked like he does. I guess some people wouldn't put up with him and his problems, but he has taken care of my yard and been my friend for 23 years, and I'll stick with him now.

Well, my little fluffy-footed friend is in here, pawing at me, trying to tell me she's hungry, I guess. We slept very late this morning, I haven't even made it to the kitchen yet, and it's past noon. I'm not hungry, but I'm sure she is. Blessings, friends. Stay home, stay safe, stay well. --Romeena

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114167: Hi Porch!

No POSSUM, just and ONLY five. These are the only five you will see for the rest of your life. Period. The five you couldnt do without.

Everyone's leaving some pretty neat lists!

Stay safe, folks! My best to everyone single one of you and yours!

John Masters

April 08, 2020 - Msg 114168: Only 5? I agree with Romeena that there are too many great episodes to only list 5, but I will try.

1. The Christmas Story. Love the way Andy figures out what Ben really wants and works with him. And who can watch old Ben sing through the bars on the window without getting a lump in their throat?!

2. Stranger in Town. Ed Sawyer is strange, but in a good way. And I like the way the whole town gets spooked by him, but mostly Barney.

3. Andy and the gentleman crook. I really like the character of Dan Caldwell. He has an air of charming dangerousness. Yet you can see also his air of morality, as when he tests the gun by firing it in the air, and not at Andy when challenged.

4. Obie's Hobo Friend. Once again, a fine actor gives his characterization lots of depth and empathy, and shows underneath his "devil-may-care" attitude that he really does have a good heart.

5. The Manicurist. Because Barbara Eden... enough said. Well, that and the guys getting manicures are just funny.

Wish I could add a 6th one just so I could include a Peggy episode because she is still my favorite of "Andy's girlfriends". Rats. But really though, there are many more. I didn't even get to include some with Ernest T. Bass.

MDC, I like to ride bike, too. Thankfully, Noah likes to ride with me so we can go all over. Haven't really started regular riding yet. I am waiting for a little bit more consistent warmer weather. We did go on one bike ride though. To take the bikes to the local mini-mart to pump up the tires.

-Sterllng Holobyte

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114169: Sterling, in your last sen-tence...Just replace
'mini-mart' with 'Wally's', and you have yourself a tags scene! ha
RO--concerning Warren, "that's the actor of the man!" :)
ALL--I hope you are all taking some vitamin C, D, E and zinc to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Plus, cut WAY back on that dreaded refined sugar! (a real immune depleter) but our two resident nurses know that!
All is going well here. Our 'high holy days' are upon us,
and live streaming is what we have this year, so we're going to watch.
God bless everyone,
MDC :)

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114170: so good to see all of you on the porch its a great way to start the dAY… LAST NIGHT WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD STORM. MOST OF HEAVY DAMAGE ABOUT TEN MILES FROM US. THE POSITIVE SIDE pruned all my trees for nothing.. limbs everywhere. with all the stuff going on I have do like opie always said I got to go and ask johnnie paul about this virus the economy . have a great day everyone. papa bear

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114171: Morning all.
I hope everyone is well.

Tough trying to do the top 5 John. Here are mine although I reserve the right to change them at any time.
1. Man in a Hurry.
2. Opie the Birdman.
3. Family Visit.
4. Opie and the Bully.
5. Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter.

MDC, I an taking Zinc and Echinacea and Magnesium. I need to get some more vit. c but have not been able to find any.


April 09, 2020 - Msg 114172: Good morning, folks!

Wow, Some pretty good lists here from my challenge!

TAGS has been a good medicine in all of this chaos. Last night, my wife saw some colored episodes she's never seen. "Suppose Andy Gets Sick", "A Warning from Warren" and "Opie's Job."
Say...did y'all notice in "Opie's Job" how intimidating Andy became when he was upset? After describing his bad day to Aunt Bee, he asks "Where's the boy?!", then when Bee says he isn't home yet and Andy reacts, Bee starts backing up to the wall. Then Opie comes in the living room from the kitchen and immediately backed up to the kitchen door. Nope...he sure wasn't the black and white Andy anymore!

Well, better git. Someone keeps calling my wife's cell phone looking for Ethel. ;)
Stay well, stay safe and be careful!

John Masters

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114173: Good morning, porch! Cloudy and threatening skies, but no rain yet. If it doesn't, it's gonna miss a good chance, though! Eddie was supposed to pull weeds today, but I think that's going to get rained out. Instead, I'm going to get out of the house this morning, meet him at the garden center, and get some bags of mulch (we need at least ten) and a bag of garden soil to refresh some potted things. I'll stay in the car, write the check, and he'll bring the stuff home on his truck. We'll get it into the garage, and try to do it before the rain starts. Then, if we EVER get a couple of clear days in succession, maybe then those dang-blasted weeds will get pulled, and we'll have the mulch to put down quickly before they can sprout again. I know you folks are tired of hearing about my weeds, but if you could see them, you'd understand. When I sit down here at the computer, and look out my window, they're just about all I can see. I swear, if they had tongues, they'd be sticking them out at me! Miserable things. God knew He had a winning metaphor, when He compared weeds (tares) to sin. Ever-present, opportunistic, capable of just taking over the world if not held in check by the actions of people who are trying to do right. Stop fighting them (or sinful behavior) for just a short time, and they (it) will overwhelm you!

Yes, Andy did let his fatigue and frustration show at times, just as we all do. I can remember times of walking into my home after a long and arduous shift, and not wanting to talk to anyone, just leave me alone. A noisy kid at that time probably would not have been treated very gently. That reminds me. Brittney has a plaque on the wall in her kitchen, with lettering on it that looks like a page in a dictionary. It defines a boy as "a noise with dirt on it." I just love that! I don't think a more accurate description could be found.

Well, better get dressed. Eddie will be calling shortly, and I'll need to be ready to go meet him at the garden center - the only one still open around here. Stay home, stay safe, stay well. Blessings! --Romeena

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114174: Ok, folks....here comes your next challenge! You can ONLY see FIVE COLOR episodes of TAGS for the REST of your life! Which five do you pick?
Remember...FIVE only! Mine are (in no particular order)....
1. The Bazaar
2. Dinner at Eight (the spaghetti episode)
3. The Lodge
4. Big Fish in a Small Town
5. Howard the Comedian

This should prove to be interesting! ;)

John Masters

April 09, 2020 - Msg 114175: Porch I have so much to read. Just to catch all up in my situation... as some of y’all know I am an only child and my parents and my wife and I live on a small farm we have had for years. About 14 acres. My Pop will be 89 this year and my Mom 85. They live about 300 yards in front of my farm. I have tried so hard to get it through their minds how aero use this situation is. They are both active and healthy ( amazing) pop cuts grass and runs his tractor. Mom get the marketing done. It’s just so sad that my wife and I have to tell them even family means 6 feet. I have them mask .. mom will wear hers but pop want. So at his age what do you do. He goes to the chevron station at least once ever 2 days to get snuff. I’m just gona say prayers. And to all my porch family. Hey y’all. We got this. Love all y’all. SPOT !!

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114176: Hey Spot, did hou mean snuff or stuff? What memories snuff brings back. A couple of my aunts dipped snuff and my cousins and I would be sent to the store to get it for them. We decided to set a tin for ourselves and try some on our way back home, we swallowed more than spitting and got very sick. Sarah

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114177: You not 'hou'. Sarah

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114178: Sarah, you made me laugh about the snuff story. My Brother started chewing tobacco he had the kind that was called a plug if I recall it was called Days O Work, it looked like a big Fig Newton bar!...He told me to take a bite and chew it up fast and swallow it, which I was a stupid kid and did it....

Well I guess we both learned a lesson that day when I threw up 🤢🤮all over IN his car!...Yep a good life lesson right there, never took up that or the smoking habit!...Thank You Big Brother!.....


April 10, 2020 - Msg 114179: G-F I remember the chewing tobacco very well. My aunt chew it for years and yes it did look like a big fig bar and I think it came in a tin or maybe that was for rolling cigarettes. Sarah

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114180: Name thee people that appeared only one time in the show.
Mine are:
Frankie the farm girl
Thelma Lou's cousin that was the sharp shooter
Floyd's lonely hearts lady, can't remember her name.

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114181: Sarah, thay just came wrapped in a clear wrapper. We would send him blocks of it when he was over in Vietnam, along with those Swisher Sweet little cigars too!...I vividly remember putting those goodie boxes from home together and sending them to him...I always stocked the Slim Jim’s I would buy from my pop bottle deposit money I saved..


April 10, 2020 - Msg 114182: MESSAGE: Good Friday morning all, and I mean Good Friday morning. :) Sarah, good question. My three would be:
1. Ellen Brown, Manicurist (Drat)
2. The dark haired Nurse Mary (Drat again) 3. Prisoner of Love (Drat X3)
Are you sensing a trend here?
lol I was never brave enough to try that little pinch between your cheek and gum, so I would stick a baby tootsie roll in there and pretend. At least I could swallow the juice and not hurl. lol
John, very hard question concerning the 5 color ones. Mine are:
1. Dinner at eight
2. The one where Aunt Bee learns to fly.
3. The one where Howard is telling the jokes.
4. The one where Howard wants to join the Lodge. 5. The one where Emmet try's selling insur@nce.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13, NASA's finest hour. All of the anniversary events for this have been postponed due to the virus sadly. Jim Lovell just turned 92 last month, and Fred Haise is still alive and kicking. Jack Swigert sadly passed away back in 1982 I think it was.
Well prayers for all for a blessed Easter weekend. We are involved in a day of fasting and prayer today. It looks like things may start to improve soon. I sure do pray so.


April 10, 2020 - Msg 114183: G-F I have sampled the little swisher sweet cigars 😂. You call soft drinks ,pop and I call them soda, I'm guessing you live between Idaho and Illinois? Am I close?
Asa, funny story about the tootsie roll. My husband and I are not suppose to be going anywhere and we have been really good about it till today. We ordered lunch from our neighborhood restaurant and we drove, I ran in got it no problem and when I came out my so -in-law saw us, he's going to tell our daughter and we will be in for yet another lecture. There's something scary about getting a lecture from your child😂😂😂

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114184: Good beautiful morning, porch! It's cool, in the 60s, clear with just a few hazy clouds, and a brisk little breeze that gets just a tad too cool at times. However, that sunshine is like liquid gold out there! So pretty. My little clumps of sundrops flowers are in full bloom, irises are popping up everywhere, with several stands of full, dramatic blooms. Lots of buds, so if the sunshine continues, it should be pretty nice out there in a few days, with big clumps of irises everywhere. Now if I can just get Eddie motivated to pull weeds, the irises won't have to compete with the dandelions! It's pretty bad when the dandelions are taller than a 4 ft iris! I didn't know that the sweet pretty little dandelions that pop up in the lawn, can become like something out of a horror movie when they come up in a rich flowerbed and there's no one to pull them when they're small. How I miss those days, just a few years ago, when I could bend and stoop out there all day, pull weeds like a machine, and then come in the house, shower, and cook dinner for 11 people. Now I can pull weeds for about ten minutes, until my back starts screaming, and that's about it. And they can't be very big weeds, either! It's really annoying.

It's funny. Toye Starr would sit at the back door and watch me, and never make a sound. She would just watch. Trinket sits at the door, and barks at me with her glass-shattering bark, and it translates quite clearly to "get yourself back in here, and stop playing with the grass. Get in here and get in your chair and make a lap for me!"
Funny, rowdy, bodacious little critter!

One thing this confinement is doing, it's making me very creative in cooking. I have to make do with what's here, and I've come up with some good stuff. When David and Brittney brought me those groceries a couple of weeks ago, I stashed them in the fridge, and there was no real meal-planning involved in the shopping list I gave them. Well, David found some very thick-sliced bacon in the butcher case, and got a pound of it. I had asked for squash and other veggies, so had some yellow squash and some zucchini. I always have onions. Wednesday night I wanted something quick and easy, and light. So, I took just two slices of that wonderful bacon, and cut it in about 1" pieces. I started it frying, added a rough-chopped onion, and cut up two yellow squash and a zucchini and added them in. I let it just cook on low heat in the little bit of bacon grease that had rendered out. Once the squash was almost done (not overcooked) I added a can of diced tomatoes - something else I always have on hand. I let it simmer with the lid off until the tomato juice reduced down a little, and that was it. A dash of salt, a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper, a dash of Tabasco, and it was done. It made enough for three meals, with very few calories (two slices of bacon, spread over three meals, ain't bad!) and with a little grated Parmesan cheese on top, it was really, really good. I may just have to do that one again!

I'm about to place a grocery order online, and later on, I can drive up to the store, they'll load the bags into the car trunk, and I'll return home, never having come into contact with anyone. I need gas in the car too, and have my sanitizer handy for after I use the gas pump. Where is Goober when you need him? Then, when I get home, what do I do with those bags that other people have handled, and the groceries that have probably passed through at least 20 pairs of hands in the last few days, as those hands unloaded trucks, and stocked shelves, and the "shopper" picked them up and the checker checked them out. Maybe I'll make up some diluted bleach water and just spritz the whole thing, bags and all. Strange times.

Well, off I go. If I don't submit the order, I won't get the groceries, and I'm out of fresh fruit and berries! That just doesn't happen in this house. By the way, for those of you who like the little cherry tomatoes (I love 'em!), David brought me some called "Flavor Bombs" and they are just flat-dog wonderful! They're still on their stems, and they're quite firm. When you bite into one, you will understand the name. Gooo-ood!

Stay home, stay well, stay positive! Blessings to you and yours! --Romeena

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114185: Son-in-law

April 10, 2020 - Msg 114186: Sarah, you slipped in above me there, while I was taking my time getting my post typed. It's so beautiful out back this morning, that I just slip into a little "muse moment" fairly often, watching the critter traffic and admiring the sunshine and the flowers. It reminds that come what may, there is still beauty, and life goes on. My Dale used to say that "come what may, life finds a way." He was right.

Honey, I hear you! I wonder at what particular moment things changed, so that now I'm taking orders from my kids?? All done with all due respect and good humor, but orders nevertheless. I'm sure I'll be scolded for getting my groceries the way I'm planning to. I can hear it now. "Mom, all you had to do was call us. You didn't have to risk going and picking those things up yourself." As if the fact that his hands had placed a special blessing on the groceries and removed all threat. I know how busy he is, and he has his own family to sustain, and this is one way I can help him, by not adding another responsibility. I won't have to make contact with a single person. Even the payment is handled online.

When my kids are so carefully and gently explaining to me why I need to be careful, etc., I just nod and look at my grandsons, one of whom is already 6'4", almost as tall as his dad, and picture the future, when that kid is telling my son what he should be doing. Because he will. It's the way things are. Always has been, always will be. It's done out of love, and that makes it okay. Blessings! --Romeena