April 25, 2004 - Msg 21083: Hey Mavis, I will plan a cook out and outside dancing at my farm soon,BDJ we need a couple of jugs of squeezins.got to stick with DEI raceing at Talledaga..Jr"s tough..just love NASCAR all together..well im at work and we have two 77 in.video TV"s..race is great!..got hot wings and celery sticks,yall come on over to the power company an watch and I will take ya up for a ride in a 110 ft> bucket truck!..boy one of those would be cool in the infield at the race!..signed: SPOT the"hot wing blue cheese celery" dog of your porch...lights are on for the race!

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21084: Boy Spot, you cook, you clean. You got it all going on buddy.
Hope y'all are having a good Sabbath. Had to work today so it wasn't feeling much like the Sabbath.
I fear Boo has scram-ay-vooed from us. Golley! Hope it's just a temporary puter problem or something like that.

Asa

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21085: Hey Asa, yea I the the Lord kinda understands when some of us Have to work on Sunday, with my job at the power company its a 24/7 job here in the control center,there are 7 of us control center techs. two of us here all the time ,all holidays and nights.we rotate shifts every month..lights have to stay on for all the good people out there..signed: SPOT the" watching the race" dog of your geed porch...lights are on!

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21086: wow what a race-- talladega is always wild. i loved the ups commercial when that kid said your still not going to drive the brown truck, are you? dale said no son and the kid slammed the door. mistreat our brown truck, will they. got to go to docter early tommorow. talk to you soon hang in there. pipeman

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21087: Asa - are you bonafide?

hm

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21088: PIPEMAN I agree Talledega was a great race and I love the UPS commercial as well ,hope everything goes ok with the doctor .Spot that 110 ft bucket truck sure would be great in the infield at the race track , Im worn out ,took my 5 year old nephew fishing he's a handful .Hey to MRS.WILEY .everyone have a great evening

April 25, 2004 - Msg 21089: OOPS Forgot to sign my post above #21088
Mayberry Deputy

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21090: Hey to the porch. Did ya'll put out an APB on me? Ya'll do remember me don't ya. It's me,fun girl.
I have started a job full time and let me tell ya, its hard being poor and hired out. But it has been great for me physically. Just sitting around isn't good for the muscles and as that is what supports the back so much....well you know what I mean. I did find a fellow TAGS fan at the warehouse where I work. I think we may go up to Mayberry in the Midwest. She would love to go.

And this computer is driving me to distraction. It keeps freezing up and shutting down. That is why I haven't been posting much. It disgusts me so much I don't even want to touch the stupid thing.

Little Rosa is blooming into a beautiful baby. She was cute before cause she was my niece, but now she is adorable and people even stop then in stores and at the airport and stuff and tell them how beautiful she is. And she is mouthy just like her mother. Spits out that passy in church so she can speak her mind. Nine months is a wonderful age. Oh, possum, she said to tell Laci that if your daddy is wrapped around your finger, you can get anything you want.

All is going well for fungi, Kyle and I. Kyle will be out of school in a month and is looking forward to it.

Hope all of you are doing well. I think of you often.

your ever-loving, parts-assembling, hard-working
fun girl

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21091: Nice to see you, Fun girl! We've missed you.
- Hazel

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21092: Mornin' Y'all! Good to see ya Fun Girl! Glad to get an update on lil' Rosa-she sounds as spunky as Laci! Laci is certainly a daddy's girl-she's his lil "Sweet Pea" Rotten already! Ha Ha
Well,y'all have a great day and thanks Spot for turning down the AC at the Waffle House the other morning.Didn't even have to put my jacket on.Think I left it in the booth.Mrs.Wiley-did you happen to pick up my jacket for me? Had lil possum hairs on it? Just leave it on my rocking chair next time you're on the porch.I thank you kindly!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21093: Morning Porch, and we sure are glad you checked in FunGirl. Glad you are liking the new job! Ain't it fun when you find a TAGS fan and make that 'connection'? Tell us how you discovered her - did you say something Barney-ish and then she gave the right response? (kinda like a secret handshake) Hope you get over the computer troubles real soon and join up with us again. Hey to Mayberry Deputy and Pipeman, glad y'all enjoyed the race. Good luck at the Dr. Pipeman. Spot, who gets to clean up the hot wing sauce that got slopped all over the breakroom? You know, your Mamma doesn't work there! tee hee. Asa, poor Asa. Having to work on the Sabbath!? I'd better speak to Weaver about that. Hope it doesn't have to be regular-like. You aren't still getting SNOW there are you!? I declare this has been a loonng winter for some folks.

OK, I've talked enough. Someone elstes turn! Y'all have a good day and act like somebody!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"5"


April 26, 2004 - Msg 21094: Here Possum, I found it - but it looks like someone tried to wipe up Bleu Cheese dressing with it!....Spot??
~ Mrs. Wiley

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21095: http://www.kirkgreen.com/mayberry/
funny, funny site! ~ Mrs. Wiley

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21096: Good morning porch, pray everyone has a great day today and you find the time to go fishing or mushroom hunting or something like that, say has anyone found any mushrooms, I only found 2 small ones, I would like to get a mess of them, I just love fried mushrooms.

Ellen Brown

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21097: Say Ms Wiley whos is kirkgreen? Ro, how is the plum doing these days, Pollyanna and Mr Bojangles says hi to her (arf arf) Mavis did you get my email? Possum I've emailed you and it comes back, how are you doing today HM, Asa, pipeman, Hazel, FG, MD,Boo and all the rest here at the porch.

"The Fishing Hole"

Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and
meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
We may not get a bite all day,
but don't you rush away.
What a great place to rest your bones and
mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade,
a-settin' in the shade.
Whether it's hot, whether it's cool,
oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool.
What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by
The Fishin' Hole,
I can't think of a better way
to pass the time o'day.
We'll have no need to call the roll when we get
to The Fishin' Hole,
There'll be you, me and Old Dog Trey,
to doodle time away.
If we don't hook a perch or bass,
we'll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw,
and maybe set and jaw.
Hangin' around, takin' our ease,
watchin' that hound a-scratchin' at his fleas.
Come on, take down your fishin' pole
and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
I can't think of a better way
to pass the time o'day.

Time to go to work.

Ellen Brown

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21098: Howdy porch, breakfast is ready here at the Diner.

Olive

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21099: Hey Fun Girl - Good to see you back among the porchsters. Glad you are doing well.

homemaker

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21100: Thanks for the singing, Ellen. I was whistling along.

Anyone know the history on "The Fishin' Hole?" Is it an old folk song, was it written for TAGS, or was it written later when someone wanted to know if there were lyrics to the theme song?

Just curious....

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21101: Hi EB, I don't know who Kirk is, but he's made one FUNNY TAGS site! Checkout BarneyVision... it's a hoot!
~ Mrs. Wiley

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21102: just checking in , been at the doctors all day- he says for me to rest and go to the hospital on the 17th, hope everyone is having a great day. fun girl is that really you. asa finally found you? we have been pacing the floor waiting for you- welcome home. you can have the first dessert tonight. ellen brown= the weather hasn't been good for mushrooms yet- by mid may i'll go to funks grove near blooand hunt thru the woods. hang in there. pipeman

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21103: ellen brown= that is near bloomington, il.have hunted there with great success for years. pipeman

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21104: Happy Monday all!! Super busy weekend, but did get to see Jeff Gordon "caution" to the finish line. I guess the rule makers are on the side of safety!
Just think, pipeman, only abput 30 people in a country of 300 million know the REAL meaning of the brown truck!! (Us porchsters!) teehee
M deputy- did your nephew catch ole Sam?
SRM- that was a cute pun. Not sure if you knew it when you said to spot "more POWER to ya"! ha
Yes FUngirl, we had some APB's out for you! Good to see you back. But still no Boo!
BOO, Come home!
Ellen B- In the reunion ep, at the beginning,
Andy says "JP says growing mushrooms put my daughter thru beauty college."
OK, quote time from this weekend's local eps:
Andy: (after Opie tells him he cant say any thing about his new club membership)
Barn, did you belong to a secret club when you were a young'un?
Barn: I can't tell ya.

From Bailey's Bad Boy:
Andy (to Bailey)
You always drive around with celery in your back seat? Now all you have to do is sideswipe a salt truck, and you'll be all set!
(later) Bailey: Doesn't any one in this hick town like to swing?
Barn: Sure, we've got lots of swings!

Well spot, shall we plan a big BBQ cookout party before the skitters arrive?
GOOD WEEK TO ALL, prayers for all, the USA, and the world!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

PS- Welcome Virgil, hope no one gives ya a broom!

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21105: Say pipeman is that Bloomington In. or Illinois?
What are you going to the hospital for?

Ellen Brown

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21106: WS I'm not sure of the history to the song, that is a good question . Anyone out there know?

EB

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21107: Say Ms. Wiley I'm gonna check that out right now ..

EB

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21108: The music for "The Fishing Hole" was written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer and has an original copyright date of 1960. The words were written by Everett Sloane - who guested in "Keeper of the Flame" as Jubal Foster. The song appears on "Songs, Themes and Laughs From The Andy Griffith Show" and is available on CD for $12 at Weavers Dept Store.

Copy and paste the following link to hear Andy Griffith singing the song.
http://susie1114.com/Thefishinghole.html

Welcome to Cuzn Virgil, and a special Howdy to fungirl. Hey to all rest of the porchsters.

Have a great week everyone!
AFD!

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21109: AFD- do you know who wrote the Mayberry Union High song?
MDC

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21110: MDC... the little fellow didnt catch old Sam but you have thought he did every time he reeled in a fish ( bream and shell crackers ). He is already wanting to know when we are going back ,I think stearing the boat might have something to do with it too .Pipeman .. glad things went well with the Dr. AFD... great info on The Fishing Hole Song Hope everyone has a great evening and a good Tuesday
Mayberry Deputy

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21111: Hey MDC, here's the answer to your question (according to Mayberry 101 by Neal Brower - which I just picked up this weekend at a booksale for $2).

Qouting Everett Greenbaum (who wrote this episode along with Jim Fritzell)...

"The lyrics for the Mayberry Union High School song were mostly the lyrics from the song of my high school, Bennett High in Buffalo. Orange and Blue were Bennett's school colors."

AFD

April 26, 2004 - Msg 21112: Hey, Mr. Darlin's Cuz, I'ts nice when someone notice's ya! Sure, I knew the pun. What you think I'm new to the horse troft. I believe it's about 12 hat's full. If'n a horse come's buy I leave way.I can get all kind's of sound's out of this jug.. banjo, guitar, you name it. He sure is a pretty man. Have'nt talk to ya,"FUNNY GIRL" read alot about ya, nice to see ya back on the porch, lot a folk's asking about ya. We left the light on for ya, with a dry chair. Say hey to-Count. Istanvaldilecee.~~SRM~~

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21113: Jubal foster wrote the lyrics?!
"Jubal... Jubal, Jubal, Jubal... Juu-bal...." (there were more "u"s in that last one, but the filter got me)

--Will Stockdale, P.L.O.

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21114: Good morning porch, have a great one.

EB

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21115: You have a good one too Ellen Brown.
Good to see you FunGirl. Thought you had left us high and dry.
Now if Salty Dog and Boo would get back here the porch would be complete again.
How was the trip Ro? Did you and the Plum have a good time?
Pipeman, sorry your ailing buddy. Hope it's nothing serious and your in my prayers.
What's for breakfast this morning? I'm famished.
Hello Mrs Wiley. How was the anniversary?
HM, How are the goats doing?
Hey to everyone else here on the porch. Have a good day and remember this-
"Someday's your the dog, somedays your the hydrant." Just seems that's how it goes.

Asa

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21116:


Read this a few moments ago and thought it was interesting, hope you enjoy.

Lots of luck to you and yours.

EB

The recall of Human Beings

THE maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed: Sub sequential Internal Non-Morality, or more
commonly known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symphonized by loss of moral judgment Some other symptoms:

(a) Loss of direction
(b) Foul vocal emissions
(c) Amnesia of origin
(d) Lack of peace and joy
(e) Selfish, or violent, behavior
(f) Depression or confusion in the mental component
(g) Fearful
(h) Idolatry

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service, free of charge to correct this SIN defect.
The number to call for the recall station in your area is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN by pressing R-E-P-E-N-T-A-N-C-E. Next, download J-E-S-U-S into the heart. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, the JESUS repair will replace it with:

(a) Love
(b) Joy
(c) Peace
(d) Longsuffering
(e) Gentleness
(f) Goodness
(g) Faith
(h) Meekness
(i) Temperance

Please see operating manual, HOLY BIBLE, for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING:
Continuing to operate the human unit without correction, voids the manufacturer's warranty, exposing owner to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.
For free emergency service, call on J-E-S-U-S.

DANGER:
The human units not receiving this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect must not enter heaven or else heaven will be infected.
Author: The Creator.


April 27, 2004 - Msg 21117: Oh, Ellen Brown that is EXCELLENT!! Hope you don't mind if I copy and post it elsewhere. GOOD ON YA! I try to have factory authorized repair and service every 2 months by going to C-O-N-F-E-S-S-I-O-N. Seems like this old unit needs regular maintenance to keep all shiney and have no green spots. Like Asa's bullets. :-)

Asa, thank you for asking dear, the anniversary was OK. No fireworks, Big Jeff liked his crown but his head was a touch too big (like I didn't see THAT coming). He got me a rose dipped in 24K gold, leaves are green enamel and bud is red enamel. It's lovely and we both get fooled into smelling it regularly. As long as we keep the lines of communication opened, we'll be OK or a good long time, God willing.

Hey to MDC, EB, SRM, Mayberry Deputy and Will Stockdale, P.L.O.. Y'all have a wonderful day!
~ Mrs. Wiley


April 27, 2004 - Msg 21118: Good Morning Porch!
How is it where y'all live? Here, it is SNOWING! It isn't sticking or anything, though! Pretty strange, because yesterday I just mowed my lawn for the first time this year!

Ellen Brown, I liked that, I may have to "borrow" it also.

Mrs. Wiley, sounds like you had a very nice anniversary. Is that one year now? Congratulations to ya!

Asa, "some days you're the hydrant...hahahah! That's another one I will have to remember. I hope all is going well for you and yours...

Hey to Olive, and welcome to Virgil and any other new porchsters. All you other porchsters, (you know who you are!) here are some spring flowers for ya @->->-@->->-

Have a great Spring, Mayberry Day,
Mary Wiggins

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21119: Hey all,
I actually bought a CD off of Ebay a few years ago that has all of Andy Griffith's songs and jokes. It's great. When I saw ELLEN BROWN with the "Fishing Hole" I thought about it. I listen to it every now and then and it will take you back. MARY WIGINS, SNOW. WOW! And I went swimming yesterday. Hang in there, summer will be there soon. PIPEMAN, what's cooking? Take care all and have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21120: Hey all,
I actually bought a CD off of Ebay a few years ago that has all of Andy Griffith's songs and jokes. It's great. When I saw ELLEN BROWN with the "Fishing Hole" I thought about it. I listen to it every now and then and it will take you back. MARY WIGINS, SNOW. WOW! And I went swimming yesterday. Hang in there, summer will be there soon. PIPEMAN, what's cooking? Take care all and have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21121: Appears like you chewed your cabbage twice, Ed!
- Hazel

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21122: Ed,Ed, I'm seeing double. I'm seeing double. (haha)
Mary, how bout your Pistons! (3-1) Will they meet
the Spurs soon? Your flowers are neat in color!
One rose for Mrs Wiley!
My 12 year old niece is bonkers for Beonce! (sp?)
Does any one here know if her music is ok?
I got real disgusted when Brittny got all grungy.
If anyone is interested in old lunchboxes, yes, the old tin boxes with our favorite TV shows etc,
check out www.lunchboxpad.com Kinda cool.
AFD_ thanks for the High School song info- That's very interesting. That sounds like a neat book. wonder if it is still in print.
OK, TAGS trivia time:
Ever notice in the Aunt bea Warden ep that the "brick" jail wall moves when Otis backs into it, while the gordon boys try to get him?

Verse 2 to "I'll get a line, you get a pole"
"Whatcha gonna do when the well runs dry, honey;
Whatcha gonna do when the well runs dry, babe;
Whatcha gonna do when the well runs dry,
gonna sit around and cry, cry , cry,
honey, baby, mine!"

Loved your little analogy Ellen! Good job.
Prayers for pipeman and all in need. God bless you all.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21123: Hey y'all whats for lunch, I'm having fried pickles and cauliflower forgot how to spell it LOL you get the ideal with a nice cold ROOT BEER. A&W .. Hello Ed and Mary Wiggins, thanks for the flowers Mary, Ed I'ld like to hear that CD of yours. Ms Wiley I'm with you I need a lot of mat. also. y'all have a good day now.

EB

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21124: Sorry I bout stepped on you there Mr. Darlin's Cuz. nice little song there. :)

EB

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21125: Hey Porch, Sorry about the "double entry" there. I think I hit the back button and then the post button, then the refresh button, who knows. EB, yeah the CD is great. It's got all of Andy Griffith songs ,as well as "What It Was Was Football, Flop Eared Mule, and a lot of others. Check out Ebay. They usually are selling it. Okay, my lunch break is over. Take care all and have a Mayberry Mayberry, Kinda Kinda, Day Day!
I did it again!

Ed Sawyer

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21126: Hey MDC, I'd think twice about Byonce for a 12 year old. I do admit she's got a great voice and is real pretty, but the lyrics to her songs can be kind of... well... street wise.
~ Mrs. Wiley

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21127: Afternoon Y'all! Hey Ed(or is it Ed Ed? LOL)-a man came into the BBQ place today and said he was from Las Vegas,Nevada.Was that you? Ha Ha! Snow at Mary Wiggins house?! I'd drive up there to see it if I had a car that was running! It's back in the shop getting a fuel pump.Hope that'll fix her up.Should've gone to Goober,but I think he's off on a fishing trip.Think that Fishin' Hole song got to him!
Mrs. Wiley,did I miss your anniversary? I would've bought you a waffle at the Waffle House the other day if I'd known.Happy Anniversary!Today is my daughter's 2nd wedding anniversary and I'm keeping Laci so they can go out.Gonna get lots of kisses and neck sugar-hope I don't OD!
Ellen,I've gotten e-mails from you,but when I try to respond to them,MY messages don't go through to you.I appreciate your e-mails-don't know why they come back to you as you mentioned.Some are getting to me,just so you know-THANKS!
Well,better baby proof my rock! Hope everyone has a wonderful night!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21128: Ms Wiley I tried earlier to wish you a happy Anv. but I don't think it went thru. Glad to hear it was a good one how long have you and Mr. been married if I may ask. Possum my email is wezee52@yahoo.com or wezee52@hotmail.com, I've been having trouble with my outlook mail I just can't figure it out. :)

EB

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21129: Thanks to all ya'll who said "HEY" to me. Good to be back. As you all well know, we TAGS fans broadcast our loyalty to our favorite show to anyone who will listen. I had mentioned it one day and Joy said, "I LOVE that show." then we spent the next half hour doing our favorite lines from the show. Another lady even chimed in. I laughed so hard I had tears running down my cheeks. I gave her the address for this porch and an address for the website for Mayberry in the Midwest. Maybe she will join us here.

SRM, preciate the dry chair and the light.

Has anyone heard from BDJ lately? I haven't been posting for a while and so I don't know if he has been around or not. Just wanted to put in my order for a couple jugs of his best mulberry squeezins for my 15th anniversary coming up on the 21st of May. Also wanted to check up on the condition of the Robert E Lee Natural Bridge. You know I get powerful worried this time of year about that bridge and if everyone is crossing safely.

Sounds like Laci has gotten the word through the baby grape vine on how to train your daddy.LOL
I am expecting Little Rosa over for a bit this evening. I got to keep her on Saturday afternoon and she is delightful.

Well I'll run for now friends.
fun girl

"Maybe we need to loosen something up. You got anything we can loosen?"

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21130: MDC - Mayberry 101 is available at Weaver's for 15.00 plus shipping.

Prayers for you pipeman - hope it's nothing to serious.

Hey to possum, SRM, Ed, Ellen, Mary, Mrs. Wiley, Asa, Will, MDC, pipeman and the rest of ya!
AFD!

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21131: And Hey to fungirl! Sorry about putting the squeeze on ya there. : )

AFD!

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21132: hey afd , fungirl,pipeman,been teaching classes again at the work 20,sorry,hope yall have been eating good...tonight its homemade tacos sour cream hot pepper jack cheese, refried beans,salsa chips,we may throw in a burreto or 2 also...[i cant spell]...will be ready at 6:30..and yea its cook out time yall...dancing too!...[with the girls!].....signed: SPOT the"mexican taco dog tonight" dog of yalls porch ....God Bless all and prayers to all in need...ruff.ruff.

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21133: hey possum , you work at a BBQ place?...spot

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21134: Hey spot - I don't turn down burritos no matter how ya spell 'em! And bless your heart for fixin' up some refried beans. My hubby doesn't care much for 'em so I do without 'em, too, since he's the chef most of the time.

Andy's Favorite "gonna have good eats and dancin' too" Dish Thanks spot!

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21135: Spot, the food sounds delish! Sorry porchsters, I'll need to catch up on my reading. Haven't had time to sit a spell the last couple days. But I did see that SNOW up there Mary Wiggins. You just keep that where you are! Thank you very much! It's plenty chilly here. I wish it'd warm up! Saw Aunt Bee crunch up her Aunt Martha's broach in the dispos-ALL last night. What is it with these TVLand families? Does everybody have an Aunt Martha? (Beaver does too.)
Charlotte Tuckerd (ha, was a typo, but tis also true! tuckered!)

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21136: Yep, I too can recommend "Mayberry 101". I bought it about 3 years ago, and it's been a wonderful addition to my "Andy" books.
- Hazel

Maybe you'll talk if I... Shine this light in your eye!

April 27, 2004 - Msg 21137: Yup. Back on the porch, hey to AFD,Mrs. Wiley, Sterling, Pipeman, Mr. Cuz, Spot,Funny Girl,Hazel,and anyone I missed.. Saw Ang, tonight with his boot's wave'n to everyone in the ep, where aunt bee get's her driver's permit. Pretty good for a color ep, drivin' all over the road w/goober. Mrs Wiley, what is it called when you see andy's boot's in an ep? I got it off that web site you posted the other day thought, it was haliorious, because I've always made fun of my father for year's for where'n the andy side zipper boots.. My mother won't let him buy them anymore, even-though he claim's that the are the most comfortable shoe he's ever bought. HA, ha, ha, make's me smile every-time, I think about it. I thought I was the only one that thought it was funny!! Sey hey to James Best, aka Jim. I don't own Mayberry 101, was it bobby fleet and his band with a beat?? Your man with his boot's hangin' out.. ~~SRM~~

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21138: Howdy, friends! The Plum and I got home Sunday from our trip to Fredericksburg, and we had a great time. Both daughters doing well, Rob says to tell everyone hey from her. My comadre Eloise went with us, and we had a great time, poking in the shops around there, and my girls are both great cooks, so we ate too much, of course. All in all, a fun trip.

Welcome to the newcomers, you're gonna love this porch. Just stick around and see!

I emailed Boo, a few minutes ago. Hope I get an answer, but if her absence is the result of a computer problem, the email won't get through either, so we still won't know. Did Barney put out an APB on her? Do you reckon ol' Blue could help any?

I brought back some really neat hummingbird feeders, very different and pretty. Hope I get some little flying jewels coming to them.

Well, I guess I'll hit the old ironing board. I'm just beat to the socks! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21139: Morning Porch!..fried egg and bacon sandwiches,grits,bottled water,oj,coffee,...get as many as ya want!...back in a short, let me get things started here at work..and thanks AFD,signed: SPOT the" how do yall write in color?" dog of this here porch...lights are on..

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21140: Welcome home Romeena - we sure missed you. Glad you had a great time with your girls. We've had a few hummers showing up at our feeder already.

Hey spot - I ain't had a fried egg sandwich nigh on to half my life - sounds GOOOD!

This is how to make color -- I'm gonna space things out so's it doesn't mess up getting my point across...

< font color = "coral" > Your message here < / font >. To get it to work - leave out all spaces - what I wrote above would come out looking like this... Your message here.
Whatever you do, make sure to put < / font > after using color so we don't have another Valentines Day Fiasco. I'm still a little pink over that one. : (
Click on this link to get the list of colors you can use - http://www.tagsrwc.com/crumpbb/faq.html

You can also put bold and italics in your posts too - just do < b > and < / b > for bold and < i > and < / i > for italics. (Remember no spaces for it to work).
Hope that helps (and that I haven't confused you). If you have any more questions, just ask and someone will help you out.

AFD!

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21141: Oops - one clarification to the above - don't take out the space between the words font and color or it won't work!

AFD!

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21142: I think i will just stick to black and white for now......whew...thanks though...spot

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21143: Thanks for the breakfast, spot! It's good to have Fun Girl back. Fun girl, I been wonderin', how's things been goin' with your lip and your back and all? Did your lip ever heal? You know, I mentioned that ep with Aunt Bea and the garbage disposal the other day. I remember that ep but was shocked when Howard Sprague was referred to as Ed, the insurance man. Didn't remember that! They must've liked him, huh? They kept him on for quite a long time! Glad you emailed Boo, Romeena. Where could she be? Reckon she's chasin' that baby girl all over creation?
Charlotte Tucker


April 28, 2004 - Msg 21144: Mornin all, hey to spot, AFD, CT, Ro, SRM, Hazel, Asa, EB, possum and FunGirl. EB, ythanks for the attempted well-wishes. It was anniversary #1.

feelin poorly yesterday and today, so will sign off. Prayers for all in need!
~ Mrs. Wiley


April 28, 2004 - Msg 21145: Hope ya feel better Mrs Wiley....lunch will be corn dogs with chips and pickles and lemon lime kool-aid....hey fg,ct,Ro,Boo,AFD,AFD,...yall grab a dog with mustard!..signed: SPOT the"busy hee at work" dog of your porch...lights are on!

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21146: Hey Spot, we havn't had a good ho-down on the porch in quite a spell. It's time we all got over to Fred Goss's cleaners and got our best duds spiffed up! You know what fred says, "It pays to look your best!" teehee
We can get my cuz briscoe to make some fresh squeezins, and celebrate all the anniversaries etc!
The Darling boys will provide the entertainment.
Spot , you need to get the smoker out of storage,
and away we go!
Fungirl- now we need a an APB for Briscoe!
AFD- thanks for the book info and the font info and for more puns!
possum- should your name be "postum" to be "porch correct!" haha
Mrs Wiley- thanks for the advice. Perhaps your name should be "Mrs Wisdom" for all you have given me!
Very good father/son talk last night in our local ep "Aunt bea wedding bells":
Andy: You see Opie, you meet that special person and you have a special love all saved up just for them. That's the marryin' kind of love that comes from way down deep inside your heart.
Opie: Did you and MOM have that kind?
Andy: Yes son, we did.
Opie: And does Aunt Bea have that kind now?
Andy: Yes, she does.
Opie: Then it's alright aint it?
Opie: Yes son, I expect it is alright.
(Big father and son hug!!)

Prayers for all, and a big hug for all!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21147: Oops, forgot to gloat a bit over my Diamondbacks!
Really took it to the Cubs! Sorry pipeman, Goober and EB, just HAD to say somethin!
MDC

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21148: Oops, forgot to gloat a bit over my Diamondbacks!
Really took it to the Cubs! Sorry pipeman, Goober and EB, just HAD to say somethin!
MDC

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21149: haven't had a chance to read the archieves so this is foreveryone. thanks for all the prayers. welcome olive and virgil.MDC+ i guess i'll have to stick with ups car since we have the brown truck, surprise. ELLEN BROWN- that's bloomington, illinois. loved your creator, thanks. i'll go back on may17th hospital, cat scan, vascular tests heart and lung later go nack on my right kidney otherwise i'm a fun loving budding geezer. ha. EDsawyer= thought you were cooking tonight? maybe one of the ladies will if we ask real nice. MAYBERRY DEPUTY= thanks foor thinking of me, it;s just god's way of slowing one down so we don't get to far ahead of him. MARY WIGGINS= sounds like mother nature needs to be called in for a seasonal tune up? where is goober? asa, afd, spot, sterling ro, fun girl, homemaker and everyone. may the good lord smile on you and yours. pipeman.

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21150: PIPEMAN, I'm always up to a good Southern meal. If you want me to cook though, I can always order out for us. POSSUM, no I've been to busy to get out much. Although, I'm taking a two week vacation (Hawaii)at the end of May. The problem is every time I take a vacation I still find myself checking in everyday to make sure my company is running smoothly. Everyone sounds well. Speaking of food, I'm going on my lunch break. Take care all and have a Mayberry, Kinda Day!

Ed "Double Post" Sawyer

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21151: Ed, the double post of mine was for you! heehee
I guess you are stuck now with that moniker!
Specken ze deutch ?
Mary- Snow? We had some parts of the Phoenix area with 100 yesterday! wow!
Good to hear from Charlotte.
APB for Boo, Jennie Boone, Kyshiner, Mayberry Girl, Emmitt, auh20, briscoe, sterling, rafe, salty dog, and anyone else whose chairs are empty and waitin' fer ya!
MDC

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21152: Ed, the double post of mine was for you! heehee
I guess you are stuck now with that moniker!
Specken ze deutch ?
Mary- Snow? We had some parts of the Phoenix area with 100 yesterday! wow!
Good to hear from Charlotte.
APB for Boo, Jennie Boone, Kyshiner, Mayberry Girl, Emmitt, auh20, briscoe, sterling, rafe, salty dog, and anyone else whose chairs are empty and waitin' fer ya!
MDC

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21153: Ed, the double post of mine was for you! heehee
I guess you are stuck now with that moniker!
Specken ze deutch ?
Mary- Snow? We had some parts of the Phoenix area with 100 yesterday! wow!
Good to hear from Charlotte.
APB for Boo, Jennie Boone, Kyshiner, Mayberry Girl, Emmitt, auh20, briscoe, sterling, rafe, salty dog, and anyone else whose chairs are empty and waitin' fer ya!
MDC

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21154: It must be the bomb. It has got to the milk.:)

Asa

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21155: My MDC, aren't you talkative today! I'm glad you're triply glad to hear from me! (just kiddin' ya a little). Yer cabbage must be mighty tough. It's so windy here today I could barely stand up outside. Boy, I wish we'd get some nicer weather! Every day it's just windy or chilly or rainy! I am putting in my order for some 75+ weather. Thank you.
Charlotte Tucker

April 28, 2004 - Msg 21156: Howdy, everyone! Pipeman, prayers for you, friend. All that waiting and testing is no fun, as I well know. Just keep looking up, things will turn out alright.

I'm watching the cutest thing these days, on the feeding patio outside my window. There are a bunch of baby sparrows - almost adult size, but stubby little tails, and they don't fly well. They hang out on the feeding area, and when an adult lands, they all fluff out their feathers, their little wings quiver and they follow the adult with open beaks. Invariably, the adult will stop and feed them. I'm not sure what they're feeding them, since sparrows are primarily seed-eaters, but they're feeding them for sure. It appears that any old adult will do, not necessarily their mother, because I saw three adults feed the same baby yesterday. Guess birds are like folks, nobody can resist a baby. How I do love this window on all the activity in my back yard.

I haven't heard from Boo. No reply to my email, so I'm guessing she's got 'puter problems. She'll probably be back before long.

Well, everyone have a nice evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21157: Charlotte Tucker, I'll second that order for the 75 degree weather! It was 80 hear today... now I'm not complaining about that mind you, but that was the only day it will be above 70 for the rest of this week and it looks like the beginning of the next one. 50's and 60's again. Geesh!

Hey Ed Sawyer, have a nice vacation! What Island will you be on if you don't mind my asking? I've only been on Oahu a couple times. It's supposed to be the most crowded of the Hawaiian Islands, mostly because of the tourists, but as far as I could see, it was still a beautiful paradise!

I wish Boo would check in. Although maybe she went on a mission(as she has been known to do) in Mexico or some other place and forgot to tell us. Or did she mention anything like that does anyone know?

-Sterling Holobyte

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21158: That's supposed to be 80 here, not hear. Double geesh!
Good night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21159: Mornin Porch, just peeking in. Prayers for ya Ppeman, that sounds worrysome!! MDC: my pleasure - always glad to share. SRM, I think the Andy's boot game is played the same as the 'Bob" game (Bob Newhart - every time someone says 'Bob", you take a drink. And I don't mean sasparilla!).
~ Mrs. Wiley
still kinda puny feelin.

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21160: Good morning porch, pray all has a great day.


EB

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21161: Sorry your ailin Mrs Wiley. Have some soup.
Well we got about 2 inches of snow here yesterday. The temp dropped 30 degree's in an hour when a cold front blew in. Brr.
Well folks, I am off to the California Speedway in Fontana California for the Nextel NASCAR race this Sunday so look for me on FOX.
You all be good and talk to you next week.

Asa

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21162: thanks for all the prayers, everyone. i'm weak but i try to keep updated on all the porch... today- homemade biscuts, potato salad, baked beans, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, strawberry shotcake, pies, ice cream, homemade peach at that. tea, coffee, buttermilk, lemonade, bbq by the pan fulls, even skillet cornbread, fresh tossed salad, green onions, and much more. come one come all. open the screen door and holler when you get here. may the good lord smile on you and yours. pipeman

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21163: Yummy! Thanks for all that good food, pipeman. Hope you start feelin' better soon. You and Mrs. Wiley too. Here's some soup for you both. And a couple little blue pills. You don't even need to give me a dime for 'em. Ro, I think your yard sounds so wonderful. Cute story about the sparrows. Aren't God's creatures wonderful! Did you ever decide if you could post or email some pictures of your yard? I agree, Boo must have computer troubles. That'll keep you from relaxing on the porch! Looks like a nice day here today until it rains tonight. The wind yesterday was horrendous here!
Charlotte Tucker

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21164: Hey, Asa, you just keep that snow in Utah. You're getting a nice break going to the race. I heard on Weather Channel it's supposed to be 94 there! That oughta warm ya up!
CT

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21165: OK just one question please...

Was Howard Sprague gay?

Otis Campbell III

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21166: I don't think so - afterall he had a crush on the boy's sister when he tutored (he even changed his whole wardrobe!)and he was engaged to Millie.
Pleez - do we have to bring the "gay" thing into every situation??

a concerned poster!

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21167: OTIS, shame on you for even implying that such an honest and pure show as TAGS would have a gay character. TAGS was not WILL AND GRACE.

STERLING, we're going to Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii. I wanted to tour the Big Island but we don't have the time. But yes, it's beautiful and I am looking forward to much needed rest and relaxation.

Glad to see everyone is well. Take care all and have a Fantastic, Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21168: Good morning eveyone ,Ihope evryone has a great day .Pipeman..hope you get to feeling better real soon .Hey SPOT,MRS.WILEY,ED SAWYER.ASA, hey to everyone ,theres so many fine folks on the porch its hard to list everyone so HEY every body .
mayberry deputy

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21169: HELP FLOYD!
We may have interlopers again trying to get us all stirred up!
BTW, sorry about the triple post yesterday. It was meant to be double, but I messed up.
Pipeman- that "shotcake" must be what one eats when they play Mrs Wiley's Bob game! (haha)
Good vittles lately!
Qute from last nights ep:
Barn: Sure I said Andy dont run a taut ship,
or do everything by the book; but sometimes it's best to rule not so much by the book, but by the HEART!
Have a good one,
MDC


April 29, 2004 - Msg 21170: Howdy, all. Fun girl, I missed saying howdy to you when you turned up a few days ago - it's good to see you back here. Pipeman, you don't need to be doing all that cooking. You just set and rest a while, and let us do it. I'm gonna cook up a pot roast with all the trimmings, and make a pan of cornbread, fresh salad, pickled beets, and a triple chocolate cake. Tea and sodas are in the fridge, of course. Everyone come on by, and for those that are ailin', I'll hitch the Plum up to her little wagon and she'll deliver a plate for you. She knows better, but just in case the edges look a bit chewed, don't worry, she's clean and has had all her shots.

Speaking of shots, I went today and got all the immunizations I'm gonna need for the trip to Mongolia, and it wasn't bad at all. One arm is a bit sore, but that's it. Now I just have to get my passport, am waiting for a copy of my birth certificate. Can't find the thing anywhere, so I just ordered a copy.

Asa, snow?? I can't imagine! Here it is almost May and you're still getting snow. Why, I've been digging in the dirt outside for two months now. I can't imagine such a long cold winter. You must have a bad case of cabin fever. How does little Barney handle it, when his little undercarriage drags in the snow? Does he plow a tiny little furrow? (teehee)

Well, gotta go to a meeting at work - on my night off, yet!! I'll be home in time for supper, though, and the potroast is already cooking. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena


April 29, 2004 - Msg 21171: Oh, I forgot. Charlotte Tucker, I can email pictures easily, since I use a digital camera, but I'm not sure how to post them. Even if I knew how, I'd hesitate to post them here and take up porch space. Not everyone will want to look at pictures of my yard! --Romeena

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21172: Howdy! So sorry it has been so long since I was here. I am on my siter's computer so can't take time to read all the archives. Just wanted you to know I appreciate your concern over my absence. I still don't have a computer! I think of all of you every day, though, and am looking forward to being able to be in contact every day. Sorry, I'm not able to get your email, Ro, but thanks for trying to contact me. I can't be sure when I will be back for sure but I still love ya!

Anyway, we are fine. Sean is coming along in his schooling and just got 1600.00 worth of dental work today! He is sad over the loss of our pet chicken (Nugget) who was mauled by the family dog. Poor chicken.

Baby Girl is as active and opinionated as ever and keeps me very busy.

I hope all of you are well and blessed. Have a great weekend and I hope I can be back soon.

Love,
Boo

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21173: Howdy! So sorry it has been so long since I was here. I am on my siter's computer so can't take time to read all the archives. Just wanted you to know I appreciate your concern over my absence. I still don't have a computer! I think of all of you every day, though, and am looking forward to being able to be in contact every day. Sorry, I'm not able to get your email, Ro, but thanks for trying to contact me. I can't be sure when I will be back for sure but I still love ya!

Anyway, we are fine. Sean is coming along in his schooling and just got 1600.00 worth of dental work today! He is sad over the loss of our pet chicken (Nugget) who was mauled by the family dog. Poor chicken.

Baby Girl is as active and opinionated as ever and keeps me very busy.

I hope all of you are well and blessed. Have a great weekend and I hope I can be back soon.

Love,
Boo

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21174: Whoops, sorry!

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21175: Welcome back BOO!! We missed ya dear!
Glad Sean and all are well. We porchsters were very concerned, and I am sure, praying silently
for your well-being! Thanks for checking in, and check back when ya can. Your chair is always ready.
Spot must be fixin power problems, so here's my menu for tonight: grilled t-bone steak, a touch of adolph's, green beans, baked potato, sweet tea and my wife's homemade chocolate chip cookies!
Ya all come over now.
Have a good, porch-rockin evening!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 29, 2004 - Msg 21176: Hello everyone
We've been clearing trees away from the pond and it actually was fun to do so. I've lived in the cities and small towns most my life, but I'm finding I like the country after all. Wish I knew how to post pics, it's just beautiful out here.

EB

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21177: Good morning Porch! Many thanks for your prayers - I'm feelin much better now! Pipeman, I'm holdin' you up in prayer real special-like. BOO!! Law, girl where have you been?! We sure are glad you and the family are well. Come back when you can.

We shall meet, but we shall miss Her
There will be one vacant rocker
We shall linger to caress her
When we breathe our evenings prayer (or post).

~ Mrs. Wiley
bacon eggs (your way) toast/biscust, gravy, grits, sausage links, Oj and coffee's simmering. Y'all come!


April 30, 2004 - Msg 21178: OK, all you strawberry eaters. I need some advice. Whenever I get strawberries from the garden, if we don't eat them the first day, they turn sort of whitish and ferment. I've tried cutting them all up and putting sugar on them and that seems to make them worse. If I buy those California ones and keep them in the fridge whole, they seem to keep ok. What do you do to keep plain ol' garden strawberries fresh? We don't have any yet, but strawberry season is a comin'.
Charlotte Tucker

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21179: Hey to everyone! So nice to hear from you, Boo!

CT - for your strawberries, when you pick them make sure you leave the green caps on them, pick only "red" berries as strawberries don't ripen after picking. DO NOT wash them and make sure they don't sit out at room temp for very long. Store them in a single layer (on a cookie sheet or something of that nature) and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Put them in the coldest part of your fridge. They keep 2-3 days. When ready to eat, wash them with cold water in a colander but don't let them sit in water. They lose color and flavor that way.

Asa - hope you have a great time at the race!

Prayers for all!
AFD!

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21180: CHARLOTTE and AFD,
You can always shoot the strawberries full of radiation (that is what the supermarket suppliers do. They will stay bright red and in perfect condition for years. Seriously, that's what always happens when I buy ORGANIC strawberries. They don't seem to keep long. Glad to see everyone is doing well. PIPEMAN, everyone is praying for you. MRS. WILEY, thanks for breakfast. Take care all and have a wonderful, Mayberry Kinda Weekend!

Ed Sawyer

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21181: morning everyone= hope you have a great day and weekend. ro= that sounds great on the food, your spoiling me with that great food. this is a great weekend for sports fans. cubs and cards have 4 games. nascar in california. mary's pistons still cooking. with the weather being messy sports and chruch sounds great. brown truck ready to help ups car. may the good lord smile on you and yours. pipeman

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21182: Hey pipeman, you forgot the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby too! Where's Ky girl and ky moonshiner when ya need 'em! Lot's o mint julips all around.
Ed, not only radiation, but also hormones in the meat and these genetically altered vegies really concern me. I try to buy as much organic as I can! Hope it doesnt come out later that these things are contributing to all the child attention problems etc.
Prayers continue for all the porch and the US of A!
Have a good weekend all,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21183: Oops, forgot my daily quote for Heaven's sakes!
Andy: Ben, you've been nice, yes, you've been reeall nice, Hasn't he been nice barney?
Barn: Oh yeah, he's been a real sweetheart!
MDC

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21184: Hey, AFD! Thanks for all that strawberry advice! Yes, Boo, good to see you. Hope you'll be back with us on a regular basis in the very near future. Ro, email me some pics of your yard if you take some. Prayers for Pipeman and Mrs. Wiley and anyone else who needs 'em.
Charlotte Tucker

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21185: Whose gonna sweep! Looks like it will be soon!
Gotta mow the lawn, so leftovers for the porch tonight! Nice evenin' to ya all,
MDC

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21186: Hey to the porch. Mrs. Wiley, I liked your version of "One Vacant Chair". You sing real perty. Good info on the strawberries. Wonder what causes that. I don't care for strawberries, but I wonder if the solution would be for the home-growers to freeze em right away if they want to keep some. Might work!
- Hazel

"Every thinking pioneer and inventor has suffered the same kind of ridicule."

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21187: Hello porch this is aka~Ms Wezee~ Ellen Brown, Boo sorry to hear you've been ill? MDC nice quote. CT hows things going with you? PM MW Hope you get to feeling better real soon.AFD and ES glad to know that about the berries.

Jubil Foster
One thing about Gypsies though, they're moody!

EB


April 30, 2004 - Msg 21188: Lawn's been cut. Nothin' like the sweet aroma of freshly cut grass!
Anyone seen homemaker recently?
Asa-enjoy Cal and the race!
Got a nice glider on the front porch, so now's the time to go use it.
Til the morrow..
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21189: Hey y'all. Just got through fixin' supper. Did y'all eat yet?


April 30, 2004 - Msg 21190: hello porch, from the loaded goat jimmy.........

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21191: hello porch, from the loaded goat jimmy.........

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21192: hello porch, from the loaded goat jimmy.........

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21193: hello porch, from the loaded goat jimmy.........

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21194: jimmy the loaded goat.

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21195: jimmy the loaded goat.

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21196: jimmy the loaded goat.

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21197: jimmy the loaded goat.

April 30, 2004 - Msg 21198: jimmy the loaded goat.

May 01, 2004 - Msg 21199: This is my first visit, so I recon I'm a stranger": but I'm no stranger to Andy's poarch nor to his guitar playing, softly, on a summer evening. So, I guess I'm home folks.

"Salt and Pepper suit".

May 01, 2004 - Msg 21200: Hey all!..welcome salt-n-pepper suit, Im Spot the talking dog of the porch and cook also,been off for a couple of days,[had a big American Cancer golf tournment to play in yesterday, over 200 golfers!]gona get breakfast started and read the arcives,BLT sandwiches for breakfast this morning,hashbrowns with cheese,cold mild and coffee,everybody get two !..signed SPOT the"alittle sore from playing golf" dog of this here porch ..lights are on!..

May 01, 2004 - Msg 21201: Morning Porch and welcome home "salt and pepper", probably one of the most popular props in the whole show. A legend unto itself (like Barney's bullet). The ol' salt n' pepper... you're gonna like it here!

Asa, will be watching for you this weekend, you gonna hold up a sign that says ASA? Or should I look for the green bullets? ~ Mrs. Wiley


May 01, 2004 - Msg 21202: Howdy, all. Boo, if you happen to see this, it was good to hear from you. Glad everyone is okay, and sorry about poor little Nugget. That same tragedy happened in our family once. We had an Easter chick that grew up and was part of the family, lived in the back yard with our gentle little dog (folks didn't know much about keeping furkids in the house back in those days) and he thought he was a dog. Even ran to the back fence and squawked at the garbage trucks as they came down the alley, and he didn't roost. He slept lying on his side, back to back with my dog. We made the mistake of agreeing to keep my aunt's dog for a few days, and the very first night, that dog killed our little pet chicken. My baby brother was in hysterics, I was furious and grief-stricken, my parents locked the dog in the garage for the next three days, and we never kept her again, but that didn't bring the chicken back. Poor Sam, he was a good little chicken, and my own dog grieved for days. They were the best of friends. Animals are funny people.

I can't believe it, but it's 52 degrees here in north Texas today, and rainy. I was intending to plant petunias today, but maybe not. Think I'll stay in the house with some hot soup and cold tea, and a warm furkid draped over my feet. I do have to get outside briefly, though. All my little wild friends are around the feeders, and they're empty! There's a cardinal, a woodpecker, three bluejays, three doves, numerous sparrows, some pigeons, and five squirrels. Guess I'd better go feed them.

Have a great weekend, folks, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena