The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108973: Happy Monday porch family. been busy lately and no time to rock. I did try to post a couple of times but for some strange reason my post vanished right when I hit the post your comments button. It must be the Count hanging around me.

My end of the porch has been cold. The weather people are forecasting snow tomorrow.

things are my end of the porch are about the same just busy with first one thing and then the other.

G-F: I was happy to see the dates for Mayberry days have been scheduled. I emailed Floyd that I planned to be there. I am looking forward to seeing everyone. I am making my reservations at Mayberry Motor Inn as well.

hope everyone has a blessed day!
Prayers all around
Big Maude

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108974: Glad I came around just in time to sweep!
Big Maude

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108975: Good to hear Maude!..I’m making mine today too!...Possum & SPOT, you get the news too!?....G-F

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108976: Glad I came around just in time to sweep!
Big Maude

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108977: Maudie, I think the Count is haunting you for sure! --Romeena

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108978: Great to see you Big Maude Tyler. And good job sweeping.

MDC, GF, Success on the solder job! I heated the entire fitting up a bit to dry out any moisture that may have been inside, then put the serious heat to it and some solder and it took to it like I knew what I was doing. Saved me a ton of work and a ton of repenting from all the names I was gonna call it! Thank ya Lord.

PH, LOL I have called some of my cars those names too.

Thanks for the compliment Ro. I just thought I was weird. I know GF has named his veee-hickles though. Whattya say GF? bonus POINTS TO ANYONE WHO CAN SAY WHERE THE "VEEE-HICKLE" quote is from.

Well I'm off to home sweet home and Wheelertime.


January 15, 2018 - Msg 108979: Maude just a FYI...I just made my reservation for the Meet-Up, they are half booked up already...G-F

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108980: I’m guessing the Barney’s Sidecar one Asa?...Good on ya too for your soldering work!.👍....G-F

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108981: G-F: I made my reservation this afternoon as well. Arriving on Thursday same as last year . Glad I went ahead and called today :)
Big Maude

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108982: Sorry, No GF. It's not a TAGS quote.


January 15, 2018 - Msg 108983: Asa, the veee-hicle quote is from a MASH episode, spoken by Rizzo, the Louisiana Cajun guy who ran the motor pool. He said it in his opening address to his latest "remedial driving class", which included Col. Potter. --Romeena

January 15, 2018 - Msg 108984: Romeena I think your right on that one...Remember too when he mentioned the “modes” of transportation on the final episode...aka the “Garbage Truck”...”My Last Mode”....


January 15, 2018 - Msg 108985: Nice sweep Big Maude Tyler
You all have a nice evening.

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108986: Evening honeys and dears..that ep was on ME-TV tonite. Love barney's line about rather being called skunkface than to hear their "good mornings." ha
Good one PH! You're funny for a Canadian. :)
ROMEEna, did your wagon look something like this?:
Found it on google images.
ASA--glad the solder job worked out! I have done a few (very few), but it is neat
when the flux "sucks" the solder into the joint.
Hey to Big Maude. You're in Tenn, right? Heard there is another storm indeed coming, and into
POSSUM's area too.
Sheriff TOM, I knew you had a good heart! Thanks for the break.
Yes, I believe 'vee-HICKLE' is from MASH.
RO--take care of yourself! Good thing you arent doing house calls anymore.
You may have scared a senior right into the Holy Kingdom! ha
Love and Prayers,

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108987: RO--that was about a "half-acre" of car! :)

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108988: Good morning all.

Yes Romeena, Veee-hickle was from MASH. And you even got the correct character to boot. Rizzo was teaching drivers-ed in which Sherman T. Potter was a student. Good job Ro and MDC.

Better get going. Lots to do today.


January 16, 2018 - Msg 108989: Good morning, porch! Looking terrible this morning, but feeling fine. Face is sore, of course, and my nose is so sore it feels like it's broken, but of course, it isn't. It doesn't hurt, it's just sore to touch. I surely am scary-looking, though.

Yep, Asa, I guess I always liked ol' Rizzo. He reminded me of someone I once knew, a buddy of Dale's while he was in the Air Force. The kid was a true Cajun from Louisiana, and he was a good guy. Funny, kind-hearted, and just nice to be around. Not above catching a nap at work if the opportunity presented itself, either!

Well, Toye Starr and I stayed up very late last night (4 am) and slept very late this morning. After a shower and shampoo, it's now just past noon, so I guess we won't worry about breakfast, we'll just go straight to lunch! Not sure what it will be, I'll probably just go and root amongst the leftovers. You never know what you might find! Later, taters. --Romeena

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108990: Romeena-Happy to hear you are feeling better.

Have to call a handy man to come and take a look at one of my vents on the roof. Looks like it is rusting and tilting to one side. I am to scared to go up there and look at it, plus my knees would not like that climbing. He should be over tomorrow afternoon. Hope this does not cost to much. Seems like everything in California is expensive now days.
Maybe Mr. Wheeler can come and take a look at it. lol

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108991:
Frankie, I bet it was Santa Claus who damaged your roof vent last month when he was looking for your chimney in the dark. Maybe you need to install lights on your roof.

from Poor Horatio

January 16, 2018 - Msg 108992: OK, I'm fixin' to say something I don't think I have ever said here before...I am tired of the cold. Just as we had a terrible storm in September, this winter has been so much worse than usual for those of us on the Texas coast. I'm about to freeze. is in the 20s in the middle of the day and there is a coat of ice on most things. The wind has been howling and it feels like it is colder than the 20's. We still don't have a heater in this house so I have kept the fire going all day and we have a couple of space heaters. We can handle it for a few days, though, because down here it can be 20 one day and 80 the next. Warmer days are definitely in the near future..they always are. I have had the dogs indoors on comfy beds in the laundry room and they are very comfortable, but I feel sorry for other pets in our area that may be outside and aren't used to the cold. I haven't seen any owls huddled on the porch as of yet, though. ;)

Romeena..something kind of funny: When I was at work the other night, I had a break in the action and sat down to eat my supper so I pulled out your book to read for a bit. I read the chapter about your love of pets and Dale's tolerance for it. When I got to the part in which you describe how he had to put a newborn pup out of its misery and you found him crying...oh boy, there came the waterworks. I was a mess and just about that time, there was a knock on the office door. Luckily, it was a nice girl who worked on the girls unit and I wasn't embarrassed to tell her why I had been crying. Later that night, she called to tell me something about one of the girls and she began with, "Are you still reading that book and crying??..."...haha...I couldn't help it, though, there is just no such thing as not crying through some of your memories.

Ro, I heard from Bruce last night..he has been working out of town in San Angelo again and he is sick with what might be the flu. Poor guy, and he told me that he had traveled to visit his mom in Gatesville and that on his way back to San Angelo after dark, he was nearly killed. It was a long stretch of highway out in the middle of nowhere and there was a huge tractor-trailer carrying pipes that was trying to turn around in the middle of the highway and was stretched across both lanes. Bruce said he was able to stop his truck just before making impact with the side of the thing. He said he would have been killed instantly. I am so thankful to God that he is safe. He also told me that a 10 point buck ran in front of him before that and he nearly hit it, and that when he was on the interstate in San Antonio, some shingles fell off a truck in front of him and landed in front of his right tire. He hit is but didn't lose control..a little later, a 2x4 flew off of a truck in front of him and he thought it was going to come through his windshield but it hit under his truck. He pulled over to see if anything had been damaged but apparently not. Needless to say, he has been a little shaken up. I know he is safely in bed tonight, since he is sick, and that is somewhat of a comfort. Good grief.

Sean has had the flu and started on Tamiflu yesterday. He had terrible body aches and fever yesterday. I am praying I don't get it because I have too much to take care of with Bruce away.

Well, it's cold in this office I am in so I think I will head back to the living room in front of the fire. Hope you all have a safe and blessed evening.


January 16, 2018 - Msg 108993: BOO- Can't you "call the man" to get the heater fixed?? Just wonderin'.
So 'sorry' about your cold spell, but as you say, the heat will soon return!
My goodness, Bruce really went thru an obstacle course! So glad angels were there with him. Wow
ALL--tonite on ME-TV the MASH episode was the VEE-hickle one! So funny to suddenly see it right there!
And on Gomer Pyle USMC, the lady who played Mrs. Lesh played another crooked lady pulling liquor store robberies! Glad she finally ended up on the Waltons. ha
FRANKIE--are you talking about those 'whirlybird' type of vents? The top section probably just needs to be re-seated. cue this video to 4:20...
ROMEEna--praying that your recovery will be quick.

January 17, 2018 - Msg 108994: Morning Dears, Morning Honey!
Goodness Boo, You sure did surprise me with your complaint of the cold. It has been an odd winter thus far. I noticed this morning our low is 33 while Dallas is 15. Very odd. But we are supposed to get a winter storm this weekend. So I suppose the second half of winter may be different. Poor Bruce. Sounds like he had a wail of a drive. Glad he is ok.

Frankie, I reckon of you hire Wheeler to fix your vent, the only thing he will be inspecting is the bottom of the lemonade glass, and you will be the one on top of the roof. :)

MDC, Now how odd is that, that the episode we were just discussing is shown? lol

Romeena, Get better soon. Any news on Tillie?

I am in one of my funky sleep patterns where I wake up every night at around 2 0'clock in the morning, and struggle to fall back asleep. I am as tired as can be, but just can't seem to fall back asleep. I wonder what causes that? It seems to last a couple of weeks or so and then goes away. Any of you have that go on?

Well I hope y'all have a safe and sane day. And act like you got some smarts!


January 17, 2018 - Msg 108995: Poor Horatio-Sounds like a good idea with the lights so Santa can see where he is going.

MDC-Thank you for the video. The vent was not a whirlybird type, I think it is a vint for the heater or water heater. It goes straight up.

ASA-I decided not to hire Mr. Wheeler. He may not want to leave.

Boo-Hope everyone feels better soon. Sure hope you do not catch that terrible flu. Some of the stores out here are running out of flu shots. I went to the clinic and got mine the first of October.

The handyman just came and repaired my vent in about twenty minutes. I think some of these hard winds we had did some damage. Screws on the side broke and the vent was tilting off to the side. All repaired now and ready for the next rain storm. And best of all the price was very reasonable. Makes me feel better knowing it is fixed now.

January 17, 2018 - Msg 108996: Good afternoon, porch. Frankie, your experience with the vent is a good example of good home maintenance. If you had not fixed that vent, and it had fallen off or just far enough out of place, the next rain could have dumped water into your home, who knows where it would have run to. Instead, you spent a little to have it fixed, and avoided spending a lot to repair damage that could have occurred. Whoever said "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" said a mouthful.

The sky here is clear, blue and it's beautiful outside. No wind, just a lot of bright sunshine. If the grass wasn't brown, it would look like summer. But the grass IS brown, and the temp at 4 pm is just 35°. Going back down to 22° tonight. I haven't been outside of this house since I got home last Friday after the MOHS surgery, except to take the trash out to the street, and I did that in the dark, around midnight. Didn't see anybody but a stray cat.

Some of the bruising is starting to fade, or migrate. A lot of it has traveled from my nose and eye, down to my lower jawline, and I look just like someone slugged me in the jaw! There's a big purple bruise, nearly three inches in diameter, right along my jawline. Looks awful. My right eye is much less swollen, and the purple and blue bruise is turning that greenish-yellow in spots, should fade out in a few more days. This too shall pass.

Tillie is still on the puny list. I just haven't been able to get much done. I will soon, though. Once I start driving again, I'll have to. The car shouldn't be driven with that hard shifting going on, and my inspection and license are out of date. It won't pass inspection with that "check engine" light burning brightly! However, I'm carrying all the paperwork from the mechanics who have been working on it, so I could prove to an officer that I'm at least trying to get it fixed. He'd have to be pretty heartless to give a ticket to a little old silver-haired widow, who is obviously working on the problem, don't you think? (teehee)

Boo, you're the last person I ever would expect to get tired of the cold weather, but I guess with anything, eventually enough is enough. Cheer up, this won't last forever.

Well, guess I'd better think about dinner. I'm not really hungry, maybe just a bowl of soup. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

January 17, 2018 - Msg 108997: Ro, its up to 34 this evening and is dry so I like it just fine. I think if the heater wasn't out in the house and I didn't have to keep the fire going in the house all day, I would appreciate it more. Tomorrow should be perfect but I will be sweating it out in the hot box at work, where it is always a warm 85 degrees!

Thanks Frankie. I have been filling myself with lots of nutrient-rich foods to boost my immune system. I had a really good fruit salad for lunch and made a terrific, very healthy 5 bean stew with veggies for supper. I added some purple potatoes, which are full of antioxidants. I will keep sipping the macha tea, too..if you aren't sure what Macha tea is, google it. It is about the healthiest thing you can drink.

I just got a text from Bruce in San Angelo and he is pretty sick and will be trying to drive home tomorrow. It is about a 6 or 7 hour drive, so please pray for his safety. It will be good to have him home but it will be another sick family member in the house to care for and I have to work the next couple of days. Hopefully I can get off early tomorrow since there is another nurse scheduled with me (unless she is still sick. She has had the flu, also). It seems like every family I know is battling flu right now. They even cancelled the mid week service at church tonight because of all the flu.

Well, think I will check that fire and throw on another log.


January 18, 2018 - Msg 108998: Romeena-You take care and I hope your bruising continues to go down. Sounds like your going to have a cold night, bundle up.

Boo-I will have to check out that Macha tea.
Hope your family gets over the flu. And prayers for a safe drive for Bruce.


January 18, 2018 - Msg 108999: Ditto to what Frankie said. I hate to think about Bruce making that long drive when he's sick, but I guess right now, for him there's just no place like home. I can't blame him for wanting to be there.

By the way, Frankie, I just want to say how nice it is that you've re-joined the porch on a regular basis. You used to pop in now and then, but you've been pretty steady here lately, and it's good to have you.

Good night, porch. --Romeena

January 18, 2018 - Msg 109000: Boo,you're not the only one who is sick and tired of the cold weather! If I never hear the words "black ice" or "wind chill" again,I will die a happy possum! Right now, it is 20 degrees out,with a wind chill of 10 degrees. Ding DANG cold! And this is South Carolina,NOT South Dakota-geesh!

Prayers for your family to get over that nasty ol' flu & safe travels for Bruce.

What are the dates for the Meet-Up, G-F? I'll see if I can make it-if I live through this Winter!

Hey to everybody! Y'all take care & stay well & warm.

possum u.a.r.

January 18, 2018 - Msg 109001: Here ya go Possum...6th Annual Mayberry Meet-up in Mt. Airy, NC 20-22 July 2018. The rooms at the Motor Inn are filling up fast....G-F

January 18, 2018 - Msg 109002: Aw shoot,I was afraid of those dates,G-F. Can't make it because I have a family thing going on that same week.Well,dang it! I'll make it back up to Mount Airy one of these days!

possum again

January 18, 2018 - Msg 109003: For some reason I got "blackballed" from the porch yesterday. I guess I should not have sent my salve back! ha :)
When I would click on 'the front porch' it kept saying it could not find that url. hmm
Anyway, all is well, more later.

January 18, 2018 - Msg 109004: Working to much...SNOW go teens here in Ga...Send food...SPOT


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This version of The Taylor's Front Porch has been created to pay our respect to the original porch found on Thanks to Frank for all the work he did for Mayberry on the web. We've tried to make this just like Frank's Porch. This is also a tribute to Ollie's "Trivialities" site which was another homage to Frank's porch but is no longer with us.