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?


May 26, 2020 - Msg 114516: Thank you folks for remembering and thanking my fellow veterans including me. We are glad that we were able to put our lives at risk so you folks would not have to do it.

I hate to report some sad news about a former Andy Griffith Show actress.
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From Poor Horatio

May 26, 2020 - Msg 114517: Wow. I have not swept the porch in a long time. No wonder I sneezed.

From Poor Horatio

May 26, 2020 - Msg 114518: I'm so very sorry to hear of the misfortune that has befallen our Charlene Darling. I can't do much, but I can do a little, and if we will all do what we can, we can help her. There, but for the grace of God, go I......... --Romeena


May 26, 2020 - Msg 114519: Thought I had better check in before someone sends out an APB. We are doing ok and the prayers are working, thank you. We are now down to having only one, very quiet houseguest, who is due to leave in 2 weeks. She is gone most of the time working or staying with a friend so no trouble other than needing rides to work some days. Erin is doing so much better! Last week I drove the toxic girlfriend to Austin to live with and uncle and life went from unbearable to peaceful, thank God. Erin has been in a much better frame of mind, has stopped all smoking and is seeing her counselor and staying on her medication. Still having some anxiety but the depression is much better and her mind is clear. She wanted me to take her town yesterday to get her a devotional and an NIV bible with larger print that she can study and she wants to go back to church when its safe to do so. I have been spending a lot of time with her and she is sharing so much with me. It feels like having my Erin back. God please help her to continue to move forward and heal!

We had a peaceful Memorial Day. Erin and I went into town for her bible and I had a chipotle burrito for the first time in many months. Man, it was good! After we got home Susan, Matthew and Emily came over for a movie night and Susan made homemade ice cream. It was really nice. We had some major storms last night, though, that kept me up and the mosquitoes are keeping us indoors.

Well, so far it looks like we are corona free but there were thousands of people descending on the beaches here over the memorial weekend, so I know there will be a surge coming. We have been really lucky here in south texas but as tourist flock down, I fear that is going to change.

Sean finally has his appointment with the surgeon tomorrow to take a look at why he had the bleeding from his navel and a possible hernia. He has been doing part-time light duty at work until he gets the clear from the surgeon to go back full time.

Along with the good, we have had some sadness this past week. A good friend passed from cancer and a well=loved man from my hometown passed from cancer yesterday. He was my first crush, as a little girl. His name was Lewis and he worked at the Texaco station in town. He was so handsome and would lean in the window and say, "How are you, my little girlfriend?". I was smitten at age 3 or 4. lol. He was so sweet but I didn't really know him in my grown up years, other than and occasional "hello". He had a small farm on the road leading to my mom and dad's house so I would pass by and see him in the yard now and then. For some reason it really made me cry when I heard he had died. Funny how sometimes people mean more to you than you realize. Makes me wish I had reached out more and gotten to know him. He used to go by and visit with my dad in my dad's later years, which was sweet.

Well, guess I better get off of here. I have to go pick up Crystal from work soon. Hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Ro, your descriptions of Trinket just bless me so! She is exactly what I had hoped she would be. :)

Boo

May 27, 2020 - Msg 114520:

HEY TO BOO! Good to hear from you. I know what you mean. A few weeks ago a teacher whom i had in high school passed away. I havent seen him in 50 years, but a classmate called me about it. I cried. I couldnt believe it, tho the man was 91, I just didnt want to believe it, if you know what i mean.
So-o-o- glad to hear about Erin. Wow, what a roller coaster ride it has been for you the past few years. I will indeed keep the prayers going up!
Has anyone here had any luck finding Lysol spray? TP is back now, but we cant find Lysol anywhere, even early in the morning!

I see that JOHN and others are getting more rain, but here it is HEAT already!
Our forecast is Wed. 110, Thurs. 110, Friday 110, and Sat. 110. Yup, that is dang hot for us in May! We expect such in summer, so maybe we'll have a 'cooler' June!
At least it should kill that dreaded virus! AZ has not been hit too hard except on the Navajo reservation, but that is finally on the downturn there.

This week on Me-TV they are having Aunt Bee episodes. I saw the Pickle story yesterday. One of my favorites! I LOVE the look on Andy's face when Aunt Bee says that she made a double batch...16 quarts! :)

MY prayers for Maggie Peterson. I hope to also give a little for her.
PH-good sweep! I see thatyour skills are still as sharp as ever!
MDC

May 27, 2020 - Msg 114521: drat---that your

May 27, 2020 - Msg 114522: Thanks, MDC! Sorry about the heat. I saw on tv that we have had record heat the past two or three summers. I know that the water here in the bay where I live has been getting warmer and warmer and we have had increased bacteria count, etc. Its shaping up to be another hot one here, too!

I watched the ep last night when Barney and Andy go to the city and get a 7 dollar hotel room with 2 twin beds. lol So funny

Gotta run!

Boo

May 27, 2020 - Msg 114523: Good afternoon, porch! I just got home from having the CT of my knee done, to determine if there is actually a torn meniscus in there. Frankly, I'm beginning to agree with Asa, that it might have been gout. It's been a week since the steroid injection, it should be gone by now, and I still have no pain. That would be consistent with the steroid having cooled off a gout flare. If the meniscus is actually torn, I would think it would be hurting again, but it's not. I guess I'll find out when my doc gets the report of the CT. I have a routine appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow. I think I'll give him the chance to have a good laugh when I tell him I might need knee surgery. He will just say, "in your dreams!"

Trinket is getting better about staying in the bathroom while I'm gone. I've learned to close off the office/craft room/whatever room so she can't get in the living area, where she leads me a merry chase when she knows I'm leaving. She has only this room and the bedroom where she can run from me, and she pretty much just gives up. I close her into the bathroom with the commode lid down, the wicker magazine basket on top of the lid, a bowl of fresh water and a handful of treats, a couple of toys and a cuddle bed. Not too shabby, I think. Still, she's very excited to see me when I return.

Here's an old joke you might have heard, but here goes: If you want to know who loves you best - your spouse or your dog - just lock them both in the trunk of your car for an hour or so, and see who's happy to see you when you let them out! (heehee)

Boo, it's nice to hear that things are going a bit better for you. Hang in there, my dear. The sun is going to shine in your back door one day! Prayers continue....

Well, guess I'll go round up a little lunch. Maybe just some berries and cottage cheese. Yep, that sounds good. I've got strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, and some good cottage cheese. Can't beat a deal like that!

Blessings, friends. Stay well! --Romeena

May 27, 2020 - Msg 114524: Romeena, In the world 🌎 of Gout, Asa is a GIANT!...* In my best Andy voice.....lol...G-F

May 28, 2020 - Msg 114525: Shout Out to Maude.....Just wanted to remind you your Porch Friends still have you and your Family in our prayers. We hope you are finding comfort as you are dealing with your loss.
I hope you were able to have some kind of service for your Mother during these difficult times....

Hope you guys still can make it to the Meet-Up, sometimes friends are the perfect Rx ....Just Sayin’.....G-F

*In my best Mr. Maude pharmacist voice .....

May 28, 2020 - Msg 114526: Morning all. Just popping in real quick like to day hey. I hope you all are well.

Asa

May 29, 2020 - Msg 114527: Hello all, today on the Rifleman, there was Uncle Ollie, and in the second ep, there was Colonel Harvey! Fun to see them both in different roles.
Just recently, when I start writing in the comment box here, a black line outlines the box. It happens on other sites too. Has this started with anyone else?
BIG Maude, I also would like to say that you and yours continue to be in our prayers. I do hope that all has been going OK with you.
ALL--I suppose we are all in a bit of shock over what has been happening in Mpls, the place of my birth. I sure wish there was an answer. Again there are a lot of pent-up emotions coming out. Of course, Jesus is the ultimate answer, but I just pray that this whole thing had a quick solution.
Well, God's blessings on you all, good night,
MDC

May 29, 2020 - Msg 114528: I know I'm pulling out my soapbox here, but I did want to add that no matter what, there is absolutely NO justification for the vicious burning and looting of buildings. Thievery and destruction, especially on this scale is totally and completely wrong IMO!
I just had to say that. Box going back under the porch.
MDC

May 29, 2020 - Msg 114529: Good morning, porch. As I look out on my freshly manicured back yard, (thanks, Eddie), sun shining, critter traffic running high, juvenile squirrel munching the remains of a watermelon rind, it's hard to believe what I just saw on my monitor screen. The senseless destruction, the vicious brutality and unbelievable violence that has occurred in Minneapolis, just doesn't fit with this beautiful morning. It's far too early to form concrete opinions, too much is not clear about the event that apparently touched all this off. At first impression, it appears that the police failed to act as they should have, and a man died. That's horrible. I will not try to excuse their behavior, but I will say that things are not always as they seem. Just this - if he had enough breath to scream that he couldn't breathe, then he was breathing. That makes me think there may be other conditions involved in his death. However, there are other ways to subdue a man who is drunk and fighting. That's why police carry handcuffs. Kneeling on a man's neck is never acceptable, and it sure sounds like brutality to me. I'm not taking sides here, I'm just trying to see both sides. I have friends and a couple of relatives who are or were police officers, and I know what they go through sometimes with freaked-out suspects, but that doesn't excuse kneeling on someone's neck. Ever.

In the same vein, nothing excuses the senseless destruction of their own community, the looting, burning, shooting, all that has gone on in the wake of Mr. Floyd's death. How does that help? How does it "avenge" or in any way repay the white community for what was done to that man? All it accomplishes is to give a few rioters some new shoes or whatever they dragged from the stores, and destroys the very stores that supply the rest of the community with the things they need. It's stupid, mindless and just wrong on any count you care to examine. In my opinion, those rioters couldn't care less about Mr. Floyd and what happened to him. They just saw an opportunity to behave like fools, and grab a few things for themselves. I can't wait to hear what Eddie has to say about it all. Eddie, who has taken care of my yard and been a friend to me for about 23 years, and who happens to be black. Eddie, who laughs and calls me his "white mama." Eddie, who sits on the driveway with me, cooling off after a hard day's work, and drinks tea with me as we solve the world's problems in conversation. Eddie, who has occasionally borrowed a little money from me to get his broken truck fixed, and who has always, always paid me back promptly. Eddie, who has the kindest heart of anyone I know. I know what he's going to say. The word "fools" will just be the beginning.

OK, enough said. This world is busily fulfilling the prophecies, and as Rev. 22:20 says, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" Until that happens, we will continue to struggle with things such as this senseless tragedy. But when that happens, the world will finally know peace. Blessings! --Romeena


May 29, 2020 - Msg 114530: OK, I've come this far, may as well finish the job. I'm going to copy part of the text I received in a blog written by a long-time friend. Some of you will receive the entire blog, as I received his permission to forward it to my email list. He also said I could copy it here. I'm not copying the whole thing, and there is a heart-stopping picture that accompanies it that will not be reproduced here, but I'm copying part of the text:

The officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck never backed off. Seven minutes later, Floyd said, “I am about to die.”

And then, George Floyd drew his final breath and died. A person nearby remarked, “They just killed him.”

Floyd’s cry is a metaphor for what racism, violence, and an unwillingness to give a hurting human being the benefit of the doubt can do. These are things that suffocate people and make it difficult for them to breath. And a foot or a knee on the neck of another is the ultimate expression of exercising power over those who can do little to help themselves.

What happened to Floyd should disturb us all in a profound way. When we allow racism, violence, and disregard for the sanctity of human life to have a place in our hearts, we become guilty of choking the life out of others — just like the officers responsible for Floyd’s death. And when we tolerate these things in our society, sooner or later it will become difficult for us to breathe.

God hates racism and violence and attitudes that disparage others. As a Christ-follower, I must not and will not tolerate what God hates. I want to see others as Christ sees them — as members of the same human race and those who are equally valuable in the eyes of God.


I trust, and am sure there will be, a coroner's inquest into Mr. Floyd's death. There had better be! From what I saw in the picture that accompanied my friend's blog, I'd say that Mr. Floyd didn't die from suffocation. He lived for at least seven recorded minutes. The picture shows the officer's knee on the side of Mr. Floyd's neck, almost certainly compressing the carotid artery. If my limited background in anatomy is correct, I'd say that cut off the flow of blood to about half of Mr. Floyd's brain, and would have resulted in a major stroke - an ischemic stroke. That kind is caused by anything that impedes or disrupts blood flow to the brain. It can be a blood clot, a rupture in an artery - or a police officer's knee. It will be interesting to see what they find.

Well, I don't mean to be inciting a moulage here, but I'm betting there's going to be a moulage to end all moulages, all over the country, as this story is told and retold and the inevitable backlashes begin. God help us all! --Romeena

May 29, 2020 - Msg 114531: Amen Romeena. I think that is one reason why I like this site. Tragedies like this can be discussed, prayed over, and solutions sought,
but also, the sense of being together with people who like the days of mayberry is very reassuring and comforting while trying to deal with all that is going on at this time.
Prayers,
MDC :)

May 30, 2020 - Msg 114532: You might check out what Christianity Today had to say about Mr. George Floyd. It speaks about the Gospel Legacy that he left in Houston.
"As a person of peace, “Big Floyd” opened up ministry opportunities in the Third Ward housing projects." jennie boone

May 30, 2020 - Msg 114533: Good Saturday porch family , hope everyone is having a good day so far .

We laid my Mom to rest yesterday with a small graveside service. Per her wishes, she was cremated and placed next to my Dad who died at age 38 from stomach cancer in 1970. She is a peace now, her hearing is perfect and she can walk without her cane or walker . We are sad but at peace with how the Lord worked things out .

I want to thank all of you for the kind words of sympathy, the
prayers and the beautiful flowers that I received from my Mayberry family. What a blessing. You all are an example of what Mayberry is truly all about, Your the CATS.

Now we will begin to sort though her house and make decisions about that. She had a will and had her financial business pretty much laid the way she wanted it to go so that should not be too much of a headache .

Again , thank you for being my friends and Mayberry family.
Prayers and blessings
Big Maude

May 30, 2020 - Msg 114534: so good to see you all of you again .. keep me in your prayers the doctor says my heart is pumping bout 50 percent my kidneys around 45 percent its advanced agent orange. enjoys mayberry month episodes/ prayers for all of you.. papa bear

May 30, 2020 - Msg 114535: On June 6th, 2020 Nathan Lyday was to celebrate his 5th wedding anniversary. 24 years old, a tall strapping young man at 6'4" a college graduate, and a bright future ahead. On June 6th Nathan Lyday will be buried instead. Nathen Lyday was a 15 month veteran of the Ogden City Police Department. Last Thursday, Officer Lyday, along with several back up officers responded to a domestic dispute call. A woman called 911 to report her husband was threatening to kill her. In trying to talk to the very agitated husband on the front porch of his house, the husband, unarmed at the time, ran into the house and locked the door. Seconds later bullets came flying through the door, one striking Officer Lyday and killing him, another striking a second officer and injuring him.
These Police Officers deal with the lowest forms of human existence on the planet at times. Probably most of the time. Most Police Officers, I believe are decent honest men and women who desire to serve the public and their fellowman. Bless them all!
I am so bothered as I see the insanity going on in the Nation today (masquerading as protests) and am just floored by it. We don't know all the details of what happened in Mnpls. and from what we have all seen it looks like very poor judgement by the Officer involved (and the others standing there and doing nothing to stop it). If this all is proven to be a case of Police brutality, then this Officer needs to be punished to the fullest extent. But lets hold off judgement until it is heard in Court. And let's not brand all cops as bad apples. They are not. Most are very good and decent people, like Nathan Lyday. My prayers for his young widow and other family members.

Thanks for checking in Maude. I am glad you are at peace. Sad but at ease at least. I love your faith.

Papa Bear, you have my prayers my friend. I appreciate your service to our Nation.

Asa

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