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?

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"


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 ;) 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 -

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 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 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: 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 :)



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