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?

December 15, 2018 - Msg 111240: Here is a link to the video Romeena.


December 15, 2018 - Msg 111241: Asa, I actually saw that video for the first time a week ago and thought of Ro. Thanks for sharing it.

Well, we had out annual deacon's Christmas party here last night and I think it was a great success. We had a total of 17 guests and the deacons brought in BBQ and all the trimmings, including sweet tea and peach cobbler from a local BBQ place. It was great to just be able to relax and not worry about cooking. Usually we all go out to eat somewhere as a group and then come to someone's house for dessert and coffee and a little white elephant-type gift exchange but this year we decided to do it all here and bring the food so the women wouldn't have to cook and the fellowship is easier in a home than in a restaurant. Everyone had a great time so I am glad I put in the effort to get the decorating done this year (even though I felt like the grinch).

Today I am just doing light duty and will go to St. Susan's church this evening for the annual toy give away.

Please say a prayer for Sean. He is having a tough time with the new job, mainly because of pain in his feet from standing on concrete all day, or in the pit changing oil. He is carrying a lot of weight on those feet and it is killing him.

Hope everyone has a good evening!


December 15, 2018 - Msg 111242: Good evening, porch. Asa, thank you for that link. I love the music, and my favorite line is "the sweetest gift is knowing where you are." So true, so true. Please know that I'm doing well, and have a lot of support from family and friends.

Boo, you're probably way ahead of me on this, but has Sean tried any of those gel inserts in his shoes? He might have to get a half size larger shoe to make room for the insert, but it would be worth it if it helps. I wish he could get the insole that's in my new slippers! Like walking on a cloud, for sure.

Well, better go feed by littlest angel. She was groomed yesterday, her hair is about two inches long, and shorter in places, and she is soooo tiny! When her coat is grown out, she looks bigger than she really is, but when it's short, she's just a little wisp. Sweet little old thing!

Blessings, friends, --Romeena

December 15, 2018 - Msg 111243: Make that "my" littlest angel. --Romeena

December 15, 2018 - Msg 111244: Been very busy, finally got all the Christmas cards sent out and most of gift buying. Thank goodness for gift cards.
Brother and sister are both back home. Just Mom and I. We have been enjoying watching Christmas shows on the Hallmark Channel today. They really have some nice ones.
Mom can only stay up for about two to three hours. So I have a tv set up for her in the bedroom. When she gets up she really enjoys playing on her computer and watching tv at the same time. She sure is a sweet heart.
Hello to all on the porch and have a nice Sunday.

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111245: Hi Porchsters! Boo, got your card today. It was 'handstamped' in Inglewood because of the 3-D santa on it. ha Thank you for the explanation of the greening. It is sort of like our church's Advent wreath of greens, lighting a candle on it each of the 4 sundays prior to Christmas.
Sean will indeed be in my prayers.

SPOT--got your card too! 3-D stockings! cool. Thank you so much, and from all the 'retirees!'

ASA- Just as i mentioned earlier how some call me an 'evangelical catholic," I think you are
'evangelical" as well, but just don't know it! ha
I so do appreciate your prayers.
And, just so you understand the lymphedema leg sleeves, please see this link.
A pump is attached that builds up pressure in the sleeves, then releases it, etc.
If you think they would help your wife, you are more than welcome to have them.
They actually have 2 sets of short and long lengths.
I would just ask postage because I got them free from medicaer.

Frankie--glad the kids are back home for Christmas.
Last night we went to Zoolights here. The Phx zoo has millions of lights and moving displays. Very neat.

APB for MBM, John Masters and Poor Horatio. Sure hope all is OK
RO-thanks for posting. So glad you are doing OK. I hink of you often.

Here is a little digest of TAGS Christmas story for y'all, enjoy:

MDC :)

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111246: Good Sabbath all. I hope and pray everyone is fine and dandy.

MDC, I do believe that device would be a help to my Wife, and I would be more than willing to pay any postage. Just let me know how you want to handle it buddy. I do appreciate it, and appreciate you. Thank you.

Boo, will pray for Sean. I do understand how tough it can be standing on that concrete all day. I agree with Romeena's idea of some inserts maybe. I know one of the more challenging things for me to deal with in my job was standing a lot. Especially if it was in one spot. It just killed my back to stand in one spot for very long. I got to where I dreaded having to work out of the bucket truck because there really wasn't any room to move in it. And after just a short while working in it, my back would just have fits. So I have sympathy for Sean. They also make special anti-fatigue mats just for that purpose. I see them a lot in front of work benches and what not.

Romeena, I am glad you are doing ok. At least I hope you are not just trying to pacify me. :) Well no matter, my prayers continue for you and your family.

GF, My Son was over yesterday to visit for a spell and we ended up turning on the pre-game for an NFL game. The first one I have watched all year. I was stunned to hear them talking about the Browns still being in the play-off picture. Good for them. And then I saw this morning that they beat Denver last night, at Denver. Good going Browns!

Well best hit the shower and go get ready for Preaching. I love all the Christmas hymns we sing this time of year.

Prayers for all.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111247: Hey everyone- Have gotten several Christmas cards from Porchsters and wanted to say thanks SO much. They bring a special feeling of love to me,and I appreciate the kind thoughts from you, Asa and Pappa Bear too.

Boo, I have heard people say that when you stand on concrete all day, it is vital to have good shoes. They say SAS shoes are tops for supporting someone on their feet all day,so perhaps look into getting Sean a pair of those.

Well, I hope y'all are enjoying this lovely Sunday-love to all!

possum under a rock

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111248: BOO--Asa and Possum and Ro nailed it. I bet GF would also agree...that shoes (or inserts) can make a big difference! I had a pair of Redwings years ago when I was working in a warehouse during summers off from teaching. They were really comfortable. Also a good back belt would help him too. Just sayin' . :)
Here is a link...
Possum, glad you heard from PappaBear,
as he is really hurting these days and needs much prayer. Thx.

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111249: Amen about shoes MCD...But these days I’m loving my Sketcher “Go Walks”, they slip on and makes a guy feel like he’s walking on pillows...Hopefully Wilber Finch will stop by Boo’s and hook up Sean with a good pair from the Manhattan Shoe 👞 Company...


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111250: MDC, thanks for sharing the video on Mayberry Christmas. My Mom loved the part where Elie Walker was talking. It is nice to see what they look like now and hearing them talk about the show.
Have a good day Porch!

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111251: Wiber Finch is coming here? Wilber? Finch? Here?
My goodness, I better go dust off my violin. He just may want music to measure feet by! :)
Boo, you might also try The Good Feet Store. I hear good things about them.
Or maybe Chuck O'Malleys daddy in law could help. A lotta bad feet in this Country.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111252:

December 16, 2018 - Msg 111253: The above was a little test...posted a video of the snow we had here a year ago in my area.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111254: Wanted to share an old home movie from a family Christmas Eve party in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1976. These are aunts, uncles,and cousins on my mom's side. I am only in it briefly. I am 1r with long brown hair. Enjoy the nostalgia. PS, there is no sound.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111255: You can see me briefly a 1:37 dancing with a child. My mom can be seem at 53. She has dark hair and is wearing an orange dress.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111256: Also wanted to share some pictures of my decorations for those of you who aren't on Facebook.


December 16, 2018 - Msg 111257: Oh shoot, I just realized that if you don't have a Facebook account you probably can't view anything I shared...very sorry!

Boo hoo

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111258: BOO-- The video of the 1976 Christmas would not open for me. The other two did however. Very nice!

Now regarding Wilber Finch, remember when Floyd brought in his son to play the sax? Why did we never hear anything more about him?? Was Floyd even married? haha

ASA--Regarding all the neat hymns in church, I gotta tell ya,
the MTC singing the Alleluia Chorus is still second to none, IMHO. :)

Thanks for the update on Craftsman tools at Lowes and Ace.
I'll check it out. As stated by GF, I hope they still have the
return if broken policy.

Not sure about the rest of you, but our Christmas station here seems to be stuck on about 10 songs! I mean how many times
can a man take Jingle Bell Rock? I'm only made of flesh and blood ya know!:)

Can you believe only one week until Christmas Eve?? wow, 2018 is going so fast!

Love to all,

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111259: Oh Frankie, you're welcome, I found it quite by accident.

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111260: Oh, and ASA, OK if I wait until all the holiday package season, and long lines, are past before I mail it? thx, mdc

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111261: Good morning all.

MDC, No rush at all friend. I appreciate your generosity. Sen me an e=mail in what you need for postage and I'll get it to you. Romeena has my a,d, Yea, the MoTab is great to listen too.

There was another mention of Floyds son in the jinx when he felt Henrey Bennet had made his boy drop a catch at the baseball game. And I think I remember another episode of a slight mention of his Wife, but then he is sending off letters to Miss Grayson. What a playboy! lol

I enjoy catching those little bloopers and inconsistencies in the show. Not in a mean hearted way at all. I'm sure no one associated with the show back then would have ever imagined we would be here almost 60 years later dissecting it in a forum like this. 10-4? lol

To all my cooking coaches, yesterday I stumbled across this easy looking recipe for what was called "Butter Chicken". Not sure about the name, but it is just chicken strips cut up and cooked in a tomato sauce with curry in it. I figured to give it a whirl, and by golly, it cane out pretty good. Served it over a bed of white rice. I call it adventure cooking. Made enough to have leftovers for tonight. Barney wouldn't like it though. It was concealed in a heavy sauce. And some of the chicken was from wings on chickens that had done a lot of flying. Old Barny had some food issues. I guess that's why he was so skinny.

Well I'm off.


December 17, 2018 - Msg 111262: Whew!...busy time of year but wanted to check. Thanks for the Christmas cards, those who sent them. Its so fun going to the mailbox and finding them there.

Romeena, I mailed you a package and according to the tracking it was delivered to your front porch already. If for some reason you didn't get it and someone carried it off, let me know because It has a little insur@nce on it and I could send another if someone took your's off the porch. I see videos on facebook of people just stealing packages off of people's porches, especially at this time of year.

Been in town with St. Susan today and we took care of buying things for the kids at the rehab and I will deliver them tomorrow. I also was trying to track down a certain type of softball bat for Erin and it was not easy to find. Those bats are expensive! The cheapest one I could find that she could use was 60 dollars and I had to buy softballs, too. Wow. She has to have them, though, because she will start playing games in January.

Well, I have to pick up some relatives and go looking at lights tonight so I think I will put my feet up and have a cup of coffee for a little while.

Sean called me from work during his lunch break and was pretty miserable. I just don't know if he is going to be able to stick with this job. I am hoping but guess we will see.

Asa, Good work on the chicken! I made a big pot of beef veggie soup for the family in my pressure cooker today. I pressure cooked it and then set it on the slow cook setting to finish up, then when I got home from town, I brought it up to a boil, added noodles and cooked them for 8 minutes, put it on the keep warm setting and it will be ready for the family. I love that electric pressure cooker!

Better scram,

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111263: Boo, I ain't brave enough to try no pressure cooker. I'm dangerous enough with a frying pan. With a pressure cooker it might sound like they was blasting for the new underpass again. (I always wondered why an underpass and not an overpass)

GF, What happened with the podcast tonight? Did it go early? Who's on the phone committee? lol

MDC, Tell Pappabear I got his card and thank him for me. I sent him one last week. I am glad you keep in touch with him.

Well I guess I'll go watch a little TAGS seeing how there was no podcast.


December 17, 2018 - Msg 111264: I’m sorry Asa he had it at 6:30...I was going to post it for you but got busy with dinner Sorry Buddy!..

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111265: Hello folks. Sorry I have been missing for many months here. 2018 is a year that has not been a good year for me so I'm glad it is coming to an end. I have been dealing with multiple negative issues. When I do spend time on the internet, I prefer answering questions over at

from Poor Horatio

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111266: The best Christmas song of all time, and this is my favorite version:

John Berry-O Holy Night

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111267: Whoops, that was from Billy Ray the John Berry Lovin' Postman

December 17, 2018 - Msg 111268: Poor Horatio, so good to hear from you!
I will keep you in my prayers my friend.
So sorry about your issues, but
Thank you for checking in.
ASA--you are so right about dissecting the show!
With DVDs we can stop action, see one little flaw,
and talk it up! ha
BOO--I would like to get one of those Instant Pots. Is that what you have?
Thank you for getting gifts for the kids in the facility. We could NOT do that in the prison
due to possible contraband getting in.
(we would never do that, but its the rule)
And you know how barney is about jail rules!
Billy Ray, as busy as you are right now with christmas mail, you take time to
post that beautiful song! thanks
Hang in there friends,

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111269: Hi Folks and Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!

MDC - Yep, I'm here. I saw the APB and, like Poor Horatio, the last few months have been hard for me too. I come by the Porch and peek, but dont have much to say.

Quickly, with reference to Floyd and his "on again, off again, marriage, he also makes reference to his wife in the Ol' Sam episode. Remember when Goober says they didnt catch anything because Floyd brought his cousin and Floyd quickly pointed out it was his wife's cousin? She made Floyd take him?

Boo - Maybe Sean needs to help his feet by walking 'round in his stocking feet. Just dont get mad at him if he decides to leave his shoes right in the middle of the living room floor!


John Masters

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111270: Quick story about a softball bat: In the early 90s I was on my company's softball team. I had no idea what a "loaded" bat was, but one of our guys got caught using one, and it was not a good outcome.
But the other team had a 'ringer,' so that was not good either! ha Needless to say, I learned a lot of new terms and a lot new cuss words that year! :)

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111271: that was me...MDC

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111272: Hey to John Masters!

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111273: Good morning, porch! Just got a minute to stop by, have to attend a funeral this morning. My precious neighbor, who has struggled with a brain tumor for about two years now, finally passed on Friday, and her services are this morning, over in Dallas. I hate driving in Dallas, but this shouldn't be too difficult, the church is on a main street.

Boo, check your email. I wrote you on the 15th. That box you sent contained many lovely things, and I appreciate it so much. I couldn't believe all of that was for me! You're the cats!

Well, off I go. My hair has had a mind of its own the past few days, and I'm anticipating about a half hour fight with it before I can leave this house. Usually it just dries in place and looks pretty good, but this time, it has done every contrary thing you can imagine and I look like I'm wearing a fright wig.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111274: Thanks Ro, I have been having trouble getting into my email but will try again. lol


December 18, 2018 - Msg 111275: Good Evening Porch!

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111276: RIP " Laverne" - actress/director Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75 of complications from diabetes.

possum u.a.r.

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111277: A question to ponder: Why are so many of our generation passing away at such a young age (eg:Penny Marshall at 75), but our
parents generation lived into their 80s and 90s?

ASA_ you mentioned how hard it was for you to stand in one place like in the bucket, could you maybe
have a varicose vein problem? I am going to have mine worked on in 2019, a relatively simple outpatient procedure.

GF--thanks for the email, these modern electronal
marvels are something else, huh. :)

RO- so sorry about your neighbor. I hope all went well.
God's blessings.

JOHN--thanks for stopping by.
Possum--good to see you too.

Christmas Love,

December 18, 2018 - Msg 111278: Not sure why MDC mentioned a softball bat, but no matter, a few softball stories:
I was a pitcher and a guy hit a low level line drive right at my feet. The ball bounced straight up into my eye. I was very lucky it sort of centered on my eye so that there was no direct hit on the eyeball.
A guy who was the catcher on my team had some real PTSD issues from VietNam, and once he thought someone unnecessarily ran into him at the plate. He was 3 feet away and threw the ball within an inch of the guy's head, into the backstop. I was probably the only person who knew he only meant to scare the guy and intended to miss him. That guy was justifiably freaked out. The catcher was only suspended one game. We thought they'd ban him from the league.
My manager at work told me he'd been a fast pitch pitcher and offered to show me his stuff. This was in a game room/bowling alley at college. Being young and stupid, I agreed, and we figured out I could get 45 feet away by going out on one of the bowling lanes and he'd pitch to me from back by the scoring table. I had no worries as I was sure I could handle a pitch. Which I could have, if I'd have seen it! As I followed his pitching hand in a windmill motion, I completely lost the ball in the lights that were behind him. I didn't move, and the ball hit me solid on the left shoulder. He started to laugh, but had the sense to see if I was okay first. I was, wasn't hurt too bad, but I was mighty embarrassed. I hadn't moved an inch. When he and everyone watching realized I wasn't hurt, they all busted out laughing. I am still mighty glad I didn't catch it with my face or other sensitive body parts.

Billy Ray the Postman

December 19, 2018 - Msg 111279: Billy Ray...Here’s one for Ya! Yep those were the days!...I played Church softball and “Fumble Ball” for 25 years playing outfield, catcher, and finished off as the pitcher... I guess your body tells you what you CAN and CANNOT do thru the years...But let me say, it being “Church Ball” did not mean it was all Milk & Cookies if you know what I mean!...”Fumbleball” was played in my area, and was only played around Milwaukee. Much like softball, the difference was the “seams” on the ball were turned inside out causing it to do some WILD things!

Here is a link describing it.
Check it out all you ball players it’s a pretty unique game geared to those of us who were over 35

Yep, Those were the “Glory Days” as the Boss sang about!..


December 19, 2018 - Msg 111280: Good morning all.
Hey to John Masters and Poor Horatio. Good to see you guys checking in.
Billy Ray, MDC got to talking about bats after Boo mentioned buying one for her Erin. Now me, I don't mind talking about those kind of bats. Just don't talk about them other kind of bats. I don't cotton to them a lick!
MDC, I received your Card yesterday. Thanks for the gift card. Wow, A hundred bucks. You are a-ok buddy. (jk everybody) lol
GF, I played a lot of Church ball also. And I have the scars to prove it. I remember a few years ago they were trying to get blood donors in our mens group to go donate a pint at the local hospital. Not very many were volunteering, when our leader piped up with "come on guys, you shed more than a pint when you play basketball over here on Friday nights. That got a laugh.
MDC, as far as standing in one place getting me hurting, it is my back that I was talking about. I know that sounds odd, but it's true enough. One of the worst things I can do for some reason. Go figure.
Well off to wor…, wor…, wor…, worry about what's for breakfast. lol



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