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?

July 17, 2017 - Msg 107865: Where is the a/c AT
Never seed a PBB sandwich?


July 17, 2017 - Msg 107866: TOM..A PBB is what Elvis 🕺🏻 liked the most!...Try to stay cool Buddy....G-F

July 17, 2017 - Msg 107867: Hey Y'all- G-F, I thought the Mayberry meet up had already taken place. Oh well, doesn't matter,because I'm probably going to miss it no matter the date! Just too much going on, obligations and all that jazz. I can't remember the last time I've been to Mount Airy & I really want/need to get back up there! Don't think it will be anytime soon,though. Hope you enjoy it,and say "Hey!" to Big Maude and everyone else for me!
Tom, I hope everybody's behaving- it's too dang hot to be locked up in the jailhouse without A/C!
Y'all take care & remember to ACT LIKE SOMEBODY!

possum u.a.r.

July 17, 2017 - Msg 107868: Good evening, porch. It's been a nice day, even though I spent part of the morning at the doctor's office. It was time for my annual Medicare wellness check anyway, so I let her check out my sore foot. I think I need an incant or something, but we don't have any buckeyes around here. Anyway, I told her I thought it had formed an abscess deep in the side of the foot, where the corner of the foot pedal jammed in. It never broke the skin, but it sure broke some veins or maybe a little artery in my foot, because the top of my foot and four of my toes are all black and purple now, where the blood has migrated. Anyway, she ordered an antibiotic just in case, and that should fix it. It doesn't really hurt much on its own, but is extremely tender to touch. I'm still not fully convinced I didn't break a bone. If it doesn't get better in a couple of days, I'll go get it x-rayed. It's been a week now. Clumsy me!

Big Maude, I'm glad Mr. Maude enjoys the emails. How did he like the little girl "conducting" the choir? I thought that was the cutest, sweetest thing I'd seen in a long time. Such drama! Facial expressions and all, and did you notice, she was right on the beat with the music? Really cute.

Well, guess I'll go watch a Hallmark movie. I've let it play for a while, I'll run it back now and start over, so I can buzz through the commercials. I just love doing that! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

July 18, 2017 - Msg 107869: GOOD SWEEP TOM!
I made it to SB safe and sound. Used the pump this AM, and have been elevating the legs. Start setting up for the reunion on Wed. 50 years, still cant believe it!
I'll try to check in later.

July 18, 2017 - Msg 107870: Checking in. Things are ok here...worked tonight but was an easy evening.

I got erin off to church camp, somewhere near Austin, so it will be quiet around here. My brother and his wife flew back to California today and I will miss them. We had such a wonderful visit.

I am about to fall asleep so I had better turn in. Will be back tomorrow and check the archives.


July 18, 2017 - Msg 107871: Supper menu: Grilled ribeye steaks, loaded baked taters,tossed garden yall like yours cooked ? Med for me...SPOT

July 18, 2017 - Msg 107872: Good evening, porch. SPOT, thanks so much for dinner! I like mine rare, please. My dad once said he thought that with a little penicillin and some good nursing care, my steak might get well. (Sorry.) One good thing about liking rare beef, though -- if my steak arrives well done, I can still eat it. I might not enjoy it much, but I could eat it. However, if a person who wants it well done gets one that's rare, there's no way they can eat it. I do love a good ribeye. Usually quite tender and the flavor is great. Tenderloin is the only thing that's any more tender, and it doesn't have nearly as much flavor, besides costing a lot more. Yep, give me a good ribeye anytime. As for my tater, I like real butter, real sour cream, some cheese and chives, and a little crumbled bacon is nice, too. Also, if the skins were scrubbed well, I eat the taterskins too. Good stuff, and packed with vitamins. My salad? Any fresh garden greens will do, some cherry tomatoes, cukes, onion, and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Or whatever. I eat just about anything. I let the snails pass on by, but other than that, I'm not particular.

Boo, I hope you're off work tonight. Sounds like it's been really busy at your house lately, but fun. I'm sure you could use some rest, though. I'll be in Fredericksburg at the end of this month. Robbi's son, Gary, just got married in Chicago, and she's having a reception for them in the 'burg on the 29th. They had a very small church wedding in Chicago, attended by her family and friends, and Robbi and Richard, of course, then will have the reception for all of Gary's family here. I was so glad they did it that way, because traveling to Chicago was not on my list, not even for such a wonderful occasion. We have all met Elaine, and she's delightful. She's a physician on the staff of a hospital in Chicago, and just a charming, lovely person. I'm so happy for them both.

Well, I came across a recipe for "Wacky Cake" in a copy of the magazine that our own Charlotte Tucker edits, and I've got the ingredients, I think I'll make one. I used to have that recipe, many eons ago, but have lost it. It's really a good cake, and so easy and fun to make. Come by for some in the morning, I'll even make a pot of coffee. Blessings, porch. --Romeena

July 18, 2017 - Msg 107873: Oh, one more thing. Are any of you familiar with the "Tillamook" brand of dairy products? A couple of years ago, when our beloved Blue Bell creamery had an outbreak of listeria and had to recall all their ice cream and shut the factory down while they did a major overhaul, some other brands appeared in the gap. Tillamook was one. They started with ice cream in our stores, and it was well received. More recently, I've discovered their cheddar cheese, and friends, it's good! It tastes like cheese used to taste, it melts beautifully, and they have a very coarse shred, called "farmstyle shred", I think, that's wonderful. If your stores have it, and you haven't tried it, please do. I think you'll be glad you did. --Romeena

July 18, 2017 - Msg 107874: Romeena, I checked a couple of Mom & Pop pet shops around my area today, Sorry I couldn't find what you need, but I will keep my eyes open for your puppy toy.. I thought they would be the best shot for pay dirt...


July 18, 2017 - Msg 107875: Hi Ro, yes I need a rest but didn't get it today. I think tomorrow will be better. My old friend and fellow nurse and mentor, Gloria is coming over. She has been retired for a year now and misses me. She also wants me to show her how to make the sock snowmen I made last Christmas. She wants to make some for gifts.

Ro, I saw some of Robbi's pics of the wedding on facebook. What a cute couple those two are! I hope they are very happy.

I have never noticed the Tillamook brand but will look for it.

I would sit here longer but the battery is about to go dead and I don't know where the cable is to charge this laptop of Erin's. Hope everyone has a good evening


July 19, 2017 - Msg 107876: Awww, G-F. Thank you for trying. I'm hoping that someone, somewhere, will stumble upon one of those little pink hearts and recognize it. I know, I realize that Toye Starr is ridiculously spoiled, and I confess, I spoiled her myself, but that's a big part of the fun. She's spoiled in a good way. My children were spoiled in a good way, and I carried it over into my little four-footed "children" as well. None were allowed to be brats. They were taught to be polite and respectful, and obedient to their elders. They learned that bad behavior brought correction, and good behavior brought reward. It works equally well with both children and dogs. They were spoiled to being loved, and their little whims indulged when possible, but never permitted to behave rudely or to show disrespect. Spoiled, yes. Bratty? Never.

I wish everyone could be here with me and see the show that's playing in my back yard. There must be fifty birds out there. A woodp3cker is drilling a necklace of tiny holes around the trunk of a sycamore tree. A pair of cardinals is scouting out the feeding stones, searching for the remnants of the sunflower seeds I put out earlier in the week. Guess I should go put out some more. There are doves, bluejays, sparrows, wrens, a pair of chickadees, and a pair of very agitated mockingbirds. Apparently they have some new chicks, because they're making the squirrels' lives miserable today. Every time a squirrel appears, he's subjected to dive-bomb attacks, so he runs up a tree and gets into a heavily-leafed spot so the birds can't get him. Apparently, squirrels are interested in birds' nests. I guess they would eat the eggs. Why not? They'll eat anything else! Anyway, it's quite a show out there. I hate to leave, but I must. I have to go get my driver's license renewed, as it expires this month. Usually I can just do it online, but this year requires a new photo and an eye test. Rats. I hate to have my picture taken. I'm not worried about the vision test, my lens implants gave me 20/20 vision, which I never had before. Cataracts were a blessing!

Have a good day, folks, and remember to act like somebody! --Romeena

July 19, 2017 - Msg 107877: Romeena, sounds like the view from my front porch...Best yet, it's Free!...Guess ya gotta count the cost of bird seed and food for the squirrels...Cheap entertainment tho!....


July 20, 2017 - Msg 107878: HI ALL, just checking in from SB. Got all set up today,
and the reunion starts tomorrow!
Prayers for all,

July 20, 2017 - Msg 107879: Morning all.

How is Old Man Kelsey's ocean looking MDC? I am envious. I hope your leg pumper thingy is working well.

Hey GF, Busy but not cool. Been very hot this summer. How are you doing? I had a neighbor who just got back from visiting Ohio last week. Said it rained on him and everything. He went to a Reds game. Not sure if he went to Canton. For me that would be a must visit if I ever get back that way.

I have to go get my DOT physical this morning. It used to be only once every two years, but now that I am on blood pressure medication it is every year. Oh well, I won't be having to deal with those too much longer. I have noticed some Doctors are real by the book kind of fellers. But I have found one who I really like. He has a good sense of humor and will work with you on things. So I always request my appointment with him.

Well I hope everyone has a blessed day and act like somebody.


July 20, 2017 - Msg 107880: good morning porch,checking in from my end of the porch.

Northeast Tennessee is having some HOT weather. 90 degrees and very little rain. supposed to be close to 100 degrees today and tomorrow. gotta stay hydrated.

Been busy at work past couple days but I am off today and tomorrow. headed to Mt. Airy for the
Mayberry meet up. looking forward to meeting our Floyd and seeing GF and to getting away for a few days. I am sure a good time will be had by all.
Please pray for safe travels for everyone going and me too.

prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

July 20, 2017 - Msg 107881: Good morning, porch. Hot, sunny and dry here today. We have had some rain, but could definitely use a lot more. My water bill is creeping up, gets a little higher every month. I'm trying to hold it down, but I can't just sit here at this window and watch things dry up. I think I've created a monster with this yard.

Boo, I hope you're getting some rest and taking care of yourself. I know what it's like. Nursing wears you out in more ways than one. The physical demands are one thing, but the emotional demands can be even worse. You go in and do your job for 8 or 12 hours, but it doesn't end there. You go home and there's always a lot of things to do there, but that's life. The hard part comes when you try to settle down and rest, and a concern for a particular patient won't let you do it. You start to think back over the shift, and second-guess the things you said or did. It's just so hard not to do that. You care, that's why you became a nurse in the first place.

I got my driver's license renewed yesterday. The place was packed, but I was in and out in half an hour. The lady who helped me was amazed that I passed the vision test 100%, until I explained that I had lens implants! As for the new picture, it's horrible, of course. It looks like a prison mug shot, all droopy and sad-eyed. However, like I told the lady, if an officer ever stopped me and was writing a ticket, that's about the way I'd look at that moment, so I guess it's okay.

MDC, I hope things are going well at the reunion, and that you're feeling great! Is the swelling in your legs going down? Have a wonderful time, and we want to hear all about it when you get home.

Well, better get dressed. Eddie is here to mow, and I need to go out and discuss a couple of things with him. Have a wonderful day, and don't forget to count your blessings! --Romeena

July 20, 2017 - Msg 107882: Hey, Maude! I didn't see you there. Have a wonderful time at the meet-up. I surely would love to attend one of those some day, but don't think it's in the plan for me. Anyway, have fun, and come home and tell us all about it. --Romeena

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107883: Good Morning Porch,

Typed out a long post but it was forbidden for some reason. I'll try again later. I now have to get to work. Y'all have a blessed day!


July 21, 2017 - Msg 107884: Well, guess what, Lucy. The same thing just happened to me, and had I used any of the safeguards I had outlined in that post, like copying the message before trying to post it? Nooooo. Of course not. So I just lost a nice long message too. Now we'll see if this one goes. --Romeena

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107885: Yep, it did. Weird, weird, weird. --Romeena

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107886: If that happens to me again, I'm going to copy down everything in that "forbidden" message, and send it to Floyd. It might help him determine what's happening. --Romeena

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107887: Hey Gang..Live from the Meet-Up...Floyd posted a Facebook video link

Big Maude & I went to dinner last night at the Loaded Goat 🐐
I let her tell you about her sammich it was a Whopper!....

Better RUNNOFT see ya later....G-F

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107888: Hey G-F! Glad that you and Maude are enjoying each other's company-and the food at The Loaded Goat! Yep,those sammiches are something else!

Thanks for the link to Floyd's live video.Gosh,they sure have upgraded the museum-I noticed a lot of stuff that I don't recall seeing,and that was just in the little smidgen of Floyd's video. I've gotta make plans to get back up there and if you haven't already visited the Andy Griffith Museum,y'all try to do so,because you'll love it, downtown Mount Airy & pretty much everything! Ain't that right, G-F? Enjoy yourself & say "Hey" to our mutual buddies at Mayberry on Main for me-thanks!

Everybody take care & have a great weekend!

possum under a rock

July 21, 2017 - Msg 107889: Have fun GF. I am envious.
Is anyone planning on seeing the movie Dunkirk? We are going tomorrow to watch it. My Dad was in that battle and was one of the survivors. It may be tough to watch, but I hope they did it justice.

Great to see you Possum.


July 22, 2017 - Msg 107890: Breakfast menu: scrambled eggs with cheese,hashbrowns,sausage links,bisquits and gravy,bacon,OJ,coffee and milk...all ya can eat...SPOT

July 22, 2017 - Msg 107891: Um.. I could do without the 'OJ',Spotty,if ya know what I mean. (LOL)

Thanks, Asa & it's always good to come rock for a bit with you & everybody else!

Happy Birthday to homemaker! Let's have cake and ice cream later on!

possum again

July 22, 2017 - Msg 107892: Hi all.
Boy with a wet day we are having.
GF may by flood out of OHIO?

You knocked at my Heart,
I invited You in,
With love You took over,
Removed every sin.
You took away fears,
Replaced them with peace,
You gave are me strong faith,
On my life a new lease.


July 22, 2017 - Msg 107893: Thank you, TOM, what a lovely poem. You always come up with such beautiful things. Good to see you - glad your end of the porch is getting rain. Wish you could send some our way. Things are pretty dry around here. I dread seeing my next water bill.

I received the first set of proofs from the publisher, so my little book is moving along. They require my approval on the cover design, and also on the layout and design of the text, as well as my verification that there are no corrections or additions to be made. So, once again, I'm reading my own book! For about the umpteenth time. I'm glad to have this opportunity, though, because I'm halfway through and have found two errors. One is mine - a word in a sentence is just not there, and when I checked in the copy I sent in, it's not there, either! The other is theirs, they used "path" instead of "pathway" in the sub-title, but I'm allowed to request correction on both. I'm going to finish reading, in case there are any other errors. How I overlooked that missing word, I don't know, because I truly have read it at least a dozen times. You know what? Writing a book is a lot of work! Well, I'm beat, and considering going to the ironing board early for a change. Have a good evening, everyone. --Romeena

July 23, 2017 - Msg 107894: Good Sabbath evening porch. I made it home safely from the Mayberry meet up this afternoon.

It was a great week end and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and being part of things. My thanks to GF for driving me to The Loaded Goat on Thursday and to the place we ate on Friday night. We had a good crowd both nights, good food and good fellowship. The events at the Mayberry Motor Inn at the gazebo were loads of fun as well. I won a door prize!! a jar of Aunt Bea's kerosene cucumbers. so now we can say they made it all the way to Northeast Tennessee. I also had the honor of meeting Thelma Lou in person and got her autograph at the Andy Griffith museum. Betty Lynn was very gracious and took time with every single person who stood in line to meet her which took over 3 hours to get everyone thru. I left Mt. Airy with some new friends and lots of memories. looking forward to going next year. My thanks to GF for encouraging me to go and to our own Floyd and his lovely wife Jan for hosting the event and for making everyone feel welcome and special for just being there.

Romeena: you will have to let us know when and where we can get a copy of your book when it is released.

Guess I beter go and get things ready for work tomorrow.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

July 23, 2017 - Msg 107895: Just dropping in for a second, I'm beat to the socks from the drive...Maude I'm glad you had a good time, it's kinda like summer camp for grown up's... Check Facebook Floyd is going to post pictures and videos soon....


p.s. Romeena, Sorry no pink heart dog toys in Mayberry either... 😩

July 24, 2017 - Msg 107896: Hi
This post go to Romeena HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
may you have a good day.

your friend

July 24, 2017 - Msg 107897: Happy Birthday, Romeena!

Best wishes and love from
possum under a rock

July 24, 2017 - Msg 107898: Happy Birthday Romeena!! Hope you have a lovely

Its back to work for ole Maude this morning. Trying to get caught up and ready for my day. shewwwwww it sure is hard to get back in the groove after being on Mayberry time the past few days.

lunch will be: taco's with all the usual fixins. lemonade or tea to drink and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

everyone have a blessed day. prayer and blessings to all.

Big Maude

July 24, 2017 - Msg 107899: Happy Birthday, Romeena! Are we gathering at O'Malley's for a party?
John Masters


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