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 17, 2019 - Msg 112082: I was believing it was you, Ro ,up to the point where the $250,000 was mentioned.Then when the person got snippy about me asking for the nickname of our mutual friend, I knew it wasn't you. You would have immediately given the name to me. Like I said, I'm ok,I've been hit with nasty words online before,but I sure hate it for you that some interloper has gotten into your phone/ Messenger/ Facebook account. I hope it will be an easy fix and you won't be bothered by it anymore. Again, I'm sorry you have to mess with this right now,but thought you needed to be informed.

possum u.a.r.

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112083: And I'll sweep while I'm at it! (I'd prefer to take a broom to that creep who is messing with Ro's phone!)

possum again

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112084: Last night Sean told me “Romeena got hacked”. He showed me the same kind of message you got Possum. When it showed up in his messenger he knew right away and didn’t engage the person. It happens a lot these days and is the last thing Ro needs to deal with right now. Creeps!


April 17, 2019 - Msg 112085: You're right about that,Boo. I dreaded even telling her,but she needed to know. Hoping she can get everything straightened out without too much aggravation. There are some real sicko type people out there to be doing things like pretending to be someone they're not and spewing such garbage-ugh!

possum again

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112086: Great to be here, I love The Taylors Front Porch!

April 17, 2019 - Msg 112087:
Message 112086, we like it here too, but we do try to refrain from 'advertising' here. This site is mainly to discuss all things related to the Andy Griffith show, or about our lives with a TAGS twist to it. I hope you understand and have a wonderful Easter! Jesus loves us all so-o-o much! :)

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112088: Good Morning gang !..I-HOP for breakfast on Possum and I ...Bad weather headed our way after midnight...storms..well let me get started...wheres my Coffee....SPOT

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112089: Supposedly 80 degrees today WooooWhoooo!....G-F

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112090: Good morning all.
Boy GF, Sounds like you better get the a/c stuff ready for the season. I was just thinking yesterday that this time of year at work was pure heck! Getting everything ready for spring was a huge undertaking. Whew, getting tired just thinking about it. Where's my Wheeler? lol

Sorry to read about Ro being hacked on top of everything else. I declare, these folks who make a living trying to scam honest folks. As Andy would say, they ought not do that!

Nice sweep Possum. Do you do windows? :)

MDC, Are you doing a trip to Santa Barbara this year? That sure is a nice area. Even though it is full of hollyweirds elite. There and Monterrey.

Well I am off to mow the yard. Finally dry enough I can do so.

Prayers for all for a safe day, and extra prayers for Romeena.


April 18, 2019 - Msg 112091: Romeena and much had happened recently that has affected so many of us here on the front porch that I just wanted to say on this Holy Thursday how we have all been so supportive of each other along with our verious problems and situations.
I think back to my own health challenges, and deaths in our families and of porchsters, most recently Tom, Frankie's mother, and now Ro's Toystar, other family
situations, etc, and we have supported each other with lifting up our faith in God thru our prayers and love. I do miss those who have not posted recently such as PH, Sterling, John, and others, and do hope that all is well with them, but I also pray each morning and night that the Lord will be present to all of us. God bless us every one! :)
We are planning to have about 12 family members over on Easter for an outdoor BBQ.

ASA--Yes, it is in my plans to be in SB in July! So nice there. We also hope to go to Yellowstone this year.
Spot--good to see you. Hope the storms pass you by this time. I heard that Dallas got hit again tho.

Well, gotta get back to dusting, etc. the house. Spring cleaning time too.

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112092: vArious!

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112093: Good afternoon, porch. I apologize for being so scarce lately, but I'm sure you understand. I'm just lost without my sweet baby, and torn between wanting to find another little friend immediately, and the fear of going through this again. At my age, there are many factors to be considered.

What I want: Another tiny female Maltese, under five pounds, or at the most, six pounds. Full Maltese, not a mix. Difficult to find anywhere but through a breeder, and the expense is beyond my means these days - $1500 to $2000, and that's for a pet-quality pup, not considered show-quality ($2500 and up). I certainly don't need show-quality, but still, they're too expensive. I paid $1800 for Toye Starr, and she was worth every penny and far, far more, but I can't afford it now.

What I can afford (and what I'd love to do if I could find the right pup): Get a rescue pup. I have always advocated rescues for someone who is just wanting to get a dog. For someone who has a specific breed in their heart, as I do, it's very difficult. I have checked out the Maltese rescue sites online, and have found dogs listed as Maltese that were a foot tall and weighed fifteen pounds, and even some with black or brown markings, which a true Maltese never has. They're solid, pure white, (unless their mom dyes their ears and tail pink!). Most of all, I love them for their temperament (sweet and gentle) and their personality (playful, loving, and a little bit naughty.)

Puppy or older dog: At my age, I have to realize that a puppy will likely outlive me, and therefore I have to consider who in the family would be willing to inherit her. An older dog might pass before I do, and I will have to deal with this grief yet again. So, is a puzzlement.

I have just asked God to find the right puppy for me, to give me the smart to recognize it when I see it, and to let it happen when it should happen. I don't know what else to do, but I've got to do something. I'm running out of tissues, and the tears won't stop.

G-F, you asked how I came to give Toye Starr her name. Well, when my husband bought Sugarplum for me, we picked her up and were in his truck, heading for my parent's house to show her off, and I was trying to think of a name. I held her up in front of me, little chrysanthemum-fluffy face, with big brown eyes looking at me, and I said, "Oh, you're just a little sugarplum!" Dale grinned at me, with his eyes twinkling, and said, "I think you just named your puppy." He was right. So, I was counting on that idea to spark a name for my new little one, and Eloise was aware of it. We went to see her at the breeder's home when she was just three weeks old, and about the size of a stick of butter. The first thing I said was "Oh, my stars!" as I picked her up. Eloise mentioned it on the way home, and I said I would register her as Oh My Stars, and just call her Star. A few weeks later, after having her at home for a couple of hours, I was calling her Star, and remarked that she looked like a little stuffed toy. Suddenly it just clicked, and Toy Star popped into my mind. Naturally, I had to fiddle with the spelling, and she became Toye Starr. I get a laugh out of exotic spellings on the name of some ridiculously cute little dog. Sugarplum's registered name was Sugarplum Faerie, using the Old English spelling of "fairy." Also, I had a friend with a scruffy little fellow named Diogee. (D-O-G) So, that's how my baby became Toye Starr.

I have been reading, just couldn't gather the motivation to type. I have prayed for you all, that God would meet each one at their point of need, and supply them all. I actually tried once, had a long post written, and hit something - I'll never know what - and it all went poof! and was gone. Anyway, know that I have thought of you all, and know that I am okay, it's just taking a little time. I loved that little dog, and we were together for nearly twelve years. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112094: Romeena, Quite a unique way to name your puppy. Don’t know why I never asked before, but now I know!..G-F

April 18, 2019 - Msg 112095: On the other hand, growing up we had Boston Terriers, when “Muggs” died after 16 years Dad went to a breeder in Pennsylvania and got another one to surprise us with. By the time he got home he already had a name “Bumps” because Dad was driving and he hit som bumps in the road and it woke him up!...Hence...the “Bumps” name...But on his papers he was registered as “Sir Bumpstead” Go Figure!...


April 18, 2019 - Msg 112096: Nice sweep possum.
Romeena, so sorry to hear about Toy Starr. When I had to say goodbye to my last dog Buddy, it just broke my heart. I have not been able to get another since losing him. Maybe some day the right dog may come by.
G-F, we got up to 80 today also. Will be the same tomorrow also. Had to get my fan out of the shed.
You all take care,

April 19, 2019 - Msg 112097: Oh, Romeena, I know there is so much to consider. We were very fortunate to have come across our pup when we did and she is a perfect fit for our family. She isn't always easy but I was just telling Bruce yesterday that she makes me laugh everyday. I was sitting on the loveseat and Bruce joined me and snuggled up to me for a kiss. Poopsie treated him like she treats the cat when I try to pet it. So funny! She was jealous. Not in a mean way, but she just tried to sandwich herself between us and was visible agitated. She isn't the kind of protective that a chihuahua is, but just very impish and didn't want me to give to much affection to anyone else. I just love her and we have only had her 6 months. She scares me, though, because she is boundless energy and tries to escape the house. More than once she ran for the street and thank God there wasn't a car coming. We have goats across the street now and she just had to get over there and see what she was smelling and what was making that crazy noise. Once Erin carried her over and let her she, she lost her obsession. She is so fast, though, that if she takes off there is no way to catch her. She ran past me yesterday and got as far as the garage door but Bruce was out there and hollered at her and she stopped. She is learning to obey but it isn't easy with this one. She has too much terrier in her for that. lol I am praying that the right dog or pup finds you, Ro. As far as names go, it seems I have a pattern of calling out the first thing that comes to mind and no matter what name we decide, I always end up using that initial pet name. My poor pup is forever Poopsie, I'm afraid, even though her official name is Bailey. Something else, Ro, Poopsie reminds me of Sugarplum and how she would shred the mail. Poopsie tears into books and anything paper like you wouldn't believe. We have to be very careful about what is out and around. As I speak, she is tearing up the cat's scratching post (its made of cardboard). There is always something to clean up around here. You may want to consider a young, grown dog. :) We will see what the Lord sends your way, but for now, I pray for your healing and comfort as you wait. Bless you, this has been such a difficult year for you. Your friends here are thinking of you often and know that you may not feel like checking in much right now but thank you when you do.

Well, Sean took his test to get licensed to be an auto inspector and passed it so he is very happy. He should get some sort of raise now and is really enjoying his job. His boss is great and he works with two other guys who are older and established. He doesn't have to put up with the terrible work ethic and cussing he had to put up with when he worked with younger men in his last job. One of the mechanics he works with is about 60 and has so much experience. He has been including Sean in a lot of his jobs to teach him, which is great.

We are going to try to put Erin back in school next week. She hates the online school and wants to try again in public. I just don't know. She has a good counselor now and the anxiety is better than it was two months ago. I just don't know how it will go. Please pray that she can make it so she wont get so behind that she cant graduate next year. Thanks.

Well, its a beautiful day here and the sun is shining after a terrible storm yesterday morning. The grass is so green! Hope you all have a good day. I am off to do some chores. I am working all weekend so may not see me for a couple days but I will try. Love to all,


April 19, 2019 - Msg 112098: By the way, G-F, Muggs is the best name ever for a Boston Terrier! lol


April 19, 2019 - Msg 112099: Lol Boo...Muggs WAS the Best Dog Ever!..Boy he sure could jump too!..Very gentle and self sufficient too!..Always went to the field next door to do his business...He was a Free Range Dog who never took to being on a leash. He would only go out of the yard to go across the street to Grandma & Grandma’s for leftover handouts...Yep being a Free Range Kid with a Free Range Dog was the BEST EVER!...


April 19, 2019 - Msg 112100: "GOOD FRIDAY" to all! mdc

April 20, 2019 - Msg 112101: Good evening, porch. Thank you, all of you, for your kind words, prayers and thoughts for me. I am missing my Toye Starr so much. I picked up the little box that holds her ashes from the vet today. A pretty, gracefully shaped little cedar box, with a gold lock and key, and her name on a plate on the top. Broke my heart.

I spent part of the afternoon touring our local animal shelter -found nothing there but some large, lanky, lonely, pitiful dogs with the saddest faces and eyes I've ever seen. I wanted them all, and I wanted none of them. The rest of the afternoon, I was online, and got an education. There are numerous "Maltese Rescue" sites,complete with pictures of dogs and puppies that are no more Maltese than I'm a flying jenny. Lots of colors, long legs, short coats, standup ears, and plume-less tails. Their great granddaddy might have been a Maltese, but only a DNA test would show it. I did find one little female that was cute and fluffy, may have been just one generation away from a Maltese, and they wanted $550 for her. I learned something about Craigslist, too. Apparently there's a rule there that businesses are not allowed to sell their wares. It's intended to be for individuals to get rid of unwanted cars, tools, furniture, whatever. Sort of an online garage sale, so to speak. Well, a dog breeder would not be allowed to regularly sell the puppies born in their kennel, because that would be a business. So, they call themselves a "Rescue" and tack a "re-homing fee" on their dogs, and some of those fees ran as high as $750. So, I've made up my mind that I will get a dog, and have asked God to help me find her, or help her to find me. In order for that to happen, I will have to continue my search, and make myself available for that encounter to occur. God is not going to send her to me by Fedex. Meantime, I guess I'll have to get used to seeing all the Shepherd mixes, hound mixes, endless poodle/whatever mixes, all with sad eyes and furrowed, depressed-looking faces. It's just pitiful. Why don't people spay or neuter their animals, to reduce the population in shelters? One of the shelter volunteers told me that it's not at all uncommon for them to arrive in the morning and find a box of puppies on the doorstep. Somebody didn't spay their female dog. Then you have the breeders who intentionally harvest puppies from some weary, caged-up mama dog, and charge obscene prices for them. It's just awful.

Boo, I'm so glad you're enjoying Poopsie, and I love that name. Robbi's beautiful Golden Retriever, who died a while back, was named Whoozit, and that was my fault. Robbi hadn't named her yet, and while talking to her one day, I wanted to ask about the puppy, but hadn't heard a name yet, so I asked her "How's little Whoozit getting along?" Robbi started laughing, and said that might just become her name, and sure enough, it did. What a loving, wise, intelligent and beautiful dog she was, with such a ridiculous name.

Well, now that I've thoroughly depressed everyone, I guess I'll go to bed. Blessings, at the close of this Good Friday. --Romeena

April 20, 2019 - Msg 112102: You didn’t depress me, Ro. you sound a little better and I’m glad for that. By the way, what on earth is a flying Jenny?!😊


April 20, 2019 - Msg 112103: Good morning all.

Romeena, I am so happy you have elected to get another companion. I will, if I may, join you in prayer to make that connection with the right one.

Boo, sounds like Poopsie is a keeper. I loved the story about her getting a bit jealous about Bruce. Our Sammy was that way. Barney not so much. It sounds like Sean has found a good place to work. Glad to hear that. That should help him a lot. And my prayers that Erin will do ok in school this time, bless her heart.

We got in to the mid 70's here yesterday. Beautiful day, sunny and pleasant. Well it was perfect is what it was.

Frankie, I bet your grass is going gang busters after the weed and feed and then all the rain. I have a friend who does commercial spraying and he does my lawn for cost. Having a full acre of grass, I do appreciate it. I have told him I would pay full price, but he says nope, you have done some welding jobs for me over the years. So this is just payback time. What a nice man, as Floyd would say.

Romeena, I was going to mention that this morning I was looking in my spam folder (I hardly ever go in there) and I had an e-mail from you in it. So I opened the mail, and all it said was something along the lines of "I saw this and it reminded me of you", and there was a link to something else. Well it didn't pass the smell test. I did not click on the link. But I am pretty sure it wasn't from you. I thought it odd that it went to my spam folder. This was back in February. Just thought you should know with what others have mentioned.

Well I hope everyone has a blessed Easter weekend. I am going to Stacey and Matts house for an Easter dinner after preaching tomorrow.


April 20, 2019 - Msg 112104: Good morning, my dear friends. It's just beautiful here today, not a cloud in the sky and a gentle breeze blowing. Irises are blooming all over my yard now, and the amaryllis are sending up buds. They're not the typical garden amaryllis, these are the huge cultivars that I order every year, bring them into bloom in the house in January and February, and then plant outside when their bloom is over. Some don't survive being outdoors, but most do, and they are really show-stoppers. As for the iris, there's a big clump right now that has at least fifteen huge purple flowers, each at least 6-8" across, and standing four feet tall. They are so pretty! There are clumps of little yellow sundrops all over the place, each started as one little $1.49 plant, and is now a mound about three feet wide, just covered with those sun-gold/yellow flowers. They come back every year, and bloom their little heads off.

Boo, a jenny, as you probably know, is a female mule, and they don't fly (much like pigs, who don't fly either) so using that term, a flying jenny, puts a big doubtful negative on the subject at hand. I think the flying jenny predated "when pigs fly" by a decade or two or five. It was a term I learned from my grandparents. Somewhere between the two, there was a transitional saying - "when donkeys fly." Fairly recently, someone decided that a flying pig would be even less likely than a flying donkey, I guess, and it caught on. I even have a ceramic piece, bought it at Hobby Lobby, that is a pig with wings. It sits on the hearth of my fireplace. I see it as a reminder that even the most seemingly impossible things just might happen, and with God's help, they often do.

Asa, the email to which you refer definitely was not from me. If you still have it on your computer, look at the email address. It carries my name, but that's all. The address is different. That little annoyance circulated a few months back, and would you believe - it even sent one to me! I got several, all with the same message, and all from people whose names I recognized, but the addresses were different. This is what happens when people forward stuff and don't remove the addresses in the history of the forward, and when they refuse to use BCC when sending out multiple emails. I use a group list frequently, but always, always, use BCC, so the addresses are not displayed. Creeps! The people who do this sort of thing are as useless as, well, t..ties on a boar hog. Now, how's that for a country expression? (I've got a million of them!)

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 20, 2019 - Msg 112105:
HI ALL, hotmail has recently started a feature when you 'hover' the cursor arrow over the person or place an email is from it shows the email address.
For example, if it says it is from Chase, but when I hover over it, it shows it's from abcxyz@whatever I know it is definitely not from Chase. Just a thought for ya all. :)
We had a beautiful Good Friday service yesterday. Very moving music as we
went thru the stations of the cross. Tonight is the wonderful Easter vigil Mass and celebration of our risen Lord! Amen. :)

RO and BOO, prayers continue for you both. Praying that Erin can again get engaged in her school activities.


April 21, 2019 - Msg 112106: Good Sabbath and happy Easter to all my porch pals.
He is risen!


April 21, 2019 - Msg 112107: Wishing y'all a Blessed Easter.

possum u.a.r.

April 21, 2019 - Msg 112108: Happy Easter Porch
You all have a Blessed Day.

April 21, 2019 - Msg 112109: Great day today! We had 12 for an Easter luncheon in our back yard. perfect weather under our big ash tree. Even did an Easter egg hunt even tho the youngest was my 21 year old nephew. Hope y'all had a good one. So sorry tho about Shi Lanka. Man, the world sure has some terrible people.
PRAYERS for all!
God bless,

April 22, 2019 - Msg 112110: EGGtraordinary.....MDC...Did you “Glen Ford” your new flower 🌵🌷🌾🌻🌳🍄🌸beds?...G-F

April 22, 2019 - Msg 112111: GF, It sounds like MDC had an eggciting Easter eggstravaganza.


April 23, 2019 - Msg 112112: It appears like many have taken a day off from the porch. It was another beautiful day here, about 85 degrees, birds chirping in the trees, and lizards scurrying about our back wall. They are really good little creatures, eating up all kinds of bugs.
Next to Christmastime, spring is my favorite time.
Oh yes GF, my wife was beaming showing off the flower beds.
More later,
MDC :)


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