October 16, 2002 - Msg 9652: Morning Porch,
Well, there ain't nothing like the birthday of a five year old to make you laugh! My poor little boy was beside himself all day. He just couldn't wait for Pa to get home so we could commence to celebratin'! He actually even told me at one point that he thought I was lying to him and it wasn't even his birthday! Can you believe that? Well, tomorrow we get to celebrate birthday number 2. My middle child will be 19! Now there is an age gap! For his birthday dinner he has chosen sloppy joes! The little one picked steaks and the big one picks sloppy joes! (I wonder what causes that!)
Obviously, with today being the "middle" day, I will try to get some rest!

Charlotte, I noticed you said your son had a birthday yesterday too. Well happy birthday to him!

Oh, and by the way, welcome Andy Fan and Andy Mae. Just sit back and enjoy the conversations!

Mary Wiggins

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9653: Wow, how I ever got to be the first post is beyond me!?
I forgot to say hey to Salty Dog, I am glad you are feeling better.
Mary Wiggins

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9654: Hello all! Gee, the porch got swept away before I ad a chance to read them all. I wonder what causes that?

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Mary Wiggins
Charlotte Tucker
An' everyone!

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9655: Oh, and Fun Girl too.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9656: Good Morning Porch, Have a great day in the Lord. Ellen B. :)

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9657: I am a christian Jack O' Latern
My light will shine so brught
For I am a christian pumpkin
My symbols tell whats right.

My nose is like the cross
on which our Savior died
To set us free from sin
We no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so !

The story starts at christmas
My eyes are like the stars
That shone on Baby Jesus
Ans wise men saw from far

My color it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own Son.

And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about.

I recieved this in an email, I thought it was cute and wanted to shear it with you all.
Ms Ellen Brown

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9658: Wow...just saw in the archives someone talking about a Moon Pie...do you know how long it's been since I had an RC cola and a moon pie? WAYYYYY too long...I don't think they have the MP in chicago...makes me kindly homesick to tell you the truth...
YO (feelin a bit down...so no "!")

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9659: Howdy Porch! Moon Pie and RC cola are right up my alley, bring some peanuts to put in that cola will ya? Have a wonderful day in the hood!


October 16, 2002 - Msg 9660: Howdy porch people. How is everyone? Sorry yer sick Salty. We have missed yer bark here on the porch.
Hey Homemaker, hope you get yer puter fixed soon. We miss you to.
May I ask exactly what a moon pie is? Don't mean to show my ignorance but never heard of em before.
Nice poem Ellen. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Charlotte, doggone it, somehow you just bring out the big brother in me. Tell ya what, go over to the diner and get ya the business mans special. Its a hollered out tomater and its goooood too. Then slip over to the grand and watch them change the marquee. That always cheers you up. In all seriousness, I hope your spirits are lifted. That depression stuff can wear ya down. God bless.
You doing ok Fun Girl? Yer kinda quiet to. Talk to me.


October 16, 2002 - Msg 9661: Happy birthday to Charlotte & Mrs Wiggins Son's ..Ellen Brown

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9662: Afternoon Y'all! Happy, you are a true Southern Gal for sure,what with wanting peanuts in your coca-cola! I used to do that when I was a little possum! Ellen,the pumpkin poem was sweet!
Happy birthday to all the b-day girls and boys!
Salty,hope you're feeling better.I've been taking echinacea again.All the kids in my class are coughing and have colds.The "bug" almost got me but I'm fighting it! Can't afford to be sick-no work=no pay!
Well,guess I'll mosey on back under the rock.Y'all have a great evening!
possum under a rock

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9663: Hey yall, I am feeling a lot better. Been taking echinacea like its going out of style. Found a drink that has it in it. The SOBE Lizz Blizz. Good stuff. Asa, hon please dont tell me that you have never heard of a moon pie. Now the grits I can understand and maybe the ramps too but a moon pie?? It has a cookie outside with this marshmallow/cream filling they come in double and triple layers. And also come in Chocolate Vanilla and Banana flavored. The chocolate is definitely the best though. And of course they are best with a RC cola. Possum, I can remember putting peanuts in the coca cola too. Well I am off here See yall later--Salty Dog

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9664: Asa, Asa, Asa....Honey...I was astounded by the fact that you have never had grits. But never a moon pie? Folks, I don't think he's from around here....maybe Eckmondwyke England, ya think? Asa, my favorite moon pie is the banana. The cookie part is kinda like a graham cracker then the marshmallow in the middle and dipped in banana coating. The coating is kinda like they dip your ice cream in at a Dairy Queen.(Please don't tell me if you have never heard of a Dairy Queen...then I will really worry.)Did you ever watch Laverne and Shirley? Well Laverne's Scooter Pie was the same thing as a moon pie. They are purty good. Can't say that I would eat em with an R.C. I am one who prefers a big cold glass of milk with anything sweet.

BDJ Bless your heart for remembering me and posting again just to say hello.

This is a rough time of year for many bi-polar people. It has to do with the dwindling amount of sunlight. Called Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, if you don't hear from me don't worry. Just doing less that usual cause that's all I feel like doing. I will be reading the porch, maybe just not posting as often. Couldn't do without my porch buddies, could I? You people are a delight to me and I want you to know it.

Love to all and prayers to those who need them.
fun girl

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9665: Happy Wednesday, Porch! Welcome AndyFan and AndyMae.
Prayers continue for all you who need them.
Special prayers for you Charlotte. I started a 'sinkin spell' myself the other day and like Boo said I had a lot of worries on my mind. My mind was bothered too by the sniper killings and one night I just cried for the victims, their families, and for our hurting country and world. Had some personal problems too and together all that is going on seems too much but, Boo's advice is right on: refocus, talk to those who care, do what you can, then give them to God. When this great porch prays for me, it ALWAYS brings my spirits back up. I hope that helps you too. Happy Birthday to your son. How old is he?
Boo, I have never heard depression explained so clearly and simply. Most people believe that it's the chemical imbalance that comes first. But, that's really the SECOND step and anxiety/depression is really the third. The FIRST is WORRY which triggers the imbalance. That's why meds alone won't ever cure the condition. You are a good thinker... logical. "We could use more of that around here couldn't we Andy?" The world, that is, in this case!
Mary, Happy Birthday to your little boy! Hope he had a great one!
Romeena, your yard sounds beautiful... I could just picture myself there!
Sterling, Possum, thanks for your encouraging words. It means so much. You are absolutely right.. and sometimes we just need to hear it repeated. Thanks.
Salty, hope you're all well now... missed you on the Porch.
Ellen, thanks for the nice Halloween poem.. nice to be able to remember Jesus during a 'holiday' most people forget all about him. Hope you are feeling much better by now.
Aaawwww, poor Goober.... I remember RC cola: "Royal Crown" here in the Central Valley when I was a kid but don't see it anymore. I always thought it was just a local company... didn't know they had it anywhere else. And moon pies? It's a sort of ice cream sandwich isn't it? They still do have those here. My grown kids still like to eat 'em. If those are what you mean, I'll bring some of 'em to the porch tomorrow just for you! Happy, can you get us the RC cola for poor ole Goob cause I just can't live without the "!" in "YO"! It just ain't right! BTW, how do you drink peanuts?
Briscoe, I think these folks could use some spirit liftin juggin... just don't do "Never Hit Your Grandma With a Great Big Stick"... that 'un makes ya cry!
Asa, you're a treasure, big brother.. you take good care of us.
Homemaker, sure hope you get that critter (your "stubborn as a mule" computer) fixed! Have you tried our Miracle Salve?... it's recommended for everything!
Fungirl, I forgot that you have bi-polar. I have that same reaction in the winter. Here, we get winter fog so thick we literally can't see a thing 30 feet in front of us sometimes for as long as a week! The worst year it lasted a full month! Thought I'd lose my mind! Have you tried one of those lamps? Tell me if you do. I just can't imagine anything replacing good ole sunshine though. I'm like a squirrel in the springtime with so much energy because the sun finally stays out all day! Anyway, you're sure right about the porch helping. And don't forget Boo's suggestions. I'm gonna try it more myself this year and see what happens.
Hey to the rest of the Porch: Mrs. Wiley, Mavis, Helen, Frankie, Hazel, NN, Des, MPO, Floyd, Gordon, Jelsik, Ernest T., Gator, Jennie, Newton, PBJ, Mr. McBeevey, CHK, and anyone I missed. Enjoy the rest of the day everyone... make it a good 'un! ~Clara~

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9666: Howdy, friends! Bless all your little hearts - that old bi-polar/anxiety/depression thing, even just "the blues" can really get you down. I've been blessed, never really had a problem with that in normal circumstances, but after I lost my dear husband in 1996, I was in a very dark place for quite a while. The following spring, I knew something had to give, and one day I stopped at a nursery and bought four flats of petunias. Once bought, they had to be planted, so for the first time in nearly a year, I found myself out in the fresh air and sunshine, planting those petunias. The difference in the way I felt afterward was remarkable. So, I'm convinced that light, fresh air and if possible, sunshine, can have a tremendous effect on how we feel. I've read good things about those "light boxes", for when there is no sunshine and the days are short and dark. Combine that with sincere prayer, and things are bound to improve!
My son and daughter-in-law, the ones that just lost the newborn, have another blow to overcome today. Their 6-yr old, 200 lb English Mastiff, Baron, developed spinal meningitis and in spite of very aggressive (and expensive) treatment over the past two days, was just getting worse. He was in great pain, and my son finally made the decision to put him down. It was done about two hours ago, with both my son and his wife sitting beside the old fellow as he slipped away. Mavis, I've already emailed them the "Rainbow Bridge" website. Thanks again for that link. With all the human difficulties that have been plaguing our porchsters, it might seem out of place to ask for prayer for Baron's folks, but I'm doing it anyway. If there are any people in this world that will understand and sympathize, it's the people here in our Mayberry. Baron was a good boy, at age six already an old man in the world of the giant breeds, but a loving and affectionate fellow. He was a lap dog in a moose-sized body, and would back up to a seated person and deposit his huge rump on their lap, front feet still on the floor! He had a kindly heart, but you didn't want to threaten the people he loved! He will be missed.
Well, guess I'll take this miserable cold and put it back in bed for a while. Tomorrow should be a better day. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9667: My goodness,you all are talkative today. Me, I don't say much.
I'm sorry about Baron, Romeena. That's sad, especially after what your son and his wife just went thru. To all the people who suffer from depression, I can relate to that too. Everybody take care, and oh - I never heard of moon pie either.
- Hazel

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9668: Sure I'll say a prayer for your kids, Romeena, bless their hearts. It's just this kind of string of sad events that can really try the most faithful people. I know it's just a dog, but I for one have cried over every one of my pets dying... cats, rabbits, hamsters... I've never had a dog long enough but if I did, it would be the same I'm sure.
Boy, Hazel, now I'm really gonna have to bring those moon pies tomorrow... be on the Porch for moon pies and RC cola with peanuts... Happy and Possum's 'special' recipe! I don't know about that one! Don't hold me responsible if anyone chokes 'drinking' peanuts!

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9669: Y'all poor,poor folks! Never had a Moon Pie? Don't know what grits are? Pitiful,just pitiful! I took it upon myself to do a web search:
Moonpies- www.moonpie.com
Grits- www.grits.com
The grits website even shows ya how to make sweet Southern tea!
So... Asa and Hazel,y'all check it out!
Blessings to all...
possum under a rock

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9670: Blessings and evening prayers for all!


October 16, 2002 - Msg 9671: Same to you chk!
Thanks for the link and the explanations of the big moon pie contraversy of 2002! Having seen them at the link possum I am happy to report that I indeed have consumed a good many of them. Here they are called little debbie marshmellow pies. Look to be the exact same thing though, and man they be goooood. They are much like a smore I reckon. You ever made smore's before when you go camping. Worth camping out just for the smore's me thinks.


October 16, 2002 - Msg 9672: Oh Romeena, I didn't read your post till after I posted. I am so sorry about the loss of Baron. Your kids are in my prayers for sure.
And dirty dirty me, not wishing happy birthday wishes to all the folks having them. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


October 16, 2002 - Msg 9673: Drinkin p-nuts....Boy...that just clutches me...big ol bottle of pop...poor them p-nuts in...let 'em sit and get a little mushy (cuts down on the chokin part) and tilt 'er up! Whooo boy...that hit's the spot on a hot Ky day....awww...now I'm sad agin...but not too bad...
YO> (see...it's comin a'round) :-)

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9674: We didn't put peanuts in Coke but we put them in Orange Crush when it came in those tall bottles. When I was a kid we used to get pepsi in the bottles take the lid off and stick it in the freezer for an hour. Well, they were good and slushy but one time I stuck my leftover Pepsi in the frige and when I came back and took a drink later, it had a BIG roach in it!! I'll never forget that.
Possum and Salty, it was on the news that ecinacea can cause liver damamge in some people, so be careful, especially if you are on other medications and don't take it all the time, give your liver a rest in between.
You folks are all so sweet. I hope things get better for everyone with the holidays ahead. I would like to say a special prayer for Romeena's kids. You all might wonder why I write out my prayers on the porch. Mostly because I think it is powerful when people pray together, secondly because I usually forget to pray if I say I'm going to. Once I get off and get busy with other things, I don't pray. Dear Lord, we love and thank you for always being there. I am sad for Romeena's children and all that they are going through. Continue to help them and heal their broken hearts. We thank you that all they are suffering will bring them closer to you and give them a richness of character that they would not otherwise have. Give them a season soon of joy. Give peace and joy to Romeena. Bless all my friends on the porch. In Jesus name, Amen.
Gotta go take a walk (my cholesterol in 250). Love to all, Boo

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9675: ^^^^^blep^^^blep^^^blep^^^lola^^^^%%%%

October 16, 2002 - Msg 9676: Good evening, folks. Boo, I thank you for that sweet prayer, and it is already being felt. The kids are indeed finding strength they didn't know they had, and so am I.
Happy Birthday to the kids around here that have had them - they do just grow up much too fast. I look at my own - oldest is 43, "baby" is 32, and I can hardly believe it. Seems like they should still be fighting over who sits by the window on the way to visit their grandparents.
Asa, you're on the right track with the Little Debbie pies, but I'm thinking there's still some difference. I think moon pies are flatter, thinner, but I could be wrong. Haven't eaten one of those myself in a very long time, but there was a time I just loved them. My mother loved them too, and we used to take a whole box of moon pies with us when we'd go to the river or the lake. Ate 'em with RCs, too. As for peanuts in Coke, we did that in high school every day at lunch. You just weren't "cool" if you didn't buy one of the little cellophane tubes of salted peanuts and dump them into your Coke. Had to do it kind of slowly, though, otherwise your Coke would fizz up and make a terrible mess. If you let it fizz out of the bottle, then you were branded as a greenhorn. Yes, I said bottle. Never heard of Coke in a can in the 50's. And the bottle top had to be pried off, they didn't unscrew. Every Coke machine had a bottle top puller built in. There would also be a couple of them nailed to a wall above a trash can in the cafeteria as well, in case the one in the machine didn't work. Most people also nailed one up in their garage, so you didn't have to dig through kitchen drawers to find one.
Well, enough of that. My cold and I are retiring, once again. Sugarplum says hey!--Romeena

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9677: Romeena, I'm only forty but I can remember those bottles that you had to open with a bottle opener and remember we had one special drawer in the kitchen that my mom used to pry off bottle tops-just sort of stuck the bottle between the top of the drawer and the underside of the counter edge and pried them off! I also remember my dad openeing beer cans with one of the pointy things on the end of a hand-held bottle opener. There was no such thing as pop-tops. Does anybody remember that rock candy you could get at the drug store that came in a little orange box with a sillouette of a dancing couple on the front?? Just curious-everybody seems to think I'm hallucinating on that one.
Down here in Texas, we have always drank alot of Dr. Pepper but we like RC, too. Do ya'll have Big Red where you are?
I came across an original moon pie the other ay at the store and I bought it. The thing was huge-much bigger than a Little Debbie, no way could I have eaten it with an RC, too sweet. I'm a milkaholic. Good night friends!---Boo

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9678: Good morning porch, sorry about Baron, I don't know what I would do if I lost Pollyanna. Salty glad your feeling better, I just love moon pies, peanuts in ckes, I always put them in a bottle of coke. We had a drawer like that at home when I was a child. Oh Ro, I'm so sorry about the Baby, I lost my first child and it took me forever to get over it. My sister misscarried 4 befor she finally had a child she has 4 grown boys now and 4 grandbabies.:) I've got to get ready for work, Happy Birthday & Anniversary to all having them, God bless each and everyone and have a Sonshined filled day. Ellen B.

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9679: OOPS THATS COKES, Breakfast is ready by the way, y'all help your self, grits, bacon, eggs, coffee tea, milk. Ellen B

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9680: Morning porch, Cold morning here. Boo look away for a minute.... got down to 37 here last night. Ok Boo you can look again. Ro, I am so sorry for your familys loss of a pet, to me that is like losing a member of the family. Hope you feel better too. CHK, good to see ya. And Asa, I am glad that you have had moon pies. Was getting worried about ya. Yall have a good day, I'm off to work on my day off.... since they worked for me when I was sick... guess they figure I can work for them on my day off. Mighty friendly of them aint it? Later--Salty Dog

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9681: Good morning, friends! CHK, it's good to see you. Hope things are going well. Tom, where are you, dear? Please check in. Boo, thanks for the memory. We had a drawer like that, but you didn't want to let my mom catch you using it that way. There was a big guy in my high school who could open bottles with his teeth. One day he broke a front tooth off almost at the gum line, and that was the end of that. He sat in the office and howled until his mother arrived!
Thanks for the kind words about my family's loss of that sweet old doggie, Baron. It's hard - as my cousin once put it, "dogs are people, too!"
Ellen B., I'm sorry you lost a child. I gather it was some years ago, based on the fact that your sister now has grandkids. Between the two of you, you had it rough there for a while, didn't you?Well, off I go, need to try to get a few things done today, if I can scare this cold off for a few hours. Have a great Mayberry day, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9682: Oops, sorry!
There, that should fix it. --Romeena

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9683: Love is in the air ^^^I can feel it to my bones^^
^^^^^^^^I love you^^^^you love me^^^^Bigeebar^^^

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9684: Hello all! Glad to see Andy Griffith in Mt. Airy yesterday. CNN had it on tv. He looked well and said, it was the happiest day of his life. Here's "Doug's Tune". Aone, atwo......

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Ellen Brown
An' everyone!

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9685: Great afternoon, Porch! Hope you all are enjoying the moonpies and RC cola with peanuts. Great stories you all have about this childhood pasttime.... makes me laugh, especially yours Romeena. Got here a little too late for your great breakfast, Ellen but I did snag a little leftover bacon and the last of the coffee... Thanks!
Went this morning to put an offer in on 10 acres in the town where my daughter and her family live (the one with the autistic sons). It's expensive and we'll have to get more for our house than we had planned. God willing, we'd like to be closer to our kids so we can help out more... Lord knows they have their hands full. She decided to keep the severely autistic 4 year old home now because the county services here only have a non-verbal autistic program and we've been told by therapists that he CAN develop speech IF he is exposed and taught of course. So, she would rather bring him home and do this herself if the school can't of course, but with a newborn and another autistic son,.... well you can see how they could get overwhelmed just trying to do what's best for their kids. That's the main reason I'd like to be over there and I don't mind telling you I'd also enjoy PEACE and QUIET on 10 acres for once! I started life off on a farm and I guess I've really been missing it ever since moving to town.
I love that one, Briscoe! Play it loud! (drowning out barking again!)
Everyone have a great Mayberry Thursday. Hey to the rest of the Porch: Possum, Boo, Mrs. Wiley, Mavis, Happy, Helen, Mary, Frankie, Briscoe, Homemaker, Hazel, Charlotte, Sterling, Asa, Salty Dog, Fun Girl, NN, Des, MPO, Floyd, Gordon, Jelsik, Ernest T., Gator, Jennie, Newton, PBJ, Mr. McBeevey, CHK, and anyone I've missed. God's blessings on you all, ~Clara~

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9686: Yes Boo..I have had Big Red. Indiana is eat up with Big Red. It's bottled here ya know. Had a friend in college who lived near where they bottled it and when he was home from TN. where we went to college, he always carried a truck load back to school with him. For those who don't know, it's creme soda with lots of lovely red food coloring in it. YUMMY!

Now as for the bottle opener.....My dear old dad used to get so frustrated when we didn't put the bottle opener back into the drawer,where it
went.So he took a length of small chain and bolted it to the cabnet and then attached the bottle opener to it. It was the most embarrassing thing you have ever seen. We harrassed him about it in front of all the guests at his 60th birthday party a couple of years ago. The people who were friends at the time were HOWLING with laughter. (obviously they remembered)But maybe it was one of those location things.. ya had to be there.

Now I know that I will start off a great debate by mentioning this, but something that my doctor reccommended and I have found really works, is the tanning bed. I know folks will think that my doctor is some kind of a quack, but she said to just try it 5 minutes at a time a couple times a week. Of course I have not had the opportunity to try the lamps. I guess that might not be a bad idea. I know that tanning beds can cause cancer and stuff, but I must admit that it did help with the depression.

Have a good 'un.
fun girl

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9687: Afternoon Y'all.Hope everyone is getting over the colds and depression.In my humble opinion fun girl,I don't see where a tanning bed will hurt you if you're not in it that much.I can understand the logic behind the light and how it helps this time of year.Look at it this way-it's helping you,right? What out there don't the know-it-alls-say WON'T harm us? Seems like EVERYTHING gives you this or that these days!Don't eat this,don't do that,etc! Geesh!
Ok,I'm off my soapbox and heading back to my rock-y'all all have a great evening!
possum under a rock

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9688: evenin porch, I'm awful sick, I must have got Lightnings flu. I worked til noon came home and been in and out of bed, I'm going back there now, remember me in your prayers and thanks for the ones you said for Lightning, he is on the mend now Praise God. Pollyanna says hey. Ellen B. God Bless you all, :)

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9689: Hey to the Porch.
Milton, do you have an official verification on the dedication of Andy Griffith Highway?


B: "Was Lemley there?"
A: "No, Lemley wasn't there..."

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9690: Hey Fun Girl,
It would be just like you to hang out in a tanning bed! The way you and your friend hang all over poor Barney and Andy....SHAMEFUL...that's what it is! And now we hear about the tanning bed!
Just kidding of course! It sounds like a great idea to me. Just to lie down for 5 minutes sounds relaxing!
Sorry to hear you got that flu bug Ellen B. I sure hope you feel better soon.
Well, I made it through birthday number 2 of my kids. What kind of nut would have children 2 days apart? Do you know how hard it is to coordinate 2 birthday dinners? I am sure you probably do! Well, at least my third child's birthday isn't for a while. (Wait a minute, her birthday is New Year's Day! What kind of nut would give birth to a child on New Year's Day!) Oh well, I guess I better go clean up the rest of the mess.
You all have a great evening!
Birthday cake and ice cream for all who wants it!
Mary Wiggins

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9691: Yeah Mary Wiggins...You know that is just the kind of gal I am. Nothing like a relaxing five minutes in the tanning bed and when I get home a snort of BDJ's Mulberry Squeezin's before a night out on the town with two men I can hang all over.
They're not a foolin' me....they loved every minute of it!!

fun girl

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9692: From today's USA today website:

Griffith returns home after 45 years

As sheriff of Mayberry, Andy Taylor never carried a gun because he wanted people to listen to him out of respect, not fear. The TV character's real-life alter ego saw an outpouring of that respect and more, as Andy Griffith made his first official visit home in 45 years. "This is the biggest day of my life," the 76-year-old actor easily Mount Airy's most famous son told hundreds of fans and dignitaries who turned out in foul weather Wednesday to see a stretch of highway named in his honor. Griffith made Mount Airy famous as the model for Mayberry in the long-running series, The Andy Griffith Show, in which he starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor.

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9693: B: "Well, what did y'all do?'
A: "uh... we just...set around."

October 17, 2002 - Msg 9694: Hey to the Porch...just swingin through...nothing to sell today...busy busy busy...

Hope I wasn't too pushy!


October 18, 2002 - Msg 9695: Hey to Burt. Hope you get those 10 acres. I have 5 acres that is uncleared and I'm just paying taxes on. I'm hoping to build on it in the next two years. I am really looking forward to the quiet and privacy!
Hope you feel better soon, Ellen. Lord bless you and being a speedy recovery in Jesus name, Amen. Have a great night, Ya'll....Boo

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9696: Ellen, hope you feel well soon. I'll say a little 'get well' prayer.
Mary, I guess I'm one of those nuts, too! Two of my girls are born in March: 18th and 20th. Being that it's right after St. Patrick's Day which we always celebrate too, it's quite a hectic four days! My mom's birthday is the 30th and even though she's been gone for 18 years we still celebrate it to remember and honor her. Then, if Easter falls anywhere around this time... oh my!... there is so much dessert that we are on a sugar high during the whole month! My little grandson's birthday is Christmas Eve, too! We try our best not to let his special day get overlooked by the big holiday, but it's hard.
Sweet dreams, Porch. ~Clara~

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9697: I meant to say I hope Clara gets those 10 acres (just wanted to CLARAfy. hee hee).--Boo

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9698: Hello all! I better make some more sqeezins for the weekend. You never know who might want or need some of my "Mountain Spring Water". Time fer: "Rocky Top". Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Mary Wiggins
All the newcomers
An' everyone!

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9699: Good Morning Porch
I hope this morning finds every one feeling well! I have one more birthday party to throw! My nephew, who only weighed 1 pound 10 ounces at birth, will be turning 4 next Wednesday. His mother, my brother's wife, passed away two months after he was born. She had lung cancer. Since my brother is raising his 3 kids alone my sister and I take turns throwing birthday parties for his kids. I get the little one's because we have a big bash for all the boys...now 19, 5, and 4. Well, you can all say a prayer that my house will still be standing Sunday evening! With all the nieces and nephews running around it can get pretty nuts! I am going to cheat a little and serve submarine sandwiches from Subway! If you all want to come to one wild birthday bash we'd be pleased to have ya!
Brisco, maybe you can bring some of them squeezins over to my place, I have a feeling I am going to need 'em!

Prayers for all who needs 'em including Romeena and her family, Ellen, Lightning, and all my other dear friends here on the porch!

Mary Wiggins

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9700: Good Morning on this beautiful Friday, Porch! The birds are a singin, the sun is a shinin, and Briscoe's a juggin "Rocky Top"... what more could we ask?
Mary, I say we all go over to your place, help you out with all those younguns, eat a little of your good submarine sandwiches that you worked on so hard on! ;-D I saw a Subway pastrami sandwich advertised on tv last night. Will you have any of those? Gosh I haven't had one in years and mmmmm are they good!
Thanks, Boo. I hope you get to build on your land soon, too. I really, really always wanted to get back out in the country. Also, getting that land will let me help out my daughter so much more and helping family is so important. I'll let you know if we get it.
Hope everyone is well or getting better both in body and spirit and God bless my Mayberry Porch friends with wonderful day. No coffee has arrived yet... everyone's too busy with parties, kids, or work I guess, so I'll leave a fresh perked pot with a dozen assorted breakfast rolls I picked up from the diner. Enjoy! I'll see you all later.
Hey to the rest of the Porch: Bert, Possum, Mrs. Wiley, Mavis, Happy, Helen, Frankie, Ellen, Homemaker, Hazel, Charlotte, Romeena, Sterling, Asa, Salty Dog, Fun Girl, NN, Des, MPO, Floyd, Gordon, Jelsik, Ernest T., Gator, Jennie, Newton, PBJ, Mr. McBeevey, CHK, and anyone I've missed....
"Don't be such a stranger." God's blessings on you all, ~Clara~

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9701: Good morning porch, Mrs Wiggins that is so sweet the way you girls help your brother out, it's good you live close enough to do that. I'm feeling better today, I managed to get another dry socket where they pulled that tooth out, the last 3 teeth I've had pulled ended up with a (ds) and that is painfull. Lightning is doing Great. Thanks for the prayers. Hey to Boo,Briscoe Darling Jr.,Clara, Burt, Andy Fan, Andy Mae,fun girl, possume under a rock,Jelsil, Romeena,Home maker,Asa, Goober,Charlotte, MPO, Des,Salty Dog, Happy, Frankie,Helen,Mrs Wiley,Mavis and anyone I missed, God bless you all. Ms Ellen B.

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9702: Howdy ya'll - well I really liked the pumpkin poem at the top of the page - even printed it off and shared it here at school.
The computer is still blitzed (or is that me?)
Thanks for all the well wishes and I miss you too.


October 18, 2002 - Msg 9703: good afternoon, ya'll. Sorry to hear about your brother's hardships, Mary Wiggins. He is blessed to have your support. It's going to be a busy day. Baby girl is CRANKY for some reason. She finally crawled up into my lap and fell asleep. That is the sweetest time, isn't it? It makes all the difficult times worth while. I always sneak a smooch while she's sleeping and I'm carrying her to her crib to put her down. She's growing up so fast I have to get in as much smoochin' as possible cause she is too busy when she's awake! She is 15 mo. old and still has no hair (so cute). Well, I better go do the laundry....Booooo! Have a good day everybody...Boo

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9704: I know what you mean, Boo. My little girl is 2 and I still love it when she falls asleep in my arms, which is just about every night. I suppose soon I should start making her go to sleep in her bed, but I just love holding her. We have a little routine at night where we go out to the kitchen, get her little sippy cup of (strawberry)milk, then retire to the recliner where she lays on me and a propped-up pillow, drinking her milk until she's had enough and drifts off to sleep. So, enjoy it Boo. I can't imagine when my little girl will not want me to hold her but I know it's bound to happen. Why do they have to grow up?
Hope things are going well for everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9705: this is stuiped

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9706: That's pretty funny, Msg 9705. And how ironic.
-Sterling Holobyte

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9707: IT's FRIDAY! YEA! Gonna get soem rest this weekend...take it east a bit. Have determined that I need to not only have an RC (well...Diet...gotta watch the old waste line...) and a moon pie (I'm not perfect, you know..) I'm gonna get some p-nuts and put them in my coke bottle....gonna re-vist the old days....put a little TAGS on the tube....life is good...
Y'all have a good'n....y'hear!

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9708: you should do a search for "moon pie" and go to their official website. You'll see the history of Moon Pies and some MoonPie collectible stuff. Its nice, real nice. did anybody go see Andy Griffith get the highway dedicated to him on Wed.? Don't forget "Sweetest Day" this Saturday. Be good to your sweet person if you have one. This is a public service message.

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9709: Greetings! I'm the newest neighbor - Dorothy of K'ville. Great to sit a spell on the porch. MoonPies are the best. Puts a smile on a frown every time. I see where Andy was there for the dedication of the highway in his honor. Wow! I think I'll drive over to see it. Take care and have a restful weekend.

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9710: Welcome to the Porch, Dorothy... sit down and as I always say, enjoy a little "spicy gossip and sweet tea"! Well, we really don't gossip here but, that's one of those things Clara Edwards always said, so if it's good enough for her then it's good enough for this here Clara!
Boy, you sure are going through alot with all that tooth pulling, Ellen. I sure hope you are almost done with it all. A little prayer for you.
I'm even gonna pray for your "stubborn as a mule" computer, Homemaker (I guess that's acceptable under the circumstances)... you just got to get back here on a regular basis!
Boo, can you do my laundry too? I've been a real procrastinator this week and my family is starting to get that treacherous look on their faces! You know the kind when they run out of underwear. They are not happy campers. Well, I guess I had just better do it!
Sterling and Boo, I know just what you mean about these kids... when you get to the grandparent stage like me, it's hard to believe they're all grown up.. but, that new bunch of little ones is quite a reward... makes getting older totally worth it! My hubby and I have the greatest time taking them places. They're the greatest.
Goober, glad to hear your spirits are up again... Sounds like you got a great weekend planned... yup, that's what you're gonna do... go downtown, get some RC cola, some moonpies, some peanuts, then go home and watch some TAGS.. yup, that's the plan... Have fun!
Thanks, "Public Servant", I have one very sweet "darlin" person and I think I will do something special for him cause he sure deserves it. Hey, all of you are sweet too, so have a Happy Sweetest Day, too! ~Clara~

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9711: Actually, Clara was discreet enough to call it "talk" instead of gossip. I guess I just thought of it the way it usually is! LOL ~Clara~

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9712: Hey, number 9705, since you think the porch is stupid (I guess that's what you meant, since you spelled it wrong) why don't you stick around and get to know us before you pass judgment?
- Hazel

"You see, this is a deadly game; I'm in it for keeps."

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9713: My foots fallen asleep what should I do?

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9714: ---Soak it, Mr. Saleman, soak it.--- Hi! Just passin through or thinkin about taking up on the porch some? There's good talk, good "eats", and good friends here on this "Mayberry" porch... come back again! ~Clara~

October 18, 2002 - Msg 9715: Hi, My son and I went to Mt. Airy on Wed. It was great to actually see Andy! We had a great time eating at Snappy Lunch and going to the Visitor Center. We even met Andy's childhood friend who had just spent two days with Andy and Cindi! This was one of the best birthdays I've ever had and it was in Mayberry!

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9716: Hello 9715 glad you had a great day in mayberry, wish I could have been there, I would love to get to see Andy & Cindi, Thanks to all for your prayers, they work miracles, Hello Mr Salesman & Dorothy. Clara we are through with the tooth pulling now Thank God.LOL . now I just need to get them cleand and bleached, I drank a lot of tea and they are stained. Lightning may not get his false teeth for another 2 months, so the Doc says. Lightning is begining to eat ok with out them, I don't know how he does it LOL . My poor Honey, I feel for him. LOL . Has any one heard from Mavis lately? Homemaker I too hope you get the puter going again. Guess I'll get off here talk at y'all later. Ellen Brown
Lots o luck to you and yours.

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9717: Sterling...hold on to that precious baby for as long as she will let you. My son still hugs and kisses us and he is twelve, but he is starting to get that adolescent bad attitude. Everything and I do mean EVERYTHING is stupid or boring. Sometimes I could just strangle him!! But all in all he is a good kid and friends tell me that it will get worse before it gets better, so I guess I should learn patience now. I can remember the days when he was little and everything in his life was a big adventure. He was so enthusiastic about everything. Guess those days are gone until he has younguns of his own. Life seems pretty rosy in those early days of your babies lives. (sniff honk) Makes me long for those days. Just wish that I could rewind him back to that sweet chubby bald little baby for just a day.

As for adolscence, all I have to say is.....Briscoe Darling Jr. fix me up a BIG batch of them mulberry squeezins cause I sure am gonna need them to help me get through. I feel some big time headaches coming on.

fun girl

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9718: Mornin' Y'all! Got the coffee going and there's french toast and bacon too.Oh,and a box of Krispy Kremes-couldn't forget those!
Looks like a nice day shaping up down here,so I might get out from under the rock and enjoy it.Have a few errands to do,like go to the Piggly Wiggly.Asa,I reckon you don't know what a Piggly Wiggly is! Hint: It's where we Southern folk get our grits,moon pies,coca-colas,and peanuts! :)
Everyone have a wonderful day-God Bless!
possum under a rock

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9719: Mornin' all! Here you go Mary an' Fun Girl a big ol' batch of malberry squeezins for you both. Just relax, put your feet up. I'll even sing "Low and Lonely" fer ya'.

Briscoe Darling Jr.
Hey ta':
Fun Girl
Mary Wiggins
An' everyone!

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9720: Aw, Briscoe that'n makes my heart palpatate! Hey to the porch!!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"thinkin' only... of little you!"

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9721: Good Saturday Morning, Porch! Hope it's turning out a good un for all.
9715, I sure wish I coulda been there with ya.... what a great birthday!
Ellen, glad things are settling down for you.
Fun girl, you can count on us old folks to get you through that 'pooberdee' with that young whuppersnapper of yours! I've gone through four.. and still not done with my 22 year old!
Bless your heart, Possum, that breakfast was a great start on this day.... I'm all rarin to get into the day now! Piggly Wiggly? I know what those are ;P When my son-in-law was stationed at Pope AFB in NC, they told me about Piggly Wigglies...lol And also how 'barbeque' means something different to you folks than to us folk out West. The first time they went out for barbeque were they surprised!
Being serenaded at breakfast! Now ain't Briscoe just a treasure, Mrs. Wiley? Why Briscoe, "...if you weren't already married.... I'd tell my friend."
Hey to the rest of the Porch: Boo, Mavis, Happy, Helen, Mary, Frankie, Homemaker, Hazel, Charlotte, Romeena, Sterling, Asa, Salty Dog, NN, Des, MPO, Floyd, Gordon, Jelsik, Ernest T., Gator, Jennie, Newton, PBJ, Mr. McBeevey, CHK, and anyone who hasn't come vistin the porch for a while.... "Don't be such a stranger." God's blessings on you all, ~Clara~

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9722: Afternoon Porch! thought I would let ya'll know how things are in my neck of the woods these past few days. Pat had to go in for yet another surgery on Wed & they have inserted a temporary colostomy bag, (can't remember the technical name for it, but I bet Romeena knows) anyways, he is doing about the same & they are taking that dadburn breathing tube out once again, trying to do that today, so I will know more on that situation later today. He is still listed in critical, but stable condition & is in alot of pain, Dr.s say he has a long hard road ahead of him yet. Jake is finally coming to terms with the fact that he will have to stay here in "boonieville" with me for quite a while & even came home from school Fri asking me if he could go out for the varsity baseball team @ school. Praise the Lord he is wanting to do something like that, he seems to be taking his life off hold some, & starting to get back into things he likes to do. I am still very worried about him tho, he is not talking about any of this at all & I hear him up roaming around the house in the middle of the night just about everynight. He has alot on his mind for a 14 year old that already has lots to contend with just being 14! Please keep all of us in your prayers.

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9723: Hello, friends! Mavis, you do indeed have your work cut out for you with Jake over the coming weeks or months, but just pray and hang on tight. It'll all work out. What Jake needs most of all right now is love, structure, and reasonable discipline. He may not want to talk about what has happened, so don't force it, but do keep the lines open so he knows he can if he wishes to do so. Expect some "attitude" right now - it's normal at his age, and will be a handy defense for him and an outlet for the anger he's bound to be feeling. Accept it up to a point, but remember about structure and discipline. Don't let him get comfortable with being rude or disrespectful to you. Try always to talk "with" him, not "to" him, and that may be difficult. Just keep praying, and let him know you love him.
For those who have been fighting this miserable bug, keep fighting. It does fold up and leave after a while. I can breathe again, and can even risk getting more than ten feet from a tissue box at times.
Saw the cardiologist yesterday, and he cleared me unconditionally for the surgery I'm to have on 11/1. Lots of things wrong with the old ticker, but I still walked the tread off the treadmill - they finally had to just stop me. I was five minutes past the goal, and still able to talk while I walked. Ha! So there! Appears that most of the heart problems are old, long-standing things that I've compensated for and aren't a current problem. God is good.
BDJ, it's good to hear your juggin' again. We missed you there for a while. Possum, I used to shop at Piggly-Wiggly all the time back in old San Antone. I'll bet Boo knows about them, too. Good stores, often a smaller, community-type store, with friendly folks operating them. They always had Moon Pies. Ah, memories!
Have a blessed Sabbath, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9724: Hey to the Porch.
Been laying low since my Cardinals went down...oh well, that's life....thru and thru.


B: "Floyd, this is important. Will you please concentrate?"
F: "You bet I WILL..."

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9725: We're behind you all the way Mavis. Hang in there. Fourteen year olds are normally no picnic -- high school usually gets their egos pumped up and thinking that they know better than their ancient parents anyway -- but, Jake has so much more to contend with now. Romeena gave some really wise advice.
Romeena, this has been a tough year for you hasn't it? Now, I want you to do whatever it takes to stay well, ya hear? Keep us posted. I'm gonna start prayin for ya now so's everything goes A-OK for that surgery!
You said it Jelsik.... thru and thru! Of course, it's pretty exciting for everyone here in California. You are gonna watch the Series aren't you? May as well enjoy it. It's a good excuse to spend the week eating hotdogs, chilibeans, and potato chips while watching the games. Well, actually I can get pretty tired of them before it's over, but my family doesn't mind the ballgame fare at all. I wonder why I don't just cook out of a can all the time ;) Cheer up and come on over for some of that good food... I'm real good at opening cans!

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9726: Romeena, Dear, you have such a wonderful, optimistic attitude. I will surely pray for you and for Pat and Jake also.
Yes, I remember Piggly wiggly but the last one in the area died several years ago. When I was a kid, mom always shopped there.
I need to ask a little prayer of all of you, please. My little boy has been having headaches and i am going to take him to the dr if they don't get better soon and I don't know what is the matter with the baby, but she is very cranky all day and has been sleeping alot. I would be so thankful if you wouuld pray for them. I want to tell you that I have fairly recently begun really praying again and when I do, it seems like things start to happen that really disturb me. I guess it's some kind of spiritual warfare or something. Could you pray that I would persevere? Thanks, friends!---Boo

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9727: Good evenin' friends! It's so good to see you all here on the porch and catch up on what I've been missin'. I just been busy and I thank you all for the kind advice about stayin' above depression. So far so good. Somebody gave me some exercise advice, I believe maybe it was Boo. So I got out the old bicycle and rode with my kids some. And then Clara was advising me to talk to others, refocus. And Asa sent me to the diner for the special. Why, with friends like you all, who could be depressed? One day I just decided that I'm not starving yet and since I work for myself I'd just get up, go to the hot tub, then go back to bed and read a book till noon. So I did. Yup, that was the plan, hot tub, back to bed, read a book. The book was in the Dear America series and it was about a girl named Margaret Ann Brady on the Titanic. It was fiction but was a dandy book. Sent me right back to the library to check out another book on the Titanic by Walter Lord--first one written about the disaster in 1955. Has anyone read either of these? Great books. It's just so good to read all your comments. Yes, Fun Girl, we have Dairy Queens here. And when I was a kid I loved Big Red, but we don't get it here anymore. Peanuts in coke doesn't do much for me but then I'm a Pepsi Free girl. What on earth are Moon Pies? I know they are common and I must live under possum's rock but I just am not familiar with 'em. I could write to ya'll all night but I know long posts can get boring so I'll quit. More prayers for Pat, Jake, and Mavis, for Romeena's kids, and Ellen and Lightning and their teeth ordeals, Tom, and all others in need. Hey to Boo, Clara, Jelsik, Mary Wiggins, Ellen B., homemaker, Hazel, Mrs. Wiley, and Briscoe. Where's Salty and Asa today?
Charlotte Tucker

October 19, 2002 - Msg 9728: Prayers for Boo and her kids too!

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9729: Thanks, Charlotte. If there is one thing I appreciate, it's someone taking the time to pray for me and my chldren!
I have been missing hearin' from some of you. Have some of you been very busy?
Sterling, thank you for sharing about your little girl. It's funny because we have the same routine. She follows me into the kitchen (whining all the way) and we get her "sippy cup" and head back to the recliner. She sits in my lap and reclines on a pillow while she takes her milk and then goes to sleep, and there is nothing stupid about that, is there? Thank God for those sweet Little Ones.
I just got back from a drive and we had one of the greatest thunder storms I have seen in ages. The lightening was incredible, it's kind of cool here, too, believe it or not.
Well, a happy Sunday to everybody. Maybe we can meet tomorrow after church meetin' and have us a nice supper and just relax on the porch. "What's yer hurry??"---Goodnight...Boo

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9730: I surely will pray for your kids, Boo. How old is your son? Maybe his schoolwork is stressful or sometimes kids can get headaches just before getting sick. It sounds like your baby might be coming down with a virus, too... they're starting to really take off and go around now. My kids ALL were cranky and slept alot just before the bug hit full force. It was always my clue to what was coming next. I hope that's all it is.
Glad to hear you're doing better Charlotte. We gotta hang in here together and get through this winter! Well, the holidays are coming up and that always brightens my days no matter how cold and dark the days get. I just love holidays! I love what you did to cheer yourself up... there's nothing like a little pampering is there? Life is too short not to do that once in awhile.
Sweet dreams, everyone.... see you in the morning. ~Clara~

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9731: Good Sabeth porch, Ellen Brown

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9732: Morning Porch. Prayers for all!


October 20, 2002 - Msg 9733: Good Sunday morning all! those who are interested
you can get a rare video with Don Knotts from
Shokus Video.(sorry I can't put a link to it.)
It is an episode of Search for tomorrow from
March 27th 1953.He must really be young in that show!
MR. Salesman

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9734: Good afternoon, friends! Lovely day for some porch-sittin' - kinda cool here, and damp, but the squirrels are feeling good, and putting on quite a show. I love the little pests!
Clara, you're right, it has been a tough year, but lots of folks have had it tougher. I can't complain.
Charlotte, you sound much better. Hang in there, and keep up the activity. Get outside and plant something! The pampering idea is a good one, too. I'll be doing some of that when I visit my son and his wife next month. I'm going to Florida and spend Thanksgiving with them, after the surgery. My daughter-in-law is wonderful, and she always fixes my bathroom up with bubblebath, scented soaps, lots of candles, big fluffy towels, just everything it takes to totally spoil me.
Boo, I'm sure I'm over-reacting here, but with your son having headaches, and your little girl being cranky and drowsy, have you thought to check the carbon monoxide level in your home? That's likely not the problem, since I doubt you've had your furnace on yet this year, but just thought I'd check. I suppose a gas water heater could cause a problem, not enough to really make people sick but enough to cause some symptoms. Well, anyway, it's just a thought.
Well, guess I'll scratch up some lunch. Have a great Sabbath, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9735: Romeena I was gonna say I was coming over for lunch with you & the Plum but, my mama just called & said she was having chicken & dumplins, sweet taters & corn bread so reckon I'll just go on over there! teehee Thanks for all the prayers you guys, you don't know how good it feels to know I have someone to talk to about all this, when I feel at my wits end with all of it I know I can come here & ya'll will at least cheer me up. Off to eat them chicken & dumplins, want me to bag ya'll some & bring them back if there's any left, remember I have a 14 year old boy who LOVES to eat!

October 20, 2002 - Msg 9736: Afternoon Y'all! Clara,you had me laughing with the way you "pluralized" Piggly Wiggly! We don't bother changing the y to ie-was cute to see Wigglies on the porch!
Just got back from the county fair.Had a good time with my sister & her kids. Won my little 4 yr.old niece a Tweety Bird stuffed animal.My nephew played one of those shooting games-reminded me of Opie at the carnival trying to win Andy a present! Had me an elephant ear with cinnamon sugar-mmmm mmmmm! Brought some back for y'all Porchsters-ENJOY! Now save one for Mavis' son-don't eat 'em all!
Everyone have a wonderful evening!
possum under a rock