September 10, 2004 - Msg 23513: Hello everyone.. How is the evening going for you all? I think I might try to get to bed early tonight..( I say that every night!)
Charlotte: good to see you...we moms stay busy year round! Grandma is doing well so she says..not really complaining. Tonight my mama came over and we had a chance to actually talk since what happened. I hope she feels better since talking about it to me..I dont know that I was any help, but I thought I would try. She says that every time she closes her eyes she sees what happened and that she really thought she was gone. Not positive talk here, but that is what she thought, so I can understand why its been so difficult for her. I told her to just be so thankful that it wasnt as bad as it could have been..anyway..I totally can understand, cause I had an awful accident where I flipped my van with my 2 year old and my 3 week old..I thought the baby was gone..but she never woke up, she slept through it all...that was all I could see for a long time afterwards too..
Listen to me! Rambling..Sorry guys...

September 10, 2004 - Msg 23514: Pipeman, Co-Q-10 is indeed available over the counter. You can get it in any drug store or even a grocery store if they have a vitamin and supplement section, which most do. It's a bit pricey, about $30 for a month's supply of 100mg capsules. It's much cheaper through Puritan's Pride. My doctor has told me to take at least 100mg daily. However, as a conscientious nurse, I can't make myself tell you to take it if your doctor told you not to. I would, however, ask for a specific explanation of why he doesn't want you to take it. Just the fact that you already take a lot of medication isn't enouogh. What's one more pill, when you're taking that many? If he sees a cross-reaction or something, that's different, but just the number of pills isn't a good enough reason.

Poor Florida! Now it looks like Ivan is going to hammer them for a while, too. My kids have just left their house boarded up. I don't blame them. They leave for Ireland a week from today, and they don't want any surprises when they get home.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. Everyone have a great weekend, and Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 10, 2004 - Msg 23515: looking for ideas for Grandparents day...any creative porchsters out there have any suggestions?

September 10, 2004 - Msg 23516: Thanks for sweeping the porch Alyce, as if the winds havent done it enuf already!
Well the AZ Diamondbacks season is mercifully coming to a close soon. I can't believe they dismantled the whole team in just two years.
Very poor year with only about 40 wins so far.
Maybe our football Cardinals will do better. They only won three games last year.
I guess we shall see.
Ro, dont know how you keep doing those night shifts. They can be brutal. Is all the water staying IN the pipes now? Hope THE MAN didnt charge you too much.
Prez race is sure getting mean. They now say that CBS or someone doctored the Bush service documents shown on TV the other night.
Keep this situation and our country in your prayers.
have a good weekend.

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23517: In Memory of all who perished on September 11,2001.
America will never forget.
God Bless the USA!

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23518: Msg 23517. I hope that America never does forget that horrible day. I pray it never will be repeated.

Good to see you back Charlotte. I know what you mean about being buzy. Same here. It's a shame huh?
Hugs and prayers for all on the porch.


September 11, 2004 - Msg 23519: Good afternoon, porch! Beautiful day here in north Texas, sunny but not too hot. I hope everyone is having a great day.

Just FYI, I received a catalog from Puritan's Pride yesterday, and they're having their annual 3-for-1 sale. You buy one of anything, and get two more free. For any of you who are interested in Co-Q-10, or anything else for that matter, this is a great way to get it at a very reasonable price. Their website is I'll be sending in an order, for sure.

My poor roses. I got all the weeds out, and pruned them back, but they're still looking awful. They suffered a big attack of black spot while I was gone, and many of them are just stripped of leaves. All of them look skinny and weak, a far cry from the robust, healthy bushes they were back in the spring. Anybody have any suggestions? I'm a clueless newbie when it comes to roses.

Also, I've had a problem with the miserable little ants getting into my hummingbird feeders. They travel down the chains that the feeders hang from, and get into the sugar water, making a terrible mess. I cleaned them all out earlier this week, and put vaseline on the chains. So far, no ants. I wanted to use Vicks, but was afraid the odor would keep the hummers away. If I was a hummingbird, I wouldn't want to drink from anything that smelled like that! The vaseline doesn't seem to bother them, though, they've been coming in as usual.

I loved last night's show, where Gomer thinks Andy saved his life. Don't you know Andy just wanted to smack him every time he called him "Mr. Life Saver Man?" So funny!

Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23520: Today is another day that will live in infamy.
We must remember this day, and why we are doing what we're doing. What happened in Russia shows that they will stop at nothing! We must keep our resolve!
Please keep up the prayers regarding hurricane Ivan too, that it will miss any more land!
Tonight's dinner is pork roast in the crock pot.
I like it so you need no knife, just breaks apart with a fork. Also, small potatoes, carrots, onions, celery and seasonings. The whole house smells wonderful already!
Ro, that one was on local station last night, so I guess were the same as TV Land right now which is kinda neat. I liked the ending where Andy is trying to convince Gomer that he saved Andy's life!
Today is Patriot's Day!

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23521: it is sad that our generation has wittnessed so much tradgedy, sept.11, jfk's assasination, challanger, oklahoma bombing, more wars than we care to count but must remember.mdc= that's enough roast for me, what are the rest of you going to eat.ha. alyce== grandparents day idea== put together a scrapbook of pictures and stories, stars things they would remember growing up ,dating years and the decades that follow. take them to supper and after drinks served and order taken present it to them gift wrapped. they will spend many hours remembering those times. thought for the day: if the world and people could live in a world like mayberry magnified by the porch folks, there would be nary a problem and any tears would not linger. pipeman

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23522: Amen Pipeman. Y'all have a peaceful and thankful 9/11 Rememberance Day. ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 11, 2004 - Msg 23523: Mrs. Wiley, how ya feeling these days?


September 12, 2004 - Msg 23524: Hi Asa, thanks for askin'. Much, much better on the right side - like a new woman! But it's all lop-sided now. Next surgery is scheduled for 10/22 and a few months after that I'll be able to start acting like a regular human being again! Maybe even be strong enough to exercise and lose this extra 20lbs I've somehow gained. I wonder how that happens?

~ Mrs. Wiley
Emma Brand: "I'm not a day over 35 and I admit it."

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23525: Good Sabbath porch. Hope you are all well.


September 12, 2004 - Msg 23526: Am a first time visitor and feel like i belong. Am a Mayberry-type turtle living in a fast paced world. Wish people would slow down and see the wildflowers growing and quiet down to hear the birds singing and the leaves falling. It's great to know there are other Mayberry-ites out there.


September 12, 2004 - Msg 23527: Welcome AnnaRose, glad you found us!"What's your hurry!?" ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23528: Welcome to the porch, AnnaRose. Usually we suggest that a newcomer choose a Mayberry name, but goodness, your name is so pretty, and has a Mayberry-like sound to it. I think you should keep it. We're happy that you chose to visit us, and hope you'll make it a habit. There's always an extra rocker. Just toss your pillow or something on one of them, and it's yours!

What a beautiful Sabbath day! The sun is shining, my yard is dappled with shade, but enough sun to make the flowers happy, the fountain is flowing and some birds are taking a shower in it, one of my little squirrel friends is nosing around looking for leftover seed, and a pigeon is trying to convince his ladyfriend that he's her best choice. I love it!

Here in my town yesterday, we voters defeated a bill that would have allowed open liquor sales in grocery stores and convenience stores, and would have allowed liquor stores and beer barns to open here. We beat it by a 2 to 1 margin, so I hope that will keep it quiet for a few more years. We don't presume to try to tell people whether they can drink or not, that's their business. However, we sure don't need it flowing in the streets around here. The big thing was tax revenue. The proponents figured that we're losing 1.1 million dollars annually, as people buy their liquor elsewhere. At one penny on the dollar, can you imagine how much liquor would have to be sold in this little town to bring in 1.1 million dollars? If I'm figuring right, that's $110 million. That works out to just over $550 spent on liquor by every man, woman and child in this town of less than 200,000. It's just not worth it, and I'm glad we beat it. Sorry about the soapbox, friends, but it was good news in my opinion, and I wanted to share it.

Have a great day of rest, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23529: That's ok, Romeena. We'll just go up to Morelli's when we come to visit you. (They let you bring a bottle in there, you know)
- Hazel

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23530: happy new year! yeah,yeah i know,i know it's waaaay past new years but better late than never right? by the way i love tags! felicia.

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23531: Welcome AnnaRose! Pull up a rocker. Yup, that's a good one right there. And welcome back Felicia.
It's old friends week here on the porch.
Ro, that was great, and it applies here too ya know, as Mayberry is in a dry county! (Unless mrs Mendlebright's cider turns hard) tee hee.
Pipeman- you missed a great pot roast. Had a few relatives over. Hope youre feeling ok.
Mrs Wiley, glad you are doing better and back with us. We tried to keep your chair dusted off.
Good Sabbath all.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23532: By the way AnnaRose, here's the plan: home, take a nap, then over to Thelma Lou's for a little TV.

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23533: hello to ANNAROSE ,welcome to the porch
FELICA.. holidays are confussing sometimes,but like you said ,better late than never
MDC.PIPEMAN,ASA .. did you guys catch the race last night ,it was agood one ,just too many cautions .I was glad to see Mark Martin get in the top 10 for the run for the championship.PIPEMAN.. Kasye was close but had handling problems ,then Jr. tagged him in the rear and spun him so he came short on making it in .
gonna go watch my Cowboys play somemore , everyone have a good evening
mayberry deputy

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23534: Hey yall..Looks like everyone is having a great day. Welcome AnnaRose and Felicia. MD:I couldnt stay awake for all of the race! I did see where Jr bumped Kasey K. uggg! So, Cowboys fan, huh? hope they lost! (just teasing) I like Redskins! Hope they'll do better with good ole Joe Gibbs back!

September 12, 2004 - Msg 23535: ALYCE .. with my being a cowboy fan and you a skins fan its going be some fun on here at times ..just kidding ,by the way the boys did lose , dag gum it

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23536: smile it's monday! hello porchsters, welcom to anna rose and felicia, always great to add new rocking chairs to the porch. spot= did you get home ok? are we going to have a big fall wingding like we had last year? mdc and mayberry deputy== i fell asleep at the wheel half way thru the race. woke up as green flag went down. kasey can't seem to catch a break, maybe he needs a sign stop hitting me, please. cubs couldn't win the world sereies if they played themselves. if they had let that old man in with his goat.ha. THOUGHT OF THE DAY' A POUND OF PLUCK IS WORTH A TON OF LUCK. i don't have a clue what it means but sounded mayberry to me. pipeman

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23537: Romeena - I know when my roses look pitiful, and this sounds silly, I douse the whole rose bush in soapy dishwater. It's kinda like giving them a bath. I don't rinse them either - just leave the soapy water on them.

Been busy putting up fence this weekend. Next week it is the little town's fall festival (a pig roast on Saturday and a fish fry on Sunday with Gospel Singing). Looks like we might even be in the parade with our goats! Talk about hometown proud!

Take care everyone - you are always in my thoughts!


September 13, 2004 - Msg 23538: Morning Porch!

Welcome to Felicia and Anna Rose!

Homemaker, I remember when we were kids and we had hometown parades and the kids would decorate their bikes for them, and stick baseball cards in the spokes of the wheels so they would make that neat noise! Goats on parade...hmmm...sounds rather fun!

Hey pipeman, I guess what they are trying to say is someone who puts in a lot of effort will go farther than someone who is just hoping and wishing!

Asa, good to see you posting. Did you notice that my Lions won yesterday!? First road game win in 25 tries! Maybe this will be the year...

Romeena, good news about your local election. Where I live it is sure not a dry county, but I am! ;) Just never developed a taste for that stuff.

Mrs. Wiley, I hope all goes well with your next operation, and if you find a way to lose that 20 lbs. let me know!

I hope Spot hurries up and gets back here! I am hungry!! (Refer to sentence above;) )

This Saturday we are off to Glacier National Park in Montana. I am pretty excited about it. I sure hope everything goes off without a hitch. Some prayers for traveling mercies would be most welcome.

I am going to leave some red-ripe Michigan apples, sweet and juicy for y'all! Help yourself!

Mary Wiggins

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23539: Them apples look delicious Mary, thank you. And how about them Lions. You gotta love it! My Raiders lost yesterday to the Steelers. Oh well, maybe next week. It was good to see Joe Gibbs win his first game back Alyce. I really like him as a person and a coach. Not a big Cowboys fan (sorry MD) but I do like Bill Parcells, one of the top coaches in my opinion. Anyway should be a fun season.
Romeena, I agree with your thinking on the booze sales. Our entire state is controled pretty hard on the sale of spirits. I guess if drunks could all be like Otis, easy going and lovable it wouldn't be so bad, but most drunks I ever met become loud and very obnoxouis. And just wanna fight! It gets old fast. I said it and I ain't taking it back either!:) Not to knock anyone who drinks, just those who drink to excess and become a problem for all.
Anyway, hope you all have a nice Monday. Be safe on your trip Mary and drop over and see us if you get a chance. We are right next door to Montana.


September 13, 2004 - Msg 23540: Morning folks! Please remember all those in the path of Ivan. VERY dangerous storm right now. Please remember us in North Florida too. We are in a direct path right now and if it doesn't slow down then we may have to evacuate..... And I live a good piece away from the coast.

Hope everyone has a Mayberry kind of day!


September 13, 2004 - Msg 23541: Hello Porch family:
Just stopped by to say Hi and that I'm still checking in every now and then. Haven't had much time to do a lot of posting. Miss our little chats. ~New Neighbor

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23542: I heard somewhere that the man who played Otis never touched the stuff. Isnt that something. Anyone here ever heard that? Maybe FLOYD knows.
Homemaker - Maybe you can lead the goats with
your harmaonica!
Well, my Cardinals are up to their old tricks - losing! At least AZ State won!
MD-Did not get to see the race this week.
Vijay Singh is sure tearing up the golf course lately!
Welcome back New Neighbor! (Watch it, Aunt Bea's peaking out the window!)
Mary W- be sure to check out those busses. They will remind you of the bus to Raliegh in TAGS.
Pipeman- Cubs just can't punch themselves out of a paperbag lately. They still have a shot but a WIN would help.
Hey to Asa, Mavis , Dixie, Mrs Wiley, Alyce etc.
Have a good day. Prayers for all in Ivan's path.
Our prayers DO make a difference! Thanks,
Have a good day,

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23543: Afternoon porch, made it home from Pigeon Forge yesterday afternoon. Beautiful weather,warm days and cool nights. Car shows are a lotta darn work. We saw a lotta old friends and met a few new ones.The crowd seemed off a little this year, there were only 2 or 3 thousand cars at the show, with another 6 to 8 thousand in town.If you've never been thats way off the norm. Got ta' Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge this weekend, don't know if I'm goin or not yet. Charlotte swap meet and car show is also this weekend so I think I'm Goina hitch a ride over there. Later...BIG TOM... oh, how was the rodeo? Dixie 'ol gal,you better board up and head fer the hills. And don't quit 'till your in Chattanooga...I mean it. Put ya' a mountian 'tween you and that storm. Slows 'em down a might.

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23544: Oh boy...its been a day. I dont remember a day that has gone by in a while that I havent logged on only once..while I was home all day! I believe the Lord is helping me out...I stay on the computer too much..Been cleaning today..and just when I got the kitchen all cleaned, floor scrubbed..I decided to make some apple pies! But its going to be worth it..It looks and smells so good. My husband's been on me for a while to bake him a pie..homemade crust and all. He's going to the grocery store to get Ice cream, hehe..I had apples that had to be used too. So he gets one and my daddy gets one..part of his Grandparents Day gift! Plus I have been working on supper..pork chops in the crock pot with chicken broth, mushroom soup, onion soup mix..butter beans..rice..and left over herb roasted potatoes as well as corn. Yall come on over!


September 13, 2004 - Msg 23545: Ok, we're headin for Alyce's tonight! Mmmmm and apple pie a la mode too. Maybe I'll take one for my hobo friend!
Spot should then be back and I'll return his chef's hat!

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23546: Oh, one more thing, if ya all havent ventured over to the Bulletin Board lately, stop by and read the original post ent-tled "Opie's Stone."
It is quite remarkable!

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23547: ">Bb/b< the"dog of the porch"...will get back on the cook wagon tomorrow!..will have a late night snack ready for yall later..God Bless!

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23548: My last mail messed up...Im back from Kansas!..Cobb EMC world champs again!..

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23549: man-o-man...the last two from me >b/b<

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23550: SPOT...maybe this is right.

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23551: there we go....

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23552: SPOT.. welcome back ,you were missed ,but some other fine folks filled in as cook while you were gone .Congrats on the championship
mayberry deputy

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23553: So much rice left I need to start measuring it before I cook! Any suggestions on what to do with left over rice? I used to make soup..but not sure if I want that or not..


September 13, 2004 - Msg 23554: Hey Folks, I just wanted to let you know...I'm gonna be changing servers again here at so that means the porch is gonna be down for repairs for a short while....I'll post another message as soon as things are ready to go and you can pick up where you left off. Sorry for the problem.
--Allan (a.k.a. Floyd)

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23555: test

September 13, 2004 - Msg 23556: I guess it is still working. I just thought I would wish y'all a peaceful, autumnal night's cool sleep!

Mary Wiggins

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23557: Well late night here at the old Power Company, hey mary,alyce,new neighbor,dixie,pipeman,possum,MDC,hm,asa,md,mdc,ro,boo,hazel,..whoot-e-whoo...glad to be back!..will have breakfast at 6 sharp..signedSPOT the"lets have a fish fry sat" talking dog of this grest porch..lights are on

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23558: Ok gang...lets meet at the I-Hop...its on me ...SPOT

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23559: spot= good to have you home, we've missed you. how about a big party to kick fall off? dance, food, music, howl at the moon type. alyce= mdc and i was thinking alike about your apple pie, the episode where the boys stole pie for a hobo down by the tracks. mary wiggins= aren't these cool fall nights , well it just don't get any better.mdc= cubs and diamondbacks are struggling.prayers for all in the path of ivan. THOUGHT OF THE DAY; ANTIQUES ARE THE THINGS ONE GENERATION BUYS, THE NEXT GENERATION GETS RID OF AND THE FOLLOWING GENERATION BUYS BACK AGAIN. i'm off to meet spot at ihop. pipeman

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23560: Hey's not "still working." It's already working from the change. Not everybody will be working right now but they will throughout the day. If you can read this already...then you're good to go.
--Allan (a.k.a. Floyd)

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23561: Well Floyd, that's about the smoothest change we ever had. I do believe your getting the hang of this. LOL. Just picking at ya. We appreciate all you do to keep Mayberry alive and well in 2004.
Let's hear it for Floyd gang.
What's the matter with Floyd, He's all right.


September 14, 2004 - Msg 23562: Yeah...the more often I have to move things the better I get...I'd just as soon NOT be any better than I am now. I don't want to have to move again.

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23563: FLOYD, FLOYD HE'S OUR MAN,

Mary Wiggins, we haven't had any cool nights yet here in South Texas. Its supposed to be in the 90's all week with high humidity! We have to wait longer for cool nights but we sure do appreciate them when they get here. Right now the nights are warm, and humid with plenty of mosquitos.

That apple pie sounds real good, Alyce. I haven't made one since last winter. I don't do my own crust, though, I buy that kind you fold out and put in the pie plate (so easy!). I am the pie person at all the family holidays and nobody even knows that I don't make the pie crust from scratch. I make the best chocolate pie around, even won first place at the church pie contest last year at Thanksgiving with it....don't like to brag, really is good!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, it will be upon us soon and then Christmas. I love to start planning for the holidays way in advance...kind of adds to the excitement. Alyce, are you familiar with Susan Branch and her books? She has a new one out called Autumn From The Heart Of The Home. It looks really good. I'm going to get it this week I think. I have Christmas From The Heart Of The Home and I love it. The artwork is precious. She has a website if you want to check her out. It's

Well, better get on with the chores!


September 14, 2004 - Msg 23564: Thanks Floyd!...look gang its a big fish fry at the dog house sat. night..gona go fishing friday for the main dish...ladys get out those dangley ear rings and men block yer hats its gona be a wing ding..fried trout,hush puppies,and all the goods..signed SPOT

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23565: whoo hoo, a fish fry..I'll bring the cole slaw! Boo: I think I have heard of Susan Branch..does she do crafts? Maybe she's in my family (my maiden name is Branch). I know what you mean about the pies. I am the "desert" person too. I usually do a pecan is very good..and I make a really good chocolate chess. A pie contest sounds like a good idea.

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23566: that is suppose to be "dessert" not desert

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23567: That sounds great spot! We'll throw the breakers on those floodlights, put up some bunting and have a goodbye to summer fish fry-clambake, pie contest, pickle compet-tion, sack races, watermelon,
wheelbarra' races,a few fresh squeezin's (the kind for special occasions), dancin' and lots o good mayberryesk FUN! Lord knows we need a good hodown. Got git to the cleaners and have Gus
"gussie up" my best duds! Pipeman, bring the briar, I'll bring some tables and benches.
Rev Jr can give the blessin'. I can taste that fresh-caught trout already!
Looks like a plan, thanks spot and pipester.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23568: Oh yeah... one month to go to get the TAGS dvd of first season! Now there's somethin' to party about!

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23569: Leftover rice recipie (Fried Rice):

1 cup (or more) of cold leftover rice
1/2 grated carrot
a few frozen peas
Morton's Season Salt
soy sauce
any leftover meat/fish

In a frying pan, melt a chunk of butter. Add cold rice, mix well. Sprinkle with Morton's Season Salt and a bit of soy sauce. Stir well. Add carrot, peas, meats. Sprinkle with more soy sauce and Season Salt to taste. Stir well again. Let mixture fry until steam flows through the mixture freely. Serve hot and enjoy!

I lived on this as a teen - never quite made it home for supper, so Mom would always make me some extra rice.

~ Mrs. Wiley
congrats to COBB EMC!!!
Thanks Floyd for your efforts!!

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23570: Hey guys.. thanks for all you do for us Floyd.. you a prince, a real prince. Hope everyone is doing ok today, and out of the way of Hurricane Ivan. Looks like it's gonna be a rough one. Ya'll stay safe. All this talk about food is making me hungry. We need another party soon. Love to you all--Salty Dog

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23571: Alyce, Susan Branch is an artist who is kind of like Martha Stewart and writes and illustrates her own books on cooking, entertaining and home, etc. She does do scrap booking stuff and that might be what you are thinking about. Hmmmmm, you might be related. She lives in Martha's Vineyard. Got any relatives there?

When I was a kid my mom would take leftover rice and heat it with milk (whole, of course), butter and lots of sugar and eat it for a nighttime snack while watching TV. I prefer real rice pudding, though.

Hope ya'll have a fantastic evening. Wish it were cool here...boohoo!


September 14, 2004 - Msg 23572: Hey yall..I think the dogs might be enjoying most of that rice...I might try Mrs. Wiley's suggestion though..sounds good. Boo: I know of this Susan Branch vaguely. And it may be from scrapbooking...oh how I need to catch up with that..who has time? Cameryn has school the rest of the week and we are bombarded with other goings ons. The baby got a flu shot today and Cam gets hers tomorrow..hope they will stay healthy this fall/winter season. Got to pick up pictures tomorrow, church in the pm. Thursday I have to work and Friday its back to the Dr's office..I am going to be sick of that place...3 times this week! Plus once last week..uggg!

September 14, 2004 - Msg 23573: Hey Alyce my mama always made pudding from left over rice too. She'd mix it with a mixture of milk, beaten eggs, sugar, cinamon (sp?), and golden raisins..... mmmmmmm.... I wouldn't mind some fresh hot rice pudding now.....

That fried rice sounds good too....

Well it looks like Ivan will pretty much miss my part of the country so we won't have to evacuate right now. If he does turn more east we'll have to leave.

**Prayers** in the storms path. Thanx to everyone for remembering us down here in Hurricane Ally.

Everyone taking care today?

Floyd you are a dandy of a peach for looking out for the porch like you do! Thank you if I haven't told you so lately.

Hey to everyone a rockin' tonight on the porch. SOunds like we were all busy today!


September 15, 2004 - Msg 23574: Hey MDC, You asked about Hal Smith (Otis) never actually drinking. That's 100% true. He never touched the stuff. --Floyd

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23575: Hey Floyd, Are you close to the coast at all there in Alabama? Are you going to evacuate?
Hope it ain't to bad on you guys.


September 15, 2004 - Msg 23576: Just droppin' by the porch to say hey. My computer crashed last week, lost everything (for now). You know how they (who are "they" anyway?) say things happen in 3s? Well, I think my 3 happened all in a 2 day period last week. 1) cell phone died 2) computer crashed and 3) bottler for my BBQ sauce went bankrupt. But, all is well. Got a new cell phone, getting a new computer, got a new bottler, so I've got nothing to complain about. Just one request, please pray for my aunt who lives in Pensacola, FL (as well as all those in harm's way in the Gulf).

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23577: Good Morning everyone! Boy is it a wet one..I have had to change my clothes..I got all soaked. Was putting the baby in the van while at my moms, then one of their dogs (eskimo long white hair) jumped in my van..she was scared of the storm. It was crazy..I was at one door and mama was at another, trying to get her out..I got drenched! So glad to be home and dry now..for now at least..have to go back out in a while to pick the oldest up from school then off to the Dr's and the mall. I am tired just reading what I have to do today!
Take care everyone...

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23578: Be careful driving in that weather, Alyce.

Sorry about your bad luck, Rev. Prayers for your aunt in Pensacola and everyone in the path of the storm. Tell us more about your BBQ sauce...we talk about food alot here on the porch (if you haven't noticed heehee).

Well, lots to do today and don't want to do any of it. I had one of those sleepless nights again. I couldn't fall asleep and then once I did, baby girl woke me up screaming and crying at 4:30am after wetting the bed. Then my 9 year old woke up and couldn't go back to sleep. I put my 3 yr old in bed with my husband and tried to sleep on the couch but our Lab got out of the fence again and was scratching n the front door early this morning (it never ends!). I'm draggin' my wagon this morning. Anyway, I am afraid that my puppy is going to get hit by a car but we just cannot keep her from climbing the fence. I took her to my dad's house because he has a big yard and a tall hurricane fence. Well, it only took her a minute to climb it and get out. My husband went to the pet store and bought a shock collar. It sounds cruel but it might save her life. I sure hope it works. He paid 135.00 for the thing and said he would get his money's worth by using it on our three year old to help potty train her (JUST KIDDING, OF COURSE!! SCARED YA'LL, DIDN'T I?). We have kind of a sick sense of humor around dates back to the 70's.

Ya'll have a good day!

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23579: LOL Boo! You are hilarious! I'm babysitting my brother's Golden Retriever puppy today. He's so sweet! His name is Bo. He's asleep right now on my feet at our computer desk. I'm trying to type ever so quietly so I don't wake him.

Alyce you sound real busy today. Be safe on the roads! :)

Rev. Jr. prayers for your aunt :)

I'm out of school until further notice on account of Ivan. All these storms are about to drive me up the wall and back again. All this preparing and worrying about others and not to mention myself.... Maybe if we all stand up and face the appraoching Ivan and on the count of three pucker up our lips and blow out REAL hard we can blow him back into the gulf.

Ready? 1..2..3!

Hurricane Dixie the blow hard (lol)

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23580: Hey to Rev Jr. prayers for your aunt.
Boo- have you ever taken melatnin to help you sleep. it is a natural sleep aid with no hangover affect. I think Puritan Pride has it.
I take 3 mg. Good stuff. Have hubby attend to baby girl and you can sleep. (haha) I know, wishful thinking!
Push em back, push em back, waaaaaay back!
That's for Ivan!
Last night's local tags was Return of Macolm Merriweather, where he fakes being drunk at the end to let Aunt Bea get her role as chief cook and bottlewasher back! Actually, a very good ep on how we cant just put our elderly "out to pasture." It's a real bobbydazzler!
AFD - how bout some leg-o-lamb for tonight?
Pipeman- how's the party plans coming along.?
Floyd- thanks for that answer. he sure was a great actor !
Prayers for all dealing with Ivan!

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23581: Boo- that's melatOnin, scheesh.

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23582: Thanks for the prayers guys. Boo, I'm a little reluctant to talk about the sauce for fear that it comes off as a sales pitch. That is not my intent here. So, that being said, if you want to know about our on. If not, and that's fine too, skip to the next post. Here goes...the sauce is something my dad (he's an ordained Baptist minister, thus I go by Rev.Jr.) came up with 30 years ago. We had been giving it away in mason jars until we decided about 2 years ago to have it professionally bottled and put on the market. It looks like a mustard based sauce, but it is actually a mustard, vinegar and ketchup based sauce with a little kick. It doesn't have any added sugar so it doesn't burn when you cook with it. It's not sweet at all. It's called Reverend Marvin's Gourmet BBQ Sauce. We also have a "hot" version with a big kick. We've got a website with our story ,recipes, etc., and I'd be glad to give the address if anyone requests it. Otherwise, that's that about our sauce.Thanks for your interest.

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23583: Rev, Jr., I'd really appreciate having that website. I love good BBQ sauce. Thanks!

Just passin' through, gotta catch a little nap so I can work tonight. Everybody have a great day.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23584: Sounds good Rev. Maybe we ought to have us a BBQ this weekend.... what do ya say SPOT? Large BBQ? I'll bring the slaw!


September 15, 2004 - Msg 23585: PS-- Hey to Sugarplum from my little vistor pup Bo!


September 15, 2004 - Msg 23586: Well gang...sorry for the "no porch posting"..but here at work getting ready for Ivan...should hit here sometime tomorrow evening..hope all is well here on the porch..trying to get my crews lined up on stand by..will have a late supper for yall in just a bit..signed:SPOT the"storm dog" of your porch..lights are on for now!

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23587: Here ya

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23588: hey yall...I am beat. We got the flu shot for my 3 year old and she ripped the needle out of her leg! The nurse told her before hand..DO NOT PULL THE NEEDLE OUT...and I was holding both hands..well that didnt stop her. She was all excited about going..but has forgotten what a shot feels like..too bad we have to go for a second one. Anyway..guess we'll have BBQ with our fish fry..Dixie..come on and help me make slaw! Well getting ready to go to church now..If I werent teaching, I think I'd skip..I am so tired!

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23589: Beef stew and corn bread tonight!..big chunks of beef in it and taters and carrots..cold glass of milk!..signed:SPOT the"getting ready for Ivan" dog of this here fine porch!

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23590: Good evening, everyone! Sugarplum is a happy little girl, because I just learned I don't have to work tonight, but can stay home with her. She hates it when I leave for work. It's just pitiful!

Spot dear, tomorrow night about six I'll bring you a big picnic basket of goodies to see you through the storm time. I sure hope it isn't too bad, but that storm looks like a devil-spawn for sure. We'll pack up some sandwiches and some cold chicken, some baked beans and peach cobbler, and a cooler of cold nectarine crush. If you think of anything else you'd like to have, just say so, and I'll try to round it up for you. The Plum still has her little wagon, and she said she'd go around to everyone and pick up their contributions.

Well, guess I'll go settle back and watch a little TV, and scratch the Plum's ears a while, and rub her little shoulders. She loves that. She doesn't like to admit it, but she'll be ten at Christmas, and she gets an ache or a pain now and then.

Thanks, Rev.Jr. I'll check that site out.
Everyone have a good evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 15, 2004 - Msg 23591: Thanks Ro!..yea it looks like we here in Ga. will get it late tomorrow..with storms that give us warning like Ivan I can get things here ready but its never enough!.I get off at 6 in the morning and coming back at 2 pm til--..well guess I have everything ready as I can here..welcome Rev jr.!..hey alyce,dix,mdc,boo,asa,..will have a snack for us in just a bit!.signed: SPOT the"saying a prayer for all in Ivans way"dog of your porch..ruff ruff

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23592: prayers for all affected by ivan. dixie you take we need you on the porch along with rest of those affected. mdc= waiting on things to settle down some and hope spot, you, asa and rest of porch to kick the plans in gear. did you want me to bring the briar that wyatt's great grandson used on andy episode? spot= praying for you and yours. seems like your going to busy for awhile. i hope that beef stew and cornbread didn't get to soggy last night, when things settle down can you plan our first fall party? well going to be busy for a few days, this weekend is our railsplitters festival. take care everyone and god bless each of you now and always. pipeman

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23593: Morning porch friends. It's raining and windy here already. I hope you all are ok. Looks like it's gonna be a nasty weekend. Take care. Love and prayers to you all-Salty Dog

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23594: Good Morning yall. I pray everyone is keeping safe in the nasty weather. Boy has this been an awful hurricane season.
Everyone have a great day!

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23595: Hey Folks! Asa asked if I was near the Alabama coast. I'm not...about 6 hours north *BUT* we are going to have some very bad weather up here begining this afternoon. Winds gusting up to 60-70 MPH with sustained winds of around 40 MPH. Tornadoes are possible and flooding is an issue as well.

I'm suppose to leave for a Mayberry event in WV today but I'm afraid that I'm not going to be able to go because of the weather. The expected 8-10 inches of rain in eastern TN is a big problem for me as well since I'd be traveling up through there. I hate missing an event...I've never done that...but I may have no choice.

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23596: You better stay put Floyd. I don't want you out there in case it is a storm. (That line by Andy to Opie always cracks me up for some reason). I do hope and pray all of you affected by this storm stay safe, warm and dry. Sorry your gonna miss your event Floyd, but we need you around here you know.
I hear there is yet another tropical depression forming that may turn into a hurricane. Mercy sakes I hope not.
Hope you all stay safe and keep us updated.


September 16, 2004 - Msg 23597: Boy Ro, you pack a better lunch than malcolm Merriweather! Wish all our weather could be merry! Prayers for those along the gulf coast,
for all our troops, and for all ailing porchsters, friends and families!

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23598: Floyd- as long as Quiet Sam dont call you to deliver a baby, I agree with Asa, you better stay put. A VW in a big storm, it could really be dangerous! Hang in there all.

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23599: Not a VW....WV...West Virginia....ha ha. :)

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23600: Oops, sorry Floyd, us darlin's are a bit dyslexic
ya know. Tarnation, look at that sorry guy dud that Charlene landed when she coulda had Andy! teehee

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23601: Howdy, all. I just got a PowerPoint collection of pictures of Frances's handiwork, from my son in Florida. Oh, my stars! It's just awful! The damage is just unbelievable. I'm so grateful to the Lord that none of my friends and family sustained anything more than relatively light damage. One friend lost a huge tree, but that was the worst.

Floyd, you stay home where it's safe! And if you decide to even go outside, you button your coat!

I'm scheduled to work tonight, and hoping to get cancelled. The JOY group at church meets one night a month for supper and entertainment. Tonight's entetainment will be a concert by one of the tenors in our choir, who has just the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. I'd really love to be able to attend, so you all please help me in hoping I get cancelled.

Guess I'd better go find some lunch. Was there anything left over from last night? Some cold chicken, maybe?

Have a great afternoon, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23602: Ro, here's a good one I heard recently:
Want JOY in your life? Then, put J-esus first,
O-thers next, and Y-ourself last...J-O-Y!
Pipeman- I havent seen the Earp ep (say that 3 times fast) in awhile. Did he sport a pipe? Guess I forgot.
Last night's local ep was when Barn sees Andy and Helen kissing in the jewelry store, and so Barn thinks they are getting engaged. Frances Bavier was great in this one, with her crying and carrying on!
You all have a good day. We are sending some folks from work to help in Ivan recovery, and at our dialysis facilities in his path.
Sure hope this is it and the next one fizzles out.
I bet Spot has been one busy, tired dog, that is for sure.
Rock a bit if ya can.

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23603: floyd- you have my prayers on ivan. i call mayberry girl and one of my sons to see how this storm is affecting you. take care. mdc= remember the episode where pat hingle got this nieve fellow to dress and believe he was a relative of earps? no he didn't smoke a pipe , just funnin that time in response to you asking if i was bring my briar. they just unvailed the new nickel and the first 6 months next year they will have a buffloon the back, then change to the pacific ocean for lewis and clark. made me think of 2 episodes of andy griffith. 1. barn which way is the bufflo pointing on your nickel and 2. ernest t. bass alantic ocean, pacific ocean and mr kelsey's ocean. pipeman

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23604: that was suppose to be a bufflo on the back not a buffloon. sounds like a cross between a bufflo and a baboon. pipeman

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23605: just a thought; let us not forget those porchsters we don't hear from anymore but enjoyed so much;;; banjo jerry, at augustine, florida. county nurse= south geogia, gene cross, alabama. mountain girl, central florida. hank,georgia. prayers for them. prayers for possum ,spot, floyd mayberry girl. pipeman.

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23606: To add to that list of those who may be getting some of Ivan's wrath, ky girl, ky moonshiner,des,goober, mayberry deputy, Milton Oliver, Sara, Becca, ellen beown, frankie flint, jelsik, Mavis,Afd.
(It's them TWO-sided buffalo nickles ya gotta watchout for!)
A watchful, prayerful porch tonight.
Mr Darlin's Cuz

September 16, 2004 - Msg 23607: Hey guys! Thank you for remembering those of us who were in Ivan's path. We made out okay. Ivan hit west of us so that meant we got the bad side of the storm....Tornados. Here there and every where. 7 fatalities due to them bad boys. Over 100 tornadic systems were detected last night. We lost power about midnight but got it back about an hour ago. We were BLESSED :)!

I hope everyone is doing okay tonight. And thank you again for the prayers! Hey any leftovers for a late night snack?

Ya'll are somethin' else!


September 17, 2004 - Msg 23608: Thanks for checkin' in, Dixie. I've been wondering how you made out in the storm. So glad you are safe. How scary it must have been with all those tornados. I have always said that its not the Hurricanes I fear but the tornados! I read in the paper that an 8 yr old girl was killed in Florida when a tree fell on their mobile home. I can't figure out why they were in a mobile home in that storm. If only they had taken themselves and the child to a shelter.

MDC, I really liked what you shared about JOY. I have never heard that before. Very good!

Well, I've been running around town all day shopping and I am dog-tired! Got alot done, though. I had to go to the pet store for something and my son, who is nine, talked me into getting him a hamster (and all the stuff that goes with it...cage, food, exercise ball, yada, yada..) and we no sooner left the store and pulled onto the highway when the hamster bit him hard and made him bleed. He changed his mind about the hamster within 3 miles of the store so we went back and traded the little devil for a little mouse (very cute!) named "Peanut". Peanut is very well mannered and friendly so he was a good choice. I had a pet mouse as a child so I am fond of them. Hey, that is something we never discussed on the porch. Lets talk about our favorite childhood pets. If anyone has any interesting stories, please share.... We had a dog when I was growing up who was very street-wise and roamed around. In the small town I grew up in there was no leash law or anything and everybody's dogs ran free back then. Well our dog (Whiskers was his name because he was a wire-haired terrier), he would always chase the car when we went to church on Sunday morning. One Sunday, he figured out we would be going so he left before we did. When we got to church the service was in progress and there was Whiskers laying up on the platform by the podium, scratching fleas. It seems a couple of the ushers tried to remove him and he refused and growled at them so they just let him remain there! We were very quiet because we were afraid that if he saw us he would get up and come to us and everyone would know he was our dog. OK, that's my story. Gotta go!


September 17, 2004 - Msg 23609: Good idea, Boo. I'll bet there will be some good stories. I can think of a few myself.

When I was about 13, my brother, who was only 4, had a pet chicken named Sam. Sam started out as a little purple Easter chick (why do people do that?) and he grew into a weird little white rooster. He was weird in that he had no idea he was a chicken. He lived in the back yard with my dog, a gentle little spaniel who wouldn't have dreamed of harming Sam. The two were the best of friends, and shared everything, including food and sleeping space. Sam ate dog food, in addition to keeping the bugs out of my mom's flowerbeds. He slept lying down, back to back with the dog. When the garbage trucks went down the back alley, my dog would run and bark at them, and Sam would run back there too, wings flapping, crowing madly. If anyone turned the back yard lights on at night, Sam would get up, fluff himself up, hop up onto the corner of the porch and crow at the light. As I said, one weird little rooster, but a great pet. OK, that's my childhood pet story, or at least one of them.
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23610: I hope all are well back east. We are having a delighful fall here with nice cool nights. crisp clear cool mornings and warm but not hot afternoons. 74 yesterday. (That was for you Boo) Almost guilty enjoying it with all you folks got going on on the east coast. Prayers go with you.
My story is a dog story. When I was around 5 or 6 a beautiful border collie ended up on our door step and I talked my folks into letting me keep him. I named him Prince and he was just the best dog a little feller could want. Would greet me at the school bus stop every afternoon and carry on like he hadn't seen me in a year. One day Prince had an indiscretion with a neighbors German Shepard and soon Prince was carrying a litter of puppies. Yep, Prince had become a Princess. Well she gave birth a to fine litter of pups. We gave all but one away, a male, (this time my Dad checked) that we named Alfy. What a great dog he was also. Funny, but I kept calling my dog Prince although she wasn't one anymore. Just couldn't manage to ever stick the ess on the end of it. :)
Hope you all have a great Friday.


September 17, 2004 - Msg 23611: Speaking of dogs, any of you porchsters gone through this.....we have a 15 year old spaniel/poodle I fear is at the end of her days. She's losing control of her bladder, can't hear, can barely see, seems pretty much disoriented. My wife and I know what we have to do, it's just difficult. We got her a year after we were married and she really is a part of the family. I don't want her to suffer, but at the same time I don't want to see her go. Guess I'm being selfish. Didn't mean to be so down on a Friday.
Rev."Boy giraffes are selfish"Jr.

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23612: We understand, Rev Jr. Dogs are a part of the family, especially if you have them as long as you have. The dog (Whiskers) I told my story about was adopted into my family when I was a toddler and he died when I was about 12, so he was very improtant to me. We went everywhere together and one day he started to have seizures and kidney failure. He tried to go under the house and die but we drug him out and took him to the vet, poor thing. If I recall, the vet put him to sleep at that time and it was tough. He was a really special dog.

Asa, why do you want to go and cause me "heartaches..nothin' but heartaches!"? It's steamy here! You know, I had a Border Collie, too, when I was a kid. We only had her for a short time, though. She had been abandoned by an irresponsible neighbor. She was pregnant at the time so we kept her until the pups were born and then got good homes for her and the pups. She was a great dog and I remember well the day the pups were born. I think I was 9 at the time and I sat underneath the house with her to comfort her while every one of the pups were born. It was really amazing for a 9 yr old. We kept one pup and named her Blossom. One of the pups was white with light eyes and we discovered she was deaf. I can still see the back of her little white head when I would call and all the other pups would come running while she just sat there with her back to me. We found her a very special home with lots of kids. I'm thinking they named her Angel.

Ro, loved the rooster story!

Speaking of pets, my son's new mouse escaped from his exercise ball and my son and I searched and searched until we found him under my bed. It took awhile but we finally captured him and put him in his cage. Boy, this is fun already!


September 17, 2004 - Msg 23613: Mice are selfish!

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23614: Asa - we have a border collie named Banjo - he is the best dog. He is a red merle (instead of black and white, he is red and white - I have always been partial to reds!) When I first go married my husband decided he wanted to raise chickens - why - I don't know! but I ended up nursing a little rooster from the clutches of death - his name was Fred. Fred was a good boy but he later went to live with my mom and dad on their farm. Fred soon ended up in the stew pot and mom and dad dearly enjoyed Fred.
And of course we now have the goats - who will be in a parade tomorrow!

Take care all -


September 17, 2004 - Msg 23615: Ro's story has inspired me. Once the dog goes ("Don't look back"), we're getting a rooster. However, roosters are pretty selfish aren't they, but aren't the trees nice and full. Wait a minute, I'm mixing lines from way too many episodes. Ha!

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23616: Jimmy Stewart wrote a poem once about his dog named Beau. This one had Johnny Carson in tears when Jimmy read it on The Tonight Show.

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23617: Hey everybody....

It's been quite some time since I stopped in on the porch, but Ro -- I really loved your rooster story so much! I really wish you would write a book ... you have a really incredible way with words, you really do. Everybody take care. Bulbsnatcher

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23618: Wow.....I just noticed how many times I used "really" -- I ought to be ashamed! REALLY! Bulbsnatcher

September 17, 2004 - Msg 23619: Well I don't know Bulbsnatcher. It is really really really good to see you again around here. You have been missed. And I've been telling Romeena for some time she should write a book, another James Herriot if you ask me.
That is a tough situation you got therte Rev. Jr. We had to have our 14 year old Doxie put down the day after Christmas. Very hard afterwards cause I missed him so much. The desicion to put him asleep was not that hard because he was in a lot of pain and we couldn't stand that, but later the pain was intense. And we went out and got another Doxie right away, not to replace Sammy but to ease some of the void in our hearts. Good luck on whatever you do.
Good to see you Homemaker, you old goat roper.:)
Msg#23613 you made me split a gut with that comment and msg# 23616, you had me crying with yours.