March 07, 2016 - Msg 104034: Asa, just be careful and don't be like Clara Edwards and go CRAZY with the allspice there Buddy!...G-F

March 07, 2016 - Msg 104035: Dang!... I thought by the looks of the posts I'd be the one to have to sweep.... Like Mr. Dave told Opie, there's no better time to start a tomorrow...G-F. again

March 07, 2016 - Msg 104036: Hey Folks, you're invited to join us LIVE tonight 8pm ET for the recording of the Two Chairs No Waiting Mayberry Podcast. I think you'd enjoy it if you have time!

March 07, 2016 - Msg 104037: Well now GF, You did yourself proud with that sweep buddy. You even got the corners good.

I never made it to the store Ro. I started my jeep to go, and it didn't sound good at all. The engine is running very rough, and the exhaust smells like rotten eggs. So I parked it and am going to have to see what's up. Durn thing!

I like the idea of a stir fry though. But it may have to be next time. I don't have the fixins for it. But I do for some hash, and that has my attention.

Well better go see what is going on with this vee-hickle. It doesn't sound good.


March 07, 2016 - Msg 104038: Asa, have Wally check it out with his finest tooth comb, hope I'd doesn't need..... G-F

March 07, 2016 - Msg 104039: ....I'd give it good washing too if I was you, since you're off today...tehehaha Ain't it funny how those "days off" work out sometimes....G-F

March 07, 2016 - Msg 104040: Evening all. Just got done watching Alan's podcast. It was great. And chatted with good old GF. He was being threatened for not being on Facebook. Don't worry GF. I ain't on it either.

Looks like just some new plugs and an ignition coil for the #2 cylinder on the Jeep. At least I hope that's all. That was the code I was getting.

Well I am off to beddy bye.


March 07, 2016 - Msg 104041: See Asa, another reason I knew you were one of my kind.. Glad you made it. It is a FUN time on Monday nights, good topics too. PH has dropped in from time to time too...GAF

March 08, 2016 - Msg 104042: Hey RO--from what our weather lady was saying, looks
like Dallas is getting a pretty good gully washer.
ASA--glad the Jeep problem was not too bad.
I made myself a good old BLT today for lunch. with all
this bacon talk lately, I got me a hankerin'.
Mmm, big dallop of mayo, plus the b,l and t and
I was a happy camper!
I have never seen a podcast, guess i will have to check this one out in the pod's archive.
I hope you are all well, I'm off to bed.

March 08, 2016 - Msg 104043: Good Morning gang Love BLT"s MDC Mrs SPOT and I have them at least once a week..well her at work till 2pm today..then off 3 days...yard time..gona be mid 70"s ..ok...whos got a bisquit ?...SPOT

March 08, 2016 - Msg 104044: You Texas girls be careful with today's weather....G-F

March 08, 2016 - Msg 104045: Good morning, porch! MDC, your weather lady was right! A big old growler came through about 8:30, parked itself right overhead, and dumped at least an inch of rain, if not more, on this area. It's still raining now, at 11:00, though not heavy, just drizzling at the moment. However, from the look of the leaden skies, and the grumbling and growling still going on, I'm sure we're going to get more. It's still so dark out there that all my yard lights are on. Sure am glad they're all LED! I'd hate to be paying the electric bill if they were all incandescent. From what I see on the weather maps, it doesn't look like Boo is getting any of this, and my girls in Fredericksburg aren't either. I wish they were, but I'm grateful for what we're getting here in the Dallas area. The bluebonnets will be out very soon, and a little rain now will really freshen them up. Pretty things!

Today would have been my 58th wedding anniversary, if my Dale was still with us. I guess it's still my anniversary, technically. On May 15 this year, it will be twenty years since he passed. It doesn't seem possible, but it's true. A lot has happened, a lot has changed, there are grandchildren he never met, and yet he is as real to me as if he could walk in the door right now. The bitter, relentless, uncomprehending grief has resolved, and I'm happy and functional now, quite content with my life, but still, I miss him. I guess I always will, until I see him again.

Having this porch as a place of retreat, with friends who allowed me to unload now and then, and who passed no judgments, has been a part of the healing that took place. I thank you for that, each of you.

Blessings! --Romeena

March 08, 2016 - Msg 104046: RO--your memories of Dale remind me a lot of what I have
been hearing about Nancy Reagan. I saw one quote that said she was never really happy after his passing. they were real soulmates in every sense of the term. For me it is my parents. I "talk to them" every night, which may sound weird, but it gives me time to just breathe out a sigh, and move on with life.
Glad to hear that you are getting the much-needed rain. We could sure use some!
SPOT--BLT lovers unite! ha


March 08, 2016 - Msg 104047: Hey MDC, Make it LBLT Lovers and me and Ro are in. LOL Actually that may be the only time I might prefer crispy bacon is on a BLT. Go figure.

Awww Ro, Happy Anniversary dear. I know it has to be a tough day for you in some respects. But isn't it a joy to have the faith in knowing what you know. Extra prayers for you on this day. My 38th is coming up in a few weeks. It surely has gone by in a hurry. Guess that means it's been good, huh?

Well about to call it a day. Back is a bit tender, so look out "Wheeler", here I come.

BTW, Anyone wanna guess what GF's middle name is? He already gave us a hint.


March 08, 2016 - Msg 104048: Good evening, porch. This long, rainy day is almost over, and it has been exactly what it needed to be, I think. I did very little, just watched TV, read a little, wrote a little, reflected and remembered a little. Not a sad day, just a quiet one. Tomorrow will be a bit more active, though probably all indoors, as more rain is predicted. Actually, I love days like this. I'm no longer working, at least not at a scheduled job, so no one expects anything of me. As it happens, it's spring break week, so we don't even have our ESL classes tomorrow. The day is mine!

Does anyone besides me watch "The Golden Girls"? If so, I have a question. Does anyone actually have a lock on their bedroom closet door? In one episode, Dorothy is trying to keep Rose from interfering with Blanche's planned wedding, so she pushes her into a closet and locks the door! It's a little slide-latch thing. Why on earth would anyone need a lock or a latch on a closet door, especially on the outside? If you want to see the scene, it's used in the intro to each program, in a little series of clips, so you can see it without hunting up the actual episode.

Well, guess I'll toddle off to the ironing board. We have another thunderstorm predicted for the wee hours, and I'm sure Toye Starr will wake me by trying to burrow under me. She hates thunderstorms. Blessings! --Romeena

March 09, 2016 - Msg 104049: Good morning, porch. This morning looks a lot like yesterday morning - gray, rainy, not a ray of sunshine visible anywhere. My pansies are loving it! The temp is around 60°, so no a/c being used, but I might have to switch to heat for a few minutes, just to take a little chill off. It's not actually cold in here, but just chilly enough to make my arthritis ache.

That thunderstorm that was predicted for early this morning arrived right on schedule. I was sleeping peacefully, Toye Starr nestled alongside, when BOOM! A tremendous clap of thunder exploded right overhead, and nearly bounced both of us out of the bed! Poor little Starr was shaking like a leaf, and trying to act tough, with little trembly barks and quivery growls. Then the rain began, and I waited for more thunder, but it never came. Just that one big jolting crash, and no more. Sure did rain, though!

Asa, we sure do think alike on the subject of bacon. As much as I like my bacon to bend at the waist (limp) for a BLT I do want it crisp. Not "shatter if you drop it" crisp, but not limp either. Kroger sells a "low sodium" bacon that's really good - I don't like bacon to be too salty - but unfortunately, they only sell it in one style. I like thick-sliced, maybe applewood smoked bacon, but it's usually a bit too salty. I wish I could find a happy compromise!

Well, guess I'll go feed my little companion, and maybe rustle up something for myself. I know! I'll cook a pot of steel-cut oats! I eat oatmeal about twice a year. I don't make it often because I don't care for the instant kind and boiling oats makes a nasty, slimy pan. I do love steel-cut oats though, so now and then I cook up a pot. Guess I'd better go pick up my newspaper too, before it's just completely sodden. If the carrier double-bagged it, it will probably be okay, and he usually does.

"Rain, rain, come and stay. Rain on us for a few more days!" --Romeena

March 09, 2016 - Msg 104050: I'm here Steve. Things are fine here. Been raining since last night and a little thunder; just pleasant. I love rainy days, especially when I am off and can enjoy them.

Things are good with us. Kids are doing well in school, Bruce is fine, and I am still working at the rehab.

We are just living life and thankful for God's blessings everyday. Hope you are all well.

I am at the school pucking up Erin and her friends, which is our custom on Wed. I will take them to church later...gotta run.

Love to all,

March 09, 2016 - Msg 104051: G-F, Olivia is a beautiful baby, just a little angel. Thanks for sharing those pictures. --Romeena

March 09, 2016 - Msg 104052: My "cover" has been blown! ha
Good to hear from you BOO. I asked her on FB to drop by and say hey.
RO--so the angels are bowling again in heaven? That's how my mom used to explain thunder!
Also, I only watched Golden Girls a few times during its original run, and dont get reruns on any over-the-air channel. But I get Matlock, and I am beginning to see how much they had old tags folks on as guest stars on that show! They even re-did some of the same old routines, like when Barney tells Andy that he can defend himself from a knife attack, it was also done on Matlock when Don was a guest star.
Well, I dont know if PH can find it in the archives, but many months ago I predicted Trump Cruz as a possible ticket. Just sayin'. Wont take politikin' any further here, but I just had a feeling...
Prayers for all,

March 10, 2016 - Msg 104053: Good morning all.

Hey Boo, great to see you. Glad things are going well for you. Miss you.

MDC, bowling in heaven? Now I like that. lol

Well I will be spending the day 40 feet in the air in my bucket truck installing some new LED light fixtures on existing light poles. I had to fabricate some special brackets to attach the light to the pole, so it should be interesting to see how it all plays out. I doubt I will have anyone like Opie fetching me berries and water and the like though.

Supposed to be in the mid 60's here today and tomorrow. Yea baby, I can dig that.

Yes Romeena, we seem to share bacon textures a lot. Have you ever baked your bacon? I have not, but my daughter Sarah has. It really comes out nice for us limp bacon lovers.

Well I best go get my stuff all together. Busy day.

Prayers for all.


March 10, 2016 - Msg 104054: Good morning, porch! Once again, it's gray, cloudy and rainy here, and the weather guys say it will continue through the weekend. Suits me! We need the rain, and it frees up my grandsons from baseball tournaments. Now I can have the family over this weekend, feed 'em, and get all my Christmas stuff dismantled and put away. Yes, my tree is still up! So sue me. It's beautiful and bright and cheerful, and it doesn't bother me at all. However, I guess it's time. Or - I suppose I could hang some Easter eggs on it!

Actually, years ago, the hospital assigned me to open a new nursing unit, sort of a transitional unit for folks who weren't quite ready to go home, but who really didn't need to go through all the red tape of entering a nursing home for what was expected to be just a few weeks. It was called the Skilled Nursing Unit, or SNU for short (rhymes with stew.) I was there when the first patient was admitted, in fact the only patient for the first couple of weeks, until we got the "rhythm" of the place established. What fun we had! Our patient was a happy, friendly little lady, with a really nice family, and we all became very good friends. Gradually we added more patients and more staff, until we had our full capacity of twelve, and a very functional, cohesive staff. I really enjoyed that assignment. Well, anyway - we put up a Christmas tree in the staff breakroom/patient recreation room, and let the patients decorate it. They strung popcorn and cranberries, made paper chains, hung pictures of their grandkids, just generally had fun with it. After Christmas, no one wanted it to come down, so we just left it up. We removed the specifically Christmas decorations, and hung Valentines. Later, we did St. Patrick's stuff, then Easter - just whatever the patients wanted to do. Flags and firecrackers appeared in late June, and pumpkins and black cats were popular in October, then turkeys - well, you get the idea. We had a lot of fun with that tree! Since most of our patients were relatively long-term, we encouraged them to put whatever they liked on the tree. We had lots of pictures of grandkids and pets!

Yep, Asa, I have baked the bacon a few times. It's good, and here's a hint. Put a little brown sugar on a paper towel, and press the slices of bacon into it before you put it on whatever you're baking it on - a rack, pan or whatever. Put it sugar side up, and let it bake as usual. Or - a thin drizzle of maple syrup down the middle of each slice works, too. Goooood!!

Well, off I go. My job today is to put away all the little stuff from Christmas. The snowman gang on the fireplace, all the little Annalee elves that peep out here and there, all the "sit-arounds" as my mom called them. The Nativity was wrapped and carefully stored a few weeks ago. I just hate to put it all away. Everything looks so drab to me for the first few days! Oh well. Won't be long until it's time to get it all out again! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 10, 2016 - Msg 104055: ASA = The new Mr McBeevee!!! :)

March 10, 2016 - Msg 104056: Hey Asa while you are changing bulbs, Romeena has a job for you.... G -F

March 10, 2016 - Msg 104057: Yes GF, She sent me that one also. Nope, 40 ft is plenty high for this boy. I can't imagine 1,500 ft. And knowing me, I'd get to the top and realize I forgot my screwdriver. lol

That is some great idea for seasoning the bacon Ro. I'm gonna do it!

Well I am sitting here watching the debate, and I must say how refreshing it is to here the civility on this one, despite the best efforts of the moderators to get them to mix it up. But the evening is still young.

I think I'll call it a day and waddle off to bed.

Prayers for all.


March 10, 2016 - Msg 104058: Ive done bacon in the oven before and it is easier, but it takes longer. It also seems greasier so you have to be sure and blot it real good with paper towels when it comes out of the oven. Adding the brown sugar is really good.

Ro, I don't ever remember you telling us about starting that nursing department before. At the facility I work in, there is a big Christmas tree in the main waiting area and it has been up year round for years. They put different decorations on it for different seasons of the year, as you mentioned. It is kind of a bright spot in a very aged and worn facility. By the way, I took my tree down in the beginning of January, but the box sat in my living room until Sean and my brother in law carried it upstairs two days ago! I was tempted to just keep it down here. It is heavy to carry and I wish we had a place to store it downstairs but it is just too big.

I wanted to fill Ro (and any of you that are interested) in on the latest saga of my sister's boy's wayward wife, Amy. To refresh everyone's memory...if this bores you, please scroll on, ou wont hurt my feelings.. my sister Susan, has one son named Matt, who was married to Amy for 12 years. Amy had two young children from a previous marriage and she and Matt had one daughter together (Emily, age 8). Matt was a good dad to her children and to Amy, and a faithful husband. He isn't perfect, of course. He worked hard on the job but he is one of those types that seems to lack motivation in life. His parents over-did things for him, since he was an only child, and in some ways they kept keep from having to do everything for himself. They were always the types to rush in and try to solve his/their problems. He never really handled the finances and his ex wife over-spent, so the two of them were a prescription for financial disaster. That wasn't their biggest problem, though. Amy seemed to be unsatisfied in life or going through a mid-life crises or something. She had an affair three years ago with a minister she was working closely with in a missions project. She confessed and they stayed together. They went to counseling but Matt never seemed to be able to get over it. He started having a lot of anxiety and depression and was constantly afraid she would cheat on him again so he started drinking. It seemed to be the only thing that would calm his nerves. He never really got drunk but did drink every night. Well, a year and a half or so, she started hanging around with a young man who was her brother's friend. He was 19 or 20 at the time. Matt came home to find him there a couple of times and just knew something wasn't right. She confessed and they split up. She had been having an affair with the 20 year old and there was no question at that point about them tryng to save the marriage. Matt was certainly in no position to attempt it and she really showed no signs of wanting to. So, she is living with the young man who is now 21, and they recently had a baby together. Little Emily had been through so much and Matt is angry, watching his daughter go through all of this. She spends equal time with Matt and Amy, but misses whichever parent she isn't with. Matt is very uncomfortable with Emily living in the house with the 21 year old, who is of questionable character, and on probation for selling drugs. The 21 year old is named Michael, and he has a motorcycle. Matt made it clear that he did not want Emily on that motorcycle at any time. Well, a coupld of weeks ago, Michael took her for a ride on it and she told her dad. My sister and her husband started praying. Now, Im not saying that what happened next is an answer to prayer, I am just interested in your opinions on the matter. A couple of days later, Michael was in an accident on the bike. He lost control and was run over by his friend on a motorcycle behind him. He had some bad fractures on one arm and a lot of road rash, but survived. He was in a tremendous amount of pain, but the first thing out of his mouth was, 'Im selling that bike!". At least they don't have to worry about Emily being on it again.

Well, I have typed enough! Its about time for me to get to bed. Tomorrow is a work day.


March 10, 2016 - Msg 104059: Wow, Boo, that's some story! You said you wanted our opinions on the recent turn of events? Well, here's mine, and it's simple, just one little line that I'd insert right after "I'm selling that bike!" Here it is: "And God smiled."

As for the opening of that nursing unit, I probably didn't ever mention it, because it took place a few years before Dale passed, therefore it was before I started coming to the porch. It was a fun and interesting time, and I enjoyed it a lot. The patients were all on the mend, so to speak, just not quite ready to go home, but not needing to be on a floor with a lot of staff per patient. The atmosphere was very relaxed, families were welcomed and became friends with the staff and with each other. There were card games in the break room, grandkids visited, pets even visited a few times. It really was a good assignment.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one with Christmas stuff still sitting around. This weekend, though, it's all going. Not sure where, but it's going. --Romeena

March 11, 2016 - Msg 104060: Maybe that accident will knock some sense into that guy in other ways as well, Boo. He probably needs it. Come to think of it, maybe Amy should have been on that bike as well and gotten some sense knocked into her; she sounds pretty flaky.
I feel sorry for Matt and especially for Emily, and I understand Matt's anger at watching his daughter go through all of it. Like I said, maybe her mom will get some sense knocked into her, or at least grow up a little.

I have been watching Return To Mayberry again, over the last few days. While it is nice to see the gang, some parts of that movie just seem so unfamiliar. The characters, for the most part, are the most familiar, seeing as how they are all dressed like they were on the series, with the exception of Andy, who looks like he got lost on the way to the Matlock set. Opie looks the most different, but that is understandable since he was a small boy during the series. But Ernest T, Howard Sprague, Barney, the Darlings, and Otis, while looking older, all seem to be stuck in time wearing their old clothes and doing the same type of things they did before. Otis doesn't drink of course, but this was filmed when that sort of thing was starting to be frowned upon in television.
The most disappointing thing about that movie was the location scenes. Except for the Courthouse set and the Darling home, it didn't really "feel" like Mayberry that much.

I don't want you all to think I am criticizing the movie that much, because I do simply love watching it and seeing them all together again, even if they are inexplicably dressed and doing the same things they did before.
One thing that was different, and I can't figure out... since when did the Darlings start paling around with Ernest T? In one scene where Andy goes to their home to visit them, Ernest is hanging around them like he lives there, and Briscoe is even defending him to Andy. I thought Ernest and the Darlings weren't exactly on friendly terms, and since Ernest doesn't seem to have reformed himself and is still as crazy as ever(and I think he seems even a little crazier in this movie), you would think they wouldn't want anything to do with him.

Ah well, enough ramblings for now. I think I may finish the movie tomorrow, so I may have more to say on it though. Just a fair warning. ;-)

Goodnight all,

-Sterling Holobyte

March 11, 2016 - Msg 104061: Exactillioso! (:

March 11, 2016 - Msg 104062: HEY THERE.


March 11, 2016 - Msg 104063: Hey TOM... Have you been enjoying the warmer weather? I sure have!...
Sterling, I have "Return to Mayberry" on my DVD set, I agree odd story line but it is great to see everyone (almost) together again....

*NEWS FLASH* Brown's just cut Johnny Manzel I think they gave him a bus ticket to Texas. Romeena & Boo, watch out for him, he's a hot mess right now. Hope somebody can get his attention I think he could be good if he learns to Act like Somebody!....G-F

March 11, 2016 - Msg 104064: no did not like it.
tow day.


just get out of a bad color room for

March 11, 2016 - Msg 104065: Good Evenin'!

I hope everyone is doing well! Glad that Boo is safe. I feel for those in the floods in Louisiana. It's warming up here already.

Hey Tom!
Sterling, I haven't seen it to be honest. I would suppose though that Ernest T and the Briscoe's would be used to eachother though being in the mountains.
Boo, it's really sad that the little girl is going thru all of that. All can be done is prayer.
Romeena, I remember that episode in the closet on Golden Girls. No, I have never heard of a closet having locks.
G-F, which team is Manzel going to? Oilers?
Asa as the new Mr. McBeevee?! Cool!
MDC, it's so neat that you talk to your parents every night.

Well, I got a job folks. It's doing marketing and sales for a mortgage lender. After starting though I found out he was indicted on mortgage fraud and arrested for stalking. He's divorced too. I have another interview for another job on the 18th. I'm stuck though so until I find another one I'm selling a it. It could be worse.

Y'all take care!
PS. I wish I'd stuck with Miss Ellie when getting my name.

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104066: G-F--so many promising QBs just blow it! I wonder what causes that? :)
BOO--good to see ya. Prayers continue for your extended fam's issues. Glad you are doing good tho.
TOM, what's up these days?
Lucy--hello. My, such goings on! Does he also use a lot of green ink? haha
RO--time to give Christmas a summer break. lol
Prayers for all,

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104067: Breakfast menu: country ham,bacon,sausage,eggs your way,hashbrowns,bisquits and gravy,grits coffee and milk...SPOT

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104068: Good Saturday morning all. Weee doggie Spot, thems some good eats buddy. I think I gained 5 pounds just reading it. :)

MDC, Good question on why so many promising Q.B.'s fizzle out in the NFL. Maybe in part, they have been the best in their high schools and colleges, and then get to the pro level and find it isn't so easy no more. And they just can't seem to handle it. The pressure, the high expectations, the celebrity status that comes with it. An awful lot to put on the shoulders of a 22 year old kid.

Sure sounds like an answer to a prayer to me Boo.

Glad you got a job Lucy, although not ideal. At least it is something. I hope you find something else soon.

Well my new lights are installed and are working well. I had to wire them into existing photocells that exceeded the load. I was hoping I could just find a photocell with a higher rating, but could not. So I ended up rerouting everything into a couple of contactors and bingo, we are up and running. Kinda makes a feller proud when he has to improvise like that, Amen GF?

Well off to do some yard work. Need to do some pruning and trimming. I have been very Dave Browne like the last couple of weekends, you know, put it off till tomorrow. Well tomorrow is here, so I best get to it. I just hope my "Wheeler" doesn't feel left out. "Wheelers" have feelings too you know.


March 12, 2016 - Msg 104069: Asa, in the maintenance world some may call that "jerry rigged " but WE know it as "Creative Maintenanceing" Right?...
When we lose that gift it's time to hang up the tool pouch.. Good on you for making it work. Other folks at your work just take it for granted but WE know who is driving the screw driver 10-4?

Lucy, a "Good on Ya" too in finding a job, I second what Asa says cuz he IS one of my

Asa, another thing just be sure NOT to "Just lop off the Tops" I favor the looks of Buckingham Palace myself there Buddy.

In my opinion, the colleges need to teach courses on "Real World 101" and "How to Act Like Sombody" too. This way some of the Primadonna's would know what to expect...

priˇma donˇna

synonyms: ego, self-important person, his nibs, temperamental person, princess, diva, pooh-bah; informaldrama queen
"a NFL filled with prima donnas"

Just Sayin' .... G-F

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104070: Good morning, porch! At least, it's "good morning" if I finish this in the next twelve minutes. After that, it's "good afternoon."

Tom, good to see you. I hope your local weather settles in to be just exactly the way you'd like it to be. You've had enough of the "wild and weird" weather.

Lucy, good for you for finding a job, and I'm sorry it turned out to be with a "bad guy", but actually, in the long run that will look fine on your resumé. "Last employer: Such-and-such Lending. Reason for leaving: Learned of history of highly questionable business practices, with resulting litigation." Yep, won't hurt you a bit.

As for your name, I think "Lucy Mathews" is a fine name. That girl was really pretty, too - lovely eyes!

Asa, to what extent are LED bulbs available to replace the lights you work with? My understanding of the situation is limited, of course, but it seems to me that if you switched to LED (if possible) that would reduce the load on the system. It sure did around here. I was tripping breakers left and right with the yard lights, until I switched to LED.

I'm about halfway through putting all the "sit-arounds" away, and Dave and family will be here around 4 p.m. We'll all hit that tree like a windmill in a tornado, and it will be all wrapped up and stored away in no time. I've got a HUGE potroast simmering on the stove. When it's done, I'll take it out of the liquid and put some fingerling potatoes, onion quarters and some carrots in, let them cook until tender, then take them out and thicken the remaining liquid for gravy. Got a bagged salad in the fridge, and will be making an Apple Crisp in a little while. I think I've got the evening covered - what do you think? Now, I've got to get in the shower and get presentable. I'm a bit grubby at the moment.

Uh, good afternoon, porch! --Romeena

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104071: .....Grubby?.....I thought you said Grumpy!....Never

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104072: Well, maybe a little of that, too, if I don't get to sit down and rest for a little while. --Romeena

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104073: Lucy, you haven't seen Return To Mayberry? It's on Youtube if you'd like to watch it sometime. That's where I've been watching it.

As for your name, I agree with Romeena. That girl had some of the prettiest eyes in Mayberry. She's real nice too. No shame in that name.

I finished watching RTM yesterday. It was real nice **SPOILER ALERT for Lucy. Don't read if you don't want to know how it ends** in the end seeing Andy in his sheriff's uniform again.

One of the best Barney moments for me was when Andy, Barney, Thelma Lou, and Helen were at the restaurant and Barney sets fire to the carbon copies of his check. His reactions were real "Barney-ish."

Something they never explained was why Gomer was back at his old job of being a mechanic. Makes you wonder why he left the Marines he loved so much. Although in some episodes in the Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. series he did mention going back to Mayberry to work at the gas station again and another time he was going to go back to buy the station with Goober, so maybe that idea finally came to fruition.

I do think that Andy was a little lenient on that restaurant owner who was trying to make Barney look like a fool with the fake monster thing and having Ernest T. steal chickens and stuff. But I guess that's Mayberry for you. Although in the series Andy was tougher than I thought he should have been on some people. He must have mellowed some more as he got older.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104074: Good evening all. Well it is only 5:30 pm M.S.T. here, but I have already "sprung forward". If not I would forget and be late for preaching in the morning. And I hate with a purple passion being late for anything. In fact if I ain't 15 minutes early I feel I am late. You reckon I got an obsession? I'm sure somebody somewhere has a name for it. lol

Romeena, The new LED lights I am installing are additional to already existing 1,000 watt metal halide lamps. The new LED's are equivalent to 400 watt HID lamps, and although draw little power, the 1,000 watt lights are power hogs and are already just about maxing out the photo cell limits. We are currently looking at upgrading our lighting system company wide, but I can't even begin to tell you how big a job that would be. Big ain't the word for it! Right now though we are replacing fixtures with bad ballasts out with new LED fixtures whenever we can. The ballasts for the large lights we deal with are pricey, but still cheaper than the LED fixture by about half. But the company realizes that the lower energy costs and maintenance costs should pay back in time. The only problem is trying to retrofit the fixture on to existing appendages. That gets to be a time consuming thing often.

Talking about women with pretty eyes, I have been watching some old "Dallas" reruns, and there is a gal that has been flirting around with old Ray Krebbs. And she has got the most brilliant blue eyes I have ever seen. I guess I should look up her name and see if I can find a picture of her. Dazzling blue eyes, unless she was wearing them colored contacts. But I don't think they were around back in the very early 80's, were they?

Well I might have to watch that Return to Mayberry Sterling. I watched it years ago, and as is usually the case with those "Return to anything" shows, I was disappointed. It seemed like the premise was kind of odd if I remember.

Well y'all been warned, spring forward. Except MDC. His State has the common sense to not play the time change game. Maybe PH is spared that nonsense also.

I just thought of something. It's a 47 hour weekend for me. I feel so robbed! lol


March 12, 2016 - Msg 104075: Oh Romeena, I saw this story and thought you would enjoy it.


March 12, 2016 - Msg 104076: ...... Some people have a case of got to be early compelsion.. I'm with ya buddy I hate to be late too....
Mrs. G-F? That's another G-F

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104077: Return to Mayberry was disappointing, for sure. The plot would have been thin for a normal half hour episode, and just crashed over the course of the movie. And Otis as an ice cream truck driver? He'd have been better left out all together if they were that worried about offending people with drunk jokes. And the Darlings showing up out of nowhere was obviously a failure on the scriptwriters part to figure out what to do with them. The whole thing was essentially another episode of the color years whilst I was hoping for B/W quality.

Billy Ray the Movie Critic Postman

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104078: Racing in AZ this weekend. Will be watching.
I used to work concessions at PIR, but now just work my wheeler, but NOT as in pit crew! ha
GF and ASA--besides Johnny M i am thinking od a USC QB who also did a lot of acting out, but his name escapes me. Ruined a promising career.
ASA--you got that time compelshun too, do ya? teehee
Billy Ray-good to see ya.
I'm concerned about BIG MAUDE. it has been some time shince she posted.
Hope all is OK.
Good Sabbath to all,

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104079: OOps, didnt proofread! od=of, and shince= since.

March 12, 2016 - Msg 104080:

March 13, 2016 - Msg 104081: Great Sunday Morning gang ! her at work keeping the Church lights on...steady rain..I will have Ham and bisquits ready for all...just swing by and get one or 2 ..curb service prayers to all...let me get logged on ...SPOT

March 13, 2016 - Msg 104082: Looks like Floyd got down under the porch with them spiders and fixed it. At least I wasn't able to get on earlier this morning. Maybe it was just me.

Good to see you Billy Ray.

MDC, My Daughter and her family flew into Phoenix on Thursday night. They planned on staying the night there before a 4 hour drive into New Mexico. But she said there was no room at the inn due to NASCAR being there. So they drove on to Tucson before finding a room. As for the other QB you were thinking of, I know there was a QB that was drafted by the Chargers a few years back. Was supposed to be the hottest QB to come along in years. He was a total bust. I can't even remember his name now, but he was recently busted in Montana I believe, on drug charges. I'm not sure if that was the one you were meaning, there have been numerous ones though. Todd Marinovich was another one back in the early 90's.

Maybe Big Maude went dancing with Al and got herself innarculated.

Hey GF, Other than our differences of opinion concerning bacon cooking, we seem to be brothers. You are a-ok buddy. :)

Well off to preaching.


March 13, 2016 - Msg 104083: .....Is that MDC sitting in the stands at Phoenix raceway Eat'in' a foot long?...🌭

March 13, 2016 - Msg 104084: ....Or sitting in the lawn chairs on the

March 13, 2016 - Msg 104085: Joyriding in the pace car?

Billy Ray the Postman

March 13, 2016 - Msg 104086: Good afternoon, porch. In spite of the time change, I made it to church on time, actually a few minutes early, and surely am glad I went. Our pastor has been on a roll lately. His sermons are definitely not "dry as dust." He approaches the issues square-on, never mind what the popular opinion might be, and he doesn't back down. As he says now and then, "Hey, don't get mad at me! I'm just quoting God. Go talk to Him about it if you disagree." Thank God for a man who stays true to the Word.

Well, my Christmas tree is down, properly stored away, furniture all back in place, room vacuumed and house in order, compliments of my son and two grandsons. Landry, who is barely 15, is now 6'2" and still growing like a weed. Lean and lanky, he can fire a baseball with speed and accuracy, and is a crackerjack first baseman, usually makes at least two or three double plays in a game. Hudson is 13, is now about 5'5" and more stocky, built like a little tank. When his bat connects with the baseball, as it often does, just start chalking up the score, because that ball is gone. In addition, the kid plays the bassoon. Yes, the bassoon, of all things, and he does it well. His teacher says he's the best student on that instrument that she has ever taught, and will be a shoo-in for a full scholarship. Not only is he good, but very few students play the bassoon, so colleges are always trying to recruit them. Last night, he got in here on my piano, and was picking out familiar songs with one finger. In a little while, I noticed he was putting the first harmony notes with it, and a little later he was adding the left hand, in chords. I peeked in, and he was using no written music. Wow. Guess I need to get the old pianny tuned.

Anyway, those sweet boys worked like little beavers, taking great care with my ornaments and storing everything carefully and properly. They have learned which ornaments are "special" and give them extra care. Some of my ornaments are over 75 years old. They were on my mother's first tree after she and my dad were married.

Brittney was sick with a stomach bug, and wasn't able to come, so she stayed home with little Diesel. He's still in house-breaking training, so it's probably just as well. We could keep him in the kitchen and sunroom, on the tile floors, but he would want to be in the living room with everyone else. Poor little guy, it's tough to be the baby sometimes. He just needs to grow up a little. As David says, "Mom, he just flat doesn't care right now!" It will come with a little more maturity.

Well, better go put out some critter feed. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

March 14, 2016 - Msg 104087: What a finish!!!

March 14, 2016 - Msg 104088: Speaking of cars (how's that for a segway), I saw this site mentioned on a TAGS FB page. It is an interesting look at the various TAGS vehicles...

March 14, 2016 - Msg 104089: Good Morning Porch, hope everyone is woke up.

Foggy this morning on my end of the porch, musta rained during the night at some point too.

been busy at work and taking care of business as usual. looks like the porch has been busy as well.

may take me a few days to get my brain changed to go with the time change, woke up at 6 and it was still very dark outside. throws me off for a week or so but guess I will love getting off and having some daylight left outside.

gotta get my work day started.
lunch menu will be; chicken salad croissants,
chips, oatmeal cookies for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude