March 21, 2021 - Msg 116395:
Romeena, for government assistance with your home repairs, check out: and scroll down to the "Major Repair Program" section.
Also check out

from Poor Horatio

March 21, 2021 - Msg 116396: Once again, I swept the porch. Cough cough, I should have been wearing a mask.

from Poor Horatio

March 21, 2021 - Msg 116397: Good afternoon everyone, been catching up on reading the post. We have a new member in our family, she's a chihuahua and so sweet. My brother has health issues and won't be able to care for her, she is 13 and in great shape. Remember the Taco Bell dog from the nineties, she looks exactly like him. We have always had large breed dogs so this is a big change for us. She has missing teeth so eating the dry food is not working for her, we grind the dry food and mix it with chicken, turkey or beef.

March 21, 2021 - Msg 116398: That's great #116397. but who are you? lol


March 21, 2021 - Msg 116399: I don't know about removing that Reset button because of the disappearing text. I think it was possible some of you have witchcraft in your family.

Billy Ray the Postman

March 22, 2021 - Msg 116400: 116397 it's Sarah.

March 22, 2021 - Msg 116401: I get my second vaccine tomorrow, hubby got his and has a week to go before he can go cruise Home Depot, I'm sure they have missed him 😀 Sarah

March 22, 2021 - Msg 116402: I got witchery in my family, on my mom’s side. 😁


March 22, 2021 - Msg 116403:
Billy Ray, regarding your comment in Msg 116399, which craft are you referring to? My father's magic tricks? My mother's potions and spells? Or my sister's ability to make her broom fly?

from Poor Horatio

March 22, 2021 - Msg 116404:

I think it is Opie's disappearing ink! Yikes! (:

March 23, 2021 - Msg 116405:

Gomer, Gomer, Gome...

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116406:
Good evening all. Not much porch sitting lately.
My prayers go out to the people of Colorado. I hope and pray that everyone here is doing ok on so many fronts.
So I will talk some tags... GF, I noticed that tonight's episode,
Deputy Otis,
was written by a "Iz Elinson." Any idea of the relationship to
Jack Elinson? Last night's was The Bookie Barber. I like it mainly
for so many good lines, like about the facials..."I hate to see what he looked
like before he went in!" And my favorite about the compelsion complex! :)
Andy mentioned about having to go to "Triplett." I looked it up
and Triplett, NC seems to be a pretty remote place.
Well, hang in there folks, and prayers for all,

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116407: Yes MDC...”Iz Ellison” is Jacks Brother and Joy Ellison Uncle..I think I haven mentioned that I got to meet Joy in person a few times at Mayberry Days..A Very nice lady!..She’s a dialect coach in Hollywood....My picture with her IS on my Wall of Fame in my Mayberry Man Cave....


March 24, 2021 - Msg 116408: Good afternoon, porch! Bright and sunny here, was chilly until a couple of hours ago, warming up now, at 68°. I'm ready for summer, and we're really just passing through spring. My daffodils have bloomed and finished, though, so guess spring is moving out fast. I'm getting a good view of what made it through that awful freeze (imagine, -3° in Texas!) - unheard of! I lost a few things. I had a big pot filled with a colorful grass, not sure what it was, it was a gift from my daughter, and was so pretty. The blades were about 2' tall, about 1/2-1" wide, and colorful. There was a pink/red stripe that ran through the middle of each blade, green next to that, and yellow along the edges. Quite pretty. I think it's gone. I pulled gently at it, and a handful of blades just came away in my hand. I don't know if anything survived below ground, so I cleaned all the dead stuff away and didn't disturb whatever is left below the soil line. I guess I'll find out. You never know. I thought my daylilies were done for, their foliage was all frozen and lying on the ground, but now they've all put up foliage about a foot tall, and looking very healthy. They'll bloom in a few weeks. The eleagnus on my fences looks awful, leaves all brown and crisp, but I scratched some of the canes with my thumbnail, and they're green inside. They will leaf out again. All my roses looked terrible and I was going to prune them back almost to the ground, but they suddenly burst out with leaves, and look just fine now. There aren't many left, after the Rose Rosette virus swept through the south, but out of nearly 30 rose bushes, I've got about 8 left, and they're doing well. Here's a tip - if you like a healthy, beautiful, and apparently virus-resistant rose - plant Cinco de Mayo! I have two of them, they just laughed at the virus, and kept blooming, while others around them were killed completely. That happy rose blooms in about three blended colors, so beautiful. Not terribly fragrant, but really pretty. It blooms profusely, covered with blooms, about three times a year, if I prune it back after it blooms. It will get a little bit of blackspot, but there's a very good spray for that. Just spray it lightly right after new growth starts to develop.

I'm anxious to see how my crape myrtle trees survived the freeze. I have 7 or 8 of them, one is a five-trunk stand, about 20 feet tall. So far, no one is leafing out, but it's early. I love crape myrtle, and really hope the freeze didn't damage or kill them. They are a southern native, after all, and not used to such abuse.

I get my second COVID shot tomorrow. Eloise's daughter is going to drive us out there, just in case one of us has a reaction to it. Most of the reactions seem to occur after the second shot, but I really don't expect any problems. I've never had a reaction to a vaccine in my life, and I've had a lot of them. When Eloise and I went to Mongolia, we had to get a bunch of them, and I never felt a thing. As I remember, Eloise did have a little soreness at one of the sites, but I never even had that. Also, as an employed nurse, there were several things we were required to take, like Hepatitis B, and flu shots. No, we weren't held down and injected. They just said if we refused, and then developed the targeted disease, we would be quarantined - without pay. No paid sick time, no pay during any required quarantine. I don't know anyone who refused! I surely didn't! Who wants the flu, or worse - Hepatitis B?

I just noticed a little mound of pink flowers in the grass out back - wild oxalis! I love the stuff. It's so pretty, and so hardy. The little clover-shaped leaves, all in a compact mound, and the delicate, beautiful little pink flowers - it's one of my favorite wildflowers, after bluebonnets.

Well, guess I'd better go get a little laundry done. There's not much of that around here, with just me to dirty things up. I do maybe six loads a month, at the most. I can remember doing at least that every week, and usually more, when my family were all here. Those were the days! Piles of towels, sheets from five beds every week, lots of grubby little jeans, often with holes in the knees, stinky socks from teenage boys, oh yes - those were the days. I miss them, but am glad I don't have to do the work, not sure I could keep up with it these days. Of course, they repaid me by doing a good bit of the housework. My girls dusted furniture and cleaned bathrooms, my boys wrangled the vacuum and did a good job, and Dale swung a mean mop. He kept the yard too, until the boys got big enough to handle a mower. They didn't complain about helping out, either. David has raised his boys the same way. After a meal, they're buzzing around the table, clearing dishes and loading the dishwasher. I have been blessed.

Well, have a wonderful day, everyone. Remember - keep looking up! Blessings! --Romeena

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116409: Ro, hope the second vaccine goes well. You may feel bad for a day or get a red arm, but it wont last. Im glad you are getting it done and over with.

Well, Erin saw the cardiologist and he is going to put a monitor on her to try and catch anything that might be happening during her episodes. They have been getting less frequent so I hope she is getting better. She started a new job today that she was very fortunate to get. She has a friend who's mother works for a home health agency and they were looking for someone to help care of an elderly man in his home. He is very advanced in age and has dementia but not severe. He still walks and communicates easily. She is only there 4 hours a day and does light duties and cooks him a meal in the evening, gets him ready for bed by 7 and then someone takes over for her. I think she will really like it and the man's daughter lives nearby and can be there in a few seconds if needed. They will pay her 11 an hour starting, which isn't bad. We also got all of her transcripts for college and will register her for the entrance test. Seems like she finally is making some progress. I hope the job works out for her.

Hope you all have a great evening.


March 24, 2021 - Msg 116410: Goid evening, porch. I just caught a continuity blooper on MASH. Margaret just told Col. Blake that he looks just like her father before he died. Then in a much later episode, we have Col. Potter, who succeeded Col. Blake as CO, as he offers counsel to Margaret's father, Howitzer Al Houlihan, on how to deal with Margaret. Hmmmm. --Romeena

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116411: Make that Good evening, not "goid". I hate typing on this tiny phone keyboard.

Boo, that's good news about Erin. Prayers that it goes well. Blessings! --Romeena p.

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116412: Ignore the "p." Grrrr.

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116413: Prayers for everyone always. We all need em. Yes there's people way less fortunate than me, but I am seeking special prayers for a demon I keep struggling with.

March 24, 2021 - Msg 116414: Me again...just in case anyone is wondering what became of Mr. Foley, he left his grocery store and moved to Hooterville, to be the principal of the elementary school there. He had a little trouble with Arnold Ziffel for a while, but it all got settled. --Romeena

March 25, 2021 - Msg 116415: Got my second shot Tuesday and had a sore arm Wednesday and all better today, Thursday. I didn't even feel the needle for my first shot but I did the second time around, it stung. Sassy, my brothers dog that is living with us now has adjusted to us and is becoming spoiled, we can't help ourselves she is so sweet. She looks exactly like the Taco Bell dog in the 90's commercials. Sarah

March 25, 2021 - Msg 116416: Just saw Mayor Stoner, chewing Andy out for trying to help a citizen. I declare, he is the most disagreeable, annoying man!! Makes you want to pound a knot on his head, just on general principles. How Andy kept from just pinching his head off, I will never know. --Romeena

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116417:

Good evening all!
Has anyone here ever tried the Mayberry coffee sold at Weaver's. Just wondering how it is.

RO--I hear ya. That episode is not one of my favs, but the second one tonight sure is...and two words by Floyd will give it away... "slight overbite..." :)
Also, I just happened to catch something tonight...when Peggy is heading to the kitchen on the second evening, you can hear her singing, "You get a line, I'll get a pole..." Really!
BTW, did you get your window glass fixed? Your flowers sure seemed to have
made it thru the Big Freeze! Pretty hardy Texas stock I guess! ha
Regarding MASH bloopers, one that always bugged me is their use of
aluminum beer cans! (Not around in 1951-2)
BOO--so good to hear about Erin's work. I hope it goes well. Maybe helping others will be just the ticket, and
perhaps she can make a career out of it.
Also, did Sean ever get the phone center job?
116413--praying for you!
Sarah--hope you feel better now. :)
All is well here. Our new cabinets are now due to arrive on April 5th. Can't wait.
ALL, please check in when you can! :)

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116418: Hey MDC...As far as your question about the coffee? ☕️ Check your e-mail...G-F 😀

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116419: Just a FYI...Here’s the link to Weaver’s Store for ALL your Mayberry wants & “needs”...See Mrs. Weaver ( Floyd’s Wife Jan ) and she will be more than HAPPY 😃 to hook you up!..

*Word on the Street is they will soon be selling “Miracle Salve” too, so check back...


March 26, 2021 - Msg 116420: In my best Bert Miller voice...Just don’t want to be pushy..

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116421: Good morning, porch! It's an absolutely beautiful day here today. We have had storms and a lot of rain for the past few days, but today is bright and sunny, and it's 70°, heading for a high of 80°. Pretty soon, I should be able to settle on a/c and quit having to turn the furnace on at night, as the house drops down into the 60s. Right at this moment, I don't need either one!

I like ol' Bert Miller. In his other life (Sterling Holloway), he was the voice of Winnie the Pooh,from 1966-1977. Our own Otis Campbell (Hal Smith) voiced Pooh from 1981-1986, and a couple of other men gave voice to Pooh at different times. Otis was fine, but to me, Pooh's voice will always be that of Bert Miller. When you think about it, Pooh and Bert are a lot alike - always happy, optimistic, and agreeable. For that matter, I guess Otis fits there, too.

Eloise and I got our second COVID shots yesterday. Didn't hurt a bit, and no reaction. Well, maybe a slight tenderness in the area if I rub over it, but nothing I would describe as pain. I'm glad it's done, but still wonder just how much immunity is conferred. I guess time will tell, as more and more people get it done. Logically, that should be followed by fewer and fewer cases. We shall see. I just wish the news media would stop spreading things like I saw yesterday - it seems that a few people have died "after receiving COVID shots." Well, a few people have died after eating at some restaurant, or entering a movie theater, or drinking a can of soda, or using a new shampoo, or whatever. People die every day, and no matter who they are, unless they were existing in a vacuum, they did something in the days before their death. I am not saying that it's not possible that some individuals may have a bad reaction to the vaccine. Just read the information on any drug you have ever taken, and you'll see that there are a tiny few people who have a bad reaction, and even die. There are people who can't even be within three feet of peanuts without getting ill, or even dying. I believe these deaths should be investigated, definitely, but I wish the media would stop firing off these shots without investigation. They don't actually say that the shots caused it, but the question and the implication is there.

Well, guess I'd better go rustle up some lunch. I've got my leftovers from lunch at Red Lobster yesterday. A couple of minutes in the microwave, and I'll have it made - a nice piece of fried fish and some mashed taters. I've got a jar of good pickled beets, so a few of those will finish it off. I love leftovers, and always keep a few odds and ends of things, like the beets, on hand to round out a meal.

Blessings, friends! Keep looking up! --Romeena

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116422: Thank, MDC. Erin really seems to like it and the family of the man she is working with are very supportive and have already phoned into the agency to tell them they really like Erin and the way she is with their father. She said that yesterday he was more confused (he has Alzheimer) and she had some trouble because he wanted to go "see his mom" and wouldn't cooperate with her on their usual walk. Erin understands and was able to call family nearby and they came immediately to help. The man's daughter told Erin, "please to quit!" and Erin told her that she had no intention of it and that she knew what she was getting into. That evening when she tucked the old man into bed, he took both of her hands in his and just held them for awhile. She cried as she told me the story. She is great for the job but she is still having struggles with her own mental health and depression. I hope this will help with that. She is in a very unhealthy relationship with the girl who lives in San Antonio who has very serious issues with substance abuse. Erin is starting to see the light on things but it takes time. I just hope and pray she can stay strong and keep at the job. I think it will do her a world of good.

Glad you got your shots, Romeena. :)

Better go get some chores done.


March 26, 2021 - Msg 116423: That was supposed to read, "Please don't quit," of course. lol


March 26, 2021 - Msg 116424: Hey Porchsitters, how goes it?
So far so good in the storms here on my end of the porch. We had rain all day yesterday, some thunder and wind. I saw some lightening 🌩️ across the other side of the ridge, thankfully it stayed over there.
I've been keeping busy working on my family tree in Ance$try and haven't been doing much online. I just can't with all the negative news, Facebook, and my inbox anymore, heck even my recipe sites are telling me don't fix this yumminess, you'll get fatter'n mud 😜 but you know what, they ain't the boss of me, I'm gonna fix some of them anyway!
Was watching Gunsmoke last night and our own Brisco Darlin was on there. He played Festus' cousin Claudius Haggen, the episode was called Deputy Festus. Festus is by far my favorite.

Boo that's so awesome for Erin! I bet she's excited! Please keep us updated on how she likes it.

Ro How did your 2nd inarculation go? Did you get a handsome nurse? hehe I'm so glad most of your flowers made it through that freeze. I lost one of my roses last winter and I was (still am) so upset about it. When I saw that little rose in the markdown buggy at the grocery store it had 1 lone bloom on it, 🥀 the most beautiful lavender color I had ever seen and I just had to have it. So I gave the cashier the $1.25 they had marked on it, brought it home and nursed it back to health. The mister planted it out front for me next to my little orange one I found in the same markdown buggy a few years earlier. I did so well for a about 2 years then we got a bad freeze and it didn't make it 😢

Sarah I'm so glad your brother's little dog is settling in. I sure miss my Chihuahuas. Never thought of myself as a Chihuahua kind of person when I was younger, but they sure can get those little paws wrapped around your heart and climb right on in there can't they? What is her name?

Billy Ray from what I'm finding during my genealogy reasearch, I'm pretty sure I have witchery on both sides 😮

Hey to er'body else sittin on this fine day, I think I'm going to head back over to my research.

Later taters!

~ Eatin speaks louder than words

March 26, 2021 - Msg 116425: Dadgum it, I was trying to italicize that, not bold that


March 27, 2021 - Msg 116426:
Mavis, I see it as both italicized and bold. Looks good! :)
Sounds like your anc@stor research is going well.
I know mine only back to my great, great grandparents.

The episode I saw tonight was about that hungry buzzard Don! ha
The scene at the door is a bit tense, and poor Andy is pretty
upset thru-out the whole episode. But I like the very end! :)

GF--I will give that coffee a try. I have bought a few things from Weaver's in the past,
WAY past, and thought I would help support our dear floyd again.

Here is the story of our stimulus funds: The first one came as two separate
checks on two separate days; the second one my wife got on a card, and I got in a letter telling me to take it off my 2020 tax form; and now this one was deposited as 2800
into an acct that we hardly ever use! Very strange indeed. No consistancy at all!
Now I know why bureaucracies are so messed up! haha

BOO--good to hear about Erin.
Well, y'all take care, more later,

March 27, 2021 - Msg 116427: Did Mr. Darling say "witchery"? I remembered it as "witchcraft". I got a compelsion complex about such things. I guess "witchery" sounds more Darlingesque. I love Mr. Darling's shocked facial expression.

Billy Ray the Postman

March 27, 2021 - Msg 116428: I hate to complain, but ever since the reset button was removed, the typing area is smaller than Thelma Lou's finger sandwiches. I have to turn my mobile sideways to have any typing area.

Billy Ray the Postman

March 27, 2021 - Msg 116429:

Billy Ray, not sure exactly what kind of device you are using,
but if you "click, hold, and drag" your mouse on the two little diagonal lines in the bottom right-hand corner of the posting area, you can expand the typing area. PH taught us
that little trick.
Goob, looks like I wont make it to an Indians games this year. Where does the time go?
Good Palm Sunday to all,

March 28, 2021 - Msg 116430:
Billy Ray the Postman allow me to add a little more detail to the MDC's explanation. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, look in the lower right hand corner of the COMMENTS box. You should see a triangle shaped series of dots. If you move your cursor directly over that, a diagonal line with arrowheads on both ends should appear. Left click your mouse and drag it down and to the right to expand the COMMENTS box. If your cursor is not positioned properly, you will either see a vertical line with arrowheads or a horizontal line with arrowheads.
But if you are using a smartphone, in the lower right hand corner of the COMMENTS box you should see two very small diagonal lines. Place you finger over that and drag to the right and downward and that should expand your COMMENTS box.
Thanks for helping out MDC

When Mavis mentioned about watching Gunsmoke on television, I would like to add something. I enjoy listening to old time radio programs. On my drive home after taking my stepson to work at 4am, I often listen to old time radio broadcasts. One of the programs I listen to is the radio version of Gunsmoke. Chester is played by Pearly Baer (Mayor Stoner on TAGS) and Doc Adams is played by Howard McNear (Floyd the barber on TAGS).

from Poor Horatio

March 29, 2021 - Msg 116431: Good morning, porch! Beautiful day here, a bit chilly, but warming up. Trees are leafing out rapidly, and a lot of things I thought were killed by the freeze are actually going to be okay, I think. Several shrubs are dropping all their leaves, but when I scrape a larger twig with my thumbnail, it's green underneath. The outermost, small twigs will snap, so they're goners, but new ones will soon appear. I think by midsummer, everything will be back to normal. My irises are starting to send up bloom stalks, and the purple/black ones out front are already blooming. They're early bloomers, always first to open, and it looks like this year will be business as usual. Such beautiful things! Also, to my surprise, a big stand of gladiolus foliage has appeared almost overnight, and now I see a bloom stalk in the middle of it. There are two large clumps of them out there, and they multiply. I think there are three different colors in the bunch. I may get some more bulbs and make another cluster in a different area. Oh, and right below my window, right where I can see it through a break in the shrubbery, there is a huge bud on a bloom stalk on an amaryllis. It's a huge red flower when it opens, as big as a dinner plate, and so pretty. I'm surprised it made it, and there are about ten more out there that I can't see for the shrubs, but will be a joy for me when I'm in the yard. They were all started in the house, timed to be opening right after the Christmas decorations are put away, when the house looks so drab. They make January and February much more enjoyable! Then after the blooms die down, I move them outside and plant them in a flowerbed, so I've got them all over the yard. Some don't survive a hard freeze, but most do. I've never figured out why some do and some don't - maybe it has to do with the variety - some are more hardy than others?

Well, I need to get dressed. I'm going to pick up a friend and go get some lunch, then to the grocery store. She is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and does pretty well - still plays bunco, and sometimes seems just sharp as a tack, other times is a little vague. She can't drive anymore, unfortunately. Her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter live with her, but the girls do the shopping, don't buy what she wants, and she gets frustrated. So, I'm taking her to the store. It's her money, and she should be able to have what she wants. So there!

Have a wonderful day, friends. Blessings, and keep looking up! --Romeena

March 30, 2021 - Msg 116432:

HI ALL! I hope everybody is going well these days, especially as we
enter this Holy Week. My family decided to still just do small Easter
celebrations, looking to perhaps a summer BBQ when we're all vaccinated.
We are really getting an early heat wave here. It will be 90 or so for the next few days. Our normal for this time is high 70s. Our poor spring flowers are
getting droopy.
RO--I have been meaning to ask you, and maybe you have already told us at some point,
but is Landry named after the great Dallas coach Tom Landry? Just curious.
So glad that you can help that lady with her shopping. As you say, why not get her what se wants! :)
I have been busy taking 'trim' off our kitchen cabinets, and we have started to empty them out a bit as we anticipate arrival of the new ones next week!
Hope that all goes well with scheduling, etc.
My wifes birthday was last weekend, and I got her a nice bouquet of irises,
and took her to dinner at a little Mexican place that we like.

March 30, 2021 - Msg 116433:
MDC, since you brought up the subject about the late Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, that brought back some memories.
Way back in the 1980's when my sister and her family lived near Dallas, her children were all Cowboy fans. So whenever the team was in town, they would somehow find out what hotel the team stayed just before a home game. So when the players came walking out to drive to the stadium, there were my nephews asking each one for an autograph. Almost everyone graciously signed, except for running back Emmitt Smith. They got the signatures on football cards and even on the official NFL helmet they owned. They would do this all the time for all home games. Unfortunately, they never saw Coach Landry who probably commuted from home. One time, my sister was asked by her church to try to obtain something related to sports as a prize for a charity raffle. She wrote to the Dallas Cowboys and they sent her an official NFL helmet signed by their star quarterback and future Hall of Famer Troy Aikman.

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2021 - Msg 116434: Good morning, porch! It's cloudy, lots of gusty wind, but warm at 71°, heading for the low 80s. Eddie is here, and I'll get him to move my plumeria trees out of the garage and into the back yard. I could move the Desert Rose to the back yard also, but it's got a lot of beautiful blooms on it, seems happy in the sun room, and I'm debating whether to move it or just keep it in the house. I know I won't move it today, that high wind would just beat those pretty blooms to pieces.

MDC, to answer your question, I'm not sure just how much Landry's name was inspired by our respect for Tom Landry, but my David was a Cowboys fan at the time, as the rest of the family was. I say "was", because our love for the team was stronger back then, has weakened some by the behavior of some of the players, and definitely declined when Jones took over. Jones would have done well to do a little studying up on Texans and our customs and attitudes. When he waltzed in here and began referring to the cheerleaders as "my girls", it was not taken well. There were many other verbal gaffes, too numerous to mention, and not worth the effort. Texans are proud, but forgiving of unintentional mistakes made by newcomers. I'm sure we accidentally insult the residents of other states when we visit. However, Jones made the ridiculous error of hiring a New York firm to "advise" him on how to get along with Texans. Yeah, that's going to work! He would have done better by just arriving here, keeping a low profile, listening and watching, and keeping his mouth shut for at least a year. Instead he stomped around like he was God's gift to Texas, making stupid comments, insulting the cheerleaders, shooting his mouth off constantly, and generally alienating the entire state. The way he handled Tom Landry's replacement was cowardly and cruel. Tom's time was about over, he knew it, and given the chance, he would have resigned gracefully, for his own reasons. Instead, he was on the golf course when he was informed that he had been replaced. Jones was not liked from the get-go, and it hasn't changed much. Mostly, we tolerate him. Tom Landry was more than just a phenomenal coach, he was a gentleman. I would never apply that term to Jones. He is a smart businessman, obviously. However, he is also crude and boorish, and is not well-liked in Texas. So yes, I think Landry was named after Tom Landry in a sense. Even if it wasn't fully the original intent, it feels very comfortable now.

Speaking of football and those whose talents made them famous - has anyone else had just about enough of Joe Namath in those Medicare commercials? He was an amazing quarterback, no question. What he is like as a person, I have no idea. I do know that I'm sick of that smarmy, ingratiating impression he leaves in that commercial. I have the impression that it's not really him, that he was coached by someone who didn't know what they were doing. I do know that the impression he leaves on me is "I don't believe a word I'm saying, and you shouldn't either."

Well, guess I'd better go catch up with Eddie, and give him the bulbs I need him to plant. I bought nine "Phlox Tree" bulbs. They're like the old-time phlox flowers, but they get about six feet tall, with large canopies of blooms on top. I've got a back corner in the yard that will be perfect for them. Lots of morning sun, filtered sun in the hot afternoon. I hope they do well, several things I've tried back there have failed. I'm not sure why, it's good soil, well-drained, consistently watered, and should be ideal. I had hydrangeas there that prospered for a couple of years, then died. Weird.

Blessings, porch! Have a happy, peaceful day, and keep looking up. --Romeena

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116435:

ph--GREAT STORY ABOUT YOUR SISTER GETTING THAT SIGNED HELMET! (oops, caps.) I wonder if such a thing would happen today? For some strange reason, I think not.
RO--You bring up some good points. When you mentioned Jerry Jones hiring a NY firm it made me think of that salsa commercial about it
being made in NEW YORK CITY! ha And speaking of commercials, I will add
that I am sick of ALL the medicare commercials! haha Boy do they know their
target audience. Poor Joe is trying to make a buck I guess. At least he
is not wearing pantyhose! Remember that?? :)

Tonight's tags was the one that I consider as Howard McNear's gem, when he
played the 'rich guy' for Miss Grayson. Such good acting on his part,
and he was in the whole episode. (2nd would be the convicts one!)
GF--did Doris Dowling (Grayson) ever come to a Mayberry days?

The 2nd one tonight was the last one that Miss Peggy was in where she looks at
the worms and says "ick." :)
But I noticed a couple of 'bloopers' in that one that never sank in before:
She is supposedly waiting outside the drugstore for Andy, and Andy was waiting at her house until he drives over to the courthouse, which is right across the street from the drugstore. One would think that he would have seen Peggy or that she would have seen him driving up to the courthouse. Just sayin'.
Also, when she drives up to Andy's house she's in a station wagon. What happened to her T-Bird? ha

Well, our taxes are done!! Woohoo! I have always done our own, as we have no rentals or capital gains, etc., and now with the 24,800 deduction there is no need to itemize deductions.
RO--I forget, did you ever get all your tax id situation straightened out?

Well, off to the ironing board.

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116436: MDC...I’m thinking Miss Peggy was having too much FUN so her Daddy took her T-Bird away? ...🤣🚗💨 No, I don’t believe Doris Dowling ever did any Mayberry events to my knowledge. I never heard Floyd or any of the others speak about that ....

Speaking about Fun, Fun, Fun..I purchased a kayak to use at my Sisters campground this summer. I got it with some of my “Minion” Money 💵...The last $ all went towards my Dr. bills, so I thought I’d use it for 🎣 fishing and exercise!...Hopefully I can get into it Ok? I got the “sit on” type and not the “sit in” kind...I did add a fishing pole holder and some other embellishments to it and I have to get a nice “padded” cushion to sit on yet tho....3🚣‍♀️...😜

Not sure if I’ll call her “Gertrude” or the “SS Henry Bennett”...Lol.....G-F

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116437: Good morning, porch! Brrrr! It's chilly here today. I went to bed with the a/c on, and woke up to a cold house! When the temp in the house is lower than what the a/c is set for, you know something has changed outside. It had! It's 56° here right now. It didn't take me long to go shove that little button over to "Heat". Without moving the thermostat setting, the heat immediately came on! No wonder Trinket immediately curled in a little ball in her cuddlebed when we got up. She's cold! Well, the heat's on now, so it will get more comfortable in here. Texas weather!

MDC, yes, I do remember Joe Namath and his pantyhose days. Actually, I always liked him, have no idea what he's really like as a person, but he knew his way around a football, and seemed like a friendly, nice-enough guy. Somehow, those Medicare commercials just don't seem like him. The way he delivers his lines is just a bit oily and annoying, all that hand motion and such, and that fake grin. And yes, I'm reeaaally sick of the Medicare commercials. I thought all that was supposed to end by the "deadline" at the end of the year??? It looks like it's here to stay. Of course, I watch very few commercials. When time and my routine permits, I start a program, turn off the volume, and go do something else for a while, Then I return to the TV, rewind the show, and buzz through the commercials. Most of the time, it takes nine clicks of the "30 second skip" button, so the commercials are 4 1/2 minutes long. Good grief!

Yes, I did get that tax ID thing fixed. I now have an ID number that has to be included on my return, and it changes each year. They send it to me in a letter just before filing time. Actually, I think that may be the routine for everyone now, I'm not sure. Seems like a good idea to me, and so far, I've had no more trouble since they started doing that.

G-F, you amaze me. A kayak? You be careful in (or on) that thing! The only way I'd get on of those things is with a very buoyant life jacket. And maybe some waterwings, an inner tube, and several balloons! Actually, I'm not afraid of water, but I do have a healthy respect for it. I've never been a strong swimmer, but spent a lot of summers on water-skis when I was younger. Also, I've tubed down the Frio River in south-west Texas since I was about six. I got pretty good at that, too! That river can be peaceful and serene, or it can be a raging torrent, depending on the rains, and either way, it's a wonderful trip. There's a lot to know about tubing, it's not just sitting on a tube and floating. You can do that when the water is calm, but if the river is up, there are rapids and rough water, and you'd better know how to control that tube! It is just so much fun!! Now here's the kicker - we rode those rapids on our tubes without wearing any kind of life jacket, not even the almost-useless ski belts. Not smart, but then young adults usually aren't too bright!

Well, guess I'd better get busy. It's too chilly to do anything outside, but I've got plenty that needs to be done in the house. Or not. I may just be lazy today. Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! --Romeena

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116438:
G-F, be careful with that sit-on kayak. It's center of gravity is higher and therefor making it easier to roll over. Thanks to the US Navy, I cruised on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on various watercraft from a 26 foot motor whaleboat to a 1000 foot aircraft carrier. And if you do end up in the water, remember that your kayak should float. Play it safe and wear a life vest. And if you choose to take your cellphone with you, seal it inside a see-through baggie to keep it waterproof and operational. Charge the battery and check the weather forecast before you leave. Tell someone where you plan to go and what time you plan to return. Stay safe buddy.

from Poor Horatio

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116439: Thanks y’all...I only plan on using it on the small lake at the campground. It’s not real deep, and I will only use it there, and possibly do some fishing 🎣 from it. The fishing is REAL good a LOT of nice sized Bass. ( I only catch & release. )

With my past limited mobility sailing my Sunfish sail boat was out of the equation, but it is there for other people to use. My sailing days are behind me, but I sure did have fun back in the day sailing it!..

This kayak is a sit on, and not a sit in. It is very stable, but if I don’t feel comfortable, it too will be for other to have fun with
They have a nice dock so in theory it should be ok, IF I can sit in that position it the question...So come May we will see!

I have watched on YouTube how guys have tricked them out into awesome fishing watercraft...Some have even put outriggers on them too! ..Only thing I added was a fishing pole holder... *Of corse my “Mayberry Life” decal

Stay Tuned.....G-F

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116440: Here’s a quick video if your interested..
... One thing for sure I’ll be easy to spot out on the water with this

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116441:
G-F, thanks for the details about your lime green kayak. I noticed it does come with a paddle, but I don't know if it is a single or double blade paddle. A double blade paddle (one on each end) will make it easier to steer straight without having to switch hands. But even with a single blade paddle, you could use the "J-stroke" to help you steer straight. I used that a lot when I was learning canoeing in the boy scouts.
The following videos can help you.
and then when you get really comfortable, it is time to learn something new such as

One more thing. You might want to decorate your kayak with a unique flag. Get one custom made that displays something like "Don't laugh at my yacht, this is all I can afford"

from Poor Horatio

March 31, 2021 - Msg 116442: PH...Thanks for the links...It comes with a double paddle..They have a nice dock, but the lake being not real deep, maybe 15 feet at the deepest point. The problem is by late summer the water line is much lower.

That being said, the video on how to get in from the shoreline looks like the way to go when the water level is down.
As for the decorating, I have already done some. My Daughter & Niece both have a “Cricket” thing that makes vinyl decals.
On the bow, I have a silhouette of Andy & Opie walking to the fishing hole with the words...”Mayberry Life”...Pretty Cool 👍

This particular kayak has a flatter profile then the other ones so it should be much stabler, especially fishing from it.
It has high reviews for a entry level kayak, and they have a big fan base with the fishing community...


March 31, 2021 - Msg 116443: GF, how much did you pay for Gertrude, a dollar and a quarter? Sounds like you will have a great time with her.

MDC, hard to imagine the temps that warm already. We are supposed to hit the upper sixties here this weekend and that will be our warmest of the year so far. You mentioned how you got your stimulus money. Mine was the same thing. First time was a check. The second time was a debit typo card. The last one was direct deposit. Very odd ways.

Romeena, I liked Joe Namath also although I was not that old when he was a big deal. I did love it when the Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl three. I was kind of an AFL supporter. I was bugged by the pan ty hose commercial though. Pretty traumatic for my teenage mind to figure out. Lol

Well off to the ironing board for me.
Prayers for all.