February 09, 2023 - Msg 118707: Evening folks, just wanted to let everyone know that they canceled Mr. Maudes knee surgery. He developed a sinus infection with congestion earlier in the week and was put on antibiotics

February 09, 2023 - Msg 118708: by our PCP. The surgeon has everyone do a chest x ray and his showed a little cloudiness in the lower part of one lung. They want to repeat the chest x ray in a couple of weeks and make sure it's all cleared up. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers
Big Maude

February 09, 2023 - Msg 118709: Just got off the phone with PaPa Bear...He sends his best wishes to all his old Porch Friends....

Thanks for the update Maude... Good to be cautious, and not take any chances...


February 10, 2023 - Msg 118710: Good morning, porch! It's chilly at 46° here this morning, cloudy and damp, but not raining. Sure looks like it might, though. I've got my sprinklers on hold, just in case.

I'm going to be playing bunco today. We used to play at night, but so many of our little gang don't drive at night anymore that we took a vote and ended up deciding to meet at noon now. I don't like it, it just doesn't feel right, and there are enough of us who still drive when and where we please that carpooling is not a problem, but the majority ruled. Oh well. It's not a value of life, one way or the other, as an old friend used to say. We still carpool, so I'm not sure what difference it makes for the ones who wanted to change the time, but c'est la vie! The ones who don't drive at night aren't driving in the daytime either. Oh well. I'm just grateful I can still drive, and actually I guess it's a good thing, because one of the gals who wanted to change the time has absolutely no business driving anytime, daylight or dark. Our first clue about her driving was the night she actually got her car crossways on somebody's double-wide driveway while trying to back out. The driveway has a slight curve in it, and it just blew her mind. She had been parked next to me, nosed up to the garage door. She started to back up, started see-sawing and was definitely going to take one or both of my right-side doors with her. I told her to just sit still and let me get out and give her more room. I backed out, and backed across the street and stopped. I wasn't going to miss that show for anything! She started out again, and I swear, I don't know how she did it, but she ended up with her car sitting crossways on the driveway, with about two feet of concrete in front and back of her car. By then, everyone had stopped to watch, and I felt sorry for her, so I took my little group out of there. I don't know how she finally got out of her predicament, but I'm betting there were some tire tracks in the lawn when she left.

Well, better scoot. Got two people to pick up, and we dare not be late. The crazy driver is our hostess today, and she is a stickler for punctuality. One catty remark from her today and somebody might just smack her! Not I, of course.

Blessings, friends! Keep looking up! --Romeena

February 11, 2023 - Msg 118711: Romeena,
My name Debbie Legge, I am Kelvin Legges wife. I want to reach out to all of his friends here to Let everyone know he passed away Wednesday evening, February 8th. He loved all the friendship he found with all of you. I don't know any phone #s for this group, so I thought I could post it on here. His Funeral will be Thursday February 16th at 11:00 AM. The mortuary we are using is Lindquist mortuary in Roy, Utah, and his Obituary will be online starting Monday or Tuesday through this web site.
Please know how much he loved sitting on the porch with all of you.
Debbie Klein Legge

February 11, 2023 - Msg 118712: Oh,Debbie.I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for letting Kel's Porch family know of his passing. It is difficult for me to type through my tears right now,so I will just say that I loved Kel/ "Asa" and was blessed to call him my friend. I know he is with the Lord and out of pain,but he will surely be missed here on the Porch.He will forever hold a place in our hearts.
God bless you and your family,and may you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.
possum under a rock

February 11, 2023 - Msg 118713: My deepest condolences to the Legge family.

No words can express our sadness. Rest well, our dear friend.


February 11, 2023 - Msg 118714: Prayers for the Legge family - we here are one big family and he will be so missed - I have been on here for many many years and so was he - AGOD Bless —- SPOT

February 11, 2023 - Msg 118715: Oh, dear Lord! I cannot believe what I've just read! I'm sure all of us who read this will be beyond shocked! I counted Kel among my dearest friends, though we have never met in person. This "porch" is an unusual place, and the friendships forged here are strong and unique. It will never be the same again without our Asa. A kind and gentle man, a child of God, with a delightful sense of humor, and a spirit of genuine concern for others. I cannot imagine this porch without him, and he will be sorely missed.

Debbie, know that his love for you was evident every time he mentioned you, which he did quite often. If ever there is anything we could do for you, just let us know. Please feel free to come to the porch anytime. You would be most welcome. Our population has dwindled a bit over the years, but there are still several of us old-timers here, and we will be praying for you. We know that Asa would do the same for any of us.

May our good Lord bless and keep you, and send comfort and strength to you at this very difficult time. I'm going to send you my contact information, so check Kel's email. Physical distance is a hindrance, but we can't change it. We can, however, maintain contact through all the conveniences the internet has brought us.

God bless you, Debbie. Kel spoke of you so often! It was obvious that he loved you very much. You have friends here on the porch, so visit anytime you wish. Keep looking up! --Romeena

February 11, 2023 - Msg 118716: Oh..Debbie, this is Dick aka Goober Fife...SO sorry for your loss. Words can not express my sorrow. Thankfully I did get to actually talk to him on the phone about a week or so.
We had a good talk and I’ll treasure that and his friendship.

Know that his “Porch Family” will have you ALL in our prayers and may God Bless you all as you go thru this journey....

G-F...Goober Fife

February 12, 2023 - Msg 118717:

Oh Lord, Lord, I am so sorry Debbie. Kel and I developed
a special relationship since he first emailed me about his
cancer, and things looked so promising which is why i am so shocked.
My tears won't stop right now, but I know that he is with our God.
His name was mentioned in our church last weekend as one to pray
for. I will write more when I can see the keyboard better. :(
God bless you Debbie, His peace be with you and yours.
Steve (MDC)

February 12, 2023 - Msg 118718: Good Sabbath -God's peace

February 12, 2023 - Msg 118719: Dear Lord.....Please bring sweet peace to Debbie and the children and grandchildren, as the are trying now to adapt to life without Kel. Fill them with the awareness that he is not gone, not really. He continues to live, through his influence on their lives and through all that he instilled in them while he was on this earth. Remind them that he is alive and well in your heaven, in the home that He prepared for His children, and Kel certainly was one. I'm grateful that I was gifted with those years of his friendship on this porch. I consider that a rare blessing and privilege. Amen.

February 12, 2023 - Msg 118720: Oh Debbie,
I haven't sat on the porch very much these last few years but I always knew when I did sit down in my rocker Asa would be one of the first to say Hey *Mavis!
I am so sorry for your loss and I'm wrapping you and yours in love and warmth.
Behave up there Asa
Angie (*Mavis)

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118721: Prayers for our dear friend Asa's family. May God give each of peace and comfort. I will treasure having known him. He was truly a special person and will be missed by each of us.
God Bless you Debbie and the rest of your family.
Jo Ann (Big Maude)

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118722: Wow. I just thought I'd do a Dr. Breen drop by and am in shock by reading about Asa. My condolences to his wife, family and the porch. I remember him talking to me about my mowing tractor back when I got it and kinda comparing notes, among other conversations.

RIP, Asa.

John Masters

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118723: Well, I am sorry Porch Family. I know you we are all hurting and it is a really tough loss. You don't lose a friend of 20+ years and not feel a great loss. The Porch just wont be the same without Asa. I think of the many times he made me laugh out loud here at my keyboard! He had a wonderful sense of humor and was so funny. I will miss that the most, I think. He was also a great encourager. I think of the many, many times he has encouraged me here on the porch and in emails we shared. I know he was genuinely concerned about what I was going through and the wellbeing of my family. So many prayers on my behalf. He would use his own difficult life experiences to teach me what he had learned through them. He had been through some very tough times but had such a grace about him that you would never know. I love the way he showed so much tolerance and forgiveness when I actually had the audacity to bash his religion eight here on the porch (I recently apologized, and of course he was gracious), I loved when he started cooking and would ask how to do things, and then started to be proud of his accomplishments. I loved how concerned he was for his daughter when she was having heart issues after the birth of her child, and how he loved his grandchildren. I loved that he was devoted to and cared for Debbie.
I loved the Christmas movie quotes that used to start in late November. I loved that he made a big deal of the gifts I sent during the holidays. I remember when I knitted the scarves one year and he went on and on about how nice it was and how he liked it. Christmas before last, when I was making candy, he mentioned that he loved seafoam candy at Christmas but had not had any in years due to Debbie's inability to work in the kitchen. I decided right there that I would try to make some. The first batch was no good because I scortched it and threw it out. I made a second batch that turned out well so I packed it up and mailed it to Asa. I soon received the sweetest thank you. He said it made him cry a little. So many memories we will always cherish. He certainly will never be far from our thoughts when we sit here on the porch. One day, friends, we will be together in a better place. We each long for Mayberry and home. One day. Love you all.


February 13, 2023 - Msg 118724: That is without a doubt the sweetest eulogy any of us could give Asa,Boo.Now I'm crying again,but it's okay. It's just the price we pay for love and we did love our Asa. He loved us too. We were blessed to have known him.
Love you,girl.

possum again

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118725: Well said, Boo.

John Masters

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118726: Love you too, Huckleberry Friend❤️


February 13, 2023 - Msg 118727: Yes Boo...I concur too!....As Andy said...The Best Thing a man can have is FRIENDSHIP....We never know how the smallest acts of kindness can mean SO much to people..

Save us a space on Heavens Front Porch...

Godspeed my Friend!.....Goober Fife

February 13, 2023 - Msg 118728: Wow what a post Boo ! Just Wow ..SPOT

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118729:
Wow indeed, Boo, you said it so eloquently. Thank you for that.
Asa and I would also do quite a bit of emailing back and forth.
You all may remember that my wife and I almost saw him at the SLC airport
when we were returning from Yellowstone, but flight issues made it not
possible. But he did love tags. His favorite line of all time was when
nurse mary kissed Andy on the cheek, and he told Barney that it was better
than a mule's nose. We'd often kid about that one. He also really loved his
work. I just looked back at Feb 2016 archive, and he was talking about
boiler work, and his desire to get it right the first time, etc.
And love of his family always came out. The last email to me was that
he was to start chemo very soon, so I'm not sure what turn of events
happened; but I did just read his obituary, and it sure expresses all that we
knew of him. I'm sure he is with the Lord now, but I will sure miss his
wit and his expertise in things that I would ask him about. God bless you
Kel, will miss you buddy, but I'll be praying for your family for sure.
Love, MDC

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118730: True Words MDC...Now he doesn’t have to deal with “Helen” his temperamental snow blower any more either!
Sorry not trying to be insensitive but he joked about that often..


February 14, 2023 - Msg 118731: I don’t think you’re being insensitive, G-F. Asa would appreciate the humor I’m sure❤️


February 14, 2023 - Msg 118732: Good morning, porch! And well said, Boo!/b> One more day of trying to wrap my mind and heart around the earthly loss of Asa. It's going to take a while, to get used to his absence. If we ever do! Isn't it wonderful to know that we will see him again? We, who are the believing children of God, will all be together one day, and the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV: "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." That scripture can be applied more than one way, but the one that appeals most to me is the idea that we will recognize each other, and our memories of earthly life will be intact. Do I know that as fact? Of course not, though it does seem pretty clear. This I do know - it makes me happy now, and God has stated that He has plans only to make us happy, so that's good enough for me. I truly expect to meet Asa in heaven one day, and we who have never met will recognize each other, and will know everyone we meet, and "so shall we ever be with the Lord," according to I Thessalonians 4:17. What will Heaven be like? I don't know, but if anything we want to make us happy will be there, then there will be a couple of Fresian horses in the meadow near my home, and all the little dogs I have loved over the years will be there, too! This may all be nonsense, because my little earthly mind is not really capable of discerning the truths of God's glory. Whatever the reality of Heaven turns out to be, it's going to be far more amazing that I can imagine.

Well, enough. Blessings to everyone on this porch. Keep looking up. --Romeena

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118733: Oops. Maybe in Heaven I'll at least have sense enough to close off my "bold" orders.

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118734: double check....

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118735: Check your email,please, Ro. Thanks.

possum u.a.r.

February 14, 2023 - Msg 118736: RIP dear Kel. God Bless the Legge family

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118737: Oh my goodness Im so sorry and heartbroken to hear about our Asa/Kel. Ive not been a regular in years and I need to do better about that. So many memories, him coaching us girls softball team and bringing us little debbies to our ASD2K back stretching device, him fussing about Vicks gosh we had some fun in this little virtual porch. Much like mayberry this is a little black and white escsape from the real world. He made me giggle out loud several times yet at the same time would be one of the first to respond when I was in need of prayers. I read his obit and what a beautiful tribute to him. Debbie I hope you know what a blessing he was to so many here, please know your family is in my prayers. To the porch family, Im truly sorry and it going to be an adjustment to that empty chair here. I love you all ~Salty Dog

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118738: Good afternoon, porch! Nice to hear from you, Salty Dog. Long time, no see! This loss of our Asa has been a shock to us all. Thanks for coming by, and I hope we'll see more of you now. Spotty Dog, that goes for you, too! We miss you, and all the other porchsters who have gone into hiding somewhere. Let's don't let this porch disappear, it has been such fun, and such a comfort at times, for all of us. If any of you "missing persons" out there happen to be reading this, please come home.

Blessings, friends, and keep looking up! --Romeena

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118739: Generally when I have nothing to contribute, I prefer to read rather than post. But with the passing of our dear friend Asa, a post is forthcoming even as I lay here in my hospital bed. bedAlthough Asa and I were not very close, I am still saddened by his passing. I offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends. I will miss his presence and postings.

From Poor Horatio

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118740: Hello, it's me, Hazel.
Boo let me know yesterday about Asa. And like all of you I am shocked, and so very sad. I wanted to pop in yesterday, but I had Dr. appointments with my husband all morning, then stuff with my granddaughter in the afternoon and evening... but I thought about him all day and at times it was hard to hold it together.
Like most of you, I feel like Asa and I go way back. We first met each other in around May or June of 2001. We both seemed to be on the same TAGS boards. The Front Porch; Miss Crumps Bulletin Board (a site which was also ran by our own Floyd-Allan); The Mayberry Hotel; The Courthouse Bulletin Board and Mayberry After Midnight. Most of these sites are not in existence anymore, except for here (the porch) and the Mayberry Hotel. I did let the folks at the Hotel know about Asa's passing, and they are just as heartbroken as we all are.
As someone mentioned, it's amazing how you can feel so close to someone you never actually met in person. From when we first discovered that we only lived about 4 hours apart from each other, we seemed to hit it off. We both were into gardening, and since we have similar growing conditions we had a lot to discuss, about when we first do our planting, and what to plant, etc. He was such a devoted family man, and he put his family and faith first... I always admired that. He was never judgmental about my own religious leanings. I loved his quick TAGS quotes. He had such a fun sense of humor! I shall miss him tremendously.
My condolences to all of you. Asa loved and appreciated you all so much, and I know your love and friendship meant so very much to him.

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118741:

Wonderful words Hazel! Thanks, I know that Kel would be smiling!
Also good to see you and Salty Dog, PH and others again.
Like 'It's a Wonderful Life,' ASA's life touched so many other lives!
Romeena, you wondered what Heaven might be like, well in the vision
St. John had of it, Rev. Chapter 22, it gives a really clear description
of heaven, a place that is so very amazing. The verses you mentioned
also give us good insight. :)
PH, you mentioned about being in the hospital. I hope you are doing
better. My prayers are with you. I tried emailing you at a yahoo
address i had, but guess it was no good. Please keep in touch.
Also, i received a letter recently from pappabear. I am going to call him
on Thursday. We got a much-needed day of rain on Tuesday.

February 15, 2023 - Msg 118742: That should be chapter 21.

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118743: Love reading all these tributes to Asa. Ro loved your words as always, you write what I think. Until I saw his obit I never had any idea what Asa looked like, even though he was nowhere near the real Asas age thats kind of what I always pictured, I too believe we'll know him when we see him in Heaven. And I so hope that Heaven is full of animals, God created them before humans so it makes sense in my little pea brain that they will be there too. I have missed all of you, so many times when the "colors" of life got too much Id come here and read and go back to this black and white life for a bit. Its just something special, just like tags. Anyways just my early morning coffee thoughts, me and coffee think a lot. Love you all Salty Dog

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118744: Hey Y'all- So many heartfelt tributes to our friend Asa and I wanted to add mine.

Asa was such a genuinely kind and caring person. He made it a point to ask about my Laci and I know he prayed for her so many times over the years. I'd like to think that she has gained another angel that is watching over her.

Things I'll always think of when I think of Asa- his compassion,kindness & humor,his crush on Betty Lynn (I hope she gave him a big kiss on the jaw when he got to Heaven!), his playing along with Tom when Tom put his tin star on and became mean ol'"Sheriff Tom", his Christmas movie quotes with Boo, his shop talk with G-F,and last but not least, Asa with his toolbelt doing his act over at the Gigolo Club! Oh,we had some times,didn't we?!

BTW- Not sure if y'all have seen the tribute slideshow to him that is posted below his obituary but please make a point of viewing it,if you haven't. Might want to have some Kleenex handy,but do watch it.

What a great guy we were blessed to call our friend. I will remember him fondly & with great affection. May his light ever shine on the Mayberry Porch. I love you,Kel.

possum under a rock

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118745: Yes Possum I watched it....We had a lot in common, some of them made me laugh, some took me back to the good old days, some made me sad thinking about them Grandkidders.

I do think Asa and I coulda hung out...I think I can detect a bit of orneriness in them eyes 👀 too tho...Just Sayin’...But a lot of good work ethic in them too...They don’t make ‘m like that anymore I hope he got to watch the Don “Big Daddy” Garlits video I sent him, he was firing up the Old “Swamp Rat”...

I knew Asa spoke often of his dragster day’s....😀 I told him nothing like the smell of nitromethane in the evening finals,
Smells...Smells like VICTORY.....

G-F 😢

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118746: ....Or it might have been the smell of...VICKS....Right Boo....🤷🏼‍♂️

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118747: Right, G-F. :)

First, let me say I am concerned for you Poor Horatio. Please drop back by and let us know what is going on with you.

Possum, thank you so much for letting us know about the video. It wasn't up the first day so I would never have known about it. So sweet to see him with those grandchildren and his weenie dogs. That was him. He loved the grandkids and the dogs, bless his great big heart.


February 16, 2023 - Msg 118748: You're welcome,Boo.
I neglected to acknowledge Poor Horatio's news of being in the hospital and am sending healing prayers his way. Please take care,PH and check in with your Porch friends when you're able.
possum again

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118749: Good evening, porch! Just got home from the monthly JOY (Just Older Youth) dinner at the church. Good food, caterod by the Hospitality and Culinary Arts department of a local high school. Those kids do an excellent job, and learn more than just food preparation, they also learn a bit about hotel management and such, and graduate with a certificate that opens doors for them if they choose to major in that area. They turn out some really great meals, serve it, and monitor the room for any needs that might arise. Smart.

After the meal, there is always entertainment, and most of the time, it's excellent. Tonight was a singer, a man who has backed a lot of well-known performers, such as Neil Diamond, Glen Campbell and others. Last month was a young man named Keron Jackson, and if you ever get a chance to hear him, grab it. He's remarkable. He was an unwanted child, his father tried to force his mother to abort him, but thank God, she refused. However, she was not able to raise him herself, so his childhood was spent in various homeless situations, foster homes, whatever. Along the way, a man (a Christian teacher) met him and after a while, the man saw the talent in him, and took him in, saw that he got an education, and got him in church. Keron's testimony is beautiful, and he delivers it with such gentle comic touches, and then he sings. Oh boy, does he ever sing. His range is at least three octaves, from bass to almost a tenor, and his voice is beyond impressive. You can find hin here: http://keronjackson.com/ Thank God his mother didn't let his father bully her into destroying him.

I did not know you were in the hospital. Where did I miss that? Prayers for you, friend. Please share whatever you wish, if you wish. We are concerned for you, and will keep you in prayers.

A floral arrangement - actually a nice plant that Debbie can keep for as long as she wishes - has been ordered for the service for our beloved Asa. Personally, after almost 27 years, I still have and care for a plant that I received when my Dale passed. Flowers are lovely, make a beautiful display, and are a comfort. They do have a brief life though, so the plants are there to last a while. Both serve a purpose in their own way. I thought the porch would want to do a plant, so I did. The card reads "From the Andy Griffith Porch members" or something like that.

We are going to miss our Asa. We will remember that Debbie and the rest of his family is missing him on an entirely different level and to a much greater degree than we will, but still, an empty space will be where he used to post such kind and funny and encouraging comments. We'll just all miss him, in different ways and to different degrees, but he will be missed. Along with missing him, my heart is warmed by the thought that he is now at home with the Lord he loves, and we will meet him again, when we too ascend to the home that God has prepared for those who believe and trust in Him. Thank you, Lord.

Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! --Romeena

February 16, 2023 - Msg 118750: One thing is missing from the third paragraph above. I just know I typed it, but it's not there. It was intended to read: "PH, I did not know you were in the hospital..." I'm sure everyone knew that, but just wanted to be certain. --Romeena

February 17, 2023 - Msg 118751: Thank You Romeena for sending the plant 🌱 I’m sure they will appreciate it, especially one that doesn’t go to waste after a few days. It will give them remembrance comfort knowing folks cared for Asa....

I spoke to PaPa Bear 🐻 yesterday...It was his birthday!...He sent me a Vietnam sticker that I can put on my Brothers tribute wall I made for him, who also was a Vietnam Veteran...

Also, I don’t know if I shared this before but at last Mayberry Days during our Chapter Report Meeting a ran into a man who was giving their report and he mentioned PaPa Bear as the founder of their group...

After the meeting, I talked to him and YES, it was our PaPa Bear he was referring to. He said he lost touch and hadn’t talked to him in years and assumed he had passed away from his battle with Agent Orange....

Well....Long story short I assured him PaPa Bear is still with us. Yes, still fighting that battle but still with us....And thanks to MDC I got in touch with Frank and told him the story. So I contacted his friend and now they BOTH have each other’s contact information so they can now talk to each other again!

So Thank you MDC for your help making this happen!...But Wait, the story doesn’t end there. PaPa Bear was stationed at the same base same time as my Brother!...But it doesn’t end there, a friend of his where he lives now who’s last name is Mayberry was ALSO stationed there at the same time too!

It gets even better...This man KNEW my Brother the both served in the same unit doing the same job repairing and being a door gunner on Huey helicopters....Actually my Brother was his replacement when he was sent home!....

Romeena...A Godwink? or a coincidence?....A coincident I think NOT!....

Sorry for the long post, but I had to share it with y’all .....G-F

February 17, 2023 - Msg 118752: Hello again folks. Regarding my health problems, I fell out of my bed on two consecutive nights. And I could not get back up. With bare floors, I could not use my knees on the hard bare floor to lift myself back into be. So I laid all night till the morning when my wife called the fire department to help get me back in bed. Then on a third night, I was able to make it downstairs planning on driving my wife to work but I fell in the doorway and could not get up. So once again we called fire rescue. They convinced me to go to the hospital. I have since been transported from the hospital to a rehab center where I am recuperating. So thank you to MDC, Boo. Possum and Romeena for your concerns and well wishes.

G-F. Thanks for sharing about your brother's Vietnam experience. At one time, I had considered becoming a gunship pilot, but my interest with river gunboats was stronger.

From Poor Horatio

February 17, 2023 - Msg 118753: Greetings to the Porch,
This is Debbie Legge. Thank you so much for the plant you sent. It is so beautiful. I want you all to know that Kelvins funeral service was beautiful. His best friend for over thirty years spoke, along with both of our beautiful daughters and our son in law. Our precious grandchildren sang I Need Thee Every Hour, with the oldest playing the piano and all the others except the baby sang. Even our precious 4 yr old knew all the words. I am glad you got to see the video, I didn't know it was going to be posted.
Kelvin counted all of you as among his dearest friends.
I am so thankful for all of your prayers, they were sorely needed and answered. I have been born up with a strength that is not my own, and I know my Savior has given me that great gift. I have always loved the Book of Isaiah with its extensive teachings about our Savior. I know the truth contained in Isaiah 53:4, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, and I have felt that in abundance these past weeks.
Thank you again for all of your kindness. As a postscript, I can't at this moment remember the password to Kels computer. My brain has it hidden somewhere. My e-mail is debslegges@aol.com

February 17, 2023 - Msg 118754:

You are most welcome Debbie.
While watching the video about Kel, it stalled a bit at a photo transition,
so I captured it with a screen save and posted it at the Mortuary site.
I think you will like it. I am glad that his service was so nice, and
well attended. Thank you for sharing about it with us. God's peace to you
and yours.

GF--I also called pappabear on Thursday, and during the conversation
told him of Kel's passing. Frank seemed to be in good spirits, and that
is so cool to have gotten back in touch with his old friend.
Thanks for your kind words. My, that is an amazing story of him and your brother.
Poor Horatio--so sorry to hear of your falls, but happy to hear that
you took the medics advice. I do get concerned when you don't check in,
so thanks for doing so my friend. Prayers continue.
RO--so very neat about Keron Jackson. Funny thing is, I just saw him last week
on a Christian TV station. Your joy dinner sounded really nice.
God's peace and joy to you all.

February 18, 2023 - Msg 118755: Good afternoon, porch! I've been very lazy this morning, and I'll admit, that's getting to be a habit. Too often, it seems like all my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. I never thought I'd reach that point, let alone admit it, but here I am. If it weren't for this dadburn scoliosis, I'd be just fine. I really have no right to complain though. The scoliosis was diagnosed when I was 15, based upon one x-ray that showed a very slight curve in my upper spine, and the minor flattening of one shoulder blade. My very astute mother noticed that one day when I was wearing a swimsuit, and that led to the x-ray. The not-so-smart doctor she took me to got all up in the air and wanted to do surgery immediately to put in twin rods along my spine, from neck to waist, which would then require my living in a body cast for a solid year, which just happened to be my senior year in high school. I think not. The doc got all miffed, and informed my mother that I'd never carry a baby to full term with the scoliosis uncontrolled. Well, somebody carried four kids, no problems at all, and that somebody looked a lot like me. My parents let me make the decision, and I finally got the doc to admit that it could be done later if things got worse, and that was what we did. So I had a normal teen life, graduated high school at age 16, with not a body cast in sight! I rode my horse daily, water-skiied, climbed to the top of Enchanted Rock in South-Central Texas (a rite of passage for most young Texans) and basically did any moral thing I wanted to do, and had a very happy life, not just as a teen, but as a very happy adult, wonderful marriage and four great kids.

Now, at 83, some of that doctor's threats are coming true. The scoliosis is active, and is turning me into a pretzel. My center-of-gravity is all wonky, and I try to always be near something I can touch to maintain my balance. So far, I haven't fallen. Oh -one trick I've learned. When I realize a fall is inevitable, I just let my knees buckle and just sink to the floor. Trying to fight an impending fall is usually futile. Just relax and sink to the floor. Much safer! Haven't been hurt yet!

MDC, I'm glad you saw Keron Jackson! Did you ever hear a more beautiful voice? Did he share any of his personal experiences, the things that led him to where he is today? It's amazing! I really like and admire him, and am so glad he had the God-led experiences that brought him to where he is today. He's really an impressive ambassador for the Lord. A bear of a man, with the soul of a lamb.

Debbie, you are so very welcome here on the porch. You may or may not want to visit here, but know that you're loved, and are so welcome. Please stop in anytime you wish, there's always an empty rocker. We were all so impressed with Asa's devotion to you, and we want you to know we all loved him and will never forget his gentle ways, and the way he always knew just what to say in any situation. If you wish to take a "porch name", that's fine, or if you want to use your own name, that's fine too. You will continue to be in our prayers, dear girl. We all know where Kel is now, and we look forward to a reunion with him in times to come. God loves you, and so do we!

Blessings! Keep looking up! --Romeena

February 18, 2023 - Msg 118756: Evening Porchsters,
Asa and our antics way back when has been on my mind heavy since I heard of his passing so I went looking through the archives. Law'hamercy some of us have been sittin on this porch for a long time! Anyways, for the old timers to remember and for the others who found this wonderful place over the years, I want to share some of my favorites I found in the archives ..
Here we go ... a one ana 2 ...

February 26, 2004 - Msg 19667: Morning Porch.
Why I would be honored to coach y'all again this tear. It is always enjoyable, except when Homemaker throws her empty moon pie wrappers at me. And of course having the Plum as our mascot is a must. As far as practice goes we better have it at Boo's place. I still have 6 inches of snow on the ground and another 1/2 foot is due in tonight. We need the water but man I need some spring.:)
Hope you get feeling better soon Boo and family and Charlotte and all. I am still fighting bronchitis. Really sick of hacking and coughing.
Reckon I'll get off to work now.
Y'all have a good day.

February 26, 2004 - Msg 19675: Asa - next time I'll just throw the moon pie at you!
February 26, 2004 - Msg 19676: I wish you would. I haven't had my lunch yet.

February 26, 2004 - Msg 19677: heehee, that's funny!
February 26, 2004 - Msg 19678: "Where's the Vicks??!!(moan)

There's also one from Romeena asking talking about Sugar Plum getting mustard on her little mascot outfit ...

February 28, 2004 - Msg 19741: Good evening, all. I love this porch! The exchange of opinions and ideas is wonderful. As for the creature Satan was carrying - I would hesitate to call it a baby, though he was carrying it like one. It was misshapen and had a hideous, leering face. I took it to be a demon, but the idea of it being the anti-Christ is very intriguing. Satan himself was chilling, but fascinating, almost compelling at times. Just like the real thing. As for the movie, there are no adequate words to express the experience, and I won't try. To my complete amazement, I never cried. I think I was beyond that. I just pray that God will continue to draw people to see it, and will bless their experience with the film, and that it will be used to bring many into His kingdom that might not make that decision under any other influence.

Hazel, I left the Plum's little mascot suit in your mailbox. If you'd be so kind as to put some sort of decal over that mustard stain, I'd be very grateful. I could do it, but I probably couldn't find my iron. If a garment needs ironing, it can't live at my house, so I don't know where mine is. I keep up with the ironing board, though, because it's too big to lose, and besides, it's often needed for a kid to sleep on when we have a lot of company.

I started buying rose bushes today - only found two of the dozen or so I've chosen, but I'll keep looking. If anyone sees Mr. Weaver, please tell him I'll probably need him to spray for aphids in a few weeks.

And now for some supper. Wish I could make it to Spot's or Pipeman's for some leftovers, but I'm too tired to go out again. Have a great Sabbath tomorrow, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 17, 2005 - Msg 28280: Hey, hold on there, Daniel R. Nobody is judging anyone by their name, and I apologize on behalf of the porch if it seemed that way to you. On this porch, you can call yourself by any name you choose, and if you want to go by your real name, that's fine with us. We were only suggesting "handles" because most of us use them, and we wanted you to feel at home. If you prefer to use Daniel R., then that's who you shall be. You're so right, many of the names used here weren't used directly on the show. Some are references, and some just came out of the imagination of their owner, and they're all just fine. So stick around, Daniel R., you are welcome here.

Spot, that was a good meal! Sure did enjoy it. We need to do this more often. And what about softball? Are we gonna have a team? We talked about it earlier, but haven't said any more. The Plum got her little mascot uniform out and asked me to tighten the seams in a couple of places, and get it cleaned, so I did. Now we just need to grease the wheels on her wagon, and she'll be ready to make refreshment rounds.
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 18, 2005 - Msg 28283: Ro - I was waiting on Asa to get the practices rolling - I don't think I can catch this year. . .don't think I can do that after that surgery of mine. I'll make a dandy snack bringer - little debbies and pepsi's for everybody! HA

Of course there are so many more, but I thought y'all might like to do some 'memberin'

Later Taters,

February 19, 2023 - Msg 118757: Very Sweet post Mavis...Yes many memories of him...Personally I haven’t been here as long as some of you guys, but we all have our own memories of him. Thank you for sharing some of y’alls stories...


February 19, 2023 - Msg 118758: So many memories of Asa! Another bond we had was our love of the "All Creatures Great and Small" series. We used to go to Sara's Chat room and talk about the books and we'd quote lines from them and laugh about the funny things that would happen. Like me, he had read each of the books many times. I was looking back at an exchange we had in 2012, on the Mayberry after Midnight group, and he had wished me happy birthday. I said "Thank you, Laddie." And he replied "I was afraid you was gonna say "nowt to any more birthdays"!" We loved to try to talk the same way the farmers did to James.
Asa meant so much to so many people!

February 20, 2023 - Msg 118759: Hey Porch,

Just an observation of inconsistencies in the TAGS...

In "A Black Day for Mayberry," Andy says, "It's big all right, it's about the biggest thing that ever happened to this town."

So...the Hollywood movie being shot on location in Mayberry, using the town and it's citizens in the movie, wasn't?!

Y'all take care!

John Masters

February 20, 2023 - Msg 118760: Hello Porchsters. John Masters, I know there's a boatload of inconsistencies, and I don't what makes one seem more interesting than another, but that's a big one. Big. BIG! I saw one myself last week. In Medal For Opie, Barney shows Opie the strange exercise on the porch where he pushed someone with his legs. After that doesn't work, Barney tells Andy, "He's gonna sprint down that track like greased lightning." Opie replies, "Really Barney, like greased lightning?" Whereupon, clearly, an off screen Andy and not Barney replies, "Yes sir!" It's at 8:52 of the episode. Just a really strange sequence. I can't imagine why they couldn't just record Barney saying "Yes sir" if they forgot it in the original shoot, which is my first guess. Even the sound quality sounds totally different from the rest of the scene. I reckon a lot of these come down to them really not considering the ability of the average person to watch a recorded version of the show. No way I'd have noticed it on the first hearing.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman