The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

May 29, 2023 - Msg 119047: Hello friends. Sorry I’ve been away so much things have been busy around here but we are doing OK.

MDC Erin is working at a restaurant and is doing well there. She is much healthier and no drugs. She has been keeping all of her appointments and seeing a good psychiatrist, thank you again for your many prayers on her behalf.

It is still hard coming to the porch many times I still feel pain and I miss Romeena and Asa more than ever. having said that I don’t want to lose touch with my friends here. This porch is too important to me to ever walk away. I was really hoping that some of the old porch friends would keep coming back but I see it’s pretty quiet these days.

Hope all of you had a good memorial day and have a great rest of the week. Love to all.


May 30, 2023 - Msg 119048: Hey Y'all- Wanted to pop in and say "Hey". Hope everybody is doing well.

I was going through some old papers yesterday and happened upon a list of emails of many of our Porchsters and there was an email address for Sterling among them.I took a chance that it is still a working email address and wrote to Sterling to let him know about Asa & Romeena. Really hoping he'll get the email. I'll let y'all know if I hear back from him. Cross your fingers!

I feel the same, Boo. We've gotta keep our Porch going,though. It's too special of a place to just give up on it and we all know that neither Asa nor Ro would want us to. We'll do the best we can and push on.

Well, guess that's it for now. Y'all take care now. Peace & Love!

possum u.a.r.

May 30, 2023 - Msg 119049: Thanks, Possum, hope you hear from Sterling.


May 30, 2023 - Msg 119050: Hello all. Popping in just to show my face. Don't take any wooden nickels!

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

May 30, 2023 - Msg 119051: Good evening porch friends, I hope you all had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I made the cemetery rounds and laid flowers on some relatives’ graves. We also did some fishing at our son’s pond. Every time someone caught a fish, my mind said, “And Wham! Hooked like a starving catfish!” LOL I love that episode. “Not a ? dance, not a uplifters’ dance...a CHURCH dance!” I can’t remember what kind the first dance was. Anybody? Good to see everyone—Boo, possum, G-F, Horatio, MDC, Big Maude, Billy Ray, and all. Here’s a penny for your travels.
Has anyone heard of or used Melaleuca products? I have and like them very much and am interested in trying more of them. Just wondered if anyone had any experience with them or recommendations.
Charlotte Tucker

May 30, 2023 - Msg 119052: Good eve-uh-nin (in my best Ernest T. Bass impression),

Thought I would drop in too. I've seen the porch has slowed down like Barney on the bicycle trying to keep up with Opie's workout. So sad to see what's happened and how we've lost Asa and Ro. I don't mean to harp on the subject as we are all trying to move on, but it's definitely taken it's toll.
I, myself, have been a little concerned about the Porch slowly coming to it's demise. Especially with all the utter evil, madness and twisted stuff in this country and world. The Porch's end would be just one more good, pure and Christian thing to go under in this dark of times. And, as Ro would say, soapbox back under the porch.
I hope this truly finds you all well. I have found myself reconnecting with God and His word through all of this. He's been dropping hints at me as I am going through some very stressful and harrowing times right now.
Better git. Might snack before bed and then hit the sack with some TAGS to ease my mind.

Y'all take care. God be with you all.

John Masters

Oh shoot!...I need to order more music all the way from New York ;)

May 30, 2023 - Msg 119053: Whoops! I forgot...Hey to Boo, MDC, Charlotte, possum, Maude, Billy Ray, G-F, Horatio final time...Asa and Romeena. And to everyone else that watched Howard Sprague bowl the 300 game.

John Masters

May 31, 2023 - Msg 119054: Happy Wednesday porch. just doing a check point chickie.

I Have been busy helping Mr. Maude with his therapy appointments and doing his therapy at home. He is doing well, beginning to transition from a walker to a cane. His physical therapist has been pleased with his progress. Hopefully he can get the other knee done in September.

We learned that we are going to be 1st time grandparents in November! Patrick and Daysie are expecting. My birthday was May 5th and they gave me a birthday card with an ultrasound picture in it. That made my birthday and Mothers Day as well.
We don't know if it's a boy or girl but it doesn't matter at all so long as it's healthy. They will find out on a few weeks so I will let you guys know.

I agree that the porch is a might quite place these days as everyone processes our losses. Hopefully we can work through our grief and keep OUR little piece of tranquility going. Romeena and
Asa would want that. We do depend on one another for support.

Guess I better get busy
Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

May 31, 2023 - Msg 119055: Here’s a little taste of the “Mayberry Effect” documentary that came out a couple years ago.... I thought y’all could use a little shot of Mayberry this morning!..Chris Hudson did a AWESOME job on this!..Plus he’s a nice guy too...


May 31, 2023 - Msg 119056: p.s. If you look on the “Inter web” there a several places you can rent it or buy it outright...(Like Weavers Department Store site)....*Same goes for The Mayberry Man Movie! 🎥

G-F again

May 31, 2023 - Msg 119057: Hey Y'all- Congratulations to Big Maude!! That's wonderful news and sure brings some delightfulness to the Porch,knowing we'll have a new Porch baby to fuss over! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

G-F- I don't know if it's still on there,but I saw "Mayberry Effect" on the Tubi app last year,I think it was. Really good documentary-y'all watch it if you can find it. Mayberry Man is a cute movie-got myself a copy from Weaver's.

Checked my email this morning and nothing yet from Sterling. I sure hope he still uses that address and will eventually see my message. Will keep y'all posted.

Enjoy the last day of May and remember to act like somebody!

possum again

P.S. Hey to Charlotte Tucker! I haven't heard of that product you mentioned. Perhaps another Porchster has,though.

May 31, 2023 - Msg 119058: Melaleuca...Melaleuca...ain't that a cure for the mange?

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119059:

Hey ever'one, good to see lots of conversation on the porch!
Good to see everyone too. I got to thinking the other day as we were
moving some furniture around that I have Barney's "den" in my living room! ha
I have my leatherette wheeler, a sofa to nap on, and my remote. :)
Sometimes I even let Cecile come in. haha
Possum, I sure hope that email is good. Would be nice to hear from him.
Hope all is well in your 'neck of the woods.' Pappabear and I talked briefly
on Memorial Day. He used to put flags at the cemetery, but cant get around
to do that anymore.
KY GIRL- Was it you who also likes the Rifleman? Did u see the other day
that part of it was shot at "Myers Lake?!" I recognized the trees and surrounding
BOO-- Good sweep, and so happy that Erin is doing so well. That really is so good to hear.
One thing about RO's posts was her big picture window, and all the happenings
in her backyard. I miss those posts and of course, Trinket too, and how she
pampered her. I sure hope she is doing OK these days.
BILLY RAY, did you see my post to you? You have to go back to the last archive to see it.
JOHN MASTERS--good to hear from you. Yes, I agree, things are dark right now,
especially the whole dodgers deal. So sick.
I assure you, if they were making fun of mohammed, no way would they be invited.
But i'm pretty well done with all pro sports now. You are also right tho, WE need to be a light
to the world now more than ever! Our pastor recently gave a very good analogy:
The ocean is the world, and we are a ship in the ocean. Jesus is the wind in our sails
moving us forward, but if forget him he stops his wind against the sails, and we become stagnant, and
may begin to take in water, (the worldliness) and before long, it cannot be bailed out
faster than it is coming in, and then, of course, the ship sinks. Something to really think
about! REV once spoke of something very similar.
BIG MAUDE--so nice to hear of Mr. Maude's progress. So glad that he is sticking to it,
as that is so important. And a GRANDkid, how very cool! I know that Ro and Asa are rejoicing with us.
G-F...thank you for that neat clip of Mayberry!!! :)
CHARLOTTE--I have not heard of those products either, sorry. Are you asking about our first dance?
For me, it was an 8th grade dance, all the boys on one side, all the girls on the other,
and the chaperones in the middle trying to get us to dance! haha :) Must have been a sight.
Prayers for all,

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119060: Oops, sorry for the 'book!' mdc

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119061: Big Maude, Congratulations on the grandbaby! Our grown children are single, and it pains my heart. I wish they’d both meet someone wonderful, but I’m not in charge of that. Thank you for that link, G-F, I’ll have to check it out. I agree John Masters. The world is dark. I just didn’t my daily Bible reading and swim and try to stick my toes in the dirt to stay grounded. I do miss Ro and Asa, but I know they would be the first to want the porch to carry on. Boo, I’m glad Sean and Erin are doing well. No “Wheelering” for me today. We decided to paint an old truck of ours with Rustoleum and a roller. I must say it turned out pretty fair—better than Newman’s painting! MDC, I was referring to the first dan e Andy mentioned in that quote....”not a (some specific kind of dance), not a uplifters dance, a CHURCH dance!” Who can complete that quote for me? It’s driving me crazy. Melaleuca products are all natural and wonderful. I just wondered if any of you had used them. And no, Billy Ray, they don’t cure mange as far as I know. Lol. My book might be bigger than yours, MDC. Ya’ll gotta remember I’m a writer and editor. 😉 Hey to possum!
Charlotte Tucker

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119062: Nope, MDC, your book’s bigger than mine!

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119063: Hello, porch peeps.
Charlotte, I believe the quote you're gropin for is "not a legion dance, not a chamber of commerce dance, not an uplifters dance... a church dance!"
I guess it's my turn to write a "book".
Believe it or not, I was actually going to post something in the last couple of weeks. But, I saw the porch was getting close to sweeping, and I didn't want my post to be the very top one of a new page! How lame is that?
Anyhoo... Asa died mid February... I posted my condolences then, and I truly miss him so darn much. I really meant to start posting more to the porch, and Romeena had even responded to me and asked some questions about my container garden. Which prompted me to go out and take some measurements, and I was going to respond back to her about tomatoes, and how big of a container they would need, but I never came back and posted it...
In the meantime, on March 30th, my son-in-law died. It has been the worst thing ever. It was by suicide. I can't even say that terrible word without crying. It has been so awful, trying to navigate my 39-year-old daughter, and the fact that she is now a widow. I hate this so much.
I'm falling apart myself, but it's not about me. It's about my daughter. She was married to him for 10 years, and with him for 7 before that. He was part of our family for 17 years.
And then shortly after that, on Good Friday, Romeena died. So I know I have been sparse, and I really do offer my condolences to all of you for the loss of Romeena, and Asa.
I do really love you all, and I have to throw this in here: I don't share a couple of yours opinions about how everything is dark and bleak right now.
In spite of everything that I've been through I still believe our country will get through this: we are strong and I truly believe that we have more in common with our neighbors and each other then the media would have us believe.
Dare I say it? Keep looking up!

June 01, 2023 - Msg 119064: Good evening Hazel and porchsters,
Good to see you here. I am deeply sorry for your horrific loss. Very sorry for your daughter. Does she have children? Prayers for you both. Thank you for completing the quote I was butchering! I agree with you that we do have more in common with one another than the media leads us to believe.
Charlotte Tucker

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119065: First off, before I start my “book” I want send condolences to Hazel on her loss. You just don’t know the struggles people are going thru and the sense of hopelessness they feel sometimes....

Here on the Porch we have shared some of those stories with the hope our words and comfort will give others some comfort and empathy to others who also are dealing with difficulties both spoken & UNSPOKEN....

But I CAN say this....This little corner of the world we have here is a special place to those of us who rock here and have rocked here before...Some of us were fortunate to meet in person, Maude & Possum to name two, they can attest that the Mayberry community is a VERY SPECIAL group of people.

I think this is because as Charlotte & Hazel have stated we as Human Beings still want and urn to be good people. That is WHAT the Spirit of Mayberry shows us....There is GOOD in EVERYONE but you need to look for it and not fall into the traps of the world 🌎 ...Amen?

If you don’t believe that, then come to most any Mayberry event or festival and you will see it in the flesh....As we get older I think we want to go back to those days when life was not so complicated....

I’ll finish with a quote from Andy...: “You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become older and more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past....Andy Griffith

So as I sit on my rocker on MY front porch watching my birds & squirrels play...I Say....Life is too Short, and So am I!....

G-F 🧔🏻 I grew a beard for this post...(If you know that episode)

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119066: I know that episode...
You've got to let him finish his thoughts, cuz he's got some zingers!

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119067: Hey G-F and Hazel and all other porchsters who need to get rockin’.
We finished the paint roller job on our old truck, and I must say it’s an improvement over the rust and missing paint. I need to introduce you all to my one-year-old pup, Jetta. She is a pistol. She loves to play catch and fetch, and she chews up anything that isn’t being supervised. Today I caught her chewing up our new hose nozzle. 🤦‍♀️ Our older dog, Brantley, 10, tolerates her nonsense. Happy Friday all! I think I’ll go over to Thelma Lou’s for some TV and then take a nap.
Charlotte Tucker

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119068:
For the love of Mike, just DO IT! :)

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119069: See...Exactly what I mean...Where else can you make the above statement and everyone knows exactly what episode it came from...🤣🤣

Charlotte talking about paint rolling you truck, it reminded me of a Old Guy who I worked with waaay back in the early 70’s he had a old Nash that he did the same thing to... He was So proud of it, he painted it hunter green. I have to admit he did a pretty good job for only using a roller & brush.

Hadn’t thought about Clarence for years, he looked like Popeye and always wore a train Engineer hat.....


June 02, 2023 - Msg 119070: G-F, we painted ours Hunter Green too!!!
Charlotte Tucker

June 02, 2023 - Msg 119071: Haha, GF, won't Clarence be surprised that you haven't changed a bit!


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This version of The Taylor's Front Porch has been created to pay our respect to the original porch found on Thanks to Frank for all the work he did for Mayberry on the web. We've tried to make this just like Frank's Porch. This is also a tribute to Ollie's "Trivialities" site which was another homage to Frank's porch but is no longer with us.