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?

February 12, 2024 - Msg 119642: Andy told Opie to put 14 into 169.


John Masters

February 12, 2024 - Msg 119643: Hey...good sweep. Just like the two Super Bowls over the Niners.



February 13, 2024 - Msg 119644:

Good sweep JM, and good to see you Big Maude, and Charlotte.
JM--I knew there was a 1-6 in there somewhere! ha
OK, name the episode...
"That's right, bats lay eggs in your hair, and you go blind." :)

Maudie, so glad that Mr Maude is doing well now. Keep up the protein!

More later folks,

February 13, 2024 - Msg 119645: Big Maude, Glad you’re feeling better. Save me some of that lunch. Sounds delicious. I thought you were making hamburgers. You know Al likes his hard. I hope you are celebrating your Chiefs all week, John Masters! I’m studying Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place with some ladies. During our prayer time it became apparent there is a lot of flu and sickness in our area. Praying for people to dodge all the bugs and stay healthy. Hey to you and Cecile, MDC.
Charlotte Tucker

February 13, 2024 - Msg 119646: Pretty sure that was the Cave Rescue MDC. Old Barn could get worked up.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

February 13, 2024 - Msg 119647:

And Charlotte, Cory was a Mother Theresa of her time!
Amazing what she did, and how she got the Bible past the guard.
Hope you are all ok in this latest snow storm.
PS_ Pappa Bear's birthday is on Friday.

February 14, 2024 - Msg 119648: Good morning, valentines! No snowstorm here, MDC. Been enjoying spring weather and my hotel swimming. Supposed to be 56 today! My daffodils are coming up. I hope they don’t end up getting their heads froze off! I baked some mean pork chops last night and told my husband I thought they were “flavorful as CAN be” (emphasis on the CAN like Andy). Just like Mz. Johnston’s pickles. Funny how at some point Mz Johnston turned into Clara Edwards. Any explanation on that? Hey to Billy Ray! I think I’ll spend my Valentine’s Day listening to Leonard Blush.
Charlotte Tucker

February 14, 2024 - Msg 119649: Hello porch buddies. Wanted to drop in while I have a minute. Things are busy but good.

I looked back at the website someone posted to read comments made about Kel on the funeral home website and it made me think of something. When I pass away, whoever is left here, please don't post anything about the porch on a funeral home site because I have written some really bad stuff about some of my family members that are still in the archives, and if some of them get nosy and want to read back over my comments it could hurt alot of feelings! lol...on second thought...go ahead. I won't be hear to deal with it. haha

Better run, there is work to be done!


February 16, 2024 - Msg 119650: Happy Birthday to Pappa Bear!!

Boo, you crack me up!

Glad you're feeling better, Maude.

Y'all take care & remember to act like somebody!

possum u.a.r.

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119651:

Hi all! Hope everyone has a good weekend.
I got a nice call from PappaBear today.
He is doing better these days, and enjoying a 'mild' winter
so far. I had sent him a card, and he kidded that someone
must have steamed it open and took out the $100 bill! :)
BOO--that is pretty funny, especially after "on second thought..."
So happy that Erin is maturing, and taking
responsibility. BTW, did you ever try some melatonin sublingually?
CharloTTE- Her name could possibly be explained this way. What if Miss
Johnson was her madien name. Then she had a short marriage to a Mr. Edwards.
But he never shows up in the show, but rather he skips town
like in that Pee-ten Place. haha
Trivia time...have any of you ever noticed that that "round window"
in Miss Crump's classroom scene shows up in some other scenes, and some
other Desilu Studios shows? I guess budgets were pretty tight back then
and had to use scenery over and over! ha
Keep well, and keep looking up!

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119652: Hello porch.
Thought I'd just stop by and say hey. Sorry I don't post here very often. I hope you all are doing well.
Charlotte mentioned something about The Hiding Place book and I wanted to say that is one of my all-time favorite books. I got a copy of it years ago at a yard sale, and I've read it so many times the front cover fell off. No matter what religion you are it speaks to faith, family, friendship, history, love, kindness and acceptance. I probably pull it out about every 2 years and read it again.
I'm still missing Asa, as I know you all are. It's just been over a year since he passed on. I hope his family is doing well.
Well, 10-4 over and out.
Why don't we go up to the old people's home and wax the steps?

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119653: Howdy Hazel! So glad you came by the porch to sit a spell. Yes, The Hiding Place really puts faith in perspective. We are so spoiled. In regards to Asa, we just have to imagine he is still here sleeping peacefully in his chair just like he did in the bank. 😉 We all miss him and Ro so much. MDC, In regards to Miss Johnson/Edwards, I thought maybe you were going to suggest that the brief Mr. Edwards was a drinkin’ man who got hit by a taxi cab like Tom Silby. (Sp?) lol. Ha, Boo, I understand what you mean about sharing your porch thoughts with the masses. Some of my early ones were posts of personal frustration with family! Glad to hear Papa Bear is doing ok, MDC. Hey to Billy Ray, Big Maude, and John Masters! I’m tryin’ to act like somebody, possum. Puttin’ out an APB on G-F Poor Horatio, and Spot! Maybe they’ll show up at the checkpoint chickie! 10-4.

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119654: Oops…. that was my post…. Charlotte

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119655: Hey Porch.Sorry I haven't been able to stop by often.Things have been really busy around here at my house.Happy belated birthday Pappa Bear.Hope everyone is staying warm.Here on my end of the porch it is snowing and going down to 17 degrees here tonight.Take care friends-

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119656: That was me KY girl

February 17, 2024 - Msg 119657:

Hi y'aal, just a little something to get your
Sabbath day off to a good start...

Later, :)

February 18, 2024 - Msg 119658: Hey to K-Y Girl! Good to see you. It’s a little cooler on my porch than it had been too. You need not be so busy so you can sit more often. What’s your hurry? Thank you, MDC, for that bit of music by The Petersens. They give the Darlin’s a run for their money. 1:14 and I’m wide awake. 😞 Good Sabbath, ya’ll.
Charlotte Tucker

February 18, 2024 - Msg 119659: That’s a Good one MDC....G-F

February 19, 2024 - Msg 119660:

I see Mayberry just across the river... :)

February 19, 2024 - Msg 119661: Thanks for the update on Pappa bearm MDC. I'm glad he is doing better. On the subject of melatonin, I do take it regularly but have never seen it sublingual.
Now, concerning Mrs. Johnson/Edwards, I dont think your theory would work, MDC, since she had a son. By your theory, she would have had to have her son out of wedlock, which we know Clara would not have done. At least not in Mayberry. Maybe if she lived up in Payton Place at the time. hehe

Hwy there KY Girl, good to see you on the porch again.

Hazel, I havent read the Hiding Place in many years but I have read it more than once and saw the movie. It is something else, alright.
Oh, I'll go with you to wax the steps.


February 19, 2024 - Msg 119662: Hello everyone! I just wanted to drop in and let you all know that Paramount Plus is streaming all seasons of TAGS, uncut. (My apologies if someone else already mentioned that.). I went to the "Don Knotts' Mayberry Memories" talk that was given by Don Knotts' nephew, who lived with Don for many years. He said Don was extremely shy in person and at family events, he would sit quietly by himself. One neat story is that Andy had Don appear in several episodes of Matlock. Don did not make any residuals (or if he did, very little) from TAGS and Andy knew this, so he made sure that Don was extremely well compensated for his appearances on Matlock to make up for it. Anyway - if you get a chance to see this talk, you won't regret it. All 3 shows sold out in our little town!

February 19, 2024 - Msg 119663: I forgot to sign off - the above is from MIz Edwards.

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119664:

Hi Porchsters. I've been dealing with a broken garage door spring
for the last few days. We have a one piece metal door that is 40 years old,
so i had to order springs online. They came today, I installed them, but
then the door did not open and close properly. Finally got the right
adjustments made. Also, I had my lawn dethatched today. Oh the joys of being
a homeowner! ha!
Oh, BTW, I mentioned a few weeks ago how vicks is good for split finger tips,
well it is also good for toe fungus! ha (The Miracle Salve episode was on
Me-tv tonight. :)
Hey to MIZ. Sorry that I missed that show. I wanted to see it, just lost track of time.
I have seen Don on Matlock reruns, but I never knew that about Andy, and how
he wanted to help Don like that. Very cool.

HI BOO. Good point about Clara's son. Maybe the dish towel salesman? ha
Floyd also had a son because he played for the
shoe salesman, but no mention of Floyd's wife. Such goings on! ha

Charlotte, I am also a night owl these days. I do not miss that morning alarm at all!
Hey to Hazel and KY girl. Thanks for stopping by.

GF--have you made any "Mayberry items" recently?

Hang in there folks. Lenten mission at church Wed. eve. Gonna be some good preachin'.


February 21, 2024 - Msg 119665: Good (very early) morning porchsters! 4:01 and I’m awake again. Ugh. Glad to see Miz Edwards, Ky-girl, Hazel, Boo, MDC posting. My husband and I cut down a tree that was too close to our house and started burning the wood in our fire pit outdoors. My husband said something about smoke signals, which sent me into a full politically incorrect dialogue from Colonel Harvey. And my husband rolled his eyes like Andy. Lol TAGS quotes do make for such great fun. Take care everyone. Sure enjoying the warmer weather here on our porch. Don’t take any wooden nickels or those nickels with the buffalo facing the wrong direction.
Charlotte Tucker

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119666: Hey Gang...There’s talk of almost 60 degrees here again today, it sure has been a welcome warmup.
Hopefully the groundhog is right and we will have an early Spring!....

MDC...Those garage door springs can be a bit problematic getting them adjusted correctly. Yes, my Lab has been busy busy making items for the upcoming Mayberry events.
I have several things completed and many more in the pipeline to do yet, and several in various stages of production.
Doing these projects help me get thru the cold dreary winter months here in Ohio.

Charlotte...I get the same reaction from my wife when I talk TAGS...She don’t speak a WORD of Mayberryism.
What is funny, when we all get together and start throwing out quotes and such we ALL understand perfectly what we are talking about don’t we?

I better get moving I have a lot to do today, I need several things from the craft store(s) so production doesn’t slow down.
BTW...I’m doing a big wooden nickel with two Buffalo facing each other with a saying...”No matter which direction you are pointing, you’ll always find your way back to Mayberry.”

Catch y’all later...G-F

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119667: Morning porch friends, thought I would check in before workday gets busy.

We have had milder temperatures as well on my end of the porch. I with you GF I hope that ole groundhog is right and an early spring is in the works.

Daysie goes back to work today as her maternity leave is up. They have Tripp set up in a local Church daycare and have been taking him a few hours each day for the past week or so. This day care has been in business for a long time, is very reputable and on the same holidays off schedule as the company where Patrick works. It is also close to his office and mine as well so if I need to help out with picking him up I can do so. They
seen to be adjusting to parenthood pretty well.

guess I better get busy.
Lunch will be: chicken salad sandwiches, chips and Mr. Cookie Bars .

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119668:

Charlotte and GF (and all who "get it):
"I've lived among 'em, they're devils."

MDC :)

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119669: Colonel Harvey...

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119670: Hello Porchsters. Had about 4 inches of snow Saturday. Got up to 63 degrees today. I tell ya, everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

February 21, 2024 - Msg 119671: Billy Ray....Us Folks in Ohio call that normal weather...G-F

February 22, 2024 - Msg 119672: MDC, I'm one that "gets it" too, and can just see Andy rolling his eyes after that line.

February 22, 2024 - Msg 119673: As hilarious as that line is, you'd have a hard time these days getting it by the censors.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

February 22, 2024 - Msg 119674: MDC...You getting ready for Spring training?...⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️...G-F

February 24, 2024 - Msg 119675:

HI Folks! It's Friday night once again. It used to be a big
"sigh of relief" evening, but these days not so much, tho it seems
like I'm busier in retirement than when I was working! ha
In fact, I think we may have a pinhole water leak.
I discovered dampness on the carpet on the bedroom floor that is adjacent
to the laundry room. Looks like another homeowner joy! May have to remove
some wallboard to see. Remember when Ro had a similar issue?
Oh, and I bought a new laptop. My current one is starting to show a
"grey screen" when it opens. That is not a good sign, and it is 12 years old.

Hey to Billy Ray. Did all the snow melt? Then again, what did Calvin
Cooledge say? :)

Big Maude, sounds like things are going pretty well with ya.
Thanks for the lunch. So cool that you have a grandkid to 'spoil!' :)

POOR HORATIO, havent heard anything from you in quite some time.
Sure hope you are OK. Please check in when you can.

GF--very cool that you make all those Mayberry items! Regarding spring training,
yes, the teams are back, but i just cant get into it like I used to.
A lot of PC stuff, and players just dont sign items like they used to, even just
5 or 6 years ago, they used to quite a bit. They seem more standoffish which saddens me, especially
for the younger generation.

All else is good here. Weather lately has been amazing 75 or so. Did ya all hear
about the unmanned US lander on the moon? But apparently it is on its side. Oops!

Well, hang in there all,

February 25, 2024 - Msg 119676: Hello Porchsters. Here's a song that always gets to Ole Billy Ray. Whether singing it at preaching or listening to it on YouTube, it's sure to bring tears to my eyes.

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119677:

Very moving Billy Ray. A great way to end my Sunday! mdc

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119678: Its Monday again folks. just checking in.

Its about 54 degrees on my end of the porch, mostly cloudy as well. Some rain expected especially Tuesday and Wednesday. I would rather have the rain than snow. Hopefully Spring is on its way and we can all sing "Welcome sweet Spring time". I am kind of like ole Barn and can't sing a lick but will make a joyful noise.

We will switch to daylight savings time in a couple weeks, March 10th I think. I am looking forward to having more daylight in the evenings but it might take a few days for my brain to make the change.

Mr. Maude and the kids are doing pretty good. Patrick, Daysie and Tripp came for supper last night and we celebrated Daysie's birthday. She is such a sweetheart and has been a great addition to our family.

Nothing else newsworthy to report so guess I had better busy here at work.

Lunch menu: grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, chips of your choice, brownies. tea or
raspberry lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119679: Meanwhile in Idaho, it poured down rain about 5 hours ago. An hour after that we had an earthquake, about 50 miles from my house. An hour later it started snowing which turned into a blizzard. I expect I'll be sitting outside in my shorts later in the day.

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119680: What’s next a Hazel? Are the potatoes 🥔 going to jump out of the ground? ..Certainly an eventful day...G-F

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119681: G-F, I was right there in it!

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119682: Hey Porch,

In the middle of moving from the southern Missouri Ozarks to the upper Ozarks, Pomme De Terre/Lake of the Ozarks area. Will be quite a change from way out in the middle of nowhere to inside of a small town. But I'm from Kansas City, so I am used to being with neighbors.
Was 70 some degrees in my area today. Supposed to be 82* tomorrow and 38* on Wednesday! That's not a weather snap, that's a weather explosion!
Better go as I have more packing to do.

Y'all take care!

John Masters

February 26, 2024 - Msg 119683:

Handsome, handsome, handsome...handsome is as handsome does! (:

February 27, 2024 - Msg 119684:

HI Gang, I just found this neat TAGS bloopers and
fun facts video. Enjoy...


February 28, 2024 - Msg 119685: Good morning! From 74 sweating and working in my flowerbed weeding yesterday to waking up to a skiff of snow, 19 degrees with wind chill of 0! Midwest weather will get you, but it sounds like Hazel and others have been experiencing the same deal. I also am ready to sing Welcome Sweet Springtime, Big Maude. Thanks for completing my Colonel Harvey quote, MDC. It IS a funny one. Colonel Harvey could be in my top 5 episodes. I’d love to see everyone’s top 5. I was going to list them, but as I start thinking of them, there’s more than 5, but anyway… Aunt Bee the Warden, Ellie the Desperate Hunter, when the Darlins come to Town, Colonel Harvey, and Big Maude’s episode are among my top faves. Now someone else list a few faves, and I’ll probably change mine! Lol. I do also like the ep when Otis is going to learn to drive. Good to see everybody. Have fun with your move, John Masters! Hey to G-F and Billy Ray. APB for possum, Spot, and Boo.
Charlotte Tucker

February 28, 2024 - Msg 119686: 1. Man in a Hurry 2. Barney and the Choir 3. Mr. McBeevee 4. Convicts At Large 5. Aunt Bee the Warden

These (except #1 which is an easy choice)will probably change like the weather but that's it for now.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

February 29, 2024 - Msg 119687:

"Andy and Opie Bachelors" is my number 1 because, well, because
I get to see Miss Peggy and Andy sing "Down in the Valley!"
It is my favorite scene of the whole series. :)
More later,

February 29, 2024 - Msg 119688: Favorite episodes?....That’s a tough one... I kinda agree with Billy Ray except exchange the last one for Back to Nature.
I agree with him too about that changing daily....There IS a lesson to learn in every episode in some sort of way...

Paw....Let Miss Peggy have some Fun.... 🍳


February 29, 2024 - Msg 119689: Oh Billy Ray! Mine just changed! Man in a Hurry is MY episode! Of course it’s among my top picks! I knew I would forget something. My favorites are most ALL episodes! One episode I am not as much a fan of is the class reunion one because I don’t like Andy’s old girlfriend. But I do like when they sing the fight song. Something good in every episode and yes, G-F, a lesson to learn in every one. I agree, MDC, Miss Peggy is a favorite.
Charlotte Tucker

February 29, 2024 - Msg 119690: Hello friends, wanted to take a minute to check in. Been very busy but things are going pretty well.

I am gaining more patients and experience and loving the work I am doing. Who knew I would love geriatric patients so much? I have the sweetest of the sweet and it is such an honor and blessing to care for them. Thank you for those of you who prayed that I would find the right job. I have to spend alot of time at the computer sometimes but I dont really mind it. I love learning new things.

Bruce is recovering well from his shoulder surgery, Sean is doing well in his new job in the tool room, and Erin is working hard and taking good care of little Mari.

We had to put down one of our dogs this week and that was sad. Our old dog Ollie (13) was declining the last couple of months and finally couldnt really carry himself on his legs and was suffering. One of our neighbors dogs got into the yard and fought with Ollie and Ollie got a pretty bad wound to his neck, also. The poor old boy was not doing well so we made the difficult decision to send him on ahead. It was particularly hard for Bruce. We will be ok, though, and still have two wonderful dogs to keep us smiling.

I have a little confession concerning TAGS. I have not been watching since Romeena's death. When I try to watch I feel that pain in my soul and I just cant do it. I did make myself watch two episodes today and it is getting better. I just still feel sad when I watch. I have no plans to give up forever, though. I just wish it gave me the comfort it used to...maybe it will again in time.

Best get back to my computer work. Love to all,


March 01, 2024 - Msg 119691: Hey Porch!

Thanks, Charlotte. We move in this Saturday. Been working so hard at getting this done, I was unloading our rented UHaul in the garage at 3:30am. read that right. 3:30 in the morning.

My top 5 (in no particular order)
1. Family Visit
2. The Bazaar ("DICK, YOU FORGOT PANSY!")
3. Goober Takes a Car Apart (Cha-weet, cha-weet, cha-weet. Pucka, Pucka, Pucka)
4. Opie's Charity
5. The Case of the Punch in the Nose

Gotta git to bed! Night, all!

John Masters

March 01, 2024 - Msg 119692: Sorry to hear about your dog, Boo. have had to put down three dogs in my life and each one left me in full breakdown.

My condolences.


March 01, 2024 - Msg 119693: Boo...Sorry to hear about your Ollie, that’s always a had thing and decision to make...Also I can relate to your Senior clients,
working with the elderly was always interesting for me when I was working...EVERY soul has a story, some sad, some have happy ones but EVERYONE is equally important!..

As I get older it has more meaning...We can be proud of our life accomplishments and as with our parents we are a stepping stone to the next generation...We may be worn out by life be we can feel good about our legacy in the process.

This generation has NO concept of this, but they too will find out some day if they have ANY foot 🦶🏻 prints left behind...
Because, EVERY life matters and we never know how our short time on earth had mattered in someone’s life....

Y'all have a WONDERFUL Day and try to Act Like Somebody!


March 01, 2024 - Msg 119694: p.s. There’s a line in a movie...Pop, quit filling her head with your stories....Kris Kristofferson replies......
“Stories is All I Got left”.... Wise Advice...G-F

March 01, 2024 - Msg 119695: Gosh, it's so hard to pick five favorite episodes but I'll give 'er a try.
Crime Free Mayberry
Convicts at Large
Aunt Bee the Warden
Barney and the Govenor
Those are the first five that come to mind, however there are so many that I consider my favorites. That being said, there are a handful of ones that I don't like.
Sorry about your dog, Boo. We just recently lost ours on January 6th, so I feel the pain. I miss her everyday so much.


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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.