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Friday, November 11, 2011

Redneck Poetry

by Maureen

52 comments:

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Splat!!

Tinka said...

Good Morning Shirley - I love to see your poppy. I am wearing mine too for Remembrance Day. Yesterday it was beautiful and sunny. Today it's rainy buckets out there. When I told Jack it was all the soldiers crying in Heaven he looked at me like I had lost it. I guess there is still a little six old hiding inside of me. We are not going to the Remembrance Day ceremonies in this rain. Some people will be there with umbrellas along with the old Veterans. There are only a few left from WW 11.

Tinka said...

Happy Veterans Day to all my American friends.

Michael said...

g'morning Shirley and Tinka!

Cute Maureen! Nice of Tina to let you use that family photo....its perfect!

Tinka....the 3 blogs I completely yesterday weren't about aging but I think you may enjoy a couple of them..

We have a new H.E.B. Store open....its a Texas thing. Huge grocery store...you can find everything from gelato to cherimoya...I am looking forward to exploring it. We already have 3 of these stores but this one is their showplace...

I love beautiful fruit...I don't usually eat it but I buy it and put it out to look fresh and pretty till it shrivels up so I can make potpourri....but I don't know how to do that so I just throw it out..

Tinka said...

Good Morning Michael - I am looking forward to your blogs.

I love beautiful fruit too but I am too cheap to have it just to look at it. It must be fruit that I enjoy eating.

Surely Tina would teach you how to make potpourri. I can't do it. I try it but it never has any lovely aroma.

I dry roses if they have sentimental value and they look pretty in their arrangements.

Tinka said...

Maureen - I am sorry I didn't comment on your poem first thing this morning. I read it first thing and enjoyed it but then I started thinking about Shirley's poppy and Remembrance Day. I also read it to Jack and he really laughed. He loves red neck jokes. Thanks for sending it in and starting my day with laughter.

Tinka said...

I have always loved this holiday. It is such a quiet day. No presents, no big meal, no company, just a restful day.

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Michael said...

Tinka...

When my Mother died....the flowers on her casket were a massive blanket of yellow roses...her favorite.

I instructed the funeral home to remove a dozen of them before burial. They did and I had them preserved and made into an arrangement in a vase that she loved. They don't have any scent but they look as good today as they did in 2001 and they are an important keepsake to me.

But to give you an idea of how jealous and hateful my sisters are...they have made hurtful comments about that arrangement. I have made 3 moves since Mother died and during the first one my sisters were there as the movers were unpacking boxes and saw them unpack this arrangement....

my younger sister...rolled her eyes and said..."OMG I can't believe you let anyone touch part of your shrine"...as she looked at my older sister and they both just looked at each other like it was something stupid...

btw...at this point we have completely severed all ties other than the financial ones we have due to my fathers will...

Tinka said...

Michael - I did the same thing when my mother and sister died. Like your experience, some people have scoffed at them but I treasure my vases of yellow and pink roses. It is not my place to criticize your sisters but they could have been kinder to you. I feel sad you aren't close to them. My sister was my best friend for 67 years. I still have a shrine set up for her. It holds the roses, her picture, the Elvis juke box I was going to give her for her birthday (she didn't live that long) where he sings "Love me Tender" and a Faberge egg on a stand. On that stand there is a poem -
"If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I'd walk up to Heaven
and bring you home again"
It is similar to the one I gave Joan and her husband on their 50th wedding anniversary. On their stand it said "May The Wind Be Always At Your Back". It was almost one year to the day before she died. I still miss her so.

Michael said...

Tinka...my sisters had me feeling weird about the whole thing...

glad to know you totally understand..

isn't it neat that when sometimes you tell something and feel that you may be running the risk of sounding strange..then you get a response like I got from you...and feel reassured.

thank you...

ok..I can see the looks now...lol.I don't care if I sound strange just talking about everyday things....but that was from the heart...an important matter to me...

Just_Lin said...

Shirley Happy Veterans Day. I hope you have an enjoyable one. You splatted very prettily today, by the way. Congrats on being first.

Just_Lin said...

MO Thanks for the funny joke this morning. There's a lesson in there somewhere. Probably something to do with making assumptions. :)

Just_Lin said...

Tinka Happy Veterans Day. It sounds like you have a lovely and cozy day planned. It is raining here, too. Your mother and sister will always be in your heart but I think your tokens of remembrance sound lovely.

Dianne/Denver said...

Morning--- Michael, I think it is wonderful u have those flowers. I don't mean to be mean but ur sisters were very rude to u I have a little bear made out of my deceased husbands shirt--- guess that would be weird to ur sisters too but my husband ( Louis) has no problem with it. Again, sorry for their comments

Congrats on first today Shirley. Happy veterans day.

Tink-- very nice that u have those things for ur mom and sister. I know how hard it can be for a loss

Great blog Mo I Love those kind of jokes. Thanks for the fun blog

Taking my one GD to see jack and Jill today do talk to u all later

Just_Lin said...

Michael I think that was a lovely gesture to have those roses preserved. They were your mother's favorite and a rememberance of all that was beautiful about her. I'm sorry your sisters don't "get it". Apparently, they don't have any sentimental feelings. Usually, women have more empathy and understanding about such things.

Dianne/Denver said...

JL--looks like we were typing at the ame time. Stay dry today. We have 70 and sun--- yea!!!

Just_Lin said...

Dianne You popped in while I was typing. I hope you have fun today at the movie. I was watching David Letterman last night and apparently he loved it and thought it was a lot of fun. He said he'd see it again in a heartbeat. I think it made him laugh a lot.

Tinka said...

Michael - I truly understand. I know what you mean about writing comments when you don't know what the response will be. We are very vulnerable on this blog or Facebook. There are many comments I almost wrote or wrote and deleted for this very reason.

Tinka said...

Just_Lin - Thank you for the kind words. Did I ever tell you how much I appreciate your comments to me? They are always so kind.

Tinka said...

Dianne - I think it's a lovely thought that you made that little bear. I don't think being sentimental is weird. I think it shows a sensitive soul.

Tinka said...

Shirley - Did you watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies on TV? Jack and I just did and they always make me cry.

We celebrate Remembrance Day because it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the WW 1 ended. John McCrae wrote the poem "In Flander's Field. That is why most Canadians wear a poppy on Nov. 11.

Tinka said...

Time for my Slim Fast and a nap. See you all later.

Tinka said...

That was #25.

Have a great day little owls everywhere.

Zona said...

MO: I love it! Before I even read the joke..the pic had me laughing!! Randy is gonna love this one! :D

SHIRLEY: Congrats on First..and what a lovely Splat-ter you are today!

MICHAEL: Grrr..I don't understand how people, especially family, can be so cold. Let me know if you need some ankles kicked..I'll be happy to oblige..

TINKA: I still have the last candle we burned for my mom and her rosary on the dresser in the back room. There are things of hers all around the house. We have been putting a lot of things away, but there are others that just seem to belong where they are. I know how leaving these mementos out where you can see them can give you great comfort at times.

J/LIN: Please do what you can to send the rain this way..ok? Thanks! :D

DIANNE: That movie looks so funny..have a great time!

My computer is acting wonky..better do a scan..take care everyone..have a nice afternoon!

Tina~in_ut said...

Shirley~ you look fantastic this afternoon~

Tinka~ Happy Remembrance Day~

Michael~ Ur sisters are fucked up bitches....the BAD kind~ And I CAN say that!!! When my dad was in the hospital in his Halo, tubes down his throat, and in restraints in ICU, I would stay with him overnight. Communicating was extremely difficult. I got some paper for him to write on, but it was very difficult for him (I undid the restraints)...the every day notes he wrote are all over the place on one page, but in the middle of it all, he wrote, "I love you!" I kept it...and will always keep it. I'll probably even end up scrapbooking it. My hubby thinks I'm nutz....and i damn ass don't care~ SO THERE!~ I know how you and ur mother felt about each other....ur sisters are just jealous that she didn't like them as much as she loves you~ Their loss~

J/L~ keep ur weather please~

Di~ send urs back~

Zona~ git back on ur computer...i sent you a link~ ga!!!!~

Mo~ Thanks for the blag....i love redneck jokes~ and lmbo at ur xmas tree comment in area 51~

Just_Lin said...

Shirley and Tinka My apologies. I should have wished you a Happy Rememberance Day, not Veteran's day. So sorry.

Just_Lin said...

Wishing all my American friends a very nice Veteran's Day.

Just_Lin said...

Zona Sorry, the rain is being stubborn and sticking around here for the time being.

Just_Lin said...

Tina You are such a good daughter. Your parents must be very proud of the woman you've become.

Those were very kind words you wrote to Michael. The truth comes out, eh? ;)

Michael said...

Thanks everyone....Tina knows the situation pretty well. I never knew until Mother was gone that my sisters were jealous of mine and Mothers relationship...

My Dad told them things that he never should have but hurting people was his favorite thing to do I think.

I had no idea they felt this way because I was always doing my thing and wasn't paying them any attention...I don't think they did feel this way til Mother was gone and my Father spilled so many beans....

My sisters and I were very close up until then....

The thing is ....my Mother and Father literally heaped money on me as a grown man.Always. And my Father continued after Mother died. I would return from a fabulous trip and Mother would ask how much it cost...then she would pay for it!!

Cars...stock....after about 35 years it amounted to a great deal of money.

My sisters basically never got this treatment...and didn't know I was getting it....

Hell I always lived far away...I didn't know what their personal business was...didn't care...

but now they blame me...

I can see how they might have hurt feelings....but they have never done without anything...quite the opposite as a matter of fact.

I know I was favored...especially by Mother....we were two peas in a pod...

For example....once on Mothers birthday I had flown home and given her an Hermes Kelly Bag...she loved them. While I was there...my sisters came with their gifts....the older one had brought Mother a fake Dooney & Burke purse...and the other had brought her a herringbone bracelet that she had won in some contest in their stores. I think she won 10 of them...it was such crap that it wouldn't even lie flat on Mothers wrist...

I could go on and on...but I have wasted too much of your time and mine on those red-devils.

Just_Lin said...

Michael Are your sisters well-to-do and able to afford to give expensive gifts? Not all of us are. They may have always felt they are not good enough and are now taking it out on you. Too bad, really, that your dad had to cause this rift. As for your mom, parents really shouldn't play favorites, at least not to the extreme. It's understandable that one child may be more in tune with the parent but when it comes to monetary and material things, parents should try to be fair, imho.

Tina~in_ut said...

Michael~ what you don't understand is, I love listening to stories about you and your mother~ It's just a bonus to hear about ur horrid sisters~ I've always told my husband that when his parents or my parents are gone, we can't care who they give what to. I've told my mom that if she gives the house to my brother, I wouldn't care....it's hers to do with as she will and not my business~ Our parents have helped us and given us a ton and have been great grandparents to our kids. What more could we want. The material stuff is just a bonus and will mean nothing when they are gone~

Michael said...

J/L...

My younger sister has more money than God and my older sister has driven a new corvette every couple of years for as long as I care to remember...

One of the huge fundamental differences between me and my sisters is that I am generous and would give anything to anyone if it made them happy or helped them.

Janet and Vicki would let the illegal immigrants baby die in the ER entrance before any free treatment. They would let the patient with no health insurance die. They suggested placing Mother in a nursing home during the last year of her life. Mother never knew that...but I know it... and that speaks volumes about their priorities. Why should she remain in a private hospital at $300,000 a month when she can go to some run down nursing home?
When my younger sister and I were still speaking I mentioned that her Mother in law (94 years old) would probably at some point move into assisted living. She looked at me like I was crazy and said..."SHE CAN'T AFFORD IT"...

My sisters are dyed in the wool republicans who are obsessed with money.

I always have said that I'm the only poor person in my family...but I'm not poor. Not by a long shot.

Just_Lin said...

Michael You are definitely not poor, you have a heart of gold. Your sisters are not so lucky.

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Just_Lin said...

Tina You are so right in your thinking. I said the same thing to my mother regarding her house. I did't need another house. My brother is the one who needed it and, since he lived there all his life and was the one helping maintain it and helping my mother the most as she aged, I feel he definitely deserved it.

Just_Lin said...

My delete.

Tina~in_ut said...

hmmmmmm~ heart of gold, huh? I'll take the heart instead of the coin collection, mkay?~

Tina~in_ut said...

Greed is one ugly bugger~

Tinka said...

Today's blog has evolved from a very funny start to some very serious subjects. A very interesting read that's for sure. I think there has been some catharsis today and that is good. Strange that it should be on our Remembrance Day.

Michael - (((((Hugs))))

Everyone else gets a bear hug too. By the way where is our Bear? I miss him. Are you hibernating already?

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Oops, sorry Maureen I forgot to tell you I enjoyed your poem and the picture! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Evening Tinka, Michael, Just Lin, Dianne, Zona and Tina!

No Tinka I didn't watch the service on TV, I just attended the one here in town.

Just Lin the service was very nice and my sister and I went to lunch after.

Maureen said...

Just a quick fly by as I am at Sharon's.

Thank you for all the comments on the blog topic today. I laughed my ample butt off when I read it! I'm glad it gave you a chuckle and maybe even a chortle.

Have a great night and greater weekend.

Oh, btw...we got our first snow of the season today. Maybe time for the Christmas tree :)~

Thanks again

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

Michael you sisters don't sound very nice. I don't see what the problem would be for you to have some of those flowers. They would have just withered and died. This way you can enjoy them.

I do however understand if they are jealous of you getting a lot of stuff and them not. That's how it was with my sister, mum and I. Mum gave her what ever she wanted. It was quite obvious to everyone. That hurt, alot. I tried not to let it bother me, but I wasn't very successful.

Tinka said...

Hi Shirley - Good for you for getting to the ceremonies. We should have braved the wind and rain and gone too. It was so easy to sit and watch it by the fireplace. I was very moved by it.

Michael said...

but I didn't know Shirley...I was just home on holidays and special occasions...

but the more I have thought about this...you know my parents were there for my sisters....my older sister lost 2 children. Mother was right by her side. She was twice divorced and Mother was there for her. The second divorce left her in a financial mess. My parents took care of it and built her a house. They had great parents...both of them....they just had different needs than I did.

They needed more emotional support.

Money worked best for me...lol

Thanks again everyone for listening and for your input...

J/L...that was a sweet thing to say...

Tinka said...

Our youngest daughter gave us the DVD set of the miniseries, "The Pacific" which was produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman. We just watched part one. It was quite in keeping with Remembrance Day as it took place during WW11. Jack enjoyed it but I was enjoying my farms more.

Time for bed. Good Night All.

Tinka said...

That was # 50. Good Night again.

Just_Lin said...

Now I know why I haven't made cake in such a long time....because I KEEP EATINGT IT!!!