Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The story of Bubba Gump

Bubba Gump disappeared yesterday, and with the fact that Flash was in the garage part of the time that he was missing, we figured that we'd never see him alive 
again.  But like the old song, The Cat Came Back, 
Bubba showed up this morning, bright eyed and busht tailed, in the garage.  

So here are the lyrics to

Well old Mr. Johnson
  had troubles all his own
He had an old yellow cat
   that wouldn't leave home
Tried everything he knew to do
   to get the cat to stay away
Even took him up to Canada
   and told him for to stay

   But the cat came back, the very next day,
   Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
   `Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well they give a boy a dollar
   for to set the cat afloat
And he took him up the river
   in a sack and a boat
Well the fishin' it was fine
   till the news got around
That the boat was missing
   and the boy was drowned...


Well the farmer on the corner
   said he'd shoot him on sight
And he loaded up his gun
   full of rocks and dynamite
The gun went off,
   heard all over town
Little pieces of the man
   was all that they found...


Well they finally found a way
   this cat for to fix
They put him in an orange crate
   on Route 66
Come a ten ton truck
   with a twenty ton load
Scattered pieces of the orange crate
   all down the road...


Now they gave him to a man
   going up in the balloon
And they told him for to leave him
   with the man in the moon
Well the balloon got busted,
   back to earth it head,
And seven miles away
    they picked the man up dead...


Well they took him to the shop
   where the meat was ground
And they dropped him in the hopper
   when the butcher wasn't 'round
Well the cat disappeared
   with a blood-curdling shriek
And the town's meat
   tasted furry for a week...


Well, they took him to Cape Canaveral
   and they put him in a place
Shot him in a U.S. rocket
   going way out in space
Well they finally thought the cat
   was out a' human reach
Next day they got a call
   from Miami Beach and...


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Imaginary Brother

What you may not know about me, is I have 3, oh, make that 4 grave markers in my yard.  Several years ago, I had a chance to get them at a very good price, and I've set at least 12 over the years, at family graves I've located in cemeteries around our area that had no markers.  3 of these, I know the location, but haven't had anyone to help me get them there, and set.  The other marker is the original marker of my husband's grandfather, that was found under a house in a town about 20 miles away from the cemetery where he is buried.  His stone had been replaced, and I guess they had someone haul off the original, and they used it as a support under the house they were building.  It is dated August 1916, as his death date.
The picture is him, and his bride, taken shortly after their wedding. 

My grandson, James, turned 11 on the 9th.  He's stayed with us while his parents worked from the time he was about 8 weeks old, so he knows our place about as well as he knows his own home. 

When he was about 4, someone came up to the house on business while we were outside.  James was standing beside me, and suddenly he looked up at the guy and said that is my brother, buried there.  The guy said really...Yes, it's my brother....Just as serious as a toothache.  The guy grinned, because the marker has the date 1864 as the death date. (it is the marker for my great great great grandfather, Gamblin Weeks, who died in Cassville Missouri of pneumonia, during the Civil War).

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE VICAR'S WIFE by Katharine Swartz

When Natalie, the daughter of Andrew and Jane Hattan, got into a bit of trouble in the NYC school she attended, Andrew decided they needed to get away.  Little did Jane know that before long they would be living in England, where the weather was totally different, that she would have to give up her beloved job, and all her friends.  Andrew bought a huge cold vicarage on the coast and moved the whole family there.

Jane hates it, she keeps putting off doing any redecorating, or anything to the old house.  Finally she decides she has to do something, and starts in a small pantry, and the first thing she discovers is a scrap of paper with a shopping list.  She becomes quite curious about the woman who made this list, many years ago, and starts looking for information.

Being a curious person, myself, this book really was very interesting to me.  Some might say, a shopping list gets someone started searching?  Yes, or a scrap of paper of any kind can send us off into a search that can last years.
Ms Swartz blended the story of Jane perfectly with the story of Alice, who wrote the shopping list, shortly after she moved into the same house, before the war, with her new husband. 

Kregel publications sent me this book to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own, I'm not required to give a favorable review
5 stars

Monday, February 10, 2014

2 weeks into Recovery

I'm doing well, it is still a bit sore, but that is to be expected. 
Hubby has been very good with this nursemaid  stuff, may have to milk it a bit longer, lol.
He's even admitted to our former minister that he's gotten used to the cats lol .  
We've had terrible weather, ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain, for the past week.  Mother nature is sure mixed up.  This is the south for goodness sake.  We lost at least 2 trees, both of which ended up on our roof, so we now have a large skylight in our bedroom.

One was a large hackberry tree, and it hit right at the end of the original house, that is the one that did most of the damage. 
The other, a good sized cherry, hit the addition on the north end,
and as far as we know, didn't go through the roof, insurance guy and hubby were up there the next day, and found no damage other than the roof itself.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Bionic Woman is Home

Over the past 3 years, I've really developed a bad hip, was barely walking, and finally went to specialist.  One xray, that is all it took to tell him it was totally worn out.  So I got all my tests done, and on January 28th, I recieved a bionic hip.  no pain, finally after all this time.  He said the other won was worn flat in a spot, and socket had bone spurs all in it.  No wonder it sounded like an ungreased ball joint..  I came home on Jan 31st, after 2 untils of blood, and a lot of meds.  I don't think the doctor liked my statement the morning after surgery.  I grabbed my mouth with both hands and proceded to pitch about a gallon of wather out my mouth .  lol

I'm taking therapy, and hope that soon I have a normal gait, again.  Right now my nursemaid is not happy, I woke him at 6:20am to get up.  He's got me, 2 cats, and 2 dogs to care for, and he thinks that none of us appreciate him. lol.    He's stuck in the house with a wild crew, and rain outside.
Pray for him, and for all those who uncomplainingly care for a spouse who is down for a few days, I know it isn't fun, I've done the same for him, over the years.