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Lady In White
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525 posted 04-22-2004 10:53 AM       View Profile for Lady In White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady In White

It's time, serenity,
for another story, m'dear...
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526 posted 04-22-2004 12:22 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Ah Karilea..I just found your story about the roof now..
You know, if I weren't so afraid of heights I would go climb up on ours right now!

Delightful and thank you!!

Hi Lady!!  So good of you to join us.


And yes...Serenity...tis time for you to tell us another story...pleeeease.
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527 posted 04-22-2004 12:36 PM       View Profile for Lady In White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady In White

Thank you for the hello, Enchantress.  I may be able to come up with a few stories of my own, someday, but for now?

I think we all require a bit of Serenity.  
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528 posted 04-22-2004 02:12 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Hey ladies!!!

I'll be back after I've caught up on some of the reading.

I had some pc probs last weekend--freakin' adware yanno--and ya'll know me, I was just too lazy to download all the precautionaries until the 11th hour. Sheesh.

and then there's the rennovations--right now the "other house" is just about gutted and ready for the 'pretties' to be installed...

and nod, there's more, but I tend to wait until a story is done to tell it.

But I'll be back.

I didn't forget about ya'll.

How could I? I'm crazy about you people.

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529 posted 04-22-2004 11:45 PM       View Profile for Kielo   Email Kielo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kielo

Hey... I've been stopping in and reading a lot... and I thought I'd just say that you're all amazing, beautiful women. Reading is sort of like doing penance for me... I can't deal with the real thing... Sorry, I'm babbling. Anyway, I am the rebellious, depressed/borderline kid. I got kicked out tonight, and I'm sort of trying to process it... Anyway... I'm sorry...
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530 posted 04-23-2004 02:45 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Kielo, I'm glad to see you here. And, we are all here if you ever need to just talk....or just read and listen.....you can be you, here, and everybody loves you anyway......

I think that's called unconditional  love....Right, everybody???

Something we all search for and are so blessed if we ever do find. I'm so thankful for my Honey-Love....it took me a lot of time and heartache to find someone like him....someone who loves me in spite of myself. I just hope that I don't mess it up by waiting too long to marry him.

But, hey, he's waited for me for over five years...reckon he loves me, huh??
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531 posted 04-23-2004 08:03 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Hey ladies...I'm popping in again, to just say "howdy".

I've been taking care of some family priorities this week, and after I get some rest, I'll be back.

If only just to hug the stuffing out of you all!

Ki? I've missed you, my buddy.

And now, serenity is going to have a cold beer, and prolly a soft pillow.

*whining* "I'm tired!"



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532 posted 04-26-2004 12:51 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Hey everybody  
I'm checking in to see what's happening. Hope you all are getting the rest you need. I think I've gotten my days and nights mixed up again. LOL I took two long naps today......but stayed up most of the night, so I guess that was okay. LOL
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533 posted 04-26-2004 02:19 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Whew.

It's been a long week, and it feels real fine to be home, ladies.

My husband had some medical tests, and that required some shifting in priority the past week. So I've been doing that hospital boogie lately and yes, I think we all know that routine. Reading and reading, and waiting and waiting and looking away sometimes too. Pulling the chairs and fetching of things, vending machines and "where is that nurse?" type of stuff.

But Kari, I'm very saddened to tell you, that a friend of ours is ill as well.

(That's right, a friend of ours.)

Remember Mr. Gibbs? (Think corn and oyster recipe...   )

For the folks who don't remember, Kari once asked for a recipe for an oyster quiche-type thing. I promptly fetched my neighbor, because this woman is the cajun queen of cookery. And she did, very graciously come sit next to me here in my livingroom, at the pc, giving me step by step instructions as I typed.

She was mystified by the computer, and kept asking me, "chez, you talkin' to somebody on dat tang?"

Yes.

Um, no.

Sorta.

YES.

sheesh.

But anyhoo...

Her husband came down with pneumonia, and since he is also well on his way with Alzheimer's, I really don't think he will make it home.

After seeing him, I really don't understand how he could.

*  *  *

I called him "my boyfriend" and I would go visit them, a few doors down, and we would sit in the kitchen while I watched his wife cook as I took mental notes of timings and seasonings. They would cook fine cajun meals and call us on down, and we would sit in their kitchen and laugh, eat, and chatter, listening to Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. I would sing to Mr. Gibbs sometimes, as my husband danced with his wife in front of the kitchen sink.

It really was as charming as it sounds.

He's a tough old man and he had been sawed apart and welded back together across his chest, and he never failed to show me his scars.

"Here," he would say, unbuttoning, "Let me show you what they did to me..."

*  *  *

I saw him on last Thursday, though he did not see me.

He was naked and small on the bed when I walked in--he was having lunch through a feeder tube in his stomach. He had two black eyes, though the side with the cut was much more pronounced.

(He had tried to leave earlier in the week--and had he not slipped in the lobby, he may have succeeded in hitting the highway, not too far from those hospital doors.)

So now he is tied down as well.

He didn't know me when I saw him and I was glad.

*   *   *

They used to fetch me to sing to him--he liked, so much, the way I sing.

*   *   *

After lunch, they took the funnel out of his stomach, and covered him again. I waited a few minutes before talking to him.

"Mr. Gibbs? It's me, Karen..." I clutched his hand feeling clumsy.

I wanted to sing to him again, but I didn't.

I was afraid I'd scare him, or startle the staff. I was afraid it would be inappropriate.

So instead I kissed his head after wiping that stray combover back in place.

I watched him curl up inside of himself and I thought, "surprise me, Mr. Gibbs..."

"Come home." I said aloud, knowing he already was...

[This message has been edited by serenity blaze (04-26-2004 08:20 AM).]

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534 posted 04-26-2004 06:05 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

I am sorry Karen.

  Whether you think you need it or not...

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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535 posted 04-26-2004 07:02 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Oh Karen...

someday...later... I know you
will take MY hand and introduce me
to Mr. Gibbs...

for now, I'm just holding you.
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536 posted 04-26-2004 06:09 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

K, i peeked in for the first time today,  beginning here on page 22, that number has always had a pull on me. Anyhow reading the Mr. Gibb's story there are two things that need to be said. First of all you're a fantastic and open storyteller and i've missed and always l#ved that about you. Second, and I think i say this on behalf of all your friends, if you don't make a determined effort to write and publish your stories I'll never forgive you. Now i'm off to make some tea and recover, that story was enough to pull a tear or two from these eyes and i need to replenish my liquids.
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537 posted 04-26-2004 06:32 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Raph?  I hope you decide to start back at the beginning...

and then work your way to page 44....
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538 posted 04-26-2004 10:49 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Raph? That was lovely of you to say so, thank you m'friend.

And I'm okay, folks. Just lotsa things on my mind these days.

And Mr. Gibbs is still giving the staff of West Jefferson Hospital hell tonight.

He has surprised me before--so who knows?

He really is one tough old guy underneath that teddy bear exterior.

Thanks for listening. I really did need the "ear" last night.



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539 posted 04-27-2004 01:12 AM       View Profile for Kielo   Email Kielo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kielo

Ethel, thank you.

Aunty Karen, I've missed you too...

and I'm back in my house, but don't pay attention to me. Just thought I'd let you know I'm safe and clean.
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540 posted 04-27-2004 08:47 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


I love spunk.
Give 'em hell, Mr. Gibbs!
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541 posted 04-27-2004 11:33 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Karen, my thoughts are with Mr. Gibbs....and you..that story was very touching.

Hi Raph, good to see you here.

Karen, your story of Mr. Gibbs and his wanting you to sing reminded me of Gary's Grandmother. She had breast cancer...she had an operation and they said it was all gone...then a few years later she got pneumonia (which would never get well). She started coughing up blood and so they did a scan on her where they went into her lungs. I forgot the name for it. They put the probe as far as they could get it...then it wouldn't go any further. There was a very large tumor...with all the chest x-rays she had, it wasn't found. They said the cancer wasn't caused from the breast cancer because it wasn't the same kind of cancer??

After it was found, the chemo and radiation treatments started. She wanted me to take her for most of them....

And, the trips in and out of the hospital started.......she wanted me to stay there with her most of the time....

She wanted me to be with her a lot....and she liked for me to sing to her....even riding down the road from a treatment, she would ask me to sing, while she laid back in the seat of the van of Garys's Dad that I drove to take her for the treatments.

And in the hospital she would want me to sing...she said it relaxed her so that she could go to sleep for a little while. My friend who plays a guitar would come sometimes and another friend who used to sing in a quartet with me would come to help me sing for her. That friend and the other two in our group sang at her funeral...but I just couldn't. That was in October of 1999.

Gary and his Dad wanted me to stay with her, here in her house, before she died.....just to be here because she wanted me to be. My husband had died in 1997 and my daughter is in Massachusetts and doesn't really want me around. Gary didn't want me to stay by myself over at my house. So, I started staying here. After she died, they didn't want me to go back to my house, so I'm still here. Sometimes it seems I can feel her here. And, it's not a scary feeling...it's very peaceful. She was a very good friend to me.....and more like a Mom to Gary than a Grandmother, since his real Mom left them when he was very young. She practically raised him. We called her Granny and I miss Granny so much....

We had a lot of long talks......she was a good friend. I hadn't found my daughter on the internet before Granny died...if I had, I could have talked to Granny about how I hurt inside about my daughter.....

if I had, I would have known about my deceased husband abusing my daughter from the time she was twelve years old....my daughter's husband told me. I don't think my daughter knows, still, about the long e-mail letter that her husband sent to me. She won't talk to me about the things that happened. But, she does talk to me on the phone now. She wouldn't let me know where she was before  he  died. She tells me how much she loves me, but her therapist doesn't think she should see me yet??

Well, that's all I can say right now. I don't know how I got on that about my daughter......
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542 posted 04-27-2004 11:55 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ethel?  Because it was the right time...

Let the healing begin...
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543 posted 04-27-2004 03:32 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

oh ethel...

c'mere lady.

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Hi all...

just wanted to let you know I'm still here...sort of...

I've been reading and trying to keep up...
just haven't felt like posting much lately...
but it's always nice to be able to come here
and 'see' you all...

Karen and Ethel?... hugging you both...

and pulling for Mr. Gibbs...
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545 posted 04-28-2004 03:08 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Oh man, have I been there and sure do feel for you both.  I have just in the last few weeks lost another very close friend, and can't even talk about it yet.  I can feel the pain you and Ehtel must have felt, and only time mends that wound.

Yes, Karen he is indeed on his way home but if you are going to visit again I would sure sing to him, as you never know you might just make him smile.  I am sure it would cause you to smile too, not to mention the entire floor, and these are the memories that keep those we love alive in our hearts forever.  Oh and by the way, I expect you to sing to us on the phone next phone call ya hear y'all?
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546 posted 04-28-2004 03:28 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

There.

I sang for Mysteria.

Now she owes me a lap dance.

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547 posted 04-28-2004 04:28 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I believe Mysteria's key word was "us"?  Where was the teleconference, hmmmm????
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548 posted 04-28-2004 04:31 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

actually PdV was there too! So technically, I am due a lap dance from TWO Sharons.

Anybody care to take pics?

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549 posted 04-28-2004 04:45 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

I've got a web cam and I know how to use it!! heh heh.

Actually I want to hear you sing!!

I also want to know what song you sang so I can kind of pretend I heard it.

Pleeeeease..
 
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