"The Best Five are Mine'

"The Best Five are Mine'

Chuckgrmi
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Jan 11 2018, 10:32 PM #1

Christmas ... 2017

My first Christmas since Phillip's death is now ending. It was hard just as I knew it would be. I had loving invitations to family gatherings but I chose to remain here in my apartment ... alone ... without a scrap of Christmas decoration. Next year I will place a beautiful wreath on my front door and I will joyfully embrace the holiday with Children, grandchildren, close friends and sweet relatives ...

But not this year ...

Not yet.

This year I needed to be alone.

I played the music Phillip and I loved best as memory revisited twelve wonderful Christmases shared with each other. Those years and those celebrations were the happiest either of us had ever known.

Sun is setting now ...

Day is done.
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Feb 4 2018, 12:12 PM #2

Chuck, thank you for inviting news from Arkansas.    Now, if only I could SEE the news I'm sending ... (sigh)   My vision is so poor now it's almost non existent.    I can type up a storm ... don't need my eyes for that.   My fingers just whiz across the keyboard like I'm eighteen again and sitting on the front row in typing class.  

Problem is ... I can't go back and  proofread later.     So ,,, all the typos and misspellings  ... well ... deal with em.   Why did we ever think all that stuff was important anyway?  

Chuck, I'm going to list my phone number.   501-943-7174 ... probably against the rules ... Don will send me off in exile much farther than the Mason-Dixon line this time.  .  I don't care.  I no longer have time to follow rules or respect sensible proper boundaries.   I'm so afraid of losing you forever  ... You and Leep and Kenny and Don and Ridge and I don't know who all else.   Don't ask me WHY I'm so reluctant to lose you.  You're bad to the bone.  Every single one of you.   But ... I've been used to you for a bunch of years now and I'm stuck worrying about you.  

News from Arkansas :   I love my apartment.  Neighborhood is pleasant but not intrusive.    I've been here a little over four months now.  It took some getting used to.  I'll tell you that.  I was glad to be back in my home state after being away for so many years, but ... I was homesick for Tennessee too.   Only, no, it wasn't Tennessee I wanted.  It was Phillip.   Soon as I faced that and forced myself to accept the fact that Phillip was gone, I began to settle in a little better.   

Phillip spent three months in the nursing home before he died,   I quit eating during that time.  Don't know what I thought I was doing ... certainly it wasn't gonna help anything for me to starve myself ... who knows .why we humans do the  useless goofy things we do ... anyway, I lost a lot of weight and no matter how well I eat today I can't seem to gain it back.   The scales seem permanently stuck on 109 now and I've decided to quit worrying.  109 is about right for my five foot two frame and  I've inherited piles of hand me down clothes from daughters and granddaughters.   Shoot!  I may never see the inside of a Dillard's store again.    (confession:  I never did see the inside of Dillards all that much.  I just liked to complain about NASCAR causing me to Miss all the good sales going on there while I was chained to the computer and forced to listen to the sounds of all those screaming raging motors.

Oh, Chuck ... those were  good ole days.

Stay safe and well, dear Chuuck.  . you mean so much to me.    Please stay safe and well ....

and Kenny ... are you reading this,  Kenny?  are you getting better?  Try hard.  Eat good.  Rest.  Mind Cari.  Try HARD to get a lot better.

What about you, Leep?   I need to talk to Dorothy.  She'd tell me the truth about everything.   Write me a song, Leep.  Write me something happy.  Post it up in the general category.  I'll find it.   One day just when I need it most, I'll find a song from you.   Do it.  



  
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Feb 19 2018, 09:32 AM #3

Jonelle, I am so overwhelmingly sorry to hear of Phillip's passing.  I pray that Jesus can provide the comfort and peace through his certain Promises that we can not give.  I apologize for not being here in your time of need.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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Feb 19 2018, 11:08 AM #4

ridge wrote: Jonelle, I am so overwhelmingly sorry to hear of Phillip's passing.  I pray that Jesus can provide the comfort and peace through his certain Promises that we can not give.  I apologize for not being here in your time of need.

(Okay, ya'll, I clicked something wrong while trying to respond to Ridge's message ... and I tried hard to delete my mistake ... but I'm half blind and computer illiterate and if there's a delete button on this page I sure couldn't find it ... so ... just ignore this mes, please.)
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Feb 19 2018, 11:17 AM #5

Denis, thank you for writing.  There are so many good people on this board and you've always been right up at the top of the list.  I think of you and your wife, Nancy, often and hope you both  are well.   Phillip enjoyed your fox hunting adventures ... You were always trying to keep the critters from getting in your hen house. and Phillip was wishing he could have a gun in his hands and be standing by your side.   

So many good memories ... Phillip was well loved by so many good friends like you.

Stay safe and well, Ridge.  

And thank you again for writing.  
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Feb 19 2018, 06:10 PM #6

Jonelle wrote: Denis, thank you for writing.  There are so many good people on this board and you've always been right up at the top of the list.  I think of you and your wife, Nancy, often and hope you both  are well.   Phillip enjoyed your fox hunting adventures ... You were always trying to keep the critters from getting in your hen house. and Phillip was wishing he could have a gun in his hands and be standing by your side.   

So many good memories ... Phillip was well loved by so many good friends like you.

Stay safe and well, Ridge.  

And thank you again for writing.  
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Feb 19 2018, 06:21 PM #7

I'm gonna unplug this computer forever and take up basket weaving or something ...  

Denis, I got your wife's name wrong but I can't  for the life of me remember what's right.    Shoot!   the foxes in the hen house may have belonged to another man too ... in a whole separate story ... 

I feel like jumping in the river, but, no, not today ... water's way too col  d.(long defeated sigh here)
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Feb 20 2018, 01:51 AM #8

My wife's name is Diana but most refer to her as De.  I have no hen house because I am seriously allergic to the dust.  Please don't jump in the river because I would have to join you.  I write things down on paper and then I forget where the paper is.  Thank God that Diana is watching over me.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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Feb 20 2018, 03:33 AM #9

Dear lady, it breaks my heart to hear you sounding so alone. You are often and my thoughts and always in my prayers. I've been gone so much but my family here at the back 40 is never far from my mind. My number is 715-520-3881
Hunt with your kids not for them

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Feb 20 2018, 02:35 PM #10

AFarCry wrote: Dear lady, it breaks my heart to hear you sounding so alone. You are often and my thoughts and always in my prayers. I've been gone so much but my family here at the back 40 is never far from my mind. My number is 715-520-3881
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Feb 20 2018, 02:53 PM #11

Don, I've written your number down and filed it safely away and I just remembered something ... I had your number years ago.  Your wife once gave me computer lessons over the phone.  I could never have finished my book without her help.

That was a long long time ago ....

Now, on to the really important stuff.   I'm missing one chicken house full of cackling hens, several  hungry foxes and one man carrying a shot gun.  All vanished in thin air.  

And on a more serious note ... I can't find any record of Nancy .  I know I once  worried about her.  She was seriously ill and had to have surgery.  I thought she was married to Ridge, but, no, that is De.  (I remember now)  So ... where is Nancy?  And is she okay now?   I gotta know right this minute.  

Oh, Ridge ... it's the river for me for sure.   No way around it .... 
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Feb 20 2018, 05:25 PM #12

Hey Jonelle

Wasn't Nancy married to President Reagan?
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Feb 20 2018, 06:31 PM #13

Nancy is married to Ray. She is having her ups and downs but is doing okay. I talk with Ray about once a week
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Feb 20 2018, 07:02 PM #14

AFarCry wrote: Nancy is married to Ray. She is having her ups and downs but is doing okay. I talk with Ray about once a week
Chuck!  You smart mouth no-good rat!   Ronald's Nancy was a perfectly nice lady, but I have had more important people on my mind today.  

Thanks, Don, for getting my brain unscrambled.  Man!  I was in way over my head there for awhile.   
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Feb 20 2018, 10:10 PM #15

Jonelle, I live with my brain scrambled.  It is just part of things for me in my circumstance.  Our river is over its banks so wait a while until I can join you!
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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