Sunday, February 23, 2020 – To the Old and Those Getting There

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – To the Old and Those Getting There

As the commercial states: Falls are the leading cause for old people getting hurt.

First, let me say this. No alcohol was involved.

I think I am the last neighbor in the cul-de-sac to fall in the driveway. Caught my shoe on the edge of driveway and went to tumbling. Thank you shout outs to Jose, Kaitlen, Mickey and Krystal for making me do 100# leg lifts and renegade rows. Because of you, I was able to almost control the fall and not do a face plant – ala Larry Lyon. I almost landed on my butt and that would have really softened the blow. I almost made it to the flower bed, but fell short. (Such a punny me!)

The driveways in the 55 and older community sit at 45-degree angles. The persons pouring the incline obviously miscalculated the math. Do not blame me. I did not have anything to do with curriculum.

As mentioned, all six, now seven, in the first part of the complex have all fallen. We are used to getting each other upright. I understand Peterson Way has its own light at the Fire Station. Fortunately, I was able to right myself by myself, go inside and start ice and Advil. FYI – the angle in the second part of the complex is a sweet 25 degrees.

Thank you to state of Texas for providing such excellent benefits that allow me to go to the ER. Sidebar: Did you know that most freestanding ERs do not accept Medicare? Good thing to know for old people.

Thank you to the ER peeps at Physicians Center for taking X-Rays. Things to know and remember: Your Learning Objective for the Day: Wear a sports bra to ER and and you do not have to take it off or take off your T-shirt.

Thank you to State of Texas for drug benefits and Walgreens for such good drugs. FYI – already not taking them after two days.

Thank you to Terry for bringing me food.

Thank you to Peach for being such a good nurse.

Touchdown Kitty

THREE POINT BASKET!

The Wedding of the Decade or How My Parents Met

The Wedding of the Decade is Copyright Delia R. Duffey 2019. It is the true story of how my parents met. They married on February 20, 1932.

The Wedding of The Decade

Every other Thursday at 4:00 pm the three Thibideaux girls and I walked to Mrs. Weaver’s for tea and crumpets. Nina Thibideaux and I were seniors at Flora High School and best friends. Her two sisters, Dora Mae and Doris were a junior and freshman respectively.

None of us liked hot tea and we had no idea what crumpets were, but we liked to call our get together that because we had seen the fancy people from England in a movie magazine having it. We had lemonade and cookies or cake.

Mrs. Weaver thought it was important girls learn to have proper manners. I suppose balancing a glass of lemonade and a plate of cookies on your lap without dumping the whole thing on the floor was important before going out into the world in 1931.

My Daddy and the Thibideaux sisters’ daddy worked at the Pumping Station in Flora, Louisiana. Mrs. Weaver’s husband, Burton, owned the sawmill. Those two places employed most of the people who lived in Flora.

It was the first Thursday in March and we arrived on time. I enjoyed sitting in the parlor with Mrs. Weaver and the girls. It made me feel grown up.

After we were seated and sipping on our lemonade, Mrs. Weaver asked “Do you girls have dates for the dance a week from Saturday? You know it’s the dance when a girl asks a fellow?”

Nina immediately said “Of course! I ask J.L. Lewis and he said yes.” Everybody in town knew those two were sweet on each other. Dora Mae said she planned to ask Tom Baker and Doris said she intended to ask Tom’s twin brother Edward.

Everybody turned and looked at me for an answer. I took the last sip of my lemonade and said “I am not going. I do not know any boy I would want to go with.”

“Oh, but you must,” they responded in chorus. “It will be your last chance to ask someone before you graduate in May.”

I set my glass and plate on the coffee table. “There is no one in town I am interested in,” I said with a snobbish sniff.

“How about that new bookkeeper Burton hired at the sawmill a month ago?” Mrs. Weaver suggested.

“I heard he has a girlfriend from up around Colfax.” I replied as a matter of fact. “One of the O’Quinn girls,” I added for emphasis.

“Come on Doy, it is just a dance. It’s not like you are going to marry him. Isn’t his name Randall?” Dora Mae said.

I took a deep breath and replied “I’ve seen him, and he is too skinny. No wonder they call him Slates. If he turned sideways, he would be invisible.”

“Sounds like you already checked him out,” Mrs. Weaver smiled. “He stays here at the boarding house and he is very polite. I think you should ask him.”

“He doesn’t know me from a rabbit hole in the ground, and I would be so embarrassed if he said no.”

“But he might say yes. You would never know unless you ask him,” Nina said.

“Well, I will think about it,” I said.

“No, I think you should go down to the Commissary tomorrow after school and ask him. I insist,” Mrs. Weaver said. “I’ll tell Burton to tell him to be up front at 4:00. You can ask him then.”

Nina, Dora Mae and Doris looked at me with demanding eyes. I knew it was four against one.

The next afternoon, Nina walked with me to the Commissary to ensure I would actually ask him. I wore a bright yellow dress with little white daisies, and I let Nina fix my hair in a wave. We were both going to beauty school in Natchitoches when we graduated. I put on some lipstick and rouge, but not enough to look painted. She waited outside on the porch. I took a deep breath, opened the screen door and went inside.

As promised there he was standing behind the counter. He was talking to Mr. Groves and Mr. Weaver. As soon as I walked in both of them went in the back of the store leaving Randall alone. I was certain they were within ear shot.

“Hello,” he said.

“Hello, my name is Doy Faust.”

“I know. You are Mr. Ed Faust’s oldest daughter, right?” He opened the swinging gate that separated the counter from the front of the store and came to stand face to face with me.

He was slightly over six feet tall, with dark black hair and brown eyes with gold flecks in the iris. He wore rimless spectacles with gold earpieces. It made him look very smart.

He smiled a crooked smile and said, “I do not think I have ever heard the name Doy. It is odd.”

“Not as odd as my first name. It is Exa.”

He looked deep into my eyes and said “Exa? I know I have never heard that name before.”

“My father’s cousin is named Doy. Two weeks before he was to get married his fiancée was killed in an automobile accident near Pineville. It was two weeks before I was born. She was named Exa, so I was named after both of them.”

“Hmm. Well, your names are unique. So, you must be unique too.” I did not know what to say to that, so I stammered “I was wondering if you had a date for the dance, next Saturday?” I was so nervous I was about to pass out.

“No,” was all he said, but he smiled, and his eyes twinkled behind the lens of his glasses.

“Well, would you like to go with me?” I could not believe I said it.  He did not answer, and I was about to turn and walk out the door, when he said, “I would. I am going to help with the play the Methodist men are putting on, but that is before the dance. We could meet at the church afterwards and walk to the schoolhouse.”

I smiled and said “That will be fine. I am going to the play. I will see you there.”

As soon as Nina saw my face, she knew he had said yes. We skipped all the way to Mrs. Weaver’s house to let her know. I don’t why I was feeling so happy. It was just a date to a dance.

When we got to Mrs. Weaver’s she served Coca-Cola over ice and fresh lemon squares. I told her he said yes but was helping with the play just before the dance.

Mrs. Weaver said “Oh, everybody in town will either be at the play or be in the play. This is the first time the Methodist Men’s Group have put on the womanless wedding It is called The Wedding of the Decade. Burton and I saw one in New Orleans and it was hysterical. All of the prominent men in town will be in it. Burton is going to be the master of ceremonies and Little Burton is going to be the ring bearer. Richard Smith is going to be the groom. I hear the mother of the bride is a big surprise.

Nina said “Richard Smith is the shortest person in Flora at five foot six inches and he has that long gray beard that is almost down to his waist. I heard Swen Johansson is going to be the bride. He stands six foot five inches and has red hair and a red beard. They should be a hoot.”

“What part did Randall say he was going to be?” Mrs. Weaver asked.

“I did not ask him. He just said he was helping with the play.  I guess we will be surprised.”

The week before the dance seemed to drag on like the summer heat. I decided to wear the green dress with the white collar I made in home economics class. The fabric color matched my eyes just perfectly.

The parking lot of the Methodist Church was filled with cars and horses and buggies when my family and I arrived about 5:45. We each paid our twenty-five cents admission and went inside the church. With the folks who walked and those who parked in the lot, the church was filled to the rafters. I immediately spied Nina and went to sit with her. We were Baptists and the only times I had been in the Methodist Church was when I sometimes went with Nina and to the christening for the Burnside baby. I really could not tell a big difference between the two churches other than we did a full dunking baptism while the Methodist settled for a sprinkling.

Nina and I sat on the end of a pew near the back. The church was full, and they opened the Sunday School rooms at the back and put up folding chairs for the overflow.

At 6:00, Mr. Weaver stepped to the middle of the alter. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” he began. “Welcome to the Methodist Men’s fund raiser – The Wedding of the Decade. I will be your master of ceremonies and announcing the wedding party as they join us. First, let us welcome, the preacher, Flora Mayor and Parish Sheriff, Sam James.”

People clapped and Mr. James took his place at the alter and Mr. Weaver stepped to the side. Mayor and Sheriff James wore a long, black robe he borrowed from a judge in Natchitoches and carried Volume S of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Leona Spencer, the only woman in the play, slowly crept up the stairs behind the pulpit and took her place at the piano just as Mr. Weaver said, “Our music for the evening is presented by Miss Leona Spencer.” A few folks laughed because Miss Leona, sometimes called Leona Spinster because her only beau was killed in the War Between the States, had more years on her than the piano had keys. And with 88 keys, she sometimes got 44 of them in the correct order when she played. She began to play Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling, Clementine, as Mr. Weaver said “Let us welcome the mother and father of the groom, the lovely Clementine and the handsome Cletus Smith. The groom’s mother was Clem Smith who was foreman at the sawmill planer mill. He had on a bright purple satin dress  with a pink flower headpiece that looked more like earmuffs in his brown hair. Clem was short and fat, so he resembled a giant grape with legs walking down the aisle followed by bean pole, Cletus Jackson. Mr. Jackson had on his only suit. He said he bought it for weddings and funerals including his when it happened.

Leona hit about five correct notes in a row switching to On Top of Old Smokey as Mr. Weaver said, “And now here comes the lovely mother of the bride, Mrs. Josephine Johansson.” The crowd went crazy and was hooting and hollering as the very large, very red faced, very old, very white-haired minister of the Baptist church, Joe Thornton, appeared. He was wearing one of the robin egg blue choir robes carrying a bouquet of yellow daffodils. Nina and I could not believe the preacher had on rouge and lipstick. He swished down the aisle causing the choir robe to swing back and forth over his large behind like waves in the ocean.

Above the escalating laughter, Mr. Weaver continued, “Escorting the first beautiful bridesmaid is Tom Baker with Miss Bootsie May Morgan. Bootsie had on a red and white stripped sun dress that showed all of the black hair on his chest and on his forearms. He wore a straw sun bonnet with a red rose attached that belong to his aunt Mildred. He carried a red cali lily.

Tom had on his black suit and he and Bootsie and walked down the aisle. They separated when they reached the alter. Before sitting on the front row, Bootsie May scratched his behind sending the audience into uncontrolled fits of laughing.  Tom was laughing so hard he almost tripped when he took his place in front of the kneeling rail.

Mr. Weaver continued “Following Tom is Edward Baker with our second bridesmaid, the lovely Norma Dent. Norm Dent also worked at the pumping station with Daddy. His dress was identical to Bootsie’s except it was blue and white stripped. The two looked almost identical except Norm had a full gray beard. He carried a bouquet of yellow daffodils that clashed with his dress.

Leona changed the music to something almost recognizable when Mr. Weaver announced, “The beautiful maid of honor, Phillipia Youngblood, is escorted by the best man, Tom Duckworth.” Phillip Youngblood, who everybody called Skeeter, had on a rose-colored taffeta and satin ballgown with lace that looked left over from the Confederacy. On his head he wore a large white crocheted doily that fell just below his ears with pink daffodils pinned to it with bobbi pins. The pink made his black mustache look even darker over his brightly painted red lips.

Now comes our ring bearer, Burton Weaver, Jr. Like all of the other true men in the wedding he had on a black suit carrying a pillow. I wondered where the men dressed as women found shoes the size of their big feet. And did every man own a black suit?

Everybody was howling at all of the characters and their shenanigans as each came down the aisle and took their places. Mr. Weaver said, “And last, but before the bride is our precious little flower girl, Miss Randella Duffey.”

Just as Randall or now Randalla, reached the pew where Nina and I were sitting, he stopped and smiled at me. He had blacked out his two front teeth. He was wearing a baby blue polka dot dress that reached only to mid-thigh. His head was covered with a matching blue hat with tiny white flowers pinned to it. He carried a white wicker basket with a pink bow that filled with pink carnations that matched the sash on his dress.

Nina almost fell off the pew laughing. I slapped her on the arm, jumped over her and ran out the door of the church just as the bride was about to walk down the aisle. I ran all the way up the hill and did not stop until I stepped on my front porch. I was glad my family was still at the wedding and I had the house to myself to calm down. How embarrassing. There was no way I was going to go to the dance with the flower girl.

About seven fifteen my parents and my two sisters returned. They were all still laughing as they entered the living room. “How did you get home so fast?” asked my younger sister, Claudia. “Nina said you left early, but we did not know when. You did see Mr. Johansson come down the aisle as the bride?  He had on a veil that kept sticking to his red beard. His belly stuck out like he was pregnant.”

“Claudia! We don’t use that word. We say, ‘with child,’” Daddy scolded her. Claudie rolled her eyes in the back of her head.

Marjorie who was ten said, “It was so funny when the bride and bridesmaids picked up the groom and the groomsmen and carried them down the aisle as Miss Leona played the Stars and Stripes Forever. The flower girl picked up Little Burton and tossed him over his shoulder like a bag of flour. Aunt Alice laughed so hard she peed in her pants making a puddle on the floor right next to me.” With that I jumped and ran to the bedroom and slammed the door.

A few minutes later there was a knock on the door. Daddy entered when I said come in. He sat on the bed beside me. “What’s wrong, Honey?” he asked.

I leaned into his shoulder and said “I was so embarrassed when I saw him as the flower girl. When I saw those sticks, he calls legs and those doorknobs for knees I ran out of the church. I am not going to the dance with him.”

“Oh, Honey,” he said as he put his arm around me. “It was all in fun. I am sure he did not mean any harm. The Methodist Men probably made over $150. They will use it to do good things for the church and for Flora. With Preacher Thornton playing a part in it I heard the Methodist are going to give some money to the Baptist Church to actually put in a baptismal font so we won’t have to go to Mill Creek and worry about snakes.”

“I don’t care, Daddy. I’m not going.”

Just then Claudia and Margorie stuck their heads in the door. “The flower girl is here to see you,” they cried in unison laughing.

“Tell him to go away,” I said.

Daddy said, “Now, Honey, at least go say hello to him and tell him to his face you do not want to go. It would be the polite thing to do.”

I never wanted to disappoint my daddy, so I took a deep breath, stood up and straightened my dress. I made a quick glance in the mirror and ran a brush through my hair.

I opened the screen door and there stood Mr. Randall Duffey dressed in the most beautiful while linen suit I had ever seen. His white shirt was starched so stiffly I thought it might break. He held a straw hat in his hands with a black satin hatband that perfectly matched his silk tie that boasted a rhinestone stickpin. His black shoes were so highly polished they almost glowed. I was speechless.

He stepped forward and asked with a shy, crooked smile revealing beautiful white teeth, “Would you like to go out with me, now?”

I married him the following February.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – What’s the news across the nation?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – What’s the news across the nation?

What’s the news across the nation?

Remember Joann Worley and girls from Rowen and Martin’s Laugh-in? You should Google that sentence and actually see some of the clips of what R&M future news was back in 1968. Kinda scary. And of course, there was Goldie Hawn acting stupid all the way to the bank!

Here is a compilation of skits. It is long, but funny. https://youtu.be/cuwQp61ya1s

So, what is the news for today?

I see where the Rolling Stones are going on tour.stone logo

Mick Jagger is 78 years old. Keith Richards has been dead for decades and is really an android that is programmed to play guitar. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts could be androids too.

Here’s What I’m Thinking. If I want to see old see old men sing and dance, I will invite some of you over for karaoke. Bring tequila! No gin in spite of the song. Memories of SFA and to all the Honky Tonk Women.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – Randall Edwin Duffey – Our Honeyboy and the HB Rules of Life

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – Randall Edwin Duffey – Our Honeyboy

He was Randall, Brother, Duff, Honey and Mr. Duffey. But he was and always will be our Honeyboy.

It has been 20 years since you left on this day. Hard to believe. But here we are today.

Family Christmas 2019

And I can say we do try to live by the three things you taught us.

We call them The Honeyboy Rules of Life.

  • Tell at least one person every day that you appreciate them.
  • There is always lots to be thankful for.
  • Whatever it is, if you have faith, it will all work out.

 

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Dressing for Court – Jury Call

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Dressing for Court

Last Monday, I had jury duty. I know I am age exempt, but I choose to answer the summons and appear. I show up because I believe serving on a jury ranks right up there with voting and serving your country in the military. One is never too old to do these things in some way.

I noted on the summons the directive to “dress appropriately for court proceedings.” This is a relative phrase to one’s thought processes regarding what is appropriate for one’s court attire.

For example, I chose a pair of black twill pants, recently creased from the cleaners and a blue pin-stripe cotton button down shirt, also recently starched from the cleaners. I wore real black shoes (i.e. not tennis shoes or flip flops.) This ensemble was accentuated and topped off with my Ruth Bader Ginsberg socks. PS – my hair was not purple at the time.

There are three district courts on the fourth floor of the Brazos County Courthouse. All prospective jurors show up at 8:30 am. The result is many, many people milling around in their appropriate court attire. Most of the people are looking at their phones or reading a book. With each opening of the elevator door a new throng of appropriately attired court clothes appeared.

But then a man of some indeterminate age between 21 and 40, steps off the elevator. HE is wearing black jeans and black T-shirt with white lettering that read:

I (Heart) Big Fat Doobies.

I was so over-dressed. I was not one of the chosen ones for my district court. Not because of my appropriate attire. Probably when I said I was a “recovering bureaucrat retired from the state of Texas.” They know that I know how the systems work.

I do not know what happened to man. He was obviously called for another court. I have a pretty good guess that he too was not chosen FOR jury duty, but perhaps chosen BY the jury for jail duty.

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Call Me!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Hair

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Hair

Your electricity is brought to you today by my sister, father, mother and other assorted relatives rotating in their graves.

Why? Because “when I am an old woman, I shall wear purple…”

Bet you did not think the purple would be my hair! The result!

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Here I am picking up radio stations from Mexico. The Process!Foil

Here I am feeling like I am 22 years old again. The Impact!tye dye

Thank you, Courtney. It looks great!

Friday, February 14, 2020 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14, 2020 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Why do we celebrate this day? Let Freddie tell you that “It’s a crazy little thing called love.”

Don’t forget! Dancing around the room counts as exercise.

Happy Valentines to all.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Here’s What I’m Thinking! What Have You Missed?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Here’s What I’m Thinking! What Have You Missed?

Actually nothing. You have not missed a thing. Since the first of the year ushering in the new decade, I continued to have many thoughts but did not want to share any of them with anyone. Let us see if I can catch us up on all of the items of interest. Let us begin a stream of consciousness.

LSU won the National Championship.

I turned 71 years old.

Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

I did not watch the Super Bowl half-time performances, but I understand many folks are upset regarding the costumes, or lack of costumes to be more precise.

The President of the United States was impeached.

The country is divided more than ever.

The Oregon women’s basketball team is playing at a new level of women’s basketball. March Madness is going to be awesome. Projected National Champion will be wearing shades of green and yellow.

I worked a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I was missing three pieces. I have not checked the litter box. Even if I do, I doubt I will retrieve them.Peach in puzzle box

And I read a 400-page book called The Crusades. (History nerd alarm) I shall summarize for you.

In 1100 the Holy Land – aka Middle East – was claimed by both Christians and Muslims. So, the Church, as in Christian, decided to do a Crusade and everybody would walk miles through tough terrain and weather and take back the Holy Land. So, for the next 200 to 300 years, the Christians fought the Infidels. The Infidels fought the Christians. The Infidels fought the other Infidels. A Muslim named Saladin fought Christians and others that He considered Infidels. The Christians fought the Christians. And somewhere in the middle of all of this Genghis Kahn fought them all. This lasted until approximately 1492 when the New World was discovered and there were more people to fight.  The End. Except fast forward to the Middle East and today and they are still fighting over this area on the globe. Now you are brought up to current history of the region.

It is Texas. I must be ready to take off my shorts and T-shirt and find a heavy coat and layers of clothes sometime this evening when the temperature plunges into the 30’s.

And that is what I am thinking.

Friday, January 17, 2020 – Portland Headlight, Portland, Maine 

Friday, January 17, 2020 – Portland Headlight, Portland, Maine

When I opened my laptop the other day this was the image on the screen.

Screen saver lighthouse

On My Photographs wall is this picture. I took it in 1975. It was the summer Honeyboy and I visited Mrs. Traugh in Maine.

my lighthouse

As you can tell the photographers were standing at almost at the same spot.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020,

I have no thoughts today. But you didn’t think I was going to leave up that banner all year, did you?