Jackie: I don't like chatty. I don't do chatty.
I like quiet. Quiet and mean.
Those are my people.

I've seen bits and pieces of this show, not sure I'm in love with it, although might not mind working at her hospital. Nurse Jackie has a heck of a lot more free time than I do. Maybe she's just more organized and gets her charting done faster. Considering all the oxycodone she takes, maybe she draws hieroglyphics and calls it a day. But her lines...?? Make. Me. Laugh.

The Cure
by Ginger Andrews

Lying around all day
with some strange new deep blue
weekend funk, I'm not really asleep
when my sister calls
to say she's just hung up
from talking with Aunt Bertha
who is 89 and ill but managing
to take care of Uncle Frank
who is completely bed ridden.
Aunt Bert says
it's snowing there in Arkansas,
on Catfish Lane, and she hasn't been
able to walk out to their mailbox.
She's been suffering
from a bad case of the mulleygrubs.
The cure for the mulleygrubs,
she tells my sister,
is to get up and bake a cake.
If that doesn't do it, put on a red dress.

**appears to be breathing from door way


  1. Hot damn! I'm FIRST!!! It's the first time I've been first at anything besides being extremely annoying! I've been first at that many, many times!

    But... I digress... That's because I have been waiting for your professional comment on this latest show! Glad to hear she's got lines good enough to be funny.

    Appropriately enough, I'm up and preparing to hit the ROAD for Arkansas, so maybe I'll meet up with Aunt Bertha and Uncle Frank as I wander the countryside visiting both the living and the dead--I gotta lotta dead in Arkansas.

    So, if you don't see me for a while, just hum a few bars of "On the Road Again" or unfurl that Robert Frost "fork in the road poem." Although, knowing me, I'll probably be prone to following Yogi Berra's admonition to "take it, if I come to a fork in the road."

    Happy Trails,

  2. Love love love the poem! funny---this morning, I've baked muffins and biscuits and am wearing red.
    Now I shall hang laundry and go to garden henge to weed.

  3. Not sure we get that programme over here.. yet. The poem was lovely though, I love gentle things. Have a good start to the week!

  4. Hmmm, I wonder what la Fram has done to be extremely annoying, she usually seems so sweet ???

    Thank you, Distracted, for learning me, err, acquainting me with a new word. I guess my ignorance is showing again (should have read more Steinbeck than I have, I suppose) but I'd never come across the term "Mulleygrubs" or any of the several variant spellings one can find if one Googles it... the only time I think I'd ever even heard anything similar to it was when turning over a big flagstone outside our house as a kid, and hearing a brother exclaim.... looky there, there must be a million grubs under there !

    How do we end up with such glaring holes in our cultural education ? Being nearly half a century old and never having met the mulleygrubs. I guess this is one reason we blog, to fill in the gaps. Now I'm going to go find someone in a red dress and try to cheer her up...

  5. As always, I love your blog. The poem is fantastic and reminds me of my mother's family in Arkansas. Thanks.

  6. I've not seen this show yet. Most likely, it's because I work nights. Maybe I should set my TIVO to record so I can check it out.

  7. I've wanted to see this show, but we don't have TV.

  8. I love Aunt Bertha and hope to have her spunk with I'm that age.

    I think you should be a show adviser for Nurse Jackie.

  9. If Aunt Berth can rise above the mulleygrubs at 89, then I guess I can give it a go at 52. But jeez there's a lot of blues around.

  10. Oops, I was signed in under my husband Don. That was me, Ruth about Aunt Bertha being 89 and me being 52.

  11. Aunt Bertha sounds a wise old soul...I like that...bake a cake and put on a red dress...

  12. I like Aunt Bertha's style--cake and a red dress --
    something tells me that you will be having a lot to say about Jackie--I look forward to the conversation

  13. I don't have Showtime, so I haven't seen Nurse Jackie. I do, however, love Edie Falco, and that quote from her character is a hoot.
    Unfortunately, my cure for the mullygrubs is often to eat a cake, and that can make it necessary to by a bigger red dress...


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