CountryMouse's Diary

Part 100

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 9:19pm: Hola! Here are the places you can find me most often:

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This is a cover of a wildly popular cult classic ukulele song. I missed doing it on the 2d anniversary of its debut on YouTube. It was composed and performed by mctrmt (Mary-Anne). If you have NOT subscribed to her channel yet, do so now!

Here is the original song; and here is a wonderful anniversary collaboration called "The Greatest Ukulele Song of 2008 - EVER!!!" (you MUST watch this!)

My video is also intended for The No Copyright Claim Cover Campaign on Ukulele Underground.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:35am: This is another original song by me for the monthly Bring The Song challenge. I know it's similar in flavour to "Louisa", but I needed to write this song. Lyrics below the video:


Onyx and Gold

Onyx and gold, tower so bold
"Truth conquers", we are told
Different design, five years behind
How did our lives entwine?

CH: This and one other thing I have
All to remember him by
Safely keep you but not forget
How can I hide you away?

Hopes bright and strong carried me on
I wore mine, proud and true
He saw no path, ended so fast
From us he quickly flew

CH: I still have this and one more thing
All to remember him by
Must I lock you away somewhere?
In darkness you will both lie

Bridge: Things have been lost
And at what cost?
Ties that are wearing thin
But if you go, how will they know
Who you belonged to then?

Onyx and gold, mine to still hold
One more day, then you're gone
So hide away, strong box you'll stay
Where you'll be all alone

CH: All these years you were safe with me
All to remember him by
Lock you safely away for now
So far from me you will lie

Onyx and gold, mine to still hold
Never to say goodbye.

Copyright © 2010 Joanna M. Phillips


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Archangel MichaelWednesday, September 29, 2010, 2:05pm:  Happy Michaelmas! Archangel Michael is my favouritest of all the angels! (Click on the picture at left to see it larger) I have really gotten more into stuff about angels this year because of Doreen Virtue. I had to move away from all forms of Christianity, even Christo-Paganism, as it was just doing me more harm than good. Doreen Virtue is probably what you'd call New Age. She's very positive, and I find her oracle card readings and books very helpful. She has a daily reading each day (um...yeah) on YouTube. Here is her channel. I have, over time, acquired ALL her oracle card decks and many of her books. I got my first deck, Healing With The Angels, back in 2001, when I was first going through the breast cancer thing. Medicine Hawk suggested I get them. I didn't actually use them that much then, but this year seemed to be when I actually needed them. Anyway, I am very thankful for the angels and in particular Archangel Michael for being in my life!


New video: Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot. My version is mostly based on Judy Collins' rendition of the song.

Mama(backdated from Friday, October 1st, 2010) On Wednesday, September 29th Mama passed away. She was 91 years old. I don't know the exact time, but my sister phoned me about...7:30pm ET? Something like that. Anyway, Mama had been in a very nice nursing home for four years following an accident and brain injury. Sometimes she was very lucid and sometimes confused. Most of the time she used a wheelchair, as she never regained the strength in her legs that she needed. Recently she had been confined to bed as she was having a lot more trouble eating and moving around. Unfortunately she developed a couple bedsores, one of which was not responding to treatment, even antibiotics and the best care that could be given. However on Wednesday, she was bright and chipper. The nurses took her for a shower, got her into clean clothes, her room was freshened up, and everyone thought she was doing better and would make a full recovery.

Here comes the odd and wonderful part:   Mama went around to all her caregivers that day and thanked them each personally for all the wonderful care they had given her over the years she had been there. Then she said she was going to go have dinner with her mother. She lay down and took a nap and peacefully passed away. Mama had told my sister that she (Mama) had seen her own mother (Grandma) several times recently, even once over in the next bed. The last time I spoke with Mama on the phone ... about a week or so ago? ... she said, "I miss my mother's cooking." I didn't think anything of it, other than to say, "I miss YOUR cooking! You made the best potato salad!". So my sister and I are of the opinion that Grandma paved the way for Mama to make a very peaceful transition. Mama had had a horror of dying and wouldn't even talk about making preparations for it. When Daddy died back in 1994, she felt so lost because she felt that all the times they had been separated over the years, he was still out there somewhere in the world. But when he died, she said he was "nowhere". So something happened between 1994 and this year that helped her know there is more. My sister and I always thought it would be Daddy that would help Mama across; but I guess Grandma was the one who was given that job.   So even though we miss her very much, and it feels so weird and sad and painful that she's gone, I'm glad she's back together with Daddy and  Sonny (Kent) and Grandma and Grandpa and everyone. And we are VERY thankful she had such a sweet, peaceful, easy passing. Thank you for being our mother, Mama! Here is a letter she wrote me one year for my birthday. I am very thankful and proud to be her daughter.

Here is some music I was singing (a capella, obviously!) yesterday morning while I was washing the dishes, so I decided to make a video of it this morning.


Bye, Mama! I miss you! See you on the flip side!


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