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Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Could not let this day go by without showing you a picture of my Ma Ma. Ruby Duncan Gunnel's. She was born on February 9, 1909 with an identical twin sister. She lived to be 84 years old.

Like all grandchildren with their grandmothers I wanted her to live to be 100 years or more. I loved her more than anything and today she brings me such peace and love to my heart when I think of what she gave me during her lifetime.

Dan at Yesterday Once More word of the week is Loyalty. Of course I thought of my Mama first when I read this word. There was nothing in this world that she would not have done for me. She was only 4'11" but to me she was a giant of a woman. 

She taught me loyalty, love, kindness, forgiveness, patience and strength.  I have never met anyone in my life that lived such a loving life towards everyone on earth. Even love for those that did not show her love. Only once did I hear her say anything ugly toward anyone and it involved me so I know now after being a grandmother why it came out of her mouth. I am sure she would of taken it back if she could have but me being me loved she said it and made me realize just how much this little lady meant to me.

An ex sister-in-law of mine married to my brother Gary was always trying her best to turn the family against me. Why I will never figure out but she was just that way. I had went to my Mama's house crying about the latest thing she had done and  I remember she was sitting in her little rocking chair looked up at me and said, "Did you beat the s... out of her!" Now I know she would not want me telling this about her but I have to tell you that coming out of her virgin mouth made me laugh hysterically. NEVER had anyone seen this side of her. Yep I guess deep deep down she had a Ms. Pearl in her but as far as I know it only came out one time. hahaha

Happy Birthday sweet MaMa I miss you terribly!

Another thing of course when I read the word Loyalty was all of you. My goodness look how you have stuck with me through thick and thin. I mean if that is not loyalty then what is? I love you for it too.

Below are pictures that I have received from several different people in emails about this Asian man I believe in California that has the most amazing yard. Today instead of deleting it I shared it with you because I thought it was another meaning of Loyalty. In order to have gardens like this you have to be loyal.

Hope you enjoyed these pictures especially in the bitter cold that we are still having all around the country. We need to keep remember that God has this kind of beauty in mind for us in just a few months.

Stay warm and keep being loyal to

Love to all



sjmcdowell said...

What a beautiful post Maggie!!

I fell in love with your Grandma in the way you have spoken of her here! What an amazing and loving woman. You were ech Blessed to have had oneanother in this life.
Oh the pictures of this man's garden is breathtaking. I know we All could use some thoughts of spring time right now! What a wonderful person he must be...I like his gentle smile!

I have tried to call you a few times. I know you are ok because you have posted here. I just wanted to say "hi kiddo"!!

Love you Maggie,


Julia said...

What a lovely person your mama was,as lovely as the great gardens you showed us.

It must take that man all day to keep his gardens in top shape and clean of dead leaves and petals. I love today's post. Loyalty is so precious a vertue. Happy Birthday to your Mama.JB

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

I think deep down we all have a Ms. Pearl in us that just needs to jump out. I know I do. Your mother seemed to be a very lovely person and a Saint of a woman. Only if we could all be that way. Our world would be a little better.

That man's yard is stunning. The colors are amazing.
xxoo, Sue

Anonymous said...

What a lovely lady your grandma. Oh, how much you must have loved her. I am glad you have wonderful, fun memories of her. Those flowers are just too amazing for words...they are gorgeous. It would take a lot of time to keep all those watered and cared for. Very nice post sweet Maggie. Hugs

Debby said...

Your memories of your Grandma are so sweet. I lived next door to my grandparents growing up. I have lots of fond memories as well. I think Ms. Pearl just might have some genetic connections. ((((HUGS)))))

Nezzy said...

Now it that just doesn't set my OCFD(Obsessive, compulsive, flower disorder) on fire!!! Wow, I can't even imagine takin' care of all that and I've got an acre of gardens.

What wonderful memories you have shared with us about your dear sweet Mama. Yep, sounds like she may of had some of those Mrs. Pearl genes buried deep down in her sweet soul.

God bless ya and have a most marvelous day sweetie!!!

My Grama's Soul said...

Beautiful post today Maggie....I, too, had a wonderful grandma that I adored. Wonderful tribute you have given yours.

and OH THOSE FLOWERS !!!! (O:(O:(O:(O:

your loyal follower,


Cherie said...

I love your stories and memories of you grandma - I cannot believe she was only 4'11'' - people just used to be smaller!

Sharon said...

What a great tribute to your sweet grandma.
I must say that I hope he has underground sprinklers. That was a beautiful garden however.
I think that we should all have a Ms Pearl in us from time to time.
Have a great day

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Ooop Maggie. I meant to say your grandma. Either way she was a beautiful woman inside and out.
Hugs, Sue
P.S. Gotta love those senior moments.

Cindy Caudle said...

What a beautiful woman, your grandmother was. You may have had a short time here on earth with her, but you have memories that will last forever.

Rae said...

What a wonderful and special grandmother she must have been. This was a very beautiful post about her. I am glad you posted the garden pictures too. They were a nice pick me up with all the pretty colors. I can't begin to imagine all the hard work and dedication that man put into it - maybe he was taught it by a wonderful grandmother.

I am sorry I am just now getting back to answering your question about my blog header. It was pretty simple to make with Photoshop. It's something I like to tinker with.
Have a great day Maggie.

Linda said...

I loved my grandma too. She lived to be 98 1/2! Thank you for your sweet story. I love the pictures of the flowers. I've seen them before, and wish I had the 'green' thumb, as well as the energy to do that!

artangel said...

That's a fab story Maggie - your grandmother coming out with that must have been her tigress-protecting-her-young streak!

Wow and that is a beautifully tended garden - puts mine to shame! So much love and nurturing has gone into that, he must be a wonderful man!

Sue said...

Sounds like your grandma was the very best kind!

And the flowers are lovely.


Gorges Smythe said...

Beautiful thoughts, beautiful photos. God bless you.

Our Barefoot Cottage said...

Your Mama must have been a wonderful lady. How lucky you are to have had time with her - my grandparents died before I was born so I never had a chance to know them.

That man's yard is absolutely beautiful. He should be on CNN - something pretty to look forward to after such a cold winter.

Happy thoughts,

Garden of Egan said...

I love your sweet MAMA!!!! I love her fiestiness!
You gave a wonderful tribute of her.

Those gardens almost make me want to cry. It's about -10 right now and I am sure it's never going to be warm again!

Karen said...

What a wonderful Grandma you had. I remember when I was in my late teens and starting to 'express myself' in ways that I knew my mom would not like. Now, I was very careful around mom, not to say these words. But as you've already guessed, one day, one of them slipped out. It starts with an 's'. She looked at me and said, "My mother always said, 'I wouldn't say that word if I had a mouth full of it!'" and that was all she said. I still kept my language on the down-low and eventually phased it out completely, as I realized it was not lady-like. My rebelliousness had passed and now I was interested in more domestic things :)

Beautiful gardens!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

My grandmother was Memaw, and I have such fond memories of her that came flooding back when I read your tribute. 4'11"--the Lord proved good things come in small packages!

Love that garden--Wow!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

What a sweet story about your grandma, Maggie! I saw those garden photos, too. Pretty amazing, aren't they?
Please stay warm and safe. I hope you're feeling better, too.
Hugs from FL,
Donna, Kes and Fezzik I.

yaya said...

It's nice to know that everyone has a little of Ms. Pearl in them..makes life more surprising! I hope that nasty ex-sis-in-law isn't the one that resembles me...I would never treat you that way..I'm Loyal!

Arkansas Patti said...

Good to know Miss Pearl is part of your gene structure. The older generation had her "in house", they just didn't let her out often, just when it counted. My grandmother was the same and it was a delightful shock when she would let her out.
That garden is unbelievable. Just beautifu.

Sybil said...

Thank you for sharing your Mama with us. She sure was a lovely person...a bit liek my own Mother..I never ever heard her say a bad word about anyone...
I will always be your loyal friend you can guarantee that.x
Love Sybil xxx

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hi Maggie,

Those garden pictures really did make me feel a little better here in the bitter cold!

I love the story of your grandma, she sounds a lot like my mother in law who I miss so much!

Sorry you had trouble loading my Writing section. It might be mad at me because I have been a bad bad blogger and not paid much attention to it. I've been cooking a lot and posting about it, but it's time to get back to writing!



sissie said...

Your Grandma sounds like someone I would have like to know. I think she has passed on her kindness and sweetness to you and this is why we all love you so much.

Speaking of loyalty, that's you. You are as loyal to all of us as we are to you. We all support one another through understanding and sharing....aren't we a lucky bunch!!!


Donna said...

Maggie...funny it must be Mother-Remembrance-Day! I, too, posted about my mother and all things beautiful about her!! So wonderful to have those loving memories, huh?
Love your sweet post!!

Cherrie said...

Great post! Boy he sure has a beautiful yard!

Sissy said...

Amazing with the blooms; loyalty? constant work fits in there also. The only word for it is Beautiful.
I am glad to hear about Gary. It just takes time.
My brother Allen is beginning to look much healthier and so far so sign of any cancer. The colostomy is a pill though.
Grandmas aree very special. Both mine had birthdays this month.

Dori said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Grandma! :)

And that garden is amazing!

Sybil said...

Hi Grandmayellowhair...I haev left you an award on my blog if you would like to pick it up
Love You, Sybil x

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

lovely post,my friend

and I LOVE that garden...beautiful

happy to visit with you today

kary and teddy

myletterstoemily said...

dear maggie,

i'm going out on a limb here, but i have visited your blog
with pleasure for a while now and want to tell you . . .
that my father in law would 'date' marilyn monroe when
my 'now' mother in law 'then' movie star would get mad
at him! isn't that amazing?

my mother in law was peggy dow.

i love that you have such a wonderful legacy, too.

you have become precious to me.

thank you,

Marydon said...

G'morn, sweet Maggie ~
I know that I would have loved G'ma just as I love you ... your words make her come alive, once again, Maggie. What a precious share ...

Hope things are settling down & Gary is doing fine.

Hugs & love ~
Happy Valentine's ~
Marydon & Harold

PS He has lost 15# since you saw him & 4" around his belly .. YIPPEE!!!

Terry said...

Howdy Maggie
Blessings of love to you for Valentines :)
Thank you for sharing this most amazing lady with us . I think maybe she gave you Miss Pearl so you would have a way to cope with some of this stuff we call life .
What a truly rich heritage to have.
Take care now and remember Loyalty goes both ways .It's easy to be a loyal follower when you are an amazing blog friend yourself .
Sending you some hugs
Until Next Time
Happy Trails

LV said...

What a sweet and wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I could have said the same about mine. She lived to be 98 and wanted to make it to 100 and be on TV. I assured her I would see that she did. Regretfully, that never happened. You blew my mind with this man's yard. I have never seen such beauty in one yard in my life. I felt blessed just seeing it. Thank you.

Deb said...

I feel the same about my that is alot of flowers...