Friday, 22 December 2017

Powerful Women


I'm still feeling like shit and settled down for another sleepless night coughing on the sofa with my iPlayer, Mary and Winnie last night
I ended up watching an episode of Feud to pass the time.
"A Powerful story of powerful women "
On reflection I realised that my life has always been filled with powerful interesting women
My Maternal Grandmother and Mother were powerhouses in so many different days, one positively and one less so
My sisters ( and sister in law ) have always provided my life with a backdrop of never ending support
And my friends Nu, and Jane have always given me the humour and sparkle I've always needed .
Add to the mix sparking nieces,ballsy bloggers, old Welsh ladies, Sheffield, Derbyshire and Denbighshire nurses,aunts,  a psychologist with balls, village schoolgirls with attitude, and an eternally cheerful mother in law and you will agree I have been rather blessed by everything feminine

Who have you been moulded by? 

70 comments:

  1. Consider your fevered forehead to be padded with a cool, damp flannel. Now go back to sleep. Shh...

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    1. Thank you for that, I still feel like shite 14 hours later

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  2. I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy the holidays.

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  3. I did not appreciate my mother's strength and courage until the last year of her life. She was amazing. I find my sister who suffers from mental retardation (Yes I know this is politically incorrect, but it describes her situation without lumping her with all other mentally challenged) to be the most non judgmental and accepting person I have ever met. I have much to learn from both. Demon puss can teach a lesson or 2 too: Bask in the sun, chase a bug, ignore what bothers you and dont forget to nap.Hope you are better today John.

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    1. That you for that and no I m not better x

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    1. Wrong date in original post....My wife Cary, 1944-1998,and my two daughters, Kate and Emily, featured often in my blog.

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  5. My mom. I suppose she meant well, and did the best she could with what life gave her to work with, but was an example for me as to the kind of person I did NOT want to be.

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  6. There is nothing quite like the misery of an British cold.

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  7. My mum !

    Feel better soon.
    cheers, parsnip

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  8. My paternal grandmother; she was tiny, but she was a pistol!

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  9. I'm probably quite similar. Mother, nanny, teachers, almost all my big influences up until the age of about 12 were all strong women. The brutal floggers and punishers all came later! Hey Ho.

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  10. My Aunt Bernadette and her best friend, my mother. Both sergeants in the Army, good God, I got away with nothing! Still, of all the deceased in my life I miss those two the most.

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  11. No wonder you're such a thoughtful man. Get some good rest.

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  12. My mother and sister were two of the strongest women I have known over my lifetime.

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    1. So true in many a gay mans life

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  13. My mother. She wasn't strong or forceful but she was intelligent and beautiful, always bother interesting and interested in everything in her world.

    John, why are you awake and blogging. Take some Nyquil and some cough syrup and go to sleep. You have cookies to bake by Sunday!

    lizzy

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  14. Very nice your blog and article. I like this blog thank for sharing.

    แตกใน xxx

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  15. Make those evil bugs suffer. Have you tried a bath with herbs and smelly vapors?

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    1. When I was 50 a woman remoulded me in the image of her ideal man. The work is now complete. It took her 20 years. Now I daren't even answer back ;)

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  16. Definitely my mother. She taught me everything from cooking, laundry etc, to a 'just get on with it' attitude to life.

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  17. My feisty Scottish grandmother and all the women who came before heron that side of the family.

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  18. My mum; she keeps me going.
    Oh John I'm sorry you slept on the coach again. Please get well soon.
    I wish you and the Prof a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your blog where you keep us entertained about your little family, thank you John and Happy Christmas xx
    Greetings Maria x

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  19. Get the Prof to clear the spare bed so you can use it. Does he have no feelings? I hope you are better soon and Mary too and you get all the rest and things you deserve over Christmas.xxxx

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    1. Fat chance.

      The sofa is more comfortable

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    2. Well blow me down with a feather

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  20. Anonymous8:07 am

    Winnie is my Icon. She's gorgeous, flirtatious and a Sex Goddess. Workmen's dream gal.

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  21. Do I smell burning martyr??Agree with Rachel - get that bed usable and get into it!!!

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  22. Husband and I have been coughing for two weeks and fed up now. I lost a whole week where everything planned had to be cancelled.
    I hope you are on the mend for Christmas.
    My mother is wonderful and has been the best granny a child could
    want. I have to keep reminding myself that she is an old lady now.

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  23. A great-aunt, who had waved her husband of a few days (after a long courtship) off to WWI in 1914 and never saw him again. He is buried in a military cemetery on the other side of the world, which she never had the chance of visiting. She was a widow for over 70 years, and never complained about her lot. She died aged 100 + six months. A teacher, her question to me would always be "Did you do your best?"

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  24. I hope you feel better soon xo

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  25. I have been moulded by Tony Hart from plasticine. I am Morph.

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  26. Who have you been moulded by?

    A female mother - farm bred - lost her husband (apparently from an 'Upper middle Class, College educated) ....who died in 1945, aircrash in a B-24 'Liberator" - whenself was six months on this planet.

    Define me as you choose .;...

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  27. Oh, by the way ....am elderly now - the penis has returned to its basic function - evacuating the bladder ..... (wry heh .. but has, when notified; become part of this bodies bloodflow ..)

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    1. I think u are on a roll

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  28. My grandmother, Mabel Doughtery Carr. The strongest, kindest, funniest Irish woman to ever walk the planet. I think of her every day.

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    1. Grandmothers ! There is a theme building

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  29. I don't know who I have been moulded by. Probably everyone I have ever had contact with?

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  30. My paternal grandmother so very very much. And in a different way for which I am just as grateful, my mom.

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  31. My paternal grandmother, and her mother my Welsh born great grandmother.

    Do take care of yourself and your little ones!

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  32. Odd, really; when the 'commenters' here think it a simple matter to quote their genetic heritage.

    At this point of time - in the 'so-called' Welcoming 'Commonwealth of Australia"

    OUR FEDERAL CONSTITUTION - written in 1901 ---relating to "dual citizenship" .... has,
    at this point ... removed quite a few "Politicians" ... who probably believed that Canada, New Zealand, Britain - were, and have always been (so far) staunch 'Allies'.

    Self wonders what the dictats and demands of this planet in the 22nd - 23rd Century of Roman church rule.. will be.
    How much of this planet can they pillage?

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  33. Feud should have been called a powerfully tragic story of tragically powerless powerful women. Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. That's a powerful statement

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  34. Errum, have to admit that my Grandfather migrated (by boat) from New Zealand - to South Australia.
    Sprogged three children. two boys, one female.
    Eldest boy (my father;died in 1945 as Aircrew - defending the concept of the Japanese Invasion of Australian Territory).
    The younger son of my Grandfather sprogged no children.

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  35. Um, 'moulded by'? My mother - a bitter,twisted, Strong minded (not well educated) person .. heh.

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  36. Though have to give my mother credit for something.

    Farm girl. Married a sort of Gypsy from the 'Mainland'. College educated.Joined the RAAF.
    Five months after i was born -he died. Not only that; one month after that - her father died.

    Yep, my my mother became a bitter bitch ... but she survived until age 89 - and was holding her hand ... watched her expire for the last time.

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    1. lol I love your slightly squiffy replies Davoh x

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  37. My fabulous mother who could do just about anything she set her hand to - including being a Royal dressmaker in London - professional chef - gardener - expert on English china - and so much more.
    Before her - in my younger childhood years - her mother, my grandma, who cared for me so lovingly whilst mum was doing all the above!
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS John and Prof - be well soon.
    Mary -
    P.S. Made those d--n mince pies, all 5 dozen - took 1/2 a day. Not as good as other years, or yours most likely, but warmed up with a nice dollop of brandy butter they will love 'em on Christmas Eve after the champagne, eggnog, wine and whatever!

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    1. Mary cheers to you and yours too x

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  38. Glad you included us balsy bloggers.
    Moulded by my grandma Maudie. She graduated college in the late 1800's at a time when most women didn't attend college. She did wonderful things for many years then lived on 85 dollars a month for many more years. She accepted me as I was and am.

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    1. Everyone should have a Maudie me thinks

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  39. I think I've been moulded by life rather than any particular person ... male or female. But I'll stick up for myself, family and friends like a cornered tigress if necessary.

    So I'm not shy to say I am a powerful woman in my own right.

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  40. My mom, ran away, got married, had me when she was a teenager, remarried, gave me a baby brother, was always there with a soft word, love and kisses .. she died last year, just as I arrived there to be with her, she saw me, told me she loved me and then she went to sleep ... I miss her.

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  41. My wife, Cary...1944-1996. Though her death has come between us, she still makes a difference in my life everyday.

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  42. My father first and foremost - he taught me so much about nature and natural history - and also to be interested in everything around me.
    Then my first husband with his ability in art and design and the way he passed on the appreciation of this and of music. And then the farmer - back to nature again and a love of the countryside and outdoors. All three gone now but their memories remain. Happy Christmas John. x

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  43. My Mother and her 4 sisters. They were progressive, educated , accepting and quite the exception for their era and the section of the USA where they lived.

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  44. Pretty well self-moulded with guidance from my older sisters along the way.....as well as close influential friends. My father was busy working and my mother mostly ill.

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    1. Btw the Prof is looking forward to meet u in the new year

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  46. Having moved a lot in my childhood and in my married life as well I have been influenced by people I have met along the way and generally we are all more alike than not and everyone leaves an imprint.

    Hope you take some cough medicine John.

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