This is one of Mama’s flower gardens. See that copper ornament in the back? Mama made it. We agree. It’s gloriously gaudy.
When my mama was twelve she was cooking lunch with her sister in law, Ellen. Mama’s brother, Joe Bill, (his real name was Billy Joe but because he did everything backwards they called him Joe Bill.) and his wife lived with the family.
Ellen and Mama were in the kitchen cooking on the wood cook stove when Ellen said, “Joe Bill is drinking again. You know what that means.”
Joe Bill was drinking moonshine and when he drank he became violent. He’d knock Ellen around when he’d been drinking. They were all afraid of him.
He was out on the front porch with my grandfather. (My grandfather was dying and very weak.) Joe Bill was leaning up against the wall at the end of the porch with his bottle of moonshine next to him on the edge of the porch.
“Linda, go out there and get rid of that ‘shine.”
Mama went out onto the porch and grabbed the broom. She started sweeping the porch. Carefully, she made her way to Joe Bill and his bottle of ‘shine.
Woosh! Crack! She swept the bottle onto the French drain below. The moonshine was quickly soaked up into the dry earth beneath the pebbled drain.
That woke Joe Bill from his stupor. When he saw what had happened he lunged at Mama. Mama took off! Down the porch stairs and around the house. Joe Bill fast in her tail.
Mama was fast but Joe Bill had spent years running from the revenuers. He was just as fast. Mama made three laps before she started to flag.
“Ellen! Ellen! Help!”
Ellen came running. She tagged out Mama. Mama ran inside and started stirring the okra so it wouldn’t burn.
Mama saw through the kitchen window that Ellen only made it one lap before Joe Bill caught up with her. Joe Bill had Ellen pinned against the hip high porch floor. He was choking the life out of her.
Mama came a running. Seeing that Joe Bill was killing Ellen, Mama swung and hit him in the head. With an iron skillet full of fried okra.
He was down and out.
My grandfather said, “Go get me a looking glass. I think you killed the sum bitch.”
They held the looking glass to Joe Bill’s mouth. It fogged up. He was still alive!
Ellen and Mama managed to load up Joe Bill and Grandfather into the car to head to the hospital. Only, Ellen couldn’t drive. So, Mama took the wheel.
On the way to the hospital Grandfather said, “If he dies, someone’s going to the chain gang. If anyone asks, Joe Bill ran into a door.”
They got Joe Bill to the hospital and were waiting outside his treatment room. Mama’s nerves got the best of her and she went outside. There she overheard two doctors talking.
“What do you have?”
“Car wreck. You?”
“Some joker that got a kitchen lobotomy. He’s got okra hanging in his hair and all the family will say is that he walked into s door.”
Joe Bill was in a coma for a couple of weeks. When he awoke he grabbed his head and cried, “Aaagh! What happened to me?”
“You ran into a door, Joe Bill!” was everyone’s reply.
Joe Bill lost his violent tendencies that day by the porch. A lobotomy will do that to you. And you know what else? He never ate okra again.
Lieutenant Peter Greene works by day as a SEAL instructor and that job is a piece of cake compared to raising his fifteenth n year old daughter. His daughter recently moved in with him when her mother (Peter’s ex) died.
Pete never expected to become an overnight father but he’s doing his best with his moody teen, Maddie. When Maddie disappears, Pete turns to the Troubleshooters for help. But, not before teaming up with his sexy neighbor, romance author Shayla Whitman.
Shay is a mother of two teenagers herself and when she learns of the missing teen, her mama bear instincts kick in. Though Shay doesn’t have the training of the Troubleshooters, she does have experience with teenagers.
As things heat up in the hunt for the missing Maddie, the relationship between Pete and Shay heat up as well. Will they find Maddie before it’s too late? Will Pete and Shayla find a forever romance?
Suzanne Brockmann really delivers with Some Kind of Hero. Thrilling, emotional, and romantic are just a few words to describe this outstanding romantic suspense. Brockmann shines in this fast paced novel.
The suspense is exciting and the romance intoxicating. I can’t say enough about how much I loved Some Kind of Hero. Brockmann is a marvel.
Troubleshooter fans can look forward to Suzanne Brockmann’s trademark romance within a romance. Brockmann also approaches prejudice head on in Some Kind of Hero. Excellent plotting, fiery romance and social topics makes Some Kind of Hero a must read.
My uncle, Joe Bill (his real name was Billy Joe but he did everything backwards), had a girlfriend, Loretta. He promised her that when he died she’d get his wad that he kept in his safe deposit box.
Well, being a mercenary woman, Loretta was determined to get that wad. Joe Bill promised her his wad when he was very sick. He wanted to keep her on the hook. Joe Bill needed someone to help take care of him.
Now, you should know that everyone thought Joe Bill was rich. Well, all of his friends thought it. No one with an IQ over 50 thought it. But, Joe Bill owned a trailer park, had about 50 fighting cocks, and property. He wasn’t poor.
You wouldn’t know it to look at him. He wore dirty old clothes. Tennis shoes with the tops cut out. The lining of a coat but not the coat. He even got his false teeth out of a dumpster.
Anyway, back to the story.
Joe Bill was dying. He fell into a coma. Loretta arrived at the hospital and threw herself onto Joe Bill. Right there in his hospital bed. In front of everyone!
The nurses had to pull her off. They banned her from the hospital. Who gets banned from a hospital? Loretta. That’s who!
After the funeral (that’s a story for another day), Loretta came to Joe Bill’s stepdaughter, Jane. She wanted her money. She wanted that wad.
Jane looked at several banks before locating the safe deposit box that had a wad in it. There she found a tin foil ball. (Joe Bill’s favorite money storage method.)
Jane gave the wad to Loretta. Loretta immediately started unwrapping the tin foil.
In the middle of the wad was a slip of paper.
It had one word on it.
There are few things more delightful than Mama’s flower gardens in spring and summer. Mama works every day in her gardens. Pulling weeds is a full time job. These gardens are surrounded by heirloom roses and the scent is dizzying. Wonderfully so. Here are a couple of photos of two of Mama’s flower gardens. Enjoy!
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