Stories from the Stringam Family Ranches of Southern Alberta

From the 50s and 60s to today . . .

Friday, October 27, 2023

Getting Through

For four of her five years, she and her Mom,
Had happ’ly lived with us—a time of calm,
And every day her mom, with hug and kiss,
Would go to work and leave her little Miss.

So Tinesy Girl and me, we were a team,
To have her here with me was such a dream,
And, daily, we would eat and read and play,
Too soon her mom came home from her work day.

Now Tinesy Girl’s most favourite toy of all,
Was not a Pretty Pony or a doll,
Instead a little music box that sang,
With a little, purple phone (to speak or clang).

The phone, some days before, had disappeared,
Both Tinesy Girl and me, we'd searched and peered,
Unable to find out just where it went,
Decided it would show—we'd not lament!

Now, Mama was a theatre carpenter
Each day she took her to-ol box with her,
But on this day, she got a big surprise,
Among her big old tools, a phone—pint-sized.

She thought it had been wrongly so dispatched,
And brought it home, where it was quickly snatched,
Then gladly TG played with it till bed,
And when she went to sleep, t’was by her head!

Next day, when daughter got to work, she groaned,
Again, amongst her tools, was TG’s phone,
She smiled—got the message finally…
TG was telling Mom, "Please message me!"

Karen asks, "Write for me, please?"
We write because we like to please!
And we love her, you know that’s true,
So this is what we writers do . . .
We craft a poem based on a theme,
With pencils, sharp, and eyes agleam,
Each month we write and have such fun
We can't wait for another one,
With 'MESSAGE ME!' how did I do?
Please go and see the others, too:

Baking In A Tornado: Midnight Message       

Messymimi’s Meanderings  

Monday, October 23, 2023


Of Talk Show hosts, there are a few,
Some long past and some quite new,
But if you had to pick just one…
Tell me which was smart. And fun?

Allen, yes, he was the first,
Gave us all our ‘Talk Show’ thirst!
And Carson. Many call him king,
Oh, the laughter he could bring!
Then Letterman, that name I know,
Sardonic. Witty on his show.
And Stewart, oh, that man is good,
And often tells it like he should.
Skits for which O’Brien’s known,
Made everybody laugh. Or groan.
Colbert. That man is smarter, still,
He’s known for insights ‘Up the Hill’.
Then Oprah, her I loved a lot,
Her opinions, many sought!
With giveaways and games and such,
DeGeneres, she did so much.
And Kimmel, what about this guy?
I love the twinkle in his eye.
And Rivers, clever, clever girl,
She gave the Talk Show world a whirl!
Then Miller earned his place, I’ll grant
With his jokes, more jokes and rants.
Excitement, positivity,
Marked O’Donnel’s show…agree?
Then Oliver, oh, that clever lad,
That man knows pol’tics, good and bad.
Then Myers, him I watch a lot,
A Closer Look’s his famous spot.
Hall, his show had class and slink,
Cancelled much too soon, I think.
Galifianakis, Parr,
These are the names that did go far,
And Ferguson and Cavett, too,
Oh, Fallon, Shandling, I’ll add you.
All these and many more, I think
Gave us fun or made us blink,
Love ‘em. Hate ‘em. Each held sway
In their unique and chosen way!
Where would we be throughout the years,
Without our Talk Show hosts and peers,
With thoughts to ponder, memes to quote…
I’m not done yet—where’s that remote?

Photo Credit: Karen of
Cause Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we all besought
To try to make the week begin
With gentle thoughts,
Perhaps a grin?
So KarenCharlotteMimi, me
Have crafted poems for you to see.
And now you’ve read what we have wrought…
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Next week be sure to be right here.
Cause MISCHIEF is our theme. Oh, dear...

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