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On the 10th Anniversary of my father’s death:

“You know you’re a red neck if”

Daddy was born on 9/11 and died April 2001. We were relieved he passed before his birthday.

That's Sherry in Daddy's trailer talking on the telephone. We are truly Rice Crackers.

This was written in April 2001 when two pairs of sisters (Sherry and Geraldine/Linda and Nora) met for the first time in Jackson, Mississippi, because their father died. We were 4 women in 1 motel room for 5 days without any arguments. We must be related. This is a post I wrote to the ClayMates who were tracking my 2001 polymer clay teaching tour.


This is all true and happened today.....

You know you're a redneck if....
Your daughter's don't look vaguely alike and meet for the first time
at your funeral.

You know you're a redneck if...
Everyone shows up at the funeral in pick-up trucks, wearing blue
jeans, tennis shoes or cowboy boots, and gimme hats

You know you're a redneck if...
Everyone was relieved when they realize that Daddy can be cremated in
a cardboard box and hospital gown...since everyone is as broke as the
10 Commandments

You know you're a redneck if...
The whole family immediately sings along to Patsy Cline over the PA
system at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and loves it

You know you're a redneck if...
One of your daughter's has two day worth of left over biscuits from
the Cracker Barrel in the motel...just in case someone gets hungry in
the middle of the night.

You know you're a redneck if...
to feed four daughters you need three bowls of gravey at breakfast

You know you're a redneck if...
One of your daughters has an employee discount at WalMart and the
wake consists of buying rubber gloves and cleanser and garbage bags
to clear out the trailer. (Sherry says know you're a red neck
if your bridal registry is at Walmart).

You know you're a redneck if...
you have to watch out for the two rat catching snakes that live in
the trailer when you're clearing things out

You know you're a redneck if...
There's a half a dozen broken cars up on blocks in front of your late
daddy's trailer..but are thrilled that the truck only needs a new

You know you're a redneck if...
There's three non functional john deer lawn mowers over grown with
kudzu in the yard

You know you're a redneck if...
you dibs the tools for your mechanic husband as part of your

You know you're a redneck if...
your late daddy has a brand new conferederate flag in a plastic bag
on the top of the broken pipe organ by the front door of the trailer,
the presence of which causes each daughter to go through different changes

So folks, all this is true and my sisters approved and added to the
list. Daddy's ashes are going to be split into two boxes and one half
gets dusted over the Gulf of Mexico and the other half go into
Japanese urns and get carried around from home to home

The Rice Cracker Clan is off to clean the trailer and kiss the dog
good bye.




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