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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sadie Mae update

Last night I go to bed think'n bout hard times an' how I survived to be writ'n a blog today.

Build'n a house ain't like you was walk'n on water ya know. Grab some boards, a few nails an' ya got a house.....poooof, just like that.

Whoa boy howdy, things were rough back in the 70's. Rent money was hard to come by in a little town like Chesapeake, Ohio. Odd jobs picked up a bit of change here an' there, but come rent day, we was always a few dollar short. Had a old Ford pick up sit'n out in the yard up on blocks. Fished the Ohio River for some meat on the table. The old Billy Bob was down an' out. But he had him a plan....

Across the river was a Jim Walter Homes place. I hear they was hire'n building contractors to build houses. Well, like a fool, I sign up to build a house in Hazard, Kentucky. I round up my "hillbilly" crew, load everbody up in a old Chrysler station wagon an' we set out to find Hazard, Kentucky an' the site of another "dried in" Jim Walter Home. Exterior finished, inside bare.

I ain't gonna go into details, but this was the worstest place I ever see in my life to build a house. On the side of a freak'n hill. The lumber is across the road on  the only flat spot for miles. We slept in the neighbor basement and were served a 4 course breakfast every morn'n at 7am. Some morn'ns we ate fresh dressed fried chicken.....biscuits an' gravy, pancakes, fried eggs, bacon by the pound....coffee by the gallon. The neighbor was the father of the guy the house was for.  Nice folks they were.

A month later back in Chesapeake, Ohio, crew paid off, there weren't no money left. And rent was due. I load up the "hillbilly" crew an' we set out to build another house....with the same results, no money left over. I ain't build no more Jim Walter homes.

I ain't used to get'n up at no 5:30 in the morn'n. Today is Sadie Mae's surgery day ya know....don't wanna be late. 

What the hell??? Last night both my feet was swoled up.
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4pm I jump in "that jeep", throws it in forward gear an' head on up to the vet clinic....pick up my Sadie Mae.  The nice young feller dressed in blue tells me she did fine. Like she had any choice all doped up crack cocaine, mushroom buttons, aphrodisiacs....stuff like that. "Leave the bandage on for 2 weeks an' keep a close eye for blood". That sounds logical....watch for blood. Then here come the doc. A good ol' country boy, cowboy boots, big belt buckle....stuff like that. He says, Sadie Mae done fine. Where have I heard that before? "Take the bandage off in three days an' keep a close eye for blood". Come back in two weeks to remove stitches. They give me another bottle of that antibiotic stuff an' I'm on my way. Well shoot, I had to pay $247 fore the let me out the building. Sounded bout right to me. She also got all her shots....an' a pretty blue tag hang'n off her collar.

Now....bout them girls the doc is got work'n for him. Ya got one girl what only half says her words. I done tole her bout that crap two times. "Look here in my eye when ya talk.....I'm deeef". The other one got a big ol' wad of gum in her mouth, cain't understand a thing she say neither. I tried read'n lips, but she don't look at me in the eye neither. I says to her, "look at me when you talk, I can't understand a word you say". She get all pissed an' go get another nice lady I can understand. Me an' Sadie Mae is good to go. 

27 comments:

  1. Ain't ya glad you ain't buildin no more houses?
    Good luck with today's surgery.

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    1. Don't wanna see another 2x4 or a sheet of plywood long as I live.

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  2. Yea BB good luck at the vet's...

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    1. Thanks for drop'n by Joey. You're always welcome at Billy Bob's Place.

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    2. Hell I'm BB here every day come hell or high water, that's why they made smart phones..

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  3. butterbean carpenterJune 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Howdy # 1 BB,

    Hee hee hee!!! I done the same thing when I was startin' out in the construction business... The house I built was on a big new reservoir, in sandy land about 50 miles from home and by myself... Couldn't find no help at all... I finally got a 'helper' when I got to raising the walls.. The foundation was concrete 'pads' 16X16X4 and in that sandy country they just kept sinking as the weight built up... After about a month of driving back & forth my gas money was gone and I had to camp down there, in the HOTTTT summer-time 100*+ ... It took me another month to get it all 'dried' in and then I waited for 3 more months before I got paid... I think it was about $300... The 'helper' got most of that... Jim Walter Homes suck!!!
    Hope Sadie Mae comes through the 'operation' okay !!!!!

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    1. You betcha them Jim Walter Homes suck. You would think they would pay a decent price to build one the way they screw the customer over.

      Sadie Mae gonna be just fine. Minor surgery to remove a lump.

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  4. butterbean carpenterJune 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    ADDENDUM 2

    THE NEW HEADER PIC IS SURE PRETTY; WAS THIS WHEN SHE WAS NEW?????

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    1. Yup....bout a year old I'm think'n. Don't know where that was took, but "Sally" was shin'n for sure.

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    2. butterbean carpenterJune 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I'd say a BIG 10-4 to that !!!! Too bad ' they' can't build decent rigs anymore....Old man died and kids took over the business and ran it into the ground.... Customer service was AWFUL and delamination was a really big part of it....

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    3. Thanks for SHOUTING, I couldn't hear you before.

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  5. Let us know how Sadie May is after you get her home. Hope all goes well.

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    1. Sadie May or Sadie May not. Sadie MAE will do just fine.

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    2. My wife complains about my spelling. I never leaned to spell very well using the phonics system. Some words are not spelled logical. I am glad she will be fine.

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  6. Will be checking back all day, until I know how Sadie Mae is.

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    1. Thanks Trouble. Supposed to pick her up bout 3 or 4 this afternoon. Will post a update.

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  7. Hoping everything goes well with Sadie's surgery. Will keep checking back for the update.

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  8. I'll bet you'll be glad when all this doctorin' is over! I know that Sadie Mae is looking forward to the same thing!

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  9. I'm sure Sadie Mae will be fine. You sure got that surgery appointment in no time at all. I should try a vet - wonder if they operate on gallbladders.

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    1. Maybe a vet ain't the best idea for gallbladder surgery. I ask the nice lady if'n they accept Medicare. Nope....out of luck.

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  10. Congratulations on a successful surgery.

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    1. Thanks Barney. Won't know for a while how successful it was. Doc said it could come back.

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  11. Glad to hear Sadie Mae did good. Your vernacular is wearing off on me! Does she have the cone of shame to wear?

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    1. Are you suggest'n that I talk funny? Had to look that up on google.
      No cone for Sadie. They put a great big ol' sticky bandage all around her body. Gonna take me a week to get that thing off.

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  12. Hi there dad,hope Sadie doing fine, looking forward to seen you soon,call you later.

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  13. The way you described those office girls sounds like the ones I talk to. Not only the ones at the vets but at my doc's office. The younger they are the harder it is to understand them. Hey, I am old and wear hearing aids. Read my lips. . .no I, I guess I got to read their lips!! I would think they would get the idea after I ask them to repeat it a bunch of times.

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  14. I knew she would be fine...just checking in to confirm it.

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