Friday, March 6, 2009

Yes, I Can Can...!

Many thanks, everyone, for your kind and thoughtful comments on my previous post. You have no idea how much I appreciated them. I was feeling rather down and extremely confused. However, after pondering the matter and giving it considerable thought, I have decided to run off to Tuktoyaktuk and open a saloon called "Jo's Place". It will be a fabulous place of ill repute, and everyone will be welcome there. We will have music, dancing, and lots of libations. If we wish, we can be drunk and disorderly and have a wonderful time. I'm tired of my boring-little-life anyway. I don't drink, except very occasionally on social occasions, but I think perhaps it's time I took up the sport. In my refrigerator I have a bottle of gin that has been there for a couple of years. I think it's sufficiently chilled by now, don't you? If I am going to be tagged as a wicked, wicked woman, I might as well have some fun while I'm at it. I mean, really, how wicked can one be, sitting in a big cozy chair, wearing pink fuzzy slippers, drinking cocoa and watching the Home and Garden Television channel every night?

I mean -- really!

The Ruined Maid

“O ‘Melia, my dear, this does everything crown!
Who could have supposed I should meet you in Town?
And whence such fair garments, such proseperity”--
“O didn’t you know I’d been ruined?” said she.

--”You left us in tatters, without shoes or socks,
Tired of digging potatoes, and spudding up docks;
And now you’ve gay bracelets and bright feathers three!”
“Yes, that’s how we dress when we’re ruined.” said she.

--”At home in the barton you said ‘thee’ and ‘thou,’
And ‘thik oon,’ and ‘theas oon,’ and ‘t’other’; but now
Your talking quite fits ‘ee for high company!”--
“Some polish is gained with one’s ruin,” said she.

--”Your hands were like paws then, your face blue and bleak
But now I’m bewitched by your delicate cheek,
And your little gloves fit as on any lady!”--
“We never do work when we’re ruined,” said she.

--”You used to call home-life a hag ridden dream,
And you’d sigh, and you’d sock; but at present you seem
To know not the megrims or melancholoy!”--
“True, One’s pretty lively when ruined,” said she.

-- “I wish I had feathers, a fine sweeping gown,
And a delicate face, and could strut about Town!”--
“My dear- a raw country girl, such as you be,
Cannot quite expect that. You ain’t ruined,” said she.


... Thomas Hardy

Welcome to Jo's Place. Be as bawdy and as wicked as you like. The only house rule is to kick up your heels and have fun!

38 comments:

Just Breathe said...

Jo, you are a delight! I hope that you are feeling better and can I come over for some of that Gin?? Pretty pleeeeease! I am only a ferry ride away :-)

Jo said...

Just Breath, of course (!!!) you can come over for some Gin. I'll make you a tin and tonic with a twist of lemon. :-)

Leslie: said...

I'm not partial to gin, but anything else would do me just fine! lol Glad you're sounding better about it all. We're both in the same club right now, you know.

Lover of Life said...

As long as you have tequila, I'm with ya.

Kym said...

I will be up in a few days with a bucket of ice and some tonic! Glad to read that you are feeling better! Kick up those fuzzy, pink heals and have some "hair of the dog"!

Baby宝儿 said...

How interesting! I enjoy it^_^

Miss_Nobody said...

hmm,now where's the music? Thank you for yet another wonderful opportunity to socialise right here :D

A human kind of human said...

Go Go Jo, Go! because you Can Can Jo, Can!

Mean Mama said...

Sigh...I have to say,my husband and I can relate Jo. We too are going through an ugly court battle for the second time over my stepson. I have raised him more than half time for the past six years, and we are suffering attacks of the ugliest nature. I wish I had some kind of insightful thing to say, but I don't. Just today, my husband said, his moral values were being used against him. It is very true. We are not willing to stoop to a certain level and it hurts us now. I only hope that when my stepson is older he will understand more about what happened. By the way, I'm having a nice stiff drink right now.

greenpanda said...

The same, I don't drink often. But I think I'll give it a go.
Love to come to Jo's Place. Sounds like the place to be right now.

meggie said...

What my grandmother, bless her, always referred to as 'slightly bawdy'. How I loved the expression! I have always admired those CanCan dancers.
Hope you are feeling 'in the pink again'!
xx

the walking man said...

Do I have to put underwear on beneath the red skirt I will dance the can-can in?

Veronica said...

Ah, but have you tried home made 'Sloe Gin'?... it's made from Gin (surprise!), the 'sloe' berries from the Blackthorn bush and sugar. Not too much at any one time but simply delicious on any cold day especially after a nice, bracing walk in the country. Or you can enjoy one 'just for the heck of it...' Enjoy and warm wishes to you, Vxx

Butler and Bagman said...

Bagman is on his way to Jo's place right now!

Firefly said...

Wow, cool place you have here. "Barman, lets have a glass of Jo's chilled gin!" *CHEERS*
Now I've been wondering, what happens upstairs?

XUP said...

Will you have some "private" rooms upstairs for those who need to..."rest"??

kenju said...

I guess I should put my gin in the fridge. Who knew?

Deb said...

I see you have your spirit back!
Keep wearing those pink fuzzy slippers and watching the home and garden channel!

jackc50 said...

i'm already there.......ready to dance the night away. jo's place will be the place to be and we''ll welcome the dawn with mimosas and crooked smiles, jc

VioletSky said...

You can't get much farther away from your troubles than there. I've always wanted to visit Tuk, just to experience it. And with Jo's Place there, it is sure to be fun!

Seriously, though, I hope things don't get any uglier for you.

Charles Gramlich said...

ohhh, ill repute. I love that.

Faithful said...

Just save a beer for me and I'll be right over..afer I practice up on my "can can"! Hey...why did you drop the 'Y' off the end of your name?

Star said...

At the end of the day, you are answerable to yourself, right? Just do what feels right to you and you won't go far wrong.

Blessings, Star

TheChicGeek said...

Oh, you wicked thing :) I want to come to Jo's Place and kick up my heels...lol! You're the best! I love to visit you and I always leave with a giggle and a smile.
Have a Super Wicked and Beautiful and Blessed Day!

Patricia Torres said...

Jo.. I love your post. Hope you are feeling better. Its not worth being low for too long!!! If you cant really help the situation by being upset or low.. then why bother??!!

I'm not really a drinks person.. But I love people watching... when all the people around you have had a few drinks.. its fun watching them.

So I'll join you for sure!!! And we will have a laugh. Good luck!!

budh.aaah said...

What a great idea Jo, and it would be pretty respectable visiting this particular house of ill repute.

Russell said...

I'll help you behind the bar... and when all those other people have passed out or gone home or been kicked out the door, it will be our time....!

Who says it is so cold in Tuk?! I think we can find a way to warm things up...!

Cedar said...

Those splits looked kind of painful.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Oh, Jo, I am glad you are feeling better. I have no words of wisdom. We can't choose our family can we?

Andrea said...

I'll be there and when I have too much gin, I'm passing out in that big, comfy chair. Sometimes you just gotta go nuts!

Boutique By Bonnie said...

Count me in! I'll come for the summer and forget the world...

I've just been catching up on your blog and must say all your posts are so well written and thought out. Don't let anyone get you down!

Country Girl said...

Sounds like fun, Jo. I'll come to your house of ill repute and drink gin. Although I'd rather have Yukon Jack.

Deedee said...

That's the spirit! I'll have mine with diet tonic and a big wedge of lime.

CS said...

Good on you, matey!

I'll bring a big supply of Aussie wine.

Cheers and *clink*

Carolyn in Sydney

white crow said...

hahahaaa, the poem was real good.

Shmooz said...

I've written you a letter on my blog;
www.shmooz.wordpress.com, and here's the title-- If I were Queen of Everything for a day!
Hope you know you touched many of us with your post.
Lauren

Paula Slade said...

Glad the "pudding-faced" girl is back and she has kicked off her "fuzzy pink slippers."

Mona said...

i love to have fun but drunken rowdiness doesn't interest me, thank you (: