June’s blog. Where you come for fun.

So, my Uncle Jim officially has cancer. It sucks, is what it does. If you knew my uncle, you would understand how bad it sucks. I mean, no one should get cancer. Why do people get cancer?

When he was going in for surgery, he told my Aunt Sue, "There's some money that I had hidden away. I want to tell you where it is."

"This is nonsense," said my Aunt Sue. "There's no reason to tell me where you've hidden any money. You're going to come out of surgery and go home and get the money yourself."

"Still, I want you to know where it is. It's $500. I was planning to spend it on our anniversary. I was going to get you something for $200, and me something for $300."

Really, every story about my Uncle Jim is like that, and yet you can't help but like him. We were all sitting around telling stories at the hospital, and he was telling about a time when he was young and working something like 80 hours a week. He was making a fortune, and he was about 21, so he thought this kind of money would last forever. He and my aunt bought a house, a truck, and a car. Then General Motors started cutting hours, and he was having trouble paying everything. A bill collector called about his truck.

"I just paid my house payment," my uncle explained. "I'll get the truck payment to you as soon as I can, but they cut my hours at work and things are tight."

Well, this didn't sit well with the bill collector, who gave my uncle a hard time. Uncle Jim started yelling at the bill collector as my Aunt Sue was coming though the door. "You come down here, then," my uncle said on the phone, "Come down here and just get it, and I'll kick your ass when you do!"

When he hung up, my aunt asked him, "Were you just talking to your mother?"

I just keep hoping this is some terrible nightmare, and that I am still making monkey faces on the plane ride here. I wish you could all know my Uncle Jim. Because he would yell and stomp around and say tasteless things, and you would just love him.

And to make matters worse, my cat Ruby died today. Marvin is waiting for me, and we are going to bury her in the back yard tomorrow when I get home.

My life is like a country song, isn't it?

56 thoughts on “June’s blog. Where you come for fun.

  1. I’m so sorry about Uncle Jim, I hope he is given some good options for treatment and that he has the best possible outcome.
    Very, very sorry to hear about Ruby. You will miss her.

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  2. I feel so sad for you right now! I’m sorry about your uncle, and I really hope everything turns out ok! I’m also really sorry that you have to bury Ruby, what a terrible time for that to happen, especially with you not being there ;( I’ll be sending positive thoughts your uncle’s way, and your way too.

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  3. i’m so sorry about your cat 😦 poor thing 😦 good luck to your uncle jim, i hope he handles the treatments well. sending you some hugs too, you seem like you need them.

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  4. Oh hell! I’m sorry to hear this.
    Uncle Jim needs to take a long walk with Cancer and tell it how he’s going to kick its ass.
    So sorry to hear about Ruby.

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  5. Poor Uncle Jim was bad enough, but then you got to poor Ruby! I hope that the surgery was a success and that your uncle will be back to his old self soon. And may Ruby rest in peace.

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  6. I’m so sorry about everything. Your uncle sounds like my late grandfather who could say the most outrageous things and everyone adored him. Here’s hoping he beats the cancer.

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  7. My favorite Uncle Jim story is when I was 15 and very weight concious (as most 15 yo girls are)….He and Aunt Sue were at our house for dinner and my mom had a coconut cream cake for dessert. Everybody had had at least one piece of cake. There was one piece left. Uncle Jim and I went for it at the same time. I won. Uncle Jim looked me square in the eye and said “I hope you get fat as hell!” He was totally serious. Still, I adore Uncle Jim and hope he kicks cancer’s ass.

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  8. Why do we always get kicked again when we are down? So sorry – it truly sucks! Uncle Jim’s attitude will truly help and cancer is not always a death sentence anymore.
    So sorry about sweet Ruby.

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  9. I am really sorry about Uncle Jim. That cracked me up about the money for their anniversary. He must be some character. I will pray for him. I’m so sorry about your beloved Ruby.

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  10. June, I’m sorry. Live can be hell at times. I could compare stories, but now it is your time to cope and then to heal. Hang in there, dear girl.

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  11. Oh June. I am so, so sorry. I wish I was next to you and could give you a great big hug. I’m so grateful I got to know Ruby via your blog. What a sweetheart. And your Uncle sounds like an awesome guy. Cancer can’t get you down if you have a sense of humor. Stay strong, we’re all thinking of you and your family.

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  12. So sorry about Jim’s situation. I’m betting his attitude will get him through the rough times.
    Sorry too to hear about Little Miss Ruby. What a beautiful kitty she was.

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  13. It sounds like Uncle Jim isn’t gonna go down without a fight. He will be kicking cancers’ ass. I am so sorry about about your kitty. I did laugh pretty hard when Jims’ wife asked if he was talking to his mother. My husband might have peed his pants a little when I laughed so loud.

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  14. I’m sorry to hear about both your Uncle Jim and your cat Ruby. It’s been a pretty $hitty week all around for you and there are no words except to say I’m thinking about you.

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  15. (((HUGS)))
    My favorite aunt is also currently going through cancer treatments, so I can empathize. She’s doing much better and never lost her sense of humor. So Uncle Jim will get over it too!
    Soooo sorry about Ruby. You are a fantastic kitty-momma and she had a wonderful life! I hope the other fur-babies are coping well.
    >^..^<

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  16. I prayed for you this weekend. I pray for people when I’m in the shower….and I thought of you. I’m sorry, June.

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  17. As I reached for my Montague Inn mug this morning, I thought of Jim. I always think of your wedding & Jim when I drink my tea. You see, it was Jim who said to me when I remarked how much I like the mugs, “take it. I’ve already taken two.” And I did! Was it the many drinks, the fun or just Jim who prompted me to take it? I don’t know and but what a happy memory.
    Much love to you and Jim–Auntie M

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  18. Hi Dear.
    I’m so sorry about Uncle Jim. That cancer sucks doesn’t even cover it.
    Good thoughts are being sent to you and Jim and your entire family.
    And, you know how I feel about your beloved Ruby. The pain of losing my dear Lady is not ever far from my heart, so I am so sending you hugs and my deepest condolences at this terrible time.
    Call if you feel like talking.

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  19. I’m using all of my power to send good wishes to Uncle Jim. And being that I’m in Michigan…it’s still super powerful when it gets there.
    So sorry about Ruby my friend.

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  20. Agree with the positive thoughts ONLY around Uncle Jim – they have made great advances in cancer treatment.
    And what a wonderful life you gave Miss Ruby!

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  21. Oh, June! If your car breaks down and Marvin cheats on you, you’ll have an album in the works! Cancer is no treat, but my brother and I both had a dance with it and are fine. Don’t wring your hands before it’s time…
    Ruby really was a beautiful girl. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go put on a tube top, my car up on blocks in the front yard and drink a six pack of Bud; I am so blue.

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  22. When it rains it pours doesn’t ?
    I am so sorry about your uncle, but I am doubly sorry that your Ruby died.
    Hang in there.
    BE sure in all these things you take care of you.

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  23. Oh June, I’m so sorry about everything. Lots of people do beat cancer nowadays and I bet your uncle Jim will be one of them. My husband’s 93 year old mother beat colon cancer a couple of years ago. Hugs.

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  24. It’s so hard to hear news about a beloved cat while you’re so far away. I’m sorry to hear about Ruby, but I’m glad Marvin was home to take care of her in her final hours. It’s good that you are there with your family, though, laughing and enjoying your uncle. Maybe you could do a “Tuesdays with Jim” post and every Tuesday tell us a funny story about him. He sounds like the kinda guy I’d want to be if I were to grow up to be a guy. :o)
    Hugs, and safe travels home.

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  25. I’m so sorry, June. Sounds like your other readers have the prayers covered, which is good since I am one of those pinko commie heathens.
    So I’ll drink to Ruby, and to Jim. And yell at my mother for good measure.

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  26. Oh, June. I am so sorry about your Uncle Jim. He sounds positively hilarious! I just lost my 17-year old niece to brain cancer a month ago. Cancer sucks. I will be praying that Uncle Jim kicks cancer’s ass! And I’m so sorry about Ruby. What happened?! Was she old?

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  27. Your Uncle Jim is going to be just fine. With a sense of humor like that, he WILL kick the shit out of cancer.
    Keep ONLY positive thoughts surrounding Uncle Jim. DO NOT allow any negative thoughts near him…..
    and prayers
    It works. I know.

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  28. That story about your uncle and the bill collector was hilarious. I’m so sorry to hear about Jim and Ruby. Add me to the list that thinks Jim will kick cancer’s ass.

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  29. Oh June, I’m so sorry.I know what your going through and if I could make it better I would in a heartbeat.My love to you and your family.

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  30. Oh June. I am so sorry about Uncle Jim’s cancer. And oh so sorry about Ruby. There just aren’t words. Please know you are thought of and loved very much!

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  31. Oh June, this is when only knowing you through your blog just won’t do because I wish we could all gather with you and hug you and bring you treats. So sorry for everything. Hope it’s enough for now that I care about you and you’re in my thoughts.

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  32. So sorry about Ruby. Geez.
    Love your Uncle Jim and Aunt Sue and I don’t even know them. Humor goes a long way during cancer treatment, so hopefully he’ll kick it quick.

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  33. Oh June. Oh no. Geez, I can’t even form the words. I was feeling sad for Uncle Jim, then laughing my bottom off over the funny stuff he says and then bam, you knocked me over the head with Ruby. Oh June. Was it just old age with Ruby? What happened? Maybe it was better you weren’t home to take care of her. Oh June, Oh Jim, Oh Ruby.
    It sounds to me like if anyone can kick cancer’s ass, it would be Uncle Jim. Tell him to shake his fists at it and tell it “NOT TODAY CANCER! NOT TODAY!!!” I will pray for Uncle Jim. Selfishly, of course, I want to hear more stories about him FOR-EVER!!!!
    And as a side note… we have some new documentary channel on our satelite. I was very happy to TiVo the “Making of the Monkees” last night. I thought of Marvin when I did.

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  34. Poor Ruby. And poor Jim, but I bet he kicks cancer in the ass.
    You should write a country song about your life and then have Marvin make a music video of it. Or a Who documentary. Somehow.

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  35. Oh, beloved RUBY!! Oh June, I’m so sorry! I’ll be praying for Uncle Jim, and for you as you go through this hard time. xoxo

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