“Married Lady” The Lyric

Family, Nova Scotia, Songwriting | Posted by Jannie on 8 December 2014 @ 11:45 PM 25 Comments


Verse 1
she is a married lady in love with a married man
they are together now daily, you see them holding hands
she writes him cards and letters, he writes her beautiful poems
she packs her wedding dress away and makes their house into a home

married lady with shiny pots and pans
brand new china and decorating plans
married lady…

Verse 2
she is a married lady doing her best each day
with two little boys and a baby, one more on the way
tricycles turn to bicycles, bicycles turn to cars
she sees those babies fly, spread their wings to the stars

married lady with wash on the line
she’s cooking and cleaning all of the time
married lady…

everyone who meets her, they all agree nobody is sweeter
she is a special kind of rose that only grows in the springtime
i will never know another
quite as nice as this beautiful lady — she’s my mother

(8 bar bridge of CSNY-esque harmonies)

Verse 3
she is a married lady still in love with that man
now they have three grand babies and she still has decorating plans
fifty-five years gone by now, they’ve been side by side
he’s still writing poems, she still looks like a bride

married lady, her name is Mim
i do appreciate she married him

married lady, the very best lady i know

she is a married lady
in love with a married man…

~~ end of lyric.

Mom and Dad — August 20th, 1959.

So, I wrote that song for Mom, eh, and sang and played it on guitar at her and Dad’s 55th wedding anniversary party this past summer. Cousin Helen took some pix of me presenting it, I’ll have to ask her for those.

As the party danced on, Mom and Sister Rosie treated us to dueling harmonicas.

That’s Dad to Mom’s left.


Earlier we gathered outside.




as to the first photo in this post… about a week ago Kelly conceptualized, set up and took that photo for her Instagram photography account.

(fyi, she just reached 23K followers on her gymnastics Instagram account!)

But back to this story…

I added my pack of Christmas cards to the mix and took the following… (with not such a good camera as Kelly’s)


(If I still had my working photoshop I’d ‘ve made those art residue stains on the table disappear.) :) Alas, I’ve been technically-sideswiped again by the Universe.

It’s all good tho, eh?

I’ll soon be sending one of those cards to cousin Helen and other dear ones up in Canada Land.

As per the above lyric — true, Mom loves to decorate and redecorate, has ever since I’ve known her. She’s got that special touch.

Here’s the interior of that little porch she and Dad added to their beach cottage a few years ago…


Mind you, Jim, Kelly and I only had THREE days to visit with my side of the family this summer, so running around snapping House & Style photos was not on my mind as much as communing with real humans, and photographing them.

I like the cottage. They bought it in 1979.


Dad’s Christmas pressie from us this year is a framed photo of the 3 grand-babies on the beach.


Mom’s present is an old Wedgwood “Jasper Blue” bowl that’s in this box I wrapped yesterday…



Jim bought the blue bowl and an identical “rosewood” tinted one at a yard sale a few months ago.

Mom loves blue dishes and I rose, so there we go!


My bowl is currently upside-down, used as a shell stand, as you can see.

But here’s how it would probably look if a Normal Person :) owned it ….


(fyi, that’s not spider poop on my shelf — it’s golden sparkles from a votive candle that was sitting there before I snapped the pix.)

Yesterday Kelly chose the following card for Nanny & Poppy…


That’s a shot she took, trying out her new-used Fuji Finepix.

And today — Monday Dec. 8th, 2014 I set out those and other pressies to Canada in my shipping bin, along with my eBay parcels…


So AWESOME I don’t even have to go to the Post Office to mail Internationally! All done online, with labels and customs forms printed out at home, cool!

I’ll be sure to tell Mom & Dad not to look at my blog until after Christmas so their pressies will stay a surprise!

And I’m sure I’ll be posting here again before Christmas. Been writing poems lately! Well, 1 or 3. Edit — Nope, more posting didn’t happen. :)

Posted with love and wonderment,



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  • 1

    On 9 December 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    Very nice!!

    Love the dueling harmonicas!! Now I see where you get your talent and love of music!!

  • 2

    On 11 December 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Well those are most excellent presents, my friend. And what a wonderful visit with your family – they all look as if they have some funster in them. Good pics, too – go Kelly! Go Jannie Muffin! Hugs!


  • 3

    On 12 December 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie – lovely post and so full of memories … great for Kelly anon. Wonderful your parents are together so long and no wonder you went up for their anniversary in the summer – it must have been lovely to be home and with them. Gorgeous setting too …

    Clever Jim to find a blue and a pink Wedgewood bowl for your mother and for you … good to see Kelly is obviously doing so well with her gymnastics – have a great run up to Christmas .. cheers Hilary

  • 4

    On 12 December 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Linda said, 

    Beautiful song and a wonderful tribute to your parents. Glad you could spend that time with them. It looks like you are on your way to being ready for Christmas. Have a wonderful Holiday!

  • 5

    On 13 December 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Dear Jannie, every moment is unfolding perfectly, no matter how much time the soul seems to give itself on Earth for a lifetime. From the soul perspective, every experience invites you to love yourself, is a call for love and also carries a timeless message about love. When photos trigger memories that pull at the heartstrings, know you are already with loved ones in places you love and have loved for true love knows no separation. Love everything as the heart does and the music of love and inspiration never stop flowing through the heart.

  • 6

    On 16 December 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Gord said, 

    Simply awesome.

  • 7

    On 17 December 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Dr. J!! Mom & Rosie were playing either Amazing Grace or some toe-tapping reel in that duet.

    Dearest Lynn, I guess we all have some funster in us, eh? Yep, Kelly’s got almost 24K followers now, and is following only about 800. So, she’s got “a thing.” She LOVES doing the artwork for her daily posts. Wants a Canon T3i for Christmas, which I don’t think Santa can quite afford yet, so maybe the Valentine or Easter Bunny will bring it. :)

    Dearest Hilary, a short but awesome visit. We’ll see what next summer holds, a Big Family Reunion on my Dad’s mom’s side is planned. Yep, Jim gets the “boot sale” finds! The bowls are actually E-Canada (Emery) made, Josiah Wedgwood’s apprentice emmigrated and set up shop in my Home and Native land. The bowls were made sometime between the 20s to 50s. Yeah, Kelly doing GREAT at gymnastics. What a joy to watch her improvement and increased confidence. She is unbelievable on the uneven bars now, so cool what she can do. And she’s loving it!

    Dearest Linda, got the last cards and 1 package to Canada yesterday! Next…, like hopefully tomorrow… the presents to the States, then local stuff — God and the traffic willing. You have a good holiday too, Sweetie!

    Dearest Liara, have you seen Interstellar, the movie, yet???!!!!! As you write, “… true love knows no separation.” LOVE — the only thing that transcends time and space, crossing wormholes, blackholes, and parallel universes of inverted donuts that are all layers of the mesh of the collective heart we all beat from. True dat, true!

    Hey Dear Gord! kewl!!! Thanks. :)


  • 8

    On 19 December 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Look at those abs on that girl! You can sure tell she’s a gymnast.

    Your parents make a cute couple. I can see where you got your good looks, though that old picture makes me think of my own parent’s wedding.

    Looks like a great family reunion. The porch is lovely.

    I’ve been meaning to give that shipping from home business a try, but so far the most I’ve had go out at a whack was 3 items, and I’m still getting a grip on the whole packaging thing.

  • 9

    On 24 December 2014 at 1:48 am

    Jannie said, 

    I know, her abs!! And those ripples show up from far far away, her friends have commented. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, blushing… I look most like my dad! Would love to sit with you and help you through the shipping process, but you’re in Montana alas, and I.. quite some miles away. But let me know if you have any questions about it, happy to help as I can! I do the shipping right from eBay / PayPal sister companies. I choose USPS as the carrier.


  • 10

    On 24 December 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    And what about the possibility of eating out of the shell, just as Nature surely intended by shaping it in a vaguely bowl-like manner? You could fill it with quinoa and cranberry salad — well, admittedly I am being a bit self-referential, because that’s the kind of salad I’m always picking up from Whole Foods and it’s not exactly what’s for dinner on the average American table, I suspect. Anyway, happy holidays!

  • 11

    On 24 December 2014 at 6:59 pm

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Wow how cool that you don’t have to queue at the post office! I seem to spend my life there!

    Anyway just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!! Easy on the wine!!

  • 12

    On 25 December 2014 at 2:16 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Merry Christmas !
    to Jannie n Jim n Kelly, Her Mom, Dad, Rosie, Kitties, n the horses too!
    You are all truelly blessed with wonderful talents and kind hearts.

    Thanks Jannie for your package received this week. You are the shipping Diva too-
    Have a great holiday!

  • 13

    On 29 December 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Margaret said, 

    Merry Christmas, Jannie. I got what I wanted for Christmas as well – all my kids under one roof. Yes, family is the best (and I adore that wedding photo of your parents – they look like movie stars). I see you saw the news about Galen – what a great man. We were all lucky to know him a little bit through FB. He will be missed. Hey, I requested your friendship on FB :)

  • 14

    On 1 January 2015 at 10:01 am

    Daisy said, 

    Happy New Year dear Jannie! This is a wonderful post. Love the song, love the pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit even if it was a bit of a whirlwind. Wishing you all the best in 2015! :) xoxo

  • 15

    On 3 January 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hello lovely people of the world.

    I have misplaced my reading glasses, boohoohoooo.

    Time for a nap, anyway. I’ll be baachk.


  • 16

    On 4 January 2015 at 2:28 pm

    J.D. Meier said, 

    That was epic … more than a song and dance, it was an experience.

    I bet the dynamic dueling harmonicas was a hoot. Growing up, during sleep overs my grandmother would read Lentil. Long story short, he was able to play the harmonica when everybody else clammed up due to the lemon sucking cranky old man.

  • 17

    On 4 January 2015 at 8:47 pm

    karyn and barkly said, 

    Happy New Year!!!

  • 18

    On 5 January 2015 at 1:50 am

    Jannie said, 

    So, found my reading glasses last night, yay! They were in my good-new-used hoodie pocket.

    Christopher, your shell comment reminds me of this, now… how do I code? Been so long. I’ll just put a raw link in, might take me a couple minutes to find the post… http://janniefunster.tumblr.com/post/106037768671 okay, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would. :) Getting lost in the tumble of tumblr can take me a while. And I recently saw how the human ear is kinda shaped that way too. I had dinner at WF a couple-three weeks ago. Don’t think I’ve tried quinoa, but I think it’s like bulgur wheat, for some reason.

    JOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t you print your eBay labels at home??!! What’s up with that, Dude? :) Oh wait, you said that in the UK there’s no symbiotic shipping relationship between PayPal and the P.O. right? I did have some wine tonight! A bit “fluffy” tasting, as they were out of my regular brand, but not so bad in pinch, I guess. :)

    Snaggle, I am truly blessed to have a friend like YOU!!! I still can’t believe you’ve stuck with me so wonderfully after all this time. Of course, I’ve stuck with you too, cause you’re really super-awesome, and such! If you mean my Daddy’s horses, he gave them up a couple years ago. They are proudly owned by wonderful people on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. Mom and Dad got to see them last summer. GYGTPAIHYHFPG!! (Oh, translates to… Glad You Got The Package And I Hope You Have Fun Playing Guitar! :) I still have not changed my strings. But, I don’t think it’s bad for the guitar, is it?

    Margaret, WOW, all your 6 kids under 1 roof, that is sweeeet indeed. And what an amazing family you have. Yeah, freaking bummer about Galen. You know he sent me 2 bottles of wine once? The Christmas after I posted that 55 singing video for him, about his silver mustache flying in the wind… :) So it goes, eh? Dissecting paths along the journey. I loved that old ass-kicker, as so many of us grew to. Thanks for the FB request. I have not been on there in well over a month, maybe closer to 2 now, but tomorrow hopefully will be my big reappearance. :) I have to go through a password reset and modem i.d. look-up first before I can access the e-mail I set it up with, not my main email.

    And you know what, I gotta get to bed. It’s waaaay late…


  • 19

    On 5 January 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Sara said, 

    I loved the lyrics to your song, but wish you had a way of letting us listen to YOU sing the song.

    Once again, it’s fun to scroll through your family pictures, as well as read about what you’ve been up to. I’m amazed you can mail that much stuff from your house!!! I think our postman would faint if he saw a box that big waiting for him.

    We had my girls for Thanksgiving, but then my eldest returned to London and her sister spent Christmas with her. However, we had Jim’s son and his girlfriend for Christmas eve…all and all a nice holiday time:~)

    I wish you a very wonderful New Year!!!

  • 20

    On 7 January 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Mimi Palin said, 

    what cheerful Christmas package,
    love the family photos,
    and your lyrics are playful and cheerful.

    welcome join our humor prompt.
    God bless,
    Jannie Funster and your blessed daughter, Kelly.

  • 21

    On 10 January 2015 at 11:40 am

    Shadiatique said, 

    Lovely.. tha harmonica was great 😉

  • 22

    On 10 January 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey all. I have NOT forgotten about this blog, as if I ever could.

    We are in Dallas for Kelly’s first gymnastics meet of the season.

    Thanks for being here.

    See you next week.


  • 23

    On 14 January 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Daisy! Happy New Year to you too, 14 days after the fact now. :) All the best to you too, my dear from now until infinity’s new beginning.

    J.D. Meier, I so appreciate your annual visit!! Just Googled, thanks to you and have learned… “boy named Lentil who, because he could not sing or whistle, learns to play the harmonica.” Never heard of him!! Sounds like a sure classic of a story, piqued to read one day.

    K&B, same to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bo Bara! I’ve been letting you down by not sharing my singing. You know the email address you used to send me that electronic Christmas card? Thank you for that card, btw… I will send a little singing clip of me from Kelly’s old iPhone to YOU there, in the next, like… 5 days!!! Our 2 regular postmen know to have lots of room in their vehicles for our packages! :) And on rainy days (like today,) I put the matching lid upon that gorgeous see-through plastic shipping bin. Sweeeet on the relative time over the Holidays. Now… sing to the tune of April in Paris… Christmas in London. Snowflakes in blossom. :)

    Mimi Palin! Well, ain’t you a little sweetie for popping on in out of the blue from poetryland. Thanks for such a beautiful introduction. I would LOVE to join a poetry link — so much fun and will have time for that during our short break from gymnastics meets.

    SHADIATIQUE!! Enchanted you came back. Lovely to see you!! Cool you still have the same log-in, which signed you back in automatically after all this time.

    And there we go, whoooohooooo.


  • 24

    On 30 January 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I also use USPS. I use their web tool to calculate shipping costs, but still frequently get it wrong. International shipping is my biggest buggaboo. I’ve lost money on sales to England and Canada. I’m getting better at it, but it’s still a hassle.

  • 25

    On 2 February 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Jannie said, 

    I see Alice, yeah, you have your own separate home business. You don’t get the generous eBay discount on shipping, but if you do up your labels at home online with USPS you do get a small discount, and can request Postie pick up at your home, in the place of your choosing. Are you shipping pretty big and or heavy / packages?

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