Pokey Stories, a Top 10 List

This week’s writing challenge is about Christmas and Christmas Eve’s past and, well, Christmas is not a happy time for me. At all. And if I reflect on it I will depress you all terribly. Hell, it’s Christmas day 2013 and I had to cancel my vacation because I have the flu, and this is not the worst Christmas I’ve ever had. As an alternative to depressing you all with my life, I decided to compile a Top 10 List of my favorite Pokey stories in honor of my gran, who I just saw for the holidays, and who is about to pass onto the next world.

That is less sad than if I reflected on past Christmases, which should give you a good idea of how bad those had been. Pokey dying is tragic in that all lives lost are tragic, but Pokey is quite old (eighty-six), quite frail, rather ill, and she has a reputation for being a mean, racist old sod. She is British and so 1) I am using British slang and 2) You have to imagine all these things being said in a British accent.

Pokey’s awfulness and the stories that have come out of it have been a corner stone of my comedic storytelling for years and I will miss Pokey’s aggressive meanness because there will be no more Pokey stories soon. A few days ago I watched her struggle to lift a teacup to her be-dentured mouth and I imagined her shaking with rage instead of with frail oldness because, for me, there is something comforting in that. Without further ado I present to you, the Top Ten Pokey Stories:

10) The Terrorist Letter – In college I relieved a long letter from Pokey informing me that the universities were full of terrorists who had come to America to learn from us, date our women, and then explode everything with bombs, etc. She cautioned me to only date non-foreigners that were white, because she mistrusts all non-white people. This is her forgetting that she is a British ex-pat whose hobbies include tanning and being in love with Tiger Woods (we never had the heart to tell her that he wasn’t a WASP).

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All I Made for Xmas

I was waiting to show this off, it’s a Jem and the Holograms ring that I made for my step-sister, it was one of her Xmas presents this year. I made almost everyone a gift, but this is the first one that I made and, subsequently, the only one I got around to taking a picture of. I wish I had gotten photos of some of the others but que sera sera! Since I have slowed the business down I’ve gotten back to making things 1) just for the fun of it and 2) with specific people in mind, both of which I really like.

Now I’m trying to brainstorm a craft project idea for 2011, wish me luck! Hope you all had a great Xmas.

~ Brigitte

Last Minute Holiday Jewelry

Frosty Snowman Necklace and Holiday Blythe Necklace
(sold out)

If you’re in the US and doing some last minute holiday shopping it’s not too late to pick up one of these necklaces. The Frosty necklace is small and cute, plus it’s limited edition, while the Santa Blythe necklace is a little bolder, and one of a kind. Both are handmade by me out of resin. Thankfully I cast resin earlier in the year while it was still warm, if I had waited it would have been too cold and there wouldn’t be any holiday designs at all!