meet my Uncle Mike
this one’s easy. Uncle Mike is my Momma’s older- not oldest brother. He is the male version of my Momma so I automatically adore him. Uncle Mike has been married to his high school sweetheart my whole life plus 9 years. They have three kids and eight grands. Uncle Mike and his crew lived on one corner of the forty acre square at Tony Creek and were the only ones to have a paved driveway. As a kid looking from the outside in- Uncle Mike appeared to “have it all together” . He’s worked for the same company my whole life singing with the others on the weekends as he chose or not. He’s the kind of man that could hang with the George Bush crowd or be a guest on HeeHaw..He’s the best of both worlds. Serious, humble and just out right funny.
He’s also an AMAZING musician. He can pick any guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, play the piano and the drums. Oh, and can whoop a pair of spoons like nobody’s business! He sounds exactly like Elvis..so of course the ladies love him. It’s a good thing my Aunt Brenda’s sassy and tough.
When J and I were contemplating on whether or not to buy our farm after we were first married-Uncle Mike was the first one we went to see. He’s a good steward of what God has given him, responsible and quite possibly the most frugal man I know. Speaking of frugal…Uncle Mike could be the nation’s spokesperson on “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.” He doesn’t throw anything away. Many might refer to this habit as hoarding..- a hoarder is one who accumulates for preservation, future use, etc….. My Uncle Mike is the most creative hoarder on the planet.
Exhibit-A: Uncle Mike is the only one in the whole family with a pool. We were tickled pink when he had it put in because we grew up on the creek. A private pool was BIG time for the sisters, cousins and me! And the pool wasn’t just any ol’ pool.. it had a waterfall! Now, I know that sounds really fancy and dreamy and all the other things that the word “waterfall” makes you think of…but…the waterfall flowed from a wall of junk. Seriously. A pretty rock wall of junk. Old bikes, ironing boards, kitchen appliances, hubcaps, wire and more bonded or welded or bolted together on the back side-rock, stucco and flowers gardens from the front. Truly a work of art.
and even though the pool is great and the waterfall that flows out of a wall of junk is AWESOME they don’t even hold a candle to
- Built over a period of 10 years (actual hours about sixteen 40 hour work week).
- Junkosaurus Wrecks stands 21 feet tall and spans 35 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail
- Was built using thousands of nuts, bolts, washers, and wire.
- Weighing approximately 1 1/2 tons, Junkosaurs Wrecks is comprised of more than 2000 discarded items (commonly referred to as junk). For example one item could be as small as a spark plug or as large as an entire lawn mower.
Other examples of Junkosaurus Wreck’s content are lawn & garden tools, shop tools, automotive parts, personal care items, toys, buckets, cell phones, and many, many other items
even in the wildest-most BIZARRE corner of your mind could you have come up with such???
me either. but Uncle Mike did. and he didn’t stop there…visit The Barnyard to see more of his UNBELIEVABLES!
His creativity has no end…He’s written songs like “Stinkin’ Like a Dead Mule”-given each of his grands as well as the herd of nieces nicknames like “Elsie dy Screech” & “Squeenie Pudge Bucket” ..I said he was creative I didn’t say there was a reason or that any of it makes sense.
He’s also won BEST DRESSED at our annual Thanksgiving Feast more times than I can count.
He’s fun and funny with a cherry on top! Loved dearly by all who know him.
He’s the one- the only-Uncle Mike.