Posted by: JanF | May 10, 2013

Blogging into Our Hearts: The Nurse Kelley Story

Sixty-five years ago today, in a dusty south Texas town, our friend and colleague, Nurse Kelley (aka KelleyRN2) was born.

It was sooooooooo long ago, there is no photographic evidence of the event but we think it went something like this.

Life was not easy in the Texas oil fields growing up but Nurse Kelley persevered. She considered many careers (and tried a few) …

(Inspirational Writer)



(Auto Mechanic)

… and eventually found her true vocation, the nursing profession:

Specifically, caring for newborns:

(Cute Baby pictures to inoculate this post from Teh Suck)

Something drew her to Colorado (aka, The Perfect Purple State)

(Well maybe not drawn to THAT).

She taught herself how to power up a computer …

…. and became a Very Famous Blogger: advocating for the sick and disabled, providing a voice for those who are voiceless and raising hell lots of money to make their lives better. All while rendering advice on ailments and underwear, blogging and buttheadedness (there is a difference – some days). Her Texas roots and homespun advice were perfectly suited for blogging:

Texas Sayings Helpful to Bloggers

‘So ugly his mama takes him everywhere she goes so she doesn’t have to kiss him goodbye.’
‘If dumb was dirt, he’d cover about an acre.’
‘If brains were leather, he couldn’t saddle a flea.’
‘Meaner than a skilletful of rattlesnakes.’
‘As full of wind as a corn-eating horse.’
‘She’s one bubble off plumb.’
‘I hear you clucking, but I can’t find your nest.’
‘Don’t dig up more snakes than you can kill.’
‘Anytime you happen to pass my house, I’d sure appreciate it.’
‘I’d like to buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’ll bring.’
‘She can’t help being ugly, but she could stay home.’
‘She’s more slippery than a pocketful of pudding.’
‘Cold as a cast-iron commode.’
‘Don’t squat on your spurs.’
‘Don’t tip over the outhouse.’
‘Just because a chicken has wings don’t mean it can fly.’
‘I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.’

But one Texas saying describes Nurse Kelley to a T for those of us who are lucky enough to call her friend:

‘She’d charge hell with a bucket of ice water for you.’


Happy Birthday, Nurse Kelley!! We ♥ you!!


(Disclaimer: Any mistakes are the result of the laziness of the author for not bothering to verify the facts. For a small price, she will alter the record, and only Google Cache will know what was really said here.)

(Texas Sayings from More Colorful Texas Sayings, mountain hover quotes courtesy of



  1. Friendship is important. Thank you for creating the opportunity to honor Kelley today.

    • Thanks for reading, princesspat! I have blogging mentors: people who taught me how to write effectively (still a work in progress) and who helped me learn the correct way to promote civil discourse (it does not always include ALL CAPS). But following Nurse Kelley’s blogging career has helped me remember that good that blogging can do in real people’s lives. Teaching, helping, caring … she reminds us that ♥ is a BHD.