Saturday, December 31, 2005

GOODBYE 2005...HELLO 2006

Here it is...

New Year's Eve 2005

I awoke this morning with a stiff back!

I guess that's another sign that I am getting older.

I got a Thai Chi DVD for Christmas and plan to start trying that form of exercise.

My New Year's resolution is to get fit and healthy in the year of 2006.

That was my resolution for 2005 ALSO...

Ah.... wait a minute...

That was also my resolution for the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's...

Can't break a good tradition now, can I?

So, 2006 is THE year to make my resolution come true.

Here's to a fit and healthy New Year!


Wednesday, December 28, 2005


My husband has cooked breakfast, on Christmas morning for our family since our children were small. They are all grown up now but the tradition continues.



Sunday, December 18, 2005


Weekend Assignment #90: Share a treasured holiday memory. If it happened during the holiday season (which means, basically, from the the day after Thanksgiving to the end of the Bowl Games), it's eligible.

This is a picture of my sister, Barbara and me.

I am holding the doll. I wish that I still had it!

If you look behind me you will see Finger Paints in a box on the floor.

Mary Louise

Extra credit:
Fruitcake: Ever, you know, had any?

Every year my Dad would buy a Claxton fruitcake.

We were the only ones in the family who would eat it. It was pretty good except for the nuts which I would pick out.

Hummmm....maybe, I will try to find a Claxton fruitcake this year and raise a piece to heaven for my Dad!



I have always believed in Santa.

I watch him come down the street in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade every year and get exited.

I'm having a little trouble believing this year.

Does that mean....

That I'm Getting Old????


Tuesday, December 6, 2005


 True story

   This is a true account recorded in the Police Log
 of Sarasota, Florida...

   An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice, "I have a gun, and I know how
 to use it! Get out of the car!"

  The four men didn't wait for a second invitation.

They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bag into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat.

She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then it dawned on her why...

For the same reason she did not understand why there was a football, a frisbee and two 12 packs in the front seat...

   A few minutes later, she found her own car parked
 four or five spaces farther down.

   She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing.

He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair and carrying a large handgun.

   No charges were filed.


   If you're going to have a Senior Moment, make it memorable.

Friday, December 2, 2005



1.. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He
thought he was God and I didn't.

2.. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

3.. I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!

4.. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill

5.. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

6.. Don't take life too seriously; no one gets out alive.

7.. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me

8.. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

9.. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

10.. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are missing.

11.. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

12. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy,
why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.

13.. God must love stupid people; He made so many.

14.. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

15.. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

16.. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

17.. Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!

18.. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I
Grew up.

19.. Procrastinate Now!

20.. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With

21.. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

22.. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance

23.. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!

24..They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken.

25..He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
26..A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three
thousand times the memory.

27..Ham and eggs. A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime
commitment for a pig.

28.. The trouble with life is there's no background music.

29.. The original point and click interface was a Smith and

30.. I smile because I don't know what the hell is going

Thursday, December 1, 2005







Friday, November 25, 2005


"Things You Can Only Say On Thanksgiving"

1. Talk about  huge breasts!

2. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.

3. It's Cool Whip time!

4. If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!

5. That's one terrific spread!

6. I'm in the mood for a little dark meat.

7. Are you ready for seconds yet?

8. It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?

9. Just wait your turn, you'll get some!

10. Don't play with your meat.

11. Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.

12. Do you think you'll be able to handle all these peopleat once?

13. I didn't expect everyone to come at once! 

14. You still have a little bit on your chin

15. How long will it take after you stick it in? 

16. You'll know it's ready when it pops up. 

17. Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that! 

18. That's the biggest one I've ever seen!

(Thanks to Mrs. Sportz Assassin)

Friday, November 18, 2005


Weekend Assignment #86: Thankfully Remembered
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and, frankly, I don't expect to see too many of you around here on that day, so I thought I'd post a Thanksgiving-themed Weekend Assignment this Thursday:

Weekend Assignment #86: Who are you thankful for -- who you won't be able to spend this Thanksgiving with? This is a chance to tell us about the people you care about who will be far away from you this holiday, or who have passed on but remain in your heart.


Too much stress over the add banner I guess...Ha

I'm catching a cold!

I can't catch a cold right now!

I have too much to do!  AHHHHH.

I have been doing everything right.

Washing my hands often, taking vitamins etc and still here I am this morning with a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing. My ears even hurt!

NOOOOO, I tell you...NOOOO

I can't get a cold!!

I Know, I will...WILL it away.

Anyone out there know how to do that??


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hate the ADD Banners

Is it just me or does anyone else hate the add banners that AOL has put on the top of our "personal" journals!!!!!!?????

I'm Mad as Hell and I ain't gonna take this!!!!

Send your thoughts about this to.. 


Monday, November 14, 2005


It's official...I'mmmm getting old!

I woke up this morning with a back ache.  I did yard work yesterday and today...I'm paying the price.

What happened????

I used to work hard all day, do laundry, fold it and put it away.

Scrub floors, change beds. Even change entire rooms around and still cook a big supper and clean the kitchen. Stay up watching TV until 2 Am and still get up at 6 am...bright eyed and ready for another day.

Now, I rake a few leaves and bend to put them in bags and that was all!!!

Now, My back hurts and I have done nothing all day!

It must be true....I'm gettin old and the truth...

Gettin old ain't for sissies!


Sunday, November 13, 2005


Many people will walk in and out of your life. But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head;

To handle others, use your heart. 


Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;

If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;

Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people.

He, who loses money, loses much;

He, who loses a friend, loses much more;

He, who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me......

You brought another friend ..

And then there were 3 .

We started our group ..

Our circle of friends.....

There is no beginning or end ....

Yesterday is history.

is mystery.

is a gift.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Monday Photo Shoot BEFORE AND AFTER

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Do "Before and After" photos on any subject you like. The idea is to show change over a bit of time. Some easy ideas would be haircuts, cleaned-up rooms, kittens growing up into cats, and etc. And yes, this means you can dip into your collection of old photos (they certainly qualify as "before").

   Picture from Hometown Picture from Hometown

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Your Monday Photo Shoot: Halloween Decorations and Greetings
Let's get spooktacular for this shoot:

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Halloween is just a week away! Display your current decorations and preparations, or show off a favorite from years past. Pumpkins, holiday cards, decorations from Halloween parties and porch displays -- it's all good.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Service People and family

Today has been a day of waiting for service people.

I don't like waiting and staying home but it does make me get some things done in the house.

Our son is coming home next week!

Our daughter and her family will be here on Friday for the weekend.

Our other daughter and her family live an hour away so we will all be together.

There will be a house full again...

Just like when they were living at home.

It will be a fun, exciting time.

I'm really looking forward to their visits.



Sunday, October 23, 2005


Woo Hoo...

Alabama BEAT Tennessee yesterday in football.

It was a hard fought game and Tennessee came to win.

My husband and I watched the struggle together, mindful of each others feelings.

We were exausted when the game was over. I played every down with Alabama and he, for The Vol's.

The bad thing about this game is that one of us is happy and one is sad.

The rest of the season, against other teams, we are yelling for the same team.. either Alabama or Tennessee against other teams.

This has always been a tough game because even in victory...

It hurts me to see my husband sad.

When we see what has happened in our world over the past few months...we can truely say...

It is ONLY a game.



It sure felt good to win this time. Only the 2nd time that Alabama has beaten Tennessee in 9 years.

So, I'm enjoying this victory and already dreading next year and the 3rd Saturday in October!


Saturday, October 22, 2005




Jennifer Thomas

Thursday, October 20, 2005


This was a text message and picture message sent today from my son and daughter.

Here is their exchange.....

Ross.........Just look at this pile of work on my desk!


Picture from Hometown


  Each yellow post it note is under a stack of paper's that need attention!  EWWW! Picture from Hometown  


  My daughter texes her brother back   Picture from Hometown  




Picture from Hometown

  Ross say's...... You win!!!! I'm going on a bike ride!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


It's that time of the year again!

The 3rd Saturday in October!!!!!!!!!!!

The BIG game!!!!!!!!!

First, you need to know a little history.

I was born in ALABAMA and was declared an Alabama football fan in the delivery room by my parents.

My husband was born in TENNESSEE and was declared a Tennessee Vol's football fan in the delivery room by his parents!

You never stray from this declaration...

This Saturday at 3:30 pm....The Big Game happens on our television.

I will be dressed TOTALLY...... ALABAMA

My husband will be dressed totally....TENNESSEE

If Alabama wins...My flag will fly proudly in front of our house.

If Tennessee wins....

Well...I don't even want to think about it.

Our children will not stay in the house during this game. They find other, Quieter places to be for the duration on the game and hours after.

This is the game of the year for us.

I want to win soooo bad!

This may be our year, at last.

Tennessee has beaten Alabama 8 out of the last 9 games.

It's OUR year, People!



ML               Bama girl

Monday, October 17, 2005



I am having so much fun and doing so much work!

I have decided to start a home business doing some thing that I have been doing for my Grand daughters for years.

So far, so good.

I am great at the creative part and the production of my craft...


I suck at the business part. Not sure how to get my craft out there for the public to see.

My Daughter said that I should sell on E-Bay.

I told her that I would sell my stuff on E-Bay if....

 I can figure out how to do it! So far, Stuck on..How to sell! Ha!

Not a great business mind but a GREAT crafter!

Wish me luck!

Any Advice?????


Friday, October 14, 2005


WOO HOO~~~~~

I don't need a root canal!!!!!!!

Evendently, my tooth was sore because I must grind my teeth at night!

I didn't know that about myself.

How could I....

I was asleep!


Thursday, October 13, 2005


I have an appointment with my dentist this afternoon.

My tooth is still bothering me. It's not a sharp pain but a dull ache.

I bet I will need a root canal and I don't look forward to that! I had one done 2 years ago.

I was never afraid to go to the dentist until that root canal 2 years ago. The dentist gave me a shot and I went into tachyacardia. I was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance and found out that I am allergic to Eppernefrine.(sp)

I always tell the dentist that  I am allergic but I am always afraid that they might forget. I never want to go through that again. It was the most frightening experience!

Now, I am afraid to go to the dentist if it requires a shot.

I can be a real baby at times and my appointment is at 2:40 pm.

So, all of you who read this journal...

Say a little prayer for me today.



Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Your Monday Photo Shoot: Snack-tacular!

Time for a tasty photo shoot this week:

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Have a favorite snack? Show it!


Monday, October 10, 2005



Sitting on the runway in Salt Lake waiting for take off.

I hope this 4 1/2 hour flight is smooth. We should have left at 10:00am and now it is 10:20a.

Pilot just came on and said there is congestion and we will be delayed for a while longer. I know what they are doing...prolonging my anxiety.

The girl next to me just sneezed! Great!

I get a cold to go on this flight.

Taxing to the run way now. It begins again and I will keep writing until we reach 37,000 feet.

Rolling down the run way, faster and faster....lift-off.

Oh Man....I have to sit here and give control of my life to pilot's that I don't even know!

Just once, I would like for the pilot's to be honest when they make announcements.


Well folks, we have lift off and we are climbing to 37,000 feet in the air. This is the most stressful time for a plane. This is the most likely time for a crash.

Let's just hope the mechanics, who serviced this plane knew what they were doing and did their jobs well!

We should know in 10 minutes or so. Just hold on, keep your seat belts tight and Oh Yeah, Pray!

Remember that we don't want to die anymore than you do so let's all pray that we get to our cruising altitude.

Pilot comes on again...

Hey folks..We made it! We are at 37,000 feet in the air in this silver tube that would crumble into tiny pieces if it ever went down.

Let's all take a moment and give the mechanic's a big...WOO HOO! 

All together now...WOO HOO Mechanic's!

Pilot comes back on and says....Hey folks, don't worry about those bumps. It's like driving down a highway. Your gonna have bumps. So, How about you keep your seat belts on and make sure they are fastened real tight. I have mine on real tight. I don't want to die either. I also have a family, house with a mortgage and children to go home too.

We will do our very best to get you to your destination, in one piece.

But just in casewe run into trouble...It might be a good thing to get to know the people around you. So, just like in church, take time to introduce yourself to the people around you, even across the isle. Find out their names and a little about them. If we go down together, at least you can say the persons name as we hit the ground.

We are flying through the air at jet speeds and at 37,ooo feet people. For 4 1/2 hours..We are a family! A family that will reach our destination or all die together.

So,  sit back and relax new family and enjoy the flight.

We, in the cockpit intend too.

The people are all abuzz, telling their names and where they are from and where they are going.

The pilot comes on again and says.

Hey family...This is your Captain.

Let's have a sing along because this will be a long flight.

Here goes...

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around...98 bottles of beer on the wall

Mary Louise


Sunday, October 9, 2005


I woke this morning to a tooth ache!

Why does this always happen on a weekend!

I haven't had a tooth ache is ages but this is a dull ache.

It hurt when I drank my hot tea and also when I drank a glass of cold milk.

I'm such a baby when I hurt!


Saturday, October 8, 2005





            YOUR REALITY!


Wednesday, October 5, 2005


Early fall seems like a good time to capture these guys in pictures, because they're out and about storing up for the winter:

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Catch a critter in a picture! For the purposes of this photo shoot, a "critter" is a creature that is not a pet, so no dogs or cats, but mice, squirrels, pigeons, badgers, hedgehogs, wolverines, deer, dragons, sasquatch or any other sort of ambulatory thing is acceptable (as are bugs).

OK...OK... I'll stand here for this picture..

Then, I bust this fence and I'm outta here!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Your Monday Photo Shoot: Give your camera to a child, friend, spouse or relative and have them shoot some pictures. Show us the pictures they take. This will be more fun if you have a digital camera, of course (because they can snap off a whole bunch of pics), and I also find it's a lot of fun to give the camera to small fry, because their perspective on what's photo-worthy is different than the rest of us.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Sitting on the runway in Santa Barbara waiting for take off. It has been a great 2 weeks in S.B. but I am ready to go home. I just wish that I could blink to get there.

The air is not on and it is hot in here. This is a small plane and it is packed, as usual. Doesn't anyone stay in Santa Barbara?

We are taxing down the runway now..I really do hate this. Take off's scare me. I guess thats a news flash for the evening news!

Lift, I hate this feeling. Maybe, this will be a smooth flight.

I'm looking out of the window and seeing Santa Barbara fade away.

I can see the marine layer poised and ready to move into the S.B. area. We are over the ocean good. I see sail boats floating on the water.

Ahhhh, the plane just turned and I can see the coast line of S. B. it is so beautiful.

Flying over the St. Inez mountains and it is still a smooth flight. Thank you, God.

The man seated next to me hasn't said a word, he looks scared. Welcome to the club you silent man. Your no help to anyone. A hello would have been nice but Noooo. I hope you pee in your pants, silent man!

Descending into Salt Lake City now. Wow, I actually have had a smooth flight for once in my life. Just a little bumpy now because we are flying over the mountains and descending in S.L.C. which is normal.  The mountains surrounding SLC are green with tiny ridges of white snow. I can see the great salt lake now. The sun is shining and we just touched down. WOO HOO...

I have made this flight so many times that I could probably land this plane myself!

Hello Salt Lake City!

Now, to deplane and catch my flight to Cincinnati.

I can't wait to be home again.

Wonder if I could think myself home and not have to fly again????

This is the safest way to travel...I keep telling myself.

Why can't I convince my mind of that?

Just think...4 1/2 hours from Cincinnati, Ohio to Santa Barbara, California.

Will I fly again...Yes,

I want to go home!!!!!!


Sunday, September 25, 2005



I am in a window seat on a 50 seat air plane ready to take off from SLC bound for Santa Barbara. It is a hour and 45 minute flight from take off to landing.

I dread going over the mountains that surround SLC. It is always a bumpy ride. I asked once and the pilot said it was wind sheer that caused all the swaying and bumping.

I always take my note book to write when I can't listen to music or to anything electronic. It helps keep my mind off of the fact that I am in a tiny tube, hurling through the air and I AM NOT in control. It is clearly a control issue, I know that but it doesn't keep the fear from rising in my being.

We are taxing to the runway. I pray for a smooth take off and flight...just once out of SLC. Just anyone listening????

We are taking off now. The kid next to me looks like he is 15 or 16 and I think is more scared than I am. He has his head down and I tried to talk to him but he is not interested in talking.

It's started...the swaying and bumping. Damn.

Why does it seem that I get all the great flights that bounce around??

Maybe, it will smooth out soon. Oh crap, that was a bad drop.

We are almost on top of the mountains that surround SLC. I swear that I could touch the top of the mountain if I could open this window.

This is about the worst turbulence to date. I hope the kid next to me isn't getting sick. Too late, He just barfed his lunch up. Poor kid. I got the barf bag to him and patted his back. He is shaking so hard.

I keep telling him that it will get better. Who am I trying to convince...Him or Me????

The pilot just came on and said to hold on and keep seat belts on.

Finally, a patch of smooth. Thank you, God. I hope it stays like this for the rest of the flight.

Looking out of my window, I see big thunder heads. I hope we will not go through them. They look thick and angry.

Whoaaaa. Just hit a bad air pocket.

Smooth again. I am going to listen to my I Pod now. Soft, soothing music and every once in a while... look of my window to see the cliffs of Santa Barbara     AND...

Solid ground!


Saturday, September 24, 2005





Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.   -Oprah Winfrey  

Tuesday, September 20, 2005



In line to take off from Salt Lake City. We are next in line the pilot just announced.

It was SOOO bumpy from Cincinnati. We had to keep our seat belts on the whole way!

I hope it is not bad leaving SLC in this little plane, going over the mountains that surround Salt Lake.

The flight attendant just said that coming in the big plane was bumpy but that maybe going out would be smooth.....


Still waiting. Now, we're moving and turning towards the runway.

I know the pilots are good and they don't want to die either.

Sh##**%%#2*! Here we go!

All my prayers are being said...Just left the runway and already swaying. Damn this little plane!

I will be so glad to get to Santa Barbara and not have to worry about flying again for 2 weeks.

Crap...I hate this!

I hope we get over these mountains without too much bumping and swaying but damn, it has already started and to top it off it is hot in here. I want to cry! I hate feeling so scared!

I don't think that I will ever fly into and out of SLC again. It is like this every time.

I know that we will be alright but this stinks!

I'm not the only one who is scared this time. Everyone around me is terrified. We just keep looking at one another. This is the pits!!!!!

I want my Mama!!!

Mary Louise

Monday, September 19, 2005


I am a fearful flier! 

 I fly in planes because I need too not because I want too!

 I especially hate take off's and turbulence.

On my last flight to the West Coast, I wrote my fears on paper as I flew and will share them in several parts in this journal.


We are taxing out to the runway now. The pilot is revving the engines.

We're still in line for take off. Cincinnati is such a busy airport.

The day is pretty at least. I'll be so glad when this flight is over and I am safely on the ground in Salt Lake City. Then, another 1 1/2 hour flight to Santa Barbara ( in a teany, tiny plane)!

I looked out of the window trying to appear calm. There are four planes behind us and one just landed in front of us.

We're rolling now and turning onto the runway for take off.

 I hate this and just my writing and prayers keep me calm.

Here we go!

Damn, I am so scared my stomach hurts. I HATE TAKE OFF!

It will be a 3 hour and 45 minute flight to Salt Lake.

It is bumpy and all because I am on this flight. I seem to always bring the bumpy with me. I HATE CLIMBING!

I'm such a baby! I wonder if anyone else on this big plane is as scared as I am? I just hope that it isn't the pilot's.  I bet there are other people who are scared but every one around me looks calm.

The kid in the isle seat just sneezed on me. I hope he doesn't have a cold!

We are still climbing. I would like to get places by just blinking and not doing this flying thing.

Mary Louise


Sunday, September 18, 2005


Weekend Assignment #77: What do you want to be when you grow up?

This can be answered one of two ways: You can answer by saying what you wanted to be when you were a kid, or, you can answer by saying what you still want to be, one day, one way or another. It's up to you.

My Parents told me that when I was 3 years old and talked to Santa, I told him that I wanted to be the Queen when I grew up.

Extra Credit: What did your parents want you to be when you grew up?

They also wanted me to be the "Queen" so that I could take care of them in style in their old age!

Mary Louise

Monday, September 12, 2005


  Test for Dementia

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we
grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying; "If
you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so...

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of
intelligence. So, take the following test presented here and determine
if you are losing it or are still "with it."

The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you have made
your own. OK, relax, clear your mind and... begin.

1. What do you put in a toaster?

        Answer: "bread." If you said "toast," then give up now and go do
something else. Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, "bread," go to Question 2.

2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?




Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the
next question. Your brain is obviously overstressed and may even
overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading
something more appropriate such as Children's World. If you said "water"
then proceed to question 3.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from
blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house
is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?


Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks,"
what the devil are you still doing here reading these questions?????
you said "glass," then go on to Question 4.

4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over (If you will recall, Germany  at the time was politically
divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight,
TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining
engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.
Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane fatally
crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany or West  many or in "no man's land"?



Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else,
you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a
plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. If you said, "Don't
bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.

5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60 of a degree every minute then
how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?

Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than
"one degree," you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you
are obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil in and exit the room.
Everyone else proceed to the final question.

6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to
Milford Haven in .  17 people get on the bus inReading,
six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two
people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16
people get in. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on.
In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at
Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?


Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember? It was YOU!!

Thursday, September 8, 2005








Thursday, September 1, 2005




Wednesday, August 31, 2005


1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. 
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished 
2. My mother taught me RELIGION 
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet" 
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. 
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of 
next week!" 
4. My mother taught me LOGIC. 
" Because I said so, that's why." 
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. 
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to 
the store with me." 
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT 
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." 
7. My mother taught me IRONY. 
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about." 
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. 
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper." 
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. 
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!" 
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. 
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. 
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. 
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!" 
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. 
"I brought you u into this world, and I can take you out." 
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. 
"Stop acting like your father!" 
15. My mother taught me about ENVY. 
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't 
have wonderful parents like you do." 
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. 
"Just wait until we get home." 
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. 
"You are going to get it when you get home!" 
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. 
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that 
19. My mother taught me ESP. 
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?" 
20. My mother taught me HUMOR. 
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. 
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 
22. My mother taught me GENETICS. 
"You're just like your father." 
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. 
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?" 
24. My mother taught me WISDOM. 
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand." 
25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE. 
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Friday, August 26, 2005


Weekend Assignment #74: Got the Wants

There are things in this world that people need to have. This week's Weekend Assignment is not about those.

Weekend Assignment #74: Forget about the things you need -- Tell us about something you want. Preferably something useless and/or expensive. In other words: Toys! Something fun and/or sparkly and/or indulgent that you don't already have but wouldn't mind getting, if someone were offering.

Extra Credit: Do you really think getting that toy would make you happier?


I would like my own private island in the caribbean complete with a big island house, staff and private jet. 

See my island~~~~~~~~Mary Louise

Wednesday, August 24, 2005




If your life was made into a book, what would the title be?


Tuesday, August 23, 2005


I decided to jog alittle on my walk today. I would walk and then jog for a little while. It sure wasn't a long jog!!!

Boy...Am I out of shape!!!!!

I'll just stick to walking!


Wednesday, August 17, 2005




1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.


1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is goodexercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.


1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.


At age 4 success is . . not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is . having friends.
At age 16 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 35 success is . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . having friends.
At age 80 success is . not peeing in your pants.

Friday, August 12, 2005


It's almost mid-night and I am still up!

My throat is so sore!!!  It feels like it is so tiny. I looked into my throat with a flash light and it is RED, RED, RED!

I have gargled with salt water... Got my throat spray near by.

I hate nights like this!!!!

This may be a long one.

My ears hurt too.

I thought that I was too old for this kind of thing.

I guess, I'm a young person in a old persons body tonight.

Like Bette Davis said.

Hold on...It's gonna be a bumpy ride!


ML....... SUCK IT UP!




HOW HOT IS IT????????

It is 12:30 pm here and the outside temperature is...TA DA...91 degrees F and rising! It was 88 degrees at 9 am. That's just not nice!

That is just too hot!

I went outside to take a few photo's and had to come inside.

The air is still and it wasn't good breathing air.

I love the summer and the hot weather and would take it hands down over the winter and cold but


Let's have a little balance Mother Nature.

I had put on some make-up before I went out that has a SP of 20 to protect my skin.

When I came inside and looked in the mirror...

My make-up was a ring around my neck. The stuff just melted off of my face.

That's how hot it is here.

I saw a sign in front of a church that said...

So, You Think It Is HOT HERE!!!!!!



Thursday, August 11, 2005


  An old lady was standing at the railing of the  cruise   ship holding her hat on tightly so that it would not   blow off in the wind.

  A gentleman approached her and said: "Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to 
 be forward, but did you  know   that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?"
  "Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to   hold onto this hat."
  "But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!" said the

  gentleman in earnest.
  The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything

 you see down there is 85  years  old. I just bought this hat  yesterday"
  Ethel and Mabel, two elderly widows, were watching the  folks go by from their
park bench.
  Ethel said, "You know, Mabel, I've been reading this  'Sex and Marriage' book

 and all they talk about is   'mutual orgasm'.

  'Mutual orgasm' here and 'mutual orgasm' there -- that's all they talk about.

  Tell me, Mabel, when  your husband was alive, did you two ever have mutual

  Mabel thought for a long while. Finally, she shook  her  head and said,

"No, I think we had State Farm."


 Three old ladies were sitting side by side in their   retirement home reminiscing.
  The first lady recalled shopping at the green  grocers  and demonstrated with her hands, the length and  thickness of a cucumber she  could buy for a penny.

  The second old lady nodded, adding that onions used  to   be much bigger and 
cheaper also, and demonstrated  the   size of two big onions she could buy for apenny a   piece.

The third old lady remarked, "I can't hear a word   you're saying, but I remember the guy you're talking   about."


It is the 2nd day of my new way of living.

I had my green tea and am learning to like it. I have had a handfull of blueberries and a slice of canalope and a boiled egg. I'm not hungry at all. I am drinking a lot of water too.

I sure feel better. Maybe, it's nothing more than I am taking charge of my life.

I will have to work harder on the exercise part. I have tried to make myself walk this morning but have found reasons to stay in the house.

Excuses like...

It's too hot.

I can do it later.

It's boring.

There is a big dog down the street.

What if I pass out.   That's a stretch even for me.

I wonder why we resist in taking care of ourselves??

A mystery.

Oh Shoot, I just looked out of the window and there is a really old, bent over little woman walking slowly down the street...All alone.

If she can do it ...surely, I can and  hey self....don't call me surely!

OK, call in back up...I'm going out there!!!!!


Wednesday, August 10, 2005


I have started a new eating plan that includes green tea in the morning instead of coffee. I have never been a "tea" fan but decided to give it a shot.

To my surprise...I have had more energy today than I have had in a long time.

I am also taking a multi vitamin that has green tea extract included.

The diet is simple. You can find it by going to...

He was on Oprah and I liked what I heard.

Maybe this will work...

I sure do have a lot more energy!! I haven't had much in a long time so it was nice to get some things done around the house and not be so exhausted.

I'll let you know how it is working for me.


Tuesday, August 9, 2005

No Motivation

I am trying to get myself in the habit of walking every day. Why is this so hard for me to do. I have the time.

I have a nice place to walk and even a treadmill in the house.

Does anyone else have a problem getting motivated?

I need to lose about 10 or 15 pounds but can't stop eating because it tastes good. Why do I do this to myself???

I feel ashamed of myself and wonder why I am this way. I didn't use to be this way. I was very active.

Now, I just stay in the house most of the day.

Don't do much in here either.

 I don't have the drive that I used to have and it worries me.

 I feel like I am the only person in the world who is feeling like this.

Am I?



Monday, August 8, 2005


Weekend Assignment #71: Recount the best piece of advice you were ever given... that you didn't take at the time.

My Mother always said this when I was growing up at home.

If you use something...

Always put it back where you got it and then you will always know where it is!


I didn't listen then........ 

I told my children the same thing when they were growing up. 

I always practice that advice NOW and am now a great believer in the advice from my Mother all those years ago.

Mary Louise



A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn.


Saturday, August 6, 2005


To A Keeper,

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One day someone's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more. No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away never to return before we can say good-bye, say "I love you!"
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So while we have it . . . it's best we love it . . . and care for it and fix it when it's broken . . . and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage ... and old cars . . . and children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
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Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.
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Life is important, like people we know who are special . . . and so, We keep them close!

Saturday, July 30, 2005



Weekend Assignment #70: Suggest a book for a long trip. You know, something to keep me from banging my head against the plane wall as I'm bored out of my skull at 36,000 feet above the chilly North Atlantic. I'm open to fiction and non-fiction, and I like to read from all genres. I don't mind something challenging, but this should be a book for enjoyment; I'm not planning to study for a test or anything. Please don't recommend a book that's sold over, say, 5 million copies, because that's waaaay too easy. So no Harry Potters or DaVinci Codes or the Five People You Meet in Heaven or most primary religious texts or stuff like that. You know what I'm talking about, here. 

1. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
Martha Nibley Beck, Martha Beck Book Cover

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: January 2002

Extra Credit: If you have any special tips or techniques you used for dealing with long trips, I'd love to hear them.

1.I take my I-Pod loaded with pictures and Audio books.

2. I take a sleep mask from Brookstone. It's soft and blocks out all light.

3. I take a notebook and write longhand...thoughts along the way. It takes longer to write longhand and time passes faster.

4. I take plenty of snacks in my carry on bag plus  bottled water.

5. I never go anywhere without my sound machine!!!!!!


Have a great trip!

Mary Louise

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


It's official...I'm getting old!

My feet are hurting today and I don't know why. I've never had my feet to hurt.

They are not swollen but they feel tight and burn. There are little white bumps on the top of my feet.

Does anyone out there have any idea what is going on with my feet?


Please write and give me some advice....


Sunday, July 17, 2005



My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16 Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cork</st1:place></st1:City> popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

"Senility Prayer"...

God grant me...
The senility to forget the people I never liked,
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
And the eyesight to tell the difference."

Thursday, July 14, 2005




George Carlin's Views On Aging


Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!"

You're never thirty-six and a half.
You're four and a half, going on five!

That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.
You jump to the next number ... or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!"
You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life
you become 21.
Even the words sound like a ceremony . . .

But then you turn 30.

what happened there?
Makes you sound like bad milk.
TURNED; we had to throw him out.

There's no fun now.
You're just a sour-dumpling.

What's wrong?

What's changed?

BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.

Put on the brakes .. it's all slipping away.
Before you know it, you
REACH 50 . and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!!

MAKE IT to 60.
You didn't think you would!

So you
BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE IT to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you
HIT 70!
After that it's a day-by-day thing; you
HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle;
HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn't end there
Into the 90s, you start going backwards .

"I Was
JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens.
If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.

"I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


Throw out nonessential numbers.

This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctors worry about them.
That is why you pay "them!"

Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning.

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain idle.

"An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

And the devil's name is

Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often ... long and loud.

Laugh until you gasp for breath.


6. The tears happen.

Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love ..

whether it's ... family, pets, keepsakes,
music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Brandy & Poker

Your home is your refuge.


Cherish your health.

If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.


Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall ... even to the next county .
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them .

at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Monday, June 20, 2005


I am getting ready to go on another trip.

I leave on Saturday afternoon and fly to LAX and then to Santa Barbara.

I will spend 2 glorious weeks in that beautiful place. I just might call Oprah and make a lunch date.

I'm sure she would love to come to lunch at my condo. I'll have to find her number and set a time.

But I digress, Again, I will need to pack!

I was hoping to lose the 7 pounds that I gained on the cruise before this trip but....


I just found out that if you own exercise equipment...that isn't enough.

You actually have to Use it to lose weight!!!!

Well, it's too late now.

I'll just have to take my fat clothes with me again.

They have already traveled to Miami and the Western Caribbean this month and now, they will get to see the West Coast.

Hey People, My Fat clothes have as much right to travel as my skinny clothes do.

I do think that my skinny clothes are getting jealous though.

I took a fat dress out of the closet today and the skinny dress caught the sleeve on her hanger.

Yep, she's jealous all right and who can blame her.

She hasn't been on a trip in 2 years now!

Now really, skinny dress.

 Who's fault is it if you shrink in my closet??? Maybe, next time, you will think long and hard before you shrink to a size 7!

Bon Voyage!

Mary Louise