Sunday, May 22, 2005


For those who are interested...

We are sailing on Royal Caribbean "Navigaor of the Seas" to the Western Caribbean.

The sailing is in honor of our wedding anniversary and we leave on Tuesday and sail on Sat. We wanted a few days in Pompano Beach Fl.

Now, On to packing...

It is scary to pack. What if I forget something important like make up or my hot roller!!!   AHHHH.

So, I make a list and mark things off.

My list is two pages long while my husbands list goes like this.

Throw clothes in a small bag and go.

I have 2 big suitcases opened and ready for my careful planned outfits for each day.

Usually, I end up wearing the same thing every day but who knows...I just might need the purple sweater.

I have found that baggies are great to pack things in. You just let out all the air and things are compacted.

Now, I need to iron a few things before I pack them so that I can iron them again before I wear them.

Packing for a woman is like a choreographed dance. It has to be done with fore thought and mastery.

My husband, on the other hand just takes the bare essentials.


Who will ask me when we are sailing.....

Did you bring nail clippers?

Of course I did!

Plus everything else that I own!

Mary Louise


Saturday, May 21, 2005


I'm Still fighting with the clothes stored in black trash bags under the basement steps.

Man, they really shrunk over the winter. It's depressing to say the least.

I broke down yesterday and bought some shorts and a skirt to take on the cruise. I decided that the stress of trying on shrunken clothes was just too much.

I haven't gotten up the courage to try on bathing suits yet. Maybe, I can just wear a dress to swim in while on the cruise. Do you think that anyone would notice?

I also bought a new pair of white sandles. Like I don't already have a hundred pair. Why do we women do that?

I mean, why do we keep buying stuff when we already have stuff in black trash bags stored under the basement steps.

I think it is because something new just feels good.

My next installment in this journal will be...Packing..

I am really going to try and not take everything that I own on this cruise.

It will be hard but I will try.

I wonder what suitcase my husband will use  since I have taged most of MINE!? Probable a duffle bag that he will throw some clothes into the night before we leave!

We leave in 3 days!!!!!

Will I be ready to fly or will they have to hold the plane for me while I drag all 20 suitcases to baggage check-in????

Mary Louise

Thursday, May 19, 2005


I'm going on a cruise...I'm going on a cruise..

Nanny, nanny, boo, boo~!~~~~!

I spent most of yesterday morning going through black trash bags. That's where I store my out of season clothes.

Do I need more and bigger closets or what!!!!!!! A walk in would be nice.     I digress......

Unfortunately, I have gotten a little fluffy over the winter and my trash bag shorts and tops stayed the same size. Can you imaging!!!!!! The nerve of those clothes to stay a size 7-8 when I have grown to a 9-10. OK< OK< I might be a 11-12 because of the dinner that I wolfed down last night.

I refuse to go near a scale so I really don't know how much I weigh.

All I know is that my trash bag clothes are laughing at me.

They are laughing, I tell You!

I would try to squeeze into a pair of shorts and they would snicker as I tried to pull them up.

I ended with 3 piles of clothes on the floor surrounding me.

A maybe pile,

A No way in he*!! pile

And a pile that I would donate to some place that had people who could  still wear  size 7-8 shorts.

I think that the clothes got together in their trash bags, over the winter and decided to play an evil game with my head.

They went on a diet ( under the steps in the basement) and got smaller. I think that the black trash bags became kinda of a sauna and everything shrank!

Those shorts are trying to play with my mind because....

They are ALL jealous and THEY are not going on a cruise!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Mary Louise


Sunday, May 15, 2005


I went back to my ##@@**&&%%$# High School Reunion and had a blast.

I remembered what a teacher said to me during that evening.

Your High School record stands for you or against you will follow you for the rest of your life.

I was glad to go back to the reunion with my head and my high school record held high!

Weekend Assignment #59: We've all had teachers who have made a difference in our lives. Tell us about one of yours. It can be a teacher from any level of education, from kindergarten to graduate school.

Extra Credit: Tell us your second favorite subject in school.

Most of the teacher's that I had made some kind of impact on my life...Positive and negative.

The most positive impact was from a math teacher in high school. His name was Mr. MacIntosh.

He assured and encouraged me that I could do anything that I set my mind to do and that included math.

Because of his encouragement and patience, I became a good student in math.

The most negative impact on my life was from my French teacher, Mrs Slaughter. She didn't seem to like me from the moment that I walked into her classroom and those were the longest 2 years of my life.

Mrs Slaughter's attitude toward me  and teaching in gereral was negative and under her teaching, I barely made c's.

 She fell and broke her hip (yea) (opp's sorry) and under the teacher who took her place, I made A's. This teacher liked me and encouraged me to do better and I responded to the positive way she taught. I even learned to like and speak french.  Thank you, Ms. McCain.

The lesson learned...A Teacher can make a huge difference in a students life and how they preform in class......For Positive and for negitive.

MY SECOND FAVORITE SUBJECT........CHEMISTRY (OK, I lied.... It was English

Mary Louise

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


  Walking can add minutes to your life.   This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month. 

  My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the hell she is. 

   The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.  

     I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there!

    I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing. 

    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. 

    I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. 

   The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier. 

    If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

And last but not least:  
   I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

Saturday, May 7, 2005


I've seen two shows lately that went on and on about how mid-life is a great time for women. Just last week Oprah had a whole show on how great menopause will be....


I've had a few thoughts of my own and would like to share them with you.
Whether you are pushing 40, 50, 60 (or maybe even just pushing your luck) you'll probably relate.

Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.

In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans. We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

Mid-life is when you can stand naked in front of a mirror and you can see your rear without turning around.

Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and you realize that this is the only time someone will ask you to appear topless.

Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely in a tube top and scream, "Listen honey, even the Roman empire fell and those will too."

Mid-life brings wisdom to know that life throws us curves and we're sitting on our biggest ones.

Mid-life is when you look at your-know-it-all, beeper-wearing teenager and think: "For this I have stretch marks?"

In mid-life your memory starts to go. In fact the only thing we can retain is water.

Mid-life means that your Body By Jake now includes Legs By Rand McNally -- more red and blue lines than an accurately scaled map of

Mid-life means that you become more reflective...You start pondering the "big" questions. What is life? Why am I here? How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?

But mid-life also brings with it an appreciation for what is important.

We realize that breasts sag, hips expand and chins double, but our loved ones make the journey worthwhile. Would any of you trade the knowledge that you have now for the body you had way back when?

Maybe our bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and love we've acquired.

That's my philosophy and I'm sticking to it!

Thursday, May 5, 2005


Weekend Assignment #58: Post one of your favorite mother/child pictures. This could be a picture of you and your mother (at any age), or a picture of you with your children (again, at any age), or even one of your spouse and kids. But it should be a mother who is important to you personally.

My Mother and 4 of 5 children

Betty Jean, My oldest sister is taking the picture in front of our house on Mother's Day in 1958

Mary Louise, Mother holding Johnny, Barbara, Peggy

Mother's Day Afternoon

Birmingham, Alabama  1958

Sunday, May 1, 2005


Tomorrow starts my exercise program.....REALLY!

I am going to hit the streets...Just walking though.

Hey, I'll be walking the streets. Somehow...That doesn't sound too good.

I'll become a Street Walker!!!!!

It will be alot easier because...

I am the proud owner of a ...Are you ready...

I have a I POD!!!! Sweeeet!

My husband gave it to me for my birthday.

I have already downloaded tons of snappy songs for my walks.

I can also download audio books, photo's and video's.

Am I set or what!!!!

I will become a street walker with an IPOD!!!!

Life is good!