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.