Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oh, no. It's Spring.

This is what I see out my kitchen window in the spring.
It is even more brilliantly red than it appears here.
This is what I love about spring.

That's it.

After spring comes summer.
There is absolutely nothing I love about summer.
(Except that my schoolteacher friends don't
have to teach every day.)

With very fair skin, you certainly
won't find me "sun worshiping."
I already have my dermatologist on speed dial.

I do not like sweating perspiring.  At all. 
I find it gauche (which rhymes with gross.)

In order to keep Charleigh-Girl and me from
sweating perspiring,
I have to take out bank loans to pay our
summer electric bills.

I do not like mosquitoes, but they LOVE me.
I liked my own children, but I do not like all the
 pesky children swarming everywhere you go
in the summer.

TV shows are all reruns in the summer.
(No new Judge Judy=depressing.)

When all is said and done, I will cheerfully 
greet and love
each and every new day of my life and say,
 "This is the day the Lord has made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

Susan taught her girls to say, not that they
didn't like something, but that it 
"wasn't their favorite."

Spring and summer just aren't my favorite
times of the year. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get Out Your Tiny Violins

I feel like I need to let y'all know.
I didn't win.
I'm not going to get to meet Judge Judy.
(Sad music and frowny faces)
I can't be ugly or resentful because of the 
winner's circumstances.
The winning essay was written by the
father of a ten year old with autism.
Here it is:

Don't worry about me too much.
I think I'll be okay.
Sniff, sniff.
I'll still be a fan.

P.S.  You can read my {frivilous} essay by clicking

I'm sure I came in second!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Way of Remembering This Day

It's April 10, 2014, the fourth anniversary of
Jack Stovall's homegoing.
The day slipped by me in 2013.
Maybe that's why I've been so aware of it this year.

As I've thought about it, one event kept coming to mind.
It occurred in 2005 onboard the Crystal Symphony.
We sailed on back to back cruises from
Ft. Lauderdale to Rome.
Here we are embarking!
Now the above photo shows Jack with his usual
I think you will observe his smile getting amazingly
 more "smiley" as these pictures progress!
We had the cherished "table for two by the window."
This was a repositioning cruise, meaning we were
out in the middle of the Atlantic for days!
However, Crystal has something no other cruise
line on which I have ever been has.
The Symphony had a live camera in the
computer lab that refreshed once a minute.
There was a web site where the lab could be seen
at any time.
It took a lot of time coordination, but
our family could actually see us--live--onboard--
in the middle of the ocean--halfway around the world!
Here we are in our first appearance!

And...later here is serious, straight-laced Jack Stovall
a.k.a. GAGA
blowing a kiss to his girls back home!

And they knew exactly what he was doing!  
Here's their message back to us:

Here's Gaga taking a little snooze with a
stuffed ape from Gibralter on his shoulder.
(One of the emails from the girls asked, 
"Any stuffed animals for us yet???")

  Here is another of my favorite pictures from
this trip.
We are tendering in to Portofino, Italy.
His really big smile is because a sign as we
boarded the tender said, "Mind your head!"
Good advice!
His head is actually touching the ceiling!

And this is Portofino--one of the seven wonders
of my world.
See the hotel on top of the mountain?

On our previous trip here we did not make
it up there to see it.
This time I had us walk all the way up!

Here Jack is after our ascent.
Poor thing!  I felt terrible.  Then we walked down!!
 I found out later that everyone else took
some form of transportation!
(But he was really hamming it up!)

Now here we are on a bus traveling to Pisa.

This wouldn't have been fun at all to see
without him...

And we always had to pay homage to one of our
major benefactors:

This one is in Livorno, Italy, where the
Symphony docked.

And here we are in Rome at the Trevi Fountain.

While the coins we're tossing didn't actually
get us back to Rome this time,
I feel like I've been back tonight.

I'm so amazed--and grateful--that
God allows wonderful memories like these
to overshadow the sad times.
He has truly done that in my life.

The voices of a million angels could not express
my gratitude.
All that I am or ever hope to be...
I owe it all to You.
***To God be the Glory*** 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why I Hate Exercise

There are reasons I don't exercise willingly and cheerfully.
No one knows better than I how much I need to.
No one feels more guilty than I because I don't.

On Monday my friend Joan and I went to
Soft Surroundings to be fitted for a Woman's Club
style show...on April 8th!
Let me tell you, there's nothing that will motivate a girl
to exercise quite like that!
I told them I was going to lose 15 pounds before the show!
  Joan talked me into cutting it to 10 since
I only had two weeks!

So...of course you could have found me at LA Fitness
that afternoon.  
But I wasn't very joyful.
And my "workout" was rather pitiful.

Thanks to Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To,
I can now diagnosis my problem.
She suffers from the same malady!!!
It is: "Where the heck are my endorphins???"
I've "worked out" every day this week,
and I have yet to experience one endorphin.
Yes, I'm glad I'm going.
But I'm supposed to be able to bask in my endorphins!
 I don't feel euphoric or even inspired.
No, I don't want to go back today.
But I have lost 3 pounds.
Of course, I'm starving, too.
Right now.  Right this minute.  I'm starving. 

That is Problem #1.
Problem #2 is this.
"Find something you like and enjoy doing for exercise.
Then you'll stick with it!"
That's what they say.
I don't like and/or enjoy anything, I'm sad to report.
I'm stuck with not sticking with anything.

I do love to ride a bicycle, and I have a very nice one, 
but there's that
pesky helmet that messes up my hair,
there's all that traffic,
and there's that fragile bone stuff.

I don't mind walking around the neighborhood if:
It isn't too hot.
It isn't too cold.
It isn't windy at all (the hair, you know.)
I have time (you know--IOIHT)
(explanation here) 

I am, however, attacking my problem head-on.
Since my problems with LA Fitness are
(1) getting ready (in decent "workout gear")
(2) driving there, and (3) it not being cold enough,
I have bought an elliptical machine for my exercise room.
The problem is, it is backordered and doesn't arrive
until after the final rose style show.

I'm pretty sure my endorphins are hiding up in my 
exercise room.
And I know I'm just going to LOVE "ellipticalling"
for hours up there!!!

But in case I don' you know why.


Monday, March 24, 2014

I Have IOIHT Syndrome

Oh, yes, brothers and sisters, I do.
I wonder if there are any fellow sufferers out there.
Somehow I doubt it--or doubt that other cases
have been diagnosed.
It is the "If Only I Had Time" syndrome.

I noticed it this morning--for about the millionth time.
I was sitting at my vanity getting ready to leave
to pick up a friend at an appointed time.
I had to get something out of a very messy drawer.
I thought, "If Only I Had Time, I would clean
that thing out!"

The drawer is in a sink unit which looks like 
someone has hit it a few licks with something.
"If Only I Had Time, I would touch those 
nicks up.  I'll bet I could make it look perfect!" 

Now I'm home.  I have time to be blogging.
But have I cleaned out that drawer or touched
up the cabinet?  No.
Now I have time.
But now I don't want to.

The first time I really noticed this was in a very
different situation.
  In the early days of Jack's and my travel,
we would no sooner be off the ground 
than I would be thinking of something I was
going to cook when we got home and
I had time!
I even bought cruise ship cookbooks.
Did I create any of the recipes?
No.  I didn't create anything.
It only sounded like a good idea when it
wasn't possible!

Another manifestation of my strange syndrome:
If I had Jack, the reluctant shopper, with me
I would see things I wanted to look at, examine, try on
everywhere I looked--If Only I Had Time!
I could go back later--alone--to the same stores
and see nothing I liked.

And here's poor Charleigh-Girl sitting by my chair
looking longingly at me.
"If Only I Had Time" I would go outside and
throw the frisbee for her.
But, alas, it's time for
Dancing With The Stars.



Friday, February 28, 2014

Here's My Judge Judy Contest Entry

I am a 76 year old widow with a blog entitled “My Exclamation Point Life!!!”  Judge Judy adds many exclamation points to that life and furnishes me with some of the best moments of my day!  My readers all know I am a big fan of her show, which is the only one I have set to record every single day it is on—reruns and all!   Nothing upsets me more than its preempting for some sensationalized weather alert or car chase! 

I absolutely love the fact that Judge Judy is a staunch defender of marriage as opposed to “playing house.”  That is my #1!!!  I love to see her peel away the excuses and reveal that many litigants are able to get a J.O.B., taking them off MY payroll, as well as hers and Byrd’s.  I love to listen to the petitions of the litigants and try to figure out how the judge will rule.  I am an English grammar fanatic, so I empathize with her inability to tolerate the butchering of our language.  On the other hand, I admire her sensitivity to the occasional litigant who obviously has a serious limitation or impairment.  My age and my hearing make me identify with her impatience regarding mumbling or otherwise unintelligible speech!  I, like Judge Judy, do not hesitate to reveal that age! 

I have been blessed to be able visit many of my bucket list locations in the world.  Now I would absolutely love to meet my favorite famous person!  

Sorry I couldn't make it bigger!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

7 Wonders of My World

While searching for something or other this morning,
I ran across an individual's list of his
new 7 wonders of the world.
I liked it!  I think I'll copy it!
My wonders will be limited to those I have actually seen.
Many "wonders" will, therefore, be noticeably absent.
For example, I have never seen the pyramids,
traveled through the "chunnel,"
or seen the Grand Canyon--
 all wonders for sure!
I also cannot place my wonders in
 ascending or descending
order of wonderfulness!
You know me...the whole world is wonderful and
deserving of many EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!
So here they are:
My #1 is Milford Sound, New Zealand
Jack and I got off our cruise ship here, tendered
in to shore, and traveled across New Zealand.
If at all possible, see this most beautiful spot!
My #2 is Petra, Jordan
Nothing else quite like it in my world.
My #3:  Geiranger Fjord, Norway
I am going to get to revisit this wonder this summer!
It is indescribably beautiful!
My #4:  Israel--All of it
All of my 7 could be sites in Israel, actually,
but I will just count them as one.
Don't be afraid to go to Israel.
You will never be the same.
My #5:  The Panama Canal
I'm so thankful I got to experience this with my
construction guy!  He was fascinated.
The interesting part--so was I!
My #6:  The Allure of the Seas
Actually, every cruise ship I've been on is a
But this one is mind boggling for sure.
My #7:  Portofino, Italy
It's small and picturesque.  I can't believe
I'm including it and not Rome.
It's just always been a favorite spot to me.
Seven is very limiting to someone who
leads an
 Exclamation Point Life!!!
 I'd do better with 70 or 700 or 7,000!
But I don't think I could get you guys to hang
in there that long.
So how about it?  What are 
7 wonders of your world?