Friday, May 22, 2015

Lesson 361: In Love, In Music, In Life

It's Memorial Day weekend, Readers!

Eloise hopes you find some time to relax,
and also reflect on our nation's past.

This is one that stopped me in my tracks when I seen this image. This is without a doubt one of the most moving tributes I've come across.... and I have seen many! This beautiful image " American Sacrifice" was created by DJ Florek. DJ's work can be view or purchased at Fine Art America. And again..... Thank you DJ for creating such a memorable piece, and remembering our Fallen Heros, and those that serve us each and every day!

If you are reading this blog,
you have some people to thank for that freedom.

Remember those who fought for what we enjoy today.
Thank them for your LIFE.

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Harry Truman got the words just right,
and it is with my own undying gratitude that I share them.

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Eloise captured a photo moment of something that I LOVE.
I caught the Flag Brigade of Erie, PA
in action last weekend.

For the full story click the link below.

                                                          Flag Brigade CLICK HERE

Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Flag Brigade.
We LOVE what you do.

Natalie and I spotted them on the Nagle Road bridge,
and got out of the car to thank them in person.
We were on our way to a push-up challenge
at a gym that a friend of mine owns--Next Page Fitness.

Their NPF fitness enthusiasts took on a patriotic challenge,
and asked if I'd join, too.

Eloise is always up for a challenge,
so I signed up.

I'm game for anything that combines wellness
and help for the greater good.

The money raised from Push Ups for Charity went to help veterans.

The challenge was to do as many push ups as you could in 90 seconds.
This guy did them on his knuckles.

And Natalie....
she did her own version--
a cross between cobra pose and a push up.

We contributed to the Next Page Fitness total--

Natalie threw in 7,

and Mother Eloise added a few more.

I made my goal a push up per year of my life (44) 
and contributed a buck for every one.

The first round, I fell one short.
I only caused a small scene,
and blamed my counter Cheridan for sub par counting skills,
accused her of needing a new glasses prescription,
and suggested she was part of a sinster plot to undermine my wellness efforts---

and then I found out there were two rounds.

All was good. 
I got 48 on my second round,
which if you haven't tried to do 48 REGULAR push-ups lately,
see for yourself.

I hate push ups,
and so does T-Rex.

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For the last two years, 
every day I do push ups to match my age.
Every day but Sunday, that is.
God said no work on Sundays,
and push-ups are work.

I've tried them every way imaginable,
and they always suck.
82 Ways to do Push-ups - #37 (Yoga) Downward Dog pushups are my new fave! I also love the TRX one at the very end. One of the few things I DON'T like with kettlebells are the kettlebell pushups, but check these out -they ARE a good workout!

But this, by far, was the most fun.

Should I be insulted or impressed that this pin was "recommended for" me by pinterest? Well played, pinterest.

Some days I do them all at once,
but most days I do them in sets of 11:

11 in the morning to wake up
11 after lunch at school when I start to get tired
(most of the times my class does them with me)
11 when I am burning things on the grill at dinnertime
11 when I stretch out at night before bed.

All those push-ups in a few minutes was well worth my dog tag!

I plan to spend some of my long weekend working on my yard,

finishing the novel I'm reading
(Eloise highly recommends this read for Memorial Day weekend--
we must never forget the atrocities of World War 2)

and fooling around with my camera--my favorite things to do.

Eloise plans to find inspiration
in LOVE,


in LIFE.

In between belting out a couple of rounds of America the Beautiful
(which I find much easier to sing out of tune than The Star Spangled Banner),

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I'll be singing Happy Birthday to my husband.
Happy 46th, Louie!
We love you!

I can't wait to see what is next for us,
or what's coming around the bend.

Weekend homework--
three assignments because you have an extra day.

#1--Check out Paul Smith,

the artist who creates beautiful pieces like this,

by using a typewriter.

And, oh,
he has cerebral palsy!

                                                       Amazing Artist CLICK HERE

Assignment #2--
Check out the work of this photographer

Holly Spring

Holly Spring

Did you notice the little girl is missing the bottom part of her arm?

Click the link below to see more breathtaking photos.

                                           Photography at its finest CLICK HERE

Bonus Assignment for LOST fans only:

It's been 5 years since LOST ended on May 23, 2010.
Every year on this date Losties remember what kept us captivated for six seasons.
Take the quiz below.

I got 11 out of 18 correct.

Here is Eloise Hawking on not one of her best days--

                                                   Lost trivia CLICK HERE

Most importantly, My Fellow Americans,
take a moment to reflect on your freedoms,

and celebrate them
in love,
in music,
in life.

Some helpful tips on how to teach children about Memorial Day -- let's remember the sacrifices made by our troops to preserve our nation and our freedoms!

The perfect song choice this week is yet another of my favorites from the Zac Brown Band's new CD, Jekyll and Hyde.  The song is called Remedy, and I stole the words from its chorus to use for this blog.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lesson 360: Egad, an Adage!

Mrs. Eloise is giving you an old-fashioned,
English class, refresher this week, Readers.

I heard you through my screen:

Catchy blog title, Mrs. Eloise, but
what's an adage?
It's been a long time since Junior High.

Here is your answer, Avid Learners:

Adage Definition

An adage is a short, pointed and memorable saying based on facts, and is considered a veritable truth by the majority of people. Famous adages become popular due to their usage over a long period of time. In fact, an adage expresses a general fact or truth about life. As it becomes popular, it is then accepted as a universal truth. For instance, “God helps those who help themselves” is now considered a universal truth because of its usage throughout the human history. Often repeated sayings and quotes become adages that pass on to many generations. However, some adages are metaphoric, having hidden meanings, and embody common observations. Sometimes, proverbs are also referred as adages, but there is a slight difference.

My favorite adage comes from the story Tortoise and the Hare:

Slow And Steady Wins The Race - #quote #inspiration

That phrase is Eloise's approach to fitness:
I keep at things.
I'm slow and steady.
I don't win many races,
but in the end, I feel like I am going to finish first--
like when I beat Heather Cass in a 5K in the 80 and over category
in the year 2051.

Summer is fast approaching, and I have a challenge planned for my family
so we remain fit and focused on good health this summer.
Perhaps you locals will like to join in.

Only the locals would be interested,
but Eloise is wondering if I could find 7 more people
 to purchase my Lamp Post Training Shirt.

I found a new, really great guy that makes t-shirts locally:

Phantom Signs and Graphics

They can print my shirts, but I need to order 12 at the minimum.
I pulled out my handy calculator and figured:

12 needed
minus five Lamp Post Dwellers
7 more needed to run a print batch

The shirt is athletic, light weight, water-wicking material.
I chose a sunny yellow to represent Summer 2015.

Here is my sketch I'm sending to the artists:\

My Summer Training Challenge is titled
What the Hill?

I've come to learn that hill training is great for anyone,
no matter what your goal.

Kenyan (Avid diva*), my speedy-fast sister who is running ANOTHER marathon this weekend
uses hills to improve her speed time.

Doc, friend and my Team Adrenaline leader
uses hills to prepare for 24 hour bike rides and journeys across our entire state.

Leslie, my friend and Fitness Motivator loves hills.
Over two and a half years of knowing her,
she's taught me to embrace them, as well.

Why You Need to Go the Extra Mile (Click to read my blog post)

The cool part is that I've chosen 11 area hills to tackle,
or walking.

The cryptic listing appears on the back of the shirt.

If you sign up for the challenge and the shirt,
you get access to a facebook page
and a Sharpie Marker to X off or date the hills as you complete them,
in the best way that you are able to:
run them
jog them 
jog them when cars go by and walk when no one is looking
bike them
steadily climb them.
My facebook page will contain a detailed list of the hill locations.
It also will allow you to motivational photos of you atop your high hill,
as you conquer each one.
Of course a prize will be involved for completion of the challenge.
Who is in?
I need seven of you.
Who will be the Lucky 7?
Please message me if you are interested.

Thanks in advance to all those who take part in my summertime fun.
You'll love me for a moment,
but IN the moment
this may be your mantra.
Hills are HARD!

26 Reasons You Should DEFINITELY Be A Runner | Buzzfeed

I got big other news, Readers!

A slut nixes sex in Tulsa

And bigger yet---

A Santa dog lived as a devil God at NASA.

Fox News update?
Sorry to disappoint.
Both sentences are palindromes--
 defined as:  
a word, phrase, or sequence read the same backwards and forwards.

And for those who are really, really, REALLY sharp,
you caught that the title of this blog was an adage itself!

Friend and Klein Colleague Amy informed me that this week was *Palindrome Week.
Looky here!

If you want to see some very interesting
(and quite funny) palindromes, 
click the link below.

For added fun, 
I'll insert them into my blog tonight,
but will denote them in BOLD RED,
so I don't confuse my mother.
She lives next door to me, you know.
Grandma is not one to tick off.
Kenyan isn't really an *avid diva (that often).

After clicking my link above,
I know you tried to call
Dial laid
and it rang busy---
so stay here,
under the Lamp Post light, instead.

We spent Mother's Day weekend at the family camp.
I could go on and on forever about how much I love that place,
In words, alas, drown I.

It was 88 degrees and sunny last weekend!

I traded my Erie Sea Wolves baseball cap
for this pink one:

With his OWN money, may I add.

It sure is pretty in the Allegheny Forest.
When I'm vacationing there,
This is my gym.

The place is so beautiful
it's as if the
devil never even lived.

At camp, we relax on healthy living rules, just a bit.
Everyone gets to choose their favorite drink,
and we tote a whole cooler full, downstate.

Rum, rum, I murmur

(Not really, I'm a beer girl,
but it worked for this picture).

Someone even snuck in a two pound canister of Cheese Balls!

Dammit, I'm Mad!

The ride downstate was gorgeous.

Sir, I eye, iris

Not really, they are dandelions.

Mr Owl ate my metal worm
while I drank out of this metal can.
Thank you Coca Cola for another fun summer of
the Share a Coke advertising campaign!

Eloise managed to throw a baseball into her own Mom Van windshield this week!
To idiot:
dumb move!

The shape of the shatter reminded me somewhat
 of this photo that I snapped 
on the little league field while the sun was setting.

Oh cameras are macho

A snapshot such as this shows the delicacy of our world.
Include God in your life on a daily basis, and you will see it, too.
If not, you are in for a sad, sad fate.

Swap God for a janitor, rot in a jar of dog paws.

I caught another couple of prize moments this week:

This one surely makes me think
What the hi11?
When I come up with the best captions,
I'll repost this one.
For this week, 
we'll have to settle for
you bozo boy!

Speaking of bozos,
my pesty, window pecking bird still won't go away,
even after we put the screens up!

This insane bird,
who has pecked every window at my parents house to my own,
has now started attacking his own image in the mirror in the Lamp Post garage.
We had to cover the mirror with a t-shirt to keep him out of there!

Yo banana boy,
that bird in the reflection is YOU!

In the nest on Sam's play set, Momma is nesting comfortably.
I'm awaiting her two eggs to hatch!

All this talk about birds
reminds me of a GREAT novel I am reading.
Add this to your summer reading list ASAP.

This novel is set in 1940 France,
right after the German army invaded Paris.

Evil, a sin, is alive.

I try to read a War War II book every year,
so I don't forget the sacrifices others made for my freedom.
Kristen Hannah is a remarkable storyteller.
Don't miss this one.

WWII always reminds me of my favorite musical,
The Sound of Music.

DONE - The Sound of Music Tour near Salzburg, Austria. Interesting to learn while on the tour; many Austrians have never heard of The Sound of Music.

The song,
Sixteen Going on Seventeen
has been going through my head all week.

Natalie will turn 17 on Tuesday.

I've always loved that song and the famous movie scene.
For the full movie clip, scroll to the bottom of the blog.

I always wanted to dance in a gazebo during a thunderstorm like Liesl and Ralph did.

Blog post: I missed the only year of my life when I could sing, "I am sixteen going on seventeen."

Too bad Ralph ended up getting brainwashed.
Still, it never stopped me from asking hubby to construct this in my backyard.

Sound of Music Gazebo - Salzburg Austria. They had to close it to the public after an elderly woman fell while dancing from bench to bench singing "I am sixteen going on seventeen..."

When I do my hill climbing this summer,
I plan on bursting into song as I reach each summit.

I am a tune nut, am I?

I tried to put my head onto this, but I don't have the right angle.
Maybe I'll pose for the cropping when I complete my 11 hill goal.

Dresses: Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music," 1965

I found some great photos taken while filming on the set:

Gretl und Liesl. behind the scenes of Sound of Music :) (FYI it's the original, the good one.)

Who doesn't love Gretl?

The Sound of Music. I used to look forward to and watch this movie this movie every year when they played it on tv. I need to watch it again.

This movie has had such an impact on my life.
Maybe it answers why I have such a love for


the sound of music -  julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer.


The Sound of Music (1965) Maria! A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. Beautiful, classic musical.


high on the hill lives a lonely goatherd....The Sound of Music!!!!

and picnics.

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Climb the mountain with me this summer, Readers.
When you get to the top, spin a 360, and look around.
See where you've come from,
and look up,
to see where you are headed.

Even if you're struggling,
remember this famous line from the musical:

I wouldn't consider myself very religious, but I truly believe this and have living proof. Better days are always yet to come.

For more Sound of Music enjoyment,
here is the clip of Lady Gaga singing with Julie Andrews at this year's Oscars.

Oscars--with Lady Gaga CLICK HERE

I'm working on Natalie's photo video for her birthday on Tuesday,
so no photo video this week.

Instead I linked you up with Liesl and Idiot Ralph's gazebo dance.

16 going on 17 FOR NATALIE

Eloise's final advice:
Stop and smell the roses--
Egad, that's an adage!
(and also a palindrome!)

Which is also a palindrome