Friday, March 23, 2018

Lesson 527: Pajama Game

I've got a Pajama Game going on at the Lamp Post.
My mornings start early,
lately around 4:00 am.

It's when I make time to work on my grad class homework.
Sounds nauseating, doesn't it?
I'm sharpest in the morning, 
so I have to capitalize on my natural morning energy.
I can get twice as much done.

In the evenings, you'll find Eloise very tired.
The weather is still so cold.
It's still polar fleece pajama bottom weather
in northwestern Pennsylvania.

I've tried to stay inspired and hoof it outside with my camera every day.
The most exciting thing I could find was this snow pile

...until, however,
these guys walked by!

Grandma with her keen eye
counted 12!

It's been a long winter
and the deer are looking for food.
My husband asked me last week 
if Christmas was last winter or this winter.

The winter has been hardest on poor, old Josie!
Our 13 1/2 old best friend 
has had a heck of a time getting 
in and out 
and across the icy driveway
and lumpy, bumpy yards.

Maybe it will finally melt this week,
God bless America!

The next warm up may cause some sap to run again.

We bring fresh flowers into our home to fight the winter blahs.

These tulips gaze out the window at their plant friends,
fighting hard to make an early spring showing.

These daffodils helped add a golden glow to hubby's newest trophy.

He finally scored the big win at a tournament last weekend.

I sure did love Harbor Creek High School's production of
The Pajama Game.

Check it out this weekend if you are looking for something to do.
You could catch the later show tomorrow and wear your pajamas.
You'd fit right in!

It's getting late,
and I've been up since 4:00.
I'm getting ready for my bedtime story
and some nighty night myself.

Charlie Brown reads a bedtime story to Snoopy.

No Pajama Blog should end without a good bedtime story!
Here is the best story of the week--
Check out this genuine American Idol contestant Maddie Zahm.
This gal just radiates goodness.
I hope you fall in love with this story
as much as my family has.


Sweet dreams...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lesson 526: Imagine

Hi, Readers!
Eloise, here,
waving to you

from the cold,

 and snowy,

northern border.

It was a frigid 17 degrees 

as the girls and I ventured out tonight.
can you imagine it?

I had an excuse
to carry my cool, new birthday purse.
Thanks, TC.

My family was hard at work this week
 on their tournament brackets.

Natalie got in on the action
and threw in some cash for a bracket.
She couldn't read the team names,
so I read them off to her.
Arizona or Buffalo?
--Buffalo, said Natalie in her monotone voice.
The room was filled with resounding
from Sam and Louie and Ellen.
So, I scratched out Buffalo and wrote Arizona.

I hope your decisions in life aren't as ill-conceived as your March Madness bracket.

I can pretend I'm mad at my family
 for interfering with my girl's choices,
but, in truth,
I'm mad at myself for making that change.

Go Buffalo!

Weekend Homework from Mrs. Eloise.
2 Assignments this weekend--
and don't worry, 
they are both videos.
All students learn best lessons
from the well placed video clip.


Thanks JK for the share.

Can you imagine someone 
who could do such a thing?

I can.
That's why we need this song.

Mercy Me - I Can Only Imagine. I sob EVERY SINGLE TIME  I listen to this song.

This is also why you need to see the true story behind it,
played out on the big screen.

That's where the girls and I went tonight--
to see I Can Only Imagine--
on 3-16, nonetheless.


Thanks JC for saving us.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Lesson 525: Take It In Stride

Well, here we are again.

The Lamp Post Week in Review

brought to you by

a half buried donkey statue.

Yes, more snow for Erie.

Heck, we've come this far,
why not shoot for 200 inches?

I don't think the guys working the vineyards
 would be too happy about that.

The key to surviving a long Erie winter

is to take it all in stride.

I started my 47th year of life with a slide.

I knew the day was going to be a great one
when I was able to capture the sun and the moon in the same photo.

The sky was the theme of the day
as evidenced by Sam's card.


I got my annual Book Fair cookbook gift from my boy
with a post-it note on top:
Open to page 102

Barbecue Ribs

My birthday was great!

Image may contain: Eloise Hawking, smiling, sitting, fire, food and indoor

I thank the Lord for every single day.
The kids are growing up so fast,
but I take that in stride, too.

We've got a ways to go before we see leaves on the trees
and feel a warm breeze.
What's a person to do while we wait?

You can experiment with surface tension.
Pennies and an eye dropper equal cheap entertainment for kids.
Thank you, Questie for the photo.

You can also try the snow face plant.
My friend sent me the video of the woman pushing her face into a snow pile.
Glad she didn't tell me to lick a Tide Pod.
My nose looks kind of pugish.

We dug out the bat bags and
are oiling up the gloves.
Baseball and softball season will swinging into play soon.

We put to rest the 2017-18 basketball season.
It sure was fun.

Here's a video for the boys.
Enjoy your look back at your terrific season.

If winter still is hanging on,
and spring seems too far away--
no worries.
Just take it all in stride
and come what may.