I'm recovering from my illness that was the topic of last weekend's blog, The Agony of Defeat. Eloise is operating at about 75% capacity now, and getting better every day. The steroids I was given must have accelerated leg growth along with healing as you can see in this photo. To all of you who extended well wishes, I say this:
I was well enough to return to work this week, only to slog in the door at the end of the day. I'd take a nose dive into the couch and stay there for the rest of the evening. Twice this week my family ate convenience food for dinner. "How many vegetables do we have to eat?" my children asked me out of habit. "There aren't any," I'd yell from the couch. "Potato chips are close enough this week." Did I mention my delirium, too?
I couldn't take many photos again this week, but I did snap this one the other morning while following doctor's orders. Out the window, the sun was rising over the frosted vineyard across the street from The Lamp Post.
Pretty, isn't it?
That perfect combination of light and shadow,
which is often at its prettiest as the sun rises.
Eloise was thankful that I got to see the morning sun, had a camera good enough to capture the light, and a means to share it with you. Instead of wallowing in my misery, I decided to change my attitude. It was time to do this:
And that I did. Gave thanks for all the good things in my life, and I began to feel better. This next message is a good reminder for all of you during this holiday season. Consider this your weekend homework assignment:
Do this before you fall asleep tonight. Thank the Good Lord for all you have. I'm going to ask you if you did when I see you next. Teachers always know when their students don't do their assignments. No excuses. Do your homework.
Eloise has compiled a list for you. This list:
I put this phrase into the search box on pinterest and hundreds of pins popped up. If you have a pinterest account, do this happy exercise. It will make you smile. I have posted my favorites below.
I went back to school this week, so I got many of these.
I told you we ate fast food this week.
The kids ate a lot of this, too.
True: Carrie Underwood is coming up for us November 27th.
False: Kenyan went to see Madonna and it was a big disappointment.
Speaking of music......
...and this one is for you, Leanne!
It's Christmas shopping time!
It's getting cold out.
This NEVER happens at the Lamp Post.
Nor does this for poor Eloise.
But sometimes this does, and it is the best!
I've spent a lot of time in these the past two weeks.
Always a favorite.
Thanks, Book Woman. Awesome capture. You have talent, too.
Birthdays are always nice.
But this is the absolute best!
Someone remembered what color shirt I wore on the first day of Seventh Grade.
Or recall your name after meeting you just once.
Eloise has a nose like a bloodhound and never forgets a scent.
I never forget a good hug either,
especially when the person doesn't want to let go.
This includes people, as well as things.
Always a nice feeling to know you aren't crazy.
Hugging is good, but kissing is better.
Mental telepathy--even better yet.
And a salute to schadenfreude from last week's post. There's always someone......
Grandmas telling stories can cure all that inner yucky.
Well, except for my children's Grandma, that is. She's not much for reading stories.
Grandma brought over a case of wine glasses this afternoon and told Ellen to "paint 'em up."
Looks like we're having a fun holiday here at the Lamp Post this year.
And this is the very best. Eloise loves her tunes.
The band below is not really new, but Eloise did discover just how good they are together. One Direction has released their Sophomore album. Posted below is their song Little Things, as performed on the X-Factor recently. It gets a big HUGE WOW from me.
Simon Cowell can really pick 'em. If you aren't familiar with One Direction's rise to stardom, you must have been living under a rock for the last year. Ask any teenage girl and you will get the full story, along with each boy's birth date, favorite color, and last time each visited the bathroom. They've got quite a following.
Ladies, enjoy Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis, and Liam in perfect harmony. The song hi-lights each voice in just the right way to make any girl swoon. Harry is my favorite. He's deep and raspy. You can hear English accent in Liam when he sings. Zayn bears a striking resemblance to my niece Cora. I want to live next door to the only Irishman in the group, Niall. He's very boyish and charming. I married Louis, but I assure you---not this one.
Guys, you should pay attention. Don't pass up a listen on this song. Chicks dig 'em. If you can't sing, then download the song and play it for your girl. Listen to the words and find the little things you love about her and tell her once in awhile. It will cement your relationship. These boys are charming in interviews, too. If you don't have a personality, then go to K-Mart and buy yourself one. No girl likes a dud.
So far these boys are holding it together and I am pulling for them. I hope they don't lose their talent to the ills of such widespread fame. They are young enough to be my own sons. I always think of their mothers. How hard that must be to lose your child to instant celebrity. I hope their mums are trying to keep them grounded and healthy, more focused on others than on themselves. Best wishes, Chaps. I'd like to hear more music from you from across the pond. Stay clean.
Enjoy the song (video below). Listen for Harry. He comes in at 1:45. And most of all: