Friday, 26 February 2010

2010:365:57 E is for Eliot

Here he is - enjoying peanut butter which has been spread on a lid.  It is one of his current favourite treats and results in much lip smacking and funny faces.  Eliot gives a lot of pleasure, although today his insurance papers arrived and that's another story!  Still, it has been useful in the past when he's needed attention from the vet and it means that I don't have to worry about him.  What I pay in a year wouldn't cover the cost of X-rays!

The letter "E" gave me a lot of scope: Elizabeth, Eliot, Elephant, Energy, Electricity ... The 365Project has been fun and I'm enjoying the alphabet challenge very much.  Elephant came to mind first (after Eliot, of course) very early this morning.  Then I discovered that "E stands for Elephant" is how I learned the alphabet in the first place!  "Our Darling's First Book" with which you must now be quite familiar, used that common British animal to illustrate the capital E!  
I have a friend who has a collection of elephants that rivals my hoard of turtles.  (Just wait until we reach "T".  The only elephants that I have are: 
a glass one that I bought in a glass factory in Swaziland; 
bone earrings that I purchased in Kenya; 
ebony ones that an uncle brought from what was then Ceylon; 
and two tapestry cushions.
I thought that one of them would provide a good background image for yet another picture of Eliot!  The colours please me and the bigger cushion, the other one, is good as an extra seat.  
If yesterday's blog could have been the pub sign "The Dog and Duck" then perhaps today's might be "The Elephant and Dog".  

Finding enjoyment in the simple things of life is a great blessing.  A pleasing cushion, a well formed glass ornament and my friendly and very soft and affectionate dog ... I'm contented.  Even doing this blog during my coffee break has been fun!
Now .... what will I do tomorrow for "F" as I don't think "farmer" is going to be a possibility!

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer
The Collect of the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

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