Friday, February 3, 2012

Ask Elnora--about closet space??? Lenora Worth

Hello, beautiful bloggers! Can you see Elnora limbing in, wearing my bright red bathroom with the pretty black flowers all over it? Even Big Daddy was surprised I had it on, since my standard outfit is a big sweater and yoga pants. No time to suffer through dragging on yoga pants today. The long trek from the far bedroom upstairs to my comfy chair in the den usally leaves me pale with pain these days. However, I am here and accounted for and happy to report the nagging back is much better. Elnora had another visit with the doctor yesterday and we came to a new understanding. He and my husband both have finally figured out that I am in great pain and drama queen that I am, I convinced them both that you can't fake this kind of agony. But I'm not here today to talk about my back pain. That's because yesterday as I "rested" (after finally, finally finishing the work in progress which is due like NOW) I took a day and surrounded by books and my Nook, idled away dozing and reading and listening to one of the sweetest sounds know to woman--a man rebuilding a closet to make room for her stuff. Yes, Big D added more bars and racks and figured out a nice shoe space and painted and measured and every now and then, mumbled words that burned Elnora's delicate ears. But ... the path to a woman's heart is as Carrie Bradshaw said "A really big closet." Not that mine is as big as Carrie's but we can certainly work with it! Of course, I'm pretty sure, alas, I shall have to give up some of my treasured killer shoes since they might actually kill my back. But that's okay. I've discovered Tom's shoe and they are extremely comfortable and adorable in a casual, flower-child way. I used to be a flower child and now I'm just a wilted daisy. But I'm determined that when we finally make this big move to our "retirement condo"-- (Read--Big Daddy's retirement condo and Elnora's new workspace, because let's face it, writers never retires. We just keep rebooting)--I will be working here until they pry my bony fingers away from this laptop. So I must go through my overstuffed closet with a keen eye and set it up with everyday yoga pants and long sweaters, going to Wal-Mart yoga pants and better sweaters to going to a conference dresses and comfy outfits to ... what shall Elnora wear to the awards banquet bling??? What a challenge! But that does beg the question--How can we find more closet space?? And before you say Elnora is too much of a material girl, think about what I'm asking. How can we find more closet space in our faith journey and where do we store our spiritual armor? We all need that Upper Room but what if that room is cluttered and messy? What if that quiet space is too full of angst and fear to let in love and contentment? That is the question of the day. Now I'm humming "If I had a hammer..." Let's discuss.

13 comments:

  1. Ah Elnora, so good to hear you are moving perhaps a bit better. Nothing like closet space to perk us ladies up. And you're right, we never have enough closet space, either physically or spiritually. It seems mine is cluttered with the cares of this life, worries about kids and books, the economy, the election, my little school, yada-yada. The Lord says to cast all those cares on Him. But it's hard, isn't it? Every time I cast one down, another jumps up. It's like the little gopher whacking game at the arcade. I guess all we can do is keep on whacking!

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  2. Elenora, glad to hear you're improving! Hang in there! :)

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  3. Linda, you have been in my prayers. We all adore you and love you. Eva Marie, thanks so much. Your pretty face always brightens my day. Today, I have to put together the threads of the book I finally finished and get it all fluffed up and pretty for my editors. So glad the first draft is finished. I did find that being isolated here made me work harder, even with an aggravating back. It always amazes me how writers can push on through all the clutter. But like you, Linda, I fret about things that I really have no control over. My devotion this morning said to think of Christ up there watching and to hold onto a "golden thread" that connects us to him. Can you see me holding on for dear life. That thread will keep me focused if I just reach for it.

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  4. Elnora, glad to hear your back is getting better. Funny that you should be talking about a new closet when I talked about saving or throwing away things on my personal blog. Where is our treasure?

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  5. Our treasure is in Heaven. Our stuff is here on earth!! I've missed some of my stuff, being sick in an unfamiliar place. But that was more of the comforting stuff like books and a pillow and my favorite blanket. Didn't miss my shoes or purses! But stuff can certainly stifle us and hold us down. :)

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  6. I agree good to hear you are improving.
    when you first said who do you get more closet space I though you get rid of things you dont use or are taking up space and are not needed.

    can you tell me what yoga pants are?

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  8. Elnora, such sweet words! I am blushing :)

    Jenny, I am wearing yoga pants right now :) they are ridiculously comfortable and even though they may be used to do yoga in, a lot of people wear them all the time. They're kind of like the jogging pants' cool cousin, only they're thin instead of bulky :)

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  9. Eva Maria explained yoga pants to perfection!! And I'm pretty sure she looks a lot cuter in them than ol' Elnora!! They are comfortable. No buttons or zippers. Elastic--shudder--has become my best friend!!

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  10. probably like the old track pants but a more comfortable feel and lighter. cant say I have them not sure if they are popular here.

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  11. Yes, they are a lot like that. Soft cotton and stretchy so easy to wear and so comfortable. You could start a whole new trend Down Under!!! Of course, I can't really do any yoga moves right now. But I am comfortable. Right now, I'm wearing Pajama Jeans--another new favorite!!!

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  12. Lenora, I still have yet to try pajama jeans! :)

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  13. They are interesting. Comfortable but too bulky to actually sleep in.

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