Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jobs, Contentment, Pickles & Painting

Do you remember lines from an old movie that went something like, "It's Monday we must be in France," or "It's Tuesday, we must be in Brazil,"  etc.  Anyway, to paraphrase those lines:  "It's Wednesday, I must be in Hodgepodge!"  Okay, that was weak, but regardless, I'm glad to be Hodgepodging with all you Hodgepodge Wednesday gals.  Thanks Joyce for hosting us.

1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching...what's something you've labored over this year?
Relationships!  Nuff said!
2. What is one word to describe your 'job' or career?

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?
While in college, I worked for a short time in a cosmetic studio in an elderly woman's home.  She had been doing this business for 50 years, and thought she was in need of an assistant.  I have never been so bored in all my life.  The make-up aspect was fun, but I hated doing inventory, and we didn't have any customers.  Oh heavens, I lasted maybe three weeks.

4. How do you measure contentment?
According to God's Word.  Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11, "I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content."  The writer of Hebrews wrote in 13:5, "Be content with such things as you have."  I think the secret to contentment is always seeking to put God first in all things and whether we have much or little, being content, knowing that "God will never leave us or forsake we can boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear..."

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins...what's your favorite kind of pickle?I am not a big fan of pickles, period.  However, a good potato salad must always have chopped bread and butter pickles to be acceptable.

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?My church, the Fitness Center, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, friends

7. What is one thing on your 'want-to-do' list before summer draws to an official close?Do a painting.  See next response.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I have always wanted to paint and thought when the kids got older, that's what I would do.  Then, it became, when the kids leave home painting will be my first hobby.  At some point it became, when I retire watch out because I am going to take over the art world.  Well, its been two years and I didn't even own a paint brush much less anything else to go along with it.

I did it!  Hubby bought me a canvas at an estate sale last weekend, so there you go.  First step!  Hobby Lobby was having a sale on acrylics, and other art supplies, so I just decided it was time to get started.  I even have an easel!
 Don't expect to ever recognize anything in any painting I may ever be brave enough to share on here.

Now, what are you going to tackle the rest of this summer?


  1. That's exciting! Have you ever taken a class or are you just diving in? I wouldn't know where to begin : ) Hope you'll share the finished product!

  2. You go, Libby! So thrilled for your new painting adventure! I don't have an artistic bone in my body! Hope you'll show off your finished work! Would love to see it! Wonderful answer to #4! You said it well!

  3. Well, look at you, a "budding artist" and I'm sure you will likely be good at it. I can't wait to see and hear about it.

    Always enjoy reading everyone's answers to Joyce's questions because we all interrupt them differently.

    Happy Wednesday my friend!

  4. I love your answer to number 4 and the quote by Corrie Ten Boom! I read this at school (got here early) and thank you so much-I really needed this today.

  5. Well I am excited to see your new painting adventure! How fun! Loved your answer to #4. For me truly contentment in my life only comes when my relationship with God is right. Outside of that, no other contentment ever lasts! Enjoy your day!

  6. Good job at getting into painting. I find doing any kind of artwork puts me in a zen like mode. I can't wait to see your painting.
    I had some much better and well thought out words, but I am so tired from working.

  7. As I said on Monday, taking art lessons is something I would like to do....Honey Bear paints, although, he hasn't in a good while.....too many years ago to count, I had a friend who gave me some instruction and I bought books, paint, brushes, etc. so I have the equipment...just need to take the plunge. I'm proud of you for getting ready, now go for it....
    Also, liked your answer about Contentment....Philippians 4 is one of my favorite chapters.
    Mama Bear

  8. Congrats on finally painting! Christ is our contentment...of which I am still learning. Loved your post!


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