Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Selfies, Christmas Cards, Explorers & Loyalty

Joyce, you gave us some interesting things to ponder this week for

1. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the 2013 word of the year is 'selfie'. Your thoughts? When did you last take a selfie? Do you post them online somewhere?  Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the lens?

I do not like to take selfies.  I took one the other day and it was a great shot looking up my nose.  I much prefer being behind the lens.

2. Will you send out Christmas cards this year? If so, are they ready to go? If not, are you glad or sad about leaving that tradition behind?

Good question.  The boxes of cards are on the counter and the Christmas address list is on the desk.  Now, whether the two shall meet, remains to be seen.  I like to receive cards, but am not excited about sending.  Selfish?  Or just something that is easy to put off doing?

3. Do you trust easily?

Yes and no.  I am a bit of a skeptic by nature, I think.  But, I want to believe the best in people.  I don't have any problem trusting those I know and love, trusting my Lord and Savior, but I do often question the motives of others I may not know well.
4. Pine-cinnamon-peppermint-vanilla (as in sugar cookie)...of those listed, which one is your favorite December scent?

5. Did you do more talking or more listening yesterday? Was that by choice or necessity?

Does an even exchange count?  We had lunch with dear friends who were in town on business and we had a good time of catching up and sharing.  I think it was very well balanced.
6. What's the last song that got stuck in your head? Sorry if it's back there now :  )

Yesterday I made a reference to the Southern Gospel song sung by Steve Green, "Find Us Faithful," and I'm still hearing it.
7. Which world explorer (in the whole history of the world) would you most like to have traveled with, and why?

I've thought about this question and just don't have an answer.  There must have been amazing experiences as places on this earth were discovered and explored, but I really can't think of any explorations I would have wanted to participate in.  Times, living conditions and travel would have been extremely difficult, and I just don't think that is something I would have enjoyed.  I shall continue to be grateful for these brave men and enjoy the bounty of their hard work.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I made a major decision this week!  I decided to get rid of the good, old, well-used, cookie sheet that was a wedding present from 48 years ago when really practical gifts were given.  It still bakes the best biscuits.  Four to be exact.  But, it is ugly.  Is that reason enough for replacing an old friend?  Well, it hasn't been enough of a reason until now.
A friend gave me a Pampered Chef catalog and my fickle heart was swayed by the beautiful, large round stone cooking sheet found on page 10.  Actually, my DIL has one that she has used for years, so I was really already leaning in that direction.
 But, there is something really sad and disloyal about throwing away an item that has served you so well for all those years.  It faithfully baked biscuits, cookies, toast and whatever it was asked to do for our children and their friends; visiting family members; special guests in our home; and then during the empty nest years, just Dick and me.

I was strong though and after tossing it into the garbage barrel, I didn't look back and second guess myself.  I marched right back into the kitchen and introduced myself to my new favorite cookie sheet and made a commitment to be faithful for another 48 years.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. My goodness...that's a long time to have a cookie sheet! I'm impressed! Of course, it sounds and LOOKS like you made the right decision to give it a toss. Can't go wrong with anything from the Pampered Chef!

  2. Like the new cookie sheet. It is difficult to toss out something you have used for so long.

  3. I'm a fan of the PC cooking stones so I think you made the right call! I used to love listening to Steve Green's music...thanks for the reminder : ) Enjoy your day!

  4. Well you have totally intrigued me...I have not seen the cooking stone but I am going to goggle it.. I have 2 REALLY old ones too, though not as old as yours, good job! haha that need to be tossed too. Enjoy your day!

  5. Oh, Steve Green is so awesome! The cookie sheet, that is hysterical!!! I don't have a stone but I sure do hear lots of good things about them. Happy Day my friend!

  6. Oh my! Your thoughts on some of these questions are quite similar to mine. But I have to say the cookie sheet blew me away! Last night I made the decision that I absolutely had to get rid of the cookie sheet I have had for years. Went to Bed Bath & Beyond this afternoon and bought a new one. Since I couldn't bring myself to throw away the old one, I stuck it in the laundry room alongside the extra fridge just in case I ever need it! I do have the PC pizza stone, but have only used it a couple of times.
    I like Steve Green, too.


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