Wednesday, February 26, 2014

So Much to Discuss for Wednesday Hodgepodge #164

Oh my, Joyce, you have again given me a lot to ponder for this #164 edition of

1. What is something you'll never forget about the age you are right now?

That I am one year from being 70!  YIKES!!!
I hope you weren't looking for anything meaningful in this response.

2. What's a household chore you've never done? How have you managed that???

I really can't think of anything that I haven't done regarding inside chores.  Outside chores like power washing the house or painting, or doing carpentry repairs, then yes.  How did I manage that?  It's not my job!  Pure and simple!

3. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture? Explain?

This is a toughie and a debate that has divided psychologists for generations.  To argue that nature shapes our personalities the most would negate the affect of all experiences and relationships one might have.  On the other hand to suggest that nurture is most influential could mean that we are born with a "clean slate," making us devoid of all inherited characteristics.  Therefore, I will venture to suggest that both are of equal importance in shaping our personalities.  To quote a noted psychologist, "Which is most important to a triangle, the width or the length?"

4. Friday (February 28th) is 'Something on a Stick Day'...funny because Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens recently sent me an idea for a question relating to this topic. What's your favorite food eaten on a stick?

A chocolate fudgecicle

5. Which of your five senses do you treasure most, and why?

Sight.  I can't begin to imagine not seeing my children and grandchildren for the first time, or to melt when they smiled; not being able to see one of my granddaughters emerge from her mother's body; to not be able to look into the face of my sweet husband; to not see the silently shed tear from a hurting friend.  Yes, I would most miss my sight.  Lord, please don't let me take it granted.

6. What's the best music, theater, or sporting venue you've been to? What made it great?

As part of a trip to the Holy Land many years ago, we visited Amman, Jordan.  While there our guide took us to the ancient Roman Theater, built during the reign of Antonius Pius between 138-161 CE.  It was built into a hillside and could at one time seat 6,000 people.  There remains a partial third level which was called "The God's." The theater was oriented north in order to keep the sun off the spectators, and there was not a bad seat to be found.

We had the most wonderful experience there.  The group asked my Hubby to sing "How Great Thou Art" from the stage.    The sound carries perfectly all through the theater because of its steepness.  I will never forget hearing this wonderful hymn sung so beautifully in this ancient place.  It was a holy experience.

7. It's the last week of the five words or less bid adieu to your February.

Couldn't you stay longer?

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We missed the Olympics last night.  We had watched every night since the Opening Ceremony and now Sochi, as such, has ceased to exist.  I have enjoyed the personal stories, and seeing the triumphant faces and even those that went down in defeat.  The Olympics is an event that unites not only our country but the world for a few days.  And, as one commentator said, "The world gets smaller every four years!"
AND, no more
Downton Abbey!
I have to admit that I found the beginning of Season 4 to be very much a soap opera.  But, the finale was excellent and will again keep us on the edge of our seat awaiting its return next January.  What might happen between now and then is any body's guess.

Will Bates and Anna remain as happy as we last saw them?
 Will Harold succumb to the wiles of the fortune seeking Martha? Although I really kind of liked her.
 Which of Lady Mary's suitors will be the winner and at what costs?
 Will Lady Edith's plan to bring her daughter near by be in both their best interests?
 Oh and best of all, will Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes have a relationship after all these years?

Intrigue, Intrigue, Intrigue!
(pictures complimentary of Via)
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. I get goosebumps just thinking about your husband singing "How Great Thou Art" in that beautiful holy place! I can't even begin to imagine. There is NO way you'll be turning 70! Sorry...just not buying it. You look FABULOUS!

  2. We enjoyed the Olympics as well especially the hockey and the curling.

  3. Wow your experience in that venue sounds amazing! Traveling around Europe hubs and I used to say the Romans all must have walked around with a chisel in their hands! : )

  4. I can honestly just imagine your hubby singing that song in that place! What an experience, no wonder you'll never forget it. And as for turning 70, I honestly cannot believe that! You look soo wonderful, but then you take such good care of yourself, and it shows! Enjoy your day!

  5. GReat answers to some thought provoking questions for sure!

    Oh, DA, can't believe we'll have to wait 10 months for the next episode. But, in the meantime I'll be watching my other PBS favorites, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge and Paradise. All great, great shows!

    Happy rest of the week!

  6. I can't believe we have to wait until next year for Season 5 of Downton Abbey. But these are all wonderful questions! I read that Season 5 will be the grand finale of Downton maybe it will be the best season of them all. Big hugs...xoxo

  7. Mr. Carson & Ms. Hughes... I so loved this & have been rooting for it for awhile!!!

  8. Well you look fabulous! I'm not quite there but it will be here before I know it......
    Yum, I love fudgesicles. Wow, what an amazing trip you had. I am missing the Olympics but enjoying my regular shows again and I am missing Downtown too!


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