Wednesday, July 8, 2015

First the Tide Rushes In

Summer is really slipping right along, but thankfully the weather hasn't been too terribly bad here in the deep, hot, humid south.
But, Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge always gives us something to look forward to each week.
Thank you Joyce!

  Let this serenade you while you read my answers!
1. When did you last 'swim against the tide'? Explain.

I think my "swimming" is usually against the tide of my own emotions.  A recent incident had me going from anger to dismay to anger to finally saying, "Lord, I don't think I want to feel this way any longer so your will be done."

2. What's the last self-help or self-improvement book you read?

"Abide in Christ"
by Andrew Murray

3"Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness." (Sir James Goldsmith)

Agree or disagree? Discuss. With civility please, because I think we have a good thing going in our very diverse (in geography, age, religion, political persuasion, ethnicity, marital status, upbringing, and cooking abilities) neighborhood here on This Side of the Pond.

The definition of tolerance is: the capacity to endure, without adverse reaction.  If a person becomes "tolerant" of a certain drug then it no longer continues to work like it is supposed to in their body. I believe this is what is happening in society.  We have tolerated a decaying of the moral fiber of society because we weren't personally experiencing an adverse reaction to it.  When we do, it can be too late.

I also believe that the word "tolerance" has become used and abused in the last few years.  It has come to the point in this country that one's tolerance is seen as acquiescence (apathy or an agreeing with) and any differing opinion is seen as intolerance.

That being said, I am tolerating my neighbors barking dogs, the unmowed yard of someone else, and the fact I don't hear from my grandchildren as often as I would like.  I am tolerating these and other matters because to not do so would cross a line that would take away their rights.  On the other hand, once those barking dogs come into my space, or prevent me from sleeping on a regular basis, then it will be time to address the issue.   I will be having an adverse reaction!  One person's right to live and express themselves should always be protected as long as the right to do so does not interfere and cross over and end another's right to do the same.

Whew!  That was a toughie for midweek, Joyce.

4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood?
This kitchen is in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI and when I saw it last summer, it brought back many memories of kitchens past.  Linoleum floors, Formica table tops, metal cabinets and large porcelain sinks.

5. How did/do your own children's summers compare with your summers as a child? If you're not a parent, answer as it relates to what you've observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood.

:  Busy, busy, busy; vacation trips, camps and other planned programs of activities
Then:  Lazy, relaxed, full of fun and play; time with family; picnics; cousins

6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?

I'm not really a water bug, but I think I could get used to where our daughter and family spent last week.  At Montage Kapalua Bay, Hawaii.
7.  Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it's title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water.

Without question, it has to be EBB TIDE! That's what you are listening to. It was first made popular as an instrumental piece in 1954, then the Platters sang it and then The Righteous Brothers in 1965.  Below!  This could make a senior citizen a bit nostalgic.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Since we're speaking of water, I felt compelled to share with you a couple pictures of my granddaughter and her new husband while on their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Are they not adorable?
Love This!
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 emotions are getting the best of me-daughter's wedding is coming up and step-son is living a lifestyle that is not approving-so I feel the same way with you on answer #1. I am not so much a water person-I just like to sit and enjoy the waves from the shore or balcony.

  2. Arent they a cute little couple!!! :)

    Its crazy when you see your kitchen in museums, isn't it :) haha

  3. Beautiful couple! Young love! So sweet.
    Your answer to #3 was excellent. Your kitchen pic brought back the same kind of memories for me. Have a blessed day.

  4. LOVE the music first of And then your answer for number 3 was perfect! And finally the pictures are darling of the honeymooners. Have a good rest of the week!

  5. I've been to St. Lucia-such a beautiful island and a lovely spot for a honeymoon. They're adorable : ) I liked your answer to #3. Enjoy your day!

  6. Looks like a lovely spot to honeymoon!

  7. So glad I was taking a break this week as I would probably have been in over my head trying to answer #1-#3 this week. :o)) You did a stellar job! Love the cute pics of Chandler and her new hubby. I'll be back next week and hopefully the questions won't be taxing on my poor weary brain. :o))

  8. Great answer to #3 and they make a lovely couple.

  9. Hawaii was my choice also! Beautiful photos!

  10. What a handsome couple!! They should be on the cover of Bride Magazine!! Enjoy your week!

  11. Thanks for visiting, and your right, I do not believe we have met before (Hodgepodge). My son is now 18, and I bet he would love to visit, lol (jk--he is talking about how sad it is, his paternal grandmother moved up here from his hometown of Tuscaloosa, and now he can never go home.)

    BTW, my grandmother had a pink kitchen, like the green one you posted. I remember visiting that museum. Nice to meet you...I will be back to visit. Blessings

  12. They are so cute! I love the picture you shared of the retro kitchen. I enjoyed your answers. I have a neighbor with barking dogs too. Some days it just grates on my nerves!

  13. Enjoying the music, thank you. Love that kitchen!!! Hawaii looks awesome, I have never been. Adorable photos of your Granddaughter and her new husband... love is in the air! Hope your having a nice weekend.

  14. Is it weird that I would love to have a kitchen like that, complete with a big mint green stove? ;) Hawaii is on my list to visit...and isn't your granddaughter and husband adorable!


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