Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Returning to the Hodgepodge

It is good to be back among the Wednesday Hodgepodge elite today after being inactive for four weeks.  More on that in the random thoughts, but in the meantime, check out my answers to today's questions then join the others to read their answers HERE.

1. It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?

I am not a summer person so it is difficult to isolate one particular summer month as a best.  Summer where I live is hot and humid and I do not appreciate either of these.  Just to be a good sport, I will say August, although it is always our hottest month, because we usually go to Northern Indiana in late August and it is somewhat cooler up there.  We also get to be with family and watch our grandson play some football for the Western Michigan University Broncos.  However, this will be his last year to play sad to say.

2. Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?

Do not swim!  I probably have five pairs of sunglasses, each in a different location.

3. What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?

The characteristic I probably judge most harshly in myself is that I don't get out and engage with people more.  The characteristic I most harshly judge in others is the "over the top" friendliness and gushy demeanor they display with someone they hardly know.

4. Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you? 

5. Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor? 

Popsicles are nice but I have not had one in many years.  My favorite though was a fudgesicle.

6. Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any way shape or form?

I am probably about a 5 because I am aware of Brexit and what it could mean historically and prophetically at this point.  I did follow it pretty closely last week when it took place but have not read as much in the last few days.  It did impact us directly when the stock market plummeted and I think there is a possibility it will affect the upcoming national elections.  I also think it is going to be very interesting to watch and see what continues to unfold with other countries in the EU.

7. Share a favorite song on your summer play list.

I don't have a favorite song.  I love music and choose to play my genre selections from Pandora through a wonderful Sony speaker Hubby gave me for Christmas a couple years ago.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

As you may recall, I told you in my last post that I would be going to Indiana for cervical surgery at the surgical hospital of which our son is President and CEO, Unity Medical & Surgical Hospital in Mishawaka, IN.  I had a fusion of the C5/6 & 6/7 three weeks ago this past Monday, June 6. Ever since waking up following surgery, I have had zero pain.  My surgery was a huge success for which I give my God all the glory.
I flew home this past Sunday and although my little family up there took wonderful care of me, it is good to be back in our home and with my sweet Hubby.

I returned to the gym this morning with my doc's blessing and did walking as well as the stationary bike.  That is all I will be allowed to do until after further x-rays three weeks from now.
Until then, this is my getup:  A neck brace that I wear around the clock except for showering when I wear a water-proof brace,
 and a bone growth stimulator that I wear four hours every day until the fusion is complete.
Am I not the bionic woman?

Now, let me just tell you what a wonderful hospital Unity is.  I wish all hospitals could be as efficient, friendly, positive, supportive, where everyone there has you and your best interests at heart.  And just a side-note - where the CEO is one of the most handsome, sweet and qualified administrators anywhere.  Just say'n!!!
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. Oh, so good to have you back in blogland and I'm so glad that from all appearances your surgery was a success. I can't imagine wearing all that garb in this hot and humid weather. Bless you! So glad that John is over such a fine hospital. Way to go John!! Hugs to you!

  2. So happy to hear that your surgery went well and you are on the mend. Sounds like you got first class service at the hospital. Put a little metal on your face and you could be Seven of Nine (from Star Trek). ha! Yep, that would a little hot to wear in the heat and humidity. Someone needs to feed you peeled grapes and ice cubes. Keep us posted...take care...

  3. I am so happy to hear that your surgery went so well. Take care and God Bless....

  4. Such wonderful news that your surgery was successful, Libby...isn't God good?

  5. So glad you're recovering well and I'm impressed you're at the gym! Fudgesicles...I should have said that! Take care and be kind to yourself as you ease back into routines.

  6. Glad your surgery went well and praying for a quick recover!

    When I was a kid, if I had a choice of a popsicle or a fudgsicle, I'd always choose the fudgsicle.

  7. So glad I popped on here tonight and read how your surgery went. Praise God! Praying the rest of your recovery is quick and complete. Enjoyed your hodgepodge.

  8. Oh my goodness, I couldn't imagine what you are going thru...I am glad to read the surgery was a success....keeping you in prayer.

  9. So glad to read that your recovery is going well! I am sure that you were in good hands. Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!


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