Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Joyce is definitely in the sea-side mood today with her Antigua holiday.  I so appreciate her faithfulness to bring us all together around her well thought out questions week after busy week in her life.  Thank you Joyce.  So click HERE to see how the others have answered their questions.

1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently?

The "cure for anything" part is in question, but the only one of the options applicable to me is "sweat".  We have a new Pilates instructor and she is really making us old ladies work hard. It is good to be challenged, but my muscles pay for the cure afterward.

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all? 

We do not eat much salt and when we do it is either Kosher or Sea Salt.  Last week Dick made a vegetable beef soup and I asked if he could add a little more salt to it.  Normally, we only use a tiny bit if at all on our food.  We do however, use a lot of spices.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

I guess "sands of time" would most apply to me right now.  See my random thought in #8.

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

Definitely the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific."  Several of its songs have become popular standards, such as "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Happy Talk", "Younger Than Springtime", and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy."  But, one of our favorites is  "This Nearly Was Mine" sung by Rossano Brazzi in the 1958 movie.  But our favorite rendition was done by Brian Stokes Mitchell in a 2005 concert version of the show.

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

I ran it and it was a good day.  I began the day by sitting with a good friend while she endured a treatment of chemo then drove her home.  I then met another good friend after her doctor appointment for lunch and some shopping.  Later in the day, Dick and I watched a pre-recording of the Notre Dame vs. Syracuse basketball game on ESPN in order to see Son John and Grandson Jackson who had court side seats.  It was so much fun to see them up close from so far away.
6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

Just to be clear, an island is not my first choice for a holiday.  However, should that ever be the case you would most likely find me shopping in town.  Reason?  I am all about protecting my aging skin at this point in my life after being a teenage sun worshiper.  Another reason?  I'm sure that my mental image of myself in a swim suit would not match with reality.  So why prove it.  Just say'n!

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Several years ago, I joined in hopes of tracking my dad's side of the family.  I inherited from my mom a book tracing the Colvin side back to the early 1700's, so I didn't feel as compelled to start with that line.  I haven't progressed that far back on the Lazenby line, but it has been a very interesting search.
My Great Grandfather, William Andrew Colvin
Along the way, I have compiled trees for both sides and I am amazed at the documentation available such as census and marriage/death records from the 1800's.  I have not upgraded my membership to enable my search to extend to the European linage, but I'm thinking about it.  I am also considering doing the DNA test.  Have any of you done that?  Anyway, this look back into the "sands of time" has been most enjoyable and has put me in touch with a long-lost cousin.  That was nice.
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. The geneology research sounds intriguing. I have never been on the Ancestry site, but we do have quite a bit documented on both sides through my dad and my in-laws who researched their roots. Hope you're doing well. Enjoy your day!

  2. Most definitely take time for least I do, also. A few years ago, I was contacted by someone doing geneology research and my name had popped up...interesting.

  3. How fun to trace your family history! Several of my aunts have done that and what they've learned has been so interesting to me. I have been wanting to do the DNA test...just wish the price would drop.

  4. Enjoyed your hodgepodge! I did pick sitting in a beach chair, but maybe I should have said, IN THE SHADE AND FULLY DRESSED, lol. I too spent WAY too much of my life exposing my skin the sun, and gave up the ole swim suit battle years ago. But I LOVE the beach and the ocean and the water. Just getting in and out of my chair would be a challenge these days too I guess, and that's IF I could walk on the sand which with my knees has become almost impossible. Sooo I guess if I was being totally honest, my enjoyment would most likely come from sitting in a regular sized lawn chair (not a little one almost on the ground!) in the shade, fully dressed, and from a balcony on my beach house overlooking the ocean, lol. Have a good day!

  5. South Pacific is a wonderful musical, we visited the filming site of Happy talk while in Kauai, such a beautiful island! Thanks for sharing the video, I could visualize the scene from the movie...beautiful. I've been researching on ancestry and found that my grandmother said we were of German decent, but the tree actually points to Ireland not Germany. She and all decedents up to 75 years before her birth were farmers in Kentucky...somewhere history took a wrong turn. I'd also like to do the DNA testing, sounds like fun!
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  6. I'm with you on island vacations in the sun. I usually get back to once the genealogy show...are on PBS. Then I work until I have a road block.

  7. You've done a great job with tracing your ancestry. My mil just took a saliva sample and sent it away as part of 23 and me ancestry testing. We are waiting for the results. We use sea salt too. I am impressed that you do Pilates. I tried a DVD once and remember it was difficult. Have a great week :)

  8. My precious Mom worked hard on her family ancestry. When she died one of my brother's wives took it over and I was so glad because I am not the least bit interested in it. I guess I should be but.........

    Happy rest of the week!

  9. It was fun to be reminded of South Pacific and all those tunes. Those old musicals were so delightful! My aunt did an extensive family tree for the Nelson side, and I do think that DNA testing sounds interesting. Reading of seeing your son and grandson via TV reminds me of a complaint I have about this 'era.' When I was a kid, I had a ton of cousins on both sides of the family who lived near or relatively near to us. Now families, including ours, are often spread across the country or globe. Those close cousin relationships made for a wonderful childhood.

  10. Our oldest son did some research on my husband's side of the family. He thoroughly enjoyed it, and compiled a notebook of his findings.

    I know what you mean about protecting your skin. I wasn't a sun worshiper, but still had a bout with skin cancer, last year, which was no fun. I don't wear swimsuits anymore either... nobody wants to see that!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  11. Love your answer to #6!! We have a lot in common. I used to sing "I'm as corny as Kansas in August" to my girls when they were little. Have a wonderful weekend!!


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