Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

We are only two more Hodgepodges from celebrating 300!

Thank you Joyce for your dedication and determination to provide interesting, sometimes challenging, but always fun questions to bring us together every week.

So, click HERE and see how others have answered this week's questions.

1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

Yes, as children, we used to go fishing with our Daddy and we always kept what we caught if they were of any size.  They went on the table that evening.  I haven't been fishing in many, many years, and it's really not something I would want to do again at this point in my life.

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

For most of my life the "living in a fishbowl" phrase would have applied to me as both my father and my husband were ministers.  We felt that we were under some degree of scrutiny a good bit of the time.  I'm not complaining, but simply stating that a minister's family was/is usually held to a higher microscopic standard.

Recently, "this is a fine kettle of fish" would most likely apply.  We took a Thursday - Sunday road trip to south Texas last week.  On Saturday night, we ate at the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar in the small Historic German village of Gruene, (pronounced Green) Texas.  I had their fried catfish fillet and it was amazingly delicious.  See more about this trip on Monday.

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?

Chapstick!  I can't stand for my lips to feel the least bit dry, so I have tubes all over the house, car, my purse and in a pocket.

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

The first fish story I ever heard - not a tale - was "Jonah and the Whale" from the Bible.  I suppose it would remain my favorite.

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

"Night!"  As a child, nighttime was always my most creative time of the day.  As an adult with a job that demanded that I rise and shine at 4 a.m., my pattern had to adjust.  I still don't sleep well and find that my mind is still going a mile a minute at night, although we try to be in bed by 9:30.

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

An Evan-Picone suit that is probably nearing 20 years old.  When you buy quality and classic styles, they just last forever.  This picture of me wearing it was taken 15 years ago.

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

We have not had much of a winter here in northwest Louisiana, so spring is already bursting out all over.  As I mentioned earlier, we took a getaway trip this past weekend.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous in south Texas with temps in the 80's on Saturday.  I guess the best part of our winter is that we haven't had to contend with any ice or road closures.  The worst part is that we haven't had a winter with ice and snow to kill the bugs and weeds.  I really do enjoy winter and part of the worst part for me is that I haven't even worn my winter coat or favorite winter clothes.

7.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?

No! Neither!  No!  N/A!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Spring has Sprung in the South 
"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.  The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell."
Song of Solomon 2:11-13
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. Love that Evan Picone suit! I had a lot of that line when I worked... and when I was skinny. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Yes, spring seems to have arrived here, too, Libby...tress are budding out like crazy! I hope winter is on its way out! Beautiful shots!

  3. Enjoyed your answers. Have a wonderful day. Love your Spring photos!

  4. It's nice to see some color returning to the landscape. It doesn't feel like winter here, but not quite spring either. I'm hosting a shower here in March and would love to be able to have it outdoors. March is tricky though, so I'm playing it by ear and have a solid plan b too : )

  5. I so agree about the fishbowl and guess it will always be that way for ministers and their families. Can't wait to read about your roadtrip last weekend. I'm excited for Spring's arrival!

  6. Ah, that last scripture is so refreshing. I finally had to give away my suits because you're so right. They do last forever when they are quality. Your remark about the Grist Mill brings back the memories of our many years to canoe down the Guadeloupe River and then have chicken fried steak at the Grist Mill on Saturday evening. I don't think I knew before that you are a minister's daughter.


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