Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beauty Everywhere!

Sharing the Hodgepodge with others on Joyce's blog HERE.

1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

I have so enjoyed spending early mornings and evenings out on our patio when the birds are most active and boisterous.  I will feature some of the pictures I have taken on another post, but this one stands out to me as a true "Beauty." 

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?

I wish more women and girls knew this to be true!

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

Definitely beauty sleep!  If only I could have more of it.

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most?

What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast?
Fairly slim as I haven't been close to one in many years.
Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature?
Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?
Many years ago, we had a little family of mice to inhabit our quiet and peaceful home.  One night as my two babies were sleeping in their little beds and I was reading, I glimpsed something scurry into my infant baby girl's room.  When I got up to check, it was indeed a scurry, furry little mouse.  I ran and got a broom and with me wielding it above my head in order to put all my power and strength into crushing its little bitty body, it reappeared from the closed closet door.

Instead of being the mighty warrior protector of my baby, I screamed, threw the broom somewhere, knocked over the antique rocker and landed in the crib with my sleeping angel.

Hubby had to fight the beast when he got home.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

At our church.  We have a beautiful clarion in the way-high-up steeple, that not only chimes the hour but plays beautiful hymn arrangements.  It is not actually a real bell, but it does sound like one.

 6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?

Beans, Avocado, Cashews, Grapefruit, Yogurt, etc.

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

arch brought a foretaste of spring
s buds appeared and teased us with
ain and warm temperatures,
ausing us Southerners to wonder what happened to winter, and
ad Mother Nature played a nasty trick with plans to also skip to summer

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 Speaking of Beauties
Our daughter-in-law comes from a very small community in central Louisiana where families and friends remain close whether they live by each other or not.  Her three sisters and one brother still live there.  That also means there are lots of cousins there for our Indiana grandchildren to visit.

One of the neat things about small country schools is everyone is family and that includes cousins who live a thousand miles away.  So, when these Louisiana cousins were planning for prom, they invited their long-distance cousins to be their dates.  How fun was that?  Well I'll show you!

Mary-Elizabeth 10th, Gracie 11th, Mary Jane 9th, Savannah 12th & Senior Prom for Waddy and Savannah to share.

Should you be interested in an in-depth study of the last six chapters of Mark as we prepare for Easter, I posted the first, Chapters 11-12 on my blog last week  It can be found

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 dear...that mouse story is really something. It would really be popular on YouTube if it had been caught on film. I enjoyed your answers to the questions. Also you typed March instead of Mark for your study. I'll check it out. Have a great week. ~The Happy Wonderer

    1. Thank you Ellen for that heads up. I will correct it. And yes, a video would have made me rich.

  2. Elizabeth... your mouse story is a hoot! What a great idea for the cousins to ask the cousins to the prom! I'm sure it was a great time had by all. Have a great week, Elizabeth!

  3. That's a perfect answer to #2. Love the sweet family photos!

  4. I love your picture of the cardinal. I usually see those here when it snows. Amen to #2. Your mouse story reminded me of the scene from Lady and The Tramp. Have a great week :)

  5. I love Cardinals. I love your answer for #2. The good carbs, I love them too!

  6. Yes, a perfect answer to #2 and I love that the cousins go to prom together. What a great memory this will be for them.

  7. The picture of the cardinal is beautiful. They're my favorite birds.
    I didn't think of church bells, but the baptist church in our little town has those. I love hearing them if I'm ever in town when they play, which is rare.
    What a neat idea, cousins attending prom together!
    Thanks for visiting today,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  8. Now that mouse story was truly a horror/comedy as I read it. How awful to think of any kind of creature near your precious baby. Loved your quote about beauty and you're so right. If only we learned that at a younger age. All your girls are very beautiful.

  9. I love hearing church bells.
    I would have a fit if I saw bedbugs in my house. The work and the expense sounds awful.

  10. I killed a mouse with a broom a few months ago. I could picture your situation very clearly as you armed yourself to battle the mouse in your baby's room. Loved reading all of your answers and especially agreed with #2. Oh, and your acrostic was great!

  11. Enjoyed the peek into your thoughts and life as expressed through your answers. The idea of cousins being escorts for prom night is a lovely one. Beautiful photos.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...


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