Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Heavenly Hodgepodge

Welcome to our weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge gathering where we answer questions posed by our hostess, Joyce from From This Side of the Pond.  Click on the link and see how others have answered these questions.
1. Can you believe we're rolling in to the Labor Day weekend? What's a project you'll labor over this fall?

It's not a project but I do plan to get back into my painting and right now it seems like something I will have to make myself do, therefore it feels like labor at this point.

2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?

Where I worked, we didn't have perks per say.  So I guess the medical benefits and retirement were considered the best we could get.  And I was and continue to be grateful for that.

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC? 

Yes, we have been to SC several times.

Any desire to go? According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina...
Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville's charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys. 
Which is most appealing to you today? If you're a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?

I loved Charleston and would go back in a heart beat.  Absolutely loved the historic homes and architecture.  We also enjoyed visiting Middleton Place, Fort Sumter and Hilton Head Island.
Ft. Sumter 1992

We most recently visited special, long-time friends in Lancaster and with them visited the Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte.
Ruth Bell Graham headstone - 2015
So, yes, we love this beautiful and interesting state.

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short...your favorite kind of rib? What's a dish you enjoy that really 'sticks to your ribs'?

Falling-off-the-bone baby back is my favorite.  A plate of these with potato salad and baked beans will do more than stick to my ribs.

5. What's one important skill you think every person should have? Why?

To be able to look people in the eye when speaking and be confident when meeting new people.  This is something Dick stressed to our children and now our grandchildren.  Thankfully, each of them have developed this skill, even our little 10 year old is very comfortable and gracious meeting new people.  This skill is important not only because it makes a great first impression, but it also makes the other person feel comfortable and good about themselves.  And that is perhaps the best reason.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Even in times of great suffering and pain, God is faithful to remind us of His Glory and omnipresence.

While Harvey was reeking havoc and wreaking lives just south west of us, God showed up in the heavens over our city last night in a mighty demonstration of color and cloud formations in the western sky.
  The sky turned a deep purple with the setting sun's reflection on the clouds turning them a brilliant pink.
Be Still My Soul
"Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below."
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. I can identify with you wanting to paint but don't get to it. That the way I am about writing. I never make time for it but my children want my memoirs for my grandchildren. I also struggled with an auto immune disease for 30 years and now suffer from the effects of all the medications and scars. I've been trying to complete that one for years!

  2. Beautiful. I took photos of the gorgeous sunset last night, too. Your rib dinner sounds like my kind of BBQ. Looking people in the eye is a great quality and not only does it make the other person comfortable, but yourself as well. Those lyrics are so good. Beautiful thoughts of God's graciousness.

  3. How lovely! I really enjoy 'meeting' people by seeing their views on things.
    Your sky photos are just so beautiful!

  4. I haven't been to the Billy Graham museum but would like to see that too. Charlotte is NC, but only about 2 hours from us and we sometimes fly out of there if we're going long haul miles. The weather is something isn't it? We've had such delightful temperatures and really pleasant days, yet the other side of the country is under water. It is hard to hear the stories coming out of Texas.

  5. Loved your answer to #5 and agree with you 100% and something I try very hard to do. Your pictures are amazing!

  6. What beautiful sunset photos! Thank you for sharing them. I saw glimpses of the purple in our sky, but not the pinks. And the sky on into the night was absolutely amazing. I could see zillions of stars, something we haven't seen in a while with Harvey out and about. Even in all the chaos our area is enduring right now, Heavenly Father is making His presence known and sharing His awesome artwork. Just beautiful!
    I hear that Harvey has made a 4th landfall, this time in Cameron, Louisiana. I pray that you are safe there in your area!
    Have a blessed day.

  7. Being confident when meeting new people is a great thing. Not being able to look someone in the eye is sometimes seen as a sign of dishonesty. It isn't always actually the case; sometimes the person is just shy. Still, eye contact is important and is something that is stressed in business situations especially.
    Have a great day.


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