Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's a Sunshiny Summer Hodgepodge

Thank you for joining us for our weekly 

From this Side of the Pond

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

I really don't have anything on my bucket list at this point.  We have a little trip planned for next week with friends that we are looking forward to.  I would love to get to Dallas to see our family there, perhaps next month, once all their worldly travels are over.  Other than that, I just plan to stay as cool as possible.

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

Play outdoors from sunup to sundown.  We rode our bikes; played in the woods near our house and pretended we were someone else living a glamorous life in another place.  We went on family picnics, had friends over, and we especially looked forward to the Bookmobile coming around every week.  Life was good in the 50's.

3. Rootop or backyard? Why?

I'm not sure I understand this question, but I will go with backyard, assuming that first word might be rooftop.  I used to climb out an upstairs window and sunbath on the roof top.  And yes, lathered in baby oil with lemon juice in my hair.  But, that was when I was young and crazy and before skin cancer existed.  Other than that my rooftop experiences have been limited.

Now days, I prefer staying on the ground with my skin protected and enjoy my tiny backyard.  Why?  First, because I'm smarter than I used to be.  Second, my roof is very steep.  And third, the backyard is closer to the door and air conditioning.

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

Yes we do.  Since Dick is on a low to no sodium/low fat and sugar way of eating, we must read the labels.  Finding prepared foods that don't contain these things is not easy.  And yes, we are very aware of where the food comes from, especially our seafood.

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

Autumn Leaves

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This past Saturday, we and our good friends enjoyed our local "Sunflower Trail & Festival."

This is only intended to whet your interest in checking out my blog post tomorrow on this day trip full of sunshine.

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 think we had the same childhood! We were outside all day every day without fail! Those were the good ole days!!!! Have a great rest of your week!

  2. Those sunflowers are gorgeous! I love that you loved the bookmobile, too and even found a picture of it! The bookmobile was one of my favorite summer things.

  3. It sounds many of us enjoyed the same kind of childhood fun. My sisters and I would also climb out of our bedroom window and sunbath on the carport roof...and I do remember the baby oil thing! Sunflowers make my heart beat faster and there is nothing like seeing a whole field of them gazing up to the sky!

  4. My mom never even knew where we were all day long. Those were fun times. The sunflower trail is so awesome. I would love that!

  5. Wow!! Quite a lot of sunflowers. Beautiful!
    We played outside a lot in the summer, too!
    Now I don't know how I stood the heat :)

    Thanks for stopping by and I'm adding you to my blogroll. :)

  6. My childhood summers were so similar to yours, but we did not have the Bookmobile. Instead we usually stocked up on paperbacks from the Scholastic Book Club, and we also belonged to the Weekly Reader Book Club. I found some of my favorite books in that way.

    But riding bikes, exploring the woods and fields, picnicking, playing outdoor games like croquet and horseshoes with friends -- we had such a rich childhood and all without any fear (or any devices!). No boredom, either. TV was basically only watched in the evenings and I don't remember even doing that in the summer.

    Thanks for your visit to my kitchen table! Have a great week!

  7. Love (that song) Autumn Leaves! You're right … life was GOOD in the 50's!

  8. What beautiful photos! Sunflowers are my favorite flowers. I would love to see whole fields of them.

  9. Your memories reminded me so much of my own and I thought about how excited I would get when the ice cream truck came by. Oh, those were the days. Cant wait to read about the sunflowers. They are my Dad's favorite flower.

  10. My summers spent playing outside usually meant roller skating or scootering up the street - growing up in the city is quite different from having access to woods and fields but we usually went somewhere more countryfied at the weekends, even if it was only to a local park.


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