Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hodgepodge Tied Up for This Week

From this Side of the Pond

I know I'm late getting in the Hodgepodge game this morning, but things just haven't been predictable this past few weeks.  It is my hope to get some things back as close to what was my "normal" pattern as possible and that includes blogging.

So thank you Joyce for keeping us going and always having a safe place to come every Wednesday.

1. When were you last a guest at an event or in someone's home? Tell us about it. Do you enjoy having guests in your own home? 

The last event would have been Sunday worship and attending a new Life Group this past Sunday where we recently moved our membership - Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.  We felt very comfortable and welcome.  The last event in someone's home was New Years Day lunch at our daughter's.  She had her family, minus Cassidy, who had other plans, and Chuck's parents for a delicious traditional New Years Day menu.  Needless to say, we loved being part of this gathering for the first time, and look forward to many more.

We had guests in our home yesterday.  Our long-time friends, Vicki and Marvin who live in Baton Rouge, came for a nice visit before spending the remainder of the week with their son in Ft Worth.  It was wonderful having them as our first guests in our new home.

2. What has you 'tied up in knots' currently or recently? Are you any good at tying actual knots? 

Oh my, the knots we have experienced in the long month of December with the process of selling a house, buying a house, packing a house, unpacking and all the things that go along with title companies and getting 16,000 documents approved and signed.

In the midst of all the packing, we both had a mild case of Covid which left us completely energy-less when we most needed tons of it.  When we couldn't go any further and this "get-it-done-or-else" woman hit a wall when she couldn't make a decision and cried at the drop of the hat, family stepped in and took over.

Our son and family came from Indiana, as well as my sisters from south La., one weekend and took over.  I cannot tell you what a blessing and relief this was to us.  We just wouldn't have made it without them.  They untied my knots!

Our son-in-law took care of the closing in Plano and our daughter, who lives just 10 minutes from our new home, had the house looking like new when we finally arrived with all our worldly goods on Dec. 28.  Another huge knot untied!

We are so grateful for our family who knew exactly when and what to do when we needed them the most.

And now, most of the knots of unpacking and getting settled into a new, smaller, but perfect new home, have been untied without a single fray.

This whole moving process, though sometimes full of knots and concerns, was totally orchestrated by God and one day soon, I hope to share with you all the "God winks" along the way.  For now, I simply give Him all the praise and glory!

I do not like knots and try hard to avoid any thing or one(s) that might cause them.

3. What's something you've been wanting to do and have decided 2021 will be the year you 'take the plunge'? 

Being in a new city and church opens the door to many new opportunities. In time, I will find my niche and take the plunge into something new.

4. Something in your home that's old? Something new? Something borrowed? Something blue? 

I have so many "old" things that I treasure, but perhaps the oldest are some church song books that date back to the late 1800's.  I have quilts and crochet pieces that belonged to my grandmother and no doubt some to her mother as well.

New items would be some furniture pieces in my living room.  We sold several items before we moved and just last week got our new ones delivered.  Once everything is in place - we still need a desk for Dick's office - I will share pictures of our new abode.

There is not anything borrowed because I haven't needed anything.

The only blue in my house other than in some of my abstract paintings, would be more teal than blue.  I gave all that I had to my daughter who uses that color in her home.

5. Share a favorite quote, a verse of scripture, and/or a bit of wisdom for couples getting married in this challenging and seemingly unpredictable season we're currently/still experiencing. 

Forgive!  Be patient!  Be united in Christ in order to be united to each other!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Morning breaks so amazingly in our sunroom each morning.  Dick and I are treasuring this new routine of sharing this time as we do our devotionals and start the day with the Lord and each other.

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. It's so good to hear from you and sounds as though things have settled down and y'all are settling in. I can't wait to see pics of your new place. Joyful blessings!

  2. I'm so glad you're enjoying your new home and surroundings, and have found a church home. Looking forward to seeing more pics. I am a huge fan of a sunny room in the morning. Enjoy making lots of happy memories there!

  3. True, you have been at some family gatherings. I hope someday I can go to a gathering and not wear a mask and actually hug people. Glad you like the church you went to. No doubt moving would have me in knots too! So happy for your new routine. Continued happiness in your new home.

  4. Hey Neighbor!! Sorry to hear that you had Covid. Glad you are enjoying your new home. Let's plan a lunch when things calm down. Enjoy your week. I am loving this Texas sunshine!

  5. Congratulations and thanks to the Lord for your move to Plano. I have moved 4 times since 2013 and understand the ups and downs. And then you had COVID to content with, too. Truly, the Lord has blessed you through it all. What wonderful family you have. I am glad the actual move is behind you now. I look forward to the pictures you'll share. Peace to you, dear Christian sister.

  6. I'm so glad your case of COVID was mild but I know it must have been stressful to be sick in the midst of a move! I know you are indeed thankful for your family that stepped in to help! I can't wait to see pictures of your new home. I love the sunshine in your sunroom and I really love the tall piece of art up on top of the tall bookcase!!


I do love reading your comments, so please share your thoughts with me.

Follow by Email