Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Backward Forward Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge.
1.  What do you wish you'd done more of last year?  Less of?

I'm not one to look back and regret; however I do wish I had read more, loved better, been more patient, enjoyed each day more.

Less of?  Eating chocolate ice cream at night, using a sharp tongue, sour attitude

2.  What's the tallest building you've ever been in?  Do you have a fear of heights?

I'm sure I have stayed in hotels taller but the Reunion Tower in Dallas is the most memorable.  We visited it shortly after it was completed in 1978.  At 561 ft, this observation tower is only the 15th tallest in the city, but it does command quite a presence and provides a 360 degree vista of the city.

At night it is spectacular.

I don't fear heights but let's just say I don't enjoy them.

3.  Do you have a word for the year?  Elaborate if you'd like to elaborate.

I haven't specifically chosen a word, but I always try to remember the word "JOY!" 

4.  January 11 is National Milk Day...are you a milk drinker?

Yes, I have always been a big milk lover.  While in college I lived with a lady whose family owned a dairy farm and she would have fresh milk with lots of cream on top in the frig every morning.  I over indulged!

 What kind?

These days I only drink Almond milk with a bit of chocolate milk added for good measure.

  Your favorite recipe that calls for milk (cereal doesn't count)?

I don't have a favorite, but anything with Sweetened Condensed Milk works for me.

5.  What excites you most about the future?

There is no doubt the expectation of having two great-grandbabies in 2022 is about as exciting as it gets at our house.

What do you miss about the past?

The past I most miss are the childhood days in rural Louisiana where everyone was family, we could catch crayfish in the ditch, explore as far in the woods as we wished, climb trees, and sleep outside without a care in the world.  My only concern was if my dad would discover I had "borrowed" one of his cigarettes.

Seriously, I do miss those days when there weren't so many major things to weigh us down and create fear and dread.  That being said, I did grow up in the days of the fear of the Communists bombing us at any time, and knowing there was no way we could ever have a bomb shelter.

  Although I do not cater to fear or dread, I see the affects of that on so many around me.  It is truly debilitating to them.  Yes, I miss the 'good old days."

6.  Insert you own random thought here.

I finally got a couple paintings done this week.  I will take them to the consignment store tomorrow and we will see if anyone thinks they are worth paying for.  I have fallen in love with abstract florals.

Blooms & Blossoms

Hydrangeas & Lilies

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 agree that I too should have been more patient; I find I get so exasperated with my kids and it doesn't help.

  2. Libby, your paintings are lovely. I think they will sell! Joy is good! Your year will be filled with joy with those precious great-grands making their appearance in the world! Blessings!

  3. I miss the good 'ole' days...things seemed so much easier and people were more helpful and kind. Your paintings are beautiful

  4. your paintings are lovely!!! I really like your "more of/less of" answers. I wish I had loved better and I wish I had not said a cross word all year. I can think of those answers this morning but last night I was so tired when I was posting.

  5. Dropping in from the Hodgepodge and I enjoyed your answers. Wow 2 great grandbabies - that is definitely exciting. Our grandkids are still young (eldest will be 5 this year) so a long way to go for us yet. Your paintings are lovely. I'm sure they will sell.

  6. Yum on the ice cream. We have a favorite vanilla from Costco but only have a small cone maybe 2 times a month. I like almond milk and use it to make oatmeal or eat a heart healthy cereal. Two new babies is going to be such a blessing to all of you. I love your paintings. It's been nice seeing them on Facebook. Have a nice weekend.

  7. I enjoyed your answers. Congrats on the great grandbabies. Your paintings are gorgeous! WOW!

  8. The paintings are amazing! I remember the drills from 2nd grade. Here's an interesting fact: I actually have a bomb shelter in my home. The original owner worked in Oak Ridge and he wanted to make sure his family was safe. But...there's no door and I'm not sure that there ever was one!


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