Wednesday, October 12, 2022

A Non-Brainy Autumn


It's all about Autumn on the blog today and I do love all things Fall.

1.  Thursday (Oct 13) is National Train Your Brain Day.  What do you do to keep your brain in tip top shape?  Is it helping?

I feel that the operative word here is "KEEP" as it implies my brain was at some point in tip top shape.  What would that even look like for me?

Oh well, keeping it all in perspective and assuming that at some point my brain did actually function in tip top shape, I doubt very seriously that it is there at this particular point in time.

In order to keep my brain function from further decline, I read, paint, exercise, play mentally stimulating games on the computer and iPad, maintain a blog and compose a quarterly newsletter for our HOA, and serve on said Board of Directors.  I also attend a very stimulating women's Bible Study with women who are mentally acute and stimulating themselves.  My husband and I also attend a weekly Bible Study that is on the par of a seminary course.  We listen to and read the writings of scholars in fields that we have interests.  I volunteer one day a week at our Pregnancy Center.

I think the people with whom we surround ourselves can be one of the greatest ways to keep our mind in tip top shape.

Is it helping?  I suppose it is because I still know my name and address.

2.  You can sit with anyone in the world and 'pick their brain'...whom do you choose?  Tell us why?

I'm assuming this person needs to be currently alive, so I will go with Joel Rosenberg, author, speaker who formerly served with the then Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.  He spoke in our church several months ago.

Why?  He is one of the most knowledgeable people of the ever shifting landscape of the Middle East and capable writers to explain it.  Having moved his family to Israel several years ago, he has met with some of the most complex and controversial world leaders.  His fiction books have been prophetic and one of his most recent non-fiction, "Enemies and Allies" tells about many of these meetings. 

3.  What's something happening in the world (or your corner of it) right now that you have trouble 'wrapping your brain around'?

WOKEISM!  A No-Brain Issue

For the life of me, I cannot 'wrap my brain around' why anyone, with or without common sense, or any sense at all, would think the concepts and teachings of this ideology is good for the human race. (Or the political party that supports/promotes it) It is the most destructive, divisive, demeaning, evil and selfish movement to ever come out of America.  The empires of Babylon, Persia, Greek, and Rome, not to mention Nazi Germany, fell because of a very similar belief system and so will America if God doesn't intervene.

4.  On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall in the pumpkin fan club?  (1=blech, 10=make it all pumpkin all the time)  Tell us something delicious you've tasted recently that had some pumpkin in it somewhere.

I much prefer my pumpkins as decorative items and not on my fork or scenting my home, so that would put me at a 1=blech.

5.  Share a favorite song, book, or movie with an autumn title, setting, or vibe.

The song "Autumn Leaves" was one of my favorite solos to sing back in the '60's.  Movies would be "Autumn in New York,"  "Hunt for Red October," and my favorite "You've Got Mail."

My most favorite recent picture with an autumn setting is Granddaughter Ava Grace all dressed up for her sophomore homecoming prom picture.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

While contemplating the current state of my brain, I came across an article on home decor and whether the things I have in my house screams "Granny Chic."  I do wonder though how bad a "Great Granny Chic" might be.

If you are the least bit concerned about the vibes your decor is putting off, you may want to check out this link.

The cherry wood furniture was a big shocker for me.  How did you fare?

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. 100% with you on woke. It makes no literal sense and is founded in nothing real. It's all made up!

  2. I am not a fan of pumpkin, either. The whole wokeism...nope! Your granddaughter is beautiful.

  3. Beautiful ladies -- both you and your Ava Grace!
    That's a great observation about surrounding ourselves with the kind of people who encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves. Come to think of it, the gals in our Bible study are a lot like that. Even my son cuts me no slack, lol.
    Finally, AMEN to your commentary on WOKE-ism; I grieve for the world our grandchildren will inherit.

  4. It seems everyone you talk to is tired of the woke but we cannot seem to break free of it's tentacles. It touches everything now and gets a little bit crazier every day. I can feel anxious for my grandchildren but I know they were made for such a time and God is on His throne. Your girls are all so lovely!

  5. Yep, I'm with you on the craziness of Wokeism. You are really doing a lot of good things to keep your brain engaged! Well done. Sweet photo of your granddaughter. I'll have to click over now and see how Granny chic I am!

  6. First of all, you look great in fall colors!! I just went to the granny chic article and I do have granite countertops but they aren't too speckly. Your granddaughter is lovely!

  7. Your comment on number three is what so many are thinking but don't have the guts to say. You pulled no punches. Very nice.

    And I don't know about the Granny Chic thing. I'm very afraid to look. I think I'm more at "Redneck Granny" at this point, even though I'm far from being a granny.

  8. I'm impressed with all that you do. Way to go! Love your answer for #3. Love your choice of movies. Ava Grace looks beautiful. Heading over to the link you shared. Hope your weekend is going well.


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