Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Springing Through March

Welcome to Spring

Thank you to Joyce for our weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Why do you blog?  Have your reasons changed over time?

This really is a good question and one I often ask myself.  Originally, I did it as an avenue for creative expression and to occupy my mind in retirement.  My friend, Lea from CiCi's Corner encouraged me and helped me get started.

Why do I continue?  I think it is for the same reason that I began - it is a way of sharing what is going on in my life and that of my family, it is something to look forward to doing each week, and it is still a creative outlet.

Although my reasons have not changed, my focus has.  In the beginning I envisioned my blog being more image, fashion and decorating centered.  That didn't last long once I decided to share the wonderful things that were going on in our life such as grandchildren, trips, events, etc.  I have also enjoyed just writing what was on my mind any particular day.

I am doing much less posting now which allows me to think about other ways to be creative.

2. What's a typical Friday night look like at your house?

Friday nights aren't any different than most other weekday nights for us.  We typically eat a home-cooked meal and try to find something interesting on TV.

3.  Do you like donuts?  Your favorite kind?  How often do you treat yourself to a donut?  Have you ever made homemade donuts?

Yes, I love a good donut.

My favorite donut got its start in 1937 in Shreveport, Louisiana in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hargove.  When we lived there, it was a special treat to run by the local store on Saturday mornings. 

Part of the early Southern Maid tradition was a large sponsorship for several years of the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, Louisiana. An interesting note: Elvis did the only commercial of his life for any product on November 6th, 1954 for Southern Maid Donuts. He sang the jingle. "You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot, Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M." Elvis frequented the Shreveport store for donuts on his visits to the Louisiana Hayride, but it is unsure what impact his jingle might have had on the business.

How often do I eat a donut?  I haven't had one in too may years to remember, and no, I have never attempted to make them.

4.  How do you feel about shopping?  Are you an online shopper?  Catalog shopper?  Brick and mortar shopper?  Do you order groceries online or prefer to select items with your own two hands?

I am not a shopper!  I have no interest in walking the aisles for anything.  Thankfully, Dick enjoys grocery shopping so that is his task.

I do shop occasionally online and prefer it that way.

5.  Next week's Hodgepodge finds us somehow in the month of April, which just so happens to National Poetry Month.  Sum up (or tell us something about) your month of March in the form of a limerick.  You can do it!

There was a third month called March,
And the calendar was filled to the brink.
It went by ever so fast that I hardly had time to blink,
Oh this windy, cold, busy month of March.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Last Saturday night we were invited, along with a number of other couples to attend the 2023 First Liberty Dallas Legacy Dinner held at the renowned Hilton Anatole Hotel.  This was an adventure all its own. It has a very heavy Asian theme, and there are objects of art on every wall and around every corner and there are many corners.  Trust the testimony of my feet.

Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO spoke about the wonderful things First Liberty has accomplished.  Their motto is, "Fighting 
For What Matters Most" and that is religious freedom.

You will recognize many of the cases they have taken before the Supreme Court such as Coach Joe Kennedy who recently won his case to pray on his football field after a seven year battle.  It was so encouraging to learn that they are winning over 90% of their cases for schools, faith-based nonprofits and ministries, pastors, students, military service members and Americans who have been challenged in living out their faith.

The guest speaker was Mike Pompeo and he did an excellent job of explaining his roles as Director of the CIA and Secretary of State in the Trump administration.  Such a strong man of great faith. We were each given a copy of his book, "Never Give an Inch" which I highly recommend.  And, if you don't happen to recognize him, its because he has lost a ton of weight.  Perhaps in anticipation of running for President?  We will have to wait and see on that, but he may very well have my vote.

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. Looks like an exciting get-together! I think it's interesting that there was even a problem with praying on the field. I see athletes 'give it up to God' all the time. Personally, I think they had a problem with ahem a specific type of person doing it. Hopefully I'm being coy enough and not sounding awful. LOL.

  2. How nice to enjoy that special evening with friends. Interesting times we are living in. I just read a book called Brave By Faith by Alistair Begg which was a good read for such a time as this. Blessings!

  3. I didn't know that Elvis never did commercials (except that one). What a fun and interesting fact to "know and tell."

  4. Sounds like a wonderful event in a beautiful venue. I'd love to see all the Asian art. I like that aesthetic. Have a great day!

  5. How interesting about the Legacy Dinner! It looks like an exciting and encouraging time, and I'm glad for the work of the organization and others like it that fight for our freedoms. We certainly need to be in prayer for our nation and the world in these days. Visiting from the hodgepodge today!

  6. Awe, so glad I could play a small part in your blogging adventure. What a lovely affair and you and Dick look lovely as well. We'll be in our recliners tomorrow night (as we are most nights) watching those LSU girls play and Kim Mulkey coach. So, so entertaining!

  7. My answer was pretty much the same for #2. What an interesting story about those donuts. How fun. I liked your limerick as well.

  8. Yes, it is fun to share what is going on in our lives and hope that someday other family members will read them. Very interesting about the donuts. I prefer shopping online too. Yes, the months are flying by too quickly. You random sounds like a nice event. Thanks for sharing.


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