Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Responding With a Rosey Font

our front door in Jacksonville

Along with my blogging friends, today I'm participating in Joyce's Hodgepodge of random questions and linking up at her blog, From This Side of the Pond

1. This time last year where were you?

I was right here in Florida, just going about ordinary life. But more notably on this day exactly 3 years ago, Beloved and I were driving into Jacksonville, Florida to begin our new life as former residents of Colorado. We exchanged views of fourteeners (mountain peaks 14,000 feet high and more) for massive expansion bridges and sandy beaches. It's been a huge change and although there will always be a good place in our hearts for Colorado, we are enjoying our new home state.

Dames Point Bridge across the St. John's River
Jacksonville, Florida

2. In honor of National Pink Day (June 23rd) tell us your favorite pink food or beverage. Raspberry Sorbet. Was it on the menu at your house yesterday? No. Do you like to wear the color pink? Yes, I do, and people have told me more than once that it's a good color for me.  If we came to visit would we find this color in your home decor? Yes. See the photos below. Blush, fuschia, salmon, raspberry - your favorite shade of pink? My favorite shade of pink? I love them all. It just depends on where and how the color is being used.

These pictures are from one of our bathrooms that I call
"The Flamingo Room"
3. Stop and smell the roses, looking through rose-colored glasses, a rose by any other name, not all moonlight and roses, no rose without a thorn ... which rosy saying currently fits your life in some way? Explain.

With current events being what they are, stopping to smell the roses fits my frame of mind best. We could all use more of the pleasant stuff of life.

4. Are you a 'reader'? Do you tend to read lighter books in the summer months? Do you have a summer reading list? If so, give us a title or two.

Compared to some of my friends, I'm not much of a reader although I always have at least 2 books placed in convenient places to pick up when I fall into a chair. Last week I finished this:

and right now I'm reading this:

As you can see, I lean toward serious material.

5. Share with us one rose and one thorn from your weekend.

The thorn was the TV news; the rose was Father's Day spent with Beloved and hearing from all three of our children.

We went to church together, had lunch at a Mexican restaurant, and later in the afternoon we enjoyed ice cream at a local place recently introduced to me by my friend Jersey. 

6. Insert your own random thought here

I'm pondering this quote from Jimmy Evans, senior pastor of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex:

"Truth without grace is surgery without anesthesia, but grace without truth is a bottle with no medicine in it."

Linking up with Wednesday Hodgepodge at http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com


  1. I loved your answers, Barbara. I hope you have a great remainder of the week, friend. Waving to Tom.

  2. That last quote is pretty heavy. I need to ponder it for a while! Your and your Beloved have blessed Florida with your residence here! Nice that you heard from all of your kiddos for Father's Day. Mexican food is sure one of my favorites! Joyce has given us another good Hodgepodge!

  3. I think every time I drove over that bridge and the area just beyond to see my daughter the year she lived there it was raining VERY hard. I often wondered if it was just the right distance from the ocean for the afternoon thunderstorm to form.
    Every home needs a room with a little whimsy and I just love the little flamingo room and yes, we need pink.
    I am finding it hard to listen or stomach the news at all. I am a much more serious reader too. I do love a good fiction book, but I just like learning stuff so I tend to read lots more nonfiction these days.
    I really like that quote.

  4. I love seeing and hearing what you've been up to lately. I, for one, am so glad you decided to move to Florida and that we have actually become real friends in person as well as here in Blogland! I love your Flamingo bathroom...I used to have a lot of flamingos in my collection of "things", mostly given to me by one certain friend, but somehow I've managed to give them all away (mostly back to my one certain friend as we did this frequently as a joke.) I'm glad your flamingos have found a permanent home with you! Loved the quote. I would love to read the David Jeremiah book. I may need to look for that one. I enjoy his messages. Mostly I like to read more "light stuff", preferably with Christian authors, but fiction. It is a pleasant diversion from the real world these days. Glad Tom had a very nice Father's Day! Take care and enjoy your summertime days.

  5. I love the color pink, too, Barbara. And that quote you shared? Well, that really made me sit up and pay attention. Glad Beloved had a nice Father's Day, too.

  6. I always enjoy these hodge podge days as it helps me to know my blog friends much better.

  7. Barbara, I enjoyed reading your responses to the hodge podge questions. Lovely pictures you shared with your responses!

  8. I love the wall art in your "flamingo" bathroom. I've never driven over (or by) that bridge. It is quite beautiful though. Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

  9. So glad you are enjoying Florida. The pink in my home is very similar. I collect flamingos, vintage pink Pyrex, and Vintage Florida stuff (that usually includes flamingos too). Have a great week :)

  10. I will ponder that quote with you. I enjoyed your rosy font post. Glad you had a nice Father's Day. Being in church again is so good! Happy summer to you!

  11. Barbara, your Father's Day sounds perfect! I love a pastel pink. Such a wonderful quote at the end of your post!!

  12. I hope we get to visit Florida one day! I've never been there.

    Thanks for sharing that quote.
    Nice to visit you on the Hodgepodge. God bless you.

  13. Great quote! I read serious books too. Love all of your pink and the ice cream looks delicious. Have a great week :)

  14. So you are newer residents of Florida!! I could go for some Raspberry Sorbet right now. You're a flamingo person, so is my sister in law. Those sounds like good books. Sounds like a nice Father's Day. Very brave to go eat at a restaurant.

  15. Sounds like you had fun celebrating Father's day. We hiked at Blue Run Park and that made our day special. It sure is HOT this week! Stay safe and cool! Hugs!

  16. I *love* that quote at the end. Truth.

    It's so nice that you took that time with your grandson, what a joy! I think it's nice you are meeting nice neighbors, that's great.

    I hope you are having a purposeful and sweet day!

    Blessings! A hug!


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