Roadtrip Hodgepodge

The folks at This Side of the Pond have a meme called Wednesday Hodgepodge. Here is my entry for today ...

1. When were you last 'on a mountaintop'? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.
Brings back a frightening time driving to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado one summer. It began to snow and the road got slick as we got close to the top. The turn around was scary.
2. Do you establish and maintain a strict budget in your household? What is one piece of financial advice you would offer someone just starting out on their own?
I have always had a budget and have tried to live within my means. I was able to retire early because I planned ahead. In life I have found that we either control our money or it controls us.
3. Cherries-yay or nay? Cherry pie, cherry cola, black forest cake, or a scoop of Ben and Jerry's Cherries Garcia...pick one.
I like Cherry Pepsi but rarely drink pop anymore.
4. Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?
Love people first and earn the privilege of discussing your faith and your political views. Before that talk about the weather.
5. When you take a road trip do you prefer to be the driver or the passenger? Where were you headed on your last road trip?
I do all of the driving in our ramp enabled bigfoot van. Last road trip was to Chicago when Ann had the stem cell transplant. Hoping to do a long road trip this Spring.
6. If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?
Blue as in blue jeans. I did recently buy a brown corduroy sports jacket.
7. Who's your favorite senior citizen and why are they special?
Ann's mom turns 97 this year. She is who I aspire to be. A godly person who has aged well. Though she has difficulty seeing, hearing and walking she stays positive and does not complain. She is an amazing woman of faith.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
My pick to win the Oscar on Sunday is the Silver Linings Playbook. Lincoln will probably beat it out though. I rarely agree with Hollywood on such things.
Let me know if you play along or how you might answer any of these.


  1. I do like the mountains but I know that there have been a few times when I can do without the drive along the cliffs! Way to go on planning ahead and retiring early. I stopped drinking soda about 15 years ago. Never did go for cherry! 97...that is amazing! I can't wait to watch the Oscar's on Sunday and Silver Linings Playbook is the best movie this year but with the competition this year it won't get it's just awards!

  2. There is so much to be said for people who don't complain, who always see the bright side. Your special senior sounds special indeed : )

    I enjoyed so many of the nominated movies this year. We liked Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Les Mis, Life of Pi, and especially Argo. I imagine Daniel Day Lewis will win best actor. It will be fun to watch since we've seen so many of the films. Glad you joined in this was fun to read your answers.

  3. Thanks Debbie and Joyce for the inspiration! I liked reading your answers too!

  4. Your answer to #4 is perfect; love people first!

    I like your van! I want a red one (because I'll give up my sports car, hut not the color) but I want a side entry one like that, with hand controls so I CAN drive! LOL


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