Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. When were you last 'on a mountaintop'? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.We went on a family vacation to Colorado in the summer of 2011. I enjoyed seeing the beauty of the mountains on that trip. We drove up some. Here is a picture I found looking down into the Royal Gorge that I took while we were in Colorado.

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? My husband and I went through Financial Peace University several years ago.  We started using cash and envelopes for every day purchases.  I was amazed how it seemed we had more money when I actually budgeted a certain amount for each area using cash.  The idea is when the cash is gone you are done spending in that area until the next pay day.  So the cash part is budgeted out each month and divided into envelopes.  

One piece of financial advice I would give is to not use credit cards.  I could write a long post about this.  We used to have one for purchases that we'd pay off each month.  We don't even do that now. 

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 cherries on cheesecake but not to just eat by themselves.  I'd choose cherry pie of those choices.

4. Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?  I'd say no. Hard question though and depends on the situation.  I don't normally talk to people I don't know much. 

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?
Passenger;  It was a short trip but we went on Sunday to pick up our boy from his visit with Gramma.   
6. If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?   Probably purple.

7. Who's your favorite senior citizen and why are they special? 
This question makes me smile and a couple came to mind.  One is a man from our church, Mr. Ben.  He will be 89 this year I believe.  He has so many stories and always carries pictures in his pocket to show.  Many of them are of his wife from their early dating days.  I have enjoyed hearing his stories.  Another is Ms. Eleanore.  She is the mother of a couple of my blogging friends.  I have never met her in real life but feel like I know her from writing to her the past couple of years. 

And let me add a little plug here if seniors are special to your heart:  I am part of a group that sends cheer mail to seniors.  The commitment is to send one card per week to a senior on our list.  This may not sound like much, but let me tell you it is amazing the difference it makes!  My Meemaw was on our mailing list for the past few years.  She always talked about the mail she received from the group, and it really cheered and brightened her days.  Seniors are often so lonely and receive little company and many cannot get out.  If you are interested, let me know and I'll send you the link with  more information. :) 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
We were supposed to go on a 3rd grade field trip today but it got cancelled because of the weather.  It is cold and supposed to storm.  They are hoping to reschedule for later in the spring.  I hope they can!  My boy was disappointed to not get to go!

Have a day of blessings!


Julia Gibson said...

The picture from Colorado is beautiful! Your poor son! I hope they reschedule too! I bet he was bummed. And, I would love the link on the senior citizen card brigade.

Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love the mountains. I lived in Illinois for 38 years before moving to California. To this day I never get bored at seeing the mountains each morning. Our children grew up here and don't have the same appreciation for them. I agree, credit cards are the devil. Now that is a really sweet group you belong to sending cards to seniors. ((HUGS))

Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers! Love the idea about sending the cards to the Seniors. How special!
until next time...nel

Joyce said...

Quite a few special seniors came to mind for me too. Each have touched my life in some way.

I love dad grew up there and we loved visiting my grandparents farm when I was a kid. So beautiful!

Lighthousegal said...

Your photo from Colorado is beautiful.
I really like the Cheer Mail idea. What a great thing to do.

Kara said...

I really love that idea of sending mail to seniors! We have a secret sister thing at our church where us younger ones are paired with an older lady. But they don't know who we are, so we anonymously send cards and little things to them throughout the year, then reveal ourselves at the end of a year's time. The older ladies really seem to enjoy it. I do too for that matter. :) Anyway, I would love more info on that mailing list. Not sure if you need my email address or what but here is it in case: flowersofquiethappiness (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks! :)