On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Hodgepodge Traveler

Hodgepodge Fun!

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

If I was the driver and was paying attention, I might be able to find it blindfolded ten years later, but probably I would need to refresh my memory. I am fairly good with my sense of direction. So I give myself a 6!

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!)

When we were in Branson earlier this year I remember looking at the city map to see what attractions there were and their location on the map.

back east, down south, out west, up north
Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it. 

Down south comes up in conversation on Monday nights because two couples are from the north and two from the south. We often compare notes on how things were growing up, traditional foods, and pronunciations of certain words ... like pēənē and pēˌkan! Down south we say pee-on-ee and pəˈkän! (Translation: peony and pecan, ya'll.)

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday?

Is that typical? No.
Describe your yesterday in one word. Enlightening.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that? 

Probably time. I know it's all right to take a rest, but sometimes I feel I'm not as productive as I could or should be. There are many tasks, but I would much rather do a Bible study, read, or blog than do things such as weed out closets, etc. Right now I'm thinking seriously I need to bear down and look at the status of whether we are prepared enough for whatever comes, i.e., finances, long term care and so on. And so, as I write this, I am in the process of taking those necessary steps. 

4. Did  your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? 

Kind of. Our road trips were usually always to visit family in NW Arkansas. We would stay with and visit them and all of us take little trips to Branson or Eureka Springs, the nearby tourist places. 

Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood. 

Our first and only "real" road trip as a family was the opposite direction of Arkansas: Six Flags Over Texas! What fun we had! I was 14, my sister 12 and my brother was 5. We stayed at a motel called the Jolly Roger and I remember how bad the water tasted! Lol! I know we enjoyed the trip, but four to five hours or so in the car was a little too much for a family of five in our 1959 Impala with no AC! 

I remember another road trip with our family and my aunt and uncle and my cousin, Lonnie. Four adults and four children traveled together one summer in a 1957 Chevrolet from Arkansas to Illinois to visit an aunt and her family. We drove all through the night because we would have died from heatstroke if we had driven in the day. Dinah Shore used to sing, "See the USA in your Chevrolet!" I don't think that's what she had in mind. 

Our little family after one of those short trips!

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? 

A vegetable garden. 
Why? I think these days it would be wise to grow your own food and put it up for future use. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Our daughter and her family took a road trip this weekend to visit us and all the family went together to the Great Wolf Lodge. That's an experience the kids love and it made my heart happy to see them all so excited and having such a great time! I joined in the fun and rode the big tubes with them. We had a blast screaming our heads off! Everybody wants to go again ... soon!

Waiting patiently for time to go.

Excited little wolf cubs!

This place is huge! 


Katie Clooney said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend packed with fun. Hope you have a restful week!

Joyce said...

There are a few things I need to look at that I set aside because they boggle my brain, long term care policies being one of them. Hope you get those tasks accomplished, and I'm sure it will feel good to have them off your plate. Looks like a fun weekend with family! Have a great day!

Chatty Crone said...

Are you near North Carolina? My friends go to that lodge unless there are a couple of them. I know how much you love family and you sure do get to see them a lot! Nice.

NanaDiana said...

I am glad you went and enjoyed the water park, Connie. Did you use the lazy river at all?
I love the vernacular used in different parts of our country.
In WI we have 'bubblers' rather than water fountains. lol
Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday- xo Diana

Elizabeth Day said...

Yes, our trips were similar. Our trips always involved being with family and that's pretty much the way it still is with us. Why go anywhere there isn't family, right? Looks like you all had a wonderful time together last weekend. My little one has already requested that we go to Paradise Bakery after Friday's event. Ever been?


Oh Lord. I think that couch and those curtains in your family shot were in my grandmother's house? Is it possible? Loved your responses. Have another enlightening day.

Susie said...

Nonnie, I remember a road trip with my family when we were kids...Our fast food was daddy slicing some spam and making sandwiches in the car as mom drove. The spam and a stalk of celery was it. LOL. Oh to go back to that day and say thank you for this memory to my parents. :):) I love the wolf lodge, I have never been , but granddaughter Emma went and told me all about it. Cute cubs. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
p.s. I always love to see the old snapshots .

Debbie said...

A couple of my kids and their families have been to one of those Great Wolf Lodges and had sooo much fun. What a great idea that was! Oh remember the days with no AC and traveling anywhere? How did we survive? lol Enjoy the rest of your week!

Lea said...

We've never been to Great Wold, we've always opted to go to the Gaylord across the street. I think it's probably a whole lot quieter since their water fun if outside and not inside. :o)) Road trips and no a/c, something our kids and Grans will never know about. What memories!

Terri D said...

I had to chuckle at that picture of your family...your folks look exhausted!! Glad you all had a great time at the Great Wolf Lodge! It does look like a fun place to go with little ones!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I waste so much time. I really need a push these days to be productive!! I agree with your garden. I've never canned anything but would like to try. I've heard wonderful things about Great Wolf Lodge. Glad you had a nice time. Enjoyed the pictures!