1. When were you last ‘on a mountaintop’? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.
The last time I felt as if I were on a mountaintop was in the summer of 2011. It was immediately after all of the stress of Brad and Jennifer’s wedding was over. I was still basking in my feeling of relief, when I learned our oldest son, Brett, and his wife were expecting another baby! (They’d known a while, but kept it a secret, so as not to take anything away from the wedding excitement.) Our grandson, Caden, came walking in wearing a little t- shirt that read “I’m going to be a big brother!” I wish I had my reaction on film. I’m sure it was priceless!
The last time I was literally close to being on a mountaintop was during the summer of 2010, when we rented a cabin in the mountains of Helen, Georgia. Ed and I hiked up to Anna Ruby Falls while we were there.
Anna Ruby Falls
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?
Yes, we have a household budget, and we are working toward becoming debt free. I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet on a budget with tax increases, health insurance premium increases, and the rising prices of food and gas! So frustrating!
My financial advice to anyone just starting out is “Be patient and don’t get too deeply into debt. You can’t have everything at once, and you will appreciate things more when they don’t come so quickly.” Also, “Pay yourself first–into a retirement account.” I know you think you have plenty of time because retirement seems to be light-years away, but time passes quicker than you think!
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, but I don’t love cherries. I’d love to have a piece of cherry pie though!
4. Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know?
Probably not. Both topics are often guaranteed to make some sparks fly–even among friends, if they don’t agree.
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 always prefer to be the passenger. Our last road trip was to Florida to visit my brother and his wife.
6. If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?
I have more black and blue than any other color in my closet, but actually, red is my favorite color.
7. Who’s your favorite senior citizen and why are they special?
My favorite senior citizen is my mother-in-law. She’s been in my life since I met Ed, at age fifteen. For many reasons, my MIL has always been like a second mother to me. I’ll never forget the many things she’s taught me throughout my life, or the kindness and generosity she’s shown our entire family.
Yesterday, I wrote an update about my “feathered friends”, the chickens. Some people suggested that I have Ed take a photograph of me holding the girls. I will do that as soon as time and weather permits. In the meantime, here’s an older photo, taken last summer. The girls are so much bigger than this now! Also, some people asked if the odd-shaped egg tasted or looked any different. No, the egg looked and tasted exactly the same. I’d wondered about that, too! Thanks for all of your comments!
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