Directional Hodgepodge

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.

When I drive somewhere I’ll never forget how to get there again. When I’m in the middle of a large city I need help knowing which way is what when looking at a map. I always depend on Dear or our daughter Katie to point me in the right direction. I’m not afraid to ask directions. So I’ll say 5!

I would be lost in the London Underground without these two getting me on the correct train!

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

I love maps and look at them frequently, especially when planning a road trip. I looked at a map last week.

back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.

I’ll choose “Go West Young Man” even though it’s not on the list because I wrote a paper about Horace Greeley when I was in junior high school and he was credited with popularizing this phrase. He was a newspaper editor and author. Greeley favored westward expansion. (1811-1872)

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical?

Hmmm…I think it was 50-50. When I wake up in the morning Dear has been up for a few hours already and he is ready to have a listening ear and then I have to remind him I really can’t listen to a technical description of how the gears work in a starter and why the car didn’t start up this morning before I’ve had my morning coffee. When I’ve been up for a while I might take over on the talking.

Describe your yesterday in one word.

Staging: We have a realtor coming over Wednesday morning to check out our property and give us an assessment and suggestions on selling our home.

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?

Oh boy, you are hitting us hard this week. I’ll say water-power-resources. I have a long way to go to be a conservationist.

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

The simple answer is no. I was in college before I took my first plane trip with a friend.

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

We did take a few road trips and those were always north from Los Angeles to Central California, San Francisco and Oregon. The black and white above is from Crater Lake. We always visited friends or family and stayed in their homes when we traveled unless we were camping. We had a few camping trips to Big Bear and a camping trip to San Clemente State beach.

I remember getting up in the “rear package shelf” of the car to look up at the sky as we drove along. When in 6th grade my teacher noticed I had trouble seeing the black board and suggested to my parents to get my eyes checked. I was nearsighted. When I got my first pair of glasses I was amazed at how clear things were when driving in the car.

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

I would love to grow avocados (tree). I enjoy a variety of dishes that are great with avocado and a favorite treat is avocado on toast.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of road trips, we are tripping over to this little girls house soon.

Looking forward to some cuddle time and seeing all she’s learned since our last visit together.

Linking up with Joyce From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments. I do appreciate each one.

10 thoughts on “Directional Hodgepodge

  1. Hello, great answers. You post has my thoughts and prayers are for those victims of the California wildfires. I love road trips. Usually I am the driver and hubby is the navigator and map user. I do look at the maps sometimes, we also have the GPS. Do you know where you will be moving too? Your granddaughter is adorable, cute photo. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  2. Loved your post. Loved that sweet baby picture. I have a family shot at a car from back in the late 50s. Dropping in from Hodge Podge.

  3. My directional abilities are very low. : ) I would give myself a 2! I asked my husband and he gave me a two also. He always tells me I’m directionally challenged.

    • It’s very helpful that the little one pictured at the end of this post lives in an area where the cost of living is a lot lower than Seattle. That’s where we are looking to move. You are very perceptive. Since Dear stopped working sooner than we had anticipated we won’t be able to afford to stay in the Seattle area for too long, especially not be able to retire here.

  4. I think I might be a 5 on the sense of direction scale too. I used to be the navigator on road trips. My dad would hand me the map and I’d tell him where to turn and how many miles and how far to the next town, etc. Now, I wonder if he didn’t already know what route he was taking and just allowed me to learn and feel helpful. Hmmm . . . Maybe I’ll ask him.

    Just after we took our road trip to Maine when our son lived there, Bekah had an eye exam and we found that she really needed to wear glasses. It still makes me sad that she missed seeing so much on that trip!

    Addy is growing so! That is a darling picture of her. She looks like she is totally sacked out. I know you’re looking forward to seeing her soon.

  5. First and foremost your little cuddle bug is beautiful. Have a safe trip and savor your time with her. Also I’ve noticed a consensus brewing on the talk/listen question. My experience tells me the consensus is incorrect. My survival instincts prevents me from explaining why.
    Thanks for visiting my blog page.

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