Hit the Road Hodgepodge

Speaking of travel the photo above is of me behind the waterfall in the pool at our son’s Airbnb in Arizona a week ago, sigh.

Jo From This Side of the Pond has come up with the weekly questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you, Jo! Click on over to join in on the fun.

1. Have you done more binge watching this past year than in ‘normal’ years? Any plans to break that habit in 2021? Tell us one or two shows you binged last year that you really liked. 

Our satellite connection for tv and the internet is temperamental and works better some parts of the month over other times. When it is working well we’ll binge some of our favorite shows on Acorn or BritBox. Since many of the British seasons are 4 to 8 episodes it’s not tough to binge. We’ve enjoyed Murder in Paradise, and we always enjoy going back to Midsomer Murders and the Great British Baking Show. Murder in Paradise had a new season in 2020 and we binge watched it. We enjoy other shows like Endeavor and Vera, too. If in 2021 there are any new seasons of these shows we’ll watch them when the internet is working well.

2. January 26th is Australia Day. Have you ever visited or lived in Australia?


Have you ever tasted Vegemite, and if so what did you think? 

No thank you.

Is a trip down under on your bucket list?

No and I’ll tell you why…it would take far too long on an airplane to get there. If I could afford business or first class with the opportunity to lie down flat for much of the trip I might consider it.

We answered a question about travel three months ago (the October 21st Hodgepodge), but let’s revisit now…where are you when it comes to planning or even imagining travel this year? 

Our youngest niece on Dear’s side of the family is getting married on October 1st of this year in North Carolina. We are planning and imagining what a road trip from Washington State to North Carolina would look like with possible stops at some National Parks on the way. On the way back we are considering a route that would take us through Dallas to visit my youngest brother’s family then home via Colorado with a detour to some National Parks in Utah, Lord willing.

3. Something that zaps your energy?

Unconfessed sin, misunderstandings and confrontations.

Something that energizes you? 

Planning a trip, Spring, having company.

4. On a scale of 1-10 what are your eating habits like these days? (1=all junk food all the time and 10= juicing every green thing in the frig)

Dear says, “we’ve been juicing all the junk food in the fridge”. Haha.

I’m gonna say we are a 5 in eating habits these days.

Healthiest meal you’ve eaten in the last week or so? 

White meat chicken tacos with corn tortillas that weren’t fried with cabbage.

5. What’s your most often ‘Back in my day….’ thing to say? 

Back in my day we did not have cell phones to call anyone.

This phrase comes up a lot, “well we didn’t have cell phones then”.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Psalm 39:1 (ESV)

Consider joining in for Truth from A to Z, a Bible verse challenge for Thursdays on my blog. Tomorrow we are on the letter R. You don’t need a blog for this challenge.

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15 thoughts on “Hit the Road Hodgepodge

  1. Hello, Ellen
    Cute photo of you in the pool.
    I miss traveling and road trips. I am looking forward to our first long road trip! Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Oh what a treat to swim in a warm pool – so glad you were able to take that trip! I always enjoy your answers but the one that hit me with such truth is #3! Your travel plans in the Fall sound wonderful – will you be getting an RV for that trip?

    • Rosella, An RV would be fun but we are going in our smaller vehicle that gets good gas mileage. 🙂 We’ll have to find lodging at each stop. For the wedding we are looking into a large Airbnb for us and any of our kids that fly out to N.C. Hope all is well. Are you in your new digs?

      • Sounds like a great road trip and so fun to plan. Thought you might be camping since you are planning to visit some National Parks. We are just starting to slowly move some things to the new house. Hope to be in by mid-Feb.

  3. Hi Ellen,
    Your trip sounds like a great idea. Northern Wisconsin probably is not on the route, but if it ever is, I would be happy to share some of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets. 🙂

  4. You are making me want to drive out to Phoenix TODAY! A lovely swimming pool and warm weather in January!
    We might be right in your path for an overnight on your way to North Carolina! And we have a guest room 🙂
    Oh yeah, I forgot about “we didn’t have cell phones then”. Definitely something we say here, too.

  5. Oh, that “random thought” stopped me in my tracks. Praying that prayer . . .

    Your travel plans sound exciting! That’s a lot of ground to cover! You’ll be enjoying sweet family time and you’ll see some amazing sights . . . win-win!

  6. I have thought it would be fun to visit several national parks. There is so much beauty to see!
    I would agree that misunderstandings and confrontations zap my energy as well, didn’t think about that.
    See you tomorrow!

  7. It is always interesting to read your replies to these questions, Ellen. We also enjoy watching Midsommer Murders and now we are watching the PBS All Creatures Great and Small–a charming show.

    Your fall cross country trip sounds like fun, especially if you can fit in some national parks along the way

  8. We are hoping to do a ‘road trip’ out west in 2022. I’m going to begin the planning soon. I don’t think we’ll drive from SC, but will probably fly into a city out west, rent a car, and go from there. I enjoy the planning. I’m close to NC if you need tips or suggestionss…I know the south very well.

  9. Ellen – the trip we most want to do is to visit my hubby’s family in the UK – MAYBE in late October. We have been watching Bay, Coyote, Turn, Cobra Kai, New Tricks. Of course, I am always multi-tasking – blogging, stitching – I can’t just watch TV. Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Your road trip, yes, yes, yes you should do it! You’ll see some spectacular scenery and truly experience God’s creation! This really is a beautiful country. It’s been 2 or 3 years ago (time goes so fast) that we drove from Seattle to Philadelphia. Then up to Maine and back to Philly. Then back home again. We had such a great time and may do it again this fall when we move our daughter and her soon-to-be husband out here!

    I love that picture of you behind the waterfall! What a fun Airbnb!!

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