Author Archives: Ginny Marie

Puttering Around

The word of the day is “putter.” Putter: to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner (Dictionary.com)

I have been puttering around the house today.

Washing my hands.

Throwing together warm water, oil, salt, flour and yeast in the bread maker.

Going through a pile of papers that are from an activity that has passed.

Stepping down to the basement to see what printer ink I need to order from Amazon.

Wait, what did I touch? I feel the need to wash my hands again. My hands are chapped! (That’s a shout-out to my cousin Suzanne, who started a fun and productive email exchange with our family with that title.)

Running the water to fill a pot and put it on the stove.

Walking down the stairs to look for the laundry basket in the basement

Whoops, it’s already upstairs!

Washing my hands again to throw some noodles in a pot of boiling water.

Puttering around, doing little things that need doing, without doing much at all.

All this puttering reminded me of one of my favorite series of books that I used to read to my daughter: Mr. Putter and Tabby! And so I wondered; did I ever blog about Mr. Putter and Tabby?

Indeed I did! And I found the cutest pictures of my two, and discovered that yes, I did do fun things with my kids!

I even let them decorate their own pink cupcakes! Check out this link to see their cupcakes: Cupcake Help

Stay well, my friends!

The world is staying home…

Today I watched a movie. A whole movie, just like that, in the middle of the day.

The movie was Julie & Julia; Julia, of course, is the famous chef Julia Child, who my children have never heard about. Julie is a blogger, who blogged for a whole year and made every recipe in that year from Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In the movie, so it goes, cooking helped both women find a purpose in their lives.

One of the first scenes of the movie shows Julie’s husband helping her start a blog on Blogger. I remember clicking the a similar button when I was a stay-at-home mom when I needed to something, ANYTHING, more than just cleaning, cooking and changing diapers! (Now that I’m far removed from those days, however, OH, how I miss those little darlings that I took care of day in and day out!)

It’s been twelve years since I started blogging, and as I got busier with a job, my older darlings (who thought they would keep me even busier now that they are 12 and 15?) and graduate classes, this blog went by the wayside. I’ve still been writing, but more along the lines of papers with names like, “Interviews with English Language Learners” and “Conceptual Preview Strategy” as I work toward getting an English as a Second Language endorsement with my teaching certification.

And just like that, a couple of weeks ago, everything was online or canceled. Covid-19 entered the scene. And I now have time to watch a movie IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!

And perhaps, I have time to write on my blog?????

The only trouble may be, since we are all staying at home, that there is nothing to write about……………..

But with the window open and the breeze bringing in the scent of newly thawed soil and the robin’s song, and the smell of bread baking in the kitchen, (twice I failed in finding flour in the stores, and my neighbor bought me some!) I’m going to hit publish and see what happens next…

How are you, friends?

I Love Walking in the Rain

Whenever you are in training for a big event, such as the 2-day walk that Ed and I did, you are bound to have to put some miles in in the rain. As long as it’s not too cold and I’m not getting too wet, I don’t mind walking in the rain. One summer, I was a teacher at an overnight camp in Northern Wisconsin. I took a bunch of kids out for a walk in the woods, in the rain. I think we might have been doing a scavenger hunt. They complained the whole time! But it was a summer rain; not cold at all, and I rather enjoyed it.

Last night, I still needed to walk 1,000 more steps to reach my daily goal of 10,000. I knew a quick walk down the block and back would give me the steps that I needed. But it was raining! I decided to put my new Columbia raincoat to the test, and went outside for a quick walk. The coat kept me nice and dry; and I easily made my goal.

Walking after the rain

I.T. Troubles

Part of Ed’s job is I.T., and of course, I have experience with blogging and social media. So we got a kick out of the show “The IT Crowd” when we watched it on Netflix. It’s a British show about the IT department at a big corporation. One of our favorite lines is “Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?” because rebooting a computer fixes a lot of issues.

I also make some graphics for a couple of digital signs at our church, so at the last minute on Sunday morning, I was trying to update them. And of course, the editing program wouldn’t load for me. I was trying again and again to get this program to start up for me and nothing worked.

After complaining to Ed, he asked me, “Did you try rebooting?”

Ha. Of course that should have been the first thing I tried, but I hadn’t yet. So I turned the computer off and on again.

It worked.

I had my graphics updated and ready to go in five minutes, after wasting double that amount of time complaining about the stupid software!

*sigh*

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Sunday Night Supper

Last Sunday, Ed and I volunteered for the Sunday Night Supper, which is at a local church for people in need. This church is in a prosperous suburb of Chicago; and yet, there is definitely a need to provide food for people who are just scraping by and perhaps are even homeless.

Our group of volunteers provided the food and servers that night. I was assigned to a drink cart with two other woman; an assignment I thought would be an easy gig. We had six tables with 8 people at each table in our section, and we offered them apple juice, coffee, water and milk. Some of them wanted just apple juice, some wanted apple juice and milk, and some wanted everything. So we were kept very busy pouring drinks! Not only that, but most of them wanted refills throughout their meal of bratwurst, German potato salad and a hot apple compote. (Someone later told me that they loved the food we served, since many of the groups bring pasta since it is easy to make, and they get tired of it!)

It seemed that the same people come most Sundays; they are friends, and save room at the table for latecomers. The meal is over by 7:00, though, so you can’t be too late!

Back at the drink cart, if we ran out of apple juice, the person whose glass I was refilling would look concerned. No need to be, however. There was plenty of apple juice back in the kitchen. It seemed to me that our guests were stocking up on calories; the food and drinks we were providing may have been the most substantial and nutritious meal they would get that week. Altogether, about 96 people came to the Sunday Supper.

On the way out, however, they all received “goody bags” of fresh vegetable and some cookies, donated by a local grocery store.

Would I volunteer to pour drinks again on another Sunday?

That would be a yes!

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