Author Archives: Ginny Marie

Currently … (February, 2017)

Currently, I need a new blogging link-up to inspire me to write and actually finish a blog post. Fortunately, Lisa over at The Golden Spoons had provided me with just the thing! She has a new link-up for “Currently…” posts, updating readers on what we’ve been up to. I’ve been up to a lot. The first couple months of the new year started hectically and just kept going strong. This post is going to make me seem way too energetic, but as busy as I sound, I actually have plenty of time to mess around and avoid cleaning off my dining room table by watching way too many YouTube videos on how to knit.

And that’s one of the things I’m currently doing. I joined a knitting and fellowship group at my church and we’ve met three times now. You’d think that I’d get a lot of knitting done and finish the dishcloth I showed you earlier, but I have not. The dishcloth is getting bigger, but it’s not finished. I keep messing up the pattern, and I have about 3 inches to go before it looks like a square. However, it’s just a dishcloth, so I’m not too concerned about how it looks. I did visit a local yarn shop with a member of the group today, and I bought circular needles! And woolen yarn! And I have a pattern for a hat! I’m very excited to start knitting in the round. Please don’t make me finish my dishcloth before I start the hat!

I’ve also started a fellowship group at our church. (Our Family Ministry board is working to start a few new groups to bring church members together, doing things that we already enjoy.) I’m organizing a Family Hiking and Biking group. We had our first outing last Sunday, with 4 families joining us! We had unusually warm weather last weekend for February, and it was perfect for a hike up the Des Plaines River Trail.

My father-in-law died last fall, and I’ve been trying to organize and purge our things along with his things. It’s a daunting task, but I think we’re almost there. I’ve also been discovering some of my mom’s things in the basement that I really should get rid of. It’s hard to part with things that were part of the lives of people you love.

In with my mother’s things were my old Dragonriders of Pern books, by Anne McCaffrey. So of course I had to read ALL THREE of them. It’s a good thing I don’t own any more, or I’d still be reading! By the way, my husband thinks it’s ridiculous that when he types “goo” in the URL bar, my computer goes to “Goodreads” and not “Google!”

I’ve also been doing a lot of planning; planning our summer vacations (two of them and a weekend of camping!) and planning our garden. More on these things later!

And yes, I also had a birthday and still haven’t had my birthday dinner out! Lily had a show choir rehearsal that night and we went down to Danville that weekend for a show choir competition. She is practicing the viola right now and has a mini-concert tonight in preparation for a viola contest on Saturday. I know for a fact, though, that I will get a nice dinner at the end of March when I use my birthday present. Ed bought me tickets to see Carmen at the Lyric Opera! So that is something to look forward to.

What are you currently doing?

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Valentine’s Day Facebook Meme

I love reading and filling out these Facebook questionnaires. But you know what I hate? Deleting other people’s answers so I can fill in my own! So here’s what I’ve done for you; I have two copies, one blank and one filled in. Go ahead and copy and paste the free template of these Valentine’s Day Facebook questions!

In honor of Valentine’s Day — all couples: Make this your status and answer honestly!

Who’s older?
Who was interested first?
How long have you been together?
More sarcastic?
Who makes the most mess?
Who has more tattoos?
Better singer?
Hogs the remote?
Better driver?
Spends the most?
Smarter?
Whose siblings do you see the most?
Do you have any children together?
Did you go to the same school?
Who is the most sensitive?
Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Where is the furthest you two have traveled?
Who has the craziest ex’s?
Who has the worst temper?
Who does the cooking?
Who is more social?
Who is the neat freak?
Who is the most stubborn?
Who hogs the bed?
Who wakes up first?
Where was your first date?
Who has the bigger family?
Do you get flowers often?
Who’s better with the computer?
Who drives when you are together?
Who picks where you go to dinner?
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Who eats more sweets?

 

Okay, love bugs, now I’m going to fill in my answers!

Ed and Ginny

Who’s older? Ed is 3 and a half years older than I am.
Who was interested first? I was.
How long have you been together? Seventeen years.
More sarcastic? He is.
Who makes the most mess? We both do.
Who has more tattoos? None for either of us.
Better singer? We are both good singers.
Hogs the remote? He doesn’t watch TV, but I do.
Better driver? We are both good drivers.
Spends the most? We are both frugal!
Smarter? Of course, I am.
Whose siblings do you see the most? Ed’s
Do you have any children together? Two daughters
Did you go to the same school? Not at the same time; I attended his grade school for 7th and 8th grade when he was already in high school.
Who is the most sensitive? I am.
Where do you eat out most as a couple? When we were dating, we ate at the Countryside Saloon every weekend. Now I cook at home most nights.
Where is the furthest you two have traveled? To Alaska
Who has the craziest ex’s? Neither
Who has the worst temper? Ed
Who does the cooking? I do.
Who is more social? Ed
Who is the neat freak? I am more than he is.
Who is the most stubborn? Hm, we both cave in quickly!
Who hogs the bed? We stick to our own sides.
Who wakes up first? He does.
Where was your first date? Le Peep in Park Ridge
Who has the bigger family? I do.
Do you get flowers often? No, but that’s okay with me.
Who’s better with the computer? He is with certain things, but I’m a better blogger. 🙂
Who drives when you are together? I do.
Who picks where you go to dinner? I do.
Who wears the pants in the relationship? We both do!
Who eats more sweets? I do.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Knit Knot

For the past couple of days, I have been reteaching myself how to knit. I’ve become just a little obsessed, as a matter of fact, to the extent that I haven’t been cleaning the house, as you can so plainly see in my picture! Why am I having this sudden obsession with knitting, since I haven’t knitted in years and have never finished anything?

I signed up for a new Fellowship Group at my church called “Knit and Know Him.” So I think I’d at least better be able to bring my knitting needles and knit a little something! I started knitting this dishcloth yesterday, reviewing how to cast on, knit and purl. I picked a simple pattern called “Simple Weave,” although I think it looks like shooting stars. Don’t you? (Maybe not….)

To make up for my neglect yesterday, I have been all business this morning. I finished a small load of laundry (unheard of!) and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (What?!?)

And also, wrote a small blog post.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; A Parent Review

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

“Wait, why aren’t there more yellow words?” Lily whispered to me as we sat in the theater on one of our days off from school. This Star Wars movie was starting differently than all the others; there wasn’t an explanation of the story’s setting scrolling up the screen as in past Star Wars movies. I had been hesitant to bring my daughters to this movie, since the reviews said it was more warlike than the previous movies. But let’s be honest; the other movies had plenty of lasers from blasters firing across the screen. I still can’t believe I let Lily and Emmy watch Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin Skywalker transforms into Darth Vader. There is definitely a lot of darkness in that movie. So in then end, I took them to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on our day off from school.

It was very interesting to this lifelong Star Wars fan to get my daughters’ perspective about Rogue One. WARNING: Some of our conversation includes SPOILERS!

The beginning of the story begins when Jyn Ers0 is a little girl. It is obvious from the beginning that her family has a secret. Barely ten minutes into the movie, Jyn becomes motherless. Her father is taken away by the bad guys and Jyn is left with a gruff caregiver. We don’t really know what happens to Jyn at this point, and the next time we see her is in prison. The movie bounced around from setting to setting in the beginning, and it made for a very confusing plot at first.

Lily really wanted to see more of a backstory on Jyn and wanted to know more about her as a little girl. Although this would have made the movie much too long, in a way I agree with Lily. Jyn’s childhood is a mystery, and if we knew more about her character, her actions as an adult would be even more heroic.

Emmy, on the other hand, wanted to see more of something entirely different! To Emmy, Star Wars means light sabers, and there was not enough “swordplay” for Emmy. The fact that all the Jedis were dead or in hiding at this point in the Star Wars saga didn’t convince her about the lack of lightsabers.

At the end of the movie, (this really is a spoiler!) the Death Star is destroying the base that the rebels have overtaken. Our two main characters are swept up in a fiery golden glow. When I was lamenting that they had died, Emmy said, “What? I thought that was love!” No, honey, that Death Star ruined any chance of love!

Some people have said they they liked this movie more than The Force Awakens. Personally, I really liked both movies, but each movie had a different vibe. Are you a Star Wars fan? What do you think?

 

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Dirty Laundry

Have you seen this “life lesson” floating around on Facebook? A young wife keeps commenting about her neighbor’s dirty laundry–literally. The neighbor is constantly hanging up dingy sheets on the clothesline to dry. The wife wonders why the neighbor can’t seem to learn how to get her laundry clean, until her husband washes the window and voila! The neighbor’s sheets become white and clean. All along it was the windows that were filthy dirty. See what happened there? The wife was being so judgmental about the neighbor’s laundry when she should have been cleaning up her own house.

Every time I read that story (a lot of my Facebook friends apparently think it’s a good lesson) I think about my dirty windows–literally. On sunny days in November, I kept thinking I should wash my windows, especially the bay windows in front of the house along with my kitchen windows. These are the windows we look out of most frequently, and they are very dingy! November was such a beautiful month this year; warm and sunny. It was a very unusual November for Chicago, and it would have been the perfect time to wash my windows.

covered-bridge

And yet, between Lily’s birthday and Thanksgiving, November flew by. It’s December already. The first couple days of December were cold, but still fall-like. Yesterday, however, the view out my windows changed drastically.

snow

And I thought to myself, a bit belatedly, CRAP. I guess I won’t be washing these windows this week. There’s really no lesson here, unless it’s about my own laziness. I should have been “making hay while the sun shines” or something like that. The best I can hope for now is that we have a mild, sunny day in December. Who knows? It might happen. Otherwise my dingy windows will have to wait ’til Spring.

Just don’t judge me by my dirty windows, and I won’t judge you by the way you wash your sheets!

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