Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Problems with Garage Doors

Sometimes problems are pretty obvious. Like when there’s water all over the laundry room floor, I can figure out pretty easily that our sump pump hose has frozen and I need to thaw it out and reattach the hose to the sump pump. That happened twice to me this winter!

However, when our electric garage door wouldn’t close and both Ed and I cleared all the debris that could be blocking the way, such as the leftover leaves and cobwebs from last fall and the little red snow shovels the girls use in the winter, and the door STILL wouldn’t close, the problem wasn’t so obvious.

As I was standing outside, staring at the garage door sensors and wondering why the door wouldn’t close, I noticed that the setting sun was reflecting off of the sensor lens. I moved so that I was blocking the sun from shining on the sensor and yelled at Ed to try closing the garage door again.

And guess what? THE DOOR CLOSED!

That solution was so easy, and yet so unexpected. Ed and I didn’t expect it to work, and yet it did.

April showers!

Strangely enough, this past Sunday we were up at my father-in-law’s place, trying to get it ready to sell. His garage door has always been a little wonky, and this time…we couldn’t get it to close after numerous tries. The light was blinking furiously and the door kept going up and down like it was possessed. I cleaned the lens for the door sensors and Ed tried to make sure they were lined up. There was no sunshine at all! In fact, we were getting rained on as all of this was happening. Finally, we had to detach the garage door from the electric opener and close it manually. Fortunately, I suppose, no one is living there at the moment so it’s not a big hassle. But now we have to get it fixed. *sigh*

Rainy Day

Garage door problems. I guess it could be worse! What problems have you been solving lately?

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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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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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Incognito

My brain sometimes has seemingly random thoughts. These random thoughts form little stories which amuse me. But are these thoughts worthy of being written into a story, or are they just nonsense?

Right after church on Sunday, my family and I went out for breakfast in uptown Park Ridge. As we were leaving the restaurant, in walked a guy with Rod Stewart hair, sunglasses and leather pants. Who was he? I have no idea, but he stuck out like a sore thumb. Was he a celebrity or was he a wanna-be celebrity? (I’m thinking celebrities do not eat at Eggsperience out in the ‘burbs.)

When I ran out to the grocery store today, I saw a couple of people I know. This always makes running errands take more time because I stop and talk. One friend wanted to know how my daughter was doing, since Lily’s best friend moved away over Thanksgiving break. I ran into a co-worker and we talked about school. I chatted with the cashier and bagger as I paid for my groceries. It was just an average shopping trip on a rainy, November day.

After I dropped off my groceries at home, later than I had hoped, I went to the gym. I started thinking about the guy with Rod Stewart’s hair. He couldn’t help but be noticed with his leather pants in a breakfast place on a Sunday morning. Unlike him, I didn’t want to be noticed. I just wanted to exercise at the gym and go on my way. But what if I really was the famous one at the gym, with the hooded raincoat and pony tail, not wanting to be noticed, because everywhere I go I see someone I know in this small world known as the suburbs. You know, I’m like Jennifer Lawrence trying not to look like Jennifer Lawrence if she was a plump, middle-aged mom living in the ‘burbs. However, who’s more successful at being incognito? The paparazzi didn’t get one photo of me walking on the treadmill today.

Nope. I’m not the famous one after all. So I went home and ate a piece of pumpkin pie for dessert.

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I reached my goal!

As everyone probably does, I go through phases. When I am writing less on my blog, I am probably reading more books. This year, for my Goodreads reading challenge, I challenged myself to read 30 books in 2016. Last week, I reached my goal! Some books I absolutely loved, like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and others I merely finished to say I did, such as Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. I abandoned a couple of books completely after the first couple chapters because I just couldn’t read any more, so they are not on the list.

See all the books I read this year here: 2016 Goodread Challenge, done!

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