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Ten Things I Did in February Instead of Writing

Wait, what month is it? Is it March already? And I only wrote 3 posts in February? Hmm. I need to get writing!

  1. On President’s Day, I took my daughters rollerblading.
  2. I’ve been reading and adding titles to my Goodreads Challenge for 2016. One of the books I read is Hiding in Plain Sight, by blogging friend Angela Evans! Review on the blog coming soon, although you can read my review on Amazon if you’re interested.
  3. I’ve been walking at the gym and outside. In February, I walked 43 miles!
  4. It’s Lent, and I’ve been attending a Bible study at my church on Wednesday evenings.
  5. Both girls participated in the control group for a research project for a rare childhood disease.
  6. Ed and I met some friends for dinner.
  7. Ed and I went to a dinner dance.
  8. I cleaned the house for the babysitter.
  9. Lily had an orchestra concert.
  10. Ed and I sang a duet in church two Sundays in a row.
  11. BONUS! We also sang and played handbells for Hymn Fest, an annual event at our church.

So, here’s my plan. In the next few days (weeks?), I’m going to write a post for some of the above events to fill in the details. I’ve missed blogging! For now, I’m going to link up to Lisa and Rabia’s Tuesday Ten!


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Stop by and visit the hostesses of Tuesday Ten, Lisa and Rabia!



Ten Random Things About Me

1. My family moved from Nebraska to Illinois when I was three. During the move, I got stung by a bumblebee on my big toe!
2. When I’m stopped in traffic and I see someone singing along to a song in their car, I try to figure out what radio station they’re listening to.
3. When I was in elementary school and junior high, I ran in track meets. My event was the mile and I loved it. But when I went to a large suburban high school, I was too scared to try out for the track team and I gave up running.
4. I was a waitress at Pizza Hut in high school. Not a good tipping job.
5. When my youngest sister, who was in high school, told me I should date her Youth Leader, I just laughed. Years later I started dating him and we’ve been married for over 12 years.
6. I used to hate asparagus and now I love it. Believe, I tell my kids this story a lot when they complain about food they don’t like.
7. My other sister always gives me her mushrooms.
8. I had my first baby at the same age my mom was when she had her last baby; we were 35 years old.
9. I can’t believe I’m so old that I had breast cancer 19 years ago. Yes, I was very young.
10. I still love reading real books, real magazines, and actual newspapers.

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11. I hate being late, and yet now that I’m a mother, I usually am late!

Link up a post to the Spin Cycle this week! Our prompt is Just Write! Click here to link up!

Do you need a book to read? Read my review of Angelhood, by A.J. Cattapan.


Do You Remember Your Dreams? More Random Questions {Tuesday Ten}

This week on Tuesday Ten, I’m answering Ten Random Questions from a list off 100 Random Questions. To make it really random, I used random.org to pick my 10 questions!

80. Where would you retire to?

I kind of answered this question last week when I wrote about my dream house! I want to retire in the mountains, within driving distance to a beach and by a lake in the country. I love the four seasons, and so unlike most people, I don’t dream of retiring someplace warm. Ed and I love snow!

10. Do you remember your dreams?

I do remember my dreams when I wake up in the middle of them or am dozing in the morning. Ed’s alarm goes off at 5:00, and mine goes off at 6:00, so I have dreams during that hour of dozing. Sometimes I think I should just get up and accomplish something, since I’m not really sound asleep!

52. Are you a good cook?

The more I cook, the better I become. I’ve learned a lot by cooking dinner almost every night for the twelve years that I’ve been married. I stick with the basics and make a lot of things from scratch. Ed would answer that yes, I’m a good cook! But I did char the pork chops a little too much on the grill last week.

97. What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?

My first job was delivering an advertising flyer once a week to every house and business in my small town. I was in sixth grade, and my sister was in fifth grade. We split the town up and she delivered to one half, and I delivered to the other half. We lived in a very small town of about 800 people, but it still was a hard job! I made my little sister walk into the bars with me to deliver their ads, because I was scared of going in! There were at least a couple of bars in that small town. Our parent helped, too, and there was one night when it was really stormy and cold. But it was a good learning experience.

I’ve also been a waitress at Pizza Hut, a temporary secretary at a law firm, and a lab assistance in a college biology course. For my career, I taught second grade for thirteen years. Now I teach preschool.

3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

I got out of bed at 6:10, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, and emailed my husband at work.

84. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?

Right now, I want to go to Paris with my husband. Just the two of us!

34. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

No. I did go on a zip line once, and that was adventurous enough for me!

23. Does your name make any interesting anagrams?

Ginny Marie = Gin Yam Rine

45. What did you do for your last birthday?

I answered this question last time!

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“balcony for use in cold weather. Today’s turkeys roast quickly, so watch the” Guess what room I’m in!

62. What was the name of your first pet?

We didn’t have pets growing up, and when I had my own apartment, I bought two little goldfish and named them Merry and Pippin, after two hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.

Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa and Rabia. Visit their blogs to find more Tuesday Ten lists!

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Dream a Little Dream With Me {Tuesday Ten}

Ed and I joke about the house we’re going to retire in. It will be in the mountains, within driving distance to a beach and will be by a lake in the country. We especially talk about it when we’re driving west to Iowa and hit the rolling hills just east of the Mississippi River. It’s a beautiful area, and we would love to live there some day even though it’s not really mountains and not by a beach.

Some “must-haves” in our retirement house, aka our dream house, are below. We love the house we live in now, but it was built in the 60’s and there are quite a few improvements that still need to be done. Our dream house, of course, will be completely updated before we even move in!

  1.  My dream house will have a wrap around porch with rocking chairs so Ed and I can sit for hours and look at the lake. Which will be close by. There might even be loons on our lake, and there will definitely be deer in the woods. But they will not come and eat my garden.
  2.  The kitchen will have walk-in pantry, instead of a tall cabinet with no built-in shelves masquerading as a pantry.
  3. There will be beautiful kitchen counter tops that have no seams and that don’t slant forward and drip water on the floor when I’m not paying attention.
  4. I’ll have a wonderful laundry room–a clean, spacious laundry room on the first floor–not a dirty, cobwebby basement laundry room in the same space as the furnace and water heater and a sewer drain that backs up in bad storms.
  5. The large master bathroom will have two sinks and a big, clean tub that I can soak in, unlike the pink bathtub we have now that never looks quite clean because the enamel is wearing off from years of use. Oh, yes, not having a pink toilet would also be lovely.
  6. On the top floor, perhaps in an attic garret, will be my quaint writing space. It will have a window that I will be able to look out of and become inspired.
  7. As a writer, I’ll also need to have a library so I can keep all my books in one place and never give them away because there’s no more room on the shelf!
  8. I’d love to have a large stone patio with a built-in grill and fire pit with comfortable outdoor furniture and a covered area to sit when it rains. And why not…throw in a hot tub while we’re at it.
  9. Since this is supposed to be our retirement home, I’ll throw in a workroom for Ed to do whatever he wants to do. Wood working, fixing things, putzing around…a retired man definitely needs a room to putz around in.
  10.  We’ll also need a barn. Technically this is not part of the dream house, but we need a place to put our riding lawnmower and other lawn implements for our large acreage. And we’ll also have barn cats and maybe a chicken or two!

barn cats

What would your dream house have?

Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa and Rabia. Visit their blogs to find more Tuesday Ten lists!

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Bucket List {Tuesday Ten}

When I was diagnosed with cancer back in my 20’s, I never even thought to write a bucket list. I wasn’t planning on dying, and there were still plenty of things I wanted to do…but I never wrote them down. Eighteen years later I’ve done so many things that I’m sure wouldn’t have even made my bucket list. I went on a zip line, drove from Chicago to Yellowstone, have been published, and HAD KIDS! Life is pretty amazing sometimes, and I’ve been very blessed.

However, there are still some things that I haven’t done, and would love to do someday! Let’s see if I can come up with ten things on my bucket list for Lisa and Rabia‘s Tuesday Ten.

  1. I have been to a lot of National Parks, but I would like to visit even more! On our last trip to the Southwest we weren’t able to go to the National Parks in Utah like Arches and Bryce Canyon. I really want to go, and I think this will happen some day because Ed is a National Park fanatic. He’s turning me into one, too!
  2. Ed and I drove to Yellowstone before we had kids. I want to drive there with Lily and Emmy, and stop at all the cool places between here and there! Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Devil’s Tower are on that list!Grand Canyon
  3. I have had a short story in three different anthologies. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if I could write a whole book on my own and have it published? I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of years now, and need to get writing!
  4. I want to knit a scarf. Really, truly, and for sure. I know how to knit and I enjoy it, but I haven’t finished anything more than a doll blanket for Lily.
  5. Speaking of unfinished projects, I want to finish sewing my quilt. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times…maybe I need to stop writing about it and get out the sewing machine.
  6. Take voice lessons again. I was taking voice lessons last spring, but then my wonderful teacher moved to Florida. I haven’t really looked for a new teacher yet.
  7. Make pie like my mom. She made a killer pie crust. Oh, yes, it sounds easy, but her crust was the flakiest and most tender crust I have ever had. Nothing from a restaurant or store comes even close to her pie crust. My own crust is too thick, and I work with it too much. I haven’t developed that pie crust touch yet. I think I will have to practice my pie making skills this Thanksgiving.
  8. Send my children to college, preferably with blogging money. Highly unlikely, but I can always dream, can’t I?
  9. Ride a horse for real, not just a rental horse that goes on a path.
  10. Travel to Paris and visit the Louvre. I’m not sure I’m going to take Ed with me on this trip. He may not have the patience to look at all that art!

What’s on your bucket list?

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