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Just Write! {Spin Cycle}

The writing advice I give most often is to just start writing and the words will come. I use this strategy most often during the month of November, when I blog every day for 30 days. I keep going strong for the first couple of days in December…and then I get back into my old routine of blogging only when I feel like it. This is one reason why I like doing The Spin Cycle; even during the weeks with low links, I’m still forced to write!

So why do I force myself to write? One reason is because when I stop, it’s hard to get going again. I have journals with year-long gaps in them. Another reason is that I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I first started journaling in high school and have several journals that are filled with all my hopes and dreams between the covers.

Emmy has been fascinated with my writing lately. She has plucked the first book I contributed to, The Mother of All Meltdowns, off the shelf and has been reading it by herself! (It’s been a while since I read everyone’s stories; I’m crossing my fingers that there’s no swear words in it!) This is another reason I write; to show my daughters that writing is fun and is not just for schoolwork. It seems to be working pretty well. Emmy has written some books about her friends. (In one book, her friend’s husband dies. It’s very sad. Then she gets a cat to replace the husband.) Emmy loves to take out her series of books made from pieces of paper stapled together. We sit on my bed and she reads them to me.

Lily has always loved to write. When she was angry with me, she would disappear into her room and write angry notes about what was upsetting her. I actually encouraged her, because I thought it would help her get her feelings out. When she was four years old, she would write notes telling me or her dad, “I HAT YOU!” We will never let Lily forget those notes! (I saved at least one of them!)

What about Ed? He doesn’t write much, but he’s a good writer when he has to be. He even wrote a guest post this one time. He also reads all my book submissions. He learned grammar from the best teachers in elementary school, so he’s my go-to proofreader!

Tower of Terror

Just Write a blog post this week, any day, and come back here to link it up! So easy, so simple! Just Write!



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A House Is More Than a Building, It’s Your Home

The kids are all tucked into bed, and as I sit down with my laptop tonight, I’ve also been looking at the weather radar. Several tornadoes have touched down in Northern Illinois this evening, which terrifies me. A small town in DeKalb County supposedly no long exists. It makes me feel extremely grateful for this house that Ed and I have built our family in.

As I was thinking about what to write for this prompt, I immediately felt like joking. We know our house is our home because of the messes we leave here! Our house definitely has that “lived in” feeling.

But what else makes our house a home? When I’m away on vacation for a week or two, the thing I look most forward to is my own bed. I can never sleep as well when I’m away from home, especially on the first night. When we were staying at the Pop Century Resort, I had a terrible first night! It didn’t help that our room was small and had only full size beds. I know it’s hard to believe, but Ed and I do not like sleeping that close to each other! Being able to sleep in our king size bed at home is always a wonderful thing to come home to.

One of my most prized possessions are the quilts that cover Lily and Emmy’s beds. My mom made them when they were babies. I am reminded of the love that went into making those quilts every time I see them!

Emmy's baby quilt
Emmy’s baby quilt

Another thing that I love about my house is my big kitchen. The cabinets are out of date, the appliances are not state of the art, and my countertops are crooked. But I love my kitchen window that looks out into my backyard and the breakfast nook where we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. The southern exposure makes my kitchen warm and bright, and I love cooking in my kitchen. During the hot, summer months I do a lot of grilling to help the house stay cool, and in the fall, I really enjoy when I’m able to cook in the kitchen again!

I made this chicken, broccoli and pasta dish the other night.

I would be simply devastated if I lost my house. I pray for those who have lost their homes tonight.

The most important things in my house, however, are my husband and two daughters. As long as I am with them, I’ll be happy.

What makes your house a home? Link your blog post here any day this week, and be sure to visit our other Spinners!



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Something Funny Happened in Florida

Ed loves to turn everything into an acronym. For example, he puts CRP (crushed red pepper) on his pizza. As we were waiting in line for a ride at Disney World, I hugged him and his ear touched my face. His ear was very cold, so I said, “Your ear is really cold!” He immediately made an acronym for cold ear syndrome: CES.

“So, you have CES,” I said, pronouncing it like “sess.”

I could see the wheels turning in his brain.

“The only cure for CES is to take a warm bath,” he said. “Do you know what that bath is called?”

“No,” I stupidly replied.

“A CES-pool!” Get it?

That husband of mine makes me laugh.

During our trip to Florida, we went to visit Ed’s cousin in Bredenton. We stayed at a nice hotel for the night, and Ed, of course, started talking to strangers. He kept running into an older gentleman who told him joke after joke after joke. He’d start off like this, “Here’s another one; when is a door not a door?”

“When it’s ajar!”

He also told us this joke:

receding hareline
So it’s all fun and games until we are back in Chicago, and Ed sends me this email at 6:30 a.m.

Good morning Ginny,

I couldn’t believe it when I heard that we’re expecting 3-6 inches of snow this afternoon! I guess Steve next door was overly optimistic in running the gas out of his snow blower yesterday.

He had me for just a second, and then I remembered:

P.S. APRIL FOOLS! It’s supposed to be almost 70 degrees today…and no snow!

What’s tickled your funny bone lately?


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Eclectic Playlist

I have a variety of playlists on my little pink MP3 player, each created for a different activity or person.

MP3 Player
My listening devices have changed dramatically since I was 3.

I made a playlist for Lily and Emmy with Princess songs, which includes songs from Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, a little Taylor Swift, and The Little Mermaid. And of course I had to add Frozen to the mix when we bought that CD. This playlist is titled “Princesses.”

Ed’s playlist consists of bands such as Journey, the Scorpions and his favorite, Def Leppard. I creatively titled Ed’s playlist, “Ed’s Playlist.”

I have several of my own playlists, but my favorite is the one I named “Eclectic.” That’s because it has a little bit of everything. A little country, a little rock, some folk and some alternative. I put Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” next to Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound.” There’s the cowboy portion with Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy, Take Me Away” and Paula Cole’s “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone.” Sting’s “I Burn For You” and Sarah MacLachlan’s “Possession” are part of a stalkerish section. Throw in some Gotye and Civil Wars, and you’ve got yourself an eclectic playlist.

What about you? Who’s playing on your playlist?



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Spring is Fickle

Every year, it seems like spring is a miracle. It happens some time in mid-March. All it takes is one warm day. All of a sudden, sprouts spring up out of the ground that was frozen just a week ago. Dead looking branches are suddenly full of life when fuzzy buds pop out on maple trees. The ice melts off the driveway that we got tired of shoveling, and the sidewalk chalk comes out.

chalk drawing

Another sign of spring is when your children start dragging dirt into the house and someone leaves muddy tracks on your freshly vacuumed carpet.

Spring is so fickle. We went on a hike last weekend in Moraine Hills State Park. As we walked, we began to shed layers in the warm sunshine.

Moraine State Park
Emmy and Lily walking their cousin dog, Bailey.

As we neared the lake, the breeze picked up. We began to scramble to put our layers back on! That layer of ice on the lake didn’t help matters.

frozen lake

Spring. It can’t decide if it’s coming or going! I hear it’s supposed to snow on Monday.

Happy First Day of Spring!



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