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?


26 Things About Me According to the Alphabet

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One of my friends posted these 26 things on Facebook, and I thought it would make a quick and easy blog post!

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26 Things About Me
A- Age: 46
B- Biggest fear: Heights and falling!
C- Current time: 11:00 PM
D- Drink you last had: Pinot Noir
E- Everyday need: Hugs and kisses from Lily and Emmy
F- Favorite song: Current fav: Century by Fall Out Boy
G- Ghosts, are they real?: No
H- Hometown: All three are in Illinois!
I- In love with: Ed
J- Jealous of: Nice houses with new kitchens
K- Killed someone? No
L- Last time you cried?: Watching a Mr. Rogers video this afternoon
M- Middle name: Marie
N- Number of siblings: 3; 2 sisters and 1 brother
O- One wish: Chicago shootings would stop, especially those of children
P- Person whom you last called: I don’t remember; I hate talking on the phone
Q- Question you’re always asked: What’s for dinner?
R- Reason to smile: Fall weather and crunchy leaves!
S- Song last sang: “For Grace Preschool is over, and we are going home. Goodbye, goodbye, Be always kind and good!”
T- Time you woke up: It’s Saturday! I slept in until almost 7:00!
U- Underwear color: White
V- Vacation destination: Yellowstone
W- Worst habit: Cracking my knuckles
X- X-Rays you’ve had: Collarbone (I broke it twice!)
Y- Your favorite food: tacos and pizza
Z- Zodiac sign: Aquarius

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