"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Keeping It Real { Inspired by Heather and Ryan}

Recently two of my favorite bloggers have posted "keep it real" posts, telling a bit about their lives and the things they like. So, inspired by Heather and Ryan, here goes!
Some things about me:

I LOVE old movies, especially musicals! If I could dance with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, or be sung to by Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby... oh, how wonderful that would be!

I am terrified of spiders. The day I acutally killed a spider all by myself is still the proudest moment of my life :)

I cannot imagine life without music. I always, always have music playing! I have never played an instrument, but I LOVE music. All kinds of music, too. My i-Pod has everything from classical to country to rock. My favorite bands show my different musical tastes: Alison Kraus and Union Station, Enya, Runaway Dorothy, Simon and Garfunkel, Fergie, Evanescence and Within Temptation are my top favorites. Currently I am listening to a mix of music from when I was a teen- Bush, Vertical Horizon, Pearl Jam, etc.

I have lived in 2 states- Illinois and New York. I lived in the Champaign area until I was 15, then we moved to near Rochester, NY. I moved back to Illinois, this time near Chicago, when I was 22.

I've known my husband since I was 15- more than half my life!

We got married on New Year's Eve.

My husband and I never officially "dated"... we just kind of got together :) In all our lives we have never been to a movie theatre together!

I would love to spend my birthday in Kitty Hawk, NC. I was born on the 75th anniversary of flight.

I am a homemaker, and I feel so blessed to be able to care for my home and cook and have my own schedule. I had several jobs over the years, mostly in the medical field, and hated all of them. The day Hubby and I decided it would be good for me to quit my job and stay home remains as one of the happiest in my life!

We have no children yet. We both want them, but I am overweight and we both feel it would be healthier to wait until I am slimmer. I've been working on it, but sometimes it seems so slow.

I love driving! I will sometimes take off on long, long drives through the country, just because I can!

I love, love, LOVE to garden and cook from scratch and make jam and bread and yogurt.

Hubby and I both love to read. Our living room looks like a library that's run out of space- most of the shelves have 2 layers of books on them. I also like audiobooks. They are great for quilting!

Quilting and knitting make me happy :)

I love writing my blog, and I would write it even if I knew that no one read it!

I am so happy to have found this online quilting community! It's so very inspiring, and so diverse!

Hubby and I decided to turn our TV out for a week back in September 2005 because we thought we watched it too much. It hasn't been watched since! I do not have any idea what shows are on, what shows are good, or what shows are popular (except "Lost"). We enjoy our evenings together reading, knitting (me) or playing games like Yahtzee and Mastermind, and haven't missed the TV in the least!

I have an extremely sarcastic sense of humor and sometimes I unintentionally offend or hurt people because of it.

I try my very best to find something to be thankful for in every situation, even in times of pain or hardship. Sometimes I don't succeed, but I do try and usually I can find something to be thankful for! There wasn't much good, for example, when I badly hurt my shoulder a couple summers ago. But I was SO thankful to have my mom come and help me cook meals to freeze, and for my neighbor to help me keep up with the garden, and for my Hubby to not complain about doing the housework after he'd already spent a long day at work!

And lastly, I love God with all my heart. I do not go to church, I have been burned too many times by "Christians" who really only care that I give my offering money every week. I do not believe I need to attend a church to love God, though. He is everywhere!


  1. oh you can be sure someone is reading your blogwriting, I loved it to read this today, its written so great, and Im sure Im not the only one.

    Hugs Cornelia

  2. Thanks for sharing Jennie! I feel like I know you that much more even though we've never met in person.

    My wife and I were married on the beach at Kitty Hawk! We vacation in the Outer Banks every summer. We had our cable turned off in the Summer when we were newly married. Now that we have kids it stays on all year.

  3. Jennie... you are too cool for school!!! I LOVE what you wrote and Mastermind is my all time favorite game since I was 8!! :) Your my kind of girl!!!

    XO, Heather

  4. I am glad I got to meet you in person. There is so much we have in common. Old movies, shelves full of books, garden, cooking, ... I need to join you for sewing night again. I can take care of spiders for you. :))
    Oh, I almost forgot. I have nominated you(well still need to publish it :) ) for an award.

  5. Hey Jennie--there's a quilt show near us coming up! And there is a bonus: quilt show plus lecture/book signing by Jennifer Chiaverini (Elm Creek Quilt book series)
    how does that sound?

  6. So sorry you have been burnt over giving of offerings.......no one knows or cares what we give or do not give in both of the churches I have been in during the last 30 years..well really all my life I guess.
    I hate places that emphasize money.