Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

the gifts in life...

as if
on cue...

i turned the page
of the photo album
from twenty years ago today
and this picture is what
i found
 a tiny tj
just three and one half years old
in my office
as the regional director
for united way
i had multiple offices
this is the one in geauga county
i'd often have a few tasks
needing completed
on a saturday
especially if i had taken
time off during the week
to tend to sarah's medical needs
i almost always
 took tj with me
it gave him a break from being with
his medically fragile sister
and he was such a good boy
he would sit
very patiently
playing with the calculator
for hours if need be
he loved punching in numbers
and then seeing the machine
tape continue to spew
out until it reached
great lengths
then he would take
a red pen
 and circle all the numbers
i had forgotten about those days
i suppose he was
destined to be a finance major
in college
all the way back then
which makes finding these photos
so perfectly timed...
 i handed over
 the financial reins
of our company
american medical computing inc
to this boy
all grown up now
i'm confident he will do
 an excellent job
take it to the next level
and beyond
and that my friends
will allow me to spend
more time creating
in the house of fabric
like those
chairs behind us
the minute the man
who had this job before me
 moved out
i took them home for a weekend
and reupholstered them
with the fabric you see
gave the office
a twinkle of sunshine
tj i love you son
you've worked hard
you've earned the title
of cfo
dad and i are so proud
and honored to have you
in our family

Sunday, September 25, 2011

it's fall y'all...

it's probably
no make that
a definately...
. favorite time of year
here in ohio
i love the colors
the cool chill
in the air
the food
anything and everything
warm tomato soup
my besty is from
the changing leaves
and the dark nights
i get so much more done
in the evenings
when it's dark outside
the inside projects anyway
and that means
soon i should have a
spot to sew again

Sunday, September 18, 2011

homecoming times three...

it's different
this last
go around...

...maybe i no longer
 sweat the small stuff
perhaps it's just
old age
or possibly
i've got the pattern down
boy meets girl
girl takes charge
end of story

or perhaps i've learned
that kids really do
step up to the plate
treat them like young adults
and they will
show you just how
great they can be
such a pleasure to
watch this group grow up
this is our future
and a bright one it will be

Sunday, September 11, 2011

the 9.11 memories...

i continue
to read
the words...
matt, sarah and tj ~ september 2001
the flag belonged to a fire chief
their great grandfather hillick

...never forget
and i ask myself
how could we
that one day
changed the world
altered our thought process
today as i watch
 the replays
the new photos emerging
the memorial service
i am reminded
that life is so very precious
we are so vulnerable
yet stronger than
anyone of us can imagine
life goes on
what we do with it
is up to us
and collectively
as a team
we are stronger
for the experience
ten years later
i am so proud
of my country
for coming together
as one nation
mourning the great loss
yet celebrating
our courage
and our freedom

Saturday, September 10, 2011

an ohio star

the year was
seventy six...
the 2011 jingle bell shop hop block from jellen's house of fabric
i had just secured
my drivers license
and looked for any
opportunity to take the car
for a spin
judie and bob rothermel
had just opened
so i signed up
 for a class
thirty five years later
how excited i am
to have been assigned
the ohio star
as the block customers
will receive when they stop
at our shop
during the northeast ohio
jingle bell shop hop
our first ever
i am thrilled to have been
invited to participate
hope you will join us
september 10-17, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

icing on the cake...

found this
over at...
...cake wrecks today
and that means
it is
all of it
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