Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 year in review

i don't live by horoscopes...



Year 2011 Overview

'Change' is your middle name at this point, Capricorn. You've been through more personal transformation in the past two years than perhaps in your entire life. The upside is that you're getting used to the intensity of it all. It helps that you're realizing the futility in holding on to people and possessions that only stunt your growth. So many layers continue to be shed on a daily basis but this also gives way to unquestionable personal power. Pluto in Capricorn will carry on for another 14 years; so if this is just the tip of the iceberg, imagine who you will be on the other side of your metamorphosis.

This year the focus shifts from a lifestyle focused on gadgets, information and social networking to introspection, home and family. You are about to encounter your most uncensored raw self on levels as of yet unprecedented. Ready yourself, Goat, because this spring an explosion of fiery planets in Aries sweeps the very base of your horoscope getting you back in touch with some of your most primal instincts. Competition, aggression and the need for plenty of physical outlets ensue.

Some long-standing money issues are finally coming to a finish as the planet of illusion and delusion gets ready to move on to your communication sector. You've learned to use your discrimination in choosing where to invest and where to spend. For the next 14 years, instead of worrying about money leakages you'll be working on mindfulness to avoid spacing out. In any case, your way with words is apt to become poetic and inspired, which can only make the world appear infinitely more beautiful.

...yet last years predictions were so spot on, i would not have been able to write it better myself.  so looking forward to what 2012 brings along...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

simply sweet...

when i finally
awoke
from my nap...
.

...i realized there
 were cookies
 to bake
i hummed and
 i hawed
and realized
the one's they really
want
 take no time at all
peanut blossoms
and gingersnaps
sure enough
baked and gone
in no time at all

Sunday, December 25, 2011

enough said...

even for me
this is unusual
but then...
.

...i've never ever
worked in retail
for an entire year
in my life
wishing you all
 a very merry christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

new traditions...

this little blog
of mine
has morphed into...
.

a personal diary of sorts
a place to write
my thoughts
in addition to
sharing creativity
it is also preserving
memories
in an electronic format
and this pic is one
i never wish to loose
julie and tj
how i love these two
they have been
 growing up before our eyes
for several years actually
high school sweethearts
college comrades
and now
apartment dwellers
establishing
 new holiday traditions
of their own
it's a marvelous sight
for this momma's eyes
and heart
the best kind of christmas gift

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

efaith restored...

it's such a euphoric
feeling
 to end the year...
.

...with my faith restored
in mankind
do you remember
my tale
with the seller
from h e double hockey sticks
email from the attorney
at ebay
when i escalated a claim
that could have been
summarized
in one sentence
the ebay buyer protection plan
doesn't cover broken
stinky sewing machines
well believe it or not
after my ego recovered
i bid again on a pfaff 1475
and lost
so i sorta gave up
but oh how i love
 that machine


best one ever made
i have a few groups
of young teens
 waiting in the wings
for sewing classes
i can't wait to
get started
one more machine
 would be ideal
in sarah's sewcial lounge
so i bounced back onto
ebay
and found one
i bid and i won
it arrived today
packaged perfectly...


in the best
 of condition
even better
than my own
and included
a nice little note
from the seller
thank you mario
you made my day
and restored my faith
in mankind
ebay should thank you
i certainly do

Sunday, December 18, 2011

making progress...

i'm so very far
behind
in my paperwork...
.

...but it's quite boring
so to reward myself
each month i finished
i stitched one more row
i'm up to november
which means
ten more rows
of x-rated
 are complete

Saturday, December 17, 2011

loving luscious...

and making some
progress
with the hand...
.

stitching
one of the most
frequently heard
comments
when i announced
i would be opening
 a quilt store
nice
you'll be able to sew all day
not
doesn't happen often
until i started
my hand stitching project
i'm addicted
once again

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

the purple knickers...

twenty years ago today
that's how sarah and i
often start posts over...
.

it's fun to see what
we were up to
twenty years ago today
at times i think
twenty years is so long ago
and then i look
 at the photos
and it seems like
just yesterday
tonight
as i looked at what
we were doing
i huge wave of emotion
comes over me
first off
it's the purple velveteen
the true color doesn't shine
 in the pics
tj's knickers were made
of a rich deep
luscious purple
the top of sarah's dress too
the matching plaid
 was heavy, gorgeous taffeta
brought in especially for me
by jay broida the owner
of cutting room fabrics
he knew about my obsession
 with purple
so on one of his
 new york city buying sprees
he had me in mind
and my little girl
he was so excited to show me
i couldn't bring myself
 to tell him
that sarah was not doing well
in fact
the doctors were
starting to loose hope
her lungs were
continually collapsing
filling with fluid
she was aspirating liquids
to cause pneumonia
that would not respond
 to medicine
still i sat in my sewing studio
in the wee hours
 of the morning
to stitch up this
matching ensemble
for brother and sister
today as i look at
these photos
i recognize there
was a greater journey
one of immense teaching
the brother
the one who stood beside her
who protected her
without question


is right beside her
nearly every single day
i truly could not be more proud
of the man he has become
my heart swells with pride
each time i see the two of them
i hear them
engaging in grown up
conversation
yet my heart allows them to go back
to the day they
were wearing
taffeta plaid and
 fancy purple knickers

Monday, December 12, 2011

when life comes...

together and
things start
to make sense...
.
have you ever
 experienced
one of those times
i think i did
 today
all those years of
snow plow sam lessons
followed by
hockey, hockey and more hockey
and then it ends
or so you think
a few years later
sitting in world history class
only by a series of very
unique circumstances
boy meets girl
hearts go pitter patter
girl is nationally recognized
ice dancer
without a partner
sounds like a movie
sarah and i have watched
over and over again
wonder how this one
will turn out
sure is fun watching
i always thought
 a toe pick
would have been
 a fine choice

Saturday, December 10, 2011

angelina needs a family...

it's the time
of year
when the angel...
.
...tree goes live
over on the
it's the time
of year
when hearts soften
and funds are
raised
to help get the
sweet adorable children
born with down syndrome
living in orphanges
into the loving
caring homes
of a family
sweet
 adorable angelina
with her beautiful
red hair
and big brown eyes
is almost four years old
she needs a family
now
or she is in danger of being
transferred
where her life
will be even less than it is now
and death
is likely
please help pass the word
angelina needs a family
if you can't be her family
will you please
consider making a donation
 to her fund
familes are often out there
it's just the expense
 of the adoption that
holds them back
help us give a holiday
miracle to angelina

Monday, December 5, 2011

i love december...

it's the only
time
of the year...
.

...i can have
 two heaping scoops
of my all time
 favorite flavors
peppermint stick and
mint chocolate chip
i think i'll go
 curl up
next to the warm fire
to eat my ice cream
delicious