Archive for September, 2009

80th Birthday Project

September 11, 2009

I am working on a piece for my wonderful hairdresser and friend, Jennifer. Her father, whom she loves very much,  is turning 80 this year. She asked me to make him something for this special celebration. What I have done is alter playing cards with photos of her father and family.  I bought a great wooden cigar box that will hold the cards. The outside lid will be adorned with empty pocket watches that will contain more close up photos. This isn’t completed yet, but I thought I would post where I am at with it. Any comments woulds be appreciated!


026From his military days.

027Josie, the real queen of the house! 🙂           Childhood holiday.

028Every man has his favorite chair!                        Clint Eastwood at Halloween.029The love of camping…                                  Isn’t this image sweet?

030More camping , a favorite hobby.



September 11, 2009


My father’s flag

Served in the United States Air Force

Recipient of the Bronze Star

Sitting here at the table thinking that eventful day. The weather was similar but the mood was so different. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing unfold on the television. Sitting on my bed in my white robe with my husband(was home with Allie, who was sick), I knew life was never going to be the same. And it hasn’t.

I think of the hearts and lives shattered that day and can’t help but think about how in other countries and places, this is a way of life, where bombs blowing apart buildings and people are laying down their lives for what they feel is a just and righteous cause.

I’m 39 years old. I,  like many other children, have put my hand over my heart to say the pledge  and even remember the bicentennial of 1976, when every park bench and fire hydrant  in Danville was painted red, white and blue.  Of my 39 years, the morning that started off sunny and crisp eight years ago, was the first time  in my gut did I feel a sense of patriotism.  Watching the plane hit the Twin Towers, watching the screaming, horrified people, I recall whispering to Pat, “We are going to war.”

And we did.

You can drive yourself insane wondering why this happened. You can look at from a million different angles. In the end, I can only say that when I sat on my porch with family, feeling stunned as we held onto our coffee cups,  I know that I would never take my family for granted–for our lives are quite fragile, as it was painfully made clear–and I know that I would not take for granted my country. Despite her flaws and imperfections, there is no place I would rather live.

May God bless America.


September 1, 2009

I’m very happy to report Tanner is doing ok after his recent injuries. His eyes are a bruised rainbow of colors, he currently can’t breathe from his nose and the pending nasal surgery has him scared-but all and all, he is on the mend.  From this situation we(my family and I) have learned a few things:

1. How fragile yet resilient the human body is.

2. Our friends and family are there to cheer us on when we are winning and console us when we lose.

3. Chicken soup made by a friend makes your tummy and heart warm.

4.This happening wasn’t for nothing-a friend of Tanner’s has decided that he isn’t ready to step in the ring (like he thought he was) after seeing what happened.

5. How illness or injury quickly puts things into perspective.

6. Medicine is amazing.

7. How humbling the kindness of strangers can be.

8.Our children grow up-even if you don’t want them to.

9.God teaches and disciplines those he loves.

10. (and from Tanner) It’s all fun and games until an angry little guy hits you in the nose. 🙂