Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Joseph A. Kalish
( Papa )

On February 15, 2009, my Papa passed away in Ocala, Fla.
Papa was a great man who will be missed so very much. He was the father to 6 sons, one of which passed away at birth, and two daughters. He had 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Today, at 8:30 am, they are having a service for him in Ocala but later he will be buried in Ohio. I feel sad that I couldn't be there for the service this morning but I will be there when he is buried in Ohio.

My family spent last week with my Nana and all of my dads family. My Nana is an amazing, strong loving woman who I love dearly. She and Papa were married 61 years.

When I think about my Papa, I think about all the times when I was younger that he and I would stand in his driveway and stare at the stars. He was always looking at the night sky and talking about all the possibilities of what existed out there. He is the reason I stare at the stars even now at my age and often wonder what else is out there too.

Papa was really wonderful with my kids especially Tyler. Tyler has always been very inquisitive and asks lots of questions about anything and everything. Papa always enjoyed sitting with Tyler and sharing with him what he knew. He never lost patience with Tyler and always took the time to listen.

Papa liked the things that were unexplained. My husband always remembers the first time Papa met him. My husband is from Egypt and my Papa shared with my husband his theory about how the pyramids were built and what they meant.

Papa never met a stranger and he touched everyone who he met. He was very active and involved in everything.

I can imagine Papa right now sitting with Jesus and talking about all the wonders of the world.

Papa, you will be missed dearly and you will always be loved so very much.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines To Everyone

Yesterday, I had a hell of a time getting a newlsetter out for the store. It is one of those projects that just seemed to be going nowhere from the start.
The first newsletter I had completed, was lost due to an error on my part. The second newsletter I messed up the template for it and had to start over again. Finally on the third attempt, I got the newsletter the way I wanted but because of the program I couldn't send it. I finally had to print the newsletter, scan it to my computer and then post it in Poppy's Scroll Saw Blog.
Ugh, the picture above describes exactly how I felt.

Happy Valentines Day To Everyone !!!!!

I hope you are having a good Valentines Day. We gave our kids their gifts last night. Tyler got a chocolate apple with a gummy worm inside and a heart box full of Hershey's Kisses. Kaitlyn got a chocolate frog with a gummy bug inside and a heart box with Reese's Peanut Butter Candies inside. Needless to say, lol, sugar high kids last night.

I took my daughter to the Valentines Jag Jam. She had a lot of fun dancing and running around with her girlfriends. I was the wall flower through most of it until I saw one my of my friends there. The best way to describe this dance was chaos at its best. Nothing greater than kids from kindergarden to fifth grade running around, laughing, dancing, squealing, and make huge conga lines that ran over anyone in their way. It was fun. Really.

I hope everyone has a great day and here's my little Valentines gift for you.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I wish I was here

I wish I was at the beach somewhere, kicked back and relaxing. To me there is no better place to be, with the warm sun and the sound of waves slapping the hot sands of a beach.

I haven't written in awhile because I have been working on other things but now I should be able to keep up with writing better.

Today is my kids last day of school for a week. Next week school is out for intercession. Normally every year the kids get 2 weeks for vacation. This year the school decided to split up those weeks so they added a week off in February.

I don't think my son will be enjoying it because he is failing one subject in school and missing assignmants in all the rest. For some reason, he has decided he doesn't need to do or turn in school work, thus his grades are now scraping the bottom of the failing barrel.

Tonight, my daughter might be going to her first dance. The Valentine's Jag Jam. That is going to depend on what time my husband gets home from work. The school requires that she is escorted by a parent so that will be me. lol. That should be a lot of fun.

We recently discovered that our truck doesn't have a blown engiine as we were told by the mechanics we orgianlly had the truck looked over by. Instead of having to pay for a whole new engine, we had the truck towed back to our house and it has been sitting in the driveway ever since. A friend of ours came over and looked at the truck a discovered the the headgasket may be cracked or the cylinder. Anyway, we are waiting to find out when it can be fixed and how much it will cost. I hate having only one vehicle now.

Today, we have updated Poppy's Scroll Saw Woodwork Blog. There is an interview there with Poppy about his interests, how he became involved with scroll saw woodwork, and what his favorite pieces are that he has done. Check out the blog for all the details.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Native American Story Using Scroll Saw Woodwork

Native American Story Using Scroll Saw Woodwork

A Nice Spring Like Day

It is such a beautiful day outside. The weather is supposed to be in the 60's from now until the middle of next week. Hopefully, all this wonderful weather coming up doesn't mean that before winter is over we are going to get a really nasty ice storm or something.

A couple of days ago my husband and I went and got his brithday present. His birthday isn't until the 22nd of this month but that's ok. I guess his present covers Valentines also.
We got him an iphone. That thing is so cool with so many different applications that can be put on it. The touch screen is amazing and he is so happy with it. He had been using a blackberry for the last 3 or so years. The blackberry was on its last leg. The dial wasn't working anymore and neither was the alarm clock.

Wanted to remind everyone that they should check out Poppy's blog for current information on the store. There is an extension on the Valentine's coupon we have available and also a brief discussion on Grandma's Corner.

Hope everyone is having a great day and that you are getting a little warm weather.

Sunday, February 1, 2009