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Good Night, Roxie

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Our beloved Roxie was put down on Monday, July 27th;  In Lakewood, age 13 (going on 3).  I don’t want to get into the details, but her downhill slide took roughly a month.  She was very alert, still wagging her tail when I came over to her though clearly in serious discomfort.  She had not been eating regularly for weeks, and was getting very weak.  It killed us to put her down, but if you loved your pet like we loved Roxie you had to ~ her quality of life was just not there and we didn’t want to prolong her agony.

I cannot tell you everything she meant to us, me especially.  She was Slim’s dog for her first few years, but when I came into the picture 9 years ago we became companions very quickly.  We put up with all her anxieties : thunderstorms, strong winds, fireworks, fireplace noises, escaping through open windows ~ there are many more.  We accepted these things as the way she is, and adapted to her.  She was very smart : she knew that “dah” meant yes and “nyet” meant no, and she knew right from left, among many other things (though she was easily & regularly duped by our Beagle-mix, Terra).

Roxie was also very much my dog in the sense that we loved being out of doors.  She and I couldn’t wait for Spring, loved the Summer, and stayed outside as long as possible in the Fall.  She would lay in the snow when I would shovel and look down the hill at her domain, always in her “Great Sphinx” position.  She was my shadow, and always had to be near us ~ not always under foot, but always where we were.

I won’t go into everything that made her a special companion, but it was obvious to the myriad of people that knew her that she was not your ordinary dog.  She had no way of knowing how loved she was, but I think she had an idea.  She was a bright spot in our lives, and will truly be missed always…


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Wednesday, 29 July, 2009 @ 14:38 at 14:38

And Then There Was (Almost) One

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As is family tradition on Slim’s side, we ventured to the Baltimore area the Friday after Thanksgiving for another Thanksgiving with the kin in Maryland.  I love that part of the country, and Uncle Mike, Aunt Mary and Anastasia have a beautiful home and property.  It’s always great to see everyone, and as usual, there was an abundance of food – including a bushel of Chesapeake Bay Oysters, thanks to Karl & Barb.  There is nothing like fresh shucked Oysters !

Mike & Mary have a nicely landscaped back yard that sits on a hillside, and includes a couple of ponds.  The yard is mostly fenced in, so we thought we’d leave Roxie & Terra off of their leashes to explore the vast yard.  Every now and again I would get a “visual” to make sure that Rox didn’t run off, and that Terra didn’t get abducted by a chupacabra or something.  Also, many of us were outside enjoying the sun and some fresh pirozhki – footballs as we call them.

All was going smoothly until I heard a large splash !  Since I knew that Terra – aka Fatty – would be where the food was I yelled for Roxie. “Roxie COME !  ROXIE COME !” – nothing.  I ran down the hill to find that she had fallen through the ice on the larger pond !  She was about in the middle, with her top half exposed, nails digging into the ice.  I called her but she wouldn’t even look in my direction – she was paralyzed with fear, wimpering lightly.  I pulled off my socks and shoes and went in and got her, delivering 45 pounds of wet, shivering canine safely back to shore.

Roxie HATES water, so this was a nightmare scenario for her !  Even bathing her is very traumatic, and she shakes the whole time – tries to escape the tub also.  I can only think that because the pond was algae covered and frozen that she thought it was just more of the yard.  I am obviously very thankful that we were outside and that I heard what happened, or we might be one dog short today !  I can’t wait to visit again to see if Roxie has a flashback when I take her back to that spot.  She may not be smartest dog in the yard, but she’s got the memory of an elephant…

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Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 @ 12:43 at 12:43

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Il Dolce Far Niente

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The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

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Thursday, 31 July, 2008 @ 5:52 at 5:52

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When I first started blogging I wasn’t sure what I would write about, or if I would even stick with it. I wrote a lot of posts early on because it was someting new and different, and I wanted to get a running start on the whole thing. I didn’t know where it would go from those first posts just over a year ago – but I certainly do now. It was new, and now it isn’t.

Things like this have happened to me my entire life. You know, you start something and are “into it” for awhile and then something else comes along. In my 20’s and early 30’s it was playing sports : football, basketball, racquetball, golf, softball, mountain biking and others. In my mid-30’s life got busy so I dropped everything but an occasional game of hoops and my biking, and I started cooking, staying home and entertaining a lot more. Late 30’s/early 40’s less hoops, a bit less biking, a bit less entertaining (but still more than most). Now, I spend a lot of time on the house & yard, in the kitchen, and gardening.

I have also “dialed it down” – at least compared to how I was – always on the go. I enjoy shopping at ethnic markets and specialty stores instead of always at the “mega-grocery”, and I only go to stores when I absolutely “need” something – not just to shop or look around. I cannot tell you the last time I went to a mall – it has been well over a year. When I bike, it’s normally because I get that “urge” to go, not because I feel I “need” to get some biking in. Often evenings are just spent reading, pondering, and conversing – with a bit of wine and a fire. I do not like to feel rushed or obligated to anything.

So to summarize – I’m just in a “different place” right now. And in a few months I may be in “another place”. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to stop by, to comment, to give their opinion. I’m not saying that this is a final post as I may blog again, even under a different blog name, and maybe not even as JTI. I am constantly evolving, and only God knows what the future holds – for any of us…

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Sunday, 6 January, 2008 @ 9:32 at 9:32

4 Days and Counting…

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Four days and counting – that’s all I have left in my current position in Supply Chain Management.  After many weeks of interviews and phone calls, my company has FINALLY hired my replacement.  I figured it would take about six weeks to find the right person, and it basically did by the time the position hit the job boards.  Starting Tuesday 09/04  – my first day – I will be in charge of my new department for a month while Bossman takes a long vacation.

As some of you may recall from my earlier post (, I was very unhappy and gave notice that I was leaving the company – with absolutely NOTHING lined up.  The next morning I was offered a new position in Facilities Management.  If you leave out the over night period since I gave notice at 4:30 in the afternoon, I was basically “re-hired” in a span of about less than an hour – not bad !  Thanks again, Lord – I am blessed !

The department I will be working in is basically charged with making sure the facilities, grounds, building mechanical systems and repairs & maintenance activities perform as advertised.  We have roughly 130,000 sqft of office and factory space (split evenly), along with 30 acres of property.  Along with the aforementioned areas of responsibility, my department also is a fully-functioning fabrication shop with machining, sheet metal fab, saw-cutting and welding capabilities – a very talented crew of six guys.

As a gift to myself I decided (as has become tradition for me) to take off this Friday after “College Football Thursday” as I call it.  I started this years ago so that I could get my fill of football by staying up late watching games, and also watching those meaningless West Coast games (still good football though).  Notre Dame kicks off yet another National Championship run on Saturday, plus it’s a holiday weekend !  Four days on, four days off, lotsa College Football and the last holiday of Summer – not a bad way to start off my new endeavor…

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Saturday, 25 August, 2007 @ 8:27 at 8:27

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True Crime – updated (from March 2007)

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The stolen Picassos worth almost $70 million from my earlier post ( have been recovered in Paris !  Guess they didn’t get very far in 5 months.  Story here :

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Thursday, 9 August, 2007 @ 4:41 at 4:41

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Playing Your Hand (Part 1 ?)

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Let me preface this by saying that this post will be kind of “vague” due to the fact that some of my co-workers may read this.  It’s not that I’m concerned that they will, it’s just that this “drama” has not completely unfolded as of yet, and I want to keep the “playing field” level.  Only upper management knows what’s going on.

I work in Supply Chain Management for a rapidly growing company in a CLE suburb.  It’s a company that for the most part treats it’s employees well, and offers above average bennies.  I have been with the company less than 2-1/2 years, and have been less than pleased with my role – I have voiced this on many occasions – most recently at my last review in May.  I have been looking for a different employer for a few months, but being VERY selective.

I finally, after much internal debate (and prayer), gave them notice on Monday afternoon.  I stated I would give them 6 weeks to find my replacement – about the time it should take them to find a suitable candidate.  BTW – I had nothing lined up.  I am passionate about my happiness, so I was willing to take a job doing “whatever” in an attempt to regain “me”.  I say that because myself and others had noticed “changes” in me – I noticed them as well long before they did.  It’s also part of the reason I lost my creativity in the kitchen, and for posting here.

So first thing this morning I see my supervisor, our VP of Operations and HR in a meeting about my resignation.  Policy is normally to allow people to leave without compromise.  After their meeting, Mr. HR stops by my cell and asks to see me in a conference room – seems they want me to stay and understand my reasoning for leaving.  They know that I also have a very strong background in Facilities Management, Capital Improvements and Project Management (all of which I LOVED), so they ask if I would meet with our Facilities Manager about working for him.    I have lunch with the guy, who is a man I have a lot of respect for as we currently work very closely.

Later I see yet another meeting going on with the same “group”, this time including Facilities Guy – my curiosity is piqued.  Zip forward to the end of the day : HR Guy is out for the rest of the week and says Monday we’ll discuss the transition and finding my replacement.  So let’s get this straight –  I go from a perfectly solid job at a great company, resign from it (willing to work for peanuts just to be happy), then against policy, basically get a job offer to stay and work in a brand new position in an area I really enjoy ?  I know it ain’t over yet, but I feel very blessed.  I don’t think this happens very often…

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Tuesday, 3 July, 2007 @ 20:43 at 20:43

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