Thursday, May 28, 2009

Here's To You Cliff

Tomorrow our church will gather as a family to remember our friend Cliff. We know that he will not see another sun set here on earth and it is sad for us. However, we know that he will be up there in the big sky - probably adjusting the color of future sunsets. There is no doubt that he will gather everybody around the campfire and all will listen to one of his many stories - some true and some otherwise. Oh yes, he was a great teller of stories and the twinkle in his eye will shine across the heavens.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Color Purple

Here is another quick snap from a neighbor's flower garden. I really enjoy the deep color of these flowers - it's a shame they only last a few days. It just serves as a reminder to each of us, that you have to stop and enjoy the pleasures of life as they appear, and don't wait too long, or the opportunity will be lost.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Look Upward

It's Tuesday already. We spent the holiday weekend traveling up the western shoreline along Lake Michigan from Benton Harbor to Frankfort The weather was great and we got a bunch of pictures to sort thru.
As you probably will guess the picture to the right is NOT from Michigan. It was taken in the desert near Tuscon. It is what I needed today. Our family is struggling with illness. And our church family suffered a a loss this morning. This picture reminds me, that no matter what we are dealt in life, look upward.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Some Gave All

I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free
I can't forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cries
As he said these words to me

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through
for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all
Now Sandy Kane is no longer here
But his words are oh so clear
As they echo through out our land
For all his friends who gave us all
Who stood the ground and took the fall
To help their fellow man
Love your country and live with pride
And don't forget those who died
America can't you see

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through
for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall,
yes recall
Some gave all
Some gave all

Bill Ray Cyrus - From His Album - Some Gave All

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Great Lakes

This weekend is Memorial Day and a lot of folks will be

heading out to the waterways here in Michigan. Gas prices went up - in honor of the holiday - but never fear, we will still enjoy the many lakes nearby. Wouldn't it be nice to go out in one of these kayaks and sneak into a nice quiet location, well away from the noisy boats and just listen to the quiet, watch the wildlife and snap a few pictures?

Barber Pole

I really like the small little old country towns that you find along the highway. I mean the country road highways ...not the super speedways. You know about these little towns....they are one street wide and once you get off the main drag you are back in the country. Recently Greg had a training seminar in one of these towns, and I went along. Of course I took my camera, and for about four hours I walked around town taking pictures of whatever caught my fancy. One lady was watching me for a while then came up to ask me what I was doing? See she knew I wasn't from around there. I told her that I was taking pictures of interesting things and she said "I don't know what you would see interesting in this town." Little did she know that I had taken well over 200 pictures. Anyway, I discovered that there were 3 working barber poles in this town. I hadn't seen a real rotating barber pole for a long time, so I took a number of pictures. I don't know if they planned it or not, but there was a dog grooming parlor right next to a human beauty salon. I wonder if they coordinate grooming appointments - so that you can have the dog done at the same time as your appointment. This would certainly save time while you were in town. Maybe for an extra fee they'll keep the dog while you are grocery shopping at the only food store in town. That's right - no McDonalds or fast food! I wonder how they survive?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Country Livin' At It's Best

This is another picture I took when we were out and about. I liked this place, because it was an old homestead (big old barn, house and outbuildings), and the folks living there have gone to the time and expense to fix everything up. I really like these old buildings, and it makes my heart smile when someone is willing to preserve them for the next generation to see. I also like the really old wagon that they had placed in front of the barn. What you DON'T see, which I thought was really funny....was an old antique Rolls Royce that was parked just out of this picture. This family has an eclectic collection of many fun things. Ask me how I know - they were having a garage sale - and we just had to stop. Tis the season......

Friday, May 15, 2009

Something Old - Something New

We came across this piece of old farm machinery recently while out garage saling. It reminds me that no matter how old something is - there is aways a purpose for existance and something useful can be accomplished. I love the old and new together. It makes me smile. If you would like to see more of my spring flower pictures click here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Look for Humor All Around You

We were driving down the road, our favorite weekend past time, and we spotted this apartment complex. Who ever did that has a unique sense of humor - and practical also. It was too early in the spring for the snowbirds to have taken up residency, we'll have to go back and see if there are any vacancies, or space available. I wonder how the birds figure out who goes where? Is it first come first served? Do they consult with each other? Do they compromise? Do they move to a different address if someone challenges them? Is there a Board of Trustees? Is it a democracy? Do they use the team approach for decisions? Huummm......maybe we can learn something from this.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Life's Crazy Path"

This picture was taken at the antique tractor show last weekend. When I look at it I kinda think about how complicated life can be. In order for everything to run smoothly everything must be working correctly together. Some pieces are larger than others, some smaller, but they are all important. The belt that holds this mammoth piece of equipment together has no beginning and no ending. It continually goes around in circles. Sometimes when one roller is slightly slow to respond, the others can carry the load and keep things progressing. Now that's teamwork. Hummm....interesting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is my sister's birthday. Even though we are both very busy doing "our own thing" we try to find time to do something special together in May because we both have a birthday during the month. Well we haven't figured out what it will be yet this year. Any suggestions?

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Good Ol' Days

On Thursday the Brass & Gas Car Club stopped by our church for a dinner. They were on their spring tour. What an exciting experience to see so many 1912 and earlier antique cars all lined up. The weather didn't cooperate, as it drizzled most of the day. But that didn't dampen anybody's spirits. If you want to see more pictures, follow this link.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

You can't take the country out of the girl.

In case you need proof that country life is in my blood, I found an old picture that mom kept for many years. Yep! That's me on Granpa's Ford N. I was only 4 years old at the time. Thanks to mom for keeping so many of those old pictures. It is fun to look at them - they bring back a lot of memories. Catch ya latter......

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Who Am I?

Who Am I?
Something you need to know about me is that I was raised on a farm in southern Michigan. Although our family lived on a working farm, dad also had an off the farm job – to support his dream of raising his family on a farm. This experience influenced me throughout my entire life. I have many fond memories of riding on a John Deere “B”, sitting on the seat facing backwards, while Dad plowed and planted the fields. We did this together for many hours. Some of you will know what I am talking about when I say I can still hear the familiar sound of the John Deere “putt… putt… putt”. Hence, I am using the photo of the John Deere as my identity photo in honor of my dad– at least for now. The other really neat thing is that I have a soul mate who also enjoys many of the same things that I do. Thus we are able to enjoy tractor pulls, farm shows, and country fairs together. Here we are at the first show of the season. Stay tuned…….

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Beauty of Spring

Still more proof that Spring has Sprung. It’s easy to smile with all of this new life & beauty surrounding us – It takes all of our senses to appreciate this time of the year.
Ahhhhh life's great.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

Let me start off right away and let you know that I am not a "winter" person. Winter is for good books, a fireplace, a snuggly blanket, and a cat on your lap. So you can only imagine how exciting it was to me to see that spring has finally arrived in southern Michigan. I was getting worried - just last week there was a thin skin of ice on the outisde cat's water bowl. But we are past that now. While I did find this field to be rather beautiful, it also indicates that the lawn will need mowing - dandelions appeared everywhere this week with their smiling little faces.

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Beginnings

This is a first for me. I am starting my very own blog. Who says you are ever tooooo old to learn something new.