52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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35.  Rows of … Fallen Trees

This past weekend we braced for Hurricane Irma as it appeared that Sarasota may be in its path. Wind and rain pelted our homes Sunday night.  On Monday many of us dealt with power outages. As ours came back on, Tuesday my mother was ready to return to her home. As we took a ride down the newly opened Lorraine Road, we saw rows of uprooted newly planted trees. 

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A1. In a Bowl

In a bowl…ing alley!  Labor Day weekend was the annual “Good Old Days” event at Sarasota Lanes.  Bowling, beer, soda, and hotdog prices were rolled back to one dollar each.  Word was put out in our new Del Webb Lakewood Ranch neighborhood to introduce new residents to our local bowling alley.  We filled seven lanes and will most certainly return another day!

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37.  Senior Hands

My mother-in-law, Laura, turned 96 this week. Oh my, the stories she could tell you.  With these hands, she swung a bat on a baseball team in the “League of her Own” era and rolled her way into the Bowlers Hall of Fame. Laura and her husband, Everett, also owned a local auto body paint store here in Sarasota for years (Pete’s Auto Paints)  and she mixed thousands of gallons of paint!


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Week 3 – #A5 Seasonal

“Snowbirds” are seasonal, so I thought why not share a picture of some actual feathered friends who are just that.  The white pelicans “winter” in Florida;  they arrive in the fall and depart in the spring.  They usually stay in a geographically protected area, such as a lagoon, harbor, estuary, or mangrove islands.  This picture was taken off the Swordfish Grill in the Cortez Village.

 

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Other places you may find them in Bradenton are on the bayside of Anna Maria Island and Robinson Preserve.  In Sarasota, you would have good luck at Myakka State Park, the Celery Fields out Palmer Road, Benderson Park, and Sarasota Bay.