52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


32. Out of Place (Week 14)

Grab your coat, and get your hat

Leave your worry on  the doorstep

Just direct your feet

To the sunny side  of the street.”

  ~   songwriters Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh – ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’. ~


Walking around the corner of Hillview and Osprey to go to breakfast at The Serving Spoon one Saturday, I came across this sight.  I can’t imagine how this hat came to be left behind the prior Friday night!



46. The Color Pink (Week 13)

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ” ~ Christopher Reeve ~

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pink is the awareness color for breast cancer.  Last week I had lunch at Panera Bread and they had chosen that day to support the fight against breast cancer.  The staff wore pink shirts, there were posters with supportive quotes everywhere, swags of pink balloons, pink butter mints on the tables and this gentleman who agreed to have his picture taken for our “pink” theme.



What Cancer Cannot Do –

Cancer is so limited…

It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the spirit.”

~ Author Unknown ~


Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.  ~Philip Gulley


I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

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22. In The Trees (Week 12)

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now. ”   ~  Chinese Proverb  ~

I looked up and saw that money really does grow on trees!


This past weekend I invited my Mom to go to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for lunch.  The beach atmosphere has made this a popular Sarasota indoor-outdoor establishment for locals and tourists. I had read that the current owners were offering a customized Tervis tumbler with lid for $10 to celebrate their 10 years in business – and Mom couldn’t resist a deal that celebrated our town!  As we rounded the porch and approached the entrance to the restaurant I told her that there were  thousands of dollar bills stapled to the posts, walls, and ceilings,  but then we looked up to see that the custom had crept outside and up a tree!


And in the spirit of the afternoon, we left our mark on the porch wall by our table!


Afterwards, I researched if it is illegal to write on a dollar bill and I find that there are no laws, but I found that “defacement of currency in such a way this it’s made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service.”  Hmmm….



41. Splash (Week 11)

A treasure to a little boy does not consist of money, gems or jewelry. He will find far greater pleasure in the wonder of a rock, pebble, stick or beetle.”  ~ Author Unknown ~

I just returned from a visit with my grandsons in Virginia and we had so much fun.  Each morning my daughter Tricia took us out to a different park in the area.  And each time, Ethan couldn’t resist tossing pebbles and small rocks in the water to watch them splash.


He could have done this all day!


The best memories are those made outside!


These photos and, of course many more, were taken at Old Mill Park, which is adjacent to the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.

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14. Here’s Your Sign (Week 10)

“Formula for success:  rise early.  work hard.  strike oil. “ ~ J. Paul Getty ~

When my son, Brian,  opened his independent insurance office in Sarasota, he wanted the name of his family owned and operated business to be a household word.  Doesn’t everyone call their Insurance Man?


He enlisted the help of his father-in-law, Tom Armstrong, to come up with his logo.  Being the creator of Marvin Comic Strip and numerous other projects, he rose to the task.


And then our good friend, John Mote, of Mote Quality Signs took care of the rest with his sandblasting, graphics, and etching.