52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


A6. Animals at Play (Week 51)

Every now and then Sly would swat at the dog or Roxy would nudge the cat – and the romping begins.  Round and round they would go.  They play and play until one grows tired of it and strolls away – usually Sly.  But try as I might, I could not get a clear photo of the tumbling and wrestling, so I’ve had to settle for this.




Where Dogs Come From

(From a lost chapter in the Book of Genesis:)

Where Dogs Come From…Adam was walking in the garden and cried out to God, “You used to walk with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonely here, and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal.

And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And God said, “Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him.

And Adam was comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”

And the Lord said, “I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being.

And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased.
And Adam was greatly improved.
And Dog was happy.
And Cat didn’t give a rat’s butt one way or the other.


~ source unknown ~


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36. Pretty Baby (Week 50)

“Let him sleep

for when he wakes

he will move mountains.”

  ~ nursery quote ~




We quietly peered into Graham’s crib and took this picture last weekend at 15 weeks old.



43. That Reminds Me (Week 49)



I lost a friend this weekend. Bill had just said good-bye to a group of us who had met for breakfast. He got on his motorcycle and headed home. As he was stopped at a light at an intersection, a car rode up on him and dragged him 250 feet. The car then left the scene.




Bill was 61 years old. He was a soft-spoken man who came to club meetings that promoted safety, he donated to causes to support Veteran’s causes and to save children’s lives, and he participated in 9/11 rides. He will be missed by his friends, family, and motorcycling community.

There are organizations that are trying to strengthen laws and awareness for motorcyclists rights. For some reason, penalties for causing a fatality of a motorcyclist are not as severe as penalties for killing another driver. The AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) works hard to introduce legislation in this area to support motorcyclists. AAA (American Automobile Association) has made Intersection Awareness their cause by introducing a motorcycle sign at intersections in 60 cities across the country.

When I am in a car and am behind a motorcycle, I try to keep my distance at stops so that if a car were to hit me from behind, I would not run up on the bike. And as a motorcyclist, when traveling in small groups, we learn not to leave so much gap in between us on the road that a car will pull dangerously between us.

As you see the “Watch out for motorcyclists” decals on vehicles, let it remind you to Please be especially alert at intersections.



28. Love Is… (Week 48)

“Let’s take the long way around the world

sharing eachother as we go

Let’s take the long way around the world

and let’s take it real slow.”

~ Ronnie Milsap song  ~


There have been many gifts between us in our 34 years together, but sometimes we agree that for the occasion “it will be just a card this time, right?”  Happy Anniversary, Greg!




1. A Hot Ride (Week 47)

“Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.”  ~ Author Unknown ~

Today my husband and I took a little road trip out of town and as we circled back home to Sarasota from Dunedin, we stopped at Brandon Harley.  All the hot rides got my attention.


This one said “Please sit on me” – so I did.


Aha – I discovered they make lower Harleys.  This two-tone maroon 883 Harley Sportster is just my size.  As a 5’1 lady, not many bikes are comfortable for me.  I do love the Honda I have – but if I got a Harley, think of all the shopping I could do!  Harley boots, Harley shirts, Harley Jeans, Harley bags, Harley jewelry…..



19. I Want One (Week 46)

“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”  ~ dieter’s saying of unknown origin from the 1930’s ~


Number one rule:  Do not go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.  My husband and I juice fruit and vegetables every morning for breakfast in a “NutriBullet” – and one stop in the Publix bakery can set us back a whole week.  I was drawn to this case and I must admit that I did walk away with a glazed donut in hand!








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23. It Floats (Week 45)

“And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
 ~ Lee Greenwood ~


This is a weekend of parades around the country.  Of course “small town America” has a lot of July 4th parades.  And when you live in Florida, it’s not unusual to see boats as floats.



This was a 6 – mile parade route down Anna Maria Island the morning of July 4th.





People line up for miles hoping to get beads.  And they didn’t mind getting wet from any “super soakers.”





The evening of July 3rd is another kind of parade in Sarasota.  The Annual Parade of Boats showcases the boats that have arrived in town on the Offshore Grand Prix circuit.




The 30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival spans over a week and culminates over the July 4th weekend with the Sarasota Boat Races on Sunday.  Since 1984, this event has raised millions of dollars to build facilities for physically and mentally challenged individuals in our community.




The offshore race will cover 6 1/2 miles off Lido Key Beach.  There are two heats on race day (11:00 and 1:00) and they typically last about an hour each.  Fans will watch the racing boats reach 100 miles per hour on the straight-a-ways while  helicopters keep a watchful eye above.  The Annual Parade of Boats down Main Street on Thursday night is an opportunity for the public to see the boats up close.  The boats are on display again at Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park on Saturday.