52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


A5. Reflections (Week 25)

“Vision without execution is just hallucination.”   ~ Henry Ford ~

I went with my husband to the 46th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser Antique Car Show held in Lakewood Ranch today.  He pointed out many cars that he had owned in his earlier years – ’67 Chevy Nova, ’62 Chevy Impala, ’64 Galaxy, ’57 Ford Fairlane,  Chevy Corvair, MGB, ’70 Mustang, …..

Thousands of people showed up to reflect on their past and enjoy their classic car memories.  More than a thousand vintage cars, 1990 or older, from all over Florida and neighboring states were on display.  This collector car meet was for any vehicle 25 years or older.

There was also a car corral for those wishing to sell their vehicles, vendors (couldn’t resist buying a vinatage sign), and refreshments provided by the Sarasota Bahia Vista Mennonite Church (had to buy a fresh donut and sloppy joe, of course!).

I was drawn to a table with old radio microphones and there was Norm who used to work for WKXY and WYND.  Ah yes – I remember calling in to make those dedications and song requests.


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This must’ve been a police car.


There are always muscle cars with flames in the show.


“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”  ~ Henry Ford ~

Some are drawn to the classier cars.

IMG_4169 IMG_4183   “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  ~ Henry Ford ~

Does this make you think of the family truckster and a trip to Wally World??


And I appreciate the touches of humor.  He could’ve had a V-8!


“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.  Ford replied, ”Produce it anyway.”

Love the retro Florida touch, too. IMG_4185


9. Drops of Water (Week 24)

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” ~ 1971 song by the Carpenters

Actually, no.  I like the rain.  It rained Monday night.  Could that mean we have a cold front coming to Florida?  With visitors in town, I’ll have to stay tuned to the weather report!

Rain is the theme of many songs. Admit it, when you read these words, the timeless tune is running through your head!

Singin’ in the Rain – originally published in 1929:
Singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain
What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds so dark up above
The sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love

Rhythm of the Rain – Cascades 1962:
Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I’ve been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

Who’ll Stop The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970:
Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun
And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain


34. Patterns (Week 23)

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  ~ Plato ~

Five of us sat down to a friendly game of “Mexican Train” this past weekend.  With each round, a new pattern was formed.  It’s fun to see where each player will place their next domino piece.





Mexican Train is a simple domino game that can be enjoyed by a group. It follows the same basic rules of play as most domino games, with dominoes being placed end to end with matching halves touching each other.

Depending on the number of players, you can use a set of Double 9 dominoes, Double 12, or Double 16.  A small marker is also needed for each player.  Usually a penny is used for each player and a nickel is used for the Mexican Train.

There are slight variations to the rules – but we go by “House Rules.”  That is where the game is explained and whoever hosts the game at their house can decide what rules are acceptable.

To set up the game, the dominoes are placed face down and mixed in the center of the table.  Players draw enough tiles to evenly deplete the pile.  In a game using a Double 12 set of dominoes, the first round is the “round of 12,” and the player holding the double 12 domino plays it in the center. Each player will build their own train from this hub.  Subsequent rounds decrease in number, so the second round will be started with the double 11 domino.

If there were extra dominoes after each player had drawn an equal number of dominoes to start, whoever had the twelve in this first round would draw a replacement domino and then take the first turn.  Continuing clockwise, each player takes a turn to form a train as long as possible from the center toward himself. Dominoes are played end to end in a single line, with the first domino played matching the number on the center domino.

On subsequent turns,  each player may play one domino from their hand onto either their own train or the special Mexican Train, which is marked with the one unique marker and follows the same rules of play as the individual trains. If a player cannot play a domino, a marker is placed on their train, signifying that it is “open” for other players to play on. The marker is to remain until the player can place a domino on their own train on a later turn.

When a player plays a Double, they get an extra turn.  A domino can then be placed on the double or on another train.  If the player is not able to follow up with the extra turn, then they must put a marker on their train.

When one player has played all of his dominoes, the round is over. All players must now count the number of “pips” on the dominoes remaining in their hands;  this is their score for the round.  After all the rounds have been completed, the player with the lowest score wins.



2. Below The Knees (Week 22)

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
– Anonymous


I’d forgotten that I took these photos with “Below The Knees” in mind!  The only way to create sidewalk chalk art is to get down on your hands and knees – and the only way to view it is to look down below the knees, as well.
























For 6 years, The Sarasota Chalk Art Festival was held in downtown Sarasota. This most recent festival in November was moved to another part of the county.  Venice hosted the event at three locations.  Artists came from all over the world to participate in this global community-based event.  Thousands of people are drawn to the festival and the public could interact with the artists as they created their beautiful pavement art.  The theme was “Extinct & Endangered Species.”   There was traditional art as well as 3D illusionistic paintings.  All the colors were really vivid, as you can see.






29. On Two Wheels (Week 21)

I spotted this bicycle with all of the bells downtown this weekend.  I do not know the story – do you?



from Worldwide Cycling Atlas:

Welcome to Biketopia.

Ride a bike.
And discover it’s not only a form of transportation,
neither a way of life.
Look around. It’s a common pleasure.
Something the richest person on earth
and the most humble man can both enjoy.
And when you enjoy something,
pleasure turns into energy.
Energy that not only takes you from one place to the other,
but also turns the world into a better place.
A place where everybody chooses to burn calories
over burning fuel.
Where people make things happen
instead of clicking the “Like” button.
Where the thing you love the most
can push you forward.
Finding this place is up to you.
It’s not on your couch,
It’s not on TV.
It’s not at your door.
It might be hard to imagine two wheels and a chain making a difference.
But we do.


7. Car Lights (Week 20)

“Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and white.”
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie ~

It was foggy on my way to work this morning. It occurred to me that the gray reminded me of a winter landscape up north. At least here in sunny Sarasota we know that the sky will clear up and the sun will come out! There was a beauty in the fog this morning and I appreciated seeing other car lights pierce through the mist.