52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


Week 2 – #34 Splash of Color

I was at a friend’s house a few evenings ago and my eye caught a framed picture on her wall.  Irene hails from Erie, PA, and a friend had presented it to her.  “Oh my gosh”, I said. “I took a picture of that same place!”  Then I promptly reached for my I-phone to show it to her.



As my son-in-law continued his drive along the Erie waterfront, he then drove us out to the peninsula of Presque Isle.  This state park is beautiful, even with gray skies.  As you start the drive on the frozen bay side, you are able to view Erie’s skyline,  migrating birds on the water, numerous “blinds” for hunters, a few ice fishermen, and numerous trails.  We continued on and reached the lake side where waves were crashing.  I asked to stop the car so I could get a few photos of Lake Erie and my grandson Ethan joined me.  I didn’t linger as I took a few quick photos.  While walking back to the car I commented on how unexpectedly cold it was and Ethan told me it was the “lake effect”.  I asked what that meant and he said “I don’t know.”  He’s only 5 and new to the area, but he’s already been hearing “lake effect” quite a bit!

I saw a splash of color,  which was quite a contrast to the dark trees and white snow, and quickly took pictures of the Presque Isle Lighthouse, shown here,  as we drove by.




43. Solitary (Week 51)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb ~

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My husband Greg’s favorite thing to do is to go fishing. This can be a solitary sport. As for me, when I go with him, I read while he fishes. To each his own solitude!


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3. Backlit (Week 50)

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.

  Don’t miss so many of them. “ ~ Jo Walton ~



My granddaughter Sara loves to go to the beach any chance she gets. She loves the sand, the waves, the sun. And when we called to see if she could join us for a late afternoon at Siesta Beach, I knew she’d say yes!  We had some fun with the sunset here.






52. Winter Landscape (Week 45)

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”  ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

Hmm… Winter Landscape – how am I suppose to show a typical wintery scene when I live on the sunny gulf coast of Sarasota, Florida???  I guess I’m just going to have to use some photos from when relatives came down to get out of their winter in January/February of this year.   IMG_4258 My cousin Don and his wife Juli came down from Minnesota.  We took a drive down beautiful Casey Key and then enjoyed some sunshine at the North Jetty in Venice.  I was amazed how many folks were just sitting in chairs along the banks of the Jetty.  If we asked, I’d bet they’d say they were from Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York! IMG_4268   Juli got her toes in the sand and then we did some shelling before heading for  lunch under the tiki bar at Spanish Pointe in Osprey.  What a great way to spend the afternoon with our northern cousins. IMG_4240   Uncle Gene and his wife Edie came down for several weeks from Wisconsin.  Edie wasn’t too steady on her feet, so we went to Turtle Beach at the south end of Siesta Key to take a look, but we didn’t walk it. IMG_4195   IMG_4199 And after stopping for dinner, Uncle Gene wanted to get some Florida postcards to send back up to snowy Bayfield Wisconsin. IMG_4299   IMG_4262


4. Bright Idea (Week 39)

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” ~ Anon. ~

My nephew Steve had his wedding on Siesta Beach in June.  As the wedding procession began, one of the guests decided that we were missing music.  As the bride approached, the thoughtful guest held her I-phone up as it played the Wedding March.









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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.









26. Light and Airy (Week 40)

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,

for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”   ~ Leonardo da Vinci ~


We were enjoying the sunset over the Gulf on Bradenton Beach with friends when we heard a bit of a noise in the sky.  We watched as two gas-powered parachutes were coming from the north and headed across the sunset.  Imagine the unrestricted view the occupants were having as they floated at bird speed across the sky over us.  For a moment they circled above us before they slowly continued south down our beautiful coastline.








48. There’s Nothing Better Than … (Week 25)

“Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  ~ NKV Proverbs 22:6 ~

Sure, it’s super being a gramma, but I must say one of my biggest joys is watching my daughter interact with her young boys.  I am so very proud to see the influence she has on molding and shaping their young minds.  She loves on them, encourages them, reads to them, laughs with them, plays with them, teaches them, corrects them ….  Phew!  My job is done!  There’s nothing better than raising your children and having them appreciate what you went through as they raise their own – and seeing what a great job they are doing as parents themselves.





The mother of boys is busy from son-up to son-down.” ~ Unknown ~