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. 

  1. As we drove from Lakewood Ranch, to Sarasota, out to Siesta Key, and then through downtown Sarasota, we noticed that most of the destruction left behind was fallen newly planted trees that had not been established yet and also older mature trees.  This row of trees will be easy to set right up again, but many many trees did not fair so well in our neighborhoods. And now the clean up begins. 
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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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34. OMG (Week 6)

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.”  ~ Anonymous ~

Two-way traffic had shifted to the south side of the street as the Bee Ridge Road widening project has been underway.  The project began July 2014 and expects to be completed in 2016.  This fire hydrant on the south side is a clue (OMG) on how much dirt must be brought in to raise up this side of the road to match the nearly finished north side.  It appears that the road shift for traffic to the north side will be in September – right around the corner (pun intended!)

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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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48. Sun Flare (Week 47)

“Your husband called – He said buy anything you want.”  ~ amusing sign I’ve found in dressing rooms ~

Gazing up through the skylight in The Mall at University Town Center, I was lucky to catch this sun flare for my blog.

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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?

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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.

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

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