Red Truck

Posted: April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Red Truck

Ten years of service, waking the slumbering giant on the frigid winter nights that had blanketed the west side of Michigan with more awesome inches of snow. He had performed his job well, front blade and back,like a ballerina dancer,spinning around the circle, causing her audience to applaud and receiving accolades from the street musicians.
Were we revving up the motor for the last time? Would the guy from Rockford come to take it away?
It has become an ugly lawn ornament, we found it was better to snow blow than try to manipulate the plow in circles around center landscaping.

Days of service have ended.
Red paint now faded.
Rust is peeking through.
The smoke swirls from the engine and the belts squeal.

High anticipation…suddenly rejection.
It needed too much work.

The doors did not close, well they did with a bungee cord.
The gauges were broken.
The fluids leaked…just a little.
The box on the back was needing paint.

Could you just make me an offer…I know I said $1000.
As they drove off down the road.

Tom said, just put it back on Craig’s list every week.
He said to take the first offer.
He said not to wait for the right price.

Al called.
I said yes, still here.
I said sure come anytime.

Had any offers?

No, not yet.

He came with cash?


He will come back in a day or so to claim his win.

Thanks Al!

I wIsh you the best.

I hope he will find happiness in a new home.

I was ready to give it away.

We split the four hundred dollar bills between us.

Perhaps a rainy day emergency.
I consider it a gift from God. He always takes care of me. He is my provider.
Just as he flung the stars into the cosmos, he has a plan for you and me.

Isaiah 42

The Blogger’s Soul

Posted: March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The Blogger's Soul

Bearing your soul.
I just listened to a writer tell his audience, “What is there not to write about?”

As I sift through the people and places of my daily life, I find it is extremely important to listen.
We learn a lot.
Pastor said…
Joyce said…
My husband said…
My child spoke…

Some things I learned last week was that Denali National Park will not just let you drive through. They put people on school busses and chauffeur them through the amazing Alaskan tundra.
All caps of the word LORD in psalms reminds us of the Ia God Yahweh.
Mike crafted an eloquent phone call calmed down a customer and followed through on a pitch to crack a joke with John…no too funny, but ended up to make it an office sprinkle of fun to lighten up a heavy day.
She was tear-filled as she spoke of the riff between the two very close sisters. Hurting and sad. Needing to get this resolved.
He took a hurting widow with two small adorable redheads and began a family.
Jim at 82 married again. She is delightful and they are so much in love. I am very glad for him.
Thank you for a good week, Lord.
Thankful for your love and protection.
I love you.

Lily Memoir

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Covered Bridge in AdaThe Ada Covered Bridge is a 125-foot (38 m) span Brown truss covered bridge erected in 1867 in Ada, Michigan, United States. Carrying Bronson Street across the Thornapple River, it is located just south of where the Thornapple enters the Grand River, in turn just south of M-21. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Posted: January 29, 2013 in Paris France, Watercolor Photography

LeMarathon Latin Quarter Paris

Ice on my Carousel

They are in several tourist places in Paris, like the Place Saint-Pierre in Montmarte, Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg, but the most beautiful is the Eiffel Tower Carousel on the corner of the Pont d’Iéna and Quai Branly. What distinguishes this colourful carousel with white horses from any other in the world is the fact that it is right in front of the Eiffel Tower, giving an excellent opportunity for photographs.

Watercolor Vintage Plane

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Watercolor Relic Plane Antique, classic, heritage, historic, veteran or vintage aircraft are aircraft of an obsolete type which have been preserved beyond their normal life. Their owners are typically aviation museums, armed forces or private enthusiasts. Sometimes they may be maintained in an airworthy condition so that they can be flown at air displays or on public occasions.

The Children's Crusade of 1212

Less formal and less historically certain was a movement in France and Germany in 1212 which attracted large numbers of peasant teenagers and young people, with few under age 15, who were convinced they could succeed where older and more sinful crusaders had failed: the miraculous power of their faith would triumph where the force of arms had not. Many parish priests and parents encouraged such religious fervor and urged them on. The pope and bishops opposed the attempt but failed to stop it entirely. A band of several thousand youth and young men led by a German named Nicholas set out for Italy. About a third survived the march over the Alps and got as far as Genoa; another group came to Marseilles. The luckier ones eventually managed to get safely home, but many others were sold as lifetime slaves on the auction blocks of Marseilles slave dealers.The sources are scattered and unclear and historians are still not sure if there really was such a crusade, and if there was, exactly what happened to many of the thousands of children. Nevertheless, the memory of the event is part of European culture, and has often been used to tell a morality tale of purity of children versus the exploitation by adults, or perhaps to warn of the madness of mass hysteria.

Rest in Peace- Napolean

View from the tomb holding Napolean’s remains where he finally came to rest on French soil. The tomb is crafted in red porphyry, and placed on a green granite base, it is circled by a crown of laurels with inscriptions, which act as reminders of the empires great victories. In the round gallery is a series of low relief, sculptures by Simart. A statue of the emperor, bearing the imperial emblems, is located at the back of the crypt.

Hardouin-Mansart’s Dôme des Invalides, Paris

On the north front of Les Invalides (illustration, right) Hardouin-Mansart’s chapel dome is large enough to dominate the long façade, yet harmonizes with Bruant’s door under an arched pediment. To the north, the courtyard (cour d’honneur) is extended by a wide public esplanade (Esplanade des Invalides) where the embassies of Austria and Finland are neighbours of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all forming one of the grand open spaces in the heart of Paris. At its far end, the Pont Alexandre III links this grand urbanistic axis with the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The Pont des Invalides is next, downstream the Seine river. The Hôpital des Invalides spurred William III of England to emulation, in the military Greenwich Hospital of 1694.

Because of its location and significance, the Invalides served as the scene for several key events in French history. On 14 July 1789 it was stormed by Parisian rioters who seized the cannons and muskets stored in its cellars to use against the Bastille later the same day. Napoleon was entombed under the dome of the Invalides with great ceremony in 1840. In December 1894 the degradation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus was held before the main building, while his subsequent rehabilitation ceremony took place in a courtyard of the complex in 1906.
The building retained its primary function of a retirement home and hospital for military veterans (invalides) until the early twentieth century. In 1872 the musée d’artillerie (Artillery Museum) was located within the building to be joined by the musée historique des armées (Historical Museum of the Armies) in 1896. The two institutions were merged to form the present musée de l’armée in 1905. At the same time the veterans in residence were dispersed to smaller centres outside Paris. The reason was that the adoption of a mainly conscript army, after 1872, meant a substantial reduction in the numbers of veterans having the twenty or more years of military service formerly required to enter the Hôpital des Invalides. The building accordingly became too large for its original purpose. The modern complex does however still include the facilities detailed below for about a hundred elderly or incapacitated former soldiers.