Day 132 – Vanity Plates

I love my F-150. This is the first pickup truck I’ve owned and I really enjoy driving it, and when I go to the hardware or lumber store, it really comes in handy. The other first for me is a vanity license plate. I have already taken some ribbing from strangers. This evening a guy asked me if I get mugged a lot. When I asked him why he said, “your license plate says you’re a Rich man.” I told him, “my name is Rich, and I may never be wealthy, but I’ll always be Rich.” He smiled and said, “I like that”.

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Day 131 – Autumn Olive

The Autumn Olive is in full bloom. The fragrance of the blossoms fills the air. When I see an Autumn Olive, it reminds me of an earlier time. We lived in an old farmhouse and decided to plant 100 Autumn Olive trees we purchased from the county. Our lab puppy Sheba, was keeping me company while I was planting the trees. One by one, I would push the spade into the earth to open a crevice to plant each little sapling. I was happy to be nearing the end of my planting task, there were about five more to plant, when I looked back to survey my progress. Much to my dismay, Sheba had pulled up each of the baby trees, just as quick as I had planted them. All the little trees I had planted lay strewn about the yard and Sheba was standing there wagging her tail, waiting for me to plant the next tree.

Day 130 – The Grand River

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Attending a business meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the banks of the Grand River. The buildings sparkle in the sunlight as the river flows by. From Wikipedia, “The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. It runs 252 miles (406 km)[2] through the cities of Jackson, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven.

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The city lights create beautiful reflections on the river. Photos taken with iPhone 4S.

Day 125 – The BPAC Stage

We affectionately call it the BPAC. The full name is the Bronner Performing Arts Center. Frankenmuth High is the home of the BPAC, where the high school students perform. Tonight we attended the Spring Concert, this is Justin’s last performance at the BPAC. It didn’t really hit me until I was there listening to the choirs perform, that this would be the last time we would attend a performance, with a Lewis at the BPAC. It kind of makes me feel old. It wasn’t too long ago we were attending a Venner performance during Amanda’s freshman year. Now, seven years later we say so long to Justin’s high school performances. I thought the empty stage was a telling photo that conveyed my feelings. The last Lewis has left the BPAC… and we begin a new chapter.

Day 124 – Stormy Skies

I love a good thunderstorm, especially when I’m going to sleep. The sound of the rain pounding against the house mixed with the flashes of lightning and the thunder claps add drama to an otherwise quiet evening. Once the storm dies down, the gentle rain provides a very relaxing back drop for a nice, relaxing, deep sleep.