Day 220 – Water is Life


Today I was thinking about the post from a fellow WordPress blogger. John posted about the “joys” of having a well and his need to filter the water. I experienced similar problems in a house that we lived in. We burned through $25 in filters each month, and another $20 in salt for our water softener, and still the water smelled like rotten eggs. Another house that we lived in had worse problems, we had to have water trucked in (at $35 a load)and stored it in a shallow well that wasn’t sealed. We couldn’t drink the water, could only use it for showers and washing clothes, etc. During the summer we would often go through 2 truckloads per month. We now have city water and it tastes very good. As I poured myself a glass of water this evening, I remembered John’s post, and then thought back to my past experiences with water; I really do appreciate the water we have. My heart goes out to all who experience difficulties with water. Water is life, without it, there is no life.

Day 207 – Shoes


It was a strange day for us, weatherwise in Frankenmuth. Like many areas in the U.S., we have been experiencing drout like conditions. This morning we had rain, in fact it started early this morning as thunderstorm, at about 4:00 am, if I remember correctly. By 10:00am it had stopped and the sun came out. I stopped on my way back from running some errands and decided to take some pictures of the fountain in the welcome center. The fountain features a young boy splashing in the water, blowing bubbles while the fountain rains down on him. The sculptor captured a lot of detail, right down to the boy’s shoes sitting on the side of the fountain. He must have taken them off so they wouldn’t get wet. I like the detail of the shoes with the refreshing water in the background. The rain came once again, later in the day, plenty of rain. We do need a good soaking.

Day 182 – Celebrations

Today’s post is all about celebrations. You see, it’s the time of year when we celebrate high school graduations by attending parties. We celebrate, not so much because the students made it through high school, as if we had doubts they would; we celebrate the culmination of 13 years, counting kindergarten, of waking up and getting showered, dressed, eating breakfast, and either waiting for the bus, a ride, or walking to school. We celebrate the milestones achieved along the way. But, most of all we celebrate the beginning of the journey of life in the “real world”. Whether the student is going off to college, serving in the military, or beginning their career, it’s all new and challenging for them. This is the part we are celebrating. Congratulations to Kyle, my nephew in the photo, with his girlfriend Taylor. We had a great time visiting with family and eating terrific food.  Thanks Dennis and Betty for being such gracious hosts.  Kyle, we wish you the very best on the next leg of your journey.

We also attended Chelsey’s graduation party this evening and visited and ate great food with good friends. Mark and Chris Klein were also gracious hosts and we really enjoyed the ice cold beer on this 90 degree afternoon.  Thanks for the invitation to join in the celebration.  Chelsey, congrats to you and we also wish you the very best as you begin your journey.

The other celebration was last night.
My wife Vicki, and her business partner, Mary Ann, celebrated their 2nd year of being in business together.  Together they have worked to successfully build a profitable Dental Lab, which they purchased from Vicki’s father.  Schmitt Dental Lab, Inc. is a Legacy Lab, Vicki is a third generation owner.  I am very proud of Vicki and Mary Ann, and what they have been able to accomplish in the face of a really slow economy.  Both have worked hard and made great sacrifices to achieve this success, so it was nice to see them relax and enjoy the moment.  We celebrated at The King Fish restaurant in Bay City, Michigan with Mary Ann and her husband, Mike.  The picture above is a reflection in the water of the Tikki Bar. Now after all this celebrating, I believe it’s time to kick back, grab a cool drink, and watch a movie with my family. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

Day 14 Gugel Bridge

Somebody or something beat me to the Gugel Bridge this morning

I was out running a couple of errands this morning and on the way home, I decided to stop by one of my favorite places in Frankenmuth, the Gugel Bridge.  Note the spelling , it’s different from the search engine website.  The bridge crosses the Cass River and is a foot / bike bridge.  This is the first time I’ve visited the bridge in the winter.  I love the combination of wood and steel, along with the woods and water of the Cass.  Today was especially nice with the beautiful blue sky and puffy white clouds as a back drop.  My only regret was the tracks in the snow, I really love seeing fresh snow.  These were tracks from an animal, and as I looked over the bridge, I warmed to the idea that a man made object could be helpful for one of God’s creatures.  We hear so much about how much damage man does to the environment and wildlife, it’s refreshing to think that this bridge opens new territory for the little creature that used it to cross over to the other side of the frigid Cass river.  Man and nature in harmony!  I love it.