Sunday, April 23, 2017



From his earliest years, Chet was told he did not fit in. Feeling they must be right, he believed their cruel words.

Along life’s journey, Chet collected memories of his own while selling those of others. Finally, he realized he did have both a purpose and a place in this world.

This scrap man belonged to the world, as much as it belonged to him.

Written by: McGuffy Ann Morris

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Save Mother Earth!

Celebrate "Mother Earth" every day
by caring for her significant offspring!

We are all in this together!


In keeping with the A-Z Challenge,
this is also a partnership with the Letter S.

Simple Man

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time... Don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you'll find love,
And don't forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man's gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you, my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Boy, don't you worry.
You'll find yourself.
Follow your heart,
And nothing else.
You can do this,
If you try.
All that I want for you, my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

Songwriters: Ronnie VanZant, Gary Robert Rossington 

The person in my life who sat down and taught me the important lessons was my Grampy. He was, indeed, a simple man. He was my role model of what a man should be. But, Grampy also taught me what I needed to do to be a good woman. The important things are essentially the same. I took Grampy very seriously, and I continue to honour the lessons he instilled in me. His wisdom and his love for me will be with me forevermore. I have been blessed. I sought and found a man very much like Grampy. This Lifeblood Song pays tribute to Grampy and men like him, including Bill.  

My Lifeblood Songs: S

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 50

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 50"!  We have been at this for almost a year! You can always find the fill-ins right here and at each Thursday. We post the linky on Friday, so we can all share. The first two fill-ins are provided by my friend and co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. 

With the A-Z Challenge still going, everyone is posting, reading, or both. We appreciate you being here, as always. We know you are busy, but please try to visit everyone on the linky list. No rush! Thanks.

I hope you are out and about and enjoying Spring. We certainly have been. Bill recently moved from one Yard to another, leaving his truck parked closer to home. The Yard is where trucks are kept when not on the road. This current location should help with getting home more easily, and back onto the road, too.

We have been transplanting Rose of Sharon, too. For the past couple of years, we have created a border of Rose of Sharon around our property line. It is turning out nicely. But, Bill still had extra ones. So, he is sharing with neighbors, now. Bill rescues plants and trees the way I rescue orphaned baby critters. Of course, we assist each other. We make a good team.

The questions really took some thinking this week! Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. The most interesting museum I have been to is The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, in Paradise, Michigan. The Lighthouse and Museum are located at Whitefish Point, on Lake Superior. On November 10, 1975, the freighter known as the Edmund Fitzgerald, went down 17 miles N-NW of Whitefish point. This is unarguably the most mysterious of all Great Lakes shipwrecks. Gordon Lightfoot memorialized this tragedy in the haunting mariner ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Every year, I recall this tragic event as a tribute to the men lost to it. I was in ROTC when the Fitz went down. I remember. I know and love the people of the UP and that area of the U.S. This is personal to me. I should mention that many of my favourite museums are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love museums that are local to its area, telling the story by its own people.  

2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is difficult to pinpoint to one place. In 1976, I went to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the bicentennial. I have also walked the field where the Hindenburg disaster occurred, at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, in New Jersey. I have visited Ft. Wilkins Historic State Park at Copper Harbor, MI. The fort was built by the US Army, to keep the peace between copper miners and the Chippewa during the 1840s-copper rush. I have been through copper, silver, and iron mines in the UP of Michigan. I have been to many historical places, and all have moved me. I love America and would love to see it all.

3. Billy the Exterminator is back! I admit that I love this guy. I know that he is not perfect, and I forgive him his humanness. He cares about critters. He understands the importance of each creature that he is called upon to remove. He goes to great lengths to relocate critters that he can find appropriate homes for, whether it is bees or beavers. When he has no choice but to exterminate, he does so in fast and humane ways. He explains the situation and critter of each job. He then chooses the appropriate method of removal. I respect that. 

4. I was surprised to learn that River Monsters is ending. Jeremy Wade has taken us on some amazing adventures, teaching us about some of the most outlandish water creatures in this world. Perhaps I enjoyed living vicariously through Jeremy Wade. I love to fish and do so with a conscience for the fish, wildlife, and environment. I will really miss this show. 

Wherever Life takes you, may it be a breeze!

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.

Rhymes and Reasons

So you speak to me of sadness
And the coming of the winter
Fear that is within you now
It seems to never end

And the dreams that have escaped you
And the hope that you've forgotten
You tell me that you need me now
You want to be my friend

And you wonder where we're going
Where's the rhyme and where's the reason
And it's you cannot accept
It is here we must begin
To seek the wisdom of the children
And the graceful way of flowers in the wind

For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Could clear a cloudy day

Like the music of the mountains
And the colours of the rainbow
They're a promise of the future
And a blessing for today

Though the cities start to crumble
And the towers fall around us
The sun is slowly fading
And it's colder than the sea

It is written from the desert
To the mountains they shall lead us
By the hand and by the heart
They will comfort you and me
In their innocence and trusting
They will teach us to be free

And the song that I am singing
Is a prayer to non-believers
Come and stand beside us
We can find a better way

Written By: John Denver

 John Denver is a beautiful soul. His message spoke to me in my youth, and it echoes within me, still. There are those who say they believe in goodness, love, and peace. But, when really listening to them, you can feel the negativity that they perpetuate. They vent, rant, and judge; that is the real sadness. It does no good to complain about perceived inequity. Make your message one of positivity. Find the good, and share that. The energy that you put in the world is the energy that will feed others. This song speaks of that simple truth. It has been said that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  This Lifeblood Song reminds those who need it, “Come and stand beside us: We can find a better way.” Namasté.

My Lifeblood Songs: R

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 50

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Each Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and I suggest the latter two statements. We try to make the fill-ins fun to answer and to share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Everyone is welcome!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 50: April 21, 2017

1. The most interesting museum I have been to is _____________.

2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is _______________.

3.                            is back!

4. I was surprised                             .