Francine In Retirement
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Archive for July 2012


July 31, 2012

ELDERLY INFLUENCE I was taught to always look for ways to be of assistance and encouragement to those around me.  Those older than I held a special interest for me because of their wisdom and knowledge. Six years ago I met Gerda and her husband Curtis, a lovely elderly couple.  He, a retired U.S. veteran, […]


July 30, 2012

As I journey through this life there are occasions where I’ve experienced expressions of encouragement, inspiration or words of acknowledgements and appreciation on this blog.  In the blogging community this happens in more ways and on more occasions than I can count.   Sometimes I find it hard to keep up or I experience ” SENIOR […]


July 29, 2012

SCENIC COUNTRY ROAD   TWO ROAD “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14 Life is one big road […]


July 28, 2012

ORCHID MYSTIQUE NATURE’S TRIUMPH The photos in the slide show were taken at the Botanical Gardens in Washington D.C.  I had taken a tour to view the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  At the time of our arrival nearly all of the blossoms had fallen from the trees, due to their early bloom. […]


July 27, 2012

THE COLOR PURPLE “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”  ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple BIRTH TO BLOOM Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the […]


July 26, 2012

While visiting an Amish farm and experiencing my first Amish buggy ride, I noticed a one room school house located on the farm a short distance away from the home.  It was not part of our tour package to enter, but I was able to capture these photos. AMISH EDUCATION The Amish believe that the one […]


July 26, 2012

AMISH FARMLANDS I live in the city and I like what urban life has to offer.  When some people I know retire from the workforce, here in the United States, they often migrate to Florida for the weather or Arizona for health reasons.   If I could, I would move to the beautiful landscapes of […]


July 25, 2012

Today I went to the Amish country in Sugarcreek, Ohio where I experienced my first Amish buggy ride.   The ride was along a gravel path on the side of a local Amish  farm.  Our driver was one of the elderly members of the farm.  The buggy we rode in held four adults including the […]


July 24, 2012

DICKENS VICTORIAN VILLAGE SCENES The Dickens Victorian Village is a unique walking tour experience along historic Wheeling Avenue in downtown Cambridge, Ohio.  I had the experience to visit it last December and took these photos that I hope you will enjoy viewing.  See the below video. The classic Dickens-era scenes — 80 in all! — […]


July 23, 2012

I remember as a young child going to the amusement parks, county fairs, circus or festivals with my family and immediately spotting the balloon artist.  This magical person was one who could turn a rubber balloon into whatever your young heart desired, with a couple of twist and turns.  My favorites were a head-piece, mickey […]