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Coloring Fun: Shelter


Unhitched by beauty.

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 14:38 KJV

coloring fun: shelter

Coloring Fun: Shelter.

Seeing Red: Thursday Doors

How many shades of red can you imagine? Vermilion Cliffs National Monument makes a colorful side trip to the iconic photo destination of the Colorado River’s Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. The cliffs are a composite of silt and desert dunes, hardened with minerals such as iron oxide and manganese.

Travelling along Arizona Highway 89A, we drove across Lees Ferry via the Navajo Bridge (re-built in 1995). As the cliffs shone golden red along the highway, we searched for House Rock Road that leads to sites such as The Wave and Buckskin Gulch.

As we started along the icy, snow-crunched road in our Subaru Ascent, another group on foot told us they were returning to arrange a car tow. Also discovering a permit is required to explore these areas, we shelved our wanderings for warmer days when all we’d worry about is flash floods and sand.

Once again along Highway 89A, we stopped to explore a stacked-rock house and photograph the expansive views.

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Coloring Fun: Visible


Season of light.

“And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?”
Mark 4:21 KJV

coloring fun: seven sisters country park

Coloring Fun: Seven Sisters Country Park.

Coloring Fun: Responsive


Shoes for Mama.

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
Mark 5:28, 29 KJV

coloring fun: responsive

Coloring Fun: Responsive.

Old Look, New Look, Fresh Look: Thursday Doors

Traveling in Michiana, a geographical term combining towns in Michigan and Indiana along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, we wobbled between eastern and central time zones. The owner of this collection generously stayed open as we browsed three barns, and then some. Quality constructed pieces; reasonable prices, many doors! A unique outhouse included a chandelier, but I chose the fresh air route so there is no photo.

shawnee road antiques, baroda, michigan

Doors, inside and out.

This bright red door fit perfectly in Dune Billies Beach Cafe’s fun collection of wall art; found in our delivery of a few donations to the “Books” Little Free Library (lower right of photo).

dune billies beach cafe, michigan city, indiana

Finding the cafe closed gives us reason to return.

One favorite memory is sharing a pint of Valpo Velvet Peanut Butter Ice Cream with my husband as our laundry tumbled in the dryer at our hotel. Inspired, we stopped at the original Valparaiso shoppe after hiking the dunes the next day.

valpo velvet shoppe, valparaiso, indiana

I appreciate the loading dock door, introducing Valpo Velvet to the world.

These butterflies inspire travelers at Amtrak’s depot in St. Joseph, Michigan. The mural, created by Anat Ronen, in my view, evokes our continued search for freedom and nurture. While exploring the Lake Michigan shoreline, favorite stops included a carousel ride, Silver Beach Pizza, and walking the dunes by the North Pier Lighthouse.

amtrak station, St. Joseph, Michigan

Butterfly mural painted by Anat Ronen on the Lake Park Bluff stairs.

I thought I was pushing the definition of “door” as I considered posting this photo of the North Pier Lighthouse. I could barely see the crack line of the white door. Then, following the line of the catwalk, I noticed the red door on the second tier. I had not seen this door as I snapped the photo; nor during processing for this post.

north pier lighthouse, st. joseph, michigan

The catwalk provides safety for the workers as storms wash Lake Michigan’s shore. In winter, the waves look as if they have been playing freeze tag.

tiscornia park, st. joseph, michigan

Dune trails surrounded by American beachgrass helped us find Lake Michigan in Tiscornia Park.

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Coloring Fun: Everlasting

everlasting: grand canyon of the yellowstone

Promises of the heart.

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”
Mark 16:7 KJV

“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Psalm 90:1, 2 KJV

coloring fun: everlasting: grand canyon of the yellowstone

Coloring Fun: Everlasting: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Coloring Fun: Payback

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“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
Luke 19:8 KJV

coloring fun: payback

Coloring Fun: Payback.

Brave Little B&B: Thursday Doors

Three cheers for this Rainbow House Bed & Breakfast on “hotel row” in Niagara Falls, New York; squeezed between a cookie-cutter concrete hotel and the hotel’s overflow parking lot.

“Rainbow” most commonly refers to a famous bridge in the area. Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge shows a gentle arch across the Niagara River gorge and connects the United States and Canada in Niagara Falls.

rainbow house bed & breakfast

Classic Victorian style amidst mega hotels along Rainbow Boulevard.

Stained glass is a must for Victorian architecture, and this door does not disappoint.

rainbow house bed & breakfast

Front door welcome.

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Redwood high way.

“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.”
Luke 19:1-4 KJV

Home: Thursday Doors

When we lived in Ohio, crossing the Ohio river on the Brent Spence Bridge meant I was home. “Ohio: the heart of it all!” remains my favorite slogan viewed on the state’s welcome sign. On one of my birthdays, I took a quick, single-handed angle shot with a new camera as I drove across.

ohio river: brent spence bridge

Northbound on I-71/I-75: Ohio river circa 2000.

Spence served Kentucky as a United States Congressman from 1931—1963. Interstates 71 and 75 share this cantilevered truss bridge. The bridge’s top deck takes drivers into Covington, Kentucky; the lower deck takes drivers into Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Brent Spence Bridge has now become a favorite photo moment for me. This recent photo I took with my husband’s iPhone. I marvel at the surprise reflection of the brick building on the west side of the river caught in the car’s windshield—with iPhone pointed towards the east side of the river. And amidst all that, a car door appears.

Though my residences have varied through the years, crossing this bridge heading into Ohio still means I am home. Safe holiday travels, readers.

ohio river: brent spence bridge

Northbound on I-71/I-75: Ohio river with Cincinnati skyline circa 2019.

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