Thursday, December 26, 2013

I am sorry wasn't there...

I have 2 sons, 19 & 17 and I've failed them.

My oldest has never met me and my youngest hasn't seen me in over 10 years.

When I sit back and reflect on my life this holiday season these two young men stand front and center in the aspects of my life that I regret the most. I have let them down in a way that is unimanageable. I don't even know how to say I'm sorry to them for not being there and not being in the lives.

 The sorrow and regret the pain that I feel is no match for these two boys pain that they have probably felt knowing that I was not there for them.

I spent their entire childhood trying to find my own way and in the process I completely forgot the values and the bond that my father and I had that I wanted to instill in my boys.

For so many years I blamed my dad passing when I was 17 and my mom passing when I was three as the reasons that I did what I did and was as lost as I was. But now I realize that I was a coward I was afraid I was immature and most of all I was selfish.

I do not expect Matthew and Dakota to ever forgive me for missing out on their childhood but one day I hope that these two young men will learn to accept me and my mistakes because I love them with all of my heart even if I never wa man enough to show it.

I cannot go back in time but I can turn the page and try try try to make the wrongs of my past right.

And then there is my daughter Savannah who's life I have been involved in who I have been so fortunate to watch grow up. But these days as she is now a teenager I find myself being pushed further and further away.

I had always planned on being a wonderful father and I have always had it in my mind that I was going to do the right thing but now all these years later I've realized that I was searching for something that was already in front of me I was just too blind to see.

Time can play tricks on you know that you get as you realize it's going by whether you know it except it or even realize it. 

I love my children it's time for me to make amends it's time for me to do what I can for them as I should have always been doing it's time for me to open my eyes and try to be a father.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our Booth at the Volo Antique Mall in Volo, IL

Hi everyone!

Wanted to take a brief moment and let everyone know that we have opened a booth at the Volo Antique Mall in Volo IL.

We are so happy that we have this opportunity and can share our Picks with others.  We will continue selling via our online sites as well so please don't worry if you don't live near us.  You can still find our great items HERE!!

Please visit Volo's Antique Mall website for more information.  If your in the neighborhood, please come check us out!!!  Thanks a Bunch!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Walk in the Park with a Camera...

On Monday March 14th I took to our neighborhood park with my camera...  What I found was astonishing!!!

Little did I know that a stroll through our local park near our town's lake would be such a wonderful experience.  Though my walk only covered a mile or so, the views were spectacular.  The following photos were taken while on my walk and I hope you see the true essence in what I was trying to capture.

It has always amazed me what one can see if they look hard enough at even the most benign things....  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them...
Icicles on the lake

Ripples over the water

Cracked Walkway through the ice

Muskrat checking me out
Sun's Reflection with a thin ice sheet visible

Leaf Trapped in Ice

Ice Shelf
Please leave any comments you'd like...and thank you for looking...  :-))

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Michigan's antiques shows starting up

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Even if there wasn't the promise of fresh pickings, the name alone of the "Promise of Spring" antiques show would have me gassing up my tank for a trip to Breckenridge, Mich., on March 26. After a long winter of eBaying, watching reruns of "American Pickers," and dreaming of the beginning of the antiques show season, it's here at last. Across the state, dealers are shining up silver, dusting off inventory and gearing up for another year. While my dream of attending the big Round Top Antiques Show in Texas will have to wait another year (that and the Brimfield show in Massachusetts are on my list of "Ten Places to Antique Before I Die,"), I can fuel the fire with the upcoming spring shows here in the Great Lakes state. Happy hunting, everyone!
This weekend: Kalamazoo Antiques & Collectibles Show and Sale, Kalamazoo. Two days of fun (with a two-for-one-admission deal on Sunday) kick off the spring shows at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $4. For information, call (616) 363-2856.
March 26: The 20th annual Promise of Spring Antique & Folk Art Show, Breckenridge. Primitives, country, textile, home and garden, Americana … you name it, it's at the Breckenridge Elementary School for one day. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $4. For information, call (989) 855-0087.
March 26: Bloomfield Hills Jewelry and Vintage Apparel Show, Bloomfield Hills. If you like your jewelry with a little vintage sparkle, don't miss this one-day show at the Birmingham Unitarian Church. Besides antique and costume jewelry, you'll find a full runway worth of vintage fashion. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. For information, call (248) 646-1047.
April 2-3: Blue Water Antique Dealers Association Spring Antiques Show, New Haven. "Recycle, repurpose — buy antiques" the postcard announcing this two-day show reads. New Haven High School is the location for this annual spring show, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2. and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. April 3. Admission is $4 on April 2, and free on April 3 (with a donation to the local food bank). Antiques appraisals will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. both days (no weapons). For information, call (586) 725-9480 or visit
April 16-17: Ann Arbor Antiques Market, Ann Arbor. Now in its 43rd year, this monthly market debuts in April and runs through December at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17. For information, call (937) 524-6059 or visit
April 30-May 1: Allegan Antiques Market, Allegan. More than 400 dealers offer plenty of temptation
. Six shows through September give you plenty of chance to check it out. Admission is $4; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1.
Call (616) 735-3333 or visit
May 7-8: Michigan Modernism Exposition, Southfield. Machine age, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and more. It's at the Southfield Municipal Complex in Southfield. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7. and noon-5 p.m. May 8. Admission is $8. Mingle with fellow enthusiasts on May 6 from 7-10 p.m. at the preview party, which allows for early shopping, includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, and benefits the Detroit Area Art Deco Society (DAADS). For information, call (586) 465-9441 or visit
May 8: Centreville Antiques Show, Centreville. Traditionally held the second Sunday of the month through the fall at the St. Joseph Country Grange Fairgrounds, Centreville is a picker's paradise. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $4. For information, call (715)526-9769 or visit

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Online Auction of Government Assets, Including High-End Office Furniture from a Fort Pierce, Florida Location

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MAINEVILLE, Ohio, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Penny Worley Auctioneers ( announces the online auction of government assets from Fort Pierce, Fla., according to Jerry Jenkins.
"All these government assets will sell to the highest bidders during an online auction," Jenkins said. "We have all sorts of office furniture and some unique items like six skids of sandbags for hurricane protection as well as a track-mounted, space-saving filing system."
Highlights include: conference tables, credenzas, bookcases, framed art, carts and dollies, exercise equipment, fans, fireproof cabinets, folding tables, hand trucks, janitorial equipment, kitchen equipment, ladders, lateral files, shelving, desks, office suites, office supplies, office systems with workstations and partitions, left-return office desks, right-return office desks, safes, seating, storage, tables, track mounted filing systems, u-shaped office desks, vertical files and more.
The online auction is open to the public. Bidders must register prior to bidding. Bidding ends March 23. Items are located in Fort Pierce, Fla. For more information, visit, or call Jerry Jenkins at (513) 313-9178.
Penny Worley Auctioneers conducts auctions throughout the United States. The company is a member of the National Auctioneers Association, the Ohio Auctioneers Association and the Certified Appraisers Guild of America, National Association of Realtors & Ohio Association of Realtors and Members of the Cincinnati and Dayton Home Builders Association.
SOURCE Penny Worley Auctioneers

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Internet Users, Don't Pump Gas on March 14th, 2011

A friend of mine forwarded this email to me and I though I would share it with all of you!

Don't pump gas on March 14 2011. In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in
Protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.50 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet
Network and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 14th, it would take
$2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil company’s
pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on March
14th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for
at least one day.

Hell, it's worth a shot at least!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Twiends and Twitter

So I was wondering where the hell I could go to easily build up a targeted audience that would increase my Twitter and Facebook Fan pages.  I asked around and did quite a bit of research and what I found was Twiends.  It was everything I was looking for.

Through this site you can attract as many Twitter Followers, Facebook Fans and Website visits as you want.  The site operates on a give and receive platform that works! Just look at my followers numbers!  It works with Credits and for a much better understanding of the credit program you can visit Twiends.   However, in the simplest terms, if you follow someone and receive 3 credits and then someone else follows you, your 3 credits will be deducted. So the more you follow the more you get.  It's not all about Twitter though so don't worry about skyrocketing your following list.  You can visit websites and watch videos to earn credits too.  Oh, and by the way the videos are only a portion of them and the websites visit time is only about 10 seconds.

Twiends is a very rapidly growing site with many users signing up every day.
Good luck and hope to see you there!!