2016 In Pix

As we prepare to say goodbye to this year, here’s some of my favorite images from this blog during 2016.

The year started (January 2) with a celebration of seven years of Secondary Roads.


In January, the old windows came out of the office (left), which were replaced with new ones (right).  Later, the rest of the windows would receive the same treatment.

Out with the old. In with the new.

Out with the old. In with the new.

Bleak February was made cheery by a visit from a good friend, Sharkey, of My Quality Day.  Lots of music, singing, laughs and conversation ensued.


Relief came in sight as winter gave way to spring.

Basking in the afternoon sun.

Basking in the afternoon sun.

Spring means rain, and spring rain means a mess on our secondary road.  It is part of the life that we have chosen and that we love.


Big excitement in April as a tractor fire closed off the road into Ionia.


We made a pet of a hornet who stayed out of swatter reach.  (Sadly, he died a week later.)  It is just as well.  Some folks could neither understand nor abide the thought of making a pet of such a critter.  (We really never wanted to pet him.)


I posted many, many pictures of flowers.  Sylvia and I enjoy them so much.


Our granddaughter bring us much joy.  We’ve watched her become established in her career.  This year, she  began a Master’s program in Nursing Education.


Wildlife outnumbers humans in our part of the world.



Do you know what bugs me?


It is storms that blow down trees.


As Halloween approached, workers finished the window replacement project.


This year saw our garden flourish.  We’ve never had such rich harvests of jalapeños, butternut squash, zucchini, etc.


It has been a full year and while we are reluctant to see it go, we eagerly look forward to what the new year holds.


Sylvia joins me in wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

15 thoughts on “2016 In Pix

  1. What a wonderful year you have had! Lots of good things documented well. This is the plus side of blogging–we can document so much!

    Here is to a wonderful 2017 ahead!

    • Thanks. An excellent point on documenting our lives. I join you in the good wishes for 2017. It should be a great year.

  2. It was great to see “2016” in beautiful pictures, and here’s wishing the best of years for 2017 for you and Sylvia !!

    • Thanks, friend. I lay down on the ground to get that shot of the mantis. I was particularly pleased with it–even if the focus is a bit soft.

      • It would have been wonderful to meet when we were neighbors. I still have friends and familly up that a’way, so it COULD still happen. 🙂 We’re doing so great down here though, just so you know. Sometimes, the best gifts of all are the ones you didn’t know were coming, and you certainly wanted no part of having. Life is funny that way. I am grateful and blessed beyond measure for ALL of my past, and ready for 2017 too! :yea:

        • Sylvia and I would love to meet you. Next time you’re up this way, let’s try to make that happen.

          I started to write you an e-mail after your big news. I could never find words to put in that message. However, it appears that Romans 8:28 is still operative. All the best to you. Always.

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