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Extra! Extra! A New Beginning!

Hello Everyone,

We know many are celebrating Easter or Resurrection Day and we are not getting into the debate on the historical debates that surround this special event. To us it is a day of special beginnings. For us this year it is for us to begin a countdown to Pentecost and our grand adventure across Michigan serving Jesus.

Also, recently we have realized that we need to apologize to many people as Scripture dictates in Matthew 5:23 & 24; Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; *Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. It is not a matter of whether we are at fault or others are at fault it is a matter of someone having an issue with us and we need to make it right.

We are taught that we should not burn bridges with the people that we come in contact with, rarely have we heard that we should try to rebuild those bridges that we have burned, so this our attempt to make right and apologize to those that we have wronged or offended over the years. Some of the ministries are places we have been to here is Clio, some in Durand, some in Port Huron, and some in the Lansing area. If you get a chance and the Holy Ghost is leading you stop in and say hello.

Seeing that the wrong that we have done to each of you is of a personal matter and we are not sure how to reach you otherwise we would like to apologize to you if we have offended you in some way.

~ Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets


In the Lansing Michigan area:

Capitol City Baptist Church

Community Faith Church

New Hope Church

In the Durand Michigan area:

First Congregational Church

Faith Baptist Church

Light of Faith Fellowship

Bethany Bible Baptist Church


In the Port Huron Michigan area:

Griswold Street Baptist Church

Blue Water Christian Church


In the Clio Michigan area:

City Church Clio

Life-Line Church of God

Landmark Baptist Church

Messiah Lutheran Church

Vertical Life Church

Cornerstone Pentecostal Assembly of God Church

Freedom in the Truth Ministries


And finally in Dowling Michigan:

Country Chapel United Methodist Church


We could have found better, easier, gentler, kinder words to use when confronted with the situations that we encountered. We love each and every one of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We ask for your forgiveness and we are sorry that you were offended by our actions or our words. 


We thank you for your time and have an enjoyable day.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Tiny Roof

#31: 19 March 2019, Tuesday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

We have been looking at the roof line to determine what we want for our tiny house and taking to something I had a fascination with growing up we are going to do a few drawings and see which one we liked. If you have ever been to Durand Michigan you will realize that there are miles and miles of railroad tracks, surrounded by farms, woodlands and a creek to the South. Inside the Durand zip code there is the Shiawassee River and a variety of ponds and lakes most of which are on private property, and yet I had a fascination with lighthouses, I also had a fondness for anything made from wood especially natural edged products, and thanks to both of my grandfathers the railroad.

So we are going to look at three different roof lines to see if they will fit what we want in a home. In last weeks missive I was pondering traditional roof styles and we are still looking at them, this week is just a little bit of dreaming. So the first we will be looking at is a Lighthouse with a House attached, we had discussed doing the design based on Steam Locomotive that sits as a memorial in Durand next to the water tower, and the third is a bit more unique, I was thinking how unique would it be to live in a log. Not a Log Cabin but a log.

Since we are building a (THOW) Tiny House on Wheels, I thought it would look unique to build a tiny house that looks like a giant log laying on a trailer. So naturally I am looking at different trees that grow to eight feet diameter. Sweets wants a round door and we would both like quite a few windows, possibly round and over each window we either want to have an adjustable awning that we can close or working shutters. We both like the idea of our second entrance to be an arched top Dutch door. And as far as I am concerned the windows can be round as well.

I believe we could actually use natural rough cut natural edge batons to give the outside of the log a bark like look. The round door I want to be a rolling pocket door not hinged, in my opinion a door that swings takes up lots of room whether it swings inwards into the space that it belongs to or out into the elements. So with a rolling pocket door we figure we can get a unique feature that matches the home.

With the design of using the steam locomotive as the layout we are looking at we have a few features that will lend to the aesthetics of our home. The rear of the locomotive will give us plenty of natural light as there are windows on four sides of the space and the front on the locomotive will give up some places to be creative to allow us to incorporate windows that you would not naturally see on the boiler of a locomotive. One idea was to put a door under the light at the front so we would have a porch light that looks like it belongs there.

As for the Lighthouse with a House attached we figured we will be able to incorporate a little height to the home and give ourselves a place to put up a screened in porch with a roof on it that we could remove we we take the tiny house down the road. The thought for the walls of the light house could easily be corrugated steel with cedar shakes for the walls of the attached house. We also thought that a metal roof would also look good for the top of the lighthouse and the attached house. We like the idea of having a first floor bedroom and above that we could have a screened in porch much like to top of a lighthouse. For the attached house we were thing an arched roof.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Trike Prep

14 March 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

With Spring around the corner we are looking to getting the trike ready for Spring cycling. Some of which will be traveling around Michigan where as most of it will be traveling around Genesee County mostly in and around Clio. So we have to get the seats adjusted, the canopy reset, the racks and panniers mounted, checking the shifter and brake cables, and on, and on.

Another project we will be doing this year is a PVC rack that will allow us to cover the trike with a tarp without it filling with water in the low spots. The rack will have a slanted hinged roof allowing us to get access to the trike without taking it out, basically making a shed frame. We are able to lock the trike to the power box on the front of the building. The rack will be able to double as a laundry rack allowing to save the money we would spend on drying while making our clothes outdoor fresh.

We have an extra low rider rack from Terratrike so that we are able to mount more panniers behind the front wheels adjusting for the low center weight to increase. Since August of 2008 I have looked as life as I need to be mobile and in that time Sweets has joined me on the streets of Lansing, Grand Rapids, Durand and around Southern Michigan. We have backpacked four hundred miles in one month, we have taken a Greyhound Bus across the state, we have slept in barns, under bridges, anywhere we found a big enough piece of dirt to pitch the tent or the Lean-to before that.

So as we look at adjusting the trike for Spring we need to check tire pressure, rim alignment, brakes calibrated, shifter and brake cables. After that is done then the captains seat gets adjusted for Sweets so that pedals are not too far from her feet. And then we can put the front low rider rack.

The seat on a standard trike gets adjusted in a few different ways. First, it gets positioned forwards and backwards; second, the seat back gets positioned up and down; third, the boom which actually is not part of the seat adjusts the pedals forward and backward. The heel and toe straps then get adjusted so that Sweets’ feet do not accidentally slide, especially when going into a turn or descending or ascending when your feet and legs get tired.

Last Winter when we built the canopy frame we had a friend make the canopy top and as time went on and the trike had miles added to it we rebuilt the frame until it flexed with the movements of the trike. We decided that the frame needed to be able to flex yet be strong in a head wind. So after the final rebuild we took it out on a windy day winds were 30 miles per hour with 40 mile per hour gusts those matched with the speeds that we were going proved to us that we had built a good frame. By the end of this Summer we will be building a new frame, a lighter frame, no longer PVC, but fiberglass.

Once we have the seats and the frame adjusted we get to take the trike out with a shade to keep the sun off.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets