Posted by: bree1972 | February 16, 2015

Going to Mackinac in June! 2/16/15

Hello to all my Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog readers!

Just wanted to let you know that Ted and I are heading to the island for a few days in June, and I’ll be posting all about our adventures there on THIS site as well as the To Be Clay site (http://bree2015.wordpress.com)!

The Inn at Stonecliffe has invited me up June 7-11 to write about the experience of staying at this beautiful and historical venue.  As luck would have it, we’ll be there right smack in the middle of Lilac Festival – so you know the island will be blooming beautifully.

We are very excited to have this opportunity to visit our favorite island early in the season, and I’m SO excited to write about The Inn at Stonecliffe and the Summer House Suites on the same property.  Getting to share it all with each of you makes it even more exciting!

I’ll be checking in here on a regular basis as plans are made, so you may want to hit that “follow” button again so you’ll get the notifications about a new post.

Chat with y’all soon!  God bless.

Brenda

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Posted by: bree1972 | January 12, 2015

Mackinac in January! 1/12/2015

Note:  It’s been a while since I posted to Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog, but I just wanted to touch base with those of you who didn’t follow the Horton clan down to Florida.  We are finally settled into our new house, but Mackinac Island remains my heart’s home – and that will always be true.  Just wanted to say I now have a brand NEW blog called To Be Clay, which will focus on our lives in Florida and our continued summer trips (and sometimes winter trips) to the island. There is just no way Mackinac could ever NOT be part of my life.  I miss hearing from all of you Mackinac fans, so – since yesterday’s post was all about that magical place – I though I’d post it here on my Mackinac site also.

The format for this post is a little off-kilter because the new blog uses another theme, and I just cut and paste it into the old Mackinac blog.  I’m trying to figure out how to fix that right now, but you can enjoy the photos in the meantime!

Enjoy, and if you ever want to virtually visit Florida, just click here: http://bree2015.wordpress.com.

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So intent was I to write the first post of the new blog that I forgot completely some of you might be concerned whether our favorite island would still be considered part of my life.

Let me just answer that with a resounding YES!  YES!  And in case you didn’t get that . . . . YES!

Mackinac Island holds me like a warm glove (I’d better make that a cold glove right now), and as long as there is breath in this body and a word left in this brain, I can’t fathom writing without the pretty constant mention of that magical place.  Ted and I are already planning our summer visit (six weeks in August-September), and if I could discover a way to turn grains of beach sand into dimes, I’d put together a trip before then.

So – for the worriers – I dedicate this entire post to our favorite place (and to be truthful, I needed my own Mackinac fix right about now)!

Just when the islanders thought they'd have to trade in the snowmobiles for their bikes again, they awoke a few days ago to a wonderful snowfall!  (Photo: Mackinac Wheels)

Just when the islanders thought they’d have to trade in the snowmobiles for their bikes again, they awoke a few days ago to a wonderful white-covered fairyland!I can’t even begin to count the number of times we’ve walked down Fort Hill into town.  The view of the fort blockhouse is always great from this point, but to see it against new-fallen snow is just the best!  (Photo: Mackinac Wheels)

I love it when one of my readers goes to Mackinac and sends back photos!  Yvonne Pitsch and her family travel to the island as often as possible, and one of Yvonne’s solo trips is usually the first week in January – this year was no exception. She shared the following three photos:

Awwww . . . . home sweet home for seven summers.  MISS THIS PLACE SO MUCH!

Awwww . . . . home sweet home for seven summers. MISS THIS PLACE SO MUCH!

The beautiful Grand Hotel stables . . . sitting serenely in the snow, resting up for another busy season.

The beautiful Grand Hotel stables . . . sitting serenely in the snow, resting up for another busy season.

From Yvonne:  I call this my “angry” picture. This is in the middle of the day by the British Landing and the wind was so strong that it was whipping the ice and snow around creating an almost whiteout. The noise was so loud that it sounded like the lake being angry and screaming at me. It was somewhat eerie being out there by myself.

Yvonne’s words: “I call this my “angry” picture. This is in the middle of the day by British Landing, and the wind was so strong it was whipping the ice and snow around creating an almost whiteout. The noise was so loud it sounded like the lake being angry and screaming at me. It was somewhat eerie being out there by myself.”  Yvonne said she spent two days riding all over the island.  The day she was out taking this one, it was 4 degrees!

Just in the last few days the weather has really turned, and the island is slowing icing into its winter landscape.  Lake Huron has begun to “steam” – the first sign there may be an ice bridge this year.

Steam coming off the lake as the wind pushes ice onto the shoreline.  (Photo: Greg Main)

Steam coming off the lake as the wind pushes ice along the shoreline. (Photo: Greg Main)

If this photo doesn't make you grab your winter coat, snowboots, muffler, and gloves, nothing will!  The icy freighter, American Century, makes what may be one of its last passes of the winter by the Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Greg Main)

If this photo doesn’t make you grab your winter coat, snowboots, muffler, and gloves, nothing will! The icy freighter, American Century, makes what may be one of its last passes of the winter by the Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Greg Main)

Wow!  A beautifully framed shot of Round Island Light by Jason Kladiva.

Wow! A beautifully framed shot of Round Island Light by Jason Kladiva.

Photos like this one make me want to book a ticket north RIGHT NOW!  Robert McGreevy said it was 5 degrees, and the wind was blowing 30 mph when he took his shot.

Photos like this one make me want to book a ticket north RIGHT NOW! Robert McGreevy said it was 5 degrees, and the wind was blowing 30 mph when he took his shot.

. . . it had warmed up to 12 here, but the winds had increased to 34 mph.  Life and work goes on as usual on Mackinac regardless of the weather, but I can't even imagine how cold these two guys were out in that weather.  (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

It had warmed up to 12 here, but the winds had increased to 34 mph. Life and work goes on as usual on Mackinac regardless of the weather, but I can’t even imagine how cold these two guys were. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

This may have been on that same day.  Swans hunkering down on the ice and hiding their heads from the wind.  (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

This may have been on that same day. Swans hunkering down on the ice and hiding their heads from the wind. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Sking enthusiasts like friend Orietta Barquero used that great snow (after the wind died down) to make a run out to Sugar Loaf.

Skiing enthusiasts like friend Orietta Barquero used that great snow (after the wind died down) to make a run out to Sugar Loaf. (Photo: Steve Humphrey)

From Clark Bloswick - The ferry service is day to day now, as the water freezes.  On this day Arnold Line's Mighty Huron had to come into harbor by going around the back of the island.  Shepler's Sacre Bleu managed to make it straight in from St. Ignace.

From Clark Bloswick – The ferry service is day to day now, as the water freezes. On this day Arnold Line’s Mighty Huron had to come into harbor by going around the back of the island. Shepler’s Sacre Bleu managed to make it straight in from St. Ignace.

I know it's a little late for a Christmas photo, but I just had to post this one of The Stuart House by Nancy May.  This is where I spent a lot of hours volunteering during the summer.  I love this old building and all it stands for.

I know it’s a little late for a Christmas photo, but I just had to post this one of the Stuart House by Nancy May. This is where I spent a lot of hours volunteering during the summer. I love this old building and all it stands for.

I’m going to close with a fantastic video shot by Jimmy Fisher, who owns Mackinac Wheels.  Jimmy filmed this on his way to work the other morning (the bike shop isn’t open now, but he still goes in to get things ready for the season ahead).  I’ve posted a couple of these in the past as folks travel by snowmobile down Grand Hill, but this one is from a totally different perspective.  He starts out at the cemeteries, continues through the woods down Garrison Road behind the Boy Scout Barracks, down Mission Hill into the Mission District to Main Street, and then ends at Mackinac Wheels.  So beautiful!  Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=880089545376942

Ok – tell the truth now.  How many of you would LOVE to take that ride right now?  Me! Me!

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We’ve had a few very unseasonably cool/cold and wet days here in Florida, but that’s ok.  The rainy/cool/cold days inevitably turn into warm and sunny days after a short time, and we trade our corduroy pants for shorts again.  Florida does take some getting used to, but it’s beginning to grow on me!

A few days ago . . .

A few days ago . . .

And two days later.

And two days later.

 And, just a few minutes ago . . . . 

See you back here soon!  God bless.

Posted by: bree1972 | September 16, 2014

Where to Find Bree Now 9/16/2014

Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog is closed until the Hortons return to the island.

You can keep up with the Horton clan by clicking on Bree’s Connecting the Dots http://bree1948.wordpress.comCome on over . . . . and don’t forget to click on the “follow this blog” icon at Connecting the Dots so you’ll get a notice when posts are published.

If this is your first visit to Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog, there are stories and photographs just waiting to be read and seen in the Archive Section.  My husband Ted, our two furbabies – Maddie, a miniature dachshund and Bear, a golden retriever – and I spent six summers as seasonal residents of Mackinac.  We’d arrive from our winter home in south Georgia the middle of May and return to Georgia the first of November.  I’d love for you to look around through the Archives, and see if you find anything you’d like to check out. 

Enjoy!  And we’ll see you back here – good Lord willing – the summer of 2015 (if not before).  You just never know about us Hortons!

God bless.

 

While on Mackinac Island earlier this summer, I wrote several blog posts for Original Murdick’s Fudge and had a blast working for the wonderful Benser family and meeting both their regular and seasonal employees.  The Bensers chose to save this story and publish it on Patti LaPine’s 40th Anniversary of working for their company, and I wanted to share it with all of you tonight.

Congratulations, Patti LaPine, for your dedication and loyalty to the Benser family and to Original Murdick’s Fudge!

Patti and husband Bruce love Mackinac Island winters!

Patti and husband Bruce enjoy their winters on Mackinac Island.

http://www.originalmurdicksfudge.com/patti-celebrates-her-40th-anniversary-as-an-original-murdicks-fudge-employee/

 

Posted by: bree1972 | June 24, 2014

See You Back Here in Six Weeks! 6/24/2014

Hi Friends!

Just a note to let you know there won’t be any other new posts to this blog until Ted, Bear, Maddie and I return to Mackinac Island the week of August 18.

If you haven’t already done so, you might want to click over to Mike Forrester’s Mackinac Island Blog www.mackinacislandblog.com to read the guest post Mike asked me to write.  He put it up on Sunday, and it’s all about “Roads Less Traveled” on Mackinac.

See you back here sometime during the week of August 18!

God bless.

Posted by: bree1972 | June 19, 2014

Returning to Mackinac 6/19/2014

Through the water-splashed ferry windows, a glimpse of the Grand Hotel, the Iroquois, and the Chippewa.  Cyclists following the never-ending roadway circling the island.  Horse-drawn carriages standing on Main – suspended in time.  My heart beats more rapidly, and my feet do a happy dance against the ferry floorboards.  I am returning to Mackinac. 

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I woke yesterday morning at 4:30 to an empty bed. I laid there a few minutes, waiting for Ted to return, but when he didn’t, I rose and found him sitting in the dark sunroom with a cup of coffee.

“What are you doing?” I asked sleepily.

“Just woke up and decided to sit out here a while,” he said.

Instead of stumbling back to bed, as I’d usually do in such circumstances, I made myself a cup of coffee and joined him in the peaceful darkness.  Bear and Maddie were like “what’s happening – are we leaving again?”  But they soon settled with us on the porch and went back to what everyone is usually doing at that time of day – sleeping.

With back-to-back Michigan and Florida trips, we’ve added almost 2900 miles to the odometer in the last 2 1/2-3 weeks.  Add to that the trip Ted left on yesterday around 8 a.m. (a “guy” trip to an Atlanta Braves game – and probably the reason he couldn’t go back to sleep), and it all adds up to a hectic, exhausting, but ultimately very fun way to start the summer season!  Our everyday routine is a little out of whack, but once Ted gets home from Atlanta (today), I think we’ll get back to normal quickly . . . until we leave again.

I don’t even know where to start, so for this post I’m just going to hit the high points on the Mackinac trip.  On Sunday, I’ll catch you up on the beach house and what’s happening at the ri’vah!

MACKINAC ISLAND – MICHIGAN

Returning to the island as a visitor instead of a resident is a little disconcerting.  The “perks” of owning on Mackinac are plentiful, and having been privy to that, it’s a little hard to adjust to going back as a vacationer.  The biggest single adjustment was going from having a resident’s pass for the ferry to buying tickets – or books of tickets.   I confess I was very happy just flashing my pass to board a boat (or not flashing it because everyone at Shepler’s knew us.  Of course they still know us, and we now have much longer to chat as we tear those little stubs out of the book).  Buying tickets is fine . . . just different.  The second biggest adjustment was rephrasing our standard “we have a condo on the island” answer to the question, “Where are you staying?” to “We’re renting a condo here”.  Ok, ok, ok – I know I sound like a spoiled brat.  I know it. I accept it.  I will adjust.  Sigh.

What we didn’t have to adjust to was our welcome being any different.  Everywhere we went we saw friends, and we gave and received so many hugs during our stay that our mouths stayed permanently stretched into grins of greeting.  We loved, loved, loved seeing everyone, and as I mentioned a few blogs ago, it was as if we’d never left – or sold.  Friends are friends are friends, and we thank the good Lord everyday for those we hold in our hearts across this beautiful country of ours!

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These kids in town for a school trip posed endlessly for me, with not a single gripe. Of course, we continued to feed them free fudge during their photo session, so they were VERY cooperative!  :)

Another adjustment was “working” on the island.  Although Ted and I volunteered during our summers there, having a “real” job was a little different.  I stayed downtown a lot more than usual this trip – dashing in and out of the two Original Murdick’s Fudge shops on Main Street a few times a day, then combing the streets and boat docks for folks with Murdick’s bags.  I had no qualms at all about approaching total strangers and saying, “I’m doing some photography for Original Murdick’s Fudge.  Would it be ok to snap a few pics of you holding up your bag/fudge?”  I was never turned down.  Jill was amazed, and asked, “How do you get people to do that?”  I think it’s the Southern drawl, which I admit to pushing a little bit more into the syrupy range when begging for something!  I had a blast, and if you go to the Original Murdick’s Fudge Facebook page, you’ll see quite a few of my photos, with more to come.

You know one of the first places we visited was The Island Bookstore, which just keeps getting better and better each year.  How do they do that?

You know one of the first places we visited was The Island Bookstore, which just keeps getting better and better each year. How do they do that?  (Notice Ted is in jacket, and even though you can’t see it, Jill has on a few layers.)

 

The first day or so were pretty cold and rainy, so rainy we had to run onto a B & B's porch for shelter on one trip to town!

The first day or so were pretty cold and rainy, so rainy we had to run onto a B & B’s porch for shelter on one trip to town!

 

Have I mentioned how much we loved being in the Mission District?  We were out on the street more at dusk than we ever were living up the here.  You get some really amazing photos at that time of the evening.

Have I mentioned how much we loved being in the Mission District? We were out on the street more at dusk than we ever were living up the hill. You get some really amazing photos at that time of the evening.

 

Another "first stop was the new shop opened by friend Joan Barch's son, Jay.  His original pottery designs are flying off the shelves.  Ted ordered a coffee mug for me, and Jay and I talked about him designing a special set of "beach" plates for our Florida house.  He is quite the talented young man!

Another “first stop”
was Mackinac Mud Pottery, the new shop opened by friend Joan Barch’s son, Jay. His original pottery designs are flying off the shelves. Ted ordered a coffee mug for me, and Jay and I talked about him designing a special set of “beach” plates for our Florida house. He is quite the talented young man!

 

Guys night at the Pink Pony.  These friends got together practically once a day!

Guys night at the Pink Pony. These friends got together practically every day.  I’ve never heard so many reasons to “go to town.”

 

I discovered Chief "Duck" Andress sitting at the corner of Fort and Main Streets and plopped down beside him to catch up on what was happening in the village.

I discovered Chief “Duck” Andress sitting at the corner of Fort and Main Streets and plopped down beside him to catch up on what was happening in the village.

 

The really awesome thing about Mackinac is that no one really thinks about actually setting dates or appointments to see anyone.  You just know if you step outside, you will eventually see everyone you know . . . like Molly and her new team of greys, Dawn and Chico!

The really awesome thing about Mackinac is that no one really thinks about actually setting dates or appointments to see anyone. You just know if you step outside, you will eventually see everyone you know . . . like Molly and her new team of greys, Dawn and Chico!

 

This was taken just after they'd hung the flower baskets and a few days before the lilacs began blooming.

This was taken just after they’d hung the flower baskets and a few days before the lilacs began blooming.

 

Walking home to the Mission each evening gave me lots of opportunities to photograph St. Anne's at twilight.

Walking home to the Mission each evening gave me lots of opportunities to photograph St. Anne’s at twilight.  On this evening a Jamaican service was going on, and I wish we’d gone in.  It’s held around 9:00 p.m. one night a week – late like that because the Jamaicans are working all day.

 

Do you remember when the Indian Drum was on the Arnold Dock?  It's now in the Horse Corral, and doing a great business.  Love, love, love this place (tons of cute clothes), and Trillium Heights friend Rogene was working the day we went in!

Do you remember when the Indian Drum was on the Arnold Dock? It’s now in the Horse Corral, and doing a great business. Love, love, love this place (tons of cute clothes), and Trillium Heights friend Rogene was working the day we went in!

 

Imagine dray after dray of annuals arriving on the island at the docks . . .

Imagine dray after dray of annuals, which have just arrived on the island at the docks, . . .

 

Imagine watching dray after dray of annuals pass on the street and stop at cottages to drop off their summer gardens.  Here, Brigadoon and St. Anne's Cottage lawns are filled with flowers to be planted later in the day.

. . . being dropped off at summer cottages all over the island.  Here, Brigadoon and Anne’s Cottage lawns are filled with flowers to be planted in their gardens later in the day.

 

This is where we'll be staying for six weeks in August/September.  Excited!

This is where we’ll be staying for six weeks in August/September. Excited!

 

The white sails of a boat from Robinson's Folly.

The white sails of a boat from Robinson’s Folly.

 

A glimpse into a hidden backyard garden.

A glimpse into a hidden backyard garden “somewhere” on the island.

 

Bear's favorite grass to roll in?  Horse poop fertilized Mackinac grass, of course!

Bear’s favorite grass to roll in? Horse poop fertilized Mackinac grass, of course!

 

There was a 7-hour power outage one of the days we were there, and downtown just practically shut down.  The shops closed, and so did some of the restaurants, although a few offered cold plates and sandwiches!

There was a 7-hour power outage one of the days we were there, and downtown just practically shut down. The shops closed, and so did some of the restaurants, although a few offered cold plates and sandwiches!

 

White bleeding hearts.  Don't think I've seen these before - only the red.

White bleeding hearts. Don’t think I’ve seen these before – only the red.

 

There were no tulips at the Grand Hotel this spring, but Mission Point more than made up for it.  I fell in love with their endless gardens of tulips - all pink!

There were no tulips at the Grand Hotel this spring, but Mission Point more than made up for it. I fell in love with their endless gardens of tulips – all pink!

 

I happened by Original Murdick's fudge shop one evening just after they'd tucked the electric blankets over the marble table tops.  This ensures the marble isn't too cold the next morning for the first batch of fudge.

I happened by Original Murdick’s fudge shop one evening just after they’d tucked the electric blankets over the marble table tops. This ensures the marble isn’t too cold the next morning for the first batch of fudge.

 

Lilacs . . .

Crabapple blossoms . . . 

 

Lilacs . . .

Lilacs . . .

 

Lilacs . . . (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Lilacs . . . (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

 

Lilacs! (Photo: Katy Rise)

Lilacs! (Photo: Katy Rise)

Being back on the island was awesome.  The mixture of scents, noises, sights, and tastes can be conjured up only one place on earth – and that’s Mackinac!  Best of all though was . . .

Talking over the fence in the Mission - being neighborly in the good, old-fashioned way!

. . . talking over fences – being neighborly in the good, old-fashioned way . . .

 

. . . walking home from church down lilac-framed paths . . .

. . . walking home from church down lilac-framed paths . . .

. . . sitting on the front porch with the pooches . . .

. . . sitting on the front porch with the pooches . . .

 

. . . and hanging out with good friends - old and new (Sue, Molly, and Jill).

. . . and hanging out with good friends – old and new (Sue, Molly, and Jill).

It was an awesome trip, and we can’t wait to get back up there in August!  In the meantime, there will probably be another couple of trips south, and on Sunday I’ll catch you all up on the beach house progress.  Here’s a peek . . .

Our little neighborhood at dusk.

Our little neighborhood at dusk.

 

Our house, with the beginning of the second floor balcony and the sky balcony above that.

Our house, with the beginning of the second floor balcony and the sky balcony above that.  We were hoping the siding would be on, but we missed that by a few days, and the day we left the windows and doors were going in.

 

 

Bear - hanging out in the kitchen.

Bear – hanging out in the kitchen.

 See you back here on Sunday!  God bless.

 

Posted by: bree1972 | June 11, 2014

Home Sweet Ri’vah 6/11/2014

We’re home!  We’re home!  We drove into our carport around 4:00 this afternoon, and two very tired humans, with two very excited pooches, breathed a sign of relief we’d all made it safely home once more.

It must have been raining a lot since we've been gone because the grass is that shade of green it gets in the summer when the rain has been plentiful and the sun has been less than scorching.

It must have been raining a lot since we’ve been gone because the grass is that shade of green it gets in the summer when the rain has been plentiful, and the sun has been less than scorching.

This will be a very short stay for us at the ri’vah this week.  The washer and dryer are both going strong, and I’m just taking things directly from the dryer and placing them back into the suitcase.  We won’t pack as much this time, as we’ll only be gone three nights, but Ted and I both have appointments tomorrow so I’m trying to get most of it done tonight.

We split the driving duties this trip, something we should have been doing for years, but my husband thinks I drive too slow (In a 70 mph zone, I drive 75-78.  Does that tell you anything about how fast he drives?).  Anyway, Ted got to rest a little and take a few naps on the road.  Maybe we’ll continue this sharing the driving thing now!

We’re both looking forward to getting to Florida on Friday and going to see our new house.  I can’t believe the last time we were there the foundation wasn’t even poured, and now you can stand on the second floor.  We’ll be doing our electrical walk-through Friday afternoon, so we’ve been thinking about where we need outlets.  Y’all chime in if you have suggestions for outlets in places they don’t normally go – I know we’ll probably forget something. 

Jordan’s dance recital is Saturday afternoon, and the rest of the time we’re just going to pretend we’re on vacation, put up some beach chairs in the sand, and soak up the salt air and sunshine! 

We’ll be back on Monday, the 16th, and I’ll get back to my blogging routine on Thursday, June 19.  I can’t wait to show you all the photos from Mackinac and talk about our trip!

There’s one photo I just have to show you today though.  Jill sent it to me yesterday. 

On Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m., Mackinac Island's replica of the Statue of Liberty was reinstated on her brand new pedestal at the Mackinac Island Marina.  It's so amazing that American Legion Post 299 raised every cent of the money needed for this project with donations from people and businesses - mostly in $10 and $20 increments.  Kudos to Paul Wandrie, Sr. for his dedication to this project and his patriotic spirit!

On Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m., Mackinac Island’s replica of the Statue of Liberty was reinstated on her brand new pedestal at the Mackinac Island Marina. It’s so amazing American Legion Post 299 raised every cent of the money needed for this project with donations from individuals and businesses – mostly in $10 and $20 increments. Kudos to Paul Wandrie, Sr. for his dedication to this project and his patriotic spirit!

Thank you once again for your travel prayers, and let’s meet back right here on Thursday, June 16th.  Be ready for TONS of Mackinac goodies and news from the beach house!

God bless.

Posted by: bree1972 | June 10, 2014

11 Hours on the Road 6/10/2014

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know we’ve reached Richmond, KY after 11 hours on the road.  We are tired and achy from the car, but glad to be over half-way home.

Ted is still very sore, but seems to be feeling ok – or as ok as anyone can feel after that many hours in a vehicle.  He did let me drive about 1/4 of the way, so you know he isn’t in top form yet – because that would have never happened if he was.

We plan to be on the road again by 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and, good Lord willing, home by late afternoon.  We’ll have two nights in Georgia before leaving for Florida to attend Jordan’s dance recital and check on the new house!

I’ll post another short note tomorrow night to let you all know we made it safely home – then I’m going to take a little break from blogging for a week or so (I’ll let you know tomorrow night when I’ll be back).  I have so much to talk about from our Mackinac trip and SO MANY more photos to share, but I need to give my brain (and my body) a little rest first!

Bear and Maddie have been real troopers, but they’re ready to get home and get back to normal – at least for a couple of days!

Thank you, thank you for all the safe travel prayers you lifted today and for those you will lift tomorrow.  Love y’all!

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Mission Point Resort is surrounded by thousands of pink tulips this spring!

God bless.

Posted by: bree1972 | June 7, 2014

Mackinac Photo Night 6/7/1948

It’s been an interesting couple of days.

Yesterday Ted had a pretty nasty bike wreck, bruised his ribs (well, they’re at LEAST bruised, but since he refused to go to the Medical Center to get them x-rayed, we’re just going by how much he’s hurting), bummed up both knees . . . you get the picture.  It was a really freaky accident.  We learned long ago to always carry a couple of bungee cords with us in our bike baskets to hold things in from the grocery market, bookstore, etc.  When your basket is empty, you wrap the bungee cords tightly around your basket so they’re not dangling into your front wheel.  Ted had done all that correctly.  For some reason though, as he came down a hill (not a big hill, a little one), one of the bungees popped loose, dropped into his spokes, froze the wheel, and over the handlebars Ted went.  It was his worse wreck ever, but he was so fortunate he didn’t land on his head, which was helmet-less.  Bad, bad idea . . . and yes, we know better.

So – he’s all bruised and sore, but trying his best to be a trooper because today is my birthday, and he didn’t want to put a damper on that.  Bless his heart, he’s walked the dogs with me and rode into town on his now “fixed” bike (it’s actually one of the bikes we sold with our condo, but the new owners insisted we use them while we’re here) to pick up a couple of things at Doud’s.  The bike now has a new chain and a new fender and an “almost” perfectly straight basket.  In the meantime, I’ve been back and forth to town several times working on fudge stories and photographs and once to pick up Bear’s halo collar from the Shepler dock because yes, he now has a hot spot . . . in exactly the same spot on his face where the last two have been.  I put the halo in the car at the last minute before we left Georgia, but didn’t bring it over with us on the ferry.  All it took was a phone call, and a Shepler worker got it out of the car and sent it over on a boat to be picked up at the ferry dock on the island.

After all that – and after possibly the fastest decision-making moment of our entire married life – we both used our heads and decided against a big birthday dinner out tonight.  We stayed home, had pizza delivered from Island Slice Pizzeria, and it was lovely – a quiet dinner in the kitchen with the lights low and the dogs snoring on the floor.  Now Ted’s watching TV/reading the paper and trying to stay awake till bedtime!

And I’ve decided to post a few photos!

The baskets are up!  The baskets are up!

The baskets are up! The baskets are up!

 

Pretty bikes all in a row.

Pretty bikes all in a row.

 

The beautiful and stately Harbor View Inn.

The beautiful and stately Harbor View Inn.

 

The opening day of the 2013 Lilac Festival was Friday, and the island is filling up with visitors.  There was a 5K race this morning!

The opening day of the 2014 Lilac Festival was Friday, and the island is filling up with visitors. There was a 5K race this morning, and the Lilac Queen and her court were announced this afternoon.

 

Loved this almost-hidden wicker chair on someone's front porch.  Great place to people watch!

Loved this almost-hidden wicker chair on someone’s front porch. Great place to people watch!

 

Tulips in front of the Island House.

Tulips in front of the Island House.

Bikes

Bikes fill the racks on Fort Street.

 

Amazed children watch the fudge makers in Original Murdick's Fudge.

Amazed children watch the fudge makers in Original Murdick’s Fudge.

 

A Grand Hotel bus waits under a tree at the Windermere Hotel.

A Grand Hotel bus waits under a tree at the Windermere Hotel.

 

Met some blog readers from Cadillac, MI on the boardwalk.  They're staying on the island the whole week!  That's Gerry, Julie, Glenna, and Greg!  I love my readers!

Met some blog readers from Cadillac, MI on the boardwalk this afternoon. They’re staying on the island the whole week – lucky folks! That’s Gerry, Julie, Glenna, and Greg! I love my readers!

 

Also got to chat a moment with one of my favorite artists - Mary Lou Peters - all dressed up in lilac in celebration of the festival.

Also got to chat a moment with one of my favorite artists – Mary Lou Peters – all dressed up in lilac in celebration of the festival.

 

We're loving this walk along the shore in front of Mission Point each day!

We’re loving this walk each day along the shore in front of Mission Point!

 

Beautiful Small Point Inn - looking like a gingerbread house peeking out over the lilacs.

Beautiful Small Point Inn – looking like a gingerbread house peeking out over the lilacs trees.

 

I think this little girl had just been in a wedding.  Maddie found her totally scary.  I think she thought she was some kind of new type of human.  She was so cute.

I think this little girl had just been in a wedding. Maddie found her totally scary. She just couldn’t figure out exactly what she was – but she was sure cute!

 

Mission Point is a riot of pink tulips!  I just stuck my camera into the middle of them and click the shutter.

Mission Point is a riot of pink tulips! I just stuck my camera into the middle of them and click the shutter.

Ok – that’s enough for tonight, I think.  Ted’s downing more aspirin, and we’re hoping to attend church tomorrow morning to hear the new Little Stone Church minister.  Two more days on the island . . . 

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Posted by: bree1972 | June 5, 2014

Back on Mackinac 6/5/2014

My face is so sore from grinning all day – every day – since we arrived on Sunday afternoon, I will probably have to have face therapy when we get back to Georgia.  At first it was a little rainy, then a little windy, then a little chilly – but we couldn’t care less.  We have been on a permanent Mackinac high, and it could snow for all we care – wouldn’t faze us a bit!

All the clouds and showers and wind disappeared this morning, and it was one of those sunny, crystal clear Michigan early summer days.  There’s been very little indoor time – all we’ve wanted to do is get outside and enjoy every minute.

There’s so much to talk about!  I’ve been very busy with my free lance work with Original Murdick’s Fudge, and for those of you who’ve been checking their web site each day for blog postings, just please be patient.  I’ve submitted one already, and it should go up soon.  I’ve also submitted quite a few photographs for them to use on their Facebook page.  Those will begin posting soon also, so please go to their Facebook site and “like” it, so you’ll be notified of activity there.

Ok . . . what have we been up to – besides work?  So glad you asked!

We’ve spent an unbelievable amount of time just talking to friends!  You know Mackinac.  A walk to the Island Bookstore turns into a three-hourSAM_1242 meet and greet trip.  It’s so much fun seeing everyone again after being away all winter.  Ted and I have felt so much love this week we are totally blown away.

We arrived on the Island in time for Ted to help out again at the Community Foundation Celebration in Turtle Park last night.  Bob Benser and the crew from the Chippewa Hotel are in charge of the food each year, and Ted has joined the crew for two years now.  They packed up a dray in front of the hotel yesterday afternoon, stopped at the Grand for more equipment and supplies, then rode to the park to set everything up and start grilling.

Coolers full of food, a grill, and other necessities - waiting for a driver!

Coolers full of food, a grill, and other necessities – waiting for a driver before heading to Turtle Park.

 

Over a hundred folks gathered for hamburgers and all the fixins'!  The kids enjoyed pony rides and games, and one lucky child won a new bicycle!

Over a hundred folks gathered for hamburgers and all the fixins’! The kids enjoyed pony rides and games, and one lucky child won a new bicycle!

 

Bob Benser

Bob Benser makes sure the food table is stocked and chats with a community member, as Rich Lind looks on.

Since Ted rode up early on the dray, I was in charge of the afternoon dog walk and feeding.  With the celebration scheduled to start at 5:00, I knew I’d have to leave downtown by at least 4:30 to get to the park.  As usual things didn’t go as planned, and I walked out the door at 4:50.  I started off, dialing the taxi stand as I walked.

Once again, Dean answered the phone.

“Dean, it’s Brenda Horton.”

“Yep?”

“You have any taxis headed up toward Turtle Park?”

“Nope, don’t have a thing.”

Big – very big – dramatic sigh from me.

“Where are you, Brenda?” Dean asked, and I could just see him shaking his head, wondering why I don’t plan just a little ahead for things like this.

“In front of St. Anne’s.”

“Sit down on the steps at St. Anne’s, and I’ll get something to you.”

Yeahhhh!  Two minutes later I’m on a taxi headed up toward the top of the island.  I arrived in plenty of time to eat and enjoy all the festivities . . . and talk, talk, talk!

I walked home alone, leaving Ted helping with clean-up.  I confess . . .  I could not walk by the condo.  I took a path through the woods that brought me out at Surrey Ridge, where I turned down the hill without ever looking up toward our old place.  Just couldn’t do it.

The woods are full of Trillium!

The woods are full of Trillium!

 

The Grand Hotel and Carriage Tour Stable and Carriage Museum looks beautiful against all the springtime green!

The Grand Hotel and Carriage Tour Stable and Carriage Museum looks beautiful against all the springtime green!

 

The corral was full of horses, but I liked the way this one looked standing alone under a beautiful white-blooming tree.

The corral was full of horses, but I liked the way this one looked – standing alone under a beautiful white-blooming tree.

 

How many times have I walked this road . . . . too many to count.

How many times have I walked this road . . . . too many to count.

 

Around the next curve.

Around the next curve.

 

Looking through the trees, across the Grand Hotel Golf Course to the Straits.

Looking through the trees, across the Grand Hotel Golf Course to the Straits.

 

The back porch of the Governor's Summer Residence (no one was home).

The back porch of the Governor’s Summer Residence (no one was home).

 

A crow stands guard atop the gate at the top of Fort Street.

A crow stands guard atop the gate at the top of Fort Street.

 

I will never, never, never tire of this view.

I will never, never, never tire of this view . . .

 

. . . or this one!

. . . or this one!

 

The ticket booth at the lower level of Fort Mackinac - at the bottom of Fort Hill.

The ticket booth at the lower level of Fort Mackinac – at the bottom of Fort Hill.

 

Market Street at twilight.

Market Street at twilight.

 

At the bottom of Fort Hill I ran into a group of Village friends.  So good to see them!

At the bottom of Fort Hill I ran into a group of Village friends. So good to see them!

 

Our castle for the week - in the heart of the Mission District.  We love it!

Our castle for the week – in the heart of the Mission District. We love it!

 I could keep going, but it’s midnight, and my eyelids are closing between each word.  More to come as the week goes on, and I’m sure I’ll still be writing about this week after we get home.  We are so blessed to have this opportunity to be here right now, and I love being able to share it with all of you.

God bless.

Oh. Oh. Oh!  Guess what happened today????!!!!!

The first lilacs of the season bloomed . . .

The first lilacs of the season bloomed . . .

. . . at the Mackinac Island Marina!

. . . at the Mackinac Island Marina!  Just in time for the Lilac Festival which begin June 6!

 

 

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