Some Days Are Just Days 10/1/09

What a wild ride Bear and I had this morning on the ferry!  Bear usually gets on board, flops down, and is out like a light until we dock in Mackinaw City.  Not today!  He’d get settled down, we’d hit some rough water, and the ferry would do a quick bump bump up and down.  He’d get up and come put his head in my lap.  After three trips from floor to lap, he finally just tucked his head inside my jacket and stood there for the rest of the trip.

I dropped him off at Bark, Bath & Beyond, where he was to be pampered by Kim all day.  They L-O-V-E Bear.  I spent a few hours at WalMart, another hour looking for an Alltel store in Cheboygan (I was sent from one end of town to the other, and finally told there wasn’t one there anymore), and about 30 minutes in a furniture store dreaming about replacing our “came with the condo” furniture, which is adequate, but not cozy.  That’s my dream for next summer – new, comfortable furniture for the great room and the TV room in the loft.  I might need to get a job in Georgia over the winter to make it happen – we’ll see.

I picked up Bear and hurried to catch the 2:30 ferry.  Now that the ferries just run once an hour, it is a lot more important to not be late.  Spending an hour on the ferry dock is not fun – especially when it’s cold and windy.  But we made the ferry, and I called for a taxi.  When we got to Mackinac Island, Jeanine was waiting for us in her taxi, but she already had four people aboard, and two of them were in the seat right behind her.  So Bear didn’t get to ride behind his favorite taxi driver.  He pouted the whole way home.

When we got to the condo, Ted and Maddie were just about to go for a walk, so Bear and I joined them.  Bear had been either in a tub, in a drying cage, or on the grooming table all day.  He was ready to run.  We took the tennis ball, and went down to the big field behind the school.  We threw the ball for him for a while, then walked downtown to get a newspaper. 

The dogs have discovered that if a store allows dogs to come in, they usually have treats behind the counter.  So once they are inside a store, Bear puts both his feet on the counter, and Maddie sits up beside him like a little circus dog.  So cute – and it gets them treats everytime. 

Some days are just days, and today was just one of those normal, stuff to do, things to take care of days.  So I’ll close with a few photographs that you haven’t seen – with captions.  The last four I shot on our walk to town and back this afternoon.

The geese just keep on coming.  They've now invaded this patch of grass above the marina and below the fort.

The geese just keep on coming. They've now invaded this patch of grass above the marina and below the fort.

 

Dick, who is in charge of making sure all the Carriage Tour buggies are efficiently running from town to the Carriage Museum and back.  He must put at least a hundred miles on that bike every day.  Seriously.

Dick, who is in charge of making sure all the Carriage Tour buggies are efficiently running from town to the Carriage Museum and back. He must put at least a hundred miles on that bike every day. Seriously.

 

Brigadoon, one of the most beautiful cottages on Main Street, all closed up for the winter.

Brigadoon, one of the most beautiful cottages on Main Street, all closed up for the winter.

 

A glipse of the Little Stone Church steeple through the trees from the Jewel Golf Course.

A glimpse of the Little Stone Church steeple through the trees, from the Jewel Golf Course.

 

A prolific petunia patch still blooms profusely in front of a West Bluff cottage (try saying that 3 times real fast).

A prolific petunia patch profusely blooms in front of a West Bluff cottage (try saying that 3 times real fast).

 

A shady turn in the road in the Annex.

A shady turn in the road in the Annex.

 

The Grand Dame of Golden Retrievers on the island - this is Daisy.

The Grand Dame of Golden Retrievers on the island - this is Daisy.

 

Tamara, an Island Bookstore worker, who first started giving Bear and Maddie treats over the counter.

Tamara, from the Island Bookstore. Tamara is the lady who first gave Bear and Maddie treats over the counter, so they love her very much.

 

Denise and Scooter leaving the Carriage Museum late one afternoon.

Denise and Scooter leaving the Carriage Museum late one afternoon.

 

Bikes in the backyard.

Bikes in the backyard.

 

Lake Huron this afternoon from the playground behind the school.

Lake Huron this afternoon from the playground behind the school.

 

Two ladies in a pony cart travel down Cadotte behind the school.  Over the school's roof, you can see the blue water of Lake Huron.

Two ladies in a pony cart travel down Cadotte behind the school. Over the school's roof, you can see the blue water of Lake Huron.

 

A sparkling clean Bear, fresh from his day at the spa, rolling on the grass at the Jewel Golf Course.  At least, there was no goose poop!

A sparkling clean Bear, fresh from his day at the spa, rolling on the grass at the Jewel Golf Course. At least there was no goose poop!

 

Maddie, watching as two golfers approach the green on the golf course.  If Ted had let her off the leash, those golfers would still have been looking for that ball.

Maddie, watching as two golfers approach the green on the golf course. If Ted had let her off the leash, those golfers would still be looking for that ball.

October 1.  I can’t believe it.  On November 1, we will leave.  I can’t believe it.

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7 thoughts on “Some Days Are Just Days 10/1/09

  1. Love the pictures! You are a great photographer and picture teller. I also can’t believe it is October 1. I love your blog, I feel as though I am on the island also. I read your blog every night if possible. I will difinately keep reading while you are in Georgia!

    • Michelle, it is comments like yours that keep me going. This has been a hard week for me – just seems, like summer, that story ideas are fading also. Need a couple of days break I think. Thanks so much for lifting my spirits.

  2. I still love reading your blog everyday… I will miss the Island over the winter when you go home but I’m sure I will love your Georgia stories also!

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