A Walk Downtown at Twilight 10/20/09

I smiled a lot today imagining my readers logging on this morning, thinking they could skim over the Monday blog while sipping that first cup of coffee – then finding it was going to take a couple of latte grandes to get through that one!  Man, it was long, wasn’t it!

I promise you this morning’s will only take one cup. 

Ted and I left on the 11 a.m. ferry this morning, going to Cheboygan with two things on the agenda.  We were running by Linde’s, a furniture store, and talking with a lady there about a couple of new pieces for the condo,  AND we had to make one more grocery run to Walmart so we wouldn’t run out of food before we leave in two weeks (two weeks! GASP!).

We walked in Linde’s at noon, and walked out just in time to hightail it back to the ferry docks and hop on the 4:30 ferry.  No groceries (Ted will have to go back to Cheboygan tomorrow), but my brain is spinning with ideas for the condo.  It will take a few years to get it all done, but that’s ok. Each little piece will be an improvement.

Tonight, because it’s so late when I am starting this, I am going to post some pics I took Friday night while I was walking downtown to meet Ted for dinner.  I hardly ever go anywhere at twilight, and it is truly a magical time of day.

A lonely hotel shuttle sits against a closed horse barn.

A lonely hotel shuttle sits against a closed horse barn.

 

A few beautiful trees wearing their fall colors.  These were in front of the Grand, just before the school yard.

A few beautiful trees wearing their fall colors. These were in front of the Grand, just before the school yard. The lights along the path to the tennis courts had just come on.

 

The lights were on at the Gatehouse, but no one is using the outdoor patio these days.

The lights were on at the Gatehouse, but no one is using the outdoor patio these days.

 

The sun going down behind the Mackinac Bridge and the trees beyond the school playground.

The sun going down behind the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Looking down to the intersection of Cadotte Avenue and Market Street.

Looking down to the intersection of Cadotte Avenue and Market Street.

 

A beautiful Tiffany lamp shines softly in the window at London Square, one of my favorite shops on Market Street.

A beautiful Tiffany lamp shines softly in the window at London Square, one of my favorite shops on Market Street.

 

Main Street Inn, with Joanne's Fudge on the lower level on the left and Nephew's Clothing Store on the right.

Main Street Inn, with Joanne's Fudge on the lower level on the left and Nephew's Clothing Store on the right.

 

The Island Bookstore, in the mall under the Lilac Tree Hotel.

The Island Bookstore, in the mall under the Lilac Tree Hotel.

 

Sinclair's and Horn's Bar - not quite "hopping" yet.  That will come a little later.
Sinclair’s Irish Pub and Horn’s Bar – not quite “hopping” yet. That will come a little later.
Remember the story I did on the fudge maker?  The temperatures now at night are so cold, electric blankets are placed on the marble slabs.  In the morning, the blankets will be removed, and the tops will be the right temperature to "set" the fudge.

Remember the story I did on the fudge maker? The temperatures now at night are so cold, electric blankets are placed on the marble slabs. In the morning, the blankets will be removed, and the tops will be the right temperature to "set" the fudge.

As I promised, short and sweet.  Tomorrow, be ready for beautiful, beautiful fall foliage on the island.  The peak has arrived!  Here’s a preview.

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18 thoughts on “A Walk Downtown at Twilight 10/20/09

  1. I have really enjoyed your blog this summer. I hope you can start “blogging” as soon as you get to GA. Can’t wait to see those photos. Keep them coming!!

    Judy/Ann Arbor

    • Thanks, Judy. I will probably take a few days break to get settled in, then I will be back. We are scheduled to leave Nov. 1, but we might go a few days earlier. Will let everyone know if plans change. Thanks for writing!

  2. I’m excited for you as you plan to make your condo yours!! Brings back memories of meeting you at Suttlers as you “found” your quilts and pillows. I have never been into Linde’s but you have peaked my interest now.Are you and Ted going to the party at the Grand tonight? We were going to go but I am afraid of falling now so must stay near the heat. Yesterdays “warm” day helped but do not want to take any chances.Have a great day my friend,Prayed for you and your today 🙂

    • Didn’t know about the party, so no. I hope getting to Florida will make all your aches and pains much, much better. Be careful – falling is no fun.

    • No, with Charlene. It turns out she and her husband lived in Albany, GA (where Ted and I worked for a gazillion years) and we know a lot of the same people from there. What a small world it is!

  3. Have loved seeing Mackinac through your eyes. We did a Victorian era MMW years ago. You should have seen Buzz in his spats!
    Hope you have a safe trip. Savor your last days -but, at our age and as fast as time flies it will be time to return to MI before you know it.

  4. I can’t believe you’re leaving in just two weeks. I’m so happy you’ll be imprinting your nest with your own choices. It will make you feel even more like your own condo and not like you are renting someone else’s choices. Told you to go for the fireplace, too…bobos are Gods way of letting you get the goodies. (Joke)

    Hugs to all.

  5. Hard to believe you will be heading south in two weeks. I will miss hearing about Mackinac but can’t wait to learn about Georgia. Love the sunset picture.

  6. Those electric blankets would have felt good the last couple of nights. I saw frost both Monday morning and this morning.
    Could be an early winter and a colder than normal winter in south Georgia.
    You are already acclimated to the cold so you’ll be ready when you hit the lake.

  7. Awesome pictures and blog again.

    Question: Do you know where the college on Mackinaw island is/was? And if it is there, what is the building used for now? Just wondering if you knew. Thank you!

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