No tissues needed for this one – I promise!
Ted and I have been packing all day. Let me correct that – I have been packing all day. Ted has been cleaning out, cleaning up, and cleaning away five and one-half months of accumulated stuff that two weeks ago he wouldn’t have dreamed of tossing away. Now, faced with 1) Do we pack it up and take it home? or 2) Do we leave it here until next year -even though it has been here for five and one-half months, and we have never put our hands on it? or 3) Do we throw it away?
Because of the recycling rule here on the island, all those choices had to be made today – because today was the last pick-up for garbage/recycling before we leave. Anything we need to get rid of at the last minute will go into one large bag and be given to Duck across the street, who is going to put that bag out for us next week on garbage day.
I’ve gone through dresser drawers and closets and selected what goes home and what stays. It was pretty easy. Anything summery goes home, even though we spend our summers in Michigan. That is because by the time we come up here in mid-May of next year, we will have already had at least two months of summer in Georgia. So the summer clothes have to go back. I’m taking home a few “winter” items – one warm coat, a couple of sweatshirts, some lightweight sweaters. I’m even going to throw in my heavy-duty gloves and earmuffs because we will be going to northern Arkansas for New Year’s with our grandchildren. Every year we go, and every year I wish for snow. So far – no snow. I am beginning to think that snow is just not something I will ever be able to cross off my wish list. But I will continue to hope for it – and be prepared!
We have been doing other “get ready to leave” things today. Ted has cleaned up and stored two of our now three bicycles upstairs in the third bedroom. He’s saving his out until the last day because he will still go into town each day to the post office. I have taken all the sheets, bedspreads, blankets, and quilts off all the beds and have washed and dried them. I’ve spread up the beds with just the bedspreads and sham-covered pillows (well except for ours, which is still fully “clothed”). All the good sheets and blankets are stored in closets and dressers. Sometime before we leave I will follow the example of the Grand Hotel and Chris Ann and cover up as much stuff as I can with old sheets, just to keep the dust off everything. Next year, I can just imagine me walking in, snatching all those sheets off the furniture, and shouting, “We’re back!”
The forecast is calling for more rain for Friday and Saturday. We were promised sunshine and warmer temps today, but the clouds hung on, and it never got out of the 40s. No snow in sight though. Sigh.
I’m posting my last round of random pictures tonight, with captions. What photos you will see before we leave have already been taken, because there is no time to go out and take more. We plan to have one final “date night” on Friday, then eat in on Saturday night, before leaving Sunday morning. My plan now is to post both nights, and possibly one short one on the road Sunday night, if we find a dog-friendly hotel with wireless.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Yesterday, after seeing Jill off on the ferry, we ate lunch in town at Millie’s on Main. It was their last day, and they were closing at 4 p.m. We ate some really good homemade spaghetti and then decided to splurge and get peach cobbler for dessert. Oh my gosh! They brought us both out a helping that was the size of a dinner plate! They were trying to get rid of everything, and they didn’t even charge us for the cobbler. Delicious!
After all that food, we walked home, picked up the dogs and went for a long walk up to Ft. Holmes (finally). I am sorry to say that the leaves were probably two weeks past their peak. I am so sorry I never made that trip up there for the third shot of the series, but the weather has just not cooperated. Even though a lot of the trees have lost their leaves, it was still a beautiful walk.
On Saturday morning, you’ll have some photos of Mackinac Island – after the Grand closes and the islanders “get their island back”. If you’ve never seen downtown at that time of year, I think you will be in for quite a surprise!