Okay, okay, okay! I admit it. Tuesday was very, very warm on Mackinac Island. Oh, all right – it was hot!
Not Georgia hot. Not “it’s been 100+ every day for the last four weeks” hot. But hot enough for the first time since we bought our condo and moved up here for the summers – without air conditioning – that I thought to myself yesterday, “I need some AC!”
Even at that, it was only 83. Now in Georgia when it hits 83, this old girl turns the AC down to 78. Here – well that option is not available. In lieu of that, we had every fan we own going strong – one in the great room window, one on a stand on the other side of the great room, one in the ceiling, and one in the guest bedroom down the hall. Of course, all the windows were open also – up stairs and down, and the sliding glass door off the great room was open, as were the french doors in our bedroom. If we just sat quietly and read or chatted, we were fine. If we went outside and did anything and came back in, it was just plain hot until our body temperature adjusted again.
We readily admit it – we are so spoiled. In three summers on the island, to only have one day we would’ve liked to flip that AC switch – well, that’s what I call blessed. And here’s another blessing – by the time I walked home today after working at the Stuart House, I was thinking, “Oh my gosh! I should have brought a sweater!”
Compared to last summer when it rained – a lot – and we barely got out of the 60’s in June, July, and August, this summer has been a real treat – not only for us, but for the tourist season on the island. And if anything has thrived with the warm temps and occasional showers, it’s the flowers. I don’t want to bore you to tears with flower pictures, but like last year at this time, I just can’t help photographing them. Right now they are at their absolute peak, and I’m hoping that peak with last at least another month.
I walked home up Cadotte today (with a detour down French Lane), and my camera was clicking almost constantly. I’ll try not to show you flowers any other day this week, but that’s what I have for you now – Mackinac Island, in all its blooming glory!
One of my favorite things happened today. I was working at the Stuart House Museum, and a couple walked in. I asked if they wanted to go through the museum, and the lady smiled and said, “Just wanted to come by and see if you were working. I read your blog every day.” It turns out the couple, Barb and Doug Chevalier, lived in the South for a few years – once in Charlotte and once in Birmingham. I’m sorry to say I can’t remember where they live now, but I think it’s in Michigan. They were so nice, and I was so excited she had made the effort to stop by. It was Barb’s second visit to the island and her husband’s first. Barb reminded me that she had commented several times on the blog, so when I got home I looked up her comments. I love this one: “I have a picture of the flowers and fence in front of the Metivier Inn on the wall of my cube from my trip to the island two years ago and the following quote at the top of my trip planning sheet: (from Bree’s Blog) ‘When company comes, we try to pack the island into a neat suitcase and open it each day to bring out an experience that will turn into a lasting, happy memory’. Next week I’ll be opening my ‘suitcase’ on your island and seeing the wonderful flowers again. I can hardly wait.” Now how cool is that!