A crazy night of storms here on Wednesday. Lightning so close and thunder so loud I’m convinced the weather system that caused it lingered over “our hill” for most of the wee small hours of the morning. A good friend in Mackinac City, who lives with her husband on the shore of Lake Michigan, awoke surrounded by water in their yard and ankle-deep water in their home. Mother Nature has sure tossed us some surprises this summer. Makes me wonder if she’s preparing us for what might be a fall and winter for the record books. Only time will tell.
Today has been beautiful though. High only reached 69, the sky was a brillant blue, there were no clouds, and a wonderful breeze was blowing off the water. I cleaned house this morning, which always includes brushing Bear on a sheet in the middle of the living room floor (so I can vacuum immediately after). In the process of doing that, I discovered one of his ears was horribly inflamed and filled with gunk. I was guilt-ridden. I hardly ever check his ears because he’s never had an ear problem in his life. In fact, our vet in Georgia always says he has the cleanest ears of any dog in her practice. I immediately called Doc Al, and he told me he was heading up the hill anyway and would stop at the condo after he checked on a horse on the East Bluff.
He arrived about an hour later, and Bear and I met him on the back steps. Doc carries all his “vet stuff” with him on his bike, and he was soon on his knees on our boardwalk looking deep into Bear’s ears with that ear light they use. Diagnosis: No ear mites, no infection – just really dirty ears. Prognosis: Excellent, if I will start being a little more diligent about checking and cleaning his ears whenever I brush him. No meds needed. Judy brought down her new puppy, Buddy, for Doc to take a look at, and we all sat and chatted for almost an hour about puppy training, puppy diets, and the joys of dog ownership in general. Then Doc got a call about a horse with a hoof problem, and off he went to the next patient. And so goes a vet visit on Mackinac Island.
It’s been another busy week here, and I’m ready to wrap up the blog for the weekend. Thursday seems to be turning into my “random photo” day, and that’s what I’ll do tonight. BUT . . . after the pics, be sure to settle back and watch an absolutely amazing video that Joyce Kozlowski posted to Facebook yesterday. Joyce is one of my most loyal readers, and she loves the Island almost as much as I do (Joyce, I can just hear you saying, “Almost! Ha!”). This video was shot in 1944 and is an old newsreel like you would see in a movie theatre then. It is totally awesome to be able to see what the island was like then, and how much – and how little – it has changed. Enjoy!
On Tuesday of this week, I met Mary for a tour of the Grand Hotel gardens. On Monday, you’ll get to come with me for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into designing, ordering, and planting the thousands of flowers visitors see every summer when they stay at – or walk by – the Grand. See you all back here Monday morning, good Lord willing. God bless.
1944 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-jn127ea6Q