When I left for work at the Stuart House Wednesday morning, I knew I was going to have a hard time finding a blog subject for that night. Ted and I planned to attend the City Council meeting on Wednesday evening and then eat dinner downtown. I would have just enough time to get off work at 2 o’clock, run a few errands, and get back up the hill to get ready to come down again for the five o’clock Council meeting. I was still fretting about this as I parked my bike at work.
Candy, who opens the building at 9 a.m. on the days I work, told me it would probably be a slow day and left to go to her real job next door at the city govenment building. The storm we had yesterday was still the talk of the streets, and friends coming in and out the first hour told me half the town was down at the harbor watching all the proceedings with the sailboat that had run aground last night.
I got out my glasses, my novel, and a “Find the Word” book that is always available at the desk and settled in for a slow four hours. Didn’t happen!
I had hardly opened my book when a couple walked in, and I said, “Would you like to go through the museum?” The lady replied, “No, we came to meet you!” Blogging buddies!
Mary, from the Grand Hotel, stopped by and took the above picture. Bob and Sue began their tour of the museum, I welcomed a few more folks, then looked up as another couple walked in. “Hi!” I said. “Would you like to tour the museum?” The lady smiled and said, “No, I read your blog and just wanted to drop by.” More blog fans!
Since Sue and Bob were still in the museum, the two couples got to meet each other, and I took a photo of the four of them outside by the steps.
The DeBroka’s toured the museum also and after they left, I stepped out on the porch to watch traffic. It was a good morning for that.
Now those of you who know Mackinac Island like I do know that you very seldom see any motorized vehicle on the street (we only have emergency vehicles), and to see two at the same time was not a good thing. I leaned over the porch railing enough to see both the firetruck and the ambulance turn down Fort Hill toward the water. I walked back inside, and two minutes later my cell phone rang. Jill (the Lois Lane of Mackinac Island) reported that there was smoke coming from a condo on Main Street, and since they couldn’t get anyone to the door, they were going to have to break in to find where the smoke was coming from and to make sure no one was inside. A malfunctioning heater turned out to be the culprit – no injuries. Except the door.
By now it was 12:30, and the building was empty of visitors. I opened my novel again (still hadn’t read a complete sentence) just as another couple walked in. “Hello!” I smiled. “Would you like to go through the museum?” “No,” the lady drawled, “I read your blog!” Wow! And this lovely couple was from the South!
When the Kelley’s left, I walked back to the porch to see what else I could spot on the streets.
Just before time for me to leave, Dale Gensman, whom I had never met, but who is quite a celebrity on the island, came by the museum. Mr. Gensman is in the process of building replicas of every historic building on Mackinac Island, and he displays them in the Stuart House. His father helped build the Round Island Lighthouse, and Dale is continuing that legacy by providing the fine workmanship that goes into each of his miniatures. Another big news item for Dale is the publishing of his book, “Cubbie the Bear”, next week. This is a children’s book and tells the true story of Cubbie, a baby bear cub raised by Dale on the island many, many years ago. This is going to be the “have to have” children’s book on the island as soon as it hits the stands. I can’t wait to get copies for Jordan and Matthew.
I left the museum at 2 p.m., ran by the post office, and started down Main Street to see if the sailboat was still aground. I had heard (through the grapevine) that a barge was trying to get it pulled back off the rocks into the water. Jill was ahead of me and flagged me down before I got past the marina. The sailboat was off the rocks and heading out into the Straits under its own power. Very lucky owners! I headed home with about an hour to spare before Ted and I went back downtown for the meeting. Afterwards, we ate dinner at the Chippewa and took a taxi home.
A big thank you to my blogging assistants who emailed the following pics to me today. What would I do without you!
Don’t know why I ever worry about something to write about – I always find it . . . or it finds me!