Am I ready? Yes and no.
Just today the ri’vah ladies planned their Girls Night Out for May, and I realized it’s on the Saturday afternoon before we leave on Sunday morning (sometimes our Girls Night Out becomes Girls Afternoon Out). Dang it – I just know I’ll be frantically taking care of last minute details, so there’s no way I can go.
And so begins the hard part of having two homes – leaving friends for 6 months at a time. As usual, we’re hoping some of our river buddies will make the trek north this summer and break up that long interval of missing them – we will keep our fingers crossed on that.
Can you believe it SNOWED on the island this past week – I’m talking several inches. And it was COLD, but it warmed quickly (if you can call high 30’s warm), and the snow melted within a day or two.
The Grand Hotel opened its doors this past Friday for its first visitors. That event prompted the official opening of the “soft season” on the island. The Gate House opened Friday also, as did Goodfellow’s Chophouse, and Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island opens in a week. Slowly, downtown is coming alive.
I just have a few photos for you tonight and one BIG STORY, so this will be a shorter post than usual. Ted and I are crazy busy right now – I went to Atlanta for an overnight visit, we had 31 people over for a dinner party last night (Saturday), and we have company coming this next weekend. After that, we’ll begin two weeks of packing and closing down the lake house. I can’t believe it’s finally almost time to leave.
Ok – BIG STORY! Are you ready? Do you remember the story I wrote back in the fall about the new barn that the Mackinac Island Horsemen’s Association was planning and raising money for – you know the one that would house horses for the island 4-H Club horse program and would also have stalls available for rent by private citizens of the island? Well . . . THEY ARE BUILDING IT! Julie Rilenge posted several photos yesterday of the barn going up, and I can’t believe how fast it’s moving along. Once they were able to get lumber to the island by ferry, the project just took off!
I know the ladies and gents of the Horsemen’s Association are celebrating big time! Congratulations on the beginning of a long-awaited dream for the island!
That’s all I have for today. Good Lord willing, I’ll see you all back here next Monday morning – when the time will have dwindled down to 14 days. God bless.