Rain Days 6/24/2011

WE HAVE A WINNER for the “Mystery Spot” contest at the end of this post. The winner is Tina Fiste from Michigan.  Her correct response was “the flower boxes that line the Grand Hotel porch”. She answered at 12:36 a.m. Friday morning. Scroll to the bottom for the full photo of the Mystery Spot.

When I decided to post every night this week, I was thinking I’d still have plenty to write about when Thursday night rolled around.  After all, even if the Lilac Festival was over, there’s always something going on somewhere on Mackinac.  The crowded streets thinned out quickly Sunday after the parade, and those who didn’t leave the island that day were on the Monday morning ferries.  Everyone downtown was talking about what a great festival it was.  After a really cool, really wet spring and summer beginning, the good Lord smiled down on the island and gave us 10 days of perfect temperatures, sunny skies, and beautiful flowers.  Visitors were estatic, and so were shop, restaurant, and hotel owners.  The Carriage Tour wagons were filled with tourists, people were riding the livery horses, private carriages were busy – it was just a stellar festival.

Then Monday arrived, and weather forecasts predicted a week of rain and cool temps.  And they were so right!

When I left for work at the museum Tuesday morning, it was threatening rain.  Ted said he thought I’d make it home before the rain began, and I was hoping he was right.  The museum was really busy that day, and several blog readers came by, which I always love.

Kathy and Patti from Buffalo, NY. came in to say hello. Kathy took the photo.


About an hour later, these three sisters from Milwaukee stopped by. Laurine, Jeanine, and Brenda (a name I can finally REMEMBER) visit the island annually as a tribute to their dad, who brought them to Mackinac every summer. They were a hoot and didn't want their photo taken (I insisted). I finally went out on the street and kidnapped a tourist to take this pic.

By 2 p.m. the skies were getting dark, and I hurriedly went to the post office, bought a newspaper for Ted, and crossed to the taxi stand.  I didn’t want to take a chance on getting caught in a storm halfway up the hill.  I boarded with eight ladies going to the Grand, then we picked up two more Grand passengers before we got off Main Street.  That taxi was FULL!  We started for the Grand, with thunder booming and lightning flashing all around.  Everyone made it into the Grand dry, leaving only myself and the taxi driver.  I went ahead and paid the driver before we left the Grand porch, so I wouldn’t have to do that in the rain when we reached the condo (you learn these little things by living here).  As we made the turn at the end of the Grand porch, the skies opened.  I was sitting behind the taxi driver in the front seat, and we commented how lucky we were the rain was coming straight down instead of blowing into the taxi.  We chatted all the way up the hill, and I jumped off and made it in still relatively dry.

And so began the rain days.

Wednesday morning - 9 a.m. Even in this downpour, the carriages were full of island visitors taking tours.


Wednesday evening - around 8 p.m. - still raining, still windy. The fog horns began blowing around noon. I never got out of the condo OR my pj's all day. I loved it!


Thursday - more of the same - but Carriage Tours is still doing a booming business.

Ted left for work at noon today, and I did finally change out of my pajamas to take Maddie and Bear out.  Maddie is not fond of “going” in the rain.  Once she realizes the grass is wet, she prances around like a miniature horse, lifting each paw high off the wet ground until she finds a relatively grassless area to do her business.  Bear, on the other hand, runs out and immediately rolls around in the wet grass, getting thoroughly soaked and loving every moment of it, until he has to come into our tiny “mudroom” and stand still while I dry him off.
So . . . that’s been the week since Sunday’s parade – not a lot of news.  But you know what?  I really needed this week of rain.  When it’s raining, I don’t feel compelled to go out with my camera, and with Dudley (my sleep apnea mask) and I still working on our sleeping arrangements, a few days of rest was just what the doctor ordered.  The last two nights have gone better, by the way.  I’ve gone right to sleep, and even though I threw Dudley out of bed at 2:30 Tuesday night and 3:15 Wednesday night, that’s at least making progress.  Yeah!!!
The rain is supposed to be out of here by the weekend, and we’re all looking forward to that.  There are several events coming up on Saturday, and I hope to be there to cover and share them with you on Monday morning.  I WON’T be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday this week.  I’m going to take a little break from writing, and you readers could probably use a break also – you’ve done a LOT of reading this week!  However, I WILL be posting the winner for the Mystery Spot  – WHATEVER day that may be.
Before I get to the Mystery Spot, I have a funny story to tell you.  Remember the fire we had in our stove on Monday evening?  Remember I talked about Ted bringing the steak back in the house, where I cut off the charred edges and ate the remaining PERFECTLY cooked middle of the steak? 
Well – yesterday Smi, one of the firefighters who came to the house, emailed me the photos of our fire . . .

Here's our stove after Ben, another firefighter, pulled the pan out and took it downstairs.


Here's another firefighter standing in our hallway - pretty smoky, huh?


And here's what they did with the steak when they got it outside. Now when Ted went outside, the steak was back on the rack, and the rack was back in the pan. He never knew it was on the ground. Does everyone find that as amusing as Ted did when he saw this photo??? Oh well, it was still a darn good steak!

Time for the Mystery Spot Contest for this week! The object is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing, AND I’ll post the full photo of the mystery spot at the bottom of the blog with the answer. Is there a prize for the winner – yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is . . . .
Where is it?
Again, please email your answers to me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG.
Remember, I’ll post the winner as soon as I get one, but no other postings until Monday – for this week only.
Have a fantastic weekend, and God bless.

Each of the geranium flower boxes that line the Grand Hotel porch are exactly the same. They were built many years ago by our neighbor "Duck" Andress.


19 thoughts on “Rain Days 6/24/2011

  1. Well at least your not the only one with rain this week. It’s been pretty wet here too. I’m starting to think this will be a much cooler, wetter summer then last year, and to think that last summer was so nice. Oh well, rain pictures are nice too 🙂

    Um, now that you mention it, it is a little bit funny to see the picture afterwards. Thank goodness it fell on island ground. Much different then if it had fallen somewhere else. 😉

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Oh and you and Dudley seem to be doing much better! That’s great!

  2. Brenda,

    I don’t think anyone who reads your blog will ever need a break. However, I can certainly understand why you would need one. So take a couple days off and forget the stress.

    About the steak (and please don’t take this the wrong way). Cows eat grass. Cows become steak. Humans eat steak, so how could there be anything wrong with a good steak lying in the grass? Of course I do think you should learn to eat a nice rare steak.

    As far as the rain is concerned, it is so nice to see all the green from the grass and the trees, not to mention all the color from the many flowers on the Island. So while sunshine every day would be nice, it wouldn’t bring is tne blessings of the rain. I guess that will have to be my little semon for today.

    Have a beautiful weekend.

  3. I’m sorry about the typing errors, but for some reason the “log in” buttons cover what I’m typing and I can’t see the errors until the message is posted. Are others having the same problem or is it just my computer?

  4. Congrats Brenda on sticking to Dudley!
    According to my husband who also uses a Cpap, he said it takes time (3-4 months) to really get used to it. Now, my husband doesn’t feel right going without it (for bad colds he will sometimes leave it off).

    Take some time off, there are webcams we can amuse ourselves with to see what’s happening on the island.

    As for the steak, I think the 5 second rule was extended a bit, thank goodness Bear or Maddie didn’t find it first!

    Pat Steele
    Vernon, MI

  5. Ditto here on the rainy week. It’s been cold and dreary. Up and down with temps. too. 90 and humid one day to 60 and cold rain the next. At least we aren’t dragging around the sprinklers right?! Loved the steak on the ground….we all have to eat alittle dirt in our life time…..I’m sure the grass was clean 🙂 Enjoy your well deserved break from writing this weekend. I don’t know how you do it everyday!

  6. my son and friend from NY/NJ were there for the Thursday of the Lilac Festival and were VERY pleasantly surprised by the good weather!! my son had been watching the weather for two weeks preceding his trip and saw good weather EXCEPT for that Thursday!!! and we’re surprised that the weatherman was wrong…..NOT!! but….as someone else said; apparently the weather has been rainy and cool MANY places….here included. enjoy your pajama days:) LOVED the steak story; my husband would think it very funny also:) hope to get up at least once this summer, but maybe not until fall….enjoy your week-end!!

  7. Wow, we hit the big time Bree! Thanks for including us in your blog. It was really a pleasure to meet you! You brightened up our rainy days!

  8. On Wed. morning during that hard rain, I volunteered at the Gov. Residence and couldn’t believe that 198 people came through. They were soaked and dripped all over the carpet but they loved having something to do on a day full of rain. Plus, it is free!!! Always something fun to do on Mackinac Island, no matter the weather.

  9. Brenda, a quick question. I was reading one of your entries from last September. Is it free to visit all of Grand Hotel’s gardens? Or do you have to pay at the porch and then visit them? I also want to visit the gift shops in the hotel so I suppose I have to pay anyway.

    • Jeff, if you walk far enough past the shade garden – up Cadotte -you will likely run into a Grand emplyee just as you top the hill who will ask if you are staying there. At that point, if you aren’t a hotel guest and want to go into the Grand (even just to shop), you will have to pay. You can see most of the gardens though, by coming in off Cadotte into the shade garden (by the tennis courts). That way you will see the green house, all the shade garden, and the gardens by the pool, and where the topiary horses are. If you try to go up the steps though – where you would come out at the portico where the taxis unload – you would have to pay.

  10. Jeff, if you should decide to go to the Grand Luncheon (excellent food and need to do it at least once), you can eat, shop, see the gardens and the hotel. Your admission fee is deducted from the luncheon price. Just an idea.

    Bree, have a nice weekend and break!!

  11. I hope you are having a great weekend! I just got caught up on this past week – had computer problems off and on. I’m glad the steak fire was not too bad. I actually like my steaks char-broiled so it sounds good to me 🙂 Happy Saturday!!

  12. Brenda, It was great meeting you on Tuesday and thanks for including my sister and I on your blog. We took your suggestion and took the back road to the west bluffs. I would not mind staying in those stables. Thank you! It was very hard to leave the island on Thursday 😦

  13. Bree – A small suggestion for the “mystery spot” posts:
    Instead of giving the answer right at the top, just go with the “We have a winner”, and put the actual answer down below, so that those of us who don’t/can’t play along 2 minutes after the entry gets posted can enjoy it without the “surprise” being spoiled. The way you’ve been doing them, those of us who don’t sit at the computer 24/7 don’t even get a chance to “hear the question”, never mind trying to take a guess at it, before the answer is given.

  14. My computer has been down for a week. I’ve just finished reading your posts since Bear posted. Tons of info and lots of lovely photos. You have been a very busy lady. Sorry to hear about your fire, hope everything is back in order now. I so enjoy the photos. Loved the parade too!

  15. Hello Bree, thanks again for mentioning myself and my sisters on our visit. We had some good times, despite the rain, but now we’ll have to try to come back soon for some sunshine! It was lovely to meet you! Brenda

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