What a wonderful, busy fall weekend we’ve had! The leaves are turning so fast you can practically watch it happening, the Michigan Republican Convention has come and gone from the Island (as have Mitt Romney and Rick Perry), and my friends from Georgia have arrived for their stay at the Grand.
I rode over to St. Ignace on Friday and volunteered at Shepler’s – meeting and greeting and directing cars to the correct lot for the Republican crowd. It was steady there all day, but Mac City Shepler’s got slammed, running three boats at a time most all day. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this, but the Mackinac Island airport is closed now (will try and do story on that before the end of season). The runways are being leveled and repaved, and the airport closure certainly increases the ferry traffic when a large group is trying to get on and off the island.
Cadotte Avenue right before the Republicans arrived. The annuals are still going strong in the Grand's flowerbeds.
The young trees are still far ahead of the old ones in color change.
This golf course tree is really beginning to dazzle.
A Jill pic. I promise I don't close my eyes and coast down the hill. She just happened to catch me with my eyes shut!
Out in the wonderful sun on Friday with Maddie on the front lawn.
Jill was downtown early Saturday morning when Mitt Romney and his wife arrived on the 9:30 Shepler's Ferry (in the middle of photo - Mrs. Romney is in the orange top).
To say there was a huge crowd waiting on the street for the Romneys is a big understatement.
Jill got some really good shots as she followed them down the street - like this one in front of Little Luxuries and the Michigan Peddler . . .
. . . and as they turned and walked up Fort Hill to the Governor's Summer Residence, shaking hands and chatting the whole way.
Special permission was given for a satellite truck to be brought to the Island and parked at the Grand so the major (and minor) news networks could broadcast the convention.
As I was walking by the Grand later that afternoon, Secret Service men were waiting for Rick Perry to come out of the Grand and get into a carriage. I heard he was leaving by helicopter from the airport - which is still possible even with the construction going on. That's our Chief of Police, Jim Marks, standing with his arms folded talking to Secret Service agents.
That's Perry waving from inside . . .
. . . and here's the traffic that was released from the top of the hill after he went by.
The Republicans left on Sunday morning, and on Sunday afternoon friends from Georgia arrived with a tour group of 73 folks staying at the Grand. These three ladies I have known FOREVER - that's Pat, me, Sharon, and Joanne. We plan to get into some serious fun tomorrow - if the weather cooperates!
One more item before I close. Several readers have commented, and even more have emailed to ask about Lowell Greene, who is such a loyal blog reader and is always sharing his memories of the island. After Lowell didn’t comment on the Soo Locks story (one he had been looking forward to), I emailed him to make sure all was well. Lowell shared that his mother-in-law had passed away, and he and his wife Faye were dealing with all the details that follow the passing of a loved one. Almost two weeks passed, and still no comment from Lowell, so I emailed him once again. So, just so those of you who have asked can rest easy, I asked Lowell’s permission to post his reply today, and he said “ok”. It is so “vintage” Lowell! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
“It’s so nice to be remembered and wondered about. Actually, we’re moving along through life. What else can we do? It sure is hard to lose one you love, even when that person is 91 years 7 months old. It seems that the old saying is true: Even when you know it’s coming soon, you are never ready for it.
We have also been busy with canning the garden produce. Although our garden isn’t very large, it still has to be taken care of. I have White Half Runner green beans laid out to dry on newspaper on the dining room floor. After they are dry and I shell them, we’ll have seed for next year.
Yesterday, after I saw your email, I was going to answer it right then, but I knew I needed to get lunch started. We had round steak & gravy in the slow cooker, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and the last of the green beans from the garden. Really quite good, even though I had to substitute a number of ingredients in the round steak & gravy. How’s that for tooting my own horn?
In the afternoon, I decided to pull wild grape vines out of a maple tree at the end of our driveway near the road. Of course, some of them didn’t want to come out easily. As I gave a mighty jerk on one group of vines, it decided to break free (suddenly). I took a hard fall on my back in the driveway. I laid there for a few minutes to make sure nothing was broken, but I couldn’t manage to get myself up. I called to Faye, who was picking tomatoes from the garden near the driveway. She rushed over to help me up. After a few minutes rest, I continued my job, even though my left wrist was quite sore. Later, after I had pulled as many of the vines out of the tree as I could pull out, I went into the house to rest. That’s when I realized I hurt all over (and still hurt almost as bad today). To top it off, this is the third day of a very bad head cold. I guess it’s not too good for an old guy whose heart is less than 25% efficient.
I think it may be definite: These “Golden Years” have become quite tarnished.
But this is the day the Lord has made AND I’M GOING TO ENJOY IT!
I want you to know that I especially enjoyed your blog on the Soo Locks. It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Soo. I’ve also enjoyed every blog you’ve published since then, but I just haven’t felt up to commenting on each of them. I’ll get back to it in a few days.
Please continue to relish Fall on the Island, as I’m sure you will.
Hello to Ted and anyone who has asked about me. I really appreciate the concern.
PS: Tell Ted I think you should spend at least one winter on the Island, and this might just as well be that winter. Right? Right.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with what I hope turned out to be a great and fun surprise for my Georgia friends!