Header: Bear jumped on the taxi when it came for Jason and Blair Sunday. He was really upset when we made him get off!
Lots of newsy items happened on Mackinac while Jason and Blair were visiting, and tonight seems like a good time to catch you up on those.
As you know, a couple of months ago we had a leak in our old dishwasher that ruined our kitchen floor and some of the carpet in the living room. Kudos to our insurance company for replacing all the carpet on our main floor (except for the bedrooms) AND replacing the kitchen flooring.
We love the laminate. Superior Floor Covering (owner Bruce, and workers Randy and Dave) did a wonderful job getting everything installed in a minimum amount of time AND promised we won’t have to worry about Bear and Maddie’s nails ruining the finish on the floor, as they would have with real wood flooring. I hate to say I’m glad the dishwasher leaked, but . . . .
To celebrate the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on September 28, Kehilat Hatzav Hagadol, the island temple congregation, brought the Torah through downtown to the Grand Hotel on a horse-drawn carriage.
I walked in the Island Bookstore the other day, and Jill excitedly said, “Oh my gosh! You just missed P.J. Parrish!” For those of you who don’t know, P.J. Parrish is the pen name for Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols, two sisters born in Detroit, Michigan who have written several national and international best selling and award-winning mystery novels.
The sister who was in the Island Bookstore was Kristy, who was visiting the island with her husband and two dogs and had dropped in to autograph a few of her books. The sisters’ newest book is The Killing Song, and it is flying off the shelves.
“Come on,” Jill said, “You’ve got to meet her! She was going for ice cream!”
We went rushing out the door, then stood out front and looked both ways. It was then I remembered seeing two little dogs tied outside Sanders Fine Chocolates (you know me – I know dogs first, people second). We turned left, peeked in the window at Sanders, and there she was.
In the middle of the famous author taking a lick off her ice cream, Jill says, “Kristy! I want you to meet Brenda. She does a blog about Mackinac Island.”
Kristy’s eyes widened, and she says, “Brenda! You do Bree’s Blog? Oh my gosh, I discovered your blog four months ago! Our next novel is set on Mackinac Island, and I’m using your blog for some of my research!” Well, knock me over with a feather!
Speaking of books,The Island Bookstore’s great Fall Sale began today! 40% OFF (Hard & Soft-cover books) but NOT “Mackinac Island” things. BESTSELLERS 25% OFF! Oh my gosh! Ted and I both stopped in today and brought home five books each! We are stocked up for winter – what a great sale! If you’re on the island – hurry in!
AND, don’t forget! The Great Turtle Shopping Week Sale begins tomorrow (Oct. 5) and runs through Oct. 8. All you have to do to participate is stop by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and pick up a free VIP Shopping Pass. Here’s the link to this brand new, fun event for the Island: http://www.greatturtleshopping.org.
I think that brings you up to date on the Island happenings. No blog on Thursday, but I’ll be back on Friday with a great Mystery Spot and lots of Fall pics. Everything is turning YELLOW, GOLD, AND RED, and it’s all just in time for the Somewhere in Time Weekend at the Grand Hotel this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lots to look forward to!