Talk about a bad night for the power to go out! With temps in the teens, the Island went dark around 2:30 this morning (Sunday) and remained out almost five hours. Islanders who normally set their thermostats at 68 during the winter watched as house temperatures lowered to the mid-50’s. A problem at a sub-station in St. Ignace was the culprit, and crews worked all night to get it fixed.
Members of the dedicated Mackinac Island Fire and Police departments gathered at the fire station to be on-the-ready for any problems the outage might have incurred during the early morning hours.
Thankfully, by 8 a.m. full power was restored, and lights and heat arrived back on the snow-covered Island.
Friends on the Island have shared some truly amazing photos this week. I’m sure you will agree!
An island friend, Heather May, posted a great blog this morning with tons of truly wonderful photographs. Please check it out here: http://mackinacislandgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/mackinac-island-blog-snowstorm/
Chris Ann Update
On Facebook this week, Chris Ann wrote this:
It must be hard to watch me dying on Facebook, but it seems most beneficial to me and my friends. W hen it is over we will make sure you will hear right away. Many days I just can’t seem to get on FB, but rest assured I love you all and you will hear from us. Many think it is wrong – I do not. ENJOY my walk with our Lord.
Chris Ann received dozens and dozens of replies to her comment. This was mine . . .
My thought is that never will Facebook be used in a more positive way than what you are doing, Chris Ann. Your walk toward Heaven is inspiring to your family and friends, but perhaps even more inspiring to all the “friends of your friends” whom you will never meet and who have never met you. In spirit we are all walking with you, and we hope you can feel our arms around you every step you take. When the time comes when you must continue without us, we will find peace in knowing that one day you’ll be waiting at the end of OUR walk down that path, with a huge smile and open arms. Love you, Sunshine.
Those of you on Facebook are welcome to go to the page started for Chris Ann by her family and read all the comments there. It’s called “Love for Chris (Mrs. Nelson)” and is open to the public.
Please lift prayers up tonight for Chris Ann and Burton and their family. After almost two weeks with her, the family has returned to their homes this weekend, and Chris Ann’s dear, dear friend, Mary Saul, is there with her and Burton. My body is in Georgia tonight, but my heart and spirit is in that cozy, warm cottage on Lake Michigan. I love you, Sunshine.