A Busy Weekend & Lots More Packing to Do! 5/6/2013

Monday night.  I started packing around 10 this morning and stopped around 4, with time-outs for lunch, a short nap, several phone calls and a brushing session for Bear .  I’m probably half-done, and I think that’s pretty good considering the busy weekend we had and that I’m recovering from a little mishap at the wedding.

The Weekend – Brett and Jack’s Wedding

Ted had to stay home and babysit Maddie and Bear because the kennel wouldn’t take them while they’re recovering from kennel cough.  My sweet friend, Dawn, volunteered to go with me to ensure I didn’t fall asleep during the three-hour trip back and forth.  We turned it into a girls road trip and had such a good time spending two days together.

We rode all the way to Washington, GA Saturday in the rain, and the outlook for the 6 p.m. wedding and outside reception was for rain, harder rain, and wind with rain.  We checked into the historic Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington, found a little restaurant behind the hotel, and grabbed a quick late lunch.  Dawn wasn’t going to the wedding, so I got ready (little black dress/black jacket, first high heels and hose I’d had on in six years), and drove the 12 miles out into the country to a little church outside Rayle, GA.  It was raining the entire way.

My wonderful Sumner first cousins - Ronald, Midge (mother-of-the-bride), Wanda, and Sharon.

My wonderful Sumner first cousins – Ronald, Midge (mother-of-the-bride), Wanda, and Sharon.

Beautiful bride Brett and her handsome husband Jack, with Midge and husband Clay.

Beautiful bride Brett and her handsome husband Jack, with Midge and husband Clay.

It’s somewhat of a miracle how the entire bridal party managed to stay dry as they waited to enter the church, but they did!

Just before I took the the photos above, I walked out to the car to get my iphone to snap a few candid shots (forgot my camera).  I was carrying my umbrella above my head, my glasses, my keys, and the wedding program.  Remember what I said about not having been in heels in six years? As soon as I stepped off the sidewalk, my heels sank in the mushy grass, and I went crashing down onto my side in the church yard.  I remember hearing lots of breaths being drawn in and “Oh no’s!” being whispered.  At that moment I was hoping the grass would go ahead and turn into a sink hole, and I would disappear from sight until everyone had gone home.  No such luck.

A sweet, sweet couple came rushing over as I rolled into a sitting position, thanking the good Lord I was wearing my “pull-up” Spanxx (you ladies will know what I’m talking about).  The gentlemen pulled me to my feet, and his wife proceeded to “wipe me down” as I was covered in wet grass from head to toe. Ta-dah . . . . once more, my grace knows no end.

The reception was at Midge and Clay’s home and was held in a huge tent that kept everyone dry.  Great band and great food.  So much fun!

Congratulations Brett and Jack, who are on their honeymoon right now on a Caribbean Island somewhere, enjoying sunny skies and tropical beaches!

The Weekend – Party Time!

An hour after we got back to the lake Sunday we were on the way to Booger Bottom for a combined Going Away/Cinco de Mayo Birthday Party for Ted.

What every guy wants for his birthday.  Good thing all these ladies are my very good friends!

What every guy wants for his birthday. Good thing all these ladies are my very good friends!

Dawn and Sally being silly.

Dawn and Sally being silly.

These two beautiful ladies, Renae and her mom Sue, and brother Rick and dad Mr. Charlie planned the party for us.  Such a great family!

These two beautiful ladies, Renae and her mom Sue, Renae’s brother Rick and Sue’s husband, Mr. Charlie, planned the party for us. Such a great family!

Would you believe Sue fried 35 lbs. of chicken because she knows Ted thinks she makes the best fried chicken in the world.

Would you believe Sue fried 35 lbs. of chicken because she knows Ted thinks she makes the best fried chicken in the world!

Everyone brought a dish . . . good gracious we ate too much!

Everyone brought a dish . . . good gracious, we ate too much!  That’s Ed, Dawn and Sally.

Karen and Gary.

Karen and Gary.

Gifts for Ted!

Gifts for Ted!

Me and my sweetie.

Me and my sweetie.

My sweetie and me.  Sorry for the double photos of us, but you know how hard it is to get Ted to smile for a photo, and he was smiling in both of these!

My sweetie and me. Sorry for the double photos of us, but you know how hard it is to get Ted to smile for a photo, and he was smiling in both of these!

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Waymon, Carmen, Karen, Diane, and Marianne.

Sweet Mr. Charlie.

Sweet Mr. Charlie.

Such good friends.  Will miss you all so much!

Such good friends. We’ll miss you all so much!

Mackinac Island – Here We Come!

We’re still scheduled to leave on Saturday, but Ted is working the first three days of this week.  He swears he can get packed up on Thursday and Friday (glad it’s not me), so a Saturday leave date is still the plan.  Nearly every hotel, shop and restaurant is open now, so every day I’m not there I feel like I’m missing something!

And geez, do I hate I missed THIS by one weekend!

All of us have ridden by Silver Birches and wished it would reopen.  And now it's happening!

All of us have ridden by Silver Birches and wished it would reopen. And now it’s happening! (All Silver Birches photos – Mary McGuire)

The Open House held on Saturday was well attended.  Everyone was so excited to get a look inside the lodge and cabins.

The Open House held on Saturday was well attended. Everyone was so excited to get a look inside the lodge and cabins.

The rarely seen inside of the lodge.

The rarely seen inside of the lodge.

Island friend Mary Maquire was on hand to provide entertainment for the Open House.

Island friend Mary McGuire was on hand to provide entertainment for the Open House.

I'm hoping once I'm on the Island I can get a tour and do a story on the renovation!

I’m hoping once I’m on the Island I can get a tour and do a story on the renovation!

More horses arrive every day and will continue to arrive through June.  (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau)

More horses arrive every day and will continue to arrive through June. (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau)

Mission Point flowers were in full bloom for their opening weekend.

Mission Point Resort flowers were in full bloom for their opening weekend. (Photo: Mission Point Resort)

The Great Lakes Trader eastbound. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

The Great Lakes Trader – eastbound. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Sunrise - May 3.  (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

Sunrise – May 3. (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

I’ll try to get one more post in by the end of the week, and then we’ll be off for another wonderful summer on Mackinac Island!  

Have a great rest of the week, everyone! God bless.

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31 thoughts on “A Busy Weekend & Lots More Packing to Do! 5/6/2013

  1. Good morning dear soul,

    My how wonderful it is to have so many folks to turn to, travel with, pick us up when we’re down ( in any way – tee hee ). Just too just love us for who we really are!

    All of the celebrations you have taken us to on this post alone. I need a nap or two myself!

    The wedding looked beautiful! The surprise party special Wow! – Happy – happy! Ted,did you save a skinny Michigander a piece of that awesome chicken?

    Boy, you’ll never be at a loss a places and people to visit after you get settled on Amelia Island!

    Oh Silver Birches lives once more! How wonderful she is, I trust you will have your opportunity to do a story we can all sink our teeth into. The photo’s are such a special treat!

    Thank you for a sweet nibbles of the island waking up after what seemed like an endless winter here. The photo’s are always a spectacular site too see, Brenda, Thank you!!

    Are Maddie and Bear packed for their journey north yet?

    Wishes for a safe journey northbound!
    Theresa

    • Theresa, Maddie and Bear are slowly packing. They always worry they’re only going to the kennel when their beds and our luggage go into the truck. Once we’ve driven about 30 miles, they realize we’ve passed all kennel sites and settle down for a road trip.

      And yes – we have amazing friends in some very special places!

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  2. We must share some ancestors because I also have the graceful flip, flop and fly gene! I can’t count the number of times I end up on the ground. Thankfully only once or twice have I suffered more than embarrassment! In the house, on the street, in the backyard…you name it, I have seen a view of the sky from the ground there. Glad you were okay. Safe journeys to the north country, look forward to hearing all about the trip. Morgaine says to Bear and Maddie “be good on the long trip….you will have so much fun this summer!”And to Ted, a very happy belated birthday.

    • Oh Deborah – the flip, flop and fly gene! I’m going to adopt that as my own – love it!

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  3. Oh Brenda,
    I almost fell off my chair reading your wedding story. I can relate. I can’t remember the last time I wore high heels. I am glad some very nice people can to your rescue and you were still am to have a great time. Love the Bogger Bottom pictures! Happy Birthday Ted!

    I can’t believe the inside of Silver Birches. It looks soo scarey from the outside. I hope they are still giving tours in June. I can’t believe how busy Main street is from the webcams cams. I am so excited for you….being able to leave for the Island this weekend. Enjoy!

  4. Thanks for the shots of the interior of Silver Birches. I agree with Lora above me-it does look very scary from the outside.
    Happy Birthday to Ted! Hope he has many, many more.

    Oh yeah-I ran by Brian Bailey’s childhood home on Sunday. There was a race in our old neighborhood, his house was on the course. It still looks just like it did back in the late 60s! I was so excited about seeing his and all of my old friend’s houses that I ran my fastest 10k ever!

  5. Brenda,

    I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again, “You’ve outdone yourself again!” The narration and the pictures. So descriptive and so enjoyable. The wedding, the birthday party, the open house for the reopening of the Silver Birches. Say, maybe you should write a blog! I have one question though, Is Mr. Charlie, the Charlie from New Orleans, or is he a friend in Georgia?

    Now, if you’ll indulge me? Today promises to be a beautiful sunny day in the low to mid 70s, but 53 years ago today it was cooler and raining. However, the lilacs were in full bloom and there was a wedding to attend. Faye Barnett and Lowell Greene were getting married. They had only been going together for about 4 1/2 months and with the rain, most people were sure it would never last. Then, to top it off, the flames on the candles wavered and flickered during the ceremony. All bad luck. No way was that marriage going to last. Well, it’s 53 years today. Superstition doesn’t count. (However, I just have to point out that no one tried to steal the spotlight by lying down in the wet grass!)

    I hope Maddie and Bear continue to improve and the packing continues to go well. I’m sure Ted will get his packing done with no trouble at all.

    • CONGRATULATIONS, Lowell and Faye! 53 years – what an awesome testament to your love for each other!

      Mr. Charlie is a Georgia friend – Charlie Barnes. “Frog” Charlie is Charlie McMichael.

      Hugs, Lowell and Faye!

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    • Congratulations Lowell! It sounds you found a wonderful bride 53 years ago! You and Faye are an inspiration to all of us. My husband & I were classmates & high school sweethearts and we just celebrated 25 years of marriage last year. We have a marriage theme “Sometimes impossible but never boring!”

      • Theresa- the plan is to leave Saturday morning and arrive sometime Sunday. Still iffy on that as Ted is working three days this week, and it remains to be seen if he can get all his packing and closing the house stuff done in two days. But that’s the plan. When will you be on the island?

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      • Good Morning Bree,

        Sorry for the delay..life marches on with pending graduates in the house … Or not!!

        We hope to be on island time by no later than midday June 11th. Will keep you posted if that should change. But, we can’t think of a reason at this point for that. Thanks for your patience.

        Enjoy your beautiful day .. O my the heady scent of Lilacs are going to be about the neighborhood today!! The large grand stands of them we’re happily popping last evening…. Today they say 80 degrees..wow! The daily puppy romps will be with mom stopping to smell the Lilacs ; )

        Take care and see you all soon,
        Theresa

        P.S. Happy packing Ted.. But, don’t forget your rest. Enjoy your drive Northbound!

  6. Safe travels to you both! I am so disappointed that I will not be able to meet you this year. My daughters are taking me to The Grand Hotel for Mother’s Day and for that I am excited! Been on my bucket list for some time. I hope you have a very special time this summer!

    • LOL, Pam! We’ll be passing the Grand sometime on Mother’s Day heading for the condo! Yell if you spot us – we’ll be the taxi with two excited dogs and a ton of luggage!

  7. Hard to believe it’s time for you to leave already! I can’t wait for Aug. and our trip. I’d love to see more pictures of the Silverbirches reno. Would love to stay there sometime.

  8. Glad Ted had a great birthday. Lowell, though you beat me in longvity of wedded bliss, Igot you in the courtship department.
    three months “hi you want an Oreo cookie” to a walk down the asile. Still at it 46 years later. I think part of the 3 months was taken up by a short Navy cruise to practice for the real one that was coming up shortly. But enough about Ted, I’m certaintly glad you were not hurt on your trip to the grass Brenda. Have no fear, If Ted says you are leaving on saturday, you will. Hug the dogs for me.

    • Wow, Charlie! Do you know Ted well or what!? Believe me, I am going to be sitting by the door early Saturday morning. Don’t want to get left behind!

    • Charlie, You do move fast, don’t you? I have to tell you though that my in laws never said a thing about our going together such a short time. Later, they told me why. They had only known each other for two months when they were married, so they didn’t dare say anything to Faye and me. My father in law was two months shy of twenty and my mother in law was just seventeen. They were married for 60 years, 8 months and 24 days when he died in 1997.

  9. Brenda – The image of you with your heels falling to the wet grass is priceless! So glad you can laugh about yourself! Too funny!

    So have you put your river house on the market also? I can’t imagine trying to pack and also getting that house ready. YIKES!

    • No, Yvonne! Good Lordy no! We’ll only put the lake house on the market when and if the Mac condo sells! Having two on the market at the same time would put me into a permanent state of the vapors!

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  10. I can not believe it’s time for ya’ll to go back North….I hated that I missed you both at the Lake…hey you never know I might completely surprise you about the North Trip….be careful and have a safe trip…God be with you all.

    • Would love to meet you and Sirena while you’re on the island, Jason. Stay safe over there, and safe travels home.

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  11. Good morning Brenda,

    Left info above for you & Ted, Lowell &Faye.

    I agree great things happen with short engagements…my Sweet hubby said why wait when you just know it’s right! I know Aw…Almost 26 years worth and still sweet and strong! Met in August proposal September …
    When God sets his beautiful plan in motion only beautiful things happen..
    .Rain,all the power out at the church a bridesmaid passing out during the service as it was 98 the afternoon we married and walked out to a Rainbow in the sky..go figure. : )

    Enjoy your day!
    Theresa

    May God carry you all safely,enjoy your travels Brenda, Ted, Bear & Maddie

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