Best News First! Faye just let me know Lowell is doing much better today and will return home tomorrow from the hospital! They discussed the Mackinac trip with his doctor, and he said as long as Lowell felt like going, it was ok. Let’s keep those prayers lifting that Lowell continues to improve and that he and Faye arrive on the Island June 2 as planned.
It’s been kind of a bittersweet day. We officially signed the papers to list our condo, and I’ve spent a large part of the morning snapping photographs of every room, nook, and cranny in our little piece of paradise. Right now I’m at 50 shots, and that’s after deleting at least 50 others. Still haven’t shot the upstairs third bedroom because Ted hasn’t completely cleared it of four bikes and luggage . . . as you can see!
I walked to town early this afternoon to have lunch with Frankie at Horn’s. On the way down I passed what is supposed to be the oldest Lilac bush on Mackinac. Leaf buds were appearing!
So far Frankie hasn’t had any luck finding a job opening, and she will probably leave the Island tomorrow. Still praying that a door will open for her.
After lunch I popped into the Island Bookstore to get Ted a newspaper and found Mary Jane Barnwell, one of the store’s owners, busy at the cash register . . .
. . . and Jill putting new books on the shelves. This time of year the store receive boxes and boxes of books each day!
It was so much warmer today – in the high 50 – so I decided to take the long way home by the boardwalk. As soon as I got past the library though, the wind off the lake picked up, and it was as though someone was forcing that wind through an ice machine. Nevertheless, the water was Michigan blue, and this patch of grass has turned summer green.
I knew this was going to happen as soon as I saw they were adding an Ice Cream Parlor at the Grand Hotel. Sure enough. When I reached the Grand, my legs just hung a 90-degree left and took me straight into Sadie’s, where they serve 24 flavors of Hudsonville Ice Cream.
This will be a deplorable task, but I’m vowing to my readers right NOW that I will leave no flavor at Sadie’s untried and unreported. I started today with the Seaside Caramel because that’s what I was told was the first best seller. Seaside Caramel is made up of chocolate covered salted caramels in vanilla flavored ice cream with a salted caramel ribbon. Just typing that added a pound to each thigh. I will limit my scoops to “one” and always use a sugar cone for continuity. Then I’ll score each flavor on a scale from 1 to 10, with a 10 being the highest possible score. I give Seaside Caramel a 12.
What could be better – a beautiful day on Mackinac Island, a delicious ice cream cone to be enjoyed as I walk up the hill (thereby burning all the calories in the aforementioned ice cream cone)! Perfect day!
I’m working at Shepler’s again tomorrow as the last group of Winsome Women arrives and the second group leaves. It always amazes me to see how everything gets to where it’s going when these huge groups come in. Thousands of pieces of luggage are tagged, shrink-wrapped on carts, carried over on ferries, transferred to drays, and hauled by horses to hotels all over the Island. Amazing!