Catch Up! 6/30/2013

I’m getting a really late start writing tonight (because we had the most perfectly beautiful day you can possibly imagine on Mackinac, and Ted and I stayed outside and enjoyed it until hunger drove us in), so I’m going to just toss up some photos with captions and let that do for now.

We had some foggy days at the beginning of last week, and fog creates some strange illusions.  Loved these "waves" of wisp

We had some foggy days at the beginning of last week, and fog creates some strange illusions. Loved these “waves” of wispy fog clouds between the break wall and the lighthouses.

We ate in the Chippewa one evening and watched the fog roll into the harbor . . .

Ted and I ate in the Chippewa one evening and watched the fog roll into the harbor.

When we stepped out onto Main Street to start home, the streetlights shining through the fog turned Main Street

When we stepped out of the hotel to start home, the streetlights shining through the fog gave downtown’s Main Street a rather haunting look . . .

. . . and the east end

. . . and the east end really looked eerie in front of Marquette Park.  Good night for the ghost tours!

Mike Forrester and his family rented kayaks from Great Turtle Kayak Tours and really enjoyed paddling around the marina.  We need to go kayaking!

Mike Forrester and his family rented kayaks from Great Turtle Kayak Tours and really enjoyed paddling around the marina on their next-to-last-day on the Island.   Talk about a serene scene!  (Photo: Mike Forrester)

Ted and I met blog reader Jeff and his family - Camille, Lisa, Mia and Jake - at Sadie's Saturday for ice cream.  Flavor #5 - Blueberry Cobbler (vanilla ice cream with blueberries AND pieces of cobbler crust)!  Oh. My. Goodness.  Another 10!

Ted and I met blog reader Jeff and his family – Camille, Lisa, Mia and Jake – at Sadie’s Saturday for ice cream. Flavor #5 – Blueberry Cobbler (vanilla ice cream with blueberries AND pieces of cobbler crust)! Oh. My. Goodness. Another 10!

On a walk the other day, we cut through the Trillium Heights neighborhood, which is about three hills further up Cadotte than we are.  I really like this area though - lovely homes and nice folks living in them!

On a walk the other day we cut through the Trillium Heights neighborhood, which is about three hills further up Cadotte than we are. I really like this area – lovely homes and nice folks living in them!

Who, me?  Uh-uh.  Maddie did it.

“Who, me? Uh-uh. Maddie did it.”

Love this view from the East Bluff.

Have always loved this view from the East Bluff.

Jill - getting some puppy love!

Jill – getting some puppy love!

From a trip to Mac City - out-of-the-water sailboats at the marina.

From a trip to Mac City – out-of-the-water sailboats at the marina . . .

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. . . and the little park adjacent to the Shepler dock.

Pansies!  Don't you just love pansies!

Pansies! Don’t you just love pansies!

One day this week we walked into town and met up with Chris Ann and Burton's family at Marquette Park.  Two of the grandchildren fell in love with the Bearster.

One day this week we walked into town and met up with Chris Ann and Burton’s family at Marquette Park. Two of the grandchildren fell in love with the Bearster.

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We went over to visit our neighbor, Chief Duck Andress, this week and noticed a chipmunk running up and down the top of his fence. Duck went over and poured out some peanuts and told me to go stand right by the fence and not move. Sure enough, in just a minute or two, Mr. Chipmunk scurried right down to the treats. Chipmunk to himself: “Hmmmm . . . peanuts!”

"I think I'll try one . . .

“I think I’ll try one . . .

. . . or two, or seven, or twelve.  Man, I wish I had bigger cheeks!"

. . . or two, or seven, or twelve. Man, I wish I had bigger cheeks!”

Mary Warner, a blog reader, and her entire family were staying at the Yacht Club this week.  I biked down to meet her and husband Steve, their two sons and their wives and the three grandchildren.  What a fun family!

Mary, a blog reader, and her entire family were staying at the Yacht Club this week. I biked down to meet her and husband Steve, their two sons and their wives, and the three grandchildren. What a fun family!  And guess what, Lowell – Mary and her parents used to eat at the Carriage Lantern in the 50’s, Mary worked one summer for the Benjamin Photography Store, and (drum roll please) Mary, as an 8-year-old, ALSO walked across Arch Rock!  There seems to have been quite a bit of that going on in the 50’s!

The article reporter Stephanie Fortino wrote on Lowell and Faye's visit to the Island appeared in this week's Town Crier!

The article reporter Stephanie Fortino wrote on Lowell and Faye’s visit to the Island appeared in this week’s Town Crier!

I loved these t-shirts they were all wearing.  Each date is the year that someone new in the family first visited Mackinac Island.

I loved these t-shirts they were all wearing. Each date is the year that someone new in the family first visited Mackinac Island.

Me - hurrying to the library last Friday to hear authors PJ Parrish (really two sisters

Me – hurrying to the library last Friday to hear author P.J. Parrish. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

You'll remember that P.J. Parrish is actually two sisters, Kelly Nichols and Kristy Montee, and their latest book is Heart of Ice, set on Mackinac Island.

You’ll remember that P.J. Parrish is actually two sisters, Kelly Nichols and Kristy Montee, and their latest book is Heart of Ice, set on Mackinac Island.

The library was packed, and the sisters spoke for about an hour about their new book and what it's like to write together - one from Michigan and one from Florida.  After the lecture there was a book signing, and the books were flying out of the library!  It is SO good!

The library was packed, and the sisters spoke for about an hour about the new book and what it’s like to write together – one from Michigan and one from Florida. After the lecture there was a book signing.  Hope you’ve read Heart of Ice.   It is SO good!

We rode out to      today and found a pony wash in progress.

We rode out to today to the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center and found a pony wash in progress.

Friend Joan Barch was there with her grandson Jordan.  Well, it seems there were no dirty ponies so sweet Blaze got to be "dirtied up" with finger paints . . .

Friend Joan Barch was there with her grandson Jordan. It seems there were no dirty ponies, so sweet Blaze volunteered to be “dirtied up” with finger paints . . .

. . . and Jordan had great fun leaving his fingerprints everywhere!

. . . and Jordan had great fun leaving his hand prints everywhere!

After they decorated Blaze in very patriotic red, white and blue paint, they, of course, washed it all off!

After they decorated Blaze in very patriotic red, white and blue paint, they then washed it all off!  That Blaze will put up with anything for these young horse lovers.

I have a funny story to tell you, and then I’m done for tonight.  The day that Lowell, Faye, Jill, reporter Stephanie, Ted and I had lunch at the Grand Hotel, we were all sitting and chatting, waiting for our food to arrive.  I totally forget what it was, but Ted said something sweet, and I reached out with my right hand – still chatting with someone down the table on my left – to give him a sweet pat and rub on his cheek.  As I patted and rubbed, I noticed everyone had stopped mid-sentence and they were all staring at me wide-eyed.  I heard Ted clear his throat and say, “Uh, Sweetie?”

That’s when I turned toward Ted and discovered that instead of patting and rubbing Ted’s cheek, I was patting and rubbing the arm of our server.

I put my head down on the table and about DIED!  But the waiter thought it was funny (and so did everyone else), and he laughingly agreed to recreating the "scene" for this pic.

I put my head down on the table and about DIED! But the waiter thought it was funny (and so did everyone else), and he laughingly agreed to recreate the “scene” for this pic.  Oh, Lordy.

And that’s the last time I “pat and rub” without looking first!

We have another busy, busy week ahead, with lots of 4th of July activities, and on Tuesday we’re going sailing!  Really excited about that and will share that adventure later in the week, along with whatever other goodies pop up.  The weather is supposed to be stuck on PERFECT all week, so if there’s any way you can jump in a car or bus or train or plane and get up here, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great week, and I’ll be back in a few days with more good stuff from Mackinac!  God bless.

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25 thoughts on “Catch Up! 6/30/2013

  1. Already did it!!! (visit the Island, that is) Today as a matter of fact. And, you are correct, it was perfect. Wish I lived closer or could have stayed longer, but someone has to feed all the animals here at home. I am sure I will be back before the summer is over!! At least I am sure I can count on you for some pictures of what 4th of July on Mackinac is like. Can’t wait!

  2. Loved seeing my sister, Mary Warner, and her family during their visit to the Island. My sisters and I visited with our parents every summer until we finished college and moved far and wide. I’m in Virginia now and it’s a hike to the Island but I still try to go every few years with my family. Mary and I are both avid blog readers as it provides a bit of Mackinac when we can’t be there. Brenda, thanks so much for sharing our favorite place in print and pictures. We love it. It seems amazing that we have been going to the Island for over 60 years. We have watched the changes and are grateful they are subtle and have consistently enhanced its beauty and charm.. I have a picture of my sister standing with my kids (now in their 40s) when they were tiny, in front of Doud’s store. We have a picture of us standing in the same place as kids ourselves. Oh, the stories I can tell 🙂
    Thanks again for your blog.
    Carole King

    • Carole, it was a joy meeting Mary and her beautiful family! I always love hearing the stories of how Mackinac has become the special place that families return to year after year. The Island certainly has a gift for making memories that last for generations!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Always love looking at pictures and these are no exception. They put a smile on my face this early Monday morning. I knew I should have had a subscription to the town crier, oh well, I guess I will have to wait until I can read it online. I bet it’s a good story! Enjoy your day Brenda…counting down the weeks. 😉

  4. It’s funny…in the Saddie’s picture, you can see all the people in the background playing on their phones! When I’m on Mackinac, I want to be totally disconnected from the world and just enjoy the magical island 🙂

  5. Lucky you getting to meet P. J. Parrish! I read Heart of Ice when you first blogged about it, it was so good I’ve downloaded a few more of their books. Love reading about Northern Michigan!

    The fog photos are awesome-haunting is an apt description, thanks for including them.

  6. Good morning,

    I remember a few posts ago you speaking of the island being a special gift….

    I belieave we should consider the following to be true…Your beautiful photos, our beautiful photos speak to the incredable paper all of the memories are wrapped in. Our favorite photos seem to be in the same place about the same time each year… The only thing that changes is the size of our children and happily additions to the number of loved one we add each year.

    The smiling people of times past… Or the very stern for that fact because it was the proper way to carry yourself . Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could tell us their incredible stories as we have heard or lived here? Like, on a day fog draped gently over the vistas …… Or when the boats in the harbor …. Or did you see…. Kinda makes you wonder?

    Thank you Brenda for helping so many folks to live and love the Mackinac Dreams daily as you do! See you soon…..

    Blessings,
    Theresa

  7. Thanks for the great pics of the Horsey Wash. Jordan can’t stop talking about it. What a wonderful horse barn we have here for the kids. We are sooooooooo lucky!!!

    • Joan, I have some other pics of Jordan I can email to you, but you might have plenty already with the ones you took. Let me know!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. Like the fog photos….but love the pansy photo….pansies are my favorite flowers…they are such happy looking flowers

  9. Funny about the pat and rub, Bree. Have a friend that thought he was giving his wife alittle pat on the behind. Well it was not his wife. LOL

  10. Brenda,

    Another blog to remember. I don’t know how you can be so consistently good.

    I really enjoyed the fog pictures. There just something comforting about the fog. Of course, it puts a bounce in the step when the sun comes out. It’s like being all covered up in a comfortable bed, but we don’t want to stay there forever. There comes a time when it’s so good to get up and face the world.

    Jill, it was good to see you again and apparently Bear and Maddie thought so too. They sure are nice dogs and it’s obvious they know a nice person when they see one

    Mary, I’m glad to “meet” you, your husband, Steve, and the whole family. I thought I was one of only ones crazy enough to climb out on Arch Rock, but I’ve been hearing that there are others. Did your grandchildren refuse to let you walk across it this time? Party poopers! I’ll bet they wouldn’t let you swim across the straits either. If you ate at the Carriage Lantern in 1954, I peeled your potatoes and washed your dirty dishes. I hope you liked the food. I thought it was a rather nice restaurant.

    Brenda, I’m glad you went to see the authors of Heart of Ice. I need to get that book. I’m sure Faye and I would both like it.

    Jeff, it’s good to finally be able to “meet” you, and your family too. Mackinac Island is great, isn’t it. Of course, people like Brenda & Ted sure help to make it that way.

    Then there are the pansies, the chipmunks, the little girls with the Bear, the old guy and his wife in the paper and the boy with the horse…and…and…and the Lucille Ball moment with the waiter at the Grand…talk about memories, for sure, that’s one.

    • Lowell, thank you! I have been in a few of Brenda’s photos before, but even she said I look different this year. I am the one in the blue stripes, just to clarify.

      I still have to read the Town Crier article about you….waiting to dedicate some good time to sit down and enjoy the story!

    • Lowell, I am so glad you had such a lovely time on the Island. We did too. Being from Kansas we only get up there every three years or so. It is such a special place for our whole family. There is magic there.

  11. Love the fog pics also. And of course Bear – he could be the most adorable dog ever. Counting down the days til our trip to the island, Aug 10!

  12. Hi Brenda,

    Great shot by Ted of my family and I. It was an absolute pleasure seeing you for the third year in a row! Hard to believe I have been reading this blog that long, seems like only yesterday I first stumbled upon it. My family said it was really interesting hearing yours and Ted’s insights into things and island life. Also very cool to meet Ted! That blueberry cobbler was VERY good.

    I will be back (likely by myself) to do the Bridge Walk on Labor Day. Very excited, have wanted to do it for years and decided this is the year. So maybe I will see you at the Stuart House then.

    Those fog pics are awesome! Clark Bloswick has nothing on you 😛

  13. The “spooky” pictures of Mackinac were great. Wouldn’t it be great to take the Haunts of Mackinac tour at night with the fog? Scary!

    The pictures of bear with the girls is so sweet. He looks like he is saying “Doesn’t everyone just love me?” LOL!

  14. I hope my issue of the Crier arrives before we start our drive up to the UP on Wednesday. I enjoy reading Lowell’s recollections. (Thank you Lowell!)

    This trip we hope to actually meet you Brenda. Last trip up we missed Ted at the Visitors Center by about 5 minutes – we heard people yell out your name as we were peddling fast, enjoying the momentum of the The Straights Lodge hill – I saw Jill sitting on the bench outside of the bookstore but, I wasn’t sure it was her so I didn’t introduce myself – oh! and then we saw Ted peddling “up” past the Mustang. We finally! did see Frankie and Hersey (whom we’ve met before) just as we were heading to the ferry.

    We can’t wait to see all the sailboats on the Race to Mackinac. We’ll be getting to the Island just as most of them will.

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