Restful Weekend, Busy Week to Come 7/14/2013

The beautiful weather has continued on the Island throughout the weekend.  I just love it when we can open all our windows, upstairs and downstairs, and let the breezes off the Great Lakes blow through the condo during the day.  At night – would you believe it – it’s still a little too cool to leave all the windows open, but leaving our French doors in the bedroom open – and the fan going – creates a perfect sleeping climate.

In case you’re wondering what’s happening on selling the condo . . . . . nothing. That’s good news and bad news.  Good, because it’s been such a great summer up here so far, and bad because our next little “life adventure” depends solely on selling one of our two nests.  Preferably both.  But hey, we haven’t even been here half the summer yet.  And as Ted and I both know, someone looking to purchase real estate on Mackinac Island  has to fall completely in love with this magical place – like we did.  And then they have to decide they  just can’t live another minute without having something to call their very own right here in the middle of Lake Huron –  like we did.  It doesn’t happen that often – but it does happen.  So we wait.  And that’s ok.

The Infinite Diversion was the first boat to cross the finish line in the 2013 Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race.  It arrived this afternoon

The Infinite Diversion was the first boat to cross the finish line (around 3:30 this afternoon) in the 2013 Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race.  The probable second boat, at the moment of this writing, is Windquest and she has about six nautical miles to go.  Winds have been very low, and sailors are having to use all their skills to catch a breeze and make some progress.  Sometime between now and Monday afternoon the other 299 boats will arrive at the Mackinac Island Marina.  But the partying will begin tonight and continue through Tuesday.

Larry and Angela left on Saturday morning to return home to Atlanta,  They used Friday to go up and see the Soo Locks, then drove into Canada for a few hours.

We don't get to see these cousins as much as we'd like to . . .

We don’t get to see these cousins as much as we’d like to . . .

, , , and we sure hated seeing them leave so soon.

, , , and we sure hated seeing them leave.

One of our favorite dock porters, Archie Horn, showing how baggage handing is done - Mackinac style!

One of our favorite dock porters, Archie Horn, showing how baggage handling is done – Mackinac style!

The view from our back porch.  I sat out there the other night for a few minutes with my camera and caught Molly heading to the barn with her team.  She works for Gough Livery and gives a great private tour.

The view from our back porch. I sat out there the other night for a few minutes with my camera and caught Molly heading to the barn with her team. She works for Gough Livery and gives a great private tour.

Coming back the other way was Bob on his taxi.  He'd

Coming back the other way was Bob on his taxi, with a group maybe going out to dinner.

Abby Holstrom got this great shot of the new PINK umbrellas on the outside patio at the Pony.  Very appropriate!

Abby Holstrom got this great shot of the new PINK umbrellas on the outside patio at the Pony. Very appropriate!

Speaking of the Pony, Ted and I were there Saturday night on the back deck and got to watch the ending shift of the dredging operation that's been going on in the marina for the last few days.  With low lake levels and 300 sailboats approaching, it was decided that the lake bottom needed dredging in some areas before the boats arrived.

Speaking of the Pony, Ted and I were there Saturday night on the back deck and got to watch the ending shift of the dredging operation that’s been going on in the marina for the last few days. With low lake levels and 300 sailboats approaching, it was determined the lake bottom needed dredging in some areas.

The size of the bucket was amazing (you can see the man standing beside it).  I have no idea how many thousands of pounds of silt was removed and placed on the barge where the crane rested.  Another amazement was the tiny little tug boat maneuvering that huge barge.

The size of the bucket was amazing (you can see the man standing beside it). I have no idea how many thousands of pounds of silt was removed and placed on the barge where the crane rested.  Ted was thinking he’d like to be able to sift through it for all the items that have been dropped overboard in that marina over the years. Another amazement was that tiny little tug boat maneuvering that huge barge.

Mike Forrester, who visits the Island with his family at least once a year, and who produced the live streaming video of the Lilac Festival Parade this year, posted on his blog how he put together that live feed from a Lilac Tree porch.  Totally awesome!  Read it here:  http://www.mackinacislandblog.com/profiles/blogs/streaming-the-lilac-festival-grand-parade

That’s all I’ve got tonight y’all.  It’s been kind of nice not having a lot on the schedule for a week, but all that ends tomorrow.  Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday:  Work at Stuart House and check out the marina for boats.
  • Tuesday:  A sweet little project working with a reader’s daughter on her senior pictures – with the help of some kind Island folks.
  • Wednesday: Off-island.  Bear to groomers and Maddie to doggie day-care while Ted and I go to Traverse City shopping – just for the fun of it!
  • Thursday: I’m speaking again at the Men’s Breakfast at the Yacht Club – this time on Pet Therapy, and Bear will become the first dog allowed in the Yacht Club!
  • Friday:  Rest???

I think there will be some neat photo opps during the coming days, and of course, I will be sharing them with all of you! 

Hope everyone’s week is great!  God bless.

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25 thoughts on “Restful Weekend, Busy Week to Come 7/14/2013

  1. Larry & I so enjoyed visiting with you and Ted on our Mackinaw adventure this past week. I can now check staying at The Grand off my bucket list.
    It’s simply magical just as you said, and we enjoyed it so much. There’s no place like home when you’ve been away though, so we are looking forward to sleeping in our own bed tonight. Thanks again for your Mackinaw “southern” hospitality. Your condo is just perfect and the right person will “fall in love” with it very soon, I’m sure. Angela

  2. Should “Bear being the first dog in the Yacht Club” on Thursday have any bearing on “Bear to the groomers” on Wednesday?

  3. I was on the island from Thursday to Saturday and had a wonderful time! A taxi driver even gave us a free ride on the way to dinner because he told us that he has to do one good deed a day — he said “meep meep” to people he knew as he drove by — do you know who that might be? I would love to live on the island, but unfortunately, a condo does not fit in our just married one year budget. I wish it did!

  4. I’m with Ted about digging through the silt. We had workings at our house about 3 weeks ago that did some digging in our driveway and they found old bottles still intact. Our house was built on an old junkyard so these were a neat find.

    Oh, is Maddie going to have fun telling Bear where she was and I can imagine that Bear is not going to be happy going to the groomers while Maddie will be having fun at Doggie Day Care.

    • Actually, Judi, they’ll both be at the same place – one playing while the other gets all clean and fluffy. Hmmm – maybe Maddie should get fluff and dried too!

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  5. Your blog is always the perfect ending to my day.
    I’m sure the perfect person will come along for your condo…honestly, if I had the resources right now, my husband and I would gladly take it off your hands, LOL! I still feel in my heart, one of these days (at some point in our life) we’ll have a place there (that is my dream/prayer!).
    We are so excited…we get to come up one more time this season (end of August)…before the school year starts.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Melody 🙂

    • Keep that dream, Melody. I’m praying that one day it comes true for you – just as it did for us.

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  6. P.S. That is so neat you’re doing senior pictures for someone! My son had his done on the island while we were there over the week of July 4th!

      • He had some done inside the Harbour View Inn in their parlors and the rest we had done outside. Down by the water, marina, sailboats and ferries in the background, one with the bridge in the background. Some down by Arnold transit (the older boats, on the dock). Some with some horses. Some with the fort in the background. We didn’t want them to look cheesy or touristy, yet we wanted the beauty of Mackinac. We can’t wait for them to be posted on the website, we are anxious to see how they turned out!

  7. Great week ahead Bree! Enjoy Traverse City! Sirena and I nearly bought a private island for sale on Silver Lake until we had it surveyed and it was just too small to build on with MI high water setback requirements. We always enjoy going to the Grand Traverse Bay area. If you get a chance head up to the Old Mission Light House, very picturesque. Plus the drive getting there is always great for photos too. Make sure to get you and Ted some home made Moomer’s ice cream.

    • LOL Jason! Don’t know what we’ll have time for after Ted’s planned expedition to SAMs Club! We’ll see though. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  8. I’m with Ted-there must be some really interesting stuff in that silt! How nice that you and Bear get to go to the Yacht Club!

    Love the pink umbrellas at the Pony! I so miss that place-hopefull we’ll be able to make it back someday soon.

    Don’t worry about the condo-the right people will come along at the right time and it will all work out!

  9. Have fun in Traverse City. Have you and Ted been there before? It’s another favorite spot of ours too. Both peninsulas there are worth taking a drive through. Leland, Suttons Bay….all of those little towns are great and the wine tasting is the best! Lots to see and do. We are heading up that way Sunday for our anniversary for a couple days.

  10. Always enjoy hearing what “stuff” is going on there – dredging? Who would have thought – interesting information. You are definitely doing a lot of good deeds for people – I get the feeling it is in your nature!!!

  11. So happy to hear that Bear will have his 15 min. of fame, at the Yacht Club. Maybe someone could take lots of pictures, for this event. We would love to see them.

  12. Hi Brenda,

    Glad your work at the Stuart House went well yesterday!

    Helping a friend with their senior pictures will definitely be a sweet and beautiful thing! We did the same with our sweet Amelia last summer and it was such a special time in a her life. Mackinac and her people are quick yet gracious to grant Mackinac Dreams thus becoming cherished memories! It was such a joyous expedition, last year! Paul granted one of her greatest wishes to be able to sit amidst their beautiful flowers and sit on his porch for a pictures! We wish the same dreams for her: )!!

    Boy we’d also love to see one scoop of surprises out of the harbor! Oh how we love great lakes history! I remember when we use to live down on the river at the mouth of Lake Huron and after a storm we would find treasures from lost ships and villages along the shore. It was like yesterday coming alive in your hands!

    Have fun with Ted and the pups tomorrow off the island!

    LOL let us know how the rest thingy works out with boat folk on the rock!

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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