Personal Note: Thank so much to everyone for your sweet notes and emails about Charlie. Cathie is reading each one also and appreciates your prayers so much. As someone said, we will all have to adjust to our “new normal” now without Charlie being physically in our lives. In our hearts he will live on, and one day we’ll meet again . . . because that’s what God promises to all His believers, and that’s what we believe.
The Rest of the Story – Clair & Ronnie
There’s no other way to say it – Ted and I just had an amazing time while Ronnie and Claire were here, and I think they did too. I’ve always said that showing Mackinac to folks who have never visited always takes us back to our first time here. We get to see everything for the first time all over again through their eyes.
We sure hated to see Claire and Ronnie leave on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure we made Michigan lovers out of both these two (so much so they continued their visit to Petoskey, Traverse City and Frankenmuth). They were flying home this afternoon out of Detroit, and we’re hoping they come back again soon!
Two Georgians + Two Michiganders
A few weeks ago I received an email from Ann Jeffords Cole, a close, close friend in high school, but someone I hadn’t seen in at least 20 years – maybe more! Ann and her husband Chip were coming to Michigan to visit friends (Jean and Ted) here, and part of the visit would include a couple of nights at the Grand Hotel. Could we possibly get together? Oh My Gosh, Yes!
Ann and Chip and their friends arrived on Sunday afternoon. They went on a private carriage tour (with Molly as their driver) Monday morning, and Molly ended the tour at our condo. After a lot of girlish squealing and introductions, and a little bit of catching up, we walked over to the new Grand Hotel/Carriage Tour stable and carriage museum.
Ann and her group left the Island this afternoon. It was so special to see her again after so many years, and maybe they’ll all come back for a longer visit next time! Ann, you are as beautiful as ever, my friend. Let’s get all the girls together soon – if not in Michigan, then in Sylvester.
A Special Birthday
I don’t usually mention birthdays here, but when it’s the birthday of someone really, really, really special – like Jill – there’s no way I can ignore it.
Hmmm . . . That’s Not the Way THIS Was Supposed To Go
Blog readers Theresa and Lowell have been communicating back and forth for a while, and last week Theresa and her husband Allen and their two children got together at Lowell and Faye’s.
In Lowell’s own words:
“Theresa and I, the slow walkers, were about a half block behind. Our grandson, Mitchel, ran back and told us what had happened (Faye had tripped over the rough, uneven pavement and fallen directly on her face). Luckily, the Olivet Fire Department Emergency people were less than 100 feet away (because of the parade), and by the time Theresa and I got to Faye, they were already there. They did what they could do and while they were doing it, one of them called an ambulance and she was taken from Olivet to the hospital in Charlotte (12 miles). The Doctor said she had a severe concussion and that’s part of the reason why they wanted to keep her in the hospital.
She’s was given morphine for the pain and some nausea medicine and was asleep when we left. Her forehead is swollen big time from the middle of the right eye brow all the way across to the other side. Her left eye lid is totally black and the right eye lid is turning black. I think her nose and forehead will be the same.”
I’ve talked to Lowell a couple of times, and today I chatted with Faye. She is ok, but her face is VERY banged up. She said the black and blue bruises are now inching down her cheeks and will probably go into her neck. She also said Lowell was being a very good caretaker.
Prayers requested for a swift and uneventful recovery for sweet Faye.
ART ROCKS THE BOAT
I just had to mention this great event because not only will it benefit the Art & Music programs of the Mackinac Island Public School, but it will just be a fantastic evening of great fun!
According to Lily Porter, the Director of the Mackinac Island Arts Council, “Tickets for the August 6 event are $50 per person and include an hour-and-a-half cruise through the Straits of Mackinac on Arnold Line’s Straits Express II, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and live music from Less is More (Jane Finkel & Brian Spencer) and Brian Thomas. Tickets can be reserved by calling 906-984-4124. Limited space is available, so try and call as soon as possible!
What’s Coming Up?
When our visitors and Ted and I rode around the Island on Monday, we stopped in for about five minutes at Silver Birches. On Thursday, I’m going out to meet with Silver Birches’ new owner Liz Ware and get the whole story on her plans for this fantastic and historic former lodge. I’m so excited to be able to do this, and I’ll be back soon with the project’s progress – outside AND inside!
I think that catches us up for now. Well, there is one more little special thing I have to tell you about a reaction from waaayyy far away across the ocean to Bear’s last post, but I think I’ll just leave you hanging on that one for a little while! P.S. You. Will. Love. It.
Have a great rest of the week! God bless.