More Real Each Day 10/17/2013

When you spend a few days cleaning out closets and dresser drawers, you can’t help but wonder, “How on this earth did we accumulate so much stuff in six summers?”  Getting ready to go home for the last six seasons meant leaving a lot of clothes, shoes, cleaning supplies, etc. here over the winter.  This time it all has to go, and all I’ve been able to think about is, “What in goodness is it going to be like to pack up the lake house in Georgia where we’ve lived since 1996!”  Of course that’s IF/WHEN the lake house sells!

Corners are beginning to fill with boxes to be shipped home.  The first one went off island yesterday, addressed to Ed and Sally Feagin, who will store them at their house down the street from us until we get home.

Corners are beginning to fill with boxes to be shipped home. The first one went off island yesterday, addressed to Ed and Sally Feagin, who will store them at their house down the street from us until we get home.

My closet is almost empty.  The only things left are a few cold weather items I'll wear for the next 13 days and a couple of warm weather items I'll pack for the last leg of our trip into much warmer weather.

My closet is almost empty. The only things left are a few cold weather items I’ll wear for the next 13 days and a couple of warm weather items I’ll pack for the last leg of our trip into south Georgia, where it’s 85 as I type this at 6:35 p.m. Thursday evening.  It’s 49 right now on Mackinac.

Most of the closet shelves are empty, with the kitchen being the only room that still looks "normal".  After all, we still have to eat for 13 more days.

Most of the closet shelves are empty, with the kitchen being the only room that still looks “normal”. After all, we still have to eat for almost two more weeks.

But nothing makes it more real than this sign in the window at Mackinac Island Realty.

But nothing makes it more real than this sign in the window at Mackinac Island Realty. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

I took a break on Monday to walk downtown to have lunch with Frankie, who was leaving the island for the season that afternoon and heading home to Grand Rapids.  After lunch we hung around at the Star Line dock until the 3:30 ferry arrived.

Judy and Jill came down to see Frankie off also . . .

Judy and Jill came down to see Frankie off also . . .

. . . and Hershey had this look on her face like, "Sure was a short season, mom!"

. . . and Hershey had this look on her face like, “Sure was a short season, mom!”

It's always sad to see a friend off at the dock, but we'll all be back next summer at one time or another, good Lord willing.

It’s always sad to see a friend off at the dock, but we’ll all be back next summer at one time or another, good Lord willing.

I knew what was waiting at the condo, so I didn’t spend any time downtown after the ferry left.

As I walked up the hill there were more and more signs of the season being over - like the painting going on outside Somewear on Mackinac, one of my favorite clothing stores.

As I walked up the hill there were more and more signs of the season being over – like the painting going on outside SomeWear on Mackinac, one of my favorite clothing stores . . .

. . . and this sign on the Ryba's shop on Cadotte.

. . . and this sign on the Ryba’s shop on Cadotte.

As I got ready to take a photo of the Grand Hotel, I noticed something white out of the corner of my eye.  Someone is missing a visor!

As I got ready to take a photo of the Grand Hotel, I noticed something white out of the corner of my eye. Someone is missing a visor!

The Grand Hotel is always beautiful, but surrounded by the colors of Fall, she is at her peak

The Grand Hotel is always beautiful, but never more so than when surrounded by the colors of Fall.

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Can you tell me what’s missing?

The flowers are gone!  We've come full circle, and in a few days, the tulip bulbs which will emerge next spring will go into these bare spaces.

The flowers are gone! We’ve come full circle, and in a few days, the tulip bulbs which will emerge next spring, will go into these bare spaces.

Surrey Ridge Condos . . . just can't see them now without tears forming.

Surrey Ridge Condos . . . just can’t look at them now without tears forming.

On Tuesday morning I was up bright and early . . . make that DARK and early.  I was going over to volunteer at Shepler’s in Mackinaw City because, once again, it was Winsome Women weekend at the Grand Hotel.  Since I’m NEVER up before daybreak, I took the opportunity on my walk downtown to catch the 8 a.m. ferry to get some sunrise shots.  I really, really need to do that more often.

Blazing reds beyond the Grand Hotel bike parking lot.

Blazing sky beyond the Grand Hotel bike parking lot. . . .

Little Stone Church

. . . and behind Little Stone Church.

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Almost to Chambers Corner

First Shepler's ferry of the day arrives at the Mackinac Island dock.

First Shepler’s ferry of the day arrives at the Mackinac Island dock.  

Today Ted went to Cheboygan to drop off some boxes at the Salvation Army store and pick up enough groceries to keep us fed until our leave date of October 30.  I stayed home and packed some more boxes, and we’ll get those shipped tomorrow.  Slowly, but surely, we’re getting it done.

Hugs to all of you, and I’ll be back here in a few days!  God bless.

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28 thoughts on “More Real Each Day 10/17/2013

  1. Thank you so much for the map you sent us! It came in handy! We arrived yesterday and woke up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise from Arch Rock. We even saw Ted at Sheplers earlier but thiught it would be odd to say hello. Thank you again so much! We are off to the ghosts of mackinac tour now 🙂 Mackinac in the fall is an entirely new experience!

    • Don’t you just love it in the Fall, Ashley!? You should have said hi to Ted! He and Jill happened to be leaving at the same time this morning so you could have met them both! Enjoy your stay – sounds like you’re staying busy!

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  2. I love the island in the Fall! Love your sunrise pictures Brenda, they are awesome. Poor Hershey, she doesn’t look like she is quite ready to leave yet. Can’t blame her. Enjoy your Winter at home Frankie. Brenda, I gotta give you lots of credit. There is no way I could pack up all that stuff in that short of time. Your a better person then I am. 🙂

    • Thanks, Hilde. I’m not much of a packrat so I clean closets at the end of each season anyway. Ted . . . well, that’s another story entirely!

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  3. Lovely photos as usual! Love the Shepler’s Ferry shot, such beautiful colors.Hershey looks sad, I’m sure he knows it is the end of the season. I’m sure the residents are breathing a sigh of relief right now. I should be sorting my closet as well. Perhaps some snowy day I’ll get the urge to do so! Happy packing to you and Ted. Tell the doggies I said hello.

  4. Brenda,

    The pictures are the best, but I refuse to think of you leaving the Island until I have to. I hope you don’t mind.

    • Lowell, if I don’t make myself think about it every day, I just might not leave when leaving day comes. It would just be too sad all at once.

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  5. One of the best things about fall and winter up north is that I at least have a chance to see sunrises, and they are spectacular! I’m a bit of a sleepy head in the morning. Love the sunrise photos!
    I remember scrounging boxes from the shops downtown when I left. Had to get creative with some off shaped boxes, as I recall. I didn’t much care for that experience, either.

  6. The best pictures yet Brenda! Yeah Hershey does not look happy. How is Bear and Maddie doing with all this packing and moving going on. Ben and Gizmo (our dogs) always get anxious when they see Sirena and I packing or start moving the suit cases around. If I go to the garage they are racing to see who gets to the truck first. I’m sure Bear and Maddie know something very strange is happening….

    Thanks for sharing as always. Have a good weekend!

  7. Beautiful Photos.
    Fall is really here and the cold nights are staying.
    Love your Blog . My Husband and I changed our home last October moving to Traverse City area from Grand Rapids. We love it up here .
    Life is Good we are so Happy with our choice.
    Change is Good at our stages of life, it keeps us busy and open to anything!

  8. Hi Bree, could you share with us anything you know about Lover’s Leap. I’ve learned so much from you about the island. Thank you for everything!

    • Hi Terry! I really don’t have any history at all on Lovers Leap. I’ve heard several versions, but have no idea which – if any – is correct. Maybe some of my Mackinac Island resident readers would like to answer this one – please!

      • I’m not a resident of Mackinac Island (that’s not to say I wouldn’t like to be), but maybe this will help.

        The following is from the website http://www.sacred-texts.com/ame/lol/lol265.htm

        When we say that the real name of Lover’s Leap in Mackinac is Mechenemockenungoqua, we trust that it will not be repeated. It has its legend, however, as well as its name, for an Ojibway girl stood on this spire of rock, watching for her lover after a battle had been fought and her people were returning. Eagerly she scanned the faces of the braves as their war-canoes swept by, but the face she looked for was not among them. Her lover was at that moment tied to a tree, with an arrow in his heart. As she looked at the boats a vision of his fate revealed itself, and the dead man, floating toward her, beckoned. Her death-song sounded in the ears of the men, but before they could reach her she had gone swiftly to the verge, her hands extended, her eyes on vacancy, and her spirit had met her lover’s.

        From this very rock, in olden time, leaped the red Eve when the red Adam had been driven away by a devil who had fallen in love with her. Adam, who was paddling by the shore, saw she was about to fall, rushed forward, caught her, and saved her life. The law of gravitation in those days did not act with such distressing promptitude as now. Manitou, hearing of these doings, restored them to the island and banished the devil, who fell to a world of evil spirits underground, where he became the father of the white race, and has ever since persecuted the Indians by proxy.

        On the same island of Mackinac the English had a fort, the garrison of which was massacred in 1763. A sole survivor—a young officer named Robinson—owed his life to a pretty half-breed who gave him hiding in a secluded wigwam. As the spot assured him of safety, and the girl was his only companion, they lived together as man and wife, rather happily, for several years. When the fort had been built again, Robinson re-entered the service, and appeared at head-quarters with a wife of his own color. His Indian consort showed no jealousy. On the contrary, she consented to live apart in a little house belonging to the station, on the cliff, called Robinson’s Folly. She did ask her lover to go there and sit with her for an hour before they separated forever, and he granted this request. While they stood at the edge of the rock she embraced him; then, stepping back, with her arms still around his neck, she fell from the cliff, dragging him with her, and both were killed. The edge of the rock fell shortly after, carrying the house with it.

  9. That photo of the Grand is one of my favorites ever, I think. Fall is definitely my number one season; that photo captured it perfectly. Love the sunrise on the dock as well-looks like the sky is on fire.

  10. The further we get into fall, the more beautiful the pics are.
    Have fun with the rest of your packing, ugh.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to keep us current. We sure appreciate it.

  11. I always say I’m gonna get up early to catch those shots in the AM and I never seem to do it…..so thanks for the pictures…..they are worth getting up for!

  12. We moved a lot when we were young but now haven’t for 31 years. I don’t think there are enough boxes!!! I presume when you return to a rental next year, it will be furnished and many of those boxes won’t have to return. I think I hear kitchen utensils weeping. 🙂

  13. Bree,
    Beautiful sunrise pictures! I bet it was a crisp morning.

    I can’t imagine how Jill felt taking the picture of your condo listing. I feel for her.

    Hershey looks just like I do when I leave the island.

    I’m so mad I did not get there this year. I would have given you a big hug and tell you how much I appreciate your blog. I’ve learned sooooo much from you about this magical place.

    Did you sell condo with all furnishings? Too bad you couldnt put small U-haul onto the SUV for your boxes. I can’t believe you have to ship all of that. What a job.

    Well good luck and I wish all four a safe trip home. My heart aches for you all. It will be hard but Gods plan will lead you to many happy days and new memories of new places!

    Bless you Bree!!
    Hugs.
    Connie

    • Thank you so much, Connie, for your sweet comment. It was a bittersweet day for all of us when that sign went up. Since then we’ve been through about a thousand different scenarios for “what’s next”. Praying a lot and waiting to see God’s plan. We KNOW that will be the right one! > Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:33:46 +0000 > To: brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com >

  14. Great pictures, I have spent the weekend here on the island, the colours are spectacular!
    Cant imagine how you are feeling right now…bittersweet I am sure.

  15. I had a little bit of a flutter in my tummy when I saw the empty closets. But the only thing certain in life is change. The pictures are beautiful. Looking forward to hearing about te rivah!

  16. Hi,
    I’m so glad I discovered your blog. We live in Chicago but were on the island October 12-16…overlapping much of this post, including that glorious sunrise. That was a precursor to our walking around the island.. We saw Hershey and her mom sitting by the ferry dock, I think waiting to meet YOU! We had our yellow lab Daisy along. Hershey and Daisy met like old friends. We stayed at Mission Point Resort, which is gloriously pet friendly. Happy travels to you and I hope we meet farther on up the road.

    • Good morning, John, and welcome! If you saw Frankie and Hershey at Shepler’s, I was out on the dock taking pictures before we moved down to Star Line. You sure picked a great time to be on Mackinac!!

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