Mackinac Photo Night 6/7/1948

It’s been an interesting couple of days.

Yesterday Ted had a pretty nasty bike wreck, bruised his ribs (well, they’re at LEAST bruised, but since he refused to go to the Medical Center to get them x-rayed, we’re just going by how much he’s hurting), bummed up both knees . . . you get the picture.  It was a really freaky accident.  We learned long ago to always carry a couple of bungee cords with us in our bike baskets to hold things in from the grocery market, bookstore, etc.  When your basket is empty, you wrap the bungee cords tightly around your basket so they’re not dangling into your front wheel.  Ted had done all that correctly.  For some reason though, as he came down a hill (not a big hill, a little one), one of the bungees popped loose, dropped into his spokes, froze the wheel, and over the handlebars Ted went.  It was his worse wreck ever, but he was so fortunate he didn’t land on his head, which was helmet-less.  Bad, bad idea . . . and yes, we know better.

So – he’s all bruised and sore, but trying his best to be a trooper because today is my birthday, and he didn’t want to put a damper on that.  Bless his heart, he’s walked the dogs with me and rode into town on his now “fixed” bike (it’s actually one of the bikes we sold with our condo, but the new owners insisted we use them while we’re here) to pick up a couple of things at Doud’s.  The bike now has a new chain and a new fender and an “almost” perfectly straight basket.  In the meantime, I’ve been back and forth to town several times working on fudge stories and photographs and once to pick up Bear’s halo collar from the Shepler dock because yes, he now has a hot spot . . . in exactly the same spot on his face where the last two have been.  I put the halo in the car at the last minute before we left Georgia, but didn’t bring it over with us on the ferry.  All it took was a phone call, and a Shepler worker got it out of the car and sent it over on a boat to be picked up at the ferry dock on the island.

After all that – and after possibly the fastest decision-making moment of our entire married life – we both used our heads and decided against a big birthday dinner out tonight.  We stayed home, had pizza delivered from Island Slice Pizzeria, and it was lovely – a quiet dinner in the kitchen with the lights low and the dogs snoring on the floor.  Now Ted’s watching TV/reading the paper and trying to stay awake till bedtime!

And I’ve decided to post a few photos!

The baskets are up!  The baskets are up!

The baskets are up! The baskets are up!

 

Pretty bikes all in a row.

Pretty bikes all in a row.

 

The beautiful and stately Harbor View Inn.

The beautiful and stately Harbor View Inn.

 

The opening day of the 2013 Lilac Festival was Friday, and the island is filling up with visitors.  There was a 5K race this morning!

The opening day of the 2014 Lilac Festival was Friday, and the island is filling up with visitors. There was a 5K race this morning, and the Lilac Queen and her court were announced this afternoon.

 

Loved this almost-hidden wicker chair on someone's front porch.  Great place to people watch!

Loved this almost-hidden wicker chair on someone’s front porch. Great place to people watch!

 

Tulips in front of the Island House.

Tulips in front of the Island House.

Bikes

Bikes fill the racks on Fort Street.

 

Amazed children watch the fudge makers in Original Murdick's Fudge.

Amazed children watch the fudge makers in Original Murdick’s Fudge.

 

A Grand Hotel bus waits under a tree at the Windermere Hotel.

A Grand Hotel bus waits under a tree at the Windermere Hotel.

 

Met some blog readers from Cadillac, MI on the boardwalk.  They're staying on the island the whole week!  That's Gerry, Julie, Glenna, and Greg!  I love my readers!

Met some blog readers from Cadillac, MI on the boardwalk this afternoon. They’re staying on the island the whole week – lucky folks! That’s Gerry, Julie, Glenna, and Greg! I love my readers!

 

Also got to chat a moment with one of my favorite artists - Mary Lou Peters - all dressed up in lilac in celebration of the festival.

Also got to chat a moment with one of my favorite artists – Mary Lou Peters – all dressed up in lilac in celebration of the festival.

 

We're loving this walk along the shore in front of Mission Point each day!

We’re loving this walk each day along the shore in front of Mission Point!

 

Beautiful Small Point Inn - looking like a gingerbread house peeking out over the lilacs.

Beautiful Small Point Inn – looking like a gingerbread house peeking out over the lilacs trees.

 

I think this little girl had just been in a wedding.  Maddie found her totally scary.  I think she thought she was some kind of new type of human.  She was so cute.

I think this little girl had just been in a wedding. Maddie found her totally scary. She just couldn’t figure out exactly what she was – but she was sure cute!

 

Mission Point is a riot of pink tulips!  I just stuck my camera into the middle of them and click the shutter.

Mission Point is a riot of pink tulips! I just stuck my camera into the middle of them and click the shutter.

Ok – that’s enough for tonight, I think.  Ted’s downing more aspirin, and we’re hoping to attend church tomorrow morning to hear the new Little Stone Church minister.  Two more days on the island . . . 

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11 thoughts on “Mackinac Photo Night 6/7/1948

  1. You just brought me back to the island. Unfortunately this year we wont’ be able to make it but what beautiful pictures, especially the tulips. So sorry about your hubby. Glad he is on the mend. How long will you be staying on the island?

  2. Glad Ted’s relatively okay. The flowers are gorgeous! It’s interesting how much later the tulips bloom there as compared to here.
    We’re headed to Charleston & Savannah to spend the coming week. Do you or any readers have places that can’t be missed? (Yes, the Lady & Sons are already on the list)

  3. Hope Ted is feeling better soon and is able to take you out for your birthday while you are on the island. The lilacs remind me of the summer of 1968 when my sister Janet and I arrived during the festival to attend Mackinac College and work there for the summer.

  4. So sorry to hear about Ted’s accident. Hope he feels better soon. Happy Birthday Brenda! Sounds like you had a lovely birthday dinner with Ted. Didn’t know they had pizza delivery on the Island. I was on the Island Thurs/Fri and really enjoyed the beautiful weather. No Brenda or Ted sightings. Was a little sad the Lilacs weren’t in full bloom yet. Enjoy your last 2 days.

  5. Oh no! Pooe Ted-hope he’s feeling better today. Happy Birthday! I would rather have pizza delivered than go out any day!
    Hope Bear’s hot spot is better-those things are horrible!

  6. Happy birthday! Sorry to hear about teds bike wreck. I did something similar when I was a teen and ended up knocking my teeth out so hopefully he recovers quick and I am very glad it wasnt way worse than it could have been.

  7. Sorry Ted had an accident! Glad to hear he is okay. Wonderful pictures as usual. Your excitement certainly comes through your writing. So happy you didn’t have to wait until August!

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