Unexpected Events – and A Very Cold Mackinac 2/14/2016

Two unexpected events happened this week that were both special in different ways.

The first one started with an email from Cathie, Ted’s cousin in Louisiana, letting us know she had had to say goodbye to her beloved little rescued poodle, Gypsy.  At 16, Gypsy’s health issues were such that the quality of her life was very poor, and Cathie couldn’t let her suffer.  Cathie moved a while ago into a new home in a new town near her daughter – after losing her husband, our beloved Charlie.  In the move, family photographs had been misplaced, and in her grief that day she’d discovered she couldn’t find a single photograph of Gypsy.  Her words were, “Brenda, do you remember when you did that blog where readers sent in photos of their pets?  I think I sent one in of Gypsy.  Do you think you can find it?”

Fortunately, my blog site has a search feature. Once I found the right blog (it was in the Lake Blackshear blog, not the Mackinac Island one), all I had to do was enter “Gypsy” into the search block, and the post, “Angels in Fur Coats” popped right up.  It was written in April of 2010.  From there, finding Gypsy was easy . . .

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Sweet little Gypsy – six years ago.   Blogging has unexpected benefits occasionally, and being able to find Gypsy for Cathie was one of them!

The second event began with another unexpected text – this one from a blog reader in Illinois.  Barb and husband Doug were touring Florida for a month in their motorhome and would be in St. Augustine for a week.  Could we possibly meet for lunch?  We sure could!

I first met Barb in 2012 when she and Doug came by to say hello at the Stuart House.

I first met Barb in August, 2010, when she and Doug came by to say hello at the Stuart House.

Fast forward four years. We enjoyed a long visit with these two over lunch at South Beach Grill in Crescent Beach! I so love when blog readers get in touch when they're anything nearby! Hoping Barb and Doug enjoy the rest of their Florida vacation!

Fast forward six years. We enjoyed a long visit with these two over lunch at South Beach Grill in Crescent Beach! I so love when blog readers get in touch when they’re anywhere nearby.  Hoping y’all enjoy the rest of your Florida vacation!

FROM MACKINAC

 Just in case you haven’t heard . . . .

. . . it's COLD on the island. Temps with wind chill reached -30 two nights ago. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

. . . it’s COLD on the island. Temps with wind chill reached -30 two nights ago. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

The mighty Huron didn’t make a run on Saturday nor Sunday because of ice conditions, and Monday’s ferry has also been cancelled.  Folks planning on leaving the island today or tomorrow will need to fly off.  The folks at Arnold aren’t saying they’re done for the reason though.  They’re waiting to see if an upcoming storm will blow enough ice out of the bay to allow the ferry to condition running.  Transportation by ferry will be determined on a day-to-day basis for the next few days.

A pure Michigan sunset from Mackinac - compliments of Max Jones.

A pure Michigan sunset from Mackinac – compliments of Max Jones.

Hoping all of you are enjoying a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  We’re going out to dinner tonight with several Sunset Inlet couples to a newly opened restaurant on the Intracoastal.  Should be a very fun evening. 

God bless.

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8 thoughts on “Unexpected Events – and A Very Cold Mackinac 2/14/2016

  1. OK. Now I’m really crying. Not just for the beautiful words about Gypsy but in gratitude for all the loving and supportive things you have done that has made this loss easier. My 10 year old granddaughter Ella comforted me with a card that said “She is racing with all the dogs in Heaven. When she wants to take a break she will snuggle up in Cappy’s lap.” All dogs go to Heaven. I just want to make sure I get there, too.

    • Can’t you just imagine all the joyous reunions that go on every single day in Heaven, Cathie!
      I love Ella’s vision of Gypsy in “Cappy’s” lap. Now that girl has got it figured out!
      Hugs and love!

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  2. After reading Brends’s blog for years, it feels like we are friends. Until Friday we had only met once briefly on the island at the Stewart Museum. It was so fun to connect with such friendly people. Thank you for including Doug and I in your day. Brenda, you will never know how many people who don’t go to the island often give travel advice to their friends starting with…”Bree from the Mackinac Island blog said…”

    • The pleasure was ours, Barb! Hoping you and Doug plan another island trip soon. Enjoy the rest of your Florida vacation. Safe travels!

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  3. So sorry to hear about little Gypsy. Take heart, they will be united again someday.
    Yea, that Polar Vortex was in NE Ohio too. The dogs didn’t even want to go outside, it burned their feet. No, they won’t tolerate boots.
    Aren’t reunions the best? Sounds like you had a great time!
    Be glad you live in Florida, atleast in the Winter.
    Be well.

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