We had another of Ted’s newly-found cousins, Dave Bennink and his wife Diane, visit with us for a couple of days this week, and we continue to feel so blessed to have the chance to connect with such nice folks.
We’d been told by other family members what a “big guy” Dave was, and that turned out to be an understatement!
Even though the Benninks had been to Mackinac several times over the years, the private tour with Blake Ruddle took them a few places they hadn’t seen . . . like Fort Holmes!
Our visit with the Benninks was saddened when we learned of the passing of Harry Shade, husband of Ted’s half-sister, Sheryl. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sheryl and her family during this sad time.
THE NEW PLACE
A few pics of the new condo . . . .
There are also two nice-sized bathrooms, a large walk-in closet, and a laundry room. The landscaping hasn’t been completed yet in the front, but Jack Barnwell is in charge. Can’t wait to see what he will come up with, and one thing’s for sure – it will be gorgeous! We are loving being up the hill again!
While Ted was seeing Dave and Diane off yesterday, I was transporting Maddie down to Chambers corner for a visit with one of the island vets, Dr. Hites. Maddie has been limping for over a week, and we discovered a growth between two of her toes. I didn’t want her to have to walk all the way down there, so I put a towel in my bike basket, put Maddie on the towel, and away we went. No, I didn’t ride the bike, I walked it (I’m off-balance enough without an extra 12 lbs. in the basket to throw me off). Dr. Hites gave her an oral antibiotic, an antibiotic cream, and something for pain relief. He said she could have gotten a cut, or a thorn, or it could have just come up on its own. Back in the basket she went, and up the hill we came. I can’t begin to tell you how many tourists took pictures of Miss Maddie riding in the basket!
I received a few more pics of Bodie yesterday, and all I can say is “That boy is growing like a weed!”
BLOG FAN WEEK
It seems there are going to be several blog fans on the island Sept. 18-21, and I’m hoping we can all get together for dinner Monday night, Sept. 19. Those I know for sure will be here are Lowell & Faye Greene, Frankie Thill and her friend Sue, Kem and Ed Green, Hilde & Bud DaVanon, Yvonne & Tony Pitsch, and Joleen & Bruce Griffin. If you happen to have a trip planned to the island during that time period, I’d love to add you to the dinner group. Just email me at email@example.com. Looking forward to it!