Filling In The Blanks – 8/4/2022

It’s been three years since I wrote a “catching up” blog post, so I thought I’d take a moment to fill in the blanks on what the Hortons have been up to – as briefly as possible. A great many of you are Facebook friends so most of this will be old news. Feel free to skip over this next part.

Covid. In 2020 I had just returned from two fun February weeks in the snow on Mackinac when Covid hit. Suddenly our world changed, and we became afraid to be social. As two senior adults who had both been retired for many years, Ted and I were used to being together 24/7, but we watched as younger couples struggled with the reality of working together from home and trying to homeschool children. We put on our masks, but didn’t go anywhere those first few months except to the grocery and drug stores. We binge watched what seemed like a million TV series – and read at least that many books.

In the middle of that spring our Bodie was diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer inside his nasal passage. Our “away from home” time expanded to regular visits to Jacksonville for Oncology appointments. Thanks to wonderful pet insurance (Trupanion, if you’re interested), we chose one SRT radiation treatment (to his nose and the one lymph gland where it had spread) and a year of chemo – both IV and oral. By the end of the summer he was in remission, and we were able to come to the island for 4 weeks between chemo treatments. That October on Mackinac was beautiful, and the island provided a welcome respite for all three of us.

As summer approached in 2021 we had booked 6 weeks in Mackinaw City at a lovely little cottage on Lake Huron, then were planning to go to the island for September and October. Bodie was still in remission, and we were excited to get away from the Florida heat. All was well until a few days before our planned move to the island – when I tripped over uneven sidewalk and broke my kneecap. Although it was a straight-line break and required no surgery, I would be in a knee brace for six weeks, which didn’t allow me to bend my knee. So we returned to Florida two months earlier than planned.

One more thing about Covid. We both had two shots and two boosters and we still both got Covid last December – light cases.

We arrived this summer on July 1 and plan to be here through October – if we both can stay on our feet and not fall down any hills. Bodie is doing great. All scans and tests before we left Florida were negative. He’s now a 2-year cancer survivor and is living his best life.

Which brings us to today! I’m sitting at the condo’s kitchen table, pecking away at my laptop. And I just want to tell you – it’s good to be writing again!

We woke to fog this morning and a temp of 54. So I threw on a jacket and headed out to try and get a good “foggy morning” pic . . . .

….. but I had waited too long, and this was the best I could do.

I continued up past the Grand Stable to Surrey Hill. The busy string of carriages had yet to start arriving, and I could smell the donuts before I even reached the open doors. Just so you know . . . .

. . . these three ladies have been making the BEST donuts on Mackinac Island for a lot of years! And yes, I bought a half-dozen, one of each kind!

Ted was pretty surprised when I returned from my “foggy morning photo search” with fresh, warm donuts. I promise we only ate one each!

P.S. I’m still trying to figure out my mobility on the island. I haven’t ridden a bike in over two years because of some balance issues, so I’m beginning to feel restricted on going places a little too far to walk. Getting downtown is no problem, and neither is getting to either the East or West Bluffs, or the Annex. But when I think about missing out on biking around the island or even out to British Landing for barbeque chicken at the Cannonball, I’m still trying to figure it out. Going to try a neighbor’s recumbent bike tomorrow. That might be a good solution. Stay tuned.