Taking A Little Break 9/27/2012

Hello Friends!

I’m taking a little blogging break tonight to spend the evening with Island friends.  The weather is promising to be beautiful for the next few days, and I’ll be back at the end of the weekend with all the Island news – as we fall into FALL!  Also, there will be photos from Ted’s Chicago trip (he had a blast) – the header tonight is a little “teaser”.

So, forgive my laziness this once, and I’ll see you back here Sunday evening with lots of goodies!


P.S.  If you’re on the Island, or heading this way, you need to know about these two big events:

Indulge – Shop – Relax
October 1-6, 2012
Going shopping is a leisure activity here on Mackinac Island. It is a way of relaxing, a source of entertainment and a chance to meet up with friends and share experiences.
Every fall, as Mackinac Island’s shops get ready to close down for the winter, there are great sales and specials downtown from Main Street to Market Street, at the shops at Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort.
Great Turtle Shopping Week is a wonderful time of year …and especially because everyone is invited to have a nice getaway while preparing for the holidays. Please click on the link below for information on this great event and to ensure your complimentary VIP Shopping Pass is waiting for you upon arrival to the Island (after clicking on link, click on “register”, fill out form, and your VIP shopping ticket will be waiting for you at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau when you arrive on the Island): http://www.greatturtleshopping.org/index2.php#/home/

This will be held in the Lilac Tree Hotel (lower level)

A Different Kind of Good Weather 9/25/2012

We have a Mystery Spot winner!  She is Pam Schuch (she JUST visited the island a couple of weeks ago) from Wauseon, WI!  Please see end of post for Mystery Spot answer!

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. . . . John Ruskin

It seems I’ve talked an awful lot about the weather for the last week, but bear with me at least one more day ’cause Monday was a humdinger on the weather scale!

The wind blew hard all day Sunday, and just before bedtime that evening a wind advisory for the following day was posted on The Weather Channel.

Monday morning, as Ted was getting ready to ride down and catch the 9 a.m. ferry and drive to Traverse City to catch a plane to Chicago, gusts were so strong I began to wonder if there would be a ferry to catch.  The ferries were running, but later in the day that would not be the case.

Half-way through the morning, Jill rushed in to tell me the main branch of an old chestnut tree had fallen on Main Street and hit a woman riding by on her bike.

Amazingly, the lady crawled out from under the tree on her own steam and was unhurt. Thank goodness she was wearing a helmet!

Our emergency responders were called out to cut the tree up and remove it from the street, and soon there were other calls to remove downed trees and large branches. (Photo:  Jill Sawatzki)

The winds continued to get stronger.  News filtered in that all three ferry lines had stopped their Mackinaw City service to the Island because the waves were just too turbulent on that route for passengers to be transported safely.  Service continued for a while to St. Ignace, and Mackinaw City passengers were shuttled across the bridge to pick up their cars.  At the height of the winds (60 mph sustained) – ferries were unable to dock in St. Ignace, and all ferry transportation ceased for a short time.

At one point the Mackinac Bridge Authority posted this notice:  Winds are blowing across the bridge in excess of 50 miles per hour. Motorists are being instructed to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge. 

Later in the afternoon only passenger cars and load-free pickup trucks were being allowed to cross the bridge.

When I left the Stuart House a little after two, I zippered all my layers so the wind wouldn’t create that “parachute” effect with my coat and haul me off the street!

Jill took this photo outside Little Luxuries, showing how even green leaves were being stripped off trees and plants.

It was after 3:30 when I made it home.  I did a quick wardrobe change, took Maddie and Bear out, and hunkered down for the rest of the day.  When the winds finally shut down around 9 p.m., Facebook was filled with photographs of what had to be one of the windiest days on record for Mackinac in September.

Monday morning’s red skies should have let us know what was coming. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

A view of the Straits and Round Island Light from the front porch of the Grand Hotel. (Photo: Kellie Lawrence)

Waves crashing at British Landing freight dock. (Photo: Ben Horn)

The Straits with 50 mph winds on Monday. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

After all that excitement, it was good to wake up this morning and see sunny skies and very little movement in the trees.  But I have to confess . . . I LOVED Monday’s weather!

Lake Huron was back to normal this afternoon . . .

. . . skies were blue and cloud-free . . .

. . . and children walked themselves home from school without having to worry about high winds. What an amazing difference a few hours can make!

Ted is enjoying his stay in Chicago and will return home by late Wednesday afternoon.  I can’t wait to hear all about his trip.  He says he’s taking loads of photos so maybe I can share some of those on Friday!

Reader Photographs

Craig Wicks – Roanoke, Virginia. A fringed buggy ride long the boardwalk in 2001.

Frances Wenhold – Florida. A rock sculpture along the shoreline in 2010.

Hilde DaVanon.  The Mackinac Bridge through a Grand Hotel portal – in August, 2012.

Tom Wachowski – Arizona. Island sunset, 2011.

Traci Rackley – Pulaski, Tennessee. Island flowers, 2011.

Mystery Spot

The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner?  Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is   . . . .

Where does this door take you?

Again, please email your answers to me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.  PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG.  Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.


The Mystery Spot is the door to the Town Crier Newspaper office. It is tucked behind the Le Galerie shop on Market Street.

Stick Season 9/23/2012

“She calls it “stick season,” this slow disrobing of summer,
leaf by leaf, till the bores of tall trees rattle and scrape in the wind.”
–   Eric Pinder

We haven’t gotten to “stick season” yet, but would you believe that the weather report called for possible SLEET this past weekend!  It didn’t happen, but could it be . . . . could it possibly be . . . that we might see SNOW before we leave?  You know how I am about that white stuff . . . I’ll keep you posted!

Ted and I were going to Mackinaw City on Friday to say goodbye to Chris Ann and Burton (they leave on Monday or Tuesday for Florida – by way of lower Michigan visits to family and friends).  But the weather was so bad (rain, cold) that Chris Ann called and said, “Please don’t get out in this.  We’ll see you later in the year – maybe in Georgia!”  We were already geared up for rain when she called, so we decided to go ahead and walk downtown for breakfast/brunch/lunch – whichever we were hungry for when our tummies said , “It’s time to eat!”

It’s hard to explain how important rain gear is to someone who doesn’t live on Mackinac.  In the “real world”, we throw up the umbrella for the two-step walk to the car from our front doors, park in garages attached to shopping malls, and scarcely give a thought to getting wet, even on a really rainy day.

Here, it’s a little different.

On Mackinac Island, rain gear is a necessity, and buying the good stuff is well worth the dollars and cents!

Take the Carriage Tour drivers.  One of the first things they are told when they are hired is, “Bring good rain gear!”  Cold-weather gear is provided, but not rain gear.

The first-time college-kid drivers tend to scoff at this advice.  They may even show up at the beginning of the season with NO rain gear.  But the first time they’re in the middle of a shift and the skies open up, leaving them stuck for the rest of the day on a carriage – soaking wet and miserable – they use the first opportunity they have to: 1) go on-line and order the best rain gear available; or 2) phone home and ask mom to send same.  It’s a wet lesson, learned the hard way, but from that point on, at even the hint of anything other than sunny skies, the rain gear goes out the door with them to work.

I bought my men’s size small rain pants just before we came back for our second summer on the Island, and Julie and her family gave me a great rain coat with hood and some rain boots for Christmas that year.  This was after realizing that walking back from town in a windy downpour, with only an umbrella, gets you nothing but soaked.

So – enclosed in rain gear – Ted and I set off for town during a little break in the weather.

Before we’d even reached Main Street, the skies darkened once more, and we made a run for it past Marquette Park . . .

. . . and into the Richard & Jane Manoogian Art Museum – which we had not visited all summer. The new exhibit upstairs is dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the Grand Hotel, and it is amazing. From an upstairs window we watched the rain clouds move from Mackinaw City to the Island.

Shooting through the rain-drenched window gave downtown the blur of a watercolor painting . . .

. . . and seemed to accent the emptiness of the marina.

When the rain let up a little, we walked over to see Anne at Ella & Ivy and found Ella modeling an adorable doggie raincoat.  Everything in Anne’s store is 50% off – except the artwork.

We also stopped in at Little Luxuries (Ted went to Island Bookstore while I explored). Nicole has so many Fall items out now . . .

. . . including Halloween fun things!

Today begins Mackinac Island Restaurant Week (September 23-29), and Island restaurants are trying to outdo each other with special menus at fantastic prices.  To see what some of your favorites have to offer this week, click here: http://mackinacislandrestaurantweek.org/.

I met back up with Ted at the bookstore, and then we popped into Jesse’s Chuckwagon for one of their fabulous hamburgers (Rodeo Burger for me and Bleu Cheese Burger for Ted).

The Chuckwagon is traditionally a locals favorite, and Ted and I enjoyed eating breakfast there many, many times when we’d vacation on the island years ago (we don’t get downtown for breakfast much since we moved “up the hill”). This may have been our very first time there for lunch, and the hamburgers were great!

The Chuckwagon is a tiny restaurant, but if things go as planned, they may be increasing in size in the next year or so.  Then more folks will be able to enjoy this special place where you can sit at the counter and watch the food be prepared.

We splurged on a taxi ride home (hardly ever do that in the daytime), but we used the rain as an excuse :)!

Someone is already picking pumpkins out of the patch at the horse barns!

Saturday was another gray and rainy day – the wind and cold didn’t help either.  We had plans to go to friends for dinner, and when the forecast for sleet came on at the Weather Channel, I started adding another layer to my planned outfit.  But – not only didn’t it sleet – it stopped raining!  And . . .

. . . Shepler’s Ferry in Mac City captured this dazzling double rainbow late in the afternoon . . .

. . . and Patrick Conlon captured the sunrise this beautiful Sunday morning.

After church and lunch, we took the pups out for a long walk.  They’ve been cooped up most of the week – with short potty breaks being their only outside time.  They were ready to run!

Colors are showing above the Carriage Museum.  Loving that blue sky!

Glimpses of yellow through the trees . . .

. . . and the first red leaf I’ve seen this year!

It felt great to be outside in the woods!

Lots of new smells to sniff out after a rain . . .

Bear runs ahead, then waits till we catch up . . .

. . . and today he ran and ran just for the sheer joy of it!

Even Maddie was allowed off her leash to chase a squirrel up a tree!

It’s after dinner now as I sit finishing this post.  Ted leaves on the 9 a.m. ferry Monday morning with Island buddies to drive to Traverse City.  From there they are flying to Chicago, and on Tuesday they’ll be attending a practice round of the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament. They’ll be back Wednesday.   He is excited!

I’ll be at the Stuart House Monday from 10-2, and if you read Bree’s Blog and you’re visiting on the Island, I’d love for you to stop by so we can meet.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you back here Tuesday night or Wednesday morning!  God bless.

Mackinac Skies 9/20/2012

It’s been a cloudy, windy, rainy, cooler-than-normal week here, and I haven’t spent a whole lot of time outdoors – except when absolutely necessary.  Tonight I’m just going to post some extraordinarily beautiful photographs – taken by Island friends – of the incredible skies we’ve been experiencing the last few weeks.  I hope you enjoy them, and if you can choose a favorite, you might want to do what I did and post it as your screensaver!

Captions aren’t really needed here – except for the photographer’s name.

LOL!  Ok, ok – I’ll confess – I’m just not in the mood to write tonight!

Sunset – Steven Kopacki

Double Rainbow – Jill Sawatzki

Sunrise – Patrick Conlon

Rainbow over Mackinac Island – Patrick Conlon

Sunset – Shepler’s Captain Tommy

Early morning – Patrick Conlon

Blue Moon over Mackinac – Robert McGreevy

Have a beautiful weekend, and I’ll see you right back here Sunday night or Monday morning, good Lord willing.  God bless.

Two Sunrise Photos Added From This Morning 9/21/2012

Sunrise Friday Morning – Patrick Conlon


Sunrise Friday Morning – Chris Ann Nelson

The Mellower Season 9/18/2012

We have a Mystery Spot winner!  She is Mariann Arendsen from Zeeland, MI!  Please see end of this post for the correct answer!

Autumn is the mellower season . . . .  Samuel Butler

When the noon siren blew today, I glanced at the thermometer, and it read 48 degrees.  It finally inched its way into the low 50’s this afternoon, and the rest of the week calls for more of the same.  We haven’t seen our first 30-something morning yet, but I have a feeling it could be soon.  So – I have plans to spend one morning or one afternoon this week pulling out sweaters, sweat shirts, rain gear, overcoats, gloves, neck wraps, and earmuffs and packing away sleeveless blouses, flip-flops and shorts.  That’s another thing we’ve learned about the U.P.  When Fall walks in the door, it doesn’t change its mind and walk back out a few days later  It is here to stay – so get prepared!

Ted took the dogs for a good, long walk up to Lookout Point and Ft. Holmes Monday and while he was there, grabbed some photos from as high up on the Island as you can go.

From the Lookout, it’s easy to see that the hardwood trees are just on the verge of turning gold. Did you spot the private tour carriage at the base of Sugar Loaf?

Here’s a closer view!

Bear enjoyed the wind at the top of the Island – Ft. Holmes.

What a view!  We’ll try to walk back up there in a week or so to check out how things have changed with the trees.

Downtown there are images of Fall everywhere – like those two baskets of bright yellow mums sitting on the fence posts at the Windermere Hotel.

It’s been normal over the last week to see rain out over the Straits . . .

. . . dark clouds over the Grand Hotel . . .

. . . and on Monday – while I was working at the Stuart House – rain!

Fall continues to bring Bree’s Blog readers to the Island, and several stopped by on Monday – like Jeff and Jacob from Garden City, MI (we had to stand inside because of the rain) . . .

. . . Mary, daughter Rory, and Goldendoodle McNally (husband and dad David took the photo) from Houston, TX . . .

. . . and Joyce, Al and Muriel from Indiana. This family loves to Geo-Cache . . .

. . . and next summer, good Lord willing, maybe we’ll do a blog story about their adventures while they’re here on one of their “expeditions”!

Thanks also to Cathy Cislak from Indianapolis (didn’t get a photo, darn it) who dropped by to leave some doggie treats for Bear and Maddie, which they wanted me to thank you for, Cathy!  Bear said, “Could she come to the Island more often, please!”

Reader Photos

Rebecca Bruner photographed the Round Island Lighthouse on August 9, 2012, near the spot where her wedding was held on August 12 at Windermere Point.

Jennifer Gilbert.  Jennifer was here in June working on an article about families visiting Mackinac Island for www.southshoreparent.com. She stayed at the Island House Hotel and loved this window (and the view) from the sitting room inside the hotel.

Craig Wicks – Roanoke, Virginia. This photo is from Criag’s visit in 2001 and shows the Shepler Ferry dock at sunrise.

Fran from Florida. Fran visited the Island with her two boys, and this photo shows one of them, at the garden on French Lane, trying to find all the Seek & Find items.

Neil Heineka – Benson, Illinois. Neil and his wife Erica have been coming to the Island for 10 years, beginning shortly after their marriage. They hope one day to summer here. Now they bring their two daughters and stay at Stone Cliffe, where the girls can play on the wide lawn, and they enjoy music on the portico and the marvelous views.

Lori Henes. Lori and her husband planned a vow renewal ceremony for Labor Day weekend – just the two of them. But her husband had other ideas. He contacted all their children and her mom and dad. On Sunday, the day of their vow renewal, the family surprised Lori and attended the service. This photo is Lori’s of the Grand Hotel flowers.

Mystery Spot

The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner?  Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is   . . . .

Something a little different – not WHERE is it, but WHAT is it?

Again, please email your answers to me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.  PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG.  Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.

That’s all for tonight.  I’ll see you back here on Thursday night or Friday morning!  Stay warm!


The Mystery Spot is the lantern on a Grand Hotel carriage. So many readers guessed correctly that it was a “lantern on a carriage”, but I needed to know “which” carriage.

The Winds of Autumn 9/16/2012

The winds have started.  Almost a more accurate announcement of Fall than cooler air and changing leaf color, we’ve learned – after five summers on Mackinac – that the arrival of day after day of blustery wind means summer is over and it’s time to unpack the warmer clothes.

After church and lunch today I asked Ted if he’d like to ride downtown with me.

“Why?” he asked with some interest.

“Oh, I’m going to check out the summer sales and maybe shop a little for fall,” I said innocently, knowing full-well that mentioning the “s” word would secure him in his chair.

What I really planned to do was ride around and shoot some photos.  When Ted rides with me on those expeditions, it usually turns frustrating for him because I am constantly stopping and starting.  When Ted rides, he RIDES!

“You go ahead, sweetie,” he mumbled, picking up the Sunday newspaper and diving behind it.  I smiled.

When we went down the hill to church this morning, the winds had been brisk, but not really bad.  By afternoon, they had become almost constant and pretty high.  I gripped my handlebars so tightly going down Cadotte by the Grand that they turned white, and I wished I’d tied my hair back to keep it out of my eyes.

I turned right on Mahoney, next to the Somewear on Mackinac shop, and rode down to the water.

Parking in the grass on the water side, I walked almost down to the water . . .

. . . where white caps could be seen across the Straits, and waves were crashing on the shoreline.

Walking back to my bike, I decided to try something different – filming a few seconds in “movie mode”, just so you could hear the sound of the wind and waves.  You can watch that by clicking on the link at the end of this post. 

I stopped for a few minutes to visit Bonnie, who is vacationing on the Island in a friend’s home on the Boardwalk, then headed into town, where I spotted some leaf color on a big tree framed up against the Lake View Hotel.

I parked in front of the Horse Corral and went in to see Anne at Ella & Ivy (BIG sale going on there) then crossed the street to say hello to Jill and Jeremy at the Island Bookstore . . . .

. . . where the Fall book sale has begun!  It’s 25% off everything in HARDCOVER –  EXCEPT new, bestsellers, Michigan, Mackinac, vintage, and Somewhere in Time hardcover books.

Riding on through town and past the marina, I decided to see what was happening at Mission Point Resort. Leaving my bike out in the big, open area in front of the resort, I found the gazebo still ablaze with summer colors.

My bike looked pretty lonely out there today.  With the wind blowing like it was, there weren’t a lot of folks taking advantage of the Adirondack chairs, but a lot more people were biking than I thought would be out today.

This tunnel of trees leading into Mission Point is always a lovely spot to photograph . . .

. . . and at the beginning of that tunnel is an area still blooming brightly.

I walked my bike up Fort Hill . . .

. . . stopping to shoot back down the hill at the fort entrance . . .

. . . just past the first gate . . .

. . . at the rest stop . . .

. . . and at the top of the hill, next to the Governor’s Summer Residence.

From there I turned toward the back of the fort, then cut through the state park maintenance area, coming out at the path we take through the woods to Surrey Hill.  And guess who I ran into there?  It was Ted, Bear and Maddie – out for an afternoon walk!

“Where are all the packages from your shopping trip?” Ted asked.

“Oh, I couldn’t find anything I liked – I’ll try again another day!” I laughed.

And then we all went home together.

Link to the eight-second movie filmed this afternoon at the windy shoreline:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V6ogtTnB-U


Bear wants me to tell you that this afternoon he published his interview with Joe Joe Cocker, the CEO of the Cottage Inn.  He hopes you’ll go there now and read all about Joe Joe:  http://mackinacislanddogearedpage.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/mr-joe-joe-cocker/

Something for (almost) Everyone 9/13/2012

Hi Friends!  What a busy week this has been – AGAIN!  After Labor Day I thought things would quieten right down, and our busy lives would taper off into a sweet and glorious  slide into Fall.  Uh-uh!  Hasn’t happened yet.

Lot of things were going on this week that I haven’t shared yet, so – once again – it’s Catch-Up Day!

Blog Readers Week?

Did someone declare this Bree’s Blog Readers Week and not tell me??!!  I’ve met so many folks downtown the last few days who read the blog!  I mean, seriously, if I’d known everyone was coming at once, we’d have had a party or something.  Along with Kate, Scott, Mike, Pam, and Leonard, who you met on Wednesday’s post, I met two more ladies today at the post office . . . .

Pam and Tara from Ohio. They are spending the week at Main Street Suites and – believe it or not – ran into the “other” Pam and her husband and dad, Mike and Leonard, up at Ft. Holmes this week . . .

. . . and Anne sent me this photo of blog readers Pam and Dave from Decatur, MI. They were shopping a few days ago at Ella & Ivy’s! Sorry I missed you!

Later this morning Jill and I walked all over downtown looking for a couple who were staying at the Cloghaun and were trying to track me down during their stay.  Sadly, we didn’t see them😦, and I think they are leaving on Saturday.  Come back, and next time . . . let me know you’re coming!

What a Difference Some Paint Makes!

The old Mission House is housing for most of the summer employees of the Mackinac Island Historic State Parks.  Like everywhere else, the state parks have experienced budget cuts, and some projects have had to wait.  But  . . . drum roll please . . . the Mission House is, as I write this, getting a new coat of paint – actually several coats of paint!

It took a lot of scraping and preparing the wood, but painters are now busily spiffing up this old building, and when the workers come in next summer, it will look like a whole new place!

You can see the parts that are already finished – the bottom floor of the middle section and the left wing.  What a difference!

Available Photos

Every once in a while one of my readers sends a pic to the “Readers Photos” feature that is so different and so “Mackinac” that it appeals to me on a whole different level than the photographs of beautiful flowers, views, houses, and horses. A few weeks ago J.P. Pearson sent in such a photo, and I posted it that week. That photo, and many others J.P. has snapped, is now available for purchase at http://whitepinephoto.zenfolio.com/p1064624498/h17d54af9#h17d54af9. You really, really need to check this site out. J.P. is a phenomenal photographer, and if you’re looking for something special for that wall in your “Mackinac room” (Oh, come on – I know you have one – so do we in Georgia), you just might find something perfect for that one empty spot!


My wonderful friend Chris Ann Nelson texted me Wednesday that she was on the way over to spend some time on the Island.  Her friend Mary was meeting her at the ferry, and they were going to play “fudgie” for the day and take a Carriage Tour.  When she posted a pic on Facebook from on-board the tour wagon on Market Street, I knew I had 15 minutes to get dressed and meet them at the top of the hill.  And that’s what I did!

Mary and Chris Ann – arriving at the Carriage Museum.  I asked Chris Ann wasn’t it a little early for her “spider-web” Halloween sweater, and she laughed and said, “Nope – it’s chilly, and I wanted to wear it!”  Nuff said.

We headed for the Wings of Mackinac building just down the slope from the museum. I haven’t been there in a couple of years (even though it’s practically in our front yard) – don’t know why because I love watching all the dazzling butterflies flutter from flower to flower and land on people’s shoulders and hats.

This butterfly was decked out for Halloween also in its black and orange outfit . . .

. . . and this one was showing off its shimmering, silver-blue dress.

Of course, black and white is always so classic when you’re dressing up!

Chris Ann – mesmerized by a butterfly above her head.

We walked over to the new stable just in time to watch Kalin Franks from 9 & 10 News interviewing Ben Mosley about the new facility.  Here’s a funny story.  When they’d stopped filming, Ben and Kalin stood talking a few minutes and then walked over to where we were standing.  Kalin, who was the news station’s web producer last year (she is now their General Assignment Reporter), told Ben she always checked out what was happening on Mackinac Island on the Tourist Bureau’s Facebook Page and on Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog!  Ben laughed and said to her, “Well, that’s Bree standing right over there.”  And she wanted to meet me!!

Good grief – of all days. No makeup, hair thrown up in a bun, winds blowing like crazy, dirty clothes!  Who knows – when you think you’re going out for some fun with a good friend who couldn’t care less how you look – that you’re going to run into a film crew!  Note to self – try harder before you leave the house next time!   That’s Kalin on the right and Stephanie, her camera-lady, on the left.

What’cha Been Reading?

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and for some reason, I’m reading more mysteries – some of which are pretty scary!  Here’s a list I’d recommend, but a few of these are kind of intense.

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (Ted read and loved this one also);  The Innocent by David Baldacci; Think of a Number by John Verdon (very gritty); Walking the Amazon: 860 Days, One Step at a Time by Ed Stafford (true story); Doc by Mary Doria Russell (a wonderfully researched story about Doc Holliday).

Going in a whole different direction:  Unsaid by Neil Abraham.  (If you love animals, you will love this.  You will also cry a lot – but it’s worth it.  It makes you think a lot also.)

What’s waiting beside my chair?  John Verdon’s next book (same main character) Shut Your Eyes Tight; The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (I’m hoping this is the chick book I think it is); and Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank.

Some Leftovers

A beautiful almost-white Percheron from the Grand Hotel stables.

The Little Golfer statue at Mission Point Resort – still surrounded by beautiful flowers.

Bringing down our flag after the Patriot Day ceremony.

Horses are already leaving the Island, and this pile of removed horseshoes will grow daily.

A wonderful day last week when the temps were still in the 70’s. The Jockey Club was the perfect place for lunch outside!

As my daddy used to say when he finished reading the “funny papers” to me when I was a little girl, “That’s all she wrote!”

Have a great weekend, my friends!  God bless.

Let Me Write, Let Me Write!

Hey. Bear here – your soon-to-be, once again, roving reporter. I have an interview set up on Friday with Mr. Joe Joe Cocker, the mascot at the Cottage Inn. If mom will let me have some laptop time this weekend, I’ll try to get the story on-line the first of next week! Bear . . . . out.