One day away . . . from gone 10/16/2010

I should have never, never, never, never said I would post a blog for Saturday morning.

After a day of cleaning, Ted and I were ready to get out of the condo late this afternoon and go do something a little more exciting than vacuum cobwebs out of corners.  Therefore, this little post is going to be somewhat (actually, a lot) shorter than I planned.  Thank goodness I already had some photos picked out and ready to go.

Jill snapped this pic of the "four of us" a few days ago in front of the Jockey Club. Notice that, as usual, Maddie has her mind on everything BUT having her picture made.

The J.L. Beanery window - ready for the ghosts and goblins!

The Mission end of Main Street - quiet on this late afternoon a few days ago.

Across the Jewel Golfcourse late this afternoon, as Ted and I walked downtown. It would be so much easier to leave if the weather was not so perfect.


One of the Grand Hotel ivy topiary horses (don't know if this is Peat or Moss - seriously, that is their names) - taken very early this morning by Mary. The horses and carriage were being loaded on a ferry for a trip downstate, to winter in a large greenhouse.

Thanks, Jill, for this cute pic of happy pumpkins in front of a home in the Mission District.


Ted, Maddie, and Bear coming down Cadotte to meet me one day this week.

The steeples of St. Annes - against a beautiful sky.

Ted on the way to the post office this morning with the three boxes I had to ship home - even after all that organized packing.

I snapped this late this afternoon as we walked into the Chippewa Hotel for dinner. It might be one of my top three favorites photos for the whole season.

See you back here on Sunday morning for my final glimpse of Mackinac Magic for the season.

Personal Note:  Thanks to all of you who lifted Blake up last week during his third Skype interview with the church in Nashville, TN.  Today he was invited to come to Nashville next week, Oct. 20, for a person-to-person interview with the pastor and staff director.  He is so excited, but trying not to get his hopes too high.  Please continue to remember him in your prayers as he goes through this next step.  God bless.

Rainy Day 9/24/2010

Since the last two days have basically been “Random Photo Days”, I’m going to leave you this weekend with something a little different.

Today, it rained.  It had already started when we awoke this morning and progessively got worse.  I had nowhere to go, so I just hunkered down with a good book, a warm throw, the fireplace crackling and putting out a little heat, Bear at my feet, and Maddie in my lap.  Ted left for his volunteer job at noon (in the rain), and I just snuggled down further into my chair.  I took a nap, went outside only long enough for Bear and Maddie to “do their business”, then came back in and napped and read some more.  It was wonderful!

This is how it's looked all day long from our deck. And all day long, people continued to go up and down the hill. Most were covered in slickers or other rain gear. Once you are on the island for any length of time and realize that there is no car to jump in to get you somewhere important in bad weather, you order the appropriate protection attire - and you wear it!

Bear spent the day in front of the fireplace . . . Maddie spent the day in her blue sweater, snuggled down into her round, fleece-covered bed.

The City Council met at 5 p.m. this afternoon, and Ted and I went to hear what was happening on an issue we are interested in.  Ted got home early from work, and we both put on rainpants and raincoats over our jeans and sweaters.  It was pouring rain, and the wind was beginning to get stronger.  I’m so glad I had ordered a taxi. 

After the meeting, we dashed over to the Pink Pony for a sandwich, and by the time we had eaten, the weather had gotten even worse.  We boarded a taxi to go home, and realized the rain was blowing into the taxi.  It was a pretty miserable ride.

I walked outside the Pony to get a photo of the rain.

This whole family had obviously bought the raingear available at just about every store on Mackinac Island. Good in a pinch - and very colorful!

The world outside the taxi as we started home.

I felt so sorry for the taxi driver, who sits up higher than his passengers, and with his feet and legs out from under the overhang of the taxi roof. He did have on rainpants and waterproof boots - thank goodness!

Turning up Cadotte, we could barely see the horses pulling the taxi. Even with the rainflaps down, we were taking on quite a bit of water. The saving grace was that the temperature wasn't that cold - only in the 50's.

When we stopped at the Jockey Club to let off two passengers, they had to step right into this fast-flowing river of water cascading down the shoulder of the road.

Home really looked good by the time we got there, and we were just happy we didn’t have to travel as far as the other passenger, who was going all the way out to Stonecliffe – another 2 miles.

I just looked at the radar, and more rain is on the way.  And, as the night progresses, we are supposed to have gale force winds into Friday.  Looks like another “hunker down” day for tomorrow!

But, what can I expect?  It’s Fall on Mackinac Island!

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here Monday morning, good Lord willing.

. . . ’til Next Year 6/18/2010

Cathie and Charlie are leaving this morning (Friday), traveling back to New Orleans after a 10-day visit.  It’s always so much fun having them here, and we can’t believe it’s already time for them to return home.  Cathie is the ultimate Mackinac Island houseguest – she loves everything about the island, is willing to do anything that is suggested, and enjoys herself to the max – whatever she is doing.  Charlie, because of some pesky physical challenges, has some activity limitations, but he is always so gracious and kind, and his sense of humor keeps us laughing the entire visit.  Seeing them enjoy themselves makes both Ted and I so happy.

Since we’re just getting in from having dinner on their last evening, I’m just going to post some random photographs from their visit, so I can get some last minute time in with them.  Enjoy!

Charlie rented an electric scooter one afternoon, and the four of us decided to see if Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes were within the scooter's reach.

It was a beautiful day for a little stroll to the top of the island.

Lunch at the Tearoom at Fort Mackinac is always a special treat. The view is awesome!

Twin Shepler ferries leave the island - one going to Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula, and one heading for St. Ignace in the U.P.

The scooter did just great getting Charlie to the fort, but the big challenge was getting up that last hill to Fort Holmes.

Just before Fort Holmes is Lookout Point. Looking down from this fence, you have a great view of Sugar Loaf.

Charlie - at the top of the island!

Bear and Maddie - looking down over the Straits from the earthern wall around Fort Holmes.

While the four of us were eating dinner one night at Mary's Bistro, "Casper" got off one of the ferries. Wish I could tell you why the friendly little ghost was on the island, but I haven't a clue.

Author Kris Radish was on the island for a luncheon in her honor last week. Cathie and I didn't make the luncheon, but we stopped by the Island Bookstore to meet her later that afternoon. Her latest book is "Hearts on a String".

Line dancers practicing their "Boot Scootin'" on Market Street, as one of the Lilac Festival activities.

Trying to dry Bear off one morning after a walk in the rain with Ted. Charlie's on the couch reading one of the three books he finished while they were here.

Cathie and the little Maddie-girl . . .

. . . and with the Bearster.

Dinner at the Iroquois . . .

. . . Quick! Name one other place where, while you're dining, a freighter passes outside the restaurant window.

Tonight at the Jockey Club.

Man, we hate to see you two leave, and we’re already looking forward to next year!   We love ya’ll!


Jill and I watched 4-year-old Siena today while her mom and dad, Mike and Jeanine, took in the sights from the top of the south tower of the Mackinac Bridge.  They had a blast, and so did we!

While Siena, Jill, and I played . . .



. . . Mike and Jeanine were on top of the Mackinac Bridge!

For a short video of Mike and Jeanine’s trip to the top of the bridge, click here:, and for more pictures of their bridge tour, visit Mike’s blog


Hope everyone had a wonderful week and is planning a fun weekend – or a restful one if that is what you’re hankering for!  See you here Saturday and Sunday morning with a few pics, then back on Monday morning for a full-length blog, good Lord willing.  God bless.