You know that feeling you get when you’re not feeling well and you suddenly think, “Oh my gosh, this is it. I’m never going to feel better than what I do right now. Woe is me.” You know that feeling?
I’m past that.
Yep, I’ve come through to the other side. A few prescription-dose tablets, and the world suddenly looks all sunny and bright again. I DO feel better. In fact, I feel great! Thank you, Lord, for doctors and medicines and time to let them work!
Although I’d been out and about ac couple of times during the last 10 days, on Saturday I finally felt like going out and DOING something! It was a good thing too, because Labor Day weekend was filled with activities!
LABOR DAY LAST RIDE OF THE SEASON
Each year island residents who own horses celebrate the end of another wonderful summer on Mackinac with a last ride. In formal riding attire they meet on the East Bluff and ride throughout the island. There’s no set route each year. They just ride and enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous place where we spend our summers, before most of these privately-owed horses (and their owners) leave the island for the winter.
The next-to-the-last leg of the ride is to the West Bluff, where the flowers around each of these beautiful cottages are still at their peak.
The riders pass several of these homes on the ride down the West Bluff . . .
. . . until they come to this one . . .
. . . where they assemble for Mint Juleps served in silver goblets . . .
. . . and toast the end of the season and all the Mackinac Island riders who have gone before them.
After the toast, they continue down the West Bluff . . .
. . . ride in front of the Grand Hotel and then return to the East Bluff, where they meet for breakfast at one of the East Bluff cottages. What a great Mackinac Island tradition!
FAREWELL DINNER FOR VINCE AND MOLLY CARROLL
I’ve spoken often here of Little Stone Church and our wonderful minister Dr. Vince Carroll and his wife Molly. It was with great sadness we learned last spring this would be their final summer on the island, as Vince has accepted a church in Long Boat Key, FL – near their home in Sarasota. He and Molly have served Little Stone Church and the island of Mackinac for ten years, and next summer will certainly not be the same without them. Vince is one of the most dynamic and powerful ministers I’ve ever heard, and both those adjectives are somehow projected without the raising of his voice. I could honestly listen to him for hours, and I have never once had my mind stray beyond the pulpit when he is speaking. Molly is a dear friend and loving part of this community, and these two walk together on God’s path – showing all of us the ideal of a Christian marriage.
Vince and Molly – everyone on Mackinac will miss you greatly, but none more than Ted and I.
Unless he is in the pulpit you hardly ever see Vince when he is not sporting a bow tie, and the men of the church thought it would be great fun to show up at Vince and Molly’s farewell dinner all wearing bow ties. We ladies decided we loved the look, and we’re all encouraging our husbands to continue wearing them!
Nearly 80 people attended the dinner, which was served under a tent at the Yacht Club. As usual, the food was some of the best on the island.
Thanks to Patty for this pic of Ted and I at the dinner.
Vince and Molly Carroll. Which man didn’t wear his bow tie? Vince!
After church on Sunday, Buz, Patty, Ted and I rode out to Silver Birches for a little informal get-together. Rain clouds were gathering as we started toward British Landing, but we managed to get to Silver Birches, eat some great food, and dash inside just as the rain hit.
We continue to be impressed at the progress Liz and her team from Mike Gamble Construction have made between each of our visits. Liz said I had now graduated to “tour director”, so I showed Buz and Patty around.
I took these late in the afternoon, but earlier this was the scene of food being served . . . .
. . . and a band had been playing on the porch of the blue cottage.
A taxi came out to pick up the band’s equipment and deliver it back to town.
Patty and Buz on the steps of the yellow cabin, which should be completed by the end of October.
Vintage photograph of Silver Birches – back in the day. (Posted on Facebook by Brad Conkey)
LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK
Ted participated in the 5-mile Labor Day Bridge Walk again this morning. This is the beginning of the walk, leaving from the St. Ignace side of the bridge . . .
. . . . about to pass the highest point . . .
. . . and celebrating afterwards with Bobby and Jen in Mackinaw City. He walked it in only a little over an hour.
I can’t believe Labor Day is almost over, officially marking the end of the summer and the beginning of our last two months on the island for this year. It was chilly today – in the high 50’s. But with 15-25 mph winds, it didn’t seem that warm. We’re heading back into the low 70’s tomorrow, so the cooler weather is going to tease us a while before getting serious about the start of Fall.
A FEW MORE PHOTOS
Bob and beautiful daughter Ava popped in at the Stuart House to say hi last week. He and wife Kara are blog readers. Kara and their son Will were shopping and didn’t make it by before I had to close for the day. See you next time! Oh, they’re from Wausau, WI.
Another blog reader, Joan from Shelby Township, MI, visited last week. We changed locations and sat on the BACK steps!
The Mackinac Island Post Office front door – framed by flowers.
Something NOT so pretty – a bat hangs upside down on a light fixture outside the Island Bookstore. If you ever want to show your kids a bat, there are usually a few sleeping on the ceiling in the hallway to the left of the bookstore. Harmless . . . very harmless. I promise. I even visit the bookstore sometimes just to see the bats. Oh geez – am I in trouble with the bookstore now?
Back to pretty things – the Metivier Inn in full summer dress.
A hay wagon heads up Cadotte to the big barns.
A fun dinner with Jill, Bud & Hilde DaVanon, Frankie Thill and Mike Forrester at the Pink Pony recently.
Thank you, Brad Conkey, for being brave enough to go up in the Red Baron, a bi-plane giving flights over the Island this summer. What a view! We can even see our condos behind the Grand Hotel!
Whew! I feel like I’m really back now . . . a long blog post with lots of photos! Oh, here’s one more:
Our friend Samille, back home in Georgia, posted this last week – a wonderful sunset from Lake Blackshear, our winter home. Made me VERY homesick.. We are so blessed to live in two such awesomely beautiful places on this earth. Thank you, Lord.