Better . . . . 10/10/2013

Ahhhhhhh . . . . A little calmer around here today.  

We headed out this morning to check on another rental for August and September, 2014, and it’s now at the top of our “possible” list.  Dogs are not a problem, which is always the #1 concern, and we really liked the house.  We should know something for sure within a week or so.

It feels good NOT to have a lot of news tonight.  Ted and I both are pretty ragged right now, but the emotions are leveling out, and we’re beginning to think like rational people again.  Time, time, time . . . what a wonderful panacea it is for all kinds of woes.

I do have a few pics to share – most from me, but a couple I borrowed because I loved them.  Here you go . . . .

The condo owners voted at the summer meeting to have storage sheds built, and they were begun last week . . .

The condo owners voted at the summer meeting to have storage sheds built, and they were begun last week . . .

. . . . and this was today.  They are going up fast!

. . . . and this was today. They are going up fast!  Now the owners can keep bicycles, grills, etc. in a protected space and won’t have to haul them inside when they leave for the winter.  Good plan!

"Throw the ball, dad, throw the ball!"

“Throw the ball, dad, throw the ball!”

George was so busy watching Ted, Bear and Maddie he didn't even see me on the balcony.

George was so busy watching Ted, Bear and Maddie he didn’t even see me on the balcony.

Lunch Wednesday on the outside deck of the Pony with Terry and Sue.  What awesome weather we're still having!

Lunch Wednesday on the outside deck of the Pony with Terry and Sue. What awesome weather we’re still having!  Last year at this time we were all in winter coats, knit hats and boots.

The lobby of the Chippewa Hotel is decorated for Halloween . . .

The lobby of the Chippewa Hotel is decorated for Halloween . . .

. . . including the front desk!

. . . including the front desk!

Anna - waiting for a fare on her taxi outside the Visitors Center, which closes Sunday.

Anna – outside the Visitors Center waiting for a fare.  The Visitors Center closes on Sunday.

Just thought this was a cool pic - looking out a back window of the Visitors Center.

Just thought this was a cool pic – looking out a back window of the Visitors Center.

Wednesday was probably the first time I'd been downtown in a week.  The streets weren't crowded at all as we started home - after a stop at Doud's.

Wednesday was probably the first time I’d been downtown in a week. The streets weren’t crowded at all as we started home – after a stop at Doud’s.

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The brick pathway between Main and Market Streets.  We were on the way to the post office.

It's Fall, and you gotta have MUMS!

It’s Fall, and you gotta have MUMS!

Cute bike outside a home at Chambers Corner.

Cute bike outside a home at Chambers Corner.

Wednesday dog walk . . .

Wednesday dog walk . . .

. . . and Surrey Hill trees are showing off!

. . . and Surrey Hill trees were showing off!

A beautiful sunrise taken by an Island House photographer.

A beautiful Mackinac day – taken by an Island House photographer.

Jodi Gough was in the right place at the right time to catch a semi-truck crossing the Mackinac Bridge silhouetted against a blazing sunset.  Spectacular!

Jodi Gough was in the right place at the right time to catch a semi-truck crossing the Mackinac Bridge, silhouetted against a blazing sunset. Spectacular!

That’s it for now, dear readers.  Once again thank you for your wonderful comments, private emails, and all the encouraging words you’ve written and prayers you’ve lifted up.  I wish I could reach through my laptop screen and wrap you all in a big hug right now, so . . . . please consider yourself hugged!  God bless.