Thank You for Waiting! 8/10/17

PUBLIC PITY PARTY

Ok.  I know I said I’d be here on Monday with a blog.  And here it is Thursday.

I’ve never had a year on Mackinac start off like this one has.  I’ve coughed continually for four weeks, and on top of that I slightly sprained my ankle in the woods this past weekend.  I’ve pumped myself full of over the counter drugs that basically have done nothing but make me want to sleep all day, and basically that’s what I’ve done.

So – Monday – after volunteering at the Stuart House for four hours and coughing almost continually, I dragged myself down to the Medical Center and said, “Help.”

I saw a young female doctor who was on her first day of a two week rotation on Mackinac.  I swear to you she wasn’t old enough to drink adult beverages, much less dispense medical advice and drugs.  But she listened to my sob story and examined both my swollen ankles (the one I sprained only slightly more swollen than the other one). Her diagnosis – one ankle is slightly swollen due to injury, BOTH ankles are swollen because I’ve obviously been getting a lot more exercise since I arrived on the island than I was getting in Florida, and my body is retaining water.  The cough is from a virus that is sweeping the country and lasting anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks.  She added a cough medicine to my over-the-counter regime and said, “This might help, but probably not.”

So, I’m four weeks into the 8-12 week cough cycle and in a compression bandage on one ankle.  I’m drinking lots of fluids, elevating my feet when I can, and trying to talk myself into a better frame of mind.  I know I’m being a whiny baby.  I. KNOW. IT.

I promise to try and do better.  I promise.

MACKINAC CONTINUES ON

Even when you feel bad you can appreciate beauty, and right now the island is at its full summer blooming peak. Here’s a little of what’s been happening since we talked last!

We were in on a surprise birthday party for friend Patty one evening at the Gate House. Her husband Buz did a great job of keeping it a secret, and several couples from Little Stone Church gathered for good food and fun.  (That’s Patty in the white jacket and Buz beside her in the turquoise shirt.)  Thanks, Jill, for this pic!

After dinner the birthday girl, Buz, Ted and I stopped for an ice cream at Sadie’s. What a great day!

Bodie got a chance to make friends up close and personal with one of the West Bluff horses. He continues to amaze me with his bravery around things that might scare a less secure dog.  He seems to have the attitude that the whole world is his playground, and if I’d just give him a chance he’d be “king of the island” in no time flat.

I walked him over to Governor’s Residence the other night and had him “up” onto the bench that sits at the top of Turkey Hill. Love how proudly he sat there overlooking his domain.

Passing by the Grand Stable at dusk the other night, I happened to find a farrier still at work.

Starting down Fort Hill. This view is one of the best on the island.

Blooms, blooms, blooms at The Cottage Inn on Market Street.

A West Bluff cottage that always has beautiful gardens. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Another West Bluff cottage. This one is for sale!

Sunrise at the marina one morning this week. (Photo: Tony Boom)

A backyard gate behind a West Bluff cottage.  Doesn’t it made you wonder what’s on the other side?

Gardens on the Governor’s Summer Residence property. (Photo: Ted Horton)

Hedge-clipping at the Governor’s Summer Residence.  Maybe he’s coming this weekend!

Full moon and the beautiful Grand Hotel. (Photo: Annie Lockwood)

Hollyhocks on the West Bluff.

Poppies on a road going toward Brown’s Brook – in the interior of the island. (Photo: George Piliouras)

The gardens of the Metivier Inn never fail to be jaw-dropping in beauty.

The top of Fort Hill just as dawn breaks.  (Photo: Ted Horton)

Bodie, on a final walk of the evening.  He’s getting this posing stuff polished to a fine art!

Hoping you all are doing well and thanking you for your patience with me this summer.

Love, hugs, and God bless.

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Family Ties 8/10/16

I don’t know how to put into words what a fun, strange, wacky, emotional and unbelievable 48 hours these have been – especially for Ted, but for me also.

A few months ago, when all the research and DNA testing came together and Ted realized he really did have living blood relatives beside Julie, Jordan and Matthew, those relatives all existed in a hazy, almost other-worldly place “out there” somewhere.  We knew Ted’s birth mother’s family on paper and then from phone visits, emails and texts, and finally from packages that began to arrive in the mail with photos and family records.

On Monday, that hazy other-worldly place turned into flesh and blood in the form of Linda and Mike – two very real, warm, laughing, chatting, and filled-with-stories first cousins (one by blood, one by marriage).  We’ve talked into the nights, laughed, and shed a few tears.  We’ve been amazed at similarities between Ted and Linda (and between Ted and other cousins – according to Linda).  In photographs we’ve seen of some of the Lachmann men (cousins and uncles), it’s like looking at photos of Ted – the resemblance is striking.

Besides talking about family histories, we also tried to show Linda and Mike some of “our” Mackinac.  They’d both been to the island before, but only on day trips.  We quickly learned they’d spent most of their island time downtown, so we set out to acquaint them with a little broader look at Mackinac.

While we were waiting to catch a carriage tour, we discovered that one of Linda and Mike's passions is geo-caching. They had loaded the coordinates of several caches before making the trip, and they found one just outside the Market Street Inn.

While we were waiting to catch a carriage tour, we discovered that one of Linda and Mike’s passions is geo-caching. They had loaded the coordinates of several caches into their phones before making the trip, and they found one just outside the Market Street Inn.

Mike and Linda writing in their geo-caching names before returning the papers back where they found them.

Mike and Linda writing in their geo-caching names before returning the papers back where they found them.

Cousins with Fort Mackinac in the background.

Cousins – with Fort Mackinac in the background.

We had a great private carriage tour set up by Joe Plaza (special thanks to Blake, our tour guide and driver). The tour included many special spots on Mackinac - like Fort Holmes . . .

We had a great private carriage tour set up by Joe Plaza (special thanks to Blake, our tour guide and driver). The tour included many special spots on Mackinac – like Fort Holmes . . .

. . . Lookout Point . . .

. . . Lookout Point (overlooking Sugar Loaf) . . .

the Village, the cemetaries, Skull Cave, and the East and West Bluffs.

the Village, the cemeteries, Skull Cave, and the East and West Bluffs.

We ended our tour at Grand Hotel for lunch, and for a little rest in the rocking chairs on their famous front porch!

We ended our tour at Grand Hotel for lunch, and for a little rest in the rocking chairs on their famous front porch!

Heading back to town for a much-needed nap!

Heading back to town and the condo for a little down time!

Wednesday morning came way too soon, and we were back at Shepler's . . . .

Wednesday morning came way too soon, and we were back at Shepler’s . . . .

. . . and waving goodbye.

. . . and waving goodbye.

We have more of this newly found family coming on a daytrip on Saturday and two more cousins coming for a visit in September.  Mike and Linda (and other family members) winter in Florida (on the west coast), so I’m sure there are going to be other family visits when we return home.

A very special and loving thank you, Linda and Mike, for your warm welcome of Ted and me into the Lachmann clan.  We can’t wait to spend more time with you (and other family members) in the future. Love and hugs coming your way!

God bless.

 

 

 

Ships, Sailboats, Summer Cottages, Somebody’s Birthday 7/28/09

First the adventure.  When we returned home yesterday from St. Ignace, I had received an email from Captain Mark Thompson of the sloop Welcome asking me to give him a call on his cell.  He said he had some important information to give me.  When we had toured the ship yesterday, we were told that the Welcome would be docking in Mackinaw City, Traverse City, and Mackinac Island over the next few weeks.  But what Captain Mark wanted to tell me was that on Monday (today) there would be a surprise attack on Fort Mackinac by the Welcome

“Who else knows about this, Mark?” I asked.  He said, “The State Park knows that we are coming today, but I didn’t tell them what time.  It’s going to be between 12:30 and 1 p.m.  We will be sailing from St. Ignace around the north side of the island, coming in from the east.  As soon as the fort is in sight, we will open fire with our cannons.”  All right!  “I will be at the marina with my camera,” I said.  “I will call you when we are about 30 minutes out”, said Captain Mark.  GREAT!

So at noon today Blake, Ted and I went hiking down to the marina.  We had just gotten to the Welcome Center deck when we spotted the tall ship sailing into view.  I had just gotten my camera out of my bag when the first cannon shot was fired.

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The Welcome fired several more times, and the fort opened fire back with muskets (you know, of course, that all of this was for effect, no real cannon balls or bullets).  It was great fun!  What Mark didn’t tell me on the phone though was that they were going to moor at the Arnold Dock for a couple of hours.  So as we prepared to leave and go eat lunch, we noticed the ship getting closer and closer. 

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My man Ted, Mr. Welcome Center himself, greeted the crew as they docked – then he and Blake gave them a hand tying up.

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We watched Russ start to clean the cannons they had fired – so they’d be ready in case they were attacked on the way out of the harbor later.

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I have to confess that I told my buddy Jill about this little surprise attack this morning.  She met us at the Welcome Center, then walked down to the Arnold Dock with us.  She took a picture of me standing with Captain Mark.

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We all had such a good time taking part in the “attack”, and we appreciate the crew letting us in on the surprise!

Before we went downtown this morning, Ted and I had already been on a mission of our own.  I haven’t written much about the Bayview Yacht Club race, but the sailboats, which left Port Huron on Saturday, started arriving on the island last night.  We left the condo around 7:30 this morning to walk the dogs up to the East Bluff to see if we could get pictures of any of the boats.  Instead of coming in under the Mackinac Bridge, these boats come from the east and cross the finish line in front of Mission Point.  I got some pics of a couple of boats on this absolutely gorgeous morning on the island, as Ted and the pups waited patiently in the shade.

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As we started walking back to the condo, I took a few pictures of some of the East Bluff cottages.  It seems we spend so much more time walking on the West Bluff – simply because it is closer to us.  The homes on the East Bluff are so beautiful, and I realized I hadn’t shared many of them with you.  Here are a few:

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As we were leaving the West Bluff, I took this picture of the sunlight coming through the trees.  It was so glorious to see the sunshine after several cloudy days, and this scene was a special gift.

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A special Happy Birthday to Jill, my new friend.  Jill has welcomed me with open arms into her family of friends on this magical island.  She has made me feel a part of so many events, invited me to meet with the coffee group, invited me to church, and has kept me filled in on everything that is happening on the island that I might want to be a part of.  She is a special, special lady.  Thank you, Jill, and again Happy, Happy Birthday!

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