Slow Open

Congratulations everyone, we made it through May!

The weather is steadily getting nicer, the flowers are steadily blooming, and stores are slowly starting to open. The island has participated in a “soft soft opening” to the season, keeping the elders of our community in mind as we get the tourist season started up. I’ve ventured out a few times recently for more than just the mail, and am starting to enjoy more of the nature coming alive outside my window as well.

Two morning doves have found a new place to build a nest, just outside my window! They were working on it for a full day a few days ago, using the cut off branch as a nice landing pad.

A shipment of flowers rounding the corner onto Cadotte Ave…

My sister arrived back on the island a couple weeks ago as well. The boat lines have made many changes to their services in the time of Covid-19, including requiring guests wear masks on the boat, and cleaning seats off between each boat ride.

I recently left the island to move my car out of winter parking and into summer parking, as well as pick up my resident pass for Shepler’s. The ride was great, and I missed the wavy rides of a fast ferry ride! I haven’t left the island since mid-March, which isn’t that long, but considering the fact that I’ve stayed home for the majority of that time, it seemed MUCH longer. Anyway, it was nice to enjoy the lake breeze on the return trip home.

For those of you interested, you can find a list of store openings on Mackinac Island’s tourism bureau website, right here. Who’s looking forward to a trip to the island this summer, and when are you planning to come? Is there anyone playing it safe and delaying their trip to next year?

Stay safe everyone! Until next time…

Heather

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5 Resources to help you stay positive during the Covid-19 crisis

With the stay home, stay safe order extending to April 30, and the ominous presence of Covid-19 reaching our towns, it can be difficult to stay positive throughout the day. Turning on the TV doesn’t always help either, as it seems like the only news that I ever hear is about the virus. And yes, binge watching TV is an awesome pastime, but not always the solution I’m looking for to help my nerves. So I’ve found a few other resources to help me stay calm during this crisis. I wanted to share those with you today.

1. I created this Spotify playlist of Michigan musicians, something I’ve listened to while studying or working online. I invite you to listen, too: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Ch7lTeNX1eibLtaizBjq5?si=aClsgzTWSC2JN_jNfRlFcg

2. For those of you who enjoy adult coloring books, here are some free downloadable coloring pages created by Jennifer and Natalie Wohletz: https://mainstreetartmilford.com/pages/coloringpages.

3. This link is shared from the Island Bookstore, a list of bestselling books from Great Lakes Independent Bookstores:

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4. Here’s my personal list of books based on Mackinac Island that I’ve read and recommend – something to add to your collection of Michigan books:

The Loon Feather by Iola Fuller: I read this book on a train ride from Chicago to Kansas City back in 2010, making my way to Atchison to find out more about my family history. My favorite thing about the book? The love story!

Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson: Ok guys, it’s time to put the movie away and read this one! I actually read the book before I even saw the movie… and it’s a GREAT read. It spends a lot more time on time travel than the movie does, one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much.

Mystery on Mackinac Island by Anna W. Hale: I read this as a kid, and it started my fascination with mysteries. An easy read!

The Legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy Jo-Wargin: This is a wonderful book to read with your little ones. I created a little play for my students to re-enact this book at our last Spring Concert with positive reviews!

The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb: A mysteriously spooky story that doesn’t take place on Mackinac Island, but in a place with a very similar description.

5. One more for those of you who like to write. Are you practicing mindfulness? In our efforts to stay indoors, keeping our spirits up can be a challenge. I find that just 10-15 minutes of journaling is a big help for me to keep my sanity. I set the scene by playing some instrumental music, sitting near a window where I have a good outdoor view or sunlight streaming in, and I will write one of two things… I’ll either write down whatever comes to mind, OR I answer 3 questions that help me identify what I’m grateful for.

Below is a link to a free download I’ve created for you to do just that. You can either print it out and write, or if you prefer keeping digital files, you can also type right into the pdf and save it. Click on the picture to download:

I hope these resources can help you find some calm in your day. I’d love to hear from you, too… what do you do to help keep up the positivity in your life right now? What books are you reading?

I hope you’re all staying home and staying safe, and hope you will join me in my next blogpost when I post more photos from around Mackinac Island. Until next time…

-Heather

Support this blog

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is doing okay out there, and am wishing everyone good health in these uncertain times.

I have a new Mackinac Island blogpost to add tomorrow, but for right now, I’d like to share with all of you a new venture I’m pursuing.

As you all know, I’ve written on this blog for a very long time now… at least since 2010… a majority of the posts focusing on my life here on Mackinac Island. It is a joy for me to be able to practice my hobby of photography in such a beautiful place and also to be able to share it with you all. I’ve been considering doing this for quite some time now, and feel ready to give it a try.

I’m now reaching out for your support to continue building on my blogging skills and my skills as a photographer, by inviting you to my Patreon Page. As a part time teacher and fairly new business owner, I don’t yet have the financial ability to upgrade certain aspects of my hobby, specifically in upgrading to a new camera and photo editing software. As of right now, I use a Canon Rebel t6i, a Samsung NX3300, and my iPhone XS to take pictures, all of which have served me well over these past few years! However, it would be a dream to be able to upgrade to a full-frame camera, which would give me the opportunity to take higher quality photos and provide you with a clearer view of Mackinac Island.

Additionally, I would love to write more often on my blog and share more stories and insights about Mackinac Island on a regular basis. As of now, I’ve been posting about once a month, however I plan changing that to at least once every two weeks, and if you’d be interested in supporting me even more, I’d be very happy to post even more.

So if you’re interested in helping me to build on my passion for photography and writing, please visit my Patreon Page here: The Copper Lake Patreon Page. If you’ve never heard of Patreon, let me tell you a few things about it:

  • Patreon is a crowdfunding website where you can offer monthly support instead of a one-time donation. You can use PayPal and also most major credit cards.
  • As a supporter, you receive rewards! There are different tiers of support, and the higher the tier you enter the bigger the reward you’ll receive!
  • If monthly support is not your thing though, you can also stop your support at any time, as well as go to a lower tier, or go to a higher tier.

In using Patreon, I hope that you’ll find it an enjoyable form of support, one that you feel is a benefit to you and that you feel you’re getting your money’s worth out of it.

You should be able to see a tab at the top of my blog page labeled, “Thank You,” and every supporter’s name will be listed here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! I am grateful for all of you out there who have read my blog over the years, and I hope to continue providing you with more photos and posts for years to come.

-Heather