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

Quiet Town

I’ve been in self-quarantine just as I hope most of us out there has, and it’s not the best feeling being stuck inside all day long. How has everyone out there been doing?

There are quite a few measures put into place here on the island. We’re following all of Whitmer’s orders, and from what I’ve seen on my limited time outdoors, we’re all social-distancing, too.

We’ve had cloudy, rainy weather for the last couple of days, which makes it much less appealing to go outside anyway. For the businesses that are still open, they’re doing their part to keep everyone safe and healthy, too. The post office has a new bulletin board dedicated to Covid-19 information, and Since we’re all PO Box holders, they also offer mail deliveries for anyone interested, which is a great service for our older residents.

The bank requires that you call ahead of time before going there, and they only allow one person in at a time.

And Doud’s Market offers home deliveries if you email or call them before Noon. Inside the store, they allow 6 people in the store at a time, provide gloves for shoppers, and have tape marked on the floor for when you’re waiting in line to pay.

This is normally the time of year when I start to see construction projects getting finished up, new employees arrive to the island, and businesses start to get cleaned up and organized. But none of that has really happened. Here’s hoping that we all keep up with our staying at home and our social distancing, so that life can go back to normal. ~ Heather

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Changes in Season

There are always a lot of moving parts happening in March, whether we notice it or not. Changes in weather, additions to staff, stores quietly getting ready for the season, snowmobiles being stored away, snowmobiles braving the lack of snow on roads… the first time I left the island this month was in the first week. I left for only two days, and went by boat.

At that time, the boat was running, and we were traveling the regular route to St. Ignace. Great! By the time I was ready to drive back up north, ice had floated back into the dock at St. Ignace and the boat couldn’t break free. So, back by plane I went…

In the picture above you can see how clear the water is around the island. It was a beautiful day for a plane ride, and it turned out to be a pretty nice day for a walk back down to my house, as well.

As the week progressed, more and more snow started to melt on the roads. It made snowmobile travel much more difficult downtown, but there was still enough for people to get by driving. As someone who lives close to downtown, I walk most everywhere, so it hasn’t affected me too much this year. The city does a great job of keeping our sidewalks clear and safe.

One dicey spot where the melted snow likes to create a little lake.
Melting, but still driveable
A beautiful view of the water and ice off the docks

The last time I was off the island was last week, headed to Petoskey to bring my mom back with me. No issues with breaking through the ice in the lake this time, but there was also another issue… by that Friday, schools had officially decided to close down for the next 3 weeks. By time I had gotten back to the island Monday, it had finally settled in with me that I wouldn’t have anything to do for awhile. My mom and I also missed out on getting any toilet paper or cleaning wipes. More than just seasons on the island was changing.

The ice had moved again on our boat ride back, too compacted to go the normal route, so we traveled around the North side of the island where you can see Arch Rock. It’s a longer trip, but the view is still great. I think I was more fascinated by the buttery smooth waves, followed by larges patches of ice.

Right now, the roads are pretty clear. We’ve had quite a few sunny days, and it’s still the same, quiet Mackinac Island that I’m accustomed to this time of year. I just don’t go out very much. Or, at all. Except to get groceries at Doud’s.

Our two restaurants are now closed to the public, but they do offer take out, as well as offer delivery service to our older residents. Doud’s is open as well, and has offered delivery service to all residents. And we are all sticking to social distancing requirements as much as any other place in Michigan.

As far as activities to keep myself busy during this social distancing phase, I’ve been cleaning at home a lot, practicing ukulele and guitar a lot more, taking more photos, bird watching, drawing a little, and spending way too much time on my phone. I’m lucky, however, to have a camera lens that zooms close enough to clearer see birds high up… I’m hoping to catch an owl or eagle one of these days in my back yard again, or possibly on my next walk on the boardwalk.

Until next time, I’ll be hunkered down at home. I hope everyone out there is staying safe, and wishing everyone a little comfort from my home to yours.

Heather


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