A Mackinac Island Winter

Have I really gone three months without blogging? 

Yes. Yes, I have.

This winter hasn’t been anything extreme in any way to me. We didn’t get dumped with an amazing amount of snow, it didn’t really get too cold, nothing out of the ordinary happened… I guess I just ended up spending a lot of time enjoying Mackinac Island on my own. I find that I can get too cynical when I hear others say how in love they are with the island, how magical it is, how blessed they are. I’ve gotten too caught up in work and stress that I wouldn’t allow myself to enjoy the fact that all of statements above are completely true for me, too. 

So instead, I just tried to spend a little more time offline, focused more on photography, and tried to find the best about Mackinac Island and why it makes me feel blessed. I took a lot of great photos… and personally, I made sure to spend some of that time focusing on my health, enjoying the outdoors, finding more passion in my work, spending time with great company, and just living.

Now that’s not to say that I haven’t been posting any pictures online… they just haven’t been on my blog, and I’ve been uploading island photos on my Instagram account, @heathermay.xo (you might notice those pictures in the sidebar). 

Anyway, now that we’re in the month of April and all of the snow is gone, I decided not to let the remainder of my winter photos go to waste and will post them below. 

Below you will find winter photos from January through March of this year. 

Please enjoy 🙂

– Heather

November Holidays

Well, that didn’t last long!

Last week we had a brief glimpse of hope for some snow here on Mackinac Island, but it has all since melted… instead, the pretty soft snow has been replaced with wet gross rain. I wouldn’t mind it so much if it were warmer… actually, it is warmer than it was last week, so I guess that’s a plus.

This week I’ve had Thanksgiving Break from work, as I’m sure many teachers are enjoying everywhere! It has been mostly uneventful. My brother wasn’t free this week, so we actually celebrated a week earlier. It was great (especially with the snow), and I made a somewhat successful cornbread stuffing from scratch this time around. I’m realizing now how fun it is to make food from scratch instead of the box. It’s definitely my goal to do more of that this winter. I decided to start a new blog just to share recipes that I’ve tried, and hopefully this will also include lots of recipes that I’ll create in the future, too!

Anyway, with all this extra time on my hands I did wander around the island a little bit.

Some pictures of the recent switch from Arnold line to Starline. They are partway through the painting process:





Many people left the island for their Thanksgiving break. I opted for a Staycation…


The Christmas tree is also up but man, we really could use more snow!!


More scenes from near the water’s edge:


The snowmobile signs have been posted. All we need now? Yep….. Snow!!!


I also made my way down towards Devil’s Kitchen. In September I’d come down here after work sometimes to just sit and read a book and enjoy a little fresh air…


I’m looking forward to the upcoming Christmas bazaar and to really getting into the holiday spirit. Have a great week, everyone!

~ Heather 

Starting the Off-Season

Hey everyone!

Every year, I have the great fortune of transitioning from my summer job to my winter job, where I work both jobs in the months of September and October. By now I’m pretty used to that transition, but I’d be lying if I don’t get slightly overwhelmed at the end of October. Then, when we finally close up the fudge shops for the winter, all of a sudden I have all of this extra time that I don’t know what to do with… so, I do nothing!

Really… I sleep! Naps rock!

Anyway, now that I’ve had lots of time to relax, I thought I’d skim through my camera and my phone’s camera and post a few pictures of Mackinac Island from now, and the past few weeks.

First of all, the fall colors up here have been completely stunning, and I always look forward to the smells of autumn. After talking with my dad, it turns out the fall colors were the reason that our season on Mackinac Island goes through October… back in the day (I’m not sure how far back, but back there somewhere), the tourist season used to end right after Labor Day, and no matter how long the hotels tried to stay open after that, most everything just closed down. But then bus tours from all over started giving a “Fall Colors” tour throughout Michigan, and it’s because of those tours that led tourists through to Mackinac Island in September and October, extending our season. I’m sure that the fall colors look amazing everywhere, but I especially like it here.




Second, Arnold line Ferry was bought by Starline, meaning that next summer we will no longer see the familiar Arnold line name anymore. It’s a sad day and quite a big change to see such an iconic part of Mackinac Island gone. As a kid, my brother and I would sit in the front of the red and green striped catamarans on a windy, wavy day, and pretend that we were steering the ship through a torrential storm. Sometimes I thought we were a starship fleet, steering though a comet storm in outer space (that might have been just me, but I’m sure my brother was playing along with me, too). My guess is that Starline will just rename the boats and keep everything running as usual for next year, but, maybe they’ll do something completely different? I don’t know, and I haven’t really asked around either, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.




Lastly, I do have to admit that part of the reason that I’ve been offline from this blog lately is that I’ve been working on a new one. Since my passion for candy making has gotten stronger this year, I’ve decided to continue it on into the winter months and try to make more candy and sweet goods at home, and being a blog lover, decided to document it all in a new blog. If you’re interested in seeing what I make and bake this winter, please check out my other site at Spoons of Copper – it should be up in the next few days, and if you’re interested you can sign up for email updates! It’s purely a candy and cooking blog at this point, but you may from time to time see a Mackinac Island pic or two…

Let me end this post with just a few more photos from around the island…

An empty downtown
So peaceful!

I’m never downtown in the fall because I change jobs and am at Mackinac Island Public School all day. So I always seem to miss seeing the horses leaving the island… one very lucky day I had some time to leave work early and check my mail, and on the way back, I ran into these beautiful horses! We’ll see you again next year…


~ Heather