Spring in View

There’s been some changes going on down by the boardwalk that I could see slightly from my window, but I finally had a chance to see it close-up recently:

The beach had receded so much over the winter that some parts of the boardwalk had reached under the boardwalk, so the city quickly began work to extend the land away from the boardwalk, adding dirt, rocks and boulders… from what I can see, this week they’re started to add some dirt as well, on top of which I’m assuming will be grass? I guess we’ll wait and see! I’m also not sure how far the addition will extend down the boardwalk, but it’s a relief to know that our beloved boardwalk will not be washed away.

Downtown is also still empty and quiet. Doud’s has opened back up to indoor shoppers, and they’ve added many additions to keep their customers safe. They also are continuing to deliver to residents twice a week, a service that I still use often.

I’ve also had a chance to use my zoom lens a little more! Lots of boats going by, mostly freight boats still… but I started catching the Sacre Bleu sailing by in the last few days! I hear there will be some Starline trips coming out of Mackinaw City sometime soon. It has also recently been quite rainy in Michigan, which has left us with a few mights and mornings of foggy weather. Am I the only one who enjoys the fog?

And more nature from my yard! I have two small gardens in the back yard with spring flowers that are starting to bloom, and the birds are out and about daily, looking for food. I occasionally see a seagull fly over the lake, and am still searching for an owl or an eagle to fly by, with no luck yet.

The daffodils are beginning to bloom
Can anyone tell what these flowers will be? 🙂

 

One of two morning doves that occupies my yard

 

Freight boat in the fog

Until next time,

Heather

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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 

Mackinac Kids Clean!

Who’s ready for a visit!?
Last Monday, the students of Mackinac Island Public School set out to do some outdoor cleaning for Earth Day! Students went out by classroom and the island was split up into different sections for picking up garbage. Here, 4-7th grade start their trek by the boardwalk, while 2-3rd graders are on their way back from the middle of the island:

Since the weather seems to also be heating up, I thought I’d put up a couple of art projects from my 2-3rd grade art students. They’ve been studying up on Picasso portraits, and we created suns out of them using oil pastels. Students colored one side with warm colors, and the other side with cool colors, using whatever colors they liked for the sun’s rays.Then, they cut out their sun and glued it onto a construction paper background:

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You can see more of this artwork, along with K-12 artwork at the Mackinac Island Public Library coming up this May! The student art show will stay up in the library throughout May and until the Lilac Festival. If you find yourself on the island early this summer, please stop by and enjoy some art!