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!