A View From My Window

This time in quarantine has taken a little bit of a toll on me… it’s difficult to feel creative while confined to one space. That being said, most of my time, when I’m not working on lessons for my classes, is being spent reading new books, finding new books to read (yes, this activity takes up a good part of my day), watching live streaming music from musicians, and taking photos through my window. Taking photos is not the easiest thing to do (I’m now dubbing it, “Window Photography”) but having so many clear days in the past couple of weeks has made it easier to capture a clear view outside my window.

One very welcome change outside my window has been the sprouting up of springtime flowers, more specifically the yellow daffodils growing in the garden, plus a few other flowers here and there…

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When I work from home, I sit at a second floor window looking out towards Lake Huron, and it’s here where I can enjoy the view of crashing waves and every once in awhile see a bird fly by.

A little bit of sunset outside my window

I do tend to venture outside one time a week, only to be able to check my mail. I’m happy to say that my online shopping habits have significantly decreased, but I still crave some snail mail! I’ve taken up penpal writing again to pass the time and keep in touch with some of my friends who are further away. On my last trip out I decided to make one short stop by Windermere Park, on a day with lots of wind and lots of large waves. It was interesting to see that the water had pushed more rocks back to shore, therefore covering up the roots of the tree in what seems to be a little bit of success.

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One last note… several years ago, I used to do an activity called “Postcards to Mackinac,” and I featured several postcards that were sent to me. I’d like to do something similar, but this time offer mail from me to you! I’m a big fan of snail mail, paper crafts and scrapbooking, and would like to share a little happy in your mailbox. If you would like to receive a letter in the mail from me, please email your mailing address to thecopperlake@gmail.com.

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

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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