Around Mackinac

What’s a girl to do when she’s got spare time on her hands, time that is rare and quite often sporadic? Well, one must venture out, of course…

Unfortunately I don’t mean out on the water, although that would be incredible.

I’ve been spending a lot of my time at the fudge shops, gathering new ideas, implementing new ideas, keeping to the old routines, learning more about the ins and outs of running a business… it’s starting to get into that busy time of year, so I thought I’d better start posting some pictures! Anyway, I thought I would brighten up some of our tools at work by bringing in some copper measuring cups and spoons to measure out our front-end ingredients, ie dried cherries, ground pecans, and chocolate chips:

I think one of our popular up-and-comers in terms of flavors has been sea salt caramel this year, and it’s rare for us to end a day with any left for sale. We make it daily!

This next one’s from my parents’ front yard. They have the most beautiful wild roses that smell simply amazing. Although lilac season is over, it’s time for the wild roses to bloom:

As I had mentioned at the beginning, I do try to venture out and away from work on my day off. Not too long ago I decided to see Arch Rock again, and after not visiting it since this past winter, I was looking forward to seeing the brighter side of the arch.

Climbing the steps to Arch Rock
The view from Leslie Ave, just past Arch Rock ~ my favorite view

Arch Rock seems so beautiful when seen in the cold of winter, frozen in some kind of time that’s only meant for you. It’s peaceful, and the scene of the lake just beyond the arch makes it even more peaceful. But in the summer, if you happen to visit it when it isn’t too congested with visitors, it’s an amazing sight to see! I wasn’t expecting so much greenery around. That really made it pop!

On the way back down the stairs to my bike, I happened to notice a freight boat in the distance. Thank goodness I took my camera with the extra zoom! I was able to capture a shot:

After my day off escapades, it was back to work once again. My dad likes to attend to his stores at least once a day, and on days when we’ve got everything covered… which is almost every day… he just sits back, relaxes, and enjoys the summer.

Let me leave you with just one more picture of candy from my store, some crunchy goodness I like to call Peco Flake:

Until next time…

~ Heather

Sunnier Days

So much up here is coming alive… I love it! The season is slowly starting once again. There are still a few weeks left of the school year, and I’ve gotten my final music concert done, which means it’s smooth sailing from here! Well, I hope, hehe… anyway, the weather has been much nicer lately and definitely a lot sunnier, so I’ve been enjoying the outdoors a little more and more every day.

I’m sure that you’ve all heard that the Grand Hotel has made their grand opening this past Friday, but there are also several stores open downtown as well, including the Lucky Bean Coffeeshop, Little Luxuries, Mighty Mac hamburger shop, and Island Slice Pizza, just to name a few. Doud’s Market has extended their hours and now there are lots of places to go past 7pm! Yippee!

I’ve been taking more pics with the new camera, too! Here’s a bit of what I’ve gotten so far:

Some roadwork seen through the May’s Candy Shop window. I think it has something to do with plumbing
Another pretty island sunset
I finally took my first ride on Shepler’s Miss Margy. It’s so spacious!

 

Also a few shots from Arnold Line’s Mighty Huron ~ the water seemed especially clear this day. Plus… a freighter!

 

 

I also spent some time off the island, over at the beach in Mackinaw City, and got some classic pics of the Mackinac Bridge.

 

If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve decided to make a change to my overall look and theme in an attempt to lighten things up! If you like it, feel free to like this post or send a comment! I also noticed that with the larger header option with this theme, I may need to get a new header picture as my old picture is just a tad bit blurry… which is a shame, because I really like that picture! I remember taking it one day while sitting inside the Grand Hotel to eat a quick lunch before heading back to work. Well, this may be the year for me to find many more pictures here… and many more adventures!

Speaking of adventures… for those of you who have been following my sci-fi story under the “writing” tab, I’m halfway through writing Chapter 10. That post will be going up soon!

Downtown Mackinac Island, Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day)

So everything is definitely coming alive up here on Mackinac Island. Now I’m on my way to put the finishing touches on my desserts for my mom this Mother’s Day, and to anyone out there who’s reading this who is also a mother…

… Happy Mother’s Day!

~Heather

 

Mackinac in April ~ part 2

Hi everyone,

Not much has been going on lately, except for my parents moving back to Mackinac Island, so I’ve been spending my free time helping them move back into the house while moving myself out of my winter home. As you may or may not know, housing on the island is very hard to come by, and I find it very fortunate that I’m able to stay with my parents in the summer while also working for them… my sister stays with us, too, while she runs her coffee shop on Market St. Anyway, it’s been very nice to see the folks every day, as well as the family cat, and until we get the cable back on in their house they’ve been enjoying several movie marathons involving John Wayne, Joan Crawford, and Mr. Bean… not all in the same movie, of course.

Since I haven’t had much time to wander the island and shoot photos, I thought I’d share a few more from last week. Below you’ll see some pictures from the stairs leading up to West Bluff, and one zoomed in picture of the Round Island Lighthouse:

More fun pictures from Arnoldline’s slow boat:

And my first attempt at a moon photo. This one I took with my Fujifilm Finepix S1:

I recently purchased two cameras for the purpose of taking higher quality photos at May’s Candy Shop this summer, but since finding some great deals on ebay this month, I purchased the cameras earlier than expected! So I’ve been playing around with them quite a bit. I mentioned one up above, a great camera for outdoor shots and video, and the second one is a Samsung NX3300, which is awesome for all the other stuff, plus, selfies! So far, both cameras have been great for close up photography, with the Samsung having more success with a focused main subject and blurred background, and the Fujifilm having the ability for super macro photography.

The reason I’m sharing all of this information with you is that you’ll most likely see some higher quality photos on my blog, which I’m very excited about! And also because of that, there is the possibility that I will be changing my blog theme – my content and current information will basically all stay the same, but the look will just be different. There are some new themes out there that have a clean look that I really like, plus new features that allow your photographs to extend past the text width that really show off your photographs ~ so there’s a good chance you may see this blog with a slightly different style in the very near future!

Here are a few more shots from the boardwalk, i.e. my daily commuting route to work:



Let me now leave you with this one  pic below from inside my parents’ house. I get to stay in my brother’s old room, and on the vanity is an art project that he completed in college of the Grand Hotel made entirely out of mirrors! If I moved it somewhere else I’d have much more room for my makeup and whatnot, but I actually enjoy having it there…

~ Heather