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

Waiting for Winter

Finally, after weekend-long predictions from the weather stations that we would be getting snow, I was happy to wake up this morning to…. snow!

With May’s Fudge Shop closed for the season, November has been a welcoming month for me, and I’m getting used to the quiet streets of Mackinac Island once again. I like it. It is not uncommon to walk downtown and not see a single person this time of year, and I always enjoy that change of pace. This might be the time of the year that I most often walk on the street, but being so used to sticking to sidewalks, I still rarely do it… even when no one’s around!

Just me and this dray driver downtown this afternoon

 

The scene at Windermere Park

 

At the end of Shepler’s dock one morning (actually, this one was from October!)

And just when I think I’ve grown too accustomed to the island this time of year, I find myself with an itch to leave for a minute. So on a Saturday in November, a day of the week that would normally be the busiest day of the week for me in the fudge shop, I would leave the island for a day just to drive my car around and pick up whatever essentials or non-essentials that I need.

Arnold Line dock

 

The rows of bikes from bikes from islanders gone for the weekend. And my mom, with her mini rolling luggage to carry groceries.
The Macking Bridge on a cloudy day. I’m so used to taking a picture of this from far away, but I don’t very often take one while on the bridge

Every once in awhile some snow would fall, but it wouldn’t stay that long. Sometimes, it would be gone by end of the day. Sometimes within in a few hours. I wasn’t too impressed with November for awhile, but I took pictures of the falling snow, anyway.
  


All in all, it’s been a good November. The streets are quiet, decorations are starting to go up, and the snow is finally here. I can’t complain! My next project is to move into winter housing as I’m not all the way moved yet, and that will be my main focus this coming week. I would add Thanksgiving to that too, however, my family celebrated Thanksgiving early this year so that they would only have to worry about winterizing their home and packing up to move this coming week. Once the moves have happened, I’ll probably be back in winter mode.

Well, maybe a few more inches of snow… and then I’ll be in winter mode.

Until next time,

Heather

October in Full Swing

This has been a good, long summer, and I’m glad that it’s finally October. There are too many fun things going on this month.

When I’m teaching I only get to be back in the fudge shops to make fudge on Saturdays, so this Saturday I prepared myself for a routine day of fudge making. It was slow, but then again, what October doesn’t feel like that after enduring the hectic schedules of June, July and August? I didnt make any fudge art, but I tried a new spin on selling fudge in the form of mini pies. Who wouldn’t like a dollop of fudge surrounded by a layer of graham cracker crust? I guess I’ll be finding out soon, as they just went out into the showcase this Monday.


The big excitement for me and I’m sure lots of the tourists traveling on and off the island this Sunday was the weather. Blowing winds and big waves was the theme for the day, and tourists stopping to chat with me while I made fudge filled me in on how their ferry had canceled a scheduled trip, had shut down altogether for the day, and were just hoping the waves would die down later in the day. I myself wanted to check out the waves, and did so in the morning behind the fudge shop. Sneaking out the back door and walking down the alley behind my shop, the Trading Post, and Seabiscuit, I walked out onto the dock and around the hardware store to get a better view looking at the back of our store, where one can find a very lovely private venue known to me as the Tiki Room. Often times on a hot, summer day, the owners of this Tiki paradise will sit out there and grill something that the wind currents blow in through my fudge shop’s back door and entices me to immediately run out and buy some ribs.

On this day, however, no one was cooking… and a good thing, too! I caught these waves brushing up against the dock and the biggest one almost flew far enough back around to hit me where I was standing:




Since it had started to rain after work, and I’ve been feeling under the weather, I decided not to go out after work on Saturday to get more pictures. The weather was a bit better on Sunday, and it wasn’t raining, so I took some time to snap a few pics down by one of the break walls:


  

  
  
  

So the exciting thing that’s happening this month? My brother’s getting married! I can’t wait because it’s going to be awesome seeing my big brother tie the knot, plus the reception will be filled with tons of his ballroom dancing friends from college. Looks like I won’t be missing much of the Grand Hotel’s ballroom dance weekend, because I’ll be dancing all night anyway! And of course, this month has what a lot of us islanders call the ‘holiday that never ends,’ which is Halloween. More on that in a future post…

~ Heather