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? šŸ™‚

 

One of two morning doves that occupies my yard

 

Freight boat in the fog

Until next time,

Heather

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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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The February Frost

February never seems to disappoint as a month for winter weather.

You never know when the lake will decide to cut you off from the mainland. Well, I suppose you can have a good guess about it if you checked the weather and followed up on ice conditions enough… but for the average person like myself who sticks with a weather app and a peek out the window every morning for what’s going on outside, it’s hard to tell. One day the boats are running all day, the next they’ve cancelled one and the rest are running, the next they’re back to the normal schedule, the next they aren’t running at all… then we get high winds and the ice breaks up enough to run again. That’s the scenario I’m hoping for at the moment, enough winds to blow all the ice out of all the bays and let the Mighty Huron right through. For the time being this though, we’re limited to plane service.

I’m not one to leave the island very often, so when the winter season starts, I’m happily content on staying put for as long as possible. Last year I didn’t leave the island until the end of March. This year, I left the island for a weekend in February to pick up groceries and help organize my mom’s house, then headed back home the following Monday… three days later, the boats stopped running.

Looking Over the Edge
Looking Over the Edge

Even with the more frigid temps, I’m enjoying more time outdoors. The views are especially more beautiful when there’s a light layer of snow on the trees, and I’m reminded of the snowglobe-like quality of the island. Itā€™s as though someone just shook us and after a few minutes of swirling inside the globe, the snow has finally settled.

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Schoolyard Sunset
School yard Sunset

If thereā€™s any time of year I find ideal for self reflection, itā€™s now. Iā€™ve been trying to figure out what it is that I want to accomplish for this year and Iā€™ve realized that most of what Iā€™m doing doesnā€™t fit what I want. So Iā€™m making a conscious effort to stand up for myself, choose projects I believe in and be unapologetic for my decisions. Iā€™m making small adjustments towards happiness. 

If any of you might recall, over a year and a half ago I had asked for your help with a deeply personal project. Iā€™d like to share some progress with you on how itā€™s going, and although it is far from finished, Iā€™m still proud of what Iā€™ve done so far. Iā€™ve grown rather fond of painting on wood panels in the process, and now plan to paint on more of the same in the very near future.

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Let me leave you with a few final pictures of the ice buildup near the boardwalk:

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Until next time,

Heather