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? 🙂

 

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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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