Slow Open

Congratulations everyone, we made it through May!

The weather is steadily getting nicer, the flowers are steadily blooming, and stores are slowly starting to open. The island has participated in a “soft soft opening” to the season, keeping the elders of our community in mind as we get the tourist season started up. I’ve ventured out a few times recently for more than just the mail, and am starting to enjoy more of the nature coming alive outside my window as well.

Two morning doves have found a new place to build a nest, just outside my window! They were working on it for a full day a few days ago, using the cut off branch as a nice landing pad.

A shipment of flowers rounding the corner onto Cadotte Ave…

My sister arrived back on the island a couple weeks ago as well. The boat lines have made many changes to their services in the time of Covid-19, including requiring guests wear masks on the boat, and cleaning seats off between each boat ride.

I recently left the island to move my car out of winter parking and into summer parking, as well as pick up my resident pass for Shepler’s. The ride was great, and I missed the wavy rides of a fast ferry ride! I haven’t left the island since mid-March, which isn’t that long, but considering the fact that I’ve stayed home for the majority of that time, it seemed MUCH longer. Anyway, it was nice to enjoy the lake breeze on the return trip home.

For those of you interested, you can find a list of store openings on Mackinac Island’s tourism bureau website, right here. Who’s looking forward to a trip to the island this summer, and when are you planning to come? Is there anyone playing it safe and delaying their trip to next year?

Stay safe everyone! Until next time…

Heather

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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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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:

https://www.gliba.org/uploads/4/4/8/3/44830325/03-23-20_gliba_bestsellers_fiction.pdf?fbclid=IwAR20Y_eS-tez6otZoLRUQuaihG_rCQ3EE6p9yTJ1MZEsAZLWEnA6Aa84OGo

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