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

 

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