November Holidays

Well, that didn’t last long!

Last week we had a brief glimpse of hope for some snow here on Mackinac Island, but it has all since melted… instead, the pretty soft snow has been replaced with wet gross rain. I wouldn’t mind it so much if it were warmer… actually, it is warmer than it was last week, so I guess that’s a plus.

This week I’ve had Thanksgiving Break from work, as I’m sure many teachers are enjoying everywhere! It has been mostly uneventful. My brother wasn’t free this week, so we actually celebrated a week earlier. It was great (especially with the snow), and I made a somewhat successful cornbread stuffing from scratch this time around. I’m realizing now how fun it is to make food from scratch instead of the box. It’s definitely my goal to do more of that this winter. I decided to start a new blog just to share recipes that I’ve tried, and hopefully this will also include lots of recipes that I’ll create in the future, too!

Anyway, with all this extra time on my hands I did wander around the island a little bit.

Some pictures of the recent switch from Arnold line to Starline. They are partway through the painting process:





Many people left the island for their Thanksgiving break. I opted for a Staycation…


The Christmas tree is also up but man, we really could use more snow!!


More scenes from near the water’s edge:


The snowmobile signs have been posted. All we need now? Yep….. Snow!!!


I also made my way down towards Devil’s Kitchen. In September I’d come down here after work sometimes to just sit and read a book and enjoy a little fresh air…


I’m looking forward to the upcoming Christmas bazaar and to really getting into the holiday spirit. Have a great week, everyone!

~ Heather 

Mackinac in February

A few photos from around town:

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Sunset at school
Sunny day downtown
Sunny day downtown
At the end of town (Doud's on left, Chippewa on right)
At the end of town (Doud’s on left, Chippewa on right)
Middle of town (May's Fudge across the street)
Middle of town (May’s Fudge across the street)
Tourists lined up across from The Mustang for dinner
Tourists lined up across from The Mustang for dinner

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All the snowfall lately has left quite an impact!
All the snowfall lately has left quite an impact!
Just barely dug a path to my house...
Just barely dug a path to my house…
Looking out on a very snowy day
Looking out on a very snowy day (my shoveled path is still holding on!)
The Grand Hotel in the distance
The Grand Hotel in the distance
We couldn't go one more day in February without a community-wide sledding day down Fort St., this past Sunday
We couldn’t go one more day in February without a community-wide sledding day down Fort St., this past Sunday

~ Heather

Night Snow

Hey all,

Some photos at night from around Mackinac Island.

It was more difficult to take photos at night than I thought, so it took me a few rides and a few tries to get just a few good photos. But I did it! First, some photos from downtown:

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The town Christmas tree
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The Chippewa Hotel has some neat blue lights hanging above the sidewalk, so it looks as though you’re walking on some kind of magical path!
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One of the windows decorated at May’s Candy Shop. My theme this year was a Candy Cane Christmas!

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As you can see, the dark did not take well to the tiny little flash on my ipod...
As you can see, the dark did not take well to the tiny little flash on my ipod…
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But I found that I took slightly better photos near a lamppost

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I guess you could say this was during twilight rather than evening... but still a great view of downtown from East Bluff.
I guess you could say this was during twilight rather than evening… but still a great view of downtown from East Bluff.

School offically takes its winter break tomorrow afternoon, which means I’ll have plenty more time to write a few chapters for my online story! Stay tuned for Chapter 4…. and happy holidays, everyone!

~ Heather