Waiting for Spring

Lately, it’s been difficult getting down an accurate view of Mackinac Island in its current state, as the weather in Michigan has been changing on almost a daily basis. When I got back from my spring vacation on Saturday, there was no snow at all on the island. The next morning, I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow that just kept coming down. Then Monday and Tuesday we were met with clear, sunny days and melting snow, leaving us once again with grass and clearer roads. I took a walk around downtown yesterday and Monday, and flashed a few photos with my new camera…


The water is clear and blue, a welcoming sign of spring for me!

  

Down at the marina, still lots of clear, blue water, with bits of snow on the docks.


  

It’s still cold enough for trees on the shoreline to be covered in ice

  

It is now Wednesday morning, and here I am looking out at another snowy front yard! When will mother nature make up her mind… anyway, this is a shorter blog than usual for me, but I’m sure there will be more in the near future as I play with this new camera of mine. Until next time…

~ Heather

Little Bird

Last weekend the school on Mackinac Island had what I’d call our Mid-Winter break, and had Friday through Sunday off ~ a very nice little 3-day weekend to travel off island. I hadn’t left the island in several weeks, so I felt the need to be away, and pay my parents a visit too. Thankfully, the roads happened to be dry and just fine for driving, which worked out great for me as I’ve grown accustomed to the lack of any need to drive up on Mackinac.
Some scenes from the boat. This is a LOT less ice filled than two days later, when the ice floated back in!

   
On Saturday, I drove downstate to a friend of a friend’s recording studio ~ my friend and neighbor on the island plays ukulele, and we’ve been jammin out and trying to write our own tunes… the process ended up leading us to his friend’s studio where we recorded one song, my first time ever in a recording studio!

In past years I’ve recorded many times, but they’ve always been for a recital or a concert that I was working towards. They’ve always been live, and recorded from start to finish with all the little mistakes and mishaps that you might hear in a live performance. I’ve grown accustomed to playing songs straight through, so to record something non-classical in a studio was a new experience for me, since all of what we recorded was editable – I could sing one line of music, and that line could be cut, copied, pasted, auto tuned, and filtered in an infinite amount of ways.

Singer/Songwriter Pete Badour laying down some harmonies ~ producer Jeff Gingrich working his musical magic

The end result is Weather the Storm, a song created for Little Bird, the first music project from Michigan Pins! The song is free for download at the Michigan Pins website, and I’m very proud of what we were able to create.

On my way back home from recording, I spent a little more time with family (and family cat), then headed back to Mackinac Island Monday morning, when Michigan just happened to get hit with a storm of snow! The boat almost didn’t make it out of the harbor, but with the pros over at Arnold Line Ferry, we got to the island just fine.

Rounding the north breakwall…

 

Me, hehe… it was pretty on Monday morning

 

The sunset over an icy lake

With all of this new snow I’m sure to get more snow pics here, and some of that awesome blue ice!

I don’t often ask this, but if you like what you see in this blogpost please feel free to like/ comment below ~ and I also invite you to hear the new song Weather the Storm, and I’d love to hear what you think of that as well!

Until next time,

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