Monday, May 20, 2019

Just Another Day

Ever since we put the snowmobiles away, I've been walking to and from school. I started just because my bike needed to be tuned up, but when I noticed how good I felt I kept it up. Over the past couple of months I've averaged about 12,000 steps and a little over five miles each day. (Two of those are walking  to and from school.) Plus, I've lost six pounds - which is great encouragement to keep it up.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


I had a lovely walk to school this morning.

It had just starting raining and my walk was delightful. It may sound silly, but sometimes I find a lot of joy in the little things - things like that wonderful rainy-day smell and the sound of raindrops hitting my umbrella.  The gorgeous pink sky was just a bonus.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Family Affair

This April the Mackinac Island Community Theater, with the support of the Mackinac Arts Council, put on a production of Bye Bye Birdie. The kids and I had never heard of Bye Bye Birdie, but after a viewing of the 1963 Dick Van Dyke film, my son decided he wanted to audition. I wasn't surprised. He really enjoyed being in Our Town last winter, and I remember how much he loved being in High School Musical, Jr. back when he was in second or third grade. (He was the nerd who liked dance, and oh so adorable.)

In Bye Bye Birdie he played Randolph, the younger brother of the girl Birdie is supposed to kiss before going into the Army. S was thrilled to have gotten a role with spoke lines and singing solos.

My daughter wanted to participate, too, but there was no way she was getting up up on that stage in front of people. She found her niche in the back - painting sets and running the spotlight. The best part for her was, as a member of the stage crew, she got to wear a radio head set. And a shirt; she was really excited about her Crew shirt. (She's been planning the T-shirt quilt she wants me to make when she goes off to college.)

Allen ran the light board. He and several other people actually spent the winter completely rewiring the theater - installing the new light and sound system. It was hours and hours of work, but it made a huge difference in the quality of the show.

I also worked backstage - on the costume crew. I did what I could to make costumes and be on hand for repairs. It made for a few exhausting weeks for us, but as a family, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm quite certain we will reprise our roles in the Arts Council's next production.

Monday, May 6, 2019


The last time I was shopping on the mainland, the kids and I were excited to discover these cookies. When the kids looked closer and noticed they were oatmeal cookies, their excitement significantly diminished and the bag went back on the shelf.

Apparently, it is the  opinion of my children that no cookies are better than oatmeal cookies. How is that possible? I would think that some cookies beat no cookies every single time!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Another Sign of Spring

Just a little peek at the view outside my classroom window this afternoon. 

I never tire of watching the freighters pass through the Straits. The snow, on the other hand, I am totally done with!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Out with the Old

Somewhere around northern Michigan I lost a four. I knew the State of Michigan would not appreciate my horrible lapse in license plate etiquette, so I popped into the Secretary of State last time I was on the mainland. The lovely woman at the counter was quite surprised at how badly the plate was peeling. Surprised until she checked the computer system and saw that we'd had that plate on our van for ten years. Apparently license plates are supposed to be replaced every ten years anyway, so the S. O. S. replaced it for free. I inquired about getting the car replaced instead, but the lady at the counter was not amused. Undoubtedly it was the 150th time she'd heard that same joke..

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Good News

When I checked my phone at lunch today I noticed this wonderful text. The Huron is up and running and will start passenger service tomorrow! It is officially spring on Mackinac...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Halloween 2018, Late as Usual...

Why is it that I never seem to be able to post about Halloween near Halloween? It always seems to take me months and I'm not sure why. Anyway...

Last year the kid's decided they both wanted to be characters from the Five Nights at Freddy's video game.  K found this "tutorial" for a Freddy Fazbear mask on line and she and Allen built her mask out of a flower pot, PVC pipe hangers, sponges and felt. As tutorials go, it was seriously lacking. Luckily it was enough to get them started and they managed to muddle through the missing parts of the directions. S wanted to be a marionette character from the game and had an absolute riot creeping people while he trick-or-treated.

I'm glad Halloween is still alive and well in our house. Now that the kids are in seventh and eighth grade, I know it is only a matter of time before the decide to opt out of trick-or-treating. Although, it may be hard for my sugar-loving kiddos to turn down the candy haul, which for 2018 was 9.6 pounds each. (The weighing of the candy is a family tradition.)


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Cookie Time

I bet Mackinac Island is one of only a couple of places where Girl Scouts deliver their cookies by snowmobile! 

We want to send a big "Thank you!" to Fresh Air Aviation for donating the freight cost to fly the cookies to the island. The Mackinac Island Girl Scouts appreciate your support!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.

My daughter still has that clover, in a frame, up in her bedroom.  (Along with the four others she found that day.)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Growing Up

I kissed my son on the cheek yesterday and it was scratchy. Scratchy!

I guess the whiskers just go along with the size 12  1/2 feet and fact that he's taller than I am now. They grow up so fast...

Monday, February 18, 2019


My daughter is an avid reader; and when I saw avid, I mean avid. A month or so ago, she just decided she wanted to read Fahrenheit 451, so she checked it out of the library and powered through it. And  did I mention - she's 12! But I digress...

One series of books she's really enjoyed has been the  Wings of Fire.  The moment a new book comes out all she has to do is stop by the library and give our librarian the title. A few days later the book is at the library, ready for her to pick up. If K so much as mentions a book she's interested in reading it magically appears at the library the next time she's there. I'm not sure if all Island kids get that kind of treatment, but I'm pretty confident that all the "readers" are properly spoiled. I know our librarian has made the library one of my daughter's favorite places.


K's Aunt Kelaine also does an amazing job keeping
her in books.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


It has been one blustery day on Mackinac. We had blizzard-like conditions pretty much all day  long. Usually I can see the mainland and the bridge when I look out my classroom window, but not today. This afternoon I couldn't see past the playground equipment.

It was so windy and snowy, I had a huge drift outside of my classroom window. Main Street and Grand Blvd, by the school, were badly drifted as well. Driving a snowmobile, in a white-out, makes snow drifts really hard to see...

Not only was it a white-out on the island, but visibility on the Mackinac Bridge was awful, too. The Bridge Authority closed the bridge at about 1:15 pm due to a car accident and have kept it closed due to the weather conditions. It's about 7:15 pm now and it's still closed. I'm so glad I don't need to leave the island until next weekend. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we still aren't having weather like this!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Get in Line

The school pick-up line on Mackinac Island.

Monday, January 21, 2019


It's been so cold for the past few days the lake has been steaming quite a bit. In fact, the boats quit running yesterday due to the ice conditions.

Luckily the plane situation seem to have been sorted out so we'll be able to get on and off the Island.


Thursday, January 10, 2019


My Christmas cactus has blossomed. It's a little late for Christmas, but it's bright pink flowers really brighten up my classroom this time of year.

It would make my grandma smile to know her plant is still going strong. She gave it to me years ago when she sold her house and moved into an apartment, making sure to tell me she started it from a cutting she took from her mother's plant. 

I love having it on the window sill in my classroom; it make me think about my Grandma every time I look at it. And then I feel guilty for not watering enough. Luckily it thrives on neglect...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

New Year's Day on Mackinac was perfect. Fresh snow and bright sun made it a perfect day to get outside.