Monday, June 17, 2019

Parade Fun

This year S and I didn't just watch the Lilac Parade, we were in it. S was with the group from the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House. He volunteered there last summer and loved it so much that he is working there this summer. He may not look 100% thrilled to be in that bee costume, but trust me he had a great time. It still hasn't really hit me yet that he is actually old enough to have a real summer job!

Photo courtesy of Straits Pride
I walked with Straits Pride - a new advocacy group for the LGBTQ community in the Straits area.  This was our first year in the parade and everyone was excited by how supportive the crowd was. As an ally, I'm thrilled to be on the board of directors of this nonprofit, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


It may have taken me the better part of three weekends, but I finally have all the plants in the garden.

Some of them I didn't have to plant; they popped up on their own. Who am I to argue with Mother Nature? Now if I  could just convince her to send some lady slippers my way.

Saturday, June 8, 2019


My classroom is all packed up and today summer officially began!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Not So Secret

After a wonderful tour of the hotel, my students and I set out to find Grand Hotel's Secret Garden. It was stunning. Though I am quite curious what will be there after the spring flowers fade. I guess I'll have to find my way back there later this summer to see...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


One of my former students snuck into the Teacher's Lounge during Teacher Appreciation Week and hung this up.

Such a sweet young man...

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.