Visitors, Updates, and the Island 1/25/2015

Such a GREAT weekend!

When Blake worked in Colorado, he shared a house with Anna and Rich Lebedda and their precious daughter Emi.  Blake was there through the first year-and-a-half of Emi’s life, and she calls him Unkie B.  Anna has been visiting family in the south for the last week or so, and since our place was a half-way point between two family members, she and Emi spent the night here last night.  Nothing like a two-year-old to make you feel young again!

This is how we make Unkie B climb the steps over and over again . . .

This is how we make Unkie B climb the steps over and over again . . .

. . . until we finally take a two second break.

. . . until we finally take a two second break.

Emi's first time at the ocean . . .

Emi’s first time at the ocean – she found shells fascinating and filled all her pockets with them!

Emi and sweet Anna.

Emi and sweet Anna.

Emi and her Unkie B.

Emi and her Unkie B.

Update on Blake:  Blake will not be returning to Turkey, and I just have to tell you this mom is so relieved.  He is staying with Ted and I while he sends out resumes, and we are thoroughly enjoying him being here.  It’s been almost 18 years since we’ve seen Blake for any length of time besides holidays and vacations – and there have been times when he’d be overseas and we wouldn’t see him for over a year.  But . . . he is anxious to get on with the rest of his life, and we fully understand that.  Please keep him in your prayers as he searches for what God has planned next for him.

DREAMS STILL COME TRUE

Many, many years ago I walked through a model home in Panama City, FL and saw sheer curtains being blown out into a room by ocean breezes. I thought at the time it was one of the most visually soothing images I’d ever seen. The vision stayed with me, and one of my main wishes for our Florida house was based on that image – silly, I know, but some things just stick with you.

This morning I walked into the family room and saw this . . .

4The simple things you dream about – sometimes they take years to come to pass . . . and sometimes they never do. Thank you, Lord, for granting me this one. It made me laugh out loud and grab the camera.

Update on me:  On Thursday evening I told you in the blog post about my incident with dog walking at the Humane Society and that I was fine.  Well, after sitting at the computer writing that blog, I got up to discover a huge knot behind the injured knee.  Things like that always scare me more than the average person because I have a history of blood clots (two in the other leg – a long time ago).  Anyway, I decided to be over-cautious and go to the ER at 9 p.m. that evening.  We got there to find the waiting room FULL of people and were quickly told all the computers were down and things were moving at a snail’s pace.  We stuck it out and were finally discharged around 2:30 in the morning after six x-rays and an exam by a sweet lady doctor who looked 14 years old and was much too chipper and happy for someone working all night.   Diagnosis:  Deep tissue trauma and sprained knee ligaments.  I was sent home with pain pills, a knee wrap, and instructions to act my age.  The knee wrap helped, the one pain pill I took didn’t help the knee, but sure made everything else feel better, and the jury is still out on whether I’ll ever act my age.  My mother always asked my daddy when he was ever going to grow up.  His answer was always the same – “I hope never!”

I’m with you, daddy!

GOOD STUFF FROM MACKINAC

How. Gorgeous. Is. This. Creature!   A white barn owl, captured by Clark Bloswick.

How. Gorgeous. Is. This. Creature! A white barn owl, captured by Clark Bloswick.

A cold winter morning shot across the Arnold Ferry dock from a Chippewa Hotel room deck.  (Photo: Josh Carley)

A cold winter morning shot across the Arnold Ferry dock from a Chippewa Hotel room deck. (Photo: Josh Carley)

Same morning, same photographer - looking the other direction.

Same morning, same photographer – looking the other direction across the marina.

You can still find a few bicycles on the island - although I don't think they're in use right now! (Photo: Orietta Barquero)

You can still find a few bicycles on the island – although I don’t think they’re in use right now! (Photo: Orietta Barquero)

Four to six inch ice crystals growing out of the lake.  (Photo:  Robert McGreevy)

Four to six inch ice crystals growing out of the lake. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

No words needed.  Photographer - Robert McGreevy.

No words needed. Photographer – Robert McGreevy.

Oh, and speaking of Robert McGreevy.  That's him standing out there on the ice trying to get some of those great photos he shares!  The ship is the Peter R. Cresswell.  (Photo:  Molly McGreevy)

Oh, and speaking of Robert McGreevy. That’s him standing out there on the ice trying to get some of those great photos he shares! The ship is the Peter R. Cresswell. (Photo: Molly McGreevy)

Early this morning.  The Algosteel's spotlights probe the ice west of the lighthouse.  The freighter became stuck in the ice, but the Coast Guard was able to free it several hours later.

Early this morning. The Algosteel’s spotlights probe the ice west of the lighthouse. The freighter became stuck in the ice, but the Coast Guard Cutter and icebreaking tug Katmai Bay was able to free it several hours later.

Y’all have a great week, and I’ll see you back here sometime before the weekend!

God bless. 

12 thoughts on “Visitors, Updates, and the Island 1/25/2015

  1. Glad you got a diagnosis on the knee – it’s always better to know that you don’t have to worry.
    I’m praying for wherever Blake feels called next. I hope he feels God’s peace in all this.
    Love the photos of the ice crystals.

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  2. Are you really feeling better kid? Lol… By the way when my drawing teacher
    said ..well today kids we get to color things in, aka shading.. Of course, I called
    dibs on the big box ..lol …of all 64.. all to myself!!
    So happy you all that God is keeping Blake and his team safe..
    I believe we have all pray for, over and on this with Blake, you and Ted…

    Anna and Emi are quite sweet…thank you for sharing them especially
    with Blake! I love the fact that Emi, stuffed her pockets full of gems from
    the sea.

    WELL, enough visiting for now. .. Had to take a brain break!
    I’ve got a little review left for a test in the morning ..
    Then off to bed

    Ooh..I can’t wait to see what we get to do this week!

    Love, hugs, and Blessings!

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  3. Those ice crystals look like butterflies resting on the lake. And Mr. McGreevey’s photo of the freighter stuck in the ice – amazing! There sure are some good (read: GOOD!) photographers up ont he island. But then again, the photo of the little one on the beach is pretty good, too. Hope you’re feeling better soon, and that you take it easy until you do. You’ve got to get better so you can go out and play again!

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  4. Looks like cooler weather down there based on your beach pics. We are getting a good winter blast here in Ohio! The Mackinac pictures are so interesting, with the ice formations. It will probably never happen, but I would love to spend a winter on the island.

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  5. I know how those injuries can show up days later, but glad it’s nothing too serious.
    That’s such great news about Blake!!
    I just love the owl picture. There is something so majestic yet so serene about them. Thanks for all the news and pictures!

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  6. Your post just made me smile all the way through it. Unkie B….TOO CUTE. Anad what a cutie! And how can you have not seen Blake regularly for EIGHTEEN YEARS???? He is NOT that old!! And I know YOU certainly aren’t! 😉 YAY, on him not going back to Turkey!! Until this world settles down some, I can only imagine how relieved you must be! Prayers for a GREAT job that fulfills him with purpose. And I TOTALLY understand the breezy sheers!! I’ve had that moment before myself. Haven’t had a good place to recreate that moment yet. So good to hear your knee was nothing more serious.

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