Valentines, Snow, and Big Mackinac News! 2/15/15

It’s been an awesome Valentine’s weekend here in Florida.  I mean – how lucky can one girl get!

On Friday evening my handsome son Blake took me out to dinner – just the two of us!  We had some absolutely delicious fried shrimp at the Turtle Shack and talked about this being the first Valentine’s Day we’d spent together in almost 20 years. Needless to say, this mom was a very happy lady!

On Saturday my handsome husband surprised me with candy and roses in the morning and took me out to dinner that evening!  We ate at the Funky Pelican (Shrimp & Grits for me) – totally yummy!

I just have to tell you that by late Saturday evening I was feeling pretty darn special!

I just have to tell you that by late Saturday evening I was feeling pretty darn special!

After the flowers and candy on Saturday – but before the dinner – I spent a couple of hours in a volunteer orientation session at Flager Humane Society.

I now have a much better understanding of the workings of this organization, and I'm ready to start chalking up hours on my timesheet.  I'm definitely staying away from dog walking (unless it's a toy breed), and what I'd really like to do is take my camera and start turning some of those 4-legged babies into rock stars on the society website.  Stay tuned!

I now have a much better understanding of the workings of this organization, and I’m ready to start chalking up hours on my timesheet. I’m definitely staying away from dog walking (unless it’s a toy breed), and what I’d really like to do is take my camera and start turning some of these precious 4-legged furbabies into rock stars on the society website!

Love this photo Blake took last week of the Flagler Pier.  We have every one of those colors on the inside of our house!

Love this photo Blake took last week of the Flagler Pier.

COLD, COLD, COLD, COLD. . . . . on Mackinac

Mackinac Island is getting a giant dose of VERY cold weather.  It’s -2 degrees, with a wind chill of -15 as I write this at 5:30 p.m.- but earlier today the windchill was -31! 

A Clark Bloswick sunrise on February 12.

A Clark Bloswick sunrise on February 12.

Heather May stepped out her front door on Friday and was greeted by almost white-out conditions.

Heather May stepped out her front door on Friday and was greeted by almost white-out conditions.

Jill sent me this photo a friend took as they flew to the island this weekend.  How awesomely beautiful is Mackinac in her winter garb!

Jill sent me this photo a friend took as they flew to the island this weekend.   The East Bluff cottages, Mission Point Resort, and the Mission District are awesomely beautiful clothed in winter!

All that cold and snow makes me just know the Chili Cook-off this weekend was a HUGE success.  Haven't heard who won yet!

All that cold and snow makes me just know the Chili Cook-off this weekend at Cawthorne’s Village Inn was a HUGE success. Haven’t heard who won yet! (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

Ok.  Totally awesome and brilliant idea from islander Jason St. Onge (pic by Clark Bloswick).  Jason has put up "reference point" markers along the ice bridge this year.  These will make it so much safer for those who choose to travel across the ice AND for first responders who are called out to help those who get in trouble out there.  Instead of having to "count trees" to tell someone your location ("I'm just past Christmas tree 33, you know - the one that the third branch from the top is broken?").  NOW, it'll be "I'm just beyond Marker 3".  The markers have the same number coming and going, by the way.  They are actually mile markers, but reference points!

Ok. Totally  brilliant idea from islander Jason St. Onge (pic by Clark Bloswick). Jason has put up “reference point” markers along the ice bridge this year. These will make it so much safer for those who choose to travel across the ice AND for first responders who are called out to help those who get in trouble out there. Instead of having to “count trees” to tell someone your location (“I’m just past Christmas tree #33.  You know – the one that has the third branch from the top broken at a 90-degree angle?”). NOW, it’ll be “I’m just beyond Marker 3”. The markers have the same number coming and going and are NOT mile markers, but reference points!

MY BIG MACKINAC NEWS!

It’s official!  Ted and I will be on Mackinac Island June 7-11, and I’m so excited I’m about to split!  Stefanie Congdon, the General Manager for the Inn at Stonecliffe, has invited me up to do some free lance writing for them!

We will get to stay in the Stonecliffe mansion in one of the newly renovated rooms, and I will get the full tour of this historical estate.

We will get to stay in the Stonecliffe mansion in one of the newly renovated rooms, and I will get the full tour of this historical estate and hopefully learn all its secrets.

Ted and I have never stayed at Stonecliffe, although we’ve eaten there several times in their incredible restaurant.  I can’t wait to write about the mansion AND the Summer House Suites.  And how lucky is this!  We’ll be there in the middle of Lilac Festival, so I’ll also be able to share all the festivities and beautiful flowers that week.  I’m pinching myself!

Much more to come on this – including how Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog was a contributing factor to Stefanie coming to live and work on Mackinac Island!  I’ll open the Mackinac Island Blog back up for these stories and for everything else going on while we’re there, so stay tuned.  EXCITED!

Y’all have a great week, and I’ll see you back here in a few days!

God bless.

19 thoughts on “Valentines, Snow, and Big Mackinac News! 2/15/15

  1. So EXCITED that you’ll be up in Mackinac during lilac time! Also, can’t wait to hear all about Stonecliff. I do know there have been some haunting stories up there, so will want to hear all about your visit first hand. Lucky you and Ted!
    Also, sounds like you had the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend! Have a wonderful week!

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  2. “How lucky can one girl be”……..What an honor to be invited to Stonecliff to write for them. And in June no less! No wonder you’re smiling so big in your picture with Ted………”That ain’t no kick in the head……..
    My head keeps spinnin’
    I got to sleep and keep grinnin
    If this is just the beginnin’
    My life is gonna be beautiful” (Dean Martin).

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  3. Wow! That photo taken from the plane is amazing!
    I’m so excited you’re enjoying your time at the Humane Society. I absolutely love our local HS. We adopted both of our cats there and I love the work they do with the animals.
    How exciting you’re going to the Island in June! We are too! But it will be later in the month. We have never been in June. Looks like you had a wonderful week! Have a wonderful evening…
    Melody

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  4. Great blog this week as usual. If Tony sees the blog first, he calls me from the shop if I am at home & tells me “Bree’s Blog” has arrived! The world stops & we both sit down & read your blog! LOL!

    I love your hair cut by the way. I am in the middle of my busy time of year as a volunteer tax preparer and haven’t been on Facebook much. I have been working (unpaid) 5 days a week from 8 am- 5pm as a tax preparer in our town with another preparer where we do not charge for tax preparation. After 12 days, we have done 150 returns! This coming week it starts to lighten up but we will probably do 350 returns altogether. It is my 3rd year and I love it.

    Clever idea by Jason to mark the trees on the ice bridge.

    Can’t wait to hear about Stonecliffe! It is so pretty but I haven’t stayed their and am excited to read about your adventure. Exciting!

    Hugs from Iowa!

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  5. Ohhhh that is awesome!! We had actually thought about staying at Stonecliffe before, but we like being in the middle of everything, besides the Pink Pony is just to far to walk from in the middle of the night. 😉 I can’t wait to hear what it’s like!!. GREAT idea for the reference point markers on the ice bridge. I don’t know about anyone else but I can’t wait for SPRING!

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  6. Wow!! You are just full of good news. We have stayed at Stone cliff a couple of times but before renovations. Once in the mansion and once in a condo. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!! Beautiful pictures as always. You are one lucky lady!

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  7. You will love staying at the Stonecliffe. My daughter Meagan and son in law Jeff were married there in July 2014. I’m sure you might see a few beautiful brides while staying there.

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  8. I sooo want to see photos of the inside of Stonecliffe!
    As for the weather, I’m a big fan of the Iditarod and between Mackinac, Alaska, the Yukon and Cincinnati on my iPhone weather – Mackinac was the coldest. Brr!

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  9. So very envious of you this morning-we woke up to an actual temperature of -21 here in Ann Arbor. I absolutely love your idea of taking photos of the shelter dogs! It’s worked very well here and I imagine it would down there as well.

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  10. Brenda,

    Stonecliffe during the Lilac Festival for you & Ted! That’s not luck; that’s good fortune. That’s like a dream come true and I’m really pleased for you. Although, I’ll have to say I’m not real sure there’ll be any lilacs anywhere in Michigan this year. It was -12 again last night. Someone told me not to despair because Spring is just around the corner. I figure the only problem is that the corner is so far away.

    Such a good idea to place the numbered markers on the ice bridge. After it’s been done, I’m sure people on the Island are wondering why no one thought of it before. Anyway, Jason is to be honored for his idea.

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  11. How exciting!! I’m thrilled for you and Ted and can’t wait to read all about Stonecliffe. I have never stayed there either but have eaten there and just love it.
    We won’t even talk about our weather here. Saturday was the worst ever. I heard more than one person say it was the worst conditions they had ever been in. Lake effect snow and 45 MPH winds made for a very interesting valentines day to say the least.

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