Contrasts . . . and a Special Request 2/22/15

After a few days of “bitter” cold (low of 29), we awoke on this glorious Sunday with the weather person on TV proclaiming a high for today of 78 (a few degrees cooler out here on the beach).  But hey!  It’s the first time it’s been over 60 in several days, and we took full advantage!

"Let's go, let's go, let's GO!"

“Let’s go, let’s go, let’s GO!”

One day I'll count the number of steps from our front porch to the ocean, but all we really need to know is we can make it from our door to the water in under three minutes (plus or minus 30 seconds for traffic when we cross the highway and whether it's high or low tide)!

One day I’ll count the number of steps from our front porch to the ocean, but all we really need to know is we can make it from our door to the water in under three minutes (plus or minus 30 seconds for traffic when we cross the highway and whether it’s high or low tide)!

It's one of those days when the water is at its bluest!

A beautiful Beverly Beach day!

We still can't believe that neither Bear nor Maddie seem to care at all about running into the ocean.  I guess when you get to senior citizen status on dogdom before really being exposed to the ocean, all that water can be a little intimidating!

We still can’t believe that neither Bear nor Maddie seem to care at all about running into the ocean. I guess when you get to senior citizen status in dog years – before really being exposed to the ocean – all that water can be a little intimidating!

Approaching a surf fisherman . . .

Approaching a surf fisherman . . .

. . . who had three poles stuck in the sand and seemed content to sit quietly and wait for a strike.

. . . who had three poles stuck in the sand and seemed content to sit quietly and wait for a strike.

Maybe half a mile from our house is a strip of land directly on the ocean where RV's can spend anywhere from a night to several months by the ocean . . .

Maybe half a mile from our house is a strip of land directly on the ocean where RV’s can park for a night or for several months by the ocean’s edge.

. . . and these two little Westies have a front row seat to watch seagulls, people, and other dogs.

These two little Westies have a front row seat to watch seagulls, people, other dogs, and sunrises.

The four of us!

The four of us!

 MEANWHILE, UP NORTH

There’s nothing warm up north in the way of weather this week.  Blog reader and friend Steve Fridley was on the island last week and shared some great photos (as usual).  Steve arrived in St. Ignace to find it was snowing too hard for Great Lakes Air to be flying, so – never one to give up easily – he decided to hitch hike across the ice bridge.  He decided to do WHAT?!  I lost 10 years off my life when I read that!  Even though Steve DID think about walking across, providence intervened in the person of an islander who was crossing and offered him a spot on her snowmobile.  Steve says he really WOULD have turned around after only a few steps if no one had picked him up, and I’m holding him to that!  The first four photos are from Steve.

Hoban Street.  Cawthorne's Village Inn is open for business all winter and is

Hoban Street. Cawthorne’s Village Inn (on Hoban) is open for business all winter, and it is there and the Mustang (on Astor)  where most visitors stop for food and drink while on the island.

Downtown

Downtown on Main Street early in the evening.

The Iroquois Hotel - still strikingly beautiful in the snow and cold.

The Iroquois Hotel – still strikingly beautiful in the snow and cold.

Another downtown shot

Another downtown shot toward the west end of town.  Thank you, Steve, for sharing your photos!

Absolutely one of the eeriest photos I've ever seen from Mackinac in the winter.  Larry Pennell was out on the ice when he captured the sun setting over the other-worldly landscape.

Absolutely one of the eeriest photos I’ve ever seen from Mackinac in the winter. Larry Pennell was out on the ice when he captured the sun setting over this other-worldly landscape.  I think this photo shows how easy it would be to get lost out there without the Christmas trees marking the Ice Bridge.

A VERY SPECIAL REQUEST

Over the years, while writing about Mackinac Island, you’ve heard me mention Molly McGreevy several times.  Molly is a dear island friend who has driven private tours for Gough Livery for many years, and she’s always who I recommend to friends who want something special in a tour driver.  She is the BEST!

Molly - driving by our condo at the end of a day of making visitors happy!

Molly – driving by our condo at the end of a day helping visitors make happy memories.

We learned this weekend that Molly has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is getting ready to start the fight of her life with surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation.  Here is Molly’s story in her own words:

My name is Molly McGreevy. I was born and raised in Utica, NY but have lived on Mackinac Island for almost 22 years. This is so hard for me to do as I am a very private person.  But here goes.  On January 29th 2015 I found out I have cancer.  I have an invasive breast cancer, that is also in some lymph nodes, that I will need Surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation.  The news has been devastating to my husband and I.  We married on September 9, 2013.  He is my soul mate.  We cannot imagine life without each other. He started a new job in May after working for the same company for almost 30 years. The company restructured and luckily he was able to find a good job.  We also are moving due to not being able to afford the rent.  It doesn’t rain, it pours. lol. My surgeon and Oncologist said that I will not be able to perform my job this summer as a Private Carriage Tour Driver on Mackinac Island.  This is a crushing blow as I love giving tours and I love my horses.  I’ve been doing private tours for over 18 years.  However with the chemotherapy I will be weak, and succeptible to viruses and infection because my immune system will be down. With the surgery I will be unable to lift or strong enough to drive the horses.  So times are going to be very tough for a while.  Our community is wonderful and has helped.  But we are still struggling financially. My Jeep has over 123,000 miles and has major electrical, and suspension problems.  We don’t know how much longer it will last and we never drive over 50 miles away anymore. With all this going on we are going to need help.  Even with financial help from the community and our insurance we had spent over $2000.  out of pocket in less than a month on travel expenses for appointments and copays, etc.  We are overwhelmed emotionally and financially.  If you can help us even in a small way by donating it would mean so much to helping me win this fight with Cancer.  My mom died of breast cancer back in 1986, and I don’t intend to go that way.  I’m not ashamed to admit I am scared. But I plan on winning this battle.  Anyone that knows me  knows that I never give up.  Please donate.  Thank you.

All of us who know Molly know how hard it was for her to make this request.  If you possibly feel led to make a donation to Molly’s fund, you can do so by clicking here:  http://www.gofundme.com/mollysmedicalfund. 

It goes without saying that your prayers throughout this journey will be so appreciated.

God bless.

Molly and Ed on their wedding day - September 9, 2013

Molly and Ed on their wedding day – September 9, 2013

 

24 thoughts on “Contrasts . . . and a Special Request 2/22/15

  1. Although we have been on carriage tours many times on Mackinac, we have never had the privilege of riding with Molly. My heart goes out to her and her husband and we made a small donation. Lifting prayers.

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  2. Brenda,
    You’re right. Molly does give the best carriage tours on M/I. Your condo was one of the highlights. 🙂 My heart smiled when I saw the picture of Molly. Then it sank when I read her story. I will be praying for her and I, too, will make a donation for her care. And I WILL see her and take another carriage tour on my next trip to Mackinac! Molly, you CAN beat this!
    MJ

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  3. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Molly but prayers are going out to her and her family. You got this Molly..you can do it!!
    Love the last picture that Larry took. Looks like it’s from another world. Yes, I can see how you could get lost on that ice…very eerie.
    Footprints in the sand…love it!

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  4. So sad to hear about Molly. She is in my thoughts and prayers. “Fight like a girl, ”
    Molly! We are all behind you. Love the pictures especially the footprints in the sand!!

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  5. Brenda, thank you for the info regarding Molly. We have taken tours with her a couple of times and she is such a sweet and caring person. I was devastated to hear of her illness. She is a fighter and I know with Gods help she will win this. Is she still living on the Island? I would like to send her something. Thanks again, you are her angel!

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  6. My Prayers go out to Molly and her husband. Never give up the fight. My beloved Mother has been battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer for 9 years now and she is still with us. Thank you Brenda for bringing us Molly’s story. A donation is on the way.

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  7. Great pictures and stories, very sorry to learn about Molly but I’m confident she can get through this. I’ll definitely donate! As an idea perhaps there are some trusted folks that she and her family knows that would be willing to volunteer their time to drive her horses this season and donate the proceeds to her care. Like a “Take a Private Ride for Molly” fund. Just an idea to help.

    Best wishes to Molly and Ed as they work to get through this.

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  8. Thanks for sharing Molly’s story. It can’t be easy asking for help but it shows that she is a strong person for doing so. It takes more courage to ask for help than not. My husband beat colon cancer and it can be done!! Hang in there Molly and be strong and keep the positive attitude. We’ll be happy to make a donation. We have to stick together and support our Mackinac family!

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  9. I was kinda having a blah day and then I read the post about Molly. It reminded me how I should be glad for my health and not take it for granite. Also a reminder that there are people that are suffering a lot more than me and to get over my pity party! My prayers and donation is on it way to Molly!

    You post was very timely!

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    • I know Yvonne. It never fails to give me a kick in the pants when I’m feeling down to just look around and see what someone else is going through. Puts everything in perspective.

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  10. Prayers lifted for Molly and her family. Stay strong and do everything you can to fight this. Never, never give up! I myself have been disgnosed twice – in 2001 and again two months ago.
    Have faith in the Lord and the doctors who are here to help. They are getting better and better at treating this. You will beat this!!

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    • Thanks for those encouraging words, Jayne! We will all have YOU on our prayer lists also – as you begin the fight the second time. Hugs.

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