Ready for Spring! 3/1/15

There’s only one word to describe our weather the last three days . . . WET!  Maybe two – add WINDY!  Ok, ok  . . . three – add COLD!  This afternoon the sun has being trying its best to peek out for the first time since Thursday, but so far the clouds are still winning.  But . . . our weather person is saying by the middle of the week it’s going to hit 85 degrees . . . . . WHAT!???  WHAT???!  Start packing Ted, it’s time to go NORTH!

SPEAKING OF NORTH

The island remains a frozen wonderland - even for otters!  Brett Horn captured on camera this guy/gal scurrying up the Grand Hotel sidewalk last week.

The island remains a frozen wonderland – even for otters! Brett Horn captured on camera this guy/gal scurrying up the Grand Hotel sidewalk last week.

A beautiful panoramic by Greg Main this morning.  That's the U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter Katmai Bay heading east out by the lighthouse.

A beautiful panoramic by Greg Main early this morning. You can barely make out the U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter Katmai Bay heading east out by the lighthouse.

Last night's sunset - complements of Clark Bloswick.

Last night’s sunset – complements of Clark Bloswick.  It’s so beautiful how the ice reflects the sun’s rays.

Love this shot from Tom Chambers.  That bike should be wearing a sign saying, "Waiting for Spring".

Love this shot from Tom Chambers. That bike should be wearing a sign, “Waiting for Spring”.

Heather May captured last Sunday's fun day of sledding down Fort  Hill!

Heather May captured last Sunday’s fun day of sledding down Fort Hill!

A great aerial shot from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station out of Traverse City.

A great aerial shot from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station out of Traverse City.  The red roofs of Mission Point Resort sure stand out against that snow!

This is a fun little video clip of island children riding snowmobiles to school AND there’s a peek inside Mackinac Island School as the students arrive and put away their helmets:  http://youtu.be/DOi5UxxTknA.

BACK TO THE SUNSHINE STATE

BEFORE the rain and cold arrived last Thursday we got in one good day out on the boat.

We cruised up the Intracoastal a few miles and turned up and down several canals off the Intracoastal.  These areas remind me so much of Lake Blackshear.

We cruised a few miles north on the Intracoastal and turned down several canals to check out these little “on the water” neighborhoods. These areas remind me so much of Lake Blackshear.

We are loving our boat . . .

We are loving our boat . . .

. . . and we're adding a few accessories to make it more comfortable - like this boat seat with a back that lets up and down.

. . . and we’re adding a few accessories to make it more comfortable – like this boat seat with a back that lets up and down.  I would normally sit in that seat in front of the center console (to the left), but I found that sitting on the deck was a much smoother ride if we’re going fast and crossing the wake of other boats! 

The one drawback of sitting on the deck is not being able to see over the bow of the boat.

The one drawback of sitting on the deck is not being able to quite see over the bow of the boat.

On the other hand, it gives an excellent sideways view of the local shorebirds . . .

On the other hand, it gives an excellent sideways view of the local shorebirds . . .

. . . like these egrets!

. . . like these egrets!

My buddy Lowell Greene called this photo a "meeting of the Winter Pelicans Conference" when he saw it on Facebook last week!

My buddy Lowell Greene called this photo a “meeting of the Winter Pelicans Conference” when he saw it on Facebook last week!  I’ve never seen so many pelicans in one place before, and if the one hadn’t flown, you would have thought they were all statues.

Back at our boatlift - demonstrating how the boat chair can be used on the sundeck if we're cruising at a slow speed.

Back at our boatlift – demonstrating how the boat chair can be used on the sundeck if we’re cruising at a slow speed.

A FEW RANDOM SHOTS

There are some mighty nice homes and boats along the Intracoastal!

There are some mighty nice homes and boats along the Intracoastal!

So excited yesterday to open The Flagler/Palm Coast News-Tribune and find they'd used my photographs of Hannah and Nala in their Pets of the Week segment.  Hoping these two kitties, as well as sweet Babs and Terry get their forever homes soon.

So excited yesterday to open The Flagler/Palm Coast News-Tribune and find they’d used my photographs of Hannah and Nala in their Pets of the Week segment. Hoping these two kitties, as well as sweet Babs and Terry, get their forever homes soon!

Personal Note:  I was “off in a cloud” in church this morning (yes, I admit that I sometimes do that) – thinking first about how thankful I am to finally be beginning to feel settled, but also letting those nagging little worries filter through the blessings.  Did you realize, Lord, that we have friends and family facing all kinds of bad things – financial problems, family pressures, illnesses, loss of jobs?  What about our health as we age, Lord?  Will Ted and I manage to find all the right doctors before we really need them?  

I was called from my “cloud” to stand for the Confession Prayer, and it read in part: God of compassion and mercy, our faith is weak in the face of crisis.  Our hope collapses when we are threatened or maligned.  We seek our own safety and abandon those you love.  We trust in objects we can create and control  We speak much and risk little.  But you, O God, have given your promise that you will never forsake us.  Forgive our failure to take you at your word.

I smiled, thanked the Lord for speaking directly to me, and settled back to tune in the rest of the service.

Have a wonderful week . . . and God bless.

A fiery Sunset Inlet sunset.

A fiery Sunset Inlet sunset.

 

7 thoughts on “Ready for Spring! 3/1/15

  1. Oh yes Brenda, I am SOOO ready for Spring. Bring it on!!. Need to be able to get outside and get some exercise in before we go to New Mexico and start climbing mountains. 😉 Heck, might have to look into houses there so I can enjoy some out door time whenever I want.
    Love all the pictures and so cool that your kitty pictures were in the paper. Hopefully it will help them find a forever home.
    What a great message from God….something that we should remember more often.

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  2. Ah, I remember sledding on Fort Hill. And I remember guys sledding on Mission Hill, too! They banked the snow where it makes the 90 degree turn. Some made it, many wiped out!
    Love the egret pictures, as we get them around us inthe summer. Right now, I’m just grateful that the cardinals are calling. Enjoy! And as always, thanks for all the photos. Love them all!

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  3. That picture of you on the sundeck has got to be the best one of you I’ve ever seen. You look so happy and relaxed, the lighting is perfect, and you even have Maddie in there with you. Have you thought about restaging it so maybe Blake can get a shot of you, Ted, Maddie and Bear in that same frame?

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    • Thanks, Andrea! That started my morning off on a happy note! We SHOULD get a family shot like that while Blake is here . . . If we ever get a sunny day again. 😀

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  4. Boating around the area sounds like a dream to me! We have so much snow here in Ohio, my poor little Westies have ‘cabin fever’. The snow is higher than them, so they can only go in the few spots in the yard that I have cleared for them. Spring can’t come soon enough!!!

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