Spring Is A-Coming! 3/12/15

Yeah!  I didn’t forget to post tonight – although I think Bear was wishing I would!

Anything resembling Winter has fled the scene down here in Florida, and we are well on our way to Spring.  With the time change on Sunday, it’s as though the sleepy little town of Beverly Beach has awakened from its winter nap and is now coming alive.  For the last couple of mornings we’ve watched a Pelican nose-dive into the water of our inlet just a few feet from the corner of our house, coming up with fish after fish.  And when we take the dogs out in the backyard for their last potty break in the evening, we can hear fish jumping and splashing like crazy just off our seawall.  Such different sights and sounds from being at the lake.

Speaking of the lake, Ted spent three nights there last weekend while he was in Georgia on business.  He stayed with Ed and Sally Feagin and had a great time seeing all our friends and catching up on what everyone is up to!

He was up early enough one morning to capture a beautiful sunrise over the ri'vah.  Sure miss seeing that every morning, but down here we get to watch the sun set every day.  I guess it's a pretty good trade-off.  Sure do miss our friends though.

Ted was up early enough one morning to capture a beautiful sunrise over the ri’vah. Sure miss seeing that every morning, but down here we get to watch the sunset every day. I guess it’s a pretty good trade-off. Sure do miss our friends though.

As the days warm up, we are meeting more and more of our neighbors.  We love how Sunset Inlet is conducive to all of us getting to know each other.  We walk Bear and Maddie at least once a day right by several of our neighbors’ backyards, and people are beginning to cook out on grills and gather at fences to chat.  It reminds me a little bit of Mackinac in that way!  Of the 31 lots in Sunset Inlet, there are only 8 lots and 2 spec houses left.  What a long way it has come since we were the 2nd (or 3rd) buyers in the subdivision!

WINTER GIVING WAY ON MACKINAC!

Of all the months of the year, March and April are probably the only months I wouldn’t particularly want to be on the island.  It’s a time of melting snow, meaning slush and watery puddles.  Islanders try to keep their snowmobiles going as long as possible, but soon bikes will be back on the streets, and the snowmobiles will go back in storage (ruling out a late snow storm, of course).

Ice is melting in the Straits, and the Ice Bridge is gone.  (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Ice is melting in the Straits.   (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

A beautiful scene one evening this week.  (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

A beautiful scene one evening this week. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

Hate to even show this.  It's definitely not a pretty street right now, but before we know it, the slush will be gone, the streets will be dry, and flowers will be popping up everywhere! (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

Hate to even show this. It’s definitely not a pretty street right now, but before we know it, the slush will be gone, the streets will be dry, and flowers will be popping up everywhere! (Photo: Patrick Conlon)

Molly McGreevy Update:  Molly is back on the island following her surgery and is slowly beginning the healing process.  She has been having a lot of very intense pain, but it lessens a little each day.  She somehow managed to get into the little Great Lakes Air plane for the trip from St. Ignace to Mackinac, but she sure was exhausted when she got home.  She asked that I thank everyone for prayers lifted and requests that healing prayers be continued.  She doesn’t know yet when her chemo sessions will begin.  Several readers have asked about Molly’s address.  It’s P.O. Box 474, Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Here’s a short, but very neat video about winter on Mackinac – featuring some of my favorite islanders!

youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OX2Zk-vEEM?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360

KITTIES ANYONE?

Here’s the batch of kitties I photographed today.  I’m constantly amazed at the beautiful coloring of some of these cats!

Tigger - a 12 year old male.  His owner died, and no one in the family wanted him.  He is a sweetheart - purred like a tiny little engine the entire time I worked with him.

Tigger – a 12 year old male. His owner died, and no one in the family wanted him. He is a sweetheart – purred like a tiny little engine the entire time I worked with him.

Jay-Z, a 4 year-old male.

Jay-Z, a 4-year-old male.  We have a LOT of black cats at the moment.

This is beautiful little Sue-Ann, a year-old female who came in with the next kitty, Anna-Bell. I love those two apostrophes over her eye.

This is beautiful little Sue-Ann, a year-old female who came in with the next kitty, Anna-Bell. I love those two apostrophes over her eye.

Anna-Bell!  My guess is she is a littermate of Sue-Ann.  She has little black tips on her ears like a lynx.  They are both doll-babies!

Anna-Bell! My guess is she is a littermate of Sue-Ann. She has little black tips on her ears like a lynx. They are both doll-babies!

Terrance.  A 3-year-old big boy, but so sweet.

Terrance. A 3-year-old big boy – but so sweet.

Big Tom.  A 7-year old male.  His name says it all!

Big Tom. A 7-year old male. His name says it all!

That’s it for tonight!  I’m a little more long-winded than my Bear-boy, but lots to talk about tonight!  Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Sunday evening, good Lord willing.

God bless.

14 thoughts on “Spring Is A-Coming! 3/12/15

  1. I swear Brenda…I see a kittie in your future 😉

    And as far as the island streets go…I love them no matter what they look like. 🙂

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  2. Great pictures of the kitties! You are doing great with these precious Furbabies. Hope they get great Furever homes! Keep up the great work!

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  3. I think ths season up north is called ‘mud’. lol!
    I know that if I lived closer to you, I’d be going to the shelter to pick up Tigger. How sad that no one wanted him, after giving 12 years of love. Hope he finds a good home and a good ear scratcher soon! I think you’ll find that boy kitties tend to be more loveable than the girls. At least, that’s been my experience.
    Still keeping Molly in my thoughts and prayers. It’s a marathon she’s on, but it’s hard to see the end when you’re in the middle of the race. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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    • Tigger is a sweetheart, Barbara. Wish you were here to take him also. Just chatted with Molly for a few minutes. They finally found the right combo of drugs today to give her a little relief. Big blessing. Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:27:56 +0000 To: brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com

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      • So glad to hear she got some help with the pain! I had to deal with it at one time and it’s no fun, for sure.

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  4. I’ll take Terrance. What a beautiful kitty. I don’t think I could do your job. I’d want to take them all home. Your photographs for the Humane Society are wonderful. Thank you for the Island video. I want to be there in the winter. It looks so peaceful. My thoughts and prayers are with Molly. Wishing her a fast and healthy recovery.

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  5. Continued prayers for Molly… ❤
    I too think you should adopt a sweet kitty. 🙂 They are all so beautiful and you do such great work photographing them! I wish I could take them all home!
    Glad you are meeting all of your neighbors and feeling at home.
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
    Melody

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    • We travel too much to be owned by a kitty! We’ll be gone two months this summer. The dogs will go with us, but people aren’t as willing to allow cats. We’d both LOVE to have one and have had them in the past – it’s just not the right time. 😞

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  6. I just want to ruffle Terrance ‘ tummy it looks so soft. Will continue to pray for Molly. Glad they found something to relieve her pain. My daffodils are starting to pop through and it’s been in the 50’s all week in WI. Spring is just around the corner!

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  7. Thanks for the update on Molly. Glad she made it back to the island ok. Just love all those kitty pictures. I hope they all find good new homes.

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  8. Do you get any spring breakers around Beverly Beach? One year two of my youth who were in college went down to Florida. I was surprised to see them at botanical gardens and museums until I realized they were staying with her grandparents.

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