Spring is . . . . Upon Us! 4/19/15

The photos I’ve been receiving from Mackinac Island this week still show ice in the harbor and on the Straits, and people bundled up in layers, but . . . . the ferries are running, the snowmobiles are stored away, bikes are on the streets, and the horses are coming back!

MACKINAC SPRING!

The surest sign of Spring for Mackinac . . .  a ferry full of horses.  They return to the island fat and still carrying their winter coats, but soon their curried and slimmed-down-by-working-again bodies will be seen on every Mackinac Street . . . ready for another season!  (Photo:  Carlie Ann Bertrand)

The surest sign of Spring for Mackinac . . . a ferry full of horses. They return to the island still carrying their winter fat and coats; but soon their curried and slimmed-down-by-working-again bodies will be seen on every Mackinac Street . . . ready for another season! (Photo: Carlie Ann Bertrand)

Warmer weather and ferries running mean tourists have already begun to arrive.  And tourists need bikes!

Warmer weather and ferries running mean visitors have already begun to arrive. And visitors need bikes!  These are lined up outside Jimmy Fisher’s Mackinac Wheels.  (Photo:  Bruce LaPine)

Beautiful reflections in icy waters.  (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Beautiful reflections in icy waters. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

I'm wondering if this was taken the same morning as the pic above.  The conditions sure look the same.  The water, not many days ago solid ice, is now smooth as ice - but liquid!  (Photo: Greg Main)

I’m wondering if this was taken the same morning as the pic above. The conditions sure look the same. The water, not many days ago solid ice, is still smooth as ice – but there would be a splash (and lots of squealing) if you jumped in now! (Photo: Greg Main)

One more icy water shot.  Heather May took this one the other morning on a sunrise bike ride.

One more icy water shot. Heather May took this one the other morning on a sunrise bike ride.

A fun shot from Josh Carley!  If you're in market for a nice, used toilet, the Chippewa Hotel has several.  The sign in the window tells it all.

A fun shot from Josh Carley! If you’re in market for a nice, used toilet, the Chippewa Hotel has several. The sign in the window tells it all.

A little piece of Mackinac - in Chicago!  Jill was recently there and ran across Jack Barnwell (who does much of the awesome landscaping on the island).  Jack was speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier and sat up an exhibit that had everyone talking!

A little piece of Mackinac – in Chicago! Jill was recently there and ran across Jack Barnwell, who does much of the awesome landscaping on the island (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services). Jack was at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, promoting Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel Garden Show (Aug. 30-Sept. 1).  Here Jack (in his trademark hat) and Taylor Marsack  fill a wagon with bushes and flowers.

Jack's Mackinac Island Exhibit

Jack and his team created an exhibit that had everyone talking.  It was a miniature Mackinac Island in a 70-foot by 50-foot display that featured hydrangeas, lilacs, roses, geraniums, and petunias spilling out of hanging baskets and sprawled around bicycles, lampposts, an antique carriage, and a life-like horse sculpture.  As a background, Jack displayed two 8 x 20 foot images depicting Grand Hotel and the West Bluff.   “A lot of people said it was the show favorite and most original,” Jack stated. (Description provided by Tory Cooney, The Mackinac Island Town Crier)

Remember this photo of Mary, Jeri-Lynn, and Nora Bailey from two weeks ago when they were here at the beach . . . . . .

Remember this photo of Mary, Jeri-Lynn and Nora Bailey when they were here at the beach during Spring Break?

. . . same three ladies - two weeks later and 1100 miles north.  The Baileys arrived back on Mackinac this weekend!

Same three ladies – two weeks later and 1400 miles north. The Baileys arrived back on Mackinac this weekend!

FLORIDA SPRING!

Ted and I have been in shorts for at least four weeks . . .

Ted and I have been in shorts for at least four weeks . . .

. . . and on Saturday we ate outside at the Funky Pelican for breakfast! What a gorgeous morning that was . . .

. . . and on Saturday we ate outside at the Funky Pelican for breakfast! What a gorgeous morning that was . . .

. . . with the waves kicking up just enough . .

. . . with the waves kicking up just enough . .

. . . . that the surfers were out early to try and catch a good wave.

. . . . that the surfers were out early to try and catch a good wave.  If you look closely, you can see them paddling out on the crest of the incoming waves.

. . . shops open on beach time (whenever the owner shows up), and bikers,skateboarders, and pedestrians have the right-away.

I’m beginning to love our sleepy little beach town, where . . .

. . . shops open on beach time (whenever the owner shows up), and bikers,skateboarders, and pedestrians have the right-away.

. . . shops open on beach time (whenever the owner shows up), and bikers, skateboarders, and pedestrians have the right-of-way. 

UPDATES

Molly McGreevy:  Molly was admitted to the hospital this weekend with an infection where her medi-port was inserted.  She had several days of high fever and just general miserable-ness, and the doctors decided she needed more than could be done at home.  Please keep her in your prayers through this latest “one-step-back”.  She is ready to get started on her chemo, but this infection has to be cleared up first.

Me:  The magic cocktail has helped my allergies a lot, but I’m still coughing.  If this runs true to course, the cough will hang around a while longer.  I’m definitely on the mend though, and thanks for lifting those “hurry and get well” prayers.

Hoping all of you are doing well.  I haven’t asked in a while, so if anyone out there has specific prayer needs you’d like to share with our little group here, just let us know in the comment section.  All of you hold me up on so many occasions, and I know you would do the same for anyone of us who needs prayer support.  Love you all so much for being such good encouragers!

God bless.

20 thoughts on “Spring is . . . . Upon Us! 4/19/15

  1. I so enjoy your posts, as you know – just wanted to remind you! My darling nephew just left for another tour in Poland with the Canadian Army. Prayers for the safekeeping of our soldiers and their families always welcome; I like to think they help. A special thanks for angels such as yourself who keep us all together – one large and supportive family, spanning many cities, states, countries, provinces etc. Take care.

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    • So, so true, Deborah – I’ve never doubted the power of prayer. Adding your nephew to the daily prayer list now. Good to hear from you!

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  2. Oh my, you and Ted sure do look good! Looks like Florida is REALLY agreeing with y’all.
    Prayers for Molly and for Deborah’s nephew…so thankfull for people like him Deborah and Molly…feel better soon!
    In 18 more days we will be on our way to New Mexico. Can’t wait to enjoy some away time and some sun. 🙂

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  3. Lovely pictures. Bear looks like he is King of the pier!! Hoping and praying for Molly. I have 2 friends going through cancer treatment now. One a return of breast cancer and the other cervical which has matastisized. They are in their 30’s. Tough times.

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  4. One of my youth girls and her husband are missionaries in South Sudan. They have been evacuated to Kenya because of political unrest (I don’t understand completely and will try not to butcher) Pray for their safety and that of those they are working with.

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    • Lauri, things are certainly scary right now for Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Prayers lifting for this couple for their safety and for their important work.

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  5. I’ve been keeping Molly in my prayers. Both of my in-laws went into the hospital last week. Both are in their 80’s so we are praying for them also. We’ll pray for them all!
    We enjoyed some summer weather here over the weekend. It was 80 on Saturday which was so nice. Got the shorts out even though the arms & legs are a lovely shape of winter white. Back to reality this week but it sure was nice while it lasted.

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  6. I can’t get over that cinnamon sand. Just beautiful! Y’all look so rested and *retired*. 🙂

    Prayer requests noted for all. May I please add my sister, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, had surgery on Christmas Eve, and is now going through chemo. She is in great shape, and is a stubborn first-born. I have faith that she can beat this, no matter what “stage” she’s in!

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  7. I’m hoping they are replacing those toilets in the Chip! Lol We leave home on May 15, hended there. 🙂
    We’d appreciate prayers for our first grandchild, Gracelyn, expected by C-section on May 8.

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