It’s Time to Go North 5/17/15

It’s time to go north.

All of you will probably get sick of me saying that in the next few weeks (except for the week when we’re actually GOING north).  Ted is certainly already tired of hearing it.  But I can’t help it – I swear I just can’t.  Y’all know I don’t like hot weather.  Y’all know I am a sweat-er. and not a glisten-er.  Y’all know at the mere mention of the word “humidity” my hair frizzes up like a 1950’s home-perm and my mascara runs down my face like big, ugly black teardrops.  Yep – hot weather makes me a certified MESS!

It’s time to go north.

The only thing holding me together are the three hours from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and the hours after 7:30 p.m.  Those are bearable. In fact they’re pretty awesome.  Those morning hours are cool enough to walk the dogs without fear of heat-stroke, and after 7:30 there’s a quick cool-down and a breeze . . . . not to mention a predictably gorgeous sunset.    Other than that, all I can do is huddle inside over an AC vent and say once more . . . . it’s time to go north.

I know.  I know.  I know.  Many of my northern friends will look at this (shot this morning around 9:30 from the deck of the Funky Pelican) and say, "What the heck is she complaining about"?

I know. I know. I know. Many of you will look at this (shot this morning around 9:30 from the deck of the Funky Pelican) and say, “What the heck is she complaining about”?

Espcially when I point out that added to the beautiful view was the wonderful experience of sharing breakfast with our beautiful Jordan.  Have I mentioned lately how awesome it is to live close enough to see our grandchildren on a regular basis?

Especially when I point out that – added to the exceptional view – was the wonderful experience of sharing breakfast with our beautiful Jordan. Have I mentioned lately how awesome it is to live close enough to see our grandchildren on a regular basis?

But . . . you have to hear the rest of the story.  Three hours later we were walking the dogs and I literally had to WRING OUT the hankie I took with me to daintily wipe my brow.  Maddie and Bear spent the walk hurrying from one shaded spot to another, and I swear to you when we got home they both pulled me into a corner and whispered, “Mom, when are we going north?”

I know it’s just me.  I know there are millions of folks who love heat and sun and would thrive spending the summer here.  I’m just not one of them.  Ted is.  He could hike through the Sahara Desert and never break a sweat.  Good for him.

Yes – I knew all this up front.  And that’s why when we decided to make this our “only one house location”, it was with the promise that we’d go north at least two months during the hottest part of the summer.

Who would have thought the hottest months would begin in May, for Pete’s sake?

Now THIS is my idea of perfect May weather . . . . .

Reflections of he fort blockhouse in street puddles.(Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Reflections of the fort blockhouse in street puddles.(Photo: Clark Bloswick)

A little fog.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A little fog. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A little rain.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A little rain. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A bike auction.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

A bike auction (yes, folks are still in jackets and sweatshirts). (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

And a 95th birthday party for Jeannette Doud.  Those lilacs Jason St. Onge is delivering to Jeannette were grown in Remus, MI by Glen St. Onge from a tree that was transplanted from the island.  Jason met Glan halfway to pick up the bouquet so this special lady could have lilacs on her birthday.

And a 95th birthday party for Jeannette Doud. Those lilacs Jason St. Onge is presenting to Jeannette were grown in Remus, MI by Glen St. Onge, from a tree that was transplanted there from Mackinac. Jason met Glen halfway to pick up the bouquet so this special lady could have lilacs on her birthday.  (Photo: Bruce LaPine)

So . . . I’m ready to go north.

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P.S.  My sweet Ted popped his head in a few minutes ago and asked what the blog was about today.  “I’m writing that I’m ready to go north,” I said.  He rolled his eyes, and said, “Come with me.”

I followed him out on the second floor deck, then up the circular stairs to the skywalk, where he had a chair set up facing over the rooftop toward the ocean.  I sat down, put my head back and my feet up.  Immediately I was being swept by an ocean breeze that was blowing hard enough to tousle my hair and put a smile on my face.

"Ok, ok.  Maybe I can wait a few more weeks."

Ok, ok. Maybe I can wait a few more weeks.

40 thoughts on “It’s Time to Go North 5/17/15

  1. This blog is soooo me! I sweat whenever it gets over 75 degrees and I haven’t even hit menopause! Nothing is like having your underclothes wet within 10 minutes after being outside! (Sorry, to much information!) LOL!

    I spent that past few days in New Orleans and it was 80 degrees with a lot of humidity. The locals thought it was beautiful weather. I thought it was torture! I have decided that I love the sound of waves so I will need a house on Mackinac by the water where the average summer temp is 70 and the humidity in almost non-existing!

    The picture of you sitting outside on the lounger is lovely but I get sunburned in a car so there is no way Ted could talk me into enjoying Florida year your! HAHA!

    Enjoy the cool weather in Mackinac next month!

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  2. Just as I started to read this, one of the Pure Michigan ads came on t.v. I so miss it there; like you, I care not for high humidity and extreme heat; never have. Are you looking for to going north? hahahaha………………you must mention it to Ted, I’m sure he’s unaware of your excitement.

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  3. We went to Savannah/Charleston last June on vacation. OMG, the heat. I’m not a person who can have a cool drink and cool down – I need A/C.

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  4. Your blog always brightens my day!!!! Love the beautiful scenery too!! You have lost weight??? SHARE your secret with us!!!!!!

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    • Nancy, it’s very simple. Within a year – sell two houses, build a new house, move out of three houses, get your dog through ACL surgery, leave friends in two places, and put up with Ted through the whole process. LOL! It’s that last part that really takes the weight off. Just kidding, of course.

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  5. Ohio is not hot, BUT, it is time to go North for us also!
    Photos of trillium and the woods got me, Then Grand Hotel had their special rates, So we will also be there first week in June! Hope to see you there!

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  6. Dang girl, you are sounding more like a Yankee then the Sweet Southern Girl from Sylvester! But don’t blame you about the weather! I love the picture of you bathing in the cool ocean breeze and the sun on your face! It is raining up here in Cumming, which is nice!

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  7. Ugh, I HATE…no…I LOATHE hot, humid weather. I will tell you…even here in Michigan lately…it hasn’t been hot…but it has been SOOOOO humid! My normally straight hair has been frizzing out something crazy! Feels like my make-up is just running off my face! Fall is my favorite time of year. So anytime you need to complain about hot/humid weather…you can do it to me…’cause I’m right there with ya! 🙂

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  8. Living in Michigan I am excited to finally have heat. Not that ours (downstate near Detroit) is the same as yours in Florida…still… ANYWAY…safe travels whenever you head north!

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  9. Ok well….I LIKE heat..I can do without the humidity but the heat is my friend 🙂 Loved the weather in NM…hot DRY air. LOVE it! If Ted needs a hiking partner in the desert, I’d be happy to tag along. 😉
    I love the picture of you on the upper deck with the breeze blowing through your hair and you and Jordan look beautiful together.

    P.S. LOVE the pure Michigan ads!

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  10. Hi Bree—– I am on my way up now. At Atlanta visiting my sister and then should be on the Island Thursday.. Looking forward to the cool weather. I am with you on the heat but we do learn to deal with it. I know in Bonita it was in the low 90’s when I left. Hopefully will see you when you are up there.

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  11. I hate the heat and humidity too! Is there really anyone who loves humidity??? Try to take in all the ocean breezes you can! It won’t be long and you will be headed up north!

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  12. A note to travellers driving north: When you get just south of Toledo, Ohio and change over to route 23 from I-75, there is a truckload of construction going on! In fact, the place where you go west and up 23 is one of th eintersections they’re working on (it’s never been a smooth one). And if you think it might work to follow I-75 north through Toledo, then take I-475 across the top of Toledo back over to 23, well, think again. That’s all under construction, too. Should be great i a couple of year!! Best bet is to pack your patience, or ask for a local go-around. Sorry!

    And Brenda, we’ve always said that we were the kind who went North in the summer instead of South in the winter! You can always put a sweater on if you get cold. Laws prevent me from taking off enough clothes to be comfortable in the summer! Have a wonderful visit!

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    • First time I went to Frankenmuth with some friends they were worried I didn’t know my way as well as I thought. We live on I75 north of Cincinnati. I told them we go up 75, take a left at the mosque, and then meet up with 75 again. Get off at the right exit and a couple of turns and we’d be at the hotel. “Turn left at the mosque” confused them until we got to the interchange with 23 and they were like, “Wow, we really are taking a left a the mosque”

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  13. Just got home after 5 days on the island. It was 48 when we left on the noon ferry and 83 when we drove in our driveway. And that’s all In the same state!

    But I still had lilacs at home but got to spend LOTS of time in the woods with the trilliums and trout lilies.

    Enjoy your trip! We sure did!

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  14. Catching up on your last few blog posts, and I agree wholeheartedly with your feelings about hot weather. I hate it. I live in Indiana and the one summer we had where everyone complained that it didn’t get warm enough, I was happy as a clam. Dry heat, humid heat, I hate it all (although that humidity we get … ugh). Another reason why I love Mackinac–low humidity and it rarely gets above 80! Plus no mosquitoes that I’ve ever seen (and if there was one on the Island while I was there, I know it would find me)! I don’t even sweat that much–I’ve just always hated hot weather.

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