What a crazy-busy week it’s been! Here in Florida we’ve been going, going, going, and up in Michigan friends are sending me photos daily that have me itching to go North. Here’s a sampling of what’s been happening in both places!
BEVERLY BEACH, FL
Friday night Julie, Matt and the grandkids took us by boat from Ormond Beach down to the Chart House in Daytona for a belated birthday dinner for Ted. Coming home after dark was beautiful, especially passing under all the Daytona bridges.
A group from Sunset Inlet left Sunday by boat to meet up with another group on a sunny beach in Matanzas Inlet (across from the fort where Ted volunteers). We rode out with neighbors Ernie and Jennifer, and at first we were the only ones there.
Boats slowly began to arrive, and before long . . .
. . . it was a party! Kids, dogs, food, swimming . . . so much fun!
Things were a little quieter on Memorial Day. We made potato salad early in the morning, and Ted put a big Boston Butt on the grill around 10 a.m. so it could cook all day.
Ted, Ernie and Kevin had attached flags to the boat slips for the weekend. I love to see the flag flying- it was a great Memorial Day holiday!
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
I don’t even know where to start with all the pics I’ve gotten this week from the island. Thanks to everyone who has shared the opening of the season with me – especially Jill, who has been running around like the energizer bunny! Can’t wait to see you in a few days, sweet friend!
An awesome pic from Bruce LaPine of the progress being made on the reconstruction of the blockhouse at Fort Holmes. Looking forward to hiking up there to see this in person!
Trees arriving by ferry. Somebody is doing some SERIOUS landscaping! (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
The renovation and expansion of Doud’s Market continues. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Fuel for the horses! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
The island is already teeming with visitors . . .
. . . and dock porters like Josh Carley (shown here on bike with luggage) are already busy getting everyone’s “stuff” where it’s supposed to go. I believe that’s dock porter Archie Horn to the right of Josh. (This photo and one above – Jill Sawatzki)
A shot from Jill of the lilac trees in Marquette Park. I see some budding leaves, but will there be blooms by Lilac Festival? I hope so!!
Geraniums await planting at the Windermere. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Looks like it’s going to be a bumper crop of tulips at the Grand this year! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Another view of another tulip bed from Orietta Barquero.
And another from Jill – with the Jockey Club in the background.
Also from Orietta . . . a visitor to their home early one morning a few days ago.
Something I’ve never seen in the Mackinac woods – but, of course, Clark Bloswick found them – Jack in the Pulpits! Wow – just Wow!
Trees budding out at Mission Point Resort (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Looks like some new art is going up at the Grand Hotel. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Jill tells me it’s still hovering in the 60’s during the day on the island, and that sounds mighty fine to me. Hmmmm . . . . . our flight leaves in 9 days. Will there be lilacs? Will I need a fleece jacket? Will I be ecstatic to be there even if there are no lilacs and I have to wear snow pants? Yes and Yes!
After almost six months of job hunting, Blake has accepted a job in Boca Raton, FL with Mutual of America, beginning June 1. This will be a position 180 degrees different from anything he’s done before, and he will have to become licensed during the first three months of his employment. After many closed doors, God led him to this one . . . and suddenly everything just fell effortlessly in place – job, housing, car – everything.
Thank you all so much for the prayers you’ve lifted over the past months, and please continue to remember him as he begins this new chapter in his life.
Blake left this morning for his new home – about a 4-hour drive south of us. That sure beats China, Turkey, and Colorado. I’m a happy mom!