Lots to Talk About! 5/28/15

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

On 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.

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.

On Sunday, a big group from Sunset Inlet left by boat to meet up with another big group on a sunny beach spot on the Intracoastal 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.

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 . . .

Boats slowly began to arrive, and before long . . .

. . . it was a party!

. . . 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.

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 attached flags to the boat slips for the weekend. I love to see our flag flying!

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.

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

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)

The renovation and expansion of Doud’s Market continues. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Fuel for the horses!  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Fuel for the horses! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

The island is already teeming with visitors . . .

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. (This photo and one above - Jill Sawatzki)

. . . 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 leaves, but will there be BLOOMS by Lilac Festival?

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)

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)

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.

Another view of another tulip bed from Orietta Barquero.

And another from Jill.

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.

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!

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)

Trees budding out at Mission Point Resort (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Looks like the Boy Scouts are helping to hang some new art at the Grand Hotel.  (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!

BLAKE UPDATE

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.

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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!

19 thoughts on “Lots to Talk About! 5/28/15

  1. So happy to hear that Blake will be nearby. I am sure it is sad to see him leave you and Ted after enjoying him being around the house. Hope his new job is a great experience!

    The pictures of Mackinac are amazing as always. Jill is such a go-getter! I love the picture of the luggage porter. In June I will be taking my friends to the island for their first visit and can’t wait to see their reaction of the porters. It is hard to describe how a person on a bicycle can handle 4-8 pieces of luggage and not topple over! LOL!

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  2. So excited for you and Ted and your trip to Mackinac Island! You should have no problems finding Jack in the Pulpits up at Stonecliff. So happy that Blake found a job, and boy, same state….go figure. All the pictures look wonderful and can’t wait for you to share yours with us. I can’t get over how fast Fort Holmes is going up. I suppose when it’s done it will require a ticket through the Fort to see…..maybe check that out for me please Bree. Take care and have a fabulous weekend soon to be upon us! Hi to Ted and the puppies as well!

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  3. Yay for all the pictures from Mackinac, they are all awesome! I especially love the Jack in the Pulpit flowers, I don’t think I’ve ever seen those…anywhere. Thank you Clark and Jill for all your great pictures! Can’t wait to see Fort Holmes. It’s going to look so different then what I’m used to seeing.
    Your party at the inlet sure looks fun! My kind of party, water, sand, sun and boats. 🙂
    So happy that Blake won’t be far from home now. Congrats on the new job Blake. I know your gonna do great. Sending good vibes your way. 🙂

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  4. We’re so pleased Blake was blessed with a job so close to home 🙂
    I’d be a extatic to!!

    We leave in the morning to deliver our Sweet Amelia to her dream
    Summer job at her favorite destination …. Mackinac Island :).
    Oh to be 19 and have such a wonderful opportunity!! She’s so
    Very excited!!

    We’re going a week earlier than usual ..
    We have spent many anniversaries during Lilac Festival.
    We’re so hoping at least a few lilacs oblige us, please?
    But not this year :/ but you can bet we’ll make the best of it!!!!
    We’ll be crossing one another on good ole Shepler’s.
    Enjoy your time….

    Hugs & Blessing to all the blog family as we head off
    to a night of Mackinac Dreams!!

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  5. Love all the pictures. Especially the jack in the pulpits. I have never seen them either. They are beautiful. Good luck to Blake. Starting a new job and finding a new home is exciting but at the same time it can be scary! Can’t wait to hear your stories from Mackinac. I love Stonecliffe!!

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  6. Thanks for all the great pictures! Loved the one of you and Blake. So glad he was able to find a job so close to you. I can’t wait to leave for the Island in 10 days. Hopefully we will see Lilacs.

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  7. Hope you get to see lilacs and jack in the pulpets both! The pictures of all things Island are tantalizing – hope we get up there this year! So many new things to see.

    Couldn’t be happier for Blake if he were our own. Very glad that a part of his Mama’s heart won’t always have to be focused far away somewhere. I know the work he was doing was loving and generous and good, but he can still use those qualities in his new job, too! Nothing good lost, of that I’m sure.

    Kind of sorry to see the old Fort gone. Spent many a late night/early morning up there watching constellations move and shooting stars and talking with old friends in from far, far away. Many good memories! Excited to see what all they did with it and the exhibits in it!

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    • Thanks so much for your sweet words about Blake, Barb. I feel sure there is a reason for this change in his life right now. God doesn’t make mistakes, and we look forward to seeing what He has in store!

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  8. Great news that Blake will be close to you and in the states. Thanks for all the updates and pictures. We are going to the island the end of June/first of July and can’t wait. The beach party pictures were great and what fun!

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  9. Glad Blake with be “close” by!
    The photos are great. Wish I got a chance to go this year, but South Dakota and the Laura Ingalls Wilder conference are calling, as well.

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  10. Brenda,

    Have you seen THE QUILTED TURTLE for May 30, 2015? The lilacs are almost blooming on Mackinac Island, so there should be plenty of them for you & Ted when you get there.

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      • Good.

        Don’t forget to pack so your winter coats will be easy to get to. Seems like I gave you that advice last year and you didn’t take it. Maybe this year you’ll listen to me. I’ve been there, so I know these things. By the way, it’s in the 40’s here in southern Michigan now and there is a breeze. Believe me when I say it’s cold.

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      • Saw there was a frost warning out for Mackinac, Lowell. And yes sir – I will pack some layers!

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  11. Great blog! Newsy and full of great pictures, just the kind I like.
    You will really have your family close together, very fortunate.
    Can’t wait till you get to the island, for more great pics and news
    Safe travels x

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