When I logged onto Facebook Wednesday morning around 11:30, I was surprised to find this message on the Shepler Mackinac Island Facebook page:
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Weather check today – It is 16 degrees this morning on the dock. What’s the weather like where you are? Go ahead and make us jealous, Brenda!
I got a huge chuckle over that. Since writing a blog about Shepler’s this summer, I’ve become friends with Misty Martinchek, who is in Shepler’s Group Sales and Marketing Department and monitors their Facebook page. We chat back and forth a lot on FB and email. She loves telling me how cold it is in Mackinaw City and how much snow they have (because she knows I want to be where it’s snowing), and I love telling her I’m running around in short sleeves and capris pants doing my Christmas shopping (because I know she wants to be where it’s warm). With the popularity of their Facebook page, I wasn’t surprised to see that within a couple of hours of posting that “blip”, people from all over the U.S. had checked in to talk about the weather – from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, California, Tennessee, and both Dawn and I got in our two cents worth about the weather in south Georgia.
You can be assured that Dawn and I haven’t been in short sleeves and capris pants for the last few days though. We’re getting the full affects of some mighty cold air, and yesterday when I walked to the mailbox, I saw 14 snowflakes, seriously – I counted them. It never got out of the 30’s on Wednesday, and although it’s been a little warmer today, Ted started a fire in the wood stove on the sunporch as soon as he got up this morning, and he’s kept it going all day. I LOVE sitting out there – looking through catalogs, reading, napping, and just generally being retired and happy.
All of the registration papers (all 18 pages) for Bear and I are in the mail. Now we can just sit back and wait for the mailperson to deliver our ID badges and official gear. Ted took several photos of Bear and I so I’d have a few to choose from for the ID badges. When I couldn’t decide which one I liked the best, I sent my four favorite shots out to four friends and asked their opinion. All four friends chose a different photo – LOL! Here’s the one I sent in:
Wish I had more to write about, but I’ve been inside most of the week because of the weather. Because of that though, I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping – all online, and that’s a good thing. Now I’ll hold my breath that it all gets delivered fast, so I’ll have time to wrap and load it all in the truck for our trip to Arkansas. Bear and Maddie are ready to be outside more and have started acting like two three-year-olds with cabin fever.
Note from Maddie: Mom finally was outside with the camera today when I used my superior squirrel howl to scare one of the pests out of the crabapple tree. Although this one was only leaping from one tree to another – and not to the ground – you get the “picture” of how far they’ll go to get away from the ri’vah’s champion squirrel chaser!
I’ll leave you with good wishes for a wonderful weekend and a little “post-it” note from God that a friend sent me this week: “When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.”
God bless, and see you Monday, good Lord willing.